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BSU to announce major fundraising campaign: alumni awards scheduled for tonight

BEMIDJI — As part of Homecoming Week 2013 at Bemidji State University, officials plan to announce today a $35 million fundraising campaign.

A press conference is scheduled at 3:30 p.m. to announce the campaign. Speakers will be BSU President Richard Hanson and Rob Bollinger, executive director of the BSU Alumni and Foundation. They will be joined by BSU alumni Dave Sorenson, retired vice president of General Mills, and Mike Roberge, president of chief investment officer for MFS Investment Management. Sorenson is BSU’s campaign chairman for the campaign, titled "Imagine Tomorrow," and Roberge will chair the campaign’s national committee. The goal of the campaign is to raise $35 million to provide funding for scholarships, academic excellence and annual support for BSU.

The campaign announcement is before BSU’s annual Alumni and Foundation Honors Gala, which is being hosted at the Sanford Center.

At the event, BSU will honor the 2013 class of alumni award winners:

- Thomas Anderson, ’70: For the past eight years, Anderson has led Baxter-based Minnesota Thermal Science, one of the fastest growing companies in the temperature-controlled packaging industry.

- Pamela Hovland, ’83: Hovland is a fine arts faculty member at Yale University and also runs Pamela Hovland Design with offices in New York City and Connecticut.

- Keith Johanneson, ’69: Johanneson is the CEO/President of Johanneson’s Inc., a Bemidji-based organization that employs more than 1,000.

- Dr. Jeremy Fogelson,’00: Fogelson graduated magna cum laude from BSU in 2000 with a degree in chemistry. He currently is a neurosurgeon at the Mayo Clinic and assistant professor at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.

- Carri Jones, ’03: Jones is the youngest, and first female, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe chairperson.

- Kay (Aultman) Mack, ’86: A longtime Beltrami County employee, Mack was named County Administrator in 2012.

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