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BSU kicks off homecoming week

BSU senior Shannon Combs, left, and MacKenzie Juberien hang a Relay for Life banner on Monday in Hobson Memorial Union at BSU. During homecoming, student organizations submit their signs for the spirit banner competition and a winner is picked at the end of the week. (Jillian Gandsey | Bemidji Pioneer)1 / 2
Kaitlynn Arbogast was crowned BSU homecoming queen on Monday night at BSU. (Submitted photo)2 / 2

BEMIDJI—Bemidji State University kicks off its annual homecoming celebration this week.

Scheduled events include a coronation, a parade, and high-profile football and volleyball games.

The festivities began in earnest Monday night when university students named Adam Roehl and Kaitlynn Arbogast the school's homecoming king and queen.

"I always joked with my friends that I wanted to be a princess," Arbogast, a senior nursing student, said moments after her coronation.

"And I figured that wouldn't work out, so I went into nursing," she quipped.

Roehl, a sophomore criminal justice major, said he was a little surprised when the crown ended up on his head.

"It's really cool to be crowned," he said. "The big thing is being a part of the parade and going through the community, which is a lot of fun."

Other highlights

Here are some more scheduled highlights this week—including the homecoming parade in which Roehl and Arbogast will have a prominent spot—per a statement from university staff:

BSU's traditional Alumni Leaders in the Classroom panels are topical programs that bring BSU grads back to campus to share their professional experiences with students, staff and the public. This year's schedule includes business, accounting, marketing and design, scientific research and environmental panels.

Saturday's parade sets the tone for a day full of events including BSU volleyball and a pre-game celebration in Diamond Point Park beginning at 11:30 a.m. leading into BSU's football game against Southwest Minnesota State at 2:30 p.m.

Immediately following the football game, alumni football players will gather at the American Indian Resource Center, while Native American alumni will get together at the David Park House.

Saturday will close with the annual Beaver Block Party in downtown Bemidji featuring live music by The Front Fenders. The Bemidji Area Alumni Chapter organizes this event, and proceeds benefit scholarships supported by the chapter.

The Department of Music's traditional Carl O. Thompson Memorial Concert will wrap up the weekend's activities Sunday at 3 p.m. The concert features each of BSU's four primary ensembles—the Bemidji Choir, the Chamber Singers, the Wind Ensemble and Blue Ice jazz band—with performances by winners of this year's vocal and instrumental scholarships.

Here's the full calendar of events for students and alumni, according to university staff and BSU's website:

Homecoming events

Monday, Sept. 18

8 p.m.: Coronation & Mr. Beaver, PE Gymnasium

Tuesday, Sept. 19

8 p.m.: Sailesh the Hypnotist, Hobson Memorial Union Ballroom

Wednesday, Sept. 20

11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Ice Cream Social, PE Lawn

Thursday, Sept. 21

8 p.m.-dusk: Beauty & The Beast, Chet Anderson Stadium.

Friday, Sept. 22

9-10 a.m.: Alumni Leaders in the Classroom: Business. Jake Bluhm '08, insurance agent, State Farm Insurance, Bemidji; Dr. James Midboe '06, owner, Finish Line Wellness, Savage, Minn.; Dr. Mary Eaton '91, CEO, The Idea Circle, Inc., Bemidji. Memorial Hall 240.

10-11 a.m.: Alumni Leaders in the Classroom: Accounting. Gail Clendening '07, audit business consultant, Cargill, Inc., Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.; Trudy Peterson '03, CPA, KBA Peterson Association, Inc., Bemidji; David Mans '92, CPA, Miller McDonald, Bemidji. Memorial Hall 230.

10-11 a.m.: Alumni Leaders in the Classroom: Marketing and Design. Brian Maciej, president/owner, Lime Valley Advertising, Inc., Mankato; Kim Simonson, executive vice president, Simonson Design Studios, St. Paul, Minn.; Caralee Nowak '05, products and marketing manager, Pinnacle Marketing Group, Bemidji; Ashley Kiecker '16, exhibit designer, MG Design, Kenosha, Wis. Bridgeman Hall 100.

11 a.m.-noon: Alumni Leaders in the Classroom: Scientific Research. Dr. Guylaine Haché '04, patent litigation associate, Rokoczy Molio Mazzochi Siwik LLP, Chicago; Dr. Gene Ness '66, retired professor of molecular medicine, University of South Florida; Dr. Dale Greenwalt '75, retired director of research, Poietic Technologies, and research associate in paleobiology, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Sattgast Hall 208.

11 a.m.-noon: Alumni Leaders in the Classroom—Environmental Panel. Jason Edens '07, director, Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL), Backus, Minn.; Mike Spry '83, former president/CEO, Portage Inc., advisor, Commissioner's Advisory Committee for Natural Heritage, Nevis, Minn.; Dough Fredrickson '10, retired executive vice president, Blattner Energy, Avon, Minn. Hagg-Sauer Hall 100.

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: Beaver Pride Luncheon; Walnut Hall. Admission: $9.

2-6 p.m.: BeaveSolve Race, Hobson Memorial Union Ballroom

5:30-10 p.m.: BSU Honors Gala. BSU alumni, faculty and friends of BSU will present the 2017 Outstanding Alumni Awards.. 5:30 p.m. social hour, 6:30 p.m. dinner and program; Sanford Center Ballroom. Tickets: $50.

Saturday, Sept. 23

9 a.m.-1 p.m.: EcoGrounds coffee open, HMU Terrace Lounge

11 a.m.-noon: BSU Homecoming Parade; downtown Bemidji

Noon-2 p.m.: BSU Pre-Game & Tailgate Party; Diamond Point Park

Noon-2 p.m.: BSU Bookstore open, Lower HMU

2 p.m.: BSU Football vs. Southwest Minnesota State University; Chet Anderson Stadium. Tickets: $16/12 for adults, $7 seniors, $6 children. BSU students free with ID. Available at the gate or via Ticketmaster.

4-6 p.m.: BSU Volleyball vs. University of Sioux Falls; BSU Gymnasium. Tickets: $8 for adults, $6 seniors, $4 children. BSU Students free with ID. Available at the gate.

6:30 p.m.: Bemidji Choir 80th Anniversary Concert; Evangelical Covenant Church, 5405 Hart Lane NW. Tickets: free.

7-9 p.m.: Greek Alumni Reunion and Social; American Indian Resource Center. Tickets: $10.

8:30 p.m.: Beaver Block Party and Street Dance; downtown Bemidji. Tickets: $5.

Sunday, Sept. 24

3 p.m.: Carl O. Thompson Memorial Concert; Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex. Tickets: $10 for adults, students free.

Joe Bowen

Joe Bowen covers education and health for the Bemidji Pioneer.

He is a Minneapolis native and a 2009 graduate of St. John's University. Before moving to Bemidji, Bowen covered education, local politics, crime, and everything in between for the Perham Focus in Perham, Minnesota, and Sun Newspapers in suburban Minneapolis.

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