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Bemidji State student-athlete appreciation banquet set

BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji State University department of athletics will host its annual student-athlete appreciation banquet Thursday, April 26 from 5-7 p.m. in the Sanford Center arena.

Parents, fans and the general public are invited to attend to celebrate the 2011-12 athletic season.

Tickets can be purchased for $20 per adult or $15 for children 12 and under at the BSU athletic office or by calling 218-755-2941. Space is limited so attendees are asked to RSVP by 3 p.m. Friday, April 20.

The banquet serves as a year-end awards ceremony and an opportunity to recognize the accomplishments of the athletic teams. It also offers the chance to honor and thank the Bemidji State seniors for their contributions the athletic programs, the department and the university.

Student-athletes and coaches from BSU athletic teams, staff members, athletic administrators and university administrators will be in attendance.

Among the honors being presented at the annual event are the male and female athletes of the year and the male and female newcomers of the year, BSU's outstanding academic teams and a new award for 2012, the Beaver Pride volunteer of the year.

In addition, five athletes will be honored with the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference/Myles Brand Academic with Distinction Award. The award, named in honor of the late NCAA President Dr. Myles Brand, is bestowed to senior NSIC student-athletes who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or higher, are exhausting their eligibility and are on track to graduate.