BEMIDJI -- Faith Hensrud, president of BSU and Northwest Technical College, officially kicked off Bemidji State’s 2019-20 academic year at the President’s Welcome Breakfast on Wednesday morning.

Several hundred members of the university’s faculty, staff and administration attended the event, which highlighted the university’s achievements during the past year and previewed significant events ahead for BSU, according to a university release.

As BSU enters its second century, Hensrud commended the passion and dedication of BSU’s faculty and staff, and she also shared five commitments for the 2019-20 academic year.

“Our focus at BSU is on the success of our students. That is the reason we are all here,” Hensrud said in the release.

The five commitments are:

  • To our future,

  • To quality,

  • To student success,

  • To financial sustainability and

  • To each other and the BSU community.

“As we enter our second century, our story will be to fulfill our mission and use the transformative power of education to bring change to the lives of our students and their communities,” Hensrud said in the release.

Michelle Frenzel, executive director of enrollment management, provided an update on the preliminary enrollment outlook for the upcoming year. Official enrollment figures will be announced in conjunction with the 30th day of classes.

Karen Snorek, vice president for finance and administration, recapped the university’s Hagg Sauer Hall project, which includes renovations to the A.C. Clark Library, the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex and Bensen and Sattgast halls.

Hensrud closed with short recap of the BSU’s centennial celebrations, as well as her vision for the future.

“I believe, with the spirit of inspiration from the past and innovation for the future, BSU will be better than ever in our second century,” she said in the release.. “Working together, we will stay focused on our goal of educating the future generations of leaders for our state, country and the world.”

The annual residence hall Move-In Day is set for Friday, Aug. 23, and first day of classes will be Monday, Aug. 26.

Northwest Technical College will hold its Welcome Day on Thursday, Aug. 22, and classes also start on Monday, Aug. 26.