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karen Bauer
As an assistant professor of journalism and student media adviser at Bismarck State College, karen Bauer might never retire—as long as she continues learning from her students.

She began her journalism career many years ago as a paste-up artist at the local newspaper but decided to go back to school when she was scolded for sending error-filled copy back to the editors for changes.

She started her education at BSC taking journalism classes and joining the student newspaper staff. She also took several English classes and found that her calling was teaching, so she transferred to the University of Mary and graduated with a bachelor of arts major in English/English Teaching and a minor in philosophy.

After graduation, she was teaching English at middle school in Bismarck when, in the spring of 2000, she received an offer for the adviser position at the BSC student newspaper. She accepted and has been there ever since.

Several years ago, she helped develop a two-year Mass Communications Associate in Applied Science degree, which gives students experience working with the newspaper, video broadcast, internet radio and the literary arts magazine.

Currently, she teaches journalism courses and is the adviser for Mystic Media and The Mystician on the BSC campus.

Every year brings challenges, but students continue to be her reward – helping them produce quality news media for the campus and community and taking them on journalism adventures from New York City to St. Joseph, Missouri to Fort Yates, North Dakota.

She is an advocate for free speech rights for students and a supporter of the John Wall New Voices Act.

In her rare spare time, karen plays with her grandchildren, writes stories about people, gardens in the summer, takes early morning walks with her 70-pound rescue dog Sadie and reads the Sunday morning newspaper … always with a cup of hot coffee. And the lower case 'k' is not a typo.

karen Bauer, Executive Director

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