University Spotlight - Bemidji State University Chapter

© John Swartz, Bemidji State University

Ducks University chapters across the country are making a difference for wetlands conservation. Being involved in a university chapter offers great social-networking experience, résumé building, leadership development, and conservation education. But what about after graduation? What happens next as a volunteer in the real world?

University volunteer Blade Lane grew up with a strong hunting heritage and knew that giving back was just as important as enjoying the resource. During his freshman year of college, Blade joined the Bemidji State University DU chapter.

“I started out as a freshman volunteering for the chapter and transitioned into the vice president role my junior year,” Lane says. “My senior year I became the chairman, and Eric Sorenson, the entire committee, and I worked hard to make the event a huge success.”

Photo © John Swartz, BSU

After graduating from Bemidji State in 2014, Lane and Sorenson knew they wanted to stay involved with Ducks Unlimited, so they volunteered for their local chapters. Their hard work and dedication didn’t go unnoticed: a couple of years after graduation they were asked by DU regional director Scott Anderson to be zone chairmen for the Bemidji area. Now as alumni, they can give back to the chapter and help university volunteers on their path through life and with Ducks Unlimited.

“I think it’s important for university volunteers to know that there is ‘DU life after college,’ and that your volunteer experience doesn’t have to stop once you graduate,” Lane says. “Being involved at the local, state, or national level is important to the future of Ducks Unlimited. Your efforts are appreciated, and they do not go unnoticed. The future of DU is in our hands, and it’s important that we give back to the resource that gives us so much.”

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