Award given annually to a graduating student who has shown outstanding commitment to their chosen profession
May 13, 2021 — Northland Community & Technical College is proud to announce the 2021 recipient of the Russell H. Beier Award is Dietetic Technician student Alicia Reardon. The Beier award is an annual award named after the first director of the East Grand Forks campus from 1971-1983.
The honor is given to a student that is highly motivated, exhibits a commitment to their chosen career through daily classroom and lab performance, works beyond their potential, and has shown a significant, positive change and maturity.
Angie Brekken, Northland’s Dietetic Technician Program Director, highlights Reardon’s exemplary qualities. “She has consistently provided stellar work with great attention to detail and timeliness. Her supervised practice preceptors have echoed these sentiments along with their desire to hire Alicia as a registered dietetics technician once she graduates and passes the registration exam.”
Reardon, an online student from Park Rapids, MN, works for Catholic Health Initiatives as an Exercise Physiologist and Lifestyle Coach. She came to Northland to attain dietetics credentials to serve her clients better.
“Being recognized for this award was very unexpected, but it certainly solidified the belief that I chose the right program for my passion in nutrition and dietetics,” asserted Reardon. “These past three years in this program have been a whirlwind, but I don't think I could have been as successful without the passion and direction from my professor Angie. This credential will allow me to be eligible for a management position at my current place of employment and use my strengths to grow professionally and hopefully show others the direction and passion that my professor showed me throughout my time at Northland!”
“Average is not a word that can be used to describe Alicia,” Brekken continued. “Her leadership skills, empathy, and dedication to the profession are prime examples of how Alicia demonstrates the standards outlined by the Russell Beier award.”
The Beier award, along with commencement, marks the culmination of the academic year. Northland is set to honor over 700 graduates in a virtual commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 13th, at 7:00 p.m.
Northland Community and Technical College (Northland) is a comprehensive college with campuses in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, and East Grand Forks, Minnesota. Northland also has an aerospace site in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, and a satellite site in Roseau, Minnesota. Northland offers certificates, diplomas, transfer courses, two-year degrees (A.A.S., A.S., A.A.) in more than 80 areas of study, workforce training and education programs. Northland is a member of Minnesota State, the third-largest system of two-year colleges and four-year universities in the United States, and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. For more information about Northland Community & Technical College, visit www.northlandcollege.edu or call 1.800.959.6282.
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