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The Chiesman Foundation:
The Chiesman Foundation was created after Ms. Allene Chiesman gave a gift of money to the institution. The committee was charged to promote civic education for BHSU faculty and students with special emphasis and attention to broadening awareness of democratic ideals and the significance of citizenship.
The Chiesman Speakers Bureau brings people to campus who can address issues relevant to the spirit and interests of the Chiesman Foundation. A broad range of speakers representing diverse perspectives are sought to educate, provoke and inspire the students and members of the community to think critically about the principles and practices of democracy, and to be fully engaged as informed citizens.
Since 1998, the BHSU Chiesman Committee has spent approximately $15,000 purchasing books for the library related to promoting democracy.