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BSC to allow fans, audience at events beginning Feb. 22

Published: Feb 17 2021
The following information was sent to BSC students, staff and faculty on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021.

Since March when COVID-19 first affected our BSC community, the decisions made about safety, classrooms, participation, housing and more have been filtered through five priorities:
  1. Safeguard the health of our students and employees. 
  2. Keep our students moving toward their academic goals. 
  3. Create a sense of normalcy for all students.
  4. Allow our student athletes and performers the opportunity to perform and compete.
  5. Open competition and performances to fans and spectators. 
Beginning Monday, February 22, Bismarck State College will begin allowing limited spectators to attend student athletic competitions, performances, and academic recognitions. BSC will do this with a focus on safeguarding the other four student-centered priorities.
 
Attendance numbers will be determined by the limitations of the competition or performance space on campus, and attendees will be required to comply with the campus safety measures which include social distancing and a mask requirement.
 

BSC Attendance Guidelines – Feb. 22, 2021

All guidelines are subject to regular review and will be adjusted as conditions warrant. Additional details will be shared as they are available.
 
BSC Athletic Competitions 
  • Each BSC active roster player will receive two family non-transferable vouchers to purchase tickets.
  • 24 hours before each game, players must provide a ticket request form to the BSC Athletic office, indicating who will be using those two vouchers to purchase tickets.
  • Family members enter through the official check point at Door F on the west side of the Armory.
  • Staff will check off each approved attendee upon purchase of a ticket.
  • Fans are asked not to congregate after the game to maintain building capacity limitations. 
  • No concessions will be sold, and no outside food is allowed. 
  • Masks are required. 
  • Seating will be set up to meet social distancing requirements. 
Additional questions? Contact BSC Athletics at 701-224-5400. 
Find Mystic game schedules and rosters at BSCMystics.com
 
Spring Concerts
BSC’s spring musical performances will use an invite-only model to welcome audience members. All musical performances are free of charge and will be streamed live to allow for a broader audience. Find specific concert dates, times and location posted at bismarckstate.edu/events
  • Each participating student will receive two tickets to provide to guests. 
  • Students will be asked to fill out the Live Event Complementary Ticket Form that indicates who the tickets are for and provide that to Dr. John Darling.
    • For concerts held in the Bavendick Stateroom, ticket requests are due April 1.
    • For concerts held in the Sidney J Lee Auditorium, ticket requests are due April 16.
    • Individual event postings at bismarckstate.edu/events will indicate the location of each concert. 
  • Tickets not used by invited guests will be provided to campus and community stakeholders on an invite-only basis. 
  • Tickets will be provided in envelopes printed with the guests’ names and placed on a table outside of the concert venue. 
  • Audience members are asked not to congregate or linger after performances. 
  • Masks are required. 
  • Patrons in the same pod will be allowed to sit together; all other patrons will be socially distanced. 
Additional questions? Contact Dr. John Darling at john.darling@bismarckstate.edu.
 
Spring Musical – "Party Worth Crashing", April 16-18
To see the performances dates and times and to purchase tickets, go to BSCTheatre.com. The Spring musical will be accessible to members of the public via Livestream.  
  • Livestream: April 16-18 
    • Three performances will be livestreamed with tickets offered in a pay-what-you-can model at the following price points: $0, $5, $10, $20.
    • Patrons can decide the level of payment they feel comfortable paying.
    • BSC Theatre also will offer free livestream access in the Mystic Marketplace in the BSC Student Union. 
  • Live audiences: Invited Dress Rehearsals/Live Performances: April 12-18 
    • Small, socially-distanced, ticketed audiences will be able to attend one of seven performances on an invite-only basis.
    • Each production team member will be asked to fill out the Live Event Complementary Ticket Form listing up to two guests and the date they would like their guests to attend to Dr. Danny Devlin by April 6. 
    • BSC Theatre’s web-based ticketing platform will be used to reserve and assign specific seats in the SJL for customers, complying with social distancing guidelines. 
  • Tickets not used by invited guests will be provided to campus and community stakeholders on an invite-only basis. 
  • Tickets will be provided in envelopes printed with the guests’ names and placed on a table outside of the concert venue. 
  • Audience members are asked not to congregate or linger after performances. 
  • Masks are required. 
  • Patrons in the same pod will be allowed to sit together; all other patrons will be socially distanced. 
Additional questions? Contact Dr. Danny Devlin at daniel.devlin@Bismarckstate.edu
 
ArtsQuest 2021 Events
BSC’s annual celebration of the arts will move forward. Details will be available and updated at bismarckstate.edu/artsquest closer to the events. The following events will proceed with specific adjustments to ensure safety of participants and guests:
  • April 28-29:  Jon Offutt, glassblower will demonstrate his work outdoors, behind LEA Hall multiple times per day over the course of his two-day visit. Bleachers and chairs will be available. Guests will be asked to abide by social distancing requirements.  
  • May 3-4: Raku: This long-running, annual event will be adapted for COVID. Rather than a community event, this year area high school art students will be invited to participate. The number of students attending will be limited and the event will include tours of the BSC Art department.
  • May 5-6: Short Play Festival – SJL (Theater) The Short Play Festival 2021 will be filmed live-to-tape and distributed digitally free of charge. There will be no in-person audience.
  • May 6: pARTy: The ArtsQuest closing celebration will be held outside the Student Union from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Additional questions? Contact Barb Thorsen at barbara.thorsen@bismarckstate.edu
 
BSC Commencement
BSC Commencement ceremony will be held virtually on May 14, 2021. The ceremony will be livestreamed at bismarckstate.edu/livestream. More information regarding time and participation will be provided to graduates in the coming weeks.

BSC also plans to host small, outdoor, program-specific celebrations on campus on Commencement Day. More information will be shared as those plans are finalized.

Commencement information also will be shared at bismarckstate.edu/events.

Additional questions? Contact Dr. Dan Leingang at daniel.leingang@bismarckstate.edu
 
Other events
As additional student events are scheduled, they will be posted at bismarckstate.edu/events and include details regarding attendance protocols, times and locations.
 
To our BSC students, Thank You.
Thank you for your support of our spring plans. While the availability of vaccines has brought hope to us all, our BSC COVID-19 infection rates remain a concern. The most important work we do at BSC is keep you and our employees safe and ensure that you can achieve your academic goals. It is to ensure those two top priorities that we are proceeding with an abundance of caution.

Throughout the pandemic, students have embraced BSC’s COVID-19 protocols knowing that those protocols would allow you to remain healthy and move forward in your academic, musical, dramatic and athletic pursuits. Your positive attitudes and actions have contributed to your health, the health of the campus community as a whole, and it also ensured your ability to compete and perform. Our ability to open the doors to your families and fans, is due to your diligence. Your leadership is an example to us all.