By Dylan Rouse
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Whether you’ve met him once or see him every day, there is something about Bob Hewitt that students say you’ll never forget. “Within the first week of college we were on a first name basis,” BSU student Melanie Simonson says.
Hewitt is a part-time employee at The Lodge and The Northwoods Dining Center who has an energetic and friendly attitude, but that’s only a small part of what makes him the coolest guy on campus as far as Bemidji State University (BSU) residents are concerned.
Hewitt makes sure to welcome everyone that he meets with a friendly greeting and an infectious smile. It’s certainly a gift for someone to be able to spread happiness and positivity the way he does. Hewitt believes that it’s important that students feel connected and welcomed, especially if they are far from home.
Bob is from Little Falls, Minnesota, and arrived in Bemidji in 1970. He found his home at Bemidji State after working 38 years as a bakery manager for Johanneson, Inc. A father of two and grandfather of six, he enjoys motorcycling, traveling, fishing and he absolutely loves his job.
When asked about his favorite part about working at BSU he said, “It’s the kids that keep me here.”
It’s surely impossible to measure the impact that Hewitt has had on students’ lives. Sometimes all it takes to make someone’s day is a smile, but Bob does much more than that.
“He’s a wonderful man. He deserves recognition for all the hard work he’s done and all the friends he’s made,” says Simonson.
The students aren’t the only ones who are influenced by his charismatic persona. Nancy Gray has worked with Bob for three years and claims that he is “absolutely” her favorite co-worker.
“He’s an enjoyable guy and makes everybody smile,” says Gray.
While Hewitt might not be able to remember every student’s name, BSU residents will never forget his. As the year comes to an end and students continue on their educational and career paths, Bob’s advice is to “Study hard, be somebody, and try to make a difference.”