MSU's Alex completes 45th year
Offices at Minot State University probably wouldn’t know what to do without Bev Alex as much as she doesn’t know what she would do without coming to work.
For 45 years, Alex has been a mainstay at MSU, the past seven years as an administrative assistant with the Athletic Department.
"Never, ever, no," she said when asked if she thought about retiring to a quiet existence. "I just need to work. I enjoyed my time at the Business Office at Minot State, but I have really enjoyed my time in Athletics. I don’t know what else I would do."
Alex not only works in the Athletic Department, but she has been actively involved in Beaver athletics for more than 40 years.
"When John (her son) was probably in the second grade, we started going to baseball games. That went through high school. Then we started getting involved with the softball team (at MSU). We had such really good times with the softball. I enjoy being around sports. It is a big part of my life."
Alex has not only worked for MSU for 45 years but she was also employed by Dickinson State for eight years, giving her 53 years in the North Dakota University System.
"I finished at Dakota Business College in Fargo, and they shipped me out to Dickinson," she said. "I have basically been working all my life."
While Alex doesn’t want to single out one specific event from her years here as a single favorite, this past year she was honored as the grand marshal of the MSU Homecoming Parade. The unexpected surprise was one she will remember.
"It was such an honor. I told Rick (MSU Athletic Director Rick Hedberg) ‘Me? I don’t know why me.’ But I had a lot of fun," Alex said.
Even with 45 years already under her belt, there is no quit in Alex.
"No, not until Rick kicks me out!" she joked, when asked if she was thinking about retiring for good. "I think coming to work is something I simply need to do."