Dear Laker Family,

These are unprecedented times and changes are coming swiftly. As the COVID-19 virus and its impact continue to evolve and develop, we at Lake Superior State University remain focused on the health and safety of our students and our employees, as well as our commitment to you, our alumni and donors. We are thinking of everyone’s safety and well-being, and hope that you and your family are staying healthy and positive. 

Steps to Protect
I’m reaching out to update you on the latest steps we are taking to protect our University community. While social distancing (or physical distancing) prevents us from meeting in person, we want to assure you that we are here to support you and are working to continue to provide you with service and updated information, as it is made available to us.

Campus Actions
Briefly, LSSU has made some major shifts in delivering all classes on-line so our students can continue their academic progress as effectively as possible. At this time, about half of our on-campus student population remain in our residence halls, and limited food service is being offered. The Norris Center and Student Activity Center (SAC) are closed. At this time, all on-campus events and gatherings that were scheduled through the end of May are postponed or canceled. This includes Honors Convocation and Commencement , which were scheduled for May 1st and 2nd, and are postponed to a date to-be-determined, possibly mid- to late summer or fall. We want to celebrate and honor our graduates who have worked so hard to earn their degrees.

University Response
You may be interested to learn more about how the University is responding to the coronavirus outbreak. We encourage you to check our COVID-19 website for the most updated information, including a recent letter from President Rodney S. Hanley Ph.D. We also invite you to stay connected through our social channels or our direct contact links below. The LSSU Foundation and Alumni Relations offices remain open, however Lukenda Alumni House and the entire LSSU campus are closed to visitors until further notice.

Opportunity to Help
We also recognize that many LSSU students are experiencing significant uncertainty when it comes to dealing with unanticipated costs related to getting home, food, housing and access to technology. You can join Lake State’s efforts to help students who are experiencing unforeseen challenges by donating to the Bud Mansfield Student Emergency Fund. With your support, we can act quickly and provide assistance that can lead to peace of mind and academic success, now and in the future. You can make a secure contribution to the Emergency Fund by clicking the button below.
As always, thank you for being a loyal supporter of LSSU with your kindness, your allegiance and your donations. We pledge to continue to monitor the situation here, stay focused on keeping our university community healthy, and provide you with updated information as we know it.

Stay well, Lakers.
Thomas W. Coates
Executive Director

LSSU Foundation:
Phone 906-635-2665
LSSU Alumni Relations:
Phone 906-635-2831