August 2018
Students are returning to campus, faculty are meeting and planning and everyone is getting fired up for a new academic year at Lake Superior State University!

LSSU Move in Day

Laker Week began with Freshman Move-In on Monday, August 20. Dozens of LSSU employees - including Alumni and Foundation staff - helped families haul their belongings into the residence halls.

T uesday, August 21 was the annual university wide meeting, featuring three high-powered speakers all kicking off their first fall semester at Lake State: President Rodney Hanley, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Lynn Gillette, and John Kawauchi, Vice President for Enrollment Management, Marketing and IT. Look for feature stories on Gillette and Kawauchi in the next Laker Log, due out in late September. 

President Dr. Hanley
President Hanley
Dr. Gillette


Students have many more Laker Week activities to look forward to, including a day trip to Mackinac Island, Sault Locks Boat Tour, Lakerpalooza, Oozeball, bowling, ice cream, comedians, and a hypnotist!


LSSU Robotics
New articulation agreement with Kirtland Community College fast-tracks LSSU medical laboratory science degree  

We are saddened to announce the passing of Paul
Paul Ripley
on August 20 at the age of 91. Paul was LSSU's first Alumni Director, long-time Placement Director and professor of journalism. He was a beloved fixture at LSSU for many years. The Alumni Association's Paul Ripley Award for Young Alumni is named after him.  Another great Laker has passed. Look for more details in the Fall 2018 Laker Log.

Keri Swantek
Paul Jerrard
Paul Jerrard '87, was named an assistant coach  with the Omaha  Mavericks

Keri Swantek '04, loves her job as a monitor/park ranger for Ostego County Parks and Recreation 

Elaine Suess
Elaine Suess '94, Cincinnati has been named to the  Board of Directors for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Elaine is president of Beyondbeing Executive Coaching, which she
founded in 2006.
Kyle Chatham

Kyle Chatham '18, was picked up by the Greenville Swamp Rabbits of the ECHL 


Two current LSSU students and two Laker alumni appear in a lip-syncing video promoting Tahquamenon Falls State Park.  Look for Ken Golat '08 at 14 seconds in the video, Katie Brownell '16 35 seconds (on the left), and current students Brett Immel at 46 seconds and Alex Stamm at 1:09 (front of the boat).
August 27 - Welcome Back Ice Cream Social , 11:30am, Campus Green

September 6 -  Lake State After Hours, 5pm, Cookout outside LSSU President's Home 
October 4  -  Lake State After Hours , 5pm, Buffalo Wild Wings

LSSU After Hours
November 1 -Lake State After Hours, 5pm, Soo Brewing Co

November 2-3 - Save the date for  Great Lake State Weekend (Homecoming), LSSU Campus, Hockey vs. University of Michigan 

Laker Basketball
December 1 - Laker Basketball vs. Wayne State, 1 & 3pm, Matthaei Center, WSU; Between games social for Lakers fans, 2:30pm, Matthaei Center Room 128

Laker Hockey
December 1 - Laker Hockey Tailgate, 5:30pm, Lukenda Alumni House; Laker Hockey vs. Minnesota St-Mankato, 7:07pm, Taffey Abel Arena

December 6 - Lake State After Hours, 5pm, Cooper Gym

December 6 - Laker Basketball vs. SVSU, 5:30pm & 7:30pm

Laker Hockey
December 30-31 - Great Lakes Invitational Hockey, Little Caesars Arena, Detroit

Laker Hockey
December 30 - LSSU vs. MSU, 4pm, Little Caesars Arena

Laker Hockey
December 31 - LSSU vs. U of M or MTU, 11:30am/2:30 pm Little Caesars Arena

LSSU Alumni
December 31 - Laker Alumni Social, 5-7pm, TBD near Little Caesars Arena

Red Wings
December 31 - LSSU outing at Red Wings vs Panthers, 7:30pm, Little Caesars Areana 

ACHA All American Scholars
(Top L to R) Kyle Chatham, Nick Kossoff (Bottom L to R) Ryan Renz, Aidan Wright




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