December 2019
Happy Holidays from Lake Superior State University!
Banished Words List

Word Banishment

Join us live on Facebook December 31 at 2pm for the announcement of the 2019 List of Banished Words!

Communication through the Generations

Students from LSSU's Interpersonal Communication class met with elder community members at Bayliss Public Library to gain an understanding of how their experiences with communication differ from the type of communication we have today. Following those meetings, the students gave presentations regarding how communication and culture have changed over time. Ten students and ten community member participated in the one-on-one interviews.

Nominate a Professor for Distinguished Teaching Award

Take a moment to recognize a professor for going above and beyond, inspiring you to do your best, or giving you the opportunity to shine. All alumni, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate one or more LSSU professors for this award. Get more information and complete a nomination form or contact the Provost's Office. Deadline for nominations: Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at 5:00 pm.
News from Academic Departments

Don't bake your Christmas cookies without first pondering the Chemistry of the Cookie .
Alumni Highlights

Rebecca Missler '04 of North Pole, Alaska has been chosen to receive a Milken Educator Award, which comes with an unrestricted $25,000 grant. Milken Educators are selected in early to mid-career for what they have achieved and for the promise of what they will accomplish. The honor includes membership in the National Milken Educator Network and attendance at the Milken Educator Forum in Indianapolis in March 2020. Congratulations to Rebecca! Read more.

Chad LaFaver '17, a Great Lakes fisheries biologist with the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians in Harbor Springs, recently sent this note to LSSU professors Ashley Moerke and Kevin Kapuscinski:

Just thought I would drop you two an email and thank you for preparing such great workers. I have just finished a near 2 week project where we collected cisco and lake whitefish from gill nets to supply our hatchery with close to 1 million eggs from each species. At the same time, we are also partnering with USGS, MiDNR, and GTB conducting a cisco telemetry study in Grand Traverse Bay. I managed a crew consisting of 6 Laker Alumni (myself included) and I couldn't be happier with their work and knowledge. Just wanted to thank you both for all you have done and continue to do to prepare your students for great career of the fisheries field. 

Photo ID Left to right, back: Kris Dey '11, Serena Lake '18, Katherine Skubik '18, Sean Leask '15, Sam Day '16, and  Chad LaFaver '17 in the front.

Help us recognize worthy alumni

Do you know any LSSU alumni who deserve recognition? The Alumni Association recognizes alumni each year in our annual Alumni Awards ceremony. Three awards are given annually - one geared towards recent graduates; one focusing on professional achievement; and one honoring alumni who are both professionally successful and also supportive of their alma mater. Help us identify awesome alumni who merit honor and admiration - nominate them for an LSSU Alumni Award.

Athletic Hall of Fame

LSSU's Athletic Hall of Fame recognizes individuals for their athletic accomplishments and contributions to the LSSU athletic program as a student, coach or administrator. Nominate an alumni athlete and see previous inductees here.
Featured Event:  Sault Cities United

Join your fellow LSSU alumni and friends as Laker hockey takes on the University of Alabama - Huntsville at GFL Memorial Gardens in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario on February 15 at 7pm. Prior to the game the Alumni Association will host a social for all Laker hockey fans in the Bumbacco room inside GFL Memorial Gardens. Mark your calendars today and plan to join us!

January 18 - Laker basketball vs. NMU at Berry Events Center - 1 & 3pm, social  between games on site

January 18 - 
SHARP Dance Company performs at LSSU Arts Center, 2-4pm

January 24-25 - Laker hockey vs. Alaska - Anchorage at Abel Arena, 7pm

January 25 - Pre-game Party on the Porch at Abel Arena,  5:30pm

            January 31 - Laker hockey vs. USNTDP U-18, Plymouth,                          7pm.  Pre-game gathering at CJs in USA Arena, 5:30pm

February 1 -  Laker group outing at Red Wings vs. Rangers, Little Caesars Arena, 7pm.  Pre-game gathering at Kid Rock's Restaurant in Little Caesars Arena, 5pm

February 8 - Basketball Alumni Weekend in the Cooper Gym, featuring hoops vs SVSU

February 15  - Laker hockey vs. Alabama at GFL Memorial Gardens in Soo, Ont, 7pm.  Pre-game social for Laker fans in the Bumbacco Room, GFL Memorial Gardens, 5pm

February 21-22 - Laker hockey vs. Northern Michigan at Abel Arena, 7pm

February 22 - Pre-game Party on the Porch at Abel Arena, 5:30pm

February 28-29 - Laker hockey vs. Ferris State at Ewigleben, Arena, Big Rapids, 7pm & 6pm

February 29 -  Hockey social for Laker fans, Applebees, Big Rapids, 4pm

Check out photos from the Laker hockey social at Pizza Pub 516 in Bowling Green, Lake State After Hours and the Senior Sendoff for December grads

Holiday closure on campus: Academic and administrative offices at LSSU close for the holidays from Monday, December 23 through Friday, January 3. The university reopens for business on Monday, January 6 and students return to campus to begin spring semester January 13. The Norris Center and Student Activity Center have limited holiday hours. LSSU's Public Safety office is staffed 24/7.

Traveling over the holidays? Bring your Laker Log along! Ask for one of  our Log Around the World microfiber cloths or just print the cover from an online Log. Take a photo of yourself with a Laker Log in all the interesting and unique places you visit, and send it to . We'll put you up on our website , include you in the next digital Laker Log and give you your 15 minutes of fame.

Best wishes from your Alumni Association for a Holiday full of Peace and Joy and a New Year filled with Faith and Hope.
For the Blue & Gold,
Susan (Frohmader) Fitzpatrick '87 - Life Member
Director of Alumni Relations

(906) 635-2831  I

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