Lake Superior State University Unveils $14.2 Million State-Of-The-Art Richard And Theresa Barch Center For Freshwater Research And Education

State-of-the-art laboratories for campus constituents to conduct freshwater research, hands-on exhibits for community members to learn ways to protect natural resources, and wall-to-wall windows for uninterrupted views of the St. Marys River as the backyard-backdrop highlight Lake Superior State University’s new $14.2 million Richard and Theresa Barch Center for Freshwater Research and Education (Barch CFRE).

LSSU hosted a grand opening of the 18,000 square-foot, two-story site for campus colleagues, community partners, and the general public on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021.

“The Richard and Theresa Barch Center for Freshwater Research and Education expands our footprint deeper into the Soo and extends our trailblazing environmentalism. Barch CFRE immediately has become the crown jewel of our campus buildings and an important hub for the region,” said LSSU President Dr. Rodney S. Hanley. “Because Lake State is surrounded by three Great Lakes and the five comprise the largest freshwater system in the world, we’ve made their stewardship a priority for faculty and an opportunity for students since our beginnings in 1946. Due to the generosity of lead donors Richard and Theresa Barch, Lake State now has a top-notch repository that equips our graduates with the knowledge and skills to craft a life of meaningful employment while augmenting the quality of life of the Great Lakes region, per our mission. Put simply, Barch CFRE is innovative and transformative, reflecting ecological sustainability, student learning, operational excellence, and community alliance, which are pillars of our strategic plan.” Read more.

Click here to view photo highlights from the grand opening of LSSU’s cutting-edge $14.2 million Richard and Theresa Barch Center for Freshwater Research and Education. 
Over $6,000 Raised for the Laker Impact Scholarship

We are excited to share that over $6,000 was raised for the Laker Impact Scholarship during the LSSU Foundation's Giving Tuesday "Be Superior" campaign which ran from November 30 through December 5, 2021. The initial fundraising goal had been set at $5,000.

The Laker Impact Scholarship provides the financial opportunity for eligible students, majoring in any course of study, who wish to attend the University without incurring significant financial debt. The purpose of this scholarship melds well with LSSU’s strength and goal of providing social mobility opportunities to socioeconomically challenged students who will make a difference while attending our university and to become productive citizens in their communities and around the globe.
Gino Chitaroni '88, has joined the management team of RJK Explorations Ltd as the President of the company.
Louis Boudon and Jacob Bengtsson have each received Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) Player of the Week honors as announced by conference officials on Monday, Dec. 13. Boudon has been named CCHA Forward of the Week and Bengtsson has been named CCHA Defenseman of the Week. Read more.
Lake Superior State Director of Athletics Dr. Dave Diles has been notified of the resignation of LSSU women's volleyball head coach Dave Schmidlin. Schmidlin announced his resignation following five seasons as the head coach of the Laker volleyball team after being hired in March 2017. Read more.
Lake Superior State University Director of Athletics Dr. Dave Diles has announced that track and field/cross country head coach Rob Gallinger will be departing LSSU, effective Dec. 23. Gallinger, who has been in his role at Lake Superior State since August 2017, will be joining the track and field staff at Wofford College as an assistant track and field coach. Read more.
Join your fellow LSSU alumni and friends for Lake State Night at the Red Wings as we continue our 75th anniversary celebrations! All attendees that purchase through our LSSU specific link will receive a Red Wings and Laker co-branded beanie, with a portion of the proceeds going to support the LSSU Foundation and the greatest areas of need for our students.

The pre-game social will take place at The District Market inside Little Caesars Arena.

Join fellow teammates, coaches and Laker fans back at the Cooper Gym for the annual Laker Basketball Alumni Reunion Weekend! Register by Feb. 10 and you will receive up to 2 FREE tickets to Saturday’s men's and women's basketball games. For more information, contact the Alumni Office at 906-635-6219, or email

Golden Grad Reunion - May 6 & 7, 2022

As members of our Golden Grad Society, alumni are invited to march in Lake Superior State University’s Commencement ceremonies. The Golden Grad Society includes those who left campus at least fifty years ago, in 1971 or earlier. We define ‘graduation’ year as the last year a student was enrolled at the Soo Campus. The honored class and those attending the reunion for the first time will be presented a commemorative medallion as a remembrance of this significant personal anniversary. 

To participate in the Commencement ceremony please register by Friday, February 10, 2022.

The Lake Superior State University Campus and the LSSU Foundation Office will be closed from Friday, December 24, 2021 through Sunday, January 9, 2022.

Gifts received by the LSSU Foundation via US mail and postmarked by December 31 will qualify for a Federal tax credit on itemized 2021 tax returns. You may also qualify for a tax credit in your state of residence. You can access a giving form here.

Credit card gifts sent by mail must reach the University by December 30 in order to receive a charitable deduction. The IRS has ruled that credit card gifts are deductible only in the year the bank processes the transaction. Otherwise, please make your credit card gift online using our secure server. Visit our website for additional information about making a gift.

Those alumni and friends who are 70 1/2 or older can take advantage of making a qualified charitable distribution that may help to reduce your taxable income. This giving opportunity can make an immediate impact on an area of LSSU that is important to you. For more information visit here.

The LSSU Foundation is a recognized charity by the Canada Revenue Agency and will provide an acknowledgment as your official receipt for tax reporting purposes. For more information go to: Canada Revenue Agency.

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