January 2020

Lake Superior State University is thrilled to announce that Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario native and hockey Hall of Famer Phil Esposito will be in attendance when the Lakers take on Alabama-Huntsville at the GFL Memorial Gardens in Sault, Ontario February 15. The 18-year National Hockey League veteran is the grandfather of current Laker hockey student athlete Niko Esposito-Selivanov . Esposito's involvement will include a special pre-game ceremonial puck drop as well as appearances throughout the game. Read more.

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Word Banishment

The wordsmiths at LSSU have released the 45th annual List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-use, Overuse and General Uselessness. "These days, living your best life is literally impossible with influencers making us totes jelly," an LSSU spokesperson chirped. "I mean, the least they could do is watch their words." Check out the full list.

Registration open for summer camps

There may be snow on the ground, but we are thinking sun and fun at the Summer Campus office! Registration is now live for 2020 Summer Camps. You may now register for all high school camps and STEAM day camps. Alumni can use discount code " Lake State" to receive a 10% discount. Register online. The schedule will be updated soon.

Nominate a Professor for Distinguished Teacher 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 here , or contact the Provost's Office. Deadline for nominations: Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at 5:00 pm.
Patrick Gabrion , Class of 1976, retired after a 44-year newspaper career, finishing up as page-one editor at the Brunswick (Maine) Times Record. In retirement,  he edits a community center's monthly newspaper, works at a bicycle shop, and writes his own cycling blog . Patrick lives in Hallowell, Maine.
Jessica (Eash) LaMarch,
Class of 2000, was named Director of Admissions of Bay College in Escanaba in 2016. Jessica worked as a recruiter at Bay College for two year before being promoted to Director. Prior to coming to Bay College, she worked in events management for the University of Michigan and then for Michigan State. Jessica majored in recreation management at Lake State and still speaks very highly of her advisor, retired professor Deb McPherson. Jessica lives in Gladstone.
Benjamin Eckola, Class of 2014, has been promoted to sergeant by the Gaylord State Police Post. He joined the Michigan State Police in 2014 and has served as a road trooper, field training officer, firearms instructor, department wellness instructor, recruiter and temporary staff instructor.
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.

Featured Event:  Two days of Laker hockey-related events in Detroit area:

January 31 Lakers vs. USNTDP
The Lakers will take on the USA Hockey National Team Development Program (Under-18) in Plymouth on Friday, Jan. 31 at 7:00 pm. Throughout the afternoon there will be multiple events for LSSU alumni, fans and their families:
2:30 pm USA Hockey/NTDP Facility Tour 
3:30 - 4:30 pm Drop in hockey for LSSU alumni and family
4:30 - 5:30 pm Open skate for LSSU alumni and family
5:00 - 7:00 pm Free pre-game social at CJ's Brewing Co.
Ice time is FREE to LSSU alumni and families courtesy of Kim Muir Power Skating and the LSSU Foundation Laker Club supporting Laker athletics.  Click here to learn more about Kim Muir Power Skating and Can't Skate Can't Play.
Starting at 5:00 p.m., and leading up to the game, the LSSU Alumni Association will be hosting a FREE pre-game social at CJ's Brewing Company inside the arena. Food will be provided courtesy of the Alumni Association, and a cash bar will be available.  Discounted game tickets are available starting at just $8 before fees. 
Enter Code: Lakers
February 1 Laker Group outing at Red Wings
The following night, come watch the Red Wings take on the Rangers with fellow LSSU alumni & friends at Little Caesars Arena. Ticket packages start at just $59 per ticket, which includes a limited-edition co-branded hat! A portion of each ticket sold also helps to support Laker Athletics through Laker Club. More than 200 Laker alumni and fans have already purchased tickets - get yours now! 
Game time is 7:00 p.m., and due to the tremendous response from Laker fans, our FREE pre-game social will now take place in a larger venue. We hope you join us at 5:00 p.m. inside Little Caesars Arena at District Market Detroit.

More upcoming events:

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

             January 25 - Pre-gamer 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, 5:00pm

 February 1 -  Laker group outing at Red Wings vs. Rangers, Little       Caesars Arena, 7pm.  Pre-game gathering at District Market Detroit                 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, 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
             Check.Slash.Survive cancer fund raiser

 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

Hockey - 

February 22 is the Laker Hockey cancer fundraiser called Check. Slash. Survive! CSS is your opportunity to rally with your Laker Community in support of cancer treatment and awareness efforts in Sault Ste. Marie. You can help by ordering CSS apparel - your donation will go directly back into the Soo community to provide cancer prevention, treatment and awareness. Shop our online store. 


LSSU fans, alumni, and friends can  display their Laker pride with the LSSU affinity license plate. The Michigan Secretary of State's Office offers specialty fund-raising license plates, including state-supported universities. $25 from the sale of each license plate goes to Lake Superior State University. Proceeds fund the LSSU Alumni Legacy Award and various alumni programs and services.
FREE license plates are issued to all Premium members of the LSSU Alumni Association and new grads,  JOIN NOW to get yours in the mail! Laker Fans living outside of Michigan can get a Laker affinity collector plate to show their Laker Pride! Email  alumnirelations@lssu.edu to order an affinity plate.
Laker plates are available at any time - there is no need to wait until your plate renewal date. They are FREE for members of the LSSU Alumni Association or $35 for non-members.
Visit us online for information about alumni events and programs, to  update your information with LSSU and to become a Premium member of the  Alumni Association. 
For the Blue & Gold,
Susan (Frohmader) Fitzpatrick '87 - Life Member
Director of Alumni Relations

(906) 635-2831  I  alumnirelations@lssu.edu

Visit us  online  for information about alumni events and programs, to update your information  with LSSU, and to become a Premium member  of the  Alumni Association.