LAKER E-FFECT
We are excited to share that the Superior Give-A-Thon will kick off in 5 days! The Superior Give-A-Thon is a time of encouraging yearly gifts to Lake Superior State University from alumni, friends, faculty and staff. For 2021, our goal is to raise $15,000 combined for the Fund for LSSU, the Bud Mansfield Student Emergency Fund, and Laker Club from February 1 – May 1, 2021.

You can be an inspiration to LSSU students by helping them achieve their goals with a gift. It is our donors and their willingness to come together to sustain and build Lake Superior State University that is so inspiring.

Get ahead of the game and donate today! Your gift will be counted for the Superior Give-A-Thon.

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UNIVERSITY NEWS
COVID-19 Terminology Tops Lake Superior State University’s Annual Banished Words List Just In Time For The Vaccination Rollout

People across the U.S. and around the world let Lake Superior State University know that they’re tired not only of the coronavirus pandemic but also of hearing, reading, and talking about it—especially when the communication is bad or excessive.

COVID-19 terminology monopolized submissions for LSSU’s annual Banished Words List this year. Out of 1,450-plus nominations, upwards of 250 of the words and terms suggested for banishment for overuse, misuse, or uselessness relate to the coronavirus. In fact, seven of the 10 words and terms that LSSU is banishing for 2021 are about it.

Ranked No. 1 to get rid of is what started of all this: “COVID-19” itself. Read more.
Lake Superior State University Awarded $250,000 Grant From U.S. Forest Service’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative To Create Local Green Infrastructure

Lake Superior State University will implement the St. Marys River Green Stormwater Demonstration Project in 2021. It will create the first green stormwater demonstration project along the St. Marys River and do so at a former industrial brownfield site. The $250,000 project will be located adjacent to LSSU’s Center for Freshwater Research and Education (CFRE) and the City of Sault Ste. Marie’s Alford Park.

The university’s project is one of 27 recently funded projects through the U.S. Forest Service’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, under an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Projects were funded in Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, and Wisconsin, totaling almost $4.5 million, and are designed to strategically target the biggest threats to the Great Lakes ecosystem and accelerate progress toward shared long-term restoration goals. Read more.
Outdoor Donation Requests for Seamore's Annex

Austin Heslinga 
President of the Lake Superior State University Fisheries and Wildlife Club 

During the fall semester, it came to our attention that many students face financial hardship and can not afford the appropriate gear to enjoy the outdoors. We want to make sure that everyone can access our incredible natural resources- snow, rain, or shine. To help, we worked with Seamore’s Closet on campus and have created Seamore’s Annex, which is a collection of clothing that’s offered for FREE to students that cannot afford the clothing necessary for the weather conditions. Seamore’s Annex will allow all students to get out and enjoy the outdoors in the Eastern Upper Peninsula and beyond, and create important connections and memories during their time at LSSU. 
 
Now, we need your help. We’re reaching out to businesses, alumni, community members, and LSSU staff and students for donations to begin Seamore’s Annex and create a closet that’s available for students. We’re asking for any new or gently used outdoor clothing. Specifically, we need rain jackets, winter coats for outdoor activities, rubber boots, hiking boots, and warm gloves. If you have new or gently used items to contribute, please email me (Austin Heslinga, aheslinga@lssu.edu) or drop donations off in the common room of Laker Hall (See schedule for drop off times).
 
If you have any questions, or ideas to increase our donations for Seamore’s Annex, please feel free contact me by email (aheslinga@lssu.edu) or our club advisor Dr. Moerke (amoerke@lssu.edu).
ALUMNI IN THE NEWS
Karl Linderoth '87, recently earned the CompTIA Security+ ce (SY0-601) certification. This specialized certification verifies that he has the knowledge and skills required to assess the security posture of an enterprise environment and recommend and implement appropriate security solutions. Karl is a Bay College instructor and program lead for the computer network systems and security program.
Carrie Sharpe '98, State Representative Ken Borton presented Carrie Sharpe with a flag that was flown over the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing as a token of appreciation for Carrie's work as Communications Director on Representative Borton's campaign for office.
LAKER ATHLETICS
The Western Collegiate Hockey Association has announced that this weekend's WCHA series between Lake Superior State and the Bemidji State has been postponed due to recent COVID-19 testing results within the Lake Superior State hockey program. The series was originally scheduled to be played at the Sanford Center in Bemidji, Minn. on Friday, Jan. 29 and Saturday, Jan. 30. Read more.
The Lake Superior State women's basketball team fell to the Ferris State Bulldogs by a final score of 83-65 on Tuesday, Jan. 26 in the Bud Cooper Gymnasium in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) game. Read more.
The Lake Superior State men's basketball team earned a road victory against the Ferris State Bulldgos by a final score of 80-69 on Tuesday, Jan. 26 in the Jim Wink Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) game. Read more.
CULINARY ARTS - RECIPE OF THE MONTH
WRAPPING IT UP
What happened to January 2021? 

If you’re like me it is passing by quickly as it has been a busy month on campus. The highlight was the outstanding job done by the LSSU Residential Life Staff in welcoming back our students to Spring Semester 2021 after the holiday break. This included the added challenge of Covid-19 testing.  Through teamwork, ingenuity and dedication, the leadership and staff of LSSU’s College of Science and Environment developed and provided saliva-based testing right here on campus! It is great to report a very safe return to campus for our students.

Ryan Sigmon of our office has developed another informative E-ffect for your reading pleasure. I hope you enjoy it.

Go Lakers!
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