March 2020

In this time when worldwide news and everyone's thoughts are dominated by the Covid-19 pandemic, many people become overwhelmed with graphs, statistics, directives and executive orders - all of which can become depressing. We'd like to brighten up your day with some positive pockets of news unrelated to the virus. For some uplifting anecdotes, read on. 

Lauren Paitson, Campus Director of Youth Camps, reported that her office donated more than 5,000 child sized blue vinyl gloves to War Memorial Hospital. Lauren said they were just sitting in the Superior EDventures storage area. "We don't use them any more for frog dissections. I just didn't want all these gloves sitting idly in storage when they could be used by families in our community," she said. Lauren got the okay from her bosses, Derric Knight and Chris Oshelski, and WMH Materials Management Director Carla Cryderman was thrilled and appreciative of this donation!  

Stephanie Roose, Admissions Representative and International Specialist: " I'd just like to say that LSSU's IT Team is rocking it! They have been doing a phenomenal job of helping both staff and students. Every single request I have sent has been completed in a very timely manner, from student password resets, to ensuring we're connected by call forwarding from our work extensions to our cell phones, and everything in between. They have made the transition to working remotely as seamless as possible, and I cannot thank them enough! :)" Editors note:  I will second those kudos, and this following their hard work in very quickly transitioning our campus and classrooms to 100% remote instruction the prior week!

Life at Lake Superior State University has undergone some tremendous changes in the past few weeks. One topic that many have been asking about: Commencement, originally scheduled for May 2nd, is postponed to a date to-be-determined, possibly mid- to late summer or fall. We want to celebrate and honor our graduates who have worked so hard to earn their degrees. Check out LSSU's Coronavirus web page for additional announcement, updates and details. Rest assured that LSSU is doing everything possible to protect its students and employees.

For more positive and uplifting news, continue reading.

Students and Staff win awards at American Fisheries Society meeting!
Submitted by Ashley Moerke, Director of Center for Freshwater Research and Education

Earlier in March, 14 Fisheries & Wildlife students, two faculty and five CFRE staff attended the Michigan American Fisheries Society meeting   in Mount Pleasant.  Five state universities and many state agency folks attended. We had a number of impressive highlights that continue to build a strong reputation for LSSU.   Additional details about the American Fisheries Society meeting.

Most importantly, all of this was done while students were practicing good hygiene techniques to stay healthy. They are all now pros at greeting with the elbow tap!
CFRE students achieve 100% success rate with Sea Grant internships
We have great news to celebrate! This past winter CFRE faculty and staff worked with five of our students to submit applications for $5,000 Michigan Sea Grant summer internships.  On Friday we were informed that all five were selected for funding! Timothy Boyd, Julianne Green, Samuel Johnson, Dakota VanFleet and Molly Wozniak will all be conducting innovative research and community engagement projects as a result of this funding. See details about the students, their majors and their sponsors.  Keep an eye out for all of their great work to come this summer!
Submitted by Dr. Kirk Mauldin, Professor of Sociology and Director of Community Research Center

The Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters has awarded the Kapp Award for outstanding undergraduate research to my research advisee Kyle Silvas. The Academy recognizes only one student each year across all universities and disciplines in Michigan.  His study on the impact of diet on stress and depression among college students found that HFS (High Fat and Sugar) diets were significantly related to depression, while anxiety was antecedent to poor dietary choices.  Regular exercise was found to mitigate both anxiety and depression in the study cohort. Kyle will graduate with a degree in psychology this year. Additional details.

From the school of Kinesiology
  • Tanner Huotari '20 was awarded the Guaranteed Graduate Seat to CMU Physical Therapy.  He will be starting in May (Tentatively)
  • Adam Moffatt '20 has been accepted to Physician Assistant school in Indiana
  • Reese Zuhlke '20 has been provisionally accepted to Occupational Therapy school at Barry University in Miami, FL.
From the school of Kinesiology:
  • Austin Hawks '19 has been accepted to CMU Physical Therapy, starting in May (Tentatively)
  • Claire Meyer '19 was accepted to Athletic Training school at University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
  • Monseratt Navarro '19 accepted a position with the NBA - Detroit Pistons
  • Jeanette Kymes '19 was accepted for a doctorate program in Occupational Therapy at WMU (Fall 2020 entry)
  • Camden Ledy '19 was accepted to University of St Augustine in Miami FL for fall 2020 entry
  • Carson Manger '19 was accepted to Bowling Green State University for a master's program in Sport Administration.
  • Amy (Tonkin) Metiva '93 has been asked to speak on a panel at the NATA National Meeting in June in Atlanta.  Topic of the panel is Emerging Practices in the Athletic Training Setting

Derek Anthony Smith '07 named Coach of the Year for OJHL
Derek A. Smith, who many hockey fans will recall played hockey for the Lakers at the same time as Derek R. Smith - thus requiring first names and middle initials on their hockey jerseys - was recently named Coach of the Year  for the Ontario Junior Hockey League. Derek just completed his first year as head coach for the Wellington Dukes. He was a defenseman for the Lakers from 2004-2007, followed by a 10-year career in professional hockey, including 94 NHL games with the Ottawa Senators and the Calgary Flames.

Terry Augustine '02 and his wife Beth own Flour Child Bakery in Grand Ledge, and are giving dozens of free bagels to essential workers in their area.
Do you own a business?
The Alumni Association would like to recognize alumni who own their own business, and we would love it if you would recognize your alma mater! We have printed posters identifying your business as a Lake Superior State University Alumni-Owned Business, and we want you to hang this poster with pride in your office, reception area or front window of your business. Show your Laker Pride, and enable us to share your business with fellow Laker Alumni & Friends! Register HERE - we'll send you a poster, and add you to a list of alumni-owned businesses on our website

Nominate an Advisor for Excellence in Advising Award
An academic advisor's responsibility is to serve as a personal resource outside the classroom for individual students as they pursue the goal of succeeding in college.  A good advisor - especially during times of crisis and at turning points - can be the difference between student failure and student success, both in college and more generally. The nomination period for the 2019-2020 Excellence in Advising Award is March 3 through April 14, 2020. All students, faculty, staff, and alumni are encouraged to nominate one LSSU professor for this award. Get more information  or access the form directly here .
DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS:  Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 5:00 pm.
All LSSU events scheduled through May 31 have been cancelled or postponed. Events tentatively scheduled after that include:

June 4 - Lake State After Hours, 1668 Winery, 4:30pm

June 12 - Lake State Golf Clasic, Wild Bluff, 9am

July 18 - Laker outing at Tiger game, Comerica Park, 6:10pm

August 4 - Bud Cooper Memorial Golf Classic, Sault Country Club, 9:30am

Check here regularly for updates regarding future events.


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I hope these positive pockets of news have provided a welcome respite from the very necessary and serious business of Covid 19. May all LSSU alumni, friends and employees stay safe and healthy during this pandemic. We look forward to gathering together again in person when it is safe to do so. Take care!
For the Blue & Gold,
Susan (Frohmader) Fitzpatrick '87 - Life Member
Director of Alumni Relations

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