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Cannabis Center Of Excellence At Lake Superior State University Moves Further Into The Vanguard With Its First Endowed Scholarship

Trailblazing continues for the Cannabis Center of Excellence at Lake Superior State University. In 2019, the center opened as the first cannabis chemistry program in the nation. In April 2021, the center announced its first cannabis chemistry scholarship, an annual $1,200 awarding. And now, the center provides more financial help for its students through an endowed annual scholarship fund of $25,000 held in perpetuity that results in an additional $1,200 award each year for a deserving cannabis chemistry major. Both $1,200 cannabis chemistry scholarships go into effect for the fall 2021 semester. Read more.
LSSU’s Dr. Kevin Kapuscinski Elected President Of The Michigan Chapter Of The American Fisheries Society

Dr. Kevin Kapuscinski, assistant director of research for the Center for Freshwater Research and Education at Lake Superior State University, has been elected president of the Michigan Chapter of the American Fisheries Society.

“I have been fortunate to participate in the American Fisheries Society through student chapters, state chapters, and the parent society. These experiences have enriched my education, provided an outlet for my research, and facilitated new relationships with fisheries professionals. So it is a tremendous honor to be able to give back,” said Dr. Kapuscinski. Read more.
Lake Superior State University Awards Its First Robotics Engineering Undergraduate Degree

Lake Superior State University awarded its first robotics engineering undergraduate degree at spring 2021 commencement on May 1. The inaugural recipient: Connor Reppuhn, of Grand Rapids, Mich.

“Robotics engineering is the perfect mix of what I want to do and what I love. The new, cutting-edge technology is beyond fascinating,” said Reppuhn, who attended Forest Hills Central High School. “The hands-on learning provided by LSSU is without comparison.”

A member of the Engineering Society of Detroit, Reppuhn has accepted a job as a controls engineer at Mission Design and Automation in Holland. Read more.
Lake Superior State University Center For Freshwater Research And Education Students Reel In Big Honors

Four Lake Superior State University students working at LSSU’s Center for Freshwater Research and Education (CFRE) this summer were recently awarded prestigious funding from Michigan Sea Grant and Trout Unlimited to support undergraduate research on projects that will enhance fisheries management and invasive species control as well as address water pollution. Read more.
Lake Superior State University Hockey Head Coach Damon Whitten has agreed to a multiyear contract extension. Whitten has agreed to terms on a six-year contract, solidifying the program through the 2027-28 season.

Whitten, who was named the 10th head coach in program history in April of 2014, has been dedicated to returning the program to prominence, leading the team to six Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) playoff appearances, including the program's first WCHA Championship in 2021. In addition, Whitten guided the team to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 25 years during the 2020-21 season as well as the first Great Lakes Invitational championship in program history. In his seven seasons at Lake Superior State, Whitten has led the program to a 99-133-27 overall record. Read more.
The Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) announced its 104-game conference schedule on Thursday. All eight CCHA teams will play a 26-game conference slate with the regular season champion being awarded the prestigious MacNaughton Cup, recognized as the premiere conference trophy in collegiate hockey. Read more.
The Lake Superior State men's and women's track and field teams closed out the 2021 season at the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Thursday, May 6 and Friday, May 7. The conference championship meet was hosted by Davenport University and took place at the Farmers Insurance Athletic Conference in Caledonia, Mich. Read more.
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The 32nd Lake State Classic golf scramble will take place on Friday, August 6 at Wild Bluff in Brimley, Michigan. The annual event is a tremendous opportunity for LSSU and friends to interact, while supporting the LSSU Foundation, Laker Athletics, and other LSSU programs. 

Click the links below to view available sponsorship opportunities, and make sure to register your team early as we anticipate a full event. 

Room blocks are now available at Willabee's Motel in Brimley. Reserve by July 1, and stay just minutes from Wild Bluff. Rooms are available for $129+ tax/night for the weekend. Call (906) 248-3090 to reserve today. 

Lake State Townhouses are also available for players & friends coming for the Classic. They are available from Thursday, August 5 to Saturday, August 7. The rate is $75 per night. Book yours now. 

Located on the north side of campus, the townhouses enjoy the Sault’s best view of the Soo Locks and the International Bridge. Each unit contains two bedrooms, one bath, and can house four individuals. Units aren’t air conditioned.
There were some outstanding accomplishments this month with the first degree awarded in Robotics Engineering, the first endowment established in support of Cannabis Chemistry students at LSSU and more honors received by our Center of Freshwater Research and Education.

We really enjoy sharing the stories of the amazing things our Laker Alumni are achieving in their careers and lives. The most popular section of any Laker Log is the class notes. With another Laker Log coming out later this summer we encourage you to send us updates on you. It’s important to us that we stay in touch.

On Friday, August 6th we are organizing the 32nd Lake State Golf Classic at Wild Bluff Golf Course in Brimley, Michigan. Of course, we will be following the Covid-related restrictions in place at the time. Don’t worry if you are not a scratch golfer, even I have played in the event a couple of times. The main goal of the event is to have fun and catch up with other Lakers and friends.

Way back when either when I was a student or working at Lake State, I remember seeing the license plates the Sault Chamber of Commerce distributed with the saying: “Sault Ste. Marie, the Place to Be” on the front of vehicles. If you haven’t been back for a while, that is still the case!
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