October 2020

We hope you and your family have a fun and safe Halloween!

Scott Strait '84, current criminal justice professor and Laker alumnus, was named the Sheriff of the Year by the Michigan's Sheriff Association. Sheriff Strait has served in law enforcement for over 30 years and is now in his second year as a full time faculty member. 


This edition will feature alumni updates, including class notes, family updates, friends we'll miss, featured news stories, and more!

Email alumnirelations@lssu.edu with a photo of you in your Laker themed protective mask, or any other mask, along with your preferred name and grad year to be featured in this issue!


Lake Superior State hockey, in conjunction with the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA), has released its schedule for the 2020-21 season.

The Lakers schedule consists of 25 games total, including seven non-conference meetings and 18 conference games. All contests will be played against WCHA opponents this season, including the non-conference matches. Non-conference play will begin on Saturday, Nov. 21 when the Lakers host the Michigan Tech Huskies in a weekend series. The Lakers non-conference play will conclude on Monday, Dec. 7 following a home series against Alabama-Huntsville.

MTEC SmartZone in collaboration with Innovate Marquette SmartZone will once again be hosting its Return North event this coming November. Return North is a digital professional career reception aiming to connect job seekers with Upper Peninsula hiring companies and support the attraction and retention of quality professionals in the area. This year's event is free to job seekers, completely virtual and part of a regional Back to Michigan talent attraction organized by the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity.

Alumni can register to attend for free here.

Alumni Career Resources
Career Services offers resources and assistance to LSSU alumni who are looking for help with the job search process or career path changes. Appointments can be scheduled virtually through your College Central Network account for assistance with updating a resume or cover letter, networking and interview skills, creating a digital portfolio, graduate school applications and much more.

College Central Network - This online resource includes a job search board, portfolio builder, podcasts, videos, and articles on all aspects of the job search process. Alumni can access this free resource by emailing the Career Services Coordinator at gnarkiewicz@lssu.edu or by calling (906) 635-2228.


It is with great Laker pride in this issue to see one of our Criminal Justice Alums receive accolades as the Sheriff of the Year for the entire State of Michigan and another recent alumna in the early stages of her career as an officer in Richfield Township. We appreciate the honorable work our alumni do to keep their citizens safe.

Your alma mater continues to prepare our students for future rewarding careers like examples above. This week we witnessed our Fire Science students gaining hands-on experience in extinguishing a Mock Dorm Burn in the middle of campus. Meanwhile, LSSU students in our Fishery & Wildlife program are involved in the annual Atlantic Salmon harvest at the CFRE Hatchery in the east end of the Cloverland Electric Power Plant. "Laker Learning" continues to thrive in spite of some of the challenges related to Covid-19.

We hope you all remain safe and healthy.

Go Lakers!
Thomas W. Coates '86 - Lifetime Member
Executive Director ~ LSSU Foundation


Visit us online for information about alumni events and programs, to update your information with LSSU, and to become an Annual or Lifetime Member of the Alumni Association.

Ryan Sigmon, Laker E-ffect Editor
Thomas W. Coates, Executive Director ~ LSSU Foundation