September 2020

Lake Superior State University has cancelled its annual fall homecoming, Great Lake State Weekend, out of an abundance of caution due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, while continuing to hold classes face-to-face during the semester.
"Every fall, we look forward to welcoming our alumni and friends back to campus to celebrate alumni accomplishments, cheer our Laker hockey team, highlight our signature programs and other majors, and recognize more points of pride. We also enjoy inducting a new class into our Athletic Hall of Fame every other year, including 2020. While LSSU is teaching in-person this term, we feel it's in the best interests of our campus, the community, and the larger world during the coronavirus challenges to call off this year's event," said Thomas Coates, executive director of the LSSU Foundation and chair of the festivities. Read more. 

Lina DiPasquale '98, was named the new vice-principal of St. Mary's French Immersion with the assignment of strengthening ties with First Nation communities. 

Jennifer France '98, was appointed to the SBM Access to Justice Policy Committee. Jennifer will also be featured in the December Benchmark Alumni Magazine for her article "Looking Past COVID-19 Toward a More Just Legal System."

Joseph Shier '87, retired as Michigan State Police First Lieutenant and post commander of the Sault Ste. Marie Post.

Jeanne Stafford, was presented with the Woman of Achievement Award by the Beta Sigma Chapter of The Delta Kappa Gamma (DKG) Society International.

Brian Talvensaari '95, was appointed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer to the State Fire Safety Board to represent organized fire departments in the Upper Peninsula. 

For the fourth time in 15 years, Lake Superior State University's Fisheries and Wildlife Club earned the Outstanding Student Subunit Award from the American Fisheries Society (AFS). LSSU was singled out for top honors from among approximately 80 collegiate counterparts in North America.

"The award recognizes outstanding professionalism, active resource protection, and enhancement programs, as well as a strong commitment to the mission of the society," AFS President Scott A. Bonar wrote in an email. "The LSSU subunit has been selected in recognition of their extensive activities and programs in many areas." Read more.

Lake Superior State University again ranks as one of the best institutions in higher education, according to U.S. News & World ReportThe 2021 college rankings singled out LSSU in three categories that it had also made in 2020: best regional colleges in the Midwest; top public schools, regional colleges, in the Midwest; and best undergraduate engineering programs nationwide. Read more. 

Lake Superior State University received a $14,850 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to host a campus and community program called the "NEA Big Read." The NEA Big Read offers a range of titles to choose from for collective study, and the LSSU family and neighbors will peruse Louise Erdrich's 2012 prize-winning novel, The Round House, a suspense tale set on the Ojibwe reservation of North Dakota. LSSU's Big Read also includes several related features: a keynote speaker, panel discussion, documentary film screening, and gallery exhibit, all on overlapping themes. Read more. 

The Men's League of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association will delay the start of its 2020-21 season, WCHA Men's League Commissioner Bill Robertson announced earlier this month. 

"We continue to engage in thorough evaluation and discussion of various options for safely opening the 2020-21 season, both nationally and within the WCHA, as the health and safety of everyone associated with our league is our top priority." Robertson said. "There was a strong desire to open the season as scheduled on October 3, but that is not possible given the realities we are facing. While we are still finalizing plans for our season at this point, we owe it to our student- athletes, coaches, officials and great fans to acknowledge the fact we will not begin play on time." 


LSSU's Fall 2020 Virtual Career Fair is this Thursday, October 1 from 9am - 4pm, be sure to register now! It is one click registration for alumni with an active College Central account. (Need to activate your FREE account? Email Geralyn Narkiewicz, Career Services Coordinator at [email protected] to access College Central Network today!)

Cheryl McCloud '85, is the Manufacturing Engineering Manager with Regal Power Transmission Solutions, and currently has 3 job openings for manufacturing engineers. Click here to learn more and to apply.

I hope you enjoyed this edition of the Laker E-ffect. Ryan Sigmon, from our office, did another outstanding job compiling everything from alumni news to some special accomplishments by our students. From my review, I noticed a Lake State classmate retiring which gave me another realization that I have been around here for a long time and this is a great place to live and learn.

To reinforce that thought, last night I attended a campus and community event in Shouldice Library referenced above called the NEA Big Read focused on the book entitled "The Round House." The event featured three local panelists with experiences assisting victims and families cope with domestic violence on Native American reservations. Being surrounded by the Native American culture this is an important issue for us to understand and we appreciate the efforts by those organizing this initiative.

We are very disappointed about not welcoming alumni and friends to campus for Great Lake State Weekend this fall. However, the "Get Here, Stay Here" approach to protect and provide our students a safe and productive environment has been working so far. The goal is to remain diligent. Our current disappointment is tempered by celebrating the accomplishments of our Alumni Award Recipients and Athletic Hall of Fame inductees until we can safely gather and enjoy the camaraderie of our fellow Lakers.

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


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