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Jerome Wojack ’57, Central Point, OR, attended the Soo branch of Michigan Tech in 1958 & 1959 working towards a BS in Forest Management. Completed my degree at MCMT, in Houghton. Read More
Bob Calverley ’65, Thousand Oaks, CA, after retiring from a career as an award-winning newspaper reporter and a writer, editor and public relations executive, Bob Calverley has written three novels: Purple Sunshine, its sequel, Sunshine Blues, and Hyperventilated Underwater Blues.
Bill Sproule ’68, Brighton, a special honor from GLIAC presentation by Kris Dunbar, GLIAC Commissioner and former LSSU AD. Read More
Ray Rigel ‘ 77, Marana, AZ, is now enjoying retirement.
Gregory Switek ’74, Ironwood, since retiring from their position of Director of Buildings and Grounds at Gogebic Community College, they have spent many hours building and remodeling for family and friends as well as working on their own two properties in Ironwood and Marshfield, Wisconsin. Now a grandfather of two and step grandfather of three more, he spends a fair amount of time with grandfatherly duties. Gregory likes to bicycle for exercise and recreation and spends time weekly on the Iron Belle Trail out of Ironwood. His current job is the best he’s had since graduation.
Dave Ault ’87, Sault Ste Marie, ON, is currently a Sessional Professor in the studies of Criminal Justice at Sault College.
Lisa Briggs ’86, Newaygo, new position at Spectrum Health as a nurse educator for behavioral health
Judy Greer ’96, retired after 33 years being a deputy health officer in Alpena.
Mark Griffin ’82, Bonney lake, WA, retired from the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) after 35 years as an Air Traffic Controller
John Pistulka ’83, Manistique, was announces as new inductees with 2020 class induction.
Chuck Swanlund ’81 , Navasota, TX, is a Professor of History at Blinn College, Bryan, Texas. Co-Editor and Contributor to: A Lone Star Reader (published by Kendall-Hunt), and Single Star of the West: The Republic of Texas 1836-1845 (published by University of North Texas Press). Married to Gail Hayden Swanlund (Class of 81).
Paul Tatarchuk ’82, Mapleton, UT, in January 2021 he accepted position of Michelin Truck Tire Product customer support engineer for Utah Wyoming Nevada Washington and Idaho. He and his wife Andrea now live in Salt Lake City, UT.
Carolyn S. Dale ’99, Sault Sainte Marie, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the following appointments of Upper Peninsula residents to a number of boards and commissions.
Galen Duncan ’94, became UIC’s Senior Associate Athletic Director for Health, Wellness and Performance.
Brad Reynolds ’91, Fort Wayne, IN, Appointed Global Supply Chain Director, General Motors Fort Wayne Assembly Plant, Fort Wayne, IN.
Theresa Turmel ’98, Sturgeon Falls, ON, CA, I have been employed with Weecheetowin Support Services as the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Coordinator since February 2021.
Stephen Sowulewski ’97, Glen Allen, VA, Dr. Stephen P. Sowulewski (Professor of Health Science) at Reynolds Community College in Richmond, VA has recently been asked to serve as a master advisor in the School of Health Professions at Reynolds.
Jennifer (Bellant) Donner ’02 , Alger, has started as the District Director for the Iosco-Arenac District Library in East Tawas, Michigan.
Tan-A Hoffman ’05, Sault Sainte Marie,Earned her National Board of Teaching Certificate in 2018, Board Member of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards 2019, Michigan Region 1 Teacher of the Year 2020, Currently Working at JKL Bahweting Anishinaabe PSA as a 2nd grade teacher as well as a Literacy Teacher for the Michigan Learning Channel with the TV program, Read Write ROAR
Andrew Fry ’05, Elkhart, IN, My family and I do a Crayon collection every year to honor our son, Kollin Fry, who was stillborn 2/3/2011. My wife Jenica, who works as a paramedic on the hospital’s Pediatric Transport Team, came up with the idea when she saw a patient light up when they were given a box of new crayons to use during a transport, and noticed that the hospital’s “crayon stash” for moments like this wasn’t much of a stash but a few Click Here for More.
Luke Otten ’05, Traverse City,Was named the Chief Information Security Officer for Munson Healthcare based in Traverse City, MI
Alissa Simon ’03, Coldwater, Alissa was promoted to Sr. Compliance Manager at Metalloid Corporation. She has worked there for 10 years.
Nathan Slavin ’04, Portage, I was promoted to Detective. I also transitioned from the entry team to the sniper team with Kalamazoo Metro SWAT.
Guy Wolgamott II ’02, Baldwin, After 13 years at Metalworks Inc. in Engineering, promoted to Senior Application Analyst in IT department.
William C. Verrette ’00, Iron Mountain, honored with the 2021 Carl V. Pellonpaa Lift Achievement Award.
Nick Chenier ’19, Escanaba, the Bay de Noc Community College Board of Trustees has appointed Nick Chenier to fill the vacancy created by Ken Groh. Click Here to Read More.
Veronica Cockrell ‘18, Wellington, New Zealand, Veronica has accepted a job as a Research Assistant at the Antarctic Research Centre out of Victoria University of Wellington in Wellington, New Zealand. Jay Cockrell (graduated from Lake State in 2017) has been continuing work on his PhD in Geophysics with a focus on paleoclimatology, sedimentology, and stratigraphy in Antarctica from Victoria University and will be graduating in 2023.
Brad Pretzer ’11, Bay City, Brad was hired as a full-time mathematics instructor at Delta College.
Eden LaTulip ’20, San Francisco, CA, in June of 2021 they started a new job as a Manufacturing Controls Engineer for Tesla. A major part of their role at Tesla involves the development of hardware interface systems that aid in data visibility and line control for the new Giga Factory in Austin Texas. They also manage two global standards and I are the project owner for the system they work on in Austin. So far their work at Tesla has taken them on an incredible journey packed with state of the art technology and great engineering experiences.
Steve MacDonald, Kalamazoo, before Steve MacDonald was a neurologist at one of the nation’s top medical centers, the Cleveland Clinic, he was a Division 2 basketball player for Lake Superior State
Yuki Miura ’21, is in his first year with the Iowa Heartlanders.
Mackenzie Miller ’21, Gowen, passed their NREMT-P exam and received their state Paramedic license. Got their first job in September part time and shortly after started as a full time Paramedic. Rewarding career and continuously learning.
Bobby Southall ’20, Eden Prarie, MN, one of the video games they have been working on for the past year at Activision Publishing, Call of Duty Vanguard, has been released. They managed to be in the credits and have their name attached to a NPC (Non-player character) in the game itself! He would like to thank his wife Genevieve Smith, his family (Josefina Southall, Bill Southall, Andrew Burnett), their co-workers at Activision, and their professors/supervisors/co-workers in the IT/CS departments at Lake Superior State University for supporting them and giving them the hands on training they needed to get to this point.
Noah Yates, current Student, Sparta, enrolled in Lake Superior State University’s cannabis chemistry.