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Banished Words

It’s Open Season on Words!

Lake Superior State University's wordsmiths are ready for your submissions to the 45th annual banished words list. For every New Year's Day since 1976, the University has issued an annual "List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-Use, Over-Use, or General Uselessness." Between now and December 5, LSSU will accept nominations sent from all over the world, covering all manner of word or phraseology, which some consider being worthy of exile. "LSSU's word banishment tradition is now in its fifth decade,” stated Dr. Rodney Hanley, LSSU President. “For every new year since 1976, LSSU has received tens of thousands of nominations for the list, which now includes more than 1,000 entries. We are excited to see this year's entries." Hundreds of words from the fields of academia, advertising, business, the military, sports, and politics have found their way onto the banishment list. The 2019 list will be released on January 1, in time to welcome the New Year. Enter your submissions here.

Superior Case Competition Winners

High-school Students Challenged to Develop Solutions at the Lukenda School of Business

On Friday, November 1 the Superior Case Competition was held at the Lukenda School of Business. The Management Concepts and Applications class hosted the event, where high school students must evaluate a real-life business case and present their solutions to a panel of judges. Many local business owners and representatives gave of their time to serve as judges. This year’s judges panel was made up of: Doug Laprade (owner: Laprade Insurance Agency/Meemic Insurance), Ron Kurnik (owner: Superior Coffee Roasting Co.), Danna Sanderson (owner: The Foundry), Amy Azevedo (owner: Superior Styling Salon), Don Wilson (owner: Don Wilson Insurance), James Parker (Management: Central Savings Bank). The final panel consisted of Lake State Faculty: Mindy McCready (Professor; Lukenda School of Business), Valerie Philips (Professor, Lukenda School of Business), Jordan VanLoo (Marketing Department, recent Lukenda School of Business graduate) and Sharmay Wood (Student life). The class recruited other students to serve as mentors for the 11 teams that attended, with four students assisting each team. Continue reading about the Superior Case Competition.

Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency

Executive Director Of The Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency Visits LSSU

Lake Superior State University welcomed Andrew Brisbo, Executive Director of the Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA), to campus for a seminar on marijuana regulation in Michigan. The MRA oversees the development of the burgeoning cannabis industry in Michigan. Students, faculty, administration, and members of the community attended the seminar to hear Brisbo speak.

“As Executive Director of the Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency, Director Brisbo’s discussion on the current state of marijuana regulation, was an invaluable experience for our cannabis chemistry and cannabis business students,” said Dr. Steven Johnson, Dean of the College of Science & the Environment.

Brisbo’s seminar focused around the mission of the MRA, which is to establish Michigan as the national model for a regulatory program, stimulating business growth while preserving safe consumer access to marijuana. Continue reading about the visit.

Parker Dagenais

LSSU Mourns Loss Of Student

On October 13 Lake Superior State University lost a member of our family in a tragic car accident due to hazardous conditions on I-75. Parker Dagenais, a junior kinesiology student concentrating in sports and fitness management,  passed away at the scene. He was from Fenton, MI. “Our hearts go out to the members of Parker’s family and friends,” said LSSU President, Dr. Rodney Hanley. “As our campus community mourns this great loss, I ask all who knew him to remember your time and experiences with him, and rely on each other for support in this moment of grief.”

Parker was a student assistant coach for Women’s Basketball, and well-known around campus for his contagious energy and deep friendships.“Parker was a true blessing to our program and my life. He brought a joyful heart with him every day and his positive attitude was contagious,” said Women’s Basketball Head Coach, Brandon Lokken. “Parker loved our basketball program and we all loved him. We were so grateful to have him as a student assistant coach. We will miss him dearly.”

At the behest of Parker’s parents, Paul and Susan Dagenais, Lake Superior State University Laker Club - Women's Basketball, will be accepting contributions in Parker’s name to help high achieving students like him inside and outside of the classroom.

Make a Donation to Laker Club

Take 3

Celebrate the holidays at the arts center

Take3 and Lauren Jelencovich will perform a memorable holiday-inspired concert at the Arts Center! Playing festive classical music accompanied with sensational vocals, Take3 and Jelencovich join forces for an exciting and heart warming concert, “Together for the Holidays.” Enjoy all of your favorite holiday songs and more! Purchase your tickets now.

The Mystical Arts of Tibet featuring the Tibetan Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery

The weeklong residency of The Mystical Arts of Tibet began with opening ceremonies at noon on October 28 at Lake Superior State University, and culminated in a performance of Sacred Music Sacred Dance for World Healing on November 1 at the Arts Center. In addition to the famed multiphonic singers of Tibet’s Drepung Loseling Monastery performing, the Tibetan Monks also created a Mandala Sand Painting, hosted a lecture series and family-friendly performances for local area schools. Tibet: Magical Land of Spiritual Wonders photo exhibit also ran in conjunction with the festivities at the Arts Center Gallery. Click here to view photos and more videos from their residency.