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Board of Trustees

Board Recognizes Outgoing Trustee Doug Bovin

President Peter Mitchell joins LSSU's Board of Trustees in issuing a formal proclamation that recognizes outgoing member Doug Bovin (left, center) for eight years of service. The presentation was made during his last board meeting, held Jan. 26 in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. Bovin's tenure saw the formal launch of LSSU's Center for Freshwater Research and Education in 2016; the construction and 2017 dedication of R.W. Considine Hall; and, into 2018, a spike in admissions to Lake State. Governor Rick Snyder has appointed Richard Barch, second from right, to an eight-year term to take Bovin's place on the governing board. From left are trustees Ann Parker, Randy Pingatore, Thomas Bailey, Doug Bovin, Pres. Mitchell, Mark Mercer, Richard Barch, and Board Chair Rodney Nelson.

Mitchell driving zamboni

Winning Golf Classic Bidders Wield Zamboni Privileges

Check.Slash.SurvivePresident Peter Mitchell (right) takes cues from LSSU’s official Zamboni operator Jesse Burtt during a training session on Jan. 23 in Taffy Abel Ice Arena. Mitchell will be driving the machine after the first period of Friday night’s hockey game against Bowling Green. Mitchell won the honor by being top-bidder, along with staff accountant Craig Krouth, on a silent auction at this past summer’s Lake State Golf Classic that benefits Laker Club and LSSU Foundation operations. Saturday night’s game features senior recognition and the inaugural Check.Slash.Survive fundraising event to support local organizations that help fight all types of cancer.

Skybox owners

Changing of the Guard

Richard Ganzhorn, MD (center, striped shirt) hands keys off to Laker hockey fans taking over a skybox lease in the Taffy Abel Ice Arena. Ganzhorn is an original Laker Loft holder from the Gem of the North renovation project that installed the boxes in 1995. Taffy Abel has been home to LSSU’s NCAA Division I hockey program since 1976. Receiving the keys are Dr. James Adair, Stan Caruso, and Chad Amo (far left). LSSU Foundation Executive Tom Coates looks on from the middle. The loft is adorned with a new plaque dubbed “Doc’s Box” along with a standing invitation to the Ganzhorn family to drop in anytime.

CMS students

Academic Quality Yields Free Shot At Major Accounting Exam

If February awards mean anything, members of Accounting Club should pass April’s Certified Management Accounting (CMA) exam with flying colors. Based upon academic qualifications, the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), which offers the prestigious credential, presented the LSSU students with awards that waive the exam’s registration and study material fees. The scholarship offers a three-year membership in the IMA as well. Front, left to right with hometown info are Karly VanderMolen (Schoolcraft, Mich.), Alyssa Rose (Grand Rapids, Mich.), Kellie Johnson (Irons, Mich.), Nicole Wymore (Sault Ste Marie, Mich.), and Emily Chartrand (Brimley, Mich.). Standing from left are Taylor Chroninger (Alpena, Mich.), Alyssa Recla (Brimley, Mich.), Club Advisor Prof. Mindy McCready, Britani Douglass (Big Rapids, Mich.), and Devon Brand (Daggett, Mich.) This is the first time accounting and finance students have gone for the CMA, a valued credential in the corporate sector throughout the world.

Check for $566

Student Raises Funds and Awareness for Epilepsy

Student Laura LaJoie (pictured right holding the check) presents a check to the LSSU Foundation to benefit the Leah Marie Bollin Memorial Award that provides scholarships to students with epilepsy or other seizure disorders. To bring awareness and a better understanding for those afflicted with Epilepsy, Laura gave presentations on campus, held a bake sale and organized an Epilepsy Awareness Walk-A-Thon at the James Norris Events Center.

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Walleye Club scholarship winners

Saginaw Bay Walleye Club Scholarship Winners

LSSU's own Fisheries and Wildlife Management students Sarah McNichol (l) and Carrie Coy have landed two of only six $750 scholarships from Lower Michigan’s Saginaw Bay Walleye Club (SBWC). The club is one of dozens from throughout the Midwest that come to the St. Mary’s River every August for the Michigan Walleye Tour (MWT). The LSSU Fisheries & Wildlife Club, of which Coy and McNichol are members, contributes expertise to the tournament, which attracts hundreds of anglers to Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. The MWT and SBWC finance the scholarship as a way of giving back to the sport. McNichol, a sophomore from Richmond, Mich., is minoring in environmental science. Coy, who is pairing her major with a minor in geographical information systems (GIS), is a senior from Petoskey, Mich. She and five other LSSU students presented research Feb 13-14 at the Michigan chapter of the American Fisheries Society’s annual meeting. The students also shared senior-theses work at the 78th Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference held Jan. 28-31 in Milwaukee, Wis. Joining Coy and McNichol in this picture are, left to right, LSSU Fisheries & Wildlife Club officers Cole VanOosten, Will Marosi, and Riley Waterman. Kodiak Bear adorns the Crawford Hall of Science main lobby and roars his approval. The Michigan Walleye Tour returns to Sault Sainte Marie Aug. 10-11.

Chemistry Students Promote Lake State!

Chemistry students tell us why they study Chemistry and Environmental Science at Lake Superior State University. (Produced by LSSU student Alexis Passino)

Admissions Tour Guides "Champion" Lake State

Admissions students wearing jackets

Champion, Inc. of Iron Mountain, Mich. recognized the importance of supporting LSSU Student Admissions Guides in providing campus tours for prospective Lakers and their families by donating funds to purchase jackets and hats to keep them comfortable while performing their marketing duties. Learn more about Champion, Inc.

LSSU Admissions Guides pictured here,  Front Row (L-R) Elizabeth Cilman (Copemish, MI), Cassandra Merritt (Alpena, MI), Paige McLeod (Kincheloe, MI), Brandon Reith (Baroda, MI), Eric Endress (Livonia, MI)  Back Row (L-R) Samantha Scola (Saginaw, MI), Kaitlyn Thebo (Trufant, MI), Caitlin Crum (Holland, MI), Gabriel Hansen (Fruitport, MI).
Check for $1500

New Fund to Support Veterans

Tom Brown, local representative for the Vietnam Veterans of America, presented a check to Esther Proulx, LSSU Foundation Development Coordinator and Daretha Yeadon, LSSU alumna and military veteran.  The newly created fund is designated to the LSSU Veterans Assistance Fund, providing emergency fund assistance to Veterans attending LSSU.

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Mitchell on Snowmobile

I-500 Parade Record Attempt

President Peter Mitchell suits up gladiator-style with help from LSSU staffers Abby Christensen (left), Seamore the Seaduck, and Julie Hober. The four rode two sleds on loan from Allstar Marine in the I-500 International Snowmobile Race's Feb. 1 attempt to set a Guinness World Record with 1,047 machines in a parade. Organizers were about 50 snowmobiles shy in topping the mark and will try again next year.