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LSSU Engineering Alumni Receive Kudos
Several LSSU engineering alumni recently attended a networking dinner that had a sports theme. Pictured here are, left to right: Scot Lindemann, CEO of BACA Systems and former LSSU Board of Trustee; Craig Salvalaggio, Vice President of Engineering at Applied Manufacturing Technology (AMT); LSSU Engineering Professor James Devaprasad; Russ Jones, Manager of New Market Development at FANUC; and Darryl Dinel, General Manager of DeShazo Automation. Shortly after the dinner, Mike Jacobs, the president of AMT sent a message to the CEO of Soft Robotics saying, in part: We have come to depend on recruiting from LSSU for excellent graduates. They have produced some real leaders in our industry, including Craig Salvalaggio, AMT’s VP of Engineering. I would wager that more than half the companies in the RIA have multiple LSSU grads. RIA is the Robotics Industries Association, which has about 550 robotics companies and organizations in its membership.
Saluja to get bronze likeness
HOLDING FOR THE BRONZE – Lake Superior State University Business Professor Madan Saluja holds still for three-dimensional scanning in LSSU’s R.W. Considine Hall on Jan. 9. Students from Saluja’s 50-year teaching career are commissioning a full-length bronze likeness of their former professor to grace a public area in Considine, which houses LSSU’s Lukenda School of Business. Chris Rydin, left, and Tim Mackey work for Engineering and Manufacturing Services, a company that creates 3D printed forms for the auto industry and clients such as Disney. Alums are planning to unveil the bronze sculpture this April in conjunction with the annual Lukenda School of Business awards dinner.
Rep. Chatfield receives Laker hockey jersey
LSSU President Rod Hanley formally presents Michigan Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield with a Laker Hockey jersey to adorn the walls of his office in Lansing. Unveiling the jersey are Tom Coates, executive director - LSSU Foundation and Ann Parker, newly appointed Chair of the LSSU Board of Trustees. Speaker Chatfield dropped the puck for a ceremonial face-off for the Laker Hockey vs Bemidji State game on Friday, January 25, 2019 where the Lakers prevailed 5-2.
Lee Chatfield receives Yooper gavel
LSSU alumni gathered to present an oversized gavel for newly appointed Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield to assist him in presiding over our State's House. Left to right are Pat Gagiliardi ‘73, Mitch Irwin ‘74, Speaker Chatfield, Mike Sawruk ‘72, Gary McDowell ‘70 and Scott Shackleton ‘83. All but Sawruk have served the State of Michigan in political offices during their careers. Gary McDowell was recently appointed Director - Michigan's Department of Agriculture by Governor Gretchen Whitmer, a position previously held by Mitch Irwin.
LSSU Moves Forward with Public Private Partnership for Housing
Lake Superior State University is moving forward with a public private partnership (P3) that would bring updated student residence halls to campus. Deals were signed selecting financial advisors and pre-development partners for the project. Consulting firm Reith Jones has studies the university’s housing situation and has developed a housing master plan. The plan includes renovating existing dorm space and eventually, the construction of two new residence halls. “It’s going to touch every single housing unit on campus, either through renovations, or we’re going to raze one building and we’re going to build two new buildings,” said LSSU Vice President for Finance Morrie Walwoth. Reports indicate that Osborn Hall, the female freshman residence hall, will be razed during the project. Stay tuned for updates on this exciting project that will totally revamp housing at LSSU!
LSSU Faculty Promotions
Lake Superior State University trustees and senior management stand with faculty who received academic promotions during a Jan. 25 Board of Trustees meeting in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. Starting third from left in the from row, moving right, are Eric Statt (promoted to associate professor in kinesiology), Kevin Kapuscinski (to associate professor in biology), Jason Garvon (to professor in biology), David Leach (to assistant professor in engineering), and Herb Henderson (to professor in criminal justice). Not pictured is James Schaefer, promoted to full professor in history. Starting second from left, and continuing right in the back row, are trustees Ann Parker (chair), Mark Mercer, and Timothy Lukenda (vice chair). On each end are President Rodney Hanley (left) and Provost Lynn Gillette.
For Guinness and University
LSSU President Rodney Hanley and his son Harry saddle up the lead sled before heading off to the I-500 race track on February 1. Standing behind around the flag are from left, LSSU staffers Abby Christensen and Julie Hober; Lucas Hober, Trevor Christensen and Seamore the Seaduck. All rode sleds on loan from Allstar Marine in the I-500 International Snowmobile Race’s February 1 attempt to set a Guinness World Record with 1,047 machines in a parade.
Senator Peters drops Puck at Laker hockey
Michigan U.S. Senator Gary Peters drops the ceremonial puck with oversight by LSSU President Rod Hanley between Michigan Tech's Jake Lucchini and LSSU's Gage Torrel to start the Saturday, February 16th tilt between the U.P. rivals. The Lakers prevailed 3-1. Senator Peters toured the Sector Sault Coast Guard Base, LSSU and other locations while in Sault Ste. Marie.