Alumni House During Great Lake State Weekend

Great Lake State Weekend 2021

We are pleased to share with you that this year’s Great Lake State Weekend will be held on October 15 & 16, 2021. Festivities will include the kick-off of the University’s 75th anniversary. This will be the overarching theme for the weekend.  On Friday and Saturday, we will operate a Welcome Center at Lukenda Alumni House to greet alumni and friends. There will be an array of academic open houses and the career fair on Friday afternoon.

We are excited about a new format for the Alumni Awards scheduled in the Arts Center on Friday prior to the Laker Hockey game.  The Lakers will be opening their CCHA season against the St. Thomas University Tommies, the newest addition to the CCHA, for a two-game home series.

On Saturday, join us for Admissions activities, a fun run and a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of LSSU’s Nursing Program. There will be a reunion and open house at the Superior Simulation Center. There will be five inductees into the Laker Athletic Hall of Fame this year occurring Saturday afternoon followed by the Women’s Walk for Women’s Athletics. The walk will culminate with the “Pre-gamer on the Courts” social on the outdoor tennis courts prior to Saturday night’s Laker Hockey game.

This is an overview of the activities with more details to follow. We will be following whatever potential restrictions that may be in place at the time, if any, to ensure the safety of all participants.

The campus community looks forward to welcoming alumni, friends and potential students back to Lake State!




Jan Bednarz, a 1972 Business Administration – Management graduate, has been chosen as the 2021 recipient of the LSSU Outstanding Alumnus Award. The Indianapolis, IN, resident is a retired Vice President and Part Owner of MJ Insurance, Inc. The Outstanding Alumnus Award, established in 1968, is the highest honor that the association presents. It recognizes recipients for their personal and professional accomplishments and their involvement with LSSU, highlighting the significant achievements of alumni who serve as leaders in our region, state and nations.


Hannah Pierson-Compeau, was selected as the 2021 recipient of the Paul Ripley Award for Young Alumni. The award was established in 1994 and is presented to graduates who have enjoyed exceptional personal and professional success early in their careers, and who are involved with LSSU and/or the LSSU Alumni Association. Hannah has served as the Product Manager for American University in Washington, D.C since February 2019.


Cynthia Williams is this year’s recipient of the LSSU Alumni Association’s Kenneth J. Shouldice Alumni Achievement Award.  This award recognizes personal and professional successes that serve as outstanding examples to LSSU graduates. The award highlights significant achievements of alumni who serve as leaders in our region, state and nations. She retired in 2016 after 16 years with Michigan Education Special Services Association (MESSA), which was founded in 1960 and is the largest provider network in Michigan.



Hall of Fame Class of 2021

Four of Lake Superior State University’s most distinguished athletes and a former coach have been chosen as inductees to the LSSU Athletics Hall of Fame class of 2021. This year’s inductees include wrestling head coach Tom Borrelli, women’s basketball player Becky Marquardt-King, track & cross country athlete Anthony Pavicic, tennis athlete Megan Schwab, and hockey player Sean Tallaire.