An extra special holiday video for such an unprecedented year.
LSSU’s Dr. Stephen Kolomyjec Named Faculty Coordinator Of Hunt Creek Field Station

Lake Superior State University Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Stephen Kolomyjec has been named faculty coordinator of the LSSU Hunt Creek Field Station in Lewiston, MI. LSSU collaborates with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources on managing the 2,776-acre nature preserve, which has been a research site since 1939.

“I hope to further the study of wetland, terrestrial, and woodland systems in this magnificent part of Michigan,” said Dr. Kolomyjec, a zoologist with field experience on three continents. “There are untapped opportunities for LSSU students and faculty, along with outside scholars as well as the general public, to learn more about this rich expanse of biodiversity and help protect it for generations to come.”

Dr. Kolomyjec, who specializes in the platypus, has been teaching at LSSU for five years. He earned a Ph.D. from James Cook University in Queensland, Australia, and a B.A. from Olivet College in Michigan. Read more. 
Thank you to those who supported the Bud Mansfield Student Emergency Fund on Giving Tuesday 2020. Over 60 donations, totaling $15,000 were received. This tripled our initial goal! If you would like to support the fund, you can here.
Honoring a “BRIDGE” Between Our Institutions

Recently the three Presidents of Algoma University, Lake Superior State University and Sault College gathered virtually with the family of the late Donald J. Gerrie, Sr. to honor his achievements and contributions in bridging connections between the three institutions during his distinguished career.

Algoma University President Asima Vezina, LSSU President Rodney Hanley and Sault College President Ron Common presented members of the Gerrie family with a plaque during the online ceremony.

One of Mr. Gerrie’s projects of pride was the formation of BRIDGE. It was an organization of business and education leaders from both sides of the river that met regularly to develop synergies based on the strengths of the Twin Saults. His thirty-year career began at LSSU as a part-time faculty member culminating with him serving as the Chair of the Business and Economics Department. Mr. Gerrie passed away in July, 2020.
Lt Mark Wuori '88, has announced his pending retirement from the Marquette City Police Department - Marquette, MI scheduled on January 17th, 2021. He has served the citizens of the city of Marquette for 32.5 years.

After graduating from Lake Superior State University in 1988 with a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice Law Enforcement with a minor in Fire Science, he was employed by the Marquette City Police Department in July of 1988. During that time he served in various functions of the department including, patrolman, narcotics detective and road patrol supervisor.
Last week, the league's Council of Presidents and Chancellors approved the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's (GLIAC) return to play Protocols that were recommended by the GLIAC's COVID-19 Task Force. 

All GLIAC member schools conducting sports programs must employ and adhere to the protocols set forth by the GLIAC COVID-19 Task Force and approved by the GLIAC Council of Presidents and Chancellors. These protocols are based upon recommendations from the NCAA's Resocialization of Collegiate Sport: Developing Standards for Practice and Competition document and subsequent updates. GLIAC protocols must be implemented for all athletically related activities beginning one week prior to GLIAC scheduled competition and maintained through the course of the season.
Lake Superior State University Athletics is proud to announce that the cumulative weighted grade point average for all student-athletes for the Fall 2020 semester is 3.28. 
The achievement highlights the continued improvement in the academic side of the student-athlete experience at Lake Superior State. During the 2019 fall semester, the Lake State student-athletes garnered a 3.278 weighted GPA. Read more.
Lake Superior State men's basketball coach Steve Hettinga has announced the first members of the 2021 recruiting class with the signing of a trio of Ann Arbor Huron High School standouts Devin Womack, Kingsley Perkins, and Tyson Edmondson to National Letters of Intent. Read more.
The Lake Superior State hockey team closed out the non-conference portion of the 2020-21 season with a 3-2 win over the Alabama Huntsville Chargers in the closing game of a series on Sunday, Dec. 6 at the Taffy Abel Arena in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. All three Laker goaltenders played in the game with freshman Ethan Langenegger earning his first career win while Miroslav Mucha scored the game winning goal, the first of his career to propel the Lakers to victory. Read more.
The Fund for LSSU mailer will be arriving in mailboxes soon, by making a donation you can support a wide variety of projects across all majors and departments that enhance the students’ educational experience at Lake Superior State University, including the Culinary Arts Chef Certificate offered at the Les Cheneaux Culinary School.

Your generosity is helping. We thank YOU, our Alumni and friends, for your continued support and look forward to a bright future in 2021.
Knowing that the term “unprecedented” could very well be banished by LSSU’s wordsmiths who oversee our Banished Words List later this month, I feel the need to squeeze it in a few more times.

I can’t think of a better term to define the efforts by our students, faculty and staff to make Fall Semester 2020 as successful and safe as possible. So many members of the Laker Team stepped up and answered the call for the good and safety of our students. I would like to give a “shout out” to our custodial staff members who were on the front-line making sure the campus facilities were cleaned to an “unprecedented” level of sanitization. Thank you.

There is an “unprecedented” number of people out there that just want to see 2020 come to an end. With just over two weeks away from 2021, it is a great time to appreciate the hurdles we have overcome this past year and look forward to all that is possible in the new year. It could be “unprecedented.”

Enjoy all the best this special season has to offer. Go Lakers!
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