In the last week we have raised just over $3,000 in support of the Bud Mansfield Student Emergency Fund. We hope you consider helping us close the gap in raising $5,000 for the Bud Mansfield Student Emergency on Giving Tuesday to get us to a total of $50,000 raised since April 2020. LSSU Students still need your support! All gifts this month through December 1 will be counted in our Giving Tuesday totals. You can also help spread the word on social media by using #BeSuperiorGivingTuesday.
Lake Superior State University’s Les Cheneaux Culinary Arts Regional Center Named 2020 Institution Of The Year By Les Cheneaux Chamber Of Commerce

Lake Superior State University’s Les Cheneaux Culinary Arts Regional Center in Hessel was named 2020 Institution of the Year by the Les Cheneaux Chamber of Commerce. The culinary school and summer fine-dining restaurant received the honor on Nov. 11, 2020, at a chamber meeting.

“We are both proud and grateful to be rewarded for good work,” said Zachary Schroeder, director and instructor of culinary arts at the 5,000 square-foot site. “We always keep our community in mind when making decisions, and we’d like to think it’s one of the reasons we were recognized with this award.”

The state-of-the-art culinary school opened in September 2014 with an inaugural class of eight enrolled in the one-year, three-term certificate program. Featuring a fully equipped commercial kitchen, it now can instruct up to 20 future chefs, kitchen managers, and restaurant owners. The adjoining restaurant, overlooking Hessel Bay and the Les Cheneaux Islands and featuring a boathouse-themed dining room and deck accommodating 80-plus diners cumulatively, launched in May 2015. It focuses on farm-to-table cuisine and sustainable solutions. The culinary arts chef certificate program became part of LSSU in 2019. Read more.
Make No Mistake About It: Implement Meaningful Language (Vis-À-Vis Lake Superior State University’s Annual Banished Words List)

LSSU has compiled an annual Banished Words List since 1976 to uphold, protect, and support excellence in language by encouraging everyone to avoid words and terms that are overused, redundant, oxymoronic, clichéd, illogical, nonsensical—and otherwise ineffective, baffling, or irritating.

The deadline to submit entries for consideration for banishment for 2021 is 8 AM Eastern Standard Time on Monday, Nov. 30, 2020 at

“It’s our tradition to publish the world-famous Banished Words List on Dec. 31 so that people don’t begin the New Year by putting their foot in their mouth,” said LSSU President Dr. Rodney S. Hanley. “No-brainer—which also made our list in the past.”
Kristi Nowka '09, recently opened a physical therapy and sports rehabilitation center in East Jordan, which aims to prepare clients for an active role in pursuing health and wellness goals.
Lake Superior State senior goaltender Mareks Mitens backstopped the Lakers in the team's first weekend of play. Mitens totaled 105:00 minutes in the LSSU net this weekend as he stopped all 28 shots he faced in the 0-0 tie on Saturday evening against Michigan Tech to earn his sixth career shutout. Mitens followed up with 13 saves in the game against the Huskies on Sunday as he played the first two periods for the Lakers. The Ventspils, Latvia native stopped 41 of the 42 shots he faced in his five periods of play. Mitens finished the weekend with a .976 save percentage and a 0.57 goals against average.
The Western Collegiate Hockey Association announced that the Dec. 2 WCHA season-opening contest between Northern Michigan and Lake Superior State has been postponed due to positive COVID-19 tests within the Northern Michigan hockey program. Additionally, NMU announced Monday it is cancelling its first five non-conference games of the 2020-21 season due to the positive tests.

In addition to the Dec. 2 postponement, NMU's home non-conference game vs. Lake Superior State on Wednesday, Nov. 25 has been cancelled. 
The Lake Superior State men's and women's basketball programs in conjunction with the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) have officially revealed their 2020-21 conferences schedules on Thursday, Nov. 12. 

Each team's schedule will consist of 18 conference games spread out over eight weekends beginning on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. The GLIAC announced that presidents and chancellors also allowed non-conference games prior to Jan. 1 to be scheduled at each intuitions' discretion.
During these times when the headlines are dominated by the ramifications of the Covid-19 pandemic it can be easy to forget we are heading into Thanksgiving and to be thankful.

We are very appreciative our Laker students completed Fall Semester 2020 in a relatively safe manner. The “Get Here, Stay Here” approach was deemed successful. I know that our students that received the extra help from your generous support earmarked to the Bud Mansfield Student Emergency Fund are appreciative as well.

Lakers are a resilient and generous bunch. As you can see from Ryan Sigmon’s lead article, alumni and friends are answering the call to action and supporting our Giving Tuesday appeal. Please help us, help our students and reach our goal.

As you can see, we have a young alumnus, Dr. Vishnu Chander ’12 who is employed as a hospitalist at War Memorial Hospital. We are proud of all our front-line first-responders, nurses and doctors who are bravely caring for others during these challenging times.

Perhaps over the upcoming holiday long weekend, we can express our gratitude by dropping off a thank you card and something special for these true heroes at our local hospitals or clinics. I am thankful for them and the great work they are doing.

Stay safe, be well and Go Lakers!
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