Alumni Awards and Recognition
The biography highlights featured in the Alumni Awards section are noted as of the year of the award. Many of these outstanding individuals have continued to make additional significant contributions to their profession, community and their University.
Paul Ripley served as the University's first alumni director and was a member of the first class in 1946. the longtime administrator held several positions during his tenure, including director of Career Planning and Placement, and director of College Relations. An associate professor of journalism, Ripley established the Laker Log alumni newspaper and published it for more than 20 years. The publication remains a vital link between LSSU and alumni today. Paul retired in 1987 after more than 20 years of service.
The Paul Ripley Award for Young Alumni
This award honors graduates who have enjoyed exceptional personal and professional success early in their careers. Those honored must have graduated within the last 15 years.
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Dr. Shouldice served as Lake State's first chancellor and president from 1966 until his retirement in 1983. During his tenure, Lake State grew from a two-year extension of Michigan Technological University to an autonomous four-year college. Enrollment grew from 700 students in 1965 to some 2,800 in 1983. The Norris Center, Cisler Center, Library and other campus projects were completed under his guidance.
Kenneth J. Shouldice 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.
View the Kenneth J. Shouldice Achievement Award recipients
The Outstanding Alumnus/na Award
This award honors personal and professional accomplishments and involvement with LSSU. This is the highest honor the Association presents. The award highlights significant achievements of alumni who serve as leaders in our region, state and nations. The first award was made in 1968.
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This award is presented to an individual who has enjoyed success in their profession and community, and who is a strong advocate of the University, its programs, faculty, staff and students.
Dr. Donald & Catherine Finlayson Distinguished Citizen Award
The award is presented at the discretion of the Alumni Association Awards Committee with the approval of the President of Lake Superior State University and the Board of Trustees.
The LSSU Board of Trustees approved renaming the Distinguished Citizen Award in honor of Dr. Donald and Catherine Finlayson in the fall of 1999.
View Distinguished Citizen Award recipients '68-'96
View Finlayson Distinguished Citizen Award recipients '99-'14
Bud & Mary Mansfield Parents of the Year Award
Each year, the Alumni Association and the University honors the parents of a current Lake Superior State University student. Nominations are solicited from the campus and must include an essay explaining "Why my Parents should be Parents of the Year." The selection committee consists of faculty, staff, administration and a student.
The award is named in honor of Bud and Mary Mansfield. Bud, who was the Executive Director of the Sault Area Chamber of Commerce, was also a member of the very first class to attend the Sault Branch of the Michigan College of Mining and Technology in 1946. All 8 of the Mansfield children attended LSSU and most of their sons and daughters-in-law are LSSU alumni as well. A third generation - Jeff, son of Susan (Mansfield) and Paul Sullivan of Big Rapids, graduated from LSSU in 2002. Regrettfully, Bud has passed on but he once recalled, gratefully, that "Without Lake State, I don't think it would have been possible for all eight of my children to go to college."
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Honorary Alumni Designation
The LSSU Alumni Board of Directors may, when appropriate, designate friends of the University as Honorary LSSU Alumnus/alumna. The designation carries all of the honors, rights and privileges that are normally accorded to the graduates and former students of the University.
The Lake Superior State University Athletic Hall of Fame, established in 1995, recognizes individuals for their athletic accomplishments and contributions to the LSSU athletic programs as a student, coach or administrator.
LSSU Athletic Hall of Fame
Selection to the Hall of Fame is based on athletic accomplishments and contributions to the LSSU athletic programs as a student, coach or administrator. A nominating committee comprised of alumni, coaches, former athletes and other University officials make the selections.