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Dan Goodrich

“I chose LSSU expecting a very good engineering education. What I didn’t expect was faculty with real-world engineering experience and abilities, labs with real-world equipment, projects with real-world outcomes, and an entire campus staff with real interest in my success, as a student and yet today. My LSSU engineering education has created or supported every desired career opportunity. LSSU was absolutely the right place for me.”

Dan Goodrich,
Mechanical Engineering 1999,
Vehicle Test & Development,
Electronic Brake Systems Group,
Continental,
Auburn Hills, MI

Alumni Association

Kenneth J. Shouldice Achievement Award Recipients

The Kenneth J. Shouldice Achievement Award is named for the institution's first chancellor and president. It recognizes alumni who have enjoyed exceptional success in their professional and personal lives, and who serve as an outstanding example of the best of Lake Superior State University. The honor highlights significant achievements of alumni who serve as leaders in our region, state and nation.

Awarded for 2013

Rick Comley '71

  • Bachelor's in Political Science, LSSU, Masters in Education, NMU '73
  • Head Hockey Coach at LSSU 1973-1976
  • Head Hockey Coach at Northern Michigan University 1976-2002
  • Head Hockey Coach at MSU 2002-2011
  • National Championship Hockey Coach LSSU '74, Northern Michigan University '91, Michigan State Uiversity '07
  • Recipient of Spencer Penrose Memorial Award as college hockey's Coach of the Year '80 & '81
  • CCHA Coach of the Year '80 & '81
  • WCHA Coach of the Year '89 & '91
  • Member of LSSU Athletics Hall of Fame, NMU Sports Hall of Fame, Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame
  • Honorary Chairman of the American Lung Association Asthma Walk

Awarded for 2012

Thomas W. Ewing ’73

  • General Manager at Sovereign Communications, LLC.
  • Received the Senior Award at the inaugural UP Service Awards, 2010
  • Elks Citizen of the Year, 2009
  • United Way Volunteer of the Year, 2009
  • Involved with the Elks for 23 years and a Rotary Club member for 29 years
  • Member of Board of Directors of Sault Area Chamber of Commerce
  • President of the United Way Board of Directors
  • Participated in Alumni Speed Networking in March 2012

Awarded for 2011

Major Gen. Genaro “Gino” J. Dellarocco ’78

  • LSSU’s Commencement speaker, 2008
  • Product Manager, Petroleum and Water Systems, US Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command in Warren, MI, 1997-2000
  • Chief, Capabilities and Acquisition Division, J8, the Joint Staff, 2005 -2006
  • Director, US Army Acquisition Support Center
  • Deputy Commanding General for Systems Integration, US Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
  • US Army Aviation and Missile Life Cycle Management Command (AMCOM) for Missiles and Space
  • Program Executive Officer, Missiles and Space, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama., 2007-2010
  • Received second star, April 24, 2010.
  • Became commanding general, U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command, Alexandria, VA, July 2010

Awarded for 2010

Timothy A. Farmer ’79, Ph.D., CPA

  • Received the USML Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Service in 2010
  • Director of General Education for the University of Missouri-St. Louis Office of Academic Affairs
  • Generous supporter of Lambda Sigma Beta Scholarship and School of Business, Entrepreneurial, and Legal Studies
  • Associate professor of Accounting in UMSL's College of Business Administration
  • Served as chair of the UMSL Faculty Senate and University Assembly from 2006-2008

Awarded for 2009

Bill Rothwell '74

  • Oversees 500 scientists and engineers in five technology centers across the world & leads Shell’s research in areas like petrochemicals, biofuels and CO2 removal.
  • Vice president and general manager of a $1.5 billion global chemical business for Shell.
  • Headed up Shell Chemicals global Portfolio Strategy and Planning group
  • Pioneer in non-medical applications of MRI.

Awarded for 2008

Claude H. (Bud) Denker III ‘80

  • Senior Vice President, Penske Corporation
  • Given the Cadillac Award by the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau January 2008.
  • Chairman of Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix which returned world-class racing to the motor city in 2007
  • Previously worked as Director and Vice President, Brand and Marketing Development with Eastman Kodak Company
  • Spent 13 years with PepsiCo Inc., in marketing and management positions

Awarded for 2007

Kevin Borseth ‘76

  • Named head women’s basketball coach for University of Michigan, 2007
  • Led three women’s basketball programs - Gogebic Community College, Michigan Tech and Wisconsin-Green Bay - to 13 regular-season titles, 8 league tournament titles and 14 NCAA Tournament appearances
  • 12-time conference coach of the year  - 7 Horizon League & 5 GLIAC
  • Naismith National Coach of the Year finalist, 2003
  • Head coach of the University of Michigan Women’s Basketball team
  • Horizon League Coach of the Year honors in all but two of his nine seasons at UW-Green Bay
  • 2002-2003 Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Region VI Coach of the Year
  • Finalist for Naismith Coach of the Year award
  • Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2004

Awarded for 2006

Dr. Richard Gray ‘91

  • Assistant professor of surgery at Mayo Clinic Scottsdale since 2002
  • Teaching at Mayo Clinic Scottsdale since 1999
  • Leading researcher in breast cancer
  • Dozens of presentations at medical conferences nationwide
  • Mayo Foundation Scholar
  • Mayo Clinic Educator of the Year in Surgical Specialties
  • Mayo Clinic Excellence in Teaching award five times

Awarded for 2005

Tom Farnquist ‘62

  • Executive Director and curator of Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society since 1985
  • In 1994, the museum was designates as Chippewa County’s Business Organization of the Year
  • Received the Charles Follow Award from the Historical Society of Michigan for outstanding work in historic preservation for Michigan’s Upper Peninsula
  • Taught at Sault Area Public Schools 1968-92

Awarded for 2004

Cyd Shields Teare ‘82

  • Hospital manager and senior veterinary technician at White Oak Conservation Center, FL, one of the world’s premiere centers of its kind
  • Published more than a dozen articles
  • Twice honored by the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians (AAZV) with the Presidential Service Award, 1991 and 1994
  • Initiated an intern program for post-graduate veterinary technicians to give them hands-on experience with exotic animals in a captive setting
  • Part of a two-person team with her husband, Andrew Teare, DVM, in shaping the future of animal medicine through the Medical Animal Record Keeping System (MedARKS), software designed for keeping medical records in a zoo
  • Lifetime member, LSSU Anchor Club (Alumni Association)
  • Current LSSU donor

Awarded for 2003

Dr. Collette Coullard, '80

  • Professor of Industrial Engineering and Management Services (IEMS) at Northwestern University (Illinois)
  • Received several honors for excellence in research and teaching including the distinguished Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence from 1996-1999.
  • Holds both a master's degree and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University
  • Research interests include modeling, solution techniques and the fundamental mathematics of combinatorial optimization
  • Efforts focused on network optimization and network-based modeling, polyhedral theory and matroid theory.

Awarded for 2002

Paul MacDonald, '81

  • Chief Financial Officer for the Detroit Red Wings
  • Earned CPA certificate
  • Started out in manufacturing, first as a controller and within five years promoted to president of Prestole Corporation, a stamping plant and steel service center

Awarded for 2001

Daniel J. Pepin, DDS, '72

  • Opened own practice in Birch Run following graduation from the University of Michigan Dental School
  • Retired from dentistry in 1991
  • Now teaches anatomy and physiology at North Central Michigan College as well as Florida Gulf University
  • Lives in East Jordan with wife, Penny and three children Joshua, Amanda and Tammy

Awarded for 2000

Ian Ward, '76

  • Vice President of the Investment Department for Auto-Owners Insurance Company based in Lansing
  • Responsible for all investment activities of all companies in the Auto-Owners Insurance Group; assets total more than $6 billion
  • Received Chartered Financial Analyst designation by the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts, 1984
  • Awarded Certificate of Achievement from the ICFA, 1988
  • Chairman, Investment Committee of the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association, 1994 to present
  • Member and past chair of the Investment Committee of the Michigan Automobile Insurance Placement Facility
  • Serves on the Investment Committee of the National Association of Independent Insurers
  • He and his wife Toni have two children, Brad and Brittany

Awarded for 1999

Napoleon A. Chagnon '57

  • Currently on leave of absence from the University of California at Santa Barbara; temporarily living in Traverse City.
  • His long-term and repeated field trips to the Yanomamö Indians of the Venezuelan-Brazilian border have made him one of the most accomplished anthropological field researchers in the history of modern anthropology
  • Has also been a pioneer in the application of Darwinian theory to students of human sociobiology
  • Has published some 100 technical papers and book chapters, four books and 21 documentary films
  • Has been a guest lecturer at many of the world's major universities including Cambridge, Oxford, London, Rome, Tokyo, Harvard, Chicago, Berkeley and UCLA
  • Has also appeared on local and national TV and radio talk shows
  • In 1991, ABC's Prime Time Live earned an Emmy Award winning program that focused on his successful efforts to encourage the Venezuelan government to lay aside a tract of land to safeguard the Yanomamö and their tropical forest environment from development and commercial exploitation

Awarded for 1998

Ezio DiEmanuele, '78

  • Deputy director for Agriculture and Agri-food Canada
  • Formerly served the Canadian High Commission in London as a representative for agriculture and fisheries
  • Elected chair of the International Grains Council, June 1997
  • First position out of graduate school was as an assistant to a member of Ontario's Parliament
  • Invited to join the Ministry of Agriculture as a junior policy advisor in 1980
  • Promoted to senior international trade office in 1984, and again to trade commissioner for Agriculture and Fisheries in 1988
  • Assigned to Japan as First Secretary for Commercial Affairs at the Canadian Embassy, 1990

Awarded for 1997

Dr. Robert W. Blackstock, '74

  • Provost of Hillsdale College
  • Professor of Law at Hillsdale College
  • Has taught at Hillsdale since 1977 and was twice named “Professor of the Year”
  • Has published articles in the Wall Street Journal and the Journal of Business and Economics Perspectives
  • Founded the Hillsdale Hostel summer seminar series that explores the roots of American freedom
  • Appointed by then-governor John Engler to the Board of the Michigan Higher Education Assistance Authority and Loan Authority
  • Member of State Bar of Michigan and Hillsdale County Bar Association
  • He and his wife Jackie (Old), also a Sault Ste. Marie native, have three children, Thomas, Christopher and Sarah

Awarded for 1996

James A. Booth '70

  • President, J.B. Insurance Services, Inc
  • Vice President, Interpose, Inc
  • One of the youngest ever to achieve Million Dollar Round Table status in the insurance business; now lifetime member
  • Past President, Life Underwriters Association of Canada
  • Chartered Life Underwriter
  • Chartered Financial
  • Consultant
  • Working with LSSU Alumni Association to establish chapter in Toronto
  • Inducted into LSSU's Athletic Hall of Fame, 1997

Awarded for 1995

William Adams, PhD., '69

  • Vice President for Environmental Toxicology and Managing Director for ABC Laboratories in the United States and Europe
  • Responsible for technical operations and business direction of ABC's environmental Toxicology program
  • Leads team of 42 associates in the US and seven in Europe in contract environmental research
  • Earned numerous award for his work, including Exceptional Service Award by the Committee on biological and environmental fate, American Society for Testing and Materials
  • Recipient of Achievement Award from the MIC National Aquatic Monitoring Program
  • Presented at the first Industrial Chemical Engineering Symposium, Cambridge, England and at the ASTM Aquatic Toxicology Symposium
  • Appointed to the Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board's Ecological Processes and Effects Committee

Awarded for 1994

Gerry McGuire '66

  • First recipient of the Kenneth J. Shouldice Achievement Award
  • President and CEO of Sault College of Applied Arts and Technology, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
  • Member of Rotary Club, Sault, ON Chamber of Commerce and the Sault Ste. Marie Community Action Team
  • Served six years as city alderman, 1970-76
  • Serves on City Planning Board, Algoma Health Unit, Children's Aid Society and Algoma District Mental Retardation Working Group
  • LSSC Student Government President, 1965-66
  • Earned bachelors degree at CMU in 1971; masters at MSU in 1981; pursuing PhD in higher education management from MSU

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