Redefining the Classroom

Alumni Success Stories

Carrie Pagels

Carrie Fancet Pagels '78 has been offered a contract with Barbour to release another novella collection in 2018. Along with that she will have three books releasing in 2017 one of them being My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude's Mooring (Barbour Publishing 2017). She has also become the Evangelical Christian Publishing Association, bestselling author. She won this award with her Blue Ribbon Brides Collection, this past december and became a Maggie's award finalist 2016 in Romance Novellas for The Substitute Bride. All of these books are set in Michigan.



Sara Loughrige


Sara Loughrige '14was writing a novel during her years at LSSU, now years later it has been published and will be released Saturday, April 1st.



Stuart Flynn


Stuart D Flynn '75 has been appointed to the founding dean of Fort Worth's Medical school in Forth Worth, Texas.



Mary Beth Skupien


Mary Beth Skupien '80 is the Medical Center Director at the Battle Creek VA Medical Center and Acting Director at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System

VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System



Steve Lien


Steve Lien '77 was featured in "40 Years in the IEEE" on the IEEE TV Webinar Series. He has presented this briefing at LSSU, Michigan Tech and will be presenting at the 2017 Sections Congress in Sydney, Australia in August 2017.


Rodney Nelson



Rodney Nelson '83 received the American Hospital Association’s Rural Hospital Leadership Award



Andrew Fry


Andrew Fry '05 and wife, Jenica donate crayons to Memorial Children’s Hospital to honor their son, Kollin and to bring awareness to stillbirth.



Chippewa County Sheriff's Dept.
Three Lakers get promoted in the Chippewa County Sheriff's Dept:

Deputy Jeffrey Erickson '03 to Detective/Sergeant
Deputy Douglas Mitchell '03 to Detective
Justin Fruchey '11 to road Deputy


Chippewa County


Jennifer France '98 was selected as Chippewa County Public Defender





Justin Hester '08, was promoted to Senior Researcher at the loT Lab, Advanced Engineering Center for Hirotec. His research and development with the loT closed loop automated system, has helped him lead to much success in his career.




Bryan Dort '89, has been named the 2016 Betty Krueger Volunteer of the year for the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.





Joe Cohee '99, joined the prestigious ranks of the International Nurses Association. He is a registered nurse with 15 years of experience. He is currently serving patients as an RN Hospital Supervisor at War Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie, he is also a Contingent Medical/Surgical and ER Nurse at Helen Newberry Joy Hospital & Healthcare in Newberry, Michigan.



Billing Montana


Taylor Jones '16, has moved to Montana after graduation to volunteer with Americorps. She will be working with Riverstone Health to lead Youth Mental Health First Aid classes. She will be teaching an eight hour training program for people to learn the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents.





Maria Blazejewski '13, has been playing pro basketball all over the world since she graduated. Last season she played at Etzella in Luxembourg and has played in Czech Republic, Germany, and currently Puerto Rico. Read a recent article about her journey.



Hall of Fame


Ashley Hughes '06, Lake Superior State Softball Alumna, has been inducted into the Gladstone Hall of Fame.



Shabby Chic Success Story


Alisa Huckle '16 started a furniture decor store called Not Too Shabby in East Jordan. Alisa and Lisa have turned their hobby into a successful business.



bee keeping


Josh '01 and Jodie '00 (Kieliszewski) Kemp, own a beekeeping business and have various products that can be found on their etsy and webpage. Their passion for bees and beekeeping has led them to a very successful business.



Chris Peron

Chris Peron '03 owns Busters Blinds and Window Film, in Traverse City, Michigan, a business that helps customers shade homes and businesses from glare. Peron reshaped the company into Busters Blinds Window Film and outsourced manufacturing. Peron is seeing great success with his business.



Scott Lamont


Scott Lamont ’12 was sworn in as a Public Safety officer in Petoskey. In addition to being a certified police officer, Lamont is a certified firefighter (level one and two), and a licensed emergency medical technician.




Heather Behling


Heather Behling '14 was named 2016 Firefighter of the Year in Gibraltar, MI




Julie Bazinau


Julie Bazinau '96 a Math Consultant at the Eastern Upper Peninsula Intermediate School District, was recently presented with the Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) Director’s Award at the MCTM Annual Conference in Traverse City.




George Townsend



George Townsend '85 a professor at Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario is helping those with Lou Gehrig's Disease



Kendra Faustin

Kendra Faustin '01 has returned to Michigan as Ferris State's Head Women's Basketball Coach



William Magnuson M.D.

William Magnuson M.D. '02
is a board certified radiation oncologist at Anchorage Associates in Radiation Medicine. Dr. Magnuson played hockey for LSSU and was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche. After graduation, he attended their NHL training camp and was offered a contract, though chose to pursue a career as an oncologist. After earning a second undergraduate degree from the University of AlaskaAnchorage, he matriculated to Saint Louis University for medical school. After receiving his Medical Doctorate, Dr. Magnuson completed his residency in Radiation Oncology at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Magnuson then completed a Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) and Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT) fellowship at Yale University.



Matt Breed



Lt. Matt Breed '86 named Director of Petoskey Department of Public Safety




Adam Nightingale



Adam Nightingale '02 is the new Video Coach for the Buffalo Sabres



Wallace Chase


Wallace Chase ’07 is Director of Networking at Washington State University. Wallace introduced the Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) solution as an affordable alternative to switched Ethernet. His expertise helped to save half a million dollars for WSU by using FiberLAN GPON instead of traditional copper installation in its residence hall deployment.



Sherry Arnold


Sherry Arnold '93 was recently hired as Vice President of Bank Administration / Sales Management and Training & Development Manager, at mBank in Manistique.





Kristina Pethers


Kristina Pethers '13 earned her CPA certification and is working for a certified public accounting firm located in Petoskey - William R. Kanine, PC.





Mary June


Mary June '76 was presented with the Upper Peninsula History Award along with Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society






Mike Hoffner '76 retired as director of career and technical education at Branch Area Careers Center after 38 years and 27,000-plus students. The Branch Intermediate School district vocational programs are recognized as some of the best in Michigan.







Steve Oleksy '09 tastes Stanley Cup success




Randy White

Randy White '02
helped crack a poaching case in a joint investigation involving the Avon Lake Police Department and ODNR resulted in the arrests and convictions of two Avon Lake deer poachers.


Chris M


Chris Milliron '06 is a Chief Lending Officer at TBA Credit Union.







Brett Zuver '91 named new Principal at Kenowa Hills High School.

Kenowa Hills

New High School Principal Selected

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Sharon Dorrity


Sharon Dorrity '87 received the Paul Harris Fellow award presented by Ken Demaray at the Chippewa County Sunrise Rotary Club meeting. Dorrity said "It's been a great pleasure to work with the members of Sunrise Rotary for the past three years to promote their charitable works as well as promoting the LSSU Arts Center Gallery programming via the annual 5x7 Art show and Fundraiser."




Stephen Sowulewski


Stephen Sowulewski '97 was recently invited to speak at the White House’s Dialogue on Men's Health. The audience included Broderick Johnson, White House Cabinet Secretary & Chair of the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy and Michael P. Botticelli Director, White House Office on National Drug Control Policy.




Karyn Fay


Karyn Fay '75 received Michigan Tech's 2016 Distinguished Teaching Award in the Assistant Professor/Lecturer/Professor of Practice category. Fay worked in medical labs for years before teaching at Michigan Tech and uses her "real world" experiences to connect with her students.
Photograph credit to MTU



Dorene Ingalls


Dorene Ingalls '91 was inducted into the U.P. Sports Hall of Fame. After 17 seasons, Ingalls has directed the St. Ignace "Saints" girls basketball program to a 360-68 record, five state titles and three runner-up finishes. The program has become a standard by which UP girls basketball teams are measured.



Autumn Mattson


Autumn Mattson '01 selected as new dean of students/athletic director for Creative Technologies Academy, a Ferris State University-authorized public school academy.



Curt Read


Curt Read '73 is CEO of Chill Cryosauna in Orlando, FL. Chill Cryosauna provides Cryotherapy, the process of exposing the body to subzero temperatures in an effort to relieve pain and impove health.




Andrew Marinik


Andrew Marinik '03 was appointed assistant director of emergency management at Virginia Tech.




Suzanne Pierce

Suzanne Pierce '84
was named Corporate Director of Clinical Services at Dobson Healthcare Services. Dobson Healthcare is a Private Duty Home Care company servicing clients of all ages, in 45 counties in the State of Michigan. She has over 30 years of healthcare experience, including management and leadership roles with the Dobson Healthcare Team.




Nathan Thompson


Nathan Thompson '07 joins the Dickinson County Healthcare System's patient care team as nurse practitioner in Iron Mountain, MI.



Zak Stelmaszek

Zak Stelmaszek '00
is a Technical Lead Engineer at Harley-Davidson in Milwaukee, WI. His projects include supporting the development of LiveWire: Harley-Davidson's first electric motorcycle.



Mike Ripley


Mike Ripley '87, Environmental Coordinator for the Inter-Tribal Fisheries and Assessment Program talks about restoring the St. Mary's River for future generations



KP Pelleran


KP Pelleran '78 named Director of Planning, Advocacy, and Grants at the United Way of the Lakeshore (Muskegon, Newaygo & Oceana Counties)



Dave Gilbert

Dave Gilbert '96
named arena operations manager at the University of Notre Dame hockey program after many years as equipment manager.


Aaron Lindloff

Aaron Lindloff '14, a corporal with the U.S. Marine Corps, had the honor of being a pallbearer when First Lady Nancy Reagan's casket was brought to the Reagan Library, where she was buried. Lindloff, shown in the front of the group of pallbearers, is a member of the Marine Corps Body Bearer section of 15 infantrymen whose primary mission is to bear the caskets at funerals for Marines and occasionally senior statesmen and heads of state. Lindloff graduated from LSSU in 2014 with degrees in criminal justice-homeland security and fire science.


Chris Smith


Chris Smith '95 won the Michigan State Duck Stamp competition for the third time. His first win was in 2005. He placed second in 2013, took first place again in 2014 and returned to claim the 2016 title.


Peter M. Petainen


Peter Petainen '98 named General Manager of the International Bridge Administration





Jason Lovato '99 returns as Ionia County Sheriff's Office Deputy




Rob Trembinski

Rob Trembinski '04
was recently elected President of the Sault Real Estate Board.




Craig Salvalaggio

Craig Salvalaggio '03
was named Vice President of Engineering at Applied Manufacturing
Technologies (AMT) in Orion, Michigan. Salvalaggio’s responsibilities include driving
growth and business diversity and retaining his position as Director of the General Industries
market segments.



Soo Police


Rob Gioia '88 and Ben Bolduc '06 were recently promoted to sergeants in the Sault Ontario City Police Dept.





Lieutenant Michael Seidel '86 Grosse Pointe City Public Safety retires after 30 years




Mary Hughes '96 named Director of Human Resources & Admin. Services for Mercedes-Benz Financial Services

Mary Hughes



Hughes '96 has worked for Mercedes-Benz since 1998 in various positions, most recently being named Director of Human Resources and Administrative Services for Mercedes-Benz Financial Services.


Nevin Buconjic '94 created infographic representing the Sault's entrepreneurship ecosystem

SSM Infographic

Nevin Buconjic '94, President of Digital Adventures, CEO at Everyday Smart Living and Founder of StartUP Sault created an infographic to represent the Sault's entrepreneurship ecosystem!

It includes LSSU as well, click here for a closer look at the infographic


Tim Owens '92 owner of Next Wave Automation received 2015 Visionary Award


Owens' company, Next Wave Automation, received the 2015 Visionary Award from AWFS (Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers)


Joel Jakubowski '04 named Superintendent of Medoc Mountain State Park, North Carolina

Medoc Mountain Superintendent

A native of Michigan, Jakubowski graduated from Lake Superior State University in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in parks and recreation and an associate’s degree in natural resources technology. He worked as a seasonal employee and ranger at Michigan state parks before joining the division as a ranger at Cliffs of the Neuse State Park in 2008. He later served as a ranger at Lake Norman State Park and Jordan Lake State Recreation Area.


Christopher Fink '99 Ohio Wesleyan Prof. named U.S. Delegate to "We Feed the Planet"


Fink was named U.S. Delegate and was among the thousands of people who gathered in Milan, Italy, for “Terra Madre Giovani”-We Feed the Planet. The international effort “to create and redefine ideas and models” for growing food and feeding the world. The four-day event was held in association with Expo 2015, also known as the World’s Fair. Chris is also a Paul Ripley Young Alumni Award recipient from LSSU in 2013.


Dr. Drew Ludtke '99 Named VMI Distance Coach

Drew Ludtke

Ludtke was named the new distance coach for Virginia Military Institute, Track and Field and Cross Country in Lexington, Virginia. Ludtke was the head coach of cross country and track & field at LSSU from 2002-05. He received a master’s degree from the University of North Texas in 2001 and a doctorate from Olivet Nazarene University in 2011.


Terry McFadden '03, named Wildlife Biologist of the Year (Bald Eagle Award)


The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) Wildlife Division awarded its prestigious Bald Eagle Award to Terry McFadden (LSSU F&W 2003). Presented at the annual MDNR banquet, this award is also known as the Wildlife Biologist of the Year award. Wildlife Division Chief Doug Reeves explained that the honor goes to "a biologist who soars above and beyond in their work, has high ideals, and strives for excellence in every day duties." McFadden exemplifies the spirit of this award.


Amber Clement ’03 new Presque Isle Library Director



Amber Clement was named Presque Isle District Library (PIDL) full-time library director, a first for PIDL in almost 3 years.


Dr. Kahler Schuemann '96 has been named Western Michigan University Board of Trustees secretary



Dr. Kahler Schuemann
was named to WMU Board of Trustees as secretary on Dec. 8. He is the assistant to WMU President John M. Dunn.


Randy Pingatore '79 honored with 2016 Lukenda School of Business Distinguished Alumni Award



Pingatore will formally receive the Distinguished Alumni Award during the school's annual graduating senior dinner set for April 2016.


Melissa Eagle Uhlmann '93 received prestigious award - McKnight Foundation’s Virginia McKnight
Binger Awards in Human Service



Melissa Eagle Uhlmann '93 received prestigious Virginia McKnight Binger Awards in Human Service, which came with a $10,000 prize. She was also named 2015 Volunteer of the Year from the National Alliance on Mental Illness for Southeast Minnesota.


Gwen Worley '78 received the Champion of Workforce Development Award


Gwen Worley '78 former EUP Michigan Works Director, recognized for her hard work when she received the Champion of Workforce Development Award last month.


K.P. Pelleran '78 honored with Special Tribute


K.P. Pelleran '78 was honored with a Special Tribute presented by State Representative Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) recognizing her many years of service working with leaders in law enforcement, business, the military, the faith-based sector, and athletes and coaches. The tribute was signed by both Rep. Irwin and Gov. Rick Snyder.


U.S. Fisheries & Wildlife employee, Tim Sullivan '84 featured in Summer edition of Fish & Wildlife News


Tim Sullivan '84 has been diligently working with the Sea Lamprey Control Program for 29 years and is helping to preserve the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem by controlling this invasive species.


Tim Oliver ‘14 MI State Police trooper, participated in Special Olympics Torch Run

Torch Run

Tim Oliver ‘14 criminal justice graduate and Michigan State Police trooper, recently participated in the Special Olympic Law Enforcement Torch Run with groups from the Western UP to Southern Lower Michigan. Oliver has been an avid volunteer for Michigan’s Special Olympics in swimming, track and field, and has supported the cause and athletes Statewide.


Anthony Silva ‘15 MCOLES graduate receives recognition


Anthony Silva ‘15 MCOLES graduate and Iron County Sheriff’s Deputy, was recognized and received an accommodation for going beyond his duty in providing lifesaving care that resulted in a life saved at a medical scene.


Robert Sroufe '92 presented at the Duquesne Conference


Robert Sroufe '92 was a presenter at the Duquesne Conference along with a nobel laureate and other climate change experts. Sroufe is an industrial ecologist and the Murrin Chair of Global Competitiveness.  He teaches sustainability courses and co-teaches live consulting courses in the MBA Sustainability program at Palumbo-Donahue School of Business, Duquesne University.


Ashley Ryckman '13 earned her white coat at Indiana University Optometry School

Ashley Ryckman

Ashley Ryckman '13 earned her white coat while attending Indiana University Optometry School. This allows her to work as an intern and perform eye exams in the IU clinic while attending classes this fall to complete her degree.


John Greene '83 receives Outstanding Research Achievement Award

cianna medical
John Greene '83 was awarded
"Outstanding Research Achievement in Recognition of Significant Contribution to Changing the World" for his role in the development of a new technology to be used in localizing breast tumors called SAVI SCOUT by Cianna Medical.


Annalisa Rasaiah '91, was sworn in as a judge in the Superior Court of Justice


Annalisa Rasaiah '91, a local Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario lawyer, was recently sworn in as a judge in the Superior Court of Justice. Rasaiah, was appointed by the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Peter MacKay. "I feel honored to be given the opportunity to serve the people of Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma," she said in an interview. "It is a pleasure to be appointed here."


Boyd Byelich '87 named Conservationist for Midland County, MI


Boyd Byelich returned to his home state after working 20 years in in Wyoming and Colorado. Byelich is the new Natural Resources Conservation Service district conservationist for Midland County.


Aaron Payment '87 selected for key administration post by President Barack Obama

Aaron Payment

Aaron Payment '87 was selected by President Barack Obama as one of seven nominees for key administration posts. Payment is the chairperson of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors.

An alumnus of the Upward Bound program at LSSU, Payment was one of the winners of the prestigious 2015 National TRIO Achievers Award honoring individuals of distinction who, as students, made the most of their TRIO participation. He is pictured with LSSU Upward Bound Director, Heidi Witucki and Upward Bound alum, John Quinones from TV show, What Would You Do.


Sgt. Brian Blomstrom '98 reappointed to the Michigan Fire Fighters Training Council (MFFTC)

Greenville Dept. of Public Safety, Sgt. Blomstrom was reappointed to the Michigan Fire Fighters Training Council (MFFTC). As part of the seven-member council, he will oversee state firefighter training guidelines. Duties include setting standards for qualification of instructors, courses of study, evaluations and the establishment of regional training centers. The MFFTC shapes training and certification programs for the 30,600 firefighters and officers serving in the 1,075 fire departments across Michigan. He celebrates his 20th year as a firefighter this July.

Daniel Walsh '87 received President's Award for Excellence from Cambrian College


Walsh, a Technologist for the Civil and Mining Engineering programs at Cambrian College in Sudbury, Ontario was recognized for excellence. He is known for exceptional knowledge, service and support. While working in the engineering tool crib, classroom or in the field, faculty and students say he is organized, efficient, patient, thoughtful and kind.

Michael Metcalf '93 named chief operating officer of PeaceHealth Medical Group


PeaceHealth, a nonprofit Catholic-affiliated health care system, makes key executive hire. Michael Metcalf joins PeaceHealth in July as chief operating officer of PeaceHealth Medical Group.

PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash., operates medical groups, hospitals and labs in Alaska, Washington and Oregon. It is the dominant health care provider in Lane County and, with 5,900 full and part-time workers, one of the largest private employers in Lane County.

Brian Parkham '14 is featured in the Patti Engineering Newsletter


Patti Engineering has a 24 year history of working with industrial robotics. They are meeting the rising demand for robotics programming and integrations services. The Patti Personnell Spotlight features Electrical Engineer, Brian Parkham '14.

Vesa Luomaranta '03 is a Vehicle Dynamics & Test Engineer at Continental & Owner/Operator
of Superior East Board Shop est. 2010

Vesa Sara
While working for Continental since 2002, Vesa and wife, Sara (Heimonen) Luomaranta '02 (LSSU Nursing Alumna) established Superior East Board Shop in 2010. They provide surf, stand-up paddle and snowboard gear and lessons to the Sault Ste. Marie area, promoting outdoor recreation in every season. They have also donated equipment to the Recreational Outdoor Center (ROC) at LSSU.
"The LSSU engineering program provided the skill set I needed to help establish my career.  Problem solving skills, teamwork and industry exposure allowed me to define my career path and achieve success. I am thankful for the great opportunities that LSSU provided in starting my Engineering career."-Vesa Luomaranta '03

Matt Pegouskie wins 2015 Community Service Award


Chelsea-Area Wellness Foundation Community Investment Manager, Matt Pegouskie, was recently awarded with the 2015 Community Service Award by The Michigan Recreation and Park Association. This award is given to individuals, groups, and organizations that have actively supported parks and recreation in Michigan.

Lynn Mande '93 won best poster of the year award


The Society of Research Administrators International awarded “Best Poster of the Year” to Lynn Mande, a research administrator in the MSU Department of Osteopathic Medical Specialties at its 2014 symposium in San Diego.

Jake Smith '97, published new book, WISH


Jake (Jason) Smith is an author and magazine editor living in Traverse City, MI. He is a former assistant high school baseball coach and an all-state shortstop who now spends his time on the field helpinig coach kids youth baseball teams.


Aaron Mize '02 named Chief of Conservation Policy and Planning

Aaron Mize

Mize was named chief of the Branch of Conservation Policy and Planning at Refuge System Headquarters. Mize expects to focus on policy and planning initiatives that will serve as a compass to improve delivery of conservation across the Refuge System and landscapes beyond. Mize brings 13 years of Refuge System experience, including Devils Lake Wetland Management District in North Dakota, Big Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Arkansas and Maxwell and most recently, deputy refuge manager at Bosque del Apache Refuges in New Mexico. He was also named LSSU's 2014 Young Alumnus of the Year.

Linda (Krusic) McClinchy '93 named VP

Linda McClinchy


Linda McClinchy was named Vice President, US Supply Chain for Catalyst Paper.

Susie Schlehuber '10 published book written with her son



Susie (Hoath) Schlehuber '10 wrote a children's book with her son, Robbie during car rides when he was young. Zumie is available on Amazon and is illustrated by Katie Eberts.

Corey Hebner '95 named Trooper of the Year

Tpr. Corey Hebner


Michigan State Police Director, Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue is pleased to announce that Tpr. Corey Hebner of the Gaylord Post is the 2014 recipient of the Dr. Carl A. Gerstacker Trooper of the Year Award. Hebner received the award at a special ceremony in Lansing.


New book out, The North Side of Down, by Nancy J. Bailey '79

North Side of Down


Artist Nancy J. Bailey '79 is the author of ten books, including the true horse story, "Clifford of Drummond Island." She tours with Clifford, her trick-trained Morgan who goes into schools and libraries to promote literacy and making the world a better place.


Dr. Lou Lukenda gets Hall Call

Dr. Lukenda Hall of Fame


Dr. Lou Lukenda was inducted into the Sault Ste. Marie Hockey Hall of Fame.

Philip Ellison '04 named Up-and-Coming Michigan Attorney

Phil Ellison


Attorneys selected by the legal practice newspaper are chosen, after being formally nominated, as legal practitioners who are establishing a name for themselves, and have demonstrated the ambition, drive, determination and accomplishments that set them apart among their peers — in their first 10 years in practice. Phil is also a member of LSSU Alumni Board of Directors.

Dan Brocklehurst '82 is the new man behind the Capitol



After working 22 years for the state Senate as physical properties manager, Brocklehurst was named Capitol facilities director.

Pat Caruso '75 presents "Trends in Corrections" at LSSU




Caruso, former director of the Michigan Dept. of Corrections, presented "Trends in Corrections" discussing current legal issues. She drew upon more than 25 years of experience in corrections.

Kim Muir '94 featured speaker in LSSU's BE Inspired Series

Kim Muir

Kim Muir '94 president/owner of Can’t Skate, Can’t Play, Inc., talks about her journey from Korea to becoming a successful U.S. business owner for over 20 years. More than 100 of her students currently play in the NHL & minor leagues. Fresh from working with the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes & Detroit Red Wings, she was in Sault Ste. Marie to instruct the Laker hockey team and Sault Greyhounds.

Michael Kelly Peach '82 has a piece on the Mad Scientist Journal website and their Summer 2014 Issue

mad scientist


M. Kelly Peach '82 has a piece on the Mad Scientist Journal website and their Summer 2014 issue, titled "Vestes Uncus, A New Species Found in Several Closets with Some Observations on Mating Habits, Sexual Reproduction and a Call to Action" It is a humorous piece formatted as a Biology article explaining the biology of clothes hangers.

Jacob Sim '12 named Park Ranger in Clanton, Alabama

Jacob Sim



Michigan native, Jacob Sim was featured in Faces & Places magazine as the new Park Ranger at Higgins Ferry Park in Clanton, Alabama.

Jordan Warzecha '08 & Stefanie (Nickerson) Warzecha '07 co-founders of Backstitch.


Detroit-based, Backstitch offers users a way to sift through the web’s noise and ease the information overload users experience by allowing them to create a personalized home page.

Air Force Brig. Gen. Mark McLeod '85 takes command of Defense Logistics Agency Energy


Air Force Brig. Gen. Mark McLeod '85 took command of Defense Logistics Agency Energy during an assumption of command ceremony at the Andrew T. McNamara Headquarters Complex, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, July 23, 2014.  

Adam Veeser '02 featured in Association for Advancing Automation (A3)


Adam is an Automation Engineer at Engineered Machined Products (EMP) leading producers of machined components and energy saving systems in Escanaba, MI. He is featured in a video on the A3 website.

From LSSU to West Point - Goaltender Brian Mahoney-Wilson is Coaching

Brian Mahoney-Wilson

Brian Mahoney-Wilson '11
was named assistant goalie coach for the Army Black Knights at West Point Academy.

3 LSSU Alumni working for different agencies on the same project

kalamazoo river fish

Stefan Tucker '12- Fisheries Field Worker; Michigan DNR
John Bauman '05- Biologist; US Fish & Wildlife Service
Jason Lorenz '08- Biologist; Gun Lake Tribe

Three LSSU alumni, representing different agencies, work collaboratively to restore a struggling population of Lake Sturgeon.

(photo left to right, Tucker, Bauman, Lorenz not pictured)

Sgt. Marty R. Singleton '07 featured in Blue Line Magazine


Sgt. Marty R. Singleton
Provincial Liaison Team-North West Region
"I owe a lot of my success in my career to the time I spent in Sault Ste. Marie and LSSU."

Dan Eves ’08 receives ECHL Community Service Award

dan eves



CINCINNATI, Ohio - Former LSSU forward Dan Eves '08 is the recipient of the 2014 ECHL Community Service Award.

Jeff Jakaitis ‘07 receives Jerry Zucker Community Service Award




South Carolina - Former LSSU goalie, Jeff Jakaitis '07 is the recipient of the Jerry Zucker Community Service Award.

Helen-Ann Prince '12 is Michigan's AmeriCorps Member of the Month.

Helen-Ann Prince

Since graduating from LSSU with a degree in Criminal Justice, Helen-Ann Prince '12 has been getting things done. She was recently recognized as Michigan AmeriCorps Member of the month. Click here to read the full story.

Literacy DuPage Selects Bernice Steiger ' 87 as New Executive Director


Literacy DuPage, a non-profit organization that provides one-on-one English Literacy tutoring to adult learners, has announced the selection, of Bernice Steiger, as its new Executive Director.

Jon LeBrassuer ' 79 to be inducted into the 2014 U.P. Sports Hall of Fame.


Jon LeBrassuer '79 will be among those honored as the 2014 U.P. Sports Hall of Fame class is installed. LaBrassuer and his fellow honorees will be inducted April 26, 2014 at the Island Resort and Casino.

Lakers inducted into the USA Hockey Hall of Fame.

Ron Mason

Ron Mason and Doug Weight to be inducted into USA Hockey Hall of Fame.

Click here for full story.

Click here for press release.

Doug Weight
Ron Mason  
Doug Weight

Maj. Gen. Genaro J Dellarocco '78 retires after 35 years of outstanding service.

General Dellarocco

A Lake Superior State University graduate (’78)will retire as a U.S. Army general July 26 at Fort Myer, Va., following 35 years of dedicated service.

In a ceremony July 16 at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., Maj. Gen. Genaro J. Dellarocco (’78) relinquished authority over his final command, the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command, to Maj. Gen. Peter D. Utley. Dellarocco commanded ATEC for nearly three years.

Click here for full press release (pdf)


LSSU Alumni Sheriff Scott Strait '84 Gets “Crime Fighter Award”.

Scott strait

Sheriff Scott Strait '84 was recently honored with Fight Crime's 2013 Crime Figter Award.

Clinton County Sheriff Wayne Kangas, state co-chairman of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Michigan, presented an award to Sheriff Strait, saying, “Preventing crime at the front end is in each communities’ best interest and in the best interest of our children. On behalf of the entire membership, I am honored to convey Fight Crime’s 2013 ‘Crime Fighter Award’ to Sheriff Scott Strait for his outstanding support and leadership on behalf of crime prevention.”

Click here to read the rest of the story.

Tim Gallaway '12 shares his love of kayaking in a new video.

tim gallaway
In May of 2012, after graduating from Lake Superior State University with a mechanical engineering degree, Tim embarked on a solo and self-supported kayak expedition. Click here to read of his amazing story.

LSSU Alumnus Bates Battaglia ’97 Wins The Amazing Race!

the winners of the amazing race
Heather Wines/CBS

Laker hockey alumnus Bates Battaglia ’97 and his brother Anthony are the winners of this season’s The Amazing Race. The popular CBS reality show pits 11 teams of two people against each other to complete various physical and mental challenges and overcome numerous obstacles in 10 countries on five continents, all while working against the clock. The winning team gets $1 million and plenty of bragging rights.

Bates played hockey for LSSU from 1994 to 1997. After that he played professionally for 14 years, retiring in 2011. In 2005 Bates founded Lucky B’s Bar in Raleigh North Carolina, which he still co-owns and operates. Read more about the Battaglias and The Amazing Race here.

Autumn (Waite) Mattson '01, Laker Basketball player 1997-2001, enjoys further success

autumn mattson

Autumn (Waite) Mattson '01 recently received some much deserved recognition in her dream job as athletic director for Cedar Springs High School. Read more about Autumn here.

Travis Rosema'03 received a Meritorious Award from the Muskegon Parole Office

travis Rosema

Travis Rosema '03 received a Meritorious Award from Director Daniel Heynes and Deputy Director Charles SinClair at the Muskegon parole office for his actions leading to the arrest and conviction of a breaking and entering suspect. Thanks to Rosema's quick action, all the stolen items were returned to the owner within hours of them being stolen.

Nancy J Bailey '81 touring with her amazing horse Clifford

Clifford the horse

Nancy Bailey ' 81 has a horse who connects with people with disabilities. Clifford the horse is house trained. Nancy has toured all over the eastern United States with Clifford performing at various events and visiting libraries and assisted living centers.

Nancy is from DeTour, and currently planning Cliford's 2013 tour.

Capt. Craig Moser '85 named New Muskego Police Chief


The Muskego Police and Fire Commission announced today that Captain Craig A. Moser has been selected to succeed Chief Paul Geiszler as Muskego’s next police chief.  Chief Geiszler will be retiring from this position at the end of December after nearly 33 years with the department, at which time Captain Moser will become the new chief. Read the full press release here (pdf).

Mike Hammill '00 named Wildlife Officer of the Year by Shikar-Safari Club

Mike Hammill

Department of Natural Resources conservation officer
Mike Hammill '00
has been named the Shikar-Safari Club’s 2012 Wildlife Officer of the Year. The award is given annually by the international hunting group to a conservation officer in all 50 states, 10 Canadian provinces and the territories of both nations.
. Click here for full story (pdf).

Mark J. Duty '88 wins the Walter P. Chrysler Award for Innovation

Mark Duty

Mark J. Duty '88 was named winner of the Walter P. Chrysler Technology Award, given to holders of Chrysler Group’s most outstanding patents.

Duty, a 47-year-old engineer who joined the company in 1996, earned the prize – his second – for work on the Powertrain Matching Analysis Toolset. Known within Chrysler Group as PMAT, it helps identify engine-transmission pairings that afford the most bang for the customer’s buck. Read more about Mark here.

Ben Mitchell '06 Mechanical Engineering graduate is changing lives in sub-Sahara Africa.

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Ben Mitchell '06 is the co-founder of the Baisikeli Ugunduzi (Innovative Bicycles) firm and has been working and living full time in Kitale Kenya.

Baisikeli Ugunduzi endeavors to provide low cost quality bicycle parts to people who rely on bicycles for their livelihood.

Learn more about this innovative project by reading their newsletter or visiting their webpage.
You can also find them on Facebook.

John Gershenson and Ben Mitchell

Tom Waligora '03 Engineering graduate has a job that is out of this world.

rover Tom Waligora ‘03 LSSU Engineering graduate has spent the last 5 years working on the Mars Lunar Rover. Read more about his work here.

Navy 2nd Lt. Tom Thornton '08 eagerly anticipates watching his brother take the court as MSU takes on North Carolina

thorton Tom Thornton '08 a newly commissioned 2nd Lt. in the United States Navy ran track at LSSU for 4 years. Now he is eagerly anticipating watching his younger brother Austin take the court as a senior at MSU. The game will be the first college basketball conference game played aboard an aircraft carrier. Read More!

Steve Diekema '97, superintendent of Story Fish Hatchery helps revive golden trout population

steve d Steve Diekema '97, superintendent of Story Fish Hatchery in Wyoming's
Sheridan County, gets to work with the only captive population of golden
trout in the world. See the video!

Ryne Du Shane '14 and Dylan Smith try to best world dart record

darts LSSU Alumnus, Ryne Du Shane '14 recently made an attempt to best world dart record.
Read more in the The Holland Sentinel.

Kristin (Bullock) Dunbar '92 is inducted into the U.P. Sports Hall of Fame

The 40th Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame inducted Dunbar
at Danforth Place in Escanaba. Read more.

Marci (Iatarola) Crozier '83 'wins' despite being voted off NBC's Biggest Loser

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The Biggest Loser: Couples eliminated Marci Crozier, a 49-year-old
health club manager and restaurant owner from Valparaiso, IN, during
the NBC reality weight-loss competition. Read more.

Watch a video of Marci reflecting on her Biggest
Loser Experience.

marci after

Cynthia Williams '76 gets “Crime Fighter Award”

williams award Members of the board of directors for the statewide nonprofit organization Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Michigan convey the 2010 Crime Fighter Award to Cynthia Williams, LSSU alumna, '76. Read more.


Audrey Hewitt '07 gives the gift of life to high school senior.

audreyhewitt Audrey Hewitt '07 shows an amazing generousity of spirit and offers a stranger a second chance at life. Read more.

Kathy “K.P” Pelleran '78 received honors for 10 years of service

kp Kathy “K.P” Pelleran accepted an award this month recognizing her 10 years of service as
State Director of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Michigan. The award recognized Pelleran for her
leadership of the statewide anti-crime organization supporting investments in children’s programs
proven through research to cut crime. Read more.

Doug Weight '91 shares the secret behind the no. 93

doug weight Doug Weight '91 enlightens all to the meaning behind jersey number 93. Read More.

Soo Eagles to honor Paul Theriault '72

JV hockey reunion Legendary career coach Paul Theriault '72 will be honored by the Soo Eagles when they play host to
The Soo Thunderbirds in a Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League game on Friday night at Pullar Stadium.
Read More in Sault Ste Marie This Week or The Osprey Blogs.
Paul Theriault (far left) was on campus recently for the JV Hockey reunion. Read more.

Lake State Alumni break Guinness World Record

fudge record Chantelle Gorham-Kurtis '97 & David Kurtis '86 completed the
World's Largest Slab of Fudge at their Levack, Ontario business,
Northwest Fudge Factory, on October 23, 2010. Read More.

Renee Jent '95 was elected to State Bar of Michigan

Rene Jent ' 95 was recently elected as a council member of the State Bar of Michigan Legal Assistant Section. Read More

Kenneth Williams '80 wins the Rising Entrepreneur of the Year award

The Shred Authority CEO Kenneth Williams '80 wins the Rising Entrepreneur of the Year award. Read More.

Jeff Culhane '99 named Vice President of Perishable Marketing

Jeff Culhane

Tops Friendly Markets announced today that Jeff Culhane has joined Tops as vice president
of perishable marketing.  Tops is a leading full-service grocery retailer in upstate New York and
northern Pennsylvania. Read More in the Daily Review.

Former English major Chris Zimmerman ‘87 has released his fourth novel, Forty Mile Point.

forty mile point book cover Much like his previous three novels, Forty Mile Point has an outdoorsy flavor, a suspense-filled plot, and a delightful twist at the end.

Alumnus Zak Stelmaszek ‘00 release new CD

Alumnus Zak Stelmaszek ‘00 and his rock band Fifth Way released their new CD titled “No Boundaries” at the Magic Bag Theater in Ferndale on Saturday, January 30, 2010. Read More.

Kelly Bruning '94, a Boston Transplant to Northern Michigan Publishes Book                                     

Bruining book cover Kelly Bruning has been a transplant from a Boston suburb to northern Lower Michigan for twenty-two years now.  She has published
a book that will make the reader chuckle with her true stories of outdoor adventures that usually underscores some type of mischief.
Read more.

Cassie Parker '98 inspires students

"For many people, illness can put a halt on life. But Casie Parker, of Petoskey, wasn't going to let a diagnosis get in the way of what she loves — her students and athletes." Read more from the Petoskey News - Review.

James Childs '79 heads OptiTemp as it is honored with Michigan 50 Companies to Watch Award

OptiTemp, Inc. has been named one of Michigan’s top companies to watch in 2009 as part of the Michigan Celebrates Small Business program. The “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch” Award honors 50 second-stage Michigan companies that have earned our attention in the years to come. Read more.

Nancy Barr '00 authors new mystery novel

nancy_barr_book_cover Nancy Barr, a 2000 LSSU graduate with a degree in business, has a new novel in stores.  Published by Arbutus Press, Page One: Whiteout features Upper Peninsula newspaper reporter Robin Hamilton.  Still grieving the murder of her fiancé, Robin gets an unexpected visit from an old friend from Chicago who has uncovered an important clue.  The pair take off on an adventure that leads to Miami and back to the woods of Upper Michigan to face down a killer during a blizzard. Read the Page One: Whiteout press release.

Jason Krebill ' 00 helps fight the sea lamprey in West Michigan

jason_krebill_at_work 2000 Fisheries and Wildlife graduate Jason Krebill, originally of Kentwood Michigan, is interviewed on Fox television. The video available here shows LSSU Fisheries and Wildlife the alum helping to keep Michigan waters safe for fishing as he assists in the eradication of the invasive sea lamprey. Jason (as shown to the right) is the young man being interviewed standing in the stream, and thoroughly enjoys his job with the U.S. Fisheries and Wildlife Service.