Mark Jastorff was the first full time Director of Alumni Relations Lake State ever had. Hired in 1993, Mark made it his goal to build a comprehensive program that would meet the needs of LSSU alumni and Lake Superior State University. In his thirteen years at Lake State, Mark made excellent progress toward that goal. He began by revitalizing the dormant Alumni Association, creating an active board of 12 volunteers that eventually grew to 25. He created an Alumni Awards program that honors the best and brightest of LSSU Alumni each fall. These awards are a part of Great Lake State Weekend (another of Mark’s creations), an alumni and family weekend that brings hundreds of alumni, family and friends to campus each October. It has evolved from a simple hockey weekend to a week full of activities for all ages. Mark founded a student group called Student Alumni Involved for Lake State (SAILS), which evolved into a nationally recognized student ambassador program. Jastorff created the framework for an alumni recruiting team, a career advisory network and a legislative advocacy network.
During his tenure at LSSU Mark was given progressively more duties and responsibilities until he finally achieved the rank of Vice President of Student Life and Alumni Relations. Jastorff left Lake State in December 2005 to accept a position with the University of Northern Iowa. Mark was made an official honorary lifetime member of the Alumni Association by vote of the LSSU Alumni Association Board of Directors in their March 11, 2006 meeting. He was presented with a plaque commemorating this designation during a July 2006 visit to Sault Ste. Marie.