Bud and Mary Mansfield Parent of the Year Recipients

Bud & Mary MansfieldEach 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.”

Awarded for 2015

Arthur & Memory Massey, Parents of Payton Massey
Pellston, Michigan

Awarded for 2014

Matthew & Mary Slocum, Friends and Advocates for Kaitlyn Brogan
East Lansing, Michigan

Awarded for 2013

John & Karen VanDusen, Parents of Melody VanDusen
Williamsburg, Michigan

Awarded for 2012

John & Rita Plotzke, Parents of John Plotzke
St. Clair Shores, Michigan

Awarded for 2011

Kevin & Teresa Gordon, Parents of Michael Gordon
Redford, Michigan

Awarded for 2010

Suzzanne Luton, Mother of Lisa Luton
Mancelona, Michigan

Awarded for 2009

Bill & Candi McAlvey, Aunt & Uncle of Cheyenne Shinabarger
Carson City, Michigan

Awarded for 2008

Debbie Garcia, Mother of Angela Chartier
Menominee, Michigan

Awarded for 2007

Dan Zeiger, Father of Amy Zieger
Lansing, Michigan

Awarded for 2006

Dale & Joan Betcher, Parents of Michelle Betcher
Trout Lake, Michigan

Awarded for 2005

Will & Claudia Kaul, Parents of Cicely Kaul
Afton, Minnesota

Awarded for 2004

Thomas & Penny Underwood, Parents of Lance Underwood
Danville, Michigan

Awarded for 2003

Neil & Cindy Gallaway, Parents of Cory Gallaway
Lewiston, Michigan

Awarded for 2002

Wayne & Sue King, Parents of Tiffany King,
Freeland, Michigan

Awarded for 2001

Phil & Christine Butler, Parents of Courtney Butler
Elk Rapids, Michigan

Awarded for 2000

Donna Vinette, Mother of Nicole Vinette
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Awarded for 1999

Emily Chandauka, Mother of Sophie Chandauka
Zimbabwe, Africa

Awarded for 1998

Patricia Johnson, Mother of Candy Johnson
Perry, Michigan