2023 Alumni Award Recipients

LSSU will recognize three outstanding individuals at the annual Alumni Awards Reception on Saturday, October 14, 2023. For more information and to purchase your Alumni Award Reception tickets, visit our Great Lake State Weekend page.

Doug Weight ’91

Outstanding Alumnus Award

Doug Weight been chosen as the 2023 recipient of the LSSU Outstanding Alumnus Award. The award established in 1968, is the highest honor that the association presents. It recognizes recipients for their personal and professional accomplishments and their involvement with LSSU, highlighting the significant achievements of alumni who serve as leaders in our region, state and nations. Doug is married to Allision and have three children – daughters Ryan (24) and Addison (20), and son Danny (22).


Dr. Anita Saluja ’92

Ken Shouldice Achievement Award

Dr. Anita Saluja was chosen as the 2023 recipient of the Kenneth J. Shouldice Professional Achievement Award. The award, established in 1994, honors individuals whose personal and professional successes serve as outstanding examples to LSSU graduates. Dr. Shouldice is, in many ways, the founding father of today’s Lake Superior State University. As the first chancellor and president (1965-1982), he guided the campus from a two-year branch of Michigan Technological University to an autonomous four-year college.

Dr. Ashley O’Dwyer ’13

Paul Ripley Alumnus Award

Dr. Ashley (Ryckman) O’Dwyer was selected as the 2023 recipient of the Paul Ripley Award for Young Alumni. The award was established in 1994 and is presented to graduates who have enjoyed exceptional personal and professional success early in their careers. She is married to fellow Laker Alumnus, Shawn O’Dwyer, and they have two children, Murphey (3) and Lily (1).