Outstanding Alumni Award: This award honors personal and professional accomplishments and involvement with LSSU. This is the highest honor the Association presents. The award highlights significant achievements of alumni who serve as leaders in our region, state and nations. The first award was made in 1968.
Kenneth J. Shouldice Achievement Award: Dr. Shouldice served as Lake State’s first chancellor and president from 1966 until his retirement in 1983. During his tenure, Lake State grew from a two-year extension of Michigan Technological University to an autonomous four-year college. Enrollment grew from 700 students in 1965 to some 2,800 in 1983. The Norris Center, Cisler Center, Library and other campus projects were completed under his guidance. This award recognizes personal and professional successes that serve as outstanding examples to LSSU graduates. The award highlights significant achievements of alumni who serve as leaders in our region, state and nations.
Paul Ripley Award for Young Alumni: Paul Ripley served as the University’s first alumni director and was a member of the first class in 1946. the longtime administrator held several positions during his tenure, including director of Career Planning and Placement, and director of College Relations. An associate professor of journalism, Ripley established the Laker Log alumni newspaper and published it for more than 20 years. The Laker Log remains a vital link between LSSU and alumni today. Paul retired in 1987 after more than 20 years of service. This award honors graduates who have enjoyed exceptional personal and professional success early in their careers. Those honored must have graduated within the past 15 years and/or be no more than 40 years of age.
Dr. Donald and Catherine Finlayson Distinguished Citizen Award: This award is presented to an individual who has enjoyed success in their profession and community, and who is a strong advocate of the University, its programs, faculty, staff and students. The award is presented at the discretion of the Alumni Association Awards Committee with the approval of the President of Lake Superior State University and the Board of Trustees.
Hall of Fame Athletic Award: The Lake Superior State University Athletic Hall of Fame, established in 1995, recognizes individuals for their athletic accomplishments and contributions to the LSSU athletic programs as a student, coach or administrator. Selection to the Hall of Fame is based on athletic accomplishments and contributions to the LSSU athletic programs as a student, coach or administrator. A nominating committee comprised of alumni, coaches, former athletes and other University officials make the selections.
Honorary Alumni: The LSSU Alumni Board of Directors may designate friends of the University as Honorary LSSU Alumni. The designation carries all of the honors, rights and privileges that are normally accorded to the graduates and former students of the University.