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Lake Superior State University

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Motto A Superior University.
Established 1946 [2]
Type Public, Community College
Endowment $6.26 million[1]
President Betty J. Youngblood
Faculty 111 full-time [3]
Students 2907 (Fall 2005)[4]
Undergraduates 2904 (Fall 2005)
Postgraduates 3 (Fall 2005)
Location Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, USA
Campus Rural
115-acre campus [6]
Nickname Lakers
Colors Royal Blue and Gold
Mascot Seamore the Sea Duck
Fog Horn the Sailor [5]
Website lssu.edu

Lake Superior State University is a small public university in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan. It is colloquially referred to as Lake State, Lake Superior State and LSSU. A motto (from Italian) is a phrase or a short list of words meant formally to describe the general motivation or intention of an entity, social group, or organization. ... The date of establishment or date of founding of an institution is the date on which that institution chooses to claim as its starting point. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... In Canada and the United States, a community college, sometimes called a technical college, county college, junior college or a city college, is an educational institution providing higher education and lower-level tertiary education, granting certificates, diplomas, and Associates degrees to people like laertes. ... A financial endowment is a transfer of money or property donated to an institution, with the stipulation that it be invested, and the principal remain intact. ... ISO 4217 Code USD User(s) the United States, the British Virgin Islands, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Panama, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the insular areas of the United States Inflation 3. ... University President is the title of the highest ranking officer within a university, within university systems that prefer that appellation over other variations such as Chancellor or rector. ... A faculty is a division within a university. ... Alternate uses: Student (disambiguation) Etymologically derived through Middle English from the Latin second-type conjugation verb stŭdērĕ, which means to study, a student is one who studies. ... In some educational systems, undergraduate education is post-secondary education up to the level of a Bachelors degree. ... Degree ceremony at Cambridge. ... Nickname: The Soo Location of Sault Ste. ... School colors are the colors chosen by a school to represent it on uniforms and other items of identification. ... A mascot, originally a fetish-like term for any person, animal, or thing supposed to bring luck, is now something—typically an animal or human character—used to represent a group with a common public identity, such as a school, professional sports team (the name often corresponds with the mascot... A website (or Web site) is a collection of web pages, typically common to a particular domain name or subdomain on the World Wide Web on the Internet. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... Sault Ste. ...

Lake Superior State University is Michigan's smallest public university with an enrollment around 3,000 students. It is known for its academic programs such as fisheries and wildlife management, engineering, teacher education, nursing, geology, business management, fire science and criminal justice. Official language(s) None (English, de-facto) Capital Lansing Largest city Detroit Area  Ranked 11th  - Total 97,990 sq mi (253,793 km²)  - Width 239 miles (385 km)  - Length 491 miles (790 km)  - % water 41. ...

Lake Superior State University offers primarily bachelor's and associate's degrees, but also grants a master of arts in curriculum and instruction and many certificates. The university also offers joint programs with Sault College and Algoma University College in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. LSSU also has two regional centers located in northern Michigan in the cities Escanaba and Petoskey. It is one of three Michigan public universities that functions as both a university and a community college[7][8]. Sault College is a College of Applied Arts and Technology in Sault Ste. ... Algoma University College is a postsecondary institution in Sault Ste. ... Nickname: The Soo Motto: Naturally Gifted Coordinates: Country Canada Province Ontario District Algoma District Incorporated 1887 (town), 1912 (city) City Mayor John Rowswell Governing body The Corporation of the City of Sault Sainte Marie MPs Tony Martin MPPs David Orazietti Area    - City 715 km²  (276 sq mi) Elevation 192 m... Escanaba [es-kuh-nah-buh] is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan, located on the states Upper Peninsula. ... Petoskey is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. ... In Canada and the United States, a community college, sometimes called a technical college, county college, junior college or a city college, is an educational institution providing higher education and lower-level tertiary education, granting certificates, diplomas, and Associates degrees to people like laertes. ...

Lake Superior State University was the first college in the United States to offer an accredited four-year fire science program, and continues to be one of only three universities to offer such a program. Fire protection is the prevention and reduction of the hazards associated with fires. ...

The institution is also one of only three universities in the United States to offer the robotics specialization in the ABET/TAC accredited manufacturing engineering technology bachelor of science degree. LSSU is home to one of the best robotics educational facilities in North America. The Accredition Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) is a non-profit organization that serves the public by making accreditations of the universities and scientific institutions which live up to certain qualities defined by the organization. ...

The university's college radio station is WLSO, and its student newspaper is The Compass. College radio (also known as university radio, campus radio or student radio) is a type of radio station that is run by the students of a college or university. ... WLSO is a radio station in Sault Ste. ... A student newspaper is a newspaper run by students of a university, high school, or middle school. ...



The insitution now known as Lake Superior State University was established in 1946 to address the needs of returning World War II veterans and to provide educational opportunities to the people of the Eastern Upper Peninsula. The 115-acre campus overlooks the St. Mary's River and the Soo Locks in the Michigan side of Sault Ste. Marie. The area that currently makes up the campus of Lake Superior State University served as Fort Brady from 1894 to 1944. Several buildings on campus are included in the National Register of Historic Places. A typical plaque showing entry on the National Register of Historic Places. ...

Much of the university's upbringings can be credited to Michigan College of Mining & Technology, which is now known as Michigan Technological University. The mining and technology college opened the Sault Ste. Marie Residence Center of the Michigan College of Mining & Technology, which was commonly shortened to Soo Tech. The original class consisted of 272 students. The institution was later renamed Lake Superior State College of Michigan Technological University in 1966. The college received autonomy from Michigan Tech. in 1970 and was known as Lake Superior State College until 1987, when the institution was granted university status.[9] Michigan Technological University (abbr. ...


Lake Superior State University has a variety of traditions.

  • Banished Words List: Each new year brings another installment of this attention seeking second-tier state school's List of Words and Phrases Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-Use, Over-Use and General Uselessness. It has been going strong since New Year's Day 1976 and receives significant media coverage. Word-watchers pull nominations throughout the year from everyday speech, as well as from the news, fields of education, technology, advertising, politics, and more. A committee gathers the entries and chooses the best in December. The list is released on New Year's Day. [10]
  • Hoholik Victory Bell: The bell, located outside the Norris Center and Taffy Abel Arena, is rung after each home victory. Fans gather around the bell as members of the hockey team make their way outside in the cold temperatures to ring the bell. This tradition was started after the bell was hung in the early 1980s. The original bell was replaced in 1992 after extensive damage from the 1992 NCAA Championship celebration. [11]
  • Ship's Horn: An authentic ship's horn is located within the Taffy Abel Arena, where the Lakers play home hockey games. The horn is mounted high on the wall behind the goal a visiting team defends for two periods. The powerful horn, operated on compressed air, blasts after each Laker goal and at the end of each home game. [12]
  • Snowman Burning: Each March, on or near the first day of Spring, students, alumni and townsfolk gather around a 10 to 12 foot snowman on campus and light it on fire. The snowman burning is derived from a German tradition in which the mayor of the town burns a snowman to declare an end to winter. The snowmen are usually made out of recycled paper and wire. In 1992, the event was canceled due to protests from the Environmental Awareness Club, a student group at Lake Superior State University. This decision upset many in the community, and the tradition was resumed in 1993. [13]
  • Snowmobile Race: The city of Sault Ste. Marie puts on the annual I-500 snowmobile race held at a one-mile oval behind the Norris Center on the campus of Lake State. The event draws a big crowd and is held the first Saturday of February. [14]
  • Unicorn Hunters: The group officially retired in 1987, but their legacy lives on. The group established the banished words list and snowman burning. They also put on stone-skipping tournaments and started a literary magazine. As their name suggests, they also searched for unicorns. Once an ABC News crew found their way to the campus and filmed students "questing for unicorns." [15]

This article is about January 1 in the Gregorian calendar. ... Taffy Abel Arena is a 4,000-seat multi-purpose arena in Sault Ste. ... ABC News logo ABC News is a division of ABC television and radio networks (ABC), owned by The Walt Disney Company. ...


LSSU Lakers logo
LSSU Lakers logo

The school's official nickname is the Lakers, but in some instances the university's athletic teams are called the Soo Lakers in reference to the school's hometown. The most prominent sport at LSSU is men's ice hockey, which is the school's only NCAA Division I program. The men's ice hockey team is a member of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. Division II sports at LSSU consist of men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, softball, men's and women's track & field, men's and women's tennis and women's volleyball. Each of these teams participate in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, where Lake State is a charter member.[16] Image File history File links LSSU_Lakers_logo_300px. ... Image File history File links LSSU_Lakers_logo_300px. ... The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often pronounced N-C-Double-A ) is a voluntary association of about 1200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... Division I (or DI) is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association in the United States. ... The Central Collegiate Hockey Association is a college athletic conference which operates mostly in Michigan and Ohio, although it also has members in Alaska, Indiana, and Nebraska. ... Division II (or DII) is an intermediate-level division of competition in the National Collegiate Athletic Association. ... The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (or GLIAC) is an intercollegiate athletic conference affiliated with the NCAA’s Division II. The GLIAC was founded in June 1972. ...

The Lakers were once one of the nation's most feared men's collegiate ice hockey programs. They have appeared in the NCAA Division I Tournament 10 times and have won three national championships at this level (1994, 1992 and 1988). The Lakers were NCAA Tournament runner-up in 1993. They also won two men's NAIA national championships in 1974 and 1972 while playing in that association and were NAIA runners-up in 1970, 1969 and 1968. The Lakers have taken the CCHA regular season title four times (1996, 1991, 1988 and 1974) and have also won the CCHA conference tournament four times (1995, 1993, 1992 and 1991). Many of these teams' players have gone on to play professionally in the NHL and other leagues. The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (better known as the NAIA) traces its roots to the National Association of Intercollegiate Basketball. ... NHL can also be an abbreviation for National Historic Landmark or Non-Hodgkins lymphoma. ...

The Lake Superior State University women's basketball team has found recent success. They were the 2005, 2004, 2003 and 2002 GLIAC North Division regular season champions. The Lakers also took home the GLIAC conference tournament championship in 2004 and 2003.[17]

The men's basketball team captured the 1996, 1978 and 1976 GLIAC regular season titles. In 1996 they also won the GLIAC tournament championship. [18]

Prior to becoming the Lakers, this institution's sports teams were known as the Hornets. They also fielded a football team under the Soo Tech moniker from 1948 to 1950. [19]

National Championships (5):

  • 1972 Men's Ice Hockey - NAIA [20]
  • 1974 Men's Ice Hockey - NAIA [21]
  • 1988 Men's Ice Hockey - NCAA Division I [22]
  • 1992 Men's Ice Hockey - NCAA Division I [23]
  • 1994 Men's Ice Hockey - NCAA Division I [24]

National Runners-up (4):

  • 1968 Men's Ice Hockey - NAIA
  • 1969 Men's Ice Hockey - NAIA
  • 1970 Men's Ice Hockey - NAIA
  • 1993 Men's Ice Hockey - NCAA Division I

Notable alumni


Bates Battaglia 1994-1997 Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL) Jonathan Bates Battaglia (born December 13, 1975 in Chicago, Illinois, USA) is an American professional hockey left winger. ... The Toronto Maple Leafs are a professional ice hockey team based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ...

John Grahame 1994-1997 Carolina Hurricanes (NHL) John Grahame (born August 31, 1975) is a goaltender in the National Hockey League. ... The Carolina Hurricanes are a National Hockey League team in Raleigh, North Carolina. ...

Brian Rolston 1991-1993 Minnesota Wild (NHL) Brian Rolston (Born February 21, 1973 in Flint, Michigan) is a professional hockey player currently playing for the Minnesota Wild. ... The Minnesota Wild are a professional ice hockey team based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. ...

Doug Weight 1989-1991 St. Louis Blues (NHL) Doug Weight (Born January 21, 1971 in Warren, Michigan, USA) is professional ice hockey player currently playing for the St. ... The St. ...

Jim Dowd (hockey player) 1987-1991 New Jersey Devils (NHL) Jim Dowd as a New Jersey Devil Jim Dowd is a player in the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The New Jersey Devils are a professional ice hockey team based in East Rutherford, New Jersey. ...

Paul Boyer (equipment manager) 1988-1993 Detroit Red Wings (NHL) Paul Boyer (Born in Sault St. ... The Detroit Red Wings are an NHL franchise located in Detroit, Michigan. ...


  1. ^ http://www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/college/directory/brief/drglance_2293_brief.php
  2. ^ http://www.lssu.edu/about/facts.php
  3. ^ http://www.lssu.edu/about/facts.php
  4. ^ http://www.pcsum.org/pdfs/EnrollmentReport2005.pdf
  5. ^ http://www.lssu.edu/whats_new/2000/mascots_111300.html
  6. ^ http://www.lssu.edu/about/facts.php
  7. ^ Ferris State University and Northern Michigan University also function as both universities and community colleges.
  8. ^ http://www.michigancc.net/cci/cclinks/index.tml
  9. ^ http://www.lssu.edu/admissions/history.php
  10. ^ http://www.lssu.edu/banished/
  11. ^ http://lssulakers.cstv.com/trads/lasu-trads.html
  12. ^ http://lssulakers.cstv.com/trads/lasu-trads.html
  13. ^ http://www.lssu.edu/snowman/
  14. ^ http://i-500.com/index.php
  15. ^ http://www.lssu.edu/banished/uh_about.php
  16. ^ http://www.gliac.org/media/history.asp
  17. ^ http://www.gliac.org/archive/2005/womens/basketball/honors/wbasketball_record_book.pdf
  18. ^ http://www.gliac.org/archive/2005/mens/basketball/honors/mbasketball_record_book.pdf
  19. ^ http://lssulakers.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/121605aaa.html
  20. ^ http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/leagues/seasons/teams/0005641972.html
  21. ^ http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/leagues/seasons/teams/0005641974.html
  22. ^ http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/leagues/seasons/teams/0005641988.html
  23. ^ http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/leagues/seasons/teams/0005641992.html
  24. ^ http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/leagues/seasons/teams/0005641994.html

Ferris State University is an institute of higher learning whose main campus is located in Big Rapids, Michigan, in Mecosta County, with a secondary campus in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and smaller programs located throughout the region. ... Northern Michigan University is a four-year university established in 1899 located in Marquette, Michigan of Michigans Upper Peninsula. ...

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