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Carolyn E. (McCullough) Powrozek

I work for an environmental and engineering consulting firm with offices all over the world.  Right now, I am being trained to manage some of our hydrogeologic and groundwater statistical monitoring programs for several landfills. Golder provides services in a variety of areas, including mining, oil and natural gas, power, water resource management, land development, waste management, and more.

Carolyn E. (McCullough) Powrozek 
Golder Associates Inc.
Wixom, Michigan

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SavannahSue Rondeau

SavannahSue Rondeau has always been interested in firefighting. For the last three years she has been a volunteer firefighter her hometown of Oakdale, Minnesota.

"I love the fast pace environment, the people in the profession, and the adrenaline rush of running into a burning building or saving someone’s life," she says.

Rondeau chose Lake Superior State University because it offers the first accredited four-year fire science degree in the United States. She also jumped at the challenge of LSSU's Honors program, which requires her to complete 21 Honors credits, including 10 credits for an Honors seminar/thesis project.

"My long term plans are to move to a large city and become a medical chief or arson investigator," she says.

"The Honors program has helped tremendously with my transition into my experience at LSSU. I live in Honors House — Ontario Hall — which does not hold many people. Therefore, I quickly made good friends who showed me the campus and life on campus. In addition, being in small Honors classes gave me connections to learn from not only professors, but the other students as well. Honors classes and seminars are at a higher level that does require more work on top of regular classes. However, the payoff is knowing I can compete and do all that is expected of me while still maintaining good grades in other classes. The big payoff will be when I earn a degree with Honors."

— SavannahSue Rondeau, sophomore, Fire Science with Honors

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Brian Applegate

Brian Applegate
Fire Science

LSSU's dedicated three-story fire lab made all the difference to Brian Applegate.

"Our certification training classes offered real situations," Brian says. Students practice victim search techniques while controlling and extinguishing fires. Applegate says his favorite exercise was the live fire flashover simulation. "We saw how fires evolved as they burned," he says. "It’s as close as you can get to the real thing."

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