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Don Sawruk

Don Sawruk '70

"My two business degrees from LSSU were instrumental in preparing me to work at all levels of Edison Sault Electric (ESE), concluding with the privilege of becoming ESE President in 1998. My company also takes pride in that 14 out of a total of 17 management personnel and about 20% of hourly employees at ESE either have degrees from or have attended a substantial number of classes at LSSU. Finally, our company and employees have contributed in excess of $500,000 to various LSSU projects over the last 25 years. ESE Believes in Blue."

Edison Sault Electric Company
President and CEO
Sault Ste. Marie, MI

LSSU Business and Economics Outstanding Alumnus Award '03

Archives: Banished Words 1998

Build to a Crescendo  - “The word is a musical term which means ‘gradually increase the volume.’ It is not possible to build to a crescendo as the crescendo is the process of building.” Paul Kinney, Westland, Mich.           

Da Bomb - (to mean ‘the greatest’) “Sounds stupid and makes no sense.” Chad Johnson, Port Hope School, Port Hope, Mich. “Is it going to explode?” Adam Trupish, St. Anne’s H.S., Tecumseh, Ont.

Ever - Michele Mooney, Los Angeles, sent many examples of the overuse of “ever” clipped from newspapers and magazines: “…drew its largest audience ever.” “…the best film adaptation of a John Grisham novel ever!” “It will be the first public display ever for the staff.” “The first-ever DNA extracted from Neanderthal bone…” “It was the largest gay and lesbian event ever in Alabama history.”

Gaming - “Used to seduce people into thinking they’re not really gambling.” Gene Quinn, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

Generation X  - “This group needs a real name now. Unfortunately there aren’t any ‘x’ words that would do the job. How about generation XOXO?” Michelle Batterbee Fox, Ellsworth Community Schools, Ellsworth, Mich.

Giving 110 Percent  - When considering the salaries paid to professional athletes many folks may start to expect that extra 10 percent. Mark Terwilliger, LSSU math professor.

Is Dead Tonight - “Whenever a well-known person dies, television news reporters tell the story: ‘Joe Blow is dead tonight at the age of 85.’ Do they expect his condition to change by morning? I have heard of one such case, but even that took three days.” David Downing, St. Paul, Minn.

My Bad - “Students and adults sound infantile when using this to apologize for a mistake.” Elizabeth Philips, English Dept., Cardinal Mooney Catholic H.S., Marine City, Mich. and many others.

Norming - “A planerese’ word. These folks do not give up. It supposedly means to make normal… ‘In a systems evolution concept of storming, forming, and norming…’” Huon Newburg, New Ulm, Minn.

Show Me the Money - “It was a funny movie; now people use it everywhere.” Mandy Denick, Thornapple Kellogg H.S., Middleville, Mich. Nominated by others, including The Flint [Mich.] Journal’s Jeff Karoub, who says “It’s destined to be the ‘Where’s the beef?’ of the 90s.”

Talk to the Hand - and variations of the expression used when someone doesn’t want to listen to what is being presented to him or her: “Talk to the hand, ‘cuz the face don’t want to hear it.” “Talk to the left (hand), because you know I’m right.” “Talk to the back, because you’re not good enough for the front.” – Christine Tankersley, St. Mary’s Cathedral H.S., Gaylord, Mich. Nominated by many others in Canada and the U.S.

Take it to the Next Level - “As in, ‘If we increase our focus and intensity, we can take it to the next level.’ This has seeped out of the mouths of coaches and athletes and crept into the parlance of too many sportscasters and writers.” Jeff Karoub, Flint, Mich.

Whatsup? - Sometimes shortened to ‘sup? “Everyone uses it just to start up a conversation.” – Carali McCall, Seaforth District H.S., Seaforth, Ont. “Just say hello.” – Tim Nelson, Mackinaw City H.S., Mackinaw City, Mich. “It’s passť.” – Greg Arceri, Northville, Mich. Nominated by many others.

Yadda Yadda Yadda - “An annoying way of making a long story short,” Richard Young, Nicolet H.S., Glendale, Wisc. “Used instead of ‘and so on.’” R. Forrest, Tempe, Ariz.

Psychology Driven...

Mary-Ellen

Mary-Ellen
Psychology

"LSSU is a relatively small school and I believe for this reason I have received a better education. The close atmosphere as opposed to a larger university has provided me with an opportunity to become acquainted with my professors. The professors therefore have an opportunity to assist with problems fairly easily, especially in upper level classes. The classes are fairly small also which provides one on one conversations which is very helpful."

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