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Nancy (Braschayko) McNamara, a summa cum laude Laker Alumni from 2006 is attending the University of Michigan School of Medicine.

James Norris Physical Education Center

Norris Center Complex

The Norris Center Complex is broken up into multiple areas, each serving a different purpose and available to the public. More information can be found by selecting an area from the list below.

 

About the Norris Center

The Norris Center is home for all Lake Superior State University's athletic teams, including the three-time NCAA Division 1 champion hockey team. The School of Recreation and Exercise Science has offices on the first floor. The second floor houses the Criminal Justice Department, whose facilities include classrooms, fire science and criminalistics laboratories, and a firing range. The complex includes the Cooper Gymnsasium, the Taffy Abel Arena, the Student Activities Center, swimming and diving pools, racquetball courts, dance studio, locker rooms, firearm range, and athletic offices.

History

As it stands today, the Center is the product of the combined efforts of the faculty, students, Sault Ste Marie citizens, the State of Michigan and federal government. Work began in 1972 when what was then the Lake Superior State College Board of Control approved the resolution for the physical education building. After much fundraising, ground was broken on the new building on October 19, 1974 and was completed two years later in the Fall of 1976.

There would later be expansions and updates to the facility, including the $3.2 million expansion to what would become the Clarence "Taffy" Abel Arena, named after the legendary Sault Ste. Marie hockey star and Native American. The Arbuckle Student Activity Center was constructed in 1999 at a cost of $3 million and added to the sports complex multiple indoor courts, track, and a fitness center.

Expansion

The Norris Center will soon begin building a new atrium onto the front entrance of the building. The new atrium will feature brick pavers that can be personalized with individual and company names, dates and special messages for a nominal fee.

LSSU Foundation Executive Director Tom Coates. "The new Norris Plaza will be a gateway to the next generation of traditions and legends and it is fitting that this area will also allow our fans to show their pride and leave their own lasting tribute."

More information can be found here.

Robotics...

Dereck Wonnacutt

Dereck Wonnacutt
Robotics and Computer Science

"Lake Superior State is the only robotics program of its kind in the country. I can work up any research or senior project idea with a professor or my advisor. I studied for a year in Japan through LSSU's connection with the Japan Center for Michigan Universities, and became fluent in Japanese. A Japanese company called Fanuc makes most of the robots in our lab. I'd like to roll my senior research project into a career with Fanuc that bridges the two countries and cultures."

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