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Nicole Anderson

Exposure to different experiences at Lake Superior State University helped me to learn and decide what I wanted to do with my life. There were many opportunities to help my learning experience, including day and weekend trips to various geological sites. It wasn’t all travel though; there was lots of hands-on experience that helped demonstrate what we learned in lectures.

Nicole Anderson
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Past Presidents: The Russell Years, 1947-1953

Chester Russell

With the help of the community of Sault Ste. Marie, the Sault Branch of Michigan Tech continued to grow as faculty, staff, students and curricula were added. Chester Russell, a former electrical engineering faculty member of Michigan Tech, became the director in the Soo in 1947.

During the Russell years, the curriculum was expanded to include more liberal arts offerings. Student life improved with the addition of intercollegiate football, baseball and track – the teams were called the Hornets. The Lakers would evolve when the branch school became Lake Superior State College.

The Russell era was one of battles of survival. The most significant was in 1948, when the threat of the U.S. Army to re-establish a military presence to again guard the locks found Russell and others marshaling forces to prevent the army from resuming control of old Fort Brady. Governor G. Mennen Williams, Sault Mayor Maurice Hunt and other leading citizens journeyed to Washington, D. C. to save the Sault Branch as an educational institution. Their trip and the efforts of many obviously proved successful, for the army abandoned its efforts.

Professor Russell resigned in 1953 to accept a position at Clarkson College.

 

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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