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Kjolhede is the well-respected superintendent of the Ionia County Intermediate School District, which provides services and support for nine public schools, two charter schools and six non-public schools. The district spans 576 square miles and has more than 12,000 students. He is also president of the Michigan Association of School Administrators, Region IV.

His work in education has taken him from teaching and serving as a guidance counselor in several districts throughout Michigan to administrative positions for more than 20 years.

"I am truly humbled by being selected for this award," Kjolhede said. "Choosing to attend LSSC almost 40 years ago was the best decision I had made up to that point in my life. Through the LSSC guidance and influence of Paul Ripley, Bud Cooper, coaches Tom Ludwig and Ed Douma and many others, I was able grow and navigate my way to graduation.

"They and LSSC believed in me, giving me the knowledge, skills and confidence to get where I am today," Kjolhede continued. "I gladly support LSSU as repayment for their investment in me and for what they gave to me. The LSSU family has been instrumental in my life and invaluable for the lifelong connections we have made through the institution."

Kjolhede earned a bachelor's degree in sociology and minor in psychology from LSSU, as well as secondary certification in social studies before moving on to earn a master's degree in secondary guidance and counseling from Central Michigan University.

Kjolhede is married to the former Patti Ripley '77. The couple has two children, Kelly and Jamie.

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Lambda Sigma Beta Scholarship

This scholarship was created by contributions from alumni of the School of Business and the Lambda Sigma Beta Fraternity spearheaded by Dr. Madan Saluja, professor of business at LSSU. This endowment is awarded to students who have attained junior or senior status in the business program, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and who have demonstrated campus/community leadership and dedication in working in the business profession.

Hantz Award

The named annual award is established by the Hantz Group, a full service financial holding company with an office in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, and corporate headquarters in Southfield, Michigan. The award is open to any business degree program student who has reached his or her junior year (88 credits) in good academic standing. Candidates must demonstrate campus or community leadership and/or represent Lake Superior State University in any Division I or Division II athletic program.The scholarship recipient is selected by a committee composed of School of Business faculty and a member of the Hantz Group.

  

 

 

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Chris Schalk

I absolutely love the small size of LSSU. Everything on campus is within a short walking distance. Also, with smaller class sizes, itís much easier to get to know people. There are even professors I had from a couple of years ago that still remember me. It has even become difficult for me to walk across campus without running into someone I know. This has created a very positive experience for me. [ more ]

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