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Tyler graduated from Saline High School in Saline, Michigan. He has been an active leader at Anchorhouse Christian Fellowship. He completed his senior research on the use of microreactors to produce pharmaceutical precursors. He was the recipient of a GRO Fellowship for Undergraduates sponsored by the EPA. Tyler completed a summer working in Cinncinati for the EPA's National Risk Management Research Laboratory, and spent a summer in San Francisco with the American Chemical Society's Nuclear Summer School. Tyler will be pursuing his PhD at Washington State University in the Fall.

Tyler O'Dell
2010 Outstanding Graduate


  • Preparation for Graduate School — Students who earn a B.A. in Spanish at LSSU may apply for graduate school to pursue advanced studies in Spanish as either a major or minor.
  • International Business, Diplomacy and Law — In an increasingly global society, the ability to speak both English and Spanish provides students with marketable skills to function well in the world of international trade. Developing Spanish skills beyond the level of minimal language requirement classes greatly increases career opportunities for individuals in the areas of business, law, technology, and international relations. The global expansion of American companies creates a demand for those who are able to function and communicate effectively in international settings.
  • Communication — The process of learning a foreign language and understanding its embeddedness in a rich cultural and social context of diverse human efforts provides Spanish majors with a complex and comprehensive educational experience. Graduates will find an array of business related job opportunities in publishing, editing, the media, the arts, and communication.
  • Travel and Tourism — Mexico is, and for the past 20 years has been, the number one foreign destination for Americans. Consequently, there is a large demand for bilingual professionals in tourism and travel.
  • Domestic Careers in Public Services — As the latest USA census data show, the number of Spanish speakers is on the rise. As a result, there is a need for college-educated people able to effectively communicate with bilingual or Spanish-speaking populations in various areas of public service.




Hands-on Training...

Brian Applegate

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. "Itís as close as you can get to the real thing." [ more ]

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