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LSSU faculty compete to stay out of icy St. Marys river

Posted: January 17th, 2013

TO BOLDLY PLUNGE – Lake Superior State University professor Jody Susi, left, and Jodi Hunter take a test plunge into LSSU's Norris Center pool. The duo joins two other faculty who have been raising funds for a climbing wall on campus while trying to keep from having to jump into the icy St. Mary’s River this week. The prof who raises the most cash will be spared from taking a dip in the river at 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18, at Rotary Park. (LSSU/ John Shibley)

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SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Four Lake Superior State University faculty have been raising funds for a climbing wall on campus while trying to keep from having to jump into the icy St. Mary’s River this week.


Tom "Dive Vader" Allan
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Kevin "Float Belt" Egan

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The prof who raises the most cash will be spared from taking a dip in the river at 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18, at Rotary Park.

Professors Tom Allan, Kevin Egan, Jodi Hunter and Jody Susi are all taking part in the LSSU Foundation’s People Investing in the Greater Good of Your University – or PIGGY U – an initiative built by the Lake State Student Philanthropy Council around an army of blue piggy banks that have been passed around campus to raise funds for the climbing wall. LSSU received the 40-ft. climbing wall as a donation from Dick’s Sporting Goods but needs funds to have it installed in the Norris Center’s Student Activity Center.

The four professors are leading their areas of campus in the fundraising and are encouraging their students and co-workers to donate and keep them out of the cold water.

“So far, Prof. Susi is leading the group,” said Debbie Jones of the LSSU Foundation, who is leading the event. “We invite the community to come out to watch our faculty shiver on Friday.”

The student philanthropy group passed around the blue piggy banks in September and has been hosting a variety of events to encourage campus employees and students to bring in filled-up banks. In September, the student winners of a contest through Facebook were treated to a bird’s-eye view of the St. Mary’s River and twin Saults from atop the International Bridge.

The group will sponsor a spring break photo contest with the piggy banks in March and then will make its last call piggy round-up in April.

Find out more about PIGGY U on the LSSU Foundation’s web page, lssu.edu/foundation, or by contacting Jones at 906-635-6213 or dajones@lssu.edu.



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CONTACTS: John Shibley, e-mail, 906-635-2314; Tom Pink, e-mail, 635-2315; Dr. Barb Keller e-mail, 635-2185 ; Debbie Jones, LSSU Foundation, e-mail, 635-6213.


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