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Gary Benjamin '70

President and COO, Champion, Inc.
Iron Mountain, MI

LSSU Business, Economics, and Legal Studies Distinguished Alumni '07

Former LSSU Board Trustee

Lukenda School of Business




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Pat Caruso '75 spoke on legal issues to the Correctional Law class on Nov. 3, 2014.

CORRECTIONS PERSPECTIVE Pat Caruso, a 1975 alumna and former director of the Michigan Dept. of Corrections, presented "Trends in Corrections" during an open program on Nov. 3. Caruso, whose discussion included current corrections legal issues, was also on campus as a guest speaker in Prof. Carol Andary's Correctional Law class. She is a corrections consultant who works across the United States and draws upon her more than 25 years of experience in corrections for her current position. Caruso went from managing the budget of the Chippewa County Jail as part of her job as former county controller, to serving as warden of Michigan correctional facilities and eventually working as director of the MDOC. Caruso, currently serving on the School's Professional Advisory Board, was the recipient of the LSSU Outstanding Alumna Award in 1997.


Joseph Breed '85 receives LSSU Outstanding Alumnus Award, Fall 2014

OUTSTANDING ALUMNUS – Joseph Breed, right, accepts the LSSU Alumni Association's Outstanding Alumnus Award from Lake Superior State University Foundation Executive Director Tom Coates, during a special banquet on campus Oct. 24. The citation recognizes him as a person who is successful and who supports his alma mater with his time, talent and financial support. Breed, who graduated in 1985 with a degree in business administration/management, owns a full-service insurance agency with a branch in Indian River as well as the main office in Cheboygan. His is a chartered property casualty underwriter and holds other professional designations as well, and oversees a staff of 26 who provide service throughout Michigan and the Midwest. (Photo by John Shibley) return to top






Kim Muir speaks about her journey from Korea to succussful U.S. business owner.

SEOUL TO SAULT – Kim Muir, a 1994 alumna of Lake Superior State University and president/owner of Can’t Skate, Can’t Play, Inc., talks about her journey from Korea to becoming a successful U.S. business owner. Her talk was the latest installment in LSSU’s BE Inspired Series on Sept. 8, sponsored by the LSSU College of Business and Engineering. Muir graduated from LSSU’s pre-med program and has owned her power skating instruction firm for more than 20 years. More than 50 of her students currently play in the National Hockey League, with an equal number playing in the minor leagues. Fresh from working with the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes, she was in Sault Ste. Marie to instruct the Laker hockey team and Sault Greyhounds. (LSSU/Kati Doty) return to top










NEW SIGMA BETA DELTA MEMBERS -- The Lake Superior State University Lukenda School of Business inducted 26 students into the business honor society Sigma Beta Delta during the spring semester. The honor society, considered to be one of the highest forms of national recognition a business student can achieve, is open to juniors and seniors who are selected based on their class ranking and school involvement. Members must rank in the upper 20 percent of the junior, senior or master’s level class and are invited to join by the faculty officers. The purposes of Sigma Beta Delta are to encourage and recognize scholarship and achievement among students of business, management, and administration, and to encourage and promote personal and professional improvement and a life distinguished by honorable service to humankind. return to top





School of Business Seniors join ranks of best and brightest in country | November 2012

Nine of 58 LSSU business students participating in the spring 2012 Major Field Test (MFT) in business ranked nationally in the top 10 percent. Recently-released results of the end-of-program test featured David Pawley in the top 1%, with Magen Umlor and Dawn Sonntag, placing in the top 3%.

Six students: Mikl Gagne, Booth Leslie, Kyle Pobur, Kramer Sally, Nicholas Cordes, and Chelsie Reese, were included in the top 10%, which put the mean score for LSSU business students in the top 25% rank of all participating undergraduate schools in the USA. A total of 32,982 students from more than 430 undergraduate programs participated in the 2011-12 academic year's testing. Particular strengths were noted in accounting, finance and economics, international issues, management, and marketing, in which LSSU average scores were five points or more above the national mean.

The MFT is a comprehensive assessment tool designed to measure a student's critical knowledge and understanding in the areas of accounting, economics, management, quantitative analysis, finance, marketing, legal and social environment, information systems, and international business. The test is offered each semester and is part of the BUSN466 capstone course. Section 1 of the fall 2012 class out of Petoskey recently took the exam, while section 2 is slated to take the exam toward the end of November.

School presents at Best of the Regions Competition | October 2012

Faculty from the School of Business attended the 2012 Best of the Regions Competition hosted by the Great Lakes Council Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Region 4 on October 4th and 5th in Schaumburg, Illinois. Professors Mindy Poliski, Valerie Filek and Dr. David Finley discussed the key outcomes required of graduating baccalaureate students. Notably, many related to corporate ethics, social responsibility, and sustainable relationships within the local and global communities. Poliski touched on the volunteer income tax assistance effort, while Filek focused on Hoops for Hope, an annual three-on-three charity basketball tournament. Lake Superior State was one of 18 schools asked to present during three breakout sessions at the conference, which focused on the theme of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility in the Classroom. View a PDF of the PowerPoint presentation for more information. Just click on the text icon in the top left corner of each slide to read the presenter's notes. return to top

Dr. David R. Finley, P.E.College of Business and Engineering Welcomes Dr. Finley | January 2012

Dr. David Roland Finley, P.E. comes to Lake Superior State University from Trine University, Angola, Ind. where he was dean of the Allen School of Engineering and Technology and subsequently Vice President for Academic Affairs for a total of 11 yearsw, serving also as interim dean for the Ketner School of Business and the Jannen School of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Finley brings his unique background in business and engineering, which includes research interests in improved educational/learning methodologies and entrepreneurship, to our newly-incorporated college. He has also been a speaker on topics of assessment and retention. Trine experienced an increase in enrollment and freshman retention, program growth and partnerships during Finley's tenure. His career has taken him from environmental science through chemical engineering, receiving a Trine Excellence in Teaching Award and Tau Beta Pi Eminent Engineer Recognition, to his newest leadership post. return to top


Investment Club Wins 2nd Place in the G.A.M.E. | March 2012
LSSU Investment Club at G.A.M.E. in New York City

Prof. Jerry Root and members of the Investment Club won 2nd place in the Core Style Portfolio Undergraduate Division at G.A.M.E. (Global Asset Management Education) II Forum last March in New York City. LSSU competed against 100 schools representing several states and countries with participation by both undergraduate and graduate students.

Schools were invited to submit their investment results and compete in either a graduate or undergraduate category. Outgoing President Michael Barrett; the 2012-13 President, Nathan Stump; and Ramsey A'Ve presented LSSU's student-run investment portfolio. They were also invited to make a presentation to a panel of Wall Street investors. The team succeeded in impressing the panel. A colleague of Prof. Root, who works with JP Morgan, invited the group to the bond trading floor prior to the start of the event. Prof. Root is looking forward to the group's participation in next winter's Forum. return to top

College Name Change | August 2011

During the summer, the Provost’s office did some reorganization of academic departments due to some administrative retirements and resignations. The School of Business is now part of the College of Business and Engineering. return to top

Hoops for Hope | April 2011

LSSU students pose in front of a 3 on 3 basketball tournament that they planned, orgainized, executed and evaluated for Prof. Valerie Filek’s Sport and Events Marketing course. The “Hoops for Hope” event was held on April 23, 2011 and raised over $3000 for charity.

L to R: Courntey Amble (Jr—Sports and Rec Management), Erin Wiethoff (Jr—Sports and Rec Management), Ron Neal (Jr—Business Administration), Summers Captain (Sr.—Bus Admin– Mgmt) Lindsay McLeod (Sr –Bus Admin –Mgmt) Erin McGill (Sr-Liberal Studies) and Roxanne Morris (Sophomore-Communications) return to top

Marketing Class to work with theater production

Professor Filek’s MRKT281— Principles of Marketing class worked with Dr. Patrick Santoro’s theater production of “The Laramie Project”. The class produced marketing materials to promote awareness and attendance. “The Laramie Project” is a documentary play that investigates the 1998 death of Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming. Told through a series of interviews from Laramie residents, this is a particularly moving account of a hate crime committed against a gay man. The play uses the concrete details of Shepard’s murder as a means of beginning discussion about hate crimes committed across a range of contexts where difference is looked upon with disregard, discontent and even as life threatening. return to top

Marketing major presents paper at a Regional Conference

Leslie Booth, a senior majoring in Management with a minor in Finance and Economics, presented a paper this spring at the Bowling Green Undergraduate Economic Paper Contest in Ohio. The title of her paper was “Empirical Demand Estimation for Passenger Vehicles Crossing the Mackinac Bridge.” return to top

CSI— Accounting

We don’t often think of Accountants as crime fighters, but did you know it was an accountant that sent mobster Al Capone to prison? LSSU Criminal Justice and Accounting students had a unique opportunity in March to participate in the Adrian Project. Stephen Moore, an Internal Revenue Service Field agent out Detroit was on campus to present “Adrian Jr.” This was an interactive program that allowed students to become IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agents for the day. LSSU Accounting graduate Rob Pike ‘02 works for the IRS and was part of the team presenting “The Adrian Project” at LSSU. The project deals with what it takes to be an IRS agent and presents a fraud simulation. Here Rob preps Accounting professor, Mindy Poliski as she prepares for her role as the informant. return to top

Business Students Score Above the Mean

Students in the School of Business take the Major Field Test in Business during their senior year. Every year for the past five years, our students score above the national mean. This test is administered by over 800 business schools across the U.S. and measures students’ knowledge of core business areas. return to top



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