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Don Sawruk

Don Sawruk '70

"My two business degrees from LSSU were instrumental in preparing me to work at all levels of Edison Sault Electric (ESE), concluding with the privilege of becoming ESE President in 1998. My company also takes pride in that 14 out of a total of 17 management personnel and about 20% of hourly employees at ESE either have degrees from or have attended a substantial number of classes at LSSU. Finally, our company and employees have contributed in excess of $500,000 to various LSSU projects over the last 25 years. ESE Believes in Blue."

Edison Sault Electric Company
President and CEO
Sault Ste. Marie, MI

LSSU Business and Economics Outstanding Alumnus Award '03

Distinguished Teaching Award

Jim Sherman, 2000 Recipient

Jim Sherman received an extra special retirement gift during commencement ceremonies on Saturday at Lake Superior State University.

The accounting professor of 29 years was selected by his students and colleagues as this year's recipient of the LSSU Distinguished Teaching Award. The award is kept secret until it is announced at commencement each year.

"Jim is considered to be highly professional by both students and colleagues," said Don McCrimmon, Ph.D., LSSU Executive Vice President and Provost, in announcing the award. "He is an expert teacher who draws upon experience to show students the application of the theory. His philosophy and attitude are inspirational, and he tends to bring out the best in students."

"He is fair and honest," McCrimmon continued. "He is the most friendly and helpful faculty member in the College of Business and Economics, and perhaps the University."

One of the students who nominated Sherman for the award called him "...a role model to aspire to" and said he is considering following Sherman's lead to become an educator so he may have a positive influence on the lives of students.

An alumnus of Lake State - he attended from 1959-1961 - Sherman received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Northern Michigan University, and a master's degree in accounting from Southern Illinois University. He is a certified public accountant.

He was hired at LSSU in September 1971 as an assistant professor in the Business Administration Department, earning tenure in 1976.

"Jim has certainly been a credit to this institution," said LSSU President Robert Arbuckle, Ph.D. "He has been one of the builders of academics here at Lake State."

Sherman expressed surprise in accepting the award, but said he will forever savor the day and that he shares the honor with his students.

Sherman and his wife, Judith, have six children. Upon his retirement, they will be leaving Sault Ste. Marie to settle in eastern Tennessee.

A committee comprised of the five most recent recipients of the award, as well as several graduating seniors with the highest grade point averages in their class, chooses the current award recipient from the nominations submitted by LSSU employees and students.

Also during commencement ceremonies, former Lt. Gov. Connie Binsfeld was issued an honorary degree, alumnus Dan Goodrich of Cedarville received the Paul Ripley Award for Young Alumni, and senior Sophia Chandauka of Zimbabwe addressed the graduating class.

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Rebecca Secrest

Rebecca Secrest
Social Science
Alanson, MI

"LSSU's size is perfect. I see familiar faces every day. There is a security and comfort in that. The professors are wonderful, and there is a lot of interaction in the smaller classes. The level of attention students get is the same as at a small private college, but at a great price." [ more ]

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