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Mark Reese

“The material covered in LSSU's engineering program provided me a solid foundation for graduate studies. The systematic approach and communication skills needed to tackle engineering projects were taught and then practiced over and over again. In particular I appreciate the many hours spent by the faculty to develop oral presentation skills in each student. As a graduate student now, these skills have proven to be highly beneficial and, to my surprise, obviously not taught to the same extent at many other universities.”

Mark Reese, Mechanical Engineering 2005
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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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