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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

Registrar's Office - International Students


It is critical that international students in F1 status maintain their legal status in the United States and understand the regulations set forth in the U.S. CITIZENSHIP & IMMIGRATION SERVICES (USCIS), the U.S. Department of State (DOS) and the Student & Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).

What Is SEVIS?

SEVIS stands for Student and Exchange Visitor Information System. SEVIS is a web-based system that provides real-time, up-to-date information on nonimmigrant students. SEVIS allows participating schools to collect, manage, and report information on international students.

What Does SEVIS Collect?

Lake Superior State University must report:

  • Any student who has failed to maintain status or complete his or her program.
  • Whether the student has registered at the beginning of every semester.
  • The end date of the studentís current semester.
  • The start date of the studentís next semester.
  • Any changes of address or legal name.
  • Any changes in program of study including extension of study.
  • Any changes in sources of financial support.
  • Any disciplinary action taken by the school against the student as a result of the student being convicted of a crime.
  • Any student who has graduated early or prior to the program end date listed on the SEVIS Form I-20.
  • Any On Campus employment or CPT (Curricular Practical Training).
Maintaining Status

To maintain F-1 Status, students must do the following:

  • Attend the school they are authorized to attend.
  • Pursue a full course of study when required.
  • Make normal progress towards completing their course of study.
  • Apply for extensions of program BEFORE the expiration date on the current I-20.
  • Follow all USCIS procedures for changing from one program or educational level to another.
  • Follow procedures for transferring from one school to another.
  • Limit on-campus employment to 20 hours per week while school is in session (full-time on-campus employment is permitted during vacation periods such as summer as long as the student is enrolled full-time the following semester).
  • Refrain from off-campus employment without authorization. Limit off-campus employment to 20 hours per week while school is in session.
  • Report change of address or name to a Designated School Official (DSO) within 10 days of the change. The DSO must report the change to SEVIS within 21 days.
  • Within 60 days of completing the course of study and any authorized practical training, depart the United States, apply for a change of status, or transfer to another school.
  • Maintain a valid passport.

Failing to maintain status would require that Lake Superior State University terminate the student status within 21 days of the student falling out of status. Examples that would call for termination of a studentís status would be:

  • Unauthorized withdrawal
  • Unauthorized employment
  • Unauthorized drop below full course of study
  • Expulsion
  • Suspension
  • Failure to enroll
  • Extension denied
How Am I Eligible for Reinstatement?

Upon being terminated, reinstatement procedures must take place. To be eligible for reinstatement, the student must:

  • Not have engaged in unauthorized employment.
  • Not be in deportation proceedings.
  • Not have been out of status for more than five months (unless due to exceptional circumstances).
  • Establish that any violation was due to circumstances beyond the studentís control or as an error on the part of the designated school official.
New or Transfer Students
Designated School Officials (DSO):
Michelle A. Markstrom
Assistant Director of Admissions
Current International Students
Designated School Officials (DSO):

Nancy A. Neve


Katie LaLonde
Coordinator of Semester Course Schedule and International Student Compliance

Nicole Parker
Assistant Registrar, Technical Operations
Ashley LaFaver
Manager, Registrar Services

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"LSSU is a relatively small school and I believe for this reason I have received a better education. The close atmosphere as opposed to a larger university has provided me with an opportunity to become acquainted with my professors. The professors therefore have an opportunity to assist with problems fairly easily, especially in upper level classes. The classes are fairly small also which provides one on one conversations which is very helpful."

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