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Maria DiValentin

"I chose to transfer to Lake Superior State University because of the personal attention I would receive. I did not want to attend a large university where I would be a number lost in the masses. The well-rounded curriculum allowed me to obtain my position at John Deere. Having a good balance of theory and hands-on knowledge is critical for my position and Lake State gave me a good foundation in these skills."

Maria DiValentin, Mechanical Engineering 2001
Field Service Representative,
John Deere Power Systems
Waterloo, IA


Student Orientation Staff

Rayann 'Ray' Basawa

Major: Nursing

Hometown: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Activities on and off Campus:

  • Lake State Student Nurses' Association (LSSNA)
  • Intramural (Broomball, Flag Football)
  • Cheerleading (Soo, Canada)
  • Maintain two jobs and school

Favorite thing about Lake State:

  • Beautiful campus
  • Great programs
  • Friendly atmosphere
  • Small classes
  • Close to home

Best thing about going to school in Sault Ste. Marie:

I was able to get the university experience while staying close to home; just like my father.

What are some “Words of Wisdom” you would give to new LSSU Students?

Don't be afraid to ask questions - everyone wants you to succeed. "Trust your struggle, everything happens for a reason".

Favorite Thing to do in the Soo:

  • spending time with friends
  • swimming
  • hiking
  • camping




Top Engineers


First Place
Lake Superior State University

Tied with: Eastern Michigan University

Second Place
Lawrence Technological University

Third Place
Western Michigan University

Other participants included: University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Ferris State University

2000 Society of Manufacturing Engineers Region 6 Conference

Student Design and Build Competition

March 25, 2000
Lansing, Mich.

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