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Luke Fera

Luke Fera '06
Biology Major

"LSSU has a great reputation for placing students in graduate and professional schools. Many of my classmates from LSSU are now pursuing graduate and professional studies at some of the finest universities in Canada and the United States."

"The student-faculty interaction and the ability to conduct research at the undergraduate level really helped me to achieve success in a competitive graduate program. My professors at LSSU were always interested in helping us succeed."

Luke Fera of Sault Ste. Marie graduated from LSSU in 2006 with a degree in biology and is now working toward a master's degree in epidemiology at University of Western Ontario in London. He plans to continue his studies in the medical sciences.

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Parents at Lake State

Making the Most of Parent/Family Weekend

A campus visit may be right around the corner if you’re planning to attend Parent/Family Weekend this fall. Yet, it’s not just about crab puffs at receptions and shaking hands. This is a real opportunity to connect with your student! Make the most of your family weekend by:

  • Attending Classes. Some schools offer the chance to sit in on portions of popular classes. See what your student is experiencing in the classroom so you can “talk academics” throughout the remainder of the year.
  • Listening to Your Student. Listen as he tells you about the rugby intramurals team he joined or the bio lab he’s really enjoying. Listen as she tells you about a group she’d like to join or how much she has connected with her RA. This is your time together to communicate face-to-face. Try to talk less and listen more—you just may pick up on some subtleties that don’t come through via IM and phone calls.
  • Trying New Things. There will likely be quite a slate of activities available during the weekend. Try some of these new things with your student, from service projects to a cappella concerts. He/she may find a new hobby, interest or direction as a result!
  • Mingling & Meeting. Attend receptions, talk with other parents, meet administrators and faculty… these folks are at your disposal during the weekend. Plus, you’ll get a better feel for what campus life is about and who is available to your student.
  • Staying on Campus. It might be tempting to head off campus away from the hub-bub yet participating on campus is how you and your students will likely feel most connected.
  • Ooh-ing and Aah-ing Instead of Huffing and Puffing. Try to be upbeat and positive throughout the weekend. Comment on how good the dining hall food is instead of making “I can’t BELIEVE you have to eat such slop” remarks. Compliment what your student has done to make her room look homey, how pretty the campus grounds look and more. Your student will be seeing campus through your eyes this weekend.
  • Connecting with the Campus Parent Organization. If your school has a parent group, go to a meeting and look into getting involved. It’s a great way to meet other parents and to participate in the life of the campus!

And have a wonderful time!


Dereck Wonnacutt

Dereck Wonnacutt
Robotics and Computer Science

"Lake Superior State is the only robotics program of its kind in the country. I can work up any research or senior project idea with a professor or my advisor. I studied for a year in Japan through LSSU's connection with the Japan Center for Michigan Universities, and became fluent in Japanese. A Japanese company called Fanuc makes most of the robots in our lab. I'd like to roll my senior research project into a career with Fanuc that bridges the two countries and cultures."

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