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Elaina Marinik

My education at Lake State taught me not only the basics of exercise science and health and wellness but prepared me for my future research career. I became involved in national organizations, improved my networking skills to create working relationships, and ended up with an amazing paid internship that turned into a 3-year research professional position at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA. Now in graduate school pursuing a doctorate degree at Virginia Tech, I rely on the knowledge I acquired at Lake State and put it to practice daily while discussing health-related topics in class or conducting obesity and inflammation research in our laboratory.

Elaina Marinik
Exercise Science Alum,
Graduate Student,
Virginia Tech.

Office of the President

About President PlegerThomas Pleger, Ph.D.

We want to see our students succeed, achieve, and develop an excitement and passion for learning and for the university. We’re redefining the classroom to make that happen. Come see for yourself! A campus tour is the best way to determine if LSSU is the right place for you. We’re confident that once you’re here, you won’t want to leave.

- Thomas Pleger Ph.D.

Thomas Pleger Ph.D. started as LSSU’s eighth president on July 1, 2014, after having served as campus executive officer and dean at the University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County since 2006.

Dr. Pleger has held positions at several University of Wisconsin campuses, including Madison, La Crosse, Marinette and Fox Valley, and at Lawrence University. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science, with honors, from UW-La Crosse and is an alumnus of the Wisconsin in Scotland program. He earned his M.A. in anthropology and his Ph.D. in anthropology/archaeology, both from UW-Madison. His Ph.D. and subsequent research have focused on the archaeology of the Western Great Lakes and has resulted in publications in regional and local archaeological journals.

A former University of Wisconsin System Teaching Fellow, Dr. Pleger is a recipient of the Wisconsin Archaeological Society's Lapham Research Medal, and formerly a speaker for the Wisconsin Humanities Council Speakers Bureau. He is a past council member of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters.

Dr. Pleger has written on the importance of liberal education and the University of Wisconsin System and has been a regular guest on Wisconsin Public Radio concerning topics on archaeology and concerning public higher education in Wisconsin.

Dr. Pleger is married to Teresa, who formerly worked in UW-BSC Student Services. She holds a bachelor’s degree in health education and a master’s degree in education/professional development from UW-La Crosse. Lifelong residents of Wisconsin until moving to Michigan in 2014, the Plegers enjoy many hobbies, including spending time outdoors with their dogs and horse.

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Publications

Selected Articles and Books About Archaeology

Pleger, Thomas C. and James B. Stoltman 
2009 The Archaic Tradition in Wisconsin, In: Archaic Societies: Diversity and Complexity Across the Midcontinent, edited by Thomas E. Emerson, Andrew C. Fortier and Dale McElrath, pp. 697-723. State University of New York Press, Albany, New York.

Alice Beck, and Thomas C. Pleger
2007 Archaeology: A Concise Introduction. Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland Press.  ISBN 1-57766-450-7

Education

Ph.D. (Anthropology/Archaeology) 1998

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Dissertation: Social Complexity, Trade, and Subsistence During the Archaic/Woodland Transition in the Western Great Lakes (4000-400 B.C.): A Diachronic Case Study of Copper Using Cultures at the Oconto and Riverside Cemeteries.
Minor: Geography

M.A. (Anthropology/Archaeology) 1993

University of Wisconsin-Madison

B.S. (Political Science) 1991

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Minor: Anthropology/Archaeology
Graduated with honors
Semester abroad, 1989, University of Wisconsin at Dalkeith, Scotland program

Vision to Succeed

Robotics Industries Association

First Place
Lake Superior State University

Design and development of low cost robotics machine tending system

Second Place
University of Waterloo, Canada

Third Place
New Mexico Institute of Mining

2001 Robotics Industries Association: Robotics & Vision Show

International Scholarship Competition

June 5, 2001
Chicago, IL

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