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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

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Past Presidents: The Crawford Years, 1953-1965 Harry L. Crawford

The fight for the Branch’s survival, a familiar refrain in the legislature continued each year. Relations with Michigan Tech’s Board of Control were also tenuous until Judge James J. Fenlon of Sault Ste. Marie was appointed to that board in 1957. A staunch supporter of the Branch, Fenlon was the driving force in the establishment of four-year programs in Sault Ste. Marie.

On August 25, 1953, Harry L. Crawford was named resident director, having served as branch registrar since 1946. In keeping with Michigan Tech tradition, Mr. Crawford was educated as an electrical engineer.

During the Crawford years the athletic programs expanded and excelled. “Bud” Cooper, a Soo Tech alumnus and athlete, returned as basketball coach and during his tenure, 1953-1960, compiled a remarkable 100-win, 32-loss record.

The fight for the Branch’s survival, a familiar refrain in the legislature continued each year. Relations with Michigan Tech’s Board of Control were also tenuous until Judge James J. Fenlon of Sault Ste. Marie was appointed to that board in 1957. A staunch supporter of the Branch, Fenlon was the driving force in the establishment of four-year programs in Sault Ste. Marie.

Engineering technology degree programs were introduced to the Sault Branch in 1961. Those programs would become some of the most successful of its offerings.

A planning committee at Michigan Tech advocated adding baccalaureate programs at the Sault Branch. Judge Fenlon, Dr. Kenneth Shouldice, Director of War Memorial Hospital and representing the Sault Chamber of Commerce, and others finally succeeded. The Chamber under Dr. Shouldice’s leadership also spearheaded an effort to raise $220,000 to build a girl’s dormitory.

A new science and classroom building, the first such construction on campus, opened in 1964. Later named in honor of Harry L. Crawford, the building still serves today’s students.

Professor Crawford, Director of the Sault Branch since 1953, announced his retirement effective July 31, 1965.

 

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Brian Applegate

Brian Applegate
Fire Science

LSSU's dedicated three-story fire lab made all the difference to Brian Applegate.

"Our certification training classes offered real situations," Brian says. Students practice victim search techniques while controlling and extinguishing fires. Applegate says his favorite exercise was the live fire flashover simulation. "We saw how fires evolved as they burned," he says. "It’s as close as you can get to the real thing."

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