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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 Russell Years, 1947-1953 Chester Russell

The Russell era was one of battles of survival. The most significant was in 1948, when the threat of the U.S. Army to re-establish a military presence to again guard the locks found Russell and others marshaling forces to prevent the army from resuming control of old Fort Brady.

With the help of the community of Sault Ste. Marie, the Sault Branch of Michigan Tech continued to grow as faculty, staff, students and curricula were added. Chester Russell, a former electrical engineering faculty member of Michigan Tech, became the director in the Soo in 1947.

During the Russell years, the curriculum was expanded to include more liberal arts offerings. Student life improved with the addition of intercollegiate football, baseball and track – the teams were called the Hornets. The Lakers would evolve when the branch school became Lake Superior State College.

The Russell era was one of battles of survival. The most significant was in 1948, when the threat of the U.S. Army to re-establish a military presence to again guard the locks found Russell and others marshaling forces to prevent the army from resuming control of old Fort Brady. Governor G. Mennen Williams, Sault Mayor Maurice Hunt and other leading citizens journeyed to Washington, D. C. to save the Sault Branch as an educational institution. Their trip and the efforts of many obviously proved successful, for the army abandoned its efforts.

Professor Russell resigned in 1953 to accept a position at Clarkson College.

 

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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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