Redefining the Classroom


Christina Comito Memorial Fund

This named endowment was established in memory of Christina Comito, a 1992 LSSU graduate and Laker women's basketball player from 1988-1992. She scored over 1,000 points in her Laker basketball career and received the Outstanding Student Award in Exercise Science in 1992. Tragically killed in an automobile accident in October 1995, Christina was a fierce competitor and a standout basketball player. She had a will to succeed both on and off the court. At the time of her death, Christina was a therapist at Henry Ford Hospital and was attending classes to enter medical school. Her named endowment benefits both the women's basketball program and Christina's major – exercise science and is awarded annually to the player "who excels in dedication skills, hard work and attitude on the court and in the classroom". The recipient is selected by the women's basketball coaching staff, Athletic Director, and the coordinator of the LSSU Exercise Science Program. A plaque, donated by the Comito family, commemorates the recipients and is displayed in the James Norris Center lobby.

James and Jean Boult Scholarship

This scholarship was established through a bequest by Jean Boult upon her death in November 2009. James and Jean Boult were born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie. Jim was a University of Michigan graduate earning a degree in Electrical Engineering. Graduating from MacMurray College in central Illinois, Jean began a teaching career in physical education. Because of Jim's profession, they lived in many places throughout the country while raising two sons – Paul and Bruce. The Boults retired in 1981 and settled in Brimley, Michigan. After a long battle with cancer, Jim died in 1991. Paul, a Vietnam veteran, died in 1996, also from cancer. Bruce who has followed in Jean's footsteps – majoring in physical education has one daughter, Aimee. The Boults have a strong commitment to family and value education highly. Their scholarship will provide financial assistance to a Sault Area High School graduate majoring in any of the recreation studies programs at LSSU.

Russell and Marquetta Bruce Scholarship

This scholarship honors Dr. Russell D. Bruce, the first department head of recreational disciplines at LSSU. It is awarded to a Recreation or Exercise Science major at the end of their junior year and based on academic achievement, leadership qualities and volunteer service. After graduation from Sault High in 1948, Dr. Bruce went on to Cornell College for his BA degree in physical education and mathematics. After serving with the U.S. Army in Germany he resumed his studies receiving his MA degree from the University of Michigan and his PhD from the University of Wisconsin. He held professorships at Eastern Michigan University and Northern Michigan University before coming to LSSU in 1976. Dr. Bruce was a dedicated successful educator, football coach, avid runner, and active participant in the sport of orienteering; receiving the coveted Silver Award in 1987. In 2006 Dr. Bruce was inducted into the UP Sports Hall of Fame in honor of his many achievements in football, track, and orienteering. Marquetta, his wife of 59 years, was a teacher/consultant in learning disabilities with the Marquette and Sault Area Public Schools and an accomplished organist. They are proud parents of four children and ten grandchildren.