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Kjolhede is the well-respected superintendent of the Ionia County Intermediate School District, which provides services and support for nine public schools, two charter schools and six non-public schools. The district spans 576 square miles and has more than 12,000 students. He is also president of the Michigan Association of School Administrators, Region IV.

His work in education has taken him from teaching and serving as a guidance counselor in several districts throughout Michigan to administrative positions for more than 20 years.

"I am truly humbled by being selected for this award," Kjolhede said. "Choosing to attend LSSC almost 40 years ago was the best decision I had made up to that point in my life. Through the LSSC guidance and influence of Paul Ripley, Bud Cooper, coaches Tom Ludwig and Ed Douma and many others, I was able grow and navigate my way to graduation.

"They and LSSC believed in me, giving me the knowledge, skills and confidence to get where I am today," Kjolhede continued. "I gladly support LSSU as repayment for their investment in me and for what they gave to me. The LSSU family has been instrumental in my life and invaluable for the lifelong connections we have made through the institution."

Kjolhede earned a bachelor's degree in sociology and minor in psychology from LSSU, as well as secondary certification in social studies before moving on to earn a master's degree in secondary guidance and counseling from Central Michigan University.

Kjolhede is married to the former Patti Ripley '77. The couple has two children, Kelly and Jamie.

Outstanding Alumnus Robert J. Kjolhede 76

Mathematics

Students in mathematics regularly participate in faculty-supervised competitions
Scholarships

Franklin F. and Wanda L. Otis Award

The Franklin F. Otis Scholarship was established in memory of one of the charter faculty of the Sault Branch of Michigan College of Mining and Technology. Franklin spent 30 years as a mathematics professor at Lake State, including 23 years as chair of the Mathematics Department. He was the University’s first faculty athletic representative, serving 12 years during the early development of the Laker athletic program. He was instrumental in the development of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) and the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) leagues in which Lake State is a member today. In 1999, Franklin Otis was posthumously inducted to the LSSU Athletic Hall of Fame for his invaluable contributions to the Laker athletic program. His named scholarship recognizes the hard-working sophomore, junior or senior enrolled in mathematics or computer and mathematical science programs. The recipient must submit a letter of application to the faculty of the mathematics department and have a minimum 2.5 overall GPA and a minimum 3.0 grade point average in mathematics or computer science courses.

Gerald M. Samson Department of Mathematics Scholarship

Named in honor of LSSU faculty member Gerald Samson, this scholarship is awarded to a deserving computer and mathematical science major. The recipient is nominated and chosen by the mathematics faculty.

School of Mathematics and Computer Science Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2001 by Galen Harrison to provide full-tuition to math and computer science majors. Professor Harrison was a long-time LSSU faculty member who taught at Lake State from 1963 until his retirement in 1996.

  

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Gerald M. Samson Department of Mathematics Scholarship awardee Jamie Groos poses with Professor Tom Boger.

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