Redefining the Classroom

EUP pharmacy fills prescription for South Hall

Posted: June 28th, 2013

Rx FOR SOUTH HALL CAMPAIGN – Representatives from Arfstrom Pharmacies, Inc., beam after signing a ceremonial check that represents the company’s $20,000 gift to the South Hall renovation project at Lake Superior State University. In recognition of the gift, the dean’s office in the Lukenda School of Business office complex will be named in the company’s honor. From left are LSSU Foundation Executive Director Tom Coates; Arfstrom Pharmacies, Inc., stockholders Jeanine LaCross, president; Andrew Szoke, pharmacist; Donald Corbiere, vice-president; Scott Skinner, pharmacist; and LSSU Foundation Director of Development Virginia Zinser. (LSSU/John Shibley)

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SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – An anchor business in downtown Sault Ste. Marie has made a major commitment to the South Hall renovation project at Lake Superior State University. Arfstrom Pharmacies, Inc. has donated $20,000 to assist with the renovation and expansion of the historic classroom building that dates back to the LSSU campus's army Fort Brady days. The dean’s office in the Lukenda School of Business office suite will be named in recognition of the gift.

Arfstrom Pharmacies, Inc. has been a longtime supporter and valued partner with the university. Beginning in 1971, when pharmacist and entrepreneur Bob Arfstrom joined an existing local pharmacy, the company has grown its operation in the region. Today, the business has expanded to include locations throughout the entire Eastern U.P. including Arfstrom Pharmacy in Sault Ste. Marie and Cedarville, Sault Community Pharmacy, Arfstrom Medical Equipment and Supplies, The Hub Medical Uniforms and Gifts, and Safe Harbor Books and The Frozen North, both located in Cedarville.

Jeanine LaCross, president of Arfstrom Pharmacies, Inc., and a graduate of the LSSU business program, was pleased to support the project and her alma mater and carry on the tradition of giving back that founder Arfstrom espoused and instilled in his staff.

"This gift embodies the strong relationship Bob started with LSSU, one that we continue to grow," said LaCross. "LSSU provides our area with valuable business and health sciences training. It only makes sense that our business makes a Lake State investment in return."

The renovation of South Hall is scheduled to begin in 2014, with major interior work and an addition to the building, which was constructed in the early 1900s as army barracks. LSSU used the building between 1946 and 2004 for classrooms, the campus bookstore, and for housing LSSU's business school, which will move back into South Hall when renovation concludes.

The $12 million project is being funded through private contributions and the state of Michigan’s capital outlay program, which requires LSSU to raise 25%, or $3 million, of the total costs. The campaign is now 70% towards that goal with fundraising by the LSSU Foundation to conclude this summer.

Watch a fly-through animation of the building design by running a Web search on “South Hall opportunity." For information on the South Hall project, contact the LSSU Foundation at 906-635-2665 or


CONTACTS: John Shibley, e-mail, 906-635-2314; Tom Pink, e-mail, 635-2315; Virginia Zinser, LSSU Foundation Office, e-mail, 635-2725.