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LSSU recognizes impressive group of alumni, friends

Posted: November 12th, 2013


2013's BEST AND BRIGHTEST – Lake Superior State University honorees pose with LSSU President Tony McLain (left) and the awards they received after a special banquet on campus Nov. 9. From left is Christopher Fink (‘99), recipient of the Paul Ripley Award for Young Alumni; Rick Comley ('71), this year's recipient of the Kenneth J. Shouldice Achievement Award; Patricia and David Hubbard, recipients of the Donald and Catherine Finlayson Distinguished Citizen Award, and Tad Malpass ('82), recipient of the LSSU Alumni Association's Outstanding Alumnus Award. (Photo by John Shibley)

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ABOVE AND BEYOND – Family friend and award presenter Tom Robinson, left, poses with Patricia and David Hubbard after the couple received the LSSU Alumni Association's Donald and Catherine Finlayson Award during a special banquet on campus Nov. 9. The citation recognizes individuals or organizations who are leaders in their fields and are strong advocates of the University's programs, faculty and students. The Hubbards have supported numerous university initiatives over the years, including Laker Club, the Cooper Scholarship, and fund drive for a new gym floor. In 2005, they created an endowed scholarship to assist a full-time student majoring in any course of study at LSSU. They also contributed to the Arts Center, the Aquatic Research Lab, and the South Hall Renovation Project. David formerly served on the LSSU Foundation’s board of directors. Robinson, himself, is a 2001 recipient of the same award. (Photo by John Shibley)

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ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – Rick Comley, right, poses with former hockey teammate and award presenter Roy Forrest after Comley accepted the LSSU Alumni Association's Kenneth Shouldice Achievement Award during a special banquet on campus Nov. 9. The citation highlights significant achievements of alumni who serve as leaders in the region, state and nation. A former national championship hockey coach at LSSU, Northern Michigan University and Michigan State University, Comley is one of only six NCAA Division I hockey coaches to have won more than 700 games, and one of only three to have won national championships at three separate schools. He led NMU and MSU to NCAA championships in 1991 and 2007, respectively, and LSSU to the NAIA title in 1974. (Photo by John Shibley)

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OUTSTANDING ALUMNUS – Tad Malpass, left, accepts the LSSU Alumni Association's Outstanding Alumnus Award from Lake Superior State University Foundation Executive Director Tom Coates, during a special banquet on campus Nov. 9. The citation recognizes Malpass as a person who is successful and who supports his alma mater with his time, talent and financial support. Malpass was recognized for his work with LSSU’s Alumni Association and the LSSU Foundation, of which he was a board member, as well as his legacy with EJ Inc., formerly East Jordan Iron Works, and a company that his great-grandfather started in 1883. The company is the world leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of access solutions for water, sewer, drainage, telecommunications and utility networks worldwide. (Photo by John Shibley)

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OUTSTANDING YOUNG ALUMNUS – Christopher Fink, right, accepts the LSSU Alumni Association's Paul Ripley Young Alumnus Award from his former athletic training professor, Dr. Joe Susi, during a special banquet on campus Nov. 9. The citation recognizes alumni who have experienced exceptional professional success early in their careers. After Fink graduated in 1999, he went to Indiana University-Bloomington to earn a master’s degree in kinesiology, and then to Ohio State University for a doctorate in exercise science. Fink’s research and scholarly interests involve physical activity and dietary behavior change, purpose and meaning in physical activity and diet, application of theoretical constructs and principles to the health behavior change process, food education and food studies, cooking as a health behavior, and the relationship between the Mediterranean culture and lifestyle (specifically Italian) and nutritional/movement behavior choices. (Photo by John Shibley)

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CONTACTS: John Shibley, e-mail, 906-635-2314; Tom Pink, e-mail, 635-2315; Susan Fitzpatrick, LSSU Alumni Office, e-mail, 635-2831.




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