Redefining the Classroom

Alumni Association presents Judge James Fenlon Awards

Posted: April 29th, 2004

April 28, 2004
FENLON LEGACY – 2004 Fenlon Award winners Tiffany King, seated, and Michael Ogle, right, pose with Paul Fenlon, director of LSSU Career and Employment Services and the son of charter LSSU trustee Judge James Fenlon, for whom the Fenlon Award is named. (LSSU Photo by John Shibley)

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – The Lake Superior State University Alumni Association has named the recipients of the 2004 Judge James Fenlon Award for Student Leadership.

Michael Ogle, a sophomore from Linden, and Tiffany King, a junior from Freeland, were nominated by fellow students and LSSU staff for their exemplary efforts as student leaders on and off campus.

Ogle, a resident assistant in Brady Hall, has been active on campus since his first day at Lake State. The history major has been involved with the Student Activities Board, the “Believe” campaign in support of Laker hockey, and with programs such as Laker Connections that are designed to expose students to activities that don’t require alcoholic beverages.

During his freshman year, Ogle was a member of Student Alumni Involved for Lake State (SAILS) and worked with the Great Lake State Week committee in executing the most successful homecoming in recent University history. He is active with the Catholic Newman Center and His House campus ministry. Last year, he let his campus-renowned curly locks flourish before cutting them off for Locks of Love - an organization that creates wigs for cancer patients and others who have lost their hair.

In making the selection, the committee saw in Ogle many of the traits of the man for whom the award is named.

“Michael is one of those individuals who really reaches out to others in his role as a resident assistant. He works hard every day to make LSSU a better place for everyone,” said Mark Jastorff, vice president for Student Life and Alumni Relations. “From what I know of Judge Fenlon and of our previous award recipients, Michael is richly deserving of this recognition.”

Michael is the son of Bill and Elizabeth Ogle.

King is an honor student who is earning a degree in elementary education-mathematics with a Spanish minor. She is a member of the Michigan Council of Teachers in Mathematics.

Also a resident assistant, King has been a member of SAILS for three years and will be co-chair this fall. She chaired the 2003 Great Lake State Week and Weekend committee and has been a member of that steering committee for each of her three years at LSSU. Additionally, she is a volunteer admissions tour guide, has worked with the Laker for a Day program and served on the University’s strategic planning committee.

In the Sault, King is active in church and civic projects including, Teach Liturgy of the Word at St. Joseph’s Parish, an extended-learning science program for middle school students and the fourth, fifth and sixth grade band program at St. Mary’s School, where she is a weekly volunteer.

In her hometown, King is a counselor with Project Roots, a leadership summer camp, has participated in Crop-Walk to raise funds to eliminate local and worldwide hunger, served on the Saginaw County United Way fund distribution panel, and is a Special Olympics volunteer.

Tiffany is the daughter of Wayne and Sue King.

“I believe Judge Fenlon would be proud of Tiffany’s contributions to her community and to her University,” said Jastorff. “She is a leader by example, with a ready smile and an engaging style that results in great things.”

The award is named for Judge James Fenlon, a member of the Michigan College of Mining and Technology (now MTU) Board of Control from 1957-75. He was instrumental in advancing MTU-Sault branch from a two-year branch school to an autonomous four-year institution.

Fenlon graduated in 1927 from Sault Area High School. After attending Grand Rapids Junior College for two years, he attended the University of Detroit. He was admitted to the Michigan Bar in 1937 and practiced law in the Sault until the early 1990s. In 1957, he was elected to the position of municipal judge. He held that post until 1969, when restructuring of the court system replaced the municipal court with district court.

The Michigan Bar Association recognized Fenlon for being the longest practicing attorney in the state. He died March 13, 1996 at the age of 87. To learn more about this and other awards sponsored by the LSSU Alumni Association, visit -LSSU-