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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

College of Arts, Letters, Social Sciences & Emergency Services

School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

Faculty

Mr. James W. Moody
Instructor
Office: LBR 316
Phone: (906) 635-2120


Department of History

Mission

The mission of the department of History at Lake Superior State University is to teach history to our undergraduates. Our program emphasizes the acquisition of historical knowledge, exploring various methods of inquiry, and issues of diversity. Our focus is on North America and Europe, but we also introduce our students to world history including courses and units on Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. In addition, our courses include segments on various political, social, cultural, and intellectual themes. The program also introduces students to the aspects of gender and diversity as they relate to history. We include surveys of major historical debates and themes. The history program is also closely linked to our geography program with our majors and minors pursuing courses in regional, historical, economic, and cultural geography.

Outcomes for Students

  • To be able to know, understand and communicate historical and geographical knowledge.
  • To be able to recognize and use major historical themes.
  • To be able to use methods of inquiry in historical and geographical research.
  • To become aware of cultural bias.
  • To contribute, through their understanding of the economic, social, political, and geographical factors in historical development, to the community.

Our primary goal

To contribute to their career preparation and worth as a citizen by introducing them to basic historical interpretations, constructs of diversity, and the social, political, and economic issues related to our pluralistic society

Action

  • The History program is structured to accomplish our student outcome goals by:
  • Providing an understanding of historical development and the various interpretations of that development.
  • Invite discussion and participation is discussions of the interpretations.
  • Studying historical change in an intellectual environment that is supportive.
  • Challenging each student to examine their assumptions and understandings of historical developments.
  • Guiding students in conducting independent research and presenting their research to local and state historical audiences.
  • Creating a forum for the students to present and discuss their research.
  • Assessing outcomes to enable us to continue to develop our program and courses.

 

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