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Gary Benjamin

Gary Benjamin '70

President and COO, Champion, Inc.
Iron Mountain, MI

LSSU Business, Economics, and Legal Studies Distinguished Alumni '07

Former LSSU Board Trustee

College of Arts, Letters, Social Sciences and Emergency Services

Dance - Fine & Performing Arts Studies Department

Dance Company

Great news for two members!



Two members of the LSSU Dance Company have just been offered positions at Walt Disney World in Orlando for the upcoming summer and fall Disney College Program. Sophomore Marketing student Brielle Smith (pictured) and Senior Business Student Taryn MacInnis will leave this summer for Orlando. The LSSU Dance Company will miss them both terribly, but wish them all the best and will always welcome them home again.

2014 Members

2014 Members Rehearsing

2013 LSSU Dance Company is sponsoring their 3rd Annual "Festival of Trees" Silent Auction Fund Raiser

Friday, December 6th at 7:00 pm at the LSSU Arts Center.

This year a portion of the Silent Auction proceeds will support the Sault Area Public Schools Student in Transition-Homeless Program

Events of the evening will include:

  • Musical selections by the LSSU Musical Program at 7:00 pm
  • Dance Performances by the LSSU Dance Program at 7:30 pm
  • Photo opportunities with Santa for children at 7:00 pm
  • Silent Auction Bidding throughout the evening.

Any size style of artificial tree, wreaths, or baskets should be brought to the LSSU Arts Center all this week. LSSU Dance Company members will be on site to help contributors. Trees can be decorated on site in the lobby at that time. The lobby is monitored by video cameras.

Each tree can be decorated at your discretion including lights, ornaments, etc. Please provide your own, clearly marked extension cords. Clubs, organizations, businesses, or individuals may promote their businesses, and use any taseteful ideas/themes. Any size tree, wreath, or basket is welcome. Contributors will receive a certificate of recognition and a sign will be posted to identify your contribution.

All trees and wreaths will be on display and may be bid on from November 19-December 6, 2013 until 9:00 pm when winners are announced.

To donate items, or for additional information please call Professor Deborah Choszczyk, 635-2265 or dchoszczyk@lssu.edu Thank you!

LSSU Dance Company Audition Results for 2013

"This group of dancers is very focused, dedicated to the program and everyone works very well together. I am thrilled with the enthusiam and support each member has for each other. We can only grow and excel with such dedication and coorperation," says Dance Company director and adviser Professor Deborah Choszczyk.

All members are already busy taking bi-weekly technique classes and rehearsing for upcoming dance events. They recently participated in the Rock and Walk Against Bullying event at City Hall, and they will be volunteering at the Chamber Chase and performing during the LSSU Fall Fling.

The dancers were asked to perform at Northern Michigan University in October, local churches in November and will be sponsoring their third Festival of Trees on campus December 6 in addition to other events.

Members of the LSSU Dance Company for 2013

The members of the LSSU Dance Company for 2013, from left to right (* New members):
*Taryn McInnis, Beth Antonello, *Kayla Price, Rayann Basawa, Jenna Perry, Olivia Francis, *Jory Kettles, Susan Drockton, Heidi Rasmussen, Kitty Drockton, Kristen Boyea, *Anna Lehman, *Brielle Smith and *Kelsi Moher.

LSSU Dance Company Audition Results 2013

LSSU Dance Company Audition Results 2013

LSSU Dance Company Audition Results 2013

LSSU Dance Company Audition Results 2013

Sidewalk Sales

Members of the LSSU Dance Company selling popcorn and flowers to raise funds for LSSU professor and Dance Company adviser Deborah Choszczyk

Memebers of the LSSU Dance Company performing at the annual Sault Ste. Marie Sidwalk Sales.

Members of the LSSU Dance Company appeared at the Sault Ste. Marie, MI Sidewalk Sales dancing every hour on the hour, as well as selling popcorn and flowers to help raise funds for LSSU professor and dance company adviser Deborah Choszczyk.

2013 Club of the Year


Thank you everyone who nominated us for club of the year 2013! We are so grateful to win such a fantastic award. Congratulations to our adviser and Professor Deborah Choszczyk for winning Leader in the Arts Award!

2012 Superior Central School

Members of the LSSU Dance Company visited Superior Central School last month demonstrating Latin Ballroom Dance to about 30 high school Spanish students. Under the direction of Prof. Deborah Choszczyk, Angelica Salas, Kaiti Dickenshied, Susan Drockton, Kitty Drockton and Dan Walker helped demonstrate the proper techniques!

Members of the LSSU Dance Company visited Superior Central School last month demonstrating Latin Ballroom Dance to about 30 high school Spanish students. Under the direction of Prof. Deborah Choszczyk, Angelica Salas, Kaiti Dickenshied, Susan Drockton, Kitty Drockton and Dan Walker helped demonstrate the proper techniques!

Members of the LSSU Dance Company visited Superior Central School last month demonstrating Latin Ballroom Dance to about 30 high school Spanish students.  Under the direction of Prof. Deborah Choszczyk, Angelica Salas, Kaiti Dickenshied, Susan Drockton, Kitty Drockton and Dan Walker helped demonstrate the proper techniques!

2011 Eisenhower Dance Ensemble Dance Workshop


Three members of the LSSU Dance Company traveled to Marquette to participate in the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble Dance Workshop September 14 and 15. Afterwards, LSSU dancers along with 16 other dancers from the Marquette community learned a jazz dance in 2 hours and performed during the evening EDE Show. Pictured in front of the Forest Roberts Theatre on the NMU Campus: Sarah Kester, Stephanie Spurr, Kaiti Dickenshied, Deborah Choszczyk, Dance Director

2010 Haiti Relief Effort




On Sunday, May 2, 2010, 85 boxes of goods collected for the people of Haiti left LSSU. Supported by members and friends of the LSSU Dance Company, the goods were collected, sorted, packed and carried into a U-Haul Truck. The truck was then driven to Virginia by Dance Company Director, Deborah Choszczyk and her husband Dan. There they palletized all the boxes, preparing them to be picked up and taken to the Royal Caribbean dock for departure to Haiti. According to Royal Caribbean International Cruise Lines, all five pallets arrived safe and sound and with the peoples thanks!

2009 Creative Movement

Highlights of a brand new class in the Dance Minor Program at LSSU, “Creative Movement for Elementary Educators”. Each week LSSU students worked directly with children from Washington Elementary, Sault Ste. Marie, MI. Their final, a Movement/Dance Production using all 200 children on stage at LSSU. The shirts for the children were provided by Michaels of Marquette, MI and the print provided by All-Star Graphics of Sault Ste. Marie, MI.
Highlights of a brand new class in the Dance Minor Program at LSSU, “Creative Movement for Elementary Educators”. Each week LSSU students worked directly with children from Washington Elementary, Sault Ste. Marie, MI. Their final, a Movement/Dance Production using all 200 children on stage at LSSU. The shirts for the children were provided by Michaels of Marquette, MI and the print provided by All-Star Graphics of Sault Ste. Marie, MI.

Highlights of a brand new class in the Dance Minor Program at LSSU, “Creative Movement for Elementary Educators”. Each week LSSU students worked directly with children from Washington Elementary, Sault Ste. Marie, MI. Their final, a Movement/Dance Production using all 200 children on stage at LSSU. The shirts for the children were provided by Michaels of Marquette, MI and the print provided by All-Star Graphics of Sault Ste. Marie, MI.

2009 Boyne Concord Academy

Boyne Concord Academcy, a LSSU Charter School, visited campus in November 2009. Eleven talented students participated in a ballet class in the morning and a modern dance class in the afternoon.

Boyne Concord Academcy, a LSSU Charter School, visited campus in November 2009. Eleven talented students participated in a ballet class in the morning and a modern dance class in the afternoon.

For more information please contact Deborah Choszczyk, Dance Director, dchoszczyk@lssu.edu, or 906-635-2265.

Vision of 1st Place

Robotics Industries Association

First Place
Lake Superior State University

Automated Assembly of Seat Indexing Mechanisms

Other award recipients: Carnegie Mellon University, and a team comprised of students from University of Kentucky, University of Florida, and the Colorado School of Mines

1999 Robotics Industries Association: Robotics & Vision Show

May 11, 1999
International Scholarship Competition
Detroit, Mich.

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