You are here:Home/GEAR UP at Lake Superior State University
Welcome Letter from the GEAR UP Coordinator
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Lisa Repa and I am currently the GEARUP/KCP College Day Coordinator at Lake Superior State University. I am trying to re-implement the program back to its original standing, while ensuring that any student that is eligible for the program(s) is allowed to participate and benefit from them.
I have met with faculty and counselors from both local middle and high schools, as well as other surrounding area schools to go over planned activities as well as to start planning other programs/camps, to help students plan for a post-secondary educational path. The MI GEAR UP program is a solid opportunity for students to get the help they need in an educational capacity, as well as having the opportunities to earn scholarships to put towards their college education.
Martin Luther King, Jr.-Cesar Chavez-Rosa Parks (KCP) Initiative College Days:
The KCP/College Days Initiative encompasses several programs, but this is the main initiative we will be looking at going forward per budget/expense capita:
College Day students in grades 8-11 visit campus- learning about different educational departments on campus, various degrees offered (associates and bachelors), receive information about universities state-wide that offer certificate level programs or trades information for local employment.
GEAR UP Program (Gaining Early Awareness for Undergraduate Programs):
This discretionary grant program is designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.
I would like to ensure that each child will have the opportunity to decide for him or herself what route would best suit them or interest them for post-secondary education. Whether it be trades, an associates or a bachelor degree program or certificate; the end goal is to make the student feel like he/she is capable of doing things for themselves in higher education and trying to pull themselves up and out of poverty and/or low-income status and stigmas.
Students will be encouraged to attend campus events and tours, to see what is offered and to peak interest in certain areas of studies. Students will also be encouraged to participate in volunteer programs throughout the community as a way of giving back to others in need and learn key ethical and moral values, while also focusing on important life skills. We want students to feel like their dreams and goals are not out of reach and that they too can make a difference not only in the community but in their own lives as well. I look forward to getting to know the students, and re-introduce or introduce them to the programs that have been around and implemented for years. With the success of the program, the outpouring support from the schools and community, we can only go up from here. Their future awaits!
***Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had to shift some things around, while canceling others. At this time, the STEM camp has also been cancelled due to COVID-19. We have also had to move our Kids Against Hunger meal packaging volunteer program to September 27, 2020***
A free website that allows students in all grade levels to get help with tutoring if they need it during their online coursework. It has everything from algebra to AP courses. Please see the attached website for students if they wish to sign up for a FREE account.
I just wanted to share with you a very informative and helpful (in my opinion), website on engaging students 8-12 grades in financial literacy. Since the COVID-19 pandemic kind of put a damper on activities and workshops that I was planning, I figured that this might be a helpful tool to pass along, or use in some online teachings? I have found it useful, especially when trying to teach my 8th grader about how money just doesn’t grow on trees, and why I and his father stick to a tight budget and why financial planning for his future is important.
Looking for something for your older teenager to do while staying home and staying safe? How about taking free online classes through MSU. Starting Thursday, MSU Extension are offering “Adulting 101” courses for 11th and 12th graders. Classes include information on budget and credit, rent, and even cooking and household tasks. All classes are free and done through zoom!
Breathing Exercises To Help Eliminate Stress/Anxiety: (all grade levels)
Cooking Videos and Recipe Cards
Blueberry Muffin in a Mug
Blueberry Muffin in a Mug!
Love blueberry muffins, but don’t feel like making a huge batch of them? Then this blueberry muffin in a mug is for you! With simple and easy ingredients, you’ll have a breakfast treat in a matter of minutes.
Blueberries (fresh, frozen, or dried – doesn’t matter)
1. Place all ingredients in coffee mug EXCEPT blueberries and mix well.
2. Add blueberries.
3. Microwave for 1 minute, 30 seconds.
Breakfast Burrito in a Mug
Breakfast Burrito in a Mug!
What is not to love about burritos? Why not make them for breakfast?! Enjoy this recipe for a cheesy, egg filled, burrito that is sure to keep you fueled all morning long!
Black Beans/Pinto Beans
Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Sliced Green Onions
Salt and Pepper
1. In a large microwave safe mug, press the flour tortilla down in to the mug. It will naturally fold and shape into the mug.
2. Crack the eggs and whisk with a fork, careful not to tear the tortilla.
3. Add in the cheese, green onions, salt and pepper.
4. Cook on HIGH for 1 minute 30 seconds. Check the eggs; if still liquid, heat in 30 second intervals until set.
5. Let cool for 2 minutes. Top with sour cream and salsa. Enjoy!
Baked Oatmeal in a Mug!
This baked oatmeal in a mug is a great start to your morning, or perfect for a healthy snack! Packed with oats, honey, and fresh fruit, it is sure to please some of the pickiest eaters!
Quick Cooking Oats
Fresh Raspberries, Blueberries or Blackberries
1. In a microwave safe mug, mash the banana with a fork.
2. Add the milk, honey, and egg. Mix well to combine.
3. Add the oats and cinnamon, stirring to combine.
4. Gently mix in the berries of your choice.
5. Cook on HIGH for 2 ½ – 3 minutes or until cooked. Enjoy!
Cake in a Mug
Cake in a Mug!
Looking for a sweet treat to end your day? Try a cake in a mug! With 3 simple ingredients that can be stored in an air-tight container, ready for whenever you need a quick treat!
Angel Food Cake Mix
Cake Mix (any flavor you want)
Mix your two cake mixes in a large bowl; (this is now when you can store in an air tight container).
Add 1/3 cup of the cake mix to your coffee mug. Add 2 tablespoons of water, and mix well.
This Mug Coffee Cake recipe is a single serving of coffee cake for when you are craving a sweet breakfast! It stirs together quickly and cooks in 45 seconds and is the perfect small batch recipe for when you want a sweet treat.
2 ½ T
Brown Sugar (for topping)
Cinnamon (for Topping)
1. Spray mug w/ cooking spray. Mix together sugar, flour, salt, baking powder, oil, milk, and vanilla. Stir until combined.
2. Sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon on top.
3. Microwave for 1 minute to a 1 minute 30 seconds (depending on microwave.
This is how easy it is to make pizza in a mug! Just 2 minutes in your microwave and you can have a little personal pizza that’s oh so cheesy and filled with your favorite toppings! A great snack that is easy to make any time!
Refrigerated biscuit, Grands size
Bottled pizza sauce
Mozzarella cheese, shredded
Pizza toppings, your choice
1. Spray the inside of your coffee mug with non-stick cooking spray.
2. Place the biscuit in the bottom of the mug, and microwave for 30 seconds.
3. Spoon the pizza sauce on top of the biscuit. Add the cheese, and last the pizza toppings. Microwave for 1 minute.
LSSU GEAR UP/KCP College Day and teamed up with a financial coach that was able to do a virtual video on basic budgeting. Her name is Amber Pietrangelo, and she is a financial coach who owns her own business. Below you will find the link for the video, as well as the handout being attached. This is for 8th graders only, per it is recognizing the very beginning of savings, and trying to create good money habits to carry over in the future.
LSSU GEAR UP/KCP College Day and teamed up with a financial coach that was able to do a virtual video on basic budgeting. Her name is Amber Pietrangelo, and she is a financial coach who owns her own business. Below you will find the link for the video, as well as the handout being attached. This video is geared for 9-12 graders only.
LSSU GEAR UP/KCP College Day and teamed up with a financial coach that was able to do a virtual video on basic budgeting. Her name is Amber Pietrangelo, and she is a financial coach who owns her own business. Below you will find the link for the video, as well as the handout being attached. This video is geared for 11-12 graders only.
Executive Director of Marketing and Communications and Web Accessibility Coordinator Peter Szatmary
R. W. Considine Hall
Director of Library/Academic Services and Web Accessibility Coordinator Marc Boucher
Accessibility Services Coordinator Megan Norman
Lake Superior State University is committed to making reasonable accommodations related to its facilities, programs, or services for qualifying students, staff, faculty, and campus guests with disabilities as required by applicable laws. If any programming or activity is scheduled in an inaccessible space, requests for relocation shall be made to the Human Resources office at 906-635-2213, if possible, 48 hrs prior to the event. View Accessibility Statement Details