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LSSU’s Great Lake State Weekend Features 75th Anniversary and More

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Traditionally each fall since 1995, the Laker community gathers for LSSU’s version of homecoming known as Great Lake State Weekend (GLSW). Great Lake State Weekend is for all ages of the Laker Community and LSSU parents and students are welcome. It is a campus-wide celebration welcoming the LSSU community, alumni, and friends for fun-filled family events to enjoy the weekend of Oct. 15 to 17, 2021.

The overarching theme of GLSW 2021 will be celebrating the institution’s 75th anniversary. This will entail a fireworks display on the north side of the Cisler Student and Conference Center immediately after Friday night’s Laker hockey game. Everyone is welcome.

“The campus community is looking forward to welcoming our alumni, friends, and future Lakers and their families for homecoming and celebrating LSSU’s anniversary,” said LSSU President Dr. Rodney S. Hanley. “There are so many accomplishments by our award recipients and inductees to honor and share in the pride of our institution.”

Here are some other special events during the weekend:

LSSU Alumni Awards Reception & Ceremony

Friday, Oct. 15 – 4:30 PM, Superior Room, Cisler Center

Annually, the LSSU Alumni Association recognizes awardees with four awards for their outstanding contributions in their respective communities while also advancing the university. This year’s recipients are:

   Jan Bednarz ’72 ~ Outstanding Alumnus Award

   Cynthia Williams ’76 ~ Kenneth J. Shouldice Alumni Achievement Award

   Hannah Pierson-Compeau ’05 ~ Paul Ripley Award for Young Alumni

   To be named ~ Mansfield Parents of the Year

LSSU Athletic Hall of Fame Reception & Induction

Saturday, Oct. 16 – 1:30 PM, LSSU Arts Center

Since 1999, the Laker Athletic Hall of Fame honors athletes, coaches, and administrators for their successes while at Lake State. This year’s class includes:

   Tom Borrelli, wrestling coach (1986-91)

   Becky Marquardt-King ’07, women’s basketball

   Anthony Pavicic ’07, track & cross country

   Megan (LaMothe) Schwab ’09, women’s tennis

   Sean Tallaire ’96, hockey

Laker Pre-Gamer on the Courts

Saturday, Oct. 16 – 5 PM, Norris Center outdoor tennis courts

This is a revised version of past “tailgates” that have been located on the tennis courts. This year there will be activities for all ages with activities for kids, music, food, refreshments, and a cash bar. The culmination of the ceremonial Laker Athletics Women’s Walk and raffle drawings will occur at the event.

The pre-gamer is a way to warm up for Laker hockey vs St. Thomas Tommies hockey and the raising of LSSU’s 2020 WCHA Championship Banner during Saturday’s game.

This year the LSSU Alumni Association is introducing the GLSW Power Pack, which provides discounted access to many of the weekend’s festivities and includes a special edition 75th anniversary wristband and long-sleeve T-shirt.

For more information about getting a GLSW Power Pack and to register, go to, email , or call (906) 635-2844.

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