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Gone Fishing…into the Great Beyond

Humans have been fishing for more than 40,000 years, and using fishing hooks for at least 22,000 years (read more here).  Now we know the notion of fishing in the afterlife – or needing to be able to fish to get into the Great Beyond – has been around for a long time, too.  A recent discovery found fish hooks included in a 12,000 year old burial (read about it here).  I’ve always told my fishing buddies that, despite dragging along boxes and boxes of lures, we probably only need about six lures each per trip.  The fishing trip into the Great Beyond is a long one…I doubt I’ll be able to limit myself to six.

UP and LSSU Featured in Sky Magazine

The amazing natural and human resources of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula are featured in Delta’s Sky Magazine.  Access it here, and see p. 116 for the section highlighting LSSU!

That Fish is How Old?

The fishes are the most diverse vertebrate group, with about as many species as all other vertebrates combined.  Because there are so many species that have evolved in a variety of environments, we see a wide range of life history characteristics and adaptations.  For example, some fishes only live a few months, others – like the Greenland Shark – may live for centuries!  Read more at:

https://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/the-strange-and-gruesome-story-of-the-greenland-shark-the-longest-living-vertebrate-on-earth

LSSU Ranked 11 in Washington Monthly Best Bang For the Buck Midwest Ratings

This ranking was based on performance in the following areas: graduation rate, Pell performance, first-generation performance, earning performance, and net price.  LSSU is a small school that offers big value to its students!

You can view the rankings here.

LSSU Nixes 8 AM Classes

Starting in the fall semester of 2016, Lake Superior State University will no longer have classes at 8 AM.  You can read about the new policy at:

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/02/17/university-decides-eliminate-8-am-classes

I have been teaching Fish Ecology at 8 AM on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday during the spring semester.  There are lots of yawns and eyes at half-mast out in the audience.  Its not because I’m boring them, is it?  Nah, can’t be.

We are pretty far north here in Sault Ste. Marie, which means short winter days.  If you haven’t experienced going to work in the dark and heading home in the dark, I can tell you it gets old, fast.  Next year Fish Ecology will start at 9 AM.   I plan to compare the performance of students among the years in which the class started at 8 vs. 9 to determine if that hour difference translates to improved student learning.  I also hope that I’ll see less yawns, so I can disprove the “I’m boring them” hypothesis.

Why LSSU?

Small class sizes, hands-on learning, one tuition rate for residents and non-residents, and award-winning student organizations.  These are all great reasons to earn your undergraduate degree from LSSU, but you don’t have to take my word for it.  Get a student’s or alum’s perspective.  LSSU recently made some commercials that focus on the experiences of students…you can view them here:

http://digispotdub.chartermedia.com/cgi-bin/TEXis_Dub_Download.pl?ID=MRQ%20111315%20Michael%20Smutny.mov&DN=HQ20151120115807912_1448020664

LSSU Offers One Tuition Rate for All Students

LSSU is a great place to earn a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Management.  Now non-residents of Michigan can receive this education at the same cost as residents!

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Warm-blooded Fish?

The fishes are the most numerous and diverse of the major vertebrate groups, and scientists are still making new discoveries.  The link below takes you to a story describing the first fish known to actively warm its blood.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2015/05/14/warm-blooded-fish-discovered/27318727/

The Power of Education

Dr. Wilson, president of Morgan State University, gave the commencement address at Lake Superior State University’s graduation ceremony on May 2nd. It was an incredible speech about the power of education…I encourage you to listen to it on our YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/user/LakeSuperiorStateU

Start listening at 29 minutes into the video.

I was lucky…going to college was a question of where, not if. Imagine how many “Dr. Wilsons” never had the opportunity to succeed, never had the privilege of an education.

International Fishery for Atlantic Salmon Sustained by LSSU Students

The link below will take you to a story about the fishery for Atlantic Salmon in the St. Marys River.  The fishery was created and is maintained by a partnership between Lake Superior State University students & staff and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources

http://magazine.fishsens.com/st-marys-rivers-atlantic-salmon-among-hardest-fighting-fish-great-lakes.htm