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Woo-hoo! Bill Munsell!

NEWS RELEASE LAKE SUPERIOR STATE UNIVERSITY ************************* Four to be honored by Lake Superior State University during Great Lake State Weekend SAULT STE.



************************* Four to be honored by Lake Superior State University during Great Lake State Weekend

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI – Four alumni and friends of the university will be honored during the Lake Superior State University (LSSU) Alumni Association's annual awards banquet during Great Lake State Weekend, October 10 to 11.

The careers of Bill Munsell [shown] and Shane Woolever, both from Sault Ste. Marie, as well as Claude "Bud" Denker of Bloomfield Hills and Sophie Chandauka of London, England, will be highlighted during the banquet at 4 p.m. on October 11 in the Walker Cisler Center.

Tickets are $20 each and must be reserved through the LSSU alumni relations office, 906-635-2831.

"We are pleased to be bringing these four outstanding Lakers back to campus for this year's alumni awards banquet," said Susan Fitzpatrick, director of LSSU alumni relations. "Two of them, Bill Munsell and Dr. Shane Woolever, are never far from campus, of course, but Bud Denker and [former St. Mary's College Rotary exchange student] Sophie Chandauka, especially, are traveling a long way to be with us for this celebration of their accomplishments. We are honored to be hosting them and they are all very deserving of the awards they are receiving."

Bill Munsell

Munsell will receive the LSSU Alumni Association's Outstanding Alumnus Award.

LSSU's first financial aid director, Munsell retired in 1998 after more than 30 years of service.

During that time he saw the campus more than double in size while grants and other financial assistance for students increased from approximately $40,000 to $13 million.

"LSSU provided me with a solid educational foundation, the best job in the world, and a great retirement," Munsell said.

Munsell is a member of the alumni association's board of directors, as well as a member of the Laker Club.

In the community, he volunteers – or has in the past – for the United Way, the Boy Scouts (he is a Silver Beaver Award recipient for longtime commitment), the Sault Lions Club, the Sault Tribe's higher education committee, the Sault's annual I-500 snowmobile race, and the Michigan Municipal League, to name just a few.

He is also a real estate agent with MacMaster Realty in Sault Ste. Marie, has been president of the Upper Peninsula Board of Realtors for two years and was recently Realtor of the Year.

For more than 25 years, Munsell has been a member of the Sault Ste. Marie City Commission, serving as mayor pro-tem for many of those years.

He and his wife, Diana, have two grown children, Jessica and Brent.

Dr. Shane Woolever

Woolever will be presented with the Donald and Catherine Finlayson Distinguished Citizen Award for his support of the campus and community.

Through his practice, Greater Peninsula Orthopedics, Woolever [click here to view photo] has been the title sponsor of the Lake State Golf Classic in Gaylord for the past three years.

The annual event raises thousands for the Laker Club, which provides funds for LSSU student-athlete financial aid.

Woolever started his thriving and still-growing practice in Sault Ste. Marie in 2001.

He is on the staff as an orthopedic surgeon at War Memorial Hospital in the Sault and Helen Newberry Joy Hospital in Newberry.

"Dedication to community service is an important function for all citizens," Woolever said. "The Sault and surrounding communities have been very good to me and my practice. I believe it's essential to give back and support those in the area who have helped me build a thriving business."

Woolever and his wife Betsy live outside Sault Ste. Marie with their children Tessa, Mia and Quinn.

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