Non-traditional open house on July 27

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Audrey Hutchison and Michele Fiering, both from Hessel, who graduated from LSSU in May. Photo courtesy of Hutchison/Fiering family.

Lake Superior State University invites adult students from both sides of the St. Mary’s River to find out what the university has to offer them during a Non-Traditional Student Open House from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, July 27, in the Walker Cisler Center on campus.

The program is an opportunity for students who may have started a degree some years ago, or who may be thinking of expanding their skills in anticipation of finding a different career path, to find out how they can get started. It will also be an opportunity for students to provide feedback to LSSU staff on how they can best be served.

“This will be an information gathering and giving event,” said Britta Mitchell, the LSSU Admissions Advisor who is organizing the event. “We will provide prospective students with a brief questionnaire to gather information on their interests and challenges to them as non-traditional students in our area, as well as provide information about our current programs and schools of study.”

Information centers and presentations will be set up in the university’s Walker Cisler Center, followed by question-and-answer sessions where prospective students may learn about financial aid, continuing education, scheduling and more. Representatives from all of LSSU’s schools of study will be on hand to answer questions and address concerns.

“We are looking forward to talking to non-traditional students in the area who want to take classes here at LSSU,” said Mitchell. “If they can’t make this event, we’re always available to answer questions.”

While LSSU has some non-traditional students taking classes, Mitchell said there is always room for more. She noted that there is no limit as to how late in life someone may wish to continue their education or start a degree.

Last May, 76-year-old Audrey Hutchison and her daughter, Michele Fiering, 53, both of Hessel, finished their respective degrees. Hutchison, a published author, earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies creative writing/criminal justice to complement her work in writing crime novels and murder mysteries. Michele finished the six credits she needed to complete a degree in business administration.

“As I took classes, I was able to apply many objectives taught in my courses, which made my job easier and in some instances helped me transition to a position of promotion,” said Fiering. “The end result for me wasn’t just a diploma; it was learning techniques and theory that is applicable in careers that are constantly evolving and changing.”

“It was the opportunity of a lifetime,” Hutchison told the Sault Evening News in May. She urged others in the community to take advantage of the coming open house. “What a wonderful opportunity for those who have contemplated either returning to finish or to start their degree.”