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Lake Superior State University Sets A Worldwide One Rate Tuition For Students
Across the Globe
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – The Lake Superior State University Board of Trustees recently approved a one rate tuition at Lake State that extends across the globe. The worldwide one rate tuition is effective beginning fall 2018. Previously, the one rate tuition only applied to students residing in North America.
Morrie Walworth, vice president of finance, said that Lake State has seen an increase in revenue streams from students outside Michigan after estab- lishing the North American one rate in 2015. LSSU was the first university in the United States to set a one rate tuition for students in North America.
The 2018-2019 tuition rates have already been approved by the Board. All students, no matter where they are from, will pay $485 per credit hour or $5,820 per semester for 12-17 credits. International students will see a nearly 45% cost savings on tuition; without the world one rate tuition, interna- tional students would be expected to pay $727 per credit hour or $8,424 per semester.
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The university plans to use the world one rate tuition to promote key pro- grams including computer science, fisheries and wildlife, engineering, and the newly-approved robotics engineering degree.
Freshmen coming from outside North America are eligible to receive the Laker International Scholarship which has a value of up to $3,000 per year based on a 1200 or higher SAT or 24 or higher ACT.
For more information about interna- tional admission to LSSU, please con- tact the LSSU Admissions Office at 906-635-2231 or visit
UPHP Names Melanie
Bicigo Chief Operating
MARQUETTE - Upper Peninsula Health Plan announces Melanie Bicigo as Chief Operating Officer. Long-time Upper Peninsula Health Plan (UPHP) President and CEO Dennis Smith announced his retire- ment (effective July 1st) late last year, starting a waterfall of opportunity at UPHP. Melissa Holmquist was named Smith’s successor as CEO, leaving the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO) vacant. With extensive health plan experience, Melanie Bicigo brings invaluable knowledge and lead- ership to the COO position.
A native of Crystal Falls, Bicigo is a Northern Michigan University alum- na. Chief Operating Officer will be the ninth position Melanie Bicigo has held within the company in her 16- year tenure. Most recently, she has served as the Compliance and Risk Management Officer responsible for execution and oversight of UPHP’s corporate compliance program and managing risk exposure. Bicigo imple- mented initiatives to match the health care regulatory environment and achieve organizational compliance. In her role as COO, Melanie Bicigo will report to the newly appointed President and CEO of Upper Peninsula Health Plan, Melissa Holmquist. She will now oversee the following departments: Government Programs, Physician Services, Credentialing, Customer Services, and Reception. “I am honored to have been offered this opportunity and to be part of the new leadership at the Upper Peninsula Health Plan,” said Bicigo.
With over fifteen years experience in various departments at UPHP, Melanie Bicigo has the experience and
institutional knowledge to excel in this new position. Bicigo was the first full time Compliance Officer and built that department from scratch. Her attention to detail and focus on process improvement will be valuable assets to her as Chief Operating Officer. “Melanie brings a wealth of experience in Compliance, Claims, and Enrollment to the Chief Operating Officer position. She has served as an instrumental member of the Senior Management team for the past five years and is uniquely quali- fied to help UPHP deliver coordinat- ed, high-quality care,” noted Holmquist.
Shepich Joins Aspirus
IRON RIVER — Iron County native Dr. Sharon Shepich has been added to the team of family practice providers at Aspirus Iron River Hospital and Clinics.
Shepich will practice at both the Crystal Falls and Iron River clinics. She has more than 20 years of family medicine experience. She has prac- ticed for the Indian Health Service on the Navajo Nation in the Southwest and most recently at a rural commu- nity health center in Wisconsin. Shepich sees patients of all ages and has special medical interests in women’s health, preventative medi- cine, and senior health. “It’s wonderful to have someone from Iron County join our team of excellent providers,” Aspirus Iron River Hospital CEO Connie Koutouzos said. “She brings a wide range of family medicine experience to our communities, and will be a great addition to our medical team.” For more information or to make an
appointment with Shepich, call 906-265-0499.
Based in Wausau, Wis., Aspirus serves communities throughout northern and central Wisconsin, as well as the western Upper Peninsula. The system includes four hospitals in Michigan and four hospitals in Wisconsin, plus 50 clinics.
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