Cameron Named GLIAC Coach of the Year; Four Players Honored

by Wes Frahm, director of athletic communications and marketing

The women's basketball head coach Kim Cameron was named GLIAC Coach of the Year as the league handed out its annual awards at a banquet last week for the four teams left in the GLIAC Tournament. In addition to Cameron, four players earned recognition from the conference on All-GLIAC teams.

Lucy Dernovsek (Holcombe, Wis./Lake Holcombe) earned All-GLIAC North Division First Team accolades. Lisa Staehlin (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) and Sam Hoyt (Arkansaw, Wis./Durand) were named to the All-GLIAC North Division Second Team. Staehlin and Lindsey Lindstrom (Superior, Wis.) garnered GLIAC North Division All-Defensive Team accolades.

Cameron has coached the Huskies to a 24-2 record, a No. 5 national ranking and a No. 1 regional ranking in her first season at the helm of the program. The Alpena native took over an inexperienced group of players that had started just 12 games between them and led the group to the program's fourth straight GLIAC North Division title and 11 GLIAC crowns overall. Tech compiled an 18-1 GLIAC record, tying the school record for fewest league losses.

Dernovsek leads the Huskies in scoring (11.9 points per game) and rebounding (8.3 per game). One of the best all-around players in the league, Dernovsek ranks among the GLIAC leaders in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage, 3-point percentage, assists and blocks.

Staehlin averages 11.5 points and 5.0 rebounds for the Huskies. She has four 20-point games this season and ranks second in the GLIAC in field goal shooting at 59.5 percent.

Hoyt averages 11.0 points and 3.4 assists per game on the year. She leads the league in 3-pointers made at 60 and was also seventh in percentage at 42.6.

Lindstrom has guarded opponent's top player all season and is a big reason the Huskies lead the league in both scoring defense (53.5) and field goal percentage defense (34.3). The 6-0 forward also averages 8.5 points and 7.3 rebounds per contest.

Haidar and Hojnacki Earn All-GLIAC Honors

by Wes Frahm, director of athletic communications and marketing

The men's basketball players Ali Haidar (Windsor, Ont./Forster) and Mike Hojnacki (Milwaukee, Wis./Eisenhower) were named to All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference teams at the GLIAC Final Four banquet last week on Ferris State's campus.

Haidar was named All-GLIAC North Division First Team after averaging team highs of 15.7 points and 6.6 rebounds. The 6-7 sophomore forward owns the league's third highest field goal percentage at 60.1 and is sixth in scoring. Haidar posted eight 20 points games and four double-doubles on the season.

Hojnacki earned a spot on the All-GLIAC North Division Second Team for the second straight season. The 6-7 forward averages 15.4 points and 5.3 rebounds per game while shooting 53.0 percent from the field. The junior also ranks among the league leaders in free throw percentage (77.5) and 3-point percentage (40.7).

Emerald Ash Borer Meeting Scheduled in Calumet Tonight

by Jennifer Donovan, director of public relations

The SLowing Ash Mortality pilot project (SLAM) will hold a public meeting at 6:30 p.m., today, at the CLK Schools multipurpose room in Calumet, to discuss progress on efforts to slow the rate at which ash trees die as a result of infestation by the emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle. The federally funded, five-county project has been trapping emerald ash borers to determine their distribution and implement various treatments.

At this meeting Professor Andrew Storer (SFRES), a forest insect ecologist, and colleagues from SFRES, will share the results of SLAM's work during the 2010 field season. He will also outline plans for the 2011 field season and offer landowners suggestions on what they can do to protect ash trees on their property.

The project establishes and inspects purple prism traps and detection trees, performs ash inventory surveys, establishes and revisits forest health plots and identifies trees for insecticide injection and tree removal. A vast amount of ground must be covered, and SLAM could not accomplish its goals without the cooperation of landowners and communities, Storer says.

SLAM is funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and operates in Houghton, Keweenaw, Mackinac, Delta and Schoolcraft counties in the Upper Peninsula. The project is a collaborative effort of Michigan Tech, Michigan State University, the Michigan Department of Agriculture, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment, the US Forest Service and the US Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

Scientists at Michigan Tech and MSU will be analyzing the data and developing models to help other communities evaluate, plan and implement strategies to combat the emerald ash borer. The invasive beetle so far has been found in seventeen states and Canadian provinces.

ARRA money has been crucial for SLAM, Storer says. The Houghton/Keweenaw SLAM project has created and sustained nine to twelve jobs during the 2010 field season and will create nine to fifteen jobs during the 2011 field season.

Storer and colleagues identified the first emerald ash borer found in Houghton County in an abandoned cemetery in Laurium in the summer of 2008. Based on the conditions of the trees, they estimated that the insect has been here for six to eight years. SLAM identified the first emerald ash borer in Keweenaw County in fall 2010.

Jazz Band Battle at the Rozsa

submitted by the Rozsa Center

Witness a great jazz battle, as the Michigan Tech Jazz Lab Band (under the direction of Mike Irish) and the NMU Jazz Ensemble (under the direction of Mark Flaherty) meet for a powerhouse exchange concert at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 16, in the Rozsa Center.

These award-winning ensembles have been doing joint exchange concerts annually since the late 1960's. The jazz tradition of the "Battle of the Bands" dates back to the early 1930's in the historic Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, where the "hometown" band of the great Chick Webb took on the bands of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey and Count Basie in epic musical duals that often lasted until dawn.

As headliners, the NMU Jazz Ensemble has performed with many of the finest jazz pros in the business, including trumpeter Bobby Shew, trombonist Steve Turre, the Yellowjackets, guitarist Mike Stern and many others. They annually host a high school jazz festival that nurtures young musicians and future pros. The JLB tours extensively, taking their brand of jazz to thousands of Midwest students each year. In doing so, they have performed with Michigan jazz masters Marcus Belgrave, Wendell Harrison, Eddie Russ, Harold McKinney and other prominent jazz artists.

This concert features a 40-minute set of big band jazz from each of these bands. You will hear classic big band jazz, bebop, the blues, rock, fusion, Latin-Jazz, original compositions and works that are at the vanguard of today's scene. Nothing compares to the dynamic "live" energy of Big Bands in full swing. Add to that the great traditions and talents of these young musicians from Marquette and Houghton, and you get a recipe for a great evening of cookin' jazz.

Ticket prices are $10 for the general public, $5 for students, and free for Tech students with ID. To purchase tickets, contact the Rozsa Box Office at 487-3200, the Central Ticket Office (SDC) at 487-2073, or go online at . No refunds, exchanges or late seating.

Free Yoga and Aerobics at Family Fun Day

Both yoga and aerobics sessions will be offered for free at Family Fun Day on Saturday, March 12. Both sessions will be held in the SDC Dance Room: aerobics will be at 11 a.m., and yoga at noon. For more information, email .

Spring Synchronized Skating Registration Opens

submitted by Skating Programs

The team skating clinic, open to all area figure skaters, will be held from 5:45 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 23, in the Ice Arena.

Beginner (basic four level) through advanced are welcome to attend.

Participants will:

* Learn from instructors Jada Gullstrand and Rachel Franchock, who are former Team USA Synchronized Skating members and have competed internationally at the senior level

* Develop individual skating skills and learn how to be a synchronized team skater

* Perform with other skaters from around the area

The cost is $10 per participant. Register by March 21 at the SDC Ticket Office or by calling 487-2073.

For more information, contact coordinator, Jada Gullstrand, Skating Programs, at 487-2227 or . For complete details, see community programs .

Reminder: Family Engineering Night at the Carnegie Museum

The Carnegie Museum is teaming up with the Michigan Tech Family Engineering Program to offer a Family Engineering Night from 6 to 7:30 p.m., today, at the Carnegie Museum in Houghton.

Neil Hutzler and Joan Chadde will lead a variety of hands-on activities. (Hutzler is the PI on the NSF-funded project.)

Parents and children in grades one to six are invited to participate. Admission is free. Parking is available behind the building or in the city lot across Montezuma Street.

The evening will start with tabletop activities that families can do on their own--Thrillseekers, Diving Board Dominoes, Turn up the Sound and Who Engineered It.

Next, families will participate in two engineering challenges: "Bright Ideas in Electricity," where family teams design a flashlight, and "Five Points Traffic Jam," where family teams design a safer traffic intersection.

"Our goal is to expose youngsters to engineering," explains Joan Chadde, education program coordinator for the Western UP Center for Science, Math and Environmental Education. "We're excited to try out some of the new activities we've developed at Michigan Tech through the Family Engineering Program."

"We are happy to host a Family Engineering Night to go along with this month's engineering theme," adds Elise Nelson, museum director. "It's an opportunity for parents and kids to spend a fun evening learning together."

The Carnegie Museum is located in the former Portage Lake District Library building on the corner of Huron and Montezuma streets.

The Family Fun Night can also be found on facebook . "Like" the page and get up-to-date information on programs and events at the Carnegie Museum. The facebook page can be accessed even if you do not have an account.

In the News

Associate Director Marie Ryding (Financial Aid) was interviewed on Eagle radio on Sunday, March 6. She talked about financial aid available and the importance of filing federal and general financial aid information in a timely way.

New Funding

Associate Chair Craig Friedrich (ME-EM/MuSTI), Co-PI Paul Bergstrom (ECE/MuSTI), Co-PI Ravi Pandey (Physics/MuSTI) and Co-PI Chang Kyoung Choi (ME-EM/MuSTI) have received $538,000 from Marshall University Research Corporation for a one-year project, "Center for Diagnostic Nanosystems--Phase 1."

Sports in Brief

by Wes Frahm, director of athletic communications and marketing

What's Happening This Week

Monday, March 7
Women's Tennis vs. Winona State, 11:30 a.m. (at Orlando, Fla.)
Men's Tennis vs. Misericordia, TBA (at Orlando, Fla.)

Tuesday, March 8
Women's Tennis vs. Southern Indiana, 10 a.m. (at Orlando, Fla.)
Women's Tennis vs. West Virginia Wesleyan, TBA (at Orlando, Fla.)
Men's Tennis vs. Southern New Hampshire, 6:30 p.m. (at Orlando, Fla.)

Wednesday, March 9
Huskies Drive Time, 7:30-8 a.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)
Nordic Skiing at NCAA National Championships (Stowe, Vt.)
Women's Tennis at St. Leo, 3 p.m.
Men's Tennis at St. Leo, 3 p.m.

Friday, March 11
Nordic Skiing at NCAA National Championships (Stowe, Vt.)
NCAA Women's Basketball Midwest Regional
* No. 6 Missouri S&T vs. No. 3 Wisconsin-Parkside, 12 p.m.
* No. 7 Kentucky Wesleyan vs. No. 2 Quincy, 2:30 p.m.
* No. 8 Lewis vs. No. 1 Michigan Tech, 6 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)
* No. 5 Drury vs. No. 4 Grand Valley State, 8:30 p.m.
Hockey at North Dakota, 8:37 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)

Saturday, March 12
NCAA Women's Basketball Midwest Regional
*MST/UWP winner vs. KWC/QU winner, 5 p.m.
*Lewis/Tech winner vs. DU/GVSU winner, 7:30 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM--if Tech involved)
Hockey at North Dakota, 8:07 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)

Sunday, March 13
Hockey at North Dakota, 8:07 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM) If necessary

All times Eastern; home events in italics

Last Week's Results

Hockey (4-28-4, 2-24-2 WCHA)
March 4--No. 1 North Dakota 6, at Michigan Tech 1
March 5--No. 1 North Dakota 11, at Michigan Tech 2

Women's Basketball (26-2, 18-1 GLIAC)
March 2--at No. 5 Michigan Tech 58, Tiffin 40
March 5--at No. 5 Michigan Tech 69, Hillsdale 58
March 6--at No. 5 Michigan Tech 63, Ashland 53

Men's Basketball (17-11, 11-8 GLIAC)
March 2--Michigan Tech 74, at Grand Valley State 72
March 5--at Ferris State 73, Michigan Tech 64

Top News of the Week

Ladies Win GLIAC Tournament, Set to Host NCAA Midwest Regional
The women's basketball team won the GLIAC Tournament Championship for the third time in four years with Sunday's (March 6) 63-53 decision over Ashland. The Huskies have earned the top seed and will host the 2011 NCAA Midwest Regional beginning Friday, Mar. 11. Tech faces No. 8-seeded Lewis in a regional quarterfinal game at 6 p.m., Friday. All games for the regional will be played at the SDC Gym, which has already been the site of 23 postseason women's basketball games over the last four years.

Skiers Set for NCAA National Championships
Michigan Tech will have two skiers, Mikko Harju and Malin Eriksson, competing at the NCAA Skiing Championships this week in Stowe, Vt. Both skiers will kick off competition in the freestyle races Wednesday, March 9, and follow up with the classical races on Friday, March 11. All four races will be streamed live at . Harju is one of the early racers in the men's 10-kilometer freestyle, which begins at 10 a.m. Eastern. Eriksson will also start near the front of the women's five-kilometer freestyle race at noon. The classical races are both mass starts with the women's 15-kilometer race starting at 9:30 a.m., and the men's 20-kilometer race kicking off at 11:30 a.m.

Men's Basketball Streak Snapped, Season Ended
Michigan Tech defeated Grand Valley State 74-72 last Wednesday (March 2) in a GLIAC Tournament quarterfinal game for its sixth win in a row. The Huskies then faced host Ferris State in a GLIAC Tournament Semifinal. Ali Haidar poured in 25 points for the second straight game, but Tech was defeated 73-64 by the Bulldogs. Haidar was eventually named to the GLIAC All-Tournament team. Head coach Kevin Luke's squad finished its 2010-11 season with a 17-11 record--eight wins better than its final mark of 9-18 a year ago.

Hockey in the Playoffs
Michigan Tech will travel to Grand Forks, N.D., this weekend to face the top-seeded Fighting Sioux in the opening round of the WCHA Playoffs. UND swept the Huskies at home last weekend. The two teams have faced each other three of the last four years in the playoffs, with North Dakota winning each time. The first-round playoff series is a best-of-three format, with the winner advancing to the WCHA Final Five in St. Paul, Minn.