Four SBE Students Named Major Student-Athlete Award Winners

athleteawardl1(Pictured left to right: Mike Batovanja, Lee Marana, Kristina Owen, Katie Wysocky, and Steve Short)

Michigan Tech honored its student-athletes and handed out awards at its second annual major awards press conference in the Begg Conference Room of the Peter J. Grant Hockey Educational Center on May 1, 2007. Mike Batovanja, Lars Helminen, Katie Wysocky, and Lee Marana each took high honors.

The Raymond L. Smith Award for the outstanding female and male (co-winners) senior student-athletes went to Kristina Owen (East Wenatchee, Wash.) of the Nordic skiing, cross country and track teams, Lars Helminen (Brighton, Mich.) of the hockey team, and Lee Marana (Ishpeming, Mich./Westwood) of the football team. The Terry Wilson Awards for the top freshman female and male student-athletes went to women’s basketball’s Katie Wysocky (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) and football’s Steve Short (Iron Mountain, Mich./Kingsford). In addition, hockey senior Mike Batovanja (Hinton, Alberta) was given the Rick Webster “SISU” Award.

Owen became Michigan Tech’s first-ever Nordic skier to secure All-American honors in three consecutive seasons after finishing eighth in the 15-kilometer classic race at the NCAA National Collegiate Skiing Championships. She also collected all-region accolades in both the freestyle and classic races at the NCAA Central Regional Championships.

Helminen, who was his team’s highest-scoring blueliner in each of the past three seasons, provided two goals and 19 assists in his final collegiate campaign. The 5-7, 180-pound co-captain capped his stellar career in 10th place all-time among Husky blueliners in scoring with 14 goals and 68 assists in 153 career games.

Marana was named the All-GLIAC First Team and the team’s most valuable player for the second straight season in 2006. The running back ended his career with 4,784 rushing yards, which ranks second all-time in the Michigan Tech record book. The All-American and one-time Harlon Hill Award finalist, Marana owns the GLIAC career rushing record (4,748) and the school record for rushing yards in a season (1,520).

Short totaled 1,361 yards of total offense in his rookie campaign including 956 passing yards and 405 rushing yards. Tech’s starting quarterback for the final six games of the season went undefeated as a starter and helped the Huskies finish in the top three in the GLIAC in rushing, total offense, and time of possession.

Wysocky was one of 10 freshman from across the nation to be named to Division II Bulletin’s All-Freshman Team. The 6-0 forward, was selected as the 2006-07 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year, and was a member of the All-GLIAC North Division Second Team. She averaged 12.5 points and 7.3 rebounds per game and totaled the most rebounds (132) by a Tech player since 1993-94.

The “SISU” Award is a special honor bestowed upon an individual associated with athletics at Michigan Tech who has overcome adversity, exhibited courage through difficult situations, performed with pain/injury, or performed admirably after recovering from a severe injury. The word “SISU” comes from the Finnish language meaning “guts.”

Batovanja, who was one of six finalists for the Derek Hines Unsung Hero Award, led his team in hits and only missed three games despite numerous injuries throughout the season. A co-captain, Batovanja tallied two goals and three assists in his senior year, and posted 13 goals and 31 assists in 146 games as a collegian.

Several other awards were presented at the press conference including the Ken Hamar Award, which is given annually to a “true supporters” of the Michigan Tech athletic program by the Huskies Club. The Hamar Award was presented to Erik and Jane Nordberg.

Michigan Tech athletics director Suzanne Sanregret presented two honorary awards. An honorary letter was presented to Dirk Hembroff, who is the radio voice of the hockey and football Huskies. An honorary blanket was given to Tech’s director of sports and recreation Mike Abbott.

(story courtesy of MTU Athletic Communications)

Wysocky Honored by Division II Bulletin


Katie Wysocky (Business Administration, Whitefish Bay, Wis.) of the Michigan Tech women’s basketball team is one of 10 freshmen from across the nation to be named to Division II Bulletin’s All-Freshman Team.

The 6-0 forward, who was also named the 2006-07 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year, is the first Tech player to gain national all-freshman accolades.

Wysocky finished her rookie campaign ranked third in the GLIAC in field goal percentage (54.1), eighth in rebounding (7.3), and 17th in scoring (12.5). She tallied 17 games in double figures including five with 20 or more points.

The total of 190 rebounds by Wysocky was the most at Tech since All-American Dawn Zarling pulled down 247 in 1993-94. Wysocky’s season field goal percentage ranked as the seventh-best in school history.

Wysocky is the first Tech player since Andrea Novak (Division II Bulletin All-America Fourth Team) to earn national honors.

2006-07 Division II Bulletin All-Freshman Team

Johannah Leedham, Franklin Pierce
Amelia Simmons, Wilmington
Katie Wysocky, Michigan Tech
Lauren Beckley, Shippensburg
Jade Smith-Williams, Chico State
Latoshia Lawrence, Kentucky Wesleyan
Cassidy Murillo, Seattle
Cristina Yarbrough, Central Oklahoma
Alyssa Green, Nebraska Omaha
Melanie Oliver, Glenville State

(Story courtesy of MTU’s Athletic Communications)

Michael-Lee Teslak Earns All-WCHA Honors


Sophomore goalie and business administration major Michael-Lee Teslak is the first Husky to receive All-WCHA laurels since the 2004-05 campaign when Colin Murphy earned All-WCHA First Team honors, Lars Helminen was selected to the Second Team, and senior Cam Ellsworth was picked to the Third Team.

Teslak, a 6-2, 170-pound goaltender, earned his first All-WCHA award after filing an 11-7-3 overall record, including an 8-2-2 mark in his last 12 contests. He is tied with Jim Warden (1975-75) for first all-time among Husky goaltenders for shutouts in a season after notching his fourth blanking of the campaign last Sunday (March 11) at Colorado College.

The owner of a 1.90 goals against average and a .919 save percentage, Teslak leads the WCHA in goal against average and ranks fourth nationally in the same category. He was named WCHA co-Defensive Player of the Week Feb. 27 and has gained WCHA weekly honors four times in his two-year career.

Story courtesy of Athletic Communications

Phi Beta Lambda tours Northwest Airlines


Phi Beta Lambda and MBA students traveled to the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport to tour Northwest Airlines. They were also given behind the scenes tours of the Summit Brewing Company and Wells Fargo.

At Northwest Airlines, the students were guided through a seven-hour tour of the operations visiting the maintenance operations, system operations control, and ground operations.

Northwest is currently looking for interns and full-time employees in marketing, finance, and operations. Most of the tour was based on the airline’s operations.

Dana Johnson, an Associate Professor of Operations Management, said that even after her experience in operations she was amazed at the extent of how all of the pieces fit together.

“All system operations are contingent on each aircraft,” said Johnson. “For each aircraft that arrives at or departs from the airport, the systems operation personnel handle its schedule, crew, maintenance, pilot and how many hours he or she has flown, weather disturbances, and meals. System operations are the heart of the airport.”

The group was treated to lunch and a presentation by Executive Vice President of Operations Andy Roberts. He mainly focused on the positives and negatives to the mergers and acquisitions going on in the airline industry. Mr. Roberts also discussed the demand for graduates in the airlines industry.

Ground control handles fuel, food, and gate services; they also assist systems operations control when there are schedule changes by working with gate agents and passengers. The group was also shown the extensive maze behind baggage, terminal, and tarmac operations.

During their Wells Fargo tour, the students learned about client investment services and career opportunities they offer.

At the Summit Brewing Company, the group learned about entrepreneur Mark Stutrud and his journey in funding and owning his own business. They also gained information on operations and marketing of the brewery, which happens to be employee-owned.

Phi Beta Lambda’s mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.

IBM gives virtual tour of Experience lab Seminar Wednesday, Feb. 7 4 p.m., EERC 103

Visiting us will be David Barnes, Program Director of the IBM Solutions Experience Lab in Austin Texas and Ann Strosaker of IBM’s Software group. The Solutions Experience Lab is an innovation incubator comprised of a kitchen, living room, cafe, hospital room, loading dock (including a vehicle in the building), and a complete house, all automated with the latest technologies from IBM and their partners. Via Web cam David will take us on a virtual tour of this innovative lab, discuss the emerging technologies on display, and give hints on how to prepare ourselves for a career in this fast moving Web enabled world.

During his IBM career David has held a variety of positions in hardware engineering, software engineering and marketing. In 1987, under the auspices of Senior Product Manager, David began traveling to customer locations around the world, briefing them on IBM’s software strategy and relaying their requirements back to IBM’s software development labs. After 15 years on the road David adopted a more appropriate title — Lead Technology Evangelist. David has been involved with internet technologies since the early years of the Web’s adoption, including keynoting the first Internet Superhighway Summit in 1995.

After leading the evangelism efforts for IBM’s WebSphere software offerings and SOA, David went on to manage the IBM Extreme Blue innovation laboratory in Austin Texas, and then worked as the Program Director of the IBM Solutions Experience Lab, managing and developing a one-of-a-kind showcase for IBM and IBM Business Partner Solutions. Today David is leading IBM’s evangelist efforts around Web 2.0 technology and standards, while feeding customer requirements back into IBM’s research and development teams.

Ann has 10 years of business and technology experience in new technology evaluation, developer relations and IT systems management. Currently she manages demonstration strategy and enablement for IBM’s Software group. Previously, Ann was Manager of the Extreme Blue program in Austin, TX and Europe as well IBM’s University Talent Programs in the central region of the US, including IBM’s university presence and talent recruiting in this area.

In past roles, Ann has led IBM developer outreach programs, working to educate user groups around the world about IBM’s leadership in Java, XML and Linux and the product offerings around those technologies. Ann also spent several years with IBM Global Services in Strategic Outsourcing, working on major infrastructure projects for the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.

Ann received her Master of Science in Science and Technology Commercialization from the University of Texas (Austin) and Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio).

A video of IBM’s Extreme Blue Austin Energy Project can be viewed at

This seminar is sponsored by the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies as part of the Pavlis Institute’s seminar series.