MADISON, Wis. – Michigan Tech contributed four players out of a total 77 men’s and women’s student-athletes to make up the fifth annual group of WCHA Scholar-Athlete Award recipients from the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, through Commissioner Bruce M. McLeod, Associate Commissioner Sara R. Martin, University of Denver Faculty Representative Nancy Sampson (Chair, men’s league) and Bemidji State University Faculty Representative Doug Leif (Chair, women’s league).
Sophomores Corson Cramer and Peter Rohn and seniors Mike VanWagner and Eli Vlaisavljevich were each named to the team. This marks the third straight year that VanWagner and Vlaisavljevich have won the award.
The prestigious WCHA Scholar-Athlete Award was developed through Association member team Faculty Representatives and approved by the conference membership beginning with the 2005-06 season. To earn recognition as a WCHA Scholar-Athlete, conference-member student-athletes must have completed at least one year of residency at their present institution prior to the current academic year and must also have a grade-point average of at least 3.50 on a 4.0 scale for the previous two semesters or three quarters, or may qualify if his or her overall GPA is at least 3.50 for all terms at his or her present institution.
Cramer carries a 3.76 cumlative grade point average in mechanical engineering and Rohn has a 3.69 in business administration. VanWagner currently carries a 3.62 cumulative grade point average in biology and Vlaisavljevich has a 4.0 in biomedical engineering.
“On behalf of the entire Western Collegiate Hockey Association family of student-athletes, coaches and administrators, we wish to send heartfelt congratulations to each of our men’s and women’s WCHA Scholar-Athlete recipients for 2009-10,” said McLeod, Martin, Sampson and Leif in a joint statement.
“As we head into the stretch run of our regular seasons and prepare for our post-season championships, it is fitting that we pause here to recognize and honor the tremendous accomplishments of our student-athletes off the ice. They truly represent the very best in collegiate athletics – combining great athletic skill with an unwavering determination and drive to achieve the epitome of success in the classroom as well. Those are truly noble aspirations that will serve them well throughout their lives.”