Redefining the Classroom

Club wins American Fisheries Society laurel for the second time straight

Posted: April 16th, 2009

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BEST TIMES TWO – A student contingent of Lake Superior State University's Fisheries and Wildlife Club pose with their most active subunit citation from the American Fisheries Society North-Central Division's. The division encompasses 16 mid-western states and provinces. The LSSU club starts its 5th year as an official AFS subunit this fall. Pictured left to right are Frank Zomer, Jessica Comben, Corey Jerome, Kathryn Harriger, Nick Vitale, and Brianne Lunn. (Courtesy of Fisheries & Wildlife Club. (LSSU/Fisheries & Wildlife Club)

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By Frank Zomer ('08)
LSSU Fisheries and Wildlife Club

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – For the second year in a row, Lake Superior State University's Fisheries and Wildlife Club has received the American Fisheries Society North-Central Division's Most Active Student Subunit Award. The award acknowledges the tremendous involvement in professional development and community outreach by LSSU fisheries students. The club serves a dual role of being a student sub-unit of the American Fisheries Society (AFS).

The North-Central Division includes 16 states and provinces. The LSSU club starts its 5th year as an official subunit this fall.

"For the LSSU sub-unit to be selected two years in a row for this award is impressive in it's own right," said Jessica Mistak, current president of the North Central Division. "However, when you consider that LSSU's subunit is comprised solely of undergraduates and has out-competed others which include both undergraduate and graduate students, the recognition is much more impressive and deserving."

The LSSU student contingent also participated in the 69th annual Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, held Dec. 15 in Columbus, Ohio.

Four students presented senior thesis posters to hundreds of professionals and graduate students. Posters included Redside Dace in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula: Indigenous or Bait Bucket Escapees? by Jessie Comben; Freshwater Mussel Distribution and Demographics in Relation to Microhabitat in a Michigan Stream by Kate Harriger; The Effect of Panfish Predation on the Milfoil Weevil in Two Michigan Lakes by Corey Jerome; and Brood Reduction and Nest Abandonment: Does Parent Age Affect Abandonment Rate by Smallmouth Bass? by Brianne Lunn.

Frank Zomer gave an oral presentation on his senior thesis project, Use of Artificial Habitat Structures by Benthic Algae, Macroinvertebrates and Fishes.

"Giving a presentation at a meeting is very beneficial," said Kate Harriger, a graduating senior from Gaylord, Mich. "The opportunity to show potential graduate advisors our thesis projects in person and demonstrate our level of knowledge and ability to effectively carry out research projects gives us an advantage over other competing students."

Students Corey Jerome, Kate Harriger, and Brianne Lunn, were also invited to attend the Janice Fenske Memorial breakfast that honored academic and professional achievements and provided a unique opportunity to network with established professionals in fisheries and wildlife.

"Being able to talk with potential employers was highly valuable to me as a student looking into future career options," said Corey Jerome, a graduating senior from Hamilton, Mich.

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