Michigan Tech News

October 2009

Golf Course in fall

2009 was Fine, but Golf Course Seeks Constant Improvement

October 30, 2009
By Dennis Walikainen

Beginning with the Par and Grill restaurant, Mark Maroste, manager of the Portage Lake Golf Course, says it was a very good season. But he has even more planned for the future.

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Proposed Memorial Grove at Michigan Tech

Memorial Grove at Michigan Tech: Planting a Green, Living Memorial

October 30, 2009
By Jennifer Donovan

With the help of a dedicated community volunteeer, Michigan Tech is launching a campaign to plant a Memorial Grove at the east entrance to campus along Highway 41.

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UMC efforts on behalf of the 2008 YES! Expo earned a Gold Circle of Excellence Award from CASE.

UMC Brings Home Honors in District-wide CASE Competition

October 29, 2009
By Marcia Goodrich

University Marketing and Communications has earned three Circle of Excellence Awards from District V of CASE.

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Sparky, a barred owl

Birds of Prey at Michigan Tech Thursday, Oct. 29

October 28, 2009
By Marcia Goodrich

The public is invited to drop by between 5 and 8:30 p.m. to see raptors up close and talk with experts.

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Nasser Alaraje heads a new robotics initiative in School of Technology

School of Technology Plans New Robotics Program

October 28, 2009
By John Gagnon

School of Technology Developing New Program in Robotics and Industrial Automation

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Forest science PhD student Tara Bal

Grad Student Takes Aim at Sugar Maple Dieback

October 26, 2009
By Marcia Goodrich

PhD student Tara Bal uses an unorthodox method to collect leaves from the treetops.

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Powwow: Alumna Guides Youth, Celebrates Native Traditions

October 26, 2009
By John Gagnon

Native Americans, Tech community celebrate 14th annual powwow on campus.

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Aspen Institute

Michigan Tech MBA Honored Again by Aspen Institute

October 23, 2009
By Dennis Walikainen

Michigan Tech’s School of Business and Economics MBA program has been honored by the Aspen Institute’s 2009-2010 edition of Beyond Grey Pinstripes, a biennial survey and alternative ranking of business schools.

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John Krystof

Chemical Engineering Grads Among the Best in National Design Competition

October 23, 2009
By Marcia Goodrich

Terry Mazure and John Krystof take the silver and bronze in AIChE design challenge

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Safehouse Monster

CANCELLED--Residence Halls Host Halloween Safehouse Saturday, Oct. 31

October 23, 2009
By Marcia Goodrich

The Oct. 31, 2009, Safehouse has been cancelled to help prevent the spread of flu in the community.

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Gordon Parker

Michigan Tech Researchers Lead Project to Develop Cleaner, More Efficient Diesel Engines

October 20, 2009
By Marcia Goodrich

Effort is funded by a $2.8 million grant from the DOE National Energy Technology Lab

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Wildfires near San Diego

Michigan Tech Research Institute Receives NIH Grant to Study Wildfires, Health

October 15, 2009
By Jennifer Donovan

Where there are wildfires, there is smoke. And climate change may mean more wildfires and more intense ones. What might that mean for the health of people downwind from the smoke? 

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Alex Guth in Kenya

Student Transforms into National Geographic Star

October 15, 2009
By Dennis Walikainen

Alex Guth, PhD student, online lecturer and Kenyan geology researcher, was tapped as an expert for a National Geographic television show airing next spring.

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Crystal Shawanda

Native American Speakers’ Forum, Spirit of the Harvest Powwow Oct. 23-24

October 14, 2009
By Marcia Goodrich

Featuring performances by country music star Crystal Shawanda and amazing hoop dancer Lowrey Begay

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New homecoming activities this year included a tug of war and sand castles.

Homecoming Fun and Games at Prince's Point

October 9, 2009
By John Gagnon

sand castles, a tug of war and lots more

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Michigan Tech EcoCAR co-advisor Wayne Weaver with team members Chris Lucier, Trever Hassell, Eric Joseph and Lucas Meeuwsen

Michigan Tech EcoCAR Team Hits the Road

October 9, 2009
By Marcia Goodrich

Team takes delivery on 2009 GM Saturn Vue

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David House

Philanthropic Support for Michigan Tech Continues Strong

October 8, 2009
By Jennifer Donovan

Philanthropic support for Michigan Tech continues strong, with several recent gifts including one to endow a new House Professorship and another bringing varsity women's soccer to the University.

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Women's soccer

Gift Establishes Varsity Women's Soccer at Michigan Tech

October 8, 2009
By Jennifer Donovan

The generosity of a longtime donor is bringing varsity women's soccer to Michigan Tech.

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Mike Gibson

Transplanted Liver Cells Hold Hope for Treating Inherited Diseases

October 8, 2009
By Marcia Goodrich

Mike Gibson has spent most of his professional life trying to better understand genetic metabolic disorders that arise in children. With that knowledge, he is working to develop treatments in mice--including liver-cell transplants--that could one day be used to treat a variety of liver-based illnesses in people.

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Amanda Taylor

Vacationing with Nuclear Reactors

October 7, 2009
By Karina Jousma

A Tech undergrad who hopes for a career in alternative energy scores an internship at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

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Schmohz Brewery

Alums Team up to Engineer a Better Beer

October 6, 2009
By Dennis Walikainen

Michigan Tech alumni are brewing and selling beer in Grand Rapids, Mich. 

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Homecoming Powderpuff

Homecoming Powderpuff 2009: Fair Play and Aerial Assaults

October 6, 2009
By Dennis Walikainen

It was the 2009 edition of the traditional Homecoming Powderpuff football game, and the action was spirited. There were a couple of differences, though: the cheerleaders were male, some in long dresses, and the players were women.

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Premedical students at Michigan Tech

Michigan State Announces Early Assurance Program for Michigan Tech Premedical Students

October 2, 2009
By Jennifer Donovan

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and Michigan Technological University entered into an agreement today that provides a link between premedical students at Michigan Tech and MSU’s medical school.

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Restored Prairie Grasslands

In Search of Wildlife-friendly Biofuels: Are Native Prairie Plants the Answer?

October 1, 2009
By Jennifer Donovan

The unintended consequence of crop-based biofuels may be the loss of wildlife habitat, particularly that of the birds who call this country's grasslands home. One solution: Use diverse native prairie plants to produce bioenergy instead of a single agricultural crop like corn.

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