Michigan Tech News

September 2009

Gala Latina 2008

Gala Latina! Music, Dance (and Even Free Lessons)

September 30, 2009
By Marcia Goodrich

Learn salsa, merengue and cumbia and then dance to the most exhilarating music on the planet.

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Alpha Kappa Psi, professional business fraternity, helped stage the Career Fair. From left: Jonathan  Clifton, Shandre Huff, Keshon Moorehead, and Tom Brindley.

Career Fair Is All About Prospects

September 30, 2009
By John Gagnon

Students, companies compare notes for job opportunities at Tech's fall Career Fair.

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Dyke Family and Recipients

Remembering Erick: Largest Memorial Scholarship Fund Honors Computer Science Alumnus

September 30, 2009
By Dennis Walikainen

Michigan Tech alumnus Erick Dyke ’91 was remembered as a student who studied everything but his studies for a while. Then he met his future wife, Michelle (Gornowicz), also a 1991 Michigan Tech graduate. He started focusing on school, received his computer science degree and launched a successful video game development company, n-Space.

Erick passed away recently, but his memory lives on through an endowed scholarship fund, the largest such fund in the University’s history.

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Powderpuff Football 2008

Homecoming 2009: More Fun than a Castle of Mashed Potatoes

September 30, 2009
By Marcia Goodrich

Michigan Tech’s 2009 Homecoming features three hockey games, two football games (one NCAA, one not), a parade, alumni broomball, the traditional hilarity involving cardboard boats, and lots more.

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Glen Simula, president of GS Engineering

Local Alumnus Makes Good: GS Engineering Awarded $25-Million Government Contract

September 29, 2009
By Dennis Walikainen

A local firm with Michigan Tech roots has secured a $25-million, five-year contract with the US Special Operations Command. GS Engineering, founded by Glen Simula ’80, was awarded the contract recently. 

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Michigan Department of Education Logo

Michigan Tech Receives State Grant to Help Science Teachers

September 28, 2009
By Jennifer Donovan

Michigan Tech has received nearly $200,000 from the Michigan Department of Education for a professional development program for grades 5-12 physics and chemistry teachers.

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Rozsa Art Gallery

Wasted Space Begets Beauty: Rozsa Art Gallery Opens Monday, September 28

September 25, 2009
By Dennis Walikainen

What were once storage rooms and empty space has been transformed into something beautiful. Thanks to the estate of Eileen J. Niva ’71, the lower level of the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts now contains a gallery to feature various artists, and if their first showing is any indication, the Keweenaw just got a great, new artistic venue.

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Promise logo

Michigan Promise and Competitive Scholarships under the Budget Knife

September 25, 2009
By Dennis Walikainen

As part of the ongoing budget strife in Michigan, the Michigan Promise and Competitive Scholarships were cut Wednesday and restored Thursday. The debate will be ongoing until the budget is voted on next Tuesday, September 29. If these programs are eliminated, it will reduce approximately $3 million in funding for more than 1,800 Michigan Tech students.

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Blizzard T. Husky at Family Weekend 2008

Michigan Tech Family Weekend Oct. 2-4

September 23, 2009
By Marcia Goodrich

Over 300 families coming to experience Tech and the Copper Country

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Microwave Rotary Hearth Furnace

Researchers Receive $1.5 Million to Make Steel, Syngas Using Microwaves

September 22, 2009
By Marcia Goodrich

The process could slash steel-production costs and take advantage of America’s vast coal reserves to reduce dependence on petroleum.

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Dancing with Diversity

September 19, 2009
By John Gagnon

Michigan Tech "Dances with Diversity" and celebrates Parade of Nations. 

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National Science Foundation Awards Nearly $4.2 Million for Research at Michigan Tech

September 16, 2009
By Jennifer Donovan

Eight research projects in eight different fields at Michigan Technological University are receiving grants totaling $4,172,719 from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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Wall insulation

Michigan Tech Wins Ford College Community Challenge Grant

September 16, 2009
By Jennifer Donovan

Michigan Tech is one of five universities nationwide selected to receive a 2009 Ford College Community Challenge grant. The funding will enable undergraduates to work with community groups and schools to help winterize homes of elderly residents of the community. 

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Family Engineering

Family Engineering Inspires Students (and Mom and Dad)

September 15, 2009
By Dennis Walikainen

The Family Engineering program helps families work together to discover what engineering is, how to solve engineering problems and inspire some youngsters to pursue education and careers in engineering.

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Madhukar Vable

Vable Publishes "Mechanics of Materials" Textbook Online

September 15, 2009
By Marcia Goodrich

Madhukar Vable's free textbook illustrates its subject with photos and examples of famous engineering achievements and fiascos.

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Community residents from Nepal showcase the traditional clothing of their homeland during a past Parade of Nations.

Parade of Nations Celebrates MultiCultural Character of Michigan Tech

September 11, 2009
By John Gagnon

70 nations will be represented in the 2009 Parade of Nations.

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Michigan Tech Enrollment Rises

Michigan Tech Enrollment Increases Again

September 10, 2009
By Jennifer Donovan

Michigan Tech's enrollment rose again this school year, topping last year's number.

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Shuanglin Zhang

Michigan Tech Mathematicians Identify Genes Linked to Lou Gehrig's Disease

September 9, 2009
By Marcia Goodrich

The discovery does not mean an end to ALS, but it could provide scientists with valuable clues as they search for a cure. It can’t come any too soon. Zhang started showing symptoms of the disease himself four years ago.

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Susan Carol McCarthy

Fear Factor: Students Discuss Underlying Drivers of Racism

September 2, 2009
By Marcia Goodrich

Michigan Tech students explore underlying causes of hatred and violence with "Lay That Trumpet in Our Hands" author Susan Carol McCarthy

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Evangeline Moore

Evangeline Moore on Life as a Harbinger of Change

September 2, 2009
By Marcia Goodrich

The daughter of slain civil rights activists tells what got her through and keeps her going.

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Janice Glime

Glime Honored for Distinguished Service

September 2, 2009
By Marcia Goodrich

Recognized for support of students, building campus-wide cooperation through service on the University Senate

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Alex Mayer

Mayer Receives Distinguished Service Award

September 2, 2009
By Marcia Goodrich

Honored for interdisciplinary work, efforts to raise awareness of water issues

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The Great Lakes as seen from space.

Waterlife - a Great Lakes Film Epic - Coming to Michigan Tech Sept. 9

September 1, 2009
By Jennifer Donovan

A free documentary film explores human and ecological aspects of the Great Lakes.

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