Tech Hosting Cross Country Skiing Championships

Michigan Tech officially opened its 2015-16 Nordic skiing season by competing in the U.S. Cross Country Ski Championships on its home course.

Yesterday was the first of four days of racing at the Nordic Training Center with classic distance races for both men and women.

Andrea Lee posted the best result by a Husky with a 32nd place finish of 151 entries in the women's 10-kilometer event. She skied to a time of 32:21. Lisa Koenig was 94th at 35:03. Sonja Hedblom took 100th with a 35:23 clocking. Sarah Wade (122nd, 36:38) and Carolyn Lucca(124th, 36:44) also represented the Black and Gold.

For the men, Tech's Gaspard Cuenot posted a time of 43:51 on the 15-kilometer course. He placed 49th of 199 men's finishers. Didrik Fjeld Elset was the next Husky at 80th place and a time of 45:18. Thomas Kendrick was six spots back in 86th at 45:36. Kyle Hansonwas also in the top half of the field at 97th place in a time of 46:08.

"We have really good conditions," said Tech coach Joe Haggenmiller. "The course is fast, and that makes it a lot of fun.

"It's obviously a very good field of competition and tough with it being our first real races of the year. Overall, I'm pretty happy with how we competed and looking forward to seeing how the week plays out."

Skiers will be back on the course today with freestyle sprints. The qualifications begin at 10 a.m. for the women and 11 a.m. for the men. Races will also be held Thursday and Saturday.

Live streaming of the championships can be seen here.

New Mileage Rate

Beginning with the first of the year, the IRS decreased the standard mileage rate from 57.5 to 54 cents per mile. The new mileage rate for moving expenses is 19 cents per mile.

Daniell Heights Open House

The campus community is invited to an open house to view the newly renovated apartments in Daniell Heights.

The open house will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Jan. 13 at 1802 Woodmar Dr. Apartments B and D.

View the new apartments and enjoy light refreshments. 

Making A Difference Awards Wednesday

A total of 63 Michigan Tech staff members have been nominated for a 2015 Making a Difference Award in one of the following categories: 
  • Above and Beyond
  • Bringing Out the Best
  • Creative Solutions
  • Outstanding Supervisor
  • Rookie Award
  • Serving Others
  • Unsung Hero
A list of the nominees is available on the Staff Council Blog.
The nominees will be honored and the award recipients announced at a reception from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, in the Memorial Union Ballroom.  All Michigan Tech employees are invited to attend.

Club Finndigo Friday

The annual Heikenpäivä celebration starts off Friday at the Calumet Theatre with Club Finndigo. On tap is the spectacular documentary "The Singing Revolution."

The film chronicles how Estonia won their freedom from Russia. Find out more about the film.

The movie will be shown at 7:15 p.m. Friday, preceded by a Finnish buttet from the Keweenaw Coop. For seating at the buffet call the Calumet Theatre at 337-2610, before 5 p.m. Thursday.

The cost of dinner and the movie is $21. Movie only is $6 with discounts for children under 10.

Huskies Sports

Men and Women Post Back-To-Back Wins

The Huskies men's and women's basketball teams started the new year off right, each with two GLIAC wins in two days at the SDC Gym.

On Saturday, the women downed Ohio Dominican 66-44 and followed that up with a 74-56 win over Tiffin Sunday. In both games the Huskies opened up with 41-21 halftime leads.

The men had a bit tougher time Saturday, holding on to nip ODU 62-59 before coming back to beat Tiffin 76-59 on Sunday. Read the complete stories plus view the coaches interviews on the Husky Athletics site.

Tech Alumnus Makes All-Star Roster

Michigan Tech hockey alumnus John Scott (2002-06) has been selected as one of the four division captains for the 2016 NHL All-Star Game, it was announced by the League.

Scott, along with Jaromir Jagr, Patrick Kane and Alex Ovechkin, all earned spots courtesy of fan balloting in the 2016 NHL All-Star Fan Vote. NHL All-Star Weekend will take place Jan. 30-31 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

Scott is in his 10th season of professional hockey, which has included stints with the NHL's Minnesota Wild, Chicago Blackhawks, New York Rangers, Buffalo Sabres, San Jose Sharks and Arizona Coyotes. The Edmonton, Alberta, native has one assist in 11 outings this year with the Coyotes.

The 6-foot-8 forward skated in 126 career games with Michigan Tech, posting seven goals and 19 points during that time.

IT Connect

Answering Recycling Questions

There are often questions when it comes to recycling electronics and print cartridges on campus; Information Technology would like to assist you.

We are able to pick up and recycle all your print cartridges, so please let us know. We are also able to recycle computers, cameras, printers and other common electronic devices.

Approval may be required from the Property and Plant Office, but IT will pick up any approved electronic item. We will make recommendations and walk you through the process.

Information Technology is committed to sustainability and recycling. If you have questions or concerns regarding the recycling of electronics or print cartridges, contact us at or call 7-1111.           

Job Posting

Job Posting for next issue of Tech Today

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in Human Resources. For more information regarding staff positions, call 7-2280 or email

For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

Assistant Professor in Structural Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering. Apply online.

Catering Sales Coordinator, Dining Services. Apply online.

 Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

New Funding

Tim Colling (CEE, MTTI), is the principal investigator on a project that received $759,392 from the Michigan Department of Transportation. 
Gary Schlaff (CEE), Luke Peterson (CEE) and Nick Koszykowski are co-PIs on the project "2016 Roadsoft Asset Management System Development and Support."