President Glenn Mroz Re-appointed to Education Trust

Governor Rick Snyder has appointed Michigan Tech President Glenn Mroz to a three-year term on the Michigan Education Trust board of trustees.

Last summer, the Governor appointed Mroz to finish a term on the MET board that ended Dec. 31, 2015. MET is a prepaid college tuition plan that enables families to pre-purchase tuition based on today's tuition rates.

The plan then covers the future cost of tuition when the child reaches college. MET can be used at any Michigan public university, college or community college. If a student chooses to attend a private or out-of-state institution, the money in the MET plan can be refunded to that institution. Contributions to a MET prepaid tuition plan are tax deductible.

GSG Merit Award Nominations Open

The Graduate Student Government is now accepting nominations for their annual Merit Awards.

If you know of an exceptional graduate student or graduate student mentor, consider nominating them for this honor.

Awards to be given:

  • Exceptional Student Scholar
  • Exceptional Student Leader
  • Exceptional Student Mentor

Direct any questions to GSG. You can submit your nomination letter (600 words max) here. The deadline for nominations is Jan. 20.

Worried About Winter Weather?

With winter weather here, departments should discuss communication procedures for weather-related absences. During times when weather conditions deteriorate, each person within the University community must exercise personal judgment on their ability to get to or from campus.

Interruptions in work due to weather is no different from other events that cause us to leave work early or arrive late. The first thing employees should do is contact their supervisor directly and explain the situation.

Hourly employees may use vacation or comp time to make up for the hours missed due to bad weather. Exempt employees would be expected to fulfill their regular job responsibilities.

For questions or concerns, employees can email Renee Hiller, director of Human Resources, or call 7-2280.

Forestry Alumnus Named Interim Director of Michigan DEQ

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has named Michigan Tech Alumnus Keith Creagh interim director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. His appointment went into effect yesterday.

Creagh, who earned a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from Michigan Tech in 1974, was previously director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Graduate Research Colloquium

The Graduate Student Government will host their annual Graduate Research Colloquium Feb. 24 - 25.

Remind your graduate students to submit their abstracts by next Monday for an oral and/or poster presentation.

This is a great opportunity for students to gain some experience presenting their research and there are cash prizes available for exceptional presentations. If you have any questions, email GSG.

Tech Trails Newsletter

The Fall/Winter edition of the Michigan Tech Trails newsletter is available. Published by Recreation, the newsletter features the schedule for the U.S. Cross Country Championships currently being held at the Tech Trails.  Read the Newsletter.

C-Cubed Lunches Return Jan. 14

There are no C-Cubed luncheons this week. C-Cubed for the Spring semester will begin Jan. 14. Watch for the menu next week in Tech Today.

C-Cubed lunches are offered from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays during the Fall and Spring Semesters in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge.

Lunch is $10 (cash, credit cards and C-Cubed Gift Certificates accepted). You may bring your own lunch instead of purchasing the buffet. Coffee, tea, fruit-infused water, cookies and fruit are available for all. All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited.

This Week in Husky Sports

Today

Huskies Drive Time on Mix 93.5 FM — 7:30 to 8 a.m.  

Thursday

Nordic Skiing hosts US Nationals

Women’s Basketball at Lake Erie — 5:30 p.m. 

Men’s Basketball at Lake Erie — 7:30 p.m. 

Friday

Hockey vs. Connecticut at Desert Hockey Classic, 7 p.m. 

Saturday

Nordic Skiing hosts US Nationals

Women’s Basketball at Ashland — 1 p.m.

Men’s Basketball at Ashland — 3 p.m. 

Sunday

Hockey vs. Yale or Arizona State at Desert Hockey Classic — 2 or 5 p.m. 

 

Tech Hockey Signs 7 to National Letters of Intent

Michigan Tech head hockey coach Mel Pearson Monday announced the signings of seven players during the fall signing period. Forwards Thomas Beretta (King City, Ont./St. Michaels, OJHL),Gavin Gould (North Vancouver, B.C./Merritt, BCHL) and Jagger Williamson (Lumby, B.C./Vernon, BCHL); defensemen Keegan Ford (Waunakee, Wis./Dubuque, USHL), Jake Gingell (Gregory, Mich./Omaha, USHL), Tristan Rostagno (Pewaukee, Wis./Minnesota, NAHL) and Carver Watson (Appleton, Wis./Madison, USHL) have all signed National Letters of Intent to skate for the Huskies and coach Pearson. Read the full story.

Elset and Cuenot Make Heats of US Championships Freestyle Sprint

Michigan Tech had two athletes qualify for the heats during Monday's freestyle sprints at the U.S. Cross Country Skiing Championships hosted by Tech at the Nordic Training Center. 

Didrik Fjeld Elset advanced to the semifinals and Gaspard Cuenot earned a spot in the quarterfinals.

A total of 185 men and 149 women made qualifying runs Monday morning, with the top 30 in each advancing to the quarterfinals. The quarterfinal entries were trimmed to 12 skiers for the semifinals and six in each final. Read the full story

In Print

The Department of Biological Sciences offers Congratulations to Rupali Datta (Bio Sci) and Dibs Sarkar (adjunt Bio Sci) on publication of their new book.

The textbook titled "An Integrated Approach to Environmental Management​"​ was published by Wiley recently. It covers environmental management from a multidisciplinary perspective. Here is a link to the book. 

New Funding

Tim Colling (CEE/MTTI), is the principal investigator on a project that was awarded $116,453 from the Michigan Department of Transportation.  Nick Koszykowski (CEE) was Co-PI on the project "2016 MERL Development and Support."
 
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Tim Colling, (CEE/MTTI) is the principal investigator on a project that was awarded $176,133 from the Michigan Department of Transportation. John Kiefer (MTTI) and Chris Gilbertson (MTTI) were co-PIs on the project "2016 Transportation Asset Management Council Education Program Work Plan."