February First Friday Social at Hamar House - Date Change

February's First Friday Social will be held the second Friday of this month due to Winter Carnival. Faculty, staff, graduate students and retirees are invited to join the Center for Diversity and Inclusion from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, February 12 at the Hamar House. Complimentary beverages will be served along with some great appetizers.

First Friday University Socials, started in 2006, provide a casual setting for members of the campus community to get together informally, share their work and other interests and get to know each other. These informal gatherings can lead to more productive work relationships, an appreciation for diversity and a chance to meet some new friends.

Next month's event on March 4 will be sponsored by Auxiliary Services in the Memorial Union Ballroom B. June is still in need of a sponsor. The schedule can be found online. If you are interested in hosting a social or learning more, email Brenda Randell or call 7-3348.

Coffee Chat: Creative Ways to Engage Students and Check Understanding

Gillian Roehrig,  professor and director of Graduate Studies in Science Education at the University of Minnesota, will host a coffee chat entitled “Creative Ways to Engage Students and Check Understanding.”

The event will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 9. Roehrig will demonstrate several novel ways to engage students, including concept mapping, photo-elicitation interviews (PEI’s) and the use of socio-scientific issues (SSI’s). The conversation will include a focus on interdisciplinary topics in a STEM context. This event is being partially sponsored/funded by the Vising Women & Minority Lecture/Scholar Series (VWMLS) which is funded by a grant to Institutional Equity and Inclusion from the State of Michigan's King-Chavez-Parks Initiativeand is jointly sponsored by the Department of Cognitive Learning Sciences and the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning.  

Refreshments will be provided for those who register by Monday, February 8.  All faculty and instructional staff are encouraged to attend.

Tech Student Wins Scholarship, Recognition for New Student Organization

On January 20, Michigan Tech student Amanda Marciniak was named the recipient of the Lt. Col. Bill Morley Academic Scholarship by the Arnold Air Society and Silver Wings national headquarters. The $2000 scholarship recognizes superior academic merit and dedication to advocating for our nation's aerospace power.

Silver Wings is a national, co-ed, professional organization dedicated to creating proactive, knowledgeable and effective civic leaders through community service and education about national defense. Members are civilian students who desire to work with and support Air Force ROTC programs at universities around the country. Michigan Tech's own Dotsie Stewart Chapter of Silver Wings was chartered last year and works closely with Arnold Air Society, an Air Force ROTC cadet service organization. Together these two student organizations work hard together to support community events, provide volunteers for local veteran's organizations, raise money for charities and promote the activities of Air Force ROTC.

Ms. Marciniak's essay and student record was selected from among nearly one hundred submissions around the nation, and is one of only seven winners. Her achievement puts Michigan Tech and our Silver Wings chapter on a short list of successful and noteworthy schools which will be recognized at the Arnold Air Society and Silver Wings National Conclave in Dallas, Texas this March. Ms. Marciniak will travel and attend for free and have the opportunity to meet General Robin Rand, the commander of Air Force Global Strike Command; Gwynne Shotwell, President and COO of SpaceX and Peter Bergen, author, journalist and National Security Analyst for CNN. Congratulations Amanda Marciniak!

This Week's C-Cubed Menu

The lunches are held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited. Below is this week's C-Cubed menu:

Thursday, February 4
Three Cheese Macaroni with Tomatoes (VGF)
Pan Seared Green Beans with Mushrooms and Shallots (VGF)
Pear and Jicama Salad with Lime Yogurt Dressing (VGF)

Friday, February 5
Chicken Fajitas (GF)
Veggie Fajitas (VGF)
Mango Cumber Rice Salad (VGF)
Guacamole served with Fresh Cut Veggies and Jicama Slices (VGF)

Lunch is $10 (cash, credit cards and C-Cubed gift certificates accepted); attendees may bring their own lunch instead of purchasing the buffet. Coffee, tea, iced tea, cookies and fruit are available for all.

Code Ninjas Workshop

There will be a Code Ninjas Workshop for middle-school girls  from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, February 20, now in amazing 3-D.

Students participating in the workshop will learn to create simple geometric 3D scenes using the Processing programming language. High school students Sarah Larkin and Miriam Eikenberry-Ureel will teach girls how to use the Processing language to draw basic shapes such as cubes, spheres, cones and ellipsoids in a 3D space. By combining these shapes creatively, students can construct their own virtual worlds. All students will have an opportunity to view their scenes using an Oculus Rift, which provides an immersive experience so students can move around within their scene. Lunch will be provided.

Register for the event online.

This workshop is sponsored by an AspireIT grant from the National Center for Women & Information Technology.

Student Organization Involvement with Continuous Improvement

Winter Carnival is almost upon us! Here at the office of Continuous Improvement, we are looking forward to the snow statues and free chili!

A few years ago we helped facilitate a Kaizen event with Blue Key Honor Society and this time of the year always reminds us about that fun time working with students. If you are a part of a student organization and know of a process that you think could be improved by incorporating Lean principles feel free to contact us by emailing improvement-l@mtu.edu or calling 7-3180.

If you're interested in learning more about what's going on with continuous improvement on campus, check out our "What's Happening" page or the Continuous Improvement blog.


Langston to Appear on Live Twitter Chat

The present can't escape the past. As the standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge continues, environmental historian Nancy Langston weighs in on the issue. She has considered the role of militia in the recent takeover in a New York Times Op-Ed and delved into changing views on federal and local collaborations on public lands for Yale e360. Now, she's bringing the conversation to campus. 

Michigan Tech will host a live Twitter chat about the history and culture of the Malheur standoff from 1 to 2 p.m. today (Tuesday, February 2).

Follow @mturesearch and join the conversation using the hashtag #mtulive.

This Week in Husky Sports


Huskies Drive Time, 7:30-8 a.m. on Mix 93.5 FM


  • Women’s Basketball hosts Ferris State, 5:30 p.m. 
  • Men’s Basketball hosts Ferris State, 7:30 p.m. 


  • Blue Line Club Luncheon, noon (MacInnes Student Ice Arena)
  • Hockey hosts Lake Superior State, 8:07 p.m. (Live TV, American Sports Network)


  • Women’s Basketball hosts Grand Valley State, 12 p.m. 
  • Men’s Basketball hosts Grand Valley State, 2 p.m. 
  • Hockey hosts Lake Superior State, 5:07 p.m. 

Tech Track Opened Season in Marquette

Michigan Tech's track and field team got its first taste of competition at the Northern Michigan Challenge held indoors at the Superior Dome Saturday. Huskies won six men's events and four women's events on the day.

Men's wins came in the following events:

Women's wins came in the following events:

"Overall it was a great opportunity for our athletes to race and compete against the other UP universities," said Michigan Tech graduate assistant track and field coach Jake Isaacson. "We'll use these results as a benchmark as we continue to train hard for the outdoor season ahead."

Michigan Tech's first outdoor meet is scheduled for March 12 at the Coastal Carolina Invitational in Conway, South Carolina.

Find out more about Michigan Tech Athletics at michigantechhuskies.com

Tech Men Topple Rivals on the Road

Michigan Tech went to the free throw line 41 times and cashed in on 33 of those in a 69-56 victory over Northern Michigan last night (Monday) in GLIAC men's basketball. The Huskies improved to 8-11 overall and 7-8 in the GLIAC with the win.

Tech led 40-26 at halftime, and the margin grew to as many as 21 (48-27) with 15 minutes to play. NMU made a run by applying a full-court trap and scoring 11 points in a two minute span. The hosts would come as close as 54-48 as Tech made just two field goals in the final 15 minutes of the game.

Fortunately, the foul shots were falling at near-record pace. The Black and Gold made 19 freebies in that final 15 minutes to stay on top and earn the win.

"It's always good to get a win against your rivals," said Tech coach Kevin Luke. "I though we defended well and were getting the ball into the post, which is what we wanted. We missed too many shots around the basket, but shot free throws well and were able to hold them off."

Freshmen Kyle Monroe and Bryan Heath combined to go 23-of-24 at the foul line. Monroe scored a game-high 19 points while Heath added 14. Luke Heller posted a game-high 11 rebounds.

Both teams shot below 40 percent. Tech held a 46-35 rebounding advantage and outscored the hosts by 21 points at the charity stripe.

Tech's 33-make performance at the free throw line was three shy of the school record of 36 (vs. Roosevelt on Dec. 28, 1971).

Michigan Tech, which twice in three road games in the last week, will return home for its next two contests. Next up is Ferris State at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 4).

Find out more about Husky athletics at michigantechhuskies.com.

Northern Upsets Tech Women

Bre Gaspervich scored a layup with four seconds left, and Danielle Blake's shot at the buzzer fell short, giving Northern Michigan a 71-69 upset victory over Michigan Tech at the Berry Events Center in Marquette last night (Monday).

The teams battled in a close one throughout the second half with neither team leading by more than four. Mackenzie Perttu gave Tech its only lead (67-66) of the fourth quarter with a free throw at the 1:34 mark.

NMU answered with a three-point play on the other end to grab a 69-67 advantage. Kylie Moxley then knotted the game at 69-all with 6.3 seconds remaining, and the Wildcats called timeout to advance the ball to midcourt.

Gaspervich got free for a quick layup, and the Huskies couldn't answer at the horn.

"Our defense was not good enough," said Tech coach Kim Cameron. "We let them do whatever they wanted. We just didn't have the toughness that it was going to take to win today."

Moxley finished with a game- and career-high 27 points, making 12-of-20 field goals and both of her foul shots. Danielle Blake added 19 points and six rebounds. Elizabeth Kelliher totaled 10 points.

Tech will continue its stretch of five games in 10 days with two home games this week. The first is Thursday (Feb. 4) vs. Ferris State. Tipoff at the SDC Gym is set for 5:30 p.m.

Read more about Michigan Tech Athletics at michigantechhuskies.com.

Hands-On Workshops: Try Some New Technologies

Our January Luncheon introduced a number of inexpensive (or free) tools for instruction. Whether or not you saw them there, take advantage of these small-group, hands-on workshops to give them a try and/or figure out how they might be useful to you!

If these workshop times won't work, feel free to stop into the CTL (Library 219) between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. with your questions and plans, and we'll do our best to help you get started!


Winter Carnival Stage Revue 2016

During Stage Revue, campus fraternities, sororities and other organizations present humorous skits bringing the Winter Carnival theme to life. Come join us to see the final performance and comedian Jeff Scheen as our Master of Ceremonies at 7 p.m. Feb. 4 in the Rozsa Center. Tickets are $5 for students and general admission is $10.

Contact Kyle Mischler with any questions.


Jazz Night on the Town

Join the brothers of Mu Beta Psi for a benefit concert from 8 to 11 p.m. Thursday, February 4th in the Orpheum Theater in downtown Hancock.

The concert features jazz from Northern Standard Time and AstroSax and benefits the John Macinnes Student Scholarship. This scholarship honors applicants that have shown interest and participated in the musical organizations at Michigan Tech.

Help support a great cause and listen to phenomenal jazz. Tickets are $10 for Adults and $7 for Students and Seniors.


MTTI Driving Research Seminar Series

A new "MTTI Driving Research Seminar Series" is being launched as an activity of the ENGIN (Exploring Next Generation IN-vehicle INterfaces) project supported by MTTI (Michigan Tech Transportation Institute).

The first seminar will be held today from 3 to 4 p.m. in room 109 of the Harold Meese Center.

See original Tech Today article for more details.


Michigan Tech Archives Travel Grant Program Seeks Proposals

The Michigan Technological University Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections is currently accepting applications for its annual Travel Grant Program, which brings in scholars and researchers external to Michigan Technological University to work with the Archives' collections. Financial support for the Travel Grant Program is provided by the Friends of the Michigan Tech Library, a support organization for the library and archives of Michigan Tech. Grants are awarded for up to $750 to defray the costs of travel to visit and conduct research in Houghton, Michigan. The deadline to apply is Monday, February 29. Share with colleagues and friends at other institutions that might be interested in this opportunity.


Update: Search for Dean of the Graduate School

The search committee for the Dean of the Graduate School has extended the deadline for the receipt of applications for this internally-posted position to Monday, February 15. The committee encourages faculty with experience and interest in graduate education to consider this important position. The job description and responsibilities can be found online. Direct any questions to committee chair Paul Bergstrom or co-chair Bruce Seely.


On the Road

Rod Chimner (SFRES) is in Kalimantan, Indonesia (Island of Borneo) as a co-trainer of a workshop entitled "Ecosystem Restoration and Integrated Fire Management." This five-day workshop is funded by USAID, United States Forest Service-International Programs and local organizations to provide training on sustainable peatland management, restoration and fire management in Indonesia. This workshop meshes lectures, field trips restoring peatlands and development of fire management plans in the attempt to sustainably manage some of most important peatlands globally for biodiversity and carbon storage.


Michigan Tech alumnus Paul Rodgers has been promoted to the rank of Brigadier General in the Michigan Army National Guard.

Currently, he is the deputy commanding general of the 46th Military Police Command. Rodgers received his Army commission through Michigan Tech's Army ROTC program. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant up graduation and has served in various military capacities for nearly 30 years. 

Rodgers earned a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics in 1988. He earned his PhD from Tech in 2004. 

Rogers served as the director of the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center.