Huskies Take the Leap

Since 2016 is a Leap Year with 29 days in the month of February, the Michigan Tech Annual Fund has launched an initiative that capitalizes on this once-every-four-year occurrence. 

All alumni of the past twenty-nine years (classes 1987 to 2015) are invited to participate in the first-ever Leap Year Challenge by making a gift during the month of February. 

These gifts can be any amount and designated to any University department, program or area.

 The Leap Year Challenge is also a great way for qualifying employees to participate in the annual Campus Campaign. If you’re an alum from 1987-2015 and currently employed at Michigan Tech, a gift made this month will benefit both annual giving initiatives.

The Leap Year Challenge goal is to obtain 841 (29 x 29) gifts during the twenty-nine day period.  If the goal is achieved, an alumni donor has committed $29,000 to the Annual Fund this year. 

So, whether you’ve made a gift this year or not, please consider a contribution during the month of February and take the leap for Huskies! 

Innovation Fellows Take Design Thinking to School Children

University Innovation Fellows nationwide are changing the way students think. UI Fellows at Michigan Tech and across the country are teaching a fresh mindset known as “design thinking,” a methodology that helps users identify human-centered problems and imagine and implement innovative solutions through experimentation.  

Michigan Tech’s UI Fellows introduced design thinking to incoming first-year students during last fall’s orientation week. Now they’re reaching down into the elementary and middle schools, offering after-school classes called “Discovering Your Creative Confidence and Inner Maker.”

Read the full story.

Follow ME-EM on Social Media

The Department of Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics is on Facebook and Twitter. Like and follow them for faculty research updates, student accomplishments and behind-the-scenes snapshots.

Marlene Lappeus, program coordinator, meets quarterly with UMC’s social media team to develop a content strategy for the department. If you'd like help with social media for your department, group or area email


Free Sale - Women's Business Clothing

Gently worn women's business clothing and accessories will be available for Michigan Tech students at no cost from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, (February 14) in the Harold Meese Center (Bldg #84) at the corner of Houghton Ave. and Pearl Street, across from Jim's Fodmart.

Donations are made possible through faculty, staff, alumni and friends of Michigan Tech. Donations are still being accepted this week and can be dropped off at these three locations:

  • 107 Meese Center
  • 108A Dillman Hall
  • 219 Van Pelt and Opie Library

Scholarship Applicants Sought

Portage Health Foundation and Michigan Tech are seeking local applicants for the new Making a Difference Scholarship.

At the heart of what the Portage Health Foundation does, is investing in health care, health research and health education. “We believe there is an enormity of opportunity for young people,” said Kevin Store, executive director of the PHFoundation.

“By helping to provide access to higher education opportunities, we can help meet the diverse health needs of our communities by inspiring our next generation of professionals to become scientists, researchers and doctors who can address and solve some of our most challenging health care problems.”

Sharing this belief, Michigan Tech and the PHFoundation have partnered to offer the Portage Health Foundation Making a Difference Scholarship.

Four high school seniors or transfer students who are residents of Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw or Ontonagon County will receive an $8,000 annual scholarship to attend Michigan Tech in the fall of 2016 and pursue a degree in pre-health, health sciences or health engineering programs. The scholarship will be renewable for up to four years (eight semesters) of study.

Michigan Tech will host an information session from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, February 10), at the Michigan Tech Admissions Office’s, McAllister Welcome Center in the Memorial Union Building.  

Attendees will receive details about the scholarship, the application process, eligibility criteria, and requirements for renewal as well as have the opportunity to connect with current students in diverse health-related degree programs.

Read more information about the scholarship.

2015-16 President's Evaluation

The Michigan Tech Senate would greatly appreciate a moment of your time to evaluate the president's performance. This year, we consulted with survey experts and have completely redesigned the President's evaluation to give you a better opportunity to voice your opinion on issues that are critical to the university community.

This new survey makes it possible for the president to see which issues stand out the most to all constituents across the University and to identify issues that impact key groups on campus. To ensure that your voice is heard when important decisions need to be made, we only need 5 minutes of your time to complete this survey.

Be assured that all answers you provide will be kept strictly confidential. Only aggregate information will be published.

If you wish to fill out a paper version of this survey, please contact Judi Smigowski. If you have any technical questions about the survey, please contact Adam Wellstead.

How Sugar Made Hawai'i the 50th State

The Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Sunday Forum presents Carol MacLennan (SS) from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, February 14 at BHK Campus, 700 Park Ave, Houghton.

MacLennan will present "How Sugar Made Hawai'i the 50th State." The last sugar plantation in Hawai'i is due to close soon, marking the end of an era. This presentation covers the rise of the sugar industry and its environmental and political consequences for islands in the remote Pacific and for the native Hawaiian Kingdom.

Hawai'i wasn't always destined to be part of the American empire. Once a Polynesian nation that found itself increasingly dependent upon sugar for its economic security, Hawai'i gradually slid into the grasp of sugar planters and out of the hands of the Hawaiian rulers. Sugar's ability to consume the Hawaiian landscape and order its economy is a story worth telling as we ponder the forces of globalization today.

We encourage you to stay afterwards for our Hospitality Hour.
Carol MacLennan is Professor of Anthropology, Graduate Director in Department of Social Sciences at Michigan Tech. MacLennan received her Ph.D. And M.A. in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley and her B.A. in History, with honors, from University of California, San Diego.

Her research fields include political ecology/environmental anthropology; anthropology of policy, environmental history and environmental policy. 

Film Board Presents "Spectre"

This weekend, Film Board Presents "Spectre."

The film will be shown in Fisher 135. Tickets are $3 and concessions are $1 each for candy, pop and popcorn.

Friday, February 12 — 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 13 — 2:30, 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 14 — 2:30, 5:30 p.m.

Sweets for Your Sweetheart

Want sweets for your sweetheart? How about a Valentines Day triple chocolate cake for two.

The bakery is offering handcrafted chocolate cake with chocolate ganache icing snuggled in a heart shaped tin topped with a chocolate candy heart for only $3.75.

Order yours today at
Orders will be taken until 5 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday February 11). You may pick up and pay for your treats at the Memorial Union Food Court from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday (February 12).

Korean Cuisine at Khana Khazana

Korean cuisine is on the menu for Friday's Khana Khazana in the Memorial Union Foodcourt. Serving is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The menu includes:
  • Beef Bulgogi : Stir fry beef marinated with Korean style sauce and served with rice.
  • Soegogi-muguk : One of the popular soups in Korea. 
  • Musaengchae : Spicy Korean salad like Kimchi.

The price is $7.25 for the full meal and includes a fountain drink. Like the Khana Khazana at Michigan Tech Facebook page.

Torch Lake Watershed Community Meeting

The Houghton Keweenaw Conservation District (HKCD) is holding a public meeing as part of  the Torch Lake Watershed Project, funded in part through a grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Office of the Great Lakes.

This community meeting continues the informational sessions started in 2015 and will provide the community with background on the environmental issues of Torch Lake and its watershed including PCBs and their historic origins. Noel Urban (CEE) and Carol MacLennan (SS) are the invited speakers

All interested individuals are encouraged to attend. This meeting is free and open to the public. No preregistration is required, however RSVP is appreciated. This first meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight  (Wednesday, February 10), in the Lake Linden-Hubbell School Auditorium . To RSVP, or for more information, contact Meral Jackson at HKCD at 482-0214, or email

Huskies Ranked No. 14

HOUGHTON, Mich. — Michigan Tech is ranked No. 14 in both national college hockey polls this week. The Huskies remained at No. 14 in the USA TODAY/USA Hockey Magazine poll and moved up a spot from last week in the poll.

Tech, which is unbeaten in its last eight games (5-0-3), swept Lake Superior State during Winter Carnival with scores of 3-0 last Friday (Feb. 5) and 3-1 last Saturday (Feb. 6) to improve to 16-7-5 overall and 13-6-3 in WCHA play. The Huskies are just two points out of first place in the league standings with six games to go.

Michigan Tech is the highest-ranked team in the WCHA in both polls. Minnesota State (17) and Bowling Green State (19) also cracked the poll.

Tech has this weekend off before traveling to face Bemidji State onFeb. 19-20. The Huskies next home games are February 26-27 vs. Alaska.

Find out more about Husky Athletics at

Chemistry Department Seminar

Stephen Techtmann (Bio Sci) will present "Environmental Systems Biology of Marine Oil Biodegradation" at 3 p.m. Friday (February 12) in Chem-Sci 101.

Forty Years of Forest Soil Research at Michigan Tech: What Was Learned (Or Not..?)

The next SFRES Forum will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. on Friday, February 12 in Forestry G-002. A social will follow from 4 to 5 p.m. in the atrium.

Martin Jurgensen, research professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Sciences, will present "Forty Years of Forest Soil Research at Michigan Tech: What Was Learned (Or Not..?)"

There is currently a great deal of scientific interest in below-ground carbon cycling and decomposition processes in forest ecosystems. There is also a growing interest in the relationship between forest management and soil carbon sequestration, especially with the effects of future climate change. However, the role of soil organic matter in forest ecosystems was not always recognized.

Martin Jurgensen will discuss how his research at Michigan Tech improved understanding of the relationship between soil organic matter and forest management and productivity, as reflected in more than 40 years as a forest soil professor in the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science.


Equity Within the Classroom Conference Registration Open

Registration is now open for the 2016 Equity Within the Classroom Conference. If you are interested in attending the conference, you are asked to notify Institutional Equity and Inclusion at 7-3310 or Visit the conference registration page.

The hotel discount rate is only available until Saturday, February 20. Click on the following link for more information. Read the full Tech Today Article.


Hands On Workshops: Learn Some New Technologies


The Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning will offer technology workshops over the next month and a half. Register by clicking on the workshop title.

In the News

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine published a full-page feature about Assistant Professor Nina Mahmoudian (ME-EM) and her work with underwater robots in its "Emerging Scholar" issue. The Michigan Tech researcher was selected as one of the magazine's 2016 Emerging Scholars. See p. 21 for the feature


The Michigan Technological University Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections were recently featured on the Michigan Humanities Council blog for their Black Voices in the Copper Country project, which is funded in part by the Michigan Humanities Council. Senior Archivist, Lindsay Hiltunen and Project Researcher, Martin Hobmeier, discuss the project and upcoming events.

On the Road

Mark Maroste, associate director of Auxiliary Services and Professional Golfers' Association (PGA) Pro, represented the Portage Lake Golf Course at the PGA Professional 2016 Education Conference and Merchandising Show January 27-29 in Orlando, Fla. 

The show had more than 1,100 interactive exhibits and offered a chance to network with many industry leaders representing 74 countries. Maroste attended several classes in Leadership, Teaching and Coaching including Latest Technology in Teaching, Disrupting Traditional Teaching and Leadbetter Golf Performance - Bridging the Gap.