New Brand To Be Launched Tomorrow

After more than 130 years, Michigan Technological University is about to roll out its first cohesive, university-wide brand.  The new brand will include a new logo, to be revealed for the first time at a brief ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Friday, February 26 in the Opie Reading Room of the Van Pelt and Opie Library. 

 President Glenn Mroz will talk about the history of the branding campaign, the reasons for it and what it means for Michigan Tech. Then the new logo will be unveiled.

 If you'd like to watch the event online, we'll be live streaming it. Find the link  at

Jessie Stapleton Named Director of Student Activities, OAP to be Part of Athletics and Recreation

Dean of Students Bonnie Gorman announced that Jessie Stapleton has accepted the director of Student Activities position, effective immediately. Gorman says, "Jessie has demonstrated a strong commitment to developing student leaders and providing meaningful campus experiences for all students."

Jessie has been at Michigan Tech as the assistant director of Student Activities since 2013. She has worked to support the Greek community and coordinate programming around Tech’s traditions and late night activities.

She has also served as the advisor to MUB Board and in 2014 received the Student Organization Advisor of the Year Award.

Prior to coming to Tech, Jessie was the assistant director of the Student Leadership and Involvement Center at the University of Redlands, Redlands, California and the Program Advisor for Greek Life and Leadership at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Nationally, Jessie serves as a facilitator for the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute and is the student projects manager for the Northern Plains Region for the National Association of Campus Activities.

In addition, effective May 1, the Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP) will become part of Athletics and Recreation. This direct connection between the two areas will allow for future growth of programs and services that will benefit all students at Michigan Tech.

Jared Johnson, currently assistant director of the Outdoor Adventure Program, will report to Suzanne Sanregret, director of athletics and recreation.

For similar reasons, Health and Wellness will move to the Dean of Students Office. Gorman says many Wellness initiatives are coordinated with departments in the Dean of Students area.

This move will allow for continued collaboration and lead to greater support for our students in all aspects of their college life. Whitney Boroski, Coordinator of Health and Wellness, will report to Laura Bulleit, Assistant Dean of Students. These changes will allow us to realign resources and hire two coordinators to further support the efforts in Student Activities.

Mushing Toward A Dream

When Michigan Technological University student Adam Schmidt leads his six-dog team in the CopperDog 80 on February 26, it will mark the latest chapter in a love affair with sled dog racing that began in a Wisconsin elementary school more than a decade ago. The CopperDog 80, is a two-day race made up of two 40 mile segments, held as part of the CopperDog 150 weekend

When Schmidt, a second-year chemical engineering major, was a fourth-grader at Park Community Charter School, in Kaukauna, Wisconsin, librarian Mary Vander Loop taught her students a strange new word. “She introduced us to the Iditarod and dog sledding,” Schmidt recalls. “She would read us books and set up displays with different checkpoints.”

 When Schmidt heads off into the heart of the Keweenaw Peninsula, no doubt those elementary school memories of following his favorite mushers, Jeff King and Mitch will come along for the ride. “We would research the racers and follow them throughout the races,” Schmidt remembers. “The best part of the race season was hearing the Iditarod Song through the loudspeakers and everyone singing along.”

Read the full story.


Train to Become a Staff Mentor

There is still time to submit your application and statement of interest to train to become a staff mentor as part of Michigan Tech's new Staff Mentoring Pilot Program. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Monday, February 29.

Training for new mentors will begin at the end of March and is free to all selected trainees. All full- and part-time staff are eligible to apply. Space is limited to 15 participants. Click here to fill out your application and statement of interest or email to request a paper copy of the application materials.

This program is being developed as a collaborative effort between staff representing all three unions on campus as well as non-union staff, and is funded by a grant from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS).

Michigan Tech/TUFTS Team Wins Prestigious ASCE Award

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has announced that Steven C. Chapra, Rasika K. Gawde, Martin T. Auer, Rakesh K. Gelda and Noel R. Urban will receive the Society's 2016 Horner Award for their paper entitled "Sed2K: Modeling Lake Sediment Diagenesis in a Management Context" published in the Journal of Environmental Engineering in 2015.

The Horner Award is made annually, recognizing the paper, published in an ASCE journal making the most valuable contribution to the environmental engineering profession. The award-winning paper is based on a mathematical model (Sed2K) developed by Chapra, the Louis Berger Chair in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Tufts University. Application and testing of the model was led by Rasika K. Gawde who recently received the Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Michigan Tech and is now a post-doctoral fellow at the Horn Point Laboratory of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. Rakesh Gelda also received the doctorate in Environmental Engineering from Michigan Tech and is presently a Research Scientist with the Bureau of Water Supply, Water Quality Science & Research at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection. Auer and Urban are faculty in the Michigan Tech Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Michigan Tech Archives Hosts African American History Talk

As part of the "Black Voices in the Copper Country" project, the Michigan Tech Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections will be hosting a talk by Michelle S. Johnson, a Community Historian with the Michigan Historical Center in Lansing.

The talk will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 2 in the Van Pelt and Opie Library's East Reading Room. The presentation, "Exhibits for a New Century: Researching the African American Experience in Michigan from the Copper Country to the Capital," will explore the historical center's "Exhibits for a New Century" project, which is an interpretive exhibit documenting the African American experience across the state.

Johnson will also discuss the methods and meaning behind the exhibit as well as a statewide research initiative to uncover and share African American narratives in Michigan history, such as the grant-funded project taking place at the Michigan Tech Archives. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

This talk is made possible in part by a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Nominations Open for the Clair M. Donovan Award

The Blue Key Honor Society recognizes a Michigan Tech faculty or staff member, student or an exceptional community member who has contributed the most outstanding service during the preceding year with the Clair M. Donovan Award. This award is in honor of Clair Donovan, who made immeasurable contributions to Michigan Tech through his service as national president of Blue Key, as an alumnus and as a civil leader.

Consider nominating a faculty or staff member, student or an exceptional community member who has positively contributed to the public image of the University and demonstrates a continuing interest in the development of the University.

The nomination form can be found online.

Range Bank Establishes Endowment with SBE

Range Bank announces the establishment of an endowment with Tech's School of Business and Economics. The endowment will create one scholarship a year for an SBE student

Because of this generous effort, high school students from Houghton, Keweenaw, Dickinson and Marquette counties will receive financial support as they earn their business degree at Michigan Tech. 

Tim Baroni community bank president of Range Bank said "this endowed scholarship will help make secondary education more affordable for numerous Upper Peninsula residents for decades to come.

"Ask the Personal Trainer" Lunch and Learn

WorkLife Connections and Employee Wellness invite you to join us an "Ask the Personal Trainer" Lunch and Learn from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 1 in MUB Ballroom A1.

Want to work out but don't have the time, space or equipment? Join Neil Kuisell, certified personal trainer for HuskiesFit Programs, for some instruction on how to plan your own fitness program using little to no equipment. You'll get information on the most effective exercises and how to get the biggest benefit in the shortest amount of time.

Attendees will have a chance to win a personal training session with Neil. Two will be given away. HuskyPAW participants will receive 500 bonus points for attending.

Feel free to bring a lunch. Snacks and beverages will be served. Contact Shannon Brodeur with questions.

Film Board presents "The Big Short"

This weekend, Film Board Presents "The Big Short."

Tomorrow, February 26 — 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m. 
Saturday, February 27 — 2:30, 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 28 — 2:30, 5:30 p.m.

The Big Short is Rated R. Tickets are $3 and concessions are $1 each. The movie will be shown in Fisher 135.

A Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra “Celebration of Concertos”

The Rozsa Center is pleased to welcome the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra in their Celebration of Concertos  at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, February 27.

What is a Concerto you ask? According to Wikipedia, a “concerto is a musical composition, a piece usually composed in three parts…, in which one solo musician… is accompanied by an orchestra…”

The eight talented winners of the KSO Concerto Competition join the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra in an exciting evening of concertos by Prokofiev, Strauss, Mendelssohn, Offenbach, Puccini, Saint-Saens, Massenet, Kabalevsky and Mozart.

Tickets are on sale now, $19 for adults, $6 for youth, and no charge for Michigan Tech students with the Experience Tech fee. Tickets are available by phone at (906) 487-2073, online, in person at the Central Ticketing Office in the Student Development Complex or at the Rozsa Box Office the evening of the performance. Please note the Rozsa Box Office only opens two hours prior to performances.

ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker

The next ME-EM graduate seminar speaker will be held at 4 p.m. today in EERC 103. Amitabh Narain (MEE) will present "High Heat-Flux Milli-meter Scale Flow-Boilers and Flow Condensers-Experimental and Modeling Results."

This presentation summarizes experimental and modeling results in the context of applications of shear driven (including zero/micro-gravity flows) annular regime operations of milli-meter scale innovative flow-boilers and condensers.

Besides describing the innovative operations, the presentation summarizes more recent computational and experimental results obtained for annular/stratified internal boiling and condensing flows. 


Body Positivity Presentation

Erin Brown is a writer, activist, advocate and big voice for women living autonomous lives while feeling good in the skin they're in. She will be speaking to the Michigan Tech and larger community about body autonomy, self image, sexual assault and eating disorders. 

Her presentation is part of Body Positivity Week which is taking place now through February 26. Erin's lecture will take place at 6 p.m. today (February 25) in Fisher 135.

This talk is geared toward the college audience and will be appropriate for youth with parental accompaniment. We welcome the community, particularly parents, to attend this talk if they're interested. 

Erin is an entrepreneur who owns and operates her business and website. She also serves on the Advisory Board for Girls Gone Strong, an online women's fitness business. 

For questions, contact Whitney Boroski.


Win by Losing Wellness Challenge

Have you been trying to get healthier and lose weight? SWEAT and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan invite you to participate in "Win by Losing," a free, fun and healthy challenge that can help you take personal responsibility for your health and reach your weight-loss goals. 

Register to be part of Michigan Tech's team beginning today. The official competition runs from February 29 through April 29. Participants will submit weekly weigh-ins to compete against other BCBSM group customers. You will also have access to a toolkit to help you meet your goals. Register by visiting SWEAT and clicking on the "Win by Losing" links.


This Weeks C-Cubed Menu

Come and join the C-Cubed (Conversation, Community, Collegiality) University lunches. They are offered from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. 

This week we have soup and sandwiches on Thursday and a special seafood menu from Executive Chef, Eric Karvonen, on Friday. Lunch is $10 (cash, credit and C-Cubed Gift Certificates accepted); attendees may bring their 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.

Today (February 25)
Kale and Chickpea Soup (VGF) 
Greek Salad Pita Sandwiches (both vegetarian and marinated grilled chicken available) 
Fingerling Potato Salad 

Tomorrow (February 26)
Pasta with Mussels, Clams and Shrimp (GF) 
Pasta with Roasted Vegetables and Pernod (VGF)
Roasted Beet Salad with Arugula (VGF)


Geoseminar: Wayne Pennington, Dean of Engineering

The next Geoseminar will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. tomorrow (February 26) in Dow  610. Wayne Pennington will present "The Menominee Crack: A Story Behind the Story." All are welcome.

The Menominee Crack is the surficial expression of a geologic "pop-up" feature. Observations of surface deformation and seismic velocities consistent with anisotropically fractured limestone support this interpretation. But why did it occur? How did we get involved in studying it? Why publish on something so seemingly trivial? These are the questions that Pennington will address, after a brief scientific description of the pop-up itself. 


Spring Blood Drive Hosted by Fraternity and Sorority Life

Currently, there is a critical need for blood donors. The need is constant. The gratification is instant. Give blood.

Join Fraternity and Sorority Life from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today (February 25) in the Library Reading Room to donate blood.

Sign up for an appointment time online 
or call 800-733-2767. Walk-ins are always welcome.

Click here for more information. 

Note: Bring a photo ID


National Engineers Week

Tau Beta Pi is sponsoring a full slate of events this week to celebrate National Engineers Week. Today's activities include:

  • Check out the new Naval Systems Enterprise. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., ME-EM lobby.
  • Society for Environmental Engineering, clean water via simple filtration. Noon to 3 p.m., Fisher lobby.
  • Tau Beta Pi Rube Goldberg competition. 6 to 8 p.m., Wads Annex.
  • Tau Beta Pi's Technicolor light and music show. 8 p.m., Husky Statue.


Young Girls in Black: Modern Language Film Series

The Modern Language Program kicks off its 2nd Spring Film Series with "Des Filles en Noir" (Young Girls in Black) at 7 p.m. today (February 25) in Walker 134.

Event is free and open to the public. Popcorn will be served.

Click here for more information about Modern Languages at Tech.


Scholarships Available

Sons and Daughters Scholarships
A reminder that Michigan Tech Employee Sons and Daughters Scholarship applications, valued at $100 each, are available for the 2016-17 academic year. Applicants must be children of Michigan Tech employees. Applications must be submitted by Sunday, February 28 and are available online.

Leann Becia Family/AFSCME Scholarships
Two $250 Leann Becia Family/AFSCME Scholarships are available for 2016-17. Applicants must be the son, daughter or spouse of a current AFSCME Local 1166 member. Applications, which must be submitted by Sunday, February 28, are available online.

Both scholarships require that applicants be full-time Michigan Tech undergraduates in their first four years of study or high school students planning to enroll for Fall 2016. 

For more information contact the Financial Aid Office at 7-2622 or at

In the News

Channels 3 (CBS), 6 (NBC) and 10 (ABC) all interviewed The Weather Channel's Jim Cantore will he was at Tech's Keweenaw Research Center to produce Weather Channel segments on Michelin's winter tire testing there.


The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)highlighted an Associated Press (AP) article about Associate Professor Mo Rastgaar's (ME-EM)drone catcher in First Bell, a daily online aggregation of news of interest to the engineering education community. First Bell is a subscription-only publication.


Environmental Research Web published an article about Associate Professor Claudio Mazzoleni's (Physics) research showing that soot becomes more compacted under cloudy conditions.


WJMN-TV Channel 3 and WBUP-TV Channel 10 broadcast stories about the Get WISE program that brought 250 middle-school girls to Michigan Tech for a day of hands-on science and engineering. Get WISE stands for Get Women in Science and Engineering.


On The Road

Bruce Lee (Biomedical) and his graduate student, Ameya Narkar (Biomedical), attended the 39th Annual Meeting of the Adhesion Society in San Antonio, TX, to each give an oral presentation from Febrary 21 through 24.

Lee also chaired a session entitled "Biomedical Adhesives." Additionally, Lee served in a committee to initiate a Bioadhesion Division within the Adhesion Society and will serve as the inaugural program chair for this division in next year's annual meeting.