Michigan Tech Reveals New Logo at Launch of Rebranding Campaign

It's a dog—the bronze Blizzard that stands proudly in the center of campus. It's a date—1885—Michigan Tech's birthday. It's a familiar name: Michigan Technological University.

After more than 130 years, Michigan Tech on Friday, rolled out its first cohesive, University-wide brand. The new brand includes a new logo, unveiled at a brief ceremony in the Van Pelt and Opie Library.

After giving a brief history of the past 18 months of work that went into developing the new brand and the logo that represents it, President Glenn Mroz unfurled a gigantic banner with the new logo on it.

The banner will hang in the library for the next 18 months as the new brand spreads across campus, Michigan and the world.. President Mroz talked about the reasons for the rebranding and what it means for Michigan Tech.

"We want to give our audiences a better sense of who Michigan Tech is, of the thing that makes Michigan Tech so special," he explained.

"We wanted something that embodies our proud past, with an eager eye to the future."

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Board Hears Enrollment is on Rise

At its regular meeting on Friday, Michigan Tech Board of Trustees learned that this semester’s undergraduate and graduate enrollment is higher than it was in spring 2015. 

Total enrollment is up 2.2 percent, to 6,777 compared to 6,631 in spring 2015. Undergraduate enrollment rose 1.5 percent, to 5,331 this spring compared to 5,251 at this time last year, and graduate enrollment increased 4.8 percent, to 1,446, compared to 1,380 in spring 2015.

Undergraduate applications for next fall also are up to 5,759compared to 5,563 at this time last year, a 3.5 percent increase.

The Board awarded its Silver Medal to Russell Gronevelt, a member of the President’s Advancement Council at Michigan Tech. Gronevelt, a Tech alumnus in Civil Engineering, has been extremely active with the University. He is a past member of the Board of Trustees, the Michigan Tech Fund Board of Trustees and Board of Directors, the Michigan Tech Entrepreneurial Support Corporation and the Civil and Environmental Engineering Professional Advisory Committee. He received the University’s Outstanding Service Award in 2011. 
Read the full news release

Pavlis Honors College Food Drive

The Pavlis Honors College is hosting a food drive. Bring your non-perishable food items to the M&M Building room 722.

Everything we collect will be donated to the Husky Food Access Network. We would like to invite students, faculty and staff to a popcorn social from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 2 in M&M 722.

We will be showing TEDTalk, “Ending World Hunger, One Grilled Cheese at a Time: Kristin Walter & Talis Apud-Hendricks.”

Bring a non-perishable food item and stay for popcorn and engaging conversation. Please donate what you can. Thank you for your support.

MTTI Driving Research Seminar Series

The MTTI Driving Research Seminar Series presents a talk by Mehdi Jafari (ECE), "Effect of the Real-World Driving Styles on EV Battery Performance and Aging." 

It will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. tomorrow (March 1), in the Harold Meese Center, room 109.

This work has been done under advice of Lucia Gauchia (ECE). All faculty, students and staff who are interested in driving research are welcome. Refreshments will be provided. 

Nominations for President's and Vice President's Award Closing on March 4

The deadline to nominate a student for the President's Award for Leadership and the Vice President for Student Affairs and Advancement Award for Service is 5 p.m. Friday, March 4. No late submissions will be accepted.

Nominees have until until noon on Friday, March 18 to turn in their supporting documents to Student Activities.

For more information visit the website or call Student Activities at 7-1963.


Flexible Spending Account Claims Deadline

The deadline for employees to submit claims against the 2015 Flexible Spending Account (FSA) is Thursday, March 31. Health care and dependent care claims during the 2015 calendar year are eligible. The claim form can be found at FSA claims.

All medical, dental and optical claims should be processed through your insurance plans before submitting them to your health care reimbursement account. Attach the Explanation of Benefits (EOB) or a claim summary from your insurance plan to the claim form when submitting a claim. 

For expenses not processed through insurance, submit the itemized receipt. Over the counter medications require a prescription from a health care provider. Dependent care claims require an invoice or receipt from the provider. 

For questions, contact Benefit Services at 7-2517 or benefits@mtu.edu.

University Senate to Meet Wednesday

The next meeting of the University Senate will take place at 5:30 Wednesday, March 2, in Dow 642.

View the agenda of the meeting (#575) here.

View the minutes of Meeting #574, here.

Senators are responsible for making their constituents aware of the agenda for this meeting. Senators who are unable to attend should arrange for their alternates to attend in their place.

Keweenaw Listening Society Presents: From King Crimson to the Mars Volta, Prog Rock and Modern Studiocraft

Keweenaw Listening Society is a semi-regular gathering centered around listening to and discussing some of the most interesting and important albums ever recorded. All Michigan Tech/VPA students, faculty, staff and their friends, families and their snacks are welcome to join us. Attendance is free, no RSVP needed.

Our next event is at 7:15 p.m. tomorrow (March 1) in Walker 210. 
We will be listening to legendary prog and hard rockers starting in the 70's and progressing through to today. We will listen to the entirety of Tool's "Aenima" and discuss its innovative production techniques.

Also join us at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 23 in Walker 210 for an evening focused on Native Tongues Hip-hop and its evolution into backpack rap and other genres. We will listen to Digable Planets' "Blowout Comb" in its entirety.

Finally this semester, join us at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 19 in Walker 210 for Detroit Techno, Krautrock and the Birth of EDM, where we will listen to Kraftwerk's "Trans-Europe Express" in its entirety.

Events typically last between two-and-a-half and three-and-a-half hours and always include a range of listening and discussion, including at least one full album.

All are welcome to attend (though keep in mind, not all material presented will be suitable for young children — these are typically events featuring adult content). If you can only attend part of the time slot, you are still welcome to join us when you are able. More information can be found on Facebook.

HuskiesFit Specialty Classes Starting Soon

The second spring session of classes in Aikido, African Dance and Belly Dance for Fitness are starting soon. Want to earn your Red Cross certification as a lifeguard or water safety training instructor? HuskiesFit is offering training courses for these areas too. Register now and take advantage of available savings options such as SDC member discounts and TechFit.

For more information, visit Michigan Tech Recreation. Commit to being HuskiesFit in 2016!

2016 Undergraduate Research Expo


The Pavlis Honors College would like to invite students, faculty and staff to the 2016 Undergraduate Research Expo from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, March 18 in the lobby of the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts.

The Expo will highlight the amazing cutting-edge research being conducted on Michigan Tech’s campus by some of our best and brightest undergraduate students. The students presenting represent a wide array of scientific and engineering disciplines from across campus and highlight the diversity of research areas being explored.

Phillips Nominated for 2016 Mike Richter Award

Michigan Tech senior goaltender Jamie Phillips(Caledonia, Ontario) is a nominee for the 2016 Mike Richter Award, it was announced today by Let's Play Hockey and the Herb Brooks Foundation.

Now in its third year, the Mike Richter Award annually recognizes the top goaltender in NCAA Division I men's ice hockey. The Award will be presented during the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four in Tampa, Florida.

Phillips, who was a finalist for the Mike Richter Award last year, leads the WCHA in wins (17) and minutes (1,771:03) while ranking third in goals against average (2.00) and fifth in save percentage (.921).

Since Jan. 1, Phillips has posted a 6-1-3 record and is first in the league in goals against average (1.56) and second in save percentage (.937). Additionally, Phillips set Tech's career shutout record this season and ranks second in program history with 51 wins.

Phillips and the No. 14 Huskies are in town this weekend (Feb. 26-27) to play Alaska in a huge WCHA series. Tickets to both games still remain and can be purchased at the SDC Ticket Office, online at BuyHuskiesTickets.com and over the phone at 7-2073.

For more information on Michigan Tech Athletics visit michigantechhuskies.com


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 starts today and runs 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.


Accessing and Analyzing Public Microdata Workshop with Katie Genadek

Katie Genadek, Research Scientist at the Minnesota Population Center, will present a workshop entitled "Accessing and Analyzing Public Microdata and the National Historical Geographic Information System" from 2 to 3 p.m. today (February 29) in Great Lakes Research Center room 202.

For more information about this workshop, see the original Tech Today story.


Geospatial Research Core Facility Open House

There will be a Geospatial Research Core Facility Open House at 3 p.m. today (February 29) in the lobby outside of GLRC 202.

Following Katie Genadek's workshop on microdata, join us for an open house of the Geospatial Research Core Facility housed in the Great Lakes Research Center. Come tour the facility, see some of the recent geospatial research projects in the facility and learn about the new resources available to assist you with your GIS research and data needs.


Staff Search Committee Certification
As announced in 2015, if you would like to serve as a member of a staff search committee, you will need to complete Staff Search Committee Certification training. The two-part certification covers best practices and legal aspects of conducting a dynamic search and successfully hiring the best candidate.

As of July 1, 2015, completion of this certification is required for all staff who will serve on a search committee, either as a member or as a chair.

For more information on search committees, see the original Tech Today article.

In the News

Wayne Pennington's panorama of the Menominee Crack, covered in a news story several weeks ago, is featured on the Earth Science Picture of the Day today (February 29).


Upper Michigan's Source covered the poster presentation by graduate researchers Thursday.

Props for Profs

This week’s Jackson CTL Props for Profs Winner is Paul van Susante, a senior lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Department.     

Paul received two anonymous nominations, both of whom emphasized his accessibility. Both talked about the way he set up extra study and help sessions, which were attended and appreciated not only by students in his own class, but other sections of the same course as well.  

The other nominator called him the “most caring professor I’ve met at Tech” and the “easiest person to approach” and emphasized the way he “takes pride in” his teaching and “cares deeply about the success of his students.”

Paul and his two nominators will each receive a $5 gift certificate to purchase a snack or drink at the Library Café or several other locations on campus.     

If you know a prof who has gone over and above, send some props today — and maybe you’ll be next week’s winner!

Job Posting

Job Posting for February 29

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

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

​Student Engagement Coordinator, Center for Diversity and Inclusion. ​Apply online.​

Visiting Assistant, Associate or Full Professor, Institute of Computing & Cybersystems, Institute of Computing & Cybersystems. ​Apply online.​  

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute of Computing & Cybersystems. 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.

IT Connect

Enabling 2-Step Verification

This is a reminder of the importance to take the right steps to secure your accounts. As a Google user, you can have the confidence that your account is safe and secure by simply turning on a feature called two-step verification.

Also known as two-factor authentication, it requires multiple factors to verify your account. In addition to the standard username/password authentication, a second step of passcode entry is required.

The passcode is sent via text message, voice call or by app, and it is an added layer of protection. Every new device requires the passcode for log-ins. As a result, even if a hacker obtains your username and password, your account will still be safe.

 We strongly encourage all users to enable this feature. For more detailed information on two-step verification, visit here. As always, if you have any questions, contact us at it-help@mtu.edu or call 7-1111.

Former Physics Department Master Machinist, Dave Cook, Passes Away

David H. Cook of Escanaba passed away on February 14 in Houghton. He was 72. Cook cut an unforgettable figure as the master machinist in the Department of Physics at Michigan Tech from 1995 to 2005.

He was a man both amiable and always open to new ideas. Some of his more notorious adventures included building a potato gun in accordance with the design by the freshman physics students. The gun was used in class to shoot potatoes across the Portage Canal to learn about propulsion and trajectories.

His pencil gun, which he designed and built, used a pencil as a bullet and was able to penetrate a block of wood several inches deep. The gun was used in classes to demonstrate energy and momentum transfer.

Cook was well known for keeping a "pet mongoose" in his lab, which he often used to test the fear factor of faculty, students and staff. In addition to designing and building scientific instruments, his duties also included research engineering, mechanical design, chemical hygiene and safety.

Many remarked that he had the ability to turn a subject as dry as safety into something fun and enjoyable. Cook actively participated in multiple high-profile research and educational outreach projects. He was deeply involved in "The Night Sky Live Project," the objective of which was to search the night sky for comets, meteors, stars and supernovas.

The "Rockets for Schools" program, which was immensely popular among high school students, became a reality largely due to his efforts. In the department, he was one of the greatest advocates for graduate students.

Faculty and students would bring him their ideas. Cook understood that the experimental nature of their work might require 25 tries to turn that idea into something precise and functional.

He was gifted in his ability to create experimental apparatuses that were so refined and essential that, while students may not always remember all the interesting information told to them by their professors, they were likely to remember the instruments that Cook designed and built.

Furthermore, even students who studied theoretical or computational physics for their graduate degrees wanted to take his course on the manufacture of precision instruments. His interest in others, his warmth, patience and sense of humor made him very approachable to the extent that many students sought his advice on home and car repair. He was not only their instructor and machinist, he was also a wonderful, resourceful friend.

Cook was also an outdoorsperson and artisan. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, woodcarving and gunsmithing. His absence will be felt for many years. A rich profile and the opportunity to express condolences may be found online