Our New Brand—What Now?

The new brand rollout will be an exciting and busy 18 months for Michigan Tech. University Marketing and Communications has created this outline of important dates to help you understand the process.

External-facing marketing will transition first, followed by internal-facing on-campus materials. The rollout will be complete in August 2017 when all departments, groups, and areas are using the new visual identity and message platform, and campus signage is complete.

Please continue using the current Michigan Tech logo. It is available for download here. Also, keep in mind this is not the Athletics spirit mark and is not to be used for athletics merchandise, events or news.

We appreciate your patience and support.

Spring and Summer 2016:

  • New logos, stationery, and other design assets become available for download

  • University Marketing and Communications brand launch team visits academic and administrative departments. We will discuss your needs, concerns, and priorities.  

  • New brand guide will be available

  • August 1, 2016—new visual identity on http://www.mtu.edu and social media

  • Please note: It may be possible to use the new logos on merchandise and apparel orders before the end of fiscal-year 2016, but please hold the items for distribution until August 2016.

Fall 2016:

  • Early adopters begin using new visual identity and message platform

January 2017:

  • All departments, groups, and areas begin using new visual identity and message platform

August 2017:

  • Academic departments have new materials and templates

  • Campus signage is complete

UMC is here to help you. Email brand@mtu.edu with any questions or concerns. We look forward to working with you.

Winter Weather is Still Here

We are open today and all University activities are as scheduled. However, Human Resources would like to remind everyone that during times when weather conditions deteriorate, each person within the University community must exercise personal judgment about their ability to get to or from campus.

Interruptions in work due to weather are 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.

Please exercise caution in adverse conditions. In the event the local public schools are closed, remember that Michigan Tech has a policy regarding Children in the Workplace.

March's First Friday Social at the Memorial Union

Faculty, staff, retirees and graduate students are invited to join the staff of Auxiliary Services for the March First Friday University Social from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, March 4 in the Memorial Union Ballroom B. Complimentary soda, beer and wine, along with a cash bar will be available. Chef Eric will work his magic and provide delicious food compliments of Catering Services. This event is part of Auxiliary Services Customer Appreciation Week.  

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 April 1 will be sponsored by Career Services in the Administration building. June is open so if you would like to sponsor a First Friday for this June, contact Brenda Randell.

Check the lineup of remaining First Friday Socials. If you are interested in possibly hosting a social next academic year, contact Brenda Randell to be added to the list.

This Weeks C-Cubed Menu

Join us for C-Cubed this week and bring a guest(s). Visitors are always welcome and encouraged to join us. This week we have enchiladas on Thursday and Newfoundland Cod Cakes on Friday.

The lunches are held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. Lunch is $10 (cash, credit and C-Cubed gift certificates accepted). Attendees may bring their own lunch instead of purchasing the buffet. Coffee, fruit-infused water, iced tea, cookies and fruit are available for all.

Thursday, March 3

  • Chicken Enchiladas (GF)
  • Veggie Enchiladas (VGF)
  • Butternut Squash Soup with Chipotle Cream (VGF)
  • Mexican Honey Dew Salad (VGF)

Friday, March 4

  • Newfoundland Cod Cakes (GF)
  • Vegan Cape Cakes (VGF)
  • Tartar Sauce
  • Boston Baked Beans (GF)
  • Parsley and Butter Red Potatoes (VGF)
  • East Coast Coleslaw (VGF)

Note: There will not be any C-Cubed lunches next week during Spring Break.

Family Science & Engineering Night at Houghton Elementary School Tonight

Houghton Elementary School will be a hopping place tonight as kindergarten through fifth grade students and their families come together to have fun doing hands-on science and engineering activities presented by Michigan Tech students. The event will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Each child and adult at Houghton Family Science & Engineering Night can attend two 40-minute hands-on activities.  The activities will address a variety of scientific concepts, ranging from which chewing gum is the best to observing characteristics of various rocks and minerals. Students will also be challenged to determine which clear liquid is water and to design a launcher.

“Family science nights provide an opportunity for children and parents to learn together in a relaxed and fun environment,” explains Shawn Oppliger, director of the Western UP Center for Science, Math and Environmental Education. “Parents play an essential role in the success of their children at school.  Parents who encourage the daily use of science and math concepts and skills, greatly enhance their child’s ability to grasp these challenging subject areas. Children are more likely to have a positive attitude about math and science if their parents do.

“The home-school connection is very important in education,” adds Oppliger.  “Family Science & Engineering nights promote that connection by bringing families together at school to learn in a fun and challenging way and reinforce classroom learning.”

 “The Michigan Tech students are providing a valuable community service by sharing their enthusiasm and expertise in science and engineering, ” explains Joan Chadde, director of the Center for Science and Environmental Outreach at Michigan Tech.  “A program of this magnitude would not be possible without the partnership of the Copper Country Intermediate School District and Western UP Center for Science, Math and Environmental Education.”

“Presenting at family science night is fun and exciting. It is completely different from anything I have done,” comments forestry major Mary Wachuta. “Kids remember stuff that's fun, so if they have fun doing science, they'll remember the lessons.”

Tonight's program is funded in part by the Houghton-Portage Twp. Schools.  The family night program is conducted by the Michigan Tech Center for Science and Environmental Outreach, in partnership with the Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Math and Environmental Education.  The Center will conduct 12 family science, engineering and forest nights during the 2015-16 school year.

Auxiliary Services Customer Appreciation Day

Auxiliary Services invites you to our annual Customer Appreciation Day which will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 8 in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

Cruise with us for Spring Break as we set sail to our island destination. Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon with games, prizes and yummy treats.

Great prizes will also be raffled off including gift certificates, rounds of golf, ski goggles, a Kindle and more.

The Campus Bookstore, University Images, dining services, The Memorial Union, Michigan Tech Ticketing, Mont Ripley, the Office of Continuous Improvement, Portage Lake Golf Course and Public Safety and Police Services would like to thank you for your patronage this past year.

Student "Works in Progress" in Rosza Gallery

"Come In, We're Open."
Student Works-in-Progress will be on display from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2 and Thursday, March 3 in Rosza Gallery B.

Join students from many different disciplines for a gallery reception of their art works-in-progress. This is a great opportunity to see creative work in process, and to visit with student artists to discuss their ideas.

Hockey Huskies Climb to No. 13

The Michigan Tech hockey team jumped one spot to No. 13 in both the USCHO.com and USA TODAY/USA Hockey Magazine polls after its two-game home sweep over Alaska last weekend.

The No. 13 ranking is the highest for the Huskies during the 2015-16 campaign and extends Tech's run of poll appearances to seven straight weeks. The Huskies are once again the highest-rated WCHA team in both polls with Minnesota State (No. 16, USCHO) the only other league program in the rankings.

Michigan Tech (19-8-5 overall; 16-7-3 WCHA), which sits just two points out of first place in the WCHA standings, closes out its regular season this weekend with a home-and-home series against Northern Michigan. Limited tickets to Friday's game in Houghton are still available and can be purchased at the SDC Ticket Office, online or over the phone at 7-2073.

Monroe Named Freshman of the Year.

Michigan Tech's Kyle Monroe (Green Bay, Wis./Ashwaubenon) has been named Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Freshman of the Year as the league announced its 2015-16 postseason awards. Tech's first GLIAC Freshman of the Year since Jason Marcotte (2001-02), Monroe also earned All-GLIAC Second Team honors.

Monroe led all GLIAC freshman and ranked sixth in the GLIAC in scoring in 2015-16 with an 18.7 average. He notched nine 20-point games this season as well as two 30-point outings while shooting 51.2 percent from the floor on the year. The 6-5 forward finished ninth in the league in rebounding at 6.9 per game and eighth in steals (1.4 per game). He was Tech's high scorer in 15 of 26 games and finished nearly halfway to 1,000 points (485) after his rookie campaign.

Monroe's 485 career points was the highest-scoring rookie campaign in Tech history and his per-game average of 18.7 was the second-highest—behind only Larry Grimes' average of 20.0 per game (480 in 24 games). Grimes (1968-72) holds the Michigan Tech record for career points at 2,360.

To find out more about Husky Athletics, visit michigantechhuskies.com.

Hockey Season Ticket Holder Appreciation Promo Extended Through Wednesday

The Michigan Tech Athletics Department is excited to announce an extension of its hockey season ticket holder appreciation promotion until 9 p.m. tomorrow, (March 2) at 9 p.m.

All fans with hockey season tickets can receive a free general admission ticket for Friday's (March 4) game against rival Northern Michigan by either visiting the Student Development Complex Ticket Office or by reserving a ticket by calling at 7-2073.

No. 14 Michigan Tech enters the weekend just two points out of first place in the WCHA and is looking to capture its first MacNaughton Cup since the mid-1970s. F

riday's game vs. Northern Michigan will be Senior Night and the annual Michigan Tech Grand Raffle winners will be announced during the contest.

To find out more about Husky Athletics, visit michigantechhuskies.com.

This Week in Husky Sports


Huskies Drive Time, 7:30-8 a.m. on Mix 93.5 FM
Women’s Basketball hosts Grand Valley State, 6 p.m. (GLIAC Tournament Quarterfinal) 


Hockey hosts Northern Michigan, 7:07 p.m. (Live TV, Fox UP; Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)


Men’s and Women’s Tennis vs. Belmont Abbey (at Hilton Head, S.C.)
Women’s Basketball at GLIAC Tournament Semifinal *  (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)
Hockey at Northern Michigan, 7:07 p.m. (Live TV, Fox UP; Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)


Nordic Skiing at U.S. Junior National Championship (at Cable, Wis.)
Women’s Basketball at GLIAC Tournament Championship * (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)

* With win in previous round

To find out more about Husky Athletics, visit michigantechhuskies.com.

Free Webinar - Academic Integrity and International Students

The free webinar, "Academic Integrity and International Students will be held at 1 p.m. today (March 1) in Admin. 404.

Colleges and universities across the US are recruiting and enrolling increasing numbers of international students. While recruiting efforts have been very successful, additional issues have arisen with the increase of international students on college campuses. One of the most significant is the surge in academic misconduct—cheating and plagiarism.

Researchers have identified numerous possible explanations such as the language barrier, cultural differences, lack of understanding around US expectations of academic integrity, and the enormous pressure from family and friends to be successful.

No matter what the reason, it is a significant problem that can quickly lead to academic disaster for some international students. Since many institutions of higher education are committed to increasing international student enrollment, they need to review policies and develop strategies to help non-domestic students better understand cheating and plagiarism in the US.

This webinar will discuss the importance of this critical issue and strategies to consider that support international students' understanding of cheating and plagiarism and how to help them on a road to academic success.

Gain insights on why international students are more likely to violate academic integrity standards Learn strategies for implementing inclusive and focused information on academic integrity Acquire knowledge about strategies other institutions have put into practice Leverage examples to improve student understanding of academic integrity


"The Hunting Ground" to be Shown Tonight

There will be a screening of the film "The Hunting Ground," at 6 p.m. tonight, (March 1), at the Portage Lake District Library. The film will be followed by a panel discussion at 7:45 p.m.

Produced by the directors of "The Invisible War," a documentary about sexual assault in the United States military, "The Hunting Ground" presents a startling expose of rape culture on U.S. campuses, institutional cover-ups and the brutal social toll on victims and their families. Weaving together actual footage and first-person testimonies, the film follows survivors as they pursue their education while fighting for justice. This film was shown at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and features the Academy Award-nominated song "Till It Happens to You."

The film will be followed by a question and answer discussion with panelists from the Michigan Technological University Department of Institutional Equity and Inclusion/Title IX, the Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter Home and Dial Help, Inc.

All library programs are free and everyone is invited. For more information please call the library at 482-4570 or send an email to info@pldl.org.


"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. today 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.


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 MTU/VPA students, faculty, staff and their friends, families and snacks are welcome to join us. Attendance is free, no RSVP needed. Our next event is at 7:15 p.m. today (March 1) in Walker 210. Read the original Tech Today article. More information can be found on Facebook.


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. today (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. 

In The News

Michigan Tech second-year chemical engineering student Adam Schmidt's dream of sled dog racing, was covered in his home town's Kaukauna Community News. 

In their regular feature "Where Are They Now" which follows Kaukauna alumni, the story of Schmidt preparing for the CopperDog 80 race was featured.  

In the News

MiTechNews.com, WLUC-TV 6 and WBUP-TV 10 covered the unveiling of Michigan Tech's new logo and brand.

You can see the MiTechNews.com story here


Gorman Appointed to EPA Subcommittee

Hugh Gorman, chair of the Department of Social Sciences, has been invited to serve a two-year term on the US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Science and Information Subcommittee (SIS) to the Great Lakes Advisory Board.

The SIS will assist the Board in providing ongoing advice on Great Lakes “adaptive management,” the process of learning from past decisions to make more effective future Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) decisions. Gorman is professor of environmental history and policy.


Tech's SWE Section Named Region's Section of the Year

The Michigan Tech Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Section attended the SWE Region H conference at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville on February 26-29.

Nineteen undergraduate students, three graduate students and one adviser (Gretchen Hein) participated in the conference sessions.

At the banquet, the section was awarded the Region H Outstanding Collegiate Section of the Year. The trip would not have been possible without the support from General Motors and the College of Engineering.