Spring Break Alternatives

For many college students, Spring Break involves exotic beaches, rowdy parties and club-filled nights with several thousand brand new friends. For others, the perfect Spring Break involves sleeping till noon and binge-watching NetFlix.

But at Michigan Tech, many students crave a bit more adventure or gravitate toward activities seeking a higher purpose. For these students, Alternative Spring Breaks combine spending time away from campus with a little something extraordinary.

This year Tech’s Outdoor Adventure Programs (OAP) is offering two different “Adventure Spring Breaks:” Southbound Experience and Yosemite Valley Experience.

The majority of the Southbound Experience takes place in Orange Beach, Alabama. Orange Beach nestled between Gulf Shores, Alabama to the west and Perdido Key, Florida to the east, offers snorkeling in the Gulf of Mexico. In addition, the group will be go-karting, kayaking, spelunking, hiking and beach bumming. They’ll go on a sunset cruise and stop at Mammoth Cave and the Red River Gorge either on the way to or from Orange Beach.

Jared Johnson, assistant director of Student Activities, oversees OAP. He says the Adventure Spring Breaks offer an alternative to more traditional break options.

“We choose locations that aren’t your typical spring break locales, and then we set up a lot of activities and adventures.”

As the name implies, the Yosemite Valley Experience is focused on the California National Park. “They’ll set up their basecamp in Yosemite,” Johnson said. “And there’ll be some great adventures like hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, rock climbing and just soaking in the Yosemite Valley culture.”

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Weather Channel to Air KRC Winter Tire Testing Video Tomorrow

The first segment shot by The Weather Channel's co-anchor and meteorologist Jim Cantore at the Keweenaw Research Center test track last month is scheduled to air at 6:40 a.m. Friday, March 4.

TV schedules are always subject to last-minute change.

Consumer Products Day

Career Services has partnered with students from the Consumer Product Manufacturing Enterprise to create a new contest over the weekend from April 8-9.

Four companies have signed on to sponsor and provide product for this contest: The Dow Chemical Company, 3M, Kimberly-Clark, and Amway.

This high-energy event was inspired by Hackathon formats and the "Shark Tank" TV show.

Students are encouraged to form four to six person cross-functional teams.

They will be given a box of products on Friday night and have 24 hours to generate a "pitch" to our panel of judges on Saturday.

The winning team will earn $2400. Full details are available here

Library Wins Prestigious Award

Michigan Tech's Van Pelt and Opie Library has received the H.W. Wilson Award from the American Library Association. 

The award is given to the "library organization whose application demonstrates greatest merit for a program of staff development designed to further the goals and objectives of the library organization."

In making the announcement, the awards  jury unanimously believed that Tech's program is, "Empowering Library Staff to lead confidently and plan effectively."

The committee went on to say "the desire to embed the Lean culture into your organization, will provide an enriched learning environment by which staff will certainly prosper. It was also noted that your willingness to include other local libraries in your training exemplifies your dedication to library services within your entire community."

In addition to being named the sole winner, the library will receive a citation and $3,500. 

The proposals authors and leaders were Laurie Stark, departmental coordinator; Lindsay Hiltunen, senior archivist; and Jenn Sams, instruction and learning librarian and student engagement coordinator.
The library sends a special thanks to Ruth Archer for her continued support of the library's Lean knowledge and skills. 

Library Announces Spring Break Hours

The Van Pelt and Opie Library announces hours during spring break. The Van Pelt Library will be open:

  • March 5 - 6:  9 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
  • March 7-11: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • March 12: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • March 13: Regular hours resume.

The Opie Library will be open 24/7 during break. Enter through the west entrance with an active HuskyCard.

Spring Session Two: Youth HuskiesFit Programs Begin Soon

Several youth HuskiesFit Program classes will begin their second session within the next week. Sign your Little Husky up for one of the following today: Swimming, Aikido, Ballet 1-3, Creative Movement 1 and 2 and Tumbling.

Employees may use TechFit to pay for HuskiesFit Programs. For more information, visit Michigan Tech Recreation.

Huskies Welcome Northern Michigan to Houghton for Senior Night

The No. 13 ranked Michigan Tech Huskies renew their most heated rivalry this weekend with a home-and-home series against Northern Michigan. Both games will be televised live on TV6/FOX UP throughout the Upper Peninsula and northwest Wisconsin as part of the Tech/NMU Rivalry Series.

Tomorrow's game will mark the 139th all-time meeting between the Huskies and Wildcats in a series that dates back to the 1979-80 season.

Michigan Tech trails in the all-time series 55-69-14 but has compiled a 6-3-1 record over the last 10 confrontations between the two programs.

The Huskies and Northern split a series in October, with NMU winning 4-1 in Marquette before Tech answered with a 3-1 win the next night in Houghton.

In the nearly 40-year history of the rivalry, the Huskies are 30-29-8 at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena vs. NMU. 

The Huskies enter the final weekend of the regular season just two points behind WCHA-leading Minnesota State in the standings. Tech, which has already secured home-ice for the first round of the league playoffs next weekend, has a shot at claiming its first MacNaughton Cup since the mid-70s Saturday night in Marquette.

To read the full story and find out more about Michigan Tech Athletics go to michigantechhuskies.com.


Hockey Playoff Tickets Now On Sale

The nationally-ranked Michigan Tech hockey team will host a best-of-three WCHA first-round playoff series March 11-13 at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena.

Tickets to the series are on sale now. All three possible games are scheduled to begin at 7:07 p.m. 

Fans can purchase tickets at the SDC Ticket Office, online or over the phone at 7-2073. Reserved seats are $17 for adults and $10 for youth.

Michigan Tech Athletics is once again purchasing 500 tickets for Tech students. A request form is available by clicking here and the tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis until March 10 at Noon ET.

Students who would like a ticket must bring a valid Michigan Tech ID and the game ticket to the arena for admittance during the playoff series.

As always, a student shuttle will run between the dorms and the SDC beginning at 6 p.m. on game nights.

Find out more about Michigan Tech Athletics by visiting michigantechhuskies.com.


Geoseminar: William Houston

The next geoseminar featuring William Houston will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. tomorrow (March 4) in Dow 610. The presentation is "Elements of Exploration."

Success in oil and gas exploration hinges on four key elements:

  • Best practice data analysis
  • Scientific ingenuity
  • Application of advanced technologies
  • Systematic analysis of risk and uncertainty.

All of these elements are critical toward making sound commercial decisions in a high risk, high reward business environment. This presentation is designed as a primer for the investment community on the data sets and fundamental interpretations required for subsurface exploration, and a treatment of risk and uncertainty that can place bold scientific ideas into a commercial context.

Biological Sciences Seminar

Terry Hazen will present "Microbial Community Structure Predicts Groundwater and Marine Geochemistry" at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 16 in Rehki G09.

Hazen is the UT/ORNL Governor's Chair Professor at the University of Tennessee in the departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Microbiology and Earth and Planetary Sciences and the Biosciences Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. His research is focused on microbial ecology as it relates to bioenergy, bioremediation, climate change and environmental biotechnology. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has authored more than 300 scientific publications. He has 5 patents on bioremediation that have been licensed by more than 50 companies and are being used world-wide.

For more information, click here.

Information Session for BS in Engineering Management

Are you interested in learning about a great degree for those who have an interest in both the technical and business sides of a company? Information on primary or dual degrees will be presented from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 16 in the Academic Offices Building room 101.

Career opportunities and prospective industry information will be presented. This is one of the fastest growing majors in the School of Business and Economics. Come be a part of this trend. There is increased demand for graduates in this field. If you have any questions, contact Dana Johnson or Sara Pingel.


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. tonight (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.


This Weeks C-Cubed Menu

C-Cubed 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. 

Today, March 3

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

Tomorrow, 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.


Transportation Services System Outage 

Transportation Services' online transportation portal that allows customers to purchase permits, pay/appeal violations and update their vehicle information is currently down until 8 p.m. tonight (March 3) for required maintenance.

Customers can contact the Transportation Services office during normal business hours at 7-1441, Administration building room 100 or by emailing parking@mtu.edu for assistance.

Job Postings

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.

Dean, School of Business and Economics, School of Business and Economics. The review of application materials will begin April 29, 2016. Apply online.


Coordinator of Student Activities, Student Activities. ​Apply online.


Coordinator of Student Activities​/Summer Housing Programs, Student Activities/Housing. ​Apply online.​

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On the Road

Linda Ott (CS) is representing Michigan Tech at the state Aspirations in Computing Award ceremony this Saturday at Michigan State University.

Thirty-two female high school students from Michigan — who represent the state's upcoming technical talent among women computer science students — will be honored with an Aspirations in Computing Award. 

Michigan Tech, Michigan State and Oakland University are co-hosting the awards, sponsored by the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT). Winners receive engraved awards and opportunities for scholarships, internships, research experiences and other educational and employment opportunities provided by NCWIT member organizations.

Michigan Tech and Michigan State are partners in the NCWIT Pacesetters Program to attract young women into computing careers.

In the News

Associated Press (AP) wire service published a story about Tech alumnus and longtime supporter Dave Brule's $250.000 gift for electrical engineering scholarships. The story was picked up by newspapers all over the country, including the Times-Post of Pendleton, Indiana and The Herald in Rock Hill, South Carolina.