UP Health System Portage Donates $100,000 to Huskies

UP Health System - Portage is donating $100,000 to the Michigan Tech Athletic Department over a four-year span to enhance student-athlete health and wellness.

“Our partnership with Michigan Tech is so important in our mission of making our communities healthier,” said UPHS-Portage CEO Jeff Lang. “The Huskies are a top-tier athletic department in the country, and we love being able to support these student-athletes as they strive for success. This long-time partnership has been so important to both organizations and we truly value that relationship.”

UP Health System – Portage has worked closely with Michigan Tech to ensure medical and athletic training professionals are readily available to student-athletes for recognition, evaluation and immediate care of athletic injuries, rehabilitation, and post-injury reconditioning.

The teamwork of student-athletes, coaches, athletic trainers, and physicians has helped build Michigan Tech Athletics into one of the most respected programs in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association and Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

“We are thankful for our partnership with UP Health System – Portage and for this gift,” said Michigan Tech Athletic Director Suzanne Sanregret. “It will impact our 400-plus student-athletes with enhanced health and wellness services and help position them to compete at the highest level nationally.”

As both UP Health System – Portage and Michigan Tech continue to evolve, grow and strengthen their respective commitments to the Upper Peninsula region and the entire state of Michigan, new opportunities will abound to partner in efforts that, united, so steadfastly serve the area’s youth.

Graduate Students Win Poster Presentation Awards

Two graduate students in Michigan Tech's Biological Sciences Department received poster presentation awards at the Midwest Aquatic Plant Management Society conference Tuesday in Grand Rapids. 

Carmen Leguizamon (advised by Casey Huckins) received a second place award. Ryan Van Goethem (advised by Amy Marcarelli) received a third place award. 

International Dance Party

Join GSG and the Diversity Council for an International Dance Party! Learn dances from all over the globe from students at Michigan Tech.

Come socialize and celebrate the differences that make us unique at 7 p.m. Friday March 18 in MUB Ballroom B.

Everyone is welcome, no dance experience is necessary! Pizza and refreshments will be provided, make sure to bring a friend! The event flier can be seen here.

Research Award Nominations Due Today

The Vice President for Research Office reminds everyone that today is the last day for Bhakta Rath Award and the Michigan Tech Research Award nominations 

The Bhakta Rath Research Award offers an opportunity to promote and reward excellence in scientific and engineering research in the fields of physical and natural sciences and engineering. For complete submission guidelines, see Rath Research Award.

The Vice President for Research Office is also accepting nominations for the Michigan Tech Research Award, which offers an opportunity for an individual to be recognized for outstanding achievements in research.

For complete submission guidelines, see Michigan Tech Research Award.

Nominations should be submitted electronically in PDF format per the guidelines on the web pages no later than 4 p.m. today (March 10).

All nominations should be sent to Cathy Jenich.

Auxiliary Services Customer Appreciation Spring Break Winners

Congratulations to all the Auxiliary Services Customer Appreciation Spring Break winners.

Thank you to all of you who came out to join in on the festivities. This year's winners were:

  • Kindle—Joe Caron
  • Public Safety and Police Services Challenge Coin, Caribiner, SDC Day Pass and Mug—Julie Ross, Tom Merz
  • Lean Book: Mari Buche
  • 18 Holes of Golf, Free Bucket of Range Balls, and Golf Glove—Emily Walikainen
  • $25 Merchandising Gift Certificate—Lorrie Graff
  • Top Dog 10 Meal Plan—Tracy Wood
  • Snow Goggles—Mary Mongeau
  • Rachel Ray Picnic Bag—Kristi Tereshuk
  • Mont Ripley Pullover—Krystal Price
  • Athletic Event Tickets—Nathan Eilola, Andrew Parker, Erik Honkala
  • Portage Lake Golf Course Cart Rental for Nine Holes—Mary Peters, Susan Sergey, Patti Luokkanen
  • Portage Lake Golf Course Nine Holes of Golf—Nancy Byers-Sprague
  • Portage Lake Golf Course Large Bucket of Range Balls—Lori Carne, Sandy Houle, Jim Sertich, Karen Giddings, Aaron Chartier, Samantha Kerttu, Angie Hebert
  • SDC Single Day Admission Pass—Diane Benda, Jenn Biekkola, Liz Fujita, Mechelle Normand, Bonnie Helminen, JoAnn Dombrowski, Alan Ollanketo, Pam Washuleski
  • Cheese Board—Nan Baroni, Jillian Isaacson, Tori Connors, Rory Gronevelt, Karen Foltz, Gina Goudge, Nicholas Hendrickson, Rohonda McClellan, Lori Suino, Rich Elenich, Lisa Parisot
  • Tote Bag— Roxanne Barrette, Wayne Gaddis, Jeanne Watts, Joe Sever, Michelle Reed, Erika Erikkila Alex Normand, Karen Opplinger, Kari Bellin-Sloat, Kelly Kallio, Christine Klein, Ashley Servics
  • Aftermath Cafe - Free Beverage— Darlene Saari, Laurie Stark, Shelley Jeltema, Lani Junttonen, Amy Mensch, Patty Asselin, Kevin Johnson, Karen Maki, Nicole Rubino, Dianne Sprague
  • Coaches Corner - Free Drink—Chris Harry, Alexis Snell, Mark Provoast, Lorraine Thoune, Amanda Hoeper, Stacey Sedar, Darlene Persha, Amanda Rantala, Barbara Hendrickson, Sandy Kalcich
  • North Coast Grill & Deli Stir Fry: Jared Monticello, Jackie Ellenich, Mary Yeo
  • North Coast Grill & Deli Personal Pizza:—Jeff Lewin, Allison Longenecker, Jodie Filpus-Packola, Heidi Reid, Karen Lozano, Tanya Maki, Zoe Miller, Sara Pingel, Mary Stevens
  • Fusion - Free Smoothie—Dean Johnson, Ruth Archer, Amie Ledgerwood, Bruce Dickie, Mary Becia, Margaret Dunstan, Darlene Comfort, Rose Martell, Kailey Feuerstein, Kari Price
  • Library Cafe - Free Coffee Drink—Heidi Schaff, Cindy Asiala, Sally Bauer, Cheryl Walli, Karen Wade, Taana Kallianen, Arthur Lampinen, Janelle Datto, Allison Carter
  • Free Coffee—Judy Verran, Amy Olson, Duane Puuri, Scott Hall, Alyssa Taavola, Carol Wingerson

Prizes can be claimed in the Memorial Union Office, room 101. 

Tickets Remain to Watch Huskies Battle Alaska in WCHA Playoffs

Tickets still remain to watch No. 13 Michigan Tech take on Alaska in a best-of-three WCHA playoff series this weekend at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena.

Single-game tickets can be purchased at the SDC Ticket Office, online and over the phone at 7-2073.

Tech Athletes has purchased a block of tickets for Michigan Tech students. Those interested in attending the games can request tickets by completing the form.

Student seats are available on a first-come, first-serve basis until noon today (March 10).

To reserve a ticket, students must have a valid Michigan Tech ID. A shuttle from the dorms to the SDC will run each night during the weekend series beginning at 6 p.m. 

Fans in attendance this weekend will have an opportunity to get their picture taken with the MacNaughton Cup, which will be in the building for the duration of the series.

Additionally, a commemorative MacNaughton Cup champions rally towel will be given away to the first 3,500 fans at Saturday's contest.


Biological Sciences Seminar

Barton Wicksteed, PhD, The University of Chicago Department of Medicine, Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism will present "The Roles and Therapeutic Potential of Protein Kinase A in Metabolic Disease" at 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 15 in Rehki G06.

In the News

Michigan Tech hockey's share of the WCHA regular season title and with it the return of the MacNaughton Cup to Tech after 40 years was the subject of an article by the Detroit Free Press. Writer George Sipple's article was picked up by several other papers including the Elkhart Truth.


W. Charles Kerfoot (BioSci) is quoted in a Nature article on the National Science Foundation-funded Project Baseline and resurrection ecology. Nature is a premier international science journal. Kerfoot was a pioneer of the resurrection ecology movement. Read the article here.