Suspect Arrested in Connection With Alleged Sexual Assault

A suspect has been apprehended by the Houghton Police Department in connection with an alleged sexual assault incident reported to Michigan Tech Public Safety and Police Services Friday afternoon.

The suspect, whose name has not been released pending arraignment, is being held in the Houghton County Jail. Since the incident occurred off campus, the investigation was turned over to the Houghton Police Department. Michigan Tech Public Safety and Police Services will continue to assist if requested.

On Friday afternoon, March 11,  Tech's Department of Public Safety and Police Services  received a report that a sexual assault occurred in the early morning hours of Saturday, March 5 at an off-campus residence.
A timely warning was issued to the Michigan Tech community, Friday afternoon as required by federal law.

Faculty Distinguished Service Award Deadline Extended

The deadline has been extended for nominations for the Faculty Distinguished Service Award.
The Faculty Distinguished Service Award committee is seeking nominations for an individual who has significantly improved campus and community life through their actions above and beyond their normal duties.   
Full details about the award, including the nomination procedure, may be found here.

The deadline for submission of nominations has been extended to Friday, March 18.

If you have questions, email Paul Charlesworth.

Live Chat with CAREER Award Winner Amy Marcarelli

The balance of nitrogen fixation and denitrification is not a perfect yin-yang. Unbalanced systems can lead to more than just August pond scum; excess nitrogen is the main driver of the world's dead zones at major river deltas.

Amy Marcarelli's (Bio Sci) research, funded by an NSF CAREER grant, dives into the unexplored side of nitrogen fixation in streams.

Her work could turn the current nitrogen cycle paradigm on its head. Join @AmyMarcarelli and @mturesearch for a live chat about her research from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 17.

Join the conversation #mtulive.

Next HuskyLEAD is Tomorrow

The next HuskyLEAD will be held at 6 p.m. tomorrow (March 15) in the Memorial Union Building Alumni Lounge. 
The title of the workshop is "The Importance of Being Inclusive:  What leaders need to know now and for the future." 
Raise your awareness and understanding of how to create and implement events that are welcoming and inclusive of our diverse community here at Michigan Tech and globally.  The presenter is Christa Spielman from the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.
HuskyLEAD is a series of workshops that are geared toward developing the leadership skills of Michigan Tech students. Faculty and staff are encouraged to pass this information along. Attendance is taken at the workshops and can be forwarded to faculty who assign them as a supplement to their curriculum. Questions, comments or suggestions about HuskyLEAD can be emailed to Maryann Wilcox in Student Activities or call 7-2402.

Spring Skating Show Saturday and Sunday

Michigan Tech's Learn to Skate Program along with the Copper Country Skating Academy present their annual spring skating show this weekend.

"Road Trip" will be performed at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 19 and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 20 at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena.

Many skaters with a Michigan Tech connection are featured, including students in the Michigan Tech Figure Skating Club, children of faculty and staff as well as faculty and staff from the University.

"Road Trip" will feature popular music about the places we visit, the journey along the way and music that makes a road trip fun.

It is guaranteed to be an entertaining show filled with jumps, spins, and lots of smiling skaters. Tickets are available from any CCSA member, at the door or in the MUB commons from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students or seniors. Children under 5 are admitted free.

Guest Speaker Luncheon: Project-Based Approach to Global Literacy

Richard Vaz, Dean of Interdisciplinary Studies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), will give a talk from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  March 24, (note start time).

Vaz will speak on WPI’s Global Projects Program for which undergraduates are required to complete projects, located at project centers across the globe, that emphasize real-world problem solving, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking.

The projects are organized and overseen by WPI faculty and typically respond to problems identified by local organizations. Vaz will also present findings regarding the long-term impacts of project work completed away from campus. Dr. Vaz's visit is co-sponsored by the Pavlis Honors College and the Provost's Office. 

Lunch will be provided to those who register by Monday, March 21Click here to register.


Assessment Workshop: Advancing Global Literacy at Michigan Tech

In this workshop, scheduled for 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 24, led by guest presenter Richard Vaz, Dean of Interdisciplinary Studies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), participants will explore approaches to achieving goals for global literacy.

Participants will start by identifying the global skills and abilities that we want students to be able to demonstrate and then consider different forms of evidence those skills and abilities might generate.

Next, they’ll identify examples of assignments and activities that will generate the desired evidence. Finally, they’ll explore how those assignments and activities can fit into the curriculum, and discuss how to support successful and sustainable implementation.  

Vaz's visit is co-sponsored by the Pavlis Honors College and the Provost's Office. Refreshments will be provided to those who register by Monday, March 21Click here to register.

Props for Profs

This week’s Jackson CTL Props for Profs Winner is Stephen Kampe,  professor and the department chair in Materials Sciences and Engineering.    

Kampe received two anonymous nominations, both of whom emphasized his fairness to all students and his support of career pursuits outside of the classroom. 

Both gave examples of how he raised awareness of internship and job opportunities during class, including handing out informational cards in anticipation of career day. 

The nominators also appreciated the clear structure of Kampe’s class, as well as an appropriate level of challenge.  One called his homework “challenging but not impossible”, and both praised his quick return of homework and response to student questions.

Kampe 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!

Hockey Huskies Sweep Alaska, Advance to WCHA Final Five

Five different players scored goals and 10 Huskies had at least one point as No. 13 Michigan Tech beat Alaska 5-3 to complete the two-game sweep in a WCHA first-round series Saturday at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena.

With the victory, the Huskies advance to next weekend's WCHA Final Five in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

"It was a hard-fought game," said head coach Mel Pearson. "Alaska played hard and when we got up 4-1 you thought it might be the game, but they hung in there. That being said, we found a way to win. We didn't give them much in the third period and I really liked how we played late in the game."

Alaska scored at 2:27 into the contest, but goals by Alex Petan and Reid Sturos 31 seconds apart midway through the opening frame gave Tech a 2-1 lead after 20.

The Huskies will play Ferris State Friday in the semifinals of the 2016 WCHA Final Five at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids. Ticket information can be found in the following article.

For the full story and to find out more about Husky Athletics, visit

Ticket Information for WCHA Final Five

The WCHA regular-season champion Michigan Tech Huskies are off to Grand Rapids, Mich., this weekend to play in the 2016 WCHA Final Five at Van Andel Arena.

The Huskies will take on Ferris State in a Friday semifinal. Official game times will be announced later today by the WCHA league office. The Huskies and the Bulldogs split their regular season series, with each team winning and losing a game at home and on the road.

Fans can purchase tickets in the designated Michigan Tech sections at Van Andel Arena through the SDC Ticket Office at or over the phone at 7-2073. All-tournament ticket packages are priced at $69 and include two tickets – one for Friday's semifinals (4:07 p.m. and 7:37 p.m.) and one for the Broadmoor Trophy championship game on Saturday (6:07 p.m.).

Those looking to attend the Final Five can also buy all-tournament packages and single-session tickets through the Van Andel Arena and DeVos Place box offices, official Ticketmaster ticket centers, over the phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at

Michigan Tech (23-8-5) is playing in the Final Five for the second straight year and third time since 2011-12. The Final Five champions will receive the prestigious Broadmoor Trophy and an automatic bid in the 2016 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey tournament. For player interviews and more visit,

Ski Teams Wrap Seasons at NCAA Championships

Michigan Tech wrapped up its 2015-16 Nordic skiing season at the NCAA Championships hosted by the University of Colorado. Kyle Hanson was the top Huskies finisher in 32nd place.

Hanson skied the men's 20-kilometer course in 54:04. Gaspard Cuenot, who was 12th in Thursday's (Mar. 10) freestyle race, and Didrik Fjeld Elset both had issues with skis and did not finish.

Andrea Lee flew from Colorado to Vancouver for an interview for graduate school in between Thursday's race and today's. She battled through the hectic schedule to place 37th in the women's race in a time of 1:03:55.

"Conditions were tough with the slushy snow, and it just wasn't a good day for the Huskies," said Tech coach Joe Haggenmiller. "Kyle and Andrea both skied hard and gave it their all.

"It's very tough to made it to NCAAs, and I applaud all four of our athletes for getting here."

Tech placed 17th at the NCAA championship, which combines men's and women's scores from both Alpine and Nordic skiing.

For more on Husky Athletics visit

ECE Seminar

The next Electrical and Computer Engineering Seminar will be from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday, March 18 in Dow 642. Jason E. Summers, chief scientist ARiA, Washington D.C./Culpepper Virginia, will present, "HAL Goes to Law School: Natural Language Question Answering About Government Rules and Regulations."

Summers is the chief scientist of ARiA, a research and
development firm he founded in 2010. He received the A.B. degree in Physics and Integrated Program in Humane
Studies from Kenyon College in 1998 and the M.S. in Physics and Ph.D. in Engineering Science (Acoustics) degrees
from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in 2000 and 2003, respectively.
Refreshments will be served.

ACS Student Research Symposium in Marquette Next Month

The 2016 American Chemical Society Student Research Symposium will take place at Northern Michigan University April 2. 

The symposium is dedicated to communicating the scientific research conducted in the Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin. Any students conducting research or interested in chemistry or sciences related to chemistry are encouraged to present or attend. The event is open to the general public. Details of the symposium are available here.

The keynote presenter is William Carroll, past ACS president and fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Carroll has chaired numerous committees for industry associations and served on expert groups commissioned by the United Nations Environment Programme and the U.S. Environmental Protections Agency (EPA). He holds two patents and more than 75 publications in the fields of organic electrochemistry, polymer chemistry, combustion chemistry, incinveration, plastics recycling and popular music history.

Reminders 3/14

ACSHF Forum Today

Senenge Andzege, instructional technology fellow of digital education and innovation in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Minnesota, will speak from 2 to 3 p.m. today (March 14), in the Harold Meese Center, room 109. The title of his presentation is "Taking Residence Online." Read the full Tech Today Article.


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. 

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.


Women in the IT Profession: Review of Research Findings/VWMLS Series

The School of Business and Economics welcomes Deborah Armstrong to campus. Armstrong an Associate Professor of Management Information Systems in the College of Business at Florida State University.

Everyone is invited to attend her presentation from 3 to 4:30 p.m. today, (March 14) in EERC 100. The title is "Women in the IT Profession: A Review of Research Findings."

Email Mari Buche if you would like to schedule a meeting with Deb while she is on campus.

This visit is being partially sponsored/funded by the Visiting Women & Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series (VWMLS) which is funded by a grant to Institutional Equity & Inclusion from the State of Michigan's King-Chavez-Parks Initiative.


Poster Design Workshop

Making a research poster for a conference or other event? The library's Poster Design Workshop covers basic tips and tricks for presenting your research and information in a visual format. We'll also look at resources and tools available at the library to help you design and print your poster.

Register for noon Tuesday, March 22 here. 


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.


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.


12th Annual ESC Student Research Forum

The Ecosystem Science Center presents the 12th Annual ESC Student Research Forum from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 16 in the atrium of the Noblet Building. 

Graduate and undergraduate Students will be presenting their ecological research work in a competitive poster session. All are welcome to come see the posters and be able to interact with the students and enjoy snacks provided by the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science.The posters will be left up for a few weeks for additional viewing.

The Odd numbered posters present from 3 to 4 p.m. and the even number present from 4 to 5 p.m. An award ceremony will follow with pizza.


Individual Retirement Counseling Sessions with TIAA-CREF and Fidelity

TIAA-CREF will be on campus on the following days:

  • April 26 and April 27 in MUB Ballroom B1 
  • April 28 in MUB Conference Room 106A. 
  • May 17- May 19 in MUB Conference Room 106A
To schedule an appointment call 800-732-8353.
Fidelity will be on campus the following days:
  • May 3 and May 4 in MUB Conference Room 106A. 
To schedule an appointment call 800-642-7131 or register online

In the News

Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) was interviewed by Nature News in an article about Open-hardware pioneers. 

Pearce's work in open source scientific hardware was discussed in an article "Open Source Hardware is an Opportunity for Synthetic Biology Research" published by PLOS.


Michigan Tech's Rail Transportation Program was featured in a profile on alumnus Tom Bartlett in the Career Corner feature on the Union Pacific website

IT Connect

Poster Printing

Michigan Tech IT offers large format poster printing (up to 42 inches wide) for academic use (e.g. senior design projects or professional presentations).

You can submit requests through the poster request form on our web site.

Requests need to be submitted three days in advance of the desired delivery date.

An IT staff member will keep you informed throughout the process.

If you have any questions about large format poster printing, please contact us at or call 7-1111.