Michigan Tech Athletics Reveals New Visual Identity

After more than a year of research and input from Michigan Tech student-athletes, staff, alumni and friends, the University revealed a new visual identity to represent its 14 varsity athletic programs.

New spirit marks convey the qualities for which the Huskies stand — excellence, integrity, loyalty, passion, teamwork and tradition.

The new set of spirit marks includes a new dog head, type treatment and two levels of marks. It also includes a subtle update to the long-standing Huskies script, which stands the test of time.

"Feedback from our key stakeholders was the driving force behind this evolution," said Michigan Tech Athletic Director Suzanne Sanregret. "Our student-athletes, fans and coaches—the people who wear our apparel and represent our teams in competition—shaped and approved our new visual identity. We want to show pride in who we are and where we're from while recognizing the great traditions of our programs."

To learn more and view the various logo treatments read the full story.
Learn more about Michigan Tech Athletics at michigantechhuskies.com.

Departmental Computer Purchase

Information Technology is coordinating a campus-wide PC workstation purchase. During March, we are helping departments evaluate their inventory and determine if replacements are needed.
We will be working with an external vendor to get the lowest possible price. For departments who wish to purchase the equipment during the next fiscal year (after July 1, 2016), we hope to extend the vendor’s pricing into October.
Note: This is for replacing existing equipment—IT will work separately with departments on new faculty hires.

If you wish to have a departmental inventory done or have questions about which computers should be replaced, contact us at it-help@mtu.edu or 7-1111.

ESC 12th annual Student Research Forum Today

The Ecosystem Science Center invites you to the poster presentations of both graduate and undergraduate work on issues relating to ecology and ecosystems. The students will present their posters from 3 to 5 p.m. today (March 16) in the atrium of the Forestry Building. There will be pizza and an award ceremony following.

Last Day to Drop Classes is March 25

The last day to drop full term spring semester classes is 5 p.m. on Friday, March 25. All drops must be done in the Registrar’s Office, Administration and Student Services Building, Room 130. The last day to drop track B classes with a "W" grade is Friday, April 8.

According to the University policy on late drops: “After the tenth week of the semester, a student may request a late drop from the Dean of Student’s Office, which will consider those requests that involve circumstances beyond the student’s control.”

Extenuating circumstances may include (but are not limited to) prolonged illness, serious accidents and death in the immediate family or of a close friend.

All requests must be made in writing. Instructions for late drops are available in the Dean of Students Office. No late drops will be granted to avoid poor grades.

Graduate students may request a late drop from the Graduate School, instructions are available online.

Preview Day is Saturday

Preview Day is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday (March 19). The annual spring event is specifically designed to help accepted undergraduate students with their final college decision, as well as answer burning questions students and family members have as the national deadline to select a college approaches.

This year, a record number of students—407 from 13 states—have registered. They will bring with them 719 family members, for a total of 1126 guests on campus for the day.

Registration continues this week and walk-in guests are expected. Many visitors will arrive on Friday afternoon to check in early for Preview Day and attend an optional campus tour.

Questions before the big day? Contact the admissions staff at 7-2335 or mtu4u@mtu.edu. Find out more and view a complete schedule at the Admissions website.

Judges Needed for Design Expo

Judges are needed for the 2016 Design Expo from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 14 in the MUB Ballroom. Now in its 16th year, Design Expo is a showcase of senior design and Enterprise student projects.

Judges are needed for the event. Faculty and staff interested in judging may RSVP online or email Rick Berkey.

Design Expo is hosted by the Pavlis Honors College and the College of Engineering. Any questions? Contact Amy Karagiannakis in the Pavlis Honors College.

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. tomorrow (March 17) by joining the conversation #mtulive.

Dress for Success Sale

The Campus Bookstore is having a sale.

All women's" Dress for Success" apparel is now 50 percent off.

All blouses, sweaters, blazers, slacks, skirts and coats along with men's sport coats, coats, slacks and ties are 50 percent off.

Peace Corps Information Session

A Peace Corps Information Session will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 24 in Fisher 125 by Peace Corps Recruiter Brett Heimann

Information will also be included on how you can combine Peace Corps service with a master's degree through Michigan Tech's Ten Peace Corps Master's International Programs.  All are welcome.


Volunteers Needed for Engineering Olympics

The Center for Pre-College Outreach and Engineering Fundamentals are seeking volunteers to help with the annual Engineering Olympics competition.
High school students will be coming to the SDC Wood Gym to compete in several in-depth problem-solving activities. Volunteers are needed to assist with scoring the events, as well as facilitating on-site challenges and discussions with groups of students.
Engineering Olympics will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23rd.
Any amount of time is appreciated. Those interested should contact Liz Fujita by Friday, March 18.

Campus Communicators to Meet Tomorrow

Campus Communicators will meet from 10 to 11 a.m. tomorrow (March 17) in MUB B001.

Faculty, staff and students are welcome. We'll talk about digital spring cleaning, like deleting stagnant social media pages and inventorying inactive websites.

Plus, learn about our new research blog, Unscripted, and peek at our the not-yet-live digital research magazine.

Contact UMC Editorial Director Scott Balyo with questions.

Music for a Sacred Space

Join the choirs of Michigan Tech as they present a concert to benefit the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. 

"Music for a Sacred Space," will take place at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 20 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Lake Linden.

The concert will feature the Michigan Tech Concert Choir and conScience, the Michigan Tech Chamber Singers performing sacred choral music performed in its natural habitat, the local treasure that is the magnificent space of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

The repertoire will range from “I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes” by John Rutter, to “Unclouded Day” arranged by Shawn Kirchner.  Free will donations in any amount are welcomed.  

ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker

The next ME-EM Graduate Seminar speaker will be at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 17 in EERC 103.

Amanda D. Hanford, will present "Fluid and Structure Interaction Research at the Applied Research Laboratory at Penn State."

Hanford is currently a research associate and department head of the Marine and Physical Acoustics Department in the Fluids, Structural Mechanics and Acoustics Office at the Applied Research Laboratory at Penn State.

Hanford's current research interests include nonlinear propagation modeling, atmospheric acoustics, acoustic metamaterials and computational methods in fluid dynamics and acoustics.

Celebrate Spring This Weekend with Recreation

Michigan Tech Recreation has several events to help you celebrate spring this weekend:

  • Saturday and Sunday, take in the Spring Ice Show, "Road Trip," featuring skaters from the Copper Country Skating Academy and Michigan Tech Learn to Skate program
  • Join Youth Dance this Sunday, March 19, for arts and crafts, an Easter egg hunt and fun dance-related games at the Spring Youth Dance Party
  • Michigan Tech's Track and Field team and coaches host a Track and Field Technique Clinic for boys and girls grades 7-12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the SDC Multipurpose Gym
  • Celebrate the transition from winter to spring at the Spring Equinox Yoga Workshop from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday in the SDC Studio.

For more information on these and other upcoming events, visit Michigan Tech Recreation.

Mexican Cuisine at Khana Khazana

Mexican food is on the menu at Friday's Khana Khazana in the Memorial Union Food Court. The menu includes:

  • Poblanos Rellenos De Queso—Poblano chile peppers stuffed with cheese
  • Arroz Rojo (Red Rice)— Rice, tomato, onions and spices
  • Arroz Con Leche Cremsos (Creamy Rice Pudding)—Rice, milk, sugar, cinnamon and butter and Lemon peel

The cost for the full meal is $7.25 and includes a fountain drink. Visit the Khana Khazana Facebook page.

Undergraduate Research Expo is Friday

Dozens of undergraduate researchers will share their work with students, faculty and the community during the Undergraduate Research Expo.

The event will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, March 18, in the north side lobby of the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts. 

41 researchers and scholars from all departments, schools and programs will have poster presentations highlighting their findings. In addition the students themselves will be on hand to answer any questions. 

Fan Bus to Final Five

A Michigan Tech fan bus will be making the trip to the WCHA Final Five this weekend from the SDC in Houghton and fans of all ages are invited to sign up.

Space is limited to 56 passengers and seats are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Cost for the round-trip bus ticket is $65.

The bus is scheduled to leave the SDC on Friday (March 18) at 6 a.m. and will return to Houghton Saturday following the Broadmoor Trophy championship game at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids. Tickets for the bus can be reserved by emailing Joel Isaacson or call 7-1915.

Tickets to the Final Five games are available at the SDC Ticket Office (click here to buy online). All-tournament passes, which include tickets to all three games, are $69.

Hotel accommodations are available at the Hampton Inn and Suites Grand Rapids Airport under the "MI Tech Final 5" listing. Rates start at $105 (plus tax) and can also be booked over the phone at 616-575-9144 or online here.

Food and beverages for the trip are not included in the price of the bus ticket.

The Michigan Tech Alumni Association is hosting a pregame gathering Friday at the B.O.B. (restaurant and brewery) in Grand Rapids.

The social will begin at 6 p.m. and all fans are welcome to join in the celebration prior to Tech's semifinal matchup with Ferris State. For more information on the pregame event, email Kay Larson.


GradSWE Workshop Developing Confident Leadership Skills

Join the Graduate Society of Women Engineers (GradSWE) at 6 p.m. tomorrow (March 17) in Chem Sci 215 for a professional development workshop,"Developing Confident Leadership Skills", led by Ruth Archer.

Archer is the Manager of Process Improvement at Michigan Tech and the president of the Superior Leadership Institute. The workshop will help improve your leadership skills and confidence as you take on these roles in the future.

For more information on GradSWE, visit our website. To join our mailing list, email gradsweadmin@mtu.edu.

Social Sciences Brownbag Friday

There will be a Social Sciences Brown Bag at noon Friday, March 18 in AOB 201.

PhD candidate John Baeten will present, "Ghost Plants, Latent Waste, and Forgotten Landscapes: The Legacies of Iron Mining in the Lake Superior District."

This presentation explores the intersection between mining technology, industrial heritage and environmental history, using iron mining in the Lake Superior District as its core case study.

What impact did shifts in iron mining and ore processing have on the environment of the Lake Superior basin? How did the environmental changes from mining and ore processing affect different communities, particularly those that were displaced or consumed by expanding pits in the Mesabi Range?

And finally, how have the technological shifts in mining been remembered and memorialized, and why should we care?

PHFoundation Endowed Professorship Candidate Seminar

Kristen Knutson from the department of medicine, section of pulmonary/critical care at University of Chicago is a candidate for a Portage Health Foundation Endowed Professorship in Preventive and Community Health. She will  be presenting "Association Between Sleep and Cardiometabolic Disease Risk" from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday, March 21 in Rekhi Hall G009.

Obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease have all been linked to characteristics of sleep, including duration, quality and timing. The goal of this presentation will be to review the associations between sleep and risk of cardiometabolic diseases. Furthermore, socioeconomic and racial/ethnic disparities in cardiometabolic disease are well-known. This presentation will also discuss whether sleep may mediate these health disparities. Understanding novel risk factors for cardiometabolic diseases could help lead to the development of innovative intervention strategies to reduce chronic disease risk and improve community health.

Refreshments will be served.

Biological Sciences Seminar

Sarah Green, professor in the department of chemistry at Michigan Tech, will present "Climate Policy: Past to Paris" from 4 to 5 p.m. Friday, March 18 in Dow 641. 

Climate science does not translate directly into political action to curb climate change. This talk will provide an overview of the interacting timelines of climate science and policy from the origins of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change to the outcomes in Paris. Many public groups have participated in the debate, including some who deny that humans are changing the climate. An understanding of the consensus scientific view and how it is established is critical for public support of climate action.

Click here for more information.

Sexual Violence Prevention Workshop

The Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence (MCEDSV) is visiting Michigan Tech's campus to present a day of training from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 7. This coincides with the Week of Action for the "It's On Us" national awareness campaign and Sexual Violence Prevention Month.

If you would like to join us, register here. Registration is required to attend the workshop. The deadline date to register is Friday, April 1.

Workshop topics that will be covered are related to Michigan Tech's ongoing campus sexual assault prevention efforts including Working with International Students, Engaging Boys and Men, Campus Communities and Inclusive Social Change and Bystander Engagement. This event is open to staff, students, faculty and community partners.

If you have any questions, contact Beth Lunde at titleix@mtu.edu or call 7-3310.

Funding for this training is provided by the State of Michigan/Michigan Department of State Police Grants and Community Services Department: Campus Sexual Assault Grant Program


Biological Sciences Seminar

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


Biological Sciences Seminar

Xiaohu Tang (Bio Sci) will present "Sulfur-Containing Amino Acids as Determinant of Epigenetic States and Cell Fate" at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow, (March 17) in MEEM 402


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. today (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.


Nominations Sought for Michigan Tech Diversity Award

The Michigan Tech Diversity Award recognizes the accomplishments of a faculty or staff member who contributes to diversity and inclusion through exemplary leadership and actions.

Recipients will demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion through recruitment and retention efforts, teaching, research, multicultural programming, cultural competency, community outreach activities or other initiatives.

For more information on the Michigan Tech Diversity Award, see the original Tech Today article.


Tickets Available for Spring Skating Show

Michigan Tech's Learn to Skate Program along with the Copper Country Skating Academy present their annual spring skating show at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 19 and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 20 at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena.

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.


In Print

Professor Iosif Pinelis (Math) published the paper, "Optimal binomial, Poisson and normal left-tail domination for sums of nonnegative random variables", in the Electronic Journal of Probability 2016, Vol. 21, paper no. 20, 1-19. 

Job Posting

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in Human Resources or at. 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.

​Building Mechanic II, SDC Building Operations. ​AFSCME Internal Posting 3/16/16 - 3/22/16. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. ​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.

In the News

Michigan Tech, the A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum and the Tech Trails were featured in the March/April edition of AAALiving magazine. 

In a feature entitled "School Days, Get the most of Michigan's top universities—without cracking open a textbook," museums, performances and outdoor activities of Michigan Tech, Michigan State and the University of Michigan are listed. 

The magazine highlighted the Mineral Museum with "some of the world's finest mineral collections, including Keweenaw copper, Lake Superior iron and fluorescent mineral specimens."

Under "Outdoor Diversions," the magazine says "More than 500 acres of trails adjoin Michigan Tech's Campus. Ski the trails if the snow is still thick; hike and mountain bike when it melts."


Railway Track and Structures Online and the Daily Oil Bulletin reported on a study showing that a rail line from Alberta, Canada to Alaska is feasible. The Michigan Tech Research Institute participated in the study. See more about the study here.