Last Weekend of Season at Mont Ripley

It's the last weekend of the season at Mont Ripley.

And the recent snow should make it fabulous.

The last weekend will be capped off with our annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, March 19.

We've hidden eggs throughout the hill with thousands of dollars in prizes to give away. The hunt begins at 10 a.m.

In addition our annual Slush Pit begins at 1 p.m. with plenty of prizes as well.

To find our more and see the latest conditions, visit our web page.

Women's History Month Reading and Screening

The Humanities Department will sponsor two events in celebration of Women's History Month:

Feminists Reading Feminists: Selections from the work of feminist writers, 1-3 p.m. Monday, March 21 in the Petersen Library (3rd floor of Walker). 

A screening of She's Beautiful When She's Angry: An award-winning documentary about the feminist movement from 1966-1971 that highlights the women, issues and conflicts that remain our legacy and inspiration, 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 22 in Walker 134.

Top-seeded Tech Faces Ferris in Final Five

The top-seeded Michigan Tech Huskies take on Ferris State in the second semifinal at the 2016 WCHA Final Five with puck-drop scheduled for 7:37 p.m. tonight.

The Huskies are looking to advance to their second straight Broadmoor Trophy championship game after playing in last year's contest vs. Minnesota State at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.

Tech is appearing in its seventh WCHA Final Five and third of the Mel Pearson era. The Huskies have previously advanced to the event in 1993, 1994, 1996, 2007, 2012 and 2015.

Michigan Tech boasts nine WCHA playoff championships all-time, with the most recent coming in 1981.

Tonight's contest marks the 26th all-time meeting between the Huskies and Ferris State and fifth of 2015-16. Tech owns a 14-10-1 edge in the series and the teams are 2-2-0 this year after splitting at Ferris State and in Houghton.

Pearson has led the Huskies to back-to-back 20-win seasons, the first Michigan Tech coach to hit the 20-win mark in back-to-back years since John MacInnes. Pearson enters tonight with 95 career victories, good for second all-time among Tech head coaches.

To read the full story and find out more about Michigan Tech Athletics, visit

Final Five to be Aired Live on FOX Sports North

Michigan Tech hockey fans who won't be in Grand Rapids tonight can watch the Huskies live via several TV and streaming options.

FOX Sports North will broadcast all games of the 2016 WCHA Final Five. Tech's game tonight vs. Ferris State (7:37 p.m. puck-drop) can be seen on the Fox Sports North PLUS channel, as well as online at FOX Sports GO and

Tomorrow night's Broadmoor Trophy championship game will be shown on FOX Sports North at 6 p.m. ET.

Complete viewing information is below:

Friday – Michigan Tech vs. Ferris State (7:37 p.m. ET)


  • FOX Sports North PLUS
  • FOX Sports Detroit PLUS
  • FOX Sports Wisconsin Alternate Channel
  • FOX College Sports Atlantic
  • FOX Sports GO (Online Stream)
  • (Online Stream) 

Saturday – Broadmoor Trophy Championship Game (6:07 p.m. ET)


  • FOX Sports North
  • FOX Sports Wisconsin Alternate Channel
  • FOX College Sports Atlantic
  • FOX Sports GO (Online Stream)
  • (Online Stream)


  • FOX Sports Detroit PLUS (10 p.m. ET)
  • SportsTime Ohio (Sunday, 12 p.m. ET)


Undergraduate Research Expo is Today
Dozens of undergraduate researchers will share their work with students, faculty and the community during the Undergraduate Research Expo, from 3 to 5 p.m. today (March 18) in the 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. 


Mexican Cuisine at Today's Khana Khazana

Mexican food is on the menu at today's Khana Khazana in the Memorial Union Food Court, serving from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 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.


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.


Today's C-Cubed Menu

  • Open-face Tuna and Apple Melts with Smoked Gouda Cheese Sauce 
  • Roasted Broccoli Grilled Cheese Sandwiches (V) 
    *gluten free bread available
  • Leek and Cannellini Bean Soup with a Cracker Assortment (VGF)
  • Austrian Style Potato Salad (VGF) 
  • Overnight Pickles (VGF)


PHFoundation Endowed Professorship Candidate Seminar

Megan Frost (Bio Med), is a candidate for the Portage Health Foundation Endowed Professorship in Technological Innovations in Health. Frost will present a lecture on "The Development of Self-Sterilizing Polymers and Their Application to Medical Devices" from 11 a.m. to noon today (March 18) in Rekhi Hall G006. This presentation will be recorded and available for viewing at a later date.

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 present "Association Between Sleep and Cardiometabolic Disease Risk" from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday, March 21 in Rekhi Hall G009.


Deadline for Teaching Awards Comments is Today

The William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning seeks input for its annual Distinguished Teaching Awards, which recognize outstanding contribution to the instructional mission of the University.

Comments for the Distinguished Teaching Award finalists are due today and can be made online
To view a list of this year's finalists, read the original Tech Today story.


KIP Seminar

Join us from 3 to 4 p.m. today (March 18) in the ATDC room 101 for the next KIP seminar. 

Morris Levy, associate professor in the Department of Applied Human Sciences at the University of Minnesota Duluth, will present "Effect of Mountain Bike Wheel Size and Configuration on Kinetic and Kinematic Variables." Visit the KIP Seminar Series webpage for a presentation abstract and biography.


Film Board Presents "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi"

Film Board Presents "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi."

Today, March 18 — 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Tomorrow, March 19 — 2:30, 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 20 — 2:30, 5:30 p.m.

This movie is rated R. Located in Fisher 135. Tickets are $3, concessions are $1 each.


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. today.


Michigan Tech Sugarbush Boiling in Alberta

The Michigan Tech Sugarbush will have its first sap boils tomorrow (March 19) and next Saturday (March 26). The boils will take place all day at the Forestry Center in Alberta.


Music for a Sacred Space, Sunday

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.  Free will donations in any amount are welcomed.  


World Water Day Observations

 Michigan Tech has several events planned to celebrate World Water Day. The 2016 World Water Day program at Michigan Tech will examine several aspects of the United Nations-selected theme "Water & Jobs." The keynote speaker will be John Austin, director of the Economic Center at Prima Civitas Foundation, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute, president of Michigan's State Board of Education and a lecturer at the University of Michigan. Austin will speak on water and jobs in the regional context at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 22 with a seminar, “Water is our Past- Water is our Future—A New Blue Economy."

To find out more about the World Water Day observances read the original Tech Today story.

New Funding

Joseph Bump (SFRES/ESC) is the principal Investigator on a project that was awarded a $234,698 research grant from the National Science Foundation. The preliminary proposal is "Predator Control of Carrion Resources and Associated Ecological Heterogeneity."


On the Road

Catherine Burns, Manager of Staff Employment, Renee Hiller director of human resources, Ellen Horsch, vice president for administration and Ginger Sleeman, manager of benefits will attend the Midwest Region College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) Conference in Chicago.

They will present an educational session to other higher ed professionals titled “Passing on 25 Plus Years of HR Experience to the Next Generation.”

CUPA-HR serves higher education and provides knowledge, resources, advocacy and connections to help college and university HR departments achieve organizational and workforce excellence.

Job Postings

Staff and faculty job description are available in the Human Resources Department. For more information regarding staff positions call 7-2280 or email For more information regarding faculty positions contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

 IT Support Coordinator, Information Technology, Apply online.


Food Service Utility #16042RP, ​Dining Services. ​AFSCME Internal Posting 3/18/16 - 3/24/16. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. ​Apply online.​

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Education Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

In Print

Professor Iosif Pinelis (Math) published a paper, "Unimodality of Certain Parametric Integrals," in Mathematical Inequalities & Applications, Vol. 19, No. 1 (2016) 381--384; the abstract of the paper is available online.

In the News

KDLH-TV in Duluth, Minnesota, reported on the University of Minnesota-Duluth's win for best engine design in the Clean Snowmobile Challenge hosted last week by Michigan Tech. See  here.


The Detroit Free Press reported on the National Park Service's decision to limit a study on the future of Isle Royale National Park to the question of whether to reintroduce wolves, whose population has dipped extremely low. The article quoted Michigan Tech researchers concerns that the wolves will die out while the Park Service is conducting its study. See the article here.

Continuous Improvement Connection

This week in the Continuous Improvement Connection, we would like to share a success story from a campus improvement event. Payroll Services held a small kaizen event in an effort to reduce errors related to manual time sheet entries. The team leader, Office Assistant Joel Liimatainen, recognized consistent errors in the entries of manual time sheets and contacted the Office of Continuous Improvement for help in organizing a Kaizen event to tackle this problem.

The Kaizen team consisted of Mark Randell and Brenda Randell (facilitators), Nathan Hood (process improvement coordinator), Liimatainen (team leader) and Charlene Page (customer/time keeper).

Using a "5 Why's" analysis, we were able to drill down to the root cause of each error and organize them into two categories for improvement: timekeeper training and time sheet modifications. From that analysis, we were able to simplify the existing time sheet as well as develop guidelines for timekeeper training in the future.

This event represented the true essence of Kaizen; working together proactively to achieve regular, incremental improvements. If you're interested in learning more about what's going on with continuous improvement on campus, check out our What's Happening page or the Continuous Improvement blog.

CTL Tip of the Week

Enable, Create, and Edit Letter Grading Schemes in Canvas

Canvas uses Letter Grade Schemes to associate letter grades with a certain percentage range, and those ranges can be chosen and managed by instructors. If you haven’t made any changes yet, your Canvas courses will have a Default Final Column Grade Scheme enabled to work with the Total Column in your gradebook. This is known as the course grading scheme.

The Default Final Column Grade Scheme is also attached to the “Final (Course Grade)” Assignment and gradebook column.

You can find out how to enable or not enable a course grading scheme on the page linked below, so you can choose whether or not your Total column also displays letter grades along with percentages. You can also find out how to hide or reveal the Total column from your students there. You may want to be able to use your own grading scheme, instead of the default one, as a course grading scheme, with various grade columns and assignments, or with the Final (Course Grade) Assignment and gradebook column. For more information and directions, refer to our Enable, Create, and Edit Letter Grading Schemes in Canvas page to access an eLearning screencast, Instructure Guides, and more.

The CTL Tip of the Week is brought to you by the Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). For more general information or help with Canvas at Michigan Tech, be sure to visit Canvas One Stop.