Tech Theatre Presents Shakespeare's "The Winter's Tale"

The Tech Theatre Company presents "The Winter's Tale" by William Shakespeare this week. 

One of the Bard's later plays, it is a comedy which also provides intense psychological drama. "The Winter's Tale" follows the story of two kings, childhood friends Leontes and Polixenes. The plot involves jealous rages, seeming betrayals, accusations of infidelity and Leonte's refusal to accept his wife's child as his own. Eventually, love reunites the characters in the end and all are redeemed.

"The Winter's Tale" will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, with a 2 p.m. Sunday Matinee at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets are $15 for adults, $6 for youth and Michigan Tech Students are free with the Experience Tech Fee.

Library Friends Blankets, Notecards Make Great Graduation Gifts

For departments looking for gifts for their graduates, donors or significant visitors, look no further than the beautiful Friends of the Michigan Tech Library blanket. Or, for those thank you notes, consider the Library Archives notecards. Both are available to be ordered online at the Friends of the Michigan Tech Library website.

The blanket is just $65 and is 100 percent cotton; the notecards are $12/box and feature historic scenes from the Keweenaw. We can have them delivered to your office and we can bill to your P.O. Your purchase supports the Michigan Tech Library.

Friends Annual Used Book Sale April 8 and 9

The Friends Annual Used Book Sale is Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9 in the Opie Reading room in the Michigan Tech Library on Michigan Tech's campus.

As a member of the Friends, during the Friday evening pre-sale, you will enjoy early shopping, easy and free parking and the best selection on books from 5 to 7 p.m. You can renew your membership or purchase a new one at the door on the day of the sale.

On Saturday, the sale continues at 10 a.m. with a new selection of withdrawn books from the Van Pelt and Opie Library, and ends with the bag sale from 3 to 4 p.m.

The book sale uses standardized pricing for the majority of books, with hardback books priced at $2 and quality paperback books for $1. Mass market paperbacks (the ones that fit in your back pocket) are a bargain at 25 cents. Antique or special sets are priced separately.

It is not too late to still donate. To find out how to donate and what is and is not accepted, visit here.

This Week's C-Cubed Menu

C-Cubed lunches are held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited. Below is this week's C-Cubed menu:

Thursday, April 7

  • Rosemary Grilled Chicken Thighs (GF)
  • Lemon Rosemary Grilled Tofu (VGF)
  • Roasted Red Potatoes with Fresh Herbs (VGF)
  • Salad Bar with Mixed Greens, Diced Tomatillos,Red Onions, Cucumbers, Red Cabbage, Pomegranate Dressing and Apple Dressing

Friday, April 8

  • BBQ Ribs (GF)
  • Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese (VGF)
  • Bloody Mary Tomato Salad (VGF)
  • Parmesan Bread Sticks (V)

Lunch is $10 (cash, credit cards and C-Cubed gift certificates accepted); attendees may bring their own lunch instead of purchasing the buffet. Coffee, tea, fruit-infused water, cookies and fruit are available for all.

Celebration to Honor Colleen Mouw

There will be a celebration for Colleen Mouw (GMES) in honor of her receiving the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.
In February in was announced that Mouw had been named one of 106 researchers to receive the high honor. 
The celebration will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 8 in the second floor atrium of the GLRC. There will be some oceanographic and limnological snacks, and some geologically-oriented beverages. Everyone is welcome.
Mouw's family will be present, so feel free to bring your own.  This event will be open to the entire University community, and we have tentative confirmation of attendance by Pres. Mroz, Provost Huntoon, Dean Pennington and others. 
Read the Tech Today story announcing Mouw's award.


After School Science Classes Start Thursday

The next session of After School Sciences begins Thursday. The six-class sessions will meet from 4 to 5:30 Thursdays beginning April 7 and running through May 12, at the Great Lakes Research Center.

These hands-on explorations are taught by Michigan Tech Center for Science & Environmental Outreach education specialist, Marcy Erickson.

Physics of Motion (grades 2-5)

Explore motion in our world through investigations involving the principles of physics.  Students will construct rockets, roller coasters, aqueducts, and catapults to discover the relationship between energy and motion through engaging, hands-on activities.

Cost: $75/student; pay by credit card by calling Michigan Tech Cashier 487-2247. (Your space is not reserved until payment has been received.) Register online or at Call with questions to 7-3341 or email Joan Chadde  

Note: Houghton school bus will drop off students at the GLRC by 3:45 pm. Please email Shari Tapani or call 482-0456 to arrange for your child. 

After School Programs are coordinated by the Michigan Tech Center for Science & Environmental Outreach.

University Senate to Meet Wednesday

The University Senate will meet at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow (April 6) in Dow 642. 

You can view the agenda for meeting #577 here.

You can view the minutes of meeting #576 here.

Senators are responsible for making their constituents aware of the agenda for this meeting.

Senators who are unable to attend should arrange for their alternates to attend in their place.

Moroccan Cuisine at Khana Khazana

"Here's looking at you kid." You'll want to quote lines from "Casablanca" as you enjoy a taste of Morocco at Friday's Khana Khazana in the Memorial Union Food Court. 

Serving from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the menu features Moroccan Lamb Tagine with honey and apricots, Moroccan Vegetable Couscous and Moroccan Yogurt with Preserved Lemon Dip, Roasted Aubergine Tomato and Chickpea Tagine and Maghrebi Mint Tea. 

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

Spring Football Game April 16

The Michigan Tech football team will hold its annual Spring Game at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 16 at Sherman Field.

The 89-player Tech roster will be split into two teams – Black and White – for the game, which will be played with four 15-minute quarters. A running clock will be used for the contest, except in the final three minutes of the second and fourth quarters.

Admission to the spring football game is free.

Michigan Tech's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will be collecting donations throughout the game and selling wristbands to support autism awareness. Fans will also have a chance to play a halftime game with all proceeds benefiting the autism awareness cause.

Find out more about Tech sports at

Track Teams Battle Tough Conditions at Viking Olympics

The Michigan Tech track and field teams had a strong showing at the Viking Olympics despite challenging conditions last weekend, highlighted by a school record and numerous first-place finishes.

On the men's side, Nate Hood knocked off a 35-year Tech long-jump record by clearing 23-6.5, beating the previous mark of 23-6 set by Dave Houston in 1981.

Tech dominated the 5,000-meter run, with Grant Brown, Daniel Kulas, Ryan Mattson and Marcus Shamberg all placing in the top-five at the event.

Isaac Pringle won the 400-meter with a time of 49.84, finishing just ahead of teammate Jevon MaddoxJason Saliga won the 3000-meter steeplechase by nearly 20 seconds.

The javelin duo of Matthew Palo and Casey Buckner finished first and second in the event, respectively. Jake Jurkowski earned the highest collegiate mark in the pole vault.

Michigan Tech saw a pair of athletes earn top-three finishes in the decathlon, with Zach Klassen coming in second with points while Brett Cousino placed third with 5,680 points.

The Huskies also won the 4x800 relay with a time of 8:34.34.

On the women's side, Jamie Dompier won another 200-meter race with a time of 25.53. Liz Bloch took home a victory in the 1,500-meter competition and placed second in the 800-meter.

Ashley Veale earned a win in the 400-meter hurdles by posting a time of 1:06.34. In the heptathlon, Ashley Berton claimed first place after winning 4-of-7 events for an overall score of 3,890. Overall, the men's team finished second out of four teams and the women's group placed fourth out of six competing schools. 

Read the full story and find out more about Michigan Tech Athletics at


Research Workshop: Review of Foreign National Restrictions on Awards

The Vice President for Research Office will host an educational session, "Review of Foreign National Restrictions on Awards," from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 20 in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge.

This session will help faculty and staff understand and address foreign national restrictions considerations when conducting research. Topics covered include: managing technical data, intellectual property and proprietary materials; defining and working with foreign nationals, publishing and teaching; and exporting and licensing considerations.

To register, click here.

This workshop is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research. There will be desserts and beverages provided, bring your own lunch.

If you have questions, contact Jay Meldrum at 7-3178 or Ramona Englund at 7-2654.

ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker

The next ME-EM Graduate Seminar speaker will be help at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 7 in 103 EERC.

Julie Ford from New Mexico Tech will present "The Road to Clear and Engaging Engineering Presentations." 

Ford is Professor of Technical Communication (housed in the Mechanical Engineering department) at New Mexico Tech where she teaches in the junior/senior design clinic as well as teaches graduate-level engineering communication courses.

Her research involves engineering communication, technical communication pedagogy and knowledge transfer. She has published and presented widely including work in the Journal of Engineering Education, the Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, the Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, Technical Communication and Technical Communication Quarterly. 

Biological Sciences Seminar

The next Biological Sciences seminar will be from 4 to 5 p.m. Friday, April 8 in Dow 641. Sachin Teotia (Bio Sci) will present "Gene Regulatory Networks of microRNA165/166 Revealed by Short Tandem Target Mimic (STTM) in Arabidopsis and Rice."

For the abstract of Teotia's presentation, click here.


Exxon VP to Deliver Talk Today

The Department of Chemical Engineering presents William M Colton, vice president, corporate strategic planning, Exxon Mobil Corporation. 

Colton will deliver the address, "Global Future: People, Progress, Energy and Engineering," at 4 p.m. today (April 5) in Fisher 135.


MTTI Driving Research Seminar

The 3rd MTTI Driving Research Seminar will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. today (April 5) in the Harold Meese Center room 109. Ye (Sarah) Sun (ME-EM) will present "A Non-intrusive Body Sensor Network for Driver Vital Signal Acquisition."


Coffee Chat: Writing Good Letters of Recommendation

Most instructors at Michigan Tech will be asked to write many letters of recommendation for students applying for jobs, internships, further schooling or scholarships.

In this coffee chat, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, we’ll discuss with members of Career Services Corporate Advisory Board what they value in letters of recommendation. Refreshments will be provided to those who register by Friday, April 8Click here to register.
Tech Pioneer Bill Raduchel to Speak Today

Technology pioneer and Houghton native Bill Raduchel will return to the Copper Country today and tomorrow to speak at Michigan Tech, the school he once attended. 

The first presentation, "Why You Need to Become a Technological Authority to Thrive in Today's Business World," will be from 4 to 5:30 p.m. today in M&M U115.

The second presentation, "The Journey From Michigan Tech Student to Harvard Professor, CEO, Angel Investor and Philanthropist: A Leadership Reflection, Musings, Successes and Failures," will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. tomorrow, (April 6) in Dow 641.


In yesterday's story regarding the Facilities Management Annual Power Outages, some buildings were omitted from the list of those affected by Power Outage One and Two and mistakenly placed on the list of buildings with power but no internet. Here are the corrected lists:

  • Buildings Affected by Power Outage One and Two: Administration, Chem Sci, Gates Tennis Center, Van Pelt Library, Memorial Union, SDC, Ice Arena, Portage Health, Little Huskies, ATDC, Football Field
  • Buildings with Power, but No Internet: Meese Center, Alumni House, O'Conner House, Outdoor Adventures

In the News

US News and World Report published an article on attracting and retaining more minorities and women to engineering schools. The article quoted Adrienne Minerick, associate dean for research and innovation in Michigan Tech's College of Engineering.


AFROTC Arnold Air Society Best in Region

Air Force ROTC cadets of the professional service organization Arnold Air Society (AAS) here at Michigan Tech have earned the title "Most Outstanding Squadron" at their recent annual National Conclave in Dallas. Michigan Tech's Technical Sergeant Robert E. LaMotte Squadron received this honor as the best squadron in Area VI, which includes all AAS squadrons in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. The award recognizes superior performance in service projects, professional conduct, community outreach and participation in the AAS Joint National Project.

On the Road

Jarvey to Tour Hungary

Danise Jarvey (School of Technology) has been selected by The Fulbright Commission in Hungary to take part in a week-long Capacity Building Study Abroad Tour in Hungary from June 5-11.

The program was made possible by a grant from the U.S. State Department's Study Abroad Branch. Jarvey and nine other university professionals from across the U.S. will attend meetings with Hungarian universities, colleges and specialized institutions that offer English-language study abroad, undergraduate and graduate degree programs as well as summer and other short term possibilities for U.S. students and other international students.


Chadde Presents in Nashville

Joan Chadde, director of the Center for Science & Environmental Outreach, presented "Engaging Families in STEM" at the National Science Teachers Association conference in Nashville, on April 1 with co-presenters, Tenesha Moore, Detroit Public Schools Office of Science and David Heil, Foundation for Family Science & Engineering. 

Chadde shared the Family Engineering: An Activity and Event Planning Guide, the product of a National Science Foundation Informal Science Education grant received by Michigan Tech (Neil Hutzler, PI). Family Engineering  actively engage parents and elementary-aged children in hands-on engineering activities in order to create the next generation of problem solvers.

Job Posting

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.

 Research Engineer I, Keweenaw Research Center. Apply online at:

Office Assistant 5, Sponsored Operations. UAW Internal posting 4/5/164/11/16. External applicants are reviewed after internal UAW 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

L. Syd M Johnson (HU) has published "Inference and Inductive Risk in Disorders of Consciousness" in American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience volume 7; issue 1.

Click here to read the abstract.


Feng Zhao’s (Bio Med) research is highlighted as the cover art of the April issue of Tissue Engineering C---Methods. The image is from her group’s paper entitled "Physiologically low oxygen enhances biomolecule production and stemness of mesenchymal stem cell spheroids, which is published in the same issue of the journal

The paper is authored by Emily Shearier (former PhD student), Qi Xing (postdoctoral researcher), Zichen Qian (PhD student) Zhao.  Shearier graduated last December and is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the University of Connecticut Medical Center. Find out more online.