Student Leadership Awards

Michigan Tech held its 22nd annual Student Leadership Awards Friday night.

 The evening’s keynote speaker was Tech alumnus Collin Doerr-Newton, 14’ the 2014 Student Commencement Speaker and 2013 Percy Julian Award Winner. The award is given to an outstanding undergraduate student leader, active in the promotion of diversity, social equality or racial/ethic and cultural understanding.

 Doerr-Newton, currently a graduate student in music technology at New York University, reflected on his leadership experience while an undergrad at Tech and spoke of his recent experiences in Uganda and Paris and performing in New York with an Ugandan Dance Troupe.

 University President Glenn Mroz bestowed the President’s Award for Leadership on Terrianna Bradley, a third-year Environmental Engineering major. In presenting the award, Mroz cited Bradley’s internships with Prein and Newhof and her restructuring the Tech chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers as its president.

Mroz said Bradley coordinated the Society of Intellectual Sisters Bra Show for the National Breast Cancer Foundation, designed a new flood prediction model for the Consumers Product Manufacturing Enterprise and attending Leadershape.

 The Provost’s Award for Leadership was presented to Sarah Harttung. Her department, Forest Resources and Environmental Science, describes her as “an exemplary student whose academic prowess extends well beyond the classroom.”

Harttung has been involved in five research labs, pursued a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship for two summers exploring multiple facets of climate change and is working toward publishing papers from both projects.

 The Vice President for Student Affairs and Advancement Award went to Rachel Chard, a Business Management major with a concentration in Supply Chain and Operations. Chard is Events and Programming Leader for Career Ambassadors, a member of the Circle K community service and leadership organization and is the in-arena emcee for Michigan Tech Hockey games.

 Other individual award winners were; Exceptional Leadership in Student Governance—Chelsea Nikula, Exceptional Enthusiasm as a Student Leader—Madison Diehl, Student Employee of the Year—Alyssa Vinckier, Rising Star of the Year—Rachel Kolb, Outstanding Future Alumnus—Ian Greenland and Outstanding Future Alumna— Olivia Munoz.

 The Claire M. Donovan Award, presented by Blue Key Honor Society to recognize a member of the faculty, staff or student body for outstanding service and contribution was awarded to Thomas Wood (MSE).

 The Most Improved Student Organization was awarded to the National Society of Black Engineers, the Student Organization of the Year was presented to the Forestry Club and Student Organization Advisor of the Year to Ariana Johnson, advisor to the Dance Team. The Keweenaw Color Run was tabbed Exceptional Program of the Year and Delta Upsilon’s work on the West Houghton Ice Rink Project was named Exceptional Community Service Project.

 Award recipients who received awards at previous ceremonies were recognized. Sara Alian was named Exceptional Graduate Student Leader, Lauren Schaefer named Exceptional Graduate Student Scholar and Tarun Dam (Chem) and Yun Hang Hu (MSE) were named Exceptional Graduate Mentors.

Undergraduate Research Expo winners were, first place—Gina Testa, second place—Hannah Marti and third place—Olivia Ingram. The Greek man of the Year was Charles Hubbard and Greek Woman of the Year was Dallas Linville.

 There was a tie for the Percy Julian Award, which went to Luyao Li and Neffertia Tyner.

Invite Us to Your Meeting

Want to know what resources are available to help employees manage weight, reduce stress, stop smoking, and more? Michigan Tech offers several employee wellness benefits such as TechFit, Northstar EAP and SWEAT to address these needs.

Employee Wellness would like to visit with you at one of your departmental meetings to present information and answer questions regarding wellness benefits available to you.

Email to set up a time for this brief and informative presentation.

Thirteen Inducted into Epsilon Pi Tau - Largest Group to Date

The School of Technology inducted thirteen students into the Michigan Tech Delta Zeta Chapter of Epsilon Pi Tau Honor Society on Friday.

Epsilon Pi Tau is the international honor society for professions in technology recognizing students and technology professionals for academic excellence.

Spring 2016 Delta Zeta - Epsilon Pi Tau Initiates:

  • Martin Bandemer - Computer Network and System Administration
  • Zachary Bates - Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Cameron Blease - Computer Network and System Administration
  • Joshua Brasseur - Computer Network and System Administration
  • Summer Farmer - Medical Informatics
  • Jake Jurkowski - Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Zongguang Liu - Electrical Engineering Technology
  • Obie McGowan - Medical Informatics
  • Sarah Pugh - Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Adam Scholl - Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Christopher Sengstack - Computer Network and System Administration
  • Kayla Wilson - Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Phillip Wyman - Mechanical Engineering Technology

For more information, contact Delta Zeta EPT Chapter Trustee Professor John Irwin, Co-Trustee Lecturer Todd Arney or visit the webpage.

Congratulations to the UAW Certification Program Graduates

On Friday, a ceremony was held in the Wadsworth Hall Annex to honor the inaugural graduating class of the UAW Certification Program. The ceremony was organized by the UAW Certification Program Committee; Catherine Burns (Human Resources), Amanda Cadwell (UAW Local 5,000 President), Heidi Reid (Human Resources) and Tina Sarazin (UAW Local 5,000 Vice President). Michigan Tech President Glenn Mroz and Gogebic Community College President James Lorenson gave speeches, certificates were distributed to the graduates and cake was served to celebrate. 
Listed below are the names of the graduates. Extend a warm wish of congratulations to them on their achievement.
  • Laura Baril—Human Resources
  • Joan Becker— Electrical Engineering
  • Nancy Bykkonen—Human Resources
  • Amanda Cadwell—Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Gina Dunstan— Engineering Fundamentals
  • Laura Harry—Memorial Union
  • Mary Beth Hodges—Vice President for Research Office
  • Taana Kalliainen—Chemical Engineering
  • Katherine Kallio—Public Safety and Police Services
  • Marjorie Lindley—School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science
  • Tanya Maki—Human Resources
  • Rose Martell—Center for Pre-College Outreach
  • Shanda Miller—Merchandising Operations
  • Amy Olson—Financial Services and Operations
  • Dawn Pichette—University Marketing and Communications
  • Janey Pindral—International Programs and Services
  • Kim Puuri—Vice President for Research Office
  • Michelle Reed—School of Technology
  • Darlene Saari—Vice President for Research Office
  • Heather Sander—Alumni Relations
  • Lois Sedar—Athletic/Rec Facility Operations
  • Devin Seppala—Van Pelt and Opie Library
  • Mary P. Stevens—Facilities Management
  • Karen Wade—Center for Diversity and Inclusion
  • Sandra Wheaton—Facilities Management

Tech Men, Women Take Track Titles

It was a successful weekend for the Michigan Tech track and field teams, placing first in both the men's and women's team events at the Warrior Track and Field Invitational at Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee, Saturday. The squadas saw  two individual records and numerous first-place finishes.

Jamie Dompier set the Michigan Tech women's record in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.48, continuing her assault on the Tech record book in that event.

Ashley Veale broke her own school record in the 400-meter hurdles, running the event in 1:03.31 – one second better than her previous record-setting effort.

Dompier also won the 100-meter run and Lauren Tetzloff (400-meter dash) and Liz Bloch (800-meter run) won their respective events. 

On the men's side, Jevon Maddox won the 400-meter dash and Tech swept the top-four spots in the event.

Kyle Hanson won the mile with a 4:19.36 winning time.

Shane McGrath won the 400-meter hurdles by nearly four seconds with a time of 55.18.

Tech's men's squad was solid in the field events as well, with Mike Fisher (high jump), Jake Jurkowski (pole vault), Nate Hood (long jump) and Casey Buckner (javelin) all winning their respective events.

The Huskies also competed at the UW-Platteville Invitational and saw six personal records reset in the 5k run. 

For the full story and more on Michigan Tech Athletics visit


Campus Communicators to Meet Thursday

Campus Communicators will meet from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, April 21 in MUB B001. Faculty, staff and students are welcome.

We'll talk about digital spring cleaning, like deleting stagnant social media pages and how to inventory inactive websites. Plus, learn about the research blog, Unscripted, and see our digital research magazine.

Contact UMC Editorial Director Scott Balyo with questions.


Listening Event Today

Join us for the final Keweenaw Listening Society event of the year from 6:15 p.m. to 10 p.m. today (April 19) in Walker Hall Room 210.

The event will examine seminal artists from the birth of electronic dance. We will (among other artists) be playing through Kraftwerk's legendary album "Trans-Europe Express," all are welcome.

Food From Japan at Khana Khazana

Japanese cuisine is featured at this week's Khana Khazana serving from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday in the MUB food court. 

The menu features Katsu Curry—deep fried chicken with curry, Misoshiru—miso soup and Sarada—salad with Japanese Dressing. 

Cost of the full meal which includes a fountain drink is $7.25. Like the Khana Khazana at Michigan Tech Facebook page.

Keweenaw Then and Now: A Public Presentation

A public presentation by the students from the SS4211 Ethnographic Research Methods class will take place at 3 p.m. Monday, April 25 in the Portage Lake District Library community room. The presentation is titled "Keweenaw Then and Now: A Look at Community Changes." 

This semester, students in a social sciences research methods class have worked together with local community residents to understand social change in the Keweenaw. Using interviews, observations, a mapping exercise and data analysis to learn about research methods that focus on understanding the social world from the perspective of the participants, these students wanted to understand how community members have experienced social changes in the community over their lifetimes.

Film Board Presents "Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping"

Film Board Presents, from The Lonely Island, "Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping" at 8:30 p.m. tomorrow (April 20) in Fisher 135. See it before it is released in theaters June 3. 

Popstar is a satire of what it's like to be a popstar, starring Andy Samberg and Will Arnett. When his new album fails to sell records, pop/rap superstar conner4real goes into a major tailspin and watches his celebrity high life begin to collapse. He'll try anything to bounce back, anything except reuniting with his old rap group The Style Boyz. Watch the trailer.

Admission is free. Tickets are first come, first serve. Open to the public. For additional information check out Film Board's website.

Customer Appreciation Sale at Bookstore and University Images

The Spring 25 percent off Customer Appreciation Sale is this tomorro (April 20)

Take 25 percent off almost everything in the Campus Bookstore and University Images.  

All Michigan Tech apparel, souvenirs, gifts, school supplies, backpacks, trade books and Dress for Success business wear apparel.  

Hours are 8 a.m. -to 6 p.m. at both stores.

Soccer Blanks UW-Stevens Point

Jacqueline Mielke scored four times to help the Michigan Tech women's soccer team roll to a 7-0 victory over UW-Stevens Point Sunday in an exhibition game at Sherman Field.

Marisa DeMarioRebecca Stoffel and Kathryn Fife also found the back of the net for Tech, which wrapped up its spring season with the scrimmage.

"We're happy to get a spring game in and get to play someone else," said head coach Michelle Jacob. "I thought we did a great job to create opportunities and obviously finish on those opportunities. We learned a lot today both offensively and defensively and, while there are some things we need to work on, we're doing a lot of good things so overall I'm happy with how things went today."

Read the full story and find out more about Husky Athletics at

Tennis Rolls Past LSSU

Five different Michigan Tech players earned victories in the singles competition and the No. 1 doubles team of Mario Neto and Robin Duhnsen claimed the Huskies' lone win in doubles to help Tech beat Lake Superior State 6-3 in men's tennis action Saturday at Gates Tennis Center.

After Tech's top doubles pair took home a victory in the early portion of the match, Duhnsen, Neto, Built YumuangJuan Felipe Chica and Ricardo Paes all won their singles matches to clinch the win for Tech.

Read the full story and find out more about Husky Athletics at

Football Holds Spring Game

James Henderson and Eric Kostreva both scored fourth-quarter touchdowns to help Team White notch 14 unanswered points in a come-from-behind 14-13 victory over Team Black in the 2016 Michigan Tech football spring game Saturday at Sherman Field.

A pair of touchdowns by Team Black helped it build a 13-0 lead entering the fourth, but the White squad chipped away and eventually pulled to within six when Henderson scampered in from four yards out. The scoring play came after a solid drive from Team White, a series on which Henderson had several carries in key spots to keep the ball on the move.

Read the full story and find out more about Husky Athletics at

Visiting Women and Minority Lecture Series

Join us for a presentation by Denise Sekaquaptewa, professor of psychology, associate chair, and associate director, ADVANCE at the University of Michigan. The event will take place from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21 in MUB Ballroom B2.

Sekaquaptewa's experimental research program focuses on implicit stereotyping, prejudice, stereotype threat and effects of category salience on test performance and academic motivation. Her current projects include studies of how environmental factors influence women students in math and science and how stereotypes affect interracial communication.

After the presentation, we'll have an open forum discussion on advancing a positive climate at Michigan Tech. Refreshments will be served.

For more information visit the site. RSVP here to let us know you're coming.

Hosted by Michigan Tech Women in Science and Engineering, and the Pavlis Honors College


Campus Forum Thursday

President Glenn Mroz will host a campus forum at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 21 in Memorial Union Ballroom A. Release time will be provided for the hourly staff with the approval of their supervisor.

The presentation will be video streamed live.

If you would like to submit a question during the campus forum, email it to Staff Council at Do not use the chat feature within the live streaming player.


Open Campus Forum for Graduate School Dean Candidate TodaY

Pushpalatha Murthy, associate dean of the Graduate School, has been identified by the graduate school dean search committee as the finalist for this position.

She will conduct an open campus forum from 11 to noon today followed by discussion, in Fisher Hall 129. 

For additional information, see original Tech Today story, and view her CV here.



SBE Brown Bag Lunch

The School of Business and Economics will have its third brown bag lunch research seminar from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 21 in Academic Office Building (AOB) 101.

See Tech Today post for more information.


 Individual Retirement Counseling Sessions Still Available
Fidelity will be on campus for one-on-one retirement counseling on May 3 and May 4 in MUB Conference Room 106A. To schedule an appointment call 800-642-7131 or
register online


On the Road

L. Syd M Johnson (HU) was a featured speaker at a public screening and panel discussion of the film "Concussion", at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on April 18. For more information, click here.

In the News

Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) was interviewed on This Way Up on Radio New Zealand about Open source lab equipment, MP3.


Mo Rastgaar's falcon drone catcher made Business Insider's list "Drones are going where they shouldn't - here are six of the best ways to stop them" The story published on the publication's sites around the world.