Tech Holds Disaster Drill

Law enforcement, firefighters, emergency medical personnel, news media and dozens of volunteers worked with Michigan Tech officials to conduct a disaster drill on campus yesterday.

Despite the large scope of the drill and the complicated scenario, the drill was a success according to Tech’s Director of Public Safety and Police Services Dan Bennett.

 "Overall I thought things went quite well. I was particularly pleased with the coordination between Michigan Tech, law enforcement, fire, emergency services, and all other local agencies that were involved in this effort."

Yesterday’s drill scenario involved a stabbing in Douglass Houghton Hall, and shootings with multiple victims in the M&M Building as well as a possible explosion.

Emergency vehicles converged on the campus shortly after 2 p.m. The time had not been revealed in advance to emergency personnel or the media, so they could respond as if it had been an actual emergency.

Local media did not only cover the event as news, but participated in the drill as well. As would have been the case in an actual emergency, a command center was established and a media center was set up, both off of campus. A call center was set up to handle phone calls from concerned families and friends.

More than 50 “victims”—volunteers who were identified as having a variety of injuries—were treated on the scene and transported by ambulance to UP Health System-Portage and Aspirus Keweenaw, who also participated in the drill.

Following the drill, members of Tech's Incident Command Team evaluated the event to identify areas in which improvements can be made.

Vice President for Student Affairs and Advancement Les Cook, Emergency Operations Center Manager, applauded the cooperative effort of all involved.

"I'm proud of the support of the campus community and others that were involved," Cook said.

"While we hope a situation like this never occurs, it feels good to be prepared."

Michigan Tech Ranked in Top 50 Undergraduate Engineering Programs

Michigan Tech was ranked one of the top 50 undergraduate engineering schools in the nation by College Choice, a college search and ranking website.

"Engineering is a broad term that can encompass various subfields as diverse as mechanical engineering, computer engineering, and civil engineering," said Robert Hand, lead editor for the College Choice ranking. "The best undergraduate engineering programs will both introduce students to the various subfields and offer them the opportunity to specialize in a subfield in order to prepare them for their careers.

"Our 2016 ranking of undergraduate engineering programs is composed of schools that do just this rather than specializing in a particular subfield," Hand went on to say. "It is also composed equally of undergraduate-only schools that specialize in engineering and large, public research universities that offer a major in engineering among many others."

See the ranking here

New Museum Website Debuts

The A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum has released a newly transformed web site
The museum's first collection of information accessible through the World Wide Web went public in the mid-1990s. The last complete redesign of the museum web site was in 2005. The just-released transformed museum web site is fully compatible for tablets and smart phones. 
Prior to beginning work on the web, early last year a new logo was established for the museum as part of review of the museum's branding. The new logo incorporates a stronger connection with Michigan Tech than in the previous logos by adding Michigan Tech as a subtitle and including Michigan Tech's colors. 
The transformation of the museum's web site is the culmination of efforts spearheaded by University Marketing and Communications with Gail Sweeting, digital content manager, as the key person.
Monte Consulting provided critical input to the design of the web site and did the actual web programming. Ted Bornhorst, executive director of the museum, was a key part of all steps in the process, prepared the content and will manage the transformed web site.
The web site transformation makes it easier for potential visitors to learn about the museum and find the information they need for visiting. At the same time, there is basic information for those wishing to support the museum through their generosity or simply learn more about the museum, our collection and our activities. 
The museum welcomes all visitors. Admission fee is waived for Michigan Tech students as well as Michigan Tech employees and their professional guests.

Thai Cuisine at Khana Khazana

Cuisine of Thailand will be featured at the next Khana Khazana from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, May 13 in the food trailer in the MUB Circle.

The menu features:

  • Khoa Mun Kai Tod (fried chicken with ginger garlic rice) — one of the most common street foods in Thailand
  • Ajad (sweet and sour salad) — a popular side dish salad with cucumber, bell pepper, onion and cilantro with sweet and sour dressing

Cost is $5 for the full meal and includes a fountain drink. Like the Khana Khazana Facebook page.

Don Williams and Kerri Mayra to Speak at Day for Women

Director Don Williams and Kerri Mayra from Michigan Tech's Counseling Services, will present the opening keynote at the Day for Women, from 7:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, May 14 at the Hancock High School.

The focus of the event is "Happiness." Nearly all presentations will have an emphasis on happiness and incorporating more in to our everyday lives. The event is sponsored by UP Health System-Portage. Register online.

A Sneak Peek at the 2016-2017 Rozsa Visual and Performing Arts Season

We have come to the close of another arts season at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts. Thank you to everyone who joined us and made it a success.
So much was new this year from the World Without Ice climate change meditation/film/sound installation exhibit in McArdle Theatre to the cutting-edge new Project Learning Lab experimental art space in the Rozsa gallery b. From the beautiful collaboration of the Minnesota Ballet's Nutcracker with the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra, with new discount Family Ticket Packages that brought so many more families out to enjoy a night at the theater, to the wildly interactive adventure "Intergalactic Nemesis: Target Earth" live-action graphic novel. It was a vibrant, thoughtful and above all, enjoyable season.
We are now in the process of gearing up for the 2016-2017 Rozsa Visual and Performing Arts season and here is a taste of what we have in store.

More details and so many more events are coming soon. Hope to see you here next season.

Reminders 5/11

Day-long Acoustics Webinar Tomorrow

Andrew Barnard (ME-EM) will teach a day-long webinar through PCB Piezotronics on Thursday, May 12. The talk focuses on acoustics engineering and will cover best practices for using microphones and other equipment for noise control and acoustic testing. Register here


Keweenaw Geoheritage Field/Boat Trips: July 2016

This is the third year of one day geotours of Michigan's Keweenaw based on four of the five Geoelements of Keweenaw Geoheritage. These tours use ground and boat transportation and visit some of the most scenic and important geological spots in the Keweenaw. 

We use the University's research vessel Agassiz. Individual trips include "Lavas and the Keweenaw Rift," "The Keweenaw Fault," "Jacobsville Sandstone" and "Mining Wastes of Lake Superior." The trips are led by Bill Rose and Erika Vye, from Michigan Tech's Geological Engineering department. 

Details of these trips are described online. They feature places that can best be seen by boat. There are only 17 spaces on each trip — sign up early. 


Keweenaw Alumni Chapter Back-to-School Social

Join the Keweenaw Alumni Chapter for a Back-to-School Social at the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. today (May 11). Tour the museum, visit the gift shop and catch up with alumni and friends. Admission for this special event is free. Light refreshments and a cash bar will be available. RSVPs are appreciated by visiting here


Family Fun Day

Family Fun Day is from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 14. The flyer that showcases the activities scheduled for this year can be viewed online

On the Road

Lindsay Hiltunen, senior archivist with the Michigan Tech Archives, traveled to Milwaukee, Wisconsin for the Midwest Archives Conference annual meeting from April 27 to April 30. She was a speaker on a panel entitled "Women Wanted! — Finding and Promoting Women in Archival Collections." Her paper discussed initiatives to engage researchers and promote primary sources that represent women in Michigan history.

For more information about the Michigan Tech Archives please visit our website or contact us by e-mailing