Changes Made to Tech Fund Board of Directors

Changes to the make-up of the Board of Directors of the Michigan Tech Fund were approved earlier this month. The restated bylaws of the Michigan Tech Fund were adopted on May 2 and will become effective on July 1, 2016.

The number of Michigan Tech Fund directors remains at nine, with five of those directors designated by the University’s Board of Trustees.

Under the new bylaws, the chairperson, Terry Woychowski, chair of the University Board of Trustees, and Vice Chair Linda Kennedy, along with the trustee serving as the chairperson of the Board’s Audit and Finance Committee (to be determined in August), are to serve as ex-officio voting members of the Tech Fund Board of Directors.

Under the restated bylaws, Michigan Tech President Glenn Mroz, will also be ex-officio president of the Michigan Tech Fund and continues as a voting member of the Tech Fund Board of Directors. The appointment is to run concurrent with the term of University President. The bylaws now require the president to appoint a vice president of the Michigan Tech Fund. Mroz has appointed Assistant Vice President for Advancement Eric Halonen to fill this position.

The fifth University Board of Trustees designee is David Reed, vice president for research, the individual who supervises the Michigan Tech budget director. This is also an ex-officio voting position that runs concurrent with his term of University employment.

At the May meeting it was also announced that former Michigan Tech Chief Financial Officer Dan Greenlee will retire from the Tech Fund Board of Directors at the end of June. The Board of Directors thanked him for his years of service to the University. Greenlee will still serve as a volunteer member of the Michigan Tech Fund Investment Committee.

There were no changes made to the method of selection of the volunteer members of the Board of Directors of the Fund. The current volunteer members of the Michigan Tech Fund Board of Directors are George Butvilas, Dale Elliott, Paul Fernstrum and David Rowe.

Website Updates Over the Summer

As a part of our ongoing brand initiative, we will update our website headers and release a new CMS template.
Website headers will be automatically updated this summer. No action is required. The new CMS template will be available August 1. Advantages of the new CMS template include:
  • a wider webpage width that is more in line with industry standards
  • a drastically improved design with areas for more visuals and multimedia
  • a responsive template that fits all devices from wide-screen TVs and desktop monitors to smartphones and tablets
  • a larger font for easier reading
  • data tagging to increase search engine optimization
  • horizontal navigation

Many of these new features will roll out automatically, but we will need help to enable all of them. We will contact CMS liaisons over the summer to coordinate the switch.

We are excited about these upgrades. If you have any questions, please contact me at or 7-3635.

A Digital Time Travel Machine Reveals Keweenaw History

The miners in the boom days of the Copper Country knew that in order to find what they wanted, they had to “drill down.” Today, thanks to the efforts of researchers in Michigan Technological University’s Social Sciences Department and a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, those wishing to find out about the people and the places of the Keweenaw’s past can “drill down” through history. 

Keweenaw Time Traveler is an online map-based tool allowing visitors to explore the layers of history for any location in the Houghton, Keweenaw and Ontonagon county region. The project uses proven technologies and techniques of participatory Geographic Information Systems (GIS). It also employs collections of geographic data and tools that are interactively connected, enabling users to incorporate their own information about a place and store that data long-term, to create a high-resolution database that maps changes in the social, natural, industrial and built environments of the Copper Country from 1850 to 1970.

The project is the brainchild of Social Sciences faculty Don Lafreniere, assistant professor of historical geography; Sarah Scarlett, assistant professor of history; and PhD candidate John Arnold, an architect by profession. They have received $259,882 from the National Endowment of the Humanities to support their work.

The project can be accessed at

Read the full story.

Lot Closed Due to Painting

Lot 14 will be closed tomorrow (May 19) for painting. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Please make other parking arrangements if needed.

Taste of Hawaii at Khana Khazana

Hawaiian cuisine is on tap at Friday's Khana Khazana in the food trailer in the MUB Circle.

The menu features Creamy Potato Salad, Huli Huli Chicken and Fresh Corn Tomato Salad. 

The cost of the full meal is $6.95. Visit the Khana Khazana at Michigan Tech Facebook page.

Provisional Marks, New School Records Highlight Last Chance Meets for Track Teams

Several Michigan Tech track and field student-athletes competed in last chance meets over the past week in hopes of qualifying for NCAA nationals later this month. The Huskies took part in various events at Aquinas College, Hillsdale College, North Central College and Grand Valley State.

Three different Tech entrants turned in provisional marks, including Kyle Petermann (discus), Nate Hood (long jump) and Liz Bloch (800-meter).

Petermann's throw of 54.19 meters at the GVSU Last Chance Meet set the Michigan Tech record and put him at No. 11 in the NCAA provisional list.

Hood made a jump of 23-9 in the GVSU Second to Last Chance Meet, the best jump in Tech history.

Bloch ran the 800-meter race at the North Central meet in 2:12.97 to capture a provisional time and the No. 1 spot in the Tech record books.

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


Keweenaw Geoheritage Field/Boat Trips: July 2016

This is the third year of one-day geotours of Michigan's Keweenaw focused 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. 

Read the full Tech Today story.


Campus Communicators to Meet Tomorrow

Students, faculty and staff are invited to Campus Communicators from 10 to 11 a.m. tomorrow (May 19) in MUB B001. Jeff Lewin (biology) will talk about staying active over summer, Jess Brassard (VPR) will share information on an upcoming #FieldworkFriday social media initiative and Shannon Rinkinen (UMC) will lead a creative persona exercise. Contact Scott Balyo with questions.


Jim Baker and Mike Morley recently earned the credential of Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) from the Licensing Executives Society International.

There are approximately 900 professionals from 30 different countries holding CLP certification which recognizes demonstrated experience and proficiency in the licensing and commercialization of intellectual property.

For more, the full program information is available here

New Funding

Qiuying Sha (Math/LSTI) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $436,873 research grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health.
Shuanglin Zhang (Math) is the Co-PI on the project  "Statistical Methods for Rare Variant Association Studies."
This is a three-year project.