NIACS Receives First Ever National Award

The Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science at Michigan Tech received the first "Climate Adaptation Leadership Award for Natural Resources" for raising awareness and addressing the impacts of climate change on America's natural resources. The award for federal agency efforts was presented by the National Fish, Wildlife and Plant Climate Adaptation Strategy's Joint Implementation Working Group in partnership with several agencies. 

The award recognizes work by NIACS staff as well as many partners who have worked across boundaries to incorporate climate change considerations into more than 185 forest management adaptation projects across the Midwest, Central Appalachians and the Northeast. The Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS) has been designed as a collaborative effort among the Forest Service, Michigan Tech and other universities and forest industry to provide information on managing forests for climate change adaptation, enhanced carbon sequestration and sustainable production of bioenergy and materials.

IPS Seeking Family to Host German Exchange Student

The International Programs and Services office is excited to welcome an exchange student from Germany to Michigan Tech for the Fall 2016 semester. As part of the exchange program, the student will stay with a local host family from approximately mid-August to mid-December.
Are you or someone you know the perfect family to host and share American cultural experiences with this student? Fill out the application to apply. More details and eligibility requirements are listed on the form. The deadline to apply is July 15.
Questions about hosting? Contact Cassy Tefft de Muñoz.

Retirement Supplemental Voluntary Program (RSVP) Enrollment Information

The Retirement Supplemental Voluntary Program (RSVP) is a voluntary retirement program offered to eligible Michigan Tech employees. The enrollment period in which an employee may sign their RSVP election is between July 1 and October 31, 2016. Employees electing the Monetary Retirement Option must retire on or before June 30, 2017. Prior to electing RSVP, employees must meet with Benefit Services for a confidential meeting to verify eligibility. The RSVP policy and forms may be found online.

RSVP questions may be directed to Benefit Services at or 7-2517.

Health Risk Assessment (HRA) Incentive

Benefit eligible employees who have an annual physical and complete a Health Assessment with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan by December 31, 2016 can earn one of the following incentives:

  • $100 deposited into a Health Savings Account (HSA)
  • $100 deposited into a Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • $100 deposited into Techfit
  • $200 deposited into a T2 account (funds may only be used at a Michigan Tech facility)

To complete the Health Assessment through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan:

  • Log in to your account at (you can easily register if you are not currently set up)
  • Click “Health & Wellness” in the blue bar at the top of the page
  • Click “Take Your Health Assessment” to begin

Once completed, print a copy of the confirmation page for your records. Paper Health Assessment forms will not qualify for the incentive.

Employees who have met the above requirements will be contacted to choose their incentive in 2017. Incentives will be awarded in March 2017. Contact Benefit Services at with any questions.

The Amazing Challenge Needs Volunteers

Employee Wellness is looking for volunteers to help with the fifth Annual Amazing Challenge, which will take place on Saturday July 30. Volunteers are needed from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Can you keep a secret? Help is needed at each challenge station, creating clues and setting up, all of which must be kept a secret from participants.

To sign up as a volunteer contact Shannon Brodeur,

Phillips Signs two-year Deal with Jets


The Winnipeg Jets announced Saturday they have signed former Huskies goaltender Jamie Phillips to a two-year entry-level NHL contract worth an average annual value (AAV) of $675,000 in the NHL.


Phillips, 23, played four seasons at Michigan Tech posting a 1.97 goals against average and a .922 save percentage in 36 games last year. He leaves Michigan Tech as the all-time shutout leader with 10. Phillips took home the WCHA Outstanding Student-Athlete Award this past season. A finalist for the 2015-16 Senior CLASS Award, Phillips has been involved with numerous community programs, including volunteer work with Houghton-area youth gymnastics and hockey teams. He was part of a senior class that helped bring the MacNaughton Cup back to Houghton for the first time in 40 years.


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Three Huskies Attending Oiler's Camp

 The Edmonton Oilers are hosting their 2016 Orientation Camp Through Thursday in Jasper, Alberta. Three Michigan Tech players are participating in the camp – senior Shane Hanna (D/Salmon Arm, B.C.), junior Mark Auk (D/St. Clair Shores, Mich.) and sophomore Jake Lucchini (F/Trail, B.C.).

 The Oilers camp consists of both on-ice and off-ice workouts. All off-ice workouts take place at the Jasper Fitness Centre. For a complete camp roster and schedule click here. In total, 36 players have been invited to Edmonton Oilers orientation camp.

 The Huskies in all will have eight student-athletes attend NHL camps of six different clubs this summer. Follow along behind the scene on SnapChat (@MTUHuskies).

 Huskies at NHL Development Camps
Dane Birks (Pittsburgh)
Jake Jackson (San Jose)
Joel L'Esperance (Anaheim)
Jake Lucchini (Edmonton)
Shane Hanna (Edmonton)
Mark Auk (Edmonton & Chicago)
Matt Roy (Los Angeles)
Cliff Watson (San Jose)

 For the full story and more on Michigan Tech sports visit

In Print

A review by Laura Kasson Fiss (HU) of three books on Victorian music appears in the latest issue of "Victorian Studies."

In the News

The Detroit News reported on the passage of increased federal funding for the National Science Foundation (NSF), quoting David Reed, vice president for research. See the story here.


New Funding

Emily Dare (CLS/RISE) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $116,790 grant for other sponsored activities from the Michigan Department of Education. 
Joshua Ellis (CLS) and John Irwin (SoT) are Co-PIs on the project "Engaging Students in Physical Science." This is a 18-month project.

IT Connect

This is a reminder to let everyone know that paper and toner can be purchased directly from IT. We keep paper and toner cartridges in stock and offer competitive prices and same day delivery. Not only is our paper high quality, resulting in fewer paper jams and higher quality print jobs, but we will also make sure you have the correct toner specified for your printer. Like paper, higher quality toner equals better print quality. An off-brand, low-grade toner—though it might cost less—can cause damage to your printer over time, resulting in costly repairs or even void the warranty.

Many departments are currently placing their orders through IT and we want to extend this message to the entire campus community. If you would like to place an order or have any questions, contact us at or 7-1111.