Michigan Tech Forestry Dean Endows Natural Resources Workforce Diversity Fund

Terry L. Sharik, dean of the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science (SFRES) at Michigan Technological University, has donated a gift to establish the Terry L. Sharik Endowed Fund for Natural Resources Workforce Diversity. 

He plans to seed the fund with $25,000 by 2017 and donate an additional 10 percent of his estate upon his death.

The fund is designed to enable others to contribute to it. “My hope is that others will begin to contribute to it in the near future,” Sharik said.

To donate to the fund, go to http://www.mtu.edu/giving/, choose Make a Gift, Other, and in the Special Instructions box, type Fund #4155.

“I decided to make this gift because I care deeply about the future of the natural resources profession, which in my opinion requires a diverse workforce if it is to serve society at a high level," he went on to say. "That diversity is woefully lacking at the present, especially with respect to gender and even more so, race/ethnicity.” 

Earlier this year, Sharik also endowed a natural resources diversity fund at West Virginia University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Forestry and Wildlife Management in 1964. He is also giving to the University of Michigan, where he received his Master of Forestry degree in Forest Recreation and his Ph.D. in Forest Botany, in 1964 and 1970, respectively, with the funds to be used for similar purposes.

“I feel strongly that I should give back to the academic institutions that put me on my professional career path and helped make me who I am today,” said Sharik at the time. “Secondly, I feel deeply that we need to increase diversity in the natural resources profession to a point where it is reflective of society as a whole.”

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Four Tech Students Named Annexstad Family Foundation Scholars

Four Michigan Tech undergraduates have received scholarships from the Annexstad Family Foundation. They are Ashley Brown, Michael McGee, Alyssa Smith and Xena Cortez.

Brown is a third-year computer network and systems administration major whose goal is to have a job with a security firm in Washington, DC. "Because of this scholarship, I was able to make my dream of going to college true," she says.

McGee is a second-year chemical engineering student whose family has lived in the Upper Peninsula for three generations. "With my degree, I will travel the world, using my knowledge to better companies' environmental footprint," he says.

Smith is a second-year physical therapy major who has helped care for her autistic brother. "My dream is to build a career out of my desire to care for and aid those who find difficulties in their own life," she says. "I'm excited to pursue a degree in physical or occupational therapy and support the children and adults who bring an extra special light into this world."

Cortez is a third-year scientific and technical communications major.

The Annexstad Family Foundation was established in 2000 to help aspiring college students. "We have long believed that young people are our future," say Cathy and Al Annexstad. "By giving students who are the brightest of the bright the opportunity for a college diploma, we are giving our country a successful future."

They credit the care and mentorship of the people in their small towns in Minnesota for helping them to become confident and productive people. They have chosen to pay forward
their success by helping bring the power of higher education to others while helping ensure that these students can earn their undergraduate degrees as free from debt as possible.

In addition to financial aid, the Annexstad scholars are provided counselors who follow them through their college years and help them in whatever ways they can to ensure their graduation. They send care packages, make phone calls, meet them on campus and build trusting relationships with our college partners. "This way the scholar knows we are behind them all the way," the Annexstads explain.

Tell Us About Exceptional Alumni

Nominations are open for the 2017 alumni awards. We encourage you to reach out to your alumni network to spread the word. Honor your fellow alumni and friends by nominating them for their achievements through the following categories:

Outstanding Young Alumni Award
Presented to an alumnus/a under the age of 35 who has distinguished themselves in their careers. The award recognizes the achievement of a position or some distinction noteworthy for one so recently graduated.

Honorary Alumni Award
This award honors individuals who have provided service and support to the University characteristic of dedicated alumni. The association reserves this award to recognize the strongest non-alumni supporters of Michigan Tech.

Outstanding Service Award
Presented to alumni and friends making significant contributions to the success of the association and/or the University.

Distinguished Alumni Award
This award recognizes an alumnus/a who has made outstanding contributions both in their careers and to Michigan Tech over a number of years.

Humanitarian Award
Presented to those alumni who, through their outstanding involvement and dedication, have made a significant contribution of volunteer leadership or service which has improved or enriched the lives of others and the welfare of humanity, and whose accomplishments reflect admirably on or bring honor to their alma mater.

The nomination deadline is Dec. 1. A list of past recipients and nomination forms are available for each award online.

Contact Alumni Engagement by email or at 7-2400 with any questions.

Giveaways Wanted for K-12 Outreach Events

The Center for Pre-College Outreach hosts many events throughout the school year that bring K-12 students to campus from across the Upper Peninsula. As part of these outreach efforts, students often receive 'goodie bags' containing Michigan Tech materials and prizes. Many departments across campus have generously donated items for goodie bags over the years, particularly for Get Women in Science and Engineering (Get WISE). 
As your areas work to order new giveaways or promotional items with the updated Michigan Tech logos and branding, CPCO encourages you to keep us in mind. If you have giveaways that you would like to donate for future college access events, contact the CPCO at 7-2219. 

Pep Band Pre-Celebrates 50 Years of Be-striped Peppiness!

The Michigan Tech Huskies Pep Band pre-celebrates 50 years of be-striped peppiness in its inimitable concert style at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Oct.) in the Rozsa Center.

Not yet experienced the sound and sight sensation that is the Huskies Pep Band? They are a true sensory extravaganza. The Huskies Pep Band is a Michigan Tech point of pride and one of the most lauded pep bands in the Midwest. Members dressed in “bumble-bee” stripes perform at concerts, athletic events, parades and special events all around Houghton and support Michigan Tech teams on the road as well.

The Huskies Pep Band is a nationally-known Division I pep band of nearly 250 members that performs at all home football, basketball and hockey games.

The band was selected as the host band to the WCHA Final Five Tournament in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.

What can you expect at the concert? According to Director of Bands Michael Christianson (VPA), “… As the Huskies Pep Band becomes 'almost golden' as a 'scramble band,' they are 'concerned' about their 'legacy' of 'music-making' and 'stylish dress' and their 'failure to yet achieve the gold.' Please join us in our concert/therapy session as we loudly and flamboyantly try to work out 'our issues' in 'our own special way'"

 Tickets for Almost Golden at the Rozsa Center are on sale now, $13 for adults, $5 for youth, and no charge for Michigan Tech students with the Experience Tech fee. Tickets are available by phone at 7-2073, online at Rozsa.mtu.edu, in person at the Central Ticketing Office in the Student Development Complex. 

Pride Week 2016

It's time for the annual Pride Week hosted by Keweenaw Pride. Come out to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community with a variety of events all week long, starting today.

Today: "Pledge to be an Ally" Stop by the Husky Statue between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and sign a pledge to show your support for the LGBTQAI+ Community at Michigan Tech.

Tomorrow: TED Talk at Canterbury House. Join Keweenaw Pride and the Canterbury House at 6 p.m. for a TED Talk relating to LGBTQAI+ Culture. A short discussion will follow.

Wednesday: KP Movie and Discussion. Join Keweenaw Pride for a movie, "Paris is Burning," to learn about Drag Queen and King culture and discuss the history and how drag is portrayed in media. The movie  starts at 7 p.m. in Fisher 132 with discussion after.

Thursday: "Drag Queen GO" If you want to be the very best ... like no one ever was, go and find some Queens. Take selfies with the posters of the queens around campus and send it to the KP exec email to win a prize. Non-KP members win a free ticket to the drag show and KP members win a reserved seat in the front row.

Friday: Try out some "Identity Cupcakes." Come have gourmet cupcakes and learn more about less-known LGBTQAI+ Identities from 11 a.m. to 1p.m. at the Center for Diversity and Inclusion (Hamar House).

Saturday: 17th Annual Drag Show. Join Keweenaw Pride at 8 p.m. at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts with our lovely host Joey Black, and queens Mercedes Benzova, Jackie Roberts, Harmony Breeze, Nova DiVine, Cass Marie Domino and King Justin Case.

Sunday: Brunch with the Queens at 11 a.m. at the Canterbury House. Come meet the queens without all the makeup.

All Week Long: Stop by the Van Pelt and Opie Library to view our brand new "History of Pride Exhibit."

This week in Career Services

Husky Talks: Following Up with Companies After Career Fair

Haven't yet heard back from companies after the career fair?
Learn how best to follow up: what's the right time, as well as just what to say.

  • 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 11)— click here.
  • 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. Wednesday (Oct.12)—click here.


Biological Sciences Seminar/Visiting Women and Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series

Brenda M. Pracheil, Environmental Sciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will present "New Tools to Answer Old Questions about Sturgeon and Paddlefish" at 4 p.m. Friday (Oct. 14) in Dow 642. 

Read the abstract here.

This seminar is partially sponsored/funded by the Visiting Women and Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series (VWMLSS) which is funded by a grant to the Office of Institutional Equity and Inclusion from the State of Michigan's King-Chavez- Parks Initiative.



The Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors forum will be hosted by Ida Fonkoue, a Ph.D. Candidate in kinesiology and integrative physiology. The forum will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. today (Oct. 10) in Meese 109.


Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar

Christian Langevin, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia, will present "The Role of Numerical Models in Understanding and Managing Coastal Aquifers" from 3 to 4 p.m. today (Oct. 10) in GLRC Room 202.


Peace Corps Prep Information Session

Pavlis Honors College will host a Peace Corps Prep Information Session from 4 to 5 p.m. today (Oct. 10) in the  Wadsworths Hall Cherry Room (138W).

Learn about Peace Corps Prep, a new undergraduate program at Michigan Tech to prepare students for future Peace Corps service or similar experiences. 

For more information on Peace Corps, see Tech Today article.


John and Virginia Towers Distinguished Lecture Series

Michigan Tech alumna Linda Vanasupa of the department of materials engineering center for sustainability in engineering at California Polytechnic State University will present "MS&E at the Interface of Sustainability, Paper Microfluidics and Printed Electronics" at 4 p.m. today (Oct. 10) in M&M 610, as part of the John and Virginia Towers Distinguished Lecture Series. 


Social Justice Lecture Series

The Indigenous Peoples' Day Campaign and the Social Justice Lecture Series are hosting Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz at  5 p.m. today (Oct. 10) in MUB Ballroom A.

For more information, see Tech Today post.


Vanasupa to Visit Tech

Michigan Tech welcomes back Linda Vanasupa an honored alumna who is currently a Professor in the Materials Engineering Department and an Associate Director of the Center for Sustainability in Engineering at California Polytechnic State University. She will visit on today and tomorrow (Oct. 10-11).

For information on the events held by Vanasupa, read previous Tech Today post


Custom Pathway Information Session

The Pavlis Honors College will hold an information session for its Custom Pathway Experiential Learning Community from 4 to 5 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 11) in the Wads Café Annex. 

See previous Tech Today post for more information.


Geoseminar: Jeffrey Lynott

Jeffrey Lynott will present "Mineral Exploration and Ore Deposits for the Great Lakes Region" at the next Geoseminar from  4 to 5 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 11) in Dow 610.


Week of Wellness Registration Open

The Week of Wellness 2016 Events are now open for registration. All events are open to Michigan Tech students, faculty and staff.  More information and options to RSVP for events is available online.

Read the original Tech Today Story.


Campus-wide Photo Session Wednesday

There will be Campus Wide Photo Session held from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 12) room G35 on the garden level of the Administration Building.

In the News

The Keweenaw Time Traveler, an online atlas developed by Michigan Tech faculty, has been featured in several online magazines (Sensors and Systems, Directions Magazine, Earth Imaging Journal.) The coverage focuses on the website's part in an NSF-funded initiative to help rural high school students learn GIS skills.


Marquette's ABC10 highlighted the invisibility cloak work by Elena Semouchkina (ECE) and her lab in a recent video.


The Great Lakes Echo covered research led by the Michigan Tech Research Institute on managing invasive species in the Great Lakes using fungi, drones and site-customized mapping.


Research by André Laplume (SBE) and Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE)) was covered by Strategy+Business in an article "What Does the Rise of 3D Printing Mean for Global Companies?"

Job Posting

Job Posting for Monday, October 10, 2016

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in the Human Resources Department. For more information regarding staff positions, call 7-2280 or email jobs@mtu.edu. For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted.  

Chemical Safety Officer, Compliance, Integrity and Safety. 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.  

IT Connect

Using Computer Classrooms Outside of Class

Have students ever commented to you about computer availability? In addition to the over 200 computers in the Library, students also have access to computer classrooms when a class is not in session. Though classes and special events do have priority, these rooms are open for student use at all other times and are open 24 hours a day. These spaces are a great place for students to collaborate and learn.
Contact IT with any questions you have about computer availability at it-help@mtu.edu or 7-1111.