Tech Theatre's "Silent Sky" Opens Tomorrow

Michigan Tech Theatre Company's first production of the new academic year, "Silent Sky," opens tomorrow at the McArdle Theatre in the Walker Arts and Humanities Center.

In “Silent Sky” playwright Lauren Gundeson tells the story of astronomer Henrietta Swan Leavitt. The play blends the discovery of how to measure the universe with the essence of the discoverer’s life story. 

Set against the turmoil of the cry for social justice at the beginning of the 20th century, the chronicle of Leavitt counterpoints the power of a passion for work with the desire for love and family. 

Join Tech Theatre for a play that contemplates the life, challenges and contributions to our understanding of the universe. Leavitt discovered the first way of measuring the universe, to demonstrate that heavens were larger than the Milky Way, the limit of creation in her day.

“Silent Sky,” will be performed six times over two weeks, Thursday - Saturday, October 13 – 15 and again Oct. 20 – 22, in the McArdle Theatre. Performance time is 7:30 p.m. each night.

According to Director Roger Held, “In spite of the confusion of everyday life with family, making a living, paying taxes, enduring schedules, surviving deadlines, coping with aged vehicles, navigating love and sex, being immersed in political realms of all kinds (science, arts and academia included) peopled with an over-abundance of unpleasant and damaged souls, we are buoyed by the passion for doing difficult things: Henrietta Leavitt is one of us; persons who throw a net, gathering in pieces of some realm of endeavor, envisioning the pattern of relationships within the flotsam they’ve caught and teasingly calculating an understanding of some small piece of a greater puzzle.”

Tickets 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, in person at the Central Ticket Office in the Student Development Complex or the night of the event, one hour before show time, at the McArdle Theatre Box Office.

Make a Difference Day

Saturday, Oct. 22 marks the 13th annual Make a Difference Day at Michigan Tech. Make a Difference Day is known as "the national day of doing good." It is celebrated by helping your local community through service and volunteering and the best part is that everyone can participate.

Here at Tech, teams of volunteers meet in the Memorial Union Commons to check-in, receive their site information, then head out to numerous projects throughout the community and on campus.

How can you get involved? Registration is open until Wednesday, Oct.19. Click here to sign up as a group or individually.

Questions can be directed to or Student Activities at 7-1963.

Cyber Law: Maximizing Safety and Minimizing Risk in Classrooms

Aimee Bissonette will present "Cyber Law: Maximizing Safety and Minimizing Risk in Classrooms" from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20 in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. If you are interested in attending this event, contact Rachelle Gariepy by Friday (Oct. 14).

This presentation provides an overview of the legal issues associated with technology in the K-12 schools. Discussion topics include: cyberbullying, inappropriate use of the Internet by students, teachers and staff, school policies, procedures and contracts, and ethical issues. In this interactive session, participants will discuss legal cases involving social networking (including student and teacher misuse of social networking sites and school disciplinary actions that arguably cross the line) and the role of schools in those cases. Participants will also discuss other technology-related scenarios, with an eye toward developing strategies and averting legal problems should an issue arise in their school.

Bissonette is a lawyer, teacher and writer. She has written extensively for trade publications and conducts training sessions for corporate, educational and nonprofit groups (nationally and internationally) on the topics of copyright, rights negotiation and licensing, and the legal issues associated with technology in schools. She has written web site copy for two web sites on intellectual property and copyright law and has written and co-produced a satellite broadcast for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities titled "Copyright Considerations for Higher Education." She practices law with Little Buffalo Law & Consulting in Minneapolis, MN.

A Conversation with Social Sciences: On Industrial Ruination

Author Ginger Strand will lead "A Conversation with Social Sciences: On Industrial Ruination" from noon to 1 p.m. Monday (Oct. 17) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. Bring your lunch. 

Strand is interested in a conversation with industrial archaeologists and historic preservationists on industrial sites and ruins.  Read her Orion article on "Beautiful Ruination." 

Strand is the author of one novel and three books of narrative nonfiction, and has published essays and fiction in many places, including Harper's, The Believer, Tin House, The Iowa Review, The New England Review and the New York Times, as well as This Land and Orion, where she is a contributing editor.

A former fellow in the Behrman Center for the Humanities at Princeton, she has received grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Mellon Foundation, the Eisenhower Foundation, and the American Antiquarian Society. Visit her website


Upcoming Climate Cafe: Date Change

More than 80 people came out to discuss the science of climate change last month and the Keweenaw Climate Community (KCC) group continues their series of discussion-centered events this week.

In the second of a four-part event series, KCC members cover the causes of climate change. A short presentation on the history of global energy usage will be followed with an open discussion from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday  (Oct. 13) at the Orpheum Theater in Hancock with free pizza and soft drinks.

The final two events will be Nov. 3 and Dec. 1. Don't worry if you missed the first event, all are welcome to attend including kids, and there is no admission charge, but donations to help cover food and space rental costs will be accepted.

 The series is organized by the KCC, sponsored by the local chapter of the American Chemical Society and the Department of Social Sciences at Michigan Tech.

Film Board Presents "The Secret Life of Pets"

This Weekend, Film Board presents "The Secret Life of Pets."

Friday, Oct. 14—5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 15—2:30, 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 16—2:30, 5:30 p.m.

Located in Fisher 135, tickets are $3 each. Concessions are just $1 with 50 percent donated to the Copper County Humane Society.

"The Secret Life of Pets" is Rated PG for action and some rude humor.

Order Now for Cupcake Day

Tuesday, Oct. 18 is national cupcake day. The campus bakery is offering four assorted hand-crafted decorated cupcakes for $3.50. Order yours today at
These fresh-baked goodies can be ordered now through noon Monday, Oct. 17.
Your cupcakes can be picked up and paid for from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18 in the Memorial Union food court.

Hudak Named GLIAC Defensive Player of the Week

Junior goalkeeper Kirsen Hudak of the Michigan Tech soccer team has been selected as the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week for her performances in a pair of key victories for the Huskies over the weekend.

Hudak, a native of Racine, Wisconsin, added nine more saves to her 2016 totals while notching her fifth shutout of the season, running her overall record to 8-2-1.

Hudak turned away eight shots to preserve a 2-1 win at Saginaw Valley State Friday followed by one save on Sunday at Northwood in a 3-0 result.

On the season, Hudak has 56 saves compared to only seven goals allowed while her goals against average of 0.62 ranks second in the GLIAC. She is also tied for second in the conference in total wins and shutouts. 

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


Husky Sports in Review


Michigan Tech opened WCHA play with a pair of losses at No. 19 Minnesota State over the weekend. The Mavericks won 3-1 Friday and 4-0 Saturday. The Huskies open up the home portion of their schedule this weekend against Alabama Huntsville. The puck drops at 7:07 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. Michigan Tech welcomes back NHL All-Star MVP John Scott Friday night. Scott and his family will drop the puck to begin the game and he will also sign posters for fans. The first 1,000 fans at Saturday night's game will get a MacNaughton Cup T-shirt.


Soccer extended its unbeaten streak to four games with a pair of victories downstate. Tech defeated Saginaw Valley State 2-1 Friday and Northwood 3-0 Sunday. The Huskies improved to 8-2-1 overall and 4-1-1 in the GLIAC. They are tied for second in the conference standings.


Volleyball went 2-1 on the weekend, defeating Walsh and Fairmont State, both 3-1, before falling to No. 5-ranked Wheeling Jesuit. Aubrey Ficek averaged 15 kills per match to lead the offense, while Halie Hart led the defense with 13 digs per match. Tech is the GLIAC's No. 7 seed at this weekend's Midwest Regional Crossover Tournament in Aurora, Ill. 


The Michigan Tech men's and women's cross country teams both finished eighth at the Conference Crossover hosted by Lewis University on Saturday. Sophia Farquhar (22nd) paced the women's team again this week. Matt Pahl guided the men's team Saturday, finishing 28th overall.


The Huskies split their matches downstate over the weekend. They defeated Hillsdale 6-3 Friday and fell at Wayne State 5-4 Saturday. Kwang Suthijindawong and Sandra Cvetanovic both won all four of their matches. The Huskies return home this weekend, hosting Tiffin on Saturday and Findlay Sunday at the Gates Tennis Center.  



  • Soccer at Lake Erie, 2 p.m.
  • Volleyball vs. Cedarville, 3:30 p.m. at Midwest Regional Crossover (Aurora, Ill.)
  • Cross Country at UP Championships (Marquette), 4 p.m.
  • Hockey vs. Alabama Huntsville, 7:07 p.m. at MacInnes Student Ice Arena and on 93.5 FM


  • Women's Tennis vs. Tiffin, 10 a.m. at Gates Tennis Center
  • Volleyball vs. Quincy, 11 a.m. at Midwest Regional Crossover (Aurora, Ill.)
  • Football at Tiffin, 1 p.m. on 93.5 FM
  • Volleyball vs. Rockhurst, 5 p.m. at Midwest Regional Crossover (Aurora, Ill.)
  • Hockey vs. Alabama Huntsville, 7:07 p.m. at MacInnes Student Ice Arena and on 93.5 FM


  • Women's Tennis vs. Findlay, 10 a.m. at Gates Tennis Center
  • Soccer at Walsh, 1 p.m.

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Kevin Phillips, PhD Candidate in kinesiology and integrative physiology, will present "Performance, Visual Attention, and Psychophysiological States in Rock Climbing" at the ACSHF Forum from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17 in Meese 109.

The sport of rock climbing has seen a consistent increase in participation over the past few decades. This growth in popularity has been so significant that the sport was recently accepted for inclusion in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Investigation of the physiological, biomechanical and psychological aspects of rock climbing has also gained substantial interest. Therefore, this presentation will highlight rock climbing research that was recently completed here at Michigan Tech along with an overview and proposal for future research aimed at understanding psychophysiological aspects of the sport.


Husky Talks: Following Up with Companies After the Career Fair

Haven't heard back yet from companies after the career fair?
Learn how best to follow up from 
12:10 to 12:50 p.m. today (Oct.12). Click here for details.


Information Session on BS in Management and Concentrations

Consider attending the information session on the bachelor of science degree in management and concentrations in entrepreneurship and supply chain and operations management

This session will be at 4 p.m. today (Oct. 12) in Academic Offices Building Room 101. 

To learn more about the BS in management and concentrations, see previous Tech Today article.


Accelerated Tech MBA Info Session

Learn about the Accelerated Tech MBA Program at the info session at 5 p.m. today (Oct. 12) in the Academic Offices Building Room 101. Pizza and soda will be provided.


Sexual Violence Support Group for Students

T.E.A.L (To Empower And Liberate) is a group that provides support to Michigan Tech students who have experienced sexual violence including childhood sexual abuse.

This group provides support to individuals of recent or past sexual violence in a safe, non-judgmental group that meets from 3 to 4 p.m. every other Thursday starting on Oct. 13. 

Fore more information, see Tech Today post.


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.


Students on the Autism Spectrum: Traits and Teaching Tactics Luncheon Workshop

In this collaborative CTL and Student Disabilities Services event, participants will first explore traits typical of students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and why such students might be more common at Michigan Tech. We'll then explore instructional strategies that best serve the needs of these learners.  Staff from Michigan Rehabilitation Services will join the luncheon to offer a broader perspective related to both education and employment. Join us at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 18.
 Lunch will be provided to those who register by Friday (Oct. 14).   

In the News

CNBC broadcast a story about a recent report on the 15 colleges and universities whose graduates earn the most, noting that Michigan Tech was number 11 on the list.


TechCentury, an engineering and technology news web site published by the Engineering Society of Detroit, featured an article about Dean Terry Sharik (SFRES) establishing an endowed fund to support workforce diversity in natural resources.


Channel 9 & 10 from downstate Cadillac aired a visit to the Michigan Tech campus Tuesday morning as part of their "Michigan This Morning" segment. The program ran six three-minute segments recorded on campus Sept. 27. University President Glenn Mroz, GLRC Director Guy Meadows, Career Services Director Steve Patchin, Rozsa Center Director Mary Muncil Jennings and USG President Sam Casey were among those interviewed. You can watch the segments online

On the Road

Shiyan Hu (ECE) is delivering a keynote talk at the Ninth IEEE International Conference on Cyber, Physical and Social Computing (CPSCom 2016). CPSCom, sponsored by IEEE Computer Society, is a major CPS technical conference in IEEE and is a premier forum to bring together researchers to present the state-of-the-art research results and exchange ideas in the area of CPS. In the ninth year of the successful CPSCom conference series, the organizing committee invited three world-leading CPS experts to deliver the keynote speeches. 
Hu will deliver the talk of "Smart Energy Cyber-Physical System Security: Threat Analysis and Defense Technologies." In addition to directing the Center for Cyber-Physical Systems on campus, he is an ACM Distinguished Speaker, an IEEE Computer Society Distinguished Visitor, an invited participant for U.S. National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, and a recipient of National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award. He is a Fellow of IET and the Editor-In-Chief of IET Cyber-Physical Systems: Theory & Applications. More information about his keynote speech can be found online.