No Tech Today, Thanksgiving Day, Friday

Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, there will be no Tech Today, Thursday or Friday. Tech Today will resume on Monday Nov. 28. The deadline for articles intended to run on Monday, is noon tomorrow (Nov. 23).

Three Students named University Innovation Fellows

Three Michigan Tech students are among 169 students from 49 higher education institutions worldwide to be named University Innovation Fellows.

The three Tech students are Rachel Kolb, Kyle Ludwig, and Adam Weber. 

The University Innovation Fellows program empowers students to become agents of change at their schools. Fellows work to ensure that their peers gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to compete in the economy of the future and make a positive impact on the world. To accomplish this, the Fellows advocate for lasting institutional change and create opportunities for students to engage with innovation, entrepreneurship, design thinking and creativity at their schools.

Fellows design innovation spaces, start entrepreneurship organizations, host experiential learning events and work with faculty to develop new courses.

Weber says he is "ecstatic" to be an Innovation Fellow at Michigan Tech. "It will allow me to spread entrepreneurial spirit on campus and encourage innovation."

Weber, a fourth-year computer network and system administration major from Iron Mountain has been vice president of the Entrepreneurship Club on campus for the past two years. 

"I think one of the contributing factors that helped place me with the fellows is my involvement with the Entrepreneurship Club," he says. 

Kolb says she is excited to be named a University Fellow as well. "It's such a unique opportunity through which I can help induce change on the Michigan Tech Campus—something I now recognize as an important part of our success as an educational institution."

The third-year mechanical engineering major from Alma, Michigan described the process of becoming a University Innovation Fellow. 

"I went through a six-week training where I learned about design thinking, innovation and entrepreneurship, all of which were topics I was not familiar with before this year."

Ludwig, a fourth-year computer engineering major from Traverse City, Michigan, says because the University Fellows program is focused on design thinking and lean startup strategies, it was a goo fit for him.

"Since I've been reading about the ideas for some time, I was glad to join UIF and give a student perspective to the goals the University has adopted in recent years in entrepreneurship and innovation." 

The program is run by Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design. With the addition of the new Fellows, the program has trained 776 students at 164 institutions since its creation.

“We believe that students can be so much more than just the customers of their education. They can be leaders of change and they can co-design the higher education experience,” said Humera Fasihuddin, co-director of the University Innovation Fellows program.

“This core belief has driven the program since its inception, and we’ve seen the results of this belief put to action at schools around the world. Fellows are collaborating with their peers, faculty and administrators to create more educational opportunities for students at their schools. They are making measurable gains, both in the number of resources and the students served by the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem.”

Individual Fellows as well as institutional teams of Fellows are sponsored by faculty and administrators and selected through an application process twice annually.

Throughout the year, they take part in events and conferences and have opportunities to learn from one another, Stanford mentors and leaders in academia and industry.

Retiree Open Enrollment Session

There will be a 2017 Benefits Open Enrollment session for retirees from 3 to 5 p.m. tomorrow, (Nov. 22) in the Memorial Union Building Ballroom B3.

Contact Benefit Services at or 7-2517 should you have any questions.

Auditions for "Sexual Perversity in Chicago" next week.

The Tech Theatre Company will hold public auditions for David Mamet’s "Sexual Perversity in Chicago" on Wednesday, Nov. 30 and Thursday, Dec. 1.

Auditions will be held in the McArdle Theatre on the second floor of the Walker Arts and Humanities Center. Auditions are set to begin at 7 p.m. each evening with actors asked to arrive at 6:45 p.m. Call backs as needed will be held on Friday Dec. 2. 

No preparation or previous acting experience is required. Rehearsals begin January 9, 2017.

All actors will not be required at all rehearsals. Parts are available for two men and two women and possibly non speaking parts for up to two more women and two more men.

"Sexual Perversity in Chicago"  contains mature and graphic language in revealing the heartache and humor of American sexual behavior. According to Director Roger Held, play "explores the nature of sexual relationships: their awkward, unreasonable natures, and how humans stubbornly cling to them in spite of heartache."

Held says the Obie-award winning play, first produced in 1974, "continues to speak to generations of young adults in the unyielding clutches of sexual inelegance.”

Performance dates are Feb. 16 – 18 and 23 – 35, in the McArdle Theatre.

This Week in Husky Sports

Hockey won its fourth straight game Friday with a 3-2 win at Alaska Anchorage and then tied (1-1) with the Seawolves Saturday. UAA earned the extra WCHA point with a 1-0 win in the sudden death shootout after a 5-minute overtime and a 3-on-3 overtime. Tech is now unbeaten in its last five games and travels farther north to Fairbanks to play the Alaska Nanooks after Thanksgiving. The Huskies are 7-6-3 overall and second in the WCHA standings with a 6-2-2-1 conference mark.

The Huskies won the first two games at the SDC Gym to remain undefeated at 3-0. They beat Minnesota-Crookston 74-53 Friday and Concordia-St. Paul 76-62 Saturday. Tech trailed at halftime Saturday but outscored the Golden Bears 25-11 in the third quarter to take control. The Huskies travel to Southern Indiana to play Bellarmine and USI this weekend.

The Huskies dropped a pair of games during the home-opening weekend. Southwest Minnesota State squeaked out a 73-69 win Friday and Minnesota State Moorhead won 90-82 Saturday. Tech now travels west to play at Minnesota Duluth Saturday and Concordia-St. Paul Monday (Nov. 28).

The 2016 volleyball season came to an end in thrilling fashion in the GLIAC Tournament. The Huskies lost 3-2 at Saginaw Valley State in a match that went to extra points in the first four sets. Seniors Aubrey Ficek and Rachel Pohlod both had career nights in their final match in a Huskies' uniform. Tech finished 16-15 on the season and was playing in its second GLIAC Tournament in a row. On Saturday, Pohlod was named to the All-GLIAC First Team while Ficek got a Second Team nod and Stephanie Dietrich was an Honorable Mention selection.


• Nordic Skiing at West Yellowstone Ski Festival
• Hockey at Alaska, 11:07 p.m. on 93.5 FM 

• Nordic Skiing at West Yellowstone Ski Festival
• Women's Basketball vs. Bellarmine (at Evansville, Ind.), 1 p.m. on 93.5 FM 
• Men's Basketball at Minnesota Duluth, 4 p.m. on 93.5 FM 
• Hockey at Alaska, 11:07 p.m. on 93.5 FM 

• Women's Basketball vs. Southern Indiana, 3:30 p.m. on 93.5 FM

For more on Husky sports visit

Reminders 11/22

Special Operating Hours Over Thanksgiving Break

The University will be closed on the following days:

  • Thanksgiving Day – Thursday, Nov. 24
  • Day after Thanksgiving – Friday, Nov. 25

Business Operations has posted the departmental hours of operation during the Thanksgiving break on their website.

This will be updated regularly prior to Nov. 23. If your department has not yet submitted your Special Operating Hours, please do so using the google form posted on the website. For questions, please contact Business Operations at 7-2148.


Wilderness First Responder Course Offered Through OAP

Interested in enhancing your skills in the outdoors? Become a Wilderness First Responder(WFR). The Outdoor Adventure Program will be hosting a five-day WFR course with Wilderness Medical Associates Jan. 2-6. 

For more information, read this Tech Today post.

In the News

The Detroit Free Press published an article about Leah Vucetich (SFRES) and her research on the scat of wolves in Isle Royale National Park. See article here.