There's Still Time to Contribute to United Way

University faculty and staff are reminded that they can still participate in this year's United Way campus campaign. 

Seventeen non-profit health and human service organizations in Houghton and Keweenaw counties are supported by the campaign and depend on the generous support of Michigan Tech employees. Organizers would like to thank all those who have already contributed.

Employees can make a difference for people in the Keweenaw by donating by cash or check, pledging an amount through payroll deduction or with a credit card payment by accessing the Copper Country United Way website. You can access the donation form here.

Employees may also return their forms to Lori Weir at 100 G1 Facilties Bldg, or via email at llweir@mtu.edu by Friday, Nov. 30.

Feel free to contact Weir with questions at 7-1452.

Black Friday Sale

University Images will have a Black Friday Sale from noon to 5 p.m.  this Friday (Nov. 25). Come in and check out some of the great deals.

There's 20 percent off black apparel, in-store and free shipping on all online orders from tomorrow (Nov. 24) to Monday (Nov.28).

We look forward to seeing you and hope you all have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend.

Morgan Anderson Named Player of the Week

Morgan Anderson of the Michigan Tech women's basketball team has been named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference North Division Player of the Week after helping guide the Huskies to a pair of non-conference wins over the weekend. Tech topped Minnesota-Crookston 74-53 Friday night and Concordia St. Paul on Saturday 76-62.

Anderson, a senior guard from De Pere, Wisconsin, averaged 19 points per game over the weekend. She connected on 50 percent of her shots from behind the arc and cashed in eight of nine attempts at the free throw line. She also combined to dish out 10 assists and hauled down five rebounds to go along with her point totals. 

Anderson and the Huskies are 3-0 to start the 2016-17 campaign and have two more big non-conference games coming up this weekend. Tech will play Bellarmine at the University of Southern Indiana Thanksgiving Classic on Saturday followed by a showdown with the host school Southern Indiana on Sunday.

Saturday's tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. with Sunday's contest set for 3:30 p.m.

Tech Volleyball Signs Three

Michigan Tech volleyball coach Matt Jennings today announced three players—Laura DeMarchi (Milan, Italy), Olivia Ghormley (Oneida, Wis.) and Megan Utlak (Parma, Ohio)—have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Huskies for the 2017 season.

"Laura, Olivia and Megan are fantastic additions to our program and university," Jennings said.

"These three bring an excellent record of academic and athletic achievement, along with a diverse set of experiences with them to Houghton that will add a great deal to our team and campus community. I am so thankful for the trust they've shown us in their decisions to become a Huskies. I'm excited to get started with them this summer."

Laura DeMarchi is a 5-7 setter who played the 2015 season at Whittemore-Prescott High School in Whittemore, Mich., as an Italian exchange student. She was named team MVP that season. 

"Laura is a great pick up and will add immediate depth at the setter position for us," said Jennings. "She really impressed us on her visit and after spending some time in the gym with her, it was clear that she could bring a lot of skill to our team. She's a competitor and a tough defender. In addition to her setting ability, she has solid ball control and a wicked serve.

Olivia Ghormley is 5-11 outside hitter. She was named the 2016 Fox River Classic Conference Player of the Year during her senior season at Pulaski High School. She led the league in kills with more than 430 while hitting .359. Ghormley was a three-time First Team All-Fox River Classic Conference selection and earned a spot on the 2016 National A2 Invitational Team Roster. 

"Olivia is a very good player that adds a great deal of scoring ability to our offense," Jennings said. "She has a strong arm, solid ball control, and can hit a variety of shots that score."

Megan Utlak is a 5-5 libero/defensive specialist. She was a four-year starter for Parma High School and four-time Northeast Ohio Conference All-Division selection. She was also a team captain and team MVP and one of the top students in her class. Utlak plays club for The Academy Volleyball of Cleveland.

"We first saw Megan play when she was libero and captain of one of the best 16 club teams in the nation," said Jennings. "Right away, we were drawn to her court presence and the way she commanded the backcourt at such a young age."

To read the full story and find out more about Michigan Tech sports visit michigantechhuskies.com.

ACSHF Forum

Steven Elmer (KIP), will present "Integrated Neuromuscular Function: Aspects and Applications" at the ACSHF forum from 2 to 3 p.m. on Monday Nov. 28 in Meese 109.

Reminders

No Tech Today, Thanksgiving, Friday

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

Pie Pickup Today

If you ordered from dining services for their annual Day-Before-Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie Sale, you can pick up and pay for your pies in the Memorial Union Food Court from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. today (Nov. 23).

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Toys for Tots

Michigan Tech is once again participating in the Toys for Tots program running now until Dec. 9. While you are out shopping for the holidays, consider purchasing a toy that will benefit a local child.

The program is looking for new, unwrapped donations for children up to age 16. Donation boxes are located on the first floor of the Administration Building by the elevators and near the administration offices in the Forestry Building. Visit Toys for Tots website for more information.

New Funding

Wayne Weaver (ECE/AIM) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $46,000 research and development contract from Sandia National Laboratories. 

The title of the project is "Meta-Stability of Pulsed Load Microgrids." This is a six and a half month project.