Business Students Get Grant to Study Eco-Tourism in the UP

Jonathan Leinonen (SBE) has received a $2,500 grant to support a student research study of eco-tourism in the Upper Peninsula. The grant comes from the US Economic Development Administration-funded University Center for Regional Economic Innovation (REI) at the Michigan State University Center for Community and Economic Development.

With Leinonen as faculty advisor, the Michigan Tech student team will collect data on eco-tourism resources and gaps in the UP, compare with successful eco-tourism regions and recommend a stronger business model.

The students are business management, engineering management and marketing majors in a spring semester class called Business Development Experiences.

Human Resources Office Closed Friday Afternoon

The Human Resources Office located in the Lakeshore Center will close at 1:30 p.m. Friday (Dec. 16) for a departmental meeting.

They will reopen for regular business hours on Monday (Dec. 19).

Campus Communicators Meet Thursday

University web liaisons, social media managers, writers and marketers are invited to join Campus Communicators from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday (Dec. 15) in Memorial Union Building conference room B001.

Kim Menzel, expert in mindfulness-based stress reduction for professionals, will lead us through mindfulness exercises to develop ease and balance in our work lives (and maybe make the holidays more serene).

Never been to a campus communicators meeting before? Everyone who has anything to do with communications is welcome. Monthly topics cover all facets, print publications to social media.

Diploma Frames Available from the Alumni House

Looking for the perfect graduation gift for your student workers?

Give them a gift that lets them proudly display and treasure their Michigan Tech diploma. Alumni Engagement is offering high-quality polished black metal frames for a discounted price of $45 to University departments. This is $10 off of the regular price. These frames are 12 inches by 15 inches and come complete with an elegant black matte embossed with the official Michigan Tech seal.

To order, contact the Alumni House at 7-2400.

Proceeds from the sale of these frames support a variety of programs for alumni and students.

Summer Youth Programs Applications are Now Live

As the semester draws to a close and winter approaches, the Center for Pre-College Outreach invites faculty and staff to start thinking summer—Summer Youth Programs. Applications are now live online, and we have another exciting year of programming to offer. 

Since 1972, SYP has offered a platform for thousands of students to engage in the intensive discovery of educational content ranging across the STEM fields, even dipping into additional areas like business, social sciences and outdoor adventures. The 2017 programs will offer more than 40 explorations and eight competitive scholarship programs for students completing grades 6-11. This year, SYP is introducing a few new explorations to the course lineup including Coding for the Internet of Things, a computing course where students learn the fundamentals of programming while interacting with online devices. Other added explorations include partnerships with International Programs and Services (Global Discovery 101, high school) and the Pavlis Honors Institute (The World of Design, high school). 

Each camp is a week long, beginning June 18 and ending July 29. Children and grandchildren of faculty/staff are eligible for a one-time $50 discount off the course of an exploration. For more information on SYP camps, explorations or scholarship opportunities visit the webpage or call the CPCO office at 7-2219.

Commencement Streamed Live

Saturday's midyear commencement will be live streamed so those unable to attend the ceremony may watch it live. The stream will be available here.

Midyear commencement will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the SDC's Wood Gym. Members of the campus community can request tickets to the Midyear Commencement through Ticketing Operations at 7-2073 or by emailing

MTU Keweenaw Alumni Chapter Holiday Social

The Keweenaw Alumni Chapter invites you to enjoy a festive evening at the Keweenaw Brewing Company with Michigan Tech alumni, staff, faculty and friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20.

Cost is $10. Appetizers will be served and a cash bar will be available.

Register by Dec. 16 online or by calling 7-2400. Contact Kay Larson or Erin Thompson at 7-2400 with questions. 

C-Cubed Week 15: Last One of the Semester

The final two C-Cubed luncheons have come upon us and will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited to join us for these two remaining C-Cubed lunches before we break for the winter.

Lunch is $10 (cash, credit and C-Cubed Gift Certificates accepted); attendees may bring their own lunch instead of purchasing the buffet. Fruit-infused water, coffee, tea, cookies and fruit are available free for all.

Even if the food doesn't draw you in, don't miss the opportunity to take a break in a lovely setting with good conversation. 

Korean Chicken with Rice Noodles (GF)
Korean Tofu with Rice Noodles (VE, GF)
Korean Lettuce Salad (VE, GF)

Roasted New York Strip Loin of Beef (GF) with Horseradish Sauce (V, GF)
Vegetable Napoleon (V)
Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes (GF, VE)
Steakhouse Wedge Salad (V, GF) (We'll provide some without bacon for Vegetarians)

V—Vegetarian, VE—Vegan, GF—Gluten Free

Note: There will be no C-Cubed events during Winter Break. We will continue to hold C-Cubed once the Spring Semester starts.

Send any suggestions to Christina Fabian or fill out a feed-back form online

Holiday Party and Sale At PLGC

Portage Lake Golf Course will host a Holiday Party from 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21. Snacks, spirit specials, raffles, drawings, contests and outstanding clearance prices will all be part of the fun. 

Come and place your guess when we will be opening in 2017 and win a prize. Purchase your 2017 season pass at the party and receive a special gift. Enter the drawing and the putting competition for free golf lessons and other gifts. 

Purchase a gift to slip under the tree from our 20 percent or more sale on all merchandise. Buy a gift certificate of $50 or more for a special elf and receive an extra $10 credit on the gift certificate. Wear a Santa hat and receive an extra 5 percent off of any purchase. 

Come and share good cheer with your fellow golfers during this season of giving. Ho! Ho! Ho!

Lucchini and Redmond Named Players of the Week

Michigan Tech sophomore forward Jake Lucchini was named WCHA Offensive Player of the Week and freshman goaltender Angus Redmond was named WCHA Rookie of the Week after the Huskies' WCHA sweep of Bowling Green over the weekend.

Twice last weekend, Tech was tied in the third period, and twice, Lucchini delivered the tie-breaking, game-winning goal, lifting the Huskies to a key WCHA road sweep. With Tech trailing 1-0 Friday,

This is Lucchini's first career WCHA weekly award.

Redmond continued to stake his claim as the nation's top rookie goaltender, stopping 47-of-49 shots (.959 save percentage) in Tech's road sweep.

One of two WCHA goaltenders to win both starts last weekend, the freshman from Langley, British Columbia paced the league with a 1.00 goals-against average. He made 25 saves in the Huskies' 3-1 win Friday, then another 22 stops Saturday in a 2-1 triumph. Redmond continues to lead the country with a 1.40 goals-against average this season, while he is fourth with a .937 save percentage, and sixth with a .821 winning mark (11-2-1). This is Redmond's third WCHA weekly award of his freshman campaign, including one Defensive Player of the Week accolade.

The Huskies, who have played every weekend of the season and the most games of anyone in the country, are off until the 52nd annual Great Lakes Invitational—the final GLI at Joe Louis Arena. Tech plays Michigan for the third time this season on Dec. 29.

Heise Named Player of the Week

Brenna Heise of the Michigan Tech women's basketball team has been chosen as the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference North Division Player of the Week. Heise helped power the team to a pair of conference victories on the road trip to Ohio. The Huskies defeated Lake Erie College 71-54 on Thursday and recorded an impressive 75-59 win over Ohio Dominican on Saturday.

Heise, a redshirt junior from New London, Wisconsin, scored 22 points and had a career high 12 rebounds on her way to her first ever double-double in the win over Lake Erie.

She followed that up with a 17-point and five rebound effort in the victory at Ohio Dominican. 

Heise and the Huskies are now 6-2 on the season and 2-1 in the GLIAC going into this week. Tech will host Hillsdale on Thursday and then entertain Findlay on Saturday. 

Thursday's tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. and Saturday's game is slated for 4 p.m.

All Michigan Tech Employees are Invited

Michigan Tech's Student Affairs and Advancement Professional Development Committee is hosting a Mini-professional Development Day event on campus Thursday, Jan. 5.

Three sessions from the 2016 Professional Development Day will be repeated, giving employees another opportunity to participate and benefit from the knowledge/expertise of others at the University. For more information on program sessions and how to register, click here.

Contact Paula Nutini at 7-3609 with any questions.

Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar

The next Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 15) in Dow 642. 

Chao Zhang, a PhD candidate will present "Lowest Matric Potential in Quartz: Metadynamics Evidence."

Zhang says the presentation is just a milestone for his research. "Since I am still working on my research, the presenation will unfortunately only emphasize Phase I of the student which includes how I get into this realm, what SHM has to do with steel structures and what's next." 

The seminar is open to the public.

Physics Colloquium

Alex Nitz, Albert Einstein Institute, Hannover, Germany will present "Observing Gravitational Waves with Advanced LIGO" at the Physics Colloquium at 11 a.m. Friday (Dec. 16) in Fisher 139.

Advanced LIGO recently completed its first observing run from September 2015 to January 2016. One of the primary goals of Advanced LIGO is the detection of binary neutron star, neutron-star black hole and binary black hole mergers. Nitz will discuss the methods used to detect gravitational waves, the recent results from the first observing run, including the discovery of the binary black hole merger GW150914 and prospects for observing in the future.

In Print

John Baeten, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology PhD Candidate, Nancy Langston (SS) and Don Lafreniere (SS) recently published an article titled "A Geospatial Approach to Uncovering the Hidden Waste Footprint of Lake Superior's Mesabi Iron Range" in The Extractive Industries and Society. The article is available for download until Jan. 26 at this link.

Baeten recently had a post published by NiCHE (Network in Canadian History and Environment) for their "Seeds: New Research in Environmental History" Series, titled "Busting Ghosts: Building an HGIS to Reveal Historical Mine Waste Producers and Develop Strategies to Mitigate Future Risk."

Job Postings

Job Postings for Tuesday, December 13, 2016

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

Building Mechanic I, Facilities. AFSCME Posting 12/13/16-12/19/16. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. Apply online.

Custodian (12 months/16 hours/Shift Varies), Facilities. AFSCME Posting 12/13/16-12/19/16. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. Apply online.

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