Another Success—21st Annual LeaderShape Held Last Week

Michigan Tech held the 21st annual LeaderShape Institute last week at the Ford Center in Alberta.
The event began on Jan. 2 and concluded last Saturday (Jan. 7) with 53 Michigan Tech students graduating from the program.
The Institute is intended to help participants develop leadership skills to benefit them individually, as well as benefit their communities and organizations. The program is designed to help young leaders learn to “lead with integrity."
The students spent all last week at the Ford Center going through the program that was facilitated by two LeaderShape co-leads, five Michigan Tech staff/faculty (Brigitte Morin, Heather Simpson, Rachel Jones, Tony Jones and Eric Halonen) and two undergraduate coordinators (Greta Colford and Keagan Fortier). 
Graduates from the program will be invited to a reunion event on Monday, March 27 to help them "stay in action" and continue to work towards their goals. 
Student Activities wishes to thank the departments and people who donated time and money to help make the Institute a success.

Winter Weather is Here

Michigan Tech is open today and all University activities are going on as scheduled. A reminder from Human Resources that during times when weather conditions deteriorate, each person within the University community must exercise personal judgment about their ability to get to or from campus.

Interruptions in work due to weather are no different from other events that cause us to leave work early or arrive late.

The first thing employees should do is contact their supervisor directly and explain the situation.

Hourly employees may use vacation or comp time to make up for the hours missed due to bad weather. Exempt employees are expected to fulfill their regular job responsibilities.

Exercise caution in conditions such as we've experienced this week. In the event the local public schools are closed, remember that Michigan Tech has a policy regarding Children in the Workplace.

For questions or concerns, employees should contact Human Resources at 7-2280 or email Amy Mensch.

Forestry Forum

A Forestry forum, "Over the River and Through the Woods: A Story About the Vulnerability of Boreal and Arctic Soil Carbon" will be held at 3 p.m. Friday (Jan. 13) in Forestry G002. A social will follow from 4 to 5 p.m. in the atrium.

Evan Kane (SFRES) will discuss some of the ongoing research investigating the vulnerability of boreal and arctic soils to change in an altered future climate. He will present recent findings from studies following the massive fire years (2004, 2005 and 2015) in Alaska and Canada, and track the fate of soil carbon in arctic and boreal forests and peatlands into trace gases, particulates and dissolved phases.

Green Film Series: Issues and Dialogue Schedule

Green Film Series: Issues and Dialogue will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays (January through May) in G002 Hesterberg Hall, Noblet Forestry Building.

Enjoy coffee, dessert and facilitated discussion. There is no admission, but a $3 donation is suggested.   

The first films, "After Coal" (60 min) and "Half Life" (12 min), will be shown Thursday, Jan. 19.

"After Coal" profiles individuals building a new future in the coalfields of central Appalachia and Wales. Welsh coalfields were shut down in the 1980s, eliminating more than 20,000 jobs while Appalachian coalfields lost 20,000+ mining jobs from 1994-2014. Both regions have survived disasters associated with mining production and waste disposal, and each has explored strategies for remembering the past while looking to the future. What lessons does this film have for us today?

"Half Life: America’s Last Uranium Milldescribes the Ute tribe’s concern that toxic and radioactive contamination from the White Mesa Mill in SE Utah threatens their water supply and way of  life. Why is this a common outcome of so many mines and/or mineral processing facilities? How can we change the ending? 

The discussion facilitator will be Roman Sidortsov (Energy Policy, SS).

A complete schedule and monthly green film flyers can be found online.

This event is cosponsored by Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, Michigan Tech Great Lakes Research Center, Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and Keweenaw Land Trust. 

Huskies Power Through Last Day of Nationals

The Michigan Tech men's and women's Nordic ski teams wrapped up competition at the US Nationals on Tuesday. The men competed in a 30-kilometer classic race, while the women skied in a 20K.

Sonja Hedblom took the lead for the women's team, placing 54th overall clocking in at a time of 1:15:07. Following Hedblom, were Carolyn Lucca (64th) and Ruth Oppliger (74th). 

Head Coach Joe Haggenmiller said, "It was a very challenging day for the skiers, coaching staff and the organization. Tommy Mikkonen and Sonja Hedblom were our top skiers on the day and I think they both skied very well considering the conditions. Carolyn Lucca had a very respectable day. Both Carolyn and Sonja were very competitive, especially when looking at the college field."

The Huskies had two men finishers in the top 100. Tommy Mikkonen was Tech's best finisher for the men's team. Mikkonen turned in an overall time of 1:32:30, placing 55th overall. Daniel Wood ranked 85th overall. 

In the 2017 College Cup of the U.S .Nationals, the Tech men took sixth overall with 261 total points, five points shy of fifth place. The women's team held the 14th spot in in the cup with a total of 119 points.

"It is exciting to see our men come in sixth as a team against all of the best college programs in the country," said Haggenmiller.

"This is a big accomplishment to begin our conference season. We were able to go to toe to toe with the strong Western programs and take some of them down. However, I don't think we were at our best this week, but we certainly have some positives to build on."

The Huskies will be back in action on January 21-22nd for the Telemark Central Super NCAA/JNQ Series in Cable, Wisconsin.

For the full story and more on Michigan Tech sports, visit

Men's and Women's Basketball Opens GLIAC North Schedule Tonight.

The Michigan Tech Men's and Women's basketball teams open their Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference North Division schedule on the road with games at Wayne State tonight and Saginaw Valley State tomorrow. 

The Michigan Tech women are 9-3 overall and 5-2 in the GLIAC, tied for second with Grand Valley. Wayne State is 5-9/2-5 while Saginaw Valley sits atop the North Division at 10-3 overall and a conference mark of 6-1.



The men are 6-8 overall and 4-3 in the conference, tied for third with Saturday's opponent Saginaw Valley. They'll take on the top team in the North Division, Wayne State, in Detroit tonight.

The women tip off at 5:30 p.m. tonight, followed by the men at 7:30 p.m.. Saturday's games are 1 p.m. for the women and 3 p.m. for the men. 

All games can be heard on local radio, 93.5 FM with Michigan Tech Director of Athletic Communication Kirk McDonnell calling the play-by-play.

Audio steaming is available at Video streaming and live stats are also available.


To read the full stories and find out more on Michigan Tech sports, visit

Teaching at Tech Luncheon Workshop — Teaching Accessibly: Attending to the Needs of All Students

When we think about accessibility, we often focus on students with specific disabilities. The growing discussion about accessibility, however, includes making information available to as many students as possible.
Teaching involves using many types of media (written documents, videos, presentation, websites, etc.), all of which have unique accessibility concerns.
In this workshop, we'll explore time-efficient ways of designing course materials that meet the needs of students with a widening range of abilities.   
Join us at noon Tuesday, Jan. 24 for this luncheon workshop. Lunch will be provided to those who register by Friday, Jan. 20.

Biomedical Engineering Faculty Candidate Seminar

Biomedical Engineering Faculty Candidate Joao Silva Soares will present a research seminar titled "Modeling, Experimentation and Simulation: Design-aid Tools for Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering"  at 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19 in M&M U113.


C-Cubed This Week

C-Cubed lunches are held weekly from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday throughout the school year in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited.

Butter Chicken (GF)
Vegan Butter Chickpeas (VE, GF)
Flat Bread (V)

Award Winning Steak Chili (GF)
Award Winning Chili Verde (GF, VE)
Assortment of Fresh Toppings (V)
Corn Bread (V)

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

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


Physics Colloquium

There will be a Physics Colloquium for graduate presentations at 4 p.m. today (Jan. 12) in Fisher 139.


Film Board Presents "The Accountant"

Tomorrow, Jan. 13 — 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 14 — 2:30, 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 15 — 2:30, 5:30 p.m.

Located in Fisher 135. Tickets are $3 and concessions are $1 each.

The Accountant is rated R for strong violence and language.


28th Annual MLK Banquet

Join the Center for Diversity and Inclusion for Michigan Tech's 28th annual MLK Banquet Celebration. This long-standing tradition at Tech shows the strong community we create and that as Huskies we can work toward a more equitable future.

This year Robert Scott will be the keynote speaker. Scott manages several key projects in support of the diversity and outreach strategy and programs across the Engineering College at the University of Michigan.

The banquet will be held at 6 p.m. Monday (Jan. 16) in the MUB Ballroom. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are free but registration is required at the following link

In the News

The San Antonio Business News, the Seattle Post Intelligencer and other news outlets around the country reported on the new officers and board of directors of the national Green Building Initiative. Amlan Mukherjee (CEE) was named to the board.

CTL Tip of the Week

No Need for Request to Enable Canvas Roll Call Attendance Tool

The Canvas Roll Call Attendance tool is now available for instructors to enable in their Canvas courses without the need to make a special request. Now you can simply enable it on your Course Tools Navigation menu. Visit our Roll Call Attendance Tool page for directions and video demonstrations.

A new feature rolled out last September to the Canvas Roll Call Attendance tool allows students to view their attendance as part of the Attendance assignment submission details page. Students can access Attendance submission details from the Grades page too. Submission details display attendance statistics in the course.

Students can view the total number of days they were graded on attendance in the attendance graph. They can view the specific number of days they have been late, absent and on time within the total. Students can view the date and day of the week they were marked late or absent below the graph. The first time students access the submission details they will be asked to authorize the app for their account. 

The CTL Tip of the Week is brought to you by the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). For more general information or help with Canvas at Michigan Tech, be sure to visit Canvas One Stop.