Rozsa Welcomes The Russian National Ballet Theatre

The Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts presents two magical nights of incomparable Russian ballet. Direct from Moscow, the Russian National Ballet Theatre, featuring fifty of Russia’s finest dancers, will perform three timeless ballet pieces, "Romeo and Juliet" and "Carmen" on Tuesday, Jan. 24 and "Giselle" on Wednesday, Jan. 25. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. each evening.

According to Rozsa Center Director of Programming Mary Jennings, “… the Russian National Ballet Theatre is an institution in Russian Ballet. Legendary Bolshoi principal dancer Elena Radchenko, the founder of the Russian National Ballet Theatre, has focused the company on upholding the grand, national tradition of the major Russian ballet works.”

On the first of two nights, they will perform the full-length "Romeo and Juliet" by Sergei Prokofiev based on Shakespeare's play. Performed in one act, the ballet tells the story of Romeo and Juliet, the quintessential star-crossed lovers. Prokofiev's music is paired with original choreography by Marius Petipa, the “godfather of Russian ballet.”

In the second act they will perform "Carmen," a full-length ballet also in one act. Music by Rodion Shchedrin based on the classic opera by Georges Bizet with choreography by Alberto Alonso. Carmen, a passionate, free-spirited woman, is caught in a love triangle between Don José and a bullfighter. The impetus and cause for the creation of the ballet Carmen was the cherished dream of the celebrated Russian ballerina Maya Plisetskaya to depict the highly strung and riveting character of Carmen in a ballet.

On the second evening, the Russian National Ballet Theatre performs the full-length, tragic ballet "Giselle," about a peasant girl who dies of a broken heart after discovering her lover is betrothed to another.

"Giselle" was composed by Adolphe Adam, and is a romantic jewel of Petipa. "Giselle" was first seen in Moscow in 1843, just two years after its creation in Paris, and a year after it was staged in St. Petersburg.

Additional information, including ticket information is available online.

NameCoach Canvas Integration

Michigan Tech will begin a one-year installation of the NameCoach Canvas integration today. As a result, two additional tools will appear in the left navigation menu of all Canvas courses.

The “NameCoach Recorder” tool allows students and instructors to record an audio pronunciation of their names. Individuals may also identify their preferred pronouns. A single recording in any class provides information for all enrolled classes. The “NameCoach Roster” tool allows others to hear, learn and remember correct pronunciations and see other provided information. 

It is possible for instructors to hide the tools, but the goal is to provide resources so that all class members can refer to each other correctly. Avoiding mispronunciation of names (and the uncomfortable conversations that can result) has been associated with a better classroom environment and consequently better learning.

Class members are encouraged to record and listen to names of those with whom they work closely. The results may be surprising. During testing of this product, several CTL staff found that they had been unintentionally mispronouncing the last name of a long-term co-worker.  

This installation is co-sponsored by the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI).

NameCoach originated at Stanford University and is early in its evolution. Feedback about the program’s utility, ideas for improvement or other questions and/or concerns can be directed to the CTL director Mike Meyer or CDI director Kellie Raffaelli.

WALK SMART in Slippery Conditions

With winter in full swing, snow and ice are covering the sidewalks and parking lots, so it’s important to remember to walk safely around campus.

Even though crews from facilities work as quickly as possible to remove snow and treat slippery walkways on campus, you can still encounter slippery surfaces. Remember to WALK SMART to avoid slips and falls during the snowy winter months:

  • Walk at a slower pace. Make your strides small.
  • Always stay on designated walkways. These walkways are cleared on campus; taking shortcuts over snow piles and other frozen areas can be hazardous.
  • Look for and avoid slippery surfaces. Beware of black ice and slippery conditions on surfaces that have been cleared.  Water vapor can freeze on cold surfaces and form an extra-thin, nearly invisible layer of ice that can look like a wet spot on the pavement. It often shows up early in the morning or in areas that are shaded from the sun.
  • Know your limitations. Carrying large packages or heavy items can lead to slips and trips.
  • Schedule extra time to get where you are going.
  • Make use of handrails when walking up and down stairs.
  • Always wait for vehicles to stop completely before crossing a road.
  • Remove snow from shoes before entering any building whenever possible.
  • Traction is key. Choose appropriate footwear that will provide traction on snow and ice. 

If you fall, relax and try to fall as limply as possible. Try to avoid landing on your knees, wrists or spine. Try to fall on a fleshy part of your body, such as your side and avoid using your arms.

If you need immediate medical attention, call 911.

Always remember to report falls and injuries to Michigan Tech Occupational Safety and Health Services. To report slippery conditions on campus, call 483-SNOW (7669).

New Road Rating System Developed by Michigan Tech

Researchers at The Center for Technology and Training, which is part of the civil and environmental engineering department, have developed a new system for assessing the conditions of gravel roads. This system and its use by Michigan road agencies was the subject of an article in the winter 2016 Journal of the County Road Association of Michigan.

CTT staff, John Kiefer, Melanie Kueber-Watkins, Pete Torola and Tim Colling all worked to develop and test the new system which will be widely collected in Michigan starting this year with full implementation in 2018. Data collected with the system will be reported on a state-wide basis to the Michigan Legislature on an annual basis.

Read more here.

Summer 2017 Finishing Fellowship Nominations Open

Applications for summer 2017 finishing fellowships are being accepted and are due no later than 4 p.m. Feb. 21 to Debra Charlesworth in the Graduate School. Instructions on the application and evaluation process can be found online.

Students are eligible if all of the following criteria are met:

  • Must be a PhD student
  • Must expect to finish during the semester supported as a finishing fellow
  • Must have submitted no more than one previous application for a finishing fellowship
  • Must be eligible for or in Research Mode at the time of application.

Finishing Fellowships provide support to PhD candidates who are close to completing their degrees. These fellowships are available through the generosity of alumni and friends of the University. They are intended to recognize outstanding PhD candidates who are in need of financial support to finish their degrees and are also contributing to the attainment of goals outlined in The Michigan Tech Plan. The Graduate School anticipates funding up to ten fellowships with support ranging from $2,000 to full support (stipend and tuition).

Students who receive full support through a Finishing Fellowship may not accept any other employment. For example, students cannot be fully supported by a Finishing Fellowship and accept support as a GTA or GRA.

Summer 2017 PHF Graduate Assistantship Nominations Open

Applications for summer 2017 Portage Health Foundation Graduate Assistantships are being accepted and are due no later than 4 p.m. Feb. 14 to Debra Charlesworth in the Graduate School. Instructions on the application and evaluation process are online.

Students are eligible if all of the following criteria are met:

  • Must be a PhD student participating in health-related research that is aligned with the PHF's mission
  • Must be eligible for or in Research Mode at the time of application
  • It must be two years after starting the graduate program at the time of application
  • Must not have previously received a PHF Graduate Assistantship

Priority will be given to students originally from Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga or Ontonagon counties. Non-resident students and international students are encouraged to apply if their health research is applicable to health needs and job shortages of our local community (obesity research, rural health, medical informatics, drug delivery and lab testing, physical therapy, etc.).

These assistantships are available through the generosity of the Portage Health Foundation. They are intended to recognize outstanding PhD talent in health-oriented research areas. Applicants should be catalysts for promoting and improving the overall health of residents in Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga and Ontonagon counties through one of the following:

  • Health research and technology development
  • Health education or preventive and wellness initiatives
  • Rural healthcare access, informatics and assessment of care

Students who receive full support through a PHF Graduate Assistantship may not accept any other employment. For example, students cannot be fully supported by a PHF Graduate Assistantship and accept support as a GTA or GRA.

Participants Sought for ESL "Winter School" to Start Jan. 26

Socializing and English language discussion will highlight the Night Owls ESL Community's first Winter School — a series of three forums to start Thursday, Jan. 26 in the Van Pelt and Opie Library Room 243. The other sessions are scheduled for Feb. 9 and 23. Each forum will run from 7 to 9 p.m.

The forums are open to all spouses or family members of Tech faculty, scholars and graduate students. However, class size is limited to 20 participants, so those interested should register as soon as possible. An enrollment fee of $5, to be paid to the instructor in the first class, covers all three sessions. Those interested in registering can email the instructor, Frann Grossman, or text her at 906-370-9800.

The Night Owls program will also host a more extensive course to begin in March.

Campus Communicators Meets Thursday

Every word matters when you're writing a tweet, a postcard or even a news release. If you want to improve your Michigan Tech writing, you're invited to Campus Communicators from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday (Jan. 19) in MUB B001.

We'll learn best practices, tactics supporting our new brand message platform and then use our skills and get better together in small groups. BYOD (bring your own device). To learn more about Campus Communicators and see past meeting content, check out our blog.

Huskies Earn Extra WCHA Point Saturday

Like the night before, No. 20 Michigan Tech and Alaska Anchorage tied after regulation and the first overtime. But on Saturday time it was the Huskies earning the extra WCHA point as Jake Lucchini scored in the shootout, ending a 1-1 draw from the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena.

"Tonight was a lot like last night," Tech coach Mel Pearson said. "They play a style that is effective and hard to play against. They play so well defensively and they're getting great goaltending. We shot ourselves in the foot with all the penalties. There was no rhythm to the game with all the calls, but we've got to be better in that area and play five on five."

"We'll take the two points and move on. We still have control of our own destiny in this league. Our third period was really good. We hit posts and crossbars and just didn't get any puck luck tonight."

On Friday the Huskies couldn't grab the extra point falling in the second overtime, which is three-on-three.

Tech (14-9-5, 11-3-4-2 WCHA) had chances to get the go-ahead goal in the third period, outshooting UAA 11-4 in the frame. Reid Sturos hit the crossbar and the play had to be reviewed to see if it went in. Tyler Heinonen also had a chance at an open net with under five minutes to go but ran out of real estate at the side of the net.

The Back and Gold continue WCHA play at home next weekend (Jan. 20-21), hosting No. 18 Minnesota State in a matchup of the two teams who secured the MacNaughton Cup last season.

For the full story and more on Husky sports, visit

Huskies Shock No. 18 Saginaw Valley

The Michigan Tech men's basketball team capped a successful week with an impressive 93-72 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference victory at No. 18 Saginaw Valley State on Saturday afternoon. The Huskies rallied to defeat Wayne State 63-58 on Thursday night and are now tied for second place in the GLIAC North Division standings.

"This was a great win for us today and I thought we played at a high intensity both games this week," Michigan Tech Head Coach Kevin Luke said. "Today our players took it upon themselves to get it done and we were able to execute our systems at a high level to earn the win. You can't beat a team like Saginaw without great efforts from multiple players and that's we got today."

Michigan Tech (8-8, 6-3 GLIAC) gained confidence early with a quick 9-2 run in the first three minutes of the contest. Junior A.J. Grazulis began the afternoon with a layup 18 seconds into the action to give the Huskies a 2-0 edge. It would be the first two of a career high 16 points for Grazulis who would finish the contest a perfect 7 for 7 from the field and 2 for 2 at the free throw line.

The Huskies will return to Houghton on Thursday night to open a four game home stand in GLIAC play against Northwood. The tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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

Women's Basketball Closes Road Trip With Loss at SVSU

The Michigan Tech women's basketball team closed the four game road trip with a tough 79-67 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference loss at Saginaw Valley State on Saturday. The Huskies went toe to toe with the Cardinals through two quarters, but the game turned in the third when SVSU outscored Tech 22-10.

"This was a tough loss today for us on the road," Michigan Tech Head Coach Kim Cameron said. "We had a really good first half, but came out flat and weren't ready to play in the third quarter. We lost possessions with some turnovers and then things got away from us. We have to regroup this week and get ourselves back on track starting Thursday against Northwood."

Saginaw Valley State (12-3, 8-1 GLIAC) opened the game Saturday on a mini 4-0 run when Halee Nieman connected on two free throws and added a layup within the first minute of the contest. Junior Sarah LewAllen countered with a layup on a drive to the basket and then redshirt junior Brenna Heise knocked down a jumper to tie the score at 4-4 with 7:48 left in the first quarter.

Senior Morgan Anderson gave Michigan Tech (10-4, 6-3 GLIAC) their first lead at 9-6 on a triple with 6:08 on the clock and from there the two teams traded baskets through the remainder of the first period. The Huskies held the lead on three separate occasions in the first quarter, but Katelyn Carriere gave the Cardinals a 21-19 edge going into the second quarter.

The Huskies return home Thursday to take on Northwood in GLIAC action. Tip off is slated for 5:30 p.m.

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

Biological Sciences Seminar

Julie J. Osborne, Senior Design Engineer, FM Wound Care, Hancock, will present at the next Biological Sciences Seminar. Her talk, "Inhibition of Bacterial Growth and Prevention of Bacterial Adhesion with Localized Nitric Oxide Delivery," will take place at 4 p.m. Friday (Jan. 20) in  Dow 642.

Read the abstract here.

Break to Educate with Sponsored Programs

Sponsored Programs invites you to a "Break to Educate" session. This event is at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25 in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge A.

This session is focused on budget prep. We encourage you to send us any questions you have for Sponsored Programs that can be addressed at the session.

If you have any questions regarding our "Break to Educate" sessions, and to RSVP, email


Food Pantry Volunteers Needed

Husky Food Access Network (HuskyFAN) is in need of volunteers to keep the food pantry open. The pantry is open from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday. Volunteers are needed for any amount of time they are able to offer.

If you're interested in volunteering, email and you'll be given more information on training materials and an updated schedule. Contact Whitney Boroski with questions.
Biomedical Engineering Faculty Candidate Seminar
Biomedical Engineering Faculty Candidate, Yizeng Li, will present a research seminar titled "Coupling Between Fluid Dynamics and Physiology in Living Systems" at 3 p.m. tomorrow (Jan. 17) in M&M U113.

IT Connect

Extended Hours of Classroom Support

Michigan Tech IT now has extended hours for classroom and presentation support Monday through Thursday; IT will remain open for an additional two hours for classroom support.
Our hours of operation are:
  • IT Office and Library and IT Service Center — 8 a.m to 5 p.m Monday-Friday
  • Classroom and Presentation Support — 8 a.m to 7 p.m Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m to 5 p.m Friday
Classroom issues are a priority for us, so give us a call from the emergency phone in the room. If you have any questions, contact us at or call 7-1111.

What's Happening in Career Services

Medical Careers Week

Join us to learn about a variety of opportunities in the medical field from noon to 8 p.m. daily Jan. 24-26 in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

Tuesday, Jan. 24 — Medical Device Day
Wednesday, Jan. 25 —Medical Careers Day
Thursday, Jan. 26 — Allied Health/Medical Laboratory Science Day

Consumer Products Day

Consumer Products Day returns for another year. This "Shark-Tank" style event features your team — the entrepreneurs — and the sharks — company representatives — who want to challenge you to come up with a re-purposed, re-designed idea for their company-supplied products.

Don't miss this opportunity to pitch your idea to industry representatives and win cash.

Jan. 26-28 details and locations:

  • 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26 — Packet pickup and meet and greet
  • Noon to 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27 —  Meet the Sharks, event kickoff, team registration and product pickup
  • 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 — Technical abstract, pitch your idea, the finals

Registration is open and limited; register your team today.

In the News

The Virginia Gazette quoted Leonard Bohmann, associate dean of Michigan Tech's College of Engineering, in a lengthy article on power companies' back-up plans for handling power outages on peninsulas caused by faults in the transmission system.


TechCentury, an engineering and technology news website published by the Engineering Society of Detroit, reported on research into vitamins and tears, by Maryam Khaksari and Adrienne Minerick (ChemEng). Read the story here.