GM to Present Grant to Michigan Tech Tomorrow

Tomorrow, General Motors, a long-time supporter of Michigan Tech, will present the University with a $110,000 grant.

The campus community is invited to the check presentation at 10 a.m. tomorrow (March 2) in Memorial Union Ballroom A.

Steven Tomaszewski, GM's global facilities director of operations North America and a member of Michigan Tech's Board of Trustees, will present the check to President Glenn Mroz.

The grant will fund a variety of student activities. Among them are the Advanced Hybrid Electric Vehicle and Advanced Motorsports Enterprises, Manufacturing Engineering Initiative, pre-college STEM outreach programs and diversity programs.

Family Fun Day Seeking Donations

Planning for Family Fun Day 2017 is underway; mark your calendars for May 13.
The event features food and activities for the whole family, including use of the SDC swimming pool, the Nordic ski trails and the Gates Tennis Center.
Registration for the event will be available soon.
In the meantime, organizers are seeking donations for prizes. If your department has items to spare, such as T-shirts, coffee mugs, note pads, pens, pencils, old logo items, etc., or if you would like to make a personal donation, contact Staff Council members Karen Wade at 7-1442 or Heather Sander 7-1414. Items can be dropped off at the Hamar House or the Alumni House. You may also call to arrange pickup of items.

March First Friday Social to be held in the Memorial Union Ballroom A

Faculty, staff and graduate students are invited to join Auxiliary Services from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday (March 3) in Memorial Union Ballroom A for this month's First Friday Social. Complimentary soda, beer, wine and appetizers will be served.

This First Friday Social will set the stage for Auxiliary Services' annual Customer Appreciation Day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday (March 7) in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Come preview our unique Monopoly theme and win entries to great prizes raffled off at the Customer Appreciation event.

First Friday University Socials, started in 2006, provide a casual setting for members of the campus community to get together informally, share their work and other interests and get to know each other. These informal gatherings can lead to more productive work relationships, an appreciation for diversity and a chance to meet some new friends.

Next month's event on April 7 will be sponsored by the library. The schedule can be found online. If you are interested in hosting a social for the 2017-2018 academic year or learning more, contact Christina Fabian at 7-2543.

Men's and Women's Basketball Advance in GLIAC Tourney

The Michigan Tech men's and women's basketball teams both hosted GLIAC quarter final games at the SDC last night and both moved on with impressive wins. 

In the women's contest, the Huskies continued their dominance over Ohio Dominican with an impressive 82-66 victory. The Panthers have lost to the Tech in all eight of their meetings. 

This was a close game in the first half with the Huskies trailing by three at the break. Tech turned the tide of the game in the third quarter when they outscored the Panthers 26-11.

"I'm really proud of our team and how we played tonight," Michigan Tech Head Coach Kim Cameron said. "Ohio Dominican is a really good team and I thought we weathered their storm. They came at us really hard in the first half and we had a hard time understanding how they were playing, but I thought we did a better job in the second half getting through their defense. For us to make the shot going into halftime and then to make the run in the third quarter was huge. Our top players really stepped up as well and carried us in the second half."

The fifth seeded Huskies now move on to the GLIAC Semifinals to face the No.1 seed Ashland University on Saturday afternoon. The tip-off is scheduled for 2 Ashland.

The Tech men will be playing on Saturday as well after a 92-84 home win over Wayne State. The teams split their two regular season meetings. 

The Huskies fired in over 60 percent of their shots from the field and held off a late charge by the Warriors to secure the victory. In addition, sophomore forward Kyle Monroe eclipsed 1,000 career points in the contest.

"It was a tough game and I have a ton of respect for Wayne State and their coaching staff because they do a great job," Michigan Tech Head Coach Kevin Luke said. "They played hard to the end and they never went away. Offensively, I was happy for Jordan (Chartier) because he got into a rhythm, Kyle (Monroe) got off to a good start, and overall everybody had an outstanding game tonight. This was a typical quarterfinal game in the GLIAC Tournament were you have to play for 40 minutes and we did that. For Kyle to reach 1,000 points in two years is unbelievable and when he gets in rhythm he is a handful."

In addition to his career milestone, Monroe led all scorers with 27 points. 

The Huskies will travel to face the No. 1 seed Ferris State on Saturday afternoon in the GLIAC Semifinals. The Bulldogs swept the season series with the Huskies by a combined six points. The tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m.

Suites Available for Hockey Playoffs

Suites at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena are available for Michigan Tech's first-round WCHA playoff series this weekend against Lake Superior State.

The McLeod Alumni Lounge, which has room for up to 25 guests, is available for Friday night for $525. Huskies Suite South is available for Saturday and has space for 49 people. Cost is $1,125.

Suite reservations are handled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Email or call 7-1915 for reservations or more information.

The puck drops at 7:07 p.m. both nights.

Lucca Named GLIAC Freshman of the Year

The Michigan Tech men's basketball team had three players earn Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference postseason honors, announced Monday by the league office. 

Tommy Lucca headlined the list by being named the GLIAC Freshman of the Year along with earning a spot on the All-GLIAC Second Team. 

Lucca, a guard from Genoa, Ill., is the second-leading scorer for the Huskies this season thanks to a 16.3 points per game average. In addition to his point production, Lucca leads the Huskies and is fourth in the GLIAC in assists per game at 4.4. He also hauls down 3.9 rebounds per game and produces 1.2 steals per contest on the defensive end of the floor.

Kyle Monroe, a forward from Green Bay, was named to the All-GLIAC First Team. Monroe leads the Huskies and is fifth in the GLIAC in scoring with a 19.7 points per game average going into the postseason. Monroe also paces Tech in rebounding at 7.4 boards per contest to go along with a 1.8 assists per game average. His rebounding average is currently eighth in the GLIAC statistical rankings. 

Jordan Chartier, a guard from Chatham (Superior Central), was selected as an All-GLIAC Second Team member in addition to be named to the GLIAC All-Defensive Team. Chartier is having an outstanding senior season for the Huskies by averaging 13.3 points per game while sinking a team best 44.0 percent of his attempts from behind the arc. His three-point shooting percentage is 10th best in the GLIAC statistical rankings. Defensively, Chartier averages 1.1 steals per game and grabs 3.6 defensive rebounds per contest. The official GLIAC press release can be viewed by clicking here.

Break-2-Collaborate with the Great Lakes Research Center

Join the Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC) for a Break-2-Collaborate event from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday (March 7) in GLRC 201/202.

This TechTalks style session will feature seven new collaborators presenting from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.—

  • Jill Olin (GLRC)
  • Gord Paterson (BIO)
  • Umesh Korde (MEEM)
  • Amanda Gonczi (GLRC, Mi-STAR)
  • Ryan Williams (GLRC, Geospatial Research Core Facility)
  • Erika Vye (Center for Outreach and Environmental Sciences)
  • Curtis Edson (SFRES).

A social and networking opportunity with refreshments will follow the talks from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

To RSVP for refreshment ordering purposes, submit your response here. For more information see the event poster.

Coffee Chat: Design Thinking in Your Classroom

In this coffee chat we will share the basics of design thinking and discuss how to empathize with the students in your classes, brainstorm creative solutions to problems around student learning and create simple, actionable ideas to start practicing design thinking.

Join us from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 16 to learn more about design thinking.

This event is sponsored by the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning, the Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship, the Pavlis Honors College and The Alley. Refreshments will be provided to those who register by Monday, March 13.  

Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar

Craig Seger, CONTECH Engineered Solutions, will present "Erosion Control Using Hard Armor" from 4 to 5 p.m. tomorrow (March 2) in Dow 642.

This presentation will cover applications from the low velocity spectrum of erosion control blankets and turf reinforcement mats, to the high velocity protection offered by ArmorFlex articulated concrete block (ACB) mattresses. This seminar will cover a variety of economical engineered alternatives to conventional rip-rap.

The presentation will discuss the following applications:

  • Channel Lining
  • Shoreline Protection
  • Dam and Spillway Protection
  • Levee Stabilization
  • Bridge Scour


Brian Via, associate professor for the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences and Biosystems Engineering at Auburn University, will present "Across Campus Collaborations in Research and Education in Forest Products/Biomaterials" from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday (March 3) in Forestry G002. A social will follow from 4 to 5 p.m.

This presentation will address a proposed new multi-college curriculum called Sustainable Biomaterials and Packaging, as well as a sustainable biomaterials research pipeline between the Forest Products Development Center, Biosystems Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Pulp and Paper Center and Center for Advanced Composites. More specifically, the research discussion will consider collaborations within the Forest Products Development Center such as tree seedlings, forest health, chemicals from trees and sustainable adhesives and wood composites.


Spring Blood Drive Hosted By Fraternity and Sorority Life

Join Fraternity and Sorority Life from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today (March 1) in the Library Reading Room to donate blood.

Sign up for an appointment time online or call 800-733-2767. Walk-ins are always welcome. Bring a photo ID.

Click here for more information.


Percy Julian Award

As you consider nominations for the Student Leadership Awards, consider the Percy Julian Award. 

Among other qualifications, this award looks for an undergraduate student who displays outstanding leadership accomplishments which promote diversity, social equality or racial/ethnic and cultural understanding at Michigan Tech. 

Check out all the student leadership awards here. Nominations close today (March 3).


All Winter Carnival Apparel on Sale

All Winter Carnival apparel is now 50 percent off at the Campus Store and University Images.

In the News

WJMN-TV3 and ABC-TV10 aired stories about Michigan Tech's Greg Odegard (ME-EM) heading a newly funded, $15 million Space Technology Research Institute.


Midwest Living published a feature on places to see on the Upper Peninsula, mentioning Tech's A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum.

Job Postings

Job Postings for Wednesday, March 1, 2017 

Staff and faculty job description 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. 

Office Assistant 5, Sponsored Programs Accounting. UAW Internal & External posting 3/1/2017–3/7/2017. External applications will only be reviewed after internal applications. Apply online. 

Assistant Director, AE Seaman Mineral Museum. Apply online.

Custodian (12 months/16 hours/Shift Varies) #16320RP2, Facilities Management. AFSCME Posting, 3/1/2017-3/7/2017. External applications will be reviewed after internal applications. Apply online.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Education Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

On the Road

Mark Maroste, General Manager of the Portage Lake Golf Course, and Assistant Paul Sintkowski attended the PGA Merchandise Show and Education Conference Tuesday, Jan. 24-27.

This show is where PGA Professionals and Golf Industry Professionals gather to discover the latest trends in golf equipment and technology, apparel and accessories. The PGA Education Conference offered revolutionized education sessions taught by world class golf instructors and opportunities to network with industry experts.