Huskies Win Broadmoor Throphy, will Take on Denver in NCAA Tourney

Senior defenseman Shane Hanna scored 6:35 into the second overtime to send Michigan Tech to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three years and secure the Broadmoor Trophy as winners of the 2017 WCHA Tournament. The Huskies won 3-2 over Bowling Green Saturday.

In the most anticipated game in the history of the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena—a rink that was opened in 1972—it took more than 86 minutes to decide the WCHA Championship in front of a sellout crowd of nearly 4,500.

Hanna, an assistant captain, was alone on the Bowling Green blue line and Matt Roy sent him a perfect tape-to-tape pass as he walked in on a breakaway. Hanna fired the puck over the glove of Falcon goaltender Chris Nell to send the crowd into a frenzy as his teammates rushed the ice to celebrate. Michael Neville added the second assist moving the puck off the wall back to Roy.

"Great players make things happen," Tech coach Mel Pearson said. "You can draw the X's and O's up all you want but once in a while you have to create something. He's as good as any defenseman in this league."

For Hanna, it was his eighth goal of the season and team-leading 89th career point.

"We had good control and they were changing," Hanna said. "I hopped up hoping for something to happen, and Matt found me like he usually does in practice. It worked out.

"This is an awesome experience. It's hard to put into words what it means to everyone on this team."

In addition to Tech capturing the Broadmoor Trophy for the first time, the Huskies earned the WCHA's automatic bid to the 2017 NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament and will play top-seeded Denver Saturday (March 25).

The Huskies will play the Pioneers at 1 p.m. Eastern at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio in the Midwest Region.

Tech will make its 13th all-time appearance in the tournament and the second in the last three years. The Huskies have won the National Championship three times (1962, 1965, and 1975) in their 96-year history.

Denver is 29-7-4 overall and was the top-ranked team in both the and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls last week.

ESPN News will televise the game with Kevin Brown doing play-by-play and Colby Cohen providing the commentary.

The winner of the Michigan Tech vs. Denver game will advance to play Union or Penn State for the Midwest Regional Championship and a spot in the Frozen Four in Chicago.

Fans looking for tickets can email the SDC Ticket Office or call 7-2073 to get into the Michigan Tech block of 400. Cost is $40 for the two semifinal games and the regional championship game.

Tech fans interested in going on a fan bus to Cincinnati should email You will be responsible for meals and lodging but your ticket and transportation would be included for $150.

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

Summer Reading Facilitators Sought

Faculty and staff are invited to facilitate a student group discussion for Michigan Tech’s Reading as Inquiry project. This year, first-year students will read "Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant" by Daniel Tammet.

"Born on a Blue Day" is a journey into one of the most fascinating minds alive today — guided by the owner himself. Bestselling author Tammet ("Thinking in Numbers") is virtually unique among people who have severe autistic disorders in that he is capable of living a fully independent life and able to explain what is happening inside his head.

He sees numbers as shapes, colors and textures, and he can perform extraordinary calculations in his head. He can learn to speak new languages fluently, from scratch, in a week.

In 2004, he memorized and recited more than 22,000 digits of pi, setting a record. He has savant syndrome, an extremely rare condition that gives him the most unimaginable mental powers, much like those portrayed by Dustin Hoffman in the film "Rain Man."

Fascinating and inspiring, "Born on a Blue Day" explores what it’s like to be special and gives us an insight into what makes us all human — our minds.

Facilitators will lead small-group discussions of approximately 25 first-year students with assistance from upper-level students during Orientation Week.

A facilitator information session will be held Thursday, Aug. 24 and the student group discussions are scheduled for 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29. The book discussion will follow an address by the author.

 As a part of the Reading as Inquiry events, Tammet will give two author’s addresses during Orientation Week. The addresses will take place at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29, in the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts.

If you are interested in serving as a facilitator, register no later than Monday, April 24.

Facilitators will receive a free copy of the book via campus mail. Contact Heather Simpson at or 7-3558 with any questions.

Order Your Free Michigan Tech Item Today

As announced in a direct email to all eligible employees, the website for making a selection for the next distribution of Michigan Tech's Promotional Support items is available for placing orders and will continue to be open through midnight Sunday, April 2. 

Eligible employees include faculty and staff who are regular full-time or part-time, faculty who have continuing, fixed-term or rolling contracts, research faculty and ROTC personnel. If you have questions, eligibility can be confirmed by calling 7-3348. All submissions will be validated for eligibility after the online form has been submitted.

Important: If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail within two business days, your order has not been placed.

Eligible employees are able to view gift options and designate their choice of one Tech logo gift or apparel item by completing the online order form.

This year's choices are:

  • An embroidered messenger bag with laptop sleeve
  • An office set with a glass picture frame and an acrylic pen and pencil caddy
  • A "sports fan" set with a hat, scarf and travel tumbler
  • A men's polo t-shirt
  • A women's polo t-shirt

If you would like to physically view sample items or try on available sizes of apparel, the promotional items will be on display at the Campus Bookstore through March 31. Quantities will be purchased based on orders received, so be sure of your size before ordering as no exchanges will be possible later. Distribution is planned for September and will be announced in Tech Today when more details are available.

The Promotional Support Item program was originally proposed by UAW 5000 in 2006 and later expanded to include other faculty and staff.

LeaderShape Institute Day 7 Reunion

The LeaderShape Institute is a six-day, intensive leadership event that has been a Tech tradition since 1996. Day 7 is known as a day to Stay in Action. LeaderShape encourages graduates of the program to keep learning and moving forward towards achieving their visions and creating "a just, caring and thriving world where all lead with integrity and a healthy disregard for the impossible."

It's important to stay connected and motivated in order to make progress, so we're offering a Day 7 Reunion for all graduates and former Cluster Facilitators of the LeaderShape Institutes since 1996 to help them reonnect and network with one another.

The event will take place from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Monday, March 27 in the Memorial Union Ballroom A2.

RSVP for the event here.

Michigan Space Grant Consortium Award Recipients Announced

Michigan Tech faculty, staff members and students received awards tallying $30,000 in funding through the Michigan Space Grant Consortium (MSGC), sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for the 2017-18 funding cycle.

Michigan Tech Undergraduates receiving $2,500 research fellowships:

  • Thomas Bye (KIP): "NASAs Concern for Upper-Body Work Performance During Spaceflight: What Impact Does Respiratory Muscle Fatigue Have?” with Steven Elmer (KIP)
  • Marcello Guadagno (ME-EM): “Stratus Meteorological CubeSat: Payload Integration and Mission Level Design” with Lyon Brad King (ME-EM)

Michigan Tech Graduate Students receiving $5,000 research fellowships:

  • Matthew Kilgas (KIP): “Muscle Function Following Aerobic Exercise with Blood Flow Restriction: Implications for Spaceflight” with Steven Elmer (KIP) and Tejin Yoon (KIP)
  • Kevin Nevorski (Bio Sci): "Nitrogen in Space: An Examination of How Nitrogen Cycle Processes are Related in Streams and How Those Processes are Influenced at Multiple Special Scales” with Amy Marcarelli (Bio Sci)

Faculty and staff members receiving $5,000 or more for pre-college, public outreach, teacher training and/or augmentation programs include:

  • Douglas Oppliger (EF): “Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles for Teaching STEM Concepts” (includes augmentation)
  • Rose Martell (Enrollment Services): “Introductory Aviation & Aerospace Exploration for Regional H.S. Students of Western UP of MI”
  • Lorelle Meadows (Pavlis Honors College): MSGC Administrative award ($3,675)

NASA implemented the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program in 1989 to provide funding for research, education and public outreach in space-related science and technology. The program has 52 university-based consortia in the United States and Puerto Rico.

As an affiliate of the Michigan Consortium, Michigan Tech has been an active participant in MSGC for approximately 20 years. MSGC funding is administered through Michigan Tech's Pavlis Honors College.

For more information, contact Paige Hackney in the Pavlis Honors College at 7-4371 or visit the MSGC website

Benefit Enhancement — 24/7 Online Health Care

Benefit Services announces the addition of 24/7 online health care to our health care coverage. Employees may see a doctor anytime or anywhere, whether traveling, home with a sick child or when their primary doctor isn’t available. With online health care, you now have more options for affordable health care.

Online health care may be used for minor illnesses such as a cold, sinus or respiratory infection, sprain or rash. When your doctor isn’t available, simply use your smartphone, tablet or computer to visit with a U.S. board-certified, state licensed doctor. For more information on 24/7 online health care, visit the Benefit Services website.

Contact Benefit Services at or 7-2517 should you have any questions.

Immunizations the Topic of Your Health Lecture Thursday

Vaccines are considered to be among the most effective ways to prevent serious disease at any age. However, growing misconceptions about immunizations have sparked a national debate about this aspect of public health.

"Millions of Lives Saved: The Incredible Impact of Immunizations," the next in the Your Health Lecture Series, will be held at noon Thursday (March 23) in the Great Lakes Research Center, room 202.

The guest speaker is Dr. Keith English, chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

Dr. English will present facts about vaccines and the importance of immunizations. He gained national acclaim for leading the Memphis community response for the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic while at the University of Tennessee Health Center. 

The Your Health Lecture Series is a collaborative event sponsored by Michigan Tech, UP Health System — Portage and the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

Dream Big, Live in the ICE House

Do you know of a student who is working on an innovation or business? The Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship (ICE) at Michigan Tech is now accepting applications from students who are interested in living in the new ICE House. The mission of the house is to promote innovation through entrepreneurship and group collaboration.

Amenities include:

  • Affordable rent
  • Professional kitchen
  • On campus
  • Mentorships
  • Access to venture capitalists
  • Competition opportunities
  • Entrepreneurship guidance
  • Startup house culture

Interested students can apply to be part of this innovative community online. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, March 29.

Third Annual Charity Ball Hosted by Rotaract

The Houghton-Hancock Rotaract Club presents the Modern Manhattan Gala themed Charity Ball from 7 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, April 1 at the Continental Fire Co.

All proceeds from ticket sales will be given to the Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter, which offers victims of domestic violence, and their children, temporary shelter and provides counseling to achieve safety and find resources to escape violence and abuse. All services are free and confidential.

The event includes DJ and live performances from the Michigan Tech Dance Team and Swing Dance Club. Hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will also be available.

Tickets are $10 for students and $20 for community members. They can be purchased from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday 
at the Rotaract desk in MUB 106 or online (processing fees apply).

Rozsa Presents a “Marimba Concert and Poetry Night”

What is a Marimba? Think of a very large wooden xylophone, the national instrument of Guatemala.

The Rozsa Center and Department of Visual and Performing Arts presents Guatemalan writer Hugo Gordillo, and collaborator Zach l'Italian, who will read selections of Gordillo's new poems (in Spanish and English) in a “Marimba Concert and Poetry Night” at 6 p.m. Thursday (March 23) in the Rozsa lobby.

This event was developed in collaboration with Michigan Tech music students and conducted by Mike Christiansen, Michigan Tech’s Director of Bands. The Marimba Concert and Poetry event are free and all are welcome.

The Michigan Tech Marimbist Band will play several marimba selections, arranged by Christianson. This event is the closing reception for "ChickenBus: a U.S. Guatemalan Experience," a Rozsa gallery exhibit by Lisa Gordillo (VPA). Several poems in Hugo Gordillo's collection inspired the art in this exhibit. The exhibit will be open before and after the concert. 

University Senate to Meet Wednesday

The next meeting of the University Senate (meeting #591) will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday (March, 22) in

Read the agenda of meeting #591. Read the minutes of meeting #590.

Senators are responsible for making their constituents aware of the agenda for this meeting.

Senators who are unable to attend should arrange for their alternates to attend in their place.

Materials Science and Engineering Master's Defense

Shan Zhong, master's candidate in materials science and engineering, will present "Tightening the Loop on the Circular Economy: Distributed Plastic Recycling with an Open Source Recyclebot" at 8 a.m. Monday, March 27 in M&M 610.

UP Teaching and Learning Conference

The William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning invites Michigan Tech faculty, academic staff and graduate teaching assistants to participate in the first Upper Peninsula Teaching and Learning Conference (UP-TLC) to be held Friday, May 5 at Michigan Tech.    

This conference is co-sponsored by Northern Michigan University's CTL, the event promises to draw more than 100 higher educators from across the UP.

UP-TLC  features talented presentations from both Michigan Tech and NMU faculty, as well as Christine Harrington, a Middlesex Community College Psychology faculty member and the founder of ScholarlyTeaching.orgdelivering a keynote address on "Dynamic Lecturing."

More details are available on the conference webpage.  Administrative units have agreed to sponsor interested Michigan Tech personnel, but registration is required.  Further questions can be addressed to

Two Biological Sciences Seminars Friday

There will be two biological science seminars Friday (March 24) in Dow 642.

Rupsa Basu, PhD candidate in biochemistry, molecular biology, will present "Immunogenicity of in Silico-Predicted Zika Virus B Cell Epitopes Displayed on Phage Virus-like Particles" from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Read the abstract.

Lukai Zhai, PhD candidate in biological sciences, will present "A Hybrid HPV L2 Epitope Displayed on Phage Virus-Like Particles is Protective Against Six HPV Types" from 4:30 to 5 p.m. Read the abstract.


Safety Chair Candidate Seminar by Andre Da Costa

Da Costa's Safety Chair Candidate Seminar will take place at 1 p.m. today (March 20) in Rekhi G09.



Amber Kemppainen will present "Developing an Academic Mental Toughness Scale: Initial Findings and Questions" at the ACSHF forum from 2 to 3 p.m. today (March 20) in Meese 109. 


Christo Christov Faculty Candidate Seminar

Christo Z. Christov from the chemistry division of the Department of Applied Sciences at Northumbria University at Newcastle, UK will present "Structure-Function Relationships in Enzymes: Insights from Multilevel Computational Chemistry Methods" at 3 p.m. today (March 20) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge A.


Materials Science and Engineering Seminar

Zachary Morgan, doctoral candidate in materials science and engineering, will present "A Partial Differential Equation Solver: Modeling Materials Processes with the Continuum Assumption" at 11 a.m. tomorrow (March 21) in M&M 610.


Peace Corps Prep Information Session

Interested in working abroad, developing intercultural skills and engaging with community projects? Join the Pavlis Honors College to hear about the new Peace Corps Prep program at Michigan Tech for undergraduates preparing for Peace Corps or similar experiences.

The Peace Corps Prep Information Session is from 4 to 5  p.m. tomorrow (March 21) in the Wadsworth Hall Cherry Room (138W)

Apply to the program online no later than Wednesday, March 26. For more information, visit this webpage or contact Kari Henquinet.


GLRC Celebrates World Water Day

Reuse of wastewater is the theme of Michigan Tech’s World Water Day Keynote lecture. George Tchobanoglous, professor emeritus in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Davis will present “Planned Potable Reuse: The Last Frontier.” His talk will take place at 5 p.m. tomorrow (March 21) in Dow 641.


Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar

An Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. tomorrow (March 21) in Dow 641. 

George Tchobanoglous, professor emeritus in the department of civil and environmental engineering at the University of California, Davis, will present "Planned Potable Reuse: The Last Frontier."


Community Discussion — Future of the Keweenaw Forest

Join a discussion and panel by Northern Institute of Climate Sciences specialists Hannah Abbotts, Todd Ontl and Kristin Schmitt to learn how climate and other changes affect our forests. 

"Forests of the Future: Adapting to Change" will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. tomorrow (March 21) at the Carnegie Museum of the Keweenaw, located at Huron and Montezuma in downtown Houghton.


Jane Elliott: Social Justice Lecture Series

Join the Center for Diversity and Inclusion as they present their final Social Justice Lecture Series event of the semester: Jane Elliott. 

Elliott is an activist, educator and creator of the world-famous "Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes" exercise. Her lecture will take place at 5 p.m. Wednesday (March 22) in Fisher 135.

More information can be found here.


Green Film Series Continues Thursday

The next offering in the Green Film Series is "Last Call at the Oasis," a World Water Day film. The film will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday (March 23) in the Michigan Tech Forestry Building's Hesterberg Hall (G002).

The 2012 documentary on the world's water crisis sheds light on the vital role water plays in our lives, exposes the defects in the current system, shows communites already struggling with its ill effects and introduces us to individuals who are championing revolutonary solutons.

There is no admission charged but a $3 donation is suggested. 


Annual Steam Shutdown to Begin April 30

The annual steam shutdown will be held Sunday, April 30 to Friday, May 5 (tentative weather pending).

Buildings include; Admin, AOB, ROTC,  R.L Smith (MEEM), MUB, Chem, EERC, Library, Rehki, Dillman, Fisher, Dow, M&M, Walker, Rosza, DHH, Wads, McNair, Hillside Apts, GLRC, Forestry, Ice Arena, SDC, Gates. The tentative start time is noon Sunday, April 30 to noon Friday, May 5.

Read the original Tech Today story.


Facilities Power Outages May 3-5

  • 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 3 — 6 a.m. Thursday, May 4
  • 5 p.m. Thursday, May 4 —  6 a.m. Friday, May 5 

Facilities Management has developed a five­-year rotating plan to service the 12,470­ volt switchgear and associated breakers on campus. Our campus electrical distribution system depends on this gear being in good working condition.

This work requires a two­-night power outage that affects the least number of buildings possible. The outages are scheduled for: 

  • 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 3 — 6 a.m. Thursday, May 4
  • 5 p.m. Thursday, May 4 — 6 a.m. Friday, May 5 

Note that in most cases elevators, fume hoods, exhaust fans, ventilation equipment, normal lighting, plug­-in appliances and plug-­in equipment will not operate during the outage.

Information Technology will turn off all network equipment in the affected buildings for these outages starting at 5 p.m. on the days of the outage.

There will be several buildings that will have power but no phone or internet service. For more information, read the original Tech Today story.


Self-Identification Form to be Emailed to Employees

All Michigan Tech employees will be receiving an email from Institutional Equity and Inclusion which contains a link to a Confidential Self-Identification form to gather information on race/ethnicity, disability and veteran status for faculty and staff.

Federal regulations require Michigan Tech to maintain data on race/ethnicity, disability and veteran status. This information will be used according to the provisions of applicable federal laws, executive orders and regulations. Institutional Equity and Inclusion will routinely request this information from all employees. Completion of the form is voluntary.

If you have questions, contact Institutional Equity and Inclusion at 7-3310 or email

This Week in Career Services

Graduating Senior Series Part 2 — Handling Student Loan Payoff

Graduation is almost here and so are your student loan payments. Find the best way to handle your student loan pay-offs in this small group conversation from noon to 1 p.m. Friday (March 24) in Memorial Union Ballroom.

Gerdau Steel Tour — St Paul, Minnesota

You're invited on an all-expense paid trip to St. Paul to visit Gerdau's Long Steel North America facility. We know the best way to learn about career possibilities is to experience it first-hand. The tours will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday (March 26-28).
Registration is limited to 30 spots. Reserve your spot today; register here.

Recruiters are Still Looking for You
There are 4,162 positions available on HuskyJOBS
Here's the breakdown:

  • 3084 jobs
  • 985 internships
  • 34 fellowships
  • 25 co-ops
  • 24 volunteers

We're Here to Help You With :

  • Thank you and follow-up Letters
  • Offer negotiations
  • Offer acceptances or declinations
  • Post Career Fair job search strategies
  • Cover letters
  • Résumé development
  • Interview skills
  • Personal introduction and networking skills
  • LinkedIn profiles

The DTE Learning Center offers coach and career advisor walk-ins and scheduled appointments.

Job Postings

Job Postings for Monday, March 20, 2017

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in Human Resources. 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.

Food Service Helper (12 months/Part-time, No Base), Dining Services. AFSCME Posting 3/20/2017-3/24/2017. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. Apply online.

Graphic Design Specialist, University Marketing and Communications. Apply online.

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

In the News

Greenwich Time and other news outlets around the nation published a photo of the Great Lakes Research Center with an Associated Press story about the winners and losers in President Trump's proposed budget. One of the losers would be the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, in which Michigan Tech's GLRC is very active.


WLUC TV6 and Upper Michigan Source published a news story about Michigan Tech President Glenn Mroz's testimony before the Michigan House Appropriations Higher Education Subcommittee.


The Progressive quoted Nancy Langston (SS) in an article on President Trump's proposed budget cuts to Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding.


Copper Country Today, a locally produced radio program, and Keweenaw Report, a local radio news show, featured Michigan Tech's World Water Day activities.

IT Connect

Try Using a Password Manager
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When using a password manager, you only need to remember one master password, which will manage and auto-fill all the others. You can find more information on LastPass here.
If you have any questions about password managers, contact IT at or call 7-1111.