World Water Day Display in MUB

Today, (March 22) is World Water Day, with this year’s theme being “Wastewater.” Since Monday, visitors to Michigan Tech’s Memorial Union Building, have gotten an up close and personal look at their daily usage of water, illustrated by a display featuring 90 one-gallon water jugs.

The display is the work of Caryn Murray, an environmental engineering major from Dearborn Heights, Michigan. Murray’s display has dozens of gallon jugs with colored caps corresponding with everyday water-related activities such as flushing a toilet, brushing teeth, washing dishes, etc.

Each activity features signs with tips on ways individuals can reduce their water consumption and possibly save money on water and sewer bills.

Murray says she was approached by Elizabeth Hoy of the Great Lakes Research Center to “take charge” of a display for World Water Day. “She (Hoy) envisioned creating some kind of display that would get people excited about the seminars and such that Tech puts on for the week,” Murray says. “As an environmental engineering major, wastewater is a common topic I’ve talked about and studied both in and out of classes.”

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Fan Bus to NCAA Hockey Regional in Cincinnati

Michigan Tech Athletics is organizing a fan bus to the 2017 NCAA Midwest Hockey Regional in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The Huskies play Denver at 1 p.m. Saturday at U.S. Bank Arena. The winner advances to the regional championship game at 6 p.m. Sunday.

A Lamers bus will depart parking lot 23 near the Gates Tennis Center at 7 a.m. Friday (March 24). The bus will depart Cincinnati after the regional championship game on Sunday at approximately 9 p.m.

The Michigan Tech Alumni Association is hosting a pregame social at the Holy Grail Tavern & Grille one hour prior to game time.  Click here for more information,

Fill out this Google form if you are interested in the fan bus and tickets. Cost is $150.00 - payable at the SDC Central Ticket office or by phone 7-2073.

Tickets are part of the Michigan Tech fan block in sections 128 and 126.

Individuals or groups will need to make your own hotel reservations. A fan block has been set up at the Hampton Inn Cincinnati-Northwest/Fairfield. The rate is $109 Friday to Sunday.

Tech Hockey Fans can make reservation 1 of 3 ways.
 1. They can call directly to 513-942-3440 giving the group arrival date and then code or name,
 2. They can call the 1-800 Hampton (426-7866) # giving the group arrival date and then code or name, or
 3. They can go to the hotel's website (see special rate code area using only the last 3 letters of group code).

All can be accessed with the group code or name. Code: MTU or Name: MTU HOCKEY FAN BUS.

Questions can be directed to or 7-1915. The goal will be to completely fill the fan bus for it to go. Deadline for reservations is 9 a.m. tomorrow (March 23).

Houghton One of Best Cities for Grad School

Houghton has been named one of the best cities in the US for grad school by Magoosh, an online college test-prep company.

Houghton ranked 20th out of 117 other cities. According to their website, Magoosh analyzed each location based on 12 key indicators of academic, social and economic strength, paying special attention to the needs of graduate students.

Foundations of Online Teaching Course Offered with Stipend

The Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences and  the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) have developed a new course entitled "Foundations of Online Teaching." Beginning in Spring 2018, it will be offered in spring and summer semesters as ED5101, but this summer, it will be offered during Track A as a special topics (ED5540) section with the same name.

In order to promote best practices in online teaching, the CTL has been authorized to annually provide $500 in additional compensation to up to 20 faculty members and GTAs who enroll in this course to improve their online instruction. Full-time faculty must enroll in the course as normal and may refer to the Employee Education Program or tuition reimbursement information. GTAs or part-time faculty would need to enroll in the course as a normal one credit class.

All participants wishing to receive compensation must, no later than the end of the first week of the course, provide communication from the appropriate chair or dean indicating their involvement in online teaching within their unit (should the compensation limits be reached, the time of receipt of this letter will determine priority). Individuals must also complete the course with a B grade or better before receiving the additional compensation.

In addition, those completing the course (or who can show equivalent education/experience) will become exclusively eligible for additional grant money (beginning late Summer 2017) to support the development or revision of online courses.

Funding for this program comes from the Online Learning Technology Fee through a cooperative effort between Information Technology and the CTL. Questions about Michigan Tech’s Employee Education Program can be directed to Benefits Services. Questions about the course or the $500 in additional compensation can be directed to Tom Freeman.

CoE Mission, Vision, Goals, Strategies and Metrics Draft Review Needed of CoE Staff and Faculty

The College of Engineering (CoE) community is encouraged to comment on the CoE mission, vision, goals, strategies and metrics document. Comments will be accepted through April 12.

This draft has developed from CoE leadership discussions with engineering chairs and representatives over the last year. Many departments have engaged in additional departmental planning exercises in tandem with these CoE efforts. Your input is welcomed and encouraged.

Visit the webpage to provide comments. Alternatively, you may submit your comments to Faye Dompier (CoE) through email or campus mail.

Volunteers Wanted for Every Color of Eyes Art Project

Anne Beffel (VPA) is asking for volunteer participants in her "Every Color of Eyes" art project. This project makes visible our differences and our common humanity through the metaphor of eye color. Beffel, along with assistants Rebekka Guyon, Alex Pohl, J.P. Rewer and Phillip Wildner, are gathering eye color samples as the basis of a long scroll painting of color-filled circles.

Beffel is asking those who want to help to either email pictures of their eyes to or submit them here. Volunteers can also stop by the Studio for Here and Now, located in Wadsworth Hall G04W, from 3 to 5 p.m. today (March 22) or Wednesday, March 29.

Beffel’s "Every Color of Eyes" will become part of the faculty and staff gallery exhibition, "Amusement Park Avenue," from March 31 to April 31 in the Rozsa Gallery A-Space. An opening reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, March 31. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, contact Beffel at 7-1732.

Upcoming Dean Searches

Throughout 2017 and 2018, Michigan Tech will be conducting searches for the deans of the College of Engineering, College of Sciences and Arts and School of Technology.

Dean Wayne Pennington (CoE) and Dean James Frendewey (SoT) plan to retire during the summer of 2018. Dean Bruce Seely (CSA) plans to return to the faculty of social sciences to complete some unfinished research projects that he has been unable to attend to while serving as dean.

Provost Jacqueline Huntoon stated, "Everyone at Michigan Tech is grateful for the leadership provided by these deans. I will be sorry to see them go."

Announcements regarding each search committee and general timeline will be forthcoming.

GSG and I-Club Organizes Bowling Night at Mine Shaft

Are you tired of the iffy weather and bored of spending the weekend wondering what to do? Worry no more, GSG and I-Club are organizing the perfect event for you to get out of this mood. Join us for The Bowling Night Social from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday (March 24) at the The Mine Shaft.

The lanes will be open for two time slots: 6 and 7 p.m. Shuttles will run from the MUB at 5:20, 6:05 and 6:20 p.m. to the Mine Shaft, and there will be rides back to MUB as well. Food and drinks will be provided by GSG at the venue. Registration is required. Preferences for time-slots will be on first-come-first-serve basis.

If you have any questions, contact

Poetry Reading and Motionpoems Screening

There will be a poetry reading by Saara Raappana and reception held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 30 in Walker 134. Raappana will read new and selected poems, share anecdotes about ice fishing and rhapsodize about Trenary Toast.

Raappana is the author of the poetry chapbooks "A Story of America Goes Walking."

There will be a screening of selected works from recent seasons of Motionpoems and reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 31 in Walker 134.

Motionpoems, a non-profit arts organization, brings the work of inspired contemporary poets to the screen through collaborations with talented emerging filmmakers. The results are poignant, heart-wrenching, uplifting and not to be missed.

Huskies Enter NCAA Tournament Ranked No. 19

The Michigan Tech hockey team is ranked No. 19 this week in the poll, jumping back into the national rankings for the first time since January 9. The Huskies were ranked No. 17 in the preseason USCHO poll and No. 20 early in 2017.

The Huskies are the No. 4 seed in the NCAA Midwest Region, playing the nation's top team, Denver, on Saturday. Puck drop is set for 1 p.m. at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Fans can listen to the game locally on 93.5 FM, online at, or by using the TuneIn Radio App on a smart phone. ESPN News will televise Saturday's game.

Tech is 23-14-7 overall, finishing second in the WCHA regular season and are winners of the WCHA Tournament Championship and Broadmoor Trophy.

Three Huskies, Shane Hanna, Angus Redmond and Michael Neville garnered honors from the WCHA this week. Hanna was named the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week, Redmond was named WCHA Rookie of the Week and Neville was the WCHA Offensive Player of the Week. 

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

Huskies Announce 2017 Football Schedule

Michigan Tech Head Football Coach Steve Olson announced the 2017 schedule this week. The upcoming season will feature some familiar opponents and new additions due to the realignment of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Tech's schedule will expand to 11 games this season and will feature two non-conference battles before jumping into GLIAC competition.

The Huskies will open the year at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31 at Sherman Field against Truman State University for what will be the first of six home games this year. Tech will then travel to Hillsdale which is now a non-conference game in week two of the season.

The other five home games for the Huskies this year will have Grand Valley State (Sept. 16), Northern Michigan (Sept. 30), Wayne State (Oct. 21), Davenport (Oct. 28), and Ferris State (Nov. 11) coming to Houghton. The annual Homecoming game is scheduled for week eight against Wayne State.

The 2017 GLIAC road schedule will take Michigan Tech to Saginaw Valley State (Sept. 23), Northwood University (Oct. 7), Ashland University (Oct. 14) and Tiffin University (Nov. 4).

Nine of the eleven opponents awaiting the Huskies had winning percentages of .500 or more a season ago.

The Huskies are now making preparations for the 2017 campaign under Coach Olson's first year. This year's Spring Game is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday April 15.

Recruiting for Diversity Presentation

Thomas Easley, director of diversity in the College of Natural Resources at North Carolina State University, will give a presentation on "Recruiting for Diversity" from 4 to 5 p.m. tomorrow (March 23) in the Noblet Forestry Building G002.

In his role as the diversity director, Easley teaches courses, counsels students, consults with faculty and staff on programming, ensuring they are inclusive to all populations. Easley is a diversity professional that leverages his background in forestry/genetics/education to do community workshops, course lectures and provide diversity facilitation.

Survey Solutions, Inc. Visits Michigan Tech

Jordan Dantzer and Casey Potts from Survey Solutions Inc., Standish, Michigan will be on campus today and tomorrow to talk with Tech students about the latest in survey equipment and techniques and about SSI capabilities.

They will present to a survey class this afternoon and will have a special presentation for the Railroad Engineering and Activities Club at 6 p.m. today in Rekhi G05. This evening's presentation is open to any interested students, faculty and staff. Food will be provided, so let David Nelson know if you are coming.

SSI will wrap up their visit with a presentation to the Civil Engineering Senior Design class tomorrow.

SFRES Seminar

Meg Staton, University of Tennessee, will present "Building Genomic Data Cyberinfrastructure with the Online Database Software Tripal and Analysis Workflows Driven by Galaxy" at 3 p.m. today (March 22) in the Noblet Forestry Building room 144.

Staton's research is focused on solving the bioinformatic challenges of processing and integrating large plant genomic datasets, especially those from hardwood trees. Staton hosts and maintains the Hardwood Genomics Database which provides tools for scientists to explore genomic databases cross-linked between multiple tree species.

This seminar is partially sponsored/funded by the Visiting Women and Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series (VWMLSS) which is funded by a grant to the Office of Institutional Equity and Inclusion from the State of Michigan's King-Chavez-Parks Initiative.


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. today (March 22) in Fisher 135.

More information can be found here.


University Senate to Meet Today

The next meeting of the University Senate (meeting #591) will be held at 5:30 p.m. today (March 22) in Dow 642.

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.


Marimba Concert and Poetry Night

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 in English), in a “Marimba Concert and Poetry Night” at 6 p.m. tomorrow (March 23) in the Rozsa lobby.


Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Seminar Series

Thomas Little, professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering at Boston University, will present "Visible Light Communication for the Spectrum Crunch" from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday (March 24) in Dow 642.


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.


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.


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.

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).

For details on the Charity Ball, read Tech Today article.

In the News

Latika Gupta (SBE), Joan Chadde (CEE/GLRC) and Daisuke Minakata (CEE) appeared on Copper Country Today to discuss the celebration of World Water Day at Michigan Tech this week. The interview aired on Sunday, March 19 on WOLV FM, WHKB FM and WCCY AM/FM.The entire interview can be found on the Copper Country Today website.


Michigan Tech and Mark Rudnicki (SFRES) were featured in a MiBiz story on federal legislation to boost the wood products industry (the Timber Innovation Act).


The Daily News (Iron Mountain, Michigan) published an article about CCI Systems donation of computer and networking equipment to Michigan Tech's School of Business and Economics. 


The website SB Nation posted an overhead video of the game-winning goal of Saturday's Michigan Tech's double overtime WCHA Tournament championship game against Bowling Green.

Titled "This GIF of a college hockey game's ending is one of the best short films ever," the video shows the puck going into the net, the reaction of two Falcon players followed by the Huskie's celebration. 

You can see the video here.

On the Road

Nancy Barr, director of the Engineering Communications Program in the department of mechanical engineering-engineering mechanics, recently presented work at the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) 2017 annual convention in Portland, Oregon, a competitive, peer-reviewed conference.

Barr's presentation was titled "Reflection/Deflection: Challenges of Incorporating Reflexive Writing into a Mechanical Engineering Program."

Each year the CCCC Convention draws college faculty members from around the world. They gather to hear award-winning speakers, attend presentations by colleagues on the latest innovations in education and network to gain knowledge of best practices in the field.

Continuous Improvement Connection

Once again we're coming close to the end of another spring semester. These next four weeks are about to become incredibly chaotic as projects, finals, and moving consume the students.

Likewise, chaos will erupt campus wide as faculty and staff prepare for the upcoming fall semester. The summer months are the best time to make changes because most of the students are gone.

However, most of these projects have a time stamp and a lot of tasks to accomplish in that time. How will these be accomplished?

The Office of Continuous Improvement is here for YOUR use. We will help coach you, and guide you through a process that will help you accomplish your goals and in the most efficient way possible.

Want to learn more? Stop by our office (136W Wads), or check out our blog.