SFRES Ranked in Top Five Nationally

College Factual has ranked Michigan Tech's School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science among the tops in the nation for natural resources and conservation education. The rankings were the basis for an article in a national publication.

In an article entitled "Fields of Dreams" by David Klenda, USA Today Green Living, lists the top ten colleges for studying natural resources and conservation.

Citing rankings compiled by College Factual, Michigan Tech comes in at number five. The article states, "The School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science at Michigan Tech understands that the heart of every environmental problem is proper ecosystem and natural resources management."  

Citing Michigan Tech as "an ideal location for field-based work," the article also mentions the School's 5,500-acre research forest (Ford Forest). 

Michigan Tech President Glenn Mroz, a former student, faculty member and dean of the school, says the high ranking is especially impressive given the size of the other schools in the top 10.

"Michigan Tech is by far the smallest and the only university in the top 10 that is not a 'Land Grant University.' Meaning it does not have the advantage of the state and federal funding that follows schools with large Ag programs," Mroz said.

He says the article specifically highlights SFRES and notes that "being green" is no longer a fringe interest. 

SFRES Dean Terry Sharik says it is gratifying to see the School's programs recognized on a national stage.

“I would echo President Mroz and add that I am hopeful such recognition will aid in our continuing quest to increase the quantity, quality and diversity of our student body.”

Michigan Tech was the only Midwestern university to be ranked in the top ten. Number one was Virginia Tech, followed by Texas A&M, University of Florida, Oregon State and Michigan Tech at No. five. 

North Carolina State, University of California-Davis, University of New Hampshire, Colorado State and University of Georgia round out the top ten.

Undergraduate Anthropology Thesis Presentations Friday

Save the date for the anthropology undergraduate thesis presentations. They will be presented at noon Friday (April 14) in AOB 201.

The following students will present:

  • James Wezensky
  • Jakob Williams
  • Patrick Gilman

C-Cubed Week 13

Join the C-Cubed (Conversation, Community, Collegiality) University lunches. They are offered from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays throughout the school year in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. Faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited.

Lunch is $10 (cash, credit and C-Cubed Gift Certificates accepted); attendees may bring their own lunch instead of purchasing the buffet. Coffee, tea, fruit-infused water, cookies and fruit are available for all.

Grilled Ribeye Steaks with Sautéed Mushrooms (GF)
Pesto Pasta (GF, V)
Caprese Salad (GF, V)

Hummus and Feta Lavash Wraps (V)
Roasted Vegetable and Balsamic Chicken Lavash Wrap
Tomato and White Bean Soup (GF, VE)

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

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

Three Huskies Football Players Earn National Honors

The Michigan Tech football program had three members from the 2016 team recently honored by The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame for their achievements on the field and in the classroom.

Evan Mayer, Ryan VanGoethem and David Walter were the three Huskies named to the 2017 NFF Hampshire Honor Society.

The 2017 NFF Hampshire Honor Society is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college careers. The player must have completed his final year of playing eligibility in 2016 or the nominee has already graduated, but will not return to team to complete eligibility. They also must have been a starter or significant contributor throughout the 2016 season.

Read the full story and find out more about Michigan Tech sports at

Green Talks

Green Campus Enterprise will host an on-campus series of "green conferences" called Green Talks that will highlight the green and sustainable efforts taking place in groups all over campus. These talks will be aimed at helping spread awareness, informing the campus, capturing the interest of students and encouraging networking between groups with similar ideas.

The purpose is to inform students about the green efforts going on around campus and to give the organizations that are presenting a forum to benefit from each other's experience and resources. Often, different organizations work on similar projects, and there may be opportunities for collaboration or advice.

This will be a two-day event. Talks will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday (April 14) and 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday (April 15) in the Noblet Forestry Building G002.

Both events will be followed by a poster reception with snacks and refreshments.

Senior Research Colloquium

Physics will host a Senior Research Colloquium from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday (April 13) in Fisher 139. A total of seven presentations will be given:

  • Floyd Johnson — "Free-standing and Substrate-Supported Cytosine Molecules: Molecular Dynamics Study"
  • Austin Hermann — "Quantum Confinement Effect in Silicon"
  • Colin Sheidler —"Unidirectional Emission from Microring Lasers"
  • David Russell — "A Search for Exotic Particles Using AUGER Data"
  • Michael Foetisch — "Iron Electrowinning: Proof of Concept and Optimization"
  • Nick Videtich — "Pico-second Pulsed Laser System Using Neodymium-doped Yttrium Vanadate Crystal"
  • Kelci Mohrman — "Searching for Emission from the Geminga Pulsar Wind Nubula in GeV Engines"

Register for Technology Day Wednesday, May 3

Technology Day, sponsored by Staff Council, provides opportunities for staff to improve their technical skills and knowledge through technology training sessions. The sessions are led by Michigan Tech staff and provide development in a peer-to-peer environment.

This year there will be four sessions. Technology Day will be Wednesday, May 3. Register by Thursday, April 27.

Help Us Help You: IT Self Service

Presented by Matt Bryan (IT) from 9 to 9:50 a.m. and 2 to 2:50 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom A1.

Interested in learning how to reset your own password, install software on your computer, add your own printers and many other commonly requested IT Services? Information Technology will share information about tools and resources available to the campus community for services such as how to setup mobile number recover for password resets, show you how to use the Customer Support Center to find instructions on how to connect to the VPN, how to add printers and how to install software yourself using the Software Center.

Beyond the Meeting Room

Presented by Stefan Hurthibise (IT) from 9 to 9:50 a.m. and 1 to 1:50 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom A2.

Are you interested in learning more about what resources are available at Michigan Tech for web-conferencing? Let IT Classroom and Presentation staff help you redefine the meeting room with creative ideas on how to use GoToMeeting to facilitate meetings, interviews, thesis defenses and other online events. This session will include demonstrations.

Don't Take the Bait: Online Security Essentials

Presented by David Hale (IT) and Justin Store (IT) from 10 to 10:50 a.m. and 1 to 1:50 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom A1.

Michigan Tech's Security Architect, Justin Store, will present practical information that you can use to keep your online information safe and secure from attackers. The presentation will cover a few key strategies that everyone should know including how to secure your accounts, how to verify a site is safe, how to manage your passwords and how to identify phishing attacks. The presentation will explain why each of these topics is important and also provide real-world examples that you can follow to make a meaningful improvement in your online security posture with minimal effort.

Step Up Your Social Media Game

Presented by Sarah Bird (UMC) and Ben Jaszczak (UMC) from 10 to 10:50 a.m. and 2 to 2:50 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom A2.

Social media is a powerful way to tell Michigan Tech's brand stories. Adding photos and video to your social media presence enhances storytelling, increases engagement and grows fans and followers. This session will provide tips and tricks to create photography and video that will help you take your social media game to the next level. Bring your smartphone with you — this is a hands-on session.

Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar

There will be a Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar from 4-5 p.m. Thursday (April 13) in Dow 642. Timothy Scarlett (SS) will present "Preservation Engineering and Industrial Archaeology: Geotechnical Problems and Restoration Engineering Heritage Sites."

Scarlett will discuss some areas of intersection between civil engineering and industrial archaeology by presenting fun examples drawn from antiquity and industrial landscapes around the world. Historic preservation is a major undertaking in the United States and throughout the world, generating billions of dollars in industry related to heritage resources, infrastructure, tourism, and redevelopment.

ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker Thursday

The next ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker will take place at 4 p.m. Thursday (April 13) in EERC 103. 

David Pratt will present "Capillary Pumped Heat Transfer Devices."

Devices capable of dissipating high intensity heat energy which can meet vehicle requirements are required for numerous terrestrial and space applications. Of the heat transport devices under consideration in the regime of interest, most utilize the latent heat of vaporization via liquid-vapor phase change. Relevant to the research presented are passive capillary driven phase change devices or capillary driven heat transport devices (CPHTD). CPHTD is a family of device to include heat pipes, thermosyphons, capillary pumped loops and looped heat pipes.

Pratt has spent the last five years as a Principal Aerospace Engineer in the Air Force Research Lab. For thirteen year prior, he was the Senior Technical Advisor for the Structures Division of the Air Vehicles Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory. He was primary responsibility and technical authority for all research and development efforts in structures, system-level thermal management, and multidisciplinary design methods for the Air Force Research Laboratory.  


Modern Languages Spring Celebration

Join Modern Languages faculty and students from 5 to 6 p.m. today (April 11) in Walker 134 for an international celebration of spring. Appearing live will be the French Canadian group, Maple Sugar Folk, and other guest performers who will perform and teach songs in French, German and Spanish.

Enjoy refreshments and learn more about spring and Easter traditions in other countries. No prior language experience is required. Families are welcome.


Q&A on a Lean Transformation

The campus and local community are invited to attend "Questions and Answers on a Lean Transformation," a presentation by Michigan Tech alumnus Dan Vermeesch. The session will be from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. tomorrow (April 12) in the Douglas Houghton Hall Ballroom (room G32).


Campus-wide Portrait Session

There will be campus-wide photo session from 9 to 11:30 a.m. tomorrow (April 12) in the Administration Building room G35.

In the News

Eos, a website that publishes news and perspectives about the Earth and space sciences and their impact, quoted Provost Jackie Huntoon in an article about the lack of diversity in the geosciences.

Job Postings

Job Posting for Tuesday, April 11, 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.

Office Assistant 4, Dining Services. UAW Posting 4/11/2017 - 4/17/2017. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. Apply online.

Office Assistant 3, Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning. Internal/External UAW Posting 4/11/2017 – 4/17/2017. External applications will be reviewed after internal applications. Apply online.

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