Student Marcus Antilla Dies During Hiking Trip

The Michigan Tech community is mourning the death of one of our students over the weekend.

Marcus Antilla, 19, of Republic, passed away while on a hiking trip with five other Michigan Tech students in the Rocking Chair Lakes area of Marquette County.

The Marquette County Sheriff Department said in a statement that all of the students were 18 or 19 years old. Two of the five others were from Marquette County while three were from Lower Michigan. 

Police said that Antilla was exhibiting signs of hypothermia after becoming lost while searching for firewood. As many as 20 private citizens on ORVs assisted at the scene, according to the Sheriff's Department. 

Antilla had just completed his second year at Michigan Tech. The valedictorian of the Class of 2015 at Republic-Michigamme High School was an electrical engineering major. A stand-out athlete in high school, he was a member of the 2012 and 2013 Ishpeming High School State Championship Football teams and played basketball and ran track for Republic-Michigamme.

At Tech he played intramural basketball and flag football.

Les Cook, Michigan Tech vice president for Student Affairs and Advacement, said the campus community is in shock after learning of the tragedy in Marquette County.

"To receive such news while in the midst of celebrating Spring Commencement and the end of the semester makes it even more heart breaking," Cook said. 

"On behalf of the entire campus community, I'd like to offer our sincerest condolences, thoughts and prayers, to Marcus' parents, Mark and Joanne, his sisters, Lindsay and Taylor, and to all his family, friends and classmates."

Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. Friday (May 5), at Bethany Lutheran Church in Republic. Interment will take place at the Republic Township Cemetery.

Marcus' family will greet relatives and friends from 2:30 p.m. until the time of the service Friday at the church. 

Michigan Tech counseling services is available for anyone seeking grief counseling. Their office is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 7-2538.

College of Sciences and Arts Seeks Input on Dean Draft Position Description

The College of Sciences and Arts dean search committee will hold an open forum to present and discuss the draft CSA dean position description at 11 a.m. Friday (May 5) in the Memorial Union Ballroom B.

The draft description and associated survey to provide comments and feedback is open to current Michigan Tech faculty, staff and students until May 12. A link to the content is available on the provost’s web site

Google Chooses Tech to Train High School Computer Science Teachers

Google has announced that Michigan Tech is one of 79 universities and other organizations worldwide selected to share two million dollars in grants to help better prepare high school teachers to teach computer science.

"Our goal to help increase access to CS skills by empowering more skilled and confident CS teachers globally," said Google in a blog about the grant program.

"We are really delighted to receive funding again this year from Google," said Linda Ott (CS), who runs the workshops. "We had many more teachers apply for our workshop last year who we couldn't accommodate. It's great to be able to offer those teachers an opportunity this year"

The workshop will be offered during the summer. This is the third year that Tech has received Google funding for computer science workshops for teachers. See more.

Tech Ranks 2nd in Best Value Colleges in Michigan

Michigan Tech ranked second in the state in SmartAsset's latest Best Value Colleges report.

SmartAsset, a digital financial analysis company, ranked the top 10 colleges and universities in Michigan, based on tuition, living expenses, scholarships awarded, retention rate and graduates' average starting salaries.

Only the University of Michigan topped Michigan Tech. See here.

Supermileage Enterprise Wins at Shell Eco-Marathon

Michigan Tech's Supermileage Systems Enterprise won the Technical Innovation Award at the Shell Eco-marathon Americas and came in 10th in their division. The 11th annual Eco-marathon was held in Detroit Thursday -Sunday (April 27-30).

Supermileage Systems Enterprise (SSE) is a group of Tech students working as a design team to create a super-high-mileage vehicle. Find out more

May First Friday Social at the Keweenaw Research Center

Faculty, staff and graduate students are invited to join the Keweenaw Research Center from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday (May 5) at their Engineering Design Center located at 23337 Airpark Blvd. Round-trip transportation will be provided with the first ride leaving at 4 p.m from the MUB shuttle stop. Complimentary soda, beer, wine and appetizers will be served.

The KRC is a research department of Michigan Tech reporting to the Vice President of Research. For 64 years the site at the airport has been used as a test course to test the mobility of vehicles of all types, large and small, commercial and military. The KRC is also involved in Alternative Energy Research, hosting a 20Kw photovoltaic array, available to researchers on campus for a variety of studies. The Engineering Design Center is heated and cooled with a geothermal heat pump system whose source ground water is provided by an abandoned mine shaft on the property. Come meet the engineers at the KRC to learn more about the Center.

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 June 2 will be sponsored by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion and Student Activities. 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 or 7-2543.

Fantastic Fruit Flies and Where to Find Them

Fruit flies are no griffons, but they are more beautiful and varied than one might think. Thomas Werner (Bio Sci) and John Jaenike detail them in a new field guide for the Midwest and Northeast.

The two biologists just published their guide — Drosophilids of the Midwest and Northeast — the first regional fruit fly field guide produced in 96 years. There is so much more to fruit flies than the little pests that come in with the bananas.

Check out the full story with some of Werner's amazing high-res images on the Michigan Tech news site

HuskiesFit Dollar Days May 7-12

Want to change up your workout, try out a new class or set some new fitness goals? Several HuskiesFit Programs will offer classes for only $2 during Dollar Days next week, May 7-12.

Summer session programs begin May 14. Discounts are available to SDC annual members, and MTEFCU members receive a discount on the Ultimate Session Punch Card as well as select programs.

Don't forget you can use your 2017 TechFit dollars as well.

Visit HuskiesFit Programs to view the Dollar Days schedule and a full listing of adult group fitness classes offered this summer.

Counseling Services Assistant Director Candidate to Present

Counseling Services invites the campus community to attend a presentation given by Sarah Johnson, a candidate for the assistant director position.

The presentation will will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday (May 4) in the Edwin C Davis Hall in Admissions. Johnson will address the reasons college and university counseling centers across the United States are busier than they have ever been and approaches that can be used to serve the needs of the students.


Adult Indoor Rock Climbing Class

Join the Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP) as they host a long lunch rock climbing session. The course will begin by teaching the basics of indoor rock climbing including knots, commands and communication, harness use, belay techniques and basic moves. Participants will be taught and certified to belay safely and encourage participants to try as many routes as they are comfortable with. The course is structured for four classes of interactive instruction and two classes at the end to practice climbing and belaying skills.

For more information, read previous Tech Today article.


Counseling Services Assistant Director Candidate to Present

Counseling Services invites the campus community to attend a presentation given by Heidi Schneiderhan a candidate for the Assistant Director position. The presentation will will be given at 10 a.m. on Thursday (May 4) in the Edwin C Davis Hall in Admissions and the topic will be "The reasons college and university counseling centers across the United States are busier than they have ever been and approaches that can be used to serve the needs of the students."