Adrienne Minerick Chosen for STEM Leadership Fellowship

Adrienne Minerick (ChE) has been named as one of 26 women faculty members from 23 different universities across the US and Canada in the 2017-18 class of ELATE at Drexel Fellows.

ELATE at Drexel is a professional development program for women in the academic STEM fields. Each Fellow was nominated by her dean or provost and will contribute to institutional initiatives as she expands her leadership skills.

"I'm honored to have been selected as an ELATE fellow and look forward to the opportunity to learn how to enhance Michigan Tech's mission along with strategies to lead and manage change initiatives," said Minerick, who is associate dean for research and development in Tech's College of Engineering.

ELATE at Drexel is a one-year, part-time program that focuses on increasing personal and professional leadership effectiveness, leading and managing change initiatives within institutions, using strategic finance and resource management to enhance organizational missions and creating a network of exceptional women who can bring organizational perspectives and deep personal capacity to the institutions and society they serve.

"Michigan Tech is exceptionally pleased that Adrienne was selected for the 2017-2018 Fellowship program at Drexel University to continue with her leadership and professional development." said Ellen Horsch, vice president for administration. "Adrienne is one of 10 individuals currently engaged in our Excellence in Leadership Development program, a professional development program designed and tailored to support specific growth and advancement at Michigan Tech. I truly look forward to Adrienne's success as a leader and as a scholar."

Senate Invitation to Serve on Presidential Search Committee

The University Senate is seeking faculty and staff to participate in the search for a new president of Michigan Tech. The President Search Committee will be comprised of Board of Trustee members, students, faculty, staff, alumni and the wider university community.

Consider being a part of the decision-making process that impacts the future of Tech. The composition of the Presidential Search Committee will consist of a minimum of 13 members, as highlighted in the Tech Today article regarding the Board of Trustees April 28, 2017 meeting.

The Board has asked the Senate to identify six faculty and six staff who would make the necessary commitments to serve on this important committee. Please submit brief biographical information and statements of interest, commitment and promise of confidentiality.

Serving on the Presidential Search Committee requires a significant amount of time and commitment. It is imperative that each member is flexible in scheduling.

Review the announcement for the complete details. The University Senate requests those interested in serving on the Presidential Search Committee send the requested information by 5 p.m. Monday, May 22, to Marty Thompson, President of the University Senate at

As stated in the announcement, the Board of Trustees will announce the composition of the members of the Presidential Search Committee at a Special Meeting on June 2.

All nominees are asked to be in attendance. A get together and dinner with the Presidential Search Committee members will be held on June 8, 2017 followed by the first meeting on June 9 in Houghton.

Future meetings may be held in the Detroit area however video conference will be made available for those not able to travel. Thank you for your service to Michigan Tech as we look towards the future of our great institution.

Retirement Social for Mike Hendricks

The Vice President for Research invites the campus community to a retirement social for Mike Hendricks.

The social will be held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Thursday, June 1 in the Great Lakes Research Center, room 202.

Join us in thanking Mike for his numerous contributions to the university, and wish him well with his retirement. Refreshments will be served.

Break to Educate with Sponsored Programs

Sponsored Programs would like to invite you to a Break to Educate session. This event will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 24 in the Alumni Lounge B (107B) in the Memorial Union Building.

For this session we are going to talk about participant support costs and we would also like suggestions on other topics that would you be interested in learning more about. We encourage you to forward this invitation to those you feel may benefit from these sessions.

If you have any questions regarding our Break to Educate sessions or to RSVP, email

In the News

One million miles from Earth, a NASA camera is capturing unexpected flashes of light reflecting off our planet, and Alex Kostinski (Physics) has helped identify them as ice particles high in the atmosphere. NASA, Health Medicine Net and Astrobiology Web have published news stories about the phenomena and the research. Visit here, here and here.


In its July 2017 issue, Lake Superior Magazine published two photos and a long caption about Michigan Tech's recent "sugarbush" at the Ford Forestry Center, The photos illustrated a feature about maple syrup, called "Nature's Candy." See the full story here.

Hockey Spring Carnival Friday

Michigan Tech will host a Spring Hockey Carnival from 6-9 p.m Friday, (May 19), at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. The event, which is free and open to all ages, will feature food,  kids games, raffle and door prizes, photo opportunities with the Broadmoor Trophy and autographs with Huskies players and staff.

Youth are encouraged to bring their own hockey sticks to play floor hockey with Michigan Tech players. The Huskies will also run skill sessions, which include a chance to shoot against Tech goaltenders.

A bounce house, video games on the arena's video board, music and Tech's mascot Blizzard T. Husky will also be part of the evening.

Free food offerings are hot dogs, popcorn, pop and bottled water. Other food options will be available for purchase.

Raffle prizes include University Images gift cards, discounts for MIchigan Tech commmunity programs, and items signed by the Huskies.

Information on season tickets will be released in the coming days.


Telephone Upgrade Status and Voicemail

Over the weekend of May 6-7, IT upgraded the telephone systems and servers. Work was substantially complete on Sunday May 7. If you had voicemail saved prior to the upgrade, it's available until Friday (May 19).

You can retrieve it by calling 7-3399 from your phone and entering your passcode. After Friday that voicemail will be removed. If you have any questions or issues, let IT know via or 7-1111.


Cliff Drive Construction Projects

A number of construction/repair projects will impact traffic on Cliff Drive this summer. Facilities Management would like to make everyone aware of these projects. 

These projects will involve lane closures, constricted traffic, closure of a portion of Cliffs Drive and closure of some parking lots. See previous Tech Today article for more information.