Michigan Tech Board of Trustees Appoints Presidential Search Committee

At a special meeting Friday  (June 2), the Michigan Tech  Board of Trustees unanimously appointed members of a Presidential Search Committee. The 14-member committee will review candidates for a president to succeed Glenn Mroz when he returns to the faculty at the end of June 2018.  

 Search committee members are:


  • David Shonnard, professor of chemical engineering
  • Brian Barkdoll, professor of civil and environmental engineering
  • Ashutosh Tiwari, associate professor of chemistry


  • Jim Baker, executive director of innovation and industry engagement
  • Darnishia Slade, director of international career education

Academic Administrator

  • Lorelle Meadows, dean, Pavlis Honors College

Undergraduate Student

  • Braeton Ardell, mechanical engineering-engineering mechanics

Graduate Student

  • Lavanya Rajesh Kumar, PhD candidate in cognitive science and human factors

Alumni/Community Member

  • David Rowe, manager, Systems Control; Michigan Tech Fund Board member

Board Chair Appointee

  • Carl Anderson, professor emeritus, mechanical engineering-engineering mechanics

 Board of Trustees

  • Bill Johnson, search committee chair (pictured left)
  • Julie Fream
  • Brenda Ryan, search committee vice chair (pictured right)
  • Bob Jacquart

Read the full story.

Volunteers Sought for New CMS Product

In response to ongoing feedback, UMC Digital Services is upgrading to a new CMS product. You can learn more about the new product, features, and a timeline to switch online. Key improvements include:

  • The ability to publish updates instantly

  • Automated correction of bad filenames

  • Final scan for spelling, accessibility and W3C standards

A total of 30 websites have already switched to OU Campus. If you would like to volunteer to switch or if you have any questions or concerns, you can email cmshelp@mtu.edu. We plan to move completely off the old product (Percussion) by the Fall.

This vendor transition follows a successful conversion of 150 websites to our new CMS template. The code and design upgrade has allowed our sites to become responsive, accessible and more friendly to search engines and social media platforms. 

These huge undertakings cannot be successful without the help and support of campus and we thank all our CMS liaisons for assisting along the way.

Panopto-Huskycast Video Platform Scheduled Maintenance Downtime

The Panopto-Huskycast video platform will be unavailable from 8 p.m. to midnight EDT Saturday (June 10) due to a planned system upgrade. During this time you will not be able to access recordings and any attempts to upload from recorder clients will result in a "Server unable to connect" message.

Contact IT User Services (7-1111, it-help@mtu.edu) if you have questions.

Pavlis Honors College Can Drive

Students in the Pavlis Honors College Global Leadership Pathway are holding a can drive to raise money for their international community projects. Cans will be collected all day Saturday ( June 10) at Econo Foods in Houghton.

Students in the Pavlis Honors College Global Leadership Pathway will travel to Ghana, Tanzania and India next month to implement the human-centered design projects they have been preparing through course work and collaboration with past Pavlis cohorts.

Your can donations will help purchase supplies and materials that will help improve primary and secondary schools, improve women’s health education, bring hospital equipment to communities in need and increase access to healthy drinking water in these three countries.

Consider donating your cans to help fund these and other projects abroad.

For more information on these projects or to donate directly, visit the India or Ghana project funding sites through superiorideas.org. More information view the Can Drive poster here.

Middle School Science and Engineering Camps

There will be three Summer Science Camps for middle school students (those entering grades six through nine) beginning later this month. Classes meet at Michigan Tech's Great Lakes Research Center and on campus and are taught by Tech faculty and staff. 

There are three one-week classes and students may enroll in one, two or all three. Class meet from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday - Friday with lunch provided.  The classes are: 

  • Great Lakes & Natural Resources, June 19-23. Explore forests, streams, wetlands and Lake Superior. Investigate aquaic food chains, how to assess the health of the Great Lakes and how scientists and engineers help to protect water quality in a watershed. 
  • Engineering Exploration, June 26-30. Explore a variety of engineering fields and the many uses of engineering in daily life. Use the engineering design process to design solutions to a variety of engineering challenges. Interact with engineers and visit labs. 
  • Technology and Mathematics, July 10-14. Create web maps, work with electronics, sensors and circuits, explore Mathematica and create artistic designs through image processing. This course is good for all levels of prior knowledge.

The cost is $200 per student for each five-day session. To pay by credit card, contact the Michigan Tech cashier at 7-2247. Your space is not reserved until payment is received. 

Register online or on the website for the Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education. For more information call 7-3341.

University Images Open Seven Days a Week

Now through December, University Images in the Student Development Complex is open every day for all of your apparel and souvenir needs. Current store hours are:
  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
  • Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday

Come and talk with the helpful staff next to the Ticket Office in the SDC. You may also visit us online anytime. 


Science Camp Registration Deadline is Today

Today is the registration deadline for the 2017 Summer Science Camps at Michigan Tech's Great Lakes Research Center and Nara Nature Center. There are three-day Summer Science Camps for students entering grades 1-5.

Three sessions are offered, and students may enroll for more than one. Camps begin June 13 but registration ends today. Find out more about each camp here.



Call for Bridgefest Volunteers

The Bridgefest committee and Bridgefest Coordinator Ryan Towles (MEEM), are looking for volunteers to help out with this year's event. Bridgefest is still Father's Day weekend, June 16-17 this year. Michigan Tech is among the sponsors of Bridgefest. Full Bridgefest information can be found online.

Consider helping out with this community event. We have needs for set-up, tear-down, security, checking IDs, selling drink tickets, serving beer and wine, etc.

Anyone who is interested should email bridgefest@up.net with their availability and the committee will coordinate those into volunteer assignments. Feel free to email with any questions.


Staff Service Recognition Award Luncheon

The annual Staff Service Recognition Award Luncheon will be held at noon Wednesday, June 14, in the MUB Ballroom.

President Glenn Mroz and Staff Council Chair, Jenn Biekkola will present awards for five-year increments of service to more than 150 staff members. Recent staff retirees will also be recognized. See the list of this years recipients on the Staff Council Blog.

For more information, see previous Tech Today article.

IT Connect

New Card Readers on Campus

This is a reminder that beginning in August new HuskyCards will no longer have magnetic stripes. All cards on campus will be read by tap card readers. It is important to note that this transition will only affect the card swipe function.
Don't worry, current cardholders will not need to get a new card because the current card will work with the new readers.

Michigan Tech IT is currently working with customers who are interested in purchasing new card readers for their departments.

If we’ve missed anyone, let us know by contacting it-help@mtu.edu or calling 7-1111.