The Flamed Connections with Maples

In a guest blog on Unscripted, Munkaila Musah, a PhD student in forest molecular genetics and biotechnology in the School of Forest Resource and Environmental Science, writes of the forests that connect his roots in Ghana to the doctoral work he now does in the Northwoods. He has cultivated a special connection to maple trees.

I was born in the forest and grew up with plants from the tropical rainforest; I felt good with nature. Little did I know how deep I was routed in this connection until my first call by a maple tree in October last year when I arrived in the US. I entered a flame of unlimited excitation with the aesthetic beauty of four mixed colors on the same tree that slowed my heartbeat and recalibrated my affinity for nature.

This enthrallment excited my curiosity about this North American hard wood; I wanted to dig beyond the magnificent beauty that outshone other trees and triggered a stream of unlimited consciousness.

I then met Jerry Jondreau who introduced me to the Ojibwe culture. He shared the Anishinaabeg (original peoples) history of the region and traditions associated with the sugar maple trees. He introduced me to the sugar maples outside his house in the traditional fashion and offered my tobacco and good intentions.

The rich satisfaction of understanding the nature of the maple tree kept me rooted in my quest of knowing.  I knew this connection from trying on my first pair of snowshoes to walk in the snow to the maple trees, fixing the bag for collection, my first touch of the spile or tap, drilling and installing the spile in the tree, the hammering and attaching the collection bag to the spile.

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Cliff Drive Construction Projects

Construction work for the new Chemical Storage Facility project is set to begin on Monday, June 19, which will result in the closing of Cliff Drive to thru-traffic for most of the summer.

Go to the Facilities Management website for more information. To submit any questions regarding the projects, potential durations and impacts to the campus using this link.

Improvements coming to MultiDrive

Michigan Tech IT is working to bring improvements to the campus MultiDrive (M:) storage system. The new MultiDrive DFS system replaces an aging infrastructure that has been in use for the last few years. Several areas on campus have been using the new system as part of a staged rollout. IT will be changing the remainder of campus workstations to connect to the new system on Wednesday (June 7).

There is no required action or change in behavior for standard, on-domain workstations. The new MultiDrive DFS system will connect to M: upon login. Note that the admin domain is not affected by this change.

Mac users
Mac users with the Self Service app can log into Self Service and download the Multidrive app from the Core Applications tab. Mac users without the Self Service app can connect using the MacOS instructions.

As part of this change, the "Mac multidrive mounter" utility is being deprecated and will stop working at a future date.

Connecting remotely
Instructions are also available for connecting to the new MultiDrive DFS system from off campus or from a wifi connection. Instructions are here: Windows instructions or MacOS instructions.

If you have any questions about the new Multidrive system, consult the guide or contact IT help at 487-1111 or

Parade of Nations online donation system

The Parade of Nations Committee announces the Parade of Nations online donation and t-shirt purchasing system is LIVE. The online donation system allows business and individual donors to conveniently donate, or purchase t-shirts from their mobile phone or computer.

A link to the donation system can be found on the main Parade of Nations  webpage.

Early Bird Hockey Season Tickets on Sale Through June

Michigan Tech is offering its annual early bird hockey season ticket sale through the month of June. Ticket sales opened Yesterday (June 5).

Fans can purchase ticket packages for just $300 for adults and $200 for youth, a savings of $62 for adults and $24 for youth. Each package includes a reserved seat at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena to all home games encompassing a 16-game regular season schedule and potential seven home WCHA Playoff games. The $300 discount price breaks down to a little more than $12 per game, which is a 34 percent savings from the face value of single game tickets ($18) and 18 percent off the regular price of season tickets.

Don't miss a second of the action by taking advantage of this early season discount by July 1. Tickets can be purchased and renewed by calling the Central Ticket Office at 7-2073 or by visiting in person between 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Last year's reserved season ticket holders will have until July 27 to reclaim their seats for the 2017-18 campaign. Beginning July 28, all unclaimed reserved seats will go on-sale to the general public.

New head coach Joe Shawhan will return 18 players from last year's team that won 20 games. Tech finished 23-15-7 and won the Broadmoor Trophy as WCHA Tournament Champions advance to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in the last three years.

To read the full story and see the 2017-18 schedule visit

In the News

EIN News' World News Report ran a photo of Michigan Tech's Steel Bridge Team at the recent national competition. See here.


In Print

Don Lafreniere (SS) co-authored the paper, "You are where you live: Methodological Challenges to Measuring Children's Exposure to Hazards" in the Journal of Children and Poverty.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Tuesday, June 6, 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.

Assistant Hockey Coach, Athletics. Apply online.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.