Tech Alumnus Among Service Personnel Killed in Mississippi Plane Crash

A Michigan Tech alumnus was among the military personnel killed when a US Marine Corps KC-130 transport plane crashed near Itta Bena, Mississippi, Monday.

US Marine Corps Sgt. Julian M. Kevianne was among the 15 Marines and one Navy Corpsman on the flight. According to the New York Times, the plane took off from Cherry Point, North Carolina en route to El Centro, California. There were no survivors.

Sgt. Kevianne was a 2007 graduate of Michigan Tech with a degree in humanities. He joined the Marines in 2009. He came to Tech from Detroit's High School for the Fine and Performing Arts. 

He was very active on campus, serving as a resident assistant, a member of the National Society of Black Engineers, Young Democrats, Social Dance Club and the Lemmings broomball team. 

Kevianne worked as a management assistant in McNair Hall where he was a student supervisor in the dining hall, helping students with everything from furniture requests to the Husky Host Program. During the winter semester break he organized and facilitated a Christmas dinner for McNair residents and provided transportation for incoming international students. His efforts were recognized when he was named the Student Employee of the Year in 2008. 

University President Glenn Mroz says Sgt. Kevianne's time at Michigan Tech made the University a better place.
"We oftentimes thank our students for what they bring to Michigan Tech and what they leave at Michigan Tech to make it a better place for others.  Julian's involvement in so many aspects of the University and the quality of his involvement defined that spirit.  It was not surprising that he aspired to one of the most significant commitments a person can take in defense of all of us. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family as we all struggle with this tragic loss of an amazing person," Mroz says.
Condolences may be shared with the family through Sgt. Kevianne's brother:
Carlo Kevianne,                                                            
15735 Plainview Ave.                                                      
Detroit, MI 48223
A gofundme site has been established to help the family with travel expenses to the funeral. 

Everything from Algae to Zooplankton

Whitefish bellies, lard-filled olives—and a boat ride on Michigan Tech's 36-foot Research Vessel Agassiz. Just the thing to hook elementary students on science, technology, engineering and math. 

Funded by General Motors (GM) since 2013, Ride the Waves gets about 700 students per year out on local waters and into Great Lakes Research Center labs to work side-by-side with Michigan Tech students, staff and faculty. The goal: to better understand the freshwater environment and factors that affect it, from phytoplankton to mining waste. Read the full story

Money Magazine Recognizes the Value of a Michigan Tech Education

In Money Magazine’s latest report on “Best Colleges for your Money,” Michigan Technological University ranked in the top 100 overall and in the top 50 among public universities.

Money evaluated 2,400 colleges and universities using 27 criteria and winnowed the list to 711 colleges and universities that the publication considers “best colleges for your money.”  Of those, Michigan Tech ranked 91 among all institutions—public and private—and 46 among public universities.

Michigan Tech also ranked sixth in the nation for early career salaries.  Tech’s average early career salary for graduates is $63,400.  

Money also noted that 47 percent of Michigan Tech’s low-income students have upper-middle class jobs by age 34. That's a factor known as social mobility.  

“Social mobility is an important benefit of a Michigan Tech education, one that often goes unmentioned,” President Glenn Mroz said. 

Read the full story.

International Programs & Services–Assistant Director Candidate Presentations

IPS would like to invite all staff, faculty and students to attend their assistant director candidates' interview presentations on the following dates:

Ibrahim Alhussain will present from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 18 at Edwin C. Davis Hall (McAllister Welcome Center). Alhussain holds both an MBA and bachelor of science in business administration (management) from Valparaiso University and brings more than four years experience in International Education and three years as a business incubator manager in Saudi Arabia.

Carol Mandzik will present from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 25 at MUB Alumni Lounge. Mandzik holds an MBA from Husson University, Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of South Florida and brings over 16 years of experience in international education.

As part of the interview process, the candidates will present on the following topic:

As a candidate for the international programs & services (IPS) assistant director position, what is your vision for the ideal IPS office and what strengths and personality traits make you a good fit to execute this vision in collaboration with IPS staff at Michigan Tech? Given current events and changing perceptions of the US , how will your vision foster a welcoming and supportive campus environment?

Resumes will be provided—we hope that you can join us and assist in our search by providing your feedback. If you have any questions, call IPS at 7-2160.


 Lao Cuisine at Today's Khana Khazana

Today in the Memorial Union North Coast Grill and Deli, Khana Khazana is featuring a menu from Laos.

The menu:
- Kai Yang (Grilled Chicken)
- Som Tam (Spicy Vegetable Salad)
- Fried Sweet Potato Balls

Serving is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today (July 14). The cost is $5.95 and includes a fountain drink. Visit the Khana Khazana Facebook page.


Mental Health First Aid Training

Mental Health First Aid Training is offered Wednesday (July 19) and July 21 to the Michigan Tech community. This training is focused on the adult population and more specifically on the college student population. The information received over the course of 8 hours will assist individuals in learning how best to respond to a person experiencing a mental health crisis.

Register here. Contact Amber Bennett, Director of Counseling Services, with any questions. For more information see previous Tech Today article.

Items Available

The Department of Humanities has two tables available to give away to another department on a first-come, first-served basis.

The tables are dark mahogany in color, all wood with a glass inlay top. They are 40" wide x 60" long x 30' height. Tables are connected underneath for easy moving–but can be used as single tables also.

Contact Jackie Ellenich at 7-2008 if interested or to view.

As always, university property may only be transferred to other university departments. It may not be given or sold to individuals.

In the News

Lake Superior Magazine published a feature about minerals of the Keweenaw, referencing the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum at Michigan Tech as an outstanding public minerals display. See here.