Chemical Stores Changes: Note to the Campus Community

The recent closure of Cliff Drive has signaled the beginning of the construction of the new facility for Chemical Stores. (Updates on the road closing and project status can be found at here.) Working in parallel with the planning and construction of the new building, a committee has begun to review improvements and adjustments in the processes for ordering, acquiring, and tracking chemicals for academic and research purposes. The committee also will explore ways to improve accounting and reporting of chemical purchases to departments and researchers. Future changes will include delivery of all hazardous materials from Chem Stores to labs and departments, although those details remain to be worked out. 

The chemical purchasing committee consists of co-chairs Sue Laajala and Bruce Seely, Don Wareham, Joel Smith, Cary Chabalowski, Ashutosh Tiwari, Stacy Sedar, Kelly Kallio, Danielle Cyrus, and Jeff Lewin. The members intend to continue conversations with the largest academic users of chemicals initially launched when planning for the building began about eighteen months ago. As before, the committee will seek input from all relevant constituencies interested in safe and effective processes for ordering, delivery, and tracking of chemicals. The committee intends to present recommendations to the administration at the end of the fall semester. The goal is to recommend policies regarding chemical ordering, delivery, and record-keeping across the university in compliance with all regulatory and safety standards while impacting researchers and academic departments as little as possible. 

The committee notes that no changes have yet been made in the operations of Chem Stores, although it encourages all researchers and academic users of chemicals to become familiar with the services and capabilities of this unit. (See here.) Purchasing through Chem Stores is likely to be less expensive for users after delivery and shipping charges are factored in. The committee strongly recommends that all hazardous or potentially dangerous chemicals and materials be ordered through, and delivered to, Chemical Stores because of safety and compliance concerns associated with those materials. (The full catalog and order forms for Chem Stores can be found at here.) 

Chem Stores obviously will face challenges during the months of construction. Already, the old loading dock has been removed and deliveries are now complicated by the lack of ground-level access to Chem. In addition, Chem Stores will eventually need to move to their new space, introducing some delays when the operation must temporarily close. The committee asks that users of Chem Stores be patient as work continues on the facility during the coming academic year. The committee will provide advance notice about any known delays or closures. For example, hours will be reduced during the first week of August. To minimize disruptions and delays, research and teaching users of chemicals should plan purchases with greater advance notice. Please address specific questions about ordering, shipping, and delivery of chemicals for academic units and laboratories to Don Wareham ( Joel Smith ( 

The committee will communicate regularly with the campus community about its review and will schedule campus meetings to solicit suggestions and feedback. We look forward to rolling out new procedures for purchasing, delivery, and tracking of academic chemicals in sequence with the opening of the brand new and improved Chem Stores facility next spring. Please direct any questions about the work of the committee to co-chairs Bruce Seely and Sue Laajala. Thanks for your consideration and support.

Campus Communicators Meeting

Alumni Reunion is coming up August 3-5. We've got stories to share, events happening and ways to engage via social media.

We want to hear from you about your alumni stories and events for reunion. Join us for a Campus Communicators meeting from 10-11 a.m. this Thursday (July 20) in Memorial Union B001.

The following people will join us to share Alumni Reunion updates and stories: Erin Thompson, assistant director of alumni programming; Sarah Williams, marketing specialist for Advancement and Alumni Engagement; Erin Froese, director of advancement, SFRES; and Hannah Kowalewsky from Pep Band.

We hope to see you there.

Keweenaw Alumni Chapter and Friends 5K Run/Walk Aug. 5

Join fellow alumni and friends during the annual Alumni Weekend for a 5K Run/Walk on the Tech Trails. All proceeds go to support the Keweenaw Alumni and Friends Chapter Scholarship and the Michigan Tech Cross Country Team.

The event takes place Saturday, Aug. 5. Registration is at 7:30 a.m. at the Tech Trails Trailhead (across from Sherman Field). The walk begins at 8:30 a.m. with the run at 9 a.m. Awards will be presented at 10 a.m.

The cost is $15 for preregistered participants and $20 the day of the race. For sponsorship information or to volunteer, contact Angela. Pre-register by Aug. 2 online or by calling 877-688-2586.

Hockey Huskies Announce Incoming Class

Michigan Tech head hockey coach Joe Shawhan announced nine incoming players for the 2017-18 season. The class consists of forwards Justin Misiak, Greyson Reitmeier, and Marcus Russell, defensemen Seamus Donohue, Keegan Ford, Mitch Meek, Tyler Rockwell, and Cooper Watson, and goaltender Robbie Beydoun.

Misiak is a 5-foot-10, 170-pound native of St. Clair Shores, Michigan. He played the last two seasons with the Austin Bruins in the NAHL. He led the Bruins, and was sixth in the NAHL, with 60 points in 60 games on 25 goals and 35 assists.

Reitmeier is a 6-foot-3, 190-pound native of Nakusp, British Columbia. He was named the SJHL Player of the Year in 2017 after racking up a league-leading 79 points (28G-51A) in 58 games for the Flin Flon Bombers.

Russell is a 5-foot-10, 165-pound native of Traverse City, Michigan. He started the 2016-17 season in the NAHL before getting promoted to the USHL for the final 34 games. He had 25 points in 28 games with the Topeka RoadRunners (NAHL), five points in 20 games for the Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL), and three points in 14 games for the Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL) last year. He played for Traverse City Central High School before spending two seasons with Honeybaked U18. His father played at Michigan State.

Donohue is a 6-foot, 185-pound native of North Oaks, Minnesota. He was the captain of the Wichita Falls Wildcats of the NAHL in 2016-17, tallying 32 points (4G-28A) in 45 games. Donohue won two Minnesota State hockey titles with St. Thomas Academy, playing four years of high school hockey. He was the captain as a senior and alternate captain as a junior.

Ford is a 5-foot-9, 181-pound native of Waunakee, Wisconsin. He has played in the USHL over the past five seasons (219 games), including 22 games for the Madison Capitals in 2016-17. Ford represented the US at the World Junior A Challenge (2015-16) where he captained Team USA to a Bronze Medal and was named to the tournament's all-star team. His father Pat played hockey at Wisconsin and his brother Jason is currently on the Badgers roster.

Meek is a 5-foot-10, 168-pound native of Victoria, British Columbia. He's played five seasons (236 games) in the BCHL and won the Fred Page Cup with the Penticton Vees in 2016-17. He was the alternate captain for the Vees, appearing in 43 regular season games (19 points) and 17 playoff games (7 points).

Rockwell is a 5-foot-8, 174-pound native of San Jose, California. He's played the past three seasons for the Wenatchee Wild, serving as the team captain in 2016-17. The Wild just wrapped up their second season in the BCHL winning the Ron Boileau Memorial Trophy as the regular season league champions. Prior to junior hockey, Rockwell played four seasons in the Shattuck St. Mary's program, winning the U18 National Championship as a senior. His father John was a goaltender for the Huskies from 1975-79, appearing in 69 career games.

Watson is a 6-foot-3, 174-pound native of Appleton, Wisconsin. He played 2016-17 in the BCHL with the Vernon Vipers, appearing in 45 regular season games (19 points) and 12 playoff games (2 goals). Prior to the Vipers, Watson played two and half seasons in the USHL. Watson played over four seasons for Appleton United and two seasons for Team Wisconsin before starting his junior career. He is the younger brother of Cliff Watson, Tech's captain over the past two seasons.

Beydoun is a 5-foot-11, 187-pound native of Plymouth, Michigan. He was a USHL Third Team All-Star for the Waterloo Black Hawks in 2016-17. He had a 2.22 goals against average and .919 save percentage in 39 games last season, winning 24 contests.

The Huskies return 18 players (13 forwards, 4 defensemen, 1 goaltender) from their Broadmoor Trophy winning WCHA Championship team. Tech begins its 2017-18 season at the University of Wisconsin Oct. 1. Read the full story and find out more on Michigan Tech sports at

Join ASPEN in the Boundary Waters

The Association of Students for People, Environments and Nature (ASPEN) has openings for Michigan Tech students to attend a professional development trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Aug. 17-22. ASPEN is an Michigan Tech student organization and a student chapter of the International Association for Society and Natural Resources (IASNR).

This trip will take place at the Superior National Forest headquarters in Duluth and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The purpose of the trip is to meet and learn from Forest Service staff who work on wilderness management and cultural heritage projects and go canoeing and camping in the back country with a Forest Service archaeologist.

The cost to students is $110 which includes membership in ASPEN, most meals, transportation, canoes and camping gear. Contact Erin Burkett, ASPEN treasurer, soon if you are interested.

Items Available

The Department of Humanities has six wooden bookcases available to give away to another department on a first-come, first-served basis. There are four regular bookshelves and two large bookcases with glass doors.

Contact Erin Smith at 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.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Tuesday, July 18, 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.

 Custodian, Facilities. AFSCME Posting 7/18/17 - 7/24/17. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. 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.

In the News

The Daily Mining Gazette  published a feature Wednesday about Michigan Tech Volleyball incoming freshman Olivia Ghormley. Read the story here.


WNMU-FM aired a report on Money Magazine's ranking of Michigan Tech as one of the best colleges for your money. Read the story here.