Celebrating 50(ish) Years of Pep

Among the activities scheduled for this week’s Michigan Tech Alumni Reunion is a celebration of a half-century (more or less) of pep. The Huskies Pep Band is celebrating its 50ish Anniversary during the Alumni Weekend.

Past and present band members and Huskies fans can check out the Pep Band “museum”, hang out with friends and former band mates and pick up some sweet Pep Band swag from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow, Friday and Saturday at the McArdle Theatre. Practice time has been schedule from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday - Saturday.

 At 1 p.m. tomorrow the McArdle will host the premiere of the Pep Band’s 2017 CD. Band members past and present will gather at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the McArdle to prepare for the Pasty Picnic Parade. The band will march to the Pasty Picnic at 4:15 p.m. starting near the Chem. Sci. Building.

Hannah Kowalewsky, a Pep Band member, is among the organizers of the 50ish Anniversary celebration. She explained the motivation behind the events.

“This Pep Celebration is about bringing together folks from across many generations, both those who have been and who currently are Tech students. We also want to include those in the community who have given support to the band.”

Kowalewsky says for many the band has always been in existence so the goal was to create an event to celebrate “this organization that has brought so much energy to games, parades and events.”

Friday Pep Band events include “Record Your Story” from noon to 5 p.m. in Walker 210. The McArdle Theatre hosts “History Alive” at 2 p.m.

Saturday’s highlights include performing at the Alumni Men’s Basketball Game at the Wood Gym and at performance with the “Rock Camp” kids at the Rozsa Center.

Kowalesky says while there isn’t an exact year being celebrated for the reunion the designation does make sense. “We chose to coin this event as the ‘50ish’ due to this being when the band switched from a military style band to a scramble band.”

She says with three performances over the weekend, the band had a chance to pull music from many decades to present a fun mix of new and old music to each “Pep Bander.”

More on Michigan Tech’s Reunion Weekend is available here

Tech Repeats on Princeton Review's Best Colleges List

Once again, Michigan Tech has made the list of the Princeton Review’s  best colleges. The organization released its 2017 “382 Best Colleges” guide yesterday.

Michigan Tech has been included on the Princeton Review’s Best Colleges list since 1994.

Princeton Review does not rank the schools on its Best Colleges list. The organization, which is not affiliated with Princeton University, chose the top 382 from more than 2,000 colleges and universities. The guide lists them in alphabetical order.  

The Princeton Review bases its annual list on data from surveys of 137,000 students at the 382 schools in the book. 

"It is an honor to be included among the best schools in the country on a list of this kind, which considers a variety of factors, including campus culture,” said John Lehman, associate vice president for enrollment and university relations at Michigan Tech. 

Read the full story.

New at Michigan Tech: Family U Takes Place Today

Discover the properties of copper. Explore a skeleton using forensic science.
That's just some of the activities taking place today during Family U at Michigan Tech.
Family U kicks off this week's Alumni Reunion. The event takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. today. 
Generations will come together for a day of fun and learning on the Michigan Tech campus. The program is specially created for children going into fifth grade and older and their families.
Families will arrive at 9 a.m., with the first activity taking place from 9:20 to 10:30 a.m. in the R.L. Smith Building (MEEM) room 203.
They will then go to a Biological Sciences activity from 10:30 to 11:50 a.m. in MEEM 1101. 
Lunch will be served for the families from noon to 12:50 p.m. at Wadsworth Hall.
Families will then head to the A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum to participate in a copper activity at the Phyllis and John Seaman Garden from 1 to 2:10 p.m.
The last activity of the day will take place from 2:20 to 3:15 p.m. at the Memorial Union Building Makerspace.

Summer Hours End Aug. 13

Summer Hours will end on Sunday, Aug. 13. Beginning on Monday, Aug. 14, the University will return to regular office hours. 
The regular hours of operation will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All offices must be staffed during these hours.

Campus Open House Friday at GLRC

The campus community is invited to stop by from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday (Aug 4) at the Great Lakes Research Center. Faculty, staff and students are hosting a number of demonstrations and activities for all ages as part of Alumni Reunion.

Join the GM Ride the Waves students and staff to learn about the aquatic food web. Drive an underwater remotely operated vehicle and see a demonstration of NERD, the nautical emergency rescue device developed by the SENSE Enterprise. Step back in time using geographical information science tools developed through the Keweenaw Time Traveler project.

You'll learn about the latest in safety equipment used on and near the water, and from 2-5 p.m. tour a US Coast Guard 47-foot motor lifeboat. Visit the first-floor lobby to see the Celebrating Women of the Great Lakes Research Center exhibit featuring photography by Sarah Bird(UMC) and view the GLRC's new information display.

Activity location and description flyers will be available in the first floor lobby.

Tech Football Ushers in Olson Era

A new era for Michigan Tech football begins in 2017 when the season kicks off Aug. 31 at home against Truman State. New Head Coach Steve Olson takes the reigns of the program after serving as an assistant coach under Tom Kearly for six seasons, including the past three as defensive coordinator.

Olson's defenses have been some of the best in the GLIAC year in and year out in multiple statistical categories.

Michigan Tech is picked to finish sixth (38 points) in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Preseason Poll, announced yesterday by the conference office. Grand Valley State and Ferris State are at the top of rankings at No. 1 and No. 2 respectively. The Lakers edged the Bulldogs for the top spot by two points with 77 points. Ashland (67 points), Wayne State (54 points), and Saginaw Valley State (41 points) round out the top five in this year's poll.

Read the full story at michigantechhuskies.com.


Materials Science & Engineering Seminar Today

Pinaki Mukherjee, post doctoral associate, Rutgers University, will present "Analytical Electron Microscopy-Imaging and Beyond" at 9 a.m. today (Aug. 2) in M&M 610.


Break to Educate with Sponsored Programs Tomorrow

Sponsored Programs invites you to a "Break to Educate" session. This event will take place at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow (Aug. 3) in the Superior Room (B001) of the Memorial Union Building.

For this session Abbi Halkola and Madeline Mercado Voelker will be on hand to talk about HR/employment questions that have been brought up in past sessions. Also Jennifer Bukovich and Christopher Stancher will talk about the VPR Campus Satellite Office Pilot.

Bring questions and your suggestions on topics that you would be interested in learning more about. We encourage you to forward this information to those you feel may benefit from these sessions. If you have any questions regarding our "Break to Educate" sessions and to RSVP, email rlwadess@mtu.edu.


Facilitators Sought for Graduate School Orientation

The Graduate School is seeking facilitators to assist with our orientation programs. Faculty, staff and senior graduate students are welcome to participate. New facilitators training sessions are offered from 1 to 3 p.m. on either August 24 or 28 in Admin 404. 

To learn more, read previous Tech Today article.


Faculty, Staff Volunteers Sought for Move-in Weekend

You can help our students and their families by moving a couple crates, giving directions or being that welcoming face. Volunteer shifts for faculty, staff and any interested spouses, partners and family members are available on Saturday, Aug. 26.

Register by Aug. 21 here. You will be asked when you would like to volunteer, what you would like to do, your contact information and, of course, your t-shirt size. Note that you may volunteer for more than one shift. In keeping with the University's sustainability efforts, we will use a similar Welcome Crew shirt design as we used last year, so you may re-wear last year's move-in shirt if you have one.


Campus Store Extended Hours

The Campus Store will be open for extended hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow (Aug. 3) and Friday (Aug. 4) and will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

In the News

TechCentury, an engineering and technology news website published by the Engineering Society of Detroit, ran an article about Steve Techtmann's (BioSci) research into the microbial signatures that can identify where a ship has traveled. The work is part of Techtmann's Young Faculty Award funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. See here.


The Daily Mining Gazette published a news story about Michigan Senate candidate Mike Carey's views on mining, the Great Lakes and forest lands, quoting him as saying that Michigan Tech could play an important role as a neutral, research-based source of advice on environmental stewardship. See here.

Items Available

The Mathematical Sciences Department has the following surplus items available to give away to another department on a first-come, first-served basis:

  • (1) wooden bookcase (84Hx36Wx12D)
  • (1) table (60x30x29.5H)
  • (3) four-drawer standard Steel case file cabinets

Contact Jeanne Meyers or call 7-1490 if you are interested or to view.

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


The International Association of Bryologists dedicated its most recent issue of Bryophyte Diversity and Evolution to Janice Glime, professor emerita of biological sciences. 

Bryophytes, seedless plants without specialized water-conducting tissues, include mosses, liverworts and hornworts.

In making the dedication, the IAB wrote, "The Association and the contributing authors wish to recognize the significant contributions you have made to bryophyte biology, through your exemplary service and dedication to developing an online discussion medium, and also your exemplary scholarly contributions, in particular your book on bryophyte ecology."

In addition, two new species are named for Glime in the issue. Read the issue here. The book is also available through Digital Commons through the Michigan Tech library.

On the Road

 Mary Miller (MTRI) will testify before the US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources tomorrow (Aug. 3). 

The testimony will be heard at 10 a.m. tomorrow in Room 366 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, DC.

The purpose of the hearing is to examine federal and nonfederal collaboration, including through the use of technology, to reduce wildland fire risk to communities and enhance firefighting safety and effectiveness. 

The hearing will be webcast live on the committee’s website, and an archived video will be available shortly after the hearing is complete. Witness testimony will be available on the website at the start of the hearing.