Michigan Tech Alumni Honored at Awards Ceremony

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Eight individuals were recognized by the Michigan Tech Alumni Board of Directors at its annual Alumni Dinner and Awards Ceremony Friday. The event was the centerpiece of the Alumni Reunion, which took place Thursday-Saturday (Aug. 3-5).

President Glenn Mroz presented the Michigan Technological University Board of Control Silver Medal to John L. Drake and Norbert J. Verville Sr. The medal is presented to persons who, through personal and professional achievement, are outstanding examples to Michigan Tech’s more recent graduates.

Kevin C. Baker received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award, which honors alumni under the age of 35 who have distinguished themselves in their careers and recognizes the achievement of one so recently graduated. 

John C. Dau is the recipient of the Honorary Alumni Award, which honors individuals who have provided service and support to the University. 

The Outstanding Service Award went to Paul H. Mikkola. The award is presented to alumni and friends making significant contributions to the success of the Alumni Board of Directors and/or the University.

John J. Rockwell  received the Distinguished Alumni Award, which is presented to alumni who have made outstanding contributions both in their careers and to Michigan Tech over a number of years.

Humanitarian Award recipients are Sanna B. Messinger Roling and Nicholas H. Schreiner. The award honors alumni who, through their outstanding involvement and dedication, have made a significant contribution of volunteer leadership or service that has improved or enriched the lives of others and the welfare of humanity, and whose accomplishments reflect admirably on or bring honor to their alma mater.

Read the full story.

Husky BW and Husky Color Printing Unavailable During Upgrade

On Monday and and Tuesday (Aug. 14-15), Michigan Tech Information Technology will perform upgrades on all Husky BW and Husky Color print stations on campus. At the beginning of the change, all Husky-BW/Color printers will be offline and unavailable for a period of time.

Each printer will need to be physically visited and converted from the old system to the new system. There will be at least two teams working and we will be starting with the most used printers and working our way through campus. As the work begins, more information regarding the sequence of printer completion can be found on our status page.  Our projected order is listed below:

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We thank you for your patience as we perform this upgrade to improve your printing experience. If you have questions or concerns, contact IT Help at it-help@mtu.edu or 7-1111.

Huskies Picked Third in Preseason GLIAC Soccer Poll

The Michigan Tech women's soccer team is ranked third in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference preseason poll, announced yesterday.

Tech soccer enters its eighth overall season in 2017 and looks to continue to build on its success. The Huskies have compiled an overall record in those seven years of 74-43-11, under Head Coach Michelle Jacob who has guided the team from the beginning.

Tech wrapped up the 2016 season with an overall record of 12-4-3, finishing third in the GLIAC in addition to punching a ticket to the GLIAC Tournament Championship game. The 12 wins were the second most in program history. 

Defending GLIAC champion Grand Valley State was picked first in the preseason poll with nine first place votes and 81 total points. Ashland University checked in second with 73 points and one first place vote.

Read the full story and more about Huskies sports at michigantechhuskies.com.

Bio Med PhD Proposal Defense

PhD Student Salil Karipott (Bio Med) will present his Proposal Defense at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 10 in M&M U113. The title of the defense is, "Mechanically Active Magnetoelastic System for Controlled Loading Environment to Promote Vascularized Bone Regeneration."

Summer Reading Book Discussion

This Wednesday (Aug. 9) Keweenaw Young Professionals is partnering with Liz Fujita, a Michigan Tech staff member and member of the Copper Country Reading Council to host a discussion of the summer reading book "Born on a Blue Day, Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant," written by Daniel Tammet, one of the most fascinating minds today.

The book discussion will take place at 5:30 p.m at the Copper Island Beach Club in Hancock. The discussion is open to all, including those who have read the book, read part of the book or want to learn from the discussion.

"Born on a Blue Day" is the 2017 Summer Reading as Inquiry book for incoming first-year students at Michigan Tech. In the coming weeks, the Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success is organizing book discussions and opportunities to meet the author through the Reading as Inquiry Program and orientation. To learn more about these opportunities see this year's summer reading events.


Keweenaw Royale Raffle

The Keweenaw Alumni and Friends Chapter is hosting a "Keweenaw Royale Raffle" to benefit their scholarship fund for local students attending Michigan Tech. Win a Keweenaw Getaway. Grand Prize—Trip for two to Isle Royale, Second Prize—Near Shore Trout and Salmon charter fishing excursion with Keweenaw Charters for up to four people, Third Prize—Keweenaw Sunsets and B&B Package including Fitzgeralds dinner for two, a one night stay at the Eagle River Inn and a sunset cruise in Copper Harbor.

Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased online or at the Alumni House or from a local chapter board member. Drawing is on K-Day, Sept. 8.

All packages include extra gifts from local businesses! Check out the website for more details.

In the News

The Daily Mining Gazette ran a profile on Michigan Tech Volleyball's incoming freshman Megan Utlak. Read the story here.


The Daily Mining Gazette also ran a profile on Cooper Watson, incoming hockey freshman and younger brother of former Huskies standout Cliff Watson. Read the story.


Research by Bill Breffle (SBE) and SBE undergraduate Brent Palarz, who assisted Breffle on his research, was mentioned in testimony before the US Senate last week. The research was done to support the Michigan Tech Research Institute's (MTRI) application for NASA funding.

MTRI research scientist Mary Ellen Miller was called to testify before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources about the use of technology to reduce wildfire risk. Breffle and Palarz were acknowledged by name in the hearing, for their economic contribution to the project.

"This is a great example of so many things we as a University are accomplishing: interdisciplinary research spanning economics and STEM, involvement of undergrad students in research and having an impact on the national level," said Dean Johnson, dean of the School of Business and Economics. See here.