Huskies Come Out of the Woods For Reunion 2017

Forty cuddly stuffed mascots, 395 pasties, 41 Golden M inductees. Michigan Tech Alumni Reunion draws a record number of graduates, family and friends to honor the past and see what’s new at their University.

Across campus, schools and departments hosted gatherings for their alumni. The School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science shared then-and-nows—axes to chainsaws, horse-drawn wagons to bulldozers, range poles to GPS—at an open house on Friday and a Saturday morning brunch.

Ralph Swanson vividly remembers his graduation day. “When I got my diploma, they said step over to the next table.” The 97-year-old 1942 forestry graduate received his ROTC commission in the Army Corps of Engineers. Three days later he was deployed with Patton’s Army.  

Jack Zollner graduated in 1952, “just about the time the chainsaw came in. You had to twist the handle to keep the carburetor level.” He spent 30 years in forest management in the Upper Peninsula, including running the sawmill at Camp Alberta, where research is conducted and Michigan Tech students go for field classes.

“This is more of a life choice than a career,” says 2000 graduate Justin Miller, who received the School's Alumnus of the Year award. “We do it because we love it. We love what we do,” says the president of Green Timber Consulting Foresters. Miller employs other Tech alumni in stewardship of regional forests, educates young people about natural resources careers and participates in cleanups to help maintain the School's more than 60-year-old Otter River Camp.

Read the full story.

Tech's Online Master's in Medical Informatics Ranks 17th in Nation

The Center for Online Education has published a list of the 25 best online master's degree programs in health informatics. Michigan Tech's online Master of Science in Medical Informatics was ranked number 17.

The School of Technology graduate program can be completed entirely online, making it a convenient program for working professionals. It prepares graduates for professions that require a deep understanding of disease management, evidence-based medicine and health-care security.

Coursework includes topics in decision support systems, ethics, global health informatics and home care. There are three degree options: a thesis option that requires in-depth research, a practicum option that requires an independent study project and a coursework option that requires earning at least 30 credits through classes.

Graduates are prepared to enter careers in a variety of fields including information security firms, public health organizations and hospitals.

"The current job market for healthcare informatics is growing twice as fast as overall employment; 22 percent by 2022; yet the US is already seeing a shortage of qualified workers," the Center for Online Education website says. "A large reason is due to the lack of individuals possessing both medical and technical knowledge to properly innovate in the field."

Online programs like Michigan Tech's are being developed to meet this specialized need. Read the list here.

Going Hollywood: Baumann to Appear in "Chicago Fire"

Appearing in a movie or TV show has always been on Jeremiah Baumann's "bucket list." Baumann, manager of digital media and creative services for housing and residential life, can now scratch that one off.

Baumann says growing up and seeing movies filmed in the Twin Cities always grabbed his attention. When the interwoven NBC series "Chicago Fire," "Chicago PD" and "Chicago Med" became popular, he thought it might be his chance. 

"These series are very intentional in who they cast as extras," Baumann says. "They want to get those in the actual profession to play the part."

When season six of "Chicago Fire" began filming Baumann started watching casting calls every day. On July 20, he saw his chance. The casting alert asked for "real fire fighters who can work in a fire muster scene." For the muster (firemen's competition), the producers wanted to create different firefighter teams and needed plenty of extras. 

Baumann, assistant chief of the Tamarack City Volunteer Fire Department and captain of the department's tournament team, says "with my experience in the annual Copper Country Firemen's Tournament, I figured this might be worth a shot."

A few days later he was contacted by the producers of "Chicago Fire," asking him to come to Chicago on Monday of this week (Aug. 7).  

As directed, he arrived at the parking lot at 5:45 a.m. He and his fellow extras were shuttled to the set, given paperwork to fill out, enjoyed "an amazing breakfast buffet," visited wardrobe and were ready to film at 7 a.m.

The extras were broken into areas in which they felt comfortable. "I spent a lot of time on a ladder, acting out a water shuttle contest, helping younger kids shuttle water in buckets and cheering on the events going on throughout the tournament." In total, Baumann was involved in four scenes and spent 14 hours on set. 

He says "Chicago Fire" extras are taken care of just like the stars on set. "We were fed really well, brought snacks, always given water and even had staff come around with sunscreen. It was truly an amazing experience, a lot of work, but something I hope to do again in the future."

The "Chicago Fire" episode featuring Baumann is episode 602 (second episode of season six) and is expected to air on Oct. 5 on NBC. The local NBC affiliate is WLUC TV 6 in Marquette.

Ag/Bio Funding Opportunity

The Michigan State University MTRAC Innovation Hub for Ag/Bio is open to receive proposals from Michigan research universities including Michigan Tech. 

A video conference with MSU Program Manager Karen Studer-Rabeler has been scheduled for Michigan Tech researchers and faculty to review the technical scope of the program, eligibility, the application process and determining the appropriateness of applying for a starter award (up to $25,000) vs. the larger full award program (up to $100,000).

Proposal eligibility requires the submission of an invention disclosure to Michigan Tech and a 1:1 match. The MSU Innovation Hub currently has open solicitations with applications for the starter grants due Sept. 11 and full awards due Nov. 7.

The video conference will be hosted at Michigan Tech by MTRAC Commercialization Program Director John Diebel at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 28 in Room 724 of the M&M Building.

Commercialization program directors from all five MTRAC programs will be on campus Oct. 11 to discuss funding opportunities in applied advanced materials, life science, medical devices, advanced transportation and Ag/Bio. 

More information on the MSU Innovation is available here.


Indian Food at Khana Khazana

Today at the Memorial Union North Coast Grill and Deli, Khana Khazana features a menu from India.

The menu features:

  • Butter Chicken (Non-veggie)
  • Paneer Butter Masala (Veggie)
  • Mixed Vegetable Pakora
  • Badam Kheer (dessert of almonds, milk and saffron)

Serving is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today (Aug. 11). The cost is $5.95 and includes a fountain beverage. Visit Khana Khazana on Facebook.


Regular Hours Return Monday

Summer Hours will end on Sunday (Aug. 13). Beginning 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.

Scheduled Maintenance for Panopto Huskycast Video Platform Tomorrow

Tomorrow (Aug. 12), the Panopto Huskycast platform will be upgraded to version 5.5. This upgrade will require system downtime between 8 to 11 p.m. During this time you will not be able to access recordings and any attempt to upload from Panopto recorder clients will result in a "Server unable to connect" message.

Contact IT User Services or call 7-1111) with questions.

In the News

WLUC TV6/Upper Michigan Source aired a story about Michigan Tech being ranked by Forbes 12th in the nation for graduates' mid-career earnings. See here.

New Funding

Donald Lafreniere (SS) is the principal investigator on a project that has entered into a $2,400 public service contract with the Western Upper Peninsula Planning & Development Region (WUPPDR). The project is titled "GRACE GIS Interns." This is a three-month project.

Job Postings

Job Postings for  Friday, August 11, 2017

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in the Human Resources Department. 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 Women's Basketball Coach, General Athletics. Apply online 

Office Assistant 6, Information Technology. Apply online.

Administrative Aide 8, Alumni Engagement. Apply online.

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