Giving Back: Tanner Kero Comes Home

The youngsters who attended Hockey School this summer received a rare treat. Among the instructors at the three, week-long camps was a rising star in the National Hockey League. A player who, not that long ago was standing in their shoes … er… skates.

Former Michigan Tech hockey standout Tanner Kero, who will soon begin his third season with the Chicago Blackhawks, returned to the Copper Country this summer. It was a homecoming on many levels for Kero, a Hancock native. He returned to the Michigan Tech ice, the same ice where he played four years of Division I college hockey. Where he was named Huskies MVP, the scoring leader and Player of the Year in the WCHA and was a finalist for college hockey’s highest honor, the Hobey Baker Award.

Kero was one of the instructors this summer at Michigan Tech’s Hockey School. The very same summer program that he attended many times as a youth hockey player in the Copper Country Junior Hockey Association.

“It was great to come back and work the hockey camp,” Kero says. “I remember how much fun it was to go to the camp as a kid and how much fun it was to have some of the Tech players helping out.” Kero says some of the Huskies stars which made an impression on him were Brett Englehardt, Chris Connor and Colin Murphy. Among the current Tech players helping at the camp this summer was Huskies goal tender Devin Kero, Tanner’s younger brother. Read the full story.

Tech Ranks 8th Hardest School to Get Into in Michigan, a website that evaluates colleges and universities based on a variety of criteria, ranked Michigan Tech 8th in its list of the 12 hardest schools to get into in Michigan.

Both public and private colleges and universities were ranked, based on acceptance rates and SAT/ACT test scores. The website used data from the US Department of Education. The University of Michigan ranked hardest. Michigan Tech was the next public university on the list.

International Arrivals Week Schedule

The arrivals week schedule for new international students has been finalized, and is now on the IPS website. All students will receive a copy of this when they arrive. Student organizations and departments across campus will be hosting events between Wednesday (Aug. 23) and Saturday, Aug. 26.

If your department is interested in getting involved this year, it's not too late. We are still looking for a few volunteers to help on Wednesday morning (Aug. 23) and on the morning of Aug. 25. More than 100 students will be arriving on each of those days from Chicago by charter bus, and will be welcomed at Wadsworth Hall before being brought to their housing. Email for more details.

If you have any questions or would like to get involved next year, also let us know so we can include you in the planning for next spring and fall.

Health Risk Assessment (HRA) Incentive

Benefit eligible employees who have an annual physical and complete a Health Assessment with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan by Dec. 31, 2017, can earn one of the following incentives:

  • $100 deposited into a Health Savings Account (HSA)
  • $100 deposited into a Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • $100 deposited into Techfit
  • $200 deposited into a T2 account (funds may only be used at a Michigan Tech facility)

To complete the Health Assessment through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan:

  • Log in to your account at (You can easily register if you are not currently set up.)
  • Click “Health & Wellness” in the blue bar at the top of the page
  • Click “Take Your Health Assessment” to begin
  • Once completed, print a copy of the confirmation page for your records. 

Paper Health Assessment forms will not qualify for the incentive.

Employees who have met the above requirements will be contacted to choose their incentive in 2018. Incentives will be awarded in March 2018. Read the Wellness Program Notice located online about our voluntary wellness programs.

Contact Benefit Services with any questions.

Campus Communicators Meet Today

Join us for a Campus Communicators meeting from 10-11 a.m. today (Aug. 17) in Memorial Union B001. Joel Vertin, digital services director, will present the following topics:

  • Update on our new CMS product, OU Campus
  • How to submit events to the University Events Calendar
  • How to request photo/video projects from UMC Using Google's My Business platform to update search engine results

The campus community is welcomed. We hope to see you there.

Materials Science & Engineering Seminar Friday

Pinaki Mukherjee, post doctoral associate, Rutgers University, will present "Analytical Electron Microscopy-Imaging and Beyond" at 10 a.m. tomorrow (Aug. 18) in M&M 610.

On The Road

Jaszczak speaks in Poland and Italy

John Jaszczak (Physics and A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum) gave invited lectures on "Mineralogical Miracles at Merelani, Tanzania," including a focus on the new mineral merelaniite, in Lwowek Slaski, Poland at the Days conference on July 15 and at the second International Sulfosalt Symposium on Saturday (Aug. 12) in Tavagnasco, Italy.


Materials Science & Engineering Seminar Friday

Pinaki Mukherjee, post doctoral associate, Rutgers University, will present "Analytical Electron Microscopy-Imaging and Beyond" at 10 a.m. Friday (Aug. 18) in M&M 610.

In the News

Michigan Radio's "Stateside" program featured a segment about Great Lakes Research Center director Guy Meadows' work with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) on shipwrecks at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. See the full story here.


The Duluth News-Tribune, the Brainerd (Minnesota) Dispatch and several other newspapers throughout Minnesota reported on Tara Bal's (SFRES) research on the damage that earthworms may be doing to maple trees in northern forests. See here.


The Daily Mining Gazette ran a feature on incoming volleyball player Anna Jonynas. Read the story here.