Author Visit Highlight of Orientation Week

A visit and lecture by author Daniel Tammet is the one highlights of Orientation Week at Michigan Technological University. Tammet, author of the bestselling “Born on a Blue Day” will speak to students as part of the Reading As Inquiry program.

Now in its 14th year, Reading As Inquiry asks first year students to read a specific book. Tomorrow, students will attend an address by the author and engage in a discussion with fellow students and a staff facilitator. “Born on a Blue Day,” this year’s required reading, is a memoir of Tammet’s life with Asperger syndrome and savant syndrome and was named “Best Book for Young Adults” in 2008 by the American Library Association.

Possessing an incredible memory and aptitude for math and numbers, Tammet holds the European record for reciting pi from memory to 22,514 digits and has the ability to learn languages in short periods of time.

Robert Johnson, professor of rhetoric, composition and technical communication in Tech’s Humanities department, explained why “Born on a Blue Day” was chosen. “The program is called ‘Reading as Inquiry,’ so we look for books that will inspire conversation,” Johnson says. He says there’s more to choosing the summer reading than whether it’s a good book. “We also have to consider their qualities of a public speaker, their availability during Orientation Week and, frankly, the cost of getting them here.”

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Former UPPCO CEO, Distinguished Tech Almunus, Elio Argentati Dies

Funeral services were held over the weekend for the former CEO of the Upper Peninsula Power Company and a distinguished Michigan Tech Alumnus, Elio Argentati.

Argentati, of Iron River, passed awayTuesday (Aug. 22) at Aspirus Hospital in Iron River, he was 89.

According to his obituary on the Jacobs Funeral Home website, Argentati was a 1950 graduate of the Michigan College of Mining and Technology (now Michigan Technological University) with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering.

He joined the Upper Peninsula Power Company in 1960 as an applications engineer and rose up through the ranks eventually becoming president, chairman of the board and CEO in the corporate office in Houghton, retiring in 1994.

He was active in the Michigan Tech Alumni Association and a member of the Golden M Club. In 2012 he was awarded the Board of Control Silver Medal. 

Funeral services were held Saturday at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Iron River, with interment in the Resthaven Cemetery in Iron River.

Rozsa Center Architect Dies at 92

Latvian-born architect Gunnar Birkerts, known for dramatic expressionist buildings and elegant use of light, died Tuesday (Aug. 22), of congestive heart failure.

The internationally acclaimed architect's projects include the Museum of Glass in Corning, New York; the Federal Reserve Bank in Minneapolis, Minnesota; and the US Embassy in Venezuela.

A protégé of Finnish-America architect Eero Saarinen, Michigan Tech's Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts is his only Upper Peninsula project. Read the full obituary in the Washington Post. 

Spring 2018 KCP Fellowship Applications Sought

Applications are being sought for Spring 2018 KCP Future Faculty Fellowships, a program funded by the State of Michigan. KCP fellowships provide students up to $20,000 (MS students) or $35,000 (PhD students) to pursue their degrees. The Graduate School and nominating department must also contribute matching funds to help support the student.

The goal of the KCP Future Faculty Fellowship program is to increase traditionally underrepresented candidates pursuing teaching careers in postsecondary education. To be eligible, an applicant must:

  • Be a US citizen.
  • Be a Michigan resident (contact the Graduate School for questions).
  • Be accepted into his or her Michigan Tech graduate program of choice.
  • Be planning and able to teach or secure an administrative position in postsecondary education.
  • Not have received another KCP Fellowship award for the same degree level (master's or doctorate).
  • Not be in default status on any guaranteed student loan and/or a KCP fellowship.

Applications are due no later than 4 p.m. on Sept. 12, 2017.

For additional information, including the application materials and evaluation criteria, see our website.

Looking for a Mentor?

Are you a new staff member who would like to get to know the Keweenaw? Would you like to strengthen interpersonal and communication skills? Gain knowledge of a different job function? Get some input on balancing work with home life?

You may benefit from teaming up with a mentor. A mentor can assist you in developing key workplace skills and knowledge, like networking, communication, as well as learning about different career paths. You'll learn ways to blend work and home lives, explore stress relief strategies and gain knowledge about employee resources available to you as a staff member at Michigan Tech.

Best of all, a mentor can serve as a valuable support person and advocate for you as you develop your professional goals.

Click here to fill out the Staff Mentoring Interest Form by midnight, Sept. 19. You will hear from WorkLife Connections by Sept. 27. You and your mentor will work together formally from Sept., 2017 to May, 2018.

Questions? Contact or call 7-1809. Michigan Tech's Staff Mentoring program was developed through a grant from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS).

One Hundred Tech Athletes Receive D-2 Academic Awards

The Division 2 Athletics Directors Association (D2 ADA) announced the 2016-17 recipients of the D2 ADA Academic Achievement Awards. The Academic Achievement Awards is a program that recognizes the academic accomplishments of student-athletes at the Division II level. One hundred Michigan Tech athletes were recipients of the Academic Achievement Awards for their work in the classroom this past season.

In total, a record 10,644 student-athletes from 183 institutions are being recognized for the 2016-17 Academic Achievement Awards. For the fifth-consecutive year, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) had the most student-athletes honored with 1,022, followed by the Northeast-10 Conference (NE10) with 941 student-athletes, and the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) with 865 selections.

In order for a student-athlete to receive an Academic Achievement Award, the athletics director of the Division II institution must be a current dues-paying member of the D2 ADA. 

Also, the student-athlete must:

  • have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • have attended a minimum of two years (four semesters) of college level work
  • have been an active member of an intercollegiate team during his/her last academic year

The full D2 ADA press release with the complete list of honorees can be viewed by clicking here.

Michigan Tech and Stretch Internet to Offer Content on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Android TV

Michigan Tech, in conjunction with streaming partner Stretch Internet, is pleased to announce that fans can now access live and on-demand streaming content though custom applications on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Android TV.

These apps will provide fans a seamless way to access content directly on their TVs – with no need to "relay" or "cast" the stream from tablets, phones or desktop computers. Users can access the content simply by searching for "Michigan Tech" on the app interfaces on any of the compatible platforms, and then downloading the free app.

Stretch is also implementing an HTML5 video player that has replaced the Flash-based player which was used in the past. This new player will result in a more universal experience (regardless of browser or device) and create a "snappier" playback for viewers.

Fans who have already purchased subscriptions can easily authenticate their subscriptions through the apps. Those who have not yet purchased subscriptions will need to first select and purchase a package from the Michigan Tech portal on any mobile or desktop device here.

Michigan Tech, along with the WCHA, is entering its third year as a partner with Stretch Internet. Huskies' home games for football, soccer, volleyball, and men's and women's basketball are streamed live while all hockey games can be accessed through the WCHA TV Stretch Internet portal. More information on hockey viewing packages will be released at a later date. Below are the 2017-18 prices for Tech football, volleyball, soccer, and basketball.

Single Game Prices:

Football: $15
Men's Basketball: $12
Women's Basketball: $12
Soccer: $10
Volleyball: $10

Season Pass:
All Sports: $200
Men's and Women's basketball Combined: $160
Football: $72
Volleyball: $117
Soccer: $81

Using the professionally-designed, intuitive interface, fans can easily view the schedule of live, upcoming, and on-demand broadcasts. Fans can learn more about the devices at the following links:

  • Apple TV,
  • Amazon Fire TV 
  • Android TV

    The first broadcast of the 2017-18 season is 7 p.m. Thursday (Aug. 31) when the Huskies host Truman State. This year's schedule features five regular season football games, nine soccer games, 13 volleyball matches, and a combined 27 men's and women's basketball contests. In addition, home postseason games will be available to watch through Stretch Internet. For more on Michigan Tech sports, visit

BME PhD Proposal Defense

Biomedical Engineering PhD Student Rattapol Pinnaratip will present his Proposal Defense at 2 p.m. Wednesday (Aug. 30) in the Memorial Union Superior Room (B001). The title of his defense is, "A Study of Silica-Hydrogen Peroxide Complexations and their Effects on Catechol Based Adhesives."

In the News

WJMN-TV3/UPMatters aired a story about a bus tour that introduced 100 new international students to the Keweenaw. See here.


The Daily Mining Gazette ran a story about incoming Michigan Tech volleyball player Laura DeMarchi. Read the story.

IT Connect

Try Team Drives

Michigan Tech IT introduces a new feature in Google Drive. Team Drives will be enabled Wednesday (Aug. 30). These drives are great for collaborative enterprise work. Unlike the current spaces in Google Drive, these spaces are not attached to a single user. The drive managers can be easily changed, which allows the work to be owned by the group.

Your current drive will work as it always has; this is simply a new option for group collaboration that is not tied down to particular users. Starting Wednesday, you will get notifications regarding this. If you have any questions about Team Drives, contact us at or call 7-1111.