The Science Behind Fall Color

Around the Copper Country leaves on deciduous trees started turning scarlet, blaze orange, tawny brown and vibrant yellow in September. Last year leaves began their autumnal turn in October. The reason for the early color? Well, that’s complicated.

“Notice all the color already? The trees are stressed out from soaking too long,” says Tara Bal (SFRES). “The cold, wet summer has sped things up.”

Bal, whose research focus is on sugar maple health, notes that compared to the historic average (1980-2010), the area around Houghton County has received above average precipitation in 2017. In the past 180 days, the area received 125-150 percent above average rainfall. In the past 90 days, 150-175 percent above average. And incredibly, in the past 30 days, the area has received 200-300 percent above average rainfall.

Read the full story on Unscripted.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) and all members of the Michigan Tech community are encouraged to participate. The purpose of NDEAM is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. This year's theme is "Inclusion Drives Innovation."

The history of NDEAM traces back to 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year "National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week." In 1962, the word "physically" was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

Held annually, NDEAM is led by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy, but its true spirit lies in the many observances held at the grassroots level across the nation every year. Employers of all sizes and in all industries are encouraged to participate in NDEAM.

For specific ideas about how the Michigan Tech community can support NDEAM, visit here. Ideas range from simple, such as putting up a poster, to comprehensive, such as implementing a disability education program. Regardless, all play an important part in fostering a more inclusive workforce, one where every person is recognized for their abilities every day of every month.

Drug-Free Communities and Schools Act

As part of a federal program, the campus community should be aware of the principles, laws and policies regarding drug and alcohol use on campus.

Human Resources is circulating an email notification to all employees regarding Michigan Tech’s Alcohol & Other Drug Policies, as part of a national effort to prevent illicit use of drugs and alcohol by students and employees.

This information, required by the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, includes in part:

  • Standards of conduct on school property
  • Local, state and federal laws
  • Health risks
  • Programs for counseling, treatment or rehabilitation
  • Sanctions against violators

For more information, view the Drug Free Workplace Statement.

Print Upgrades Required

To address current printing issues, Michigan Tech IT has changed the printing upgrade date. On Oct. 31, we will turn off old print servers.
To print from your off-domain (personal) device, you will need to update your printing software and drivers to direct your jobs to the new print server. Current on-domain systems will not be affected by this change.
Starting Wednesday (Oct. 4), an email reminder will be sent to you each time you print to the old server.

A self-installation package for Windows, Mac or Linux is available that includes updated printer software and drivers.

We've worked to make this transition as painless as possible. If you run into any issues or have questions, contact us; we are ready to help. Thank you for working with us to bring you an improved and simplified printing process.

You can reach IT Help at 7-1111 or email

Tell Us About Exceptional Alumni

What do doctors, business leaders, humanitarians, teachers, researchers, donors and volunteers have in common? As past Alumni award recipients, they are shining examples of our exceptional Michigan Tech Huskies.

Nominations are now open for the 2017 alumni awards. We encourage you to reach out to your alumni network to spread the word. Honor your fellow alumni and friends by nominating them for their achievements. Our five awards are:

  • Outstanding Young Alumni Award: Presented to an alumnus/a under the age of 35 who has distinguished themselves in their careers. The award recognizes the achievement of a position or some distinction noteworthy for one so recently graduated.
  • Honorary Alumni Award: This award honors individuals who have provided service and support of the university characteristic of dedicated alumni. The association reserves this award to recognize the strongest non-alumni supporters of Michigan Tech.
  • Outstanding Service Award: Presented to alumni and friends making significant contributions to the success of the association and/or the University.
  • Distinguished Alumni Award: This award recognizes an alumnus/a who has made outstanding contributions both in their careers and to Michigan Tech over a number of years.
  • Humanitarian Award: Presented to those alumni who, through their outstanding involvement and dedication, have made a significant contribution of volunteer leadership or service which 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.

The nomination deadline is Dec. 1. A list of past recipients and nomination forms are available for each award online. For additional information, contact Alumni Engagement by email or 7-2400.

Surplus Property Available

Michigan Tech is currently selling surplus items online to the general public on Public Surplus, a government auction site. There is no cost to the University for the listings as Public Surplus charges a premium to the buyer.

Individuals can register to bid on current auctions and receive future notifications of Michigan Tech surplus available here.

It's Touchdown Monday

Today is Touchdown Monday at the Campus Store and University Images, following Saturday's 28-21 football win against Northern Michigan.

The Huskies scored four touchdowns Saturday night so shop today and receive five percent off apparel and souvenirs for each touchdown, that's 20 percent.

Discounts will automatically be given, in store and online, some exclusions apply. Thank you for your patronage from the Campus Store and University Images.

First Friday University Social this Friday

The Michigan Tech Business Operations Department and the Office of Information Services invite all faculty, staff, graduate students and retirees to a First Friday Social from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday (Oct. 6) on the fifth floor of Huntington Bank in Hancock. Complimentary soft drinks, beer, wine and appetizers will be served. A shuttle from campus will not be available. 

First Friday University Socials, started in 2006, provide a casual setting for members of the campus community to meet new people, learn about other schools and departments, share work and interests with colleagues and enjoy complimentary food and beverages.

Next month's First Friday Social on Nov. 3 is sponsored by Athletics and will be held at LampLighters in the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. View the complete 2017-18 First Friday Socials schedule here.

Celebrate Plaidurday With The Campus Store and University Images

Fall is officially here and that means that Plaidurday is approaching fast. This year, Plaidurday falls on Friday, Oct. 6. The Campus Store and University Images are ready to celebrate and make the most of Plaidurday 2017 by dressing for the occasion in our finest plaid attire.

We want to see YOU in your most creative Plaidurday ensemble. Stop by the Campus Store or University Images dressed in plaid this Plaidurday and receive 25 percent off your total purchase of Tech apparel.

Don't forget to take a selfie somewhere inside the store or with a staff member. Tag the Campus Store on social media and make sure you use the hashtag #plaidurday. We will pick the most creative Plaidurday Costume to receive a free Michigan Tech hoodie.

Let's make this Plaidurday the best one yet. Happy Plaiding! Your Campus Store and University Images staff thank your for your patronage.

CTL Instructional Award Presentation Series

In the second presentation of our new fall award series, Don Lafreniere (SS), assistant professor of geography and GIS, will discuss his innovative approaches to engaging students in medium and large classes. 

The event will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided to those who register by Monday, Oct 9

Lafreniere will highlight his integration of web tools, response systems and docu-games to engage students in large survey courses.  He will then lead participants outside, where he will demonstrate his use of mobile geospatial technologies to engage students in understanding human-environment interactions and urban development.

Participants are encouraged to bring a tablet or cell phone for the outdoor activity if they have one available. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from and recognize his success.

Note: Part of this event will be held outdoors, weather permitting, so please bring a jacket.

Flu Vaccines on Campus

Employees, retirees and family members insured by Michigan Tech’s Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) plan can also have their flu vaccine billed to insurance with their BCBSM member ID card.

This does not include retirees that have Blue Cross insurance through MPSERS.

Anyone under the age of 18 cannot be vaccinated without parental permission. A spouse and/or child may attend without the employee.

The dates of the clinics are:

  • 4-6 p.m. Tuesday Oct. 3, MUB Alumni Lounge B
  • 4-6 p.m. Monday, Oct.16, MUB Alumni Lounge A

News for ILLiad Users and Your Account History

In order to ensure the protection of patron privacy, the Van Pelt and Opie library Resource Sharing Team is annually removing finished or closed interlibrary loan transactions in the ILLiad interlibrary loan system.

Beginning in January, patron access to their ILLiad history will be limited to the last 12 months or to any open or in-process transaction. Currently, patrons have access to the past three years of transactions. This change is being made to bring our interlibrary loan system into standard practice in the retention of personally identifiable information (PII).

Patrons who would like instructions for saving their ILLiad history or who wish to learn more about this initiative should see the library’s dedicated web page, Annual ILLiad Transaction History Removal.

Any questions? Contact us at 7-3207 or

Hockey Huskies Open Season With Loss at No. 12 Wisconsin

The Michigan Tech hockey team fell 3-2 in its season-opening game at No. 12 Wisconsin Yesterday (Oct. 1).  Joel L'Esperance and Jake Lucchini scored the Huskies' goals, both on the power play, to cut the lead to one each time, but the Badgers held on for the non-conference win in the annual US Hockey Hall of Fame Game.

"We obviously didn't get the result that we wanted, but we can't complain about the effort," Tech Head Coach Joe Shawhan said after his first game as the leader of the Huskies. "We started out a little tentative and gave up some things early, but that will happen with a team in the first game and with guys playing in bigger roles than they're used to."

Down 2-0 after the first period, the Black and Gold capitalized on a couple of power plays after a physical opening to the second. L'Esperance broke free on a breakaway and buried his 35th career goal 13:13 into the middle frame to cut the lead to one. Mark Auk threaded the pass up to L'Esperance, and goaltender Patrick Munson added the secondary assist.

The Badgers pushed the lead back to two 1:35 later on a goal by Linus Weissbach—his second of the game.

Wisconsin was then called for back-to-back penalties and Lucchini made it 3-2 on the second power play with 1:34 left in the second. He ripped in a shot from the faceoff dot to the left of Badger goaltender Kyle Hayton for the 19th of his career. Gavin Gould had the primary assist and Auk picked up his second assist of the night with the secondary helper.

Tech outshot UW 8-7 in the final frame, including quality scoring chances from Brent Baltus midway through and a backhander out front of the net by L'Esperance.

Munson made 24 saves in his Huskies debut. Read the full story and find out more on Tech Sports at

Huskies Beat Northern, Take Eighth Straight Miner's Cup

The Michigan Tech football team kept the Miner's Cup in Houghton for the eighth straight year thanks to a 28-21 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference victory over rival Northern Michigan Saturday night at Sherman Field. For the second straight week, the Huskies overcame a double digit deficit to generate their second win in a row and third on the season.

"I thought our players played extremely hard," Michigan Tech Head Coach Steve Olson said. "I don't think we were always great all the time, but we played hard and I'm proud of their effort. I thought it was a great win."

Things started slow for Michigan Tech (3-2, 2-1 GLIAC) with Northern Michigan (1-3, 1-2 GLIAC) striking for the first 14 points of the game.

Junior Quarterback Jake Brown guided the offense for the Huskies, completing 11 of 21 passes for a pair of touchdowns and a season high 231 yards. Jacob Wenzlick picked up right where he left off last week, leading the team in receiving yards again Saturday with a career best 114 yards with the addition of a touchdown.

Kevin Kirkland had a big game catching the football as well, hauling in four receptions for 79 yards while Ben Hartley caught three passes for 25-yards, a touchdown, and two-point conversation.John Williams carried the ball 25 times for 90-yards and got into the end zone for the fifth straight week. James Henderson scored his first touchdown on the ground and finished the night with 127 all-purpose yards. The Huskies had 363 yards of total offense with 231 coming through the air and 132 via the ground attack.

The Huskies will be back in action Saturday when they travel to Northwood University for another GLIAC showdown. The kickoff is slated for 1 p.m.

Read the full story and find out more about Michigan Tech sports at

Volleyball Sweeps Wayne State

The Michigan Tech volleyball team swept Wayne State 3-0 Saturday. The Huskies closed a tight first set 25-23 and second set 25-23 and took control in the third set to win the match 25-15. MacAulay Petersen led the Huskies with 11 kills.

"That was a big win and exactly what we needed to go out and do after last night," said Tech head coach Matt Jennings. "The way we responded is a reflection of how dialed in this group is right now. Wayne is first in the South and a good team with a ton of talent and experience. To come in and sweep them on their home court is a confidence booster for our team, especially as our youth continues to gain experience each week."

The Huskies are back at home to take on Ashland, at 5 p.m. Friday (Oct. 6) and Davenport at 4  p.m. Saturday (Oct. 7). Ashland is currently 10-5 overall and Davenport is 7-8. Find out more about Huskies sports at

EPSSI Seminar Today

The next Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences Institute (EPSSI) seminar is at 4 p.m. today (Oct. 2) in M&M U113.

Steven Krueger, a professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Utah will present "The Effects of Entrainment and Mixing on Droplet Size Distributions: Bridging the DNS-LES Gap."

Google Power Users Library Workshop

Google is a powerful search engine, but finding the most relevant information can be a challenge. Focusing on Google, Google Scholar and Google Books, this workshop will explore more complex searching techniques and special features to turn you into a Google power user.

The workshop is from 12:05 to 12:55 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 5) in Library 242. Registration is required. Register here

Distinguished Ecologist Lecture Series: Kathleen Weathers

Kathleen Weathers will present "Cloud, fog and the maintenance of ecosystems: mist connections" at 12:30 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 5) in Forestry G-002.

Weathers' research focuses on quantifying how biology affects geochemistry and biogeochemical cycling across heterogeneous landscapes, and within and among multiple systems (air-land-water). Weathers is co-chair of the Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON), a grassroots research network that conducts innovative science by sharing and interpreting high resolution sensor data to understand, predict and communicate the role and response of lakes in a changing global environment.

IT Connect

Using Computer Classrooms Outside of Class

Have students ever commented to you about computer availability? In addition to the more than 200 computers in the Library, students also have access to computer classrooms when a class is not in session.
Though classes and special events do have priority, these rooms are open for student use at all other times and are open 24 hours a day. These spaces are a great place for students to collaborate and learn.
Contact IT with any questions you have about computer availability at or 7-1111.


Ford Presentation Today

Join us in welcoming Venkatesh Prasad of Ford, who will present on challenges faced at the frontier of mobility and opportunities for education, research, collaboration and career pathways.The seminar is from 3 to 4 p.m. today (Oct. 2) in MUB Ballroom A2.


Great Northern Adventure Race is Saturday

The Great Northern Adventure Race (GNAR) is designed to be a competitive and challenging introductory adventure race, as well as a good challenge for veterans in the world of adventure races.

The GNAR consists of biking, land navigation and traveling on foot, as well as a number of challenges in and around the city of Houghton. The race takes place from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Saturday (Oct 7). Read the original Tech Today story.


Designing, Making, Sharing and Learning with Open-Source Platforms Workshop Today

Join Venkatesh Prasad and Eric Marsman from Ford Motor Company for a tutorial presentation on the OpenXC Platform from 10 a.m. to noon today in EERC 501. Please bring a laptop. For more information, read the original Tech Today article here.


Rozsa Christmas Ornament Callout

Help in making the 2017 Rozsa Christmas tree the best yet by contributing an ornament that represents your organization, club or department.

It needs to be at least 4 inches, but can be bigger. It can be as simple as a customized store-bought ornament, or something entirely original. Once it's complete, submit your ornament to the Rozsa administrative office (Room 106) no later than Nov. 15.

The tree will be up for viewing in the Rozsa lobby after Thanksgiving break. If you have any questions, contact the Front of House Coordinator.


Bob Mark Elevator Pitch Competition is Saturday

The Bob Mark Elevator Pitch is where students compete to pitch their business plan or idea for a share of more than $25,000 in prizes. The event is 8 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 7) in the Van Pelt and Opie Library.

Don't have a business idea yet? Come to the library at 8 a.m. Saturday and develop one at the business pitch Hackathon. Following the Hackathon, there will be rehearsal at 4 p.m. with the competition at 8 p.m.

Contact Andre Laplume (SBE) for information on pitching and registration.


In Print

Michigan Tech researchers published a paper: "Quantification of physicochemical properties, activation energy, and temperature susceptibility of foamed asphalt binders." The authors include two former PhD students who are currently assistant professors and two professors at Michigan Tech.

Former PhD student Mohd RosliMohd Hasan is with Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia. Xu Yang is with Australia's Monash University, Sunway Campus in Malaysia. Michigan Tech professors are Zhanping You (CEE) and Particia A. Heiden (Chem).

This paper is based on a research project funded by the NSF.


PhD candidate in geology, Angela Yu, has co-authored a paper titled, "Bio-optical Properties of Cyanobacteria Blooms in Western Lake Erie," in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science, September 2017. Her advisor Colleen Mouw, formerly of Michigan Tech, now at the University of Rhode Island, is also a co-author, along with former research scientist Audrey (Barnett) Ciochetto who is also now at URI. The full paper is available online here


A mineral named after John Jaszczak (PHYS), who led a team that discovered the mineral merelaniite, is the focus of a new paper in the European Journal of Mineralogy. The mineral specimen was found in an abandoned gold mine in Hungary. 

New Funding

Adam Feltz (CLS/RISE) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $11,385 research and development grant from Animal Charity Evaluators.
L. Syd Johnson (HU) and Silke Feltz (HU) are Co-PIs on the project "Knowing What You Eat: Measuring the Effectiveness of Educational Interventions on Animal Consumption." This is a 15-month project.

In the News

The Daily Mining Gazette ran a feature on freshman hockey player (Greyson Reitmeier). Read the story here.


MLive, a statewide news website, reported on rising student loan default rates in Michigan. The story noted that Michigan Tech has the second lowest default rate in the state, 2 percent. Read the story here.


WLUC TV6 reported on Public Lands Day on Saturday at Canyon Falls. The public wasinvited to join the Keweenaw National Historical Park and the Peter Wolfe Chapter of the North Country Trail Association to refurbish the North Country National Scenic Trail.

Michigan Tech, which owns the land where Canyon Falls is located, furnished a load of gravel to help with the work. Read the story here

*****, the San Jose Mercury News, the East Bay Times and other San Francisco Bay Area news outlets published a story about Handshake, a careers app developed by former Michigan Tech students, that is now used by universities and employers nationwide.