Richard and Joyce Ten Haken Give $1 Million to School of Business and Economics

Alumni and long-time donors Richard and Joyce Ten Haken are donating $1 million toward a new School of Business and Economics building project at Michigan Tech.

They have also announced plans to give another multi-million dollar gift through their estate, to support SBE infrastructure, faculty and students.

“A building would be a clear signal to the University and the world about the importance of the School of Business and Economics,” Ten Haken said on a visit to campus last month. 

The Ten Hakens both earned BS in Accounting degrees from Michigan Tech in 1970. Richard graduated in four academic years, while Joyce graduated in three calendar years. Last year, they established two Faculty Fellows in the School of Business and Economics. The couple has also been supporting scholarships for SBE students for nearly 20 years. 

“There’s a huge need for a state-of-the-art building for the School of Business and Economics,” Ten Haken said. “It would help maintain AACSB accreditation, which only five percent of business schools achieve, and recruiting outstanding faculty and students. It would enhance the overall education of all students at Michigan Tech.”

Engineers and scientists need to learn to interact with business people, he explained. “If an engineer or a scientist comes up with a great product, it’s not going to come to market without business know-how,” he said. “They need to learn to talk business language, to understand business concepts.”

Read the full story on the Michigan Tech News web page.

Reserved Use of Designated University Outside Grounds Policy Changes

Revisions have been made to 5.06- Reserved Use of Designated University Outside Grounds to comply with constitutional guidelines. Michigan Technological University promotes freedom of speech, freedom of inquiry, freedom of dissent and freedom to speak, organize and communicate in a peaceful manner without University pre-approval, control or supervision except in this policy. Any use of University outside grounds by affiliated and/or non-affiliated groups and persons must not substantially interfere with normal University activities at the site and must be in conformity with the requirements indicated in Policy 5.06 and applicable law.

Rekhi Innovation Challenge

The Rekhi Innovation Challenge is a crowdfunding competition to promote and support student innovation and entrepreneurship through the use of Superior Ideas.

The team that raises the most money will receive a monetary match, up to $5,000, and additional awards will also be offered. The challenge will run from Nov. 10 to March 31.

Projects must be submitted by 3 p.m. Nov. 3 in order to enter into the competition. For additional information on the challenge, contact Natasha Chopp.

Library to Celebrate Open Education Work, Bryophyte Ecology

"Bryophyte Ecology" is the result of more than a decade of research, collaboration and composition by Professor Emerita Janice Glime (Bio Sci) and many contributors and photographers.
The work is unique not only as the most recent comprehensive reference on bryophyte ecology, but because it is “open” to the world. 
Glime’s goal in creating an open work was “to reach a broad audience in an affordable format with lots of illustrations and a readable style.” "Bryophyte Ecology" has been used as a textbook, reference source and field guide. Initially self-published on the web, "Bryophyte Ecology" is now published on Digital Commons @ Michigan Tech and was the top downloaded faculty publication in Digital Commons @ Michigan Tech for the month of August. 
The library will host a reception celebrating Glime’s work during Open Access Week.
Join us between 4 and 6 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 26) in the East Reading Room to celebrate "Bryophyte Ecology", chat with Glime and learn more about open educational resources from scholarly communications librarians. You can also discover the world of bryophytes.

Worried About Winter Weather?

With winter weather approaching, now is a good time for departments to begin discussing communication procedures for weather-related absences. During times when weather conditions deteriorate, each person within the University community must exercise personal judgment on the ability to get to or from campus.

Interruptions in work due to weather are no different than other events that cause us to leave work early or arrive late. The first thing employees should do is contact their supervisors directly and explain the situation.

Hourly employees may use vacation or comp time to make up for hours missed due to bad weather. Exempt employees are expected to fulfill their regular job responsibilities.

Exercise caution in adverse conditions. In the event the local public schools are closed, remember that Michigan Tech has a policy regarding children in the workplace.

For questions or concerns, employees should contact Human Resources at 7-2280 or email Amy Mensch at

First Gallery Show of Season at Rozsa

The Rozsa Center and Department of Visual and Performing Arts presents the first Rozsa gallery b show of the 2017-18 Season: "Come In We’re Open," an open house exhibition of student sculptors’ works in progress. It is through the “Project Learning Lab” alternative classroom project.

Now open, the show runs through Saturday (Oct. 28). There will be a public reception from 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 26) which is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday and 1-8 p.m. Saturday.

Michigan Tech's gallery b is part of "Project Learning Lab," a cutting-edge visual arts experiment that takes place within the Rozsa gallery. Students in 3D Design and Sculpture use the gallery as an active and alternative classroom, transforming the space into a real-time work of art during the semester. Student work will be shown twice each semester. A mid-semester showcase will open the gallery for our community to see works in progress; the end of semester exhibition will welcome community into a fully transformed space. As part of Project Learning Lab, visual arts faculty work alongside students as resident art fellows.

For more information, contact Lisa Gordillo (VPA) at 487-3096 or by email.

This Week in Huskies Sports

Last week in Review

The No. 15-ranked hockey team split with Alabama Huntsville in its home-opening weekend to move to 4-2-1 overall and 2-1-1-1 in the WCHA. The Huskies won 5-4 Friday and fell 4-2 Saturday. Justin Misiak scored the tying goal in the third period Friday and Jake Lucchini had the game winner. Up next is a WCHA road trip to Minnesota State this weekend. 

Volleyball swept both of its matches at the SDC Gym over the weekend to extend the conference-winning streak to five and improve to 14-8 overall and 8-3 in the GLIAC. The Huskies took down Davenport Friday and Purdue Northwest Saturday. Tech heads to Saginaw Valley State Friday and Lake Superior State Saturday. The Black and Gold defeated these two teams earlier this season at home.

Soccer wrapped up the GLIAC portion of its schedule with a pair of losses at Sherman Field. No. 3-ranked Grand Valley State won 2-0 Friday and Ferris State won 1-0 Sunday. The Huskies will battle Northern Michigan on Friday afternoon at Sherman Field for Senior Day in what will be a non-conference match. Tech defeated NMU 1-0 in the first meeting of the season in Marquette Oct. 8. Both the Huskies and Wildcats have qualified for the upcoming GLIAC Tournament. Tech will be the No. 8 seed and travel to GVSU on Oct. 31.

Both cross country teams finished third at the 2017 GLIAC Championships Saturday in Marquette. Matt Pahl earned First Team All-Conference honors in 10th place. Emily Byrd (14th), Liz Bloch (15th) and Emily Vigil (19th) earned Second Team All-Conference honors. The Huskies are hosting Trick or Trot, a fundraising event, Saturday at the Tech Trails. Participants are encouraged to dress-up in costumes and may race individually or as a team. More details can be found here.

Tennis wrapped up the regular season with its fourth straight victory, defeating Lake Superior State 6-3 Saturday in the Soo. Sandra Cvetanovic, Vicky Quinde, Anabella Neri and Allenca Rolim won their singles matches in positions 3-6. Cvetanovic/Natalia Parra and Neri/Rolim won the Huskies' two doubles matches. Tech opens the GLIAC Tournament as the No. 6 seed against third-seeded Wayne State Friday evening. The tournament is being played in Midland and continues through Sunday.

Football fell 20-14 in its Homecoming matchup with Wayne State Saturday at Sherman Field. Jacob Wenzlick scored on a 93-yard kickoff return in the first quarter and John Williams had a 13-yard run to the endzone in the second. Jake Brown was 13-for-26 for 125 yards passing. Tech hosts Davenport Saturday at Sherman Field in the first meeting between the two teams. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.


• Huskies Drive Time, 7:30-8 a.m. 93.5 FM

• Soccer vs. Northern Michigan, 5 p.m. at Sherman Field
• Women's Tennis vs. Wayne State, 6:45 p.m. (GLIAC Tournament in Midland)
• Volleyball at Saginaw Valley State, 7 p.m.
• Hockey at Minnesota State, 8:07 p.m. on 93.5 FM

• Women's Tennis vs. TBD at GLIAC Tournament (in Midland)
• Trick or Trot Cross Country Benefit, 10 a.m. at Tech Trails
• Football vs. Davenport, 1 p.m. at Sherman Field on 93.5 FM
• Volleyball at Lake Superior State, 2 p.m.
• Hockey at Minnesota State, 8:07 p.m. on 93.5 FM

Sunday, October 29
• Women's Tennis vs. TBD at GLIAC Tournament (in Midland)

Computer Science Seminar Talk by Ali Ebnenasir

For this Friday's Computer Science Seminar Talk, Ali Ebnenasir (CS) will be discussing, "Towards a Theory of Design for Scalability." The seminar will be held in from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday (Oct. 27) in Rekhi 214.  Refreshments will be provided.

Job Postings

Job Postings for Tuesday, October 24, 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 Project Manager, Information Technology. Apply online.

Office Assistant 5, Facilities Management Administration. UAW Posting 10/24/17-10/30/17.
External applications will be reviewed after internal applications. Apply online. 

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Education Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

On the Road

The A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum participated in the 73rd Annual Greater Detroit Gem, Mineral, & Fossil show held at Macomb Community College in Warren from Oct. 13 to 15. The show was sponsored by the Michigan Mineralogical Society.

Ted Bornhorst, executive director of the museum, installed two exhibits that were prepared by Chris Stefano, associate curator. One of these exhibits was titled "Supergene Oxidation: Making Colorful Minerals out of Dark Minerals" and fit with the show's theme, "The Dark Side of Gems & Minerals." The second exhibit was titled "Clay Canyon, Utah Variscite Nodules from the George B. Robbe Collection." Robbe was a 1913 alum of Michigan Tech and was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University in 1961. His mineral collection was donated to the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum in 1967. His personally-collected variscite suite is among the finest from this notable locality.

On Sunday Oct.15, the museum held a silent auction in collaboration with the Michigan Mineralogical Society and Bornhorst gave an invited lecture titled "Cubic Pyrite Crystals from Navajún, Spain."


L. Syd M Johnson (HU) attended the American Society for Bioethics & Humanities annual meeting from Oct.19-22 in Kansas City, Missouri. She organized, presented at and moderated a workshop session on "Belmont for Animals? Considering a framework for protecting nonhuman primates in research". She also organized, presented at and moderated a panel session on brain death, "Ethics in the Center: When medically 'settled' matters and social, cultural, or religious values diverge." She organized and chaired the Animal Bioethics Affinity Group meeting and she was a guest panelist for a film screening of the documentary film "Unlocking the Cage."


Colin Neese, Business Systems Analyst for the Office of Information Services, under the Vice President for Administration, attended the 10th Annual Tableau Conference in Las Vegas held October 9th through the 12th.

Tableau is a data analytics and visualization company dedicated to transforming how people use data to solve problems. Over two hundred unique breakout sessions were offered at the annual conference in addition to hands on training sessions presented by Tableau Employees and sponsored partners.

Colin will be working to enhance existing Vice President for Administration dashboards and developing new visualizations using best practices and training received at this conference.


Anna K. Swartz, a graduate student in RTC (HU) presented a paper, "The Blame Frame: Representations of Mental Illness in Mainstream News Accounts of U.S. School Shootings," at the Midwest Popular Culture Association and Midwest American Culture Association annual conference in St. Louis, Missouri on Oct. 19.

Swartz also presented a paper, "Incentivized Neglect: Privatized mental health care in prisons" at the American Society for Bioethics & Humanities Annual Meeting in Kansas City, Missouri, on Oct. 21.



Free HIV Screenings Nov. 2

The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department will offer free on-campus HIV screenings from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2.

The screenings are confidential and take only 20 minutes to complete. All screenings will take place in the Hamar House (Center for Diversity and Inclusion) in the Garden Level Conference room. 

To make an appointment, contact Whitney at


Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday

Michigan Tech is participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 28). 
This is an opportunity to properly dispose of all expired and unused prescription drugs.  Michigan Tech Public Safety and Police Services is a registered drop off/collection site.
MTPSPS is located at 206 MacInnes Drive. If you have any questions, email
Helping Forested Watersheds Cope with a Changing Climate Program Thursday
A program exploring the link between forests and fish will be presented by the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science at Michigan Tech's School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science at 6:30 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 26) in Room 202 at the Great Lakes Research Center. The speaker will be Danielle Shannon (SFRES).
 "We rely on forests of the Upper Peninsula to capture, store, filter, and release clean cold water to our streams and lakes," says Shannon. " Our forested watersheds and the vitality of our aquatic communities have been shaped by the unique combination of landscape, climate, and land-use. Over the next several decades, projected climate change will challenge the long-term stability of our forests and water resources. Given these challenges, it is important for forest landowners, land managers and conservation organizations to be forward looking, flexible and responsive to ongoing changes and to consider site-specific risks, opportunities, and ways to adapt."
The program is sponsored by the Copper Country Chapter of Trout Unlimited. It is free and open to the public. 
SBE Brown Bag Seminar Series
The School of Business and Economics will have a brown bag lunch research seminar from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 25) in Academic Office Building (AOB) 101.
Andre Laplume (SBE) will present his latest research. The title is "Stakeholder Theory of Entrepreneurship." All interested members of the Michigan Tech community are invited.
Graduate School Seminar Today
Students preparing a dissertation, thesis, or report are invited to a new seminar series designed to answer the questions we most commonly see in the Graduate School. Faculty and staff who assist students are welcome to attend. The general format will be a 30 minute presentation with time for your questions.
Today's session is "Formatting 101: How to Check and Fix your Document Date" from 4:05 - 4:55 p.m. in Fisher 138 and available as a live stream.
Register to attend on campus or to view the live stream for each of them so that we can plan for your attendance. Individuals who register for the live stream will receive log in information three hours before the event.
All materials (including video when available) from all Graduate School seminars are archived online.

In the News

Fast Company, a website featuring tech and innovation news, published an article about Handshake, an app developed by Michigan Tech students to help link employers and potential employees. Handshake is now used by Michigan Tech and hundreds of other colleges and universities. See here.


TechCentury, an engineering, science and technology news website published by the Engineering Society of Detroit, ran an article about Michigan Tech's proposal for state funding to help build a new H-STEM Engineering and Technology complex. See here.


BizWest, a northern Colorado news site, reported on a 5-year Colorado Department of Transportation award to the Michigan Tech Research Institute and other unmanned aerial vehicle operators to supply drones for transportation applications. See here.


WJMN TV3/UPMatters aired a news story about Richard and Joyce Ten Hakens' gift to Michigan Tech's School of Business and Economics. The Ten Hakens are Tech alumni. See here.