Three Inducted into Academy of Educators

In Ceremonies held Oct. 21, Michigan Tech inducted three new members into the University's Academy of Educators. The inductees included William Bertoldi, Sarah Geborkoff and Yoneé Bryant-Kuiphoff. 

William Bertoldi graduated with a BS in Chemistry in 1980, with Secondary Teacher Certification in Chemistry and Mathematics. Bertoldi spent 30 years teaching in Kingsford Middle and High Schools. In 1996 he established a student organization called "Rockets for Schools," for which he still serves as advisor. The group designs, builds and launches high-powered rockets. They have performed rocket launches at ceremonies nationally and have been featured in three commercials showcasing student work and have appeared on the Science Channel.

Of his induction into the Academy, Bertoldi says "It was a real honor to receive the award from Michigan Tech. It meant a lot to me and things were so very nice at the dinner. Michigan Tech gave me such a great education and was of such great help to me throughout my career." 

Sarah Gerborkoff, a science teacher at Houghton Middle School, earned a BS in Geology in 2000 with Secondary Teacher Certification in Earth Science and Science. 

Since 2013 she has served at Houghton Middle School as the Lead Teacher for the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative Project. On three different occasions, she served as the advisor for the Lexus Scholastic Eco Challenge team. Her 2014 team that focused on invasive species and her 2015 team that studies the remediation of stamp sands both won a $10,000 national prize. 

Yoneé Bryant-Kuiphoff began her career as a science teacher at Milwood Magnet School in Kalamazo in 1993. She eventually became lead science teacher and assisted with staffing and curriculum for the new magnet school. A 1986 graduate of Cornerstone University, she received a master's in Applied Science Education from Michigan Tech in 2014. 

Since 2008 she has served as the Middle School Director for the Michigan Science Teachers Association. From 2011-14, as a member of the first cohort of the Michigan Teacher Excellence Project, Bryant-Kuiphoff participated in the collaboration of Michigan Tech and urban schools to improve Earth Science instructional practices. 

Shari Stockero, director of teacher education, in the Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences says the newest inductees are certainly due the recognition.

"These individuals have represented our program and Michigan Tech well. Teachers do not often receive the recognition they deserve, so we are honored to be able to present them with this acknowledgement of their contributions to K-12 education."

The Academy of Educators gives public recognition to Michigan Tech alumni and alumnae who have brought distinction to themselves, Michigan Tech and the Teachers Education program through their participation, commitment, outstanding leadership and/or public service in the field of K-12 education.  

Want to Decorate Downtown Hancock for the Holidays?

The Keweenaw Culture Project, under the direction of Josh Loar (VPA), in collaboration with the City of Hancock, announces the first Hancock Holiday Window Display Competition. Have you ever wanted to decorate the town? Do you have an artistic eye, and holiday spirit? Apply to decorate one of the vacant windows on Quincy Street in downtown Hancock.

Selected artists/creators will be granted a $75 budget for supplies and will be allowed to decorate their window to their heart's content. Lights, figures, trains, snow, whatever you think says "the holidays" here in the U.P. is welcome (all ideas are welcome, no specific holiday(s) will be preferred over others, the only criteria for selection is that you have a good idea).

The displays will be shown during the holiday shopping season, and the community will have the chance to vote for their favorite. There will be prizes (TBD). Applications open today (Nov. 1) and are due Nov. 15. To apply, email with a message expressing your interest and a minimum three sentences describing your display idea. No drawings or pictures are required, but they are highly recommended.

Artists will be notified of selection no later than Nov. 20 and window spaces will be assigned by Dec. 1.

Installation takes place Dec. 1-15 and Dec. 16 is the "unveiling" day. Artists are encouraged to put paper or curtains over their windows while installing, so the big reveal is fresh for the community. Voting is from Dec. 16-22 (voting forms and/or website will be available once displays are open). Winner(s) will be announced Dec. 23, and the displays will remain until Feb. 1 (must be removed by March 1 at latest).

Chemistry Seminar Friday

The next Chemistry Seminar will be held at 3 p.m. Friday in Chem-Sci 102. Vijay S. Parameshwaran will present "Photoelectrochemistry of III-V-Semiconductor Materians for Solar Energy Conversion."

Abstract III-V semiconductor materials, such as gallium arsenide, indium phosphide and gallium nitride, form the basis of several photonic devices in use today, including solar cells. This talk will conclude with ways in which ARL and Michigan Tech can collaborate on a variety of potential ideas in this space.

Parameshwaran's research interests lie at the intersection of materials science, electrical engineering and chemical engineering, where he performs materials growth and electrochemical analysis of novel semiconductors and junctions that enable technologies for solar energy conversion.

HCC Demo Day 2017

Join the ICC's Center for Human-Centered Computing for HCC Demo Day 2017 from 12:30 to 5 p.m. tomorrow (Nov. 2).

Across campus researchers who "design with humans in mind" will be showcasing their work to the community through a series of demos, lectures and tours.

The day kicks off with free pizza and a lecture by ICC Distinguished Lecturer, Elizabeth Whitaker. Click here to see the full schedule of events.

ICC Distinguished Lecturer Series Tomorrow

The Institute of Computing and Cybersystems (ICC) will host Elizabeth Whitaker from 12:30 to 2 p.m. tomorrow (Nov. 2) in EERC 100.

Whitaker will present a lecture titled "How Can Cognitive Systems Support Humans in Solving Problems?"

Whitaker is a Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) principal research engineer and GTRI Fellow. Her research focuses are artificial intelligence, cognitive systems, intelligent agents, case-based reasoning, learning and planning, socio-cultural and behavioral modeling, agent-based and hybrid models, and intelligent tutoring systems.

Whitaker has spent sixteen years as a principal research engineer in the Information and Communications Lab at GTRI, preceded by eight years of research and development in intelligent systems at NCR's Human Interface Technology Center. A full bio and abstract can be found online. Pizza will be served.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Wednesday, November 1, 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.

System Administrator, Information Technology. 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.  


Night Parking Ban in Effect

The Night Parking Ban went into effect at midnight on campus and throughout the City of Houghton. Through April 30, parking is prohibited on campus from 2 to 7a.m.

Individuals who need to request extended hours parking accommodations can call Public Safety and Police Services at 7-2216 after 1 a.m. to be assigned a designated parking space.

For more details, see the original Tech Today article.


New Book Launch Event Today

Join professor and author, Nancy Langston (SS/SFRES/GLRC), for the launch of her new book, "Sustaining Lake Superior: An Extraordinary Lake in a Changing World," (Yale University Press, October 2017). The book launch will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. today (Nov. 1) at the Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC).

The event begins with a reception at 4:30 p.m. where Langston, whose research examines water policy, history, and governance, will give a brief talk at 5:15 p.m. followed by a book signing at 5:45 p.m.

Just in time for seasonal gift giving, copies of the book will be available for purchase at a 25 percent discount off cover price with proceeds supporting GLRC student advancement initiatives. For more information, read the original Tech Today article here


Bill Balzer Visits Michigan Tech Today

Bill Balzer, author of "Lean Higher Education" will present "Where is the Evidence-Based Support for Lean Higher Education? The Research, the Challenge, and the Opportunities" from 1 to 2 p.m. today (Nov. 1) in the Memorial Union Building Ballroom B1 & B2. Read the original Tech Today story.


HuskyLEAD Workshop Today

Join Scott Marratto, assistant professor of Philosophy, from 4-5 p.m. tomorrow (Nov. 1) in MUB Ballroom B1 for his presentation "Morality and Technology: Rethinking Engineering Ethics."

Marratto's discussion will conclude the Fall 2017 HuskyLEAD workshops; however, individuals are still encouraged to check out the HuskyLEAD-Strengths Series opportunities still happening. 


Free HIV Screenings Tomorrow

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

The screenings are confidential and take only 20 minutes. 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


Rozsa Center Wants Ornaments

Attention. We need your help in making the 2017 Rozsa Christmas Tree the best yet. We want this year's tree to reflect our University's awesome community, and you can help by contributing an ornament that represents your organization, club or department.

The ornament needs to be at least four inches, and 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 at


Relax for the Holidays Lunch & Learn

All faculty, staff, and students are invited to stop by the Memorial Union Ballroom B between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8 to attend an open-house style Lunch and Learn. The 4th annual "Relax for the Holidays" open house will feature several relaxation stations, including Aromatherapy with Michelle Coria and Yoga & Guided Relaxation with Beth Ryynanen. There will also be some "fun" stations: a coloring station, light therapy, make-and-take soup mix, and more. Attendees will be eligible to enter a drawing for prizes donated by J. Jukari Spa and Salon.

Feel free to bring your lunch; tea and hot chocolate will be provided. Attending employees will earn 100 HuskyPAW points. This event is sponsored by WorkLife Connections and Employee Wellness. Questions? Contact Shannon Brodeur.


Athletics to Host First Friday University Social Friday

Michigan Tech Athletics invites faculty, staff, graduate students and retirees to a First Friday University Social from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday (Nov. 3), at the Ojibwa Casino Breakaway Zone (formerly LampLighters) in the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. Complimentary drinks and appetizers will be served.

The First Friday Social precedes a Men's Hockey home contest versus Bowling Green University starting at 7:07 p.m.

In conjunction with the First Friday Social, Friday is also Athletics' Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night. Faculty and staff can claim a free ticket to that evening's men's hockey game using the link sent via email. Free tickets must be requested by 5 p.m. today (Nov. 1). Read the full Tech Today Story.