Alumnus Appears in Skit on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Michigan Tech alumnus Curtis Fortier, BSME '91 and MSME '94, currently working as an actor and comedian in Los Angeles, was featured on the ABC late night program "Jimmy Kimmel Live." 

Fortier was in a skit that spoofed a recent incident on the game show "Jeopardy."

While at Michigan Tech, Fortier was active in theatre productions and was a member of "The Troupe" improvisational comedy group. He was the 1991 winner of the Claire M. Donovan award, the last current student to be so honored. 

In the skit, Fortier is seated at the far right and is featured at the very end with rap artist Coolio. Watch the skit here

Volunteers Needed for Get WISE Workshop

The Center for Pre-College Outreach invites interested faculty and staff from across campus to volunteer at Get WISE (Get Women in Science and Engineering).  

Seventh and eighth-grade girls from the Western Upper Peninsula are invited to spend the day at Michigan Tech, where they participate in a range of activities to reconnect them with the exciting, dynamic world of engineering. Participants compete in​ several challenges, which include projects like: creating a model heart valve out of everyday objects, testing the conductivity of various materials and building a simple water filtration system. 

Get WISE takes place from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26 in the SDC's Wood Gym.  Volunteers are needed to facilitate the activities, serve lunch and engage with the participants as role models. Any amount of time is appreciated.  

​​For more information or if you are interested in volunteering​, contact Lauren Kirwin

1 Million Cups Entrepreneurship Pitch Event

Michigan Tech has partnered with MTEC SmartZone, KEDA and the local entrepreneurial community to host a local chapter of 1 Million Cups (1MC). A free, national program designed to educate, engage and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee.

The inaugural 1MC event for the Copper Country is scheduled for 9 a.m. tomorrow (Jan. 10) at the Finnish-American Heritage Center in Hancock. Both presenting companies have connections to Michigan Tech and will have 6-7 minutes to present their business ideas, followed by 15-20 minutes to answer questions from the community.

Keeping Lake Superior Healthy

Nancy Langston (SS), a professor of environmental history, will present a public program at 10:30 a.m. Sunday (Jan. 14) at the Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, which meets at the BHK Child Development Center, 700 Park Avenue, Houghton (enter on Waterworks Street). Her topic is on how communities can help sustain the health of Lake Superior in the face of mining, climate change, forest change, invasive species and emerging chemicals of concern.

The challenges facing Lake Superior are many—yet local, regional and international communities overcame enormous threats to the lake's ecosystems in the past century. This conversation will explore what we can learn from the past to help sustain Lake Superior. The program is free, and everyone is welcome.

Mini-Grant awarded for North Woods Kids

The Copper Country Reading Council (CCRC) has been awarded a  $4,000 mini grant from the state of Michigan’s Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) for the CCRC’s 2017-2018 North Woods Kids (NWK) project.

This is the third year of the project, a collaboration with the English Education Program at Michigan Tech. The grant was awarded through the MCACA peer review process and was one of more than 550 applications to compete for MCACA fiscal year 2017 funding.

With the belief the arts are central to our good life in Michigan and offer young people opportunities to develop into creative, competent and confident adults, the CCRC and MTU’s English Education Program foster the partnership of arts and literacy through NWK, KeweenawReads, and other activities throughout the community.

Organizations receiving a MCACA grant are required to match those funds with other public and private dollars. Local financial support for NWK came from CCRC memberships and $1,250.00 from six host school districts: Baraga, Chassell, Hancock, Houghton, L’anse, and Adams Township.

The Michigan Reading Association (MRA) provides significant grant support for the North Woods Kids project as well, allowing the CCRC to offer two workshops in place-based pedagogy for teachers on March 7.

Assistance from community members is at the heart of NWK’s success. Individual volunteers and exhibit hosts include Chris Alquist, Quincy Higgins Arney, Jennifer Davidson, Sarah Derenzo, Melissa Hronkin, Lois Jambekar, Evelyn Johnson, Robert Johnson, Bonnie Loukus, Linda Rulison, Debbie Stouffer, and Lloyd Wescoat. Community partners include the Copper Country Community Arts Center, Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, Portage Lake District Library, Copper Country Intermediate School District, Baraga Chamber of Commerce, and South Range Vitality Chiropractic and Wellness.

This year, young Western UP writers and artists were invited to express what they appreciate about Lake Superior through creative writing or visual art. In October, Ann Arbor-based folk musician Kitty Donohoe worked directly with students in classrooms for a week.

By December the kids had submitted their work for exhibition and judging. A panel of judges made up of teachers and professors selected the winning submissions, with all submissions being exhibited.

The exhibit is open to the public and prizes are awarded during a reception from 4–5pm Friday, Jan. 19 at the Portage Lake District Library in Houghton.

During the winter and spring, the exhibit will travel throughout the Copper Country, giving everyone a chance to see the show in a location near them.

In January and early February, North Woods Kids is on exhibit during regular hours at the Portage Lake District Library. This place-based literacy and art experience potentially impacts 12,500 students throughout the Copper Country, and Dickinson, Gogebic, and Iron Counties. In the three years of NWK, more than 500 pieces of student art and writing have been exhibited. Contact Evelyn Johnson for more information about North Woods Kids.

The MCACA peer review process allows for each grant application to be competitively considered by a panel of in-state and out-of-state arts and culture professionals. This ensures the taxpayers, who support this project through legislative appropriations, and all other visitors or residents in Michigan will have access to the highest quality arts and cultural experiences.

A complete list of grant awards around the state is available by contacting MCACA at (517) 241-4011, or by visiting the MCACA website.

This Week in Huskies Sports

The Week in Review

Hockey had a runner-up finish at the inaugural Ice Vegas Invitational over the weekend in Las Vegas. Tech defeated No. 13 Boston College 4-3 in the semifinal Friday before falling to Arizona State 3-2 in the final on Saturday. Devin Kero picked up his first collegiate win Friday with 27 saves. The Huskies are now 11-9-5 and have the weekend off before getting back into WCHA play on January 19-20, hosting Alaska at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena.

The No. 13-ranked women's basketball team went 1-1 over the week at the SDC Gym. The Huskies suffered only their second loss of the season with a 103-68 defeat at the hands of No. 1 Ashland Thursday. The Black and Gold bounced back with a commanding 79-42 victory over Tiffin Saturday. Tech (12-2-, 6-1 GLIAC) heads on the road this weekend for games at Ferris State Thursday and Lake Superior State Saturday.

Men's basketball dropped its two GLIAC games at home over the week. The Huskies fell to Ashland Thursday 73-62 and Tiffin Saturday 86-68. Kyle Monroe put in 20 points each night, while Bryan Heath scored 13 Thursday, and Trent Bell went for 15 Saturday. Tech is 7-7 on the season with a 4-3 GLIAC mark. The team plays at Ferris State Thursday and Lake Superior State Saturday in the first of two meetings with each opponent.




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


• Men's Basketball at Ferris State, 5:30 p.m. on 93.5 FM
• Women's Basketball at Ferris State, 7:30 p.m. on 93.5 FM


Saturday, January 13
• Women's Basketball at Lake Superior State, 1 p.m. on 93.5 FM
• Men's Basketball at Lake Superior State, 3 p.m. on 93.5 FM

Freshmen Crack Top 20 in Classic Race

The Michigan Tech Huskies Nordic Ski Team rounded out the competition at the U.S. Nationals in Ancorage, Alaska with the classic 30K/20K/10K/5K ski events Sunday. Three Tech freshmen, Reid Goble (9), Mitch DeLong (11) and Patrick Acton (17), cracked the top 20 in the Junior Male 10K Classic Mass Start.

Goble led Tech's junior group in a time of 28:04.0 in a field of 108 competitors.

"These guys really had an amazing charge and laid it all out there today in an incredibly deep field," said head coach Tom Smith.

Eric Houck (58), Josh Albrecht (59), Tres Green (87) and Hunter Dercks (105) were among Tech's junior finishers.

Tom Bye finished at No. 27 in the 30K race setting the tone for teammates Olav Vestol (40) and Daniel Wood (43). Bye hit the line at an impressive 1:27:25.8 in a field of 48 athletes.

"Bye was the fifth U23 guy on the day, so that was another great qualifying result towards his bid to represent the U.S. U23 World Championships," said Smith.

Two Tech women competed in the 20K races; Sarah Goble (28) clocked in at 1:10:22.5, followed by teammate Erin Lipp (36) with a time of 1:15:11.7.

The Huskies will be back in action next week as they travel to Cable, Wis. to compete in the Birkie Jan. 20-21.

Introduction to Lean Workshop

The Office of Continuous Improvement is again offering Introduction to Lean workshops for Michigan Tech employees. Training dates and times are:
• 1-3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25
• 9:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Mar. 20
• 1-3 p.m. Thursday, Jun. 21

The training will be in the Memorial Union Ballroom B2. There's no cost for this training.

To register for the course, complete this form by selecting a workshop date and entering your name and department. Once registered, we'll add you to a calendar event for the workshop.

Lean is a systematic, intentional model for creating and sustaining an environment where continuous improvement is the norm. Since 2008, Michigan Tech has been experiencing a Lean transformation, learning to increase customer value by eliminating waste and optimizing operations.

In the Introduction to Lean workshop, you'll learn basic Lean concepts and methods you might encounter on the job. You'll learn about Lean culture and the principles of Lean thinking and participate in problem-solving using the PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Adjust) model. You'll use the 5 Whys to discover root causes, identify waste and unsafe acts and conditions and recommend process improvements. When you finish the workshop, you'll be ready to actively participate in a kaizen (improvement) event led by others.

Job Postings

Job Posting for Tuesday, January 9, 2018.

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in Human Resources or at. 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.

​Custodian (9 months/ 40 hours/ 1st Shift), ​Facilities. AFSCME Posting 1/9/2018 - 1/15/2018. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. ​Apply online.​

​Custodian (12 months/ 40 hours/ 1st Shift), ​Facilities. AFSCME Posting 1/9/2018 - 1/15/2018. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. ​Apply online.​

​Custodian (12 months/ Part-time, No Base/ Shift Varies), ​Facilities. AFSCME Posting 1/9/2018 - 1/15/2018. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. ​Apply online.

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


Informational Meeting Today on MTRAC Funding Opportunities

An informational meeting will held today (Jan. 9) at 3:30 p.m. in M&M 724 on an upcoming funding opportunity for the commercialization of advanced materials related technology. A letter of intent is due Jan. 19 at 6 p.m. The workshop will also be available as a video conference. Contact John Diebel for log-in information. More details on the program and funding opportunity are available here.


Nominations Open for 2018 MAGS Excellence in Teaching Awards

Nominations are now open for the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) Excellence in Teaching Awards. Michigan Tech may nominate one student at the MS and PhD level. Nominations are due to the Graduate School no later than 4 p.m. tomorrow.

Eligible students:

  • will have been enrolled at Michigan Tech during the 2017 calendar year and have a teaching appointment
  • will have earned the Michigan Tech Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award
  • will have an excellent teaching portfolio and student evaluations

Graduate program assistants and directors have been provided a list of eligible students.

See the application page for complete details on what is required for a nomination.


Chelsea Schelly's (SS) new book, "Dwelling in Resistance: Living with Alternative Technologies in America," is featured in a New Books Network podcast.

In Print

Graduate students Mingxi Fang, Rashmi Adhikari, Jianheng Bi, Wafa Mazi, Nethaniah  Dorh, visiting scholar Jianbo Wang, undergraduate  Conner Nathan, research scientist  Tayana Karabencheva-Christova, associate professor  Ashutosh Tiwari (Chem) and professor Haiying Liu (Chem) published a paper entitled "Fluorescent probes for sensitive and selective detection of pH changes in live cells in visible and near-infrared channels" in Journal of Chemistry Materials.