Peace Activist Reverend Sharon Washington Risher to Speak Tomorrow

With the latest horrific mass shooting in Florida just last week, and the national outrage ongoing over more senseless gun violence in yet another of our schools, nothing is more relevant than a discussion with peace activist Reverend Sharon Washington Risher.

Risher was catapulted into the limelight after the Charleston, South Carolina shooting at the Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on June 17, 2015.

Her beloved mother — the church’s sexton — Ethel Lee Lance, was killed along with eight others, including two cousins and a childhood friend. Since that horrific tragedy, Sharon has been very outspoken about the nation’s gun laws and is one of the national spokespersons for the grassroots advocacy groups Everytown and Moms Demand Gun Sense.

Audiences nationwide are saying that Risher’s talks are incredibly powerful, emotional, riveting, raw and authentic, and each of her talks cover her personal experience losing loved ones to gun violence, race, racism and hate in America, as well as the path to forgiveness and an offering of hope for tomorrow.

The Rozsa Center and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, as a part of the Van Evera Distinguished Lecture Series and the Visiting Women & Minority Lecture/Scholar Series, have partnered to present this lecture at 7:30 tomorrow (Feb. 21) in the Rozsa Center.

This lecture is free; however, tickets are required. Tickets are available by phone at 7-2073, online, in person at the Central Ticketing Office in the Student Development Complex or at the Rozsa Box Office the evening of the lecture. Note the Rozsa Box Office opens two hours prior to performances.

Board of Trustees to Meet Friday

Michigan Tech's Board of Trustees will hold a regular meeting at 9 a.m. Friday (Feb. 23) in Memorial Union Ballroom B.

The agenda includes a presentation on the use of Lean Principles in developing and maintaining Michigan Tech’s safety culture, updates on the presidential and deans searches, and enrollment and research reports. 

The board will also consider the recommendation to award an Honorary Doctor of Philosophy degree to Senator Gary C. Peters, the  speaker at Michigan Tech’s Spring Commencement on May 5.

ServiceDesk (Ticketing System) Upgrade

ServiceDesk is the software IT uses to manage support tickets. We are planning a ServiceDesk upgrade from 5 to 9 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 21).  

During this window:

During this scheduled upgrade, User Services will be staffed and able to receive phone calls. If you have any further questions, contact us at or call 7-1111.


Career Fair Gratitude

Career Services would like to thank faculty and academic leadership for creating and adopting the Career Fair Exam policy 606.1:

“For many students Career Fair has become a major component of a Michigan Tech education. To better support the students we recommend that faculty use this event to help students work through scheduling conflicts as developing professionals. Regular examinations, major projects and papers, and presentations shall not be given or be due on the day of career fair. All Instructors are encouraged to consider how involved the students in each of their classes are with career fair and address other days in the week appropriately.”

Career Fair is from noon to 5 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 21) in the multi purpose room of the Student Development Complex. All faculty and staff are invited and encouraged to attend. Your hard work and creative efforts give our students these amazing opportunities. It takes a campus community to raise talented, hardworking Huskies.

This Week's C-Cubed Menus

This week's C-Cubed luncheons take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday (Feb. 22/23) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited. The C-Cubed lunch buffet menus are created by Executive Chef Eric Karvonen, and prepared by Karvonen and his culinary team.

As the name suggests, the meals are meant to foster conversation, community and collegiality. Attendees may bring their own lunch instead of purchasing the buffet. Fruit-infused water, coffee, tea, cookies and fruit are available free to all attendees.

The buffet lunch is $10 per person. Cash, credit cards and C-Cubed gift certificates (available in the Memorial Union office) are accepted. Find more information and share C-Cubed feedback online. To join the C-Cubed Google Group and receive weekly menus, email

The menus:


  • Chicken Tikka Masala (GF)
  • Tofu Tikka Masala (GF, VE)
  • Basmati Rice (GF, VE)
  • Green Salad (GF, VE)


  • Fish Curry (GF)
  • Tofu Curry
  • Basmati Rice (GF, VE)
  • Tomato Onion Salad (GF, VE)

V- Vegetarian, VE-Vegan, Vegetarian, GF- Gluten Free

2018 Huskies Summer Sports Camps Registration Now Open

You're a part of the Michigan Tech story — you know what it means to be a Husky. Share that spirit with the sports-minded young person in your life with Michigan Tech Sports Camps.

For 2018, there are 15 programs in eight sports for youth of all ages. Best of all, students learn from renowned coaches and practice in our state-of-the-art athletics facilities.

Special Payment Options for Michigan Tech Employees:

  • TechFit — $100 total for dependents (for benefits-eligible employees only)
  • Tech Bucks — Anniversary milestone monetary gifts

More information regarding all Michigan Tech Wellness Programs is available online. Registration for 2018 Sports Camps is now open. For complete details and registration information, visit Michigan Tech Sports Camps.

This Week in Huskies Sports

Last Week in Review

Over the weekend the hockey team split its final non-conference series of the season. Arizona State won 2-1 in overtime on Friday and the Huskies bounced back with a 5-3 victory Saturday. Six different players scored the goals on the weekend with Jake Lucchini Friday and Mark Auk, Joel L'Esperance, Dylan Steman, Gavin Gould, and Dane Birks finding the back of the net Saturday. Goaltender Devin Kero had 21 saves Friday and 20 Saturday. Tech wraps up the regular season this weekend with a home-and-away series versus Northern Michigan. The two teams will meet in Marquette Friday with Saturday's finale taking place at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena. Evan Anderson, Auk, Brent Baltus, Birks, Mason Blacklock, Alex Gillies, Kero, L'Esperance and Steman will be honored after the game on Senior Night.

The No. 17-ranked women's basketball team swept its home weekend with an 80-63 win over Ferris State Thursday and a 75-65 victory over Lake Superior State Saturday. The Huskies improved to 22-3 overall and 16-2 in the GLIAC, winning the GLIAC North and securing the second seed in the GLIAC Tournament. Tech hosts Wayne State Thursday and Davenport on Senior Day Saturday. Kelli Guy, Brenna Heise, Elisa Jurmu, Sarah LewAllen, Hanna Stoll and Lindsay Winter will be recognized after Saturday's game.

Men's basketball dropped a pair of overtime games to the GLIAC's top two teams over the weekend at the SDC Gym. Kyle Monroe had a 35-point, 10-rebound double-double Thursday but the Huskies fell 89-84 to No. 4 Ferris State. Isaac Appleby (14), Bryan Heath (11) and Ryan Schuller (10) also hit double figures against the Bulldogs. Lake Superior State won 80-76 Saturday despite a 34-point, 10 rebound double-double by Monroe. Appleby had 11 points and 12 rebounds while AJ Grazulis added 13 points. Tech is 13-12 overall and 10-8 in the GLIAC and hosts Wayne State (Thursday) and Davenport (Saturday) to wrap-up the regular season. Seniors KC Borseth, Dillon Gordon, AJ Grazulis and Tanner Uren will be recognized before the game on Senior Saturday.

The Nordic ski teams finished the regular season at the NCAA Regionals hosted by Northern Michigan University. Saturday's events consisted of the 20K and 15K freestyle events and Sunday concluded with the 10K and 5K individual start classic races. Gaspard Cuenot and Reid Goble earned All-Region honors both days. Cuenot was sixth both days, while Goble was eighth in both events. Tom Bye led Tech in fifth in the freestyle for All-Region honors while David Jaszczak squeaked in for 10th and an All-Region award. Tech clinched three NCAA Championship qualification spots on the men's team with Cuenot, Bye and Goble. 

For the women's team, Sarah Goble had All-Region finishes in the freestyle (8th) and classic (6th). Amanda Kautzer was All-Region in the freestyle, finishing 10th. Both Goble and Kautzer will represent the women's team at NCAAs on March 8-10 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.



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

• Women's Basketball vs. Wayne State, 5:30 p.m. at SDC Gym on 93.5 FM
• Men's Basketball vs. Wayne State, 7:30 p.m. at SDC Gym on 93.5 FM 

• Hockey at Northern Michigan, 7:07 p.m. Local radio on 93.5 FM and on TV on Fox UP

• Women's Basketball vs. Davenport, 1 p.m. at SDC Gym on 93.5 FM 
• Men's Basketball vs. Davenport, 3 p.m. at SDC Gym on 93.5 FM
• Hockey vs. Northern Michigan, 7:07 p.m. at MacInnes Student Ice Arena. Local radio on 93.5 FM and on TV on Fox UP

Pietila Called up to Devils

Former Michigan Tech hockey player Blake Pietila was called up to the NHL's New Jersey Devils Friday and played in Sunday's 3-2 overtime win over the Carolina Hurricanes. It was his 18th career NHL game and first of the 2017-18 season.

Pietila has played 45 games for the Binghamton Devils in the AHL this season before the promotion. He scored seven goals and added seven assists while serving as an alternate captain.

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

ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker

The next Graduate Seminar Speaker will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, (Feb. 22) in EERC 103. Vahid Vandadi will present "When a Colloidal Sessile Droplet Dries on a Substrate". Vandadi is currently a CAE Aero-Thermal Engineer at Polaris Industries where he works on new techniques to enhance the thermal performance of Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) systems.

Finding Engineering and Science Sources Workshop

Attend this workshop through the Van Pelt and Opie Library to learn how to get the most relevant materials you need for a research paper or project in less time by utilizing the databases, journals and other materials we have to offer.

Designed with people in the engineering and sciences fields in mind, subject specific databases and topics like standards and patents will be discussed. We will cover services specific to Michigan Tech as well as a variety of searching techniques and strategies to help you get the most out of the library and your research.

The workshop will be held from 1 p.m. to 1:55 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 22) in Library 242. Register here.


Spring Career Fair Announcements

Take note of the following services that will be offered to our students and the recruiters who are on-campus.

Career Fair Shuttle Service: Wednesday (Feb. 21)

A shuttle will be available from the MUB to the SDC from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to transport students back and forth.

Recruiter Parking: Thursday and Friday (Feb. 22/23)

Recruiters will be provided with parking permits which will allow them to park in visitor lots and at meters during on-campus interview days. Additional signage will be posted at all faculty/staff lots during this time. All recruiters have been given maps indicating which areas are available for visitor parking.


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Chemstores Closed March 5-9

Chemstores will be closed March 5 to 9 in order to move the new Chemstores facility. It is advised to plan ahead as no business will be conducted during this time, no orders will be processed and no deliveries will be accepted. 

In the News

Research by Sarah Scarlett (SS) and Dan Trepal, a PhD student in Industrial Heritage and Archeology, was featured in the Detroit Free Press. The article describes how the Keweenaw Time Traveler can be used to understand how Copper Country towns have changed over time.


Latika Gupta's (SBE) recent talk “Borrowing, Bernanke, and Beyond: The Whys, Whodunits, and What’s-Nexts of the Great Recession”, hosted by the Michigan Tech Economics Club, was featured in articles in the Daily Mining Gazette and Keweenaw Report


This past Sunday (Feb. 18) on the Copper Country Today radio program hosted by Rick Allen, guest Latika Gupta (SBE), spoke about the Great Recession.

Allen and Gupta discussed the causes, impacts and policy responses of the Great Recession. In addition, they discussed the lessons learned and where the economy stands today. 

In Print

Four faculty and students from the Department of Social Sciences recently published papers in the journal "Change over Time: an International Journal of Conservation and the Built Environment."

  • Professor Emeritus Fred Quivik  — "Butte and Anacona, Montana: Preserving and Interpreting a Vast Landscape of Extraction"
  • John Baetan, Industrial Heritage and Archeology student — "Contested Landscapes of Displacement: Oliver Iron and Minnesota's Hibbing District"
  • John Arnold, Industrial Heritage and Archeology PhD student and Don Lafreniere (SS) "The Persistence of Time: Vernacular Preservation of the Postindustrial Landscape"

A link to all of the articles can be found here.

On the Road

Student Panel at Success Conference

Four Michigan Tech students traveled to the Great Lakes Regional Student Success Conference held in Detroit Thursday and Friday of last week (Feb. 15-16), to present the panel session “Students Helping Students: Academic Success Coaching at Michigan Tech.”

Isaac Hermann, a senior in Computer Networking and Systems Administration; Nathan Shaiyen, a senior in Communication, Culture and Media; Eric Smith, a senior in Audio Production and Technology; and Erin Richie, a graduate student in Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors were the panel members, sharing their experiences working as academic success coaches in the Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success. 

Susan Liebau, director of the Waino Wahtera Center, moderated the session. Associate Provost, Jeanne Kampe and Heather Simpson, assistant director of the Wahtera Center, also attended the conference.

This is the sixth year of the conference, an event that allows colleges and universities to share their strategies and achievements around student success.