Three with Tech Ties work with USA Hockey Teams at 2018 Winter Olympic Games

Travel from Michigan Tech’s campus to the Olympic Village in PyeongChang, South Korea would take roughly one day and 16 hours, if direct flights were available. Despite the distance, Michigan Tech and in particular, Michigan Tech Hockey, has a presence at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

Scott Aldrich, Dave Fischer and Nick Laurila, whose combined time at Tech spans more than two decades, are at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games with the US Men’s and Women’s Hockey teams. “Everywhere (I) go there's some kind of connection to Michigan Tech … across the world with our teams, either on our staff, or the players that play or have played on our team, from just random fans in the stands that I'll connect with and see Michigan Tech jerseys on people,” says Fischer, former Michigan Tech Sports information director (1987-2004), assistant athletic director (1997-2004) and 2009 Michigan Tech Sports Hall of Fame inductee, now senior director of communications for USA Hockey. Read the full story on the Michigan Tech News Website.

Eduroam Now Available

Michigan Tech is now a member of eduroam, a wireless network that lets faculty, staff and students securely connect to the internet when they travel to other eduroam campuses. Eduroam shows up on your computers and devices as the wireless SSID “eduroam.”

Your Michigan Tech ISO username and password are used to connect to the network. Likewise, visitors from participating schools can log on to the eduroam network at Michigan Tech with their school username and password. Eduroam doesn’t replace the MichiganTechGuest wireless network, but it provides another convenient option for traveling faculty, staff, students and visitors.

Have questions or want to set up your laptop or mobile device to use eduroam on campus or on an upcoming trip?

You can check out our eduroam knowledge base article, give us a call at 7-1111, or email us.

Research Excellence Fund Research Seed (REF-RS) - Reviewers Needed

The Office of the Vice President for Research is seeking faculty to volunteer as reviewers for the Research Excellence Fund Research Seed (REF-RS) proposals.

The proposal deadline is March 8 and reviewers will be given at least two weeks to review the proposals and provide feedback.

If you are interested in serving on the REF-RS proposal review committee, email Natasha Chopp.

Mineral Museum Exhibit Wins Award at Tucson Show

The A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum recently exhibited at the 64th Annual Tucson Gem and Mineral Show held Feb. 8-11. The Tucson show is the largest and most prestigious mineral show in the world with an international audience. The exhibit theme for this year's show was "Crystals and Crystal Forms." The museum’s exhibit, titled “Classic Keweenaw Copper and Calcite Crystals,” paired outstanding specimens from both Michigan Tech and the Michigan Minerals Alliance with antique wooden models of ideal crystal forms. Among the multiple museum exhibits from around the world, the Mineral Museum's exhibit was awarded the Betty & Clayton Memorial Trophy for the best museum exhibit.

The museum's award winning Keweenaw exhibit was collaboratively designed by Chris Stefano, associate curator, John Jaszczak (Physics), adjunct curator, and Ted Bornhorst, museum executive director. Jaszczak and Bornhorst installed the exhibit.

The museum had a second exhibit at the show titled “Merelaniite: 2016 Mineral of the Year.” Jaszczak, who designed and installed the exhibit, was a principal author in the naming of merelaniite in 2016, which subsequently was selected as Mineral of the Year by the International Mineralogical Association.

In addition to participating at the show, Jaszczak gave two presentations at the Mineralogical Symposium on Crystals and Crystal Forms sponsored by Friends of Mineralogy, Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, and the Mineralogical Society of America. His presentations were titled "Sphalerite and Wurtzite Polytypism and Morphology" and "Breaking the Law: Exceptions to the Classical Laws of Crystallography."

Additional Portrait Session

Missed the portrait sessions earlier this semester? Mark your calendar for an additional Spring Semester session. There is no charge, no appointment is necessary and it is open to all Michigan Tech faculty, staff and graduate students.

The extra session will take place 9:30-11:30 a.m. Friday, March 23 in Administration Building G35.

You will receive your photo four to six weeks after the session.

Candidate for College of Engineering Dean to Visit

As a reminder, the third and final on-campus candidate for the position of Dean of the College of Engineering will take place Monday and Tuesday (Feb. 26/27).

The candidate will present an open departmental seminar for the Department of Mechanical Engineering - Engineering Mechanics at 11 a.m. Monday in Rekhi G006.

The candidate will present an open forum announcing their administrative philosophy and vision for the College at 3 p.m. Tuesday in R. L. Smith (MEEM) 406.

Information on all candidates and open forum information can be viewed online. An ISO login is required to view candidate information and provide comment. Both talks will be video recorded and can be viewed at other times from the website.

Taco Bar Thank You Luncheon

Thanks to the generosity of our campus community, yesterday’s Interview Day was a huge success.

About half of career fair recruiters stick around the day following Career Fair to interview students on campus. These interviews result in countless follow-up interviews and job offers for Michigan Tech students. This day is fondly dubbed Interview Day.

We estimate 1,600 potential interviews were made possible yesterday thanks to campus support. More than 145 spaces were made available across campus for recruiters to interview students. Spaces included conference rooms, faculty and staff offices, and 49 tables set up in the Rozsa lobby and mezzanines.

To show our gratitude, Career Services invites all individuals that generously donated their office space, set-up tables, volunteered or worked to make Career Fair or Interview Day possible to a complimentary taco bar lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, (Feb. 26) in MUB Ballroom A2. Thank you for supporting Huskies and the mission of Career Services.

Four Hockey Huskies Receive Scholar-Athlete Award

Michigan Tech hockey players Brent Baltus, Thomas Beretta, Devin Kero and Dylan Steman were among the 141 recipients of the 13th annual WCHA Scholar-Athlete Award the league announced on Wednesday.

Baltus, a senior forward from Nanaimo, British Columbia, was one of the two recipients this year, and 15 in the history of the award, who received the award for the fourth year in a row.

Devin Kero, of Hancock and Dylan Steman, from Hanover, Minnesota are two of 30 recipients who are now three-time honorees. For the full story visit

Hockey Wraps Up Regular Season Against No. 17 NMU

The Michigan Tech Hockey Huskies wrap up the regular season with a home-and-away series against No. 17 Northern Michigan University. The teams will meet tonight in Marquette with tomorrow's regular-season finale taking place at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena. The puck will drop at 7:07 each night. 

Tech is 16-14-5 overall and 11-10-5-2 in the WCHA. The Huskies have clinched the fifth seed in the conference playoffs and will not host in the first round.

Northern Michigan is 20-11-3 and 18-6-2-2 in conference play and is still in the running for the MacNaughton Cup and top seed in the WCHA playoffs. 

Saturday night is Senior Night for Michigan Tech seniors Evan Anderson, Mark Auk, Brent Baltus, Dane Birks, Mason Blacklock, Alex Gillies, Devin Kero, Joel L'Esperance and Dylan Steman who will be honored after the game.

Both games will be broadcast on 93.5 FM and online on and the TuneIn Radio app on your smartphone. Both games will be televised on Fox UP television. You can also see the games on

Huskies Remain at No. 4 in Region Rankings

The Michigan Tech women's basketball team remained at No. 4 in the second NCAA Division II Midwest Region Poll, announced Wednesday by the national office. The Huskies are one of four Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference teams ranked in this poll and are 17th nationally in the latest WBCA Coaches' Top 25 Poll that was released on Tuesday.

Tech also clinched the No. 2 seed in the upcoming GLIAC Tournament and will host a quarterfinal game on Wednesday (Feb. 28) in the SDC. The Huskies enter the final week of the regular season with an overall record of 22-3 and are 16-2 against GLIAC opponents.

The Huskies will wrap up the regular season tomorrow against Davenport University. The game tips off at 3 p.m. at the SDC.

Game Times for Tomorrow's Basketball Changed

The game times for Michigan Tech's Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference basketball doubleheader against Davenport University tomorrow have been changed.

The Tech men will now play Davenport at 1 p.m. followed by the Tech women at 3 p.m. in the regular season finales for both teams on Senior Day in the SDC Gym.


MSE Seminar Series

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering Seminar Series speaker will be Deji Fadayomi, PhD candidate (MSE). He will present “Investigation of Aluminum Alloys for High Conductivity and Strength” from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday (Feb. 27) in M&M 610. Refreshments provided. A full abstract can be found here.

Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar

The next Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar will be held at 3:05 p.m. Monday (Feb. 26) in GLRC 202. Kristen Mariuzza, general manager of Eagle Mine, will present "Eagle Mine: Redefining an Industry Through Innovation."

Eagle Mine is an underground nickel and copper mine located outside of Marquette. The mine and corresponding Humboldt Mill were the first two permits issued under Michigan’s new mining law that was enacted in 2004.

Throughout the journey from permitting, to construction and operations, Eagle Mine has been paving the way for modern day mining in Michigan with respect to both environmental and social responsibility. However, since the start of operations in 2014, thought provoking, true and perceived environmental challenges have continued to present themselves. This seminar will provide an overview of Eagle Mine’s current operations, as well as a discussion of several case studies to illustrate those challenges. It will highlight their approach to education, innovation and finding sustainable solutions through sound technical evaluations and effective, transparent communication.

Graduate Research Colloquium

The Graduate Student Government (GSG), will host the Graduate Research Colloquium (GRC) Tuesday and Wednesday (Feb 27/28). This is Michigan Tech's largest graduate research showcase and competition with grad students presenting more than 60 research papers. 
Poster presentations will take place from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday (Feb. 27) in MUB Ballroom A1.
Oral presentations will take place from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. both Tuesday and Wednesday (Feb. 27/28) in MUB Ballrooms A and B.
More information, including schedules for oral presentations, is available online.

Biological Sciences Seminar

Amy Marcarelli (Bio Sci) will present "What Makes a CAREER? Integrating Teaching and Research into Understanding the Yin and Yang of Aquatic N Cycling," from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday (March 1) in EERC 100. 

This seminar will discuss research on the spatial and temporal complexity in N cycling rates, and habitat and landscape scale drivers that may allow N fixation and denitrification to co-exist in stream, wetland and lake ecosystems. For more information, visit the biological sciences website.


Putting Theory Into Practice Webinar

The Pavlis Honors College will host a webinar by Rich Kurtzman from the Institute for CrossCultural Teaching & Learning entitled "Putting Theory into Practice: Intercultural Competence in Action Both Pre - departure and On-site." The webinar will take place from 1-2 p.m. today (Feb. 23) in M&M 724.
Kurtzman explains the structure of the intercultural learning process at Barcelona SAE through real activities on-site for students and interns abroad as well as through faculty-led programming. Read the original Tech Today story.


ICC Distinguished Lecturer Series

The Institute of Computing and Cybersystems (ICC) will host Chung-Kuan Cheng from 3-4 p.m. today (Feb. 23) in Rekhi 214.

Cheng will present "The Life of SPICE as a Transient Circuit Simulator." Refreshments will be served. A meet and greet will follow, where you can join the discussion, ask questions or seek advice.

Cheng is a distinguished professor in the CSE department and an adjunct professor in the ECE department at UC San Diego. His research interests include medical modeling and analysis, network optimization and design automation on microelectronic circuits. A full bio and abstract can be found online.


C-Cubed Luncheon Today

C-Cubed luncheon takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today  (Feb. 23) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited. 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

Today's menu: 

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

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


"When You Comin Back, Red Ryder?" Tonight

The Tech Theatre Company presents Mark Medoff's Obie Award-winning play "When You Comin Back, Red Ryder?" Performances are tonight and Saturday (Feb. 23/24) and March 1-3 in the McArdle Theatre in the Walker Arts and Humanities Center. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. each evening.

Tickets are $13 for adults, $5 for youth and no charge for Michigan Tech Students with the Experience Tech fee. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone at 7-2073, in person at the Central Ticketing Office in the SDC and at the McArdle Theatre prior to the show.


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. 


Film Board Presents "Ferdinand"

This weekend, Film Board presents the Oscar-nominated "Ferdinand." 

  • Today (Feb. 23) — 5:308:30 and 11:30 p.m.
  • Tomorrow (Feb. 24) — 2:305:308:30 and 11:30 p.m.
  • Sunday (Feb. 25) — 2:305:30 p.m.
Located at Northern Lights Cinema (Fisher 135) on Michigan Tech's main campus. Tickets  are $3 and concessions are $1 each. We hope to see you at the show this weekend, and have a great day.

Carnival of the Animals Tomorrow Night

The Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra presents "Carnival of the Animals," 7:30 p.m. tomorrow  (Feb. 24) in the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts. 

One of the great zoological works in the orchestral canon, "Carnival of the Animals," by Camille Saint-Saëns, includes humorous depictions of elephants, donkeys, lions, hens, roosters, tortoises, kangaroos and the famous “swan” for solo cello.

This concert also features two Russian masterworks: Dimitri Shostakovich’s "Festive Overture" and Modest Mussorgsky’s "Pictures at an Exhibition." 


CCUW Pizza Bake-off Today

The 2017-2018 Copper Country United Way campaign is coming to a close, but we have one final event for the last hurrah. It helps fund our partner agencies, and it’s a great deal on pizza from eight different area restaurants. Bring family and friends to join us from 5 to 7 p.m. today (Feb. 23) in the MUB Ballroom. 

See our Facebook page to get the discounted $5/5 slice deal. You can also purchase your cards directly at the North Coast Grill and Deli in the MUB, Library Café, Fusion in Dow and the Coaches Corner Café in the SDC.

Items Available

International Programs and Services has an 8' x 4' oval conference table available to give away to another department on a first-come, first-served basis.

Contact Laura Givens (7-2813) if interested or to view.

As always, university property may only be transferred to other university departments. It may not be given or sold to individuals.

Dean's Teaching Showcase: Chad Deering and Bob Barron

This week's Dean's Teaching Showcase selection, made by Dean Wayne Pennington of the College of Engineering, is a unique teaching partnership. Assistant Professor Chad Deering and Lab Manager Bob Barron were selected for "deftly leading our students for the past three summers" through the field course in the Department of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences.

GMES Chair John Gierke explains the unique demands and challenges of teaching the field geology course. "While most of us hold a fondness to participate in fieldwork, the glamour wears off when conditions get tough or if the work turns out tedious. Field geology starts a few days after Spring Semester. In addition to the rapidly changing and variable weather, UP fieldwork in May and June is accompanied by hordes of mosquitoes and black flies. The glamour evaporates by the second day. Moreover, field geology is fraught with uncertainty and figuring out the geological setting is tedious. Frustrations with the weather, bugs, and unknown are pervasive. It takes special people to lead students through the five week, all-day, every-day course."
In addition, Michigan Tech's field course has non-traditional timing which creates unique learning opportunities, but might make the teaching even more demanding. Pennington explains, "In most institutions, the 'field course' in geology is the final course, often following all other coursework. At Michigan Tech, it is usually taken after the second year. This enables students to have a better understanding of the basis for nearly all their subsequent courses ... but only if the field course is taught in a way that encourages self-discovery and insight. For many years, Bob and Chad have taken the field course to new levels of integration with the concepts students are exposed to in their courses, helping the students to better master the concepts as well as the practices involved in the various disciplines that are based on these experiences. This approach to field experience is one of the things that makes Michigan Tech unique, and our students more successful upon graduation."
Deering and Barron's co-nomination for the Dean's Showcase is based not on one particular innovation but their collective skills for success in developing students' field skills in geology. Their complementary styles and knowledge have been an ideal pairing for leading the course, and student evaluations of instruction confirm their effectiveness. They approach each new site with a sequence that includes background literature, field observations, measurements and sampling, then further study in the microscopy lab.
They find ways to reinforce the mineralogy, petrology and structural geology skills developed in prerequisite courses, and insist on frequent individual and small-group interactions in the field to help the students persist, guiding them to an appropriate explanation for each site.
Intermingled through the learning experience are barbecues, brief periods of shooting the breeze in picturesque locales and other recreational activities. The fieldwork activities culminate with students creating geological maps and reports describing their findings. At this point in their studies, students span a spectrum of abilities for scientific writing and creating maps, which require artistic skills along with technical competence.
Gierke articulates the unique teaching challenges of the field course, saying "Achieving a balance of being critical of quality and yet maintaining morale is a knack that I have never mastered—I, unfortunately, excel at the being-critical part. Yet Bob and Chad have somehow figured out how to take students who are exhausted, sunburned and fly bitten and keep them sufficiently motivated to produce maps that could be framed (for some) and develop writing skills that help them through the rest of their curriculum."
Deering and Barron will be recognized at an end-of-term luncheon with other showcase members, and the team is now eligible for one of three new teaching awards to be given by the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning this summer recognizing introductory or large-class teaching, innovative or outside-the-classroom teaching methods, or work in curriculum and assessment.