Swiss Cheese and Safety

French onion soup, the Cuban sandwich, process safety. Just a few recipes that wouldn't be the same without the crater-infused cheese: Swiss.

Beyond being a staple for comfort foods, Swiss cheese plays an important role in adopting a safety-oriented cultural mindset, which is essential for students working in Michigan Tech labs, and workers on oil tankers and at milling plants. The campus steward of the Swiss cheese for safety mindset—known formally as process safety—is Professor of Chemical Engineering and Herbert H. Dow Chair in Chemical Process Safety, Andre Da Costa.

Put simply, his interest is in preventing the injuries, fatalities and damage that can potentially result from human error in hazardous environments, including but not limited to research labs. Da Costa brings more than 20 years of experience developing, promoting, disseminating and supporting implementation of process safety in industry and academia to Michigan Tech. But it is his compassion for humanity and the environment that drives him and his mission to thread process safety into our campus DNA. Read the full story on Unscripted.

Change in Reporting Structure for Registrar's Office

Beginning Thursday (March 1), Michigan Tech's Registrar's Office will report to Associate Provost Jean Kampe. The change in reporting structure from the vice president for student affairs and advancement to the provost and vice president for academic affairs is made in response to recommendations that were provided to Michigan Tech in September 2017 following an external review of the Registrar's Office conducted by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO).

Provost Jacqueline Huntoon stated, “I am excited about this change and believe it will allow us to support new collaborations that will ultimately improve teaching, learning and the overall academic experience for students at Michigan Tech.”

Similarly, Vice President Les Cook said, “The synergies between the Registrar’s Office and student affairs are strong and this will help strengthen these same synergies with the academic departments. We all share the goal of helping our students succeed.”

In conjunction with this change in reporting structure for the Registrar's Office, the official title of Associate Provost Kampe's position is being changed to Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education. This title mirrors that of the Associate Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School and clearly delineates the areas of responsibility for the two associate provosts.

Kampe indicated she is enthusiastic about the new structure, “The Registrar’s Office is a wonderful group of people who serve our campus well. I look forward to joining the team.”

Flexible Spending Account Claims Deadline is March 30

The deadline for employees to submit claims against their 2017 Flexible Spending Account (FSA) is  Friday, March 30. Health care and dependent care claims during the 2017 calendar year are eligible if the date of service was in 2017. The claim form can be found at FSA claims.

All medical, dental and optical claims should be processed through your insurance plans before submitting them to your health care reimbursement account. Attach the Explanation of Benefits (EOB) or a claim summary from your insurance plan to the claim form when submitting a claim.

For expenses not processed through insurance, submit the itemized receipt. Over-the-counter medications require a prescription from a health care provider. Dependent care claims require an invoice or receipt from the provider. For questions, contact Benefit Services at 7-2517 or

Printer Names Changing Tomorrow

Tomorrow (Feb. 28), a print change will occur affecting all academic and administrative departments. Any printers sending jobs to the old server will be moved to the new server.

Printer name changes will occur after this move. Departments will notice the printer names have changed to our campus-wide standard naming system. We have created a list of new printer names to assist you with this conversion.

Additionally, some effects of this change may include the resetting of default printers, old settings may be forgotten and a longer login time may occur. This will not affect local printers.

If you have any questions or concerns about this change, contact us at or call 7-1111.


CTL/IT Online Learning Equipment Grant Program

Information Technology and the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning announce the second annual Online Learning Equipment Grant Program. Funded by the Online Learning Technology Fee, this program will make $5,000 available annually to fund grants for equipment used to create and/or teach a fully online course(s) at Michigan Tech.

Grant applications will be judged based on:

  • The potential impact of the course(s) (i.e., Does it have the potential to attract lots of new, truly online students? Will it help start or improve an online degree program? etc.)
  • How critical is the requested equipment for successful creation and/or teaching of the online course?
  • Is the equipment chosen cost effective (i.e., Is this the best tool at the best price?)
  • A full departmental match of funds will be expected and looked upon favorably.

Grant applications should include:

  1. A list of specific items to be purchased with prices for each either from the Online Learning Equipment list or a quote from I.T. Procurement, and a total cost for all items to be purchased.
  2. A list of course(s) that will be created/taught with the requested equipment.
  3. A description of how this equipment will be used to create and/or teach that online course(s).
  4. If appropriate, a commitment of support for matching funds from a chair, dean or other account manager.  (Faculty who manage their own incentive accounts may make this commitment for themselves.).  

For successful grants, CTL and departmental account codes (for matching funds) will be used to purchase the equipment using the included quotes. To make this process easier, we have created a list of common equipment. Items on this list have been pre-priced for use in grant applications and can be indicated by just referencing the item’s number from the list. This list is not comprehensive, and other items will be considered with equanimity, but do require the applicant to secure a price quote from I.T. Procurement.  

Total awards of approximately $5,000 are expected. The number of grants awarded and amounts will be determined by the above criteria. Consultations with someone from the CTL are available if you would like help determining what equipment would best help accomplish your goals.

Submission Method

Email your submissions to Be sure to address the four numbered items listed above in an attached document or in the body of your email. Include any commitment of support for matching funds from a chair, dean or other account manager as an attached document.

Due dates for proposals

The due date for proposals is Sunday, April 1. Review of all applications received on or before Sunday, April 1 will begin on Monday, April 2.

Grants Awarded

Grant recipients will be notified via email on or about Wednesday, April 11.

Become a part of Michigan Tech History

Be a part of Michigan Tech history. Join an exciting campus project. Purchase a paver brick to be placed around a new clock tower located in the heart of campus between the Memorial Union and the R.L. Smith (MEEM) buildings.

The clock tower, part of the Alumni Way project, incorporates benches and pavers surrounding the tower to provide a community gathering place for Michigan Tech Huskies. Limited quantities available. Two paver sizes.

Include your name and title , honor someone special in your life, or pay tribute to the thing at Michigan Tech that you love. You decide. The clock tower is part of a generous gift from Bill ’69 and Ilene Bernard and their family. The Bernard’s are excited to make this contribution to Tech’s campus. Their gift also provides for the creation of a scholarship to help students. Support Michigan Tech. Make your paver gift today. Purchase a paver or call 7-1056.

Johnson Among Philosophers Filing Amicus Curiae Brief to New York Court of Appeals on Behalf of Captive Chimpanzees

L. Syd M Johnson (HU) is a member of a group of philosophers who wrote an Amicus Curiae brief to the New York State Court of Appeals in support of a legal case brought by the Nonhuman Rights Project.

The Nonhuman Rights Project has petitioned the court to recognize the rights and personhood of two captive chimpanzees, Tommy and Kiko, and to permit their release to sanctuaries.

Details and a link to the brief can be found here

Saving Snow: Free Movie Premiere and Discussion

Join us for a special free premiere of the new documentary on climate change and the north, "Saving Snow: Protecting Our Winter Economy."

It will be shown 7 p.m. Thursday (March 1), at the Calumet Theater.

This showing is part of the CopperDog150 event, our wonderful, world-famous, sled dog races. This should be a great event.

The movie features friends from the Birkie, and also Minnesota native Jessie Diggins — who just won the first US gold medal ever in cross-country skiing.

After the movie, we'll discuss concrete local actions that we can take to protect our winters. Visit the Facebook page.

Winter Carnival Feedback Survey

Blue Key sends a warm note of thanks for all the organizations and individuals who helped to make Winter Carnival great this year. We could not do it without each and every one of you. Every year, Blue Key sends out a survey asking for feedback on the competition and other events happening during Winter Carnival in order to know where we can improve and make the event even better for next year.

Take a few minutes to fill out this survey to share your thoughts. Direct messages regarding Winter Carnival can also be addressed to

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 (March 1/2) 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 Tetrazzini
  • Vegetarian Tetrazzini
  • Italian Salad Bar (GF, VE, V)


  • Thai-Salmon Curry (GF)
  • Thai Tofu Curry (GF, VE)
  • Jasmine Rice (GF, VE) V

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

Blood Drive Today and Tomorrow

Fraternity and Sorority Life and the American Red Cross are hosting a blood drive. Come donate from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and tomorrow (Feb. 27/28) in the Library Reading room.

You can sign up ahead of time online or in person, or you can just walk in. All that come to donate will get a free shirt. There has been an increased need for blood due to weather cancellations and the flu season. Help meet this need by donating. Bring a friend. Send any questions to Rochelle.

This Week in Huskies Sports

Last Week in Review

Hockey split its final series of the regular season against archrival No. 16 Northern Michigan. The Wildcats won 2-1 Friday in Marquette and the Huskies won 3-2 Saturday at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. Brent Baltus scored both nights. Devin Kero had 52 saves on the weekend, making his fourth and fifth straight starts. Tech finished the regular season with a 17-15-5 overall record and a 12-11-5-2 mark in the WCHA. The Huskies are the fifth seed in the WCHA Playoffs and will travel to No. 4 Bemidji State this weekend for a best-of-three series at the Sanford Center.

The No. 17-ranked women's basketball team split its final weekend of the regular season to finish 23-4 overall and 17-3 in the GLIAC. The Huskies fell 71-69 to Wayne State Thursday at the SDC Gym before bouncing back with a 60-44 victory over Davenport Saturday. Tech hosts seventh-seeded Ferris State tomorrow .

Men's basketball split its final weekend of the regular season. The Huskies defeated Wayne State 81-78 Thursday in overtime and fell 101-99 to Davenport in overtime Saturday. Tech matched an NCAA Division II record after playing in its fourth straight overtime game. Five of the last six contests have gone to an extra session. Kyle Monroe tied Ali Haidar's school record for points in a single season with 743 on Saturday.

The Huskies will travel to third-seeded Wayne State for a GLIAC Quarterfinal game tomorrow.



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

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

Friday, March 2
• Hockey at Bemidji State (WCHA Quarterfinal), 8:07 p.m. on 93.5 FM

Saturday, March 3
• Women's Basketball at GLIAC Semifinal
• Men's Basketball at GLIAC Semifinal
• Hockey at Bemidji State (WCHA Quarterfinal), 8:07 p.m. on 93.5 FM

Sunday, March 4
• Women's Basketball at GLIAC Championship
• Men's Basketball at GLIAC Championship
• Hockey at Bemidji State (WCHA Quarterfinal), 6:07 p.m. on 93.5 FM


CDI Presents Diverse Dialogues - Changing the Conversation: Women in STEM

What is it like to be a woman identified individual aspiring through STEM fields? What is it like to be a woman at Michigan Tech and in the Upper Peninsula?

Join Michigan Tech’s Society of Women in Engineering (SWE) and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion to be part of the campus dialogue about the experiences of our students, staff, faculty and community members led by a panel of our student leaders from SWE on International Women's Day.

The Diverse Dialogues series will provide opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to have conversations about relevant issues of equity, diversity, inclusion, social justice, and much more. They are designed to be an informal, yet guided gathering to allow participants to educate and learn from one another.

While each dialogue in the series has a centralized theme, we want to encourage participants to determine where the conversations go. This series is meant to start the discussion on difficult topics and implore individuals to push their awareness, knowledge, and action related to themes of diversity and inclusion.

Join us at noon Thursday, March 8 in MUB Ballroom B1 (and at the future Diverse Dialogues) and engage in meaningful campus dialogue around topics of diversity and inclusion. Bring your own lunch, light refreshments and beverages will be provided.

MTU Adult Learners Brown Bag: Study Strategies

MTU Adult Learners will meet from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday (March 1) in the Center for Diversity and Inclusion conference room (in the basement of Hamar House).

Susan Liebau from the Wahtera Center for Student Success will be on hand to talk about study strategies and resources available to all students on campus. We will also have time for informal discussion and an opportunity for you to meet other Adult Learners on campus. MTU Adult Learners is an informal group for students of non-traditional age taking undergraduate courses at Michigan Tech. Everyone is welcome to join us.


MSE Seminar Series Today

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 today (Feb. 27) in M&M 610. Refreshments provided. A full abstract can be found here.


Facilities Annual Steam Shutdown and Power Outages

Once again, the annual steam shutdown and power outage to provide maintenance and service of the 12,470­volt switchgear and associated breakers on campus will take place the week following Spring Commencement.

We understand that shutting off power can be inconvenient, so these outages will affect the least number of buildings possible. These planned outages are important and help reduce the chance of an unplanned failure at a time during the academic year that is even more inconvenient or disruptive. Read the full Tech Today story.


Black History Month Movie Night Tomorrow

As part of the Black History Month celebration, the African Students' Organization (ASO) and the Black Students Association (BSA), with the support of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, will screen "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" (2013) at 6 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 28) in Fisher 139.

New Funding

LouAnn Wurst (SS) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $3,000 contract from the US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Ottawa National Forest. The project is titled "Archaeological Collection Cooperative Management Ottawa National Forest."  This is a four-year project.
Xinfeng Xie (SFRES) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $10,000 research and development contract with the US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service and Forest Products Laboratory. The project is "Assessing Wood Properties of Seedlings and Young Trees for Genetic Inprovement." This is a one-year project.

On the Road

Stephanie Carpenter (HU), presented her paper “Always Another Horizon: Sailing Away from Dystopia in Paolo Bacigalupi's Ship Breaker Trilogy” at the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, Friday (Feb. 23). Delivered as part of a panel on representations of waste in contemporary fiction, the paper considers generic tensions between young adult and dystopian literatures in Bacigalupi's work. Carpenter also moderated two creative writing panels at the conference.


Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) gave an invited talk on "How to Eviscerate Lab Costs: Advances in Materials, Electronics and 3-D Printing for Scientific Equipment for the Industrial Engineering program at the University of Trento, Trento Italy, last Wednesday, (Feb 21).

Continuous Improvement Connection

Here in the Office of Continuous Improvement we strive for campus-wide involvement, and to help others improve the processes around them.

We do this through teaching individuals the basics of Lean and Continuous Improvement. Lean is an intentional model that creates, sustains and normalizes an environment of Continuous Improvement and the overall Respect for People through a systemic approach. That’s a mouth full. It’s also a tricky thing to try and learn on your own.

Good thing, we have courses that you can attend so that you don’t have to learn on your own. From 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, March 6  our office will host a Tech Employee Lean Training on countermeasures and problem solving for common problems.

As a bonus, you’ll also get an introduction into some of the organizational tools that lean has to offer. If you can’t make it to this session, no worries.

We have plenty more coming up. If you’re interested in signing up you can do so through our website.

In the News

Michigan Tech's Academic Success Coaches housed in the Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success were featured on the Michigan Association of State Universities (MASU) website in a blog post "Advancing Student Outcomes at Michigan’s Public Universities through Student Success Coaching Programs." 


Michigan Tech Nordic skiier Amanda Kautzer was featured in a segment on TV6. Kautzer will compete in the NCAA Cross Country Skiing championship this week.


Director of Career Services Steve Patchin was quoted in a Capitol News Service article on whether delayed retirement helps close the workforce skills gap.


Diane Shoos (HU) was quoted in a Chicago Tribune article on how domestic violence in presented on screen and how those representations shape public opinion.