Legendary Huskies Broadcaster Bob Olson Dies

Michigan Tech Sports Hall of Famer, and the original "Voice of the Huskies," Bob Olson passed away on Saturday (March 3) in Middletown, Connecticut, he was 87.

A native of Superior, Wisconsin, Olson began broadcasting Tech athletic events back in 1969 when he and partner, the late Joe Blake, purchased WMPL AM & FM in Hancock.

Olson relocated to the Copper Country from Hurley, Wisconsin. He started broadcasting Huskies sports with men's basketball and football. A lenghty meeting with legendaryt hockey coach John MacInnes led to adding hockey to the WMPL linup. Olson called his first Husky hockey game on November 13, 1970.

Olson was known as the Dean of Broadcasters in all of college hockey and did hockey play-by-play for 32 seasons until his retirement after the 2000-01 season.

Olson is the originator of the WMPL College Hockey Poll—the first of its kind in the nation. WMPL also served as the clearinghouse for all of the country's college hockey scores with its call-in score service run by Bob and his wife Edda. She preceded him in death in 2000.

A true community-minded individual, Olson served as president of the Michigan Tech Blueline Club (1987-91), as a member of the Michigan Tech Community Advisory Committee, on Tech's Sports Promotion Committee (1987-92), and on the Hockey Coach Search Committee (1992).

Olson was inducted into the Michigan Tech Sports Hall of Fame in 1994. He also received the WCHA Distinguished Service Award in 1997 and the American Hockey Coaches Association Jim Fullerton Award in 1996 for someone "who gave as much as he received and never stopped caring about the direction in which our game was heading." 

The press box at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena is named in his honor. The Bob Olson Broadcast Center was dedicated during Winter Carnival 2001. The Tech men's basketball team hands out yearly the Bob Olson Award to the team's top newcomer.

While funeral services will be held in Middletown, Connecticut, a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 19 at The Church of the Resurrection in Hancock.

Nominations Close Friday for the Percy Julian Award

As you consider nominations for the Student Leadership Awards, (see today's Reminders) consider the Percy Julian Award.

Among other qualifications, this award looks for an undergraduate student who displays outstanding leadership accomplishments which promote diversity, social equality or racial/ethnic and cultural understanding at Michigan Tech.

Check out all the student leadership awards here. Nominations close Friday (March 9).

Nominations for summer 2018 Finishing Fellowships Due Tomorrow

Applications for Summer 2018 finishing fellowships are due no later than 4 p.m. tomorrow (March 7), to Debra Charlesworth in the Graduate School.

Materials emailed to gradschool@mtu.edu is preferred. Instructions on the application and evaluation process are found online.

Students are eligible if all of the following criteria are met:

  1. Must be a PhD student
  2. Must expect to finish during the semester supported as a finishing fellow 
  3. Must have submitted no more than one previous application for a finishing fellowship
  4. Must be eligible for or in Research Mode at the time of application.

Finishing Fellowships provide support to PhD candidates who are close to completing their degrees. These fellowships are available through the generosity of alumni and friends of the University. They are intended to recognize outstanding PhD candidates who are in need of financial support to finish their degrees and are also contributing to the attainment of goals outlined in The Michigan Tech Plan.

The Graduate School anticipates funding up to 10 fellowships with support ranging from $2,000 to full support (stipend + tuition). Students who receive full support through a Finishing Fellowship may not accept any other employment. For example, students cannot be fully supported by a Finishing Fellowship and accept support as a GTA or GRA.

Contribute to Digital Commons @ Michigan Tech

Faculty and research staff can enhance awareness of their Michigan Tech research, scholarship and other academic works by making them accessible worldwide on the University’s digital repository, Digital Commons @ Michigan Tech.

The library is currently accepting requests from authors who wish to include their works in the repository. The many benefits of utilizing the library’s Digital Commons services are detailed in our Digital Commons brochure. To get started or for more information, email library@mtu.edu.

African Dance Night

The African Student Association will have its annual African Dance Night at 7 p.m. Thursday (March 8) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. The event is free but donations will be accepted. 

Online Learning Development Grant Program

Information Technology and the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning are kicking off the first round of the Online Learning Development Grant Program.

Funded by the Online Learning Technology Fee, this program will make up to eight $2,500 grants available to instructors each year to fund the development of a fully online course that will be offered as part of an online learning master's degree or graduate certificate program at Michigan Tech.  

The intention of this grant program is to assist instructors and departments in providing time to develop quality online learning courses. These grants, when matched with departmental funds, will help provide release time from other obligations.

To qualify for this grant program instructors will need to

  1. demonstrate that they have successfully passed Michigan Tech’s ED5540/ED5101 - Foundations of Online Teaching - course (those taking ED5101 Spring 2018 can be funded contingent upon successful completion of the course) OR
  2. Completed a similar online teaching certification or training class/program OR
  3. Have an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Courses that are or will be part of an online degree program where more than ten percent of tuition revenue is contractually obligated to be sent to a third party vendor will not be eligible for this grant program.

Grant applications should include and will be judged based upon:

  1. An explanation of how the instructor meets the requirements for online teaching training and/or experience listed above in items a), b) and c).
  2. The name/number of the course that will be developed and a description of how it will be part of a Michigan Tech online master’s degree or graduate certificate program.
  3. A timeline of significant milestones, including when the course building and development will be completed, and when the course will first be offered to students.
  4. A course plan that includes:
    • Well-written, measurable, and student-focused learning objectives
    • Significant, required student-to-student, student-to-teacher, and teacher-to-student interactions
    • An assessment plan that demonstrates a commitment to frequent, low-stakes assessments with opportunities for feedback, includes authentic assessments where and if possible, ensures academic integrity, and avoids depending on just two or three high-stakes exams.  
    • Utilization of modern best practices to deliver lecture and course content created specifically for the online student
  5. A  plan to ensure the course meets generally accepted standards for the quality of online courses (e.g. scoring it using the Quality Matters rubric)
  6. A note from the instructor’s Dean or Department Chair confirming that the course will be offered as part of a Michigan Tech online master’s degree or graduate certificate program and endorsing the applicant’s effort.
  7. 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).  

Submission Method

Email your submissions to ctl@mtu.edu. Address the numbered items listed above in an attached document or in the body of your email.  Include any documentation from a chair, dean or other account manager for numbered items 6 and 7 above as attachment(s).

Due dates for proposals

The due date for proposals is Sunday, April 8, 2018.  Review of all applications received on or before Sunday, April 8 will begin on Monday, April 9, 2018.

Grants Awarded

Grant recipients will be notified via email on or about Wednesday, April 18.

Biological Sciences Master's Defense Today

Biological Sciences graduate student Ian Greenlund, advised by John Durocher (Bio Sci), will present his master's defense at 2 p.m. today (March 6) in Forestery G0002. 

The title of his defense is "Workplace Standing Desks and Arterial Stiffness."


University Senate to Meet Tomorrow

The University Senate will hold meeting #605 at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow (March 7) in Dow 642. Senators are responsible for making their constituents aware of the agenda for this meeting. Senators who are unable to attend should arrange for their alternates to attend in their place.

The agenda for meeting #605 and the minutes from meeting #604 can be found here. A reminder that all University Senate meetings are recorded and can be found here.

Exercise Training Research Study

Michigan Tech’s Exercise Physiology Laboratory is performing research to investigate a new type of exercise that allows you to get stronger and more fit at the same time by restricting blood flow during exercise.

You will be asked to come in the Exercise Physiology Lab three times per week, for eight weeks to exercise. Each session will take about 30 minutes.

As part of this study, we will provide you with information about your health and fitness including aerobic fitness, muscle size and strength, and body fat percentage. You will also help researchers to develop exercise training programs for healthy and clinical populations. Specifically, we are looking for healthy participants between the ages of 18-44, who have not exercised regularly (< 3 times/week) in the last 60 days.

If you are interested in participating or know of someone who might be, email makilgas@mtu.edu for more information.

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 8/9) 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 cspfau@mtu.edu.

The menus:


  • Kung Pao Chicken (GF)
  • Tofu Kung Pao (GF, VE)
  • Rice (GF, VE)
  • Hot and Sour Soup (GF, VE)


  • Lemon Parmesan Cod 
  • Roasted Vegetables (GF, VE)
  • Greek Salad Bar (V) 

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

Women's Basketball Heading to NCAA Tournament

The Michigan Tech women's basketball team is headed to the NCAA Midwest Regional Tournament, earning an at-large bid when the tournament field was announced Sunday night. This is the 19th appearance for the Huskies in the NCAA National Tournament.

Michigan Tech is 23-5 and  ranked No. 24 in the final WBCA Coaches' Top 25 Poll. They are the No. 4 seed in the Midwest Region bracket. The Huskies will face a familiar foe in the first game, matching up with the No. 5 seed Grand Valley State University on Friday in Ashland, Ohio. The Lakers, coached by former Michigan Tech Assistant Coach Mike Williams, also earned and at-large bid to this year's tournament field. The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference is represented by three teams with top-seed Ashland University hosting the tournament.

This year's appearance will be the first for the program since Tech hosted the Midwest Regional Tournament in 2014-15. The Huskies advanced all the way to the NCAA Championship game during the 2010-11 campaign and this will be the fourth trip to the national tournament Head Coach Kim Cameron.

The other matchups for the Midwest Regional have the No. 1 seed Ashland taking on No. 8 seed Hillsdale. Second seed Drury battles seventh seed Findlay and the No. 3 seed Southern Indiana faces No. 6 seed Lewis. The times for each game are still to be determined.

The complete NCAA bracket can be viewed by clicking here.

This Week in Huskies Sports

Last Week in Review

Hockey swept Bemidji State to the WCHA Semifinals. The Huskies won 5-3 Friday and 5-4 Saturday to advance out of the WCHA Quarterfinal for the fourth straight season. Jake Lucchini had three points each night. Devin Kero had 22 saves Friday and 33 Saturday. The Huskies improved to 19-15-5 overall and will play Minnesota State in a two-out-of three series. This is the second straight year Tech and Minnesota have met in the in the WCHA Semifinals.

The puck drops at 8:07 p.m. at the Verizon Wireless Center FridaySaturday, and if necessary, Sunday against the No. 3-ranked Mavericks.

The No. 24-ranked women's basketball team fell 67-57 to Ferris State in the quarterfinal round of the GLIAC Tournament on Wednesday at the SDC Gym. Elizabeth Kelliher had a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Kelli Guy (11) and Brenna Heise (10) also hit double figures. The Huskies received an at-large bid into the NCAA Division II Tournament, receiving the No. 4 seed in the Midwest Region (see related story). 

Men's basketball defeated Wayne State 88-74 Wednesday to advance to the GLIAC Final Four. The Huskies then had their season end against Lake Superior State Saturday, falling 70-56 in the GLIAC Tournament Semifinal. Kyle Monroe poured in 45 points against the Warriors for his fourth 40-point game of the season. He also reset the Tech record for points in a season, finishing with 803 on the season. Monroe was named to the GLIAC All-Tournament Team. Tech finished the season with a 15-14 overall record.

The Nordic ski teams race at the NCAA Championships this week in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The Huskies will ski the classic on Thursday and the freestyle Saturday. Gaspard Cuenot, Tom Bye, and Reid Goble will participate on the men's side, while Sarah Goble and Amanda Kautzer will represent the women's team.


• Huskies Drive Time, 7:30-8 a.m.on 93.5 FM
• Joe Shawhan Hour, 9-10 a.m. on 93.5 FM

• Nordic Skiing at NCAA Championships (Classic Races) – Steamboat Springs, Colorado, watch at NCAA.com.

• Women's Basketball vs. Grand Valley State (NCAA Midwest Regional at Ashland), time to be determined. Broadcast on 93.5 FM.
• Hockey at Minnesota State (WCHA Semifinal), 8:07 p.m. Broadcast on 93.5

• Men's and Women's Tennis vs. Belmont Abbey at Hilton Head, South Carolina, 8:30 a.m.
• Nordic Skiing at NCAA Championships (Freestyle Races) – Steamboat Springs, Colorado, watch at NCAA.com
• Women's Basketball at NCAA Regional Semifinal, TBA on 93.5 FM
• Hockey at Minnesota State (WCHA Semifinal), 8:07 p.m. on 93.5 FM 

• Women's Tennis vs. Indiana (Pa.) at Hilton Head, South Carolina, 8:30 a.m.
• Hockey at Minnesota State (WCHA Semifinal, if necessary), 8:07 p.m. on 93.5 FM.

• Women's Basketball at NCAA Midwest Regional Championship, TBA on Mix 93 WKMJ

Research Poster Practice Workshop

Do you know of a student who is registered for the 2018 Undergraduate Research Symposium? Tell them to join us for a lightning round of research presentations. They can practice their poster talk and get valuable feedback from Pavlis Honors College Dean Lorelle Meadows.

Workshop will take place at 6 p.m. tomorrow (March 7) in Library 243. Information on past undergraduate research workshops is available here.

Company Research Workshop

Want to impress a job recruiter with your knowledge of their company? How about finding the perfect information to use as questions for your interviewer? J

oin the Van Pelt & Opie Library's Company Research Workshop to learn the best resources for company research and how to turn info you find into interview questions that are sure to impress.

The workshop is at 5:05 p.m. Thursday (March 8) in Library 242. Register here

Library Offers Conference Poster Design Workshop

Making a research poster for a conference or other event? The Library's Conference Poster Design Workshop covers basic tips and tricks for presenting your research and information in a visual format. We'll also look at resources and tools available at the library to help you design and print your poster. The workshop will be held at noon today (March 6) in Library 242. Register here

ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker

The next Graduate Seminar Speaker Series will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday (March 8) in EERC 103.

Alex Cocco will present "Analytical Modeling of Transport Phenomena in 3-D Microstructural Networks found in Energy Materials."

Cocco is a post-doctoral research fellow in the Electrochemistry Branch of the Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate at the United States Army Research Laboratory.

EndNote Workshop

Save lots of time by using EndNote software to manage your citations. No prior knowledge of EndNote is required for this workshop at 5:05 p.m. tomorrow (March 7) in Library 242.

During the session, we will cover how to create and build an EndNote "library," add references from online databases and PDFs, and best practices for organizing your citations. How to incorporate references into a Microsoft Word document and changing output styles will also be covered.

The Library 242 instruction room has EndNote X8 installed on Windows workstations. Attendees may bring their own laptops with EndNote X8 downloaded prior to the session. Visit the library’s EndNote Guide to download the software and get a sneak peek at what EndNote can do for you. Email library@mtu.edu with any questions.  Register here.

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:

  • March 20 — 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
  • June 21 — 1:00 - 3 p.m. 

The training will be in the Memorial Union Ballroom B2. There's no cost for this training. To register for the course, complete this brief 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 Posting

Job Posting for Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Staff and faculty job description are available in the Human Resources Department. For more information regarding staff positions call 7-2280 or email jobs@mtu.edu.

For more information regarding faculty positions contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

Office Assistant 5, Innovation & Industry Engagment.  UAW Posting 3/6/2018 – 3/12/2018. External applications will be viewed after internal applications. 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.  


University Events Calendar Q&A Session Tommorow

Does your department add events to the University Events Calendar or do you want to start promoting your events there? University Marketing and Communications will host a University Events Calendar Q&A Session from 2 to 3 p.m. tomorrow (March 7) in the Memorial Union Superior Room (B001). Learn more about the calendar, how to add an event as an event administrator and get your questions answered.


Request for Alumni Reunion Events

Mark your calendar, Alumni Reunion 2018 will be held August 2-4.

If your department is interested in hosting a special event during the reunion, contact Erin Thompson or call 7-2400 to reserve a slot in the schedule.

A request for departmental open house details will be sent this spring.


Nomination Deadline For Two Key Student Awards is Friday

The deadline for nominations for the President's Award for Leadership and the Vice President for Student Affairs and Advancement Award for Service is coming up. The recipients of these awards and the recipeint of other student awards will be honored at the 24th Annual Student Leadership Awards Ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday, April 20  in the Memorial Union Ballroom.
Nominations for the President's Award for Leadership and the Vice President for Student Affairs and Advancement Award for Service are due by 5 p.m. Friday, March 9.  Nominations for all other Student  Leadership Awards are due by 5 p.m. Friday, March 23.The nomination process is simple. All awards and information about each can be found online. Questions concerning the awards can be directed to Student Activities.
Winter Carnival Feedback Survey
Blue Key sends a warm note of thanks to 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 bluekey@mtu.edu.
Author Kathryn Remlinger Presentation Today

The Michigan Tech Keweenaw Alumni and Friends Chapter invites you to meet Kathryn Remlinger '95 (Rhetoric and Technical Communication), author of the book "Yooper Talk: Dialect as Identity in Michigan's Upper Peninsula." Her presentation is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today (March 6) in Dow 641. A Q & A and book signing will follow.

In Print

Haiying Liu (Chem), visiting scholars  Jianbo Wang and Yibin Zhang and graduate students Shuai Xia, Jianheng Bi, Mingxi Fang and Wafa Mazi and others published a paper entitled "Ratiometric Near-infrared Fluorescent Probes Based on TBET and π-Conjugation Modulation between Tetraphenylethene and Hemicyanine Moieties for Sensitive Detection of pH Changes in Live Cells" in Bioconjugated Chemistry. The research is supported by NIH. 

Haiying Liu (Chem), Marina Tanasova (Chem), visiting scholar Jianbo Wang, graduate students Shuai Xia, Jianheng Bi, Mingxi Fang and Wafa Mazi and undergraduate students Tyler Philips, Aslan May and Nathan Conner published "Fluorescent Probes Based on π-Conjugation Modulation between Hemicyanine and Coumarin Moieties for Ratiometric Detection of pH Changes in Live Cells with Visible and Near-infrared Channels" in Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical. This research is supported by NIH.


Chemistry graduate student Gemechis Degaga and advisor Loredana Valenzano-Slough (Chem) published the paper "Quantum chemistry as a tool to assess energetic and spectroscopic properties of C1 and C2 hydrocarbons in MOF-74-Mg" on Theoretical Chemistry Accounts (DOI :10.1007/s00214-018-2227-y).


Adam Wellstead (SS) published "Mechanisms of environmental policy change in a federal system: The case of open federalism and the 2006–15 Harper government" in the Journal of Regional and Federal Studies. 


Robins Named Joint Fellow

Jonathan Robins (SS) has been named the American Philosophical Society and British Academy Joint Fellow for 2018. The fellowship will support one to two months of research in London, where Robins will continue work on a book project tracing the growth and evolution of the global oil palm industry. Robins is an assistant professor of history.


Recent PhD Graduate Honored

Recent Michigan Tech doctoral graduate, Ida Fonkoue has been awarded the 2018 Southern Society Clinical Investigation (SSCI) Young Investigator Award at the Southern Regional Meeting in February.

The award recognizes and encourages excellence in investigation by physicians and medical students during research training. Fonkoue  finished her doctoral degree in last May working under the advisement of  Jason Carter (KIP) and is currently working as a postdoctoral fellow at Emory University in the Division of Renal Medicine.