Isle Royale Winter Study Celebrates 60 Years

The 2018 report is out: two wolves, almost 1,500 moose and an ecosystem in transition. In its 60th year, the research is the longest-running predator-prey study of its kind.

Researchers from Michigan Tech have released the annual Winter Study report detailing updates on the ecology of Isle Royale National Park. For the third year in a row, the Isle Royale wolf population remains a mere two, while the moose population continues to stay above the historic average. Without the pressure of predation, the expanding moose population will have a greater impact on the island's forest ecology.

The study co-authors include Research Professor Rolf Peterson (SFRES), Professor John Vucetich (SFRES) and Assistant Research Professor Sarah Hoy (SFRES). They say the heart of the study's success has been the more than 1,000 citizen science volunteers who have bolstered the study's fieldwork efforts in small teams totaling about 40 people each year for the last 30 years. Together, they helped gather enough skulls to document the shrinking moose of Isle Royale, observed seasonal wolf activity and earned more than their fair share of hiking boot blisters. 

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New Grads Present Straits Tunnel Project to Lawmakers

Hundreds of 2018 Michigan Tech graduates started new jobs this week. Four of them took a detour to the State Capitol to share their Senior Design project—an underwater utility corridor spanning the Straits of Mackinac—with Michigan lawmakers.

The corridor, a 21-foot-diameter, 4.5-mile tunnel that would house utility lines that cross the Straits, was this year's senior capstone project for 13 civil engineering and three construction management graduates. The four students representing the group presented the project to the state's 15-member Pipeline Safety Advisory Board at its quarterly meeting on Monday morning.

They made a second presentation, to the joint meeting of the Senate Committee on Transportation and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, at the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing on Tuesday morning. Officials were impressed by both the concept and the students.

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Testing Center Summer Location and Hours

For the summer tracks, the Testing Center has moved to its Library 226 location and will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For finals, the Testing Center will use the Rekhi 215 space from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (June 29 and Aug. 17). Contact us at 7-1001 or with any questions.

Continuous Improvement Connection

Are you in need of some summer reading material? We have just the thing. The Office of Continuous Improvement just got a plethora of new books. The topics are all related to Lean and Continuous Improvement; however, many of the topics can be applied to just about anywhere in your daily work and personal lives.

Some of the titles that just came in include:

  • "Getting to 'Yes and': the Art of Business Improv" by Bob Kulhan
  • "The Difference" by Subir Chowdhury
  • "Humble Inquiry: The Gentle Art of Asking Not Telling" by Edgar H. Schein
  • "Lean Behavior Based Safety" by Shawn M. Galloway and Terry L. Mathis
  • "Creating a Lean Culture" by David Mann

These are but a few of the new titles that have come in. If any are of interest or you’d like to check out a different book from our Lean Library, please email and we’ll help get a book in your hands.

Maintenance for Banner-related Systems on Sunday

There will be a Banner-related production system maintenance window from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday (May 20).

The following production services will be affected:

  • Banner
  • Oracle Reports
  • Aspire
  • MyMichiganTech
  • WebFocus
  • UC4/Appworx
  • Perceptive Content (Imagenow)
  • Sunapsis
  • Pinnacle
  • Fischer
  • RedHat Satellite
  • vcenter
  • Papercut Printing (color) 

If you have any questions or concerns, contact IT at or call 7-1111.

Kindness Rocks

Student Activities is ready to kick off our summer programming with our first event, Kindness Rocks. We will have rocks or cards for people to decorate while supplies last. Join us at 2 p.m. Thursday (May 24) at the Center for Diversity and Inclusion (Hamar House). You can leave the kindness rocks around the community to help spread kindness or leave them with us and we will spread the kindness for you. Everyone is welcome and the event is free. 

Job Postings

Job Postings for Friday, May 18, 2018 

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in the Human Resources Department. 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.

Office Assistant 6, Mechanical Engineering - Engineering Mechanics. 5/18/2018 – 5/24/2018. External applications will not be reviewed until after all internal UAW applications. Apply online. 

Custodian (12 months/ 40 hours/ 2nd Shift)​ Facilities - ​​AFSCME 5/18/2018 - 5/24/2018. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. Apply online.

Custodian (12 months/ 20 hours/ 2nd Shift) SDC Building Operations - AFSCME 5/18/2018 - 5/24/2018 External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applications. Apply online.

Operator/Dispatcher, Public Safety & Police Services
UAW 5/18/2018 - 5/24/2018 External Applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. 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.  


Michigan Tech Website Design Ranked Among the Best

Michigan Tech was ranked in the top 50 on GloryWebs list of the Top 100 University Website Designs in 2018.

GloryWebs identified the universities throughout the world with the best websites based on simplicity of navigation, organized layout and effective communication.

Ranked #46 internationally and #3 in Michigan, GloryWebs notes Michigan Tech's website has "dynamic design showcasing latest news and events, features an easy-to-comprehend navigation menu and responds well to the change in screen size."

GloryWebs is an international company that builds websites for companies and small businesses.


"Dr. Magnolia's Magical Museum of Everything," at Rozsa

The Superior School of Dance presents "Dr. Magnolia's Magical Museum of Everything" at 7 p.m. tomorrow (May 19) and 3 p.m. Sunday (May 20) at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts. 

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youth. Tickets are on sale now and are available online, in person at the Central Ticketing Office in the SDC, by phone at 7-2073 or at the Rozsa Center the evening of the performance. Note the Rozsa Box Office only opens two hours prior to performances.


Deadline to Submit for Sessions, Workshops and Associated Meetings Today

The International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR) is currently accepting ideas for sessions, workshops and associated meetings for the State of Lake Superior (SOLS) Conference hosted by Michigan Tech  Oct. 9-12.

The deadline to submit topics is today. To submit a topic for consideration, visit the SOLS website for instructions. A call for abstracts will be announced by IAGLR in early June following the selection of the session topics.

If you have questions about the conference, contact a member of the local planning committee: Hugh Gorman (SS), Nancy Auer (Bio Sci), Gord Paterson (BIO), Cory McDonald (CEE), Pengfei Xue (CEE) or Elizabeth Hoy (GLRC).


In the News

Michigan Tech's annual Winter Study report detailing updates on the ecology of Isle Royale National Park was covered by several media outlets including the Detroit Free Press and the Duluth News Tribune


Alpena Community College has hired Michigan Tech Alumna Brenda Herman ('99), to be the new ACC Foundation executive director and executive director of development. The story was covered by the Alpena News.


The Michigan Tech News story "Whole-tree logging may not hinder plant biodiversity," was reprinted by Science Daily, Scienmag, Eurasiareview and Newscaf.


 Keith Vertanen's NSF CAREER Award was the subject of the story, "Michigan Tech professor awarded $500,000 in funding," on UP Matters, WJMN-TV3.


Michigan Tech alumnus Sean Kelly was recently selected as president of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan (ACED/M). the story, "ACEC Of Michigan Elects New President And Board Of Directors," appeared on the Detroit Regional Chamber website.


Michigan Tech Alumna Tracy Deering was the subject of the article "Rotary Club honors Deering as Teacher of the Year," in the Petoskey News Review. Deering earned a forestry degree from Michigan Tech. She earned a teaching certificate through North Central Michigan College and Spring Arbor University. She has been with the Petoskey School District since 2005. 


Michigan Tech President Glenn Mroz was interviewed for the article "Mroz: Restricting immigration hinders US competitiveness," in the Daily Mining Gazette.