Meet the Content and News Team

Jennifer Donovan

Jennifer Donovan

Director of News and Media Relations

906-487-4521
Cell: 906-281-7530
jbdonova@mtu.edu
Administration Building G07A

Her Beats

  • Administration/Executive Team/Board of Trustees
  • Policy and Funding Issues
  • Research Centers and Institutes
  • International Programs & Services
  • Graduate School

About Jenn

  • Her specialties include working with local, regional, national and special-interest news media.
  • She is skilled at finding and developing University news and research stories and interesting the news media in covering them.
  • She maintains the University Experts Guide.
  • She is a former newspaper reporter and magazine writer.
  • She enjoys reading detective stories and science fiction novels.
Scott Balyo
"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that's given to us."
—J.R.R.Tolkien

Scott Balyo

Editorial Director

Cell: 307-996-6574
sabalyo@mtu.edu
Administration Building G20

About Scott

  • Originally from Mackinaw City. Relocated to Houghton from Cody, Wyoming where he served as the chamber of commerce director.
  • Professional experience includes owning his own small-town newspaper along with public relations and marketing roles in tourism, healthcare and economic development.
  • Degree in mass communication from Taylor University (Indiana) and a master's in communication and leadership studies from Gonzaga University.
  • Interests include downhill skiing, hiking, traveling and spending time with his wife and four boys.
Kevin Hodur

Kevin Hodur

Creative Writer

906-487-3509
kwhodur@mtu.edu
Administration Building G14
Allison Mills

Allison Mills

Science and Technology Writer

(906) 487-2343
Cell: (903) 231-4271
awmills@mtu.edu
Administration Building G21

Her Beats

  • Sciences, Engineering and Technology
  • School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

About Allison

  • She focuses on writing new stories about Michigan Tech research -- everything from robotic prostheses to mesocosms to the physics of raindrops.
  • A University of Montana graduate, she earned a master's degree in environmental science and natural resource journalism, which built on her bachelor's in geoscience from Northland College.
  • She also teaches dance through the Student Development Complex's community programs.
  • She's a radio geek.
Cyndi Perkins

Cyndi Perkins

Web Writer

About Cyndi

  • The former Daily Mining Gazette journalist and editor hails from Houghton and has written for a variety of international, national and regional publications.
  • She co-creates, writes and edits content for the University’s myriad forms of new media, including websites, blogs and other outreach across departments, for new and existing members of the Michigan Tech community.
  • She is a sailor who enjoys Yoga, social media, gardening, and anything near the water. The debut novelist looks forward to writing more books.
Shannon Rinkinen
"So have your wits about you and dig in."
—Ethel Kennedy

Shannon Rinkinen

​Publications Writer

906-487-3162
smrinkin@mtu.edu
Administration Building G06A

About Shannon

  • Need a powerful headline? Snappy social media post? Shannon is your go-to.
  • She loves to talk marketing strategy—how can your content stand out?
  • When she's not crafting words, she's slinging weights and coaching CrossFit.
Mark Wilcox

Mark Wilcox

News Writer

His Beats

  • VPA, Humanities, Cognitive & Learning Sciences, Social Sciences
  • CDI/Diversity
  • K-12/Youth Programs
  • Student Activities/Student Affairs/Financial Aid/Advancement
  • ROTC