Rick White

Rick White
"I’d much rather watch people do what they do than talk to them across a desk."
—John McPhee


  • Public Relations Specialist, University Marketing and Communications


Rick joined Michigan Tech in 2022 after earning his MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Montana. His essays have been nominated for Best American Essays and published in LitHub, High Desert Journal, The A.V. Club and elsewhere. He also holds an MS in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana and a BA in Geography from the University of Central Arkansas. 

About Rick

  • Rick specializes in narrative nonfiction, literary criticism and the personal essay form. He's been fortunate to learn his craft from authors Judy Blunt, Chris Dombrowski, Rebecca Solnit, Melissa Febos and Edwin Dobb.
  • To support his writing habit, he has variously sold vegetables, taught middle school, tended bar, managed elder care services, and worked as a cellarhand in a local cidery, among other jobs.
  • Rick enjoys cooking, gardening, attempting to catch trout and cross-country skiing with his girlfriend Monica and their dog Jude. 

Recent Stories 

Ashley K and Erin T

Best Fit, Top Value: MTU Alums' College Shopper Makes Choosing the Right College Easier

While Michigan Technological University continues to offer an outstanding value to an increasing number of students every year, the same cannot be said of many other colleges and universities. For over a decade, demographics have pointed to fewer students graduating from high school nationwide, which has translated into falling enrollment at most institutes of higher education. The pandemic added fuel to the flame. Now, with student debt burdens making headlines and traditional college rankings like those of the U.S. News & World Report falling out of favor, how are students and parents supposed to evaluate a college’s value? Read More

Michigan Tech’s 1st Arctic Battalion on a ruck march.

MTU Arctic Warriors Ranked No. 1 ROTC Program in Midwest

Michigan Tech’s Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps unit was unanimously selected to receive the MacArthur Award for the 2022-23 academic year, given to the best among the Midwest’s 42 university ROTC programs. The Arctic Warriors will now compete with seven other regional winners for the honor of top overall ROTC program in the nation. Read More

Tomorrow Needs banner in fall

Michigan Tech Sets New Record for Research Expenditures: $95.78M

"For the first time in history, Michigan Tech will record more than $95 million in research expenditures," said University President Rick Koubek. "This accomplishment reflects the hard work and dedication of our faculty and researchers and speaks to the intellectual prowess of our entire research community." Read More

Campus aerial above library patio

The Pack is Back and Smarter Than Ever

Following last year’s record-breaking enrollment, Michigan Technological University welcomed 7,073 students to campus this fall, including 1,388 incoming first-year students. John Lehman, vice president for university relations and enrollment, said last year’s class of new first-year students and this year’s class represent the two largest since 1984. He also noted that the average GPA of 3.83 for this year’s incoming class is a new University record. Overall enrollment grew 1%. Read More

Caryn Heldt profile

Caryn Heldt Recognized for Exceptional Service to Campus and Community

"Solutions always start small."
That’s the advice Caryn Heldt offers anyone feeling daunted by all the big problems facing the world right now, and she is well-qualified to offer it. Heldt — a professor and the James and Lorna Mack Endowed Chair of Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering in Michigan Tech’s Department of Chemical Engineering, and also the director of Tech’s Health Research Institute — helped solve one of the largest problems the University has ever faced. Read More

Briana Bettin with backpack duck and dinosaurs

Q&A with Teaching Award Winner Briana Bettin

Briana Bettin is an assistant professor of both computer science and cognitive and learning sciences. She received her master’s in human-computer interaction from Iowa State University and her bachelor’s and Ph.D. in computer science from Michigan Tech. Her research blends user experience methodologies with education research to better understand programming students and the impacts of the classroom environment. Read More

Molly Cavaleri in tropical greenhouse

Q&A with Teaching Award Winner Molly Cavaleri

Molly Cavaleri is an associate professor and director of graduate studies in the College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science. She received her bachelor’s in molecular biology from the University of Wisconsin, her master’s in forestry from the University of Minnesota, and her Ph.D. in ecology from Colorado State University. She studies how trees work by taking fine-scale physiology measurements then extrapolating what she learns in order to answer big ecological questions within the context of global change. Read More