February 2, 2016, Vol. 22, No. 11

The Snow Finally Arrived!

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The city of Houghton looked quite different this January compared to most years. Snow banks were nonexistent and you could still see the pavement on the roads at the beginning of the month. El Niño brought unusually warm temperatures and had everyone thinking that they wouldn’t need to plow their driveways anytime soon. Students even returned from Winter Break to weather that was around 10 degrees above average! Winter Carnival was a month away and there was little snow in sight.

The Blue Key Office was flooded with phone calls and emails asking what was going to happen if there wasn’t enough snow. Canceling Winter Carnival was never even considered. Organizations semi-joked that they would rather build sand castles than let the tradition die. Sand castles seemed like a plausible option for a moment since there was an abundance of sand not being used on the roads. This would be the very last resort, aside from canceling Winter Carnival.

The obvious answer to the snow predicament was hauling in snow, but where would the snow come from? Wisconsin? Canada? The snow machines at Mont Ripley? It was also unknown how much snow was needed. It was quickly apparent that hauling in snow was more complicated than putting snow in a truck and driving it to Houghton.

The chosen solution to the dilemma was to anxiously wait and hope Heikki Lunta brought some snow to the city of Houghton. In the meantime, Blue Key asked the surrounding community to donate any clean snow they had in their yards to student organizations working on Month-Long Statues. This system worked for a week, until Houghton got the snowstorm it desperately needed.

The weekend of January 16th, Houghton saw over a foot and a half of snowfall! The pavement was no longer visible and the massive snow banks lined the edge of the roads once more. The city that once worried it would need to modify a long-standing tradition due to lack of snow was relieved once snow finally came.

Over the past few weeks, Houghton has returned to its normal self. Snowplows can be heard at all times of the day (and night). People are finally wearing their heavy winter coats and boots. The Month-Long snow statues are gradually appearing throughout the Michigan Tech campus and community. It looks like Houghton again. I finally feel at home.

Ashley Schuman
Vice President
Blue Key Honor Society


At Tech


Four Tech Students Win Portage Health Foundation Scholarships

The Portage Health Foundation has awarded four scholarships to local area Michigan Technological University students who are interested in pursuing health-related careers.   Recipients are Kelly Larson, Katie Schjoth, Braden Peterson and Dylan Turpeinen. 

The scholarships are part of a Michigan Tech-Portage Health Foundation partnership established to support health-related research and education, jobs and community . . . [ Full Story ]


Tech Alumnus Helps Create Award-Winning Video Game

In December of 2014, Steve Green was set to graduate from Michigan Technological University’s Visual and Performing Arts Department. Armed with a degree in sound design, he knew he had a good job waiting for him just a few weeks and 1,800 miles away. What he didn’t know was that the coming year would not . . . [ Full Story ]


Three Michigan Universities Receive Pacesetters Awards to Attract More Women to Computer Science

Michigan Technological University, Michigan State University and the University of Michigan have been selected for the National Center of Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) Pacesetters program sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Google and Qualcomm.  Pacesetters is a 2-year program under which participating institutions develop aggressive and measurable goals for increasing the number of . . . [ Full Story ]


Modeling and Simulation: Physics and Math Become a Design Tool

There’s a new way of doing mechanical engineering, and Michigan Technological University is taking steps to make sure that their students come out of school skilled at using the new technology.  

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Alumni Around the World

Take the Leap Year Challenge!

February has 29 days this year and to commemorate, the Michigan Tech Annual Fund is holding it’s first-ever Leap Year Challenge, encouraging all alumni from the past 29 years (classes of 1987 through 2015) to participate.

If 841 alumni from these classes make a gift during the month of . . . [ Full Story ]


Superior Ideas: CS4All

Today’s world runs on code making it incredibly beneficial for all 21st century students to be exposed to it. This project is based on all young students having educational opportunities in programming. Check out this project to learn more about the benefits this will have for the future generations.

NCEES survey

NCEES Young Surveyors/Engineers Questionnaire

The National Council of examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) Emerging Engineers and Surveyors Group is seeking input from young engineers and surveyors to gain their perceptions on careers in engineering and surveying and professional licensure.

Your input is critical in helping to ensure that NCEES leadership and decision makers understand our thoughts and . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Profile

Melissa J. Baumann, PhD ’83


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Tech Sports


Skiers Finish CCSA Invite

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HOUGHTON, Mich. — Michigan Tech wrapped up hosting the Central Collegiate Ski Association Invitational with its women’s team finishing second of six teams and its men’s team third of five.

Andrea Lee skied the women’s 15-kilometer course in 51:08.4 for fourth place.

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Track Teams Open 2016 at Northern Michigan Challenge

MARQUETTE, Mich. — Michigan Tech’s track and field team got its first taste of competition at the Northern Michigan Challenge held indoors at the Superior Dome on Saturday. Huskies athletes won six men’s events and four women’s events on the day.

Men’s wins came in the following events:
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Lakers Top Tech 72-56 in Men’s Hoops

Video: Coach Luke Interview

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — A 10-minute scoring drought in the second half doomed Michigan Tech in its 72-56 loss at Lake Superior State today. The game was tied 34-all with 17 minutes to play before LSSU went on a 23-0 run to take control.

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