July 4, 2017, Vol. 23, No. 22

Study then Hike, Canoe, Swim. Summer in the Keweenaw


Life in the Keweenaw for many Michigan Tech students this summer includes classes, studying, and research. The second section of summer classes just got underway. Summer courses are rigorous, 14 weeks of content is covered in 7 weeks.

But students who spend a summer in the Keweenaw experience different weather and a different pace.

The sun sets at 10 p.m. and rises at 6 a.m.

Life is more carefree…parkas and snow boots have given way to T-shirts and sandals.

There’s green grass, leaves on the trees, and snow and ice are distant memories.

Sure, you study and research and pass your finals, but there’s food to grill, parades to watch, and sunsets at Lake Superior.

So what about you? Did you spend a summer or two at Michigan Tech? Tell us your summer UP stories.

Or better yet, come back to Michigan Tech this summer. Join us for Reunion 2017. Celebrate. Remember. Reconnect.

We look forward to welcoming you back.


At Tech


Merelaniite Named Mineral of the Year

The mineral was first noted by a teenage student and her father working with a Smithsonian mineralogist; to prove the mineral was truly new, an international team of scientists put the samples through a battery of tests.

The team includes John Jaszczak, a professor of physics at Michigan Technological University, Mike Rumsey, senior curator at . . . [ Full Story ]


Excavating the Narratives of the Past

For the 19th-century ship captains who steered vessels into the bustling port of Copper Harbor, avoiding the submerged rocks required elaborate maneuvers, and it became evident that the lighthouse simply wasn’t enough to ensure boats make safe harbor.


Michigan Tech Named a Top Online School for Women in STEM

by Jennifer Donovan

SR Education Group, an online education research publisher, has named Michigan Tech one of the 2017 Top Online Colleges for Women in STEM.

To develop this list, SR Education Group researched all accredited colleges offering at least 10 fully online STEM degrees, evaluating them on factors indicative of support for . . . [ Full Story ]


Chris Brooks Named Assistant Hockey Coach

Michigan Tech head hockey coach Joe Shawhan announced the hiring of Chris Brooks as an assistant coach on Monday (June 26). Brooks joins the Huskies from the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point where he was the head coach of the Pointers over the past six seasons, leading the team to three straight NCAA Division III Frozen . . . [ Full Story ]


An Unforgettable Journey

The Michigan Tech Concert Choir, along with friends and family, spent two weeks sharing their music with the people of South Africa. What they received in return, was life changing.

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Michigan Tech Board of Trustees Chooses Firm to Assist in Search for New President

By Mark Wilcox

The Michigan Technological University Board of Trustees has selected the firm of Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates to assist in the search for the University’s next president. At a special meeting June 30, the board selected the firm, headquartered in Media, Pennsylvania and Whittier, California, on a unanimous vote. The special video-conference meeting was . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Around the World


Celebrate the Women of Michigan Tech. T-shirts for Sale.

Celebrate the Women of Michigan Tech. T-shirts available in black, pink and gray. Show your pride, Huskies. Purchase here.

A private cocktail party with Michigan Tech’s Executive Chef, Eric Karvonen. A photo shoot with Brockit Photography. A women’s basketball VIP experience. All of these items are featured as winning items during the Women . . . [ Full Story ]


Jason Carter ’00 ’03 Named an Inaugural Research Leader Fellow

by Jenn Donovan

Jason Carter ’00 ’03, chair of kinesiology and integrative physiology, has been named one of eight inaugural research leader fellows by the Association for Public and Land-grant Universities’(APLU) Council on Research.

The program is a new research leadership development initiative of the APLU. Other inaugural fellows are Kevin Gardner, University of New . . . [ Full Story ]

Nathaniel Gbessagee ’12 Named President of Grand Bassa Community College

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has appointed Michigan Tech alumnus Nathaniel Gbessagee ’12 as president of Grand Bassa Community College, three miles north of Buchanan on Liberia’s Atlantic coast.

Gbessagee received his PhD in rhetoric and technical communication from Michigan Tech in 2012. His dissertation research focused on improving risk communication about malaria in Liberia.

. . . [ Full Story ]
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Register Today for Reunion 2017

Campus Tours. The Pasty Picnic. Explore the Keweenaw.

Bring your family and return to Michigan Tech. Register today for Reunion 2017: August 3-5.

Events include Pep Band 50ish Reunion, Women of Michigan Tech social, Men’s Basketball alumni game, Research Vessel Agassiv research boat tours, 5K Run/Walk, Outdoor Adventure Programs, historical campus tours, and the . . . [ Full Story ]


Discover. Explore. Register for Michigan Tech Family U

Join us on Wednesday, August 2 for generations to come together for a day of fun and learning at Michigan Tech.

Family U, a day that brings generations together for fun and learning on the campus of Michigan Tech. Discover the properties of copper, explore a skeleton using forensic science, meet new friends, and introduce . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Profile

Supporter. Donor. Michigan Tech Huskies Fan


Jim Sarazin has donated every year for almost 40 years to Michigan Technological University and the last 20 of those years have been a member of the President Club. Supporting Michigan Tech in many ways is a part of Sarazin’s life. Read more.

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Swim. Canoe. Fish. Summer in the Keweenaw

Summer is here in the Keweenaw. Recently, my family and I sunk our toes in the sand at Great Sand Bay while munching on cream cheese poundcake muffins (my favorite) from the Jampot.

Sun, sand, and clear, cold Lake Superior. Beautiful and breathtaking and one way we are spending our first summer in the north.

. . . [ Full Story ]

From the Email Bag

Ketchup or Gravy on Your Pasty? The Debate Continues

We asked ketchup or gravy on your pasty. And, you responded. From the responses we received,

The Koffee Kup in Hancock was the best place for a pasty in the 1950s. It was 50 cents with a glass of milk. Ketchup? Yuk! Gravy? That’s the way to go. By the way, I hope the . . . [ Full Story ]

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Around the Keweenaw

Job Opportunities

On Campus

Miss the great Keweenaw lifestyle? If you’re looking for a way to get back to this awesome corner of the world, check out these positions available right here at Michigan Tech.

View a listing of our on-campus career opportunities.