October 11, 2016, Vol. 23, No. 3

Career Fair to Classrooms, Huskies Leave it All on the Course

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As Career Fair week slowed its roll, this is the first time each fall many of us have a second to catch our breath and reflect on the joyous cyclone that’s been the past six to seven weeks.

It seems about two hours ago that we helped move in the largest incoming undergraduate class since Michael Jackson overshared about Billy Jean. As a boy raised in Indiana and Ohio farm towns, the events each fall speeding past remind me of the rows of corn in my peripheral vision on a long stretch of highway: Move-In, Welcome Week, K-Day, Parade of Nations, Open House. And so we found ourselves at Career Fair week.

When, thanks to many of you who come back to Houghton to recruit for your own companies, we got to see all of these smart, motivated, and adventurous students who usually are sporting convertible camping pants and Timbuk2 backpacks wiggle into their unfamiliar dress clothes, spend more than a few seconds tending to their hair, and are suddenly modeling personalized leather executive portfolios. A Tony Soprano dream sequence of sorts, never failing to surprise but disorient me at the same time.

For me, it’s a “where the heck am I?” moment every time. One of the best days of the year, and it’s good to see our students stretch themselves, perhaps doing something a bit uncomfortable for the first time.

Autumn on campus can be exhausting, but the sort of exhaustion that comes from exhilaration and feelings of accomplishment.

One last thought. My daughter, Maddy, runs for her high school cross country team. Last season, her junior year, she made the UP state finals. After she crossed the finish line she hopped, skipped, and jumped her way up to my wife and me dancing with excitement to proclaim that she had easily bested her personal record. And while we were proud of her, we also wondered how much of that energy might have been better employed a few seconds earlier during the race.

This year it clicked with Maddy. She’s leaving it all out on the course … and she’s discovered how much more rewarding that can be. I was listening to a podcast the other day about running as spiritual practice, one quote really resonated with me, “The blessings are only found outside your comfort zone.” Maddy’s figured that out.

All of this is to say that it is so evident to me that so many our students have figured that as well. I’m thankful that they continuing to push over the edge of the comfort zones in service of their education. And I am richly rewarded by seeing the blessings those efforts bring them.

John Lehman

John Lehman
Associate Vice President, Enrollment and University Relations

At Tech


Portage Health Foundation Supports Health Tech Innovation

Bones respond to mechanical forces. Just the right amount of pressure actually helps them grow better after, say, a knee implant surgery or a bone fracture following a car accident.

“In a big injury, the bones cannot heal themselves and they need a fixation plate,” Ong says. “What I’m trying to do is make that . . . [ Full Story ]

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Computer Science Program in Top 25 in Nation

PayScale, a compensation analysis website, has announced the top 25 university computer science programs in the country and Michigan Tech was No. 18.

In its 2016-17 College Salary Report, Payscale ranked 171 colleges and universities with computer science programs based on the median early-career and mid-career pay of the schools’ computer science alumni. Tech’s early-career . . . [ Full Story ]

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Unscripted: What’s New on Campus?

Unscripted science rolls off the tongue. Welcome to a venue where we informally talk show about campus research. Here, we discuss breaking news, technology trends, behind-the-scenes progress, and just plain geek out.

This is a place where metaphor and methodology meet. Where curiosity inspires conversation, art, and science. We write the research you can’t find . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Around the World

Tell Us About Exceptional Alumni and Friends

The Michigan Tech Alumni Board is now accepting nominations for the 2017 awards. Honor your fellow alumni by nominating them for their achievements! Our five awards are:

Outstanding Young Alumni Award
Honorary Alumni Award
Outstanding Service Award
Distinguished Alumni Award
Humanitarian Award

We encourage you to reach out to your alumni
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Superior Ideas

Superior Ideas: CS4ALL

Computer Science is essential for every 21st-century student, yet K-12 teachers have little support for getting up to speed in this field. Our program brings the teaching expertise of Michigan Tech’s Computer Science Department to students in the Copper Country, and it nurtures a community of teachers helping one another bring coding experience to their . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Profile

Becky (Peterson) Gatzke ’98


Why did you choose Michigan Tech? Academic reputation, size, location How well did Michigan Tech prepare you for your career? I felt well-prepared to take on the different challenges that arise in my daily work. While learning certainly doesn’t end after school, my formal education gave me the confidence that I could handle whatever was . . . [ Full Story ]

Tech Sports

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Michigan Tech Ranked 14th All Time Best College Hockey Program

HERO Sports has ranked Michigan Tech No. 14 in its recent Top 25 College Hockey Programs of All Time article. HERO Sports used a scoring system that took into consideration all-time winning percentage, NCAA tournament appearances, Frozen Four appearances, National Championships, Hobey Baker Award winners, Penrose Award recipients, and number of First Team All-Americans.

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Huskies Record Impressive 3-0 GLIAC Win at Northwood

MIDLAND, Mich. – The Michigan Tech soccer team closed the weekend with 3-0 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference shutout victory at Northwood University on Sunday afternoon. The Huskies posted a season high in goals and two quick scores midway through the first half swung the momentum in their favor for the rest of the match.

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Blue Line Luncheon

Blue Line Club Luncheon Set for Friday with John Scott Present

HOUGHTON, Mich. – The Michigan Tech Blue Line Club will be hosting the first of its luncheons for the 2016-17 season this Friday, October 14 at noon in the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. The Huskies host John Scott Night in their home-opener against Alabama Huntsville.

Coach Mel Pearson will talk about the upcoming season and . . . [ Full Story ]

Cross Country

Michigan Tech Cross Country Logs 8th Place Finishes at Lewis

ROMEOVILLE, Ill. – The Michigan Tech men’s and women’s cross country teams both finished eighth at the Lewis Conference Crossover hosted by Lewis University on Saturday. The women turned in an average time of 23:32.06 while the top five runners for the men recorded an average time of 25:55.00.

“It was a very competitive . . . [ Full Story ]


Tennis Splits Weekend Downstate

DETROIT, Mich. – The Michigan Tech women’s tennis team fell in a close 5-4 match at Wayne State on Saturday (Oct. 8). The Huskies won three singles matches and a doubles match.

“We came ready today and played well,” Tech coach Kevin Kalinec said. “The match came down to one set in number four singles. . . . [ Full Story ]

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Minnesota State Defeats Huskies

MANKATO, Minn. – The No. 17-ranked Michigan Tech hockey team suffered a 3-0 loss to No. 19 Minnesota State last Saturday (Oct. 8) at the Verizon Wireless Center. The Huskies make their season debut at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena this weekend (Oct. 14-15) against Alabama Huntsville.

“If you don’t score goals you aren’t . . . [ Full Story ]

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Hitting the Books

Fall colors are at their peak. Temperatures are dropping. And Huskies on campus are entering one of the most challenging stretches of the year—from Family Weekend/Homecoming until Thanksgiving break. Do you remember this time of year? What are your favorite memories of fall in the Keweenaw?

From the Email Bag

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Mailbag: Shark Tank Success and Bragging Rights

MTU Alumni Office,

Craig Beinecke is Michigan Tech grad and along with his business partner, appeared on Shark Tank last week. They were awarded $ 500,000 from one of the “sharks” towards their product. Thought other alumni might be interested.

Bruce Bolt
BSME 1992

Subject: PKT/MKM on Shark Tank

I am happy to share
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Is Your Home Ready for Winter, Huskies?

As winter approaches, it’s time to make sure that your home is protected from the cold, and that your heating system and fireplace are prepped and primed to keep you cozy.

Sealing your windows is a good way to improve your heating efficiency and to make sure you’ll stay warm. It’s advisable to do this before freezing temperatures hit, as ice-cold windows are tougher to seal properly. Using window seals in conjunction with layered curtains helps keep your home insulated for optimal comfort. Draft snakes are long pillows that block cold air and also help insulate doors and windows.

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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.