September 27, 2016, Vol. 23, No. 2

What Makes Students Say “This Place is for Me?” Real Students, Real Stories, Remarkable Campus Tours

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Flashback to my senior year of high school and the piles (piles!) of mail, brochures, and form letters from colleges across the country. Somehow, out of this heap of marketing materials, Michigan Tech rose to the top of the pile—and my list—as the school I would attend to study business administration in the early 1990s.

Now, as Director of Admissions, I have the privilege of leading an extraordinary team of admissions professionals who are passionate and excited to share stories of current students with those starting their college search.

Fall 2016 is a banner year for Michigan Tech. We enrolled the largest—and smartest—class of students since 1983. They are also the most diverse and the most female in University history. They are smart, hard-working, motivated, and passionate. And they aren’t here just to learn. They want to build, create, lead, and solve problems. Some still want to get as far away from home as possible and still pay in-state tuition.

For the past several years, we have been able to focus on female and diversity recruitment. We collaborate with departments across campus to communicate and create visit events like Women in Computing Day and the Women’s Leadership Institute. Faculty, staff, and administration supports visit days like Open House and Preview Day—Saturdays everyone is out in full force with hearts full of Husky Pride showing visitors it was worth the trip.

We have a team of student ambassadors leading remarkable campus tours, calling prospective students, and sharing stories with admissions staff so we are armed with a toolkit of real experiences to share with families—not just buzzwords like “experiential learning” or “hands-on education.”

The success we’ve seen isn’t about glossy brochures or integrated marketing. It’s about being real. We embrace who we are, where we are, and aren’t afraid to tell students that Tech is hard, but it’s worth it…”just look what you can do!” Most importantly, we talk about the value of a Michigan Tech education—highlighting how the experiences lead to outstanding outcomes.

My decision to attend Michigan Tech didn’t have anything to do with marketing materials, rankings, career placement, or statistics. It was the campus tour. Every conversation we have with prospective students includes an invitation to visit campus because we know it makes a difference. Colleges all look the same online and through the mail. But the feeling a student gets when they realize this is the school for them…that’s real. That’s Michigan Tech.

Do you know a student who should consider Michigan Tech? Sign them up for our mailing list! We’d love to be in touch.

Allison Granik Carter ’95
Director, Admissions

At Tech


Michigan Tech’s US News Undergraduate Ranking Rises

In rankings released last week, Michigan Tech placed well into the top half of public universities, ranking 53rd in the nation out of 130 public universities.  Last year Michigan Tech ranked 59th.   

In the overall rankings of 280 public and private national universities, Tech ranks 118th this year, compared to 123rd last year. National . . . [ Full Story ]


GUIDE-seq: A DNA Duct Tape to mark the DNA Damage

GUIDE-Seq deals with DNA double-strand breaks (DSB) and stands for genome-wide unbiased identification of DSBs evaluated by sequencing. Basically, the technology seeks out damage hotspots where duct tape-like DNA fragments can seal the damaged DNA and leave an identifiable mark there. Oftentimes, these repairs are like duct tape fixes at home—they’re not always perfect. GUIDE-Seq . . . [ Full Story ]


Silicon Valley, MTRAC Help Fast-Track Commercialization of Tech Research

This is a key to early career success because graduate students help generate new knowledge, and new knowledge leads to research publications, the gold standard of professional recognition.  But Xiaohu Xia, an assistant professor in Michigan Tech’s Department of Chemistry, knew that he was not likely to do things in the normal fashion when he . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Around the World


Detroit Area Alumni Enjoy Third Thursdays

Each month an alumnus or alumna from the Detroit Chapter volunteers to host a social in Detroit or the surrounding area. More than 50 alumni and friends gathered for the September Third Thursday social at Michigan Beer Company in Novi, Michigan. Many thanks to our host for the evening Robert Morikawa ’99.

In October . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Profile

Steven M. Green ’14


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 ]

Tech Sports


Countdown to Faceoff

The 2016-17 Michigan Tech hockey season begins in four days. will count you down to the opening faceoff on October 1 at Minnesota Duluth.

Todd Kiilunen was the last addition to the roster. The freshman defenseman is from Brighton, Michigan. He played the last two seasons with Victory Honda in the TIER 1 Elite . . . [ Full Story ]


Volleyball Sweeps Tiffin, Splits Weekend in Ohio

The Michigan Tech volleyball team earned a GLIAC weekend split with a 3-0 sweep at Tiffin on Saturday (Sept. 24). The Huskies won 25-21, 25-23 and 25-15.

“I was happy with how we responded to last night’s five-setter by coming out and beating a very dangerous Tiffin team,” Tech coach Matt Jennings. “By taking control . . . [ Full Story ]


Huskies Stumble at Hillsdale

The Michigan Tech football team suffered a 51-24 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference loss at Hillsdale Saturday afternoon. The Huskies were forced to play catchup most of the game and got to within three points at 27-24 late in the third quarter before the Chargers pulled away with 24 unanswered points.

“Hillsdale simply outplayed . . . [ Full Story ]


Strong Defense and First Half Goal Power Huskies to 5th Straight Win

The Michigan Tech soccer team opened up the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference schedule with a 1-0 victory over Ferris St. Friday night at Sherman Field. It was the fifth straight win for the Huskies, with all five outcomes being decided by one goal.

“This was a really good team effort for us tonight,” . . . [ Full Story ]

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Best Place to Grab a Bite

With Homecoming and Family Weekend in a few days, it’s likely returning Huskies (and families of current Huskies) will enjoy eating out at least once while they’re here.

What are your favorite local dining spots, Huskies? Have a memorable dining experience from your time in Houghton to share with us?

From the Email Bag

Alumni Look for Athletic Trainers and Share Memories

A message to all Michigan Tech Student Athletic Trainer Alumni,

It has been 25 years since we left Michigan Tech, but hardly a week goes by that we are not in touch with friends from that time, or remembering some course work or outside activity.

There were multiple outside activities and one of the . . . [ Full Story ]

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