Sweeping Success: Detroit-Area Industry Alumni Connect to Curl

Winter Carnival curling competition began Tuesday (Jan. 27), but lower Michigan alumni who gathered at the Detroit Curling Club earlier last month weren't waiting to celebrate tradition and fuel Husky pride.

“Don’t throw a stone when no one’s watching; we don’t want this to turn into human bowling.” 

To a regular group of curling newbies, such advice from an instructor would be carefully regarded. But when the would-be players are Michigan Tech alumni—who fondly remember human ice bowling, broomball and other full-contact winter traditions—the warning receives knowing looks and chuckles.

Last month, 32 Tech alumni—all employed by four of the Detroit area’s largest original equipment manufacturers (OEMs): Ford, General Motors, FCA and Toyota—came together at the Detroit Curling Club for an evening of beginner curling and good old-fashioned north country competition.

Read the full story on the Michigan Tech News Website.

Call for Proposals: MTRAC Transportation $100K Award

The University of Michigan MTRAC Innovation Hub for Advanced Transportation announced the 2018 Call for Proposals. Receive up to $100,000 for further development and commercialization of your research. This program targets transportation technologies that address future or poorly met market needs in areas such as:

  • Advanced transportation materials
  • Robotics and autonomy
  • Sensors
  • Electric vehicle drivetrain propulsion
  • Software/controls/data
  • Advanced manufacturing processes

The deadline for proposal submission is March 13. More information is available online. Apply now.

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Program Director Eric Petersen or Brenda Da Costa.

Graduate School Emergency Fund Program

The Graduate School, the Alumni Board of Directors and the Graduate Student Government announce the launch of the Graduate School Emergency Fund Program (GSEFP).

Graduate students experiencing emergencies or other sources of financial hardship outside of their control may now apply to the GSEFP for small, short-term, non-interest University loans.

This new program will allow graduate students to further their educational goals regardless of unexpected life events. GSEFP loans are open to all graduate students currently enrolled in at least one graduate credit hour and in good academic and conduct standing. All students who fit these criteria are eligible to request one loan between $250 and $1,000 per academic year.

Applications will be reviewed by a committee composed of members of the Graduate School, Alumni Board of Directors, Graduate Student Government and Student Financial Services.

Get more information about the GSEFP or apply for an emergency loan online or email Jacque Smith.

Registration Open for Spring Basketball Tournaments

Registration is now open for the Doghouse 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament scheduled for Saturday, April 28, and the Middle School Basketball Tournament scheduled for April 7.

The Doghouse Classic is an original Michigan Tech event which saw its beginnings more than 25 years ago under the direction of Kevin Borseth, head women's basketball coach at the time. The Doghouse Classic was a long-standing tradition in the Houghton and Hancock area until 2007 and was reestablished in 2016.

Michigan Tech Recreation is excited for the opportunity to host the tournament and bring the Doghouse back to its former glory.

Divisions include:

  • Boy's and girl's grades 4-8
  • JV
  • Varsity
  • Men's Open
  • Women's Open

Cost is $80/team of four players. Deadline to register is April 3. For more information or to register, visit Doghouse.

The Middle School Basketball Tournament is a fun 5-on-5 tournament for boys and girls grades 5-8 that began in 2017. There are four divisions:

  • 5/6 grade girls
  • 5/6 grade boys
  • 7/8 grade girls
  • 7/8 grade boys

Cost is $150/team of up to 12 players. Deadline to register is March 19. For more information or to register, visit Middle School Basketball Tournament.

Winter Carnival Queens Coronation, Raffle Drawing Saturday

The Winter Carnival Queens Coronation is 7 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 3) in the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts. Comedian Adrew Sleighter will emcee the evening. 

This year's Queen candidates and their sponsors are:

  • Grace Carey — Army ROTC
  • Virginia Cistaro — St. Albert the Great Catholic Church and Chickadees
  • Greta Colford — Phi Kapp Tau and Maurices
  • Taylor DeWitt — Alpha Gamma Delta and Cyberia Cafe
  • Jessica Geroux — SWE and Celebrations
  • Amanda Marciniak — Regis Salon
  • Caroline Spezia — Suomi Restaurant
  • Cora Taylor — Delta Pho Epsilon and Swift True Value

In addition to the Queen coronation, the winners of Blue Key's Winter Carnival raffle will be chosen. This year's carnival theme is "Myths and Tales of the Past in our Frigid Forecast." More information on Winter Carnival is available online

Job Posting

Job Posting for Thursday, February 1, 2018

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in Human Resources. For more information regarding staff positions, call 7-2280 or email jobs@mtu.edu. For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

Custodian, ​Facilities. ​AFSCME Posting 2/1/2018 - 2/7/2018. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. ​Apply online.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.


First HuskyLEAD of Semester is Tonight

The first HuskyLead of the Spring Semester is at 6 p.m. tonight (Feb. 1) in Memorial Union Alumni Lounge A. HuskyLEAD is a series of hour-long workshops that help Michigan Tech students develop personal, professional, academic and organizational leadership skills. The workshops are free and open to everyone. Attendance is taken at the workshops and can be forwarded to faculty who assign them as a supplement to their curriculum.

Tonight's topic is, "Know Your Role—Tips for Leading and Following in a Team." An effective team uses all members to get the most out of each person. We will focus on finding your fit in a team and skills that you can use with any group. This session will involve audience participation for most of the activities. The presenters are Jared Johnson and the Outdoor Adventure Team. For more information, visit the HuskyLEAD website. If you have any questions or comments about the workshops, email Rochelle Spencer or Maryann Wilcox or call 7-1963.


Winter Carnival Raffle

The Winter Carnival 2018 Raffle to support Blue Key Honor Society is now open with tickets available from Blue Key representatives or online. Tickets are $5, with the winners selected at the Queens Coronation taking place at 7 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 3) in the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts. You do not need to be present to win. 

The grand prize this year is a Magnuson Hotel Franklin Square Inn getaway package. For details, including the full list of prizes, see the original Tech Today article.


Café Français Today

Café Français meets from 5 to 6 p.m. every Thursday in Walker 120C. Join us for an hour of laid-back conversation in a francophone setting. Snacks and light refreshments will be provided. Any levels welcome.


ICC Seminar Today

The Institute of Computing and Cybersystems (ICC) will host a seminar from 1 to 2 p.m. today (Feb. 1) in Rekhi 101. ICC member and associate professor Elizabeth Veinott (CLS) will present "Developing Problem Solving Skills in STEM Students: From Dragon Slaying to Sensemaking."

The abstract can be found online. Refreshments will be served.


Cubed Luncheon Today

This week's C-Cubed luncheons take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today and tomorrow (Feb. 1/2) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited. The buffet lunch is $10 per person. Cash, credit cards and C-Cubed gift certificates (available in the Memorial Union office) are accepted. Find more information and share C-Cubed feedback online. To join the C-Cubed Google Group and receive weekly menus, email lharry@mtu.edu.

The menu:


  • Butter Chicken (GF)
  • Butter Tofu (GF, V)
  • Boondi Raita (GF, V)
  • Grilled Flatbread (V)
  • Onion Tomato Salad (GF, VE)

(GF, VE) V- Vegetarian, VE-Vegan, Vegetarian, GF- Gluten Free

In Print

Industrial Heritage and Archeology PhD graduate John Arnold and Don Lafreniere (SS/GLRC) published the article: "Creating a Longitudinal, Data-driven 3D Model of Change Over Time in a Postindustrial Landscape Using GIS and CityEngine," in the Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development.


Don Lafreniere (SS/GLRC) recently published the “Routledge Companion to Spatial History (Routledge, UK, 2018, 636 pp.), which he co-edited with Ian Gregory (Lancaster University, UK) and Don Debats (Flinders University, Australia).

Lafreniere also co-authored three chapters of the 28-chapter volume: "Introduction" (chapter 1), "Following Workers of the Industrial City across a Decade: Residential, Occupational, and Workplace Mobilities" (chapter 14), and "'A city of the white race occupies its place': Kanaka Row, Chinatown, and the Indian Quarter in Victorian Victoria" (chapter 15).