Professor Emerita Glenda Gill Passes Away

Michigan Tech Humanities Professor Emerita Glenda Gill passed away Jan. 27, in Huntsville, Alabama at the age of 78. Gill, who taught at Michigan Tech from 1990 until her retirement in 2006, was a well-respected drama instructor and theatre historian. 

Born in Clarksville, Tennessee and raised in Normal, Alabama, Gill graduated from Alabama A&M University, received her MA from Wisconsin-Madison and earned her PhD in English and Theatre from the University of Iowa. She focused much of her research on the dynamics of race, gender and class and how they intersect with the African-American in the performing arts, especially in non-traditional roles. 

Gill was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 1993 and to full professor in 2000. Former Michigan Tech Provost Max Seel was dean of the College of Sciences and Arts during this time. "Our tenure and promotion process is a vigorous one," Seel says. "Being tenured and promoted is a recognition of hard work well done. Dr. Gill was recognized for her effectiveness in the classroom, her achievements in research and in her professional field and her overall contributions to our University's  programs. May she rest in peace."

Prior to her arrival at Michigan Tech Gill was head of Tuskegee University's Department of English. A particular area of expertise focused on African-American actors in Shakespearian roles. Gill was frequently published and often cited in theatre journals. She is the author of "White Grease Paint on Black Performers: A Study of the Federal Theatre, 1935-1939," "No Surrender! No Retreat! African American Pioneer Performers of Twentieth-Century American Theatre" and "The Transforming Power of Performing the Classics in Chocolate, 1949-1954."

In 2011, she was the subject of an extensive Q&A profile in the American Society for Theatre Research website. Also in 2011, she was inducted into the Consortium of Doctors, a group of African American women who have completed doctoral degrees and have made extraordinary contributions to society. 

Her awards and accolades included fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She was a recipient of a Michigan Tech Faculty Grant Scholarship Award in the 1999-2000 academic year.

Funeral services for Professor Glenda Gill will be held at 11 a.m. today at the First Missionary Baptist Church with burial in Oakwood Memorial Gardens, both in Huntsville, Alabama. 

Farm Sunshine, Not Cancer: Replacing Tobacco Fields with Solar Arrays

Michigan Tech researchers contend that tobacco farmers could increase profits by converting their land to solar farms, which in turn provides renewable energy generation.

Although tobacco use is the leading cause of avoidable death globally, farming tobacco continues to provide the primary source of income to many farmers. But two Michigan Technological University researchers contend that converting tobacco fields to solar farms could profitably serve two purposes: Reduce preventable deaths and meet the growing need for solar energy to combat climate change.

Read the rest of the story on the Michigan Tech news website.

College of Sciences and Arts Dean Candidate Open Forum Today

College of Sciences and Arts dean candidate, David Hemmer, chair of the mathematics department at University of Buffalo SUNY, is on campus this week. 2018. He will present his administrative philosophy and vision for CSA at an open forum at 3 p.m. today, (Feb. 6), in Fisher 135. Information on all candidates and open forum information can be viewed here.

An ISO login is required to view resumes and provide comment. The CSA open forum will be video recorded and can be viewed at other times from the website. The Dean Search Committee encourages the campus community to interact with each candidate during the interviews and to provide feedback by completing the anonymous comment form provided at the website. Comments and opinions may be submitted online or by contacting members of the search committee, who are included on the website. For questions or comments about the dean candidates or the search process, contact the committee chair Jared Anderson or call 7-2143 or committee associate chair Will Cantrell, 7-2356.

Making an Impact. Creating the Future. Ron and Linda Staley

Helping to attract and develop the best educators for engineering management at Michigan Technological University is one of the reasons Ron and Linda Staley have made a recent gift to the School of Business and Economics.

The couple created the Staley Endowed Faculty Fellow for the continued growth of the new Bachelor of Science in Engineering Management degree.

“A single scholarship can make a major difference to a single student, allowing the financial means to achieve their college education,” Staley says. “However, that great professor who really helps you learn, who inspires you, whose knowledge sharing can turn into something special and be a path for your future career, that professor is the game changer to potentially hundreds of students. Linda and I appreciate those who make their career in educating our future leaders and want to help support those individuals at Michigan Tech.”

Staley says when classmate and professor Dana Johnson and Dean Johnson, dean of the School of Business and Economics, shared their vision for the new degree program, he saw great potential for students.

To Staley, it is exactly the path Michigan Tech helped him create when he earned an associate’s degree in civil engineering technology in 1977 and a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1980.

“A degree in engineering management can be used in so many engineering fields that I wanted to support the program,” Staley says. “It’s that combination of technical knowledge and business acumen that I believe is so important to all engineers.”

Working on engines, old cars and motorcycles led Staley to a career in engineering. He has worked for more than 30 years with the Christman Company where he specializes in historic preservation for monumental buildings. He serves as the senior vice president, regional manager for southeast Michigan and executive director of historic preservation.

To read the whole story, see the article on Tech's Giving blog.

Don't Miss the All Nighter Live Blog

Enjoy all the Husky traditions—broomball to statues—from the comfort of your warm living room—or wherever in the world you are. Stop by the All Nighter Live Blog beginning 7 p.m. (EST) tomorrow (Feb. 7).

Students and staff from across campus will share Winter Carnival excitement with the world! Interact with live bloggers by using #mtuwc on social media.

UMC invites you to share this information and website with your audiences, too.

Volunteers Needed for Resume Blitz

Volunteers are needed to help students prepare for Spring Career Fair. Starting at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb.16 in MUB Commons, Résumé Blitz volunteers will work with students, one-on-one, to review hard copies of student résumés. As a volunteer, your first impression will provide students with honest and valuable feedback. Career Services will also provide volunteers with a sample résumé guide and résumé writing tips. All campus professionals are welcome to volunteer. Sign-up times are available in one-hour increments. 

This Week's C-Cubed Lunches

This week's C-Cubed luncheons take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday (Feb. 8/9) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited.

The C-Cubed lunch buffet menus are created by Executive Chef Eric Karvonen, and prepared by Karvonen and his culinary team. As the name suggests, the meals are meant to foster conversation, community and collegiality. Attendees may bring their own lunch instead of purchasing the buffet. Fruit-infused water, coffee, tea, cookies and fruit are available free to all attendees.

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

The menus:

Thursday, February 8

  • Thai Chicken Curry (GF)
  • Thai Tofu Curry(GF, VE)
  • Jasmine Rice (GF, VE)
  • Gingery Kale Salad with Peanut Dressing (GF, VE)

Friday, February 9

  • Old Fashioned Beef Pot Roast
  • Portobello Pot Roast (GF, VE)
  • Mashed Potatoes (GF, V)
  • Salad Bar (GF)

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

Film Board Presents "Thor: Ragnarok"

This weekend Michigan Tech Film Board presents "Thor: Ragnarok." Imprisoned on the other side of the universe, the mighty Thor finds himself in a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against the Hulk, his former ally and fellow Avenger. Thor's quest for survival leads him in a race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home world and the Asgardian civilization.

Show times:

  • Friday, 5:30, 8:30 and 11:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, 2:30, 5:30, 8:30 and 11:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, 2:30 and 5:30 p.m.
Located on Michigan Tech's campus in Fisher 135. Tickets are $3 and concessions are $1 each. We hope to see you at the show this weekend and enjoy Winter Carnival this week.
"Thor: Ragnarok" is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action and brief suggestive material.

This Week in Huskies Sports

Last Week in Review

Hockey split its final road series of the season at No. 14 Bowling Green over the weekend. The Falcons won 7-2 Friday and the Huskies shutout the home team 4-0 Saturday. Jake Lucchini had three goals and two assists on the weekend (See related story).

Alex Smith had a goal and an assist Friday while Gavin Gould did Saturday. Mark Auk also scored Saturday. Robbie Beydoun made 26 saves Saturday for his second shutout of the season. Tech is 14-12-5 overall and 10-9-5-2 in the WCHA and returns home for five of its final six regular season games, starting this weekend against Bemidji State in the annual Winter Carnival series. The puck drops Friday at 7:07 p.m. and Saturday at 5:07 p.m.

The No. 17-ranked women's basketball team pushed its winning streak to four games with a pair of victories at home over the weekend. The Huskies took down No. 24 Grand Valley State 68-61 Thursday. Brenna Heise (16), Hannah Stoll (15) and Lindsay Winter (14) scored in double figures. Tech held Purdue Northwest to only 11 first-half points and won 64-38 Saturday. Ten Huskies found the score sheet with Heise's 23 leading the way. Tech is 18-3 overall and 12-2 in the GLIAC and plays its final road games of the regular season at Saginaw Valley State Thursday and Northwood Saturday.

Men's basketball won both games over the weekend at the SDC gym to improve to 12-9 overall and 9-5 in the GLIAC. The Huskies defeated Grand Valley State 77-75 as Bryan Heath (23) and Kyle Monroe (22) hit the 20-point mark. Heath then scored his 1,000th career point Saturday in a 72-46 win over Purdue Northwest, finishing with 17 on the afternoon. Monroe (20) and Dawson Bilski (18) also hit double figures against the Panthers. The Huskies take their five-game winning streak on the road to Saginaw Valley State Thursday and Northwood Saturday for the final road trip of the regular season.

The Nordic ski teams hosted CCSA races at the Tech Trails. In the men's 10-kilometer classic on Saturday, Tom Bye (third), Gaspard Cuenot (fifth), Reid Goble (seventh) and Mitch DeLong (10th) all placed in the top 10. Amanda Kautzer and Sarah Goble finished seventh and eighth in the women's 5K. Cuenot won Sunday's 20K freestyle with DeLong (third) Patrick Acton (fourth), Daniel Wood (sixth), Bye (eighth) and Goble (ninth) also in the top 10.

Sarah Goble was fourth and Amanda Kautzer sixth in the women's 15k freestyle. The Huskies will be back on the road next weekend at the CCSA Championship races in Rhinelander, Wisconsin on the Cavoc Trails. The Huskies will compete in a 5/10K classic race Saturday and a 15/20K freestyle race Sunday.



Huskies Drive Time, 7:30-8 a.m. 93.5

Women's Basketball at Saginaw Valley State, 6 p.m. on 93.5 FM
Men's Basketball at Saginaw Valley State, 8 p.m. on 93.5 FM

Blue Line Lunch, Noon at MacInnes Student Ice Arena
Hockey vs. Bemidji State, 7:07 p.m. at MacInnes Student Ice Arena on 93.5

Nordic Skiing at CCSA Championship (Rhinelander)
Women's Basketball at Northwood, 1 p.m. on 93.5 FM
Men's Basketball at Northwood, 3 p.m. on 93.5
Hockey vs. Bemidji State, 5:07 p.m. at MacInnes Student Ice Arena on 93.5

Nordic Skiing at CCSA Championship (Rhinelander)

Lucchini Named Player of the Week

Michigan Tech forward Jake Lucchini was named the WCHA Offensive Player of the Week Monday (Feb. 5). Lucchini tied for the league lead with five points during last weekend's series at Bowling Green.

The junior from Trail, British Columbia scored the Huskies' second goal in Friday's loss and then factored into all four goals in Saturday's 4-0 shutout of the No. 14 Falcons. The alternate captain buried the second and fourth goals for his team-leading 10th of the season and the first multi-goal game of his career. He also assisted on Gavin Gould's game-winning tally in the first period and Mark Auk's power-play goal in the second. Lucchini leads Tech with 24 points on 10 goals and 14 assists. The Huskies are 12-3-0 when he records a point and 10-0-0 when he assists on a goal.

Tech is 14-12-5 overall and 10-9-5-2 in the WCHA and returns home for five of its final six regular season games, starting this weekend against Bemidji State in the annual Winter Carnival series. The puck drops Friday at 7:07 p.m. and Saturday at 5:07 p.m.

Heise Named Player of the Week

Michigan Tech senior Brenna Heise has been selected as the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference North Division Player of the Week for the second time this season. Heise helped lead the Huskies wins over No. 24 Grand Valley State 68-61 and Purdue Northwest 64-38 last week. Heise also earned Player of the Week honors on Nov. 27.

Heise, from New London, Wisconsin, averaged 19.5 points per game and scored 23 pints in the win over Purdue Northwest on Saturday. She opened the week by recording her first double-double of the season Thursday against Grand Valley State thanks to 16 points and 10 rebounds. Heise converted 55.6 percent of her shots from the field (15-27) and was a perfect 6 for 6 at the free throw line in the two games combined. In addition, she ended up averaging 7.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game for the week.

On the season, Heise leads the team in scoring at 12.5 points per game while averaging 4.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists per contest. Heise's field goal percentage for the year going into this week stands at 51.5 percent and at the charity stripe she has been successful on 86.8 percent of her opportunities.

Michigan Tech will be back on the road next week when the team travels to Saginaw Valley State and Northwood for a pair of GLIAC contests. The Huskies will face Saginaw Valley State first at 6 p.m. Thursday followed by Northwood on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Final Blue Line Club of Season Friday

The Michigan Tech Blue Line Club will host the third and final lunch of the season on at noon Friday (Feb. 9) in the 'old' Blue Line Room outside of University Images. The event is open to the public.

Tech Head Coach Joe Shawhan and Bemidji State Head Coach Tom Serratore will be on hand to talk about their teams and the weekend's WCHA series.

Cost of the lunch is $10 per person with pasties, coleslaw, chocolate cake, coffee and water on the menu. RSVP to by  noon Thursday to reserve your seat.

Tech is 14-12-5 overall and 10-9-5-2 in the WCHA and returns home for five of its final six regular-season games, starting this weekend against Bemidji State in the annual Winter Carnival series. The puck drops at 7:07 p.m. Friday and 5:07 p.m. Saturday.

CDI presents Diverse Dialogues: "Thinking Outside the Box: Understanding Identity and Intersectionality"

What does diversity mean and why does it matter? This guided conversation will allow individuals to discuss the meaning of diversity and explore the multiple diversities that exist. Individuals will work to identify the relevance of their own cultural and social identities and leave with an enhanced understanding of how to embrace diversity in order to work more effectively across difference at Tech and within their respective communities.

The Diverse Dialogues series aims to provide opportunities for students, faculty and staff to have conversations about relevant issues of equity, diversity, inclusion, social justice and much more. They are designed to be an informal, yet guided gathering to allow participants to educate and learn from one another. While each dialogue in the series has a centralized theme, we want to encourage participants to determine where the conversations go. This series is meant to start the discussion on difficult topics and implore individuals to push their awareness, knowledge and action related to themes of diversity and inclusion.

Join us at noon Monday (Feb. 12) in MUB Ballroom B1 (and at the future Diverse Dialogues) and engage in meaningful campus dialogue around topics of diversity and inclusion. Bring your own lunch, light refreshments and beverages will be provided.

Library Offers Copyright Workshop for Instructors

Need to share a journal article with your class? What about a YouTube video? What is "Educational Fair Use?" Join us as we explore the need-to-know issues surrounding copyright and instruction. This 25-minute "lightning" workshop will cover best practices concerning copyright, licensing and fair use as well as the services the library provides to assist you with your instructional needs — with time to spare. The workshop will be held at 12:05 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13 in Library 242. Register here.


MSE Seminar Series

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering Seminar Series Speaker will be Stephen Morse (CEE). Morse's research focuses on the window glass strength, wind loads on structures and finite element analysis. He will present “Architectural and Structural Use of Glass, Current Methods and Future Challenges” from 11 a.m. to noon today (Feb. 6) in M&M 610. Refreshments provided. A full abstract can be found here.


Break to Educate with Sponsored Programs Today

Sponsored Programs invites you to a "Break to Educate" session. This event takes place at 10 a.m. today (Feb 6) in MUB Ballroom A1 (207A1). A few of the topics we plan to cover in this session are participant support changes, future changes in SPO/SPA, SPO's implementation of the two-tier deadline and miscellaneous questions. 

If you have any questions regarding our "Break to Educate" sessions and to RSVP, email


Coffee Chat: Explore, Engage, Evolve: Tools for Assisting Students Through Their Career Journey

Career Services is entering a new era with innovative programming and services provided for students and their career journey. As part of this transformation, collaboration across campus, especially with faculty, is key. The impact instructors have on student planning and decision making is critical, but is it intentional?
Join us for this Coffee Chat at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13 to hear about the newest initiatives, national recruiting trends and how a collaboration between faculty and career services can benefit student motivation and career readiness.
Coffee and light refreshments will be available to those who register by Friday (Feb. 9).
Parking During Winter Carnival

To accommodate the many visitors to campus during Winter Carnival, beginning at 4 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 7) the following lots will be available free of charge and will not require a parking permit:

  • Lot 9 (commuter lot by the Rozsa)
  • Lot 5 (graduate student lot by the Rozsa)
  • Lot 27 (visitor lot between the Administration Building and MUB)

Overnight parking—Visitors may park in Lot 9 (commuter lot by the Rozsa) without a permit. Additionally, there will be free parking at all metered areas throughout Winter Carnival.

Note that all residential and faculty/staff lots will still be monitored for proper permits.

Transportation Services will also run a Campus Parking Shuttle on Thursday and Friday, which will include service to Mont Ripley during their extended hours. The Winter Carnival Shuttle schedule can be viewed online.

The City and Lamers shuttles will run their normal routes with an additional Saturday campus loop from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

For any questions regarding Winter Carnival parking regulations or shuttle bus service, contact Transportation Services at or 7-1441.


In the News

Steve Patchin, director of Career Services, co-authored "Trends in STEM Recruiting- Predictions for 2018" with Valerie Quatrini of Carnegie Mellon University and Sarah Alspaw of Capitol Technology University. The article addresses recruitment trends at STEM institution-sponsored career fairs and increased corporate involvement and informal recruiting events on college campuses. The article was featured on the National Association of Colleges and Employers blog and is part of a STEM coalition series.


WJMN-TV ran a story on Snowman Left Behind, an effort coordinated by Michigan Tech's Undergraduate Student Government to break the Guinness World Record for most snowmen built in one hour.