Snowman Left Behind: Huskies Go for Guinness World Record

A new world record is at stake on Saturday (Feb. 10) when Michigan Tech students attempt to build more than 2,036 snowmen in one hour. They’re asking campus and community to help.

The attempt, officially registered by the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) with Guinness World Records, requires exact specifications and documented evidence. Each hand-made snowman (no tools, no advance preparation) must be at least three feet high, composed of three separate balls of vertically balanced snow, with two eyes, a nose and two arms.

USG will provide biodegradable eyes and noses and wooden arms, says events committee chairman John Nowosad. Independent witnesses will be Houghton City Manager Eric Waara and Carl Blair, a senior lecturer in history and archaeology at Michigan Tech.

Read the full story on the Michigan Tech News Website.

By the Numbers: Engineering A Snow Statue

Winter Carnival snow statues are a feat of snow and ice engineering. We look at how the statues are constructed, by the numbers.

Engineering the large and intricate snow statues that students make during Winter Carnival is a huge undertaking in terms of snow used, hours spent and secrets kept. This week on Unscripted, we ventured out in the cold to get the lowdown on how students create the snow statues that have made Michigan Tech’s Winter Carnival famous. Turns out, the process includes numerous closely guarded secrets. For example, where does the snow come from? The answer: Super-secret locations. Number of forms used: Several, but no specifics other than those in plain sight. Also secret until 8 a.m. after the all-nighter: Statue theme.

Read the rest of the story on Michigan Tech's Unscripted blog.

Making a Good Thing Better: An Acid Test that Won't Drown in Water

Michigan Tech chemist Haiying Liu (Chem) has discovered a way to make a standard medical research tool—cyanine dye—a lot more useful.

Near-infrared cyanine dyes are go-to tools for studying the inner workings of cells and investigating the biochemistry of disease, including cancer.

But even though they have low toxicity and plenty of applications, these fluorescent dyes have a weakness, says Liu. Put the dyes in water and they quit working. Their molecules clump together, or aggregate, which significantly reduces their brightness.

Liu and his team wondered if it had to be that way. “We thought it might be possible to use aggregation to turn on the dye’s fluorescence,” he says. “We wanted to turn a drawback into an advantage.” Read the full story on the Michigan Tech News Website.

Call for Feedback on CSA Dean Candidates

The candidates for the College of Sciences and Arts dean position have completed their visits to campus, and the search committee welcomes and encourages feedback.
Recordings of the candidate's open forum are available, feedback forms will be available through Monday (Feb. 12). Links to each of these are noted below.


Registration Open for Spring Sports Camps and Clinics

Spring is right around the corner. Register today for the following spring mini camps and clinics: Little Huskies basketball, football and volleyball mini camps, youth tennis lessons, middle/high school track and field clinic and middle/high school volleyball position clinics.

For more information, visit Spring Camps and Clinics. Commit your Future Huskies to be HuskiesFit this spring.

Mediterranean Cuisine at Fridays Khana Khazana

This week at the Memorial Union North Coast Grill and Deli, Khana Khazana features a menu from the Mediterranean. 

The menu includes:

  • Yogurt-Marinated Chicken & Creamy Greek Sauce
  • Chickpea & Couscous in Creamy Sauce
  • Chocolate Mousse with Strawberry
Serving is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tomorrow (Feb. 9). The cost is $7.95 and includes a fountain beverage. Visit Khana Khazana on Facebook.

Football Signs 20

Head Coach Steve Olson and the Michigan Tech football program  announced that 20 student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent and will join the Huskies for the 2018 season.

Michigan Tech's incoming class includes eight defensive players, 11 players on offense and a punter/kicker. Six of the players in this year's class reside in the Upper Peninsula and 15 hail from the state of Michigan.

"First off I'd like to thank our staff for their hard work throughout the signing season," Coach Olson said. "In addition to the football staff, I'd like to thank Dr. Steve Patchin for coming to many of our recruiting weekend events, as well as the advisors and faculty members that came to visit with the prospective student athletes and their parents. Michigan Tech has a strong reputation academically, but the people here really help students to understand how special MTU is."

Michigan Tech wrapped up the 2017 campaign 4-7, but claimed the Miner's Cup for the eighth straight season with a 28-21 victory over rival Northern Michigan in week five of the season. The Huskies having been conditioning and lifting weights since returning from semester break. Tech will begin spring practices in late March, with the annual spring game coming up in April.

The Upper Peninsula Players to sign include:

  • Liam Gayan, OL — Kingsford
  • Jacob Huhtala, LB — Sault Ste. Marie
  • Janson Janquart, LB — Menominee
  • Jacob Revard, SS, — Menominee
  • Micah Wilson, WR — Norway
  • Scott Wunder, DB — Escanaba

For a full list of signees and more on Michigan Tech Sports, visit

Basketball at Saginaw Valley Tonight

The Michigan Tech men's and women's basketball teams are in Saginaw today for GLIAC contests with Saginaw Valley State University. The women tip off at 6 p.m. while the men's contest is at 8 p.m.

The women are No. 16 in the country this week and bring an 18-3 overall record and 12-2 GLIAC record into today's game. The Cardinals are 5-16 and 5-9 on the season. Tech's leading scorer, Brenna Heise, was named the GLIAC North Player of the Week.

The men are looking to establish their longest winning streak of the season tonight. Tech is currently enjoying a five-game win streak. Earlier in the season, the Huskies won five straight from Nov. 25 - Dec. 9.

The Huskies are 12-9 overall and 9-5 in the GLIAC while Saginaw Valley is 8-14 overall and 5-9 in the conference. 

Both games can be heard on live radio on 93.5 FM with Director of Athletics Communication Kirk McDonnell on the call. The Huskies will conclude their final regular-season road trip Saturday at Northwood. 


ME-EM Faculty Candidate Lecture Today

ME-EM Senior Lecturer Candidate Cameron Hadden (MEEM) will present, "Frequency Response Characteristics of 1st and 2nd Order Linear Differential Equations" at 10:05 a.m. today (Feb. 8) in R.L. Smith (MEEM) 402.


Call for Proposals: REF, Portage Health Foundation Mid-Career  and Faculty Fellow

REF Proposals — Proposals are being solicited for the Research Excellence Fund (REF) program, an internal award of the Office of the Vice President for Research. Budgets are due no later than 4 p.m. Thursday, March 1 and proposals are due no later than 4 p.m. Thursday, March 8. Both must be submitted electronically per the guidelines. For additional information, see Research Excellence Fund. If you are interested in serving on an REF proposal review committee, email Natasha Chopp.

Portage Health Foundation Mid-Career — Proposals are being solicited for the Portage Health Foundation Mid-Career program, which is designed to support tenured faculty with an active NIH grant and/or consistent history of external funding with NIH or a related agency. Budgets are due no later than 4 p.m. Thursday, March 1 and proposals are due no later than 4 p.m. Thursday, March 8. Both must be submitted electronically per the guidelines. For additional Information, see Portage Health Foundation Research Awards.

Faculty Fellow — Applications are being solicited for the Faculty Fellow Program. The Faculty Fellow Program is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research. The Program expands familiarity with sponsored program administration and strategic planning among the faculty, develops leadership capacity among the faculty and improves sponsored programs administration and strategic planning through faculty input. Applications are due no later than 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15 and must be submitted electronically per the guidelines. For additional information, see Faculty Fellow Program.


Café Français Today

Café Français meets from 5 to 6 p.m. today 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.


Agency Visit to Washington, DC Planned

Planning for the 2018 visit to federal agencies in Washington, DC is under way. This group trip is open to all faculty, post-docs and research staff. The trip will be held the week of May 14, and will visit the National Science Foundation and other agencies May 15-17.

If you are interested in attending the DC trip in 2018, fill in this form by tomorrow (Feb. 9). If you have questions about the trip, contact the Research Development team at or 7-3126. See more information in the original Tech Today article.


C-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. 8/9) 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

Today's menu:

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

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

In the News

Michigan Tech's Winter Carnival was given mention in Lake Superior Magazine's Newsletter. Carnival was mentioned in the "Spotlight on Events Section." Read the article here.