Guest Blog: Lake Superior’s Little Known Caribou Species on the Brink

If you ask any eight-year-old where reindeer live, they would reply with certainty: “at the North Pole.” But as late as 1912, their range stretched as far south as Michigan. Now the species has been pushed back north to a few scattered islands in Lake Superior, and a small herd in the northernmost stretches of the American Rockies.

This species has been decimated by habitat destruction, hunting and vehicle collisions. Any recovery efforts on the islands in Superior have been limited by predation. I would like to see immediate action taken by both the United States and Canadian governments to provide caribou populations in Lake Superior more effective protections, as well as increased awareness and support by the local communities.

Lake Superior is home to a specific subspecies of caribou known as the boreal woodland caribou (Rangiferus tarandus). Designated as threatened in 2002, the only remaining American population is in the northern Rocky Mountains. This herd was most recently found to have three remaining females, leaving them unable to sustain a population.

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Open Enrollment Assistance – Web Scheduling Now Open

2019 Open enrollment begins Monday (Nov. 5) and continues until midnight Friday, Nov. 30. Open enrollment is your opportunity to assess your individual and family needs and elect the benefit package that is right for you.

This year, the enrollment process is mandatory. Current coverage and elections will not automatically roll over. During the week of Nov. 12-16, in-person, one-on-one Open Enrollment assistance will be available between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the MUB.

Employees may schedule an appointment or stop in to the Enrollment Café for assistance.

Visit to schedule an appointment. Click here for more information about 2019 Open Enrollment.

Second Oceanography/Limnology Candidate to Visit Michigan Tech

Following the past Strategic Faculty Hiring Initiative (SFHI), Provost Huntoon assembled a multidisciplinary search committee for the position of assistant professor in Oceanography/Limnology. The committee has reviewed applications and invited four candidates to campus.

The second candidate to visit, Trista Vick-Majors, will be on campus Monday and Tuesday (Nov. 5/6). Vick-Majors will give two presentations that are open to the campus community.

  • 3 p.m. Monday in GLRC 202 – Vick-Majors will present her vision for future collaborative research at Michigan Tech.
  • 1 p.m. Tuesday in EERC 316 – This will be a public research-focused lecture, “Aquatic environments under ice: Physicochemical and physiological linkages in microbial systems.”

Additional information can be found online (log in required).

Vick-Majors is currently a postdoctoral research associate in the Flathead Lake Biological Station at the University of Montana.

The two remaining candidates will visit Nov. 12-13 and 14-15. Announcements for their talks will be in Tech Today in advance of each visit.

Michigan Tech Research Forum Nominations Open

Nominations are now open for the Spring 2019 and Fall 2019 Michigan Tech Research Forum. Nominations will be accepted for both Distinguished Lecturers and TechTalks speakers.

Distinguished Lecturers should be professionally accomplished and recognized as a leader in their field; they are selected for their ability to increase the knowledge of our community by connecting their research with societal and community concerns. TechTalks are rapid-paced samplings of the work of researchers across campus. 

Nominate a colleague or yourself by completing the online nomination form by Nov. 30.

Last On-Campus Flu Vaccine Clinic is Monday

The last on-campus flu vaccine clinic by UP Health System - Portage will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday (Nov. 5) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge B.

The quadrivalent vaccine is by injection at a cost of $40 payable at the time of service. Cash, check or credit card will be accepted. Shots will be administered on a first-come, first-served basis; no appointment is necessary.

For more information, read the previous Tech Today story.

Film Board Presents: "Your Name (Kimi No Na Wa)"

This weekend, Film Board presents: "Your Name (Kimi No Na Wa)"

  • Tomorrow, Nov. 2 — 5, 7 p.m. (Dubbed Version)
  • Saturday, Nov. 3 — 2:30, 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m. (Subbed Version)
  • Sunday, Nov. 4 — 2:30, 5:30 p.m. (Dubbed Version)

Located on Michigan Tech's campus in Fisher 135. Tickets are free and concessions are $1 each.

"Your Name" is rated PG for thematic elements, suggestive content, brief language, and smoking.

Want to see what movies we’re playing next? Check out our movies and showtimes at the Film Board website.

Award-winning Fiction Writer Diane Cook to Read Tuesday

Award-winning fiction writer Diane Cook will give a reading from her work from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 6) in ME-EM 112.

Cook is the author of the story collection "Man V. Nature," and was formerly a producer for the public radio show "This American Life." "Man V. Nature" was a finalist for the Guardian First Book Award, Believer Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction.

Cook's stories have appeared in Harper’s, Tin House, Granta and elsewhere and have been anthologized in Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories. Cook is the recipient of a 2016 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. A Michigan native, she has served as a National Park volunteer on Isle Royale.

The reading is free and open to the public. A reception and book signing will follow, with books available for purchase at the door.

This event is sponsored by the English Program, Department of Humanities and the Visiting Professor Lecturer/Scholar Series (VPLSS), which is funded by a grant to the Provost's Office from the State of Michigan's King-Chavez-Parks Initiative.

Retirement Social for Dana Johnson

After spending 22 and a half years at Michigan Tech and a 37 and a half year career, Dana M. Johnson will retire from Michigan Tech at the end of Fall Semester.

Her time at Tech dates back to 1976 when she was a freshman, and then graduated in 1980. After completing her MBA, Johnson returned to Michigan Tech in 1981 as an instructor of accounting and finance in the School of Business and Economics.

In 1984, she began her career in industry and worked at General Motors Corporation, General Physics Corporation, Grant Thornton and Competitive Advantage, a consulting contract firm she owned.

After completing her PhD from Wayne State in 1999, Johnson returned to Michigan Tech. She is a professor of supply chain and engineering management and holds an Affiliate appointment in the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics.

Celebrate from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 on the second floor of the Great Lakes Research Center. If you would like to share any stories or have any questions, contact Karen Foltz.

Soccer Season Ends in Hard-fought Contest with Ashland

The Michigan Tech soccer team saw the 2018 season come to a close Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 30) in the GLIAC Quarterfinals, falling to Ashland University 1-0 at Sherman Field. The match was characterized by tough defense from both the Huskies and Eagles, resulting in limited scoring chances for both sides.

"Neither team took a lot of shots which was the outcome of a big defensive effort from both teams," Michigan Tech Head Coach Michelle Jacob said. "As coaches, I think we would both walk away saying those weren't our best performances, but they were able to put one in off a corner kick and then it was just a battle in the middle of the field all game long.

The Huskies wrapped up the season with an overall record of 10-6-1 and finished fourth in the GLIAC standings thanks to a conference mark of 5-4.

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Hockey Opens WCHA Season at Alabama Huntsville

The Hockey Huskies open the WCHA season this weekend at Alabama Huntsville. The puck drops at 8:07 p.m. both tomorrow and Saturday. The Huskies are 1-3 on the young season while the Chargers are 0-8, 0-2 in conference play.

Michigan Tech is 13-1-2 all-time against Alabama Huntsville and 5-0-1 in games played in Huntsville. The two teams began playing each other in 2013-14 when UAH joined the WCHA.

The games can be heard on local radio on 93.5 FM, and streamed on The games can be seen on There's also live Tweeting at

Men's and Women's Basketball Face D-1 Opponents in Exhibition Action Tonight

The Michigan Tech men's and women's basketball teams are on the road tonight, taking on NCAA Division I opposition in exhibition games.

The women's team, after a convincing victory over D-III St. Norbert's at home Saturday, are in Ypsilanti, Michigan taking on Eastern Michigan. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

The game can be heard on local radio on 93.5 FM, audio streamed on There are live stats as well. The women's team opens the regular season Friday, Nov. 9 in Big Rapids against Ursuline.

The men's team is in Green Bay tonight taking on Wisconsin-Green Bay from the Kress Center. The game starts at 8 p.m. The local radio broadcast will be on 920 AM and streamed on pasty.netLive stats are also available during the game.

The Huskies begin the regular season on Saturday Nov. 10 in Marquette at the Northern Michigan tournament. Tech battles Lewis at 1 p.m. and then takes on McKendree at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11 to wrap up the opening weekend of the 2018-19 season. The Huskies faced Lewis during the first weekend of the 2017-18 campaign, coming out on top 87-80 at the SDC Gym.

Physics Colloquium - Andrey Dobrynin

Andrey Dobrynin, Alan N. Gent Ohio Research Scholar, professor of polymer science at University of Akron, will give a lecture at 4 p.m. today (Nov. 1) in Fisher 139. His presentation is titled "Polymers & Soft Matter: Where Theory, Simulations & Experiments Meet."

Dobrynin's research focuses on polyelectrolyte solutions and gels, charged polymers at surfaces and interfaces, electrostatic interactions in biological systems, wetting and adhesion at nanoscale, associating polymers, polymer networks and gels, soft-matter physics and biophysics. More information is available from his research group's webpage.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Thursday, November 1

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in Human Resources. For more information regarding staff positions, call 7-2280 or email

For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

Assistant Professor of Music/Director of Jazz Studies, Visual and Performing Arts. 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.


Biological Sciences Seminar Today

The next Biological Sciences Seminar will take place at 3 p.m. today (Nov. 1) in EERC 229. Carsten Külheim (SFRES) will present "Genes to Ecosystems: The problem of complex traits." 

In this talk, Külheim will describe the molecular basis of variation in an important group of plant secondary metabolites, the terpenes, in Australian Myrtaceae.


Sailing Club Burgees are back

Did you miss the opportunity to purchase one of the Sailing Club’s distinctive Michigan Tech burgees last spring? Due to popular demand, these premium-quality, single/reversed flags are once again on sale online and through the Alumni House, 7-2400 or

Burgees are $40 each. Proceeds will help the Sailing Club purchase new sails, life jackets and other equipment. 


There Will Be Pizza

Saturday (Nov. 3), the School of Forestry and Environmental Science (SFRES) clubs will hold their annual "Understory," which is sort of like a mini K-day specifically tailored to SFRES-related clubs.

Any and all Tech students interested in this type of involvement are welcome. The clubs expected to be present this weekend are the Wildland Fire Club, Forestry Club, Wetlands Club, Women in Natural Resources, Wildlife Society and Forest Stewards Guild.

The event is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. in the atrium of the U. J. Noblet Forestry Building on campus. We intend on bringing a LOT of pizza, so help us finish it.


C-Cubed Luncheons Today and Tomorrow

This week's C-Cubed luncheons take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today and tomorrow (Nov. 1/2) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited. The buffet lunch is $12.

The menus:


  • Beef Chili (GF)
  • Sweet Potato Black Bean Quinoa Chili (GF, VE)
  • Salad Bar (GF, V, VE)


  • Parmesan-crusted Pork Chops
  • Penne Pasta with Cannellini Alfredo (VE)
  • Roasted Vegetables (GF, VE)
  • Garlic Toast
  • Italian Salad Bar (GF, VE, V)

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

In Print

Karla Aho, director for gift planning wrote the article "Engaging a Continuum of Donors," in the November issue of Planned Giving Today. In the article, Aho explains the lifecycle of engagement and the work done at Michigan Tech in terms of donor identification and multi-channel marketing.

You can read the full article.

On the Road

Tara Bal (SFRES) and graduate students Kaydi Picard and Jennifer Klemm (SFRES) traveled to the North American Maple Syrup Council/International Maple Syrup Institute Conference last week in Concord, New Hampshire.

On the way they visited many maple operations, maple-related museums and experimental forests. The annual conference highlights tours and technical sessions and new research related to the production of maple products.

In the News

Handshake, a career network for college students, was featured in the article "Early Career Network Handshake Raises $40 Million in Series C Funding Led By EQT Ventures To Increase Access to Opportunity to College Students," reprinted by dozens of media outlets nationwide including; SOA World Magazine, Benzinga, My Mother LodeMilwaukee Journal-SentinelYahoo FinanceInvestor Point and Public Radio's Marketplace.

Handshake was founded five years ago by three Michigan Tech students Garrett Lord, Ben Christensen and Scott Ringwelski.


Greg Odegard (ME-EM) was mentioned in the article "NASA Looking to Tiny Technology for Big Payoffs," in I-Connect 007.


Stanley Vitton (CEE) and Ken Vrana (SFRES) were mentioned in the article "Redridge to get FEMA funding for flooding fix," in the Daily Mining Gazette