Huskies Help Solve Sunken Minesweeper Mystery

Underwater robots, side-scan sonar and crowdfunding are being deployed to find two of Lake Superior's most elusive historical shipwrecks.

On Nov. 23, 1918, two 143-foot French minesweepers went down in a Lake Superior storm. Great Lakes Research Center Director Guy Meadows is at the helm of a crowd-funded project to find the Cerisoles and Inkerman. Meadows shares the historical research and advanced technologies that will guide the mission at a talk from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the Great Lakes Research Center, in Room 202.

It's not the first time anyone's gone looking for the ships since they went missing. Why does Meadows think his odds are better?

Read the full story on Unscripted.

Invitation to Tech Forward: Responsive Research Conversation

Join us for the next conversation in the Tech Forward Series to discuss how our research will expand and contract with the incessant needs of the world and remain relevant to the changing workforce and economic needs of our state.

"Tech Forward: Responsive Research" will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday (Nov. 6) and from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9, both events will take place in the lobby of the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts.

Tech Forward is a series of campus conversations designed to position Michigan Tech as an internationally recognized academic thought leader in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend and engage in healthy dialogue.

Copper Country Mothers – Talk by Patty Sotirin

"World War I & the Copper Country" invites you to attend a talk on “Copper Country Mothers” by Patty Sotirin (HU) Tuesday (Nov. 6) at the historic Carnegie Museum of the Keweenaw. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the talk begins 6:15 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Copper Country mothers of sons in military service were critical figures in this area’s participation in the Great War. For these mothers, the war was a personal challenge but it made them public figures as well. Sotirin highlights several local mothers whose boys went to war and sketch what that experience was like for some of them based on their letters, poems and newspaper stories.

Beyond their personal pride and trials, the patriotic citizen mother ready to sacrifice her children for the nation emerged as a public focus for recruitment appeals, serviceman support and national grieving. Special attention is given to the creation of the Gold Star Mothers and their sojourn at national expense to visit their boys’ graves overseas.

Given women’s campaign for the vote and the importance of ethnic identity in the Copper Country, the experiences of mothers here highlight some of the tensions among motherhood, nationalism and citizenship that are still part of our collective story of motherhood and war.

ICE House to Host 1 Million Cups of Coffee

ICE House Resident Assistant and eClub (Entrepreneurship Club) member Josh Jay is opening up the ICE House, a Michigan Tech innovation and entrepreneurship theme house, to host a 1 Million Cups of Coffee event. It will take place from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 at theI CE House, 21610 Woodland Road, Houghton. Parking temporarily will be available in Lot 25, which is adjacent to and east of the ICE House. Parking permits will be provided at the event. If you are interested in entrepreneurship—stop by to support our student entrepreneurs and presenters

Have you heard about 1 Million Cups of Coffee? 1 Million Cups is a free entrepreneurial program started by the Kauffman Foundation. The name suggests that across the country while enjoying 1 Million Cups of Coffee at various 1 Million Cups of Coffee chapter locations, entrepreneurs are invigorating their communities with new business ideas while enjoying a “cuppa”. It is a free program designed to support and encourage entrepreneurs to connect and network within their own community for resources such as equipment, talent, space, and ideas.

The audience listens to a pitch and then provides insight regarding new ways to think about one’s business and offers invaluable feedback from the customer and stakeholder perspective.   In keeping with the Kauffmann vision – the atmosphere is supportive and friendly. 1 Million Cups dubs itself as more of a “dolphin tank” than a “shark tank”. Businesses that are younger than five years old are invited to apply to present.

Our local Copper Country Chapter was started by Michigan Technological University Alumnus Jason Mack. In addition to being a key Organizer for 1 Million Cups, Mack is also the Vice President of Business Development at our local SmartZone, a business accelerator. Jason and colleagues started the Copper Country Chapter of 1 Million Cups of Coffee during October of 2017, with its first public event on January of 2018. It meets once per month – the second Wednesday of the month from 9 to 10 a.m. at venues ranging from the Finnish American Heritage Center to Keweenaw Coffee Works, the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge and now—The ICE House. 1 Million Cups is a fun way to stay connected to the community, think about innovative ideas, and to find out about and support entrepreneurship in our area. Events are free to the public.

Tech Volleyball Still 4th in Region

Michigan Tech checks in at No. 4 in the Midwest Region in the latest NCAA Division II Regional Rankings, released Wednesday afternoon.

The Regional Rankings will determine the potential seedings in all eight NCAA Regional Tournaments. Of the 10 teams ranked in each poll, only the top eight are selected for the NCAA Regional Tournaments.

Drury, 21-3 in the region and 24-4 overall, remains the top seed in the Midwest Region, followed by Ferris State at No. 2.

The Huskies close out the regular season on the road against Ferris State today (Nov. 2) and Northwood on Saturday (Nov. 3).

Three Huskies Earn GLIAC Soccer Postseason Honors

Three Michigan Tech soccer players earned Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference postseason season honors, announced by the conference office yesterday. Forward Grace Shaw and defender Rachel Wall were named Second Team All-GLIAC while goalie Amanda Young was an Honorable Mention All-GLIAC honoree.

Shaw, a freshman from Green Bay, powered the Huskies' revamped offense with nine goals while adding eight assists in her first season of collegiate soccer. She also wrapped up the season with a team-high 26 points and four of her goals were game winners.

Wall, a senior from Eagan, Minnesota, helped the Huskies record seven shutouts this year while limiting opponents to just 18 goals in 17 total matches. The Huskies ranked fourth in the GLIAC in total shutouts through the quarterfinal round of the tournament.

Young, a sophomore from Grand Rapids, Michigan, recorded all 10 wins for the Huskies in front of the net this season. Young started all 17 contest for the Huskies in 2018 on her way to four complete shutouts, three shared shutouts, and 73 total saves.

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. Tech has now qualified for the post season for seven straight years and recorded double-digit win totals for the fifth time in the nine-year history of the program.


41 North Film Festival Continues Through Weekend

The 41 North Film Festival opened yesterday and will run through the weekend in the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts. All events are free and open to the public.

One of today's highlights is the screening of "The Unafraid" the latest from award winning filmmaker and Keweenaw native Heather Courtney ("Where Soldiers Come From"). In addition to the screening of their documentary at 7:30 p.m., Courtney and one of the students from the film will participate in a question and answer session. A reception for them follows the event.

For the full story  and schedule of events visit


Last Day for "Art and Warfare"

Today is your last chance to see "Art & Warfare," a multi-media exhibit brought to you by "World War I & the Copper Country," located in the Immersive Visualization Studio (EERC 510).

This exhibit features the sketches and paintings of the Official Artists of the American Expeditionary Forces, a group of eight accomplished artists sent to France to visually depict the war. Their work is dramatically displayed on the studio’s screen wall—twenty-four 48” screens supported by eight computers.

Read the previous Tech Today story.


C-Cubed Luncheon Today

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

The menu:


  • 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


Film Board presents "Your Name (Kimi No Na Wa)"

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

  • Today, Nov. 2 — 5, 7 p.m. (Dubbed Version)
  • Tomorrow, 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 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.


Dance with NOSOTROS tomorrow

NOSOTROS invites you to its next Latin dance and party from 8 to 11 p.m. tomorrow (Nov. 3) in the MUB Ballroom.

As usual, there will be Latin and international music, free snacks and a lot of fun, so don't miss it.

There will be salsa lessons from 8 to 9 p.m. followed by open dancing from 9 to 11 p.m.


Husky Blend Coffee Launch

Help celebrate the brand new Husky Blend Coffee from 10 a.m. to noon tomorrow (Nov. 3) at Keweenaw Coffee Works, 113 5th St., Calumet. Stop by for a cup of coffee, hot  chololate or pastry with Blizzard T. Husky. Bring your friends and family and join in conversation, coloring and fun giveaways. The first 20 adults will get a free sample bag of Husky Blend coffee and the first 10 children will take home a mini plush Husky.

A portion of the sales from Husky Blend Coffee goes to support Michigan Tech Scholarships.


CDI presents Diverse Dialogues: The Power of the Silent Majority

Come be part of a campus discussion at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 6) in the MUB Ballroom A1 on research being done on dual career-seeking partners and the experiences, stigmas, disadvantages and the “power” of the silent majority on Michigan Tech’s campus. The topic was researched and will be presented by Sonia Goltz (SBE), Patricia Sotirin (HU) and hosted by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.

Light refreshments will be provided.


From Global [T]issues to Global Information Literacy: Training Professionals While Educating Citizens in the Post-Truth World

In the third and final presentation of our fall award series, Roman Sidortsov (SS) will discuss his approach to teaching a mandatory large undergraduate course that covers a number of politically and socially controversial issues. His methods of engaging students in topics and concepts that are not always directly related to their areas of study can be applied throughout large and medium-size courses, which was recognized as part of the Dean’s Teaching Showcase.

Sidortsov will present from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 8). Formal recognition of this award will follow his presentation. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how you might innovate your own teaching, and recognize Roman’s success. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided to those who register by Tuesday (Nov. 6).


Open Enrollment 2019

Open Enrollment will begin Monday (Nov. 5) and run 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.

For more information, read the previous Tech Today article.

In the News

Michigan Tech volleyball player Mariah Sherman was featured in the article "Sherman Thing: Huskies’ senior reached milestone, but still has playoffs to focus on," in the Daily Mining Gazette.


Michigan Tech alumna Meredith Ballard LeBeau's recent visit to the White House was covered by WLUC TV6.


Former Michigan Tech students testing for paranormal activity at the former hospital in Hancock were mentioned in the article "Lion Around gets spooked telling ghost stories," on Public Now.


Greg Odegard (ME-EM) was mentioned in the article "NASA looking to tiny technology for big payoffs," in Space Daily and ECN.


Michigan Tech was featured in the article "Moody's affirms Michigan Technological University's (MI) A1 rating; outlook stable," in Markets Insider.

CTL Article of the Week

As we head into the tough stretch prior to the Thanksgiving break, an article that reminds you about empathizing with students might be hard to take. But “Examining the Role of Empathy in Course Design” by Nancy Schorschinsky is likely not what you think.

Schorschinsky advocates thoughtful consideration before empathizing with struggling students. She asserts that too much empathy might lack broad strategic view both in terms our time management and their development. Specifically, she argues that when we go the extra mile for a student, it may make us feel good, but shortchange other students or prevent needed character development.

 As all of us (including our students) are stressed and stretched, we all have to strike a tricky balance between empathy, efficiency, and consistency. But I agree that examining course policies through Schorshinsky’s lens at this point in the semester (when they’re being most tested!) might allow us to improve them.

If you’d like to talk more about how your course policies can allow for flexibility but ensure efficiency and fairness, stop by the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) on the Library’s second floor.

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On the Road

Jondreau Attends AISES National Conference

The School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science (SFRES) Director of Recruitment Jerry Jondreau represented SFRES at the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) National Conference in Oklahoma City.

Jondreau hosted a booth to share Michigan Tech and SFRES programs with more than 2,000 Native American scientists and students.

Continuous Improvement Connection

With temperatures starting to drop, it’s becoming the perfect weather to huddle up and enjoy a new book, and here at the Office of Continuous Improvement, we have just the book for you.

Our Lean Library is bursting with books that are not only enjoyable to read, but will get you started on your journey into implementing Lean into your life. We have books suitable for everyone no matter where you are in your Lean journey.

Two examples of books we have in our Lean Library right now include “Lean for Dummies” by Natalia J. Sayer and Bruce Williams and “The Toyota Way” by Jeffrey K. Liker. Both of these books are great reads for people looking to learn more about Lean and Continuous Improvement.

If you interested in learning more, want to check out a book or have any questions for us here at the Office of Continuous Improvement, please stop by our office at 136W Wadsworth Hall or email us.