Legislature Grants Planning Authorization for Michigan Tech H-STEM Complex

The Michigan Legislature has granted planning authorization for Michigan Tech’s H-STEM Engineering and Health Technologies Complex. Part of the University's five-year capital outlay plan and capital project request, the H-STEM Complex was approved by the Michigan Tech Board of Trustees in 2017.

Per the University’s capital outlay plan, the H-STEM Complex will comprise newly constructed shared and flexible lab spaces, co-located with renovated classrooms and learning spaces in the Chemical Sciences and Engineering Building. The project request included a proposed $29.7 million in State support, with $15 million in matching funds.

“I am very pleased that the Michigan Legislature has approved the H-STEM Engineering and Health Technologies Complex for planning authorization,” said Michigan Tech President Rick Koubek. “I would especially like to thank all those intimately involved in the project proposal. Without their vision and support we would not be able to make this important announcement. Also, as a campus, we sincerely thank our state leaders for their ongoing support of Michigan Tech.”

Read the full story on mtu.edu/news.

Ready. Steady. Roll

So popular that it spawned a competitive club, Michigan Tech's Introduction to Log Rolling course is the latest way for Huskies to have fun, stay fit and earn PE credit.

Two by two, students clamber onto the red, cylindrical log floating in the pool at the Student Development Complex. Steadied by students holding the log in place at either end, competitors brace for the start command: "Ready. Steady. Roll!" 

The log is loose. Game on. It's a balancing act: part psyche-out, part agility—a complex dance that always ends with a splash. Basic moves include cuffing (starting the roll), snubbing (stopping the roll), spinning, reversing and splashing—anything to take opponents off balance. The process is repeated until two competitors remain. 

"The longer you do it, the more tricks you can learn," said Jake Voss, a senior majoring in chemical engineering. He didn't need another physical education credit. He's there for the fun.        

Read the full story on mtu.edu/news.

Register for the On-Campus Student Employment Fair Jan. 16

Did you know that more than 60 percent of the University’s employee count falls under Student Employment? Almost half of our enrolled students ended up working as student employees for the 2017 Fall Semester.

Hiring student employees not only helps your department’s employment needs, but also helps students financially and academically. Data shows that students are more likely to retain if they are employed on campus. If your department isn’t utilizing our outstanding student employees—now is your chance.

The On-Campus Student Employment Fair will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16 in the East Reading Room of the Library. The deadline to register as a hiring department is Friday (Jan. 11).

The goal of the On-Campus Student Employment Fair is to connect students with departments that are hiring student employees for the Spring and/or Summer semesters. Departments hiring regular student employees and/or Federal Work Study students are encouraged to participate. Computers will be available for students to complete applications on Handshake.

Whether you need to hire one student employee or 100, we encourage you to participate. This is a great opportunity for students to learn about current and/or future opportunities while also allowing you, the employer, the ability to meet prospects for your student positions.

To participate in the On-Campus Student Employment Fair, complete the following Google Form by Friday (Jan. 11).

2019 African Night

The 2019 African Night will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 in the MUB Ballroom. Delicious African cuisine will be served from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. and performances will start afterwards.

Since 2001, African Night celebrates the diverse cultures and historical connections of Africa, the Caribbean and the African Diaspora. It is an occasion to celebrate these cultures and traditions through dances, music, fashion, stories, food, poems and presentations among others.

Ticket will go on sale Monday, Jan. 21. Students are $10 while non-students are $15. For more information, contact aso-officers-1819-l@mtu.edu.

Ken Steiner Memorial Benefit Friday

When Ken Steiner passed away suddenly two years ago, family, friends and the entire community came together for a memorial to celebrate all the lives he touched through his decades of good work to make the Keweenaw, and the world, a better place.

From a long list of friends playing music to the majority of area restaurants where he worked providing food, there was an overwhelming outpouring of love, support and good will. Above all, there was a strong sense that the work Ken championed, the positive energy and creative spirit he inspired, would continue, carried forward by those who knew and loved him.

This year, the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts, Dining Services and the Visual and Performing Arts Department extend that spirit and good will by hosting the second annual benefit in Ken's honor. The recipient is Ken's favorite charity, Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly. The benefit features food, a cash bar and, once again, a host of Ken’s friends and former band mates providing the music. It all takes place from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Friday (Jan. 11), in the Rozsa Center Lobby.

Musicians featured:

  • 7 p.m. — Tom Katalin
  • 8:15 p.m. — Uncle Pete’s All Star BBQ Blues Band
  • 9:30 p.m — The Mike Christianson Quartet 

Ticket prices are in a range of “donation levels” ($10/20/30), so everyone can support the fundraiser at a level they choose.

Tickets are available by phone at 7-2073, online or in person at the Central Ticketing Office in the SDC. Tickets will also be available at the Rozsa Box office the evening of the benefit.

MLK Banquet Jan. 21

Join the Center for Diversity and Inclusion for Michigan Tech's 30th Annual MLK Banquet Celebration. This long-standing tradition at Tech shows the strong community we create and the value we place on the life and legacy of Dr. King. This years theme is "Living Fearlessly."

The banquet will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21 in the MUB Ballroom. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

This year, we are proud to have Michigan Tech alumnus Donzell Dixson '14, as our keynote speaker. Dixson is a dynamic speaker, life coach and engineer who is taking the world by storm. He is the founder and CEO of Dixson Dynamics.

Tickets are free, but registration is required.

Several other events are taking place the entire week surrounding the King Holiday—check out the events on our Facebook page.

For questions or more information, contact CDI or call 7-2920.

Wenzlick and James Named to Don Hansen All-Super Region Three Team

Junior wide receiver Jacob Wenzlick and senior punter Michael James of the Michigan Tech football team were selected for 2018 Don Hansen All-Super Region Three honors, announced last week by the Don Hansen Football Committee. Wenzlick was named to the First Team while James was a Third Team honoree.

The Don Hansen team carries out the legacy of the late Don Hansen who started and published Don Hansen's National Weekly Football Gazette for three decades, selecting NCAA Division II All-America teams for the first time in 1988.  Don Hansen's Football Gazette began selecting Division II All-Region squads in 2003.

Wenzlick, from Meridian, Michigan, was recently named First Team All-GLIAC, Alan Bovard Most Valuable Player (MTU), Offensive Back of the Year (MTU) and Outstanding Offensive Player (MTU) following an outstanding 2018 season. 

In the classroom, Wenzlick has been a GLIAC All-Academic Excellence/Academic Team honoree in each of the last three seasons, majoring in Biomedical Engineering. 

James, a senior from Sault Ste. Marie, earned a spot on the All-GLIAC first team and was the recipient of Tech's Daniel Dopp Memorial Outstanding Special Teams Player Award as one of the top kickers in the conference and the nation. James had two punts travel more than 60 yards in 2018 and averaged 40.8 yards per punt, the highest single-season average in school history. 

The first-team and second-team All-Region selections advance to a national ballot from which the 2018 Don Hansen NCAA Division II All-America team will be selected.

Volleyball 2018 Season Review

The Michigan Tech volleyball team finished the season at 23-7 and made its 10th appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The team's 2018 record stands as one of the best in program history, with the fourth-highest win total and third-fewest losses in a single-season. The team also posted a mark of 14-2 in the GLIAC, the second most GLIAC wins in program history and the second-highest winning percentage in GLIAC competition (.875).

The Huskies appeared in every NCAA Midwest Regional poll, and were given the fifth seed in the NCAA Midwest Regional Tournament, where they were paired up with Lewis. Unfortunately, the Huskies were defeated 3-0 by the Flyers, who won the Midwest Regional Tournament and advanced all the way to the Final Four.

Read the full season wrap up at michigantechhuskies.com.

New Jersey Devils Call Up Former Husky Pietila

Former Michigan Tech Husky Blake Pietila was called up to the NHL's New Jersey Devils Tuesday (Jan. 1). He has one goal and two assists in 19 career NHL games after he was selected by the Devils in the fifth round of the 2011 NHL Draft. In 201 games at the AHL level, he has 94 points on 51 goals and 43 assists.

Pietila was brought up as reinforcement since NHL All-Star Taylor Hall and Marcus Johansson are on injured reserve. The 25-year-old is in the midst of his best professional offensive season with 12 goals and 22 points in 34 AHL games as an alternate captain with the Binghamton Devils.

Pietila played 153 games for Michigan Tech from 2011-15 and was a two-time captain. He had 106 career points on 46 goals and 60 assists, leading Huskies to the best start in program history in 2014-15, and the program's first NCAA Tournament appearance in 34 years later that season.

Introduction to Lean Workshop

The Office of Continuous Improvement is offering an Introduction to Lean workshop for Michigan Tech employees from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24 in Memorial Union Ballroom B2.

There is no cost for this training. Once registered, we'll add you to a calendar event for the workshop. To register for this course, fill out this short form.

Continuous improvement using Lean principles allows students to focus on learning and faculty to focus on research. Through the strategy of continuous improvement using Lean principles, faculty, staff and students engage in creating University programs that are both more effective and efficient. It enables Michigan Tech to meet our strategic goals on time and within budget, improve safety, support students, increase the quality of our university and keep morale high.

In the Introduction to Lean workshop, you'll learn basic Lean concepts and methods you might encounter on the job. You'll learn about Lean culture and the principles of Lean thinking and participate in problem solving using the PDCA (plan, do, check, adjust) model. You'll use the 5 Whys to discover root causes, identify waste and unsafe acts and conditions, and recommend process improvements. When you finish the workshop, you'll be ready to actively participate in a kaizen (improvement) event led by others.

Canvas Introductory Workshop Series Offered This Week

eLearning, part of the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), will offer the three-part Canvas Introductory Workshop series for instructors and instructional staff looking to get started using the Canvas Learning Management System and build a solid foundational knowledge of Canvas.

All workshops take place in Library 242. The three workshops in the series are:

Tomorrow (Jan. 8)

  • 10-11 a.m. — Canvas 101: Introduction to Canvas
  • 2-3 p.m. — Canvas 101: Introduction to Canvas

Wednesday (Jan. 9)

  • 10-11 a.m. — Pages & Modules in Canvas

Thursday (Jan. 10)

  • 2-3 p.m. — Assignments & Grades in Canvas

The series gives instructors and others who will be building and administering Canvas courses the basic information necessary to create a basic Canvas course. Each workshop is conducted in a 50-minute block between five minutes after and five minutes before the hour, and offers attendees an opportunity to work hands-on in Canvas during the workshop. Participants are encouraged to take Canvas 101 first, and then take the next two workshops as they fit your schedule after. They will be offered twice each in the week prior to Spring Semester.

Those interested in attending can find out more and register on the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL)‘s website. For more general information or help with Canvas at Michigan Tech, be sure to visit Canvas One Stop.

SFRES Seminar Tomorrow

Audrey Mayer (SFRES) will present "Conversion and Sustainability of Urban and Forested Landscapes," at 1 p.m. tomorrow (Jan. 8) in U. J. Noblet (Forestry) room 144.

Mayer will present a brief, fast-paced review of 25 years of research in urban and forested landscapes in various parts of the world. Projects include decades of intuiting why family forest owners do what they do with their land, using green space to eliminate brown floaters from urban streams and rivers, and contemplating ways that we can get better at sharing landscapes with native species.


Research Development Day 

Faculty and research staff from across campus are invited to participate in the 2019 Research Development Day, to be held Thursday (Jan. 10). The format and content of the 2019 event have been updated, so even those who have attended an event in the past will find new and engaging sessions.

Our keynote speaker is Holly Falk-Krzensinski, a pioneer in the field of research development and team science. Sessions will explore a “team science” theme throughout the day. Multiple breakout sessions are planned for faculty at all career stages and from all disciplines.

If your schedule does not permit you to attend the full day, the RSVP allows you to sign up for individual sessions; however, reservations are due today (Jan. 7). RSVP via the form which is located here

Contact rd-l@mtu.edu with any questions.


Bodywork for Relaxation: Lunch and Learn

There will be a Lunch and Learn presentation from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15 in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. 

The presentation will be led by Karen Hoyem of Body Therapy for All. You will learn about:

  • Bodywork and how it supports overall health and wellness
  • Benefits of CranialSacral Therapy and Touch for Health 
  • Self-help techniques to help reduce stress

Register online. Feel free to bring your lunch, and beverages will be provided. There will also be a Q&A session after the presentation.

This free event is open to faculty, staff, students and community members and is sponsored by Employee Wellness. Attendance counts toward Husky Health Option 2. 

Questions? Contact Shannon Brodeur.  

In Print

Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) authored the piece "Open Source Hardware Could Defend Against the Next Generation of Hacking," in Blogarama.

In the News

Michigan Tech Alumna Ankitaa Gohain Dalmia '04, was featured in the article "Women That Make a Difference," in RTM World


Former Michigan Tech hockey player Pheonix Copley, was featured in the article "Copley's shutout shows Capitals that their backup goalie is a strength again." Copley posted his first NHL shutout and recorded a career-high 35 saves leading the Washington Capitals to a 4-0 win over Ottawa Dec. 22. The story originated on NBC sports and was picked up on several national media outlets including Yahoo! Sports


Rodney Chimner (SFRES) and Evan Kane (SFRES) were featured in the article "Michigan Tech has Hand in North American Carbon Report," In the Detroit Free Press. Both Chimner and Kane were contributing writers on Chapter 13 of the Second State of the Carbon Cycle Report.


Michigan Tech's Ford Center in the Baraga County community of Alberta, was featured in "Historic Michigan: Henry Ford's Man-Made U.P. Town," on the River 100.5.


Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) was featured in the article "3-D Printing Offers Helping Hand," in VA Eng.com.


Michigan Tech was mentioned in the article "5 Small Businesses Taking Green Initiatives to the Next Level," in Small Biz Technology.


Michigan Tech Assistant Hockey Coach Chris Brooks was quoted in the article "Fighting a Losing Battle," which appeared in several Canadian Media outlets, including the Woodstock Sentinel-Review. The article looked at the decline of fighting in hockey.


Michigan Tech's Applied Statistics MS program was mentioned in the article "What Do you Need to do to Survive Your Time at College," in dadofdivas.com.


Michigan Tech was mentioned in the article "10 Eco-Friendly 3D Printing Stories From 2018," in 3D Print.

New Funding

Timothy Colling (CEE/CTT) is the principal investigator on a project that has received an $861,459 contract from the Michigan Department of Transportation. Gary Schlaff (CEE), Nick Koszykowski (CEE) and Luke Peterson (CEE) are Co-PIs on the project "2019 Roadsoft Asset Management Development & Support."

This is a one-year project.


Kirsti Arko (Institutional Equity Office) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $21,796 contract from the State of Michigan - Michigan State Police. The project is titled "Safety on the Main Campus: Blue Light Tower Emergency Phone System."

This is a one-year project.

IT Connect

Improving our service

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We can help. Contact us at it-help@mtu.edu or call 7-1111.