Michigan Tech Joins Great Lakes Collaborative

Michigan Tech has joined a regional consortium dedicated to solving the critical issues facing the Great Lakes and surrounding communities.

For the millions of people who live in the Great Lakes region and along the ocean coasts, the research and work of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) affects their everyday lives. Weather reports, currents and water elevation monitoring and tracking harmful algal blooms are just a few of the services NOAA provides.

On Wednesday (April 24), Michigan Tech joined the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR). Hosted by the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan, CIGLR is one of 16 NOAA-funded cooperative institutes across the United States. CIGLR partners closely with NOAA to achieve environmental, economic and social sustainability in the Great Lakes.

Read the full story on mtu.edu/news.

Video Competition Results

Results have been announced for the A Day in the Life of a Michigan Tech Student video competition which took place March 18- April 2. Judges were selected from the Dean of Students, the Wahtera Center for Student Success, University Marketing and Communications, Admissions, Advancement and the student body.

The top video went to Casey Loring (general mathematics).

Three were chosen at the gold level:

  • Maddie Rajala (psychology)
  • Skylar (civil engineering)
  • Ninad Mohale (materials science and engineering)

Sam Swartzmiller (mechanical engineering) was selected at the silver level.

Five were chosen at the bronze level:

  • Andrew Erickson (mechanical engineering)
  • Allie Actis (biomedical engineering)
  •  Jack Horrigan (electrical engineering)
  • Emilia Colman (mechanical engineering)
  • Jacob Romang (engineering management)

Seven honorable mentions included:

  • Peter (electrical engineering)
  • Clarice (mechanical engineering)
  • Clark Sprague (mechanical engineering)
  • Zach Luedtke (chemical engineering)
  • Liz Bergh (mechanical engineering)
  • Laura (biomedical engineering)
  • Tania Demonte Gonzalez (mechanical engineering)

We thank all who took the time to express their lives as Michigan Tech students.

Participants Needed for Meditation Study

Adults ages 18 to 45 years old are needed to participate in a National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded study titled "Mindfulness and Neural Cardiovascular Control in Humans."

To qualify participants:

  • Must have a resting seated blood pressure of greater than or equal to 120/80 mmHg.
  • Should have little or no previous experience with mindfulness meditation

This study will randomize participants into an eight-week stress management education course or an eight-week, mindfulness-based stress-reduction course. Each course will take one evening per week. Review the study qualifications and email graduate students Sarah LewAllen or Aditi Vyas if you think you meet the study restrictions. We are planning to start our next group of participants in mid May.

UP-TLC Registration Closes Monday

Registration for the Upper Peninsula Teaching and Learning Conference (UP-TLC) closes Monday (April 29). Join more than 150 instructors from across the UP already registered to share their best practices here at Michigan Tech on May 9 and 10. Since academic deans have agreed to support interested Michigan Tech instructors ($60) and graduate teaching assistants ($30), all you need to do is sign up now.
More information about our keynote speaker, Thomas Tobin, his pre-conference workshop, several networking events and links to presenters and session abstracts can be found at the UPTLC website.
Don't miss this great, local opportunity to share your teaching expertise and learn from others.

Summer 2019 Online Teaching Certification Course Starts Soon

For those interested in gaining certification approved at Michigan Tech for
teaching online, one of the many courses and training programs on Michigan Tech’s Currently Approved Online Teaching Training and Certification Courses is starting soon. The Educational Technology Organization of Michigan (ETOM) will be offering the Canvas version of their ETOM's Summer 2019 Online Teaching Certification Course from May 13 - June 23. This online course is designed to provide participants with the experience of being an online student while introducing them to the pedagogical and technical issues of teaching online.

Course instruction focuses on four main areas:

  • Orientation to online teaching and learning
  • Designing an online course
  • Constructing an online course
  • Managing and supporting an online course

Participants will follow a design process that will help them plan their online instruction for maximum effectiveness. This courses meets the minimum required content to be one of Michigan Tech’s Currently Approved Online Teaching Training and Certification Courses. Email tfreeman@mtu.edu if you have questions.

Enterprise Teams Take Vehicles to School

Members of Michigan Tech's Enterprise competition teams in Formula I, Supermileage, Baja and Clean Snowmobile will visit with eighth-grade students at Houghton Middle School today.

The eighth graders have been engaged in four-week long STEM projects led by Michigan Tech students and their instructors. These projects have immersed the middle school students in the engineering and testing of fuel cell automobiles. The project incorporates many science standards and practices. Today's visit by the Enterprise teams, along with their vehicles, is the culmination of these projects. 

The vehicles will be on display outside the Houghton Middle School from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. today (April 26). In addition, there will be demonstrations. 

Payroll Workshop Offered May 13

Payroll Services will host a workshop at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 13 in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge to review the Payroll Services Standard Practice Guide and answer payroll and time entry questions. This session is offered to assist supervisors, timekeepers and department administrators in following time and reporting procedures and deadlines. Register online for the workshop here. If you have any questions, contact Payroll Services at 7-2130 or payroll@mtu.edu.

Superior Wind Symphony Presents: A Thousand Twangling Instruments

The Superior Wind Symphony and Campus Concert Band present “A Thousand Twangling Instruments,” at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow (April 27) in the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts. 

Honoring Shakespeare's love and appreciation of music, the event features pieces used by Shakespeare in his plays, along with popular songs of the Bard’s time and music written in his honor. The concert also explores the songs of other poets praising the values of music, love and art. Composers represented are:

  • Duke Ellington
  • Leonard Bernstein
  • Susan Botti
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams
  • Thomas Tallis
  • John Mackey
  • Michael Praetorius
  • Joseph Schillinger (featuring Libby Meyer on the theremin)
  • Pentatonix
  • Katherine Bergman, a Minnesota composer with a brand new piece about Isle Royale

Tickets are on sale now — $13 for adults, $5 for youth and no charge for Michigan Tech students with the Experience Tech fee. Tickets are available by phone, 7-2073, online, in person at the Central Ticketing Office in the Student Development Complex or at the Rozsa Box Office the evening of the performance. Note the Rozsa Box Office only opens two hours prior to performances. 


Last C-Cubed Luncheon of the Semester

This week's C3 luncheon is the last one of the spring semester and takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today (April 26) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited.  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 $12 per person. Cash, credit cards and C-Cubed gift certificates (available in the Memorial Union office) are accepted. Submit C-Cubed feedback here. To join the C-Cubed Google Group and receive weekly menus, email kalprice@mtu.edu.

The menu:


  • Chicken Tikka Masala GF
  • Tofu Tikka Masala GF V
  • Basmati Rice GF VE
  • Boondi Raita GF V
  • Chef’s Vegetables Salad GF V VE

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


Liabilities into Assets Event Today
Social Sciences presents "Liabilities into Assets: Enhancing Electrical Grid and Community Resilience through Repurposing Decommissioned Mines into Underground Pump Storage Hydro-power Facilities (UPSH)" from noon to 2 p.m. today (April 26) in GLRC 202. 

This event will feature a collection of student posters and presentations exploring aspects of the adaptive reuse of abandoned mine sites for energy storage facilities. Please bring a lunch if you wish. 

Read the original Tech Today story.


Celebrate Arbor Day Today 

Celebrate Arbor Day and support the University’s student-led Tree Campus USA initiative today (April 26).

The event will include a 30-minute ceremony at the Husky Statue at noon, followed by a student-led campus tree walk and tree planting (from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.) and a reception at the U. J. Noblet Forestry Building Atrium from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. The reception will feature informational tables from community and student organizations that support environmental sustainability and ecology in our area. In addition, the US Forest Service will be providing tours of their underground research facility, the Rhizotron.


Physics Colloquium Today

There will be a physics colloquium at 11 a.m. today (April 26) in Fisher 101. James Matthews will present "35 Years of Muon Measurements in Cosmic Ray Air Showers." 

Matthews is professor of physics at Louisiana State University. His primary research is on extremely high-energy cosmic rays at the Pierre Auger Observatory. He has been a member of the Auger Collaboration since its inception and served as co-spokesperson from 2010-2013. 


KIP Seminar Today: Caroline Rickards

The KIP department invites you to hear Caroline Rickards of the Department of Physiology and Anatomy at the University of North Texas Health Science Center present a seminar of her research at 3 p.m. today (April 26) in ATDC 101.

Rickards' talk is titled "Take a Deep Breath... The Role of Breathing on Brain Blood Flow Regulation." She will speak about how respiratory-induced changes in arterial blood gases and acid-base balance have a profound effect on cerebral blood flow regulation. Rickards will present a series of studies assessing the role of inspiratory resistance breathing on responses of cerebral blood flow and cerebral tissue oxygenation under conditions of actual blood loss in animal models and simulated hemorrhage in humans. 


A National Pastime Concert Tonight 

The Michigan Tech Concert Choir and ConScience Michigan Tech
Chamber Singers present “A National Pastime," 7:30 p.m. this evening in the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts. Full information for this event can be found on our website.


Rx Take Back Day is Tomorrow

Michigan Tech's Department of Public Safety and Police Services is a registered drop-off location for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow (April 27).

This is an opportunity to properly dispose of all expired and unused prescription drugs. Note: Only pill form prescriptions will be accepted, no liquids.

If you have any questions, email Whitney Boroski.


Memorial Service for Cookie Johnson Saturday

A celebration of the life of Eleanor "Cookie" Johnson will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday (April 27) in the Rozsa Center Lobby. Join John H. Johnson, research professor and presidential professor emeritus of mechanical engineering, in a celebration and memorial service for his dearly departed wife, Cookie, who passed away in late December. Light refreshments will be served after the service. To view her obituary, click here.

Cookie was employed by Michigan Tech as a halftime technical writer for the College of Engineering, and a halftime student advisor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. She retired from Tech in 1993.


Quarterly System Maintenance Sunday

Michigan Tech IT will perform maintenance on these non-Banner production services from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday (April 28). The following production systems will be unavailable:

  • Bitbucket
  • Confluence
  • Coral Lib
  • Cumulus
  • Fischer 
  • Footprints
  • Foreman
  • Jira
  • Papercut Printing
  • Perceptive Content (Imagenow)
  • Pinnacle
  • RedHat Satellite
  • Sunapsis
  • Tech Experience
  • UC4/Appworx
  • Virtual Cashiering
  • WebFocus

If you have any questions or concerns, we can help. Contact us at it-help@mtu.edu or call 7-1111.

In the News

Rolf Peterson (SFRES) was quoted in the story "Isle Royale wolf rescue faces longterm genetic challenge, researchers say," in the Great Lakes Echo.


Michigan Tech graduate student Will Lytle was quoted in the story "'Plastic Free Keweenaw' challenges people to go plastic free," on WJMN TV3.


The Rubik's Cube Rumble, presented by the Cube Club at Michigan Tech was featured in a story on WLUC TV6.

Using Duo while outside the United States

Do your travel plans include international travel? Don't forget to consider your Two-factor (Duo) authentication options. Duo protects and verifies your identity when using Michigan Tech services.

It is a good idea to review all of your options before departing from campus. You can read more and find what works best for you in our Knowledge Base.

If you have any questions about Duo logins outside the United States, we can help. Contact us at it-help@mtu.edu or call 7-1111.

Community Ambassadors Event

Join us from 2 - 3 p.m. Monday (April 29) in M&M 722 to hear from the Pavlis Honors College Community Ambassadors and discuss future collaborations with community partners. Community Ambassadors partner with a service organization on projects and build connections between Michigan Tech and the local community.

This year's ambassadors worked with community partners on a variety of K-12 education, environmental outreach, community development and food security projects. Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome. Contact Kari Henquinet for more information on Community Ambassadors.

Freisinger Publishes New Book of Poems

A new book of poems, "Windthrow & Salvage," by Professor Emeritus Randall R. Freisinger (HU) has just been released by Kelsay Books. This is his fifth collection.

Freisinger retired from Michigan Tech in 2009 after 32 years of teaching in the Department of Humanities and is currently professor emeritus in Literature and Creative Writing. He was the recipient of a Distinguished Teaching Award in 2008. His poems have been widely published since the late 1960s in numerous literary magazines and have seven times been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, one significant measure of the literary merit of a writer's work by the literary establishment. His third book, "Plato’s Breath," won the 1996 May Swenson Poetry Prize from Utah State University Press.

"Windthrow & Salvage" takes its title from a phenomenon well-known to foresters: a sudden downburst of wind during a powerful thunderstorm that causes severe damage to a forest and the subsequent salvage operations that attempt to reclaim whatever value remains in the storm-damaged timber.

Quite by accident, Freisinger stumbled upon the title for his collection when he stopped several years ago to read an informative plaque on the Tech Trails while walking his dog. The plaque, posted jointly by Tech's School of Forestry and Environmental Science and the Michigan DNR, marks a site where a "windthrow" event once occurred.

Freisinger employs this phenomenon as a metaphor, using the Biblical figure of Job, featured in the cover art, to represent the deep human search for answers and redemption in the face of a too-often silent and bewildering world. The book of poems is available from either kelsaybooks.com or Amazon.