Building a Mindfulness Habit

By now, I’m guessing many of you have heard of, if not practiced, mindfulness, (also frequently referred to as mindfulness meditation). A good tutorial if you don’t know much about it can be found on Tech’s Wellness page. Just look under the Resources tab/Mental Health and Well-Being, and you’ll find some great videos and exercises to get you started.

While this blog will discuss how to build a regular mindfulness practice, let’s review some of the basics. Mindfulness is defined as a “state of nonjudgmental awareness of what’s happening in the present moment, including the awareness of one’s own thoughts, feelings, and senses.” There are many proven benefits for those who practice it regularly, and that practice doesn’t even have to be long — 10 minutes per day has been shown to be beneficial. And many of the benefits align with what some clients hope to achieve, like anxiety reduction, improved memory and focus, ability to adapt to change better, greater satisfaction with relationships and improved emotional resilience.

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Available University Photo Assets

University Marketing and Communications has a lot of photo assets available for departments to use in their publications, websites, and social media.

Departments can get web-based access to view our database of all photos from the last five years and request downloads of specific photos for departmental use. If your department does not already have an account, fill out the simple request form.

A selection of photos can also be downloaded directly from Michigan Tech's Flickr account. Albums available include campus during various seasons, Winter Carnival, and Commencement. Additional photos of campus and students will continue to be added. Open the photo you are interested in and look for the download icon (an arrow pointing down to a line).

Please contact with any questions.

Wear Jeans for International Denim Day

Michigan Tech Title IX invites you to wear denim with a purpose today, Wednesday, April 29, for International Denim Day to support survivors and educate our community about the forms of sexual violence. Share how you wore denim with our Instagram page or use the hashtag #DenimDay.

Denim Day was founded after a 1999 Italian Supreme Court decision overturned a rape conviction because the victim wore tight jeans. Enraged by the verdict, within hours the women in the Italian Parliament launched into action and protested by wearing jeans on the steps of the Supreme Court. Peace Over Violence, a nonprofit organization in Los Angeles, organized the country’s first Denim Day event in 1999.

Read more about Denim Day and please join us in wearing denim proudly on April 29.

With any questions, please contact Kaylee Kapatos at

Last Trivia Night of the Semester!

Tonight is Trivia Night. Join us at 8 p.m. (EDT) today, April 29, on Zoom.

This week’s theme will be Disney Trivia! Think you know more than your friends? Full of facts and not sure when you might need them? Bippity Bop onto Zoom tonight to prove to everyone you know your stuff.

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to get more information. All are welcome to play, but only students can win prizes.


Summer Reading Facilitators Sought

Faculty and staff are invited to facilitate a student group discussion for Michigan Tech’s Reading as Inquiry project. This year, first-year students will be reading "The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit" by Michael Finkel.

Many people dream of escaping modern life. Most will never act on it—but in 1986, twenty-year-old Christopher Knight did just that when he left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, and disappeared into the woods. He would not have a conversation with another person for the next twenty-seven years.

Drawing on extensive interviews with Knight himself, journalist Michael Finkel shows how Knight lived in a tent in a secluded encampment, developing ingenious ways to store provisions and stave off frostbite during the winters. A former alarm technician, he stealthily broke into nearby cottages for food, books, and supplies, taking only what he needed but sowing unease in a community plagued by his mysterious burglaries. Since returning to the world, he has faced unique challenges—and compelled us to reexamine our assumptions about what makes a good life. By turns riveting and thought-provoking, "The Stranger in the Woods" gives us a deeply moving portrait of a man determined to live his own way.

Facilitators will lead a small group discussion of approximately 25 first-year students with assistance from upper level students during Orientation week. A facilitator information session will be held in August and the student group discussions are scheduled from 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25*. The book discussion will follow an address by the author.

As a part of the Reading as Inquiry events, Finkel will give two author’s addresses during Orientation Week. The author’s addresses will take place at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25*, at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts.

* Please note that the schedule will be adjusted according to any changes in fall start dates.

If you are interested in serving as a facilitator, register here no later than May 10. Facilitators will receive a free copy of the book. Contact Heather Simpson at with any questions.

In the News

Drive-thru COVID-19 testing in the Houghton area was covered by WLUC TV6. The drive-thru test site is located on the Michigan Tech campus at the Gates Tennis Center.


Jon Stone, director of Michigan Tech’s Emergency Medical Service was quoted in the article "Houghton Continues COVID-19 Response," in the Daily Mining Gazette.


Research at Michigan Tech was cited in the article "E-cigarettes may up heart rate, blood pressure in young people," in Vishva Times (India). The story was also covered in Medical Xpress.


Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) was referenced in the article "3D Printing and COVID-19 Update, April 28, 2020) in

Pearce authored the piece "The 3D Printing Revolution is Here," in Fast Company.

New Funding

Gordon Paterson (Biological Sciences/GLRC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $68,519 research and development contract from the Great Lakes Fishery Commission.

The project is entitled, "An Epigenetic Assessment of Stamp Sand Toxicity to Salmonid Eggs from Buffalo Reef, Lake Superior". Kristin Brzeski (CFRES/GLRC) is the co-PI on this potential two-year project.


Valoree Gagnon (GLRC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $75,000 research and development cooperative agreement from the University of Michigan.

The project is entitled, "Anishinaabe-Gikendaasowin Integrated Assessment Research in the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community for Stewardship and Governance Partnerships". This is a potential two-year project.


Momoko Tajiri (Chemistry/MuSTI) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $33,597 research and development grant from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development – Michigan Craft Beer Council.

The project is entitled, "Berries & Brews: Understanding the Market and Technological Processing Opportunities of Michigan Grown Fruit in the Craft Beverage Industry". Jenny Apriesnig (College of Business/MuSTI), Ezequiel Medici (MEEM/MuSTI), Kazuya Tajiri (MEEM/MuSTI), Lynn Mazzoleni (Chemistry/MuSTI), and Martin Thompson (Chemistry/MuSTI) are co-PIs on this 16-month project.

Rose Martell Retiring Friday

Rose Martell will be retiring Friday, May 1, after more than 19 years of service.

Please join the Center for Educational Outreach staff in thanking Rose for her incredible dedication and celebrating her legacy as she begins this well-deserved new chapter.

Best wishes, Rose! 

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