Minerick Appointed Interim Dean of Pavlis

Jacqueline Huntoon, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, announced that Adrienne Minerick, dean of the College of Computing, has agreed to serve as the interim dean of the Pavlis Honors College beginning February 1, 2021. Minerick will be the successor to Lorelle Meadows, who will retire at the end of January. Dennis Livesay, currently dean of the College of Engineering at Wichita State University, will become the dean of Michigan Tech’s College of Computing on Feb. 1, 2021.

Huntoon said, "I hope the campus community will join me in thanking Adrienne for her willingness to take on this new role at Michigan Tech. I know that the Honors College will benefit from her leadership and I look forward to continuing to have the opportunity to work with her."

Huntoon thanked Meadows, who came to Michigan Tech in 2014, for her service to the University. "She has provided the leadership necessary to move the Honors College from an idea to a reality," Huntoon said. "I have enjoyed working with Lorelle since she arrived and will miss hearing her perspectives and ideas in the future. Thankfully, she does not plan to completely sever her ties to the University and will maintain affiliation and continue to pursue her research interests."

Minerick has served as dean of the College of Computing since its launch in July 2019. Prior to that she served as dean of the School of Technology (2018-19) and was the associate dean for Research and Innovation in the College of Engineering from 2015-2018.

How to be a Nice Midwesterner in a Pandemic

Kelly Kamm (KIP) explains what you need to do before, during and after travel over break.

Getting a test is not a substitute for safe behavior — remember, what you choose to do now and during break can affect your loved ones.

On the University research blog Unscripted, Kamm shares insights from her work as an epidemiologist and what that means for travel, awkward health conversations with friends and family, zombies and quarantine.

ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

Disabilities, both visible and unseen, impact approximately 26% of the U.S. population, and research has shown that both graduation and retention rates for students with disabilities are lower than those of their peers.

Faculty ranks are also impacted with only 3.6% of tenured faculty identifying themselves as individuals with disabilities. While efforts to include disability in diversity work are gaining momentum, it’s time for a reckoning in higher education.

Today’s edition of the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup features an article from Inside HigherEd that discusses the need for an increase in diversity and inclusion efforts for those with disabilities.

If you have an article you think we should feature, please email it to advance-mtu@mtu.edu and we will consider adding it to the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup.

The ADVANCE Weekly Roundup is brought to you by ADVANCE at Michigan Tech, which is an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity, and inclusion. These articles are available on the ADVANCE Newsblog. To learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts, and to check out our growing collection of resources, contact us or visit the ADVANCE website.

Thanksgiving Week Hours at the Mineral Museum

The A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (Nov. 23-25).

The museum will be closed next Thursday through Sunday (Nov. 26 - 29) for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The museum will reopen on Monday, Nov. 30 for normal business hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The museum's annual holiday sale is on until the end of this semester.

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Hockey Season Begins on the Road This Weekend

Michigan Tech hockey is on the road weekend with a pair of games against WCHA foe Lake Superior State in the 2020-21 season opener for both teams. The teams will play a two-game series in Taffy Abel Arena in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. The puck will drop at 5:07 p.m. tomorrow (Nov. 21) and at 3:07 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 22).

The Huskies were picked fourth in the WCHA Coaches poll, with the Lakers picked sixth.

Both games can be heard on local radio on 93.5 FM, with Dirk Hembroff calling all the action. The games will be live-streamed on The Mix 93.5 or Pasty.com or by using your favorite radio streaming app.


Huskies Launch Promotions Page

Michigan Tech Athletics has created a webpage for fans to register for promotions for the 2020-21 seasons. Thank you to Domino's Pizza, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the Michigan Tech Employee Federal Credit Union for sponsoring some great promotions to begin the hockey season.

Visit Michigan Tech Huskies promos to sign up for a chance to win a weekend Pizza and a Puck date night with Domino's. You will receive a code to watch the Huskies on FloHockey and a free large one-topping pizza on both Friday and Saturday nights from Domino's in Houghton.

The MiKidsCan Player of the Game returns for a third season. Local Copper Country youth will have an opportunity to be a part of the pregame ceremony for Huskies hockey. Each winner will be announced before the Huskies starting lineup and their picture and profile will be shown live-streamed on FloHockey and on the video board at a home hockey game. MIKidsCan is a part of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan's ongoing efforts to help Michigan families make good choices leading to healthier lives. With a focus on improving children's health, over the last 10 years, BCBSM has given more than $6 million in support of kids' health and wellness initiatives across the state, reaching more than 100,000 children.

Michigan Tech Employees Federal Credit Union is again sponsoring For The Love of Money Game and is giving away $100 to one lucky fan during every Saturday night home hockey game. Fill out the form for your chance to win big. A winner will be announced on the Michigan Tech Huskies Facebook page and on the promotion page.

Additional promotions will be added throughout the 2020-21 seasons.

New Funding

Darrell Robinette (ME-EM/APSRC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $1,348,109 research and development co-op/joint agreement from the Department of Energy.

The project is entitled, " Energy Optimization of Light and Heavy Duty Vehicle Cohorts of Mixed Connectivity, Automation and Propulsion System Capabilities via Meshed V2V-V2I and Expanded Data."

Jeff Naber (ME-EM/APSRC), Bo Chen (ME-EM/APSRC), Jung Yun Bae (ME-EM/APSRC) and Chris Morgan (PHC/APSRC) are Co-PI's on this potential 2.3-year project.


Fill Out the COVID-19 Symptom Tracking Form Before Coming to Campus

If you are working on campus while the University is at Health Safety Level Five, remember that no one is permitted to come to campus with symptoms consistent with COVID-19. Employees are required to monitor their symptoms daily before coming to campus. The Daily Symptom Tracking Form is a short form that will help you determine if you have COVID-19 symptoms.


Parenting All Rainbow Kids Meets Today

Parenting All Rainbow Kids (PARK) is a faculty/staff-led group for Michigan Tech employees who are the parents/guardians of LGBTQIA* youth.

PARK aims to offer group members a confidential, supportive community where we can learn and grow as parents/guardians together. Meetings will be held on the Third Friday of each month. Our next meeting is at 11 a.m., today (Nov. 20) via Zoom. Everyone is welcome. For questions or concerns, contact Michelle Jarvie-Eggart, Amber Kemppainen, or Amy Howard.


On the Line - An Interactive Theatre Illustrating Biases

Do you serve on a tenure/promotion committee or in a leadership role within your unit? If so, then the Academy for Responsive Leadership, part of ADVANCE at Michigan Tech, invites you to join us at 1 p.m.  Monday (Nov. 23) for an interactive theatre experience illustrating bias.

This 90-minute session entitled "On The Line" is a performance by professional actors merged into a workshop format featuring a living case study that interactively engages participants to strategize and test ways to mitigate bias in tenure, promotion, and reappointment (TPR) discussions and decisions. All are welcome to register and attend, In addition, we strongly encourage anyone involved in the TPR process to join us for this event. Please register for the session.


Holiday Sale Starts Early at the Mineral Museum

The annual museum Holiday Sale begins today (Nov. 19) and will continue through Saturday, Dec. 19. The gift shop is offering 15% off all merchandise*.

The museum gallery and gift shop are open Monday – Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The museum gift shop includes many beautiful and unique gifts: mineral decor, such as, malachite, amethyst, lapis lazuli, local native copper and lamps; locally hand-made gemstone jewelry; a variety of stocking stuffers, including, mineral themed playing cards, onyx dice, carved animals, bottle stoppers ... and so much more.

*Can not be combined with other discounts.


SDC Thanksgiving Break Hours

The SDC will observe reduced hours over Thanksgiving Break, Friday, Nov. 20, through Sunday, Nov. 29. The SDC will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 26.


Chemical Engineering Seminar Today

The next Chemical Engineering Seminar takes place at 1 p.m. today (Nov. 20) via Zoom (passcode: 217815). Sriram Valluri will present "Clean Energy: Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU)." Valluri is a Ph.D. candidate from MTU's Chemical Engineering Department and is working under the supervision of Komar Kawatra (ChE).


Banner Production System Maintenence Sunday

A production system maintenance window will be taking place from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday (Nov. ​22)​.

The COVID-19 Daily Symptom Tracking Form will be unavailable during this outage. We ask that you continue to self-monitor and if you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, please do not come to campus. Canvas access will not be restricted while the Symptom Tracking Form is unavailable.

The following production services will be unavailable during that time:

  • Banner
  • Banweb
  • MTU Flex Portal
  • MyMichiganTech
  • Course Tools
  • Housing Apartments Wait List
  • OAP Rental System
  • Oracle Reports
  • UC4/Appworx
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If you have any questions or concerns, we can help. Contact us at it-help@mtu.edu or call 7-1111.

In Print

Mark Rhodes (SS), William Price (Ball State University) and Amy Walker (Cardiff University) have an edited volume titled Geographies of Post-Industrial Place, Memory, and Heritage due in print as part of Routledge's Sustainable Urbanism Series November 23rd, 2020.

All industrialization is deeply rooted within the specific geographies in which it took place, and echoes of previous industrialization continue to reverberate in these places through to the modern day. This book investigates the overlap of memory and the impacts of industrialization within today’s communities and the senses of place and heritage that grew alongside and in reaction to the growth of industry.

In the News

Michigan Tech alumnus Garrick Ronchow has been named president and CEO of CMS Energy and Consumers Energy and was named to CMS Energy’s Board of Directors. The story was covered in many Michigan media outlets including Crain's Detroit Business Traverse City Record Eagle and MLive.


Richelle Winkler (SS) and student Kate Bridges were interviewed or the story "MTU festival encourages students, community to hold open conversations about race through film," on WJMN-TV3 in Marquette. Winkler and Bridges discussed with reporter Breanna MacLean the Film Festival on Reckoning with Race.


Caryn Heldt (ChE) was quoted in the story "Scientists develop novel method to preserve vaccines without refrigeration," in The Economic Times, Manufacturing Business Technology and the Times of India.


Michigan Tech's Rail Transportation Advisory Board has announced that Chad Scherwinski and Rachel Klumpp are now members. The Board is responsible for improving student recruitment, industry participation in project and research opportunities, and visibility of and funding for the Rail Transportation Program, among other efforts. The story was covered by Railway Age.

Today's Campus Events

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PhD Defense: Joseph Oncken

Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Advisor: Bo Chen Real-Time Predictive Control of Connected Vehicle Powertrains for Improved Energy Efficiency Attend...


Clean Energy: Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU)

Chemical Engineering Seminar Sriram Valluri PhD Candidate Chemical Engineering Michigan Technological University Abstract: Carbon capture and utilization technologies are...


Mathematical Sciences Colloquium

Jingfang Huang, Professor Department of Mathematics University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


PhD Defense: Kunle Titus Olutomilayo

Electrical Engineering Advisor: Daniel Fuhrmann Estimation of Vehicle Trailer Rotation Using Calibrated Radars with Multiple Viewpoints Attend Virtually:...


Let's Chat Group

Did you have a long week? Feel like you studied so much you can’t possibly fit anymore information in your brain? Want someone to talk to? Or maybe laugh with? Come check out...


Master's Defense: Tia Hohler

Applied Science Education Co-advisors: Shari Stockero and Amanda Gonczi An Investigation of Problem-Based Learning on the AP Exam Scores and Interest of AP Biology Students...