Candidate to Interview for Assistant Vice President of Alumni Engagement

The assistant vice president of alumni engagement hiring committee invites the Michigan Tech community to a candidate presentation by Karin Van Dyke on Friday (Oct. 8) at 3:30 p.m. in the MUB Alumni Lounge.

The presentation will last approximately 30 minutes, followed by a Q&A session.

This Week's C-Cubed Luncheon Menu

Dining Services presents this week's C-Cubed Luncheon, being held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday (Oct. 7) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge, Room 107. All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited.

The C-Cubed lunch buffet menus are created by executive chef Eric Karvonen and prepared by Karvonen and his culinary team. As the name suggests, the meals are meant to foster conversation, community and collegiality. Attendees may bring their 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 gift cards are accepted. Gift cards can be purchased in the Memorial Union office, Room 101. You can submit C-Cubed feedback using this Google form. To join the C-Cubed Google group and receive weekly menus, email

Menu for Thursday (Oct. 7):

Chicken Tikka Masala (Gluten Free)
Tofu Tikka Masala (Gluten Free, Vegetarian)
Basmati Rice (Gluten Free, Vegan)
Warm Flat Bread (Vegetarian)
Raita (Vegetarian)
Vegetable Salad (Gluten Free, Vegan)

La Pena Spanish Conversation Hour

You are cordially invited to join us today (Oct. 5) from 5-6 p.m. in the Humanities Digital Media Zone (HDMZ) in the Walker Arts and Humanities Center (Walker), Room 120C.

We will chat and play board games in Spanish. All levels of Spanish speakers are welcome. Please pass the information along, and bring someone as well!

Next Peña dates: Oct 19, Nov. 2, Nov. 30.

For any questions regarding La Peña conversation hours, please contact Leyre Alegre at

Garment Exhibit: 'Apparel for the Anthropocene'

"Apparel for the Anthropocene," a display of garments designed by Cori Champagne, is presented by the Institute for Policy, Ethics, and Culture at Michigan Technological University.

The exhibit will be displayed Oct. 10-31 in the Upper Atrium of the U. J. Noblet Forestry Building at Michigan Tech. An opening reception will be held on the Lower Atrium of the Forestry Building on Oct. 14 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Champagne is best known for her garments and attire, which transform into temporary shelters. Crossing borders, fleeing climate extremes, transitioning to a new life — her body of work responds with an adaptive design solution intended to manage challenging conditions.

"Apparel for the Anthropocene" presents four ensembles from this series:

  • "Gulf/PR" addresses the needs for flood-prone areas and subsequent repair and rebuild.
  • "Tsaile" provides protection needed in areas experiencing desertification.
  • "Shishmaref" and "Lukeville" consider the needs for shelter and mobility during rapid migration.

Champagne’s work has been exhibited all over the U.S. both as an independent artist and in collaboration with the artist collectives Bunny Sandwich Collective and ArtShape Mammoth. Currently, she is a member of Boston Sculptors Gallery, and is preparing for a 2022 solo exhibition.

In addition to her studio practice, Champagne is adjunct faculty at Boston Architectural College's School of Architecture, and is a program administrator at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Weekend of New Music

Four days. Six concerts. 360 minutes of awesome.

Here are the details about this incredible Weekend of New Music:

  • New Music in the Mine — Oct. 7 and 8 at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
    Have you ever worn a hard hat at a concert? Yes or no — don't you want to? Come see contemporary music performed live in the beautiful setting of the historic Quincy Mine Shaft No. 2 Hoist Building!
    Note: Hard hats and face coverings required.

  • With Wings Attached: New Music Inspired by Bird Song — Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m.
    Calling all bird lovers! This concert is just what you hope. 
    Here's what to expect:
    1. Sitting on the stage where the performance is happening.
    2. Audubon bird calls played by a few audience members (maybe you?).
    3. World-class musicians from here and afar playing contemporary music.
    4. All the bird-song goodness you can stand.
    Note: Face coverings are required for this performance.

  • Sonatas and Interludes: Stephen Rush Performs John Cage's Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano — Oct. 10 at 4 p.m.
    If you have never heard of "prepared piano," prepare to be amazed. To play this piece, the pianist puts everyday items — like screws, bread ties and erasers — inside the piano to change how it sounds! We'll project the inside of the piano throughout the concert so you can see how the prepared piano works.
    Note: Face coverings are required for this performance.

Erin Matas Named Association of Research Libraries Leadership Fellow

Library Director Erin Matas is one of 20 information professionals selected from the U.S. and Canada to join the 2021-22 ARL Leadership Fellows cohort. The ARL Leadership Fellowship develops and prepares the next generation of senior library and archival leaders. Past Leadership Fellows have emerged as successful leaders in a wide array of roles and settings, including as deans and directors of leading research libraries and archives.

"I am thrilled to join this cohort because of the impact that the program’s goals will have on my approach to library leadership," says Matas. "ARL's priority is to advance scholarship through systemic changes at the intersections of public policy, institutional policy and the ever-changing landscape of how we research, teach and learn. This program is an exceptional opportunity for library leaders to join these conversations and bring important guidance to their home institutions."

In their press release, ARL shared that the 2021-22 cohort brings together an immensely diverse and highly accomplished group of library leaders, representing the broadest range of research institutions and communities since the program began in 2004.

Provost Jackie Huntoon noted that Michigan Tech is proud to have a representative in the 2021-22 cohort of ARL Leadership Fellows. "Matas' outstanding contributions on campus and beyond have clearly contributed to her selection. By participating as a Fellow, Erin will be able to continue to grow as a library professional and contribute her knowledge of best practices to the Michigan Tech community."

KSO Wins Second Place in The American Prize!

It was recently announced that the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra (KSO) won second place in The American Prize in Orchestral Performance contest for its recordings of "Jupiter" and "Sinfonia Antartica."

The KSO competed in the college/university division (smaller program) category for 2021.

The American Prize is a national music competition for American music performers, composers, directors, administrators, and ensembles in the United States. Entrants are judged based on submitted recordings — there is no live competition. 

"This is our second placement in The American Prize," said Joel Neves, KSO music director. "In 2014, I received third place in the orchestra conductor category for the KSO's performances of Brahms, 'Symphony No. 4,' and Debussy, 'Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun.'"

Kudos go to:

  • Maya Ablao and Michael Chopp, our sound designers for "Jupiter" and "Sinfonia Antartica;"
  • conScience for their choral contribution;
  • Kate Van Susante (Provost's Office) as soloist;
  • Kent Cyr (VPA) for building our wind machine; and (of course)
  • The amazing musicians of the KSO for their artistic excellence.

Biological Sciences Seminar Series

David D. Kline is the next presenter in the Biological Sciences Seminar Series.

The seminar will be held from 3-4 p.m. on Thursday (Oct. 7) via Zoom.

Kline's presentation is titled "Astrocyte transporters in the nTS control excitatory and inhibitory circuit activity and cardiorespiratory function."

From the abstract:
... In this study, we will discuss the role of astrocytic Glu and GABA transporters in controlling the balance of excitation and inhibition in the nTS and their influence on normal physiological function. Furthermore, we will show astrocytes are important in the manifestation of altered nTS circuit activity in an obstructive sleep apnea model. Taken together, our data demonstrate astrocytes critically limit activation of excitatory and inhibitory receptors, their synaptic interaction, and thus neuronal activity to influence cardiorespiratory homeostasis and reflex responses.

This Week in Michigan Tech Athletics

Tuesday (Oct. 5)
• Huskies Drive Time, 7:30-8 a.m. on Mix 93 WKMJ

Friday (Oct. 8)
• Soccer at Ferris State, 4 p.m.
• Hockey at Wisconsin, 8 p.m. on Mix 93 WKMJ

Saturday (Oct. 9)
• Cross Country at Lewis Crossover, 9:45 a.m.
• Volleyball vs. Northern Michigan, 4 p.m. at SDC Gym on TV6
• Football at Wayne State, 6 p.m. on 920 AM/107.3 FM
• Hockey at Wisconsin, 8 p.m. on Mix 93 WKMJ

Sunday (Oct. 10)
• Soccer vs. Parkside, noon at Kearly Stadium

Soccer Defeats PNW, NMU

The Michigan Tech soccer team added two wins to their record this past weekend.

The Huskies defeated Purdue Northwest (PNW) 3-0 on Friday (Oct. 1). First half goals came from Stephanie Yeager and Emily Zeitunian, and Allison Thelen added a goal in the second half. 

The Huskies outshot the Pride 25-6 for the game, holding a 10-1 edge for shots on goal. 

"It was a phenomenal team win," coach Cora Essenmacher said. "We got to get players in the game that might not normally come in. It was big to bounce back and get the team's morale up heading into Sunday."

On Sunday (Oct. 3), Michigan Tech powered past Northern Michigan 2-0. The Huskies got goals from Grace Shaw and Stephanie Yeager in the second half to claim the victory over their Upper Peninsula rival.

After a rather calm first half in which the Wildcats outshot the Huskies 8-1, Tech finally broke through in the 61st minute on a corner kick. Grace Shaw was able to get the header to go on a beautiful corner pass from Stephanie Yeager. 

"We work on corners a lot and Stephanie played an absolutely beautiful ball," Shaw said of her goal. "We were happy to get the momentum going."

With the victories, the Huskies improved to 6-3 on the season and 3-2 in the GLIAC.

Read more and see video highlights at the Michigan Tech Athletics website.

Volleyball Adds Fifth, Sixth Straight Wins

The Michigan Tech volleyball team won its fifth and sixth straight matches over the weekend, earning a win over Wayne State on Friday (Oct. 1) and picking up its ninth sweep of the season Saturday (Oct. 2) over Saginaw Valley State.

The Huskies earned a 3-1 victory over Wayne State Friday at the SDC Gym. The win moved MTU to the top of the GLIAC standings with a 5-1 conference record and 10-4 overall.

On Saturday, the Huskies dominated against SVSU, sweeping the Cardinals 25-13, 25-10 and 25-17 to improve to 11-4 overall and 6-1 in the GLIAC.

Senior outside hitter Anna Jonynas notched her 1,000th career kill in Saturday's match, becoming the only player in program history to tally 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs.

Jonynas' teammate Laura De Marchi weighed in on the accomplishment: "Anna is the most underrated player I've ever seen. People don't give her as much credit as she deserves. She is an amazing player in the front row, back row, on the court and off the court. She's so consistent, and I'm so happy she got this milestone."

Read more at the Michigan Tech Athletics website.

Cross-Country Competes in Blugold Invite

Michigan Tech men's cross-country placed eighth and women's cross-country finished 10th at the Blugold Invitational on Friday (Oct. 1), hosted by University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire at Whitetail Golf Course.

The Huskies featured a smaller group of student-athletes after competing at the Roy Griak Invitational less than a week ago but still placed in the top 10 teams in both races.

Isaac Steers was the Huskies' top finisher for the men, finishing 42nd out of a 412-racer field with an 8K time of 26:26.08. Miranda Meyers was the top finisher on the women's team with a 6K run of 23:39.67.

Read more at the Michigan Tech Athletics website.

Huskies Win Homecoming Game 31-7

With four forced fumbles, a pair of interceptions and a blocked field goal, Michigan Tech football rolled to a convincing 31-7 homecoming victory over Davenport University Saturday (Oct. 2) at Kearly Stadium. 

William Marano led the ground game with 90 yards and one touchdown and the Huskies ended their four-game homestand with an even 2-2 record. Tech also picked up its first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference win as the Panthers fell to 1-4 (0-1 GLIAC). 

"I'm very proud of our team and the way they came out and performed today," said head coach Steve Olson. "I'm also proud of our coaching staff and how they prepared us to be ready for this game. We expected them (Davenport) to come out and try to shut us down man-to-man but fortunately, we were still able to establish the run early on, which really helped us. We have some offensive weapons and we knew it was just a matter of time before we would be able to make some big plays. Those plays and being able to get yards after contact were key."

Read more at the Michigan Tech Athletics website.

Huskies and Wildcats Tie in Exhibition Hockey

Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan skated to a 4-4 tie Saturday (Oct. 2) in an exhibition game at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena. The teams put on an offensive show for the 3,275 fans.

"The enthusiasm in the rink was outstanding," Tech coach Joe Shawhan said. "We got out of it what we wanted to. I'm appreciative of Northern for coming over to play this game. The plan was to give some guys a lot of minutes to evaluate them. I didn't think we were ready to start the game, but we got more structure to the last half of the game."

Each team suited up extra players, with NMU playing 26 guys and Tech playing 24. All five goaltenders in the lineups played at least a period.

Read more at the Michigan Tech Athletics website.

Job Posting

Job Postings for Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available on the Human Resources website. For more information regarding staff positions, call 906-487-2280 or email

For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted. 

Endowed Chair Faculty Position, Chemical Engineering. Apply online.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Accommodations are available. If you require any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations to apply for employment, or for an interview, at Michigan Technological University, please notify the Human Resources office at 906-487-2280 or

In Print

Iosif Pinelis (Math) is the author of a paper accepted for publication in Acta Mathematica Hungarica.

The paper is titled "Characterization of Groups of Involutions by Means of Composite Functional Equations in Two Variables."

A preprint version of the paper is available for download.


Nathir Rawashdeh (AC) is the author of a paper published in Volume 10, Issue 10, of the MDPI journal Actuators.

The article is titled "Gripper Control Design and Simulation for OpenROV Submarine Robot."

Presented in the paper is a design of a gripper for the underwater OpenROV vehicle, an open-source underwater vehicle for remote underwater exploration that can enable systems of underwater IoTs and real-time monitoring.

Read more on the Computing News Blog.

On the (Virtual) Road

Stephanie Carpenter (HU) presented at the Communal Studies Association Annual Conference, held virtually Sept. 29 to Oct. 2.

Carpenter’s paper was titled “Despite Our Best Intentions: Representations of Communal Societies in Recent Fiction.”

The paper considered themes, tropes and plot points recurring in contemporary novels about historical and 21st century communal societies.

New Funding

Yu Cai (AC/ICC) is the principal investigator (PI) on a project that has received a $148,660 other sponsored activities grant from the National Security Agency.

The project is titled "2021 GenCyber Grant Program - Michigan Technological University."

Tim Van Wagner (AC/ICC) and Bo Chen (CC/ICC) are co-PIs on this potential three-year project.


Face Coverings Required in Classrooms, Labs, Library

Michigan Tech remains at Health and Safety Level TwoFace coverings are required in certain locations — classrooms and laboratories during classes and lab courses, and in the library — and may also be required during instructors' office hours. In all other settings, face coverings are encouraged but not required. This applies to all students, employees, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status.

Michigan Tech strongly recommends that all employees and students receive the COVID-19 vaccine and continue with handwashing and hand-sanitizing practices, especially in light of the virulence of the COVID-19 delta variant. Please be aware that if you are exposed to COVID-19, quarantine guidelines vary depending on vaccination status. 

In Level Two, students and employees are not required to monitor their symptoms daily prior to coming to campus. But, individuals should be mindful of their own symptoms. A useful monitoring tool is available from the CDC. 


On-Demand COVID-19 Testing Available on Campus

Walk-in, on-demand COVID-19 testing is available to Michigan Tech students and employees during the fall 2021 semester.

Testing is located in the Datolite Room at the MUB on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. There is no cost to be tested, and no appointment is needed. 

Read more COVID-19 Testing Information on the MTU Flex website.


Indigenous Peoples' Day 2021

Join the celebrations, discussions and ceremonies to share and uplift practices that honor Indigenous knowledge and cultures in several events co-hosted by Michigan Tech faculty, staff and students from the Great Lakes Research Center, People of the Heart Water Walkers and local community members.

Waterside Trail and Read Along — Now to Oct. 18
Starting at the Portage Lake District Library, follow the waterside trail to East Houghton Park, and read "We Are Water Protectors" page by page along the way. Written by Carole Lindstrom and illustrated by Michaela Goade, the book is about a young girl who learns from her Nokomis (grandmother) about protecting water and Earth.

Nationwide Code Red — Oct. 6 at 6 p.m.
Join the virtual, nationwide "Code Red" tomorrow (Oct. 6) at 6 p.m. Listen to Anishinaabekweg Doreen Blaker, Katy Bresette and Kathy Smith share stories and experiences about climate change, especially related to Nibi (water). Worldwide, Indigenous peoples are drawing attention to the Sixth Assessment Report on Climate Change — thanks to which, the United Nations is calling this moment a "code red" for our Earth, and are emphasizing Indigenous peoples’ rights and participation in climate policy. Join the Code Red via Zoom.

People of the Heart Water Walk — Oct. 9-11
A journey of unity and awareness, the People of the Heart Water Walk goes from the Copper Harbor Lighthouse to Keweenaw Bay's Sand Point Lighthouse. Learn more at and follow #peopleoftheheart #waterwalk.

Today's Campus Events

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Hyperconnection: A New Series by Tiffany Lange

Tiffany Lange’s newest series “Hyperconnection”, examines overstimulation and anxiousness through abstraction. After a year of increased screen time during quarantine and...


The Spirit of the Hunt: Ecological Art Exhibit & Public Wolf Discussion

Art Exhibit: August 30-October 15 Monday-Friday from 9:00am to 4:00pm Noblet Atrium, Michigan Tech College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science Opening...


Flu Shot Clinic


HuskyLead: Robert's Rules of Order: How to Run an Effective Meeting

Tuesday, October 5 - "Robert's Rules of Order: How to Run an Effective Meeting" - Do you need to brush up on your Robert's Rules of order - or do you know nothing about Robert...


Open Rock Climbing

All ages (we can allow all ages to climb as long as we have the proper fitting equipment). No need to sign up, just stop by the Climbing Wall between 6 and 8 pm Monday through...