Michigan Tech’s Efforts Pertaining to Active Shooter Situations and Upcoming Changes

Michigan Tech takes a number of steps to help reduce the risk of an active shooter situation occurring on our campus and to provide knowledge and training to students and employees should they find themselves in such a situation.

  • In 2017, active shooter training began on Michigan Tech’s campus. Since 2018, all regular new employees receive active shooter training as part of New Employee Orientation. To date, over 2,000 employees have received training.
  • Active shooter training is available to departments upon request. As the training can be upsetting or traumatic for some employees, we recommend that supervisors speak to their employees about concerns in advance of the training. The training can be tailored to meet a department’s needs.
  • In addition, there is a training video available on the public safety website. Warning: There are images of guns and depictions related to shootings in the video. Students hear from a public safety officer during Student Orientation. The officer discusses Safety First Alert procedures and what to do in the event of an emergency.
  • Michigan Tech’s Department of Public Safety and Police Services coordinates with other law enforcement on a local, state and federal level to share information pertaining to known or potential adverse actors.
  • Local law enforcement engage in emergency training operations at different locations (e.g., a local high school or our campus) so that personnel become familiar with the environment and more comfortable navigating it.
  • Public Safety dispatchers go through a national certification and training process that teaches them how to respond to incidents of active shooters on campus.
  • Michigan Tech utilizes a mass notification system (Safety First Alert) to provide rapid and timely information of critical incidents occurring and instructions on how to protect yourself. You can check or update your Safety First Alert information in Banweb under Personal Information.
  • Our public safety department has national and state emergency operations training and leads Michigan Tech’s Incident Command Team and Emergency Operations Center, which have monthly meetings and regular tabletop exercises.
  • An Emergency Operations Center is established for all major events (e.g., Winter Carnival and home hockey games) and can be set up rapidly in the event of an emergency.

Michigan Tech is also launching a Task Force to review emergency safety procedures on campus and make recommendations to the administration regarding the current state of emergency safety procedures and recommendations for improvement. The Task Force’s report will be complete in May 2023.

Note: While mental health resources, the SDC, the Dean of Students’ Kindness campaign and other such efforts are also important factors in mitigating the risk of violence on campus, they are not the focus of this article.

Info Session Today: Summer Track B Study Abroad Program in England

Looking for a great study abroad opportunity? Look no further than the Summer Track B 2023 Crossing Borders: Study Abroad in England! A program information session is being held today (Feb. 22) in the Department of Social Sciences Commons on the second floor of the Academic Office Building (AOB 209) at 4 p.m.

This four-week program takes in the history and archaeology of northwestern England and Southern Scotland and includes six credits of (HASS) coursework. Visit the program website for more details and to submit your application. There is no cost to apply; a $500 deposit is due March 15.

Questions? Email Dan Trepal at djtrepal@mtu.edu.

Contact IT for Help with Office Moves

Are you moving to a new office or campus location? Michigan Tech IT wants to make sure the transition goes as smoothly as possible.

Please contact us at least two weeks in advance of your move date and we will arrange to transfer your phone and computer, ensuring they are connected properly in your new space.

For questions about office and equipment moves, we can help. Contact us at it-help@mtu.edu or call 906-487-1111.

It's WIBIT Wednesday at the SDC Pool

MTU students and SDC Access Pass holders (minimum one month): Come make a splash with our inflatable pool obstacle course called the WIBIT!

Events will be held this spring for current MTU students and SDC Access Pass holders (minimum one month). You can test your individual skills on the course or challenge your friend to a race across the obstacles. The course is set up in the deep water and requires users to be able to pass our swim test. Please see the WIBIT rules and swim test content at our WIBIT page for more information.

There are many different pieces of the WIBIT and each event will have a featured combination. Potential featured pieces include:

  • The Step — This piece allows users to climb up onto the course.
  • The Base — Users must make their way across a horizontal surface. Be careful how fast you move, as it can get slippery!
  • The Cliff — Users must navigate either side of a slope using the handles and their balancing skills.
  • V-Connect — Users must use limited footing space to navigate across the horizontal structure.
  • The Bridge — Users must navigate up and over an arched structure without falling through.
  • The Slope — Users must climb up a six-foot wall that leads to a slide into the pool water below!

Upcoming WIBIT Combinations:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 22 — Step/V-Connect/Cliff/Slope
  • Wednesday, March 29 — Step/Bridge/Cliff/Slope


  • 5-7 p.m. — Current SDC Access Pass holders (minimum one month)
  • 7:30-9:30 p.m. — Current MTU students

Come visit us at the pool to try out your skills! See our WIBIT page for more information.

ESC Funding Awards Announced

The Ecosystem Science Center (ESC) is proud to announce its funding awards for fall 2022. The Center awarded:

  • More than $6,000 to six students to conduct research projects,
  • More than $6,645 to nine students for travel to either give a talk or present a poster at a professional conference, and
  • More than $6,000 to one faculty member to help develop an externally supported research program.

Student Research Grant Awards:

  • Manuel Anderson (CFRES, advised by Tara Bal) for the project “Adaptive silviculture solutions: Understanding the landscape of management practices for sugar maple dieback and decline in the Upper Great Lakes.”
  • Jenna Brewer (CFRES, advised by Jared Wolfe and David Flaspohler), for the project “Development of an acoustic signal as a possible solution to bird-building collisions in cities.”
  • Libbie Ring (CFRES, advised by Steven Voelker), for the project “Nitrogen Deposition and Sugar Maple Growth at Long-term Experimental Sites Throughout Michigan.”
  • Malik Sankofa (CFRES, advised by Molly Cavaleri), for the project “The Effects of Experimental Warming on the Fungal Community of Tropical Soil.”
  • Emma Shedd (CFRES, advised by Molly Cavaleri and Andrew Burton), for the project “Fine root respiration acclimation in Quercus rubra along a Midwest temperature gradient.”
  • Caitlyn Sutherlin (SS, advised by Angie Carter and Kari Henquinet), for the project “Understanding Community Connections with Nature in California, El Salvador.”

Student Travel Grant Awards:

  • Shardul Tiwari (SS, advised by Chelsea Schelly) to present at the International Association for Society and Natural Resources Conference in San Jose, Costa Rica.
  • Manuel Anderson (CFRES, advised by Tara Bal and Chris Webster), to present a poster at the Natural Areas Conference in Duluth, Minnesota.
  • Tessa Tormoen (CFRES, advised by Kristin Brzeski), to present a poster at the Wildlife Society Conference in Spokane, Washington.
  • Mai Anh Tran (CFRES, advised by Val Gagnon and Chelsea Schelly), to present a poster at the History of Science Society meeting in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Victoria Peck (CFRES, advised by Rod Chimner), to attend training at the Northwest Innovative Forestry Summit 2022 in Eatonville, Washington.
  • Kathy Huerta Sanchez (SS, advised by Chelsea Schelly), to present a poster and give a talk at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.
  • Ayush Chutani (ME-EM, advised by Ana Dyreson), to present at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.
  • Shardul Tiwari (SS, advised by Chelsea Schelly), to present at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.
  • Aritra Chakrabarty (SS, advised by Mark Rouleau), to present at the Word Social Science Association meeting in Tempe, Arizona.

ESC Member Fund (Seed) Grant:

  • Yinan Yuan (CFRES) for the project “Efficient Custom Tailing of 3’-End of RNA With Modified ATPs for Direct Nanopore Total RNA Sequencing.”

The ESC aims to advance our knowledge of the inherent complexity of social-ecological systems and thus provides small grants to members and their students to help build externally supported research programs.

SWE Attends WELocal Detroit Conference

Five student members of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) section at Michigan Tech and SWE advisor Gretchen Hein (MMET) attended the WELocal Detroit conference, held Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 18-19).

The attending students were SWE President Aerith Cruz (junior, management information systems), seniors Lukas Pyryt (mechanical engineering) and Kathleen Pakenas (biomedical engineering), and second-year students Kathryn Krieger (environmental engineering) and Ella Merklein (biomedical engineering).

At the conference, Krieger and Merklein gave a presentation titled “SWE Section and Engineering Ambassadors Host K-5 Engineering Days.” And, Hein participated in a panel discussion titled “Journeys in Academia, The Perks and Challenges” with faculty from Kettering University.

“Attending the WELocal conference and presenting on our outreach programs was an empowering experience,” said Krieger. “It was a great opportunity to showcase the incredible work being done by our section and a reminder that by working together, we can make a meaningful impact on the next generation of engineers.”

“Being my first conference, I very much enjoyed attending the WELocal conference,” said Pyryt. “This was a chance for me to truly become an ally for SWE and learn more ways to support this organization. I am very thankful for all connections I gained at this conference, as well as new information gained in sessions helping push more to become a better engineer in the process.”

The section celebrated with the SWE-Wisconsin Professional Section the achievements of Andrea Falasco ’12 (B.S. mechanical engineering) who was selected as an Emerging Leader in Technology and Engineering (ELiTE). “It was great seeing my SWE friends again and meeting new ones at the conference,” said Falasco. “I am honored to be chosen for one of the New ELiTE awards and am grateful for those who nominated me. I learned a lot at the conference and hope to bring this insight back to work and home.”

The SWE section at MTU thanks our alumnae, corporate sponsors and the College of Engineering for their support of our section and travel to conferences.

BioSci Seminar with Ryan Sponseller

Ryan Sponseller will present as part of the Department of Biological Sciences (BioSci) Seminar Series from 3-4 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 23).

The seminar will be held virtually via Zoom (use passcode 046347).

Sponseller is an associate professor at Umeå University, Sweden. His presentation is titled “Land-water interactions and the fate of terrestrial carbon in boreal streams.”

From the abstract:
The transport of organic and inorganic carbon (C) across land-water interfaces is important for the C balance of regional landscapes and is central to the ecology and biogeochemistry of recipient aquatic ecosystems. In boreal landscapes, massive stores of organic matter in soils and peatlands can support large lateral fluxes of organic and inorganic C to streams and rivers. Yet, understanding the landscape controls over this supply and predicting the downstream fate of terrestrial C remain important research goals. In this seminar, I will synthesize ongoing research from the Krycklan Catchment in northern Sweden to illustrate how landscape properties regulate patterns of C supply across land-water boundaries, evaluate the degree to which aquatic processes (e.g., respiration) can shape the downstream fate of C, and explore how fine-scale hydrological connections with the surrounding catchment can facilitate such processes. Together, these insights will be used to broadly address the biogeochemical roles of streams and rivers in the boreal landscape and highlight key areas for future work.

Data Carpentry Workshop on Ecology in Python

Michigan Tech is hosting a two-day online Data Carpentry Workshop on Ecology in Python on March 6-7. Sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. The workshop is free for all Michigan Tech students, faculty and staff. Please register by Friday (Feb. 24). Space is limited. Confirmation of your registration will be emailed Tuesday (Feb. 28).

Register to attend the workshop.

This workshop teaches data analysis and visualization in Python using an ecology dataset. There are no prerequisites and the materials assume no prior knowledge about the tools. The target audience comprises learners who have little to no prior computational experience, and the instructors put a priority on creating a friendly environment to empower researchers and enable data-driven discovery.

You do not need to have participated in the Software Carpentry Workshop to participate in this new Data Carpentry Workshop. Learners are expected to commit to attending the entire workshop.

This is one of a series of such workshops to be held this spring. Future events will be announced as they are confirmed.

Learn more on the Computing News Blog.

Hockey Ranked No. 11 This Week

The Michigan Tech hockey team is ranked No. 11 in this week's DCU/USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls.

The No. 11 ranking is the highest for Michigan Tech since April 13, 2015, when the Huskies checked in at No. 9 in the final poll of the 2014-15 season.

Tech is 21-8-4 overall and has clinched home ice for the first two rounds of the CCHA Mason Cup Tournament. Tickets are on sale now at BuyHuskiesTickets.com for the first-round best-of-three series on March 3-5.

Read more at the Michigan Tech Athletics website.

In the News

The Daily Mining Gazette mentioned Beth Maatta (PSPS) and Michigan Tech fraternity Lambda Chi Alpha in coverage of the annual Pigs N Heat fundraising hockey game between local firefighters and police. Maatta received one of three Law Enforcement Officer of the Year awards given out at the event, and fraternity members volunteered at the game.


Joel Neves (VPA) was mentioned by WLUC TV6 in a story previewing Michigan Tech Music’s upcoming concert featuring the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra. The concert, “Beethoven Symphony No. 7,” will be performed Saturday (Feb. 25) at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts.


WLUC TV6 covered the kickoff of National Engineers Week at Michigan Tech. Undergraduates Kyrie LeMahieu (mechanical engineering) and Ethan Chang (materials science and engineering) were quoted in the story.


The Keweenaw Report ran a story on the cancellation of the planned performance of “Let’s Eat!” at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts. The story included previews of other upcoming Rozsa musical events, including concerts by the Michigan Tech Choir and the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra.


FloHockey mentioned Michigan Tech hockey’s Kyle Kukkonen in its weekly CCHA RinkRap. Kukkonen was discussed as one of the contenders for the league’s Rookie of the Year award.


Leader Publications of southwest Michigan ran a profile of Michigan Tech alum Andrew Dohm ’96 (B.S. Mechanical Engineering), a science and math instructor at Southwestern Michigan College.


Summer 2023 Finishing Fellowship Nominations Due Next Week

Applications for Summer 2023 Finishing Fellowships are being accepted and are due no later than 4 p.m. next Wednesday (March 1) to the Graduate School. Please email applications to gradschool@mtu.edu.

Instructions on the application and evaluation process are found online. Students are eligible if all of the following criteria are met:

  1. Must be a Ph.D. student.
  2. Must expect to finish during the semester supported as a Finishing Fellow.
  3. Must have submitted no more than one previous application for a Finishing Fellowship.
  4. Must be eligible for candidacy (tuition charged at Research Mode rate) at the time of application.
  5. Must not hold a final oral examination ("defense") prior to the start of the award semester.

Finishing Fellowships provide support to Ph.D. candidates who are close to completing their degrees. These fellowships are available through the generosity of alumni and friends of the University. They are intended to recognize outstanding Ph.D. candidates who are in need of financial support to finish their degrees and are also contributing to the attainment of goals outlined in the Michigan Tech Strategic Plan.

The Graduate School anticipates funding up to 10 fellowships, with support ranging from $2,000 to full support (stipend plus tuition). Students who receive full support through a Finishing Fellowship may not accept any other employment. For example, students cannot be fully supported by a Finishing Fellowship and accept support as a GTA or GRA.


Chemistry Olympiad 2023 on March 13

The American Chemical Society and Michigan Tech's Department of Chemistry invite all high school students from any U.P. home or school to compete in the online 2023 Chemistry Olympiad.

The competition will be held online March 13 from 6:30-8:20 p.m. Participation is free! Sign up using our Google form by March 3.

All participants will receive a participation gift and a participation certificate and be put into a drawing for prizes.

Top scorers receive a medal and a prize, and have the opportunity to participate in the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad, an in-person event.

The U.P. Chemistry Olympiad is hosted by the American Chemical Society and Michigan Technological University. Please contact coordinator Momoko Tajiri at mtajiri@mtu.edu with any questions.


USG Presents: Living Room Conversations

Tomorrow (Feb. 23), Undergraduate Student Government (USG) is hosting a Living Room Conversation. Come join us for a guided discussion with your fellow Huskies!

Thursday's discussion will be centered around the subject of abortion. Our conversation will be in the MUB Superior Room (MUB B001) from 6-8 p.m.

Questions? Contact Jenna Weiler at jgweiler@mtu.edu.


GRC Judges Needed

Graduate Student Government (GSG) is thrilled to announce this year’s Graduate Research Colloquium (GRC). It is going to be held March 29 and March 30.

The GRC provides graduate students a great opportunity to develop their oral and/or poster presentation skills in a friendly environment. GSG matches each presenter with a small panel of MTU faculty members to receive constructive feedback on their presentation. If you are willing to judge and help fulfill this vital role at the GRC poster or oral sessions, please submit the GRC 2023 Judge Volunteer Form to let us know your time availability.

Poster presentations will be held March 29 at the Rosza Center Lobby from 5-8 p.m. The oral presentations will take place March 29 from noon to 5 p.m. and March 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the MUB.

The GRC event will be capped off with the annual GRC Awards Banquet. All participants and judges are invited to attend. It will be held March 30 following the closing of the GRC.

For more info, please visit our website or email Michael Maurer at gsg-research@mtu.edu.

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Spring Blood Drive 2023

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Career Fair

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Students For Life General Meeting

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Law Club Weekly Meeting

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Adult and Youth Huskies Tennis and Pickleball Lessons (Session 1)

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