Jeana Collins Selected for Deans’ Teaching Showcase

Jeana Collins, associate teaching professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering (ChE), has been selected for spring 2023’s Deans’ Teaching Showcase.

Collins will be recognized at an end-of-term event with other showcase members and is a candidate for the CTL Instructional Award Series.

Collins was selected for consistently applying what she has learned in a variety of professional development opportunities to continuously improve her courses. These include attending four National Effective Teaching Institute workshops, an Alan Alda Communication workshop and the Inclusive STEM Teaching Project. They provided Collins with the opportunity to learn a wide variety of teaching techniques and use them to tailor each course according to the subject and students. She especially appreciated the opportunity to interact with faculty from across the country to share experiences and brainstorm ideas for course improvements.

Examples of courses that have been positively impacted by professional development are the required second-year foundational courses. These are important for students to master, so making sure the content is engaging and providing students with multiple learning experiences is important to Collins. As one student said, “I think the way she goes through classes is very helpful, giving us some time to figure it out and also being there to support us if we have questions.”

Collins works with the students to improve courses, often making changes midsemester. Early-term surveys give students an opportunity to check in with how class is going. The follow-on discussion with the class on what can’t change and what can (and will) change is the part that Collins finds the most meaningful. And students appreciate it. One commented, “I really like how you took time out of class to stop and talk with us about how this class is running and ways to improve to make it better overall, thank you for doing this for us!”

“Dr. Collins’ teaching style is student-centric,” said Pradeep Agrawal, ChE's department chair. “She makes a serious effort to keep students engaged throughout her lectures employing a variety of active teaching tools.”

Last fall, Collins was assigned a new course: CM3450 Computer Aided Problem Solving. Based on the knowledge and experience she gained, she restructured the course to focus on chemical engineering content; within the different content, she covered multiple computer programs. This means that the programs used are seen throughout the semester, showcasing different applications. This was an effective approach that students found very helpful. As one student said, “This class is amazing. I liked how sometimes we'd follow along, but also had independent working days. The assignments and projects were a great way to apply what we learned. So glad I enrolled in this course!”

“Having faculty members who choose to participate in workshops and courses in order to be more effective in the classroom is one of the reasons Michigan Tech graduates such high-quality engineers,” says Janet Callahan, dean of the College of Engineering. “Dr. Jeana Collins exemplifies this and strongly deserves this recognition.”

Vigils for Ukraine

Today (Feb. 24) marks one year since Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Ukrainian students on campus will be holding vigils for Ukraine. A minute of silence will take place at noon at the Husky Statue. A second vigil and a minute's silence will take place at 6 p.m. at the Portage Lake Lift Bridge, Houghton side.

ADVANCE Weekly Roundup: How to Make STEM Fields More Welcoming

Research from the Pew Research Center in 2021 and 2022 shows that despite long-standing efforts to increase diversity in STEM, Black and Hispanic professionals remain vastly underrepresented. How might we do better?

A 2022 survey asked Black adults what would attract more young Black people into STEM careers and found that seeing “more examples of high achievers in these areas who were Black … would help a lot.” Of those who ended up working in STEM, 81% identified positive experiences, such as having someone who made them feel excited about their abilities in STEM, helped them see ways STEM could be useful in their career, or encouraged them to keep taking STEM classes. Yet, nearly half of those employed in STEM (48%) and other college grads (38%) reported at least one negative experience or microaggression in STEM classrooms, such as treating them like they couldn’t understand the subject, making them feel as if they didn’t belong, or making repeated comments or slights about their race. Further, Black respondents perceived professional science and engineering groups as less welcoming of Black people than other professions. The more educated the respondents were, the more likely they were to have these perceptions.

These results suggest that visible role models, mentorship, welcoming climates and active encouragement can increase STEM representation. At Michigan Tech, we can celebrate the achievements of Black colleagues in ways that resonate with Black communities on and beyond campus. We can make sure students in our classes have positive experiences and we can engage in mentoring and microaffirmations. We can provide opportunities to build relationships between students and Black STEM professionals. And by employing microaffirmations, we can encourage Black students, staff and faculty. Through collective diligence, we can ensure that all students, staff and faculty experience a welcoming and safe environment free from microaggressions. These efforts simultaneously make STEM careers more viable for everyone. In the end, we will all gain from making STEM fields more welcoming.

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REDTalks: Introduction to Firearms

Join the Keweenaw Socialists at MTU for RedTalks: Introduction to Firearms. A follow-up to last year's "A Practical Introduction to Firearms for Non-Traditional Gun Owners," this class will takes a look at gun ownership, mechanics and other basic information for those looking to keep their communities/selves safe.

The presentation will be held Sunday (Feb. 26) from 12-2 p.m. in Fisher 128. It will also be available on Zoom. All are welcome!

This Weekend: 'UP-Cycled Fashion Show'

Designers from across campus and the Keweenaw have turned recycled materials into fashion to help build awareness of environmental issues for Michigan Tech Theatre’s first-ever up-cycled fashion show. “An UP-Cycled Fashion Show” will take the runway in McArdle Theatre at 7:30 p.m. tonight (Feb. 24) and tomorrow (Feb. 25).

“Coordinating an up-cycled fashion show is something I have wanted to do for a long time here at Michigan Tech,” says fashion show coordinator Mary Cyr. “It has been wonderful to have such a great response from the students and community members who are sharing their designs. I believe that we have produced an exciting and fun event that will both showcase the creativity of the designers and bring sustainability to the forefront.”

With the theme "Indigo Mood," over 30 youth, community and Michigan Tech designers have stepped up to the challenge of creating original up-cycled clothing and accessories using denim and other majority-recycled materials. Curious if you know any of the designers or models? Check out the digital program.

What to Expect
Peruse a gallery of up-cycled accessories, watch a 30-minute runway show featuring designs worn by over 30 local models, and meet and greet the designers.

Get Tickets
Get tickets online, by calling 906-487-1906, by visiting the Rozsa Box Office from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, or at the McArdle Box Office for one hour before the show. Michigan Tech students can reserve free Experience Tech tickets online, and Student Rush will be available at the door. Remember to bring your HuskyCard with you!

  • What: "An UP-Cycled Fashion Show" by Michigan Tech Theatre
  • When: Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24 and 25, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: McArdle Theatre on the second floor of the Walker Arts and Humanities Center
  • Cost: $10 Adults, $5 Youth Under 18, Free Student Rush

Tomorrow: Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra Concert

Tomorrow (Feb. 25) at 7:30 p.m., Michigan Tech Music presents the concert “Beethoven Symphony No. 7,” performed by the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra (KSO) at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts. The KSO and conductor Joel Neves will be joined by soloists Debbie Carlson and Lara Neves, and guest conductor Joseph Stepec will take the podium to conduct the title piece.

The first half of the concert will open with “Polonaise” from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. Next, the audience will witness the world premiere of “Plein Air,” a viola concerto by Marquette composer Griffin Candey. Candey’s compositions have been praised for their “lyricism and emotional depth.” Carlson, principal violist in the Marquette Symphony Orchestra, is the featured soloist for this piece. This world premiere is made possible by the generosity of John and Pauline Kiltunen. The first half of the concert will conclude as Lara Neves takes the stage as the vocal soloist for “Prelude and Liebestod” from “Tristan und Isolde” by Wagner.

Then, guest conductor Stepec will step up to the podium to conduct the magnificent headlining piece: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A major. Stepec serves as the music director of the University of Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, the director of the Hawaii Youth Symphony’s Symphony Program, the artistic director of the Pacific Music Institute, and an associate professor of music at the University of Hawaii. As the director of two of the top educational ensembles in Hawaii, he has been featured on numerous broadcasts reaching thousands. This will be Stepec’s first time conducting the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra.

Can't make it in person? Far-away Michigan Tech Music lovers can watch the livestream!

Get Tickets
Get tickets online, by calling 906-487-1906, by visiting the Rozsa Box Office from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, or for one hour before the show. Michigan Tech students can reserve free Experience Tech tickets online, and Student Rush will be available at the door. Remember to bring your HuskyCard with you!

  • What: "Beethoven Symphony No. 7" performed by the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra
  • When: Saturday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts
  • Cost: $19 Adults, $5 Youth Under 18, Free Student Rush

Sunday: 'Music for a Sacred Space' Benefit Concert

The choirs of Michigan Tech will combine to perform a concert titled “Music for a Sacred Space” to benefit local chapters of St. Vincent de Paul. The concert will be held Sunday (Feb. 26) at 7:30pm at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lake Linden. The concert is open to the public. A freewill offering opportunity in support of St. Vincent de Paul will be available at the door.

The concert will feature performances by the Michigan Tech Concert Choir and conScience: Michigan Tech Chamber Singers. Music to be performed will include the premiere performance of “My Prayer” by David Brown. Other selections include a setting of “Lux Aeterna” based on the Nimrod variation from Edward Elgar’s “Enigma Variations”, Samuel Barber’s “Agnus Dei,” Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Lord, Thou Hast Been Our Refuge,” Sarah Rimkus’ “Shall we Gather at the River,” and Undine Moore’s “Walk Through the Streets of the City.”

“St. Joseph’s is one of the gems of the Copper Country and is a wonderful place for choral singing,” says Jared Anderson, director of both choirs. “This is the first time that the choirs have been able to sing in the space for a live audience since the pandemic. This concert has become a great tradition in the community and we have been able to raise important funds for an organization that is active in providing resources for so many individuals and families in need in our area.”

Individuals interested in hearing choral music in St. Joseph’s are encouraged to view the 2021 project, “Music in Sacred Spaces.”

Accessibility note: The elevator at St. Joseph’s church is currently not operating. There are three steps to go into the church after entering from the external doors. We apologize for the inconvenience and are happy to provide assistance navigating the steps as needed.

  • What: "Music for a Sacred Space" performed by the Michigan Tech Choirs
  • When: Sunday, Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: St. Joseph Catholic Church, 701 Calumet Street, Lake Linden, MI 49945
  • Cost: Freewill donation to benefit local St. Vincent de Paul chapters

Technical Presentation with CS Faculty Candidate Carlo Angiuli

Department of Computer Science (CS) faculty candidate Carlo Angiuli will give a technical presentation on Wednesday (March 1) at 1 p.m. on campus in Fisher 132 and virtually via Zoom.

Angiuli's talk is titled "Homotopy and the foundations of formal verification."

Read the abstract on the Computing News Blog.

RTC Colloquium: 'Research Opportunities and Graduate Study'

The Department of Humanities announces a Rhetoric, Theory, and Culture (RTC) Colloquium being held via Zoom from 12-12:50 p.m. Monday (Feb. 27).

The colloquium is titled “Research Opportunities and Graduate Study.” The following RTC graduate students will be presenting their research progress:

  • Brilynn Janckila will present “Networking for Fellowship: Dollhouses and American Girls." 

    From the abstract:
    As graduate students, funding, research, and publishing/conference opportunities outside of the department are vital to us, especially as networking and professional development. In this case, I was able to secure a research fellowship, a conference presentation, and funding through the department through the development of one project. By working closely with members of my committee, I attained a funded research fellowship at The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, NY. While at The Strong, I completed archival research on physical dollhouses from as early as the 1800s and in October 2022, I presented some of my findings at the MPCA/ACA conference in Chicago, IL., also serving as the Girlhood Studies area chair. This presentation focuses on research and funding and how networking internally and externally can make it possible.

  • Eugene Agyei will present “Engagement and Academia: UN Climate Change Conferences on Campus and Beyond."

    From the abstract:
    Climate change discourses have become essential for several academic disciplines, including the humanities. Teachers and students alike, no matter their level, have been asked to partake in this discussion in different ways. For scholars in particular, various opportunities present themselves for us to be engaged. Connected to the financial resources required, these opportunities do not always come in academic contexts. In this colloquium, I share my experience attending UN conferences as a student. I will focus on how I have found such opportunities (in and outside of campus) and how they have helped me in my own research and teaching. 

Join the colloquium via Zoom.

To receive a calendar invite for this event, please email

Mallory Nickelson Named Assistant Volleyball Coach

Mallory Nickelson has been named an assistant coach with the Michigan Tech volleyball team, head coach Matt Jennings has announced.

Nickelson was a four-year starting libero and setter at future GLIAC member Roosevelt University and was recently an assistant coach for two seasons at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

"I am extremely grateful for the opportunity and thrilled to be joining the Huskies at Michigan Tech," Nickelson said. "Matt's a fantastic coach with a lot of historical success, and I'm excited to learn from him. I can't wait to help this program grow, and I'm honored to lead such a great group of women."

"We are all so happy and grateful to have Mallory joining us," Jennings said. "We've been blessed with some really dedicated assistant coaches on staff here; each one has made an important and distinct impact on our program. I'm excited that Mallory will be the next one up to help make a difference for our student-athletes and Husky volleyball in general."

Read more at the Michigan Tech Athletics website.

Hockey Battling Minnesota State for MacNaughton Cup

No. 11 Michigan Tech hockey wraps up the regular season on the road at No. 12 Minnesota State. The puck drops at 8:07 p.m. ET tonight (Feb. 24) and 7:07 p.m. ET tomorrow (Feb. 25) at the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center. 

The series will decide who wins the CCHA regular-season title and MacNaughton Cup. The Huskies (21-8-4) trail the Mavericks (20-11-1) by two points heading into the weekend.

Fans can listen live on the radio at Mix 93.5 WKMJ-FM or online at or All Michigan Tech home and CCHA games during the 2022-23 season will also be livestreamed on

Earlier this season, Michigan Tech earned 4-of-6 CCHA points against Minnesota State on Nov. 25-26 at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena. Tech won 3-2 Friday and the teams tied 2-2 Saturday with MSU winning the shootout.

Read the preview at the Michigan Tech Athletics website.

Job Postings

Job Postings for Friday, Feb. 17, 2023

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available on the Human Resources website. For more information regarding staff positions, call 487-2280 or email For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

Assistant Teaching Professor – Economics, College of Business. Apply online.
Contact: Gary Campbell

Administrative Aide 7 (12 months/ 40 hours/ first shift) #23046, Facilities (UAW posting dates Feb. 24 to March 2, 2023 — external applicants are encouraged to apply; however, internal UAW applicants are given first consideration if they apply during the internal UAW posting dates). 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

Over 120 photographs of mineral specimens from the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum were featured in the January-February 2023 issue of The Mineralogical Record magazine. This special edition on “Michigan Copper!” featured a series of five articles about the fissure vein copper mines of Keweenaw County, written by the museum's former associate curator Christopher Stefano, now an editor with the Mineralogical Record, and Philip Persson of Golden, Colorado.

Photographs were taken by Stefano, Persson, former museum curator George Robinson, current director and curator John Jaszczak and several others. The beautifully illustrated specimens include those in the Michigan Tech collection and several from the University of Michigan's collection curated at the museum under the Michigan Mineral Alliance.

Copies of this issue are available for purchase at the museum's gift shop.

In the News

Sarah Green (Chem) and Ph.D. candidates Ogetay Kayali (physics) and Devrim Yagmur Durur (chemistry) were quoted by the Daily Mining Gazette in a story about how a 7.8 magnitude earthquake Feb. 6 in Turkey and northern Syria and two significant aftershocks have impacted Michigan Tech faculty and students from the region.


WLUC TV6 and ABC 10 covered Michigan Tech’s spring Career Fair, which drew recruiters from about 233 companies to the University. TV6’s story quoted Jenna Lane (Career Services) and Brett Sabourin ’93 (B.S. Electrical Engineering), now an electrical engineering manager for Howmet Aerospace Inc.


Junhong Min (COB) was mentioned by ABC 10 in a story about the results of a quality of life survey given to Houghton residents. The story was picked from the Keweenaw Report.


The Traverse City Record-Eagle mentioned Michigan Tech in a story about Northwestern Michigan College’s efforts to recruit students for its survey technician program. Michigan Tech is one of only two Michigan colleges to offer a bachelor’s degree in surveying, according to the story.


Stacker ranked Michigan Tech at No. 19 in its list of the 50 best colleges in the Midwest. The story was picked up by 19 regional news outlets including KESQ-TV News Channel 3 in Southern California, KRDO-TV in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and KVIA-TV ABC-7 in El Paso, Texas.


The Keweenaw Report and ABC 10 picked up a Tech Today announcement about the creation of a task force to review Michigan Tech’s current active shooter procedures.


The Iron Mountain Daily News picked up a Daily Mining Gazette story that mentioned Michigan Tech in relation to efforts to preserve the historic sawmill at the Ford Center and Forest in Alberta, Michigan.


About Insider mentioned Michigan Tech’s makerspace facilities in a story recapping tools and programs that can help inventors find success.


Civil + Structural Engineer Magazine ran a story on the election of Kevin Tomsovic ’82 (B.S. Electrical Engineering) to the National Academy of Engineering. Tomsovic is a professor at the University of Tennessee.


Movers & Makers in Cincinnati published a profile exploring the arts patronage and spirituality of Ramesh Malhotra ’71 (MBA), the founder of Coal Network Inc. in Mason, Ohio, and president of investment management company Malhotra Group.


Banner Maintenance on Sunday

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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 the end of today (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.


Film Board Presenting 'Elvis'

This week, the Film Board is presenting "Elvis," rated PG-13.

Summary: The life of American music icon Elvis Presley, from his childhood to becoming a rock and movie star in the 1950s while maintaining a complex relationship with his manager, Col. Tom Parker.


  • Friday, Feb. 24 — 5:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 11:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 25 — 5:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 11:30 p.m.

Located on Michigan Tech's campus in Fisher 135.

Tickets are $3 and concessions are $1. We hope to see you at the movie this weekend and have a great day.

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