Michigan Tech signs GLI extension with Van Andel and Michigan State

Van Andel Arena, Michigan Technological University and Michigan State University have signed a four-year extension to the annual Great Lakes Invitational to keep the tournament in Grand Rapids. The 57th annual tournament will take place Dec. 28-29. Tournament play will open with Michigan Tech against Alaska and Michigan State versus Ferris State.

"We're excited to continue this great partnership with Van Andel Arena and Michigan State University," said Michigan Tech Vice President for Athletics and Recreation Suzanne Sanregret. "The GLI is one of the best college hockey tournaments in the country, and with the success of the first tournament at Van Andel Arena in 2022 we are thrilled to sign this four-year extension."

Future teams to compete in the GLI against the Huskies and Spartans are Northern Michigan and Western Michigan in 2024, Miami and Ferris State in 2025, and Western Michigan and Notre Dame in 2026.

"Van Andel Arena is excited to host the Great Lakes Invitational tournament for the next four years," said ASM Global Regional General Manager for Van Andel Arena, Richard MacKeigan. "We hope to build on the success of last year's event to create an annual tradition for the Grand Rapids community and hockey fans from all over the state and the country."

Read more at Michigan Tech Athletics

PhD Defense: Thusitha Divisekara, Chemistry

Ph.D. in Chemistry candidate Thusitha Divisekara will present their defense at 10 a.m. on June 5 (Monday) in EERC 227. Virtual attendance is also invited by Zoom.

The title of Divisekara's defense is "UHPLC/FT-MS Non-targeted Screening Approach for Biomass Burning Organic Aerosol and Liquid Smoke as Biomass Burning Organic Aerosol Surrogate."

Divisekara is co-advised by Lynn Mazzoleni and Sarah Green.

Dominika Bobik named CSC Academic All-America

Michigan Tech senior tennis player Dominika Bobik was named a College Sports Communicators (CSC) 2022-23 Third Team Academic All-American.

Bobik holds a 3.96 GPA in computer engineering. She played No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles for the Huskies this spring and was previously named CSC Academic All-District. She is the fifth Michigan Tech women's tennis player to earn Academic All-America honors and the first since Amy Palmgren in 2008. 

"It is a much-deserved honor for Dominika," said head coach Kristin D'Agostini-Yep. "She has been a top student here since she was a freshman and we are very proud of her accomplishments on and off the court."

Read more at the Michigan Tech Athletics website.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Friday, June 2, 2023

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available on the Human Resources website. For more information regarding staff positions, call 906-487-2280 or email humanresources@mtu.edu. For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

Building Mechanic II (12 months / 40 hours / second shift), Sports & Recreation Operations (AFSCME posting dates June 2 to June 8, 2023 - external applications will not be considered until after all internal applications). 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 humanresources@mtu.edu.

In the News

The Daily Mining Gazette mentioned Michigan Tech and the Ford Center and Forest’s Alberta Sawmill in a story about progress on community efforts to preserve the sawmill. Steve Walton (SS) and Mark Rhodes (SS) were mentioned in the story. John Carroll, facility coordinator at the Ford Center, was quoted in a related story about the Alberta Artisan House, a new art shop at the center, which will open to the public on June 23. 


Michigan Tech was mentioned in a press release from the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy about the Great Lakes and Fresh Water Week, happening June 3 to June 11. Tech was listed as one of five partners in the Freshwater Research and Innovation Center in Traverse City, Michigan, along with 20Fathoms, the Discovery Center & Pier, Northwestern Michigan College and Traverse Connect.


Productivity Land mentioned Michigan Tech’s online master’s in applied statistics in an article about career pathways for statistics graduates.

Alicia Sendrowski (MTRI) was quoted by the Seattle Times and the Anchorage Daily News in a story about a colossal logjam in Nunavut, Canada, which stores more than 3 million tons of carbon. The story was picked up from the Washington Post.


Michigan Tech was mentioned in a Michigan Advance story about a new report suggesting ways to strengthen Michigan’s tech industry to retain talent in the state. The report, issued and presented at the Mackinac Policy Conference by MICHauto and the Creative Class Group, noted Michigan universities as a source of top-level talent nationwide and identified ways for Michigan to build a “student-to-talent-to-corporate pipeline.” 


Keweenaw Now published a blog post written by Kendra Lachik ‘23 (environmental engineering) about presentations given by Michigan Tech’s delegation to the COP27 climate conference, held in November in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. MTU students Anna Kavanaugh (environmental engineering, sustainability science and society), Rose Daily (environmental engineering) and Alexis Pascaris (environmental and energy policy) were quoted in the article about their experiences at the conferences.