Retirement Social for Amy Hughes

The campus community is invited to a social in honor of Amy Hughes, director of internal audit, who will retire on June 30. The social will be held June 29 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Lakeshore Center Community Room.

Hughes joined Michigan Tech in 1993 as the chief audit executive after a stint at Michigan's Office of the Auditor General. For the past 30 years, she has served Michigan Tech, not only in her role as director of internal audit but on numerous volunteer committees, such as the Benefits Liaison Group, the Banner HR Security Team and Friends of the Michigan Tech Library, where she currently presides as chair. She earned a degree in computer science from Michigan Tech in 1998, complementing her accounting degree from Michigan State University and her computer security and controls associate degree from Lansing Community College.

We invite everyone to stop by, partake in a few refreshments and wish Amy well in her next adventure.

Huskies Honored for Academics

The GLIAC has announced its All-Academic and All-Academic Excellence teams for all 2022-23 spring sports, and 58 Michigan Tech student-athletes earned recognition.

Student-athlete honorees must be active on the roster at the end of the season, not a freshman or a first-year transfer student.

Student-athletes who meet the criteria and carry a cumulative GPA of 3.0-3.49 receive GLIAC All-Academic honors. Student-athletes who meet the criteria and carry a cumulative GPA of 3.50-4.0 receive GLIAC Academic Excellence honors. Grades are based on marks from the 2022 spring semester.

See all the Huskies recognized for academics at the Michigan Tech Athletics website.

Job Postings

Job Postings for Wednesday, June 14, 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 For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

Public Safety Officer, Public Safety and Police Services (POA posting dates June 14 to June 20, 2023 — external applicants are encouraged to apply; however, internal POA applicants are given first consideration if they apply during the internal POA posting dates). Apply online.

MTRAC Program Manager, Innovation and Commercialization. Apply online.

Manager – Human Research Protection Program, Associate Vice President for Research Development. 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

On the Road

Michigan Tech staff attended the 15th annual conference of the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP), held in Arlington, Virginia, from May 7-10.

MTU attendees were Sarah Atkinson, Peter Larsen and Jacob Manchester (RD), Jessica Brassard (RD/GLRC) and Natasha Chopp (VPR).

Brassard was co-organizer of the conference, which included 600 attendees from around the United States and throughout the world. It was NORDP’s first in-person conference since 2019.

NORDP is an international organization with about 1,200 members.

In Print

Mark Rhodes (SS) has published a peer-reviewed article titled "Transoptic Landscape Analysis: Multidimensional Landscapes of a Multinational Wales" in the open-access qualitative method journal Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung/Forum: Qualitative Social Research published by Freie Universität Berlin.

The work explores the limitations and possibilities for social justice and ethical and culturally competent scholarship using landscape methods.


Mark Rhodes and Sarah Fayen Scarlett (both SS) have published their invited chapter titled "Post-Industrial Geographies" in the edited volume, "The Routledge Companion to the American Landscape."

The chapter explores the current state of industrial heritage, conservation, preservation and adaptation throughout communities and institutions in the United States.

In the News

Mark Rudnicki (CFRES) appeared on an episode of the DISCOVERING docuseries on YouTube. Episode 38 "Henry Ford built a town" features the preservation efforts happening around the Alberta Sawmill, which is located at Michigan Tech’s Ford Center and Forest.


Thomas Oommen (GMES) was quoted by the University of Mississippi and northern Mississippi’s Local Voice in stories announcing him as the new chair of UM’s geology and geological engineering department. Oommen will take up the position in August, according to the stories.


WLUC TV6 mentioned Michigan Tech in a preview story for 2023’s Bridgefest, happening tomorrow through Sunday (June 15-18) in Houghton County. The Touch-a-Truck and Classic Car Show events will be held on campus in the Student Development Complex parking lots.


ABC 10 and the Keweenaw Report mentioned Michigan Tech in a story previewing this year’s Thatcher Markham Memorial 5K Run, planned Friday (June 16). The route will take runners along College Avenue to Michigan Tech, and then back to downtown Houghton on the waterfront trail.


The Iron Mountain Daily News mentioned Michigan Tech in a story about the Upper Peninsula roots of Steve Short ’10 (B.S. Exercise Science/Biological Sciences), vice president of sports medicine for the Denver Nuggets. Short attended Kingsford High School and was a two-time football MVP for Michigan Tech.


The Keweenaw Report covered former Michigan Tech Air Force ROTC Cadet Dante Cyrus’ commissioning as a second lieutenant in the Air Force. He graduated with scholastic honors from the U.S. Air Force Academy officer training program, which accepts only about 12% of applicants. Cyrus will continue his studies at Georgia Tech to advance his goal of becoming an Air Force jet pilot.


WLUC TV6 covered Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference academic honors awarded to Michigan Tech spring student-athletes.


UCS Inventory Closure

ChemStores will be closed June 27 through June 30 for our annual inventory. Except for liquid nitrogen or other critical needs, no transactions will be made during this time. Any noncritical orders will be held for processing until the following week.

Please plan accordingly to make your purchases ahead of time and have all your items picked up by June 26.

Contact us at if you have any questions or concerns.


GLRC/ICC Rapid Seedling Research Funding

Applications for the Great Lakes Research Center/Institute of Computing and Cybersystems (GLRC/ICC) 2023 Fall Semester Rapid Research Seedling Funding Opportunity are due July 1.

The intent of this funding is to provide faculty and research staff funds for idea development and data collection that will quickly enable large externally sponsored funding requests.

Proposals will be accepted from Michigan Tech tenured, tenure-track and research faculty, and research scientists and engineers. Any individual researcher is eligible to receive up to one award per calendar year as a principal investigator (PI).

Awards will be announced within one month of the funding cycle deadline. Projects should have a duration of one semester with request amounts not to exceed $10,000.

Awardees must be an affiliated member of the GLRC and/or ICC and are expected to assign a Center/Institute of the GLRC or ICC to any subsequent proposals and awards generated using the data developed/enabled with the rapid seedling funding.

The application form, additional information and instructions can be found in the Member Resources section of the GLRC Institute webpage and on the ICC website. Please send questions to


Summer Aquatics Programs

Friendly reminder that all Michigan Tech Recreation summer aquatics program sessions are open for registration. Session 1 registration closes at the end of next week — register by Friday (June 16) at midnight!

Questions? Contact Aquatics Manager Annie Bengry at or 906-487-2995.


MS Defense: Nat Cohen, GMES

M.S. in Geology candidate Nat Cohen will present a final oral defense online today (June 14) at 11 a.m. Virtual attendance is invited via Zoom.

Cohen's defense is titled "Rain-induced hazards in remote, low-resource communities: A case study of flash flooding in the Usulután Department, El Salvador."

Cohen is advised by Luke Bowman and John Gierke, with Greg Waite as a committee member.

From the abstract:
Natural hazards like flash floods can cause devastating impacts, so it is important to better understand these events to improve mitigation and emergency preparedness of vulnerable communities. California, El Salvador is a data-poor agricultural community experiencing climate change impacts and associated hazards, including flash flood events. This study uses ArcGIS Pro to map regional flash flood susceptibility and applies the Water Evaluation and Planning system (WEAP) to model sub-daily flash flood events in a California drainage well-known for flash flooding.

All are welcome to attend.


Six Alumni and Friends Recognized with 2023 Alumni Awards

The greatest measure of any school is the quality of graduates it sends into the world, and Michigan Tech has the best of the best. The Alumni Board of Directors is excited to announce the 2023 Alumni Award recipients and looks forward to honoring them at the 2023 Alumni Awards Ceremony during Reunion Weekend.

View the full slate of award winners and learn more about the six recipients:

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