MTU Trail Renamed in Honor of Littmann Family

The Littmann family stands in front of a sign that says Littmann Gateway Loop

A section of Michigan Tech recreational trails was renamed during an Aug. 3 dedication ceremony — Core Loop will now be known as Littmann Gateway Loop in honor of the Jeffrey and Cynthia Littmann family.

Thanks to a generous donation from the Littmanns, three areas at Michigan Tech will benefit: the Tech Trails, Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP) and the Mushing Club.

“As we reflected upon how to bring joy to the students here at Tech, we naturally gravitated toward the sources of that joy in our lives — outdoor recreation, physical fitness and dogs,” said Littmann, the chair of Michigan Tech’s Board of Trustees. “We saw last winter the broad participation taking place here on the trails and the unifying effect this place can have. And what melts hearts faster than puppies?”

Dozens of people were in the crowd for the dedication in addition to a couple of dogs from the Mushing Club. Learn more about the event, held during MTU Alumni Reunion, on Michigan Tech News.

TELUS Student Support App Offers Free Online Services

The Center for Student Mental Health and Well-being is excited to announce our updated partnership for mental health support services through the TELUS Health Student Support Program. The program provides year-round support to Michigan Tech students. All features offered by the previous MySSP program remain, including free mental health support with access to master’s level clinicians available 24/7; real-time phone, chat and text services as well as ongoing scheduled video sessions; and emergency/crisis support services. Options for language, culture and shared identity matching with counselors will also continue to be available. 
As of Aug. 1, existing users of MySSP app are being prompted to update the app to the new TELUS Health app. For questions, please reach out to

Howl for Huskies: Effort to Help Students Find Housing for Fall Continues

With the school year fast approaching, demand for housing for our returning students remains high. We invite students, staff, faculty and community members to help out our beloved Huskies who have not  secured housing for the fall term. 

The HOWL for Huskies (Helping Out With Living) platform allows Tech employees and community members who have housing available to post information so that interested students can connect with them. It's also a way for students to connect with other students seeking housing or roommates. 

To learn more, check out our HOWL for Huskies website

We are doing everything we can to support our Huskies and look forward to seeing this incredible MTU community come together to help students who are still seeking housing options for the fall 2023 semester. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at

Basketball Reunion Weekend Wraps Up With Alumni Games

Black won the women's game 43-41 and gold defeated black in the men's contest 97-77 on Saturday as Michigan Tech Basketball alumni finished up weekend reunion celebrations with games in the SDC Gym.

"It was a big comeback win for us," said Kim Cameron former student-athlete, assistant coachand head coach. "We put in our fastest people late in the game and everyone contributed. It was a lot of fun."

Current Women's Basketball Coach Sam Clayton added, "It's been awesome to have our alumni back and to be able to connect with them. The Husky spirit is in full force and everyone has that pride. It's a tradition of excellence and watching everyone compete today was so much fun. It's just one of the many things that make our program so special."

All-American Austin Armga was the unofficial leading scorer in the men's game. "It's always fun to win but to just come back and be a part of something that's bigger than you is special. It's been a good time," he said.

"It was a lot of fun even though gold took it to us in the second half," added Tommy Lucca. "Getting the different age groups and generations of Michigan Tech basketball together for something like this is special. It's a second family, not just the guys I played with."

Access video recaps of the women's and men's games on the Michigan Tech Athletics website. Photos of the action are posted on the teams' Facebook pages.

Job Postings

Job Postings for Tuesday, Aug. 8, 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.

Manager of Marketing and Communications, Center for Educational Outreach. Apply online.

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New Funding

Sigrid Resh (CFRES/ESC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $50,000 research and development co-op joint agreement with the USDA Forest Service–Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Cooperative Weed Management. The project is entitled, "Buckthorn Management by Goats on Community Recreational Trail System." This is a potential two-and-a-half-year project.

In Print

Shane Mueller (CLS) and colleagues have published a paper, " 'Minimum Necessary Rigor' in empirically evaluating human–AI work systems," in AI Magazine. The paper describes fast evaluation methods for understanding the impact of AI systems on human users.

In the News

The Daily Mining Gazette ran a story about Michigan Tech’s plans to build a new undergraduate residence hall on the east end of campus. The first details on the project were announced in May by Michigan Tech News. A design-build agreement for construction of the residence hall was one of many proposals mentioned in the DMG story as having been approved by the MTU Board of Trustees during their Aug. 3 meeting.


The Keweenaw Report and the Daily Mining Gazette announced the addition of Zach Flener as an assistant head coach with MTU men’s basketball.


The Daily Mining Gazette and BVM Sports picked up a Michigan Tech Athletics press release about MTU hockey forward Kash Rasmussen being named a Krampade All-American Scholar by the American Hockey Coaches Association. During the 2022-23 school year, Rasmussen had a 4.0 GPA and a 3.78 GPA in the fall and spring semesters, respectively.


Scott Bradley (KRC) and Geoff Gwaltney (KRC) were quoted in a WLUC TV6 story about the 70th Anniversary celebration held at the Keweenaw Research Center on Friday, Aug. 4. 


The Gander and The Maritime Executive mentioned Michigan Tech in a story about $500,000 in state grants awarded by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last week for projects to expand the use of electric boats on the Great Lakes. The report says MTU will receive $50,000 to “partner with local utilities and marinas to determine how far people can travel from their home docks, the optimal distance between charging stations, charging times and costs, as well as how much energy is needed to support a specific number of chargers.”


Michigan Tech was mentioned by the Keweenaw Report in a story about a stargazing event at Mount Horace Greeley on Saturday, Aug. 12. The event will be co-hosted by the Open Skies Project and MTU’s Robert Nemiroff (Physics).


The Indianapolis Colts mentioned Michigan Tech in a story about former Husky basketball player Jake Witt being placed on injured reserve for his rookie season in the NFL. 


Armada International mentioned Michigan Tech in a story about contracts awarded by the U.S. Army to groups working to integrate hybrid-electric technology into tactical and combat vehicles. MTU was listed as one of two groups involved in developing such technology for the Army’s High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle.


Carl Blair (SS) was quoted in a Daily Mining Gazette story about discoveries made during the archeology field school being held at a site near the Delaware Mine. 


WLUC TV6 and the Daily Mining Gazette covered the reunion games played on Aug. 5 by alumni of the MTU men’s and women’s basketball programs. Many current and former players and coaches were quoted in the stories about the games, which capped off the festivities of the 2023 Alumni Reunion weekend. 


Tara Bal (CFRES) was quoted by Australia’s National Tribune in a story about a binational project involving U.S. and Canadian researchers working to prevent the spread of oak wilt, a fatal tree disease spread by sap beetles. The article was picked up from a story in Michigan Tech News.