Higher Learning Commission Approves BS in Nursing

The Office of the Provost is excited to announce that Michigan Tech's Bachelor of Science in Nursing program has received all necessary approvals for implementation.

At their Oct. 9 meeting last week, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) approved Michigan Tech’s request to offer the Bachelor of Science in Nursing. With approval from our institutional accreditor, we are now able to fully advertise and officially admit students into the program. Approvals from the Michigan Board of Nursing and the program’s professional accreditor were granted over the summer.

The provost’s office thanks everyone who worked to help transition the nursing program to our campus, in addition to all those who have helped make the nursing students and faculty feel welcome at Michigan Tech.

Winter Coat and Boot Drive

The Husky Closet Collective is seeking winter coat and boot donations for the Clothing Closet at Michigan Tech. To help keep our Huskies warm, we need to secure donations of new and/or gently worn coats and boots of all adult sizes. We are accepting donations now through Nov. 5. Donated items will be available to all Michigan Tech students at no cost.

If you have questions or want to get involved, please email huskycloset@mtu.edu.

At this time, we are not accepting any children’s clothing.

Clothing may be dropped off at any of the following locations:

  • Dean of Students Office
  • University Images
  • Campus Bookstore
  • Van Pelt and Opie Library
  • Residence Education and Housing Services
  • Keweenaw Co-Op (Oct. 28 only)
  • Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
  • Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
  • Evangel Community Church
  • St. Albert the Great Church
  • St. Anne Catholic Church

National Conflict Resolution Day

Thursday (Oct. 19) is National Conflict Resolution Day, a global event conceived in 2005 by the Association for Conflict Resolution to:

  • Promote awareness of mediation, arbitration, conciliation and other creative, peaceful means of resolving conflict.
  • Promote the use of conflict resolution in schools, families, businesses, communities, governments and the legal system.
  • Recognize the significant contributions of (peaceful) conflict resolvers.
  • Obtain national synergy by having celebrations happen across the country and around the world on the same day.

The third Thursday of October has become a time to promote and celebrate peaceful conflict resolution practices worldwide. Dedicated dispute resolution practitioners are helping to educate the public about mediation and other innovative conflict management processes.

Michigan Tech's Conflict Resolution Network is working to raise awareness of the importance of mediation and conflict resolution. The network has a number of faculty and staff who are trained as mediators and/or facilitators to assist individuals with resolving interpersonal conflicts.

For more information, check out the Conflict Resolution Network at Michigan Tech.

CFRES Dean Search Open Meeting

The College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science (CFRES) Dean Search Committee will be holding a meeting today (Oct. 17) at 9 a.m. in Noblet (Forestry) G004. The meeting is open to all Michigan Tech faculty, staff and students.

US Senator Commends Calumet Electronics and Michigan Tech

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan recently gave a shoutout to both Calumet Electronics and Michigan Technological University for their work in advanced packaging, which is crucial to securing U.S.-based semiconductor production.

Peters spoke Oct. 4 at a U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation hearing titled “CHIPS and Science Act Implementation and Oversight.”

Read more at the Michigan Tech Global Campus News blog.

Info Session: 2024 MTU Summer Archaeology Field School

Are you looking for some summer credits but don’t want to sit in a classroom? Join us in Walker 120A today (Oct. 17) from 5-6 p.m. for an info session about our 2024 MTU Archaeology Field School!

We will be exploring both ancient and 19th century copper mining archaeology at the Delaware Mine site on the Keweenaw Peninsula during our seven-week 2024 Summer Track B program. You will get outdoors to learn all the field skills of the modern archaeologist, including survey, testing, excavation and digital recording techniques. You will also get a taste of public archaeology as we share our finds with the community. In addition, we will tour a number of other historical and archaeological sites in the Keweenaw that place our own site in the broader context of ancient and historical human activity in the Lake Superior region.

Enrollment is limited, and our class will fill quickly, so visit the field school website and submit our short application form today!

Info Session: Barcelona Faculty-Led Study Abroad

Join us today (Oct. 17) from 6-7 p.m. to learn about the new faculty-led study abroad program in Barcelona, Spain. The info session will be held in the HDMZ (Humanities Digital Media Zone) in Walker 120A.

The program will take place during Track B in summer 2024. It is open to Spanish and non-Spanish minors! You can choose between four course options (12 HASS credits) to take. We will offer two courses in Spanish, and two in English.

Program participants will explore the culture, history and languages of Barcelona, its region — Catalunya — and Spain. We will spend seven weeks with a Spanish family and take classes with MTU students.

All levels of Spanish are welcome!

If you can't make it to the info session but are interested in the program, please email Marcelino Viera at mvierara@mtu.edu.

University Senate Meeting 691

The University Senate will convene Meeting 691 at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 18) in Dow 642.

Those within the University community unable to attend in person have the option to attend via Zoom. Please note: You will need to log in to your MTU Zoom account to join the virtual meeting.

Senators are responsible for making their constituents aware of the agenda for this meeting. Senators who are unable to attend should arrange for their alternates to attend in their place.

View the agenda to Meeting 691.

Call for Abstracts: ACS Student Research Symposium

Abstracts are being accepted for the eighth annual American Chemical Society Upper Peninsula Student Research Symposium! The symposium will be held at Northern Michigan University on Nov. 11.

This symposium is a venue for students to present their research in chemistry, chemical engineering and related fields. It is open to undergraduate, graduate, high school and community college students from the Upper Peninsula. We welcome visitors and community members! There is no cost to present and lunch will be provided. Prize money will be awarded for best posters and presentations.

For more information and to register for the symposium, visit our Student Research Symposium page. The registration deadline is Oct. 31 at 5 p.m. EST. All presenters, visitors and judges, please register to ensure we have enough food ordered.

Contact Momoko Tajiri at mtajiri@mtu.edu with any questions.

The Student Research Symposium is sponsored by the Department of Chemistry at Michigan Tech.

Idea Pitch Awards and Acknowledgments

Innovation starts with an idea. Oct. 11, at Husky Innovate’s Idea Pitch Competition, 10 students pitched their ideas to a panel of judges and audience members, leaping forward in their journey as innovators. Congratulations and thank you to each student contestant for your great presentations! We would like to extend special congratulations to our award winners.

Idea Pitch Awards — Sponsored by the College of Business:

  • First Prize — Jonathan Mazur and Zach Chaudier with AI.4.ART ($200)
  • Second Prize — Alex Nosalik with The Eternitee ($100)
  • Third Prize — Olamide Ayeni with HOPCYKU and Jude Hoogterp with OpenAG ($50)
  • Honorable Mention — Nyasha Milanzi with Air Guard Sensors ($25)
  • Audience Favorite Sponsored by Dan and Jane Green — Olamide Ayeni with HOPCYKU ($100)
  • Social Impact Award Sponsored by Gates Professor Elham Asgari (COB) — Olamide Ayeni with HOPCYKU ($200)

Thank you to those who gave their time and resources to support our student innovators:

  • Our sponsors: Dean Johnson and the College of Business; Elham Asgari, Gates Professor, College of Business; Dan and Jane Green
  • Our judges: Elham Asgari, Dan Green, Carolyn Yarina, Jason Mack, Erin Gustafson, Kurt Terhune and Bayle Golden
  • Our emcee: Praise Eromesele
    Our marketing team: Jessie Stapleton and Eugene Agyei
  • Sound and Lighting Services
  • IT and Catering

The Idea Pitch Competition is the first of three pitch events that Husky Innovate hosts each year. Our next pitch event is the Bob Mark Business Model Competition on Jan. 24, a legacy event that celebrates entrepreneurship and pays tribute to the late COB Professor of Practice Bob Mark. Contestants pitch the key components of their business models, including value proposition, customer segment and product market fit. To compete, register for the competition now. For those who compete, watch for preparation workshops such as the Business Model Bootcamp and Explaining Your Market Opportunity. Reach out to Husky Innovate at huskyinnovate@mtu.edu for more information.

Soccer Draws with Lakers, Shuts Out Panthers

The Michigan Tech soccer team returned from the first of two consecutive road weekends with a draw against No. 9 Grand Valley State and a victory against Davenport.

MTU battled to a 1-1 draw against the Lakers on Friday (Oct. 13) at the GVSU Soccer Field. The Huskies overcame a 1-0 deficit with a goal by Reilly Lovercheck in the 80th minute — her career first.

"I am incredibly proud of our team's remarkable performance today," head coach Turk Ozturk said. "Managing to secure a tie on the road against the GLIAC's top-ranked team, especially in the face of severe weather conditions and with a late, game-changing goal to level the score, truly underscores the unwavering determination and unyielding gift of this team. When throw-ins outdistance some of the free kicks, it's a clear testament to the extraordinary effort demanded by the challenging conditions. As I have emphasized time and time again, this team consistently thrives in the face of extreme adversity and I think we proved that today."

The Huskies concluded their road weekend with a 1-0 victory over Davenport on Sunday (Oct. 15) at Farmers Insurance Athletic Complex Stadium. Cassie Bonifas scored the game winner.

"We had to be very composed today as Davenport can be extremely disruptive, which can really impact the attacking flow of the game," Ozturk said. "The GLIAC never disappoints — it was another fierce battle. I am so proud of the way our defense stepped up today and over the weekend in general."

"I am so proud of Cassie for coming up with another clutch goal off a set piece," Ozturk added. "And I am equally proud of the spirit, trust, and support that surrounds this team, which continues to lift and energize us. We will enjoy the long ride home, but starting tomorrow, we will refocus on what's ahead."

Read more at Michigan Tech Athletics.

Hockey Takes Loss, Tie from Home Opener vs. Nanooks

No. 9 Michigan Tech hockey came away from their home opener series against Alaska with a loss and a tie at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena.

The Huskies fell 4-1 to Alaska on Friday (Oct. 13). Tech led 1-0 after a first-period goal by Max Koskipirtti, but gave up four goals in the second.

"We don't know what type of team we are yet. We have a long way to go and we have a lot of work to do," Tech coach Joe Shawhan said. "Fairbanks is a good hockey team and played really good tonight. They outplayed Denver last Saturday night and outcompeted us in many areas tonight."

MTU skated to a 2-2 tie with the Nanooks on Saturday (Oct. 14). Logan Pietila scored both goals for the Huskies and had a highlight-reel between-the-legs goal in the 2-1 exhibition shootout win.

"I'm proud of the resilience we showed tonight. The guys feel better after the shootout win even though it doesn't mean anything," Shawhan said. "Our young guys played well tonight, and we need them to continue to grow."

Read more at Michigan Tech Athletics.

Volleyball Goes 2-1 at Midwest Regional Crossover

The Michigan Tech volleyball team went 2-1 at the 15th annual Midwest Regional Crossover Tournament at the Hammond SportsPlex in Hammond, Indiana.

On Friday (Oct. 13), the Huskies split their first day at the tournament, falling 3-0 to Hillsdale in the afternoon and bouncing back with a sweep of Maryville in the evening.

"I'm very happy with the way we bounced back in the second match," Tech coach Matt Jennings said. "Our serve and pass game was on point and made a huge difference in this one. Brooke (Dzwik) and Jackie (Yancy) were serving lasers back there. Lindy (Oujiri) had a monster of a match and played a huge role in the outcome. We needed to come out and play with more urgency and assertiveness, and I'm proud of the way we did just that. We fought off a good Maryville team tonight. It was a big win for the Huskies."

Tech wrapped up the tournament with a 3-2 win over Findlay on Saturday (Oct. 14). The Huskies picked up their fourth win in their last five, 13-25, 25-17, 22-25, 25-15 and 15-13. The victory also marked win number 200 for Jennings.

"What a big win for these Huskies! Coming back like that in the fifth set was more than impressive — it was gutsy and inspiring," Jennings said. "It goes to show you just can't give up, you play to the very end. Findlay is a very good team that can really pour it on at the net and behind the line. For us to hang on and fight our way back was a reflection of our team's resolve and belief in one another. I'm beyond proud of this squad and can't wait to see us take the next step together next week."

Read more at Michigan Tech Athletics.

Football Shuts Out NMU 62-0, Wins 13th-Straight Miner’s Cup

The Michigan Tech football team scored early and often to secure their 13th-straight Miner's Cup win with a 62-0 victory over Northern Michigan at the Superior Dome on Saturday (Oct. 14).

"I felt like we got some good pressure on the quarterback so he had to get rid of the football in a hurry, and that was our goal heading into the game," head coach Dan Mettlach said. "We didn't have many drives where we came away empty, and I thought that (Alex) Fries played well and made some plays with his feet, and Darius (Willis) obviously did what Darius does."

The win marks the highest-scoring victory in the history of the rivalry, with the previous highest-scoring win coming back in 1961 when Northern Michigan won 61-6. Not to be overshadowed, the 62-0 thumping marks the 50th win in series history.

Read more at Michigan Tech Athletics.

This Week in Michigan Tech Athletics

Tuesday (Oct. 17)
• Huskies Drive Time, 7:30-8 a.m. on Mix 93 WKMJ-FM

Friday (Oct. 20)
• Soccer at Parkside, 2:30 p.m. on FloSports
• Volleyball at Saginaw Valley State, 7 p.m. on FloSports
• Hockey vs. Wisconsin, 7:07 p.m. at MacInnes Student Ice Arena on Mix 93 WKMJ-FM & FloHockey

Saturday (Oct. 21)
• Cross Country hosting GLIAC Championships at Tech Trails, 10 a.m. on FloSports
• Football vs. Ferris State, 1 p.m. at Kearly Stadium on Mix 93 WKMJ-FM & FloSports
• Volleyball at Wayne State, 4 p.m. on FloSports
• Hockey vs. Wisconsin, 6:07 p.m. at MacInnes Student Ice Arena on Mix 93 WKMJ-FM & FloHockey

Sunday (Oct. 22)
• Soccer at Purdue Northwest, Noon on FloSports


Athletics News
Read more in the MTU Athletics weekly update.

Job Postings

Job Postings for Tuesday, Oct. 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 humanresources@mtu.edu. For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

McNair Scholars Office Manager, Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Apply online.

Baker, Dining Services (AFSCME posting dates Oct. 17 to Oct. 23, 2023 — external applicants are encouraged to apply; however, internal AFSCME applicants are given first consideration if they apply during the internal AFSCME posting dates). Apply online.

Health and Wellness Coordinator, Human Resources. Apply online.

Senior Office Assistant, Human Resources (UAW posting dates Oct. 17 to Oct. 23, 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 humanresources@mtu.edu.

New Funding

Robert Handler (ChE/GLRC) is the principal investigator (PI) on a project that has received a $106,195 research and development contract from the University of Washington.

The project is titled "CAS-Climate: Direct Methane Capture in Air By Aerobic Methanotrophs."

David Shonnard (ChE) is a co-PI on this potential two-year award.


Jiehong Guo (CEGE/GLRC) is the PI on a project that has received a $71,741 research and development grant from the National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute.

The project is titled "Carcinogenic tobacco-specific nitrosamines induction of apurinic/apyrimidinic sites in DNA of human oral cells."

In the News

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer mentioned Michigan Tech in a press release about the record-high number of first-year students enrolled at state colleges this fall. The release recapped MTU’s fall 2023 enrollment numbers, with total enrollment up 3.5% from last fall. The release was picked up by the Mining Journal.


Sarah Hoy (CFRES) was mentioned by Arizona PBS as the co-author of a study published in Science Advances assessing how changing gray wolf genetics impacted the Isle Royale National Park ecosystem over two decades. The study describes the genetic impact of a single wolf, “The Old Gray Guy,” whose story was featured on Michigan Tech’s Unscripted Research Blog.


Darnishia Morris (PHC) was quoted by ABC 10 and the Keweenaw Report in stories previewing the annual Communities and Global Engagement Conference, hosted Saturday (Oct. 14) by the Pavlis Honors College.


Joel Neves (VPA) was mentioned by Lake Superior Magazine in a preview of the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra’s “Overtures!” concert, performed Saturday (Oct. 14) at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts.


MTU student Cameron Jackson was quoted by WLUC TV6 in a story covering Mu Beta Psi’s Miles for Music fundraiser in support of Lake Linden-Hubbell bands. Jackson and co-organizer Laurel Schmidt were quoted in a preview story about the event.


MTU student Renee Ruman was quoted by WLUC TV6 in a story about the seventh annual UP200 Dryland Dash sled dog races for wheeled rigs, scooters, bikes and canicross, held last weekend (Oct. 14-15) in Negaunee Township. Ruman raced in the canicross event — a modified cross country race where each runner is pulled along by a dog.


Nominations Open: 2024 MAGS/ProQuest Distinguished Thesis Award

Nominations are now open for the 2024 MAGS/ProQuest Distinguished Thesis Award. Please submit nominations to the Graduate School no later than 4 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 19), following our online instructions. This year, nominations are being accepted from dissertations in the fields of:

  1. Biological and Life Sciences
  2. Humanities and Fine Arts

Michigan Tech may nominate one student in each field. Master’s students who have completed all of their degree requirements between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2023, are eligible. The fields of competition for 2025 will be Mathematics, Physical Sciences, and Engineering; and Social Sciences.

Nominations must be emailed to the Graduate School no later than 4 p.m. on Thursday. Contact Debra Charlesworth at gradschool@mtu.edu if you have any questions about the competition.


CTL Lunch and Learn: Essential Education Experience

Make plans to attend the next William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) Lunch and Learn on Monday (Oct. 23) at noon to learn more about the Essential Education Experience.

One of the signature pieces of the new Essential Education curriculum is the Essential Education Experience. This credit-bearing experience will give all Michigan Tech undergraduate students an opportunity to use what they are learning in their general education coursework to engage in collaborative, project-based work that connects them with the local community or with global partners.

On Monday, join leaders from the Essential Education implementation leadership team to learn more about the Essential Education Experience and share your ideas about the kinds of innovative opportunities we can develop to address this new requirement.

Lunch will be served to those who register in advance.

Contact the CTL at ctl@mtu.edu if you have questions. We look forward to seeing you on Monday.


Math Seminar with Guosheng Fu

Please join us for the next Department of Mathematical Sciences (Math) Seminar, taking place today (Oct. 17) from 1-2 p.m. in Fisher 230.

Our special guest speaker will be Guosheng Fu, assistant professor from the University of Notre Dame.

Fu's presentation is titled "Finite elements meet optimal transport on a Schrodinger bridge."

Today's Campus Events

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CEGE Grad Info Night

Do you have questions about graduate school? Join the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering (CEGE) faculty and graduate students, as well as the MTU...


Layered in Between: Prints by Erin Hoffman Presented by Michigan Tech Art

Erin Hoffman is an artist and printmaker from Muskegon, Michigan, who deals primarily with political and social concerns. Through the presentation of mismatched ideas and...


Flu Shot Clinics

The Center for Student Mental Health and Well-being is partnering with UP Health Systems to bring students, faculty, and staff accessible flu shot clinics throughout the month...


Mathematical Sciences Seminar with Dr. Guosheng Fu of the University of Notre Dame

Title: "Finite elements meet optimal transport on a Schrodinger bridge" Bio: Dr. Guosheng Fu is the Robert and Sara Lumpkins Assistant Professor in the Department of...


MATLAB Workshop

Free MATLAB Workshop! Women in Physics is hosting a MATLAB workshop that is available to anyone who is interested. It is a 7 week course that will begin with the basic...


CTL Coffee Chat- The MTU Writing Center: Supporting Students

Join the Center for Teaching and Learning for the following opportunity: CTL Coffee Chat: MTU Writing Center https://mtu.libcal.com/event/11387750


Adult Huskies Swim Lessons Fall 2023 Session 2

Adult Huskies Swim Lessons provides aquatic education for the beginner to the intermediate swimmer who is looking to become more comfortable in the water and learn the...


Adult Huskies Swim Training Fall 2023 Session 2

Adult Huskies Swim Training provides additional attention and competitive guidance to swimmers ages 18 and older who are looking to improve their swimming skills and fitness...


Student Community Meals

Cooked by students, for students this new community meal is always homemade and always free. Enjoy cooking or looking for an outlet to volunteer? Meal prep begins at 5p.m....


Barcelona Faculty Led Study Abroad Info Session

Join us on Tuesday October 17th, from 6-7pm to learn about the new Faculty Led Study Abroad program in Barcelona, Spain. It will be held at the HDMZ 120A, in Walker. The...


HuskyLEAD: Inclusion Takes Action

In today's rapidly evolving world, the call for true inclusion has never been more critical. However, the gap between intention and action can often hinder progress. This...


Winter Coat & Boot Drive

The Husky Closet Collective is seeking winter coat and boot donations for the Clothing Closet at Michigan Tech. To help keep our Huskies warm, we need to secure donations of...