Maintenance Planned at John MacInnes Student Ice Arena

Michigan Tech’s John MacInnes Student Ice Arena will be closed this spring and summer for overdue facility maintenance. The renovation project will begin after Spring Commencement and will be completed in mid-August.

During the closure, crews will replace the ice arena's air handling units, which are original to the construction of the building in 1970.

The summer closure affects all activities in the Mac, including hockey camp, figure skating camp and ice rentals. Normal activities are planned to resume in summer 2025.

The John MacInnes Student Ice Arena is home to Michigan Tech’s NCAA Division I hockey program. The facility is also used for recreational skating, youth and adult hockey rentals, kinesiology and integrative physiology classes, intramural sports and Spring Commencement.

Construction on the arena began in 1970, and the Mac was opened for the 1971-72 hockey season. The building has received numerous renovations since its opening, including new seating and flooring in 2008, luxury suite additions in 2009, an ice plant upgrade in 2012 and a new LED digital scoreboard in 2013.

For inquiries, please contact

Family Fun Day Donations

Save the Date: Family Fun Day 2024 will be held March 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and planning is underway. The event will feature food and activities for the whole family, including use of the SDC swimming pool and ice rink.

At this time we are seeking donations for prizes. If your department has items that can be used as prizes (coffee mugs, gift certificates, etc.) or if you would like to make a personal donation, contact Staff Council member Heather Sander at or 906-487-2153.

Donated items can be sent via campus mail to:

Attn: Dawn Pichette, ECE

Please mark items as "Family Fun Day Donation."

Guardians of the North Annual All You Can Eat Pancake Booth

The Guardians of the North Air Force ROTC Detachment 400 is hosting our annual All You Can Eat Pancake Booth during Michigan Technological University’s Winter Carnival All-Nighter.

Get hot, fresh pancakes for $7 per person or $10 per two people, starting at 6 p.m. Feb. 7 and continuing until 2 a.m. Feb. 8. We'll also be serving drinks and playing music!

Come meet the Guardians of the North members and claim the title of Pancake Champion for eating the most pancakes! We will be located in the main hallway of Fisher Hall, outside Fisher 135.

All are welcome!

This Week at the Rozsa

Speaking Truth to Power: Poets, Writers, Resistance, and Resilience* — Thursday, Feb. 1, from 12-1 p.m.
East Reading Room in the Van Pelt and Opie Library
Presented by Michigan Tech Art

Leading up to the Rozsa Art Gallery exhibition "Simple Machines: Poetry, Letterpress, and the Art of the Little Magazine," please join our special guest, Ukrainian poet Yuliya Musakovska, for a poetry reading. The reading will be followed by a panel discussion with Musakovska and Michigan Tech Professors Richard Canevez, Stephanie Carpenter and M. Bartley Seigel (all HU). This event is free and open to the public.
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Simple Machines: Poetry, Letterpress, and the Art of the Little Magazine* — Open Friday, Feb. 2, through Saturday, March 30
Rozsa Art Galleries A-Space
Presented by Michigan Tech Art

Simple Machines is a two-edition international letterpress poetry magazine founded and edited by Michigan Tech’s M. Bartley Seigel (HU) and featuring original poetry from a diverse array of national and international poets. The publication is funded through a Research Excellence Fund Scholarship & Creativity Grant and produced in collaboration with designer/printers at the Copper Country Community Arts Center (CCCAC) and TYPA Letterpress & Paper Art Centre, Tartu, Estonia.

A-Space Gallery Hours:
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. | Saturday: 1-8 p.m.
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Reception for Simple Machines: Poetry, Letterpress, and the Art of the Little Magazine* — Friday, Feb. 2
Rozsa Art Galleries A-Space
Presented by Michigan Tech Art

Join Michigan Tech’s M. Bartley Seigel (HU) and visiting Ukrainian poet Yuliya Musakovska, along with Rozsa Art Gallery Director Terri Jo Frew (VPA), for the opening night of "Simple Machines: Poetry, Letterpress, and the Art of the Little Magazine." Experience the exhibit in a relaxed environment, enjoy light refreshments and witness a live letterpress demonstration by Bonnie Loukus and Daniel Schneider from the Copper Country Community Arts Center. There will also be poetry readings performed by Musakovska and others.
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Coming Soon!

Cirque FLIP Fabrique’s BLIZZARD — Feb. 9 and 10
Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts
Winter Carnival and Rozsa Presenting Series Event

Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday — Feb. 13
Michigan Tech Jazz
Rozsa Backstage
Presented by Michigan Tech Music

Imagining (Im)Possibilities — Feb. 15-17
McArdle Theatre
Presented by Michigan Tech Theatre

* Sponsored by Michigan Tech’s Institute for Policy, Ethics, and Culture (IPEC), Pavlis Honors College, College of Sciences and Arts, Department of Humanities, Department of Visual and Performing Arts, and Michigan Tech Writing Center, as well as TYPA Printing and Paper Art Centre and the Copper Country Community Arts Center (CCCAC). Partially funded by the Visiting Professor Program, which is funded by a grant to the Office of the Provost from the state of Michigan's King-Chávez-Parks Initiative.

CISR Research Discussion: 'Climate Resilience and Community Partnerships'

On Feb. 21 from noon to 1 p.m. in Library 103 (or Zoom), join a discussion on upcoming opportunities for team proposals in the thematic area of climate resilience and community partnerships.

Panelists Evan Lanese and Rachael Pressley of the Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region; Chris Van Arsdale, emergency services coordinator for Houghton and Keweenaw counties; and Pengfei Xue (CEGE/GLRC) will seed the conversation. Attendees will also get a chance to learn more about the Center for Innovation in Sustainability and Resilience (CISR) resources to support research development. Feel free to bring lunch.

Add the event to your Google Calendar.

Physics Colloquium with Amanda Steinhebel

Amanda Steinhebel from the NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP)/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) will present at this week's Physics Colloquium.

The seminar will be presented in person at 4 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 1) in Fisher 139.

Read the abstract and speaker bio at the University Events Calendar.

New Funding

Sangyoon Han (BioMed/HRI) is the principal investigator (PI) of a project awarded $280,000 by the Wallace Research Foundation.

The project seeks the effect of collagen type V in fibroblast-mediated wound healing in vitro and in vivo.

Muhammad Rizwan (BioMed/HRI) is a co-PI on the project.


Wayne Weaver (ME-EM/MARC) is the PI on a project that has received a $100,000 research and development contract from Sandia National Laboratories.

The project is titled "Advanced Modeling, Controls, and Power Electronics Testing for Large Penetration of Renewable Energy Grid Integration - PART 01."


Wayne Weaver (ME-EM/MARC) is the PI on a project that has received a $120,000 research and development contract from Sandia National Laboratories.

The project is titled "Advanced Modeling, Controls, and Power Electronics Testing for Large Penetration of Renewable Energy Grid Integration - PART 02."

In Print

Students from Michigan Tech's Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology (KIP) and Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics (ME-EM) and Carolyn Duncan (KIP) are co-authors of a backpack balance study published in Applied Ergonomics.

Students from Central Michigan University's Doctor of Physical Therapy program are also co-authors of the study.

The study is titled "Influences of backpack loading on recovery from anterior and posterior losses of balance."

The student collaborators from MTU and CMU worked on the study under Duncan's direction.

In the News

ABC 10 amplified the Institute of Computing and Cybersystems’ call for submissions for the Art in Silico computational art exhibit. Artists from both Michigan Tech and the wider Copper Country community are encouraged to send in their work.


The Keweenaw Report covered Michigan Tech’s invitation to students, faculty, staff and the surrounding community to take part in a survey collecting input on potential natural and human-caused hazards that could impact the University.


The Keweenaw Report and Escanaba Daily Press mentioned Michigan Tech and Winter Carnival in stories about St. Albert the Great University Parish’s annual Ice Masses, held outdoors in an ice chapel constructed as part of Winter Carnival. Work on Our Lady of the Snows Ice Chapel is underway for 2024.


CISR Funding Opportunities for Research, Curriculum Development

The Center for Innovation in Sustainability and Resilience (CISR, pronounced scissor) is offering three funding opportunities in spring 2024 to support Michigan Tech faculty and staff in developing collaborative research and curriculum development around the themes of sustainability and resilience. These activities are supported by the Tech Forward Initiative on Sustainability and Resilience.

All awards have due dates of March 7, but rolling submissions and inquiries are encouraged!

  • Faculty Fellowship
    The Sustainable and Resilient Communities Faculty Fellowship offers teaching buyout in fall 2024 or spring 2025 to support research development activities. We anticipate making three to four awards in fiscal year 2024. Read the RFP.

  • Early Career and New Directions Award
    In the range of $5,000 to $7,000, this award complements start-up packages for early-career faculty or supports established researchers who are pursuing new ideas or topics in their work. We anticipate making four to six awards. Read the RFP.

  • Curriculum Innovation Award
    Supports the development of new or retooled courses. Awards range from $3,000 to $5,000, but are flexible to meet the project needs. Read the RFP.

Please send all inquiries to Chelsea Schelly at


VPR Research Series: Creating SciENcv Biosketches and C&P Support Docs

Save the Date: Join Research Development on Thursday (Feb. 1) from noon to 1 p.m. for the next session in the VPR Research Series: "SciENcv: Creating Biosketches and C&P Support Docs.”

Join us via Zoom to learn how you can create and maintain your biographical sketch and current and pending support documents in SciENcv. Once you get the initial setup done, you'll be able to easily make updates and generate biosketches and current and pending documents that are compliant with the current rules of the agency.

Note: As of Oct. 23, 2023, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has required that all senior personnel listed on NSF proposals use SciENcv to prepare their Biographical Sketch and Current & Pending Support forms, which are required proposal elements. This session is for anyone interested in NSF proposals who has not yet learned the SciENcv system. The session will cover all steps from sign-up to producing the required documents; no prior experience is necessary.

Any questions should be addressed to


BioSci Chair Candidate Seminars with Matthew Lovern

Department of Biological Sciences (BioSci) chair candidate Matthew Lovern, professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Oklahoma State University, will present a Department Leadership Seminar today (Jan. 29) from 3-4 p.m. in Rekhi G009.

Lovern will also present a research seminar tomorrow (Jan. 30) from 3-4 p.m. in Chem Sci B002.

The research seminar is titled “Hormones, Physiology, and Behavior of Reptiles: How I Came to Love Biology and You Can, Too!”

From the abstract:
In this general research presentation, I will share my background, how it shaped my love for biology, and how it opened my eyes to a career in research, teaching, and mentoring. I will then share examples of some of the scholarly work that my students and I, along with numerous collaborators, have undertaken during my academic career; these examples primarily involve work on how hormones, and physiology more generally, influence behavior and growth in Anolis lizards. Finally, I will share my view for how my research background and expertise would contribute to Michigan Tech’s Vision and Mission and would support and complement the dynamic research being conducted by students and faculty in Biological Sciences.


Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar with Alan Turnquist

The next Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar will take place at 3 p.m. today (Jan. 29) in GLRC 202.

Alan Turnquist, director of sustainability and resilience, Michigan Technological University, will present "Sustainability Initiatives at Michigan Tech."

Read the abstract on the University Events Calendar.

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Ages 6 months to 3 years. Come make a splash in Huskies Group Swim Lessons! American Red Cross Parent and Child Aquatics levels are being offered at the SDC Pool for ages 6...


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Come learn to sew a turtle stuffed animal with Craft Club! All supplies and instructions are included.