Vice President Les Cook Named to National Hazing Study Commission

Les Cook, vice president for student affairs and advancement, has been named to a national commission to study prevention of fraternity hazing.

The North American Interfraternity Conference--an association representing 74 international and national men's fraternities in North America--has formed three independent commissions to study and recommend action on alcohol use, hazing and sexual violence. Over the next 18 months, each commission will conduct in-depth issue-specific research to identify innovative opportunities for the NIC and its member fraternities to tackle these issues.

"This is a critically important issue to all colleges and universities, and I am honored to have this opportunity to make a difference," Cook said. "We take hazing, alcohol abuse and sexual violence very seriously at Michigan Tech. We simply do not tolerate it."

Dow Great Lakes Science and Engineering Festival at Delta College This Weekend

Dow Chemical Company, the Michigan Tech Mind Trekkers and Delta College are teaming up again to present the Dow Great Lakes Bay Regional Science and Engineering Festival at Delta College Sept. 26-27.

The festival will feature the Michigan Tech Mind Trekkers performing their dramatic demonstrations of science and engineering mysteries. The event is designed to excite children, teens and their families about science and engineering by engaging them in fun, hands-on activities such as puncturing balloons without popping them and making liquid nitrogen ice cream. And yes, it's good to eat.

On Friday, Sept. 26, sixth, seventh and eighth graders from the region will have the festival all to themselves during four sessions just for schools. On Saturday, Sept. 27, the festival is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Delta College campus.

For the full story, see Michigan Tech News.

Steel Days this Wednesday at Michigan Tech

Ten steel industry companies are coming to Michigan Tech on Wednesday, Sept. 24, to introduce students to career opportunities in the industry that supports the creation of everything from cars to skyscrapers. 

Last year, Steel Days attracted four companies. This year, participation has expanded to 10. The Association for Iron and Steel Technology (AIST), a founding sponsor, is returning to participate in the event.

An industry expo and cookout will be held in the center of campus under the Career Fest tent from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m, with an opportunity for informal networking with company reps. At 6 p.m., a panel of industry experts will answer questions and talk with students in the Van Pelt and Opie Library's East Reading Room.

A steel trivia game will keep everyone at Tech with their eyes on the ground, collecting bits of information about the steel industry from stickers on manhole covers around campus. Participants can bring the answers to the expo, match them up with questions and register to win prizes.

Flu Vaccine Clinics Announced

Portage Health will offer four flu vaccine clinics on campus this fall. The vaccine is by injection at a cost of $30 payable at the time of service. Cash, check or credit card will be accepted. Shots will be administered on a first-come, first-served basis; no appointment is necessary.

Employees, retirees, family members and students are welcome to attend one of the flu clinics. Anyone under the age of 18 cannot be vaccinated without parental permission. A spouse and/or child may attend without the employee.

Be prepared to show a picture ID and insurance card. If you are insured by Michigan Tech's Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) health plan, your vaccine is free of charge and will be billed to insurance if you present your BCBSM member ID card at the time of service. Students with Michigan Tech's Aetna student health plan can also have their vaccine billed to insurance with their Aetna member ID card.

The flu clinics are as follows:

Wednesday, Oct. 15 during the Health Fair from noon to 4 p.m. in the Memorial Union Isle Royale Ballroom.

The following three clinics will be held in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 21 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 30 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Academic Department Information Fair Invitation

Career Services invites you to participate in the annual Academic Department Information Fair, held the morning of the Career Fair in the SDC. Company reps are eager to meet the faculty and staff who educate, develop, and guide the talented students they target. We hope you can join us to showcase your department, faculty, research, and programs, and to network with hundreds of representatives from 340 companies—a record smashing Career Fair.

The information fair will be held Tuesday, Sept. 30 from 9 to 10:50 a.m., in the SDC Wood Gym balcony area. You will be provided an 8 x 6 table, and we encourage you to bring a robust display and brochures, take-aways and business cards for distribution.

Register online. For more information, contact Julie Way at

Kaizen Events with the Office of Continuous Improvement

Do you have a process that frustrates you?  Do you wish you had more time in your day? Do you wish your desk, office supplies or other area was more organized? Do you want to reduce errors or waste? Completing a Kaizen Event can help you solve these and many other problems.

Kaizen Event is a great starting point for those new to Lean and Continuous Improvement to learn the philosophy through application. Kaizen Events are structured activities involving a cross-functional team that dedicates time to focus on improving a process. They are very motivating for team members; many leave the events seeking new opportunities to practice continuous improvement and begin transforming their daily work. Here at Michigan Tech we have a group of Lean Facilitators who are trained to facilitate Kaizen Events for groups and departments across campus.   

If you are interested in improving a process in your area, complete and submit the new event request form. We will find the perfect facilitator to guide you through your event. 

CTL Coffee Chat: Information Literacy Learning Goal on Oct. 7

Join the Information Literacy Goal Committee for a collaborative primer about integrating information literacy instruction effectively and efficiently in your course or degree program.

The Information Literacy University Student Learning Goal (USLG) will be assessed university wide this year. This timely workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 7 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided to those who register by Thursday, Oct. 2.

Keweenaw Local Foods Dinner

Homegrown local foods—featuring pasties made with ingredients grown in the Wadsworth Hall garden at Michigan Tech—are on the menu for a special Welcome to the Keweenaw dinner in the Wads dining room from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 25. The University's Residential Dining Services is hosting the dinner for residence hall residents with meal passes and their guests, as well as invited University officials.
The garden at Wadsworth Hall is a partnership project involving Dining Services, Housing and Residential Life and the Sustainable Futures Institute at Michigan Tech.  
"We particularly want to thank Kelli Whelan, Ashley Schuman and Karen Oppliger for all their hard work tending the garden," said Ernest Beutler, manager of Dining Services at Wadsworth Hall.
"They did most of the hands on work, from seed to table."

Copley Earns Win for Capitals in Preseason Game

Former Michigan Tech goaltender Pheonix Copley earned the win in net for the NHL's Washington Capitals last night as they defeated the Buffalo Sabres 1-0 in a preseason game at Verizon Center. Copley started and played the first period, turning away all six shots he faced.

"It's cool to get in a game like that and get the experience in," Copley said in a postgame interview. "When I go out there, I just try and stop the puck. Wherever they put me, that's when I know what I have to do. There is nothing I can do about where they put me. The only thing I can do is go out there and try and stop the puck, so that's what I focus on."

The Capitals training camp began last Friday, and the preseason contest was one of eight on their schedule before officially opening the season Oct. 9.

A North Pole, Alaska, native, Copley signed a two-year contract with the Capitals organization last spring after finishing his season with the Huskies. He finished his sophomore season with a 10-13-6 record, a 2.51 goals against average and a .911 save percentage. He was twice named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week. For his two-year career, Copley appeared in 54 games with 18 wins and four shutouts.

After signing, Copley played three games with the South Carolina Stingrays of the East Coast Hockey League at the end of last season. He went 2-1 with a .906 save percentage and 3.26 goals against average.

Sports in Brief

What's Happening This Week
All times Eastern; home events are italicized.

Tuesday, Sept. 23
Huskies Drive Time, 7:30-8 a.m. on Mix 93.5 FM
Volleyball at Northern Michigan, 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 26
Women’s Tennis at ITA Regional (Allendale, Mich.)
Volleyball hosts Findlay, 7 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)

Saturday, Sept. 27
Women’s Tennis at ITA Regional (Allendale, Mich.)
Volleyball hosts Hillsdale, 3 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)
Football at Northern Michigan, 7 p.m. (Live Television, Fox UP; Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)

Sunday, Sept. 28
Women’s Tennis at ITA Regional (Allendale, Mich.)
Women’s Soccer at Ashland, 

Last Week's Results

Football (3-0, 3-0 GLIAC)
Sept. 20 — at Michigan Tech 26, Saginaw Valley State 20

Women’s Soccer (3-1, 1-0 GLIAC)
Sept. 21 — at Michigan Tech 2, Northern Michigan 1

Volleyball (4-5, 3-1 GLIAC)
Sept. 19 — at Ashland 3, Michigan Tech 0
Sept. 20 — Michigan Tech 3, at Lake Erie 1

Women’s Tennis (1-6, 1-6 GLIAC)
Sept. 19 — Saginaw Valley State 6, at Michigan Tech 3
Sept. 20 — Northwood 7, at Michigan Tech 2

Cross Country
Sept. 20 — Michigan Tech men 6th of 16 teams, women 7th of 16 teams at St. Olaf Invitational (Northfield, Minn.)

Men’s Tennis (0-0, 0-0 GLIAC)
Sept. 19-20 — Michigan Tech at ITA Midwest Regional (Indianapolis, Ind.) No team score.

Top News of the Week

Two Weeks Until Hockey Opener
The much-anticipated 2014-15 Michigan Tech hockey season is less than two weeks away. The Huskies play WCHA rival Lake Superior State in a Saturday-Sunday series Oct. 4-5 to open their 94th season of hockey. Tech returns its top nine point producers from a year ago as it looks to build on the program’s best three-season stretch in 20 years.

Comeback Win for Football Huskies
Michigan Tech overcame a 12-0 first-half deficit to defeat Saginaw Valley State 26-20 last Saturday, Sept. 20. DeShawn Nelson had an 84-yard interception return for a touchdown in the third quarter, and Zack Skeels scored the go-ahead touchdown with 3:29 to play to help the Huskies improve to 3-0.

Miner's Cup Game to Be Televised on Fox UP
Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan square off on the gridiron of the Superior Dome on Saturday, Sept. 27, with the Miner’s Cup on the line. The game will be televised live on Fox UP throughout most of the Upper Peninsula and in several northern Wisconsin counties. The Tech-Northern rivalry will be a staple on Fox UP this season with all four hockey games and both women’s basketball matchups televised.

Huskies Top Wildcats in Soccer
A pair of first half goals by Jacqueline Mielke propelled the Michigan Tech soccer team to a 2-1 win over Northern Michigan on Sunday, Sept. 21, at Sherman Field. It was the Huskies third win in a row as they improved to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in the GLIAC. Tech plays its first conference road game next week at Ashland.

Volleyball Now 3-1 In Gliac Play
The Michigan Tech volleyball team earned a weekend split in Ohio. The Huskies lost 3-0 at Ashland on Friday, Sept. 19 and bounced back with a 3-1 win over Lake Erie on Saturday. The Huskies are 4-5 overall and 3-1 in GLIAC play and continue road play today at Northern Michigan. First serve is set for 6 p.m. at Vandament Arena.

Cross Country Teams Finish In Top Half at St. Olaf
The Michigan Tech men’s cross country team finished sixth while the women were seventh of 16 teams at the St. Olaf Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 20. For the second week in a row, Sean Pengelly and Deedra Irwin paced the Huskies. Pengelly finished fifth in 25:24.5. Irwin finished third in 22:20.5. The Huskies have next weekend off before travelling to Wisconsin on Oct. 3 to participate in the Blugold Invitational at UW-Eau Claire.

Kwang Stays Perfect On Court
No. 1 singles and doubles player Kwang Suthijindawong continued her perfect season with two more singles wins and two more doubles victories. The Bangkok native beat the top players from both Saginaw Valley State and Northwood in straight sets. Suthijindawong has posted a 7-0 singles record this season to improve her career GLIAC singles mark to 31-0. She and the Huskies will participate in the ITA Midwest Regional this weekend in Allendale.


Portrait Session Tomorrow

The University portrait session for fall semester will be held Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the MUB Alumni Lounge A.

This session is open and free to all faculty and staff members—no appointment necessary. Although you are not required to attend, you are encouraged to do so if a year or more has passed since your last portrait. 

Portraits will be taken by University photographer Sarah Bird. Each participant will receive their retouched portrait via email when it becomes available.

If you have any questions, please contact Bird at 7-2330 or at

Biological Sciences Seminar Friday

Kelly Dyer will present "Causes and Consequences of Genetic Conflict in Drosophila" on Friday, Sept. 26 at 2 p.m., in Dow 642. Dyer is an assistant professor in the Department of Genetics at the University of Georgia.

The seminar is sponsored by Biological Sciences and the Visiting Women and Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series which is funded by the President's Office and a grant to the Office of Institutional Equity from the state of Michigan's King-Chavez-Parks Initiative. 

"The Understanding of a Simple Poem," Humanities Seminar Thursday

Anthony Webster will present "The Understanding of a Simple Poem" on Thursday, Sept. 25 at 5 p.m., in the Noblet Forestry Building G002.

Webster is from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin. He will demonstrate how, historically, the systematic erasure of a Navajo expressive feature led to translators seeing confusion rather than intentional speech play and punning. He argues that such punning is a critical component of Navajo verbal art. 

The talk is part of the Department of Humanities' Colloquium Series on Rhetoric, Theory and Culture. 

New Funding

Zhaohui Wang (ECE) received $100,000 from the University of Connecticut for a research project titled "Collaborative Research: Underwater Distributed Antenna Systems: Fundamental Limits and Practical Designs."

On the Road

Mike Christianson (director of bands, trombone), Libby Meyer (VPA music composition, viola) and Mike Irish (director of jazz studies, guitar) were hired as members of the Wayne Newton Orchestra and performed with Wayne at the Lake of the Torches Resort in Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin this past weekend. The show consisted of an 18-piece orchestra, 4 backup singers and Newton.


In the News

College Week, a feature on the Thrillist website, named Michigan Tech as one of 10 colleges and universities with one of the most unusual perks. In Tech's case it was Mont Ripley, the Michigan Tech ski hill. 


Michigan Tech's release of an open source syringe pump library was widley covered in the technical press including Gizmodo, Gizmodo India and Gizmodo Australia: Doctors Could 3D Print Their Own Tools For a Fraction of the Cost , Motherboard: 3D Printed Syringe Pumps are Perfect for Cash Strapped Scientists and Med Device:  3D Printable Syringe Pump Design Lowers Lab Costs