Elliott Family Endowed Scholarships Enable Business Students to Attend Michigan Tech

Michigan Tech is something of an Elliott family tradition. Dale Elliott, his older brother, two brothers-in-law, a sister-in-law, as well as a niece and her husband all went to school here. 

Elliott earned an MBA from Michigan Tech’s School of Business and Economics in 1979 and he has served on both the business school’s national advisory board and the President’s Advancement Council. He is also a Life Trustee of the Michigan Tech Fund.

Now he and his family have pledged $1.1 million in scholarship funding to help deserving business students—particularly first-generation college students—benefit from a Michigan Tech education. 

"In today’s world, there are some very deserving young people who just need a helping hand," he explains.

For the full story, see Michigan Tech News.

Ford Gives $10,000 to Women in Engineering

Science, math and classes are normally the farthest things from a high school student’s mind during summer vacation. But every summer about 150 pre-college women trek up to Michigan Tech to participate in Women in Engineering (WIE), a scholarship program and an intensive, exciting week-long look into engineering careers. For some, it’s a life-changing experience.

This year, WIE and the young women attending will be able to do even more thanks to a $10,000 donation from Ford Motor Company.

Tech alumna Cynthia Hodges, representing Ford Motor Company, presented Michigan Tech with the company’s check. Hodges earned a bachelor's and master's degree in mechanical engineering at Michigan Tech and participated in WIE herself in 1980. She is also on a committee at Ford Motor Company called Girls in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), which encourages women into STEM fields, especially engineering. So when an opportunity came to support another program at Michigan Tech, Hodges knew which one she wanted. 

For the full story, see Michigan Tech News.

March First Friday Social at the Memorial Union

Faculty, staff, retirees and graduate students are invited to join the staff of Auxiliary Services for the March First Friday University Social on Friday, Mar. 6, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom B. Complimentary soda, beer and wine, and cash bar will be available. Chef Eric will work his magic and provide delicious food compliments of Catering Services. This event is part of Auxiliary Services Customer Appreciation. 

First Friday University Socials, started in 2006, provide a casual setting for members of the campus community to get together informally, share their work and other interests and get to know each other. These informal gatherings can lead to more productive work relationships, an appreciation for diversity and a chance to meet some new friends.

Next month’s event on April 3 will be sponsored by the Chemistry Department. June has opened up, if you would like to sponsor a First Friday for this June, contact Mary Ann at mastruth@mtu.edu. Check the lineup of remaining First Friday Socials. If you are interested in hosting a social next academic year, contact Mary Ann Struthers at mastruth@mtu.edu to be added to the list.

Reminder: University Portrait Session Today

The University portrait session for spring semester will be held today from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Administration Building room G35.

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.

For questions, contact Bird at 7-2330 or at sjbird@mtu.edu .

Reminder: Flexible Spending Account Claims Deadline

The deadline for employees to submit claims against the 2014 Flexible Spending Account (FSA) is Tuesday, March 31. Health care and dependent care claims during the 2014 calendar year are eligible. The claim form can be found at FSA claims.

All medical, dental and optical claims should be processed through your insurance plans before submitting them to your health care reimbursement account. Attach the Explanation of Benefits (EOB) or a claim summary from your insurance plan to the claim form when submitting a claim. 

For expenses not processed through insurance, submit the itemized receipt. Over the counter medications require a prescription from a health care provider. Dependent care claims require an invoice or receipt from the provider. 

For questions, contact Benefit Services at 7-2517 or benefits@mtu.edu.

Ritchie GLIAC North Player of the Week for Third Time

Michigan Tech's Jillian Ritchie (De Pere, Wis.) has earned GLIAC North Division Women's Basketball Player of the Week accolades for the third time in four weeks. The senior posted 22 points in a 63-50 win at Northern Michigan last Thursday (Feb. 26).

Ritchie made 7-of-10 field goals including two 3-pointers and all six of her free throws to help the Huskies earn the season sweep of the Wildcats. The 5-11 forward has averaged 22.3 points over the last three games and owns five 20+ point outings on the season.

Tech has had the GLIAC North Division Player of the Week five times in 2014-15: Danielle Blake on Nov. 24 and Feb. 2 and Ritchie on Feb. 9, Feb. 23 and Mar. 2.

Michigan Tech, which finished the regular season at 24-2 overall and 20-2 in GLIAC play, will open the GLIAC Tournament Wednesday, Mar. 4, as the top seed. The Huskies take on Hillsdale at 5:30 p.m. With a win, Tech would host the GLIAC Final Four on Saturday and Sunday (Mar. 7-8) at the SDC Gym.

All-GLIAC postseason awards for women's basketball will not be announced until a pre-GLIAC Final Four banquet on Friday, Mar. 6.

Stelzer Named GLIAC Player of the Year; Chartier All-GLIAC

For the ninth time in Michigan Tech men's basketball history and seventh time in the last 14 years, the GLIAC Player of the Year wears a Huskies jersey. Senior Ben Stelzer (Manitowoc, Wis.) earned the honor in voting from the league's head coaches.

Stelzer was also named to the All-GLIAC First Team while backcourt mate Jordan Chartier (Chatham, Mich.) earned a spot on both the All-GLIAC Second Team and GLIAC All-Defensive Team.

Stelzer led the GLIAC in scoring all season, finishing at 22 points per game. The recently-named Academic All-American posted 20 or more points in 18 games with three 30-point performances. He leads the nation in 3-point field goals made per game (3.96) and ranks among the national leaders in scoring and 3-point percentage (45.0). Stelzer, with 572 points this season, has totaled 1,709 career points—seventh most in Michigan Tech history. The senior guard also reset Tech's record for 3-pointers made (355). Stelzer was the preseason GLIAC Player of the Year and four-time GLIAC Player of the Week during the 2014-15 campaign that saw the Huskies finish second in the GLIAC standings.

Chartier ranks second on the team in scoring at 10.3 points per game. He leads the GLIAC and ranks seventh nationally in  assist-to-turnover ratio (3.26-to-1) with 88 assists and just 27 turnovers all season. The 6-2 guard also averages 4.5 rebounds—second most on the team—while playing 36.2 minutes of each contest.

The two Huskies helped Tech to a 16-6 mark in GLIAC play—tied for the second best mark in the league. Tech holds the No. 2 seed in the GLIAC Tournament, which begins Wednesday (Mar. 4). The Black and Gold host No. 7-seeded Walsh for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff.

Other GLIAC MVPs from Michigan Tech were Ali Haidar (2011-12 and 2012-13), Josh Buettner (2003-04 and 2004-05), Matt Cameron (2001-02 and 2002-03), Matt Trombley (1994-95) and Russ VanDuine (1980-81). The All-GLIAC Women's Basketball Teams will be announced at a banquet on Friday, Mar. 6, prior to the GLIAC Final Four.

Sports in Brief

All times are Eastern. Home events are in italics.

Huskies Drive Time, 7:30-8 a.m. on Mix 93.5 FM

Wednesday, Mar. 4
GLIAC Basketball Tournament Quarterfinals:
• Women host Hillsdale, 5:30 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)
• Men host Walsh, 7:30 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)

Friday, Mar. 6
Hockey hosts Northern Michigan, 7:07 p.m. (Live TV, Fox UP; Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)

Saturday, Mar. 7
Women’s Basketball hosts GLIAC Tournament Semifinal*, 12 p.m. (Live Radio, WMPL 920 AM or Mix 93.5 FM)
Men’s Basketball at GLIAC Tournament Semifinal*, TBA (Live Radio, WMPL 920 AM or Mix 93.5 FM)
Hockey at Northern Michigan, 7:07 p.m. (Live TV, Fox UP; Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)

Sunday, Mar. 8
Women’s Tennis vs. Davis and Elkins, 9 a.m. (at Hilton Head, S.C.)
Men’s Tennis vs. Davis and Elkins, 9 a.m. (at Hilton Head, S.C.)
Women’s Basketball hosts GLIAC Tournament Championship*, 1 p.m. (Live Radio, WMPL 920 AM or Mix 93.5 FM)
Men’s Basketball at GLIAC Tournament Championship*, TBA (Live Radio, WMPL 920 AM or Mix 93.5 FM)


Hockey (24-8-2, 19-5-2 WCHA)
Feb. 27—No. 3 Michigan Tech 1, at No. 2 Minnesota State 1, OT
Feb. 28—at No. 2 Minnesota State 4, No. 3 Michigan Tech 2

Women’s Basketball (24-2, 20-2 GLIAC)
Feb. 26—No. 9 Michigan Tech 63, at Northern Michigan 50

Men’s Basketball (19-7, 16-6 GLIAC)
Feb. 26—Michigan Tech 71, at Northern Michigan 52

Nordic Skiing
Feb. 28-Mar. 1—Michigan Tech women 2nd, men 3rd at NCAA Central Region Championship (at Ishpeming)


Hockey Huskies Face Wildcats to Wrap Regular Season
Michigan Tech will conclude its 2014-15 regular season this week with a home-and-home series vs. Northern Michigan. The games will be broadcasted on Fox UP throughout the Upper Peninsula and several counties in Wisconsin. Staying within three points of Minnesota State after a weekend series in Mankato last weekend, the Huskies are still in contention for their first WCHA title since 1976. Friday’s game vs. NMU at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena will be Senior Night for six Tech players—Jimmy Davis, Blake Hietala, David Johnstone, Tanner Kero, Blake Pietila and Riley Sweeney.

Tech Women Open Postseason with Top Seed in GLIAC Tourney
The Michigan Tech women’s basketball team won 20 games in conference play for just the second time in school history with a 63-50 victory at Northern Michigan last Thursday (Feb. 26). The Huskies are 24-2 overall and have earned the top seed in the GLIAC Tournament which begins tomorrow. Tech faces No. 8 seed Hillsdale at 5:30 p.m. With a win over the Chargers, Michigan Tech would serve as host for the four-team GLIAC Championship Saturday and Sunday (Mar. 7-8) at the SDC Gym.

Tech Men Start Second Season Wednesday
The Tech men’s basketball team starts its postseason play tomorrow with the No. 2 seed in the GLIAC Tournament. The Huskies host seventh-seeded Walsh for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff at the SDC Gym. Tech finished 19-7 overall and 16-6 in GLIAC play this year, but one of those losses was at Walsh back on Dec. 6. The Huskies were 20-6 overall and 16-6 in league play entering the postseason a year ago, when they finished as runner-up in both the GLIAC Tournament and NCAA Midwest Regional.

Flanders and Axelsson Bring Home Region Titles
Michigan Tech had the top women’s skier in both races at the NCAA Central Region Championships in Ishpeming, over the weekend (Feb. 28 and Mar. 1). Alice Flanders earned a win in the five-kilometer freestyle on Saturday while Ulrika Axelsson was the champion in the 15K classicon Sunday. Tech’s men and women boasted a combined six all-region (top 10) performances during the weekend. Haakon Hjelstuen and Deedra Irwin were all-region in both disciplines. 

GLIAC Basketball Tournament Info

Michigan Tech hosts a doubleheader of GLIAC Tournament basketball on Wednesday, Mar. 4, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tech is the only school in the GLIAC with both men's and women's teams at home for the first round.

The Huskies are the top seed in the women's tournament and will take on No. 8-seeded Hillsdale. The No. 2-seeded Tech men will host No. 7 Walsh at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for Michigan Tech basketball are on sale now at the Central Ticket Office (7-2073) located in the SDC. Prices are $15 for reserved seats, $10 for general admission, $5 for youth (age 3 through grade 12) and free for Michigan Tech students (with valid ID). Each ticket will be good for both games of the doubleheader.

Season ticket holders have until 9 p.m. today to reserve their same seats.

Tech's women enter the postseason as GLIAC Champions with a 24-2 record and No. 9 national ranking. The men are 19-7, having won six of their last seven games to finish tied for second in the league standings.

The women own home court advantage for the entire GLIAC Tournament. With a win vs. Hillsdale, Tech would host the GLIAC Final Four on Saturday and Sunday (Mar. 7-8). The Huskies men would need a win and a Lake Superior State loss on Wednesday to host the GLIAC Final Four.

Pairings, times and ticket information for the GLIAC Final Four will be announced as it becomes available following Wednesday's quarterfinal games.

GLIAC Women's Basketball Championship Page 

GLIAC Men's Basketball Championship Page

Two New CTL Workshops to Support Student Collaboration

Students working together on projects have their choice of many powerful tools that allow online collaboration. Several instructors have expressed an interest in knowing more about how these tools enable collaboration, so the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is responding. In each of the two hands-on workshops, CTL staff will work through common classroom and project uses of Canvas group features and Google Drive. Attendance to each workshop will be limited to 20 students, so register soon.

The workshops and dates are as follows.

Canvas Tools to Support Group Projects

Google Drive for Collaboration

CTL will host the fall workshop Fostering Group Dynamics in Instruction, developed collaboratively in 2013 and led by experts Sonia Goltz and Roger Woods from SBE. Details will be available later this semester. Keep in mind that CTL offers assistance on the use of a wide variety of instructional tools and techniques. Stop by CTL during eLearning walk-in hours or contact us at 7-3000 to arrange a consultation.

Workshops on Undergraduate Program Improvement and Assessment This Week

Ellen Goldey, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor and Chair of the Biology Department at Wofford College, will present two interactive workshops/presentations this week. 

  • "Taking the Ass out of Assessment: Using Evidence to Inform, Transform, and Inspire," on Thursday. Mar. 5, at 11 a.m. in MUB Alumni Lounge B.
    • This workshop is in support of assessment of University Student Learning Goal #2: Knowledge of the Physical and Natural World, and will also touch more generally on other university learning goals. It will be especially valuable to faculty who will be teaching courses on the new General Education Mathematics and Science Lists. 
  • "Crafting a Shared Vision for Broad-based, Ongoing, Undergraduate Program Improvement," on Friday Mar. 6, at 11 a.m. in MUB Ballroom A1.
    • This workshop will be of particular interest to deans, department chairs and curriculum committee members. 

New Funding

Xiaohua Xu (CS) has received $145,664 from the National Science Foundation for a 19 month-long research and development project titled "Optimal Joint Spectrum Allocation and Scheduling for Cognitive Radio Networks."

Martin Jurgensen (SFRES/ESC) has received $15,000 from the US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station for a research and development project titled "Soil Heating Alteration of Wood Decomposition and Microbial Communities." 

Job Posting

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in Human Resources or online. For more information regarding staff positions, call 7-2280 or email jobs@mtu.edu. For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

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In Print

Huan Yang (Post-Doc Harvard), Assistant Professor John Durocher (Bio Sci), Robert Larson (Bio Sci) and Professor Jason Carter (KIP) published the paper "Role of the Ovarian Cycle on Neutral Cardiovascular Control in Sleep-deprived Women," in the American Physiological Society's Journal of Applied Physiology, 15 Feb. 2015, Vol. 118, No. 4, 419-426. Yang earned her PhD in Biological Sciences at Michigan Tech, her advisor was Jason Carter.

Assistant Professor of Philosophy L. Syd Johnson (HU) published a paper, co-authored with Karen Rommelfanger (Emory University) titled "What Lies Ahead for Neuroethics Scholarship and Education in Light of the Human Brain Projects?" in AJOB Neuroscience 2015, 6(1): 1-3.

In the News

The Daily Citizen and WiscNews published an article about Michigan Tech's Summer Youth Programs.

WJR news radio in Detroit interviewed Guy Meadows, director of the Great Lakes Research Center, live on Saturday morning, Feb. 28. His topic was the ice cover on the Great Lakes.