Clean Snowmobile: Finnish Students Start their Electric Engine

The 16th annual Clean Snowmobile Challenge is off to a strong start. This SAE International competition is no easy feat and building a cleaner, quieter snowmobile is a great challenge for engineering students. 

This challenge is particularly true for the electric sled category, which features prototypes funded by the National Science Foundation. The snowmobiles have potential use in remote Arctic and Antarctic research sites where hydrocarbon emissions could contaminate samples. Yesterday afternoon, only one of six teams was able to pass the stringent inspection to compete with their electric sled. And this snowmobile was shipped from Finland. 
Even though the sled was damaged en route, students from the Lapland University of Applied Sciences in Rovaniemi, Finland successfully assembled, tweaked and started their electric snowmobile. They drove a modified endurance run yesterday to see how far the sled can go; the current record is about 20 miles. Today they run a bar-pull test to measure the sled's pulling capacity, and on Saturday, Mar. 7, the Finnish students will steer through handling and acceleration tests. The events on Saturday are open to the public. 
Michigan Tech is excited to host our Finnish competitors as well as 18 other universities. Stay tuned for more info and watch for updates on Facebook. We're tweeting live @MichiganTech for all #cleansnowmobile events.

2015 Michigan Tech Employee Promotional Support Program Pickup

This year, distribution of the Employee Promotional Support items will be staggered, due to extended delivery dates and backordered items.

Men/Women’s Jackets and Briefcases 
Eligible employees who placed their order for the jackets or briefcases in December can pick up their items at the Campus Bookstore, located in the Memorial Union, starting Monday, Mar. 9, during regular store hours. Distribution will be at the Book Buyback Window, and you will be required to show ID when picking up your item.

Departments or individuals who plan to pick up items for more than one person should email with your list of staff/faculty names and items, and wait for a confirmation email stating that the multiple item package is ready for pickup. This will eliminate a long wait in line for everyone picking up their items.

Plaid Blanket and 2-Sided Flags 
These items are not yet in stock for distribution. Eligible employees who placed an order for the plaid blanket or the 2-sided flag will be notified when those items are delivered and ready for pickup, hopefully by the end of March. 

For questions, contact Mary Ann Struthers at 7-3348.

Nominations Sought for Michigan Tech Diversity Award

The Michigan Tech Diversity Award recognizes the accomplishments of a faculty or staff member of the University who contributes to diversity and inclusion through exemplary leadership and actions. Recipients will demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion through recruitment and retention efforts, teaching, research, multicultural programming, cultural competency, community outreach activities or other initiatives.

The Diversity Award recipient will receive a $2,500 monetary award. Award recipients will be honored during the Faculty Awards Dinner (held in September). Award recipients will be highlighted on the Institutional Equity and other appropriate websites, as well as recognized in University publications. 

Areas of Achievement
Leading in, enhancing and supporting diversity and inclusion can be demonstrated in many ways. Nominations should be based on demonstrated leadership in one or more of the following areas:

Activities to recruit, retain and professionally develop individuals who increase the diversity of our faculty or staff.

Activities to attract, recruit and ensure the success of students who increase the diversity of our campus community.

Activities to create leadership teams and organizations that promote a diverse and inclusive culture for all faculty, staff and students.

Sponsorship or active promotion of programs, initiatives or projects that promote the value of diversity and inclusion.

Collaborations with external groups or organizations to ensure a diverse and inclusive campus community and/or support the advancement of diversity.

Efforts that demonstrate commitment to cultural diversity in teaching, research and/or service.

Criteria for Selection
Nominees should be current faculty or staff of the University. Nominations can be submitted by individual employees (including supervisors, direct reports and peers of the nominees, students, University organizations, employee networks and diversity councils of community or other University partners). Nominations are due by Mar. 27.

Follow the link for further information, clarification on eligibility and to download a nomination form.

Reminder: Complete the University Senate's President's Evaluation Survey

Please complete the University Senate's 2014-15 President's Evaluation survey. Do you have an opinion or suggestion?  Share it now.

Surveys must be completed by 5 p.m. on Friday, Mar. 6.  Invitations to participate were emailed via SurveyMonkey to regular non-student employees of Michigan Tech. If you did not receive an invitation and wish to participate, contact Judi Smigowski ( as soon as possible.

Bigfoot Snowshoe Event T-shirts

Due to the large number of people who do not have voicemail and didn't provide an email address, Bigfoot t-shirts still need to be picked up at the Outdoor Adventure and Wellness Center.  The shirts can be picked up during business hours, Monday-Saturday 12 to 5 p.m. and Sunday 6 to 8 p.m.

If you want to leave feedback on improving the Bigfoot Snowshoe Event for next year, please fill out the survey.
Thank you again for another great year!

Huskies Ranked No. 4 This Week

The Michigan Tech hockey team is ranked No. 4 this week in both the USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls. The Huskies are coming off a tie and loss at No. 2 Minnesota State and wrap up the regular season against Northern Michigan this weekend.

Tech is 24-8-2 overall and 19-5-2 in the WCHA. The 24 wins are tied for the most in the country. It is the 16th week the Huskies have been in the polls. They have been in the top 11 all 16 weeks and were ranked No. 1 on Nov. 17 and No. 3 last week.

The Huskies sit three points behind Minnesota State in the race for the MacNaughton Cup. The Mavericks wrap up their season at Bemidji State. 

Tech's six seniors will be honored after Friday night's game at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena as Jimmy DavisBlake HietalaDavid JohnstoneTanner KeroBlake Pietila and Riley Sweeney will be play their final regular season home game.

Nexteer Automotive has purchased 850 7th man T-shirts for Tech students to wear at Friday's game. 100 of the shirts will be passed out at a live radio remote on Wednesday at the Memorial Union Building. The remaining T-shirts will be handed out at the student entrance before the game.

The Wildcats and Huskies will play in Marquette on Saturday to wrap up the regular season. The puck drops at 7:07 p.m. both nights. Both games will be televised live on Fox UP.

Tickets for Friday's game are selling fast. General admission is now open with some reserved seats still available. Reserved adult seats are $17, reserved youth seats are $10 and general admission tickets are $15. Tickets can be purchased at the Central Ticket Office in the Student Development Complex, online at or over the phone by calling 7-2073

Huskies Remain No. 9 Heading into Postseason

Michigan Tech stayed in the top 10 in this week's USA TODAY/Women's Basketball Coaches Association Top 25 Poll. The Huskies are No. 9 for the second straight poll and inside the top 10 for a third consecutive week.

Michigan Tech defeated rival Northern Michigan last Thursday to wrap up the regular season with a 24-2 overall record and 20-2 mark in GLIAC play.

The GLIAC continues to have two nationally-ranked teams with Tech at No. 9 and Wayne State at No. 16.

Five Midwest Region teams are ranked in the poll including No. 2 Lewis and No. 8 Drury from the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Cedarville (No. 22) from the Great Midwest Athletic Conference is the fifth.

Michigan Tech owns home court advantage for the GLIAC Tournament which begins today. The top-seeded Huskies will face No. 8-seeded Hillsdale for a 5:30 p.m. tipoff at the SDC Gym. 

World Water Day Poster Competition

The Center for Water and Society invites all graduate and undergraduate students to participate in the CWS World Water Day Poster Competition. Cash prizes will be awarded in two categories, Original Research and Coursework/Informational. Please register by Friday, Mar. 6

Original Research posters can focus on any aspect of water, but Coursework/Informational posters will earn additional points if they incorporate the 2015 World Water Day theme, Water and Sustainable Development.

Other student groups which have a focus on water are also invited to either submit a poster or set up a booth at the poster session to increase awareness of their group. Email by Friday if your group is interested in participating in World Water Day.

The full World Water Day schedule is available online

Chemical Engineering Seminar Today

The Department of Chemical Engineering will host Faculty Candidate Mingming Zhang in the Alumni Lounge of the Memorial Union Building on Wednesday, March 4, from 10 to 11 a.m. The title of his presentation is "Mineral Processing Development: Remediation and Recycling of Metals."

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 For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted. 

CHP Mechanic/Operator
​AFSCME Internal/External Posting 3/4/15 - 3/10/15
External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants.
​Apply online.
Administrative Aide 7
Financial Services and Operations
UAW Internal/External Posting 3/4/15 - 3/10/15
Apply online.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Items Available

Wooden mail/paper sorter bin, 29" x 59" x 24"

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