Steam Shutdown May 3-7

Our annual Central Energy Plant shutdown will start on Sunday, May 3, at noon and end on Thursday, May 7, to  allow work to be performed on the steam generation and distribution systems. Steam will not be available during this period. We will endeavor to keep the outage as short as possible. The following buildings will be affected:

Admin, AOB, ROTC, MEEM, MUB, Chem Sci, EERC, the Library, Rehki, Dillman, Fisher, Dow, M&M, Walker, Rozsa Center, DHH, Wads, McNair, Hillside, GLRC, Forestry, Ice Arena, SDC, and the Gates

Our hope is that these scheduled outages, during one of the quieter spring weeks, will preclude a winter-time emergency shutdown. We apologize for having to shut the steam off at this potentially cool time of year, but with the current schedule, this is the only week available before the summer session begins. The other opportunity is just before the fall semester begins, but we prefer to keep that time frame open, in case the spring shutdown brings to light a major item that will need repair before the winter heating season begins. It also appears that more of the campus community would be affected by a late summer shutdown.

All University departments affected should schedule activities accordingly. Most buildings will be kept reasonably comfortable from their internal heat load, but there will be a lack of hot water in most areas. Also, distilled water from steam driven stills may run out depending on demand and the size of the still storage tank.

Looking ahead to next year, the steam system shutdown is planned to begin on Sunday, May 1, and may be of similar duration. For future planning, keep in mind that the shutdown generally begins at noon on the day immediately following Spring Commencement.

For questions or concerns, contact Greg Kaurala (7-2834 or or Dave Taivalkoski (7-2706 or

Adventure, Service are on the Alternative Spring Break Agenda

Spring break is almost here, and many students are looking forward to a trip home or a vacation to get away from the whirl of classes. But some students are doing it differently, traveling with groups to exotic places or spending their break doing something for others. 

This year’s alternative spring breaks include:

OAP’s Adventure Spring Break 2015
The Outdoor Adventure Program’s student staff have planned a trip for Tech students to explore and enjoy the outdoors in Arkansas. The 20 participants going on this adventure will enjoy white-water rafting on the Buffalo and Mulberry Rivers, hiking, camping and visiting the St. Louis Gateway Arch. If you would like to know more, visit the Adventure Spring Break page, or contact the Outdoor Adventure Program at 7-2290 or

Theta Chi Epsilon Works with Habitat for Humanity
Theta Chi Epsilon sorority is sending five student members to Cripple Creek, Colo., to work with Collegiate Challenge-Habitat for Humanity. These Tech students will be working next Monday through Friday to build a home for a family in need. Theta Chi Epsilon is raising money on a Go Fund Me page for anyone willing to donate to help cover the cost per person charged by Habitat for Humanity and Collegiate Challenge. All other cost of travel will be paid out of pocket by participants. The sorority also hopes to raise extra money so they can plan more alternative spring break trips in the future. For more information, contact Erika Harris at

Mind Trekkers Performs in Houston, Texas
Student volunteers with the Michigan Tech Mind Trekkers are taking their hands-on science and engineering demos to Houston, where they will perform for an expected 10,000 children and adults at Dow Chemical’s Adventures in STEM, a science and engineering festival. The festival will be March 12 and 13 at the San Jacinto College central campus in Pasadena, Texas, just outside Houston.

Wristbands on Husky Friday

A culture of philanthropy begins with strong traditions. Please help us to start a new tradition by wearing your "I am Michigan Tech" wristbands on Husky Fridays. The wristbands are given out to Michigan Tech employees who have participated in the annual Campus Campaign. By wearing your wristband on Husky Fridays you will let others know that you believe in the spirit of philanthropy and the powerful impact it can have on the University and our students.

Don't have a wristband? Don't worry. There's still time to make your Campus Campaign 2014-2015 contribution. Contact Jenn Biekkola at 7-1056 or to get your wristband today. 

Host an Event for the 2015 Alumni Reunion

Even though the weather is still cold and blustery, Alumni Relations is making plans for Alumni Reunion 2015, on August 6-8. If your department is interested in hosting an event during Reunion, contact Erin Thompson in Alumni Relations ( or 7-2400) to reserve a slot in the schedule.

Alumni Association 2015 Award Recipients Announced

The Michigan Tech Alumni Association Board of Directors is pleased to announce the 2015 award recipients. 

Outstanding Young Alumni Award—Britta Jost ’02 BS Mathematics and ’04 MS Mechanical Engineering
Presented to alumni under the age of 35 who have distinguished themselves in their careers, this award recognizes the achievement of a position or some distinction noteworthy for one so recently graduated.

Honorary Alumni Awards—John and Lynda Fenn and Patrick Joyce
This award honors individuals who have provided service and support of the University characteristic of dedicated alumni. The Association reserves this award to recognize the strongest non-alumni supporters of Michigan Tech.

Outstanding Service Award—Susan Korpela ’78 Chemical Engineering
Presented to alumni and friends making significant contributions to the success of the Association and/or the University.

Distinguished Alumni Award—Joseph Nowosad ’87 Metallurgical and Materials Engineering 
This award recognizes alumni who have made outstanding contributions both in their careers and to Michigan Tech over a number of years.

Humanitarian Award—Major Justin Fitch (retired) ’05 Business
Presented to those alumni who, through their outstanding involvement and dedication, have made a significant contribution of volunteer leadership or service which has improved or enriched the lives of others and the welfare of humanity, and whose accomplishments reflect admirably on or bring honor to their Alma Mater. 

Britta Jost will receive her Outstanding Young Alumni Award during the Student Leadership Awards event on April 17. All others will be presented at the Alumni Reunion Awards Dinner on August 7. For additional information, contact Alumni Relations at

David Reed Elected VP of ORAU

The Board of Directors of the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) elected David Reed as its vice president.  Reed is vice president for research at Michigan Tech. He was elected to the ORAU board in 2007.  

ORAU is a university consortium leveraging the scientific strength of more than 100 major research institutions, including Michigan Tech, by partnering with national laboratories, government agencies and private industry. ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education for the US Department of Energy.

Barrier Reporting

Michigan Tech is committed to equal access and the civil rights of people with disabilities. Therefore, we make every effort to remove barriers to our programs wherever they exist. In the event you encounter barriers such as an inappropriate use of designated accessible parking spaces, a restroom concern, curbing, etc., we need you to help us identify them. Please complete and submit the Report a Barrier form to the Director of Institutional Equity (ADA Coordinator) Jill Hodges. 

Khana Khazana Serves Dishes from Three Countries Friday

Khana Khazana, a weekly international lunch cooked and served by international students, features the cuisine of three countries this Friday: Ghana, Nepal and Iran. The cooks are Sandra Owusu, Aadarsh Upreti and Hossein Tavakoli, all students at Michigan Tech

The main dish is Waakye, a Ghanaian dish of cooked rice and beans served with a vegetable sauce and fried chicken with mushrooms. A side dish called Potato Chops is made of crushed potatoes mixed with spices and fried, served with a hot sauce. Dessert is a dish made with ice cream, milk, chocolate truffles and crackers. 

Khana Khazana is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Memorial Union Food Court. A full meal costs $6.95 and includes a fountain beverage. Individual items are available for $2.50 each. 

Khana Khazana is a collaboration of international students and Dining Services.

C-Cubed Lunches: Gluten-Free Options Added

The fourth week of C-Cubed (Conversation, Community, Collegiality) lunch will be held Thursday and Friday, Mar. 5-6, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in MUB B001. All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited. Thanks for the big turnout last Friday—we had over 40 people. Perhaps it's the great food Matt Lean and his team provides, or maybe it's the conversation. May we suggest you put C-Cubed on your calendar for Thursdays and Fridays?

We heard your request for gluten-free options, and all items on the buffet are now labeled if they are vegetarian or gluten free. Send suggestions to or fill out a feedback sheet at lunch.

This Week's Menu


  • Kerala-style beef stew
  • Spicy beans and wilted greens (kale and bean stew)
  • Tomato, cucumber and feta salad
  • Bite-sized garlic bread with fresh herbs


  • Grilled ham (or grilled tomato) sandwiches with smoked gouda cheese, greens, and caramelized onions (Send a request by Thursday, Mar. 5, for gluten free bread to
  • Kale minestrone soup with pistou
  • Warm apple crisp with cream

C-Cubed University lunches are offered on Thursdays and Fridays through the end of the spring semester in MUB B001. Lunch is $10 (cash and credit both accepted); attendees may bring their own lunch instead of purchasing the buffet. Coffee, tea, ice tea, cookies and fruit are available, free for all. Please come regularly and help make this community-building initiative a success.

Pietila Ranked No. 45 On SB Nation’s Top NHL Prospect List

Michigan Tech senior forward Blake Pietila is ranked No. 45 in SB Nation's list of the Top 100 NHL Prospects in the NCAA. The New Jersey Devils draft pick leads the WCHA in faceoff percentage and is fourth in the league in power play points. He has 26 points on 11 goals and 15 assists this season and 102 points in 147 career games. 

Husky goaltender Jamie Phillips is ranked No. 76 on the list.

The links of prospects 41-100 are below: 

Presentation by Aleksey Smirnov on Sunday

Associate Professor Aleksey Smirnov (GMES) will present "History of North American Plate Motion as Recorded by the Keweenawan Rocks: Breaking the Plate-tectonic Speed Record," on Sunday, Mar. 8, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at a discussion forum hosted by the Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at the BHK Center conference room, one block off M-26 in Houghton (behind Auto Zone). The public is invited. 

Smirnov's research interests include the long-term evolution of the geomagnetic field, geodynamics and global plate tectonics and rock and mineral magnetism. He also studies the magnetic signatures of hydrocarbons and develops new techniques and instruments for paleomagnetic and rock-magnetic research. More information can be found on his website.

Physics Colloquium Oral Presentations Today

Four physics graduate students will present today from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Fisher 139. The presentations are as follows.

  • Boyi Hao "Functionalized Boron Nitride Nanotubes for Switching Device Applications"
  • Ran Duan "Multi-band Transmission Cloak Based on Geometrical Optics"
  • Jie Li "Reducing Dy Content in Hot-deformed Nd-Fe-B Magnets with Enhanced Magnetic"
  • Bishnu Tiwari "Synthesis, Functionalization and Cutting of Boron Nitride Nanomaterials and Their Biocompatibility Studies"

Chemical Engineering Seminar Tomorrow—Sanja Miskovic

The Department of Chemical Engineering will host faculty candidate Sanja Miskovic in the Alumni Lounge in the Memorial Union Building on Friday, Mar. 6, from 10 to 11 a.m. The title of her presentation is "Numerical and Experimental Analysis of Complex Multiphase Processes."

CTL Tip of the Week

Get a New Perspective in Canvas with Student View

Canvas has a Student View feature available to those enrolled as Teachers, TA’s, and Course Designers. You can access the Student View button from the right sidebar menu of the Settings screen. For directors, click on How do I access Student View?

Use Student View to see the course as if you were a student. While in student view the teacher can turn in assignment submissions and see grades and course content as a student would. Test Student cannot participate in discussions or be a member of a group. Student view also provides a Test Student in the grade book starting the first time you click on the Student View button. You can use Test Student’s row in the grade book to enter sample grades and see their effect. 

The CTL Tip of the Week is brought to you by the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). For more general information or help with Canvas at Michigan Tech, be sure to visit Canvas One Stop.

In the News

Trains Newswire published an article about next summer's Rail and Intermodal Transportation Summer Youth Program.

Library Matters: New Interlibrary Loan Rush Service for Faculty

Articles requested through interlibrary loan are typically delivered to ILLiad accounts within 10 hours. However, there may be occasions when a faculty member needs an article sooner. In response to this need, the library has added RUSH requests for faculty when ordering through ILLiad.

When using databases, Google Scholar or other resources, always note the HuskyFetch icon/name. This service will automatically capture the citation and enable you to select Request Item: using Interlibrary Loan.

RUSH requests are delivered in less than four hours between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 1 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on  Saturday and Sunday. Obscure or items with limited availability won’t meet this timeframe; requestors will be notified.

Some databases, e.g., ScienceDirect or Nature Publishing, offer their own for-fee Order Document or pay-per-view services. By using our HuskyFetch service, you will avoid a charge. Normally, there is no charge for the Van Pelt and Opie Library’s standard or rush services. Rarely, when the copyright fee for an article exceeds $40, you are asked whether or not you wish to continue with the order and pay the difference between our subsidy and the total cost.

This rush service will be pilot tested through the Spring 2015 term so that we can assess its value—with your help—and determine whether technological changes should be made. Additionally, we are seeking ways to enable the use of proxies (e.g., post-docs) working on behalf of faculty. 

For suggestions, comments, or questions, email

Job Posting

Job Posting for March 4, 2015

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in Human Resources or at For more information regarding staff positions, call 487-2280 or email For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted. 

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