Archives—May 2011


Barkdoll, Meyer Receive Teaching Awards

The 2011 Distinguished Teaching Awards recognize Associate Professor Brian Barkdoll, of the Department of Civil and environmental Engineering, and Senior Lecturer Michael Meyer, of Physics. Meyer has helped “to transform and improve” the introductory physics programs; has re-invented the way the department teaches introductory physics laboratories; has spearheaded the creation of new laboratory sections… [read more]



Three Michigan Tech Faculty Win NSF CAREER Awards

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has named three assistant professors at Michigan Tech winners of NSF CAREER Awards. Among them is Shari Stockero of Mathematical Sciences and the Teacher Education Division in the Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences. Stockero is designing teacher education experiences to help beginning mathematics teachers “notice” and build on important student questions and comments that are often missed by inexperienced teachers. Prospective teachers will record and analyze math instruction in local schools… [read more]


Veterans Group Gearing Up for Fall

Plans are underway to revitalize a student veterans’ group on campus. “People have served and are back in school,” says Luke Vermeulen, 29, who helped reestablish the group. Vermuelen was aided by three advisors: Rob Bishop of Student Affairs, Glen Archer of the electrical and computer engineering department, both vets, as well as Lt. Col James Spence of the Army ROTC…. [read more]


Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology

The Department of Exercise Science, Health and Physical Education is now the Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology. The name change was approved by the Board of Control as of April 27, 2011. The department offers majors in Exercise Science and Health & Physical Education, as well as a Coaching Minor and Coaching Certificate… [read more]


Army ROTC Cadets: Notable by their Presence

The Army ROTC Detachment hosted a competition for cadets from Tech as well as five other schools with ROTC programs: * Northern Michigan University * University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign * University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, River Falls, and Oshkosh. Called the German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency, it was set up as a collaborative effort in the 1960s… [read more]


Ceremony held to commission officers

Eleven cadets in Michigan Technological University’s Army and Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at Michigan Technological University were commissioned Saturday morning just hours before spring commencement. Army ROTC commissionees included Joseph Chantiny, Benjamin Kopinski, Kyle Kositz, Conner Rouse, Carna Steimel, Shane Sinda and Randal Thomas. Air Force ROTC commissionees included Austin D. Merkel, Sean C. Ritter and Andrew P. Sturtevant, and Alexander D. Brant…. [read more]


Tech graduates 1,000 at commencement

Talisha Sutton was waiting to receive her bachelor’s degree after spending five years studying biochemistry and molecular biology with a chemistry concentration and pharmaceutical chemistry. Mark Panasiewicz started in 2006 and received a degree in psychology at Tech. Commencement speaker Norman Augustine took the stage to speak to the students about technology and education…. [read more]