Author: Jodie Filpus

Lyth Donates to School of Business and Economics

By Mark Wilcox mlwilcox@mtu.edu

David Lyth sits with recipients of the Joyce Caylor Lyth Endowed Scholarship and the  Pioneering Women in Business Scholarships at a luncheon in August.

David Lyth sits with recipients of the Joyce Caylor Lyth Endowed Scholarship and the Pioneering Women in Business Scholarships at a luncheon in August

December 3, 2015—

A Michigan Technological University alumnus has provided a gift of $100,000 to the School of Business and Economics to offer financial assistance to women and to honor the memory of his wife.

David Lyth calls his late wife, Joyce Caylor Lyth, “a pioneer,” and he hopes a scholarship at Tech’s SBE will encourage future generations of Upper Peninsula women to follow in her courageous footsteps.

Lyth, a professor at Western Michigan University, met his future wife while they were both undergraduates at Michigan Tech in the late 1960s.

Joyce Lyth

Joyce Lyth, a native of the small Menominee County community of Wallace in the central UP, was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2009 and bravely fought the disease for nearly five years, passing away in March of last year.

“She was a first-generation college student and came to Tech to study accounting at a time when most women went to college to study either teaching or nursing,” He said.

To honor her memory and preserve her legacy, the Joyce Caylor Lyth Memorial Endowed Scholarship is open to female first-generation college students from the Upper Peninsula studying accounting at Tech’s SBE.  It is the first scholarship program of its kind in the business school in that it is for women and was set up by a woman.

“Throughout her career, throughout her life, Joyce was always focused on what was ethical and what was right,” David Lyth said. The couple laid the framework for the scholarship while she was still alive, according to Lyth.

He says referring to his wife as a “pioneer” is not an exaggeration.

“She made her own way in the world, working her way through college.” Lyth says it was rare for UP women to attend college in the 1960s, and as a result, there were no scholarships available to her. Working a variety of jobs, she self-financed her education. Her ground breaking didn’t end with college, in many ways it began.

“She pioneered women moving off campus in 1970, and went on to become chief accountant at Stryker” he said.

Joyce was the controller of two firms in the 80s. 90s and 00s, and on two occasions, she was a business owner.

“She started her own accounting services business in Houghton in 1979 and another in Kalamazoo in 2005 and retired due to her illness in 2009.

Role Model and Mentor

Throughout her business life, Joyce was a role model.

“She very effectively mentored all around her, even after recovery from cancer treatment,” Lyth says.

“This scholarship is a continuation of her legacy. She was about mentoring. She was always looking to help others develop their capabilities and grow professionally,” he says.

The scholarship is designed to have a mentoring component with one year’s recipients mentoring the next.

Pioneering Women in Business Scholarships

In addition, Lyth, in collaboration with the School of Business and Economics, has helped establish the Pioneering Women in Business Scholarship. The program provides four $1,000-a-year scholarships for four years.

“Joyce and I realized the value and importance of an education, especially at Michigan Tech. We want to give others the same opportunities Joyce had,” Lyth said.  “Our aim is to support those who may not be able to come to Tech without some help.”

Lyth is hoping the initiative will inspire support from alumni and friends of the SBE for the Pioneering Women in Business Scholarship program, the Joyce Caylor Lyth Scholarship, or by establishing their own endowed scholarship fund.  David has also included a significant provision for Joyce’s endowed scholarship in his estate plan, to ensure their wish to provide opportunities for young women like Joyce continues far into the future

 Gene Klippel, SBE dean, says the Lyth Scholarships provide excellent opportunities for financial support to female students enrolled or enrolling in the School.

“Making a college education more affordable to our students is a continuous goal of the School,” Klippel said. “Thus, the Joyce Caylor Lyth Memorial Endowed Scholarships and the Dr. David Lyth-supported Pioneering Women in Business Scholarships are indeed most welcomed and greatly appreciated.” 

Klippel hopes the philanthropy of the Lyths will be inspirational. “It is our sincere hope others will see the value such scholarship support provides for our students and be willing to explore with us how they, too, can make a difference in the life of a student.

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SBE Management Student, Tyler Heinonen, WCHA Player of the Month

HeinonenHeinonen Named WCHA Player of the Month

by Zackary Friedli, director of new media, athletics

Michigan Tech junior forward Tyler Heinonen has been named the WCHA Player of the Month for November.

Heinonen score six times and added four assists for 10 points in eight outings. The winger led the WCHA in goals, points, power-play goals and game-winners during the month after earning points in six-of-eight games.

The Delano, Minn., native was named the WCHA Offensive Player of the Week on Nov. 23 after his six-point weekend at Michigan State and is the first Michigan Tech player to earn WCHA Player of the Month honors.


Silicon Valley Experience 2016 accepting applications!

Applications are being accepted now for the MTU Silicon Valley Experience 2016.  

Please see the attached poster for more information.  

All applicants must participate in a short 2 minute interview.
To be considered and assigned a time email Karen Foltz at ksfoltz@mtu.edu no later than Friday, November 20 by 5 p.m.
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SBE Student Athlete, Jacqueline Aird, excels on the court and in the classroom

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HILLSDALE, Mich. – Stephanie Dietrich had a game-high 13 kills and hit .522 and teammate Jacqueline Aird had 13 digs, but the Michigan Tech volleyball team was knocked off by Hillsdale, 3-0, in a GLIAC conference volleyball match today (Oct. 3) at Dawn Tibbetts Potter Arena.

Despite the loss, the main story of the match was Aird, who passed Kristin Klock to break the program’s all-time record for career digs. A senior captain, Aird currently has 1,582 digs in her Tech career. She also holds the single-season record after tallying 491 digs last season.

Tech powered its way to an 18-13 lead in the opening set, but an impressive rally by Hillsdale ended with the Chargers taking the first frame, 25-23.

A close second set tilted in favor of Hillsdale midway through when the Chargers went on a run on their way to a 25-19 victory, and a balanced attack in the third set gave the Huskies another edge on the scoreboard before Hillsdale bounced back to edge out Tech, 26-24.

Aubrey Ficek notched 11 kills in the match. Rachel Pohlod paced the Huskies both offensively and defensively, leading Tech in assists (32) and digs (14) in the contest.

Michigan Tech (12-4 overall; 4-3 GLIAC) is back in Houghton next weekend (Oct. 9-10) for two GLIAC matches. The Huskies take on Walsh Friday at 5 p.m. before closing the weekend against Malone on Saturday at 4 p.m.


Newest Addition to MBA Admissions at Michigan Tech

Meet JJodie R. Filpus, MBA Recruitment and Admissionsodie Filpus, Newest Member of Tech MBA Online Recruitment and Admissions

From the Windy City of Chicago returning to the wonderland of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Jodie Filpus, began working with MBA Admissions in August.   Jodie wants to take a moment to say hi and introduce herself.


Hello Tech MBA Online World,

In August this Yooper returned “home” to the U.P. and began working at the School of Business and Economics with the MBA programs.   Since 2000 I have lived in Fargo, ND; Duluth, MN; and Schaumburg (just outside of Chicago), IL and worked at three colleges (North Dakota State University, The University of Minnesota-Duluth, and The Illinois Institute of Art-Schaumburg).  It is exciting to now be working for Michigan Tech as I grew up a Tech Husky fan.

My background is a B.S. in Speech Communication and a M.A. in Educational Leadership.  I have been working with students and helping to serve and guide them through the University setting for over ten years.  Now I cannot wait to assist you.

When I am not working in the School of Business and Economics I am with my family.  Our six year old boy keeps us busy playing football, racing remote control cars, doing homework, playing video games, fishing, and biking.  When I have some downtime I personally I enjoy golfing, cooking, traveling, entertaining friends and snowmobiling.

I am excited to work with each of you as you prepare for the next step in your professional career—earning your MBA. Doing it online at Michigan Tech.  Please feel free to contact me at mba@mtu.edu; call at 906-487-3055 or find me online at http://facebook.com/Jodie.TechMBA.  I look forward to talking to you more in the near future.

All my Best,
Jodie