Month: April 2024

Celebrating Our Spring 2024 Graduates!

Pavlis Honors College graduation medallion

The Pavlis Honors College would like to celebrate the accomplishments of graduating seniors, who chose to take advantage of all that Michigan Tech has to offer and challenge themselves inside and outside the classroom.  These students reflect our core values by being authentic, building relationships with each other, and being open to learning through new experiences. These students dove headfirst into everything Michigan Tech had to offer and they’ve shown what it means to be genuine, make friends, and embrace ambiguity. Their hard work and dedication have truly paid off, and we couldn’t be prouder!

  • Gina Adragna
    • Major: Cybersecurity
    • Concentration: System and Network Security
    • Minor: Writing
    • Involvement: RedTeam, Hillside Place Association (HPA), Resident Assistant, and Teaching Assistant
  • Lillian Baker
    • Major: Exercise Science
    • Minor: Psychology & Pre-Health Professions
    • Involvement: Mont Ripley Ski Patrol, Athletic Training Student Aid, Well-being Peer Ambassador, PHAT RSO, and Well-being Advocate RSO
  • Arlethia Bell
    • Major: Environmental Engineering
    • Involvement: National Society of Black Engineers, Black Students Association, Green Campus Enterprise, Student Success Coaching
  • Justin Carlson
    • Major: Computer Science
    • Minor: Mathematical Sciences
    • Involvement: Robotics Systems Enterprise: Autodrive II challenge, Undergraduate Research & Scholarship Symposium Committee, and Broomball
  • Alyssa Church
    • Major: Human Biology & Anthropology
    • Minor: French & Historical Studies
    • Involvement: SURF recipient, Mont Ripley Ski Patrol, First Chair Alto Saxophone-Superior Wind Symphony, Huskies Pep Band
  • Jordan Craven
    • Major: Management Information Systems
    • Minor: Computer Science
    • Involvement: Varsity Track and Field Athlete, Women in Computer Science Organization, CEO Club, Husky Innovate
  • Jacqui Foreman
    • Major: Chemical Engineering
    • Involvement: AIChE, Delta Zeta, Panhellenic Council, Omega Chi Epsilon, Consumer Product Manufacturing Enterprise, Tau Beta Pi, Order of Omega, SWE, Provost Scholar Recipient for Chemical Engineering 2023
  • Faith Gaertner
    • Major: Mechanical Engineering
    • Concentration: Engineering Enterprise
    • Minor: Art & Aerospace Engineering
    • Involvement: Alpha Phi Omega and Multiplanetary INnovation Enterprise (MINE)
  • Evan Grahs
    • Major: Computer Engineering
    • Involvement: KeWee Energy Meters – Open Source Hardware Enterprise
  • Divyesh Hariram
    • Major: Mechanical Engineering
  • Halle Hill
    • Major: Biological Sciences
    • Concentration: General Biology
    • Minor: Ecology
    • Involvement: Undergraduate Research, Organic Chemistry Teaching Assistant, Senior Resident Assistant, Women’s Soccer Club
  • Louis Hindman
    • Major: Mechanical Engineering
    • Concentration: Engineering Enterprise
    • Minor: Manufacturing
    • Involvement: Velovations Enterprise, BOSS Snowplow, music-focused academic enhancement, MTU Nordic Ski Club
  • Henry Inyang
    • Major: Electrical Engineering Technology
    • Involvement: National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Black Student Association (BSA), African Students Organization (ASO)
  • Ryan Jaklic
    • Major: Cybersecurity
    • Concentration: System and Network Security
    • Minor: Leadership
  • Cade Kaighen
    • Major: Chemical Engineering
    • Minor: Bioprocess Engineering
    • Involvement: Cross Country, Track and Field, Club Soccer
  • David Kromholz
    • Major: Forestry
    • Minor: Spanish International & Plant Sciences
  • Anthony Leick
    • Major: Civil Engineering
    • Minor: Construction Management
  • Danelle Leinonen
    • Major: Theatre & Entertainment Technology
    • Involvement: Concordia Student Ministries and Michigan Tech Emergency Medical Services
  • Thoren Lexvold
    • Major: Computer Engineering
    • Involvement: Dungeons and Dragons Club
  • Jenna Lubahn
    • Major: Mechanical Engineering
    • Concentration: Engineering Enterprise
    • Minor: Manufacturing
    • Involvement: Swing Club, Outdoor Venture Crew, GEAR Enterprise
  • Nathan Luczak
    • Major: Mechanical Engineering
    • Concentration: Engineering Enterprise
    • Minor: Manufacturing
    • Involvement: Cross Country Team, Track and Field Team, H-STEM Enterprise
  • Fidan Malikova
    • Major: Chemical Engineering
    • Involvement: Aerospace Enterprise and Consumer Product Manufacturing Enterprise
  • Hunter Malinowski
    • Major: Psychology & Computer Science
    • Concentration: Applications
    • Involvement: Delta Zeta Sorority, Panhellenic Council, Order of Omega, Tiny Knitz, Copper Country Coders, and HuskyFAN
  • Haley Marchese
    • Major: Medical Laboratory Science
    • Concentration: MLS 4+1
    • Minor: Pre-Health Professions
    • Involvement: Mushing Club, Songer Award for Research, SURF recipient, URSS, and 2023 Michigan Physiological Society (MPS)
  • Michael Martin
    • Major: Physics
    • Minor: Mathematical Sciences & Astrophysics
    • Involvement: Society of Physics Students
  • Annika Price
    • Major: Mathematics & Computer Science
    • Involvement: Humane Interface Design Enterprise (HIDE), Mushing Club, and Circle K
  • Leanna Rose
    • Major: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology-Chem & Human Biology
    • Minor: Pre-Health Professions & Spanish
    • Involvement: Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra, Pre-Health Mentorship Program, Medical Assistant at UGL Family Health Center, PHC Lead Learning Facilitator, GCE Conference Student Coordinator, PHC Undergraduate Advisory Board Member
  • Francine Rosinski
    • Major: Environmental Engineering
    • Minor: Ecology
    • Involvement: Built World Enterprise and Keweenaw Youth for Climate Action
  • Amanda Tharp
    • Major: Chemical Engineering
    • Minor: Business
  • Bronwyn Weiker
    • Major: Biomedical Engineering
    • Involvement: Craft Club and H-STEM enterprise
  • Benjamin Wireman
    • Major: Mathematics
    • Concentration: General Mathematics
    • Minor: Global Community Development Partnerships & Computer Science
    • Involvement: Math Learning Center, Alpha Phi Omega, and undergraduate research studying Net Migration in the US
Spring 2024 Pavlis Honors College graduates

To our graduates – we are so proud of you!  Take a moment to soak in this feeling of accomplishment and success and know that this is only the beginning as you go on to make your difference in the world. Congratulations!

The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.

B.B. King

Dr. Laura Kasson Fiss Named President of the Midwest Victorian Studies Association

Dr. Laura Kasson Fiss, Associate Teaching Professor and Assistant Director of the Pavlis Honors College and Associate Teaching Professor in Humanities, takes on the esteemed role of President of the Midwest Victorian Studies Association (MVSA), a position integral to steering the MVSA community of scholars and volunteers. The new role was made official during the 2024 MVSA conference, held at the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City from April 19 to April 21, 2024.

Laura Kasson Fiss (right) and past-president Christopher Ferguson (center) present outgoing MVSA president Andrea Kaston Tange (left) with a mid-Victorian cake serving set as a thank you.
Photo credit: Doreen Thierauf

Dr. Laura Kasson Fiss is a distinguished scholar with an interdisciplinary background in music, literary studies, and the history of the book. She brings with her a wealth of experience and a profound appreciation for the complexities of the Victorian era. Her journey into Victorian scholarship began early in her academic career and has been fueled by a fascination with the interplay between optimism and fear, progress and apprehension, that characterized the Victorian period.

Reflecting on her passion for the Victorian era, Fiss remarks, “The Victorian period is fascinating to me because there is this intense divide between optimism and fear of degeneration, between the marvels of technology and the menace of it, looking to the future and learning from the past. There is a lot of information out there about the Victorian period and it’s really easy to see the connection between it and what is happening now.  But also it’s different enough that it makes me continually stop and think: what was it like to be in a different time?”

With a keen appreciation for interdisciplinary scholarship, Fiss embraces the diverse facets of Victorian studies, including music—an aspect she values deeply within the MVSA community. Her previous role as Vice President of the association has provided her with invaluable insights into the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration and inclusivity in fostering a thriving scholarly community.

Laura Kasson Fiss presenting her conference paper entitled “From ‘Lecture on Lecturing’ to ‘Humorous and Musical Recital’: Comic Solo Performance between Generations of George Grossmiths.”
Photo credit: Tom Prasch

Looking ahead, Fiss envisions a future for the MVSA that is characterized by inclusivity, collaboration, and impact. She emphasizes the importance of expanding the association’s reach and resources, stating, “MVSA is known as a welcoming community, and I’d like to continue and extend that. I would like to see people engaging with MVSA from a variety of fields and continue to provide a community that lets people know if they want to be involved in research, they can be.”

During her tenure as Vice President, Fiss prioritized initiatives aimed at supporting emerging scholars, notably chairing the Arnstein Prize committee—an essential recognition for dissertation research among graduate students engaged in Victorian studies.

Discussing the significance of the MVSA conference, Fiss underscores its role as a platform for networking, scholarly exchange, and mentorship, particularly for emerging scholars.

“I believe that the MVSA conference’s main purpose is all about networking. Engaging with other scholars, connecting on research, encouraging work, and encouraging emerging scholars.”

Dr. Laura Kasson Fiss
Laura Kasson Fiss displaying her book, “The Idler’s Club: Humour and Mass Readership from Jerome K. Jerome to P. G. Wodehouse.”

For those seeking to embark on their own journey into Victorian studies or engage with the MVSA community, Fiss offers practical advice: “Read. If you are someone who thinks you might be interested, read Victorian literature, listen to Victorian music, and take in Victorian art. Take a class.” If you’re already a researcher in the area, “Start with the MVSA seminars. They are friendly and a good place to begin your journey, show us what you are working on and see how we can help you.”

As Dr. Laura Kasson Fiss assumes the presidency of the Midwest Victorian Studies Association, she brings with her a vision of inclusivity, collaboration, and scholarly excellence that promises to shape the future of Victorian studies in the Midwest and beyond.

For more information about the Midwest Victorian Studies Association and its upcoming events and initiatives, please visit

Advisor Appreciation Month: Recognizing Pavlis’ Outstanding Advisors

April is Advisor Appreciation Month, and April 19th is Advisor Appreciation Day! In the Pavlis Honors College, we’re fortunate to have four exceptional component advisors, each contributing significantly to our program. As we honor Advisor Appreciation Month, let’s shine a spotlight on these remarkable individuals and acknowledge their invaluable contributions to our Pavlis community.

Image of a man wearing a ski helmet, ski goggles, and a balaclava.
Pavlis Leadership/Mentorship Advisor, Chris Hohnholt

Chris Hohnholt

Chris Hohnholt is currently the advisor for the Leadership/Mentorship component and oversees the Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Symposium. He also advises the Project Experience during the summer months. Chris Hohnholt has been working at Michigan Tech for 15 years.

When asked about the Leadership/Mentorship component, Chris shares “It’s an opportunity for students to give back while learning that things don’t always go as planned.”

One of Chris’ favorite Michigan Tech opportunities is the CFRES Earn and Learn Assistantships. He is also very passionate about human development.

Fun Fact! Chris enjoys the serenity of beekeeping.

Image of a woman wearing a black floral dress, holding a songbook.
Pavlis Project Experience
Advisor, Laura Fiss

Dr. Laura Kasson Fiss

Laura Fiss currently advises for the Project Experience component. She has been working at Michigan Tech for ten years. When asked why she thinks the Project Experience component is valuable to students, Laura says “Students work on a project and tell its story. The project doesn’t have to be finished at the end of the component experience. The value usually comes in the things the students learn about themselves and about the process of working on a project – things like communication with stakeholders, how to define the scope of a project, how to modify goals and expectations, and how to work with other people on a team.”

Laura’s favorite Tech Tradition is the snow statues. She is also very passionate about Victorian literature, musical theater, and Victorian musical theater. 

Fun Fact! Laura is currently teaching herself how to play guitar!

“Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.” – Douglas Adams

Picture of a woman sitting in a canoe.
Dean of the Pavlis Honors College and
Academic Enhancement
Advisor, Marika Seigel

Dr. Marika Seigel

Marika Seigel currently advises the Academic Enhancement component and is the Dean of the Pavlis Honors College. She has been working at Michigan Tech for 19 years. Before becoming the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, she was a faculty member in the Humanities department, teaching writing and rhetoric courses.

Marika advises the Academic Enhancement component. When describing her component, she states “The Academic Enhancement component encourages you to explore an area of interest outside your major: this could be a professional interest or personal interest. The purpose of the component is to encourage you to explore areas that you are curious about, that intrigue you, and that help you to become more well-rounded. You could take a minor for this component, or you could take a cluster of related courses (for example, language or art courses). You can also use it to explore opportunities to educate yourself outside of coursework; for example, doing EMT training or taking cooking classes.”

Marika’s favorite Tech Tradition is Winter Carnival. She is also very passionate about making sure that every student feels welcome in the Pavlis Honors College and at Michigan Tech. 

Fun Fact! Marika once attended “Elf School” in Reykjavik, Iceland. She recommends their pancakes.

“Nobody puts Baby is a corner.” – Johnny Castle

Picture of a woman in a blue tracksuit, smiling at the camera with both hands lifted to the face.
Pavlis Immersion Experience Advisor, Darnisha Morris

Dr. Darnishia Morris

Darnishia Morris currently advises the Immersion Experience component and oversees the Global and Community Engagement Conference. She has been working at Michigan Tech since 2005 and was a student here between 1992 and 1998.

When explaining the importance of her component, she says “The most valuable aspect of the Immersion Component is the opportunity to ‘test drive’ or prototype ANY aspect of your life or future you’d like to explore.”

Dar’s favorite Tech Tradition is the Parade of Nations – “Hands down.” Dar is passionate about serving others, especially Tweens. 

Fun Fact! Dar is a hardcore foodie, Bruno Mars fan, and New Edition fan.

“Speak without being offensive. Listen without being defensive. And always leave your opponent with their dignity.” – Andrew Young

As we celebrate Advisor Appreciation Month, let’s take a moment to reflect on the profound impact our advisors have on our college experience. They are not only here to guide us through component selections and academic challenges but also to offer invaluable advice, support, and encouragement as we navigate the complexities of college life. Whether it’s helping us discover our passions, providing career guidance, or simply lending a compassionate ear, our advisors play a crucial role in our journey toward personal and academic fulfillment. So, to all the college students out there, remember to take advantage of their wisdom, seek their guidance, and don’t forget to express your gratitude for their unwavering dedication to your success. After all, having a supportive advisor by your side can truly make all the difference in your college experience.

Thank you, Advisors!