Welcome back!

Hello! I hope you all were able to enjoy a relaxing Winter Break. I bet it was nice to spend some time with that special student of yours!

I spent my Winter Break catching up with family and friends, playing games, and shopping. But, now that students have safely arrived back to the winter wonderland we call Houghton, it is time for students to get back to the books and begin making some preparations for the next academic year.

What’s going on around campus?

Great Lakes Research Center: December 26, 2011

Construction on the Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC) is still underway and Michigan Tech students, faculty, and staff are excited to welcome this research facility to campus.

The center is a $25.3 million facility. Seventy-four percent of the facility’s cost is being funded by the State of Michigan. The Great Lakes Research Center made Michigan Tech one of six state universities with capital outlay projects that are funded by the state.

The Great Lakes Research Center was designed by FTC&H of Grand Rapids and construction is being completed by Granger Construction of Lansing. The groundbreaking ceremony took place on August 5, 2010. You can check out the progress of the construction from the Construction Cam.

Courtesy of: http://greatlakes.mtu.edu/labs.html

Students educated in this facility will learn in an environment providing current technologies and state-of-the-art laboratories. These students, once employed in Michigan, will be essential to the long-term development of sustainable industries.

The GLRC will be located on the waterfront adjacent to campus. The building will contain aquatic research laboratories, coastal research instrumentation, a data center, boathouse facilities, offices, and meeting rooms for extension/coordination activities.

Michigan Tech Entrepreneurs

A team of Michigan Tech undergraduates has entered a national competition for young entrepreneurs, sponsored by Intel. This team has made it to the top twenty and now have their sights set on the next step: placing in the top five. Two Tech students, Travis Beaulieu and Joel Florek, are the founders of AsfalisMed.

AsfalisMed (Asfalis – Greek for safe and secure) makes individuals’ pertinent medical information readily available in emergency situations. Their goal is to speed up diagnosis and treatment to reduce the chance of adverse drug reactions. When individuals cannot communicate their pertinent medical information, medical staff are forced to spend vital time finding this information, or are left to make risky decisions in an effort to potentially save someone’s life.

Check out more on their product at http://www.intel-innovators.com/ideas/show/id/5441. Congrats guys!

Be sure to check back throughout the semester for weekly articles. Over the next couple of weeks, I will be writing about housing contracting and options, broomball, Winter Carnival, and how to be a successful student this spring. Here’s to the start of another great semester filled with new opportunities, fun activities, and exciting Michigan Tech traditions!

Please email me at seallen@mtu.edu if you have any questions or comments.

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