Michigan Technological University

HOUGHTON, MI--   Michigan Technological University has received money to implement sexual assault prevention programs on campus. 

Tech is one of 13 public and private universities to get a share of more than $381,000 appropriated by the state legislature. Tech is slated to receive

$11,920 for the Campus Sexual Assault Grant Program.

Michigan First Lady Sue Snyder announced the grants on Monday. She said a second round of grants will fund specific programs and tools that are nationally recognized as effective awareness and prevention strategies. 

HOUGHTON, MI--   Graduate Student Government at Michigan Technological University is joining a nationwide walkout Wednesday.

It aims to support higher education and show how vital grad students are to society.

GSG President Hossein Tavakoli says the proposed federal tax plan includes a huge tax hike on graduate students. He says grad students across the country are afraid their tax bills will double or triple, which would discourage current and future students from continuing their education at the graduate level.

HOUGHTON, MI--   Michigan Technological University has been named a Bike-Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists.

Tech first earned the designation in 2013. It’s one of 182 Bicycle Friendly Universities in 45 states and Washington, DC.

Bryant Weathers is with Tech’s Campus Bike Initiative. He says the designation is a huge accomplishment, as the school is buried in snow for 75 percent of the academic year.

The Bike-Friendly designation is good for four years.

HOUGHTON, MI--   Alumni and longtime donors are donating $1 million to a new School of Business and Economics building project at Michigan Tech. 

Richard and Joyce Ten Haken have also announced plans to give another multi-million-dollar gift through their estate to support SBE infrastructure, faculty, and students.

Richard Ten Haken says engineers and scientists need to learn to interact with business people. He says if they come up with a great product it won’t come to market without business know-how, so they’ll need to understand business concepts.

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ST. PAUL, MN (AP)--   A study has found that the Great Lakes of Huron and Michigan have surpassed Lake Superior in water clarity. 

Minnesota Public Radio reports that scientists analyzed satellite images from 1998 to 2012 and found that the depth light could penetrate into the water increased by about 20 percent.

Scientists say less phosphorous runoff, climate change and an increase in invasive zebra and quagga mussels have contributed to the change.

HOUGHTON, MI--    A weekly magazine on higher education ranks Michigan Tech in the top 15 percent of schools and universities in the country. 

The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education 2018 College Rankings placed Tech at #155 of 1,054 institutions this week. Tech ranked 33 of 275 Midwestern colleges and universities.

Times Higher Education is published in the United Kingdom. It collaborates with the Wall Street Journal on its world university rankings. Factors evaluated include resources, engagement, outcomes, and environment.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The state pipeline safety board met for the first time Monday since it was revealed that Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline had lost some of its coating. 

The controversial pipeline sends oil and liquid natural gas under the Straits of Mackinac. The board was updated on the coating issue. But it’s waiting on a plan and repair schedule from Enbridge before deciding what to do next. 

The board did recommend state universities start a new study on the risks of the pipeline.

HOUGHTON, MI--   At a meeting Monday, the Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board recommended that Michigan Technological University lead a risk analysis of Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline.

An alternative analysis for the dual pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac was completed this year, but the first risk analysis was halted three months ago due to a conflict of interest with a third-party contractor.

HOUGHTON, MI--   Members of the public will have an opportunity to participate in the search for a new Michigan Technological University president. 

Town hall meetings are being held Wednesday and Thursday on campus to gather input from the university community and residents. Two other meetings are being held downstate.

President Glen Mroz is stepping down at the end of June 2018 to return to the classroom. He’s served in the top post more than 13 years.

HOUGHTON, MI--   Michigan Technological University has been ranked third among 39 state colleges and universities in College Factual’s 2018 Best Colleges list.

It’s also placed in the top 20 percent of more than 1,300 schools evaluated nationwide.

College Factual is a website that assesses the quality of education, the cost of colleges and universities, and the majors they offer.