Michigan Technological University

HOUGHTON, MI--   Michigan Tech is breaking ground on its new Bernard Family clock tower Friday.

HOUGHTON, MI--   The Michigan Tech Board of Trustees has negotiated a five-year contract with the university’s newly elected president. 

Beginning July 1 Dr. Richard Koubek’s salary will be $450,000 a year and he will be named a tenured professor. An at risk portion of his compensation is set up to $25,000, with annual performance objectives established by the board of trustees.

Koubek will also be granted a housing and car allowance and an employee benefit package, similar to the current president.

HOUGHTON, MI--   Michigan Technological University has a new president.

The university Board of Trustees selected Richard Koubek from a pool of four semi-finalists brought forward by a 14-member Presidential Search Committee.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Northern Michigan University men's hockey team is headed to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Championships. 

NMU defeated No. 17 Bowling Green Sunday night, 3-2, in overtime. It will be the first time the Wildcats have appeared in the conference championships since 2010.

With the victory, the Wildcats advance to play Michigan Technological University this weekend at the Berry Events Center. The Huskies defeated Minnesota State in overtime on Sunday to advance.

As the highest remaining seed, NMU will host Tech Saturday at 7 p.m.

HOUGHTON, MI--   This week marks the 19th annual SAE International Clean Snowmobile Challenge at Michigan Technological University. 

The Keweenaw Research Center is hosting 23 teams to compete for the cleanest, quietest snowmobile. Engineering students from across the Northern U.S. and Canada are challenged to surpass 2006 emissions and noise standards. The two categories in the competition are internal combustion—gasoline and diesel utility.

HOUGHTON, MI (AP)--   The search for a new president at Michigan Technological University is down to four candidates. 

The Daily Mining Gazette reports that the finalists are from outside the Houghton university. They'll next be interviewed by Michigan Tech's governing board. No names have been released.

Search committee chairman Bill Johnson said Friday it's a "fine field" with "wonderful track records."

Glenn Mroz has been president since 2004. He plans to return to the faculty in summer.

Michigan Tech has 7,200 students, including 5,800 undergraduates.

HOUGHTON, MI--   For the second time in the past three years, Tau Kappa Epsilon took first place in the month-long statue division at Michigan Tech’s Winter Carnival. 

This year’s theme was “Myths and tales of the past in our frigid forecast.” The TKE’s winning entry along US-41 is “Behold a frozen Thor, mighty god of Viking lore.”

Second place in the overall section went to last year’s winner, Phi Kappa Tau, for “A sword is drawn from a stone and a king ascends an icy throne.” It can be found on Quincy Street in Hancock.

HOUGHTON, MI (AP)--   A professor wants Michigan Technological University to add the word "veterans" to the name of a popular building on campus.

Economics professor Paul Nelson says Michigan Tech's Memorial Union Building was built in 1952 and dedicated to students, alumni and faculty who served in the military. There are panels with names of students or graduates who died in wars.

Nelson is chaplain at the American Legion post in Hancock. He tells The Daily Mining Gazette that most students today don't know a soldier because the armed services rely on volunteers.

HOUGHTON, MI--   Michigan Tech’s Winter Carnival kicks into high gear Wednesday night with its ice-sculpting All Nighter.

This year’s theme is “Myths and tales of the past in our frigid forecast.” Students will be challenged to build statues between 4 p.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. Thursday. They’ll compete in men’s groups, women’s groups, and co-ed groups.

HOUGHTON, MI--   The state has reached an agreement with Michigan Tech to conduct a risk analysis of Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac. 

A team of public and private universities led by Dr. Guy Meadows is expected to complete the study by September. Meadows is the director of the Great Lakes Research Center at Tech. The analysis will evaluate Enbridge’s liability for a worst-case-scenario pipeline spill.