HuskyCard Reminder: Pick up your HuskyCard by Monday

Pick up your HuskyCard by Monday, Sept. 30, to ensure uninterrupted service!

Michigan Tech is issuing the new HuskyCard to all faculty, staff and students. Your HuskyCard will be your official Michigan Tech ID card, replacing the existing Tech Express ID. It will have the same functionality as your Tech Express card, with the additional optional benefit of a prepaid Debit MasterCard, if you choose to register your account. Additionally, you will be able to receive your student financial aid refunds faster, by having them applied to the HuskyCard.

Everyone using their ID for card readers should obtain their new HuskyCard by Sep. 30, to ensure you will have uninterrupted access to all your buildings and parking. We are in the process of transitioning existing card readers on campus to new contactless smart chip readers, and the new technology will not support the old Tech Express cards.

To obtain your HuskyCard, please stop by the HuskyCard Service Center (Library and IT Service Center) in the J. R. Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library. Please bring your existing Tech Express card or photo identification.

Our goal is to ensure uninterrupted access to the areas in which you currently have and need access. If you have additional questions, please email

Thank you to everyone who has already picked up their HuskyCard. To date, approximately 90 percent of the overall student, faculty and staff have already received their new HuskyCard.

For more information about the Michigan Tech HuskyCard, visit HuskyCard.

Reminder: Free Admission to A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum with Museum Day Live Ticket

There will be free admission for all participants presenting a Museum Day Live ticket on Saturday, Sept. 28, at the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, as part of Smithsonian magazine’s ninth annual Museum Day Live.

A nationwide event, Museum Day Live offers free admission to visitors presenting a Museum Day Live ticket at participating museums or cultural institutions. The event represents the Smithsonian’s commitment to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone, giving museums across all 50 states the opportunity to emulate the admission policy of the Smithsonian museums in Washington, DC. Last year’s event drew over 400,000 participants, and this year’s event expects record-high participation.

“We are pleased to participate in this nationwide event that highlights learning and the spread of knowledge consistent with the mission of the museum and the University,” says Museum Director Ted Bornhorst. The museum offers visitors an opportunity to learn more about minerals and the Earth, through a wide range of aesthetically pleasing exhibits. With approximately 30 million people annually visiting museums around the world, they play an important role in public education.

The Museum Day Live ticket is available to download at Visitors who present the Museum Day Live ticket will gain free entrance for two at the museum on Saturday.

“We encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity to visit one of North America’s great mineral museums,” Bornhorst says.

Community English Class Registration Deadline Oct. 1

Space is still available for those wishing to practice social language and cultural skills in a new “Community English” course to be held weekly from Oct. 3 to Nov. 14. The deadline to register is Tuesday, Oct. 1.

Designed for the spouses of international professors and researchers, the seven-week course will meet from 7 to 9 p.m., Thursdays, in Walker 109. The fee is $10.
There is also limited space available for spouses of international graduate students. Those interested should begin the registration process as soon as possible by emailing for details.

The course is supported by the Michigan Tech Office of the Provost and sponsored by the Dual Career Program. All levels are welcome.

Phoenix Drive Sidewalk

submitted by Facilities Management

Facilities Management is committed providing a safe campus and is currently constructing a new sidewalk along the east side of Phoenix Drive from Cliff Drive to the Facilities building on the bottom of the hill.

This sidewalk will provide a safe walking path from the existing walking path south of the Facilities building to Cliff Drive. This project is ahead of the scheduled Oct. 18 completion date and should be ready for use by Oct. 1. We appreciate your understanding and patience as we complete this work.

Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act

As part of a federal program, the campus community is being alerted about principles, laws and policies regarding drug and alcohol use on campus.

Human Resources is circulating to all employees via email the document “Alcohol and Other Drug Policy at Michigan Tech,” as part of a national effort to prevent illicit use of drugs and alcohol by students and employees.

This information, required by the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, includes in part:

*Standards of conduct on school property
*Local, state and federal laws
*Health risks
*Programs for counseling, treatment or rehabilitation
*Sanctions against violators

For more information, contact Director of Human Resources Renee Hiller at 7-2800.

Khana Khazana Goes to India

Friday, Khana Khazana will feature food from India, cooked by Rohit Bhute and Jaswanth Kalavagadda. On the menu is chicken saoji, a mild, creamy chicken curry; pyaj pakoda, crispy, spicy onion fritters; and lassi, a popular yogurt-based Indian drink.

Khana Khazana is served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Food Court. A full meal costs $6.95 and includes a fountain drink. Individual items are available for $2.50 each. Vegetarian alternatives are offered.

Khana Khazana is a collaborative effort of international students and Dining Services.

Professor Bill Sproule Explores Copper Country Streetcars: New Book Signing

Please join colleagues and community in celebrating the publication of Copper Country Streetcars (Images of Rail) on Tuesday, Oct. 1 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the East Reading Room of the library.

William “Bill” Sproule, professor of civil and environmental engineering, will describe how copper mining’s boom period and winters with over 200 inches of snow led to the development of streetcar lines that served over six million riders at their peak in 1910. Books, along with Dining Services’ cream cake and fabulous citrus punch will be available. For further information, contact the Office of the University Librarian 7-2500 or

Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra Presents "The Color of Sound" Saturday

The Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts welcomes the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra as they open their 43rd season with a concert titled “The Color of Sound,” on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m. Internationally recognized cellist Nathan Jasinski joins the KSO as featured guest artist both for this performance and the 3rd Keweenaw Honors String Festival. Tickets for adults are $19, youth tickets (17 and under) are $6, and Tech student tickets are free with the Experience Tech Fee.

Reminder: Geology Lecture Tomorrow

Tyrone Rooney, associate professor of geochemistry at Michigan State, will give a technical presentation on continental rifting as part of the GeoPRISMS Distinguished Lectureship Program. This is relevant to understanding the local geology of the Keweenaw, as rifting of our ancient continent has dictated the rocks we see here.

Rooney will discuss "From initiation to termination--the critical role of magma in rift evolution" tomorrow, from 4 to 5 p.m., Dow 642.

Reminder: Safe Place Training Tomorrow

Safe Place training will be held tomorrow Sept. 27, from 2 to 4 p.m. in MUB Alumni Lounge A. All faculty, staff and graduate students are invited to participate.

The Michigan Tech Safe Place Program is a comprehensive resource to better prepare faculty and staff to address the needs of students who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (GLBTQ). The training program addresses a wide range of terms that GLBTQ students use to define their identities, issues that GLBTQ students often deal with during the coming out process, concerns that GLBTQ students face both in and out of the classroom, ways that faculty and staff can create inclusive classroom and office environments, where faculty and staff can refer students who need to report harassment, and the on- and off-campus resources available to students.

For more information or to register, visit .

Biological Sciences Seminar Tomorrow

Kyung-Hwan Han (Bio Sci) will present "Transcriptional Regulation of Secondary Wall Biosynthesis In Plants," tomorrow at 2 p.m., in GLRC 202. For more information of future biological sciences seminars visit online.

Honrath Memorial Lecture Monday, Sept. 30

The Richard Honrath Memorial Lecture will be at 4 p.m., Monday, Sept. 30, in M&M U115.

Barbara Finlayson-Pitts, professor of chemistry at the University of California Irvine and a member of the National Academy of Sciences, will present "Unsolved Mysteries in Oxides of Nitrogen Chemistry in the Atmosphere: A Tribute to Richard Honrath."

For more information on the Honrath fund, see online.

For more information on the lecture, see or contact Will Cantrell,

ME-EM Graduate Seminar today.

Today's ME-EM graduate seminar guest is Jeremy Worm (MEEM), a research engineer and instructor. His presentation is entitled "Hands-On Education with the Michigan Tech Mobile Lab" and will be in MEEM 112 at 4:00 p.m.


Automation Alley Honors CMU’s New Venture Competition

Central Michigan University’s New Venture Competition has been named the Educational Program of the Year by Automation Alley, Michigan’s largest technology business association. The award was announced at a recent gala in Dearborn.

The New Venture Competition awards more than $65,000 in startup capital and in-kind services each year to student business ventures. Since its inception three years ago, the competition has helped more than 250 aspiring entrepreneurs from CMU and Michigan Tech. The next competition is March 28, 2014.

On the Road

Professor Yoke Khin Yap (Physics) will present an invited talk on "Transistors Without Semiconductors: Tunneling Behavior of Functional Boron Nitride Nanotubes" at the Triennial Review at CNMS Sept. 24-26. In his overview talk at the review meeting, Sean Smith, CNMS director, highlighted Yap's work on "Room Temperature Tunneling Behaviors of Boron Nitride Nanotubes Functionalized with Gold Quantum Dots." The Trienniel Review is attended by the review team of the US Department of Energy, the CNMS Advisory Committee Review Panel and CNMS scientists.


Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School Jacqueline Huntoon spoke at an American Institutes for Research conference in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, Sept. 25. Her topic was "Chilly Climates," examining the climate in graduate school for underrepresented minorities in science and engineering.

In the News

Laboratory Equipment, a daily news web site for laboratory professionals, reported on assistant professor Tolou Shokuhfar's (MEEM) research into using nanotubes to improve dental implants. See online.


CBS Detroit and its Technology Report published a story about Michigan Tech alumnus Todd Johnson's work blending particle physics and art.


Recent research by professor Yoke Khin Yap (Physics) on transistors without semiconductors was highlighted in CNMS Research Highlights and later in the September issue of CNMS User Newsletters, published by the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.