Family Weekend is Coming

Since 2001, over 4,200 families have visited for Family Weekend, and this year is a busy one, too. More than 450 families are expected to come to campus and the local communities Friday through Sunday, Oct. 11-13. Each year, students and families look forward to spending the weekend catching up and exploring the surrounding area, with many families making this an annual tradition.

The schedule offers something for everyone. The Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra is presenting "The Color of Sound," Saturday evening at the Rozsa Center. Families can learn about the history of the Copper Country by taking a tour of the Quincy Mine and Quincy Smelter (Friday and Saturday) or by taking a self-guided walking tour of the towns of Houghton, Hancock and Calumet.

Visitors can enjoy the fall colors at Mont Ripley by witnessing the view from a chairlift ride (Friday 3–6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., weather permitting) or from on board the Isle Royale Queen as they take a color cruise on the Keweenaw Waterway (Friday and Saturday).

The adventurous can conquer the High Ropes Challenge Course or a Sturgeon River Paddling Trip (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, weather permitting). For the golf enthusiast, there is a three-person scramble Saturday morning at the Portage Lake Golf Course. There are also guided hikes to Hungarian Falls on Sunday.

Sports fans also have much to choose from. The women’s soccer team plays Friday at 5 p.m. (Saginaw Valley) and Sunday at noon (Northwood). The football team takes on archrival Northern Michigan at 1 p.m. Saturday and the women’s volleyball team plays Walsh at 7 p.m. Friday and Malone at 3:00 p.m. Saturday.

Students and their families have many wonderful opportunities to explore the campus and surrounding community, making memories they can look back on for years to come.

New Module: Incorporating Information Literacy into Instruction

The Van Pelt and Opie Library and the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) invite faculty and graduate students to attend a module, Incorporating Information Literacy into Instruction, consisting of three one-hour sequential workshops.

Instruction and Learning Librarian Sarah Lucchesi is delivering the module through the CTL's University Teaching and Learning (UTL) Seminars program. In this module, using the framework of Michigan Tech information literacy rubric for undergraduate students (learning goal #6), we will explore the library’s information resources, digital tools for keeping current in a field of study and assignment elements that allow students to practice information literacy skills.

Faculty and graduate students are welcome to register only for this three-workshop series, or as a part of the complete UTL Course Design program.

The workshop sessions are scheduled for Monday, Nov. 4, 11 and 18 from 11 a.m. to noon in Library 242. Please register by noon, Friday, Nov. 1. If you have any questions, contact

Library Hosts “Patent and Trademark Day” Nov. 6 to Celebrate Patent and Trademark Resource Center Designation

submitted by the Van Pelt and Opie Library

The Van Pelt and Opie Library at Michigan Tech is now a Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC). PTRC is a library officially designated by the Department of Commerce’s US Patent and Trademark Office to freely provide to the University and independent persons and businesses the best and most up-to-date databases and other tools, workshops, online guides and assistance with patent and trademark searching.

Services offered include by-appointment individual patent and trademark searching help with trained librarians, access to robust patent searching databases available only on-site at PTRCs, patent and trademark searching workshops, and books and other helpful materials on the patent and/or trademark application process from beginning to end.

We would like to invite all interested individuals to join representatives from the US Patent and Trademark Office and University staff on Wednesday, Nov. 6, for a free series of workshops on patents, trademarks and other intellectual property issues. The day’s events will also include a ribbon-cutting ceremony, celebrating the official opening of the PTRC followed by lunch for all attendees. For a full agenda of the day’s events, and to register, visit Please register even if you only plan on joining us for part of the day.

Dollar Bay 9th Graders Get a Taste of College

Ninth graders from Dollar Bay High School will be at Michigan Tech on Thursday, Oct. 10, for a campus tour; lunch in a residence hall dining room; and a program by spoken artist Michael Reyes on Hispanic identity, culture and history.

This is part of the GEAR UP program (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for University Programs), designed to help high school students see a college education as a realistic possibility for them.

You can catch up with the visiting youngsters during their campus tour from 11 a.m. to noon, in the dining room at Wadsworth Hall from noon to 1 p.m., or in the Memorial Union Ballroom B1 for Michael Reyes's performance.

After-School Science and Engineering Classes at GLRC

Michigan Tech's Western UP Center for Science, Math and Environmental Education is inviting children in grades 1-7 to spend six Monday afternoons after school learning about science and engineering.

Classes for grades 1-3 begin Monday, Oct. 14 and run through Monday, Nov. 18. Children will design and build wind turbines and engineer animal sounds. The instructor is Betsy Tahtinen, who has a master of science in applied ecology and forest management.

Students in grades 4-7 will meet Nov. 11 through Dec. 16. They will learn 3D printing, video game design and robotics.

Classes will meet from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC) on campus. Houghton school buses will drop off participants at the GLRC.

Each six-week session costs $75 per student. Advance registration is required. Register online. To pay by credit card, call the Michigan Tech cashier at 7-2247. For more information on the classes, contact the WUP Center at 7-3341.

Vote for the Biggest Snowball!

Click here to vote for Michigan Tech's biggest snowball in Guinness World Records' new "Fan Choice Record of the Week."

It's simple; no registration, Facebook or Twitter required.

Each week, fans can vote for one of five new records selected by Guinness, which describes it as "a fun way to further engage fans of both your achievement and Guinness World Records."

Inexplicably, the "most paper dolls" record has so far garnered more votes this week than the fabulous snowball, so those so inclined should not delay in voting--and giving Michigan Tech's students another chance at glory.

Reminder: Color Tours at Mont Ripley

Mont Ripley Ski Hill is again sponsoring fall color tours via the Copper Lift. 100 percent of the proceeds from the tours go toward the Ski Patrol and Mont Ripley Race Team.

Tickets cost $5 for adults and $4 for students. Hours are Friday 3 to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Spoken Word Artist Celebrates Hispanic Cultural Identity

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion at Michigan Tech will host a Social Justice Lecture Series event at 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 10, in the Great Lakes Research Center
Room 201.

Spoken word artist Michael Reyes will use poetry to address Mexican and Chicano identity, history and culture. His performance focuses on a variety of contemporary issues, such as immigration, globalization and community activism.
The event is free and open to the public.

Tech Theatre Presents Brighton Beach Memoirs

The Tech Theatre Company presents "Brighton Beach Memoirs," by playwright Neil Simon. "Brighton Beach Memoirs" is a witty, yet poignant recollection of growing up during the Depression. The play will be held in the McArdle Theatre, in the Walker Center, Oct. 17 to 19 and Oct. 24 to 26, at 7:30 p.m.

2,000 Years of Pep

Michigan Tech's Huskies Pep Band, under the direction of Mike Christianson, presents a concert at the Rozsa Center. "2000 Years of Pep!" will send listeners on a musical time-travelling journey. The concert will traverse the history of pep music from the very beginning to just a few minutes ago, Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m.

Michigan Tech Athletics Major Award Winners to be Honored Saturday

Ali Haidar, Melanie Hoffman, Sam Hoyt, Kylie Moxley and Alex Petan will each be honored Saturday, Oct. 12, with Michigan Tech Athletics Major Awards for the 2012-13 season. The Raymond L. Smith Award for Tech’s top senior student-athletes and Terry Wilson Award for the top first-year student-athletes will be presented at halftime of the Huskies football game vs. Northern Michigan.

GRE Revised General Test – Information Sessions

The Graduate School is sponsoring information sessions for the GRE revised General Test. Teresa Axe, the associate director of global client relations for GRE, will be on our campus for two days. On Thursday, Oct. 17, she will be presenting to students who intend to take the GRE revised General Test. On Friday, Oct. 18, she will be presenting updates to faculty and staff who want to learn more about using the GRE revised General Test and how to use it as an assessment tool for graduate applicants.

GRE Presentation for Students
GRE Information and Strategies--More opportunities for Success with the GRE
* Thursday, Oct. 17, 5:30 p.m., Admin 404, Graduate School
* Pizza and beverages will be served.
* All students are encouraged to attend, no RSVP required.

GRE Presentation for Faculty and Staff
An Update from the GRE Program
* Friday, Oct. 18, 7:30 a.m.
* MUB--Ballroom B1
* Breakfast will be served.
* Faculty and staff, please RSVP to Heather Suokas ( by Oct. 11.

GRE – Offered on Michigan Tech’s Campus
ETS (GRE) has agreed to offer a paper-based GRE revised General Test on Michigan Tech’s campus. This is a one-time event. We hope to expand offerings in the future. The GRE revised General Test is scheduled for Feb. 8, 2014.

For additional information on this exam and GRE subject tests, please contact James Schultz (

Reminder: Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar Today

Jeffrey Lidicker, assistant professor in transportation engineering at Michigan Tech, will present, "What is ITS? All about Intelligent Transportation Systems, Michigan and the current state of the technology imported directly from the US Department of Transportation meeting in Washington DC," today at 4 p.m. in Dow 641.

Art, Science and Saying Hello, a Talk with Edward Duca

Edward Duca, University of Malta, will be talking about his work helping scientists and the public engage each other. He has set up science cafes and a festival that attracts 15,000 people (over three percent of the population) to Malta's capital city, Valletta. The festival brings scientists and artists together to reach the public in a more attractive and interactive manner. He will also be talking about how university-based magazines can be designed to appear less like PR and attract a wider audience.

The talk will be in the East Reading Room of the Van Pelt and Opie Library Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m.

Next EPSSI Seminar Oct. 14

The next EPSSI seminar will be presented by Foad Yousef (GLRC). "Remote sensing reveals biological and ecological processes of the Great Lakes" will be Monday, Oct. 14, from 4 to 5 p.m., in M&M U113.

Physics Colloquium Thursday

Professor Tiina Suomijarvi from University of Paris-XI will present a physics colloquium titled "The Large High Altitude Air Shower Observatory (LHAASO): Science Goals and Expected Performances" on Thursday, Oct. 10, at 4 p.m., in Fisher 139.

For more information, please contact Ramy El-Ganainy (, or Petra Huentemeyer (, 7-1229).

In the News

RTC graduate and retired Army lieutenant colonel Otha Thornton '01 was featured during the NBC Evening News Oct. 8 with Brian Williams because of his new role as president of the National PTA. Thornton, who was on Michigan Tech's ROTC faculty, is the first African American man to serve in that capacity.


Upper Peninsula Second Wave, a UP news website, published an article about Michigan Tech's Cyber Citizens and their development of a citizen scientist smartphone application called EthnoApp. See online


EnvironmentalResearchWeb, an environmental research news site, published a story about associate professor Joshua Pearce's (MSE/ECE) work on the economics of 3D printing. See online.