Campus Forum Today

President Glenn Mroz will host a campus forum today at 2 p.m. in Memorial Union Ballroom A. Release time will be provided for the hourly staff with the approval of their supervisor.

The presentation will be video streamed live.

If you would like to submit a question during the campus forum, email it to Staff Council at Do not use the chat feature within the live streaming player.

October First Friday Social at the APS LABS

Faculty, staff, retirees, alumni and graduate students are invited to join the staff of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics for the October First Friday University Social, on Friday, Oct. 3, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Advanced Power Systems Research Center (APS LABS—former Blizzard Building by the airport).

Complimentary soda, beer and wine will be served along with some great appetizers. Alumni planning to attend are encouraged to RSVP online.

Tours of the lab will be given (long pants and closed-toe shoes are required to participate in the laboratory tours). Learn about Michigan Tech's research, outreach and educational initiatives in mobility, sustainable transportation and energy. Tour the Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) Mobile Laboratory and see the pilot production facilities for the University's Wood-to-Wheels and Wood-to-Energy initiatives.

First Friday University Socials, which began in 2006, provide a casual setting for members of the campus community to get together informally, share their work and other interests and get to know each other. These gatherings can lead to more productive work relationships, an appreciation for diversity and a chance to meet some new friends.

Next month’s event on Nov. 7 will be sponsored by the Van Pelt and Opie Library in the Opie Reading Room. This year is completely booked for sponsors, so be sure to check out the lineup. If you are interested in hosting a social next academic year, contact Mary Ann Struthers at to be added to the list.

Michigan Tech Scientists Helping Jeffers Students with Biological Surveying

Jeffers middle and high school students will be conducting a BioBlitz today at Lake Perrault and the Robert Brown Nature Sanctuary. Various Michigan Tech scientists will assist the students.                              

A BioBlitz is an intense period of biological surveying in an attempt to identify and record all the living species within a designated area. Scientists, naturalists, teachers, students and community volunteers conduct an intensive inventory over a one-day period. The following Michigan Tech scientists will be helping:

  • Insects, moths and butterflies—Jim Bess and Chris Hohnholt (SFRES)
  • Lichens—Karena Schmidt (SFRES)
  • Wildlife tracking—Dan Haskell (SFRES) and Marcy Erickson (Center for Science and Environmental Outreach)
  • Macroinvertebrates—Amy Schrank (SFRES)
  • Frog, toads and salamanders—Joan Chadde (Center for Science and Environmental Outreach)

“Participating in these hands-on field studies is a fun and exciting way for students to learn about biodiversity and better understand how to protect it,” explained Cindy McCormick, Jeffers High School science and English teacher and co-coordinator of the event. “Instead of a highly structured technical field survey, the BioBlitz event has the atmosphere of a festival. The short time frame makes the searching more exciting.”

"These one-day events stimulate interest in learning more about a place," adds Joan Chadde, BioBlitz co-coordinator and director of the Center for Science and Environmental Outreach. "Hopefully the BioBlitz will pique students' interest in the natural world and stimulate their interest in a future scientific career. It provides an opportunity for students and community members to meet working scientists and learn more about what they do."

The BioBlitz is funded in part by the Upper Peninsula Evironmental Coalition, Adams Township Schools and the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative (LSSI). LSSI connects schools and communities in the stewardship of Lake Superior and its watershed.

The public is invited to participate in the BioBlitz. Come to the Lake Perrault picnic area between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. today.

Register Now for Water Safety Instructor Training

Earn your American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Certification in a three-day training course Oct. 17-19 at the SDC Pool.

Get training in water safety and drowning prevention and learn information needed to plan and teach courses in the Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety program. Completion of this program will allow you to apply for group and private swim instructor positions within Michigan Tech Community Programs.
Participants must be 16 years of age. Cost to attend is $250 and includes all course materials and certification. Class size is limited, and the deadline to register is Friday, Oct. 3. For more information and to register, visit Michigan Tech Recreation

Sports in Brief

What's Happening This Week
All times are Eastern; home events are italicized.

Huskies Drive Time, 7:30 to 8 a.m., on Mix 93.5 FM

Friday, Oct. 3
Cross Country at Blugold Invitational (Eau Claire, Wis.)
Soccer hosts Ohio Dominican, 7 p.m.
Volleyball at Walsh, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 4
Women’s Tennis at Wayne State, 10 a.m.
Volleyball at Malone, 2 p.m.
Hockey at Lake Superior State, 7 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)

Sunday, Oct. 5
Women’s Tennis at Hillsdale, 11 a.m.
Women’s Soccer hosts Walsh, Noon
Hockey at Lake Superior State, 5 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)

Last Week's Results
Football (4-0, 4-0 GLIAC)
Sept. 27—Michigan Tech 34, at Northern Michigan 31

Women’s Soccer (4-1, 2-0 GLIAC)
Sept. 28—Michigan Tech 2, at Ashland

Volleyball (5-7, 4-3 GLIAC)
Sept. 23—at Northern Michigan 3, Michigan Tech 1
Sept. 26—Findlay 3, at Michigan Tech 2
Sept. 27—at Michigan Tech 3, Hillsdale 1

Women’s Tennis (1-6, 1-6 GLIAC)
Sept. 26-28—at ITA Midwest Regional (no team scores)

Top News of the Week

Hockey Season Is Here
Michigan Tech begins its quest for the MacNaughton Cup Saturday, Oct. 4, with a WCHA game right out of the gate. The Huskies travel to Taffy Abel Arena to face Lake Superior State for the weekend series with league points on the line. Coach Mel Pearson will be facing former assistant Damon Whitten in the UP rivalry. The teams split the four games they played against each other a year ago. Tech won’t play a regular season game at home until Oct. 31, when Michigan comes to Houghton.

Mead Does It Again
For the second time this season, Garrett Mead kicked a field goal on the game’s final play to give Michigan Tech a victory. The senior made a 39-yard try as time expired for the winning points in a 34-31 triumph at Northern Michigan Saturday. Mead was six-for-six on kicks in the game with four extra points and a pair of 39-yard field goals. In the season opener, it was a 25-yard shot that gave the Huskies an 18-17 victory at Wayne State.

Huskies Doubles Pair is Region Champs
Kwang Suthijindawong and Sandra Cvetanovic claimed the ITA Midwest Region Doubles Championship Sunday with an 8-6 victory over Wayne State’s Yahsha Moore and Anne Li Briand in the final. Suthijindawong also made the final in singles, but finished as the ITA Midwest Region Runner-Up. As regional champions, the Huskies pair will advance to the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships Oct. 9-12 in Sumter, S.C.

Miner's Cup Returns to Houghton
Michigan Tech retained possession of the Miner’s Cup for the fifth consecutive year after Saturday’s 34-31 victory at Northern Michigan. The Huskies have won 11 of the last 14 meetings with the Wildcats including 10 of the last 13 since the rivalry trophy was installed for the 2002 season.

Soccer Continues to Roll
Michigan Tech won its fourth consecutive match and third straight by a 2-1 score as it defeated Ashland on the road Sunday. Jacqueline Mielke scored a goal early in the second half and assisted on the other one three minutes later to give the Huskies the come-from-behind victory. Mielke paces the team with 10 points on four goals and two assists in five games this season. Tech returns home for two more GLIAC contests this weekend.

Volleyball Splits at Home
The Huskies volleyball team had a bittersweet weekend after a 3-2 loss to Findlay on Friday, and a 3-1 win over Hillsdale on Saturday. Tech was three points away from victory with a 22-20 lead in set four on Friday, but couldn’t close it out. The Huskies bounced back nicely on Saturday. First-year Lauren Emmert led the way on the week with 46 kills, a .384 hitting percentage and seven blocks. The Huskies head to Canton, Ohio, for a pair of GLIAC matches next weekend. 

Lunch and Learn Oct. 9: "Entry-Level Healthy"

Benefit Services will host a Lunch and Learn, "Entry-Level Healthy," from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 9, in Memorial Union Ballroom A1. Kara Sokol will be presenting tips and tricks for making food that is simple, tasty and good for you. Also, you will get to sample some healthy snacks and desserts. All employees are welcome; bring your lunch, and beverages will be provided.

Items Available

Housing and Residential Life has the following items available:

  • Cubicle desk/partitions and cabinets
  • Dry erase board (in a dark cherry cabinet)

If interested in an item, contact Ryan Bennett at or 7-2682.

University property may only be transferred between departments. It may not be given or sold to individuals.

Job Posting

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in Human Resources or online. For more information regarding staff positions, call 7-2280 or email For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted. 

Assistant Professor—Design Studies
Apply online.

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