Tech Student Bikes Cross-Country to Help Build Affordable Housing

Rain pouring. Wind blowing. Sun blaring. All these weather conditions making it rough to be outside. Families without a home live with this, and so will Noah Kelly as he bikes to help build those families a place to live.

Kelly, originally from Saginaw, Mich., is a first year mechanical engineering student at Michigan Tech. He plans on biking more than 4,000 miles this summer with the organization, Bike and Build, to help low-income families with their housing needs.

Bike and Build is "pedaling for affordable housing." The organization was founded by Marc Bush when he decided to build on a now-discontinued program called the Habitat Bicycle Challenge, organized by the Yale University chapter of Habitat for Humanity to benefit its local affiliate.

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Club Indigo Tomorrow night

Tomorrow's Club Indigo presents a heartwarming movie based on a true story — The Straight Story.

With nothing but a second-hand lawn tractor and a lot of determination, a man travels 300 miles at 6mph, through farmlands, rural communities, and weather and mechanical obstacles to reach his brother. 

The movie begins at 7:15 p.m., preceded at 6 p.m. by a "down home" buffet from Vicki's Deli, Houghton. To assure seating at the buffet call the theatre before 5 p.m. today at 337-2610.

Family Fun Day Registration Ends Monday

Family Fun Day is scheduled for Saturday, M​ay 1​6.​ For information detailing the activities, see the flyer. ​

Online​ registration ends Monday.


Fall 2015 Finishing Fellowship Nominations Open

Applications for fall 2015 finishing fellowships are now being accepted, and are due no later than 4 p.m. June 8.

Applications should be sent to Debra Charlesworth in the Graduate School.

Instructions on the application and evaluation process are found online

Students are eligible if all of the following criteria are met:

  • Must be a PhD student.
  • Must expect to finish during the semester supported as a finishing fellow.
  • Must have submitted no more than one previous application for a finishing fellowship.
  • Must be eligible for or in Research Mode at the time of application.

Finishing Fellowships provide support to PhD candidates who are close to completing their degrees. These fellowships are available through the generosity of alumni and friends of the University. They are intended to recognize outstanding individuals in need of financial support to finish their degrees and are also contributing to the attainment of goals outlined in The Michigan Tech Plan. The Graduate School anticipates funding up to ten fellowships with support ranging from $2000 to full support (stipend + tuition).

Students who receive full support through a Finishing Fellowship may not accept any other employment. For example, students cannot be fully supported by a Finishing Fellowship and accept support as a GTA or GRA.

Cultural Competency Training Schedule released

The schedule for the summer session of professional staff cultural competency training has been announced.
The training schedule is as follows:
  • Cultural Competency 1 & 2 — 9 a.m. - noon, May 19, MUB Ballroom A2 
  • Cultural Competency 3 & 4 — 9 a.m. - noon, May 21, MUB Ballroom A2
  • Cultural Competency Step 5 — 10 a.m. - noon, May 28, MUB Ballroom B1 and B2.
  • Cultural Competency Step 6 — 10 a.m. - noon, May 29, MUB Alumni Lounge.
  • Cultural Competency Step 7 — 10 a.m. - noon, June 3,  MUB Ballroom A2.
  • Cultural Competency Step 8 — 10 a.m. - noon, June 4, MUB Ballroom A2
    Anyone interested in participating should contact Kellie Raffaelli at CDI.

Storage Outage Sunday Morning

In order to make necessary upgrades to the software that runs central storage, campus storage will be down from 6 - 9 a.m. Sunday.

Services using central storage, (Banner, BanWeb, web pages, etc) will be down as well. Computers will be remotely shutdown prior to 6 a.m. — Close all files and logoff when you leave work Friday.

User Services staff will be working Sunday 8 a.m.-5 p.m . Call 7-1111 for any issues

REF Awards Announced

The Vice President for Research Office announces the Research Execellence Fund Awards. Thanks to the volunteer review committees, as well as the deans and department chairs, for their time spent on this important internal research award process.

Infrastructure Enhancement Grants:

  • Stephen Kampe, IMP/MSE. Environmental Test Chamber
  • Sean Kirkpatrick, BRC/Biomed Eng. Repair and Upgrade Advanced Fluorescent Microscope
  • Will Cantrell, EPSSI/Physics. Acquisition of a Cloud Condensation Nucleus Counter
  • Cary Chabalowski, Chemistry. Acquisition of a DNA Synthesizer
  • Andrew Burton, ESC/SFRES. Remote Data Acquisition

Scholarship and Creativity Grants:

  • Joel Neves, VPA
  • Chelsea Schelly, SS
  • Marika Seigel, Humanities

Research Seed Grants:

  • Xiaoqing Tang, Bio Science
  • Feng Zhao, Biomed Eng
  • Snehamoy Chatterjee, GME
  • Loredana Valenzano, Chemistry
  • Thomas Werner, BRC/Bio Sci
  • Seyyedmohsen Azizi, SoT
  • Sunil Mehendale, SoT
  • Jingfeng Jiang, BRC/Biomed Eng
  • Tarun Dam, Chemistry
  • Amy Schrank, ESC/SFRES
  • Zhen "Leo" Liu, CEE 
  • Don Lafreniere, GLRC/SS
  • Steve Elmer, KIP
  • Amber Roth, ESC/SFRES
  • Sigrid Resh, ESC/SFRES


Commit to be HuskiesFit

Registration is now open for a variety of adult and youth programming through Michigan Tech's Community Programs. Classes begin Monday.

Whatever your fitness needs or interests, we've got you covered!

Intro to Aerial Silks made its debut this spring and received great reviews! A new addition to the lineup this summer is African Dance. A combination of rigorous steps and routines from across the African continent accompanied by contemporary Afro-pop beats, it is sure to be a very lively and engaging class!

These are just two of the many options available to adults this summer. View the full list. Fitness class enrollment is rolling and walk-ins are always welcome!

Don't forget to take advantage of programs such as TechFit for eligible Michigan Tech employees as well as discounts for SDC annual members!

For more information on all summer community programs or to register, visit the website, Facebook @Michigan Tech Recreation or Twitter @MichiganTechRec

On the Road

Ruth Archer, Manager of Process Improvement, was invited to speak to student Lean apprentices from the Demmer Center for Business Transformation at Michigan State University. She developed and led a workshop on the continuous improvement event process for the students. the Demmer Center provides organizations with education and hands-on guidance in strategically transforming into Lean enterprises while also providing professional training and experience to MSU students.