Apply to Join the Pavlis Honors College Community

Programs Offered in Global Technological Leadership, Peace Corps Prep and More

Are you interested in joining a community of self-motivated, independent-thinking students who take charge of their education and full advantage of all that Michigan Tech has to offer? If so, consider applying to the Pavlis Honors College’s Scholars and Leaders Programs.

All motivated and committed undergraduate students in good academic standing are invited, regardless of GPA. The current application window will remain open until March 1 for students wishing to join the college in fall.

All scholars and leaders students take core courses, participate in an immersion experience and carry out an honors project. The Scholars and Leaders Programs offer multiple pathways for students to complete the requirements for Pavlis Honors College designation on their diplomas and transcripts as well as special recognition in the graduation program.

One pathway is the well-established Pavlis Institute for Global Technological Leadership which is designed to prepare students to become successful leaders through focused coursework and interdisciplinary, team-based project work implemented in a cross-cultural environment.

Students applying to this program should have at least three years remaining in their undergraduate degree program and be prepared to travel to one our foreign project centers the summer between their third and fourth years of study at Michigan Tech.

A second pathway is the new Peace Corps Prep program, an official partnership with the U.S. Peace Corps. This program prepares undergraduates for Peace Corps service or other cross-cultural, community-based professional work. Students gain cross-cultural and foreign language learning experience in and out of the classroom. They also gain first-hand experience in a prominent sector of community development work, such as health, education or environment. The Peace Corps Prep program emphasizes establishing strong cross-cultural professional partnerships and developing an interdisciplinary framework for addressing pressing global problems such as climate change, sanitation, childhood malnutrition, girl’s education and others.

Students can customize their area of focus to fit their personal interests. Students applying to this program should have at least two years remaining in their undergraduate degree program.

Third, is the Custom Pathway Program, where students can customize their own pathway to incorporate an enterprise experience, student research, an entrepreneurial endeavor or an industrial internship, to name just a few options, to complete the Pavlis Honors College requirements.

If none of our established pathways suit your needs and interests, design your own and work with the college’s faculty and staff to realize your vision for success.

For more information, read here and attend one of the following Pavlis Honors College Information Sessions scheduled in the coming weeks. All information sessions will be held in the Pavlis Honors College Collaboration Space – Minerals and Materials Building, room 722 (facing the Portage Canal).

  • Tuesday — from 4-5 p.m.
  • January 28 — from noon-1 p.m.
  • February 11 — from 6-7 p.m.

Lift Bridge Closures Jan. 25 -29

Intermittent nighttime closures of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge have been scheduled for Jan. 25-29 as part of ongoing maintenance work. The closures will likely result in delays for motorists.

The contractor for the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will be testing new bridge components. These tests require a series of lifts of the bridge span and a full closure of the bridge to traffic.      

Motorists should expect delays of up to 15 minutes between 7 and 11 p.m. and delays of up to 30 minutes between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m. during the testing period. The lower bridge deck will be closed to snowmobile traffic during these tests.      

The $8.4 million project involves upgrades and preventive maintenance on the Portage Lake Lift Bridge between Houghton and Hancock. The project started in mid-December 2014 and is scheduled to be completed in mid-April 2016.

Core Facilities Call for Proposals

Proposals are being solicited for the FY2016 Core Facilities, internal awards from the Vice President for Research Office.

Certain University entities are eligible to apply for funds to cover costs associated with research facilities, like replacing and maintaining equipment.

Proposals are due no later than 4 p.m. March 4, and must be submitted electronically per the guidelines.

If you have any questions, email Cathy Jenich or Dave Reed. For more information, see Core Facilities.

Faculty Diversity Literacy Workshop, Feb. 1 through 20

An additional Diversity Literacy workshop has been added to spring semester for faculty who have never taken the training before. The course will run from Feb. 1 through 20; it is online (Canvas), to be completed at your own pace, with approximately 1.5 hours of work per week. To register, contact Brenda Randell at

A Legal Aspects of Hiring workshop (also online) will follow for one week immediately afterwards (Feb. 21 through 27).

Faculty can check the status of their certification here.
Certification is required for faculty serving on hiring committees and tenure and promotion committees.

2016 Group Faculty Visit to the Washington DC Area

The Research Development Office is organizing the 2016 group faculty visit to the Washington DC area. The purpose of the trip is to provide an opportunity for faculty to gain the information, skills and networks to submit competitive federal proposals. Michigan Tech has organized a group trip for Assistant Professors for the last six years. This year, we are opening the trip to all faculty, postdocs and research staff.

The trip is tentatively scheduled for the second week of May, although final timing is dependent upon the availability of personnel at National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health and other agencies.

In order to gauge interest and plan the event we are asking those interested in joining the trip to fill out one of the Google forms below by Jan. 26:

Assistant Professors Seeking Cost Share

All Other Faculty, Postdocs and Research Staff

The information will be used to help us estimate the size of the interested group, agencies of interest and divisions of interest within NSF. Expressing interest at this point is non-binding. While some central support will be available for assistant professors participating in the trip for the first time, other faculty will need to have funds to support their own travel costs. Faculty are allowed to participate in the trip in multiple years. If you are interested but uncertain if you will be able to attend, still fill out the form.

In the coming weeks we will keep all who express interest in the trip informed of the planning process. This includes an informational meeting that will be held from noon to 1 p.m., Feb. 10 in MUB Ballroom B. We will ask for firm commitments and a $250 non-refundable deposit by Feb. 26.

Contact Aleksey Smirnov at or Peter Larsen at with any questions regarding this invitation.

University Senate to Meet Wednesday

The next University Senate meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in room 642 of the Dow Building. Senators are responsible for making their constituents aware of the agenda for this meeting. Senators who are unable to attend should arrange for their alternates to attend in their place.


1. Call to Order

2. Roll Call of Senators and Recognition of Visitors 

3. Approval of Agenda 

4. Approval of Minutes from Meeting 571 

5. Presentations:

a. “President’s Response to the 2014-15 President’s Evaluation” presented by President Glenn Mroz 

6. President's Report 

7. Committee Reports

8. Unfinished Business 

a. Proposal 7-16 (revised): “Amending the Senate Procedure 506.1.1, Evaluation Procedures for Department Chairs and School Deans” (Voting Units: Full Senate) presented by Administrative Policy Committee

9. New Business 

a. Proposal 9-16: “Reducing Deductibles and Out of Pocket Maximums on Michigan Tech’s Healthcare-
Insurance Plans” (Voting Units: Full Senate) presented by Fringe Benefits Committee

b. Proposal 10-16: “Rationalization of Senate Procedures on the Selection/Election of Membership of Various Committees” (Voting Units: Full Senate) presented by Administrative Policy Committee

c. Proposal 11-16: “Amending Senate Procedure 503.1.1: Evaluation Procedure for the President” (Voting Units: Full Senate) presented by Administrative Policy Committee

10. Public Comments 

11. Adjournment

ASEM January Membership Meeting

ASEM Membership meetings are open to existing and potential members. Anyone who has an interest in Engineering Management is welcome to attend and participate. Interested in going on a two-day trip in March 24 and 25 to visit different companies and learn more about various industries and career? Want to expand your professional network on and off campus?

The meeting will be at 5 p.m. Wednesday in Academic Offices Building 101.

If you have any questions or are unable to attend but are still interested, email Tim Spehar or Justine Barker to stay in the loop.

2016 Design Expo April 14

Save the date, Design Expo 2016 will be held April 14, in the MUB Ballroom.

Design Expo highlights hands-on, discovery-based learning at Michigan Tech. More than 600 students on Enterprise and Senior Design teams showcase their work and compete for awards.

A panel of judges, made up of corporate representatives and Michigan Tech staff and faculty, critique the projects. Many team projects are sponsored by industry, which allows students to gain valuable experience through competition, as well as direct exposure to real industrial problems. Design Expo is co-hosted by the College of Engineering and the Pavlis Honors College.

Registration is now open for Senior Design and Enterprise teams. Student teams should visit the Design Expo website to register before Feb. 1.

The Return of Props for Profs

This semester, when students take just a moment to give their favorite prof some "props", they might themselves rewarded too. 
Props for Profs, a  weekly program through the Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), encourages students to nominate an instructor who has gone over and above regular teaching duties to help students learn. 
Nominees are kept anonymous, but the selected instructor and nominating student each receive a $5 gift certificate for a snack on campus. 
The weekly selection will also be announced to the instructor's dean or chair as well as the campus community. Nominations will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout the term. Watch this space for next week's winner.

Visit by Derek Yu, Alstom Signals Engineer

Derek Yu, signals engineer from Alstom USA will be on campus Tuesday and Wednesday. He will talk with the Civil Engineering Rail Transportation Seminar about his experience in railroad signals and his entry into the rail industry. He will talk with the Railroad Engineering and Activities Club (REAC) about his experiences in the rail industry, with a focus on signals and some specifics on use of programmable logic devices and telecommunications networks.

The Seminar meets from 4 to 5 p.m., Tuesdays in Dow 875, and the REAC meeting will be at 7 p.m. in Dillman 214. All are welcome to either or both presentations.

"Automate Your Funding Search" - A session to help you with your GrantForward profile

Get this hour set aside on your calendar! We'll get your profile set up on GrantForward to optimize your funding search. Once your profile is set up, you can opt to have notifications of funding opportunities that match your research interests. Have a recent electronic CV or list of publications handy.

RSVP at this here so we know if we need to get a bigger computer lab.


UMC Closed Today

The University Marketing and Communications Office, located on the Garden Level of the Administration Building, will be closed today for a departmental meeting. The office will reopen for regular business hours on Monday.


Deadline for IEI Proposal Submission is Today

Institutional Equity and Inclusion announces the deadline for proposal submission for the 2016 Equity Within the Classroom Conference is today. The conference, hosted by Oakland University, March 13 - 15. 

For additional information about the conference and registration, click here.

The theme for the 2016 conference is, “Belonging Equals Student Success and Transformation – Eliminating Dispositional Barriers for Students.”

Read the original Tech Today Story.


OAP Rental Center Closed Tomorrow

The OAP will be closed on tomorrow for staff training and development, and will re-open on Sunday at 6 p.m.


C-Cubed is Back

Today's C-Cubed menu:

Kale, Ricotta, & Squash Omelets (action station) (GF) 
Baked Potato, Celeriac, & Garlic Mash (VGF)
Roasted Pecan Praline Bacon (GF)
Granola & Chewy Fruit with Yogurt 


Hawaiian Cuisine at Khana Khazana

Khana Khazana returns for the Spring Semester today with Hawaiian cuisine served at the MUB food court from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The menu features, Huli Huli Chicken, A popular dish of grilled chicken with a sweet teriyaki style barbecue sauce; Fresh Tomato Salad with tropical herbs and Creamy Potato Salad, soft potato with Hawaiian dressing. Cost is $7.25 for the full meal which includes a fountain drink.  


Film Board Presents "Bridge of Spies"

This weekend, Film Board presents "Bridge of Spies." The show times are as follow:
5:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 11:30 p.m. today
2:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 11:30 p.m. tomorrow
2:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. Sunday

Located in Fisher 135.
Tickets are $3, concessions are $1 each.


27th Annual MLK Banquet

The 27th Annual MLK Banquet will be held at 6 p.m. Monday in the MUB Ballroom. The work of Martin Luther King Jr. will be celebrated along with music, performances and key note speaker William Jones from the University of Wisconsin Madison.

In the News

Research by Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) and research assistant Negin Heidari seeking to quantify potential liabilities for the top greenhouse gas emitters in the country was featured in Midwest Energy News.


Maui Time, a Hawaiian newspaper, quoted Professor Carl MacLennan (SocSci) in a story about the closing of the Alexander & Baldwin Hawaiian Commercial and Sugar Mill. MacLennan published a book in 2014 documenting the rise and fall of the Hawaiian sugar industry. See the story here.

CLT Tip of the Week

Respondus Test Bank Network Training Available

Respondus is offering a training webinar very soon on how to create online exams from publisher test banks. The focus will be on Respondus 4 and the Respondus Test Bank Network — both of which Michigan Tech is licensed to use.

This training session is offered twice a year and is always popular with faculty. Instructors come away with everything they need to save countless hours on exam preparation. The upcoming webinar: “Instructor Training - Using the Respondus 4.0 and the Test Bank Network to Quickly Create Exams” will be offered

  • Wednesday, January 27, at 3:00pm EST. 
  • Thurssday, January 28, at 2:00pm EST. Click here to Register

Over 6,000 test banks from dozens of the leading publishers are available from the Respondus Test Bank Network. Instructors can easily create online exams and learning activities from official publisher test banks. Best of all, the Test Bank Network is free for instructors who adopt a participating textbook. Contact Michigan Tech Support if you are an instructor who would like to get Respondus 4.0 installed on their Michigan Tech PC (no Mac or Linux versions are available). 

The CTL Tip of the Week is brought to you by the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). For more general information or help with Canvas at Michigan Tech, be sure to visit Canvas One Stop.