Donations Sought For Free Sale

The Free Sale is coming. Consider donating gently used, clean women's business clothing and accessories (hangers are appreciated, all sizes welcome) for the Free Sale prior to the Spring Career Fair February, 16. 

Your items will be available to all Tech students at no cost. Items remaining after the event will be either donated to a local non-profit or held for a future event.  

This is the third "free sale"—a give away of gently worn women's business clothing for students. We had great success with the first two events last year, helping more than 100 students and giving out more than 95 percent of donated items. Everyone walked out with something.  

We plan to hold another event for our students from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, February 14, at the Meese Center. We are asking for your donations.

Donations are being accepted now during normal business hours at the following locations: 

  • 107 Meese Center
  • 108A Dillman Hall
  • 219 Van Pelt and Opie Library

Also look for the drop off box in the library during Winter Carnival, Thursday through Sunday of this week. 

Donations can also be shipped to:

CLS Department - Clothing Donation

Michigan Tech University

Meese Center

1400 Townsend Drive

Houghton, MI 49931

Tech Professor Involved with International Symposium

Chang Kyoung Choi (ME-EM) is the executive secretary for the 17th International Symposium on Flow Visualization, June 19-22 in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. 

The symposium is a biennial world-unique forum focusing on flow visualizations. A wide variety of state-of-the-arts visualization techniques will be presented and discussed. Top researchers around the world will exchange advanced and fundamental information on Flow Visualization. 

The conference is returning to the United States for the first time since 2004 when it was held at Notre Dame.  Choi, built the conference website with the assistance of graduate student Yuenyoung Milsiam. Choi is currently reviewing the entries and sorting them into specific sessions.

For more information, including registration, visit the conference website.

Winter Carnival Parking and Extended Shuttle Service

In order to accommodate the many visitors during Winter Carnival, the following lots will be available beginning at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, February 3, free of charge, no permits required. 

  • Lot 9 (commuter lot by the Rozsa)
  • Lot 5 (graduate student lot by the Rozsa)
  • Lot 27 (pay lot between the Administration Building and MUB)

Overnight parking—visitors may park in Lot 9 (commuter lot by the Rozsa) without a permit, Lot 11 (near the Administration Building) will be open at 4 p.m. on Friday, February 5.

Lastly, there will be free parking at all metered areas. However, be aware that all other areas/lots not listed above will be fully enforced as usual.

Transportation Services will also extend its operations during Winter Carnival. The Tech shuttle service will run from 1 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, February 3 through Saturday, February 6.

The City of Houghton shuttle service will run its regular scheduled service. Please remember that the Tech shuttle bus is not equipped to handle children but you may utilize the on-demand service that the City of Houghton provides.

We hope you enjoy this expanded shuttle service during Winter Carnival and free parking in designated areas.

For any questions or comments regarding Winter Carnival parking regulations or shuttle bus service, call Transportation Services at 7-1441 or Public Safety and Police Services at 7-2216.

Update: Search for Dean of the Graduate School

The search committee for the Dean of the Graduate School has extended the deadline for the receipt of applications for this internally-posted position to Monday, February 15.

The committee encourages faculty with experience and interest in graduate education to consider this important position.

The job description and responsibilities can be found online. Direct any questions to committee chair Paul Bergstrom or co-chair Bruce Seely.

Winter Weather Safety Reminder

With winter weather upon us, this is a reminder that now is a good time for departments to discuss procedures for communication regarding weather-related absences. During times when weather conditions deteriorate, each person within the University community must exercise personal judgment about their ability to get to or from campus.

Interruptions in work due to weather is no different from other events that cause us to leave work early or arrive late. The first thing employees should do is contact their supervisor directly and explain the situation.

Hourly employees may use vacation or comp time to make up for the hours missed due to bad weather. Exempt employees would be expected to fulfill their regular job responsibilities.

For questions or concerns, employees should email Renee Hiller, Director of Human Resources or call 7-2280.

Tech EIT Members Give Presentation

Four members of Michigan Tech’s Early Intervention Team (EIT) recently conducted a presentation titled "EIT: An Innovative Approach to Preventing Student and Campus Crises," at the 2016 NASPA Strategies Conference: Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention, Mental Health and Violence Prevention.

Amber Bennett (Counseling Services), Rob Bishop (Office of Academic and Community Conduct), Travis Pierce (Housing and Residential Life) and Brian Cadwell (Public Safety and Police Services) represented Michigan Tech’s Early Intervention Team.
NASPA is the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals. Programming at the conference is designed to assist attendees to understand innovative practices and research to promote the health and wellness of students and campus communities.

Phillips Selected as Candidate for Senior CLASS Award

Michigan Tech goaltender Jamie Phillips is one of the twenty student-athletes who were selected as candidates for the 2015-16 Senior CLASS Award in college hockey, it was announced Friday.

Phillips, a Caledonia, Ontario, native, currently leads the WCHA in minutes (1406:41) and wins (13) and has a 2.09 goals against average, .918 save percentage and one shutout.

Away from the rink, Phillips has maintained a 3.46 grade point average and is a two-time WCHA All-Academic Team selection (2013-14, 2014-15). Additionally, he's involved with Michigan Tech's community programs and spends time volunteering with a local gymnastics team.

To be eligible for the Senior CLASS Award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School ®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. Read the full story.

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University Senate to Meet Wednesday

Meeting #573 of the Michigan Tech University Senate will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday February 3, in DOW 642. 

You can read the agenda, which includes outlines of Senate Proposals here.

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.

From Career Services this Week

Tickets are on sale now for the annual Business and Dining Etiquette Dinner sponsored by Kohler. A social hour will be from 5 to 6 p.m. with dinner from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 11 in the MUB Ballroom/

Students first attend a robust social hour, meeting alumni representatives, learning about job opportunities and interacting with numerous and diverse Kohler product displays. They then enjoy a multi-course dinner and keynote presentation by a Kohler professional.

Tickets are $15, but students receive a full refund when they arrive at the event. They’re on sale online and at Career Services, located at 220 Admin. Bldg.

Carnival Special On CashKeys

Transportation Services is running a Winter Carnival special on CashKeys. If you routinely park at the on-campus metered spaces, you may want to consider purchasing a CashKey.  A CashKey is a simple round key that can be attached to your car keychain and be used in place of quarters to quickly and conveniently purchase time at a parking meter.

CashKeys may be purchased and reloaded at the Transportation Services office (Admin 100) in amounts of $25, $50 or $100. 

CashKeys allow parking at a rate of $0.75/hour and may only be used in hour increments. There is a $25 deposit fee that will be refunded upon return of your CashKey. The Winter Carnival special will run the whole month of February. All CashKey amounts will be discounted 10 percent. That means you can get $25 of parking for $22.50, $50 of parking for $45, or $100 of parking for $90.

Props for Profs Weekly Winner

This week’s Jackson CTL Props for Profs winner is Julie King, a professor in the chemical engineering department.

Julie was actually nominated by two students, both of whom suggested that Julie “always goes the extra mile.” They praised her quick responses to e-mail, even late at night, and her routine requests for feedback about how to make the class better.   Her “no-nonsense approach” and willingness to share her industry experience were also cited, but the students mainly saw her as “invested in students” and as “wanting students to succeed.”

Both King and her two nominators will receive a $5 gift certificate to purchase a snack or drink at the Library Café or several other locations on campus.

If you know a prof who has gone over and above, send some props today – and maybe you’ll be next week’s winner!

IT Connect

IT Customer Support Center

Have you visited the new Michigan Tech IT Customer Support Center? It’s a new site where you can get instant solutions to common IT issues. Search by topic and find answers to questions such as:
  • How do I connect to my M: drive?

  • How do I connect to the wireless network?

  • How do I install the VPN client on my computer?

You can access the Customer Support Center at or by clicking the banner on our homepage at Contact us at or call 7-1111 if you have any questions or comments.

Husky Basketball on TV Tonight

Michigan Tech's basketball games at Northern Michigan tonight will be televised on Fox UP. The women's contest will tip off at 6 p.m. with the men's contest to follow at 8 p.m.

Both games will also be broadcast on local radio, WKMJ, 93.5 FM.

Hockey Huskies Pick up three points

 Brent BaltusReid SturosAlex Petan and Dylan Steman all scored goals as No. 17 Michigan Tech beat No. 18 Bowling Green 4-1 in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association battle Saturday at BGSU Ice Arena. With the win the Huskies pick up three WCHA points following Friday night's tie.

The win pushes Tech's WCHA road unbeaten streak to eight (6-0-2) and marks the first time in 2015-16 that a team has gone into BGSU Ice Arena and knocked off the Falcons in a WCHA outing.

"I'm really proud and happy for our players," said head coach Mel Pearson. "They sacrificed their bodies tonight and it was an outstanding, gutsy effort by out guys tonight. To come in here and take three out of four points is a huge statement. We've played so well on the road this year and I can't say enough about the effort and preparation of our team." Read the full story.

Tech Basketball Teams Split at LSSU

The Michigan Tech women limited Lake Superior State to a single point in the second quarter and finished with a 66-44 GLIAC women's basketball victory Saturday.

The Huskies (13-5, 11-4 GLIAC) shot 49 percent from the floor and held the Lakers (4-16, 3-11 GLIAC) to 32 percent in the contest.

LSSU used a 5-0 run to pull within 22-16 at the end of the first quarter. Tech then outscored the hosts 14-1 in the second quarter for a 36-17 advantage at intermission.

In the second half, the Lakers got as close as 13 (53-40) with six minutes to play. Tech's Danielle Blake answered with back-to-back buckets to push the margin to 17 and change the momentum.

"This was a big win for us," said Tech coach Kim Cameron. "We hadn't swept a weekend trip all season, and our team is thrilled to get this one. It's been a tough place for us to play over the years, and we got the job done."

In the men's contest, a 10-minute scoring drought in the second half doomed Michigan Tech in its 72-56 loss at Lake Superior State today. The game was tied 34-all with 17 minutes to play before LSSU went on a 23-0 run to take control.

Tech (7-11, 6-8 GLIAC) missed nine shots and had five turnovers during the drought, and the Lakers went 9-of-13 during the stretch with four made 3-pointers.

"We haven't had a good Saturday, and this was another one," said Tech coach Kevin Luke. "I liked our effort in coming back to tie it, but we didn't play good offense and we didn't play good defense during their run.

To read the full stories on both games and find out more about Michigan Tech Athletics, visit

Physics Colloquium

The next Physics Colloquium will take place at 4 p.m. Thursday, February 4 in Fisher Hall 131.

Mark C. Hersam, Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University, will present "Fundamentals and Applications of Low-Dimensional Nanoelectronic Heterostructures."



Tech's Christopher Maxson and David Lampinen Pass Credentialing Exam 

The American Phyiscal Plant Association (APPA), the association dedicated to leadership in educational facilities,  announces that Michigan Tech's Christopher Maxson and David Lampinen have received the Educational Facilities Professional (EFP) credential.

"The EFP is a way to validate the unique knowledge and competency required of an accomplished professional in the educational facilities field. Aspiring educational facility professionals that obtain the APPA EFP are validating their knowledge and assuring their institution that they have a thorough understanding of the best management practices related to educational facilities," said J. Thomas Becker PE, EFP, CEFP, Chair of APPA's Board for Educational Facilities Professionals Certification.

"We are excited to have two EFP credentialed professionals on the Michigan Tech Facilities Team and appreciate Chris and Dave's commitment to their profession and the University" said, Tim Griffin, PE, Director of Custodial and Maintenance Services.

CTL Tip of the Week

Canvas Assignment Group Totals are hidden along with Total Column

Your new, unedited Canvas courses created automatically each semester came by default with the option to “Hide totals in student grades summary” checked or enabled. This removed the scores in the Total column in your Canvas grade book from being displayed in previous semesters unless and until you, as the instructor of your course, chose to uncheck and disable this option so your students could see scores from your Total column.

“Hide totals in student grades summary” is still checked by default, but since a new product release initiated by Instructure in early January, having it checked also hides your Assignment Group column totals as well. Course instructors can view this option, along with others they may wish to know about and possibly modify, by clicking on Settings from their course navigation menu, and then the more options link at the bottom of their Course Details page. You can view more detailed directions at the "How do I manage More Options in the Course Details tab?" canvas page.

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.