Nominations Sought for Michigan Tech Diversity Award

The Michigan Tech Diversity Award recognizes the accomplishments of a faculty or staff member who contributes to diversity and inclusion through exemplary leadership and actions.

Recipients will demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion through recruitment and retention efforts, teaching, research, multicultural programming, cultural competency, community outreach activities or other initiatives.

The Diversity Award recipient will receive a $2,500 monetary award and will be honored during the Faculty Awards Dinner (held in September).

Award recipients will be highlighted on the Institutional Equity and Inclusion and other appropriate websites, as well as recognized in University publications.

Nominations should be based on demonstrated leadership in one or more of the following areas:

  • Activities to recruit, retain and professionally develop individuals who increase the diversity of our faculty or staff.
  • Activities to attract, recruit and ensure the success of students who increase the diversity of our campus community.
  • Activities to create leadership teams and organizations that promote a diverse and inclusive culture for all faculty, staff and students.
  • Sponsorship or active promotion of programs, initiatives or projects that promote the value of diversity and inclusion.
  • Collaborations with external groups or organizations to ensure a diverse and inclusive campus community and/or support the advancement of diversity.
  • Efforts that demonstrate commitment to cultural diversity in teaching, research and/or service.

Criteria for Selection Nominees should be current faculty or staff of the University. Nominations can be submitted by individual employees (including supervisors, direct reports and peers of the nominees, students, University organizations, employee networks and diversity councils of community or other University partners). Nominations are due by April 8.

Click here for further information, clarification on eligibility and to download a nomination form.

Estate Planning Tools as an Employee Benefit

Whether your assets are few or many and no matter how young or old you are, it is important to have an estate plan to protect yourself, your assets and those you love. Without proper documents, those decisions will be left to the state.

Join Michael Kolasa, an attorney, trust officer and financial planner, in a conversation about everything from dying without a will to generation-skipping trusts.

He will talk about practical documents like powers of attorney and revocable trusts. He will share stories contrasting plans gone wrong, other plans that are sound, as well as touch on current tax issues and tax-saving techniques.

After the session, there will be a brief 10 minute overview of Michigan Tech’s free Online Wills Planner. This tool can help prompt you with all of the estate planning information you need to gather prior to meeting with your attorney.

The session will take place noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 7 MUB Ballroom B. To register for the session, please fill out this form.  Registration is required. This session is open to all Michigan Tech staff, faculty and retirees.  Space is limited to 60 so please register early. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Please note an email was sent to all Michigan Tech staff, faculty and retirees, as well as, some community members associated with Michigan Tech over the weekend. The email may have gone into your promotions tab or spam folder so you may check your email as well.

 Please direct any questions about this session to Ginger Sleeman at or Karla Aho at

The Deepwater Horizon Disaster

Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Sunday Forum Presents Fred Quivik, Professor of History (retired), Department of Social Sciences at Michigan Tech.

Quivik will present "The Deepwater Horizon Disaster" from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, March 13 at BHK Campus, 700 Park Ave., Houghton (entrance on Waterworks Street).

In January 2015, Quivik testified as an expert witness for the United States in the Deepwater Horizon trial in New Orleans. The trial was the third and final phase of the case brought against BP for violations of the Clean Water Act as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which began in April 2010 and lasted for eighty-seven days. Before the judge made a ruling in the case, the U.S. and BP reached a settlement agreement, in which BP will pay a penalty of about $20 billion.

Quivik will address three topics:

  • An overview of the Deepwater Horizon disaster and the nature of the trial under the Clean Water Act
  • A summary of his testimony and the role the United States hoped it would play in the trial
  • Reflections on the role the oil spill plays in our collective addiction to fossil fuels

Quivik retired this past summer from the Department of Social Sciences at Michigan Tech, where he taught history of technology and environmental history and was a member of the faculty in the graduate program in Industrial Heritage and Archaeology. He continues as editor of IA: The Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology. Prior to arriving at Tech in January 2010, he had worked for more than fifteen years as an expert witness in Superfund and related environmental litigation. He applied his expertise as an industrial historian in cases involving mineral extraction and mineral processing industries. Although he has retired from teaching, he continues to work as an expert witness.

Guest Speaker Luncheon: Project-Based Approach to Global Literacy

Richard Vaz, Dean of Interdisciplinary Studies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), will give a talk from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  March 24, (note start time).

Vaz will speak on WPI’s Global Projects Program for which undergraduates are required to complete projects, located at project centers across the globe, that emphasize real-world problem solving, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking.

The projects are organized and overseen by WPI faculty and typically respond to problems identified by local organizations. Vaz will also present findings regarding the long-term impacts of project work completed away from campus. Dr. Vaz's visit is co-sponsored by the Pavlis Honors College and the Provost's Office. 

Lunch will be provided to those who register by Monday, March 21Click here to register.

Assessment Workshop: Advancing Global Literacy at Michigan Tech

In this workshop, scheduled for 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 24, led by guest presenter Richard Vaz, Dean of Interdisciplinary Studies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), participants will explore approaches to achieving goals for global literacy.

Participants will start by identifying the global skills and abilities that we want students to be able to demonstrate and then consider different forms of evidence those skills and abilities might generate.

Next, they’ll identify examples of assignments and activities that will generate the desired evidence. Finally, they’ll explore how those assignments and activities can fit into the curriculum, and discuss how to support successful and sustainable implementation.  

Refreshments will be provided to those who register by Monday, March 21Click here to register.


Suites Available for Hockey Playoffs

Two suites at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena are available on an individual game basis for Michigan Tech's first-round WCHA playoff series this weekend, March 11-13.

Fans can either rent the McLeod Alumni Lounge, which has room for up to 25 guests, or the Huskies Suite South, which has space for up to 49 people. Price for the suites is $500 and $1000 per game, respectively.

Suite reservations are handled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Contact Joel Isaacson or call 7-1915 for reservations or more information on suite rentals.


GoToMeeting Discontinuing Older OS Support

GoToMeeting will be discontinuing product support on April 1 for older operating systems, including Windows XP, Windows Vista and Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion). If you currently use one of these operating systems, you'll need to upgrade to a supported OS to start or join a session after this date. This includes GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar, and GoToTraining products. More information can be found online.

If you have any questions about operating system upgrades, please contact IT Help at 7-1111 or

In the News

The Associated Press (AP) wire service published an article about winter tire testing at the Keweenaw Research Center. It was carried by news outlets across the country, including the Washington Times, World News and the Ludington Daily News. See here.


The Minneapolis Star Tribune published a lengthy story about survival prospects for Minnesota moose, quoting Rolf Peterson (SFRES), who has been studying the moose and wolves of Isle Royale National Park for decades. Read the article.


Transportation Tomorrow, a new online transportation research news site, premiered with a video about the unmanned aerial vehicle work of the Michigan Tech Research Institute