Michigan Tech Ranks #2 in the State for Value of an Education

SmartAsset, a digital financial analysis company, has released its second annual study comparing the cost of a college education to graduates’ average starting salaries. As it did last year, Michigan Technological University ranked second in the state, topped only by the University of Michigan.

The study ranked 29 public and private colleges and universities across Michigan. The University of Michigan scored 83.2, while Michigan Tech scored 82.3.  No other college or university in the state scored above 70.

Scores were determined based on a scale that assigns about 25 percent weight to starting salary, tuition and living costs, with lesser weight given to scholarships, grants and student retention from one year to the next.

Both top-ranking universities cost approximately $26,000 a year for in-state students to attend, including tuition and living expenses. Michigan Tech graduates’ average starting salary was $62,800, while the average starting salary of UM graduates was $58,000. Read the full story.

Alumni Association Announces 2016 Awards

Michigan Tech's Alumni Association has named its 2016 award winners. Each year, members of the Michigan Tech Alumni Association Board of Directors review dozens of nominations of outstanding alumni and friends to determine award recipients.

The 2016 recipients include:

Humanitarian Award — James Tanis '57, '58 Geological Engineering/Geophysics and Janet Tanis, Sedona, Arizona.

This award is presented to those alumni and friends who, through their outstanding involvement and dedication, have made a significant contribution of volunteer leadership or service which has improved or enriched the lives of others and the welfare of humanity and whose accomplishments reflect admirably on or bring honor to their Alma Mater.

Mr. and Mrs. Tanis are founders of the Bwindi Community Program, helping the children of rural Uganda get an education.

Outstanding Young Alumni Awards — Benjamin Almquist '04 Materials Science and Engineering, London and Johnathon Aho '08 Mathematical Sciences/Biological Sciences, Rochester, Minnesota.

This award is presented to alumni under the age of 35 who have distinguished themselves in their careers. The award recognizes the achievement of a position or some distinction noteworthy for one so recently graduated.

Honorary Alumni Award — John Patton, former professor of Chemical Engineering, '68-'77, El Paso, Texas.

This award honors individuals who have provided service and support of the university characteristic of dedicated alumni. The Association reserves this award to recognize the strongest non-alumni supporters of Michigan Tech.

Outstanding Service Award — Joshua '
03 and Jana Fogarty '05 Materials Science and Engineering, Plymouth, Wisconsin.

This award is presented to alumni and friends making significant contributions to the success of the Association and/or the University.

Distinguished Alumni Award — William Bernard, Jr. '69 Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Perrysburg, Ohio.

This award recognizes alumni who have made outstanding contributions both in their careers and to Michigan Tech over a number of years.

Many of these awards will be presented at the Alumni Reunion Awards Dinner on August 5. For additional information, contact Alumni Relations.

This Weeks C-Cubed Menu

C-Cubed lunches are held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited.

Lunch is $10 (cash, credit cards and C-Cubed gift certificates accepted); attendees may bring their own lunch instead of purchasing the buffet. Coffee, tea, iced tea, cookies and fruit are available for all. Below is this week's C-Cubed menu:

Thursday, March 31
Citrus Chicken Salad Pita Sandwiches
Kale and Apple Pita Sandwiches (V)
Saffron Couscous and Spinach Stew (V)
Graham Cracker Eclair Cake (V)

Friday, April 1
Pasta with Sausage, Tomatoes and Cream (GF)
Pasta with Broccoli, Tomatoes and Cream (VGF)
Dilled Cucumber and Tomato Salad (VGF)
Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting (V)

V—Vegetarian  GF—Gluten Free  VGF—Vegetarian/Gluten Free

Remember, you can purchase gift certificates for C-Cubed. This is a great idea for giving to your employees or colleagues for reasons such as a simple kind gesture, reward, birthday, etc. They are available at the Memorial Union Catering Services Office, Room 101. You can purchase with cash, credit or by an index charge.

Stories on Culture and Language from Tribal Communities Around the Central Great Lakes

The Indigenous Peoples' Day Campaign committee presents "The Ways," a series of short films about culture and language of the Ojibwe communities in the local region. Tribal speakers will be present to discuss the films and answer questions.

This event will take place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 6 in Fisher Hall 135.

Thai Food at Khana Khazana

Cuisine of Thailand will be featured at the next Khana Khazana from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday in the Memorial Union Food Court. 

The menu features:

  • Chicken Massaman Curry—Thai peanut curry, with potatoes, chicken, coconut milk and tamarind
  • Yum Ponlamai—Thai fruit salad with a mixture of fruits in a spicy sauce
  • Tod Man Khao Pod—Thai corn fritters, deep fried and seasoned with basil, curry paste and chili sauce

Cost is $7.25 for the full meal and includes a fountain drink. Like the Khana Khazana Facebook page.

Three Minute Thesis Competition

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is an international academic competition that challenges PhD students to describe their research within three minutes to a general audience using only one static PowerPoint slide. 3MT celebrates the discoveries made by research students and encourages you to communicate the importance of your research to the broader community. In addition, we will be holding a parallel competition for Masters students with similar judging criteria and prizes.

Beginning at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14 in Forestry G002, 10 Masters and 10 PhD Candidates will vie for the top prizes of $500. Registration will close Friday, April 8. Make sure to register or encourage your students to sign up.

Everyone is welcome to come and watch these talented graduate students. Refreshments will be served and the audience will vote for their favorite presenter who will also win a cash prize.

Dance Team and Other Groups to Perform Saturday

The Dance Team at Michigan Tech will put on its first-ever Dance Showcase from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 2 in the SDC Wood Gym.
Come and cheer on the Dance Team and other groups as they perform pieces they have been working on during the year.
Additional groups include HuskiesFit Youth Classes, the Swing Club at Michigan Tech, the Superior School of Dance (Hancock), 47 North Belly Dance Troupe, the Michigan Tech Iranian Community and, of course, the Dance Team.
Proceeds from the event will go towards helping the Dance Team represent the U.P. and Michigan at a national competition next season and towards the purchase of uniforms and other dance necessities.
Doors open at 12:30 p.m. with the event scheduled for 1 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children/students and can be purchased at the door. The event is open to the public. Any questions, email the dance team

Coffee Chat: Writing Good Letters of Recommendation

Most all instructors at Michigan Tech will be asked to write many letters of recommendation for students applying for jobs, internships, further schooling or scholarships.
How do we best convey what we know about the student? What if we don’t know the student very well? And what can we say that will make those reading the letter take notice?
In this coffee chat, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12 we’ll discuss with members of Career Services Corporate Advisory Board what they value in letters of recommendation.
We will also discuss how best to ensure that these letters have the intended impact. Refreshments will be provided to those who register by Friday, April 8Click here to register.

Women's Soccer to Host Pair of Scrimmages in April

The 2016 Michigan Tech women's soccer season doesn't officially open until September, but fans can see the Huskies play this spring as the team will host a pair of exhibitions next month at Sherman Field.

Tech will square off with Wisconsin-Green Bay on Saturday, April 9 before taking on Wisconsin-Stevens Point on Sunday, April 17. Both contests are open to the public and are set to begin at 2 p.m.

The scrimmages with the two Wisconsin schools can also be seen live via Michigan Tech's Stretch Internet portal, which can be found by clicking here.

To read the full story and find out more about Michigan Tech Sports, visit. michigantechhuskies.com.

Monroe Named to D-II All-Freshman Team

Michigan Tech's Kyle Monroe (Green Bay, Wisconsin) has been named to the Division II Bulletin All-Freshman Team.

Monroe, who was named GLIAC Freshman of the Year, ranked sixth in the GLIAC in scoring with an 18.7 average. He notched nine 20-point games and had two 30-point outings while shooting 51.2 percent from the floor this year.

To read the full story and find out more about Michigan Tech sports, visit michigantechhuskies.com.  

Combined Civil and Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar

The next CEE Graduate Seminar will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. tomorrow (March 31) in Dow 642. Amlan Mukherjee will present "Model Thinking." 

The objective of this presentation is to provide insights into how mathematical modeling can be used as a platform for generating meaningful narratives about complex systems (e.g, design and maintenance of multi-modal transportation networks). The ability to compute and explore alternative scenarios and objectively assess associated costs and benefits, makes mathematics a suitable language for constructing such narratives. 

In this talk, attention will be drawn to model thinking as an approach to decision-making, that makes modeling accessible to all and hence, useful.

Social Sciences Brownbag Friday

The next Social Sciences Brownbag is at noon Friday, April 1 in Academic Office Building (AOB) Room 201.

Ryan Brown, master's student Industrial Archeology and Seth DePasqual, National Park Service, will present "Behind the Green Veil: Addressing the Human History of Great Lakes Wilderness Areas."

Although wilderness is popularly envisioned as pristine nature, ultimately a wilderness area is a created space defined through management actions and decisions guided by a culturally determined set of values. 

As our vision of wilderness is largely based upon the concept of an “area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man,” the role of human culture and history in wilderness areas is often problematic. Nevertheless, there is a growing recognition that the human story not only does exist within wilderness areas, but in many cases adds to the richness and depth of wilderness character.   Find out more on the Social Sciences website.

Employee Benefits and Community Services Fair

Mark your calendar for Michigan Tech's Employee Benefits and Community Services Fair sponsored by Benefit Services.  

The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 5 in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

 Vendors from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, EyeMed, Delta Dental, TIAA, Fidelity, Portage Health and many other financial, health and community service exhibits from the local area will be there to showcase their services. 

The fair is open to Michigan Tech employees and retirees, including their spouses or partners. Admission is free and attendees may register to win many prizes. Contact Benefit Services.


Cartoon Exhibition at the Library

 The Department of Humanities and the Library are hosting a cartoon exhibition, "Drawing Freely," in the library entrance. The Institut Français and Courrier International present this exhibition on freedom of expression as embodied by fifty press cartoonists from all around the world. Some of the themes treated by the cartoonists are: women's voices, racism, corruption, dangers online, the new rebels, Charlie Hebdo, etc.


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.

For more information on the Michigan Tech Diversity Award, see the original Tech Today article.