Disaster Drill Tomorrow

A disaster drill is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon (May 10) at Michigan Tech. The University's Department of Public Safety and Police Services and the Incident Command Team, Houghton Police and Fire Departments, the Houghton County Sheriff and Emergency Management Office, UP Health System-Portage, Aspirus Keweenaw and Mercy Ambulance all will participate.

Do not be alarmed if you hear sirens and see emergency vehicles on campus. You will also receive a Safety First Alert message. This is just a drill. The purpose of such drills is to practice emergency response and coordination among all the agencies that might be involved in a real crisis situation.

Partial Lot Closure

The west portion of Lot 8 will be closed tomorrow (May 10). Faculty and staff may utilize the east portion of the lot or make other arrangements. Contact Transportation Services with any questions.

Keweenaw Alumni Chapter Back-to-School Social

Join the Keweenaw Alumni Chapter for a Back-to-School Social at the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11. Tour the museum, visit the gift shop and catch up with alumni and friends. Admission for this special event is free. Light refreshments and a cash bar will be available. RSVPs are appreciated by visiting here

2016 Benefits Fair Door Prize Result

Benefit Services would like to thank all the employees, retirees and vendors who attended the 2016 Benefits Fair held last Thursday. The Benefits Fair was a success with 282 employees and retirees in attendance as well as 30 vendors. Congratulations to the following individuals who were winners of the various door prizes raffled off after the event:

  • SDC 1 Day Spin Class – Sharri Karppinen
  • SDC 1 Day Yoga Class – Joe Sever
  • SDC 1 Day Zumba Class – Joel Vertin
  • SDC Single Day Admission Passes – Lorraine Watts, Darlene Persha, Linnea McGowen Hobmeier, Crystal McLeod, Kathleen Lewandowski, Nels Christopherson and Nikki Ebert
  • Portage Lake Golf Course 9­-Hole Golf Pass – Heather Kiilunen
  • Portage Lake Golf Course Golf Ball Sets – Renee Hiller, Jake Manchester and Don Close
  • Athletics (2) Hockey Family Passes – Sue Tomasi and Kimberly Oldt
  • Rozsa (2) Tickets to a 2016­-17 Performance – Renae DesRochers
  • Pilgrim River Gift Certificate – Erika Erkkila
  • Applebee’s Gift Cards – Rory Gronevelt, Vicky Roy and Michelle Reed
  • Magnuson Franklin Square Inn Gift Certificate – Ray Lasanen
  • Tranquil Touch Massage Gift Certificate – Penny Foetisch
  • Maggie’s Massage Gift Certificate – Lorraine Young
  • J. Jukuri Spa Gift Certificate – Karmen Markham
  • J. Jukuri Spa Gift Bag – Karen Giddings
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan Herbs and Spices Gift Bag ­– Carol Asiala
  • Benefit Services Jawbone UP – Audrey Barnett
  • Superior Chiropractic Gift Certificate – Carol Schaaf
  • EyeMed USB Chargers – John Longenecker and Don Kilpela
  • EyeMed Waterbottles – Tori Connors and Georgeann Larson
  • EyeMed Golf Balls – Pat McCarthy and Jake Guter

2016 Summer Science Camp

Registration is open for 2016 Summer Science Camps at Michigan Tech's Great Lakes Research Center and Nara Nature Center. There are five sessions, two for grades one through three, two for grades four through six and one for grades one through six. 

June 14-16

Grades 1-3: Wild About Wildlife

Explore Michigan wildlife that fly, hop, slither and scamper. Where do they live? Why are they so hard to find? Who's there? Meets at Nara Nature Center.

Grades 4-6: Microscopic Investigations

Use iPad microscopes to investigate tree bark, leaves, insects flowers and other fascinating outdoor treasures and make your own movies.  Meets at Great Lakes Research Center in Room 104.

June 21-23 

Grades 1-3: Science Explorations 

Design parachutes, make silly putty, explore density and liquids, friction and ramps, vibrations and sound, find out what’s a chemical reaction. Meets at Great Lakes Research Center in Room 104.

Grades 4-6:  Nature at Nara

Explore the outdoors as you investigate streams, wetlands, woods and the crittters and plants that live there.  Meets at Nara Nature Center.

August 29-31

Grades 1-6: Geology & Outdoor Explorations at Nara Nature Center

Sessions are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students bring their own lunch. The registration deadline is Monday, June 6.

Cost is $120 and space is limited to 20 students. Pay by credit card, space not reserved until payment is received. 

Register online at 2016 Summer Camp Registration or wupcenter.mtu.edu. For more information call Joan or Lloyd 7-3341 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Michigan Tech to Host TV6 Business After Hours Event

Michigan Tech Athletics and Recreation, in conjunction with the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce, will host a TV6 Business Expo at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena beginning at 5 p.m Thursday, May 12.

The event includes a free social with food, drinks and prizes and will allow local businesses to discover potential advertising opportunities at Michigan Tech as well as TV6 and FOX UP.

"We are excited to once again partner with TV6 and the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce to put on this event," said Suzanne Sanregret, Michigan Tech's director of Athletics and Recreation. "Advertising partnerships have a great impact on our athletic programs and are mutually beneficial to our advertisers by gaining brand recognition at our athletic events."

In addition to advertising from Tech athletics' wide menu of options, businesses are also offered the chance to purchase season tickets to give to employees or customers.

Last year, nearly 80 local business owners and administrators attended the event. Those interested in attending are asked to register by clicking here.

Michigan Works will also be at the Student Development Complex that day to offer a workshop called "Economic Prosperity, Everyone Works!" starting at 4 p.m. in SDC Room 237. 

For more information on Michigan Tech's partnership opportunities, contact either Joel Isaacson at jdisaacs@mtu.edu or 7-1915, or Randy Heinonen at randyh@mtu.edu or 7-1604. 


Shuttle adds PLGC Stop

In order to accommodate summer PE courses, as well as offer students and staff the opportunity to use the University shuttle to the Portage Lake Golf Course, Transportation Services has added a stop at the PLGC for the summer.

For details, see the updated schedule.


Safe Place Training

Registration is now open for summer 2016 Safe Place training. If you have not gone through the training before or if it has been a while since you have done so, consider registering as the training has been revamped and updated with current terminology, new activities and a video of Michigan Tech students talking about their experience being LGBT on campus. 

For times and dates of trainings, as well as additional information about the Safe Place program, visit the site.

Read the full Tech Today story.


Husky FAN Pantry Summer Hours

The Husky FAN Pantry Summer hours are:

  • Tuesday—2-5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday—1:30-4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday—9-10:30 a.m.

The Husky FAN Pantry is located in the Hamar House and is open to everyone in the Michigan Tech community. All visits to the pantry are confidential. Husky FAN also offers additional resources such as meal swipes for the dining halls and emergency meal packs available 24/7 at Public Safety. If you have any questions, contact us.

In the News

Neuvokas, a local start-up company that is working closely with Michigan Tech, was the cover story of Concrete Contractor magazine's April-May 2016 issue. 


Time's Money section published a list of top colleges and universities where students can still get in for the fall 2016 semester. Michigan Tech was one of them. See the article here. 

Job Posting

Job Posting for Monday, May 9, 2016

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in Human Resources.  For more information regarding staff positions, call 7-2280 or email jobs@mtu.edu.  For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

Technology and IT Facility Support Supervisor, ​Information Technology. Apply online.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

IT Connect

Computer Prices are Good into Next Fiscal Year

Michigan Tech IT has been helping departments complete computer inventories. The purpose of these departmental inventories is to identify potential equipment purchasing needs.

By creating a bulk order, we will be able to get the lowest possible price from vendors. For departments who wish to purchase the equipment during the next fiscal year (after July 1, 2016), we will be able to extend the vendor’s pricing into Fall 2016, i.e., decisions do not need to be made by June 30.

It is also important to note that this pricing is for replacing existing equipment—IT will work separately with departments regarding new faculty hires. If you have questions about departmental computer inventory or would like to order new computers, please contact us at it-help@mtu.edu or 7-1111.