Choi, Fay Receive Distinguished Teaching Awards

Chang Kyong Choi (ME-EM) and Karyn Fay (Bio Sci), have been named winners of the 2016 Distinguished Teaching Awards. 

Choi, affectionately known as "CK", won in the Associate Professor/Professor category, while Fay, a professor of practice, received the award in the Assistant Professor/Lecturer/Professor of Practice category. 

Choi received his bachelor's and master's degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Chung-ang University in Seoul, Korea and earned a PhD from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. 

He emphasizes a personalized learning connection with each of his students, achieved through active individual meetings while valuing what he calls the "unique ideas, experiences, strengths and attitudes" each student brings to the classroom. Read Choi's full story.

Fay, a native of Manistique, received a BS in Medical Technology from Lake Superior State College (now Lake Superior State University). She worked in medical labs throughout the country, returning to the Upper Peninsula to earn a Master's in Biological Sciences. 

After serving as hematology superior at a local hospital, she came to Michigan Tech initially as an adjunct faculty member in 2002, eventually turning to teaching full time. Read Fay's full story.

Fay and Choi will each receive a $2,500 monetary award and a plaque at an awards dinner sponsored by University President Glenn Mroz in the fall.

Free Computer Science Workshop for Teachers This Summer

Computer science and programming are becoming essential tools in the world today. Teachers at all grade levels who want to learn how to bring computer science into their classrooms are invited to participate in a free three-day workshop at Michigan Tech this summer.

The workshop, scheduled for August 15–17, is funded by a Google Inc. Fund of Tides Foundation grant.

Participating teachers will be housed at the Magnuson Franklin Square Inn at no cost to themselves. Meals, a stipend to assist with travel, and other expenses and a year of technical support from a Michigan Tech computer science graduate student are also included.  

Workshop topics include basic understanding of computer science, integrating programming into new and existing courses, a K-12 computer programming curriculum developed at Michigan Tech and how to increase interest in computing among girls.

There will be a special session for school administrators on Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 16, to help them understand the value of computer science education, the need for computer scientists in industry and the breadth of the field.

For more information and to apply, go to the site or email Charles Wallace.

Parade of Nations 2016 Theme: "Passport to the World"

"Passport to the World" will be the theme of the 2016 Parade of Nations, scheduled for September 17. The 27th annual Parade of Nations is a celebration of the international heritage and flavor of our community.

It kicks off with a parade from Hancock to the Dee Stadium in Houghton. A cultural festival featuring food, crafts and entertainment from many nations follows the parade.

The headline act, BreakSK8, will skate in the parade and perform at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts on the Michigan Tech campus that evening. BreakSK8 is a professional jam-skating team that likes to push the limits of what can be done on rollerblades. They have toured the world and appeared in films.

Parade of Nations is sponsored by Michigan Tech, Finlandia, and community businesses and residents.

Center for Pre-College Outreach Offices Move to Wadsworth for Summer

The Center for Pre-College Outreach office will move to their summer location on the forth floor of Wadsworth Hall today. Summer Youth Programs begin in June and will continue until August. The offices will house all CPCO operations including SYP, Mind Trekkers and College Access.

Feel free to stop by or call 7-2219 if you need anything.

Campus Communicators to Meet Thursday

Students, faculty and staff are invited to the next meeting of the Campus Communicators

The meeting will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, May 19 in MUB B001.

Jeff Lewin (Bio Sci) will talk about staying active over summer, Jess Brassard (Vice President for Research Office) will share information on an upcoming #FieldworkFriday social media initiative and Shannon Rinkinen (UMC) will lead a creative persona exercise. Please contact Scott Balyo with questions.

Seminar on Dissertation, Thesis or Report submission

Students planning on finishing a dissertation, thesis or report in the summer or fall of 2016 are invited to a seminar designed to help students understand the submission process and answer questions about it. Faculty and staff who assist students with submissions are also welcome to attend.

Changes were made to the submission process last fall, so we encourage everyone to attend who will be planning to submit.

The seminar is from 2:05 to 2:55 p.m. Tuesday, May 24 in Dow 641 or online. Click here to attend online and receive participation instruction.

The seminar is for students defending in the spring or summer; faculty and staff who assist students with submission.

Register online to receive handouts via email or attend online. The seminar will be available online as well as on campus.

If you are unable to join us, the seminar will be available online after the event.

Information on submitting, formatting and more can be found online for dissertations and theses and reports.


Parking Spaces to be Painted

Transportation Services is currently painting the parking space lines around campus. Be prepared for partial lot closures to allow the painting to be completed. If you should arrive in a partially painted parking lot, utilize available freshly painted parking spaces that are not within a barricaded area so the painting crew can access the unpainted areas. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If there are any questions contact Transportation Services at 7-1441.


Symposium to Honor Beck and Seel

The Physics Department is hosting a symposium to honor the contribution of Don Beck (Physics) and Max Seel's (Physics) in theory of atoms, molecules, clusters, surfaces and solids.

The day-long symposium will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today (May 16) in Fisher 101.

Following the symposium, there will be a tour of the A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum. View the schedule of the symposium.

Contact Ravi Pandey at 7-2086 for details of the symposium. 


Husky Motors Introduces New On-Line Reservation 

Effective today (May 16) all vehicle reservations will be made through our new on-line reservation system.

We are excited about being able to offer this service to the campus community—as an easy and convenient way to reserve a vehicle and get you on the road. Click here for detailed instructions to begin using our new system TODAY.

If you have any questions or concerns, email Angie Kolehmainen or call 7-3288. For more information read the full Tech Today story

IT Connect

Explore the IT Customer Support Center


Michigan Tech IT’s Customer Support Center is a new knowledge-base 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?

We’re constantly adding information to this site to answer the questions important to you. If you have any comments, contact us at or call 7-1111.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Monday, May 16, 2016

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

Director of Advancement/Charitable Investment Counselor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science. Apply online.

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