Michigan Tech Ranks High Nationally in Return on Investment

In a new report on the 50 best colleges and universities for return on investment (ROI), the website bestcolleges.com ranked Michigan Tech 18th in the nation. ROI is a measure of the cost of a college education compared to its graduates' earning potential.

Bestcolleges.com reports that Tech's 30-year net ROI — the average net earnings a graduate can expect over 30 years of work, minus the cost of their education — is just under $1 million: $999,300.

"Michigan Tech is in good company on this list," said John Lehman, associate vice president for enrollment and university relations. "The return our students see in their investment in Tech has a lot to do with Tech's investment in our students."

Using data from payscale.com that is a couple of years out of date, bestcolleges.com listed Tech graduates' starting salary at an average of $59,200. More recent data reports the average starting salary at $62,800.

The bestcolleges.com website had high praise for Michigan Tech's financial aid program. "At 93 percent, no public school on our list awards more financial aid to its student body; the average recipient is given $10,236 over the course of four years," the ROI report said. "Coupled with the typical graduate's starting salary, it's easy to see why Michigan Tech boasts such a high ROI for students that earn a degree there." 

While noting that the most popular careers for Tech grads are in engineering fields, the report also singled out the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, saying that it "is considered by many academic experts to be among the finest institutions of its kind in the world."

See the report here.

Labor Department Releases Final Rule on Overtime Exemption

Yesterday (May 18), the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released the final rule increasing the salary threshold from $23,660 to $47,476 ($455 per week to $913 per week) for a position to be considered exempt from overtime. Faculty are not affected by this change. Employers will need to be in compliance with the new regulations by December 1, 2016. 

The White House is making the reforms through the executive rule-making process, under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Key staff members in Human Resources are currently developing a roll-out plan to include communication and education to supervisors and their employees.  Please direct any questions to Human Resources Employment Services at 7-2280.

Green Film Series Presents "Bikes v. Cars"

The 2016 Green Film Series presents "Bikes v. Cars."  The 2015 film will be shown at 7 p.m. tonight (May 19) in Fisher 135 (note: this is a new location). 
The 90 minute film documents cyclists’ struggle in a society dominated by cars—from bike activists in Sao Paulo and Los Angeles fighting for safe bike lanes, to the city of Copenhagen where 40 percent commute daily by bike.
A discussion will be led by members of Bike Initiative Keweenaw. 
There is no admission charge and you can enjoy refreshments provided by Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (bring your mug).

Come Early and Ride a Bike

Try riding some interesting and different bikes—mini mini bikes loaned from Cross Country Sports, maybe a chopper bike too. Also two long bikes from Curt Webb and Keren Tischler will be there. It should be fun. Meet at the doorway to Fisher Hall at 6:30 pm.
Bike to Work Day is tomorrow, co-sponsored by the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, Michigan Tech Center for Water & Society, Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and the Keweenaw Land Trust.

Service Recognition Luncheon

The annual Staff Council Service Recognition Luncheon will be held at noon Tuesday, June 14, in the Rozsa Center lobby. University President Glenn Mroz and Staff Council Chair Jenn Biekkola will present awards for five-year increments of service to more than 150 staff members. Recent staff retirees will also be recognized.

This year's recognition luncheon will feature a pasta and Caesar salad buffet (includes vegetarian and gluten free options).

Tickets are $7 (cash or check only) and must be purchased by Thursday, June 9. There is no reserved seating, it is first-come, first-served. If you have any special dietary requirements or have questions about the service recognition awards, please contact a Staff Council Service Recognition Committee member. Visit one of the following locations to purchase tickets:

  • Memorial Union/Dining Services Office (MUB 101)
  • Tanya Maki, Human Resources, 214H Lakeshore Center, 7-2282, tanya@mtu.edu
  • Dawn Pichette, UMC, G13 Admin, 7-2354, dmpichet@mtu.edu

If you are unable to attend the lunch, you may join the awards presentation beginning at approximately 12:30 p.m.

Staff Council Service Recognition Committee:

Hockey Announces Awards

The Michigan Tech hockey team passed out its annual awards at a dinner Tuesday at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. Goaltender Jamie Phillips, the WCHA Outstanding Student-Athlete award-winner and All-WCHA Second Team selection, took home the Merv Youngs Award as the team's most valuable player of 2015-16.

Blue-liners Matt Roy and Cliff Watson were named co-winners of the Gitzen-Loutit Memorial Award as they were deemed the most outstanding defensive players of the season. 

Max Vallis earned the Elov Seger Memorial Award as the most improved player.

Junior alternate captain Michael Neville captured his second Rick Yeo Unsung Hero Award. 

Jake Lucchini was given the Norbert Matovich Memorial Award as the Huskies' most outstanding freshman.

The Harold Meese Sportsmanship Award went to Brent Baltus.

Senior CJ Eick received the George McCarthy Performance Award for scholastic and athletic achievement. 

Dylan Steman was presented the John MacInnes Slide Rule Award after posting the best GPA on the team in 2015-16 – a perfect 4.0 in mechanical engineering.

Co-captain Alex Petan earned the Gary Crosby Memorial Award as Tech's leading scorer. 

The Huskies will unveil their 2016-17 schedule today, and season tickets go on-sale tomorrow at the SDC Ticket Office.

Read the full story and find out more about Michigan Tech Athletics at michigantechhuskies.com.

Maddox, Petermann qualify for NCAA Championships

Michigan Tech track and field's Jevon Maddox and Kyle Petermann have qualified for the 2016 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships, it was announced Tuesday by the NCAA. The Championships will be held May 26-28 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

Maddox, an All-GLIAC Third Team selection, will compete in the 400-meter hurdles event after qualifying with a time of 52.80 – the fastest in Michigan Tech history – during the 2016 GLIAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships earlier this month.

Petermann will represent the Huskies in the discus following a throw of 54.19 meters at the GVSU Last Chance Meet last week. His toss was the 11th-best in all of Division II this season and reset the Michigan Tech all-time mark.

Read the full story and find out more about Michigan Tech Athletics at michigantechhuskies.com.


Campus Communicators to Meet Today

Students, faculty and staff are invited to Campus Communicators from 10 to 11 a.m. today (May 19) in MUB B001. Jeff Lewin (biology) will talk about staying active over summer, Jess Brassard (VPR) will share information on an upcoming #FieldworkFriday social media initiative and Shannon Rinkinen (UMC) will lead a creative persona exercise. Contact Scott Balyo with questions.

In Print

J. Brad Barnett (PhD Candidate, SS), published a paper, "An evaluation of the UK's use of SFM standards to procure solid woody biomass for electricity generation using sustainable bioenergy criteria", in Biofuels, Vol. 7, No. 1, January 2016, pp. 1-11.


Assistant Professor Don Lafreniere (SS) co-authored a paper, "Racist housing practices as a precursor to uneven neighborhood change in a post-industrial city" in the journal Housing Studies.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Thursday, May 19, 2016

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in the Human Resources Department. For more information regarding staff positions call 487-2280 or email jobs@mtu.edu. For more information regarding faculty positions contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

Library Technology Specialist, Van Pelt and Opie Library. 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.

On the Road

John Arnold and Don Lafreniere (SS) recently presented a paper at the 36th annual statewide preservation conference of the Michigan Historic Preservation Network, held at the McGregor Memorial Conference Center on the Wayne State University campus in Detroit, May 12-14. The paper, "Passive Preservation: Vernacular Reuse of the Postindustrial Landscape," builds on work currently underway in the Historical Environments Spatial Analytics Lab.


Professor Linda Ott (CS) is one of the featured speakers at the First International Conference on the Internet, Cyber Security and Information Systems in Gabarone, the capital of Botswana.