New NIH Policies and Procedures Effective Wednesday

The National Institutes for Health (NIH) has released new Proposal Policies and Procedures that affect all NIH proposals with deadlines on or after Wednesday, May 25, 2016. The NIH periodically updates grant application forms in order to remain current with the most recent form sets available through and approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

Effective with any NIH proposals due on or after May 25, the application package will contain the "FORMS-D" application form. The new FORMS-D will also include other changes to the PHS forms included in the application package. The list of significant changes can be found here.

General Instructions for NIH and Other PHS Agencies (effective May 25) can be found here.

Unemployment Fraud Issues

Michigan Tech has been receiving occasional unemployment claims for active employees. Employees affected have been contacted by Benefit Services.

Benefit Services will dispute the claims which are then sent to the Michigan Unemployment Fraud Unit for investigation. Once the investigation is complete, a determination will be issued to all parties involved.

Should you be contacted by Benefit Services regarding an unemployment claim filed under your name, you may contact the Unemployment Fraud Unit at 855-842-7463.

Should you become a victim of identity theft, please refer to the Identity Theft Resources page through Information Technology. This page offers valuable information for avoiding misused or stolen social security numbers (SSN) or taxpayer identification numbers (TIN) as well as reporting and fixing a stolen identity.

Michigan Tech Employee Service Recognition Event

On Wednesday, May 11, faculty and staff members, along with their guests, gathered at the Memorial Union Ballroom for an awards dinner recognizing 25, 30, 35 and 40 years of service to Michigan Tech. The following employees were recognized:

25 Years

  • Cheryl Bloom, Facilities Management
  • Brian Cadwell, Public Safety & Police Services
  • George Dewey, Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • David Fredianelli, Facilities Management
  • John Gierke, Geological & Mining Engineering & Sciences
  • Jacqueline Huntoon, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Alane Isaacson, General Athletics
  • Michele Kamppinen, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Laurie Kiiskila, Facilities Management
  • Gregory Labeau (retired), Facilities Management
  • Pattie Luokkanen, Van Pelt and Opie Library
  • Patrick McCarthy, Athletic/Rec Facility Operations
  • Rhonda McClellan, Facilities Management
  • Jeanne Meyers, Mathematical Sciences
  • Faith Morrison, Chemical Engineering
  • James Perron, Facilities Management
  • Christina Sarazin, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Dean Seppala, Chemistry
  • Julie Seppala, Sponsored Programs Office/Financial Services and Operations
  • Dale Tahtinen, Governmental Relations/Sec Board
  • Connie Tuohimaa, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Paula Zenner, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

30 Years

  • Dieter Adolphs, Humanities
  • Russell Alger, Keweenaw Research Center
  • Gerard Caneba, Chemical Engineering
  • Nancy Corrigan, Financial Services & Operations
  • Nancy Gagnon (retired), Registrar’s
  • Jane Hietala, General Athletics
  • James Hill, Facilities Management
  • Ann Maclean, School of Forest Resources & Environmental Sciences
  • Carol MacLennan, Social Sciences
  • Ibrahim Miskioglu, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Pushpalatha Murthy, Graduate School
  • Bryan Suits, Physics
  • Diane Wareham, Admissions

 35 Years

  • Martin Auer, Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Donald Beck, Physics
  • Ronald Mauno, School of Technology
  • Thomas Merz, School of Business and Economics
  • Deborah Sheldon, Budget Office
  • Mary Stevens, Office of Student Affairs and Advancement
  • Robert Weidman, Physics

40 Years

  • Roberta Dessellier, President’s Office
  • William Predebon, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics 

This year’s Staff Service Recognition luncheon will be held on Tuesday, June 14, 2016. Congratulations to all honorees.

Early Bird Sale for Hockey Season Tickets Underway

Season tickets to watch the Michigan Tech hockey team defend the MacNaughton Cup (WCHA Championship) went on sale Friday (May 20) at a special early bird rate.

Fans can purchase ticket packages for just $204 until July 1, a 20 percent discount off of standard season ticket pricing. Each package includes one reserved seat at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena for each of Tech's 14 regular season home games and the first round of the WCHA Playoffs.

The highlights of the home schedule include the annual Winter Carnival series with Ferris State, a pair of games versus rival Northern Michigan and a two-game set with co-WCHA champion Minnesota State.

The WCHA will announce ticket information for the league's semifinals and championship at a later date.

Season tickets can be purchased at the SDC Ticket Office, online or over the phone at 7-2073.

For the complete schedule and more about Michigan Tech Athletics, visit

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.


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.

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.

Read the original Tech Today story.

Items Available

  • 2 Modular Desk Units — U-Shaped

If interested, contact Jeanne Meyers at 7-1490 or


  • 1 Conference Table with 4 chairs — Woodgrain - 8 x 3.5

If interested, contact Nicole Rubino at 7-2815 or

University property may only be transferred between departments. It may not be given or sold to individuals.

New Funding

Robert Stottlemyer (Bio Sci) is the principal investigator on a project that has received $85,001 in a research and development agreement with the U.S. Department of Interior—U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 
The project is titled "Climate Altered Terrestrial Carbon and Nutrient Flux to the Aquatic Foodweb from Increased Depth of Soil Ice Thaw, Selawik and Fish Rivers, Selawik National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska."
This is a two-year project.
Alesky Smirnow (GMES), is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $5,000 research and development agreement from the U.S. Department of the Interior, Geological Survey. The project is "Magnetic Petrophysics of the Menominee Iron Range."
This is a two-year project.

In the News

Civil and Structural Engineer, a web-based newsletter, published an article about the teams heading to the national Steel Bridge Competition this week in Utah. Michigan Tech's team, which took first place in the regional competition, is among them. See the article here.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Monday, May 23, 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.

Academic Advisor, 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.

On the Road

Patty Kyllonen, director of Human Resource Information Systems, attended the annual banner conference, “Ellucian Live 2016,” in Denver, Colorado April 17-20. 

Kyllonen participated on a panel discussion during a breakout session which included two other universities, Montana State and Seton Hall.  

The panel discussion focused on the universities implementation and use of Electronic Personnel Actions Forms (ePAF).

According to the conference's website, "Ellucian Live brings more than 8,400 attendees from 1,300 higher education institutions around the world to discuss the changing landscape of technology and the role it plays in higher education."

IT Connect

Using Remote Assistance

Remote Assistance is an option that allows Michigan Tech IT to connect to your computer and share your desktop. This can be helpful when installing software or troubleshooting other issues, and may even save you a trip to the Help Desk.

Setting up remote assistance is simple. Start by calling 7-1111 during normal business hours (summer hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.).

If User Services determines that remote assistance is a good fit, we will walk you through the steps to set up a session.

If you have used remote assistance, we’d love to hear what you think. As always, if you have any questions, contact us at or call 7-1111.