New Mothers' Room in University Library

WorkLife Connections announces a new lactation space, the Mothers' Room, has been added in the Van Pelt and Opie Library.

The Mothers' Room is located in room G01B on the Garden Level of the Library. Users may stop at the Library Service Desk for directions to the lactation space.

Michigan Tech currently has nine lactation spaces for nursing mothers on campus. These spaces are available for faculty, staff and students who need a quiet, comfortable and private space to nurse or pump breast milk.

"I was contacted by Carol Makkonen from the Library to let us know they were interested in converting a single bathroom on the Garden Level into a new lactation space," said Ann Kitalong-Will, chair of the WorkLife Advisory Committee. "University Librarian Ellen Marks was very supportive of the project. I was happy to be able to collaborate with the Library to add this space."

"Our newest mother has been using the space daily, and she loves it," added Makkonen.

Visit the WorkLife Connections Lactation Support page for information on all our lactation spaces.

Updated Tables for Estimating GRA Stipends and Tuition

The Vice President for Research Office has updated the graduate student tables for budgeting stipends and tuition. These rates are to be used immediately in proposal budgets to external sponsors.

Note: The tuition rates per credit now differ between Non Engineering/Computer Science and the Engineering/Computer Science disciplines. Remember to take this into account when budgeting for one (1) credit.

Campus Communicators Meets Thursday

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend Campus Communicators from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, June 16 in Memorial Union B001. Ian Repp, director of marketing and communications, and Shannon Rinkinen, brand manager, will provide an update on the brand rollout and messaging platform. Joel Vertin and Megan Ross from Digital Services will talk about what you need to know for the new web template system. Erin Thompson, assistant director for alumni programming, will provide an Alumni Reunion (#mtureunion) update, including ways to engage via social media. Email Scott Balyo with questions.

Traffic Changes on Campus for Bridgefest Parade

From 5 - 8 p.m. Friday, June 17, Cliff Drive will be one-way, westbound only.
Starting at 5 p.m., participants in the Bridgefest parade will line up along Cliff Drive.
Parking Lots 8, 5 and 9 will remain open and available for parking.


GSG Travel Grants Application Deadline this Week

To help subsidize the costs of participating and attending conferences, the Graduate Student Government offers travel grants. The summer semester applications are currently open and will close at 5 p.m. Friday, June 17.

Full-time registered graduate students who are not fully supported for the conference are eligible to apply. An accepted applicant could receive up to $250 for presenting and up to $150 for attending a conference through April 30, 2017. For more information, please visit GSG Travel Grants website.

Mental Health First Aid Training

Mental Health First Aid Training is offered July 12-13 to the Michigan Tech community. This training is focused on the adult population and more specifically on the college student population. The information received over the course of 8 hours will assist individuals in learning how best to respond to a person experiencing a mental health crisis.

The cost of the course is $25 per individual. Payment arrangements must be made prior to the training. The cost includes the manual, all materials and light refreshments.

Attendance at both sessions is required for course completion. A certificate of completion will be provided at the conclusion of the training. There is a limit of 20 participants.

Check-in is 8:15 a.m. Tuesday, July 12. 

  • Session 1: Tuesday, July 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in Admin 404
  • Session 2: Wednesday, July 13 from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Admin 404

Register here. Contact Amber Bennett, assistant director of Counseling Services, with any questions.


David Shonnard (ChE/SFI) delivered the keynote address at the 4th International Conference on Sustainable Chemical Product and Process Engineering (SCPPE) held in Nanjing, China from May 31 - June 3.

The conference was hosted by Nanjing Tech University and the State Key Laboratory of Materials-Oriented Chemical Engineering.

Shonnard provided an update on research into sustainable biofuels through environmental life cycle assessment.

On the Road

L. Syd M Johnson (HU) participated in the Animal Research Neuroethics Workshop at the Center for Neuroscience and Society at the University of Pennsylvania.

New Funding

LouAnn Wurst (SS) is the principal investigator on a project that has received $6,550 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service.
The project is "Archaeological Collection Cooperative Management Ottawa and Hiawatha National Forests.

IT Connect

US Bank's June Deadline

The US Bank June deadline is coming soon. Do you use the US Bank debit feature on your HuskyCard? If so, be aware of this important date:

June 30: You must withdraw any remaining balance on your card; contact US Bank and any remaining account balance will be returned to you.

If you have never activated the US bank feature, this does not affect your HuskyCard. This change will ultimately make replacing and issuing cards a simpler process.

Read more about the HuskyCard changes in our Customer Support Center.

If you have any questions or concerns about the HuskyCard changes, contact us at or call 7-1111.