Murthy Named Dean of Graduate School, Associate Provost

Pushpalatha Murthy, currently the associate dean of the Graduate School, has been selected as the new associate provost for Graduate Education and dean of the Graduate School.

Murthy will begin serving as dean on Sunday, June 19. Prior to being selected as dean, Murthy served as associate dean of the Graduate School during the 2015-2016 academic year.

Provost Jackie Huntoon stated "I am very happy that Dr. Murthy has agreed to take on this responsibility. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position that will serve the University well. The quality of our graduate programs is very important to Michigan Tech, and Dr. Murthy is committed to undertaking efforts to continue to increase their quality through time."

President Glenn Mroz said, "Pushpa brings her national and international perspective and experience to the position, and her passion and dedication as well. She's served on countless groups in her career to sort out ways that we can make Michigan Tech a better place to study and to work. And she's done it with common sense, grace and a sense of humor that puts people at ease in even the most difficult conversations."

Murthy joined Michigan Tech in 1985, serving first as a visiting assistant professor. In 1986 she moved to the tenure track as an assistant professor.

She gained experience in administration through her service as chair of the Department of Chemistry from 2001-04 and as a program director in the Division of Graduate Education at the National Science Foundation from 2012-15. In 2014, Murthy traveled to India to conduct a series of workshops for women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

"I am honored to be given the opportunity to serve as the Associate Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School at Michigan Tech. I look forward to working with the university community to enhance graduate education at Michigan Tech" Murthy said.

She was awarded the Michigan Tech Faculty Distinguished Service Award in 2011, is a member of the editorial board for Protein Expression and Purification and is active in COACh International, a grassroots organization working to increase the number and career success of women scientists and engineers.

Through her work with COACh, she has gained experience designing and delivering professional development programs. Murthy's work with the National Science Foundation (NSF) and COACh will greatly benefit Michigan Tech's graduate students.

"Our campus will benefit from the expertise Dr. Murthy brings to us as a result of her work providing professional development to professionals around the world," said Huntoon.

Candlelight Vigil for Orlando Victims Tonight

The Michigan Tech community is invited to join others from  the Copper Country for a candlelight vigil to pray and remember all those killed and injured in the Orlando shooting and their families. And to pray for our community, our country and our world.

The event will be held at 7 p.m. tonight (June 15) at the College Avenue Park next to Evangel Baptist Church.

Parking is available at both Evangel Baptist and Good Shepherd Lutheran Churches on College Avenue.

Iranian Cuisine at Khana Khazana

Iranian cuisine is featured at this week's Khana Khazana serving from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday in the food trailer in the MUB Circle.

The menu features Chicken Eggplant Stew, Iranian Corn and Halva Shirazi. 

Cost of the full meal is $6.95. Like the Khana Khazana at Michigan Tech Facebook page.

Volunteers Needed for Amazing Challenge

Employee Wellness is looking for volunteers to help with the fifth Annual Amazing Challenge, which will take place on Saturday July 30.

Can you keep a secret? Help is needed at each challenge station, creating clues and setting up, all of which must be kept a secret from participants.

To sign up as a volunteer contact Shannon Brodeur,


Husky FAN Seeks Volunteers

The Husky Food Access Network is looking for volunteers for track B to assist with opening and closing operations of the food pantry.  
Husky FAN wants to get everyone who is interested in volunteering trained before the current intern leaves at the end of June.  The pantry hours are currently—Tuesday 2-5:30 p.m., Wednesday 1:30-4 p.m., Thursday 2-4 p.m. If you are interested in volunteering for track B and would like more information, send an email to with your availability.
Geoheritage—Opportunities for the Keweenaw Peninsula

All are welcome to a public discussion on the benefits of geoheritage initiatives in the Keweenaw. Discussion points include sustainable economic development and educational opportunities for our area through geoparks, geotourism and community partnership. The event will be held Wednesday, June 22 at Quincy Mine and Hoist.

For additional information see the original Tech Today story.


Break to Educate with Sponsored Programs

Sponsored Programs will host an informal session at 10:30 a.m. today (June 15) outside of the Library Cafe. The intent of the first meeting is to gather your questions that pertain to Sponsored Programs Accounting (SPA) or the Sponsored Programs Office (SPO). 

For more information see the original Tech Today story.

Campus Communicators Meet Tomorrow
Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend Campus Communicators from 10 to 11 a.m. tomorrow (June 16) in Memorial Union B001. Email Scott Balyo with questions.
For more information see the original Tech Today story
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.

In the News

Recycling Today published a news story about $2.9 million in grants from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to develop new uses for used tires. One of the grants is to Michigan Tech for its research into using old tires to improve asphalt. See the story here.

Job Posting

Job Posting for June 14, 2016

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in Human Resources. 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.

​Equipment Operator II, ​Facilities. ​AFSCME Internal Posting 6/14/16-6/20/16. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. ​Apply online.​

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