Tech Named One of Best Small Colleges for Environmentally-minded Students

The website Great College Deals has named Michigan Tech one of the top 20 small colleges in the nation for environmentally-minded students.

"This college's academic offerings in science, technology, business and forestry are among its most well-known degree programs," said the editors.

Great College Deals researched small campus communities that are particularly proactive in Earth advocacy. "We considered features including the presence of diverse environmental study options, committed "green" living initiatives on campus, fieldwork opportunities outside the classroom, multiple financial aid and scholarship opportunities, and any additional distinctions that enhance the student experience," the editors said.

Great College Deals' mission is to provide high schoolers and other prospective college students with information about top-ranked universities offering accredited degrees at competitive tuition rates. The website editors say their goal is "turning students into smart shoppers who can avoid having overwhelming loan debt at graduation."

See the ranking here.

Early-Bird Registration for 4th Annual Michigan Rail Transportation Conference

Railroad enthusiasts and students interested in rail careers are invited to attend the 4th annual Michigan Rail Conference in Marquette August 17-18. This year’s theme is "Connecting the Dots: Business, Communities and Technology."

The program at Northern Michigan University will feature talks, panel discussions and breakout sessions on topics including the future of rail in Michigan; preserving, maintaining and enhancing Michigan rail assets; UP rail operations; passenger operations in an era of lean public investment; UP shippers; shortline operations; and UP tech companies supporting the rail industry.

Keynote speakers include Tom Baldini, a member of the Michigan Technological University Board of Trustees, and Frank Patton, managing partner of Great Lakes Basin.  

The Conference Organizing Committee is offering a limited number of full scholarships, including conference registration and housing, to students interested in rail transportation. 

Early-bird registration ends June 30. Register here. For more information, contact David Nelson at or 7-1734.

Faculty, Staff Volunteers Sought for Move-in Weekend

The energy of campus elevates when we welcome our new students and their families to campus each year. This year marks Michigan Tech's 10th year of the Move-In Volunteers initiative and once again, faculty and staff are invited to help welcome our new students to campus in August during move-in. You can help our students and their families by moving a couple crates, giving directions, or being that welcoming face.

Volunteer shifts for faculty, staff, and any interested spouses, partners and family members are available on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 20 and 21. Register by Aug. 15 here.

You will be asked when you would like to volunteer, what you would like to do, your contact information and, of course, your t-shirt size. Note that you may volunteer for more than one shift. Also, in keeping with the University's sustainability efforts, we will use the same Welcome Crew shirt design as we have used for the past several years.

Show your support as a dedicated and caring member of the Michigan Tech community by welcoming our newest members. Thanks in advance for your support of this initiative.

Thai Cuisine at Khana Khazana

Thai cuisine is featured at this week's Khana Khazana serving from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday in the food trailer in the MUB Circle.

The menu features:

  • Gang Ped Khai—Chicken Red Curry with Pineapple
  • Por Pia Tod—Egg Roll
  • Sago Kao Pod—Tapioca Pearls with Corn

Cost is $6.95 for the full meal. Like the Khana Khazana Facebook page.

On the Road

Senior Research Scientist Colin Brooks (MTRI) is participating in the U.S. Department of Transportation's 50th Anniversary Innovation Fair today (June 21) in Washington, DC. Only two universities were invited to participate in the event, which celebrates 50 years of progress in transportation.


Lindsay Hiltunen, University archivist with the Michigan Tech Archives, traveled to Lansing for the Michigan Archival Association's annual meeting from June 16-17. Hiltunen was on the ballot for an open board member-at-large seat and  was elected to the position at the association's business meeting Friday. She will serve a three-year term on the MAA board.

For more information about the Michigan Tech Archives, visit their website or email



Science Teachers on Campus

Approximately 25 science teachers from across the state  are on the Michigan Tech campus this week to participate in the ASM Foundation's Materials Camp for Teachers. The Materials Science and Engineering Department at Tech is hosting the event on ASM's behalf. For more info about ASM Material Camps for Teachers, see here.

For additional information see the original Tech Today story.


Sculpture Walk on the Tech Trails

Students in Lisa Gordill's Outdoor Sculpture class will showcase their summer's work as a "sculpture walk" along the Tech Trails' Tecumseh Trail today (June 21) and tomorrow (June 22). Works will be open to the public during trail hours.