Professor Emeritus Roswell Miller Passes Away

Michigan Tech Professor Emeritus Roswell K. Miller, who spent nearly three decades teaching forestry, surveying and more, passed away on July 23, less than two weeks before his 84th birthday.

Miller received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Forestry from State College of New York at Syracuse and his PhD from the University of Michigan. He joined the faculty of Michigan Tech in the Department of Forestry and Wood Products (now the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science), in 1965. Prior to coming to Tech, he worked as a forester for the US Forest Service and the Crown Zellerbach Corporation, a forest engineer for Navajo Forest Products Industries and as a surveyor for the New Mexico State Highway Department.

Miller’s wife, Ruth, was an associate professor in Tech’s Nursing department and moved over to Counseling Services when the nursing program was eliminated in 1979. She described their time in the Keweenaw as precious. “It was a wonderful place to bring up three boys.”

The Millers married in 1955, ten years before they’d make Houghton their home. The high school sweethearts were married for 61 years and Ruth Miller says one particular summer in the Keweenaw really stood out.

“We had a huge party for our 50th wedding anniversary. I think it lasted most of the summer.”

The Millers retired from the University in 1997 but remained in the Keweenaw until moving to the East Lansing area in 2011.

While at Tech, Miller was influential both in and out of the classroom. As one of only four PhDs in his department at the time he helped start the graduate program at the master’s level. One of three surveyors, he began development of the Land Surveying option which later became a full curriculum.

One of Miller’s former students is University President Glenn Mroz who says Miller was an influential figure on campus.

“Ros taught a number of classes at a time when Forestry had one of the highest enrollments on campus,” Mroz said.

“As a result, he touched a lot of lives, especially in surveying, forestry camp and fire control.”

Mroz said a lot of Miller’s students will remember the “Venison Booyaw.”

“It was an annual feast that he and the late Professor Norm Sloan spearheaded for the students. Ros dedicated a lot of his time working with students outside of what was the traditional role of faculty members at that time.”

Miller’s research interests were vast and included work in forest fire fuels, forest fire management, forestry management and surveying. He wrote part of a chapter in the Revised Forestry Handbook of the American Society of Foresters and during one three-year period, published more than 140 newspaper articles on forestry in four U.P. newspapers.

Miller served as a Michigan Tech Faculty Association representative for many years and was a member-at-large of the University Senate. He was appointed for three different terms to the Michigan Board of Forestry by two different governors.

He served for more than six years on the editorial board of the Journal of Forestry and reviewed articles for publication by the Journal for more than a decade.

A hockey enthusiast, Miller was a member and the secretary of the Board of Directors of Portage Lake Multi-Educational Services, Inc., helping operate the Houghton County Arena. He was a longtime member of Grace United Methodist Church in Houghton, serving in the choir and bell choir.

Miller’s interests ranged from the use of stars in navigation, Greek mythology, engineering history, Copper Country railway history and wildflower photography.

Ros Miller had a full and wonderful life and, according to his wife, a wonderful ending.

The Millers had just enjoyed what Ruth described as “such a wonderful two weeks,” spent with family and friends. On the evening of July, 23, Ros told his wife, “I’m going to take my book and my pipe and go outside.”

Ruth Miller said a while later she checked on her husband who was sitting on a bench in front of their apartment and he had passed away. “Sitting there with his book and his pipe, he had the most wonderful passing,” she said.

Miller is survived by his wife Ruth and their three sons; David, Wayne and Richard. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Aug. 16, at Asbury United Methodist Church in Lansing. The service will be led by Pastor Bo Rin Cho of Asbury UMC and Jeff Paulson, a Methodist minister and one of Miller’s former forestry students at Michigan Tech. The family will receive friends an hour prior to the service.

Arrangements are being handled by the Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes where a full obituary may be viewed online.

An Invitation to Staff to Join Michigan Tech's Pilot Staff Mentoring Program

The Staff Mentoring Program Committee invites all University staff interested in working with a trained mentor to fill out the Mentoree Interest Form. Completed forms must be submitted by Aug. 15 to be considered for participation. 

In 2015, Michigan Tech received a grant from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) to develop a staff mentoring program, designed to train mentors here on campus who would like to work with their colleagues to assist with things like:

  • Finding ways to more effectively blend work and home life demands
  • Developing job skills to assist with career growth and advancement
  • Learning about the University and opportunities to become more involved
  • Improving professionalism and communication skills
  • Finding opportunities to network and meet people from other departments
  • Addressing challenging workplace situations
  • Learning more about University resources and benefits

Seventeen mentors have recently completed their training; about two-thirds of these trained mentors are members of either the AFSCME or UAW unions. The overall goal of the Staff Mentoring Program is to provide staff with an opportunity to work with a trusted colleague to help with career growth and development here at Michigan Tech.

Anyone having questions can email or call Ann Kitalong-Will, Staff Mentoring Program Committee Chair, at 7-1809.

Michigan Tech Archives Invited to Harwood Cohort Public Innovators Workshop

After a competitive statewide application process involving dozens of libraries, the Michigan Technological University Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections was selected to participate in the 2016 Harwood Cohort Public Innovators Workshop for Michigan. The department received a scholarship to send two representatives to a two-day outreach workshop in Lansing. This year's cohort is a spectrum of library types, sizes and geographic locations from across the state.

The workshop will be held October 5-6 and participating institutions will also receive several months of follow-up training which will include nine months of coaching calls from Harwood and guidance and support from Harwood trained Library of Michigan and Midwest Collaborative for Library Services staff.

The Harwood Public Innovators Workshop is designed to help individuals and organizations learn what it means to "Turn Outward"—to use the community, not the conference room, as a reference point for choices and action. A goal of this initiative is to help libraries strengthen their role as core community leaders and change-agents. This workshop is timely, as it coincides with strategic outreach goals drafted by the Michigan Tech Archives for 2016 and 2017. 
The Harwood Cohort will be a great experience as we work toward engaging more deeply across campus and in the local community.

For more information about the Michigan Tech Archives e-mail or call 7-2505. You can also find us on Twitter.

Summer Hours End

Summer Hours will end on Sunday, Aug. 14. Beginning on Monday, Aug. 15, the University will return to regular office hours. 
The regular hours of operation will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All offices must be staffed during these hours.​

Like and Follow Mi-STAR on Social Media

Michigan Science Teaching and Assessment Reform (Mi-STAR) is now on Facebook and Twitter. Educators are invited to join Mi-STAR’s Facebook Group and share projects, ideas and challenges with other K-12 science teachers. 

Mi-STAR is motivated by a vision for the future in which science is taught and learned as an integrated body of knowledge that can be applied to address societal issues. Participants are developing and testing a model ​to reform science curriculum, teaching and learning in the middle grades. Michigan Tech serves as the project's home base. 



Break to Educate with Sponsored Programs

Sponsored Programs invites you to attend a "Break to Educate" session at 10:30 a.m. today in the East Reading Room of the Library. 

For additional information see the original Tech Today story.


Human Resources Forms Workshop

Human Resources is hosting a forms workshop tomorrow. The workshop is for any staff who would like to refresh their knowledge of common forms or ​for newer staff ​who would like to learn the proper way to complete HR forms. You're encouraged to join us for this valuable workshop.
The HR Forms Workshop will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. tomorrow (Aug. 4), in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge.
Forms being reviewed:
  • Status Change Form (GOLD)
  • Short Term Casual Seasonal Temporary Form (GREEN)
  • I-9 Form
  • Payroll W-4
  • Independent Contractor Questionnaire
Sign up using this link.

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Job Postings

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. 

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