Move-in Weekend, First-Year Orientation Coming Up

The first events of the new academic year at Michigan Technological University begin this weekend with Move-in Weekend, followed by First-Year Orientation.
First-year students will check in between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to noon Sunday in the lobby of the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts. Following Check in, students will move into their residence halls, with the assistance of Michigan Tech faculty,staff and students. Campus Family Tours will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to noon Sunday starting on the Walker Lawn.

The official welcome of first-year students with addresses by University officials will take place at 1 p.m. in the SDC, followed by the official first-year class photo. Following the photo, students and their families will gather in Hubbell Field for a social from 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Orientation Week begins Monday with activities throughout campus. One of the highlights will take place on Tuesday with two addresses by author Drew Magary. First-year students were to read Magary's "The Postmortal" for the Reading as Inquiry program. Magary will speak from 9 to 11 a.m. and again from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Rozsa Center.
Something new this year takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Walker Lawn. "A Taste of Tech Traditions" gives the new students a preview of some of Michigan Tech's favorite traditions such as Winter Carnival, with sand castles rather than snow statues, and broomball, on watered down grass. Students will also be introduced to the Husky Bucket List.

The remainder of the week will consist of tours, competitions and opportunities from campus organizations to make the new students aware of all of the fantastic opportunities available to them. On Saturday, the students get a chance to get to know the community that will be their home for the next few years with "Afternoon on the Town." Students will be led on a fun-filled day discovering the City of Houghton.

Businesses from around the city and in the area will offer specials for Michigan Tech students. There will be food samples, give-a-ways and chances to register for prize drawings.

University Portrait 2045 - Draft Released for Review

A draft version of the University Portrait, part of Michigan Tech's Strategic Plan, has been released for review.

Suggestions and comments on the draft University Portrait are welcomed and your feedback is anonymous. If you would like to leave feedback, leave it here: University Portrait feedback.

If you have any questions, email Cathy Jenich of the Vice President for Research Office.

This is a corrected updated version of an article that originally ran in Monday's Tech Today.

Ride of Silence

Michigan Tech's SWEAT program and Bike Initiative Keweenaw will be partnering with local law enforcement to host a Ride of Silence in the Houghton/Hancock area on Aug. 24. This will be one of several Ride of Silence events taking place that day around the U.P.

The event will take place at 6 p.m. (arrive by 5:45) Wednesday, Aug. 24 and will begin in Hancock, under the Lift Bridge (near the Ramada). It will be 19 miles at a 10-12 mph pace. Bring water, comfortable clothing and a helmet

The event is being held to honor people who have been injured or killed while biking, particularly in several recent tragic events in Michigan this year, and to raise awareness on all of the users that share the road.

The Ride of Silence is open to everyone, but helmets are required. Law enforcement will provide an escort throughout the 19 mile ride, from Hancock to Chassell and back. Contact us with any questions.

Visit the Ride of Silence website for more information about the national effort.

NSF-funded Teachers, Grad Students Present their Research

Six Michigan teachers mentored by Michigan Tech grad students during a 6-week Summer Institute on Computational Tools and the Environment will present their research in a poster session from 1 to 3 p.m. tomorrow (Aug. 18) in the atrium of the Great Lakes Research Center.

The institute was sponsored by the National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Teachers program.

The poster session is the culmination of a six-week, intensive Summer Institute on Computational Tools and the Environment, sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The teachers were mentored by environmental engineering, chemical engineering, geological engineering and forestry graduate students as they conducted research on water quality, forestry management and life cycle assessment.

The graduate students also worked with the teachers to translate the results of their research into curriculum materials to be used in the teachers' science and mathematics classes.

For more information, contact Alex Mayer,

Job Postings

Job Postings for Wednesday, August 17, 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.

Deputy Director/Chief of Public Safety & Police Services, Public Safety & Police Services. ​Apply online.


Office Assistant 6, Financial Services and Operations. UAW Internal/External Posting 8/17/2016 – 8/23/2016

External applications will not be reviewed until after all internal UAWapplications.

 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.  

New Funding

Evan Kane (SFRES) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $30,000 grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

PhD student Karl Meingast is Co-PI on the student-fellowship project "Dissolved Organic Matter Movement Across a Terrestrial-River-Coastal Interface."


Zhenlin Wang (CS/ICC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $375,000 research and development grant from the National Science Foundation. The project is titled "CSR:Small: Effective Sampling-Based Miss Ratio Curves: Theory and Practice."

This is a three-year project.

On the Road

Assistant Professor Dana Van Kooy (HU) recently attended the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism conference (NASSR) at UC-Berkeley where she presented her essay, "New World Discontent and the Aesthetics of Disappearance" on a panel entitled Black Romanticism. She also participated in a special seminar on "Worldnessness and Wordlessness."

In Print

Amy Marcarelli (Bio Sci) recently published two new papers:

"Stream-lake interaction: understanding a coupled hydro-ecological system." Pp 321-348 in: Jones JB, Stanley EH (eds) Streams in a Changing Environment. Academic Press.
Casey Huckins (Bio Sci) co-authored "Genetic and phenotypic evidence for splake presence in brook trout and lake trout spawning habitats,"  in the Journal of Great Lakes Research 42(3): 738-742.
Chandrashekhar P. Joshi (Dept. Chair Bio Sci) co-authored "Virus Induced Gene Silencing (VIGS) Mediated Functional Characterization of Two Genes Involved in Lignocellulosic Secondary Cell Wall Formation." In Plant Cell lReports DOI 10.1007/s00299-016-2039-2.