Fall Enrollment Highest in 33 Years

Fall 2016 enrollment at Michigan Tech is 7,268, the highest the school has seen since 1983. This is 30 students more than last fall. Female enrollment is at a record high, with 1,957 women making up 27 percent of the student body.

Michigan Tech submitted its official fall enrollment figures to the state Wednesday night.

Undergraduate enrollment totaled 5,827. New first-year undergraduate enrollment rose 8 percent over last year with 1,580 students starting classes last week, 119 more than last year.  This is the largest incoming undergraduate first-year class since 1983.

Majors in computer science, general engineering, environmental engineering, mechanical engineering technology and forestry saw some of the biggest gains. The academic profile of the entering class has never been higher, with an average ACT composite score of 27.2, compared to 26.8 last year. 

And Michigan Tech has never had a more domestically diverse undergraduate entering class, with 9 percent of this year’s entering class composed of underrepresented populations. 

Read the full story.

Traveling through CMX? IT Pilots New Airport Wireless Service

Over the last few months, Michigan Tech Information Technology has worked in collaboration with the Houghton County Memorial Airport to deploy Michigan Tech wireless service to the terminal area of the airport. This pilot service went live on Aug. 24. Michigan Tech students, faculty and staff can connect at the airport to the "MichiganTech" SSID like they would on campus.

Whether you're delayed and need to work, are trying to send that one last email or are looking to download a last-minute movie or podcast for your flight, this high speed connection is intended to add convenience to your travels.

If you have any questions or problems with this service, contact IT Help at 7-1111 or it-help@mtu.edu.

Healthy Relationship Week

Next week (Sept. 12-16), Michigan Tech is participating in Healthy Relationship Week. The week includes RAINN Day Thursday (Sept. 15).

RAINN Day is RAINN's (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) annual day of action to raise awareness and educate students about sexual violence on college campuses.

Several activities will take place on the Michigan Tech campus in observation of Healthy Relationship Week:

  • From 4 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, stop by the Walker Lawn to preview and participate in Self-Defense tactics as taught by RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) instructors. All genders are welcome to attend this demonstration.
  • Be sure to join us for one of the performances of "Sex Signals" at 7 and 9 p.m. on Wednesday (Sept. 14), in Fisher 135 for "a unique combination of improvisational comedy, education and audience participation that provides a provocative, in-your-face look at issues surrounding dating, sex and date rape on college campuses." Seating is "first come first seated." Funding for this training is provided by the State of Michigan/Michigan Department of State Police Grants and Community Services Department.  Grant Number CSA-5-16 - Campus Sexual Assault Grant Program.
  • From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday (Sept. 15) at the Husky Circle, Michigan Tech and Dial Help will hold a sexual violence prevention awareness campaign event that will include distribution of resource information and an "It’s On Us" signature event. Stop by and take the “It’s On Us” pledge to stand up against sexual violence. In the event of inclement weather, this event will be held on Friday.
  • In addition on Thursday, coffee shops on college campuses across the country, including ours thanks to Dining Services, will replace their regular coffee sleeves with #TalkToRAINN coffee sleeves, featuring the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE and online.rainn.org).

Visit RAINN or Michigan Tech Title IX for more information. If you have any questions regarding these events, direct them to Beth Lunde.

Weather Delays Sailing Event Until Next Week

The Sailors of Michigan Tech photo session by the University Marketing and Communications Studio is next Wednesday, Sept. 14. Hoist your sails and make Husky history from 7 p.m. to sunset on the Portage Canal in front of campus. Michigan Tech faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends are invited. The Great Lakes Research Center face dock is available for crew pick-ups and drop-offs. Questions? Contact UMC Writer Cyndi Perkins.

University Portrait 2045-Draft Released for Review

This is a reminder that the draft version of the University Portrait 2045, 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.

AFROTC Vigil for Patriot Day

The cadets of Air Force ROTC Detachment 400, "Guardians of the North," will conduct a vigil to remember the victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

This year marks the 15th anniversary of this seminal event in our history.

The vigil will be at 2 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 11) at the memorial flag pole in front of the Michigan Tech ROTC Center. The brief, solemn ceremony is open to the public.

The cadets will be in their service dress uniforms and there will be some brief spoken words. They are doing this voluntarily on their own time and encourage all to attend and invite their friends.

In the United States, Patriot Day, observed as a National Day of Service and Remembrance, occurs on Sept. 11 each year in memory of the 2,977 people killed in the 2001, Sept. 11 attacks.

Artist Lali Khalid on "Being Between"

"Being Between," artist Lali Khalid's photographs of identity, displacement and home, are on display in Rozsa Gallery, A-Space, through Thursday, Sept. 22.

The gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday.

A special lecture by the artist is scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16 in M&M U115. The gallery reception follows from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Rozsa Gallery (lower level).

Khalid, a Pakistani-American artist, holds degrees from The National College of Fine Arts in Lahore, Pakistan, and The Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. "Being Between" is the first exhibit of the Rozsa Galleries new "Independent Artist Series."

For additional information, contact Lisa Gordillo.

TAPPI Informational Meeting Monday

Michigan Tech now has a chapter of the Technical Association of the Paper Products Industry (TAPPI), and it's looking for members.

The first 15 students to sign up, will receive a waiver of the membership fee to the TAPPI national organization.

Aside from technology-based meetings, the chapter will organize critical thinking and leadership development activities with fun.

If you want to learn more, come to the next and final informational meeting 5:30 p.m. Monday (Sept. 12) in Chem Sci. 201. Some cookies and drinks will be provided.

For more information, contact Gerard T. Caneba (ChE), the TAPPI-MTU advisor.

Biking the Keweenaw Lunch and Learn

WorkLife Connections and Employee Wellness invite you to join them for a Lunch and Learn with Bike Initiative Keweenaw (BIKE) from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21 in Memorial Union Alumni Lounge B.

Interested in biking more often? Learn how to be comfortable and safe while riding and commuting, as well as what BIKE is working on for our bike-friendly community.

Register here. HuskyPAW members may claim 100 bonus points for attending. Bring your lunch. Beverages will be provided. Email Shannon Brodeur with questions.

Second Annual Color Run Sept. 18

The second annual Keweenaw Color Run, hosted by Keweenaw Pride, will take place on Sunday, Sept. 18. Filled with color powder at every station, this 5K supports the Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter in Calumet.

When registered, runners will get a free t-shirt in front of the Memorial Union Building the morning of the race. 
Register online today. Hope to see you there.

Football Huskies to Host No. 7 Ferris State

The Michigan Tech Huskies will battle a national top ten team when they take on the No. 7 Ferris State Bulldogs Saturday at Sherman Field. 

Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. Both teams won their season opener and come into the game with identical 1-0 records both overall and in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Tech was a 33-7 winner over Walsh Saturday behind a record-setting performance by senior quarterback Brandon Cowie.

The game will be broadcast on WKMJ-FM, with audio webcast on pasty.net and video webcast. Live stats are available on michigantechhuskies.com.

Soccer on Road Trip, Today and Sunday

The Michigan Tech soccer team will head west to Minnesota this weekend for a pair of non-conference matches at Minnesota-Duluth and Bemidji State. It will be the first road test of the season for the Huskies who went 1-1 to start the season at Sherman Field last weekend.

Minnesota-Duluth enters today's match with a 1-0 record after defeating Wisconsin-Parkside last week.

Sunday's opponent is Bemidji State who comes into the weekend undefeated at 2-0. The Beavers will face Northern Michigan on tonight before hosting the Huskies Sunday. Bemidji State's victories were a 5-1 result against Minnesota Crookston and a 4-1 win over Missouri Western.


Indian Cuisine at Khana Khazana

A taste of India is on tap at today's Khana Khazana in the MUB Food Court. 

The menu features:

  • Chicken Do Pyaza—chicken curry cooked in tomato gravy with onion.
  • Rajma Masala—kidney beans steamed and cooked with vegetables
  • Mixed Vegetable Pakora—crispy fritters as appetizers
  • Gajar Halwa—sweet dessert pudding make with carrot

Serving is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. The cost is $7.95 for the full meal. Visit Khana Khazana on Facebook.


Today's C-Cubed Menu

Lunch is $10 (cash, credit and C-Cubed Gift Certificates accepted); attendees may bring their own lunch instead of purchasing the buffet. 


  • Vietnamese Rice Noodle Salad (VGF)
  • Grilled Pork (GF)
  • Grilled Tofu (VGF)

V-Vegetarian GF-Gluten Free VGF-Vegetarian and Gluten Free


Student Activities Office Closed This Afternoon

The Student Activities office is closed from noon to 5 p.m. today.

Student activities staff is working the annual K-Day event at McLain State Park.


Michigan Tech Archives Announces Saturday Hours

The Michigan Tech Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections announce Second Saturday hours this fall. The archives will be open the second Saturday of each month starting tomorrow. The reading room will be open to the public from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and the full range of research support services and genealogy assistance will be available during Second Saturday hours.

For more information about Second Saturday or the Michigan Tech Archives, see Tech Today post.


Film Board Presents "X-Men Apocalypse"


Tonight, Sep. 9 — 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m. 
Tomorrow, Sep. 10 — 2:30, 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sep. 11 — 2:30, 5:30 p.m.

Located in Fisher 135. Tickets are $3 and concessions are $1 each.

"X-Men Apocalypse" is rated PG-13 for sequences of violence, action and destruction, brief strong language and some suggestive images.


FLSA Informational Sessions

Over the past year, the Department of Labor (DOL) has worked on updating the regulations to the overtime rule which increases the salary threshold for a position to be considered exempt from the minimum wage and overtime protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). These changes will go into effect on Dec. 1.

Human Resources will hold FLSA Informational Sessions to provide information about the new changes.  

We have set up two sessions from which to choose. (The sessions are identical). 

  • Today—10-11:30 a.m., MUB Ballroom A
  • Wednesday, Sept. 14—1 to 2:30 p.m., MUB Ballroom A

 FAQ and other information can be found on the FLSA webpage

Job Posting

Job Posting for Friday, September 9, 2016

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in the Human Resources Department. For more information regarding staff positions call 7-2280 or email jobs@mtu.edu. For more information regarding faculty positions contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

Assessment Coordinator, Cognitive and Learning Sciences. 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. 

A Metacognitive Moment

Some faculty lament that students don’t take notes. In many cases, students have little experience taking good notes, especially in ways specific to a discipline.

This week’s metacognitive strategy suggests several easy ways to get students thinking about effective note taking.

In an article published in Faculty Focus this week, MaryEllen Wiemer suggests ways to indirectly teach students good note taking skills. These include selecting a “class note taker” for each section.

This rotating student is responsible not only for taking notes, but also for posting them for the class, most likely in Canvas.  (Weimer also suggest a brief discussion informing students about recent research that seems to indicate taking notes “by hand” seems to offer better retention than taking notes on a computer, mostly because of the processing time involved in the relatively “slow” process of hand-writing notes.)

If you feel your students need even more guidance in terms of note-taking within your discipline, you may want to consider providing scaffolded or guided notes for at least a few sessions.

In addition to increasing interactivity, providing a skeleton or model with blanks or spaces for students to complete notes shows how you’d expect notes to be taken for most effective learning.

Even more simply, you might consider just having students trade notebooks momentarily during class, and have a short discussion about what notes for that period should include.

Taking just a moment to get your students thinking about their note taking might provide benefits throughout their academic career and beyond. If you’re looking for other instructional strategies (and don’t want to wait for next week), stop into or contact the Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning.