Food, Entertainment from Around the World at Parade of Nations Saturday

Ever eaten Moroccan food? Food from Bangladesh? How about Turkey? Those are just a few of more than 20 nations whose cuisines you can sample at the Multicultural Festival at Dee Stadium, following the annual Parade of Nations on Saturday.  

Admission is free; meals or snacks can be purchased at the food booths.

During the Multicultural Festival, entertainers representing many countries and traditions will perform on a raised stage.  They include the Kivijat Dancers, cloggers, music and Bollywood dancers from the Michigan Tech Indian Students Association, Bells on the Bay—a group of handbell performers—Jan Arnold, a singer who accompanies herself on the guitar, the Michigan Tech Dance Squad and Bob Hiltunen, a singer who plays guitar, bass and keyboards. The Michigan Tech Pep Band will march in the Parade.

A family trip to Chicago will be the top prize in a drawing at the Dee. To enter, spectators need to hold up “I Love Parade of Nations” signs during the parade.

This year's headline act is Breaksk8, a professional jam-skating team that likes to push the limits of dancing with wheels under their shoes.

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Presenters Needed for Water Festival

Presenters are sought for a water festival for students in grades four through eight. The festival takes place on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at Michigan Tech's Great Lakes Research Center. 

Consider being a presenter and sharing your expertise and passion for the Great Lakes and STEM careers.

A total of 20 presenters are needed for the 8:45 to 11:35 a.m. Morning Session and 20 presenters for the Afternoon Session, noon to 2:55 p.m. Those interested can present at either or both sessions.  

The water festival provides an opportunity for students to learn about and celebrate our most precious natural resource—clean, fresh water. Michigan Tech faculty, staff and students, as well as the community are encouraged to present.

Hands-on presentations on a wide range of topics related to the Great Lakes, from science and engineering, creative writing, history and the arts are welcome. 

The goal is to inspire appreciation, understanding, stewardship and STEM and other career paths.

Some possible offerings could include:

  • Remotely-Operated Vehicles
  • Invasive Species
  • Water monitoring
  • Low impact development
  • Land and water stewardship
  • Keweenaw Boulder Garden & geology
  • Aquatic food web
  • Water around the world
  • Emerging contaminants
  • Fish ecology and habitat restoration
  • Dance, writing, art, music, photography

The program is free to schools in Houghton, Baraga, Ontonagon and Gogebic counties with bus travel stipends available to the first 10 schools.

Classes of 20-25 students will attend four 35-minute activity stations with 10 minutes between each session. 

If interested in presenting, reply at your earliest convenience via email to Joan Chadde or call the office at 7-3341.

Tell us your topic, a short description (2-3 sentences) and if you’re available morning, afternoon or both.

We’ll provide your lunch, Water Festival T-Shirt (optional) and reimburse your supply costs (send receipts).

The 2016 Water Festival is made possible with funding from the Michigan STEM Partnership, Michigan Tech Center for Water & Society and the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative. Coordinated by the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative and hosted by the Michigan Tech Great Lakes Research Center.

Michigan Tech Women's Survey

Calling all Michigan Tech women. The Center for Diversity and Inclusion is conducting a survey to ascertain how it can best support women students, staff and faculty. The survey will assess what women know about other Michigan Tech women, participant's knowledge of women's resources and programming and examine participant's experiences of being a woman at Tech. The information provided will be used to help guide future programming and support services for women on campus.

The survey is active now through 11:59 p.m. Sept. 25. A weekly drawing for various gift cards will be conducted for those who have completed the survey. Access the survey here.

CareerFEST Continues This Week

Michigan Tech's CareerFEST kicks it into high gear this week (Sept. 12-16) with several events worth checking out. 

  • Georgia-Pacific In the Tent Day— 10 a.m. Tuesday (Sept. 13).  Located in the CareerFEST Tent, Georgia-Pacific representatives from Manufacturing, Corporate Engineering and R&D will be on hand. This is a casual, no-pressure event to learn more about the career opportunities GP can provide.
  • Robotics and Controls Day— 11 a.m Wednesday (Sept. 14).  Robotics and controls are everywhere—manufacturing, engines, medicines and more. Students will learn how these marvels make everything work and speak with industry reps about their companies and job opportunities. Located in the CareerFEST Tent. Participating companies include Kimberly-Clark, Plexus, Georgia-Pacific, Miller Welders, Whirlpool, Leidos and Industrial Control.
  • Energy Day— 11 a.m. Friday (Sept. 16). Students will learn about the diverse aspects of the energy industry, including oil and gas, electric and alternative energies. Company reps will be there to tell you about their industry, company and job opportunities. Campus Mall and CareerFEST Tent. Participating companies include Marathon, DTE Energy, Wolverine Power Cooperative, WEC Energy Group, ITC, MISO, ATC, MacLean-Fogg, Systems Control, Detroit Stoker Company, Flint Hills Resources, HDR Inc., and Mortenson Construction.
Other Industry Days coming up in September include PCA Steel Day (Sept. 21), Railroad Night (Sept. 22), Rail Day (Sept. 23), Career Day (Sept. 23) and Business Career Day (Sept. 29).

CareerFEST events all lead up to the semi-annual Career Fair, Tuesday, Sept. 27. To date, 300 companies have signed up to participate in Career Fair.

Fall Night Owls ESL Classó"Passport To Success"

Registration is now open for the upcoming Night Owls English Community, a weekly program especially for the international spouses of Tech faculty, scholars and graduate students.

The Night Owls meet every Tuesday evening for two hours to explore informal English language and American/Yooper culture.

The first session for Fall 2016 begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27 in Van Pelt and Opie Library Room 243.

This semester, class participants will follow a personal guide called "Passport To Success."

All will be encouraged to meet with Americans outside of class to improve speaking confidence and practice real-life functions.

Activities include asking questions, volunteering for an organization, attending an American holiday or sporting event, exploring natural and historic areas and discussing personal goals with University administrators.

Whole-class activities could include responding to guest speakers, attending American parties, participating in cooking demonstrations or giving classroom presentations. Grammar learning is also offered per request of participants.

The Night Owls group welcomes all international adults, regardless of English skill levels. Enrollment is limited, so early registration is suggested. You can begin the registration or ask questions via email. The semester fee is $10. 

Invite Us to Your Meeting

Want to know what resources are available to help employees manage weight, reduce stress, stop smoking and more? Michigan Tech offers several employee wellness benefits such as TechFit, Northstar EAP and SWEAT to address these needs.

Employee Wellness would like to visit with you at one of your departmental meetings to present information and answer questions regarding wellness benefits available to employees.

Email Shannon Brodeur to set up a time for this brief and informative presentation.

Michigan Tech Participating in MASOCon16

The African Students Organization of Michigan Tech participated in the Midwest African Student Organization Conference 2016 (MASOCon16) (formerly known as the Annual African Midwestern Conference) at Northern Kentucky University. The highly-patronized conference took place Sept. 2-4 and was themed "Afro-Revolution."

There were presentations and discussions on media representations of Africa, African culture in the midst of globalization, Sino-African relations, the divide among Africans in America, African-Americans and First-generation Africans in America, the role of foreign aid in Africa's development, colorization and the projections of Western norms of beauty on African cultural milieu among others.

A Forbes Magazine 30 Under 30 in Education (2016) awardee, Constance Iloh of the School of Education, University of California-Irvine was the keynote speaker. 
Michigan Tech's representatives were Gemechis Degaga, PhD candidate in Physical Chemistry; Erica Anderson, BS Geological Engineering and MGIS student; Tolulope Odebunmi and Edzordzi Agbozo, PhD students in Rhetoric, Theory and Culture. The team's participation was funded by Michigan Tech's Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI).

Semi-annual Free Sale to be Held Saturday Before Career Fair

The semi-annual Free Sale, a giveaway of gently worn women's business clothing for students, will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 in the Van Pelt and Opie Library rooms 242-244.

Donations are currently being accepted for gently used, clean women's business clothing and accessories (hangers are appreciated, all sizes welcome). Your items will be available to all Tech students at no cost. Items remaining after the event will be either donated to a local non-profit or held for a future event. 

Donation drop-off locations are:

  • Van Pelt and Opie Library Main Entrance drop-box
  • Susan Amato-Henderson's office, 107 Meese Center
  • Tess Ahlborn's office, 108A Dillman Hall
  • Jeannie DeClerk's office, 219 Van Pelt and Opie Library

Donations will also be accepted prior to the event from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Van Pelt and Opie Library room 242.

Volunteers are welcome to help during set-up, giveaway, and clean up. Contact Tess Ahlborn if you'd like to help out. 

Muck Run Set for Oct. 29

Michigan Tech is holding its annual Muck Run at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Tech Trails.

The 5-K trail race through mud, muck, mire and maybe even snow, benefits Tech's men's and women's cross country teams.

Students and Upper Peninsula Road Runners Club members can preregister for $16. Race day registration is $20. Cost for general public is $20 for preregistration and $25 on race day.

Team registration is $15 per runner for preregistration and $20 per runner on race day. Teams must have a minimum of four runners and forms must be sent together.

T-shirts are included with registration for the first 60 registrants. Awards will be given to the top male and female overall finishers and top three in each age group. There is also an award for the best costume and door prizes after the race.

For more information, view the flyer and registration form online, call 7-2986 or via email.

Football Huskies Lose Heartbreaker to #7 Ferris

The Michigan Tech football team suffered a tough 30-28 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference loss at the hands of 7th ranked Ferris State Saturday afternoon at Sherman Field. Bulldogs kicker Wyatt Ford connected on a 36 yard field goal with seven seconds left on the clock in the fourth quarter, resulting in the final tally.

"I thought the key today was probably the third quarter," Head Coach Tom Kearly said. "We had four possessions in a row in the third where we turned it over and they were able to take the lead. To our kids credited, we battled back and took the ball into the wind to score in the fourth to regain the lead at that point. We went toe to toe and had our chances and I thought we played well in a lot of spots. You can't blame effort and I think we gave it everything we had. The key for us now is not let this game beat us again. We have to put this one behind us and get ourselves ready to play a very good Ohio Dominican team at their place on Saturday."

The Huskies will look to bounce back Saturday when they head to Columbus, Ohio to take on Ohio Dominican University in another GLIAC showdown. The kickoff is slated for 12:00 PM.

Read the full story and find out more about Husky sports at

Remote Sensing Seminar Series Presentation Today

Alex Mayer (CEE), will present "Sea Level Rise Threatens Small Island Developing Societies: Hydrogeology and Freshwater Sustainability" at 4 p.m. today (Sept. 12) in M&M U113.

Mayer’s lecture is part of the Remote Sensing Seminar Series sponsored by EPSSI, The Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences Institute at Tech. An abstract is available online.


Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar

Gianfranco Archimede will present "Conflict and Synergy in Brownfields Administration: Managing Cultural and Environmental Legacies in Industrial Heritage in Paterson, New Jersey" from 3 to 4 p.m. today (Sept. 12) in the Great Lakes Research Center room 202.

The public is welcome. For more information on Archimede's presentation, see original Tech Today story


TAPPI Informational Meeting Today

Michigan Tech now has a chapter of the Technical Association of the Paper Products Industry (TAPPI), and is looking for members. The first 15 students to sign up will receive a waiver of the membership fee to the TAPPI national organization.

If you want to learn more, come to the next and final informational meeting 5:30 p.m. today  (Sept. 12) in Chem Sci. 201.


Geoseminar: Sajin Kumar, Post Doctoral Scientist GMES

Sajin Kumar will present "Meteorite Impact Craters" at the next Geoseminar from 4 to 5 p.m. tomorrow (Sept 13) in Dow 610.


Win by Losing Wellness Challenge

Have you been trying to get healthier and lose weight? SWEAT and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan invite you to participate in "Win by Losing," a free, fun and healthy challenge, open to Michigan Tech employees, that can help you take personal responsibility for your health and reach your weight-loss goals.

Register to be part of Michigan Tech's team beginning today. The official competition runs from Sept. 19 through Nov. 18. Participants will submit weekly weigh-ins to compete against other BCBSM group customers. You will also have access to a toolkit to help you meet your goals. Register here


Justin Fitch Memorial Ruck

Last October, Michigan Tech alumni Justin Fitch lost his battle with cancer. Fitch graduated from Tech in 2005 and was commissioned as an Army Officer via Michigan Tech's ROTC program. 

To honor his memory, the Justin Fitch Memorial Ruck will be held on Saturday, Oct. 8. A ruck is a three, six, 12 or 22-hour march with weighted backpacks to symbolize the burdens veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other war-related illnesses carry every day. 

Visit our Facebook page and visit here to sign up and start fundraising.


Peace Corps Information Session

Peace Corps recruiter Brett Heimann will hold an information session on serving in the U.S. Peace Corps at noon tomorrow (Sept. 13) in the Memorial Union Ballrooms B1 and B2. All are welcome. For more information, contact
Brett Heimann at 202-299-4621 or


Healthy Relationship Week

This 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.

For the list of activities that will take place in observation of Healthy Relationship Week, see the original Tech Today story.

In the News

The Grand Rapids Business Press reported on the Michigan universities, including Michigan Tech, that made the Princeton Review's new list of the 381 best colleges in the US. See here for more info.

IT Connect

Purchasing a Michigan Tech Cell Phone

Does an employee in your department need a University-purchased cell phone? If so, there are benefits of directly purchasing a cell phone contract through Michigan Tech IT.
One major consideration is the cost of the plan. In most cases, purchasing a government plan directly through IT is less expensive than other options.
Other advantages of going with a Michigan Tech plan include:
  • Choice of a major provider

  • Reduced cost of a device

  • No early termination fee

  • Competitively-priced data plans

  • Michigan Tech IT troubleshoots, and contacts providers directly

  • Michigan Tech IT takes care of the departmental billing process

If you have any questions regarding the purchasing of a device and cell contract, please contact us at or call 7-1111.