Activities Lead up to Parade of Nations

This Saturday (Sept. 17) is the annual Parade of Nations and Multicultural Festival in Houghton/Hancock. This week, a host of international activities is scheduled leading up to Saturday's events.
  • Tomorrow (Sept. 14), from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., the Keweenaw Roller Girls will host an Open Skate for the community at the Houghton County Arena, 1500 Birch Street, Hancock. Admission is free and the event is open to all ages and abilities. Participants need to bring their own roller skates/blades.
  • Thursday (Sept. 15), The Hancock Rotary Club will host its annual Fall Winetasting fundraiser at the Finnish American Heritage Center, celebrating the Parade of Nations. The fundraiser benefits local and international projects. Information and reservations are available online
  • Saturday (Sept. 17) at 11 a.m., The Parade of Nations starts in Hancock, crosses the Lift Bridge and moves through downtown Houghton to Dee Stadium.
  • Saturday (Sept. 17) at noon, Multicultural Festival with international food and entertainment at Dee Stadium.
  • Saturday, Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m., Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts, Breaksk8, a jam-skating performance, for information and tickets click here.

EPA Taps Michigan Tech as Regional Environmental Infrastructure Center

Michigan Tech is known for both its engineering and environmental know-how and its resources. Add to that the School of Business and Economics, the Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC) and a campus-wide commitment to multidisciplinary work, and you have just what the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is looking for.

The EPA has named Michigan Tech the new home of its Region 5 environmental finance center, a recognition that comes with a six-year grant of up to $5.6 million. EPA Region 5 covers Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. 

An EPA team will be at Tech to conduct a site visit today and tomorrow. 

Read the full story.

Campus Communicators Meets Thursday

Writers, marketers, social media managers and web liaisons are invited to Campus Communicators from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday (Sept. 15) in Memorial Union Ballroom A1. Learn and ask questions about our new brand and social media guides from Art Director Jackie Johnson, Brand Manager Shannon Rinkinen and Director of Marketing and Communications Ian Repp. Also meet new Science/Publications Writer Stefanie Sidortsova.

Add Michigan Tech on Snapchat

Michigan Tech is on Snapchat. Add @michigan_tech as a friend and get a behind-the-scenes look at life as a Husky with our student takeovers.

NSF System Shutdown - Sept. 17-18

NSF will be making repairs to the Foundation's electrical systems Saturday and Sunday. All NSF systems, including the NSF website, and FastLane, will be unavailable from 5 p.m. Saturday, Sep. 17, until 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18.

As a result of NSF system shutdowns, the following deadline dates which fall on Monday, Sept. 19 have been extended to 5 p.m. (submitter's local time) Tuesday, Sept. 20th:

NSF 16-586: NSF/Intel Partnership on Information-Centric Networking in Wireless Edge Networks (ICN-WEN) - Letter of Intent Deadline

NSF 16-562: Prediction of and Resilience against Extreme Events (PREEVENTS) - Full Proposal Deadline

NSF 16-532: Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation (SI2-SSE&SSI) Crosscutting - Full Proposal Deadline

These solicitations have been modified to reflect the new deadline date. Proposers should ensure that they select Sept. 20 as the deadline/target date on the remainder of coversheet for the proposal.

C-Cubed Week 3

Come join the C-Cubed (Conversation, Community, Collegiality) University lunches and bring a guest. Visitors and guests of staff and faculty are always welcome to attend C-Cubed. They are offered from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays throughout the school year in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge.

This week we have Korean and Mexican flavors. Lunch is $10 (cash, credit and C-Cubed Gift Certificates accepted); attendees may bring their own lunch instead of purchasing the buffet. Coffee, tea, fruit-infused water, cookies and fruit are available for all.

Korean Bulgogi Taco Bar
Beef Bulgogi (GF)
Korean Spicy Cucumber Salad (VGF)
Pink Radish Pickles (VGF)
Shredded Romaine
Kimchee Soup (VGF)

Mexican Street Tacos
Chicken Tacos with Chipotle Crema (GF)
Swiss Chard-Corn Tacos (VGF)
Shredded Cabbage
Sliced Avocado
Queso Fresco
Lime Wedges

Send any suggestions to Brenda Randell or fill out a feed-back form online.

Staff Council Invites New Members

Staff Council invites and welcomes new members to its annual organizational meeting noon Thursday (Sept. 15) in the MUB Ballroom B3. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

Staff Council was created in 1991 as a service organization for the University. Staff Council is made up of staff members from all levels at Michigan Tech and supports activities and resources that provide recognition for staff achievement, opportunities for professional development and enhance the working environment and campus community.

Staff Council sponsors the following annual events: Making a Difference Awards; Family Fun Day; Staff Service Recognition Awards; Technology Day; as well as hosting the President's Campus Forums. Members also serve on search committees and help out with other special University initiatives and task forces that require staff representation, create and distribute the Employee Wall Calendar and various other campus activities.

Candlelight Vigil for Eric Celerin

The Techline student callers will hold a candlelight vigil in memory of student Eric Celerin who passed away recently. Everyone is invited to join at 8 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 15) at the Husky statue.

The group will walk to the Alumni House, one of the places Eric worked. There, a short service will be held.

Everyone is invited to join and stand together, remember and honor a student and friend that we lost last week.

Patent Documents Available for Review

What do magnetic solvent extraction, biocidal derivatives of catechins and froth flotation have in common? They’re all topics of patents by researchers at Michigan Tech.
You can view the official patent documents for these and many more in a new collection on Digital Commons @ Michigan Tech. In total, the collection boasts 130 keyword searchable patent documents that were issued between 1980-2016. 
Digital Commons @ Michigan Tech, the University’s digital repository, is a service of the Van Pelt and Opie Library. The new patent collection was developed as part of the library’s ongoing efforts to increase access to research, scholarship, publications and other creative works by members of the Michigan Tech community.
As a regional Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC), a nationwide network of public, state and academic libraries designated by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to support the public with trademark and patent assistance, the library has a special interest in ensuring this collection is accessible to the world. The library is one of only four PTRC locations in the state and is the only one in the Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin. 
To learn more about the PTRC or Digital Commons @ Michigan Tech contact

Tech Gardener to Present at PLDL

The Portage Lake District Library will host the Keweenaw Garden Club for another season of gardening events and presentations.

Michigan Tech Master Gardener Quincy Higgins Arney will present “Think Spring? It’s Bulb-Planting Time!” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19 at the Library.

Higgins Arney and other Keweenaw gardening enthusiasts will discuss different types of bulbs and explain the science of when and how to plant them. They will also explore exciting bulb designs for the garden with participants.

In addition to being the Master Gardener at Michigan Tech, Higgins Arney is also a certified landscape designer.

Library programs are free and everyone is welcome. For more information, call the library at 482-4570.

Husky Sports in Review

Football Suffers First Loss

The Huskies suffered a 30-28 loss to No. 7 Ferris State on Saturday at Sherman Field. The Bulldogs hit a 36-yard field goal with seven seconds left to seal the victory. After being down 10-0 after the first quarter, Tech scored three touchdowns in the second for a 21-10 halftime lead.

Tech looks to bounce back at Ohio Dominican this week. The Panthers are 1-1 after a loss to Ferris State in week one and a victory over Findlay last weekend.

Football Team Earns Votes in National Poll

The Michigan Tech football team garnered votes in the second regular season 2016 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches' Poll, released Monday by the AFCA office. The Huskies have now received votes in all three of the polls this season, which includes this poll along with the week one regular season and preseason polls.

Soccer Completes Weekend Sweep

The Tech soccer team extended its winning streak to three games with a weekend sweep. The Huskies shutout Minnesota Duluth, 1-0, on Friday and came back from a 1-0 deficit to defeat Bemidji State 2-1 Sunday.

Jacqueline Mielke scored the game winner Friday and the equalizer Sunday. Claire Dagesse scored the go-ahead goal Sunday for her first score as a Husky. Kirsen Hudak stopped 11 shots in the two games. Tech travels to Northern Michigan for its only game of the week on Saturday.

Volleyball Splits Weekend Tourney

The volleyball Huskies went 2-2 at the UW-Parkside Tournament. Tech defeated Minnesota State Moorhead (3-1) and Upper Iowa (3-2) on Friday.

St. Cloud State and No. 4 Minnesota Duluth took down the Huskies Saturday. Aubrey Ficek led the offense with 47 kills on the weekend. Rachel Pohlod had a pair of 50-assist matches and Halie Hart had a pair of 20-dig matches. Tech opens GLIAC play at Lake Superior State and Saginaw Valley State this weekend.

Cross Country Competes in Midwest Open

The cross country teams both placed seventh at the UW-Parkside Midwest Open. The men competed in a field of 12 teams while the women ran in a 13-team field in the first meet of the year.

The women were powered by Emily Byrd in 21st with a time of 19:20.0. Carly Huggins (37th), Emily Vigil (57th), Robyn Holmes (69th) and Julia Manzano (76th) were the other top five Huskies.

Brendan Klynstra headlined for the men, crossing the line with a time of 27:03.1 for a 37th place finish. Corey Zeutzius (43rd), Nathan Carey (46th), Marcus Shamberg (56th), and Simon Eddy (78th) rounded out the top five for the Huskies. Both teams will be back in action Saturday at the St. Olaf Invitational.

Women's Tennis Split in GLIAC  Action

Tech split the weekend with a 5-4 win over Ferris State Friday and a loss to Grand Valley State Saturday. Kwang Suthijindawong returned to the lineup after sitting out last season with a wrist injury, winning both of her matches Friday. Vicky Quinde and Anabella Neri also picked up a win in doubles in the No. 3 position.

In her first appearance as a Husky, Paola Quintana won 6-4, 6-1 at No. 2 singles. Natalia Parra Alvarez was the third Tech player to win her singles match in the No. 6 slot to clinch the victory over the Bulldogs. The Huskies host Ashland and Walsh this weekend at the Gates Tennis Center.

This Week in Husky Sports

• Huskies Drive Time, 7:30-8 a.m. on 93.5 FM


• Volleyball at Lake Superior State, 7 p.m.
• Men's Tennis at ITA Regional


• Cross Country at St. Olaf Invite
• Women's Tennis vs. Ashland at Gates Tennis Center, 10 a.m.
• Football at Ohio Dominican, Noon on 93.5 FM 
• Soccer at Northern Michigan, 1 p.m.
• Volleyball at Saginaw Valley State, 2 p.m.
• Men's Tennis at ITA Regional


• Women's Tennis vs. Walsh at Gates Tennis Center, 10 a.m.
• Men's Tennis at ITA Regional

Institute of Computing and Cybersystems Seminar Friday

The next Institute of Computing and Cybersystems will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday (Sept. 16) in Dow 641.

Christian Wagner will present "Capture, Analysis and Interpretation of Uncertain Data." Wagner is visiting professor, Institute of Computing and Cybersystems in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

His current research projects focus on the development, adaptation, deployment and evaluation of artificial intelligence techniques in inter‐disciplinary projects bringing together heterogeneous data from stakeholders and quantitative measurements to support informed and transparent decision making.

Refreshments will be provided.

Introduction to Lean Workshop

The Office of Continuous Improvement is again offering Introduction to Lean workshops for Michigan Tech employees. Training dates and times are:

  • 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27
  • 1 - 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1
  • 1 - 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017
  • 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 30, 2017

The training location will be in the Memorial Union Ballroom B2. There's no cost for this training.

To register for the course, complete this brief form by selecting a workshop date and entering your name and department. Once registered, we'll add you to a calendar event for the workshop.

Lean is a systematic, intentional model for creating and sustaining an environment where continuous improvement is the norm. Since 2008, Michigan Tech has been experiencing a Lean transformation, learning to increase customer value by eliminating waste and optimizing operations.

In the Introduction to Lean workshop, you'll learn basic Lean concepts and methods you might encounter on the job. You'll learn about Lean culture and the principles of Lean thinking and participate in problem-solving using the PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Adjust) model. You'll use the 5 Whys to discover root causes, identify waste and unsafe acts and conditions and recommend process improvements. When you finish the workshop, you'll be ready to actively participate in a kaizen (improvement) event led by others.

Annual Honrath Lecture

The Richard E. Honrath Memorial Lecture is scheduled for 4 p.m. Sept. 19 in Dow 641.

Graham Feingold, a senior scientist at NOAA's Earth System Research Laboratory and the lead author of Chapter 5 in the IPCC's latest assessment report on climate change, will present "Do Aerosol Particles have a Significant Impact on Clouds?" The full abstract for the talk is here.

The Lecture is sponsored by the Earth Planetary and Space Sciences Institute (EPSSI) and the Richard E. Honrath Memorial Fund.

Honrath was a Professor in the Departments of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences, and Civil and Environmental Engineering and was the founding director of the Atmospheric Sciences Program. The Memorial Fund was established after Honrath passed away in 2009.

Humanities Colloquium Series

On Friday and Saturday, the Humanities Department will host Chris Breu, professor of English at Illinois State University, who will deliver a talk entitled "New/Marxist Materialism: Theorizing Materiality in an Era of Finance Capitalism." This event will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday in the Great Lakes Research Center room 202.

On Saturday Breu will lead a seminar focusing on Jason Moore's "Capitalism and the Web of Life" (2015). This event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in the Cherry Room of Wadsworth Hall. For a PDF of the readings, contact Carlos Amador or Dana Van Kooy.


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. 

For additional info, see Tech Today story.

Academic Integrity Student Survey Luncheon Workshop

In spring 2016, the Academic Integrity Committee surveyed Michigan Tech students from all levels and majors. In the more than 1,500 responses received, students rated the seriousness of a variety of questionable behaviors and indicated how often they were observed. In this luncheon event, we'll review aggregated responses and comments.
We'll then highlight some surprising lessons for instructors regarding current student expectations in a learning environment. Join us at noon Tuesday, Sept. 20, for a luncheon workshop.  Lunch will be provided to those who register by this Friday. 

In Print

An article co-authored by Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) and Michigan Tech alumna Amberley Haselhuhn along with Lucas Osborne titled "The Case for Weaker Patents" was published by the St. John’s Law Review.

In the News

Ossama Abdelkhalik was a featured guest Friday on the Michigan Radio talk show Stateside. He discussed the Muslim population of the UP in Conversations that Matter in Michigan. You can hear the interview at the Stateside page of the website,


In the 10th anniversary issue of Europe's Lab Times, Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) was quoted in discussion of open source hardware for science. ran coverage of Pearce's work on encouraging  "Global citizens unite to improve open source appropriate technology."

Job Posting

Job Posting for Tuesday, September 13, 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.

Events and Concessions Supervisor, Dining Services, Apply online.

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