CDI Social Justice Lecture Series Announced

The creator of the “Brown Eyes/Blue Eyes Experiment,” an accomplished author and activist for indigenous peoples rights, a ground-breaking Michigan Tech alumna, the first openly transgender NCAA Division-1 college athlete and Fidel Castro’s daughter are among the speakers coming to Michigan Tech during the 2016-17 academic year.

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion has announced the seven speakers for their Social Justice Lecture series. Alina Fernandez, the daughter of Fidel Castro, will share her first-person account of growing up in Cuba and the changes facing that country. Her talk is scheduled for 6 p.m. Oct. 6 in the Memorial Union Ballroom B. Her visit is part of Hispanic Heritage Month and the Social Justice Lecture Series.

Roxanne Dunbar–Ortiz will speak at 5 p.m. Oct. 10 in MUB Ballroom A. Dunbar-Ortiz is an accomplished author, historian and activist for Indigenous People’s rights. She will discuss her latest book and her experience with Native support.

Former college basketball star Kye Allums will speak at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 in MUB Ballroom A. Allums played NCAA Division 1 basketball for the George Washington Colonials.  In 2010, Allums, a trans man, became the first openly transgender NCAA Division I college athlete. Allums visit coincides with LGBTQ History Month.

CDI will observe Native American Heritage Month with an appearance by Magaret Ann Noodin, assistant professor of English and American Indian studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Noodin’s talk, at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 17 in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge, will address the challenges of our native students.

The keynote speaker at this school year’s MLK Banquet is Robert Scott who manages several key projects in support of the diversity and outreach strategy and programs across the Engineering College of the University of Michigan.

The annual MLK Banquet is scheduled for 6 p.m. Jan. 16 in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Free tickets will be available online starting in November.

The first African-American woman to graduate with a PhD from Michigan Tech’s Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Department will return to Houghton at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 14 in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge.

Robin Johnson-Cash will speak about her experiences as a minority engineer at the Ford Motor Company. Her appearance at Michigan Tech is part of the University’s observance of Black History Month.

The Social Justice Lecture Series concludes at 5 p.m. March 22 in Fisher Hall 135 with internationally-known teacher, lecturer, diversity trainer and recipient of the National Mental Health Association Award for Excellence in Education, Jane Elliot.  

Elliot gained national prominence with her “Brown Eyes/Blue Eyes Experiment” where her blue-eyed students were treated better than brown-eyed students. Elliot’s visit at Michigan Tech is part of Women’s History Month.

Center for Diversity and Inclusion Director Kellie Raffaelli said the CDI staff has really “stepped up this academic year “ to host some amazing speakers.

“Tech students will get to know internationally known psychologists, hear firsthand accounts of living with Fidel Castro and hear how a degree from Michigan Tech can give you amazing success in the future from one of our very own ME-EM alums. That is only to name a few…this is going to be an incredible year”

CDI Program Coordinator Zack Rubinstein said, “We hope these events bring in a large number of students, faculty and staff from all areas of campus. This may be the one chance many of us have to talk in person with such well known educators.”

All of the events are free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Zack Rubinstein or visit the CDI Facebook Page.

This Week in CareerFEST

CareerFEST continues with several events this week. 

Wednesday is Steel Day. The Steel Industry provides the main ingredient for everything from your bike, to your car, to the bridge you drive it over. Learn just how steel is made: from iron ore to finished 2 ton rolls, and speak with company reps about their work, company and their job opportunities.

Events will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. under the CareerFEST Tent. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There will be a poster session from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Wadsworth Annex.  Students can speak with classmates and learn about how they got an internship/co-op in the steel industry. Participating companies include Arcelor Mittal, Gerdau, Charter Steel, Nucor, Steel Dynamicas, Inc., Cliffs, Caterpillar and SSAB.

Railroad Night and Rail Day. Railroad Night XII is from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the Rozsa Center lobby. This year's event will still feature an opportunity for students and experts from the rail industry to sit down and relax as they share conversation, good food, and excellent presentations. However, we have moved to the Rozsa Center to take advantage of the open air feel of the lobby/atrium area.  

Third Annual Rail Day and Student Expo. Rail Day runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday (Sept. 23) at  locations throughout campus. The Michigan Tech Rail Transportation Program and Railroad Engineering and Activities Club will once again host this outstanding opportunity to interact with students from all disciplines across campus. This year's event will take place on the campus mall. Participating companies include Remprex Engineering Services, Bergman Associates, VIA Rail Logistics, LLC, Herzog Railroad Services, Railworks, Quandel Consultants, Balfour Beatty, WSP/Parsons Brinkerhoff and CP.

PCA (Presidential Council of Alumae) Career Success Day is Friday (Sept. 23) The members of the PCA are female graduates of Michigan Tech who have been recognized for their extensive professional, career and personal achievements. Part of their mission is to engage in activities that will educate, influence and inspire students. Participating companies include Kimberley-Clark.

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. The Final Industry Day is Business Career Day, Sept. 29.

A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum Encourages Students and Staff to Visit

A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum welcomes students, faculty and staff to visit and see why the museum is the No. one local destination on TripAdvisor. Admission is waived so you can visit on your lunch hour or any convenient time. Professional visitors accompanied by faculty or staff are also welcome.

The museum showcases the beauty and splendor of nature's masterpieces, minerals. The museum exhibits the best mineral collection from the Great Lakes region as well as minerals from around the world. Enjoy fluorescent minerals in one of the best exhibits in the U.S. Visit the 17-ton native copper slab housed in the copper pavilion that holds the Guinness world record. Come visit before the pavillion closes in November for the winter.

The museum welcomes students and employees to visit the "gem" of Michigan Tech. Fall hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

HuskyDeals for the Campus Store and University Images

You asked for it, the Campus Store and University Images listened. The HuskyDeals Google group is here to share information about our current promotions and services. Our intention is to distribute relevant information using a very limited amount of communications through this group. The group is voluntary, join or leave at any time.

Here are some examples of what we'd like to remind you of or share with you:

  • Have you heard about Touchdown Mondays? Touchdown Mondays follow every home football game and you receive 5 percent off souvenirs and apparel for every touchdown the Huskies score, up to 25 percent off.
  • Did you know on Spirit Friday during Homecoming you can receive 25 percent off apparel with the school color combination?
  • What about the Hat Trick Special? At each home hockey game, if a Michigan Tech player scores a hat trick (three goals), all hats are 30 percent off at University Images during game time.
  • And sometimes, it's as simple as receiving an email when the Campus Store or University Images is having a flash sale or offering free popcorn.

Join now by email or searching your Google groups for "HuskyDeals" and selecting the "join" option.

Ford to Donate $61,000 to Pre-College Outreach STEM Programs

The Michigan Tech community is invited to attend a check presentation at 4 p.m. tomorrow (Sept. 21) at Husky Plaza. Cynthia Protas Hodges, an '87 mechanical engineering alumna who is now chassis supplier technical assistance site manager at Ford, will present a $61,000 check from Ford to support STEM programs in the Center for Pre-College Outreach.

The gift from Ford will fund youth programs designed to engage young women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. Programs include Materials Science & Engineering Summer Youth Program, Engineering Scholars Program, Junior Women in Engineering Program, Mind Trekkers, Southeast Michigan Science & Engineering Festival, and Women in Engineering Program.

Change in Internal Proposal Deadline for Oct. 19 and 20

Due to the large number of proposals expected to be submitted to sponsors on Oct. 19 and 20, the Sponsored Programs Office (SPO) finds it necessary to adjust the internal proposal deadline for these specific dates to three working days prior to the sponsor's deadline. The additional time will allow for our analysts to perform sufficient review of all proposals to ensure sponsor deadlines are not missed.

The internal deadline for those proposals due to sponsors on Oct.19 will be no later than 7 a.m. Oct. 14 and those proposals due to sponsors on Oct. 20 will be due no later than 7 a.m. Oct. 17. In order to apply the revised deadline equitably to all PI's, proposals sent to SPO after these internal deadlines will not be submitted to sponsors.

Undergraduate Open House Saturday

Undergraduate Open House is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 24). This annual fall event is specifically designed to provide prospective undergraduate students and family members with the opportunity to explore campus, talk with faculty and tour academic departments, hear about our free application process and scholarship opportunities, and learn more about the University as they prepare to submit college applications.

This year, a record number of students have registered, 256 students from 11 states (from as far as Alaska, Utah and Virginia) will be on campus with family members, for a total of nearly 700 guests on campus for the day. Registration continues this week and walk-in guests are expected. Many visitors will arrive on Friday afternoon to check in early and attend an optional campus tour.

Open House kicks off in the Rozsa Center on Saturday morning with the University Welcome by President Glenn Mroz and three current student ambassadors who will share their Michigan Tech stories. Guests will then attend information sessions to learn more about admissions and financial aid and will have the opportunity to visit with representatives from every academic department and key student service areas at the Michigan Tech Showcase.

Many academic departments will provide additional information sessions, interactive activities and tours of labs and facilities later in the day. Families will get a glimpse into student life through complimentary brunch in the residence halls and tours of each residence hall and Hillside Place.

The admissions staff extends a huge thanks to everyone involved with Open House, both for supporting the program and showing our guests the exceptional experience students can have by selecting Michigan Tech.

Questions before the big day? Contact the admissions staff at 7-2335 or

Silicon Valley, MTRAC Help Fast-Track Commercialization of Tech Research

Most early-career faculty members spend years trying to establish a reputation within the National Science Foundation or National Institutes of Health, hoping to acquire financial support that can fund research and attract graduate students to the lab. 

This is a key to early career success because graduate students help generate new knowledge, and new knowledge leads to research publications, the gold standard of professional recognition. But Xiaohu Xia (Chem), knew he was not likely to do things in the normal fashion when he accepted a somewhat unusual invitation from Silicon Valley. 

The invitation to meet with Dean Tsao was too intriguing to pass up. Tsao, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur who earned his PhD in Biochemistry at Colorado State University, had been involved with the pharmaceutical sector, life science and medical diagnostics, and founded several companies. Eventually, Tsao started looking for new diagnostic technologies he could develop for commercial use. After reading one of Xia’s papers on his work on artificial enzyme technology Tsao invited Xia to discuss the technology and its potential in his California office.

The meeting in California led Tsao to invest in the formation of a new company, Zytogenex USA, Inc.

Read the full story.

This Week in Husky Sports

Husky Week in Review

The Huskies defeated Ohio Dominican 17-10 in their first road game of the season. Alex Sherbinow had a two-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Kevin Miller scored in the third on a 19-yard pass from Brandon Cowie, and Josh King nailed a 34-yard field goal in the second quarter.

Tech is 2-1 and heads back on the road Saturday for a 4:30 p.m. kickoff at Hillsdale.

Soccer won its fourth straight with a 2-1 victory at rival Northern Michigan in a nonconference matchup Saturday. Jessica Splittgerber buried a pair of goals in the first half. NMU closed the gap to within one with four minutes to go, but Kirsen Hudak steered away four Wildcat shots on the afternoon. The 4-1 Huskies host Ferris State and Grand Valley State at Sherman Field this weekend to open GLIAC play.

Volleyball opened GLIAC play with a pair of sweeps to improve to 5-5 overall and 2-0 in the conference. The Huskies defeated Lake Superior State 25-23, 25-18, and 25-18 Friday and Saginaw Valley State 25-17, 25-17, and 25-21 Saturday. Aubrey Ficek led the team with 24 kills while hitting .322. Rachel Pohlod had 75 assists on the weekend, and Halie Hart added 27 digs. Tech returns to the road for a pair of GLIAC matches at Ashland and at Tiffin.

The Huskies swept their home-opening weekend at the Gates Tennis Center. They dominated Ashland 8-1 on Saturday and defeated Walsh 6-3 Sunday. The Black and Gold didn't lose a doubles match all weekend. Vicky Quinde and Anabella Neri won all four of their matches. The team travels to Grand Rapids for the ITA Regionals this weekend. 

The cross country teams participated in the St. Olaf Invitational. The men placed second in a field of 20 teams at the 8K race while the women were sixth in the 6K meet out of 23 teams. Matt Pahl placed fourth overall to lead the men. Jason Saliga (10th), Kyle Hanson (13th), Daniel Kulas (19th), and Grant Brown (33rd) also scored for Tech. Sophia Farquhar paced the women in sixth. Emily Byrd (16th), Sonja Hedblom (41st), Emily Vigil (48th), and Amanda Kautzer (62nd) rounded out scoring. The runners have this weekend off.

Michigan Tech will hold its annual Skate With The Huskies on Saturday at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. The hockey team will be playing a scrimmage starting at 11 a.m. with the fans allowed on the ice afterward. The first 150 fans to the scrimmage will get hot dogs from Vollwerth's and there will be free posters for the players to sign on the ice.

This Week In Husky Sports

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

• Soccer vs. Ferris State at Sherman Field,7 p.m.
• Volleyball at Ashland, 7 p.m.
• Women's Tennis at ITA Regional

• Hockey scrimmage and Skate With The Huskies, 11 a.m.
• Volleyball at Tiffin, 2 p.m.
• Football at Hillsdale, 4:30 p.m. on 93.5FM
• Women's Tennis at ITA Regional
• Men's Tennis at Ferris State


• Soccer vs. Grand Valley State at Sherman Field, Noon
• Women's Tennis at ITA Regional
• Men's Tennis at Ferris State

Resume Workshop

Resumes are the heart of a strong professional portfolio and should be shaped toward their intended audience. Whether refining an already strong resume or drafting a completely new one, this resume workshop will help you discover the necessary concepts for professional document success.

This workshop is from 1 to 2 p.m. 
Saturday (Sept. 24) in the Multiliteracies Center (Walker 107).

PHC Speaker Series: A Journey to the Future of Transportation

Join us at noon today (Sept. 20) in conference room B001 of the MUB for the first in a series of guest speakers hosted by the Pavlis Honors College. Dave Kaminski, lab director of Ford Motor Company’s Research and Innovation Center in Palo Alto, California, will share how Ford is accelerating innovation by tapping into the Silicon Valley startup culture.

Kaminski is a Michigan Tech alumni who graduated with a BS in electrical engineering in '89. During his 27 years of global engineering experience at Ford, he has held leadership positions in advanced research, electrical architecture development, product design, systems engineering and vehicle integration. In his current role, Kaminski manages a portfolio of cross-functional projects in accelerated product and business innovation, automated driving, mobility, connectivity, data analytics and in-cabin experience. Additionally, he manages university partnerships, business partners, startup accelerators and other Silicon Valley forums. All are welcome to attend.


Portrait Session Tomorrow

The University portrait session for fall semester will be held from 9 a.m. to noon tomorrow (Sept. 21) on the ground floor of the Administration Building room G35.


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, from noon to 1 p.m. tomorrow (Sept. 21) in Memorial Union Alumni Lounge B.

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


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 this 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.


USAC Visiting Professors Info Session

A representative with University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) will host an information session to discuss USAC's Visiting Professors program. This is a program designed for Michigan Tech professors to teach at one of USAC's study abroad locations. 

The information session takes place from 4 to 5 p.m. tomorrow (Sept. 21) in Administration Building room 404. Email Vienna Chapin with any questions.


Retirement Supplemental Voluntary Program (RSVP) Enrollment Period Closing Oct. 31

The Retirement Supplemental Voluntary Program (RSVP) is a voluntary retirement program offered to eligible Michigan Tech employees. Eligible employees who wish to retire on or before June 30, 2017 must sign their RSVP election form and communicate their intent to the Benefits Office before the deadline of Oct. 31. Prior to electing RSVP, employees must meet with the Benefits Office for a confidential meeting to verify eligibility. 

See RSVP for the policy, eligibility requirements and additional information about this program. Contact Benefit Services at 7-2517 or with any questions you may have.

In the News

WLUC-TV6 covered the annual Parade of Nations on Saturday, including several interviews with international students from Michigan Tech. See the coverage here.

New Funding

Gordon Parker (MEEM) is the principal investigator on a research and development project that has received a $157,460 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense, Office of Naval Research. Rush Robinett (MEEM) and Eddy Trinklien  (MEEM) are Co-PIs on the three-year project titled, "Increasing Ship Power System Capability through Energy Control."


Don Lafreniere (SS/GLRC) is Co-Pi on a partnership development grant that has received $197,500 from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada. The project, "Nouveaux regards sur l'occupation du continent nord-am-ricain par la population canadienne-fran-aise 1760-1914," is tracing the migration and settlement patterns of French-Canadians from Quebec across the North American continent, including the establishment of communities in the Upper Peninsula. This is a two-year project.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Tuesday, September 20, 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. 

Office Assistant 3, Air Force ROTC. Apply online.

UAW Internal & External Posting 9/20/2016 – 9/26/2016. External applications will not be reviewed until after all internal applications.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Education Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.