Mid-Year Base Budget Adjustments

University general fund base budgets are being increased in the salaries and wages category for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. The total amount of the increase is approximately $2 million. University executive areas will retain a portion of this increase in order to allow for strategic realignment of resources in their areas. The remainder will be passed on as base budget increases for the budgets controlled by individual Deans and Directors.

Deans and Directors are asked to make strategic decisions regarding use of the funds. Deans and Directors may use a portion of their total budget increase, as well as other funds at their disposal, to fund base and/or one-time salary increases to recognize those whose performance and achievements exceed expectations. Funds may also be used to support equity issues and to address budget realignment needs within their units. Employees whose performance meets the expectations of their supervisor(s) should expect to receive a salary increase of approximately one and one-half percent of their current salary.

Mid-year salary adjustments will become effective Nov. 20, 2016. Employees receiving an increase in salary should expect to see the increase reflected in their paycheck on Dec. 9, 2016.

Education and the Seventh Generation:   

Learn about the Anishinaabe perspective on natural resources and how to integrate into the curricula

The Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative (LSSI) will host a Dinner and Dialogue from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3 in the Great Lakes Research Center Room 202.

The guest presenter is Dylan Jennings, director of the Public Information Office at Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission in Bad River, Wisconsin. He is a member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and a frequent presenter in the Great Lake region sharing his experience with Anishinaabe culture and the natural world.

Valoree Gagnon (SS), will share findings from her recently completed dissertation "Environmental Justice for Seven Generations: Institutional Ethnography of Fish, Risk, and Health in the Lake Superior Toxic  Riskscape."

A former GK12 Fellow at Hancock Middle School, she incorporated Native American cultural views of natural resources into her lessons.

Dinner is included for LSSI school teams and community partners. The public is welcome to attend ($10 charge for dinner).

To register, email Loret Roberts or call 482-0331. Teachers can register online.  

Physics Colloquium Thursday

The next Physics Colloquium will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 29) in Fisher Hall l139. Olle Heinonen will present "Transition Metal Oxides and Resistive Switching."
Resistive switching was discovered some 60 years ago. The basics of resistive switching is that an insulating material, typically an oxide sandwiched between metal electrodes, can be cycled between a high-resistance and low-resistance state. The effect has recently become very interesting for applications in non-volatile random access memories, and there are large industrial efforts aimed at productizing so-called resistive random access memories (RRAMs).

Heinonen received his PhD from Case Western Reserve University working with Phil Taylor on the quantum Hall effect. He joined the Materials Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory in 2010, where he does research in computational materials science, ranging from quantum materials to nanoscale magnetic systems and Co-based superalloys. He has authored some 100 publications, co-authored two textbooks in condensed matter theory, and holds 36 US Patents. 

Traditional Indian Dinner Fundraiser

A Traditional Indian Dinner fundraiser for The Canterbury House will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 2) at Trinity Episcopal Church in Houghton. Eat in or take out available. A raffle and silent auction will take place. Community members $12, students $10, children $5, under 5 years free.

All funds raised will support the work that Canterbury does fostering an inclusive community here in Houghton.

C-Cubed Week 5

Come and join the C-Cubed (Conversation, Community, Collegiality) University lunches. They are offered from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays throughout the year in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge.

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. All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited.

Jamaican crab and chicken Rundown (GF)
Jamaican vegetable Rundown (VGF)
Grilled pita
Hot sauce
Pineapple rocket salad (VGF) 

Chimichurri beef pasta (GF)
Chimichurri pasta (VGF)
Quinoa Salad with Queso Blanco (VGF)

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

Don't forget that you can purchase C-Cubed Gift Certificates. These make a great gift to office staff and are a simple, kind gesture to employees and colleagues. You can purchase C-Cubed Gift Certificates in the Memorial Union and Catering Services Office 101. They can be paid for with cash, credit card or by an index charge.

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

Hockey Huskies Ranked No. 17 in Preseason Poll

Michigan Tech is ranked No. 17 in the preseason USCHO.com Top 20 Poll released Monday. The Huskies garnered 285 points in the poll after finishing last season at No. 16.

Michigan Tech opens the 2016-17 season at Minnesota Duluth this weekend. The Bulldogs enter the season at No. 6 in the poll after going 19-16-5 in 2015-16 and a No. 9 ranking at the end of last year. The puck drops at 8:07 p.m. (EDT)Saturday and 5:07 p.m. Sunday at Amsoil Arena.

Other Michigan Tech opponents in the preseason USCHO rankings are No. 9 Notre Dame, No. 11 Michigan, No. 14 Bowling Green, No. 19 Minnesota State, and No. 20 Ferris State.

Read the full story and find out more about Husky Sports at michigantechhuskies.com.

Geoseminar Today

The next Geoseminar will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. today in Dow 610. Michael Cooper will present "Tips and Shortcuts for AVO and Inversion in Oil Companies."

Lithology and fluid content predictions are at the heart of quantitative seismic interpretation. However, even the best software can be aided by understanding the physics behind the observed phenomena and by intuitive "back-of-the-envelope" analyses. This talk will present examples of each.

ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker

The next ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker Series will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 29) in EERC 103. Sibendu Som will present "Towards Predictive Simulations of the Internal Combustion Engine Enabled by High-Performance Computing."

Vehicles powered by Internal Combustion Engines (ICEs), operating on a variety of fuels, are expected to remain as the primary mode of transportation in the foreseeable future worldwide. Traditionally, ICEs have been designed and optimized mainly based on extensive experimental testing, which is not only expensive, but also time-consuming. With the advent of High Performance Computing (HPC), simulation-based tools are becoming extremely important for providing unique insights into ICE operation.

Som leads a CFD team with research focus on the development of nozzle-flow, spray and combustion models for drop-in biofuels, high performance computing for internal combustion engine applications and combustion chemistry at Argonne National Laboratory. 

Pavlis Institute for Global Technological Leadership Info Session

Are you a first or second year student interested in gaining hands-on experience while traveling abroad? Looking to make lasting friendships and connect with others who share your passion for service?

Join us at 7 p.m. tomorrow (Sept. 28) in the DHH Ballroom for an interactive info session and ice cream sundae bar.

The Pavlis Institute is a distinct experiential learning community within the Pavlis Honors College that exists to inspire and prepare Michigan Tech students to become global leaders who challenge themselves, work effectively on diverse teams and achieve goals through life-changing courses, projects, mentorships and an international experience. RSVP here.


Cliff Drive Becomes One-way for Tomorrow

The Michigan Tech Fall 2016 Career Fair will be the third largest Michigan Tech Career Fair, with 1,200 recruiters from 327 recruiting organizations. The day after Career Fair, they will be setting up over 2,300 interviews. To accommodate the parking for the recruiters and not fill student, faculty and staff parking areas, we will be implementing the Cliff Drive Parking Initiative described as follows.

When: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow (Sept. 28)
Where: Cliff Drive (road that runs behind the University)

  • Cliff Drive will be turned into a one lane road, entering from the Rosza entrance and exiting from the Alumni House exit.
  • The north lane closest to the water will be marked off with 170 parking spaces for the day, these will be for recruiters only.
  • The south lane closest to the center of campus will be one way entering from the Rozsa entrance and exiting at the Alumni House.
  • All staff, faculty and student parking lots will be accessible for the day by entering Cliff Drive by the Rosza and then exiting from the Alumni House exit to U.S. 41. 
  • Signage will clearly indicate the one-way street, parking spaces on Cliff Drive should only be used by campus recruiters and will be clearly marked. 

Contact Steve Patchin with any questions regarding the Cliff Drive Parking Initiative. 


Walktober Walking Campaign

As fall brings cooler temperatures, let Walktober, an employee walking campaign, help keep you moving. Walk, run or use your mobility device at least 20 days during the month of October and you'll earn 500 bonus HuskyPAW points.

Register solo or as a team of up to five employees. Each week, you'll be asked to record your number of minutes or steps on the tracking calendar to be entered into prize drawings and, if you choose, see your progress along side other Michigan Tech employees.

Research has shown that the benefits of moderate physical activity, such as walking, for at least 30 minutes a day can bring big health benefits. Walking also has a low dropout rate, so sign up for Walktober today.

For more information and to register, visit the Walktober website or contact Shannon Brodeur, SWEAT coordinator.


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

A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum welcomes students, faculty and staff to visit and see why the museum is the #1 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 US. 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.

In Print

Timothy Havens, along with co-authors from University of Melbourne, Australia, published an article entitled "A Hybrid Approach to Clustering in Big Data," in the October 2016 issue of IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Tuesday, September 27, 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.

 Coordinator, Center for Pre-College Outreach. Apply online.

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