Michigan Tech Shines in Wall Street Journal Rankings

Michigan Tech ranked 149th out of 800 colleges and universities in a new Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education ranking released this week.

According to the Wall Street Journal web site, the ranking is based on 15 factors across four categories: Forty percent of each school's overall score comes from student outcomes, including how they fare after leaving campus, 30 percent from the school's resources, 20 percent from how well it engages its students and 10 percent from the learning environment, or diversity. The ranking is based in part on 100,000 student surveys.

The students' responses were a factor mostly in the engagement section. The ranking values schools that focus their spending on classroom instruction and rewards both teaching and research excellence. It also places emphasis on student outcomes. It doesn't consider how selective a school's admissions are. Socioeconomic and racial diversity are also considered.

No public universities were ranked in the top 20. That's because the ranking bases 30 percent of a school's total score on its resources, as measured by instructional spending, student-faculty ratios and research output, and public universities generally have less money to spend in these areas than private schools, says the WSJ web site, pointing out that per-student public funds for higher education remained 15.3 percent below the 2008 level in fiscal 2015, according to a State Higher Education Executive Officers report.

"This ranking recognizes Michigan Tech's commitment to excellence in teaching and research, despite our financial limitations," said President Glenn Mroz.

"It also reflects the outstanding nature of our student outcomes, with 94 percent employed in their field within six months of graduation and starting salaries over $60,000."

Campus Forum to be Streamed Live

Tuesday's Campus forum will be streamed live. University President Glenn Mroz will host the forum at 2 p.m. Tuesday, (Oct. 4) in Memorial Union Ballroom A.

Release time will be provided for hourly staff with the approval of their supervisor.

The presentation will be video streamed live.

If you would like to submit a question during the campus forum, email it to Staff Council.

Do not use the chat feature within the live streaming player.

Today is Business Careers Day

As part of Michigan Tech's CareerFEST, today is Business Careers Day. Students and other prospective employees will have the chance to network with companies and learn about the variety of career options available in business, finance and economics. Here's today's agenda:

  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Career Expo under the CareerFEST Tent
  • 1 to 2 p.m. —Take part in the Business Challenge Competition
  • 2 to 4 p.m.—"Ask Me Anything" session with company reps. 
  • 4 to 5 p.m.—Backpack to Briefcase Panel Discussion-transitioning from Michigan Tech to the workplace.

Participating companies include Systems Control, Dow, Northern Trust, Meridian, Walmart, Aflac, Superior National Bank and Bosch Engineering Group.

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration Banquet Friday

The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) will host thier third annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration Banquet.

The banquet will be held on at 6 p.m. tomorrow (Sept. 30) in the MUB Ballroom.

This year's theme is "Latino Excellence" and the keynote speaker will be Diana Ortega, president of SHPE's Detroit Professional Chapter.  More information about here can be found here.

Tickets are $10 and include a full dinner, with a specialized menu spearheaded by SHPE, in collaboration with Michigan Tech catering. To reserve a ticket  contact Zack Rubinstein from Michigan Tech's Center for Diversity and Inclusion. More details can be found on our Facebook page.

Homecoming Cardboard Boats Bus Shuttle Schedule

There will be free bus shuttles to and from the Cardboard Boat races, the Homecoming event, located at the Houghton Waterfront Park tomorrow (Sept. 30). The event starts at 4 p.m.

Shuttles will run from 2 to 6 p.m. The continuous loop route will make stops at the Student Development Complex (SDC), Memorial Union Building (MUB) bus stop and Houghton Waterfront Park.

For more information, contact Student Activities at 7-1963.

Music O Rama: Celebrating John and Biruta Lowther

The Department of Visual and Performing Arts presents “Music O Rama” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 1) at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts.

"Music O Rama," an annual musical variety concert, will be held this year in honor of a couple that has spent many years participating in the Arts at Michigan Tech. This concert is sponsored by John and Biruta Lowther, in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary. The Lowthers and their family took part in many of Michigan Tech’s various music ensembles.

The celebration will feature performances by conScience, Superior Wind Symphony and Jazz Lab Band. According to John Lowther, “We wanted to celebrate our 50th anniversary and express our appreciation to the music department for the years of music our family has enjoyed. I played in the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra for a number of years. Our son played in the Pep Band and sang in the Concert Choir. Biruta and I enjoyed singing together in the Concert Choir."

Tickets are on sale now, $13 for adults, $5 for youth, and no charge for Michigan Tech students with the Experience Tech fee. Tickets are available by phone at 7-2073, online, in person at the Central Ticketing Office in the Student Development Complex or at the Calumet Theatre Box Office.

Information Session on BS in Engineering Management

Consider attending the information session on the bachelor of science degree in engineering management. This is one of the crazy, hot majors at Michigan Tech.

  • Great degree for those who have an interest in both the technical and business sides of a company
  • Option for primary or dual degree (ME-EM, CEE, MSE and others with approximately 33-42 credits more)
  • Fastest growing major in the School of Business and Economics
  •  Increased interest by employers coming to the Career Fair
  • Participate to learn more about the BSEM even if you have declared it as a major

The session is at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5 in Academic Offices Building room 101.

Contact Dana Johnson or Jodie Filpus-Paakola with questions.

Break to Educate with Sponsored Programs

Sponsored Programs invites you to a "Break to Educate" session. These sessions are research related and geared towards support staff, but anyone who feels that they may benefit from these events are welcome to attend.

This discussion will include information about cost share, with an open dialogue to follow. It will take place at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5 in Wadsworth Hall's Cherry Room. Note the change of venue, it will no longer be hosted in the library because of the students returning.

If you have any questions regarding the "Break to Educate" sessions, email Janelle Datto.

Fulbright Scholar Program Workshop

Silvija Stoljevska, a program officer for the Fulbright Scholar Program at the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) will offer a workshop on the Fulbright Scholar Program to interact with faculty and staff.

The workshop will begin with a presentation on the Fulbright Scholar Program at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3. A question and answer session will follow at 3 p.m. Those unavailable for the 2 p.m. seminar are welcome to join the 3 p.m. discussion and vice-versa.

From 4 to 5 p.m., Stoljevska will be available for individual meetings with faculty (RSVP to Pete Larsen to secure your time).

All events will be held in the MUB Ballroom B.

Topics covered in the workshop include:

  • Opportunities for teaching, research and flexible initiatives in more than 125 countries
  • Tips on how to craft a competitive application, including how to make contacts abroad and choosing the right country and award for you
  • Ways to increase your school's international profile by hosting a Fulbright Visiting Scholar through the Outreach Lecturing Fund and Scholar-in- Residence Program

Interested faculty and administrators are encouraged to attend this free workshop. For questions, or to reserve a time for your individual meeting, contact Peter Larsen at 7-3126.

Great Lakes Rip Current Survivor Speaks on Campus

Rip current survivor and leader of the Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium, Jamie Racklyeft, will talk about his experience and motivation to increase public awareness of the dangers of nearshore currents. The Great Lakes average 11 fatalities and 25 rescues annually as a result of nearshore currents.

Racklyeft's presentation, "What It's Like to Drown: Surviving a Great Lakes Rip Current," is at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3 in the East Reading room of the Van Pelt and Opie Library. His visit and talk is hosted by the SENSE Enterprise, the Department of Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics and the Great Lakes Research Center. Click here for more information.

Morning Coffee ChatóMaking A Difference: The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions

The Jackson CTL and Wise (Women in Engineering and Science) are co-hosting a morning coffee chat with Linda Vanasupa from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11 in the East Reading Room of the Van Pelt and Opie Library.

Vanasupa, a Tech alum with experience as a materials science professor and chair, is the founding co-director for the Center for Sustainability at Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo.  She received the 2016 Women in Engineering Proactive Network (WEPAN) Leader in Engineering Education award this summer.

In this session, Vanasupa will focus on how instructors practice under noble conditions and ultimately profoundly condition the learning that takes place in the classrooms. She will provide an honest reflection on a career once guided by the "making a difference" ideology. Participants are invited to hear stories of the unintended consequences of success: the ups and downs, emergence and transformation.

Coffee and light refreshments will be provided to those who register by Monday, Oct. 10.


Free Business Card and Name Badge Orders Must be Submitted by Tomorrow

All regular faculty and staff are eligible to receive 50 business cards and a name badge free. These feature the University's new logo.
Place your orders by filling out the online form. Orders must be placed by tomorrow (Sept. 30) and are limited to one order per person. Note that the name entered in the form will also be used for your name badge. The form does include a special request section, if you would like your name to appear differently on your name badge.
If you have questions regarding this offer, contact University Marketing and Communications at 7-2354 or umc@mtu.edu


Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar

Hyungchul Yoon (CEE) will present "Enabling Smart City Resilience: Post-Disaster Response and Structural Health Monitoring" from 4 to 5 p.m. today (Sep 29) in Dow 642. This event is open to the public.


Physics Colloquium

Olle Heinonen, Argonne National Laboratory, will present "Transition Metal Oxides and Resistive Switching" at the Physics Colloquium at 4 p.m. today (Sept. 29) in Fisher Hall 139.


Biological Sciences Seminar

Kyung-Hwan Han, department of horticulture and department of forestry, Michigan State University will present "Targeted Regulation of Woody Biomass Formation: EliteTree Technology" at 4 p.m. tomorrow (Sept. 30) in Dow 642.

For more information, visit the Biological Sciences webpage.


C-Cubed Week 5

C-Cubed lunches are offered from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. 

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

For more information read this week's Tech Today C-Cubed story.


Soccer Team to Host Let's Kick Cancer Game

Michigan Tech Soccer will host a "Let's Kick Cancer" game on Sunday (Oct. 2) when Ohio Dominican University comes to town.

The Huskies are partnering with the Women Living with Cancer Support Group who provides support for cancer patients. Each player will have a warm up t-shirt that will be available for bid online using the women's soccer Facebook page, with a minimum bid of $20. A check will be presented at halftime with the proceeds from the bidding.

Read the Tech Today story.


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. A raffle and silent auction will take place. Price for community members is $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.


Find Out How to Protect Your Ideas at Intellectual Property Day

Christal Sheppard, director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Midwest Regional Office, will visit Michigan Tech's Van Pelt & Opie Library Tuesday, Oct. 4 for a day of talks and panels related to intellectual property.

For more information, and the schedule of sessions, see Tech Today article.

On the Road

Beth Lunde, Title IX Coordinator and Lt. Donna Beels, Public Safety and Police Services, will attend the second "Inform. Empower. Prevent. Let's End Campus Sexual Assault" summit, hosted by Michigan First Lady, Sue Snyder, tomorrow at the University of Michigan. Michigan Tech is one of the proud sponsors for this year's Summit. Last year, Michigan Tech received two grants from this State of Michigan initiative to help achieve the goals of ending campus sexual assault.

CTL Tip of the Week

Totals in students’ grades summary hidden by default in Canvas Courses

The check box under the More Options link in Course Settings for “Hide totals in student grades summary” is checked by default. This formerly just hid the scores and grades displayed in the Total column from students, but due to a product release change initiated by Instructure it now also causes the Assignment Group totals to be hidden.

Prior to this change, even if you left the grades and scores in the Total column hidden from students, they could still see a current percentage score for each Assignment Group, giving them an easy way to quickly determine the percentage that would be displayed in the Total column anyway. If you would like to display Assignment Group and Total scores and grades to your students, you will need to uncheck the box. Directions for accessing it can be found at How do I hide totals in my students' grade summaries? Just be aware you are going there to “unhide” rather than hide these totals.

While you are there, be sure to take a look at the other choices made for your Canvas course under More Options. These default choices effect the behavior of discussions, announcements and more, as well as what grade information is displayed to students.

The CTL Tip of the Week is brought to you by the Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). For more general information or help with Canvas at Michigan Tech, be sure to visit Canvas One Stop.