Homecoming 2016"Game of Thrones: Winter is Coming"

Michigan Tech's annual Homecoming Weekend starts today. This year's theme is "Game of Thrones: Winter is Coming."

Wet and Watery Fun

Things get started this afternoon as scores of Michigan Tech students brave the chilly waters of the Portage Canal, testing their knowledge of fluid dynamics while risking both hypothermia and humiliation in the Cardboard Boat races. The action begins at 4 p.m. today at the Houghton Waterfront Park.

Student organizations will attempt (and we do mean attempt) to race vessels constructed entirely out of cardboard and duct tape. Boats will start lining up at 3:30 p.m. today, so get there early to get a good viewing spot. 

Shuttles will run from 2 to 6 p.m. today bringing spectators both to and from the races. The continuous-loop shuttle route will make stops at the SDC, the MUB bus stop and the Waterfront Park. This event is open to everyone.

Food and Fun at Tailgate Party

Nothing gets football fans ready for a big game more than an old fashioned tailgate party, and this one is one of the best you'll find. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, next to Parking Lot 24, there will be free food and fun for those attending the Homecoming Football Game. 

The menu includes burgers, cookies, lemonade, hot chocolate and more. There is alcohol available so bring your ID. Tech students need their HuskyCard get into the game and the party. Those 21 and over must show an ID for alcohol. Non-Tech students can attend the Tailgate with a ticket to the Homecoming Football Game. 

The Tailgate is sponsored by Dining Services, Student Activities, Alumni Engagement and Family Weekend. 

Are You Ready For Some Football?

Kickoff for the big Homecoming Football Game between the Michigan Tech Huskies and Saginaw Valley State University is slated for 1 p.m. Saturday at Sherman Field. Both teams come into the contest with identical 2-2 records and Tech is looking to make it three in a row over SVSU (see related article below).

There will be Homecoming giveaways for students at the start of the game on a first-come, first-served basis. The Homecoming King and Queen coronation ceremony will take place during halftime. 

Plan to attend all of this year's Homecoming events and LET'S GO HUSKIES.

Call for Proposals: Century II Campaign Endowed Equipment Fund (C2E2)

The Office of the Vice President for Research is requesting Century II Campaign Endowed Equipment Fund proposals (C2E2).

The program provides funds to purchase equipment that will have a broad, campus-wide impact and will improve the lives of faculty, staff and students.

Submissions will be accepted until 4 p.m. Oct. 20. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Send one electronic copy of all the required documents, in a pdf, to Cathy Jenich.

For more information, visit C2E2 or contact Jenich.

Khana Khazana Features Thai Food

A taste of Thailand is on tap for today's Khana Khazana in the Memorial Union Food Court. Serving from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, the menu features:

  • Tom Kha—Thai Coconut Soup, a spicy and sour hot soup with chicken, coconut milk, chilis, lemon grass and lime leaves.
  • Sweet and Sour Crispy Fish Stir Fry—Fried fish and vegetables in a fragrant sweet and sour sauce.
  • Kluay Tod—Deep fried bananas with coconut.

The cost is $7.95 for a full meal including a fountain drink. Join the Khana Khazana at Michigan Tech Facebook page or #eatatmtu.

Little Huskies Boys Basketball League Starts Monday

The Michigan Tech Little Huskies boys basketball league starts Monday, Oct. 3.

The cost of the league is $45 per person, ($25 for each additional sibling), and participants will receive a free T-shirt that will grant them admission to all Michigan Tech home basketball games.

Participants will also play at halftime of select Tech games. A game schedule will be distributed on the last day of league.

The first half of each session will consist of basketball fundamentals and skills. The second half will be game play.

Register at the SDC Ticket Office, by phone at 7-2073 or online. Each participant will be required to have a signed release waiver on file at the Ticket Office before participation in the LHBL.

Sessions will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3 through Thursday, Oct. 6.

For more information, visit Boys Basketball League or call Recreation at 7-2975.

Huskies To Take on SVSU for Homecoming

The football Huskies will will take on Saginaw Valley State University tomorrow for the annual Homecoming Game.

Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Sherman Field. The game will be broadcast on 93.5 FM, with an audio webcast at Pasty.net. A video webcast and live stats are also available. 

Both teams enter the big game with identical 2-2 records both overall and in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Last week the Huskies dropped a 51-24 road contest to Hillsdale while SVSU lost at home to Ohio Dominican 21-10.  Earlier in the season the Huskies beat Ohio Dominican 17-10 on the road.

Tomorrow's contest marks the 30th all-time meeting between the two teams with Saginaw Valley holding a 20-9-0 advantage. However the Huskies have won the last two games between the two squads including a 35-21 road win last year. 

Historically, Homecoming has been good for Michigan Tech with the Huskies compiling a 46-30-2 record.

During halftime, the Homecoming Court will be presented and the Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned.  

EPSSI Seminar

Alexandria Johnson of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, MIT and Planetary Geosciences Group, Brown University, will present "Bringing Exoplanet Clouds Down to Earth" at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3 in M&M U113.

Johnson’s lecture is part of the Remote Sensing Seminar Series sponsored by EPSSI, The Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences Institute at Tech. For an abstract, click here.

Biological Sciences Biochemistry Course BL4010 Special Lecture

Department of Biological Sciences and Biochemistry course BL4010 will hold an open campus seminar with Allison Mills, Science and Tech Writer, University Marketing and Communications, Michigan Tech.

Mills will present "Cows to Chemistry: Making Sense of Science Communication" from 9:35 to 10:50 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4 in R.L. Smith Building (MEEM) Room 111.

All are welcome to join and learn about this topic in the Biological Sciences Community. To read the abstract, click here.


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

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 today (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


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. 

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

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

Send any suggestions to Brenda Randell or fill out a feed-back form online. For more information read this week's Tech Today C-Cubed story.


Homecoming Cardboard Boats Bus Shuttle Schedule 

There will be free bus shuttles to and from today's Cardboard Boat races (see Homecoming article above).


KIP Fall Seminar Series

The KIP Fall Seminar Series kicks off at 3 p.m. today (Sept. 30) in ATDC 101 with Stephen DiCarlo, professor in the School of Medicine at Wayne State University. He will present "Too Much Content, Not Enough Thinking and Too Little Fun!"

Visit their webpage for a brief presentation abstract and to view the complete list of fall seminar series dates.


Spirit Friday and Touchdown Monday

Support the home team and show your Husky pride. Spirit Friday is today at the Campus Store, University Images and online. Today only, all Michigan Tech apparel in school colors (black, gold, grey and white) is 25 percent off. Celebrate Homecoming by wearing our school colors and save 25 percent.

Monday (Oct. 3) will be Touchdown Monday. 5 percent off for each Husky touchdown, up to 25 percent. Discount will be automatically given in store and online. Some exclusions may apply.


Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration Banquet

The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) will host their third annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration Banquet at 6 p.m. today (Sept. 30) in the MUB Ballroom.

For more information, see Tech Today post.


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.


Campus Forum Tuesday

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.


Registration Open for Safe Place Training

Registration is now open for Fall 2016 Safe Place training. The Michigan Tech Safe Place Program is a comprehensive resource to better prepare faculty, staff, students and community members to address the needs of individuals who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA). 

See previous Tech Today article for more information.

A Metacognitive Moment

As we debrief from exams there will likely be at least some students who are unhappy with their results. 

In addition to reflective metacognitive activities like the exam wrapper (discussed last week), it can also be helpful to get students thinking about their mindset when considering exam results.

Carol Dweck, the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University has drawn much attention with her book "Mindset:  The New Psychology of Success."  (The CTL has a few copies for loan, but many websites summarize the ideas as well.)    

The book covers many topics, but the assertion most relevant to education is that far too many students classify themselves as "good" or "bad" at things (a fixed mindset) vs. acknowledging that building skill is much more a matter of time and diligent practice (a growth mindset).    

A poor exam score, then, can be a validation that a student is "just not good at physics" vs. an indication that there is a need to examine approaches to problems, time-on-task, study methods, or patterns of error.

Dweck asserts that students' mindsets can be shifted through a variety of metacognitive teaching activities. Praising effort rather than achievement, sharing how personal failures led to growth, and setting up systems that encourage opportunities for "cheap" mistakes (drafts, multiple attempts, etc.) can help reframe disappointment and motivate better future results.

If you're interested in more details about how the idea of mindset could benefit you or your students stop into or contact the Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning.  

Job Posting

Job Posting for Friday, September 30, 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.

Assistant Professor in Environmental/Energy Justice, Social Sciences. Apply online.

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

In the News

US News & World Report quoted Center for Pre-College Outreach Coordinator Liz Fujita in an article offering advice for high school students in choosing a college when they aren't sure what their major will be.


GoodCall, a web site offering advice to future college students and their families, quoted Adrienne Minerick, associate dean for research and development (COE) and professor of chemical engineering, on STEM careers and the "marriage penalty." See the story here.


ABC-TV 10 and WLUC-TV 6 covered the Michigan Tech Fall Career Fair.