Michigan Tech Archaeologist Helps Try to Locate Haymarket Riot Time Capsule

It all began with the labor movement’s fight for an 8-hour work day.

In Chicago’s Haymarket Square in 1886, a peaceful demonstration turned deadly when a bomb was thrown. In the chaos that followed, panicked police started shooting indiscriminately, killing seven of their own officers and at least four workers. 

In the wake of the Haymarket Riot, eight members of the labor movement were arrested. After a questionable trial, seven of the leaders were sentenced to hang. Two sentences were commuted by the governor, and one defendant committed suicide in jail, while four men were hanged. While the public outrage at the violence created a “red scare” in the United States that set back the cause of the eight-hour day, the martyring of innocent labor leaders galvanized union organizers around the world. May Day celebrations around the world still commemorate those executed because of Haymarket.

Now, 130 years later, 21st century technology and a group of determined historians and archaeologists are bringing the historic Haymarket Affair back into people’s awareness. And Michigan Tech industrial archaeologist Tim Scarlett is playing a small part.

In 1892, leaders began erecting a monument to the Haymarket martyrs at their graves in Forest Home Cemetery in Forest Park, a suburb of Chicago. Before the monument was raised the following year, they buried a time capsule under the cornerstone, containing letters written by the martyrs themselves, family photos, newspaper articles printed at the time and documents from labor unions.  

As decades and generations passed, the time capsule was forgotten. Read the full story

Backstage at Rozsa Celebrates 50 Years of Jazz at Tech.

"Backstage at the Rozsa" again opens its doors to the groovin’ sounds of big band jazz to celebrate the 50th year of Jazz Studies at Michigan Tech.

The Research & Development Big Band and the Jazz Lab Band will present a program featuring both the old and new—vintage and contemporary. A wide variety of tunes will be featured; Latin, mainstream, funk, ballads, rock and swing.

The Rozsa stage becomes a pop-up jazz club, and the intimate club atmosphere is a perfect setting for the Research & Development  (R&D) Big  Band and the Jazz Lab Band to loosen the reins on creativity and capture the flow of jazz!  

Join Jazz Studies Program Director Mike Irish and the Michigan Tech Jazz ensembles for Jazz Showcase, "Backstage at the Rozsa" at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday (Oct. 21-22).

According to Irish, “There will be two 'Backstage Jazz Series' again this year, culminating in a finale concert on Saturday, March 25, featuring both big bands, guest artists and a return of the always popular Alumni Jazz Band.”

Elaborating about the history and excitement of Jazz, Irish says “Jazz was  born in the ‘tonks and joints' of Storyville in New Orleans, and has always found a home in the small but lively entertainment venues throughout the  world—the “speakeasies” of Chicago, the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, the Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan, Minton’s Playhouse in Harlem, Birdland in New York, Ronnie Scott’s in London, the Town Tavern in Toronto, the  A—Trane in Berlin, the Shaft in Istanbul, the Blue Note and Vanguard in New York and the Orpheum in Hancock."

Irish says "Jazz is now enjoyed and practiced all over the world, and is  one of America’s greatest cultural exports. So sit back, and immerse yourself in the music. In the words of jazz legend Art Blakey, 'Jazz washes away the dust of everyday life.'"

Tickets for "Backstage Jazz at the Rozsa" 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 at Rozsa.mtu.edu, in person at the Central Ticketing Office or at the Rozsa Box Office the evening of the performance. Note the Rozsa Box Office only opens two hours prior to performances.  

ME-EM to Host Advisory Board Meeting

NSF I/UCRC Industrial Advisory Board Meeting for the Center for Novel High Voltage/Temperature Material and Structures begins today.

Today and tomorrow, ME-EM is hosting the semi-annual NSF I/UCRC Industrial Advisory Board meeting for the Center for Novel High Voltage/Temperature Materials and Structures (HVT) at the Great Lakes Research Center. The meeting is organized by Site Director Greg Odegard (ME-EM) and Co-Directors Julie King (CM) and Paul Sanders (MSE).

Expected at the meeting are 40 faculty, graduate students and Industrial Advisory Board members from Michigan Tech's ME-EM, Chem Eng and MSE departments; University of Denver, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne; Bonneville Power Administration, CTC Global, General Cable, Lockheed Martin Space Systems and Tri-State Generation and Transmission.

The mission of the HVT Center is to develop and evaluate new materials and structures for a range of HVT technological applications, particularly for the power transmission and aerospace industries.

The HVT Center has entered its third year of operation; this meeting is focused on the review of the current projects, proposals for future research and discussions on directions for Center growth. The Center is jointly funded by NSF and the Industrial Advisory Board member companies.

Windmill Training with Michigan Rehabilitation Services

Windmills is a program designed to raise awareness of the limitations we impose on the employment of people with disabilities because of our lack of knowledge and our acceptance of myths.
The Empathy module is designed to help participants identify their feelings about disabilities in “first encounter” situations. Also, to explore how participants’ initial feelings might impact negatively on interactions with people with disabilities.

There will be three sessions of Windmill training, 9 a.m.,
noon and 1 p.m. Wednesday in Wads Annex. To RSVP go to mtu.edu/wellness. Snacks will be provided.

C-Cubed Week 8

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 school year in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited.

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.

Lake Superior Trout
Quinoa Cakes (GF)
Peruvian Roasted Potatoes (GF, V) 
Peruvian Coleslaw (GF, V)

Green Chile Pasta (GF, V)
Pasta with Chorizo (GF)
Southwestern Chopped Salad with Honey Lime Vinaigrette (GF, V)

Send any suggestions to Christina Fabian at cfabian@mtu.edu or fill out a feed-back form online.

Adult HuskiesFit Fall Sessions Begin Soon

Several adult HuskiesFit Program classes will begin their second session within the next few weeks. Sign yourself up for one of the following today: Aikido, Aqua-Fit, Belly Dance for Fitness, Muay Thai Kickboxing and TRX.

Employees may use TechFit and T2 dollars to pay for HuskiesFit Programs.

Don't forget to take advantage of the HuskiesFit Ultimate Session Punch Card. This card can be used for yoga, spin, zumba, piyo and more.

For more information, visit the HuskiesFit webpage. Commit to be HuskiesFit.

Vable Retirement Party

There will be a retirement celebration for Madhukar Vable (ME-EM) from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday (Oct. 21) in the Portage Room of the Bonfire Steakhouse Grill & Pub (formerly the Sheldon Grill) on the 7th floor of the Magnuson Hotel .

Vable will be retiring after 32 years of dedicated service to the Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Department.

Join us in celebrating his achievements. Hors d'oeuvres will be served and a cash bar will be available.

Husky Sports in Review

The Huskies earned five out of a possible six WCHA points on the weekend with a 7-3 win Friday and a 1-1 tie and 3-on-3 overtime victory Saturday over Alabama Huntsville. Matt Wintjes and Devin Kero each got starts and both stopped 21-of-22 shots. The Huskies travel to the University of Michigan this weekend for a non-conference series at Yost Ice Arena.

Soccer extended its unbeaten streak to six with a 5-0 win over Lake Erie and a 0-0 draw with Walsh Sunday. The Huskies are now 9-2-2 overall and 5-1-2 in the GLIAC. Tech hosts Ashland and Tiffin this weekend at Sherman Field.

Volleyball wrapped up its non-conference schedule going 1-2 at the Midwest Regional Crossover tournament. The Huskies defeated Quincy Saturday and lost to Cedarville (Friday) and Rockhurst (Saturday). Tech plays seven of its final nine matches at the SDC Gym, beginning with Lake Erie and Ohio Dominican this weekend.

The men's team won the UP Championship over Lake Superior State while the women finished third in Marquette. Ryan Mattson was the top finisher of collegiate runners to lead the men. Amanda Kautzer paced the women in seventh place. 

Tech suffered a 24-17 loss at Tiffin Saturday. David Walter and Brandon Cowie caught touchdown passes from each other, and Josh King added a 27-yard field goal to round out scoring for the Black and Gold. The Huskies head back on the road this week at Northwood.

The Huskies split their final home weekend and clinched a spot in the 2016 GLIAC Tournament with Sunday's win over Findlay. The Huskies fell 7-2 to Tiffin Saturday and rebounded with a 9-0 victory over the Oilers. The Huskies wrap up the regular season at Lake Superior State Saturday and await the final seeding of the GLIAC Tournament which is October 28-29 at Northwood.



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


• Soccer vs. Ashland, 5 p.m.
• Volleyball vs. Lake Erie, 7 p.m. on 920 AM 
• Hockey at Michigan, 7:30 p.m. on 93.5 FM


• Women's Tennis at Lake Superior State, 10 a.m.
• Cross Country at GLIAC Championship (Big Rapids, Mich.), 11 a.m.
• Football at Northwood, 1 p.m. on 93.5 FM
• Volleyball vs. Ohio Dominican, 3 p.m. on 920 AM 
• Hockey at Michigan, 7:30 p.m. on 93.5 FM


• Soccer vs. Tiffin, Noon

Materials Science and Engineering John & Virginia Towers Distinguished Lecture Series

Thomas Dorin, Research Fellow of Deakin University, Geelong, Australia, will present "Benefits and Challenges of Strip Casting of Ferrous and Light Metals (part 1) and Scandium Additions in Extruded Al-Cu Model Alloys (part 2) at 11 a.m. Thursday (Oct. 20) in M&M 610.

How to be an LGBTQ Ally (Or a Better One)

Join us for a discussion of daily challenges faced by LGBTQ people in our community and how we can work together to create a world with equality for all from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 23) at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1100 College Ave., Houghton.

Speakers from Michigan Tech Keweenaw Pride, Keweenaw LGBTQ+ Network, local clergy and Houghton Chapter of Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) will be present.

The public is welcome. There is no charge for attendance. Light refreshments will be served. Contact keweenawpflag@gmail.com for more information.

Cyber Law: Maximizing Safety and Minimizing Risk in Classrooms

Aimee Bissonette will present "Cyber Law: Maximizing Safety and Minimizing Risk in Classrooms" from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 20) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. If you are interested in attending this event, contact Rachelle Gariepy.

Bissonette will be in the Van Pelt Library Cafe from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. Thursday if anyone would like to stop by and chat with her.

This event is sponsored by the department of cognitive and learning sciences, department of humanities and the Copper Country Reading Council. Partial funding is provided by the Visiting Women and Minority Lecture/Scholar Series (VWMLS) which is funded by a grant to the Office of Institutional Equity and Inclusion from the State of Michigan's King-Chavez-Parks Initiative.

Physics Colloquium

The next Physics Colloquium will be at 4 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 20) in Fisher Hall. Ravi M. Varma will present "Inchoerent Braodband Cavity-Enhanced Absorption Spectroscopy for Athmospheric Opical Sensing."

In this talk, the concept of incoherent broadband cavity-enhanced absorption spectroscopy (IBBCEAS) will be introduced. This technique is widely being used for monitoring atmospheric trace gases, and aerosol light extinction.

Varma joined the National Institute of Technology Calicut, India, in 2009 and is currently an associate professor of physics. He studied Physics from the University of Hyderabad, India, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences from McGill University, Montreal, and earned a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences in 2003 from the Desert Research Institute in Reno, Nevada. He is currently visiting the Department of Physics at Michigan Tech in collaboration with the Environmental Optics Laboratory.

EndNote Workshops at the Van Pelt & Opie Library

Learn how EndNote can help you easily create and manage bibliographic information and incorporate references into your writing. Two sessions will be held Thursday (Oct. 20) in Library 242.

5:05 to 6:15 p.m.—EndNote Basic

During the session, we will cover how to create and build an EndNote "library," add and annotate full-text documents and best practices for organizing your references. Registration is required. Register for EndNote Basic.

6:15 to 7 p.m.—EndNote Cite While You Write

Learn how to incorporate your EndNote Library citations into a MS Word document in the particular style your manuscript requires. Attendees will also learn how to locate and import specialized output styles. Attending EndNote Basic, or prior knowledge of building and managing an EndNote library, is recommended. Registration is required. Register for EndNote Cite While You Write.

Our instruction room has EndNote installed on Windows workstations. Attendees may bring their own laptops with a recent version of EndNote downloaded prior to the session. Visit the library’s EndNote LibGuide to download the software and get a sneak peek at what EndNote can do for you. Email instrlib@mtu.edu with any questions.


How Not to Plagiarize

Having trouble deciding when you need to cite a source? Not quite sure whether you should quote that paper you're reading or summarize it? Join us from noon to 1 p.m. today (Oct. 18) in Library 244 for a workshop on citing your sources and how to avoid plagiarism. Register here.


This Week in Career Services

EQ (Emotional IQ)—What is it and why is it considered more important than your regular IQ to your success now and to your future career success? Learn how to raise yours from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. today (Oct. 18) or tomorrow (Oct. 19).


Geoseminar: Laurel Woodruff, USGS 

Laurel Woodruff, USGS, will present "Soil Geochemistry and Mineralogy for the Conterminous United States" from 4 to 5 p.m. today (Oct 18.) in Dow 610.


Make a Difference Day

Saturday (Oct. 22) marks the 13th annual Make a Difference Day at Michigan Tech. Make a Difference Day is known as "the national day of doing good." It is celebrated by helping your local community through service and volunteering and the best part is that everyone can participate.

How can you get involved? Registration is open until tomorrow (Oct.19). Click here to sign up as a group or individually. 


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:

  • 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.


Cupcake Pickup from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Today is National Cupcake Day. Those who ordered cupcakes from the campus bakery can pick up and pay for them from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. today in the Memorial Union food court.

New Funding

Timothy Colling (CEE/MTTI) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $88,257 contract from the Michigan Department of Transportation. 
Gary Schlaff (CEE) is Co-PI on the project, "MIRE Upgrades in Roadsoft."
This is a one-year project.

Job Postings

Job Postings for Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in Human Resources. 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. 

Office Assistant 6, Office of Advancement. Apply online.

Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition, Humanities. 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.

In the News

WSAU radio in Wausau, Wisconsin, reported on a Science & Engineering Festival hosted by Northcentral Technical College, where the Michigan Tech Mind Trekkers performed. See more here.


Lucia Gauchia (ECE, ME-EM) discusses graphene batteries in a Business Insider post about Henrik Fisker's new electric car model. A number of other business, tech and science news media picked up the story including Yahoo! News, the San Fransisco Chronicle, seattlePI.com and Latest Nigerian News.