Diwali Night is Saturday

Indian Students' Association has always strived to bring the amazing Indian culture to the community.

One way to do so is the Diwali Night celebration on campus at the Rozsa Center. It is one of the biggest events at Michigan Tech and has become a tradition.

Being an international student organization, we believe that unity in diversity is the best motto and celebrating the traditional events is the way to go.

Diwali, one of the biggest festivals in India, is celebrated based on a mythological event where good wins over evil. We believe that this joyous moment should be shared with every single community member in and around Houghton/Hancock.

This year, we celebrate Diwali Night on Saturday (Oct. 29). We shall cater to an audience of various backgrounds and communities.
A dinner of Indian cuisine will be served from 5-7 p.m. The menu includes:
  • Jal-Jeera—a cold refreshing drink with cumin and mint
  • Papad—a thin, crisp disc-shaped food made from peeled black gram flour
  • Pita Bread
  • Gobi 65—fried cauliflower florets
  • Chicken Dry Roast—chicken cooked on a tawa (flat pan) with Indian Spices
  • Aloo Kofta—potato cheese balls served on a bed of rich creamy and spiced gravy
  • Naadan Chicken—South Indian chicken dish cooked in a gravy of roasted coconut and spices
  • Dal Dhaba Style—nine varieties of lentils cooked in Indian Spices
  • Bagara Rice—rice steamed with flavors of various Indian condiments and spices
  • Shahi Tukda—fried toast served with sugar syrup and sweek condensed milk

The dinner will be followed by the celebration performances including Indian dances, music and a well-knit play, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Rozsa Center.

Tickets are on sale from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Friday at the promotions table in the MUB. Stop by to grab your ticket before we run out. Tickets are $15 for the public and $8 for ISA members. Tickets are also available by calling the Central Ticket Office at 7-2073 or online
For more information, email isacomm@mtu.edu.

New Grant and Old Trees

Researchers at Michigan Tech have unveiled two exciting sustainability projects. 

The first is a new grant looking at household consumption patterns of food, energy and water. Notoriously, personal behavior change is one of the stickiest aspects of climate change mitigation. So, undertaking research in this field takes a whole team of engineers, social scientists, computer scientists and, in fact, whole communities to make it happen. Read the full story
The second project grows hope in agar and growth hormones. For several decades, Michigan Tech researchers have been working with non-profits and New York City parks to grow and distribute Chinese elms.
Showing no invasive tendencies and a real hardiness, the cultivar might be able to fill in gaps left by Dutch elm disease. Read the full story on our campus research blog Unscripted

Flu Vaccine Clinics on Campus

UP Health System-Portage will offer three more vaccine clinics on campus this fall. The vaccine is by injection at a cost of $40 payable at the time of service. Cash, check or credit card will be accepted. Shots will be administered on a first-come, first-served basis; no appointment is necessary.

Employees, retirees, family members and students are welcome to attend one of the flu clinics. Anyone under the age of 18 cannot be vaccinated without parental permission. A spouse and/or child may attend without the employee.

Be prepared to show a picture ID and insurance card. If you are insured by Michigan Tech's Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) health plan, your vaccine is free of charge and will be billed to insurance if you present your BCBSM member ID card at the time of service. This does not include retirees that have Blue Cross insurance through MPSERS. Students with Michigan Tech's United Health Care (UHC) student health plan can also have their vaccine billed to insurance with their UHC member ID card.

The flu clinics will be held in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge A on the following dates:

  • 4 to 6 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 26)
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1
  • 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2

"What's Your Financial IQ Challenge" Winners Announced

Benefit Services would  like to thank everyone who participated in the  TIAA Financial IQ Challenge. The winners of the iPad minis are:
  • Lauren Keller, Information Technology
  • Kathy Wardynski, Dining Services
  • Roxanne Barrette, Human Resources

C-Cubed Week 9

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.

Risotto Milanese (GF, V)
Sautéed Brocollini (GF, V)
Herb Garlic Bread sticks (V)

Knackwurst with German Mustard (GF)
German Potato Salad (GF)
Spaetzles with Smoked Gouda (GF, V)
Roasted Vegetables (GF, V)

Send any suggestions to Christina Fabian or fill out a feed-back form online

Halloween Storytelling Social

The Michigan Tech Multiliteracies Center (MTMC) is getting haunted for a night of spooky stories. Grab some candy and sip some hot cider during our open mic of scary stories from all over the world. All students and faculty are welcome. We would love to hear spooky tales from everyone, so we really encourage international students to share a story from their home countries.

This event is from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31 in the MTMC (Walker 107).

Husky Sports in Review

Six individuals and the 1974-75 NCAA Hockey National Championship team will join the Michigan Tech Sports Hall of Fame at an induction ceremony on Saturday. The individuals are former football player Bill Hauswirth, former basketball players JT Luginski and Andrea Novak, former hockey players Brent Peterson and Scott White and former Nordic skier Tom Wood. The inductees will be recognized at Friday's hockey game and Saturday's football game.

Volleyball picked up a pair of wins at the SDC Gym over the weekend. The Huskies defeated Lake Erie 3-2 Friday and swept Ohio Dominican Saturday. Aubrey Ficek averaged over 19 kills per match and Rachel Pohlod had over 100 assists on the weekend. Elle Heinonen led the defense with 53 digs, including 38 in Friday's match. The Huskies play their final two road matches of the regular season at Ferris State and Grand Valley. They're currently in a three-way tie for third place in the GLIAC North Division standings.

Soccer splits its weekend at home. The Huskies fell 2-0 to Ashland Friday and rebounded with a 2-0 win over Tiffin Sunday. Taylor Archibald and Alex Vasile supplied the offense for Tech. The Huskies clinched a home game in the upcoming GLIAC tournament with Sunday's win. They are also guaranteed at least the number three seed and still in contention for second place in the final standings. Tech hosts Northern Michigan on Friday to wrap up the regular season.

The Huskies wrapped up the regular season with a 5-4 win over Lake Superior State on Saturday. Tech got its five wins in five singles matches with Kwang Suthijindawong, Paola Quintana, Vicky Quinde, Natalia Parra Alvarez, and Allenca Rolim defeating their opponents. The Huskies finished 6-5 on the season and are the No. 7 seed in the upcoming GLIAC Tournament, playing second-seeded Tiffin.

Bot the men's and women's cross country teams finished sixth at the GLIAC Championships held in Big Rapids. Sophia Farquhar led the women with an All-Conference performance in 16th place. Matt Pahl led the men in 17th place for All-Conference honors. The teams compete at the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Championships in Evansville, Indiana on Nov. 5.

What's Happening This Week

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

• Live Radio Remote in the MUB, Noon-1 p.m. on 93.5 FM 

• Soccer vs. Northern Michigan, 5 p.m.
• Women's Tennis vs. Tiffin (GLIAC Tournament at Northwood), 6:45 p.m.
• Hockey vs. Northern Michigan, 7:07 p.m.on TV6 and 93.5 FM  
• Volleyball at Ferris State, 8 p.m.

Saturday, October 29
• Football vs. Ashland, 1 p.m. on 93.5 FM
• Volleyball at Grand Valley State, 4 p.m.
• Hockey at Northern Michigan, 7:07 p.m. on TV 6 and 93.5 FM


Volleyball's Ficek Named Player of the Week

Michigan Tech's Aubrey Ficek was named the GLIAC North Division Player of the Week Monday after leading the Huskies to a 2-0 weekend at the SDC Gym.

Ficek, a senior outside hitter, racked up 39 kills, averaging 4.88 per set and 20 digs while hitting .315 on the weekend. The Lockport, Illinois native had 27 kills and 13 digs while hitting .323 in a 3-2 win over Lake Erie Friday and added 12 kills and seven digs with a .300 hitting percentage in a 3-0 sweep of Ohio Dominican Saturday.

The Huskies play their final two road matches of the regular season at Ferris State and Grand Valley this weekend.


Lunch and Learn Sessions Announced for NIH Investigators

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Research Development announces a 2016-2017 academic year series of lunch and learn sessions focused on increasing communication across campus about NIH proposal development strategies and health-focused research collaboration.

The first session, which will look at NIH RePorter, will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9 in MUB Alumni Lounge A. In this session, Jason Carter (KIP) will provide an overview of NIH RePorter and explore its functionality, followed by a panel and group discussion on the effective use of NIH RePorter for information gathering prior to submission of an NIH proposal to improve proposal competitiveness. Interested faculty, research staff, postdocs and graduate students are welcome to attend. Feel free to bring your lunch.

Watch your email and Tech Today for announcements about upcoming events that will facilitate discussion around topics like the NIH merit review process, health research collaboration, SBIR/STTR proposals for biomedical commercialization and related issues. Contact Peter Larsen or Jason Carter for additional information.

Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar

The next Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 27) in Dow 642. Michael Erickson, a member of Civil and Environmental Engineering Professional Advisory Council, will present "Continued Remediate Efforts to Address Legacy PCB Contamination in Manistique Harbor, Michigan."

Erickson is a 1995 alumnus of the Civil and Environmental Engineering department who did his thesis work on sediment-water exchange of nutrients, with Martin Auer (CEE).

He has worked in consulting over his 20-year career and is currently a senior vice president with Arcadis.  

The seminar is open to public and served with light refreshments. Welcome both civil and environmental engineering students to join this seminar. 

Chemical Engineering Speaker Tomorrow

Qingxia Liu from the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada will give a seminar at 10 a.m. tomorrow (Oct. 26) in Chem Sci 201.
The title of the talk is "Nano Process on Surfaces and in Solutions."
The depletion of high-grade mineral ore resources has driven the mining and mineral processing industry to explore new technologies to process lower grade ores. The effective recovery of valuable minerals from low-grade ore requires a fundamental understanding of elementary processes of fine particle flotation. Molecular assembly of collectors on mineral surfaces and nano-structures in solutions play a critical role in governing bubble-particle interaction in froth flotation.

Two Seminars from Distinguished Ecologist Josh Schimel

The Distinguished Ecologist Lecture Series presents Josh Schmiel, professor of soil and ecosystem ecology, department of ecology, evolution and marine biology, University of California Santa Barbara.

Schmiel will give two presentations. The first, "The Biogeochemistry of Drought," is at 12:30 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 27). The second is titled "Writing Science" and will take place at 3 p.m. Friday (Oct. 28). Both seminars will be held in the Noblet Forestry Building Room G002.

To meet with Schimel during his visit, contact Erik Lilleskov.

Schmiel's profile can be found here. "My research sits at the interface of ecosystem and microbial ecology. I am interested in the role of soil microbes in controlling ecosystem scale processes. I am particularly interested in the linkages between plant and soil processes, and how changes in microbial community structure affects ecosystem-scale dynamics," says Schmiel.

DELS is sponsored by the Ecosystem Science Center and the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science.

For more information, go to the DELS website.

Financial Wellness Series Lunch and Learn Today

Join us for WorkLife Connection's first Financial Wellness Lunch and Learn from noon to 1 p.m. today (Oct. 25) in MUB Alumni Lounge A.

Jay Ruohonen, vice president for business at Superior National Bank, will present the ins and outs of applying for "Your First Mortgage." Learn about the process to apply for a new mortgage, how to be a responsible mortgage holder, how to manage your finances accordingly and other important details about applying for and handling mortgage loans. Anyone who is considering buying a new home, upgrading or downsizing, or purchasing your dream vacation home in the next few years will find this Lunch and Learn to be particularly informative.

Click here to RSVP as you learn how to take the steps toward your mortgage. Feel free to bring your lunch; beverages will be provided.


The Next Big Thing

There will be a panel discussion, "The Next Big Thing—From Autonomous Vehicles to Additive manufacturing," at 1 p.m. today (Oct. 25) in MUB Ballroom A2.

What technology is on the horizon and how can you be a part of it? Join an informal panel discussion with Michigan Tech alumni representing innovation and entrepreneurship from the midwest to Silicon Valley.


Social Justice Lecture Series: Kye Allums

The Social Justice Lecture Series is proud to welcome Kye Allums to the Michigan Tech campus.

Kye is a speaker, activist, George Washington University graduate and the first openly transgender NCAA Division 1 college athlete. Join the Center for Diversity and Inclusion for a free discussion on balancing school, sports and identity.

This event is at 7:30 p.m. today (Oct. 25) in MUB Ballroom B. All are welcome.


Husky Talks—LinkedIn Optimization: Tips for Improving Your Profile

Ensure your LinkedIn Profile makes a great first impression, presents you in the best, most effective light and compels others to contact you. Attend this session from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. today (Oct. 25) or tomorrow (Oct. 26).


Learn About University Operations

Have you ever wanted to know more about University operations? A session at 2 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 26) in the Memorial Union Ballroom will highlight key areas.

The session is open to all of the campus community and we invite and encourage faculty, staff and students to attend. Release time will be provided for hourly staff with the approval of their supervisor.


Faculty: Let EndNote and Digital Measures Work for You

Join us at the Van Pelt and Opie Library for an EndNote workshop for faculty. Learn how EndNote can help you easily create and manage bibliographic information and incorporate references into your writing. EndNote also offers an easy way for faculty to upload citations into Digital Measures.

The session is from 3:30 to 5 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 26) in Library 242. Registration is required. Click here to register.


Carol Adams at Michigan Tech

Carol Adams will give her "Sexual Politics of Meat" talk at 5 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 26) in Forestry G002. There will be vegan refreshments and a book signing following the event. Also, join the informal meet and greet, "Coffee with Carol," from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Library Cafe.


Graduating Senior Series—Part 1: Navigating the Workplace Climate

Graduation is right around the corner. Join us for this five-part series to learn the tools needed to navigate life and finances after college from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 27).

In the News

The Hibbing (Minnesota) Daily Tribune published a column about mine tailings and mine waste, citing a paper by Professor Nancy Langston (SS), Assistant Professor Don Lafreniere (SS) and PhD candidate John Baeten (SS) on the implications of the rise of tailings in low-grade iron mining.


GirlTalkHQ, a news web site focusing on women's empowerment, published an article about Michigan Tech's Summer Youth Program for women in automotive engineering, sponsored by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.


ComputerWorld Singapore and ComputerWorld Malaysia reported on Payscale.com's ranking of Michigan Tech as 18th in the nation for computer science graduates' pay. See more here.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Tuesday, October 25, 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.

Administrative Aide 7, Registrar's Office. UAW Posting 10/25/16 - 10/31/16. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. 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.