Open Enrollment Begins Monday

2017 Open Enrollment will take place from Monday, Nov. 7 to midnight Monday, Nov. 28. Open enrollment is your opportunity to assess your individual and family needs and make changes to your benefit package selections.

This includes changing health plans, adding/removing a dependent, changing Health Savings Account (HSA) contributions, electing to contribute to a flexible spending account or changing any other benefits such as life or disability benefits.

If you would like to continue your current elections in 2017, you do not need to take any action unless you have a flexible spending account (FSA) as contributions must be re-elected each year.

Here is a brief summary of the 2017 benefits:

  • Michigan Tech will continue to match up to 7.5 percent of your salary that you decide to save for retirement. Tax deferred as well as Roth options for 403b and 457b plans are also available without a match should you wish to save more for retirement. Keep in mind there are IRS maximums for how much you are allowed to contribute.
  • The HuskyCare High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) health insurance plan will continue with current deductible and out of pocket limits. Starting Jan. 1, 2017, the monthly premium will be $5 (pre-tax) per dependent per month while the employee premium will remain at $0. Note: If an employee has a partner/spouse that is currently covered as a dependent and is in a benefits-eligible position at Michigan Tech, their premium will be $0; any eligible children covered will have the $5 per month premium.
  • With the HuskyCare HDHP health insurance plan you can decide what amount if any, you put in your tax sheltered Health Savings Account (HSA) to cover health care deductibles and co-pays. Keep in mind that any amount you save in your HSA that is not used, is carried over to future years, even into retirement.  There are IRS maximums that might impact the amount you are allowed to contribute.
  • The HuskyCare Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) health insurance plan will continue unchanged at the current premium of $114 (pre-tax) per person per month. 
  • New for 2017 is a move to carve out the prescription drug (RX) from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) coverage and move it to Express Scripts. The coinsurance levels will remain the same and any amount paid for an RX will continue to apply to deductibles (if applicable) and out of pocket maximums on both the PPO and HDHP plan. Michigan Tech will join a larger RX coalition to leverage the volume for better pricing on prescriptions.
  • The current $150 (taxable) provided to eligible employees who have opted out of Michigan Tech’s health plan will be reduced to $95 (taxable) per month. This will help ensure Michigan Tech’s health plan remains compliant under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
  • Vision coverage will be moving from EyeMed to Davis Vision.  The vision coverage plan will be enhanced from the current plan, and the employee premium will remain unchanged. The vision plan will now have the option for a second pair of safety glasses (employee only). Visit the open enrollment website for additional plan details.
  • Michigan Tech’s life and disability plans will be transferred from Metlife to Unum. Life insurance and short-term disability plans and premiums will remain unchanged. The Long-term disability plan design and premiums (University paid core at 60 percent and buy-up of 70 percent) will remain unchanged. 
  • Dental coverage (through Delta Dental) will remain unchanged for calendar year 2017.

Plan to explore and evaluate your benefit options and cost during an Open Enrollment educational session.

For additional information, visit the open enrollment website.

Silicon Valley Experience

Got bright students? We are accepting applications for the 2017 Silicon Valley Experience happening over spring break. Twenty students will be selected to visit Google, Apple, Tesla and a string of technology startups, and meet with alum founders and employees.

See poster for details. Application deadline is tomorrow (Nov. 4).

Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar Monday

The next Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7 in GLRC Room 202.
David Walter will present "Environmental dvantages and Disadvantages of 3D Printing Technologies." This presentation will include a brief overview of some of the current 3D printing technologies and then move on to look at the environmental aspects of these technologies. Topics will include energy efficiency, printing materials, and some current examples of environmentally friendly applications of 3D printing. 
Chenfu Huang, will present ""The Impact of Coastal Hydrodynamics on the Local Ecosystem in the Lake Ontario Nearshore"
Due to excessive nutrient loadings, the town of Ajax, located at western Lake Ontario is currently facing to Cladophora resurgence, which has caused severe local environmental issues. The objective of this work is to characterize and quantify the interaction between an effluent plume and the receptor site, with particular emphasis on stimulation of nuisance growth of Cladophora by phosphorus. 

Rotaract Club Hosts T-shirt Drive

The Rotaract Club, a registered student organization, is holding a T-shirt drive and toy-making event. Donate your old T-shirts to be repurposed into a new cat or dog toy. All toys will be donated to the Copper Country Human Society.

The T-shirt drive is going on now through Nov. 11, with the donation box located outside the Campus Bookstore. 

The pet toy-making event will be held from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday Nov. 13 in the MUB Commons.

Fall Back Into Good Habits with Memberships and HuskiesFit Classes

Michigan Tech Recreation offers a variety of options to get you falling back into good healthy habits. Two upcoming workshops featuring future additions to the HuskiesFit lineup include POUND and Mindfulness. POUND, an energizing, rockin' workout using weighted drumsticks, will be held from 11 to 11:50 a.m. Saturday (Nov. 5) in the SDC Studio. Mindfulness, an introduction to the basic practices and benefits of mindfulness, will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 12 in the SDC Studio.

Memberships are available to the SDC, Gates Tennis Center and the Tech Trails. An SDC membership gives you access to incredible facilities and services. Work out in the fitness center, do some laps in the pool or challenge a coworker to a game of racquetball. SDC members also enjoy discounts on adult and youth HuskiesFit programs. Convenient payroll deduction plans for Michigan Tech faculty and staff are available. Tech Bucks, TechFit and T2 dollars can also be used.

For more information, visit Michigan Tech Recreation. Commit to be HuskiesFit.

Japanese Food at Tomorrow's Khana Khazana 

This week at the Memorial Union North Coast Grill and Deli, Khana Khazana features a menu from Japan.

The menu features:

  • Chicken Teriyaki—stir fried chicken, seasoned with honey, sesame, soy sauce, orange juice and ginger, served over rice
  • Japanese Cheesecake—light and fluffy, it is the combination of a chiffon cake and a cheesecake
  • Salad with Sesame Dressing—salad veggies with a light dressing of sesame seeds, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil and tahini

Serving is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow (Nov. 4). The cost is $7.95 and includes a fountain beverage.  Visit Khana Khazana on Facebook.

Speaker and Author Aspen Matis

Mark your calendar to attend speaker and author Aspen Matis at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 5 in Fisher 135.

Matis is the author of the internationally bestselling memoir "Girl in the Woods," published by HarperCollins in 2015. The book has been called "a powerful read" by O, The Oprah Magazine, and it made The Guardian's annual top 50 list. The New York Times named Matis a "hero." After being raped on her second night at college, Matis dropped out. Depressed and shocked that her school didn't believe and protect her, she sought solace in a remote wilderness; she found the Pacific Crest Trail and hiked the footpath's entire length, over 2,000 miles from Mexico to Canada. A book signing will take place after the event.

This event is sponsored by the Office of the President, Institutional Equity and Inclusion, and Student Affairs and Advancement, Visiting Women and Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series and the SAVE student organization.

If you have a question about this event, contact Beth Lunde-Stockero, Title IX Coordinator.


C-Cubed Week 10 

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

Portuguese Roasted Pork (GF)
Caldo Verde (V, GF)
Portuguese Rice (V, GF)
Cornbread (V)

Thai Glass Noodles with Chicken (GF)
Thai Glass Noodles with Tofu (V, GF)
Green Mango Salad (V, GF)

V—Vegetarian, GF—Gluten Free

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


Film Board Presents "Army of Darkness" and the 41N Film Festival

This weekend, Nanocon and Film Board present "Army of Darkness."

Tomorrow, Nov. 4—5:30, 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 5—2:30, 5:30, 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 6—2:30, 5:30 p.m.

Located in Fisher 135. Tickets are $3 and concessions are $1 each. 

Army of Darkness is rated PG-13 for comic horror violence, some frightening images and language.

Film Board is also partnering with 41N Film Festival to present "Operation Avalanche" at 10 p.m. today (Nov. 3) and "Operator" at 10:30 p.m. tomorrow (Nov. 4).

Lastly, in collaboration with MHA, Film Board is showing "V for Vendetta" at 11:30 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 5).

All three events are free.


Graduating Senior SeriesPart 2: Handling Personal Finances

A new job does not mean you won the lottery. Learn how to make the most of your personal finances from noon to 1 p.m. today  (Nov. 3).


Physics Colloquium

There will be a Physics Colloquium at 4 p.m. today (Nov. 3) in Fisher Hall 139. Peter McMurry, University of Minnesota, will present "Nucleation in Chemically Reacting Systems: Measurements, Processes and Dimensional Analysis."


Michigan Tech Archives to Host Travel Grant Presentation on Ford's Rouge Plant

The Michigan Tech Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections invite you to join them for a presentation, "The Strength of Steel: Life, Labor and Politics at the Rouge, 1941-1991." The presentation, by travel grant recipient Gordon Andrews, is at 4 p.m. today (Nov. 3) in the East Reading Room of the Van Pelt and Opie Library. This event is free of charge and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

For more information on Andrews' presentation, see Tech Today article.


Public Safety Announcement: Bike Awareness

With the hours of daylight getting shorter, Michigan Tech and the City of Houghton want to increase bicycle awareness and safe riding procedures. From 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. tomorrow (Nov. 4) Michigan Tech, along with the City of Houghton, will pass out and install battery-operated lights to bicyclists to promote bicycle awareness.


Biomedical Engineering Seminar

BME graduate Rachael Oldinski, assistant professor at the University of Vermont, will present a seminar titled "Stimuli-Responsive Biomaterials for Biomedical Engineering" at 3 p.m. tomorrow (Nov. 4) in M&M U113.

Note: The time has been changed.


November's First Friday Social

Adventure through the second floor of the Administration Building. Faculty, staff and graduate students are invited to join IPS/SAIS/Center for Pre-College Outreach/Career Services and Enterprise Applications Services from 4 to 6 p.m. tomorrow (Nov. 4) for November's First Friday Social.


41 North Film Festival—Life Animated

Learn the inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films. This event is at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow (Nov. 4).


Geoseminar: Susan Moore, NIOSH

Susan Moore, NIOSH will present "Building the Career You Want at All Stages" from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday (Nov. 7) in Dow 610.

For more information on Moore's talk, which is relevant to a wide variety of audiences including mining and non-mining professionals, engineering and non engineering disciplines, read Tech Today article.


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). 

Read previous Tech Today post for more information.


EDUCAUSE Annual Conference Takeaways

The EDUCAUSE Annual Conference is the premier conference for IT professionals in higher education. This year's conference was held in Anaheim, California Oct. 25-28.

One key take-away was the presentation of the EDUCAUSE Top 10 IT Issues list for 2016, an in-depth discussion of issues important to IT as the needs and environments in higher education change.

Cayce Will, Director, Office of Information Services in the Vice President for Administration Division pointed out that this year was the first year that a session focusing on LGBTQ concerns in higher education IT was held. "One item we discussed at this session was preferred name and pronoun usage in higher education," said Will. "For example, we in higher education IT organizations need to advocate to our vendors so they can improve their enterprise applications, student information systems and learning management systems to become more inclusive to better reflect today's increasingly diverse campus communities."

Will served as a proposal reviewer for the conference planning committee and serves as a member of the EDUCAUSE IT Governance Working Group Committee. 


Adam Wellstead (SS) and Dean Carson (Charles Darwin University) are winners of the 2015 Sam Richardson Award for the best paper published in the 2015 volume of Australian Journal of Public Administration. The paper was titled "Government with a Cast of Dozens: Policy Capacity Risks and Policy Work in the Northern Territory." You can find the paper here.

In Print

A paper by L. Syd M Johnson (HU), "Death by Neurological Criteria: Expert Definitions and Lay Misgivings," has been published in QJM: An International Journal of Medicine.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Thursday, November 3, 2016  

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in the Human Resources Department. For more information regarding staff positions call 7-2280 or email For more information regarding faculty positions contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

Lecturer in French, Humanities. 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. 

CTL Tip of the Week

Differentiated Assignments by Individual(s), Section, Group, in Canvas

In Assignments, instructors have the flexibility to differentiate assignments between individual students, groups of students, sections of students, etc., and specify which students are required to submit that assignment and when.  When creating or editing an assignment, instructors can specify whether the assignment should be for everyone in the course, for specific sections, for student group(s) or for select individual students. Only the section(s) or student(s) specified in the assignment details can view the assignment. Varied due date functionality remains available for each assignment, so now the same assignment can have different due dates for different students, or different students in the same Canvas course can get different assignments.

When instructors view their Gradebook, assignment grade cells are grayed out for students who have not been included in the assignment. Assignments that are not assigned to a student are not factored into the student’s overall grades, and cannot be seen by those students on the assignment list or accessed from other links.  On the student grades page, students can only view assignments that are assigned to them, either individually or as part of a course section.    

Follow the links to view the illustrated guides How do I assign an assignment to an individual student or course section? and How do i assign an assignment to a course group?  You may also want to check out What do assignments with different due dates look like in Canvas? to find out more about using them in conjunction with differentiated assignments.

The CTL Tip of the Week is brought to you by the William G. 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.