Join the #GivingTuesday Celebration on Campus this Week

What is #GivingTuesday? We have a day for giving thanks (Thanksgiving). We have two for getting deals (Black Friday and Cyber Monday). Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back.

Today charities, families, businesses, community centers and students around the world come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

The Michigan Tech Annual Fund and the Student Philanthropy Council invite all to join them in celebrating #GivingTuesday this week (Nov. 29 - Dec. 3) by participating in the third annual Pennies for Change initiative on campus.

Anyone making a purchase at any on-campus merchant location (Campus Store, MUB food court, Library Café, etc.) is asked to consider "rounding up" to the next dollar with the proceeds designated to the Michigan Tech Annual Fund scholarship initiative.

Last year 1,564 transactions brought in more than $700 for scholarship support. It adds up. Your change can help change a student's life.

For more information, contact Jenn Biekkola in Michigan Tech's Annual Giving office.

Special Operating Hours Over Semester Break

The University will be closed for the holidays on the following days:

  • Monday, Dec. 26
  • Tuesday, Dec. 27
  • Thursday, Dec. 29
  • Friday, Dec. 30

Business Operations has posted the departmental hours of operation during the semester break on their website. This will be updated regularly throughout December. If your department has not yet submitted your Special Operating Hours, do so using the google form posted on the website.

Note: For employees in units considered critical areas of operation, regular hours and shifts will continue as usual and as needed over the entire break. Check with your supervisor to determine if you or your area is considered a critical area of operation.

For questions, contact business operations at 7-2148.

Coffee with the Chief

Michigan Tech's Department of Public Safety and Police Services has established a new program called "Coffee with the Chief." It facilitates one-on-one conversations with Chief Brian Cadwell. Coffee With the Chief is part of an effort to build stronger relationships between DPSPS and members of the campus community.

"A relaxed one-on-one setting is a great way to have an informative and productive conversation," Chief Cadwell explains. "Sometimes a student, faculty or staff member has a matter that they would like to discuss, but are not sure how to approach the subject. It is my hope that this program helps to further engage the community so that we can better serve them."

To schedule Coffee with the Chief, use this google form.

December First Friday Social at LampLighters in the MacInnes Ice Arena

Faculty, staff and graduate students are invited to join the Athletic Department from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday (Dec. 2) at LampLighters in the MacInnes Ice Arena for December's First Friday Social. Complimentary beverages will be served along with some great appetizers.

This is also faculty and staff appreciation night. If you are interested in attending Friday night's hockey game and haven't already requested your free ticket, do so by 5 p.m. tomorrow (Nov. 30) using the link provided by email.

First Friday University Socials, started in 2006, provide a casual setting for members of the campus community to get together informally, share their work and other interests and get to know each other. These informal gatherings can lead to more productive work relationships, an appreciation for diversity and a chance to meet some new friends.

There will not be a Social next month due to the semester break. However, February's event is on Feb. 3. It will be sponsored by Alumni Relations and will be held in the Alumni House. The schedule can be found online.

If you are interested in hosting a social for the 2017-2018 academic year or learning more, contact Christina Fabian at 7-2543.

C-Cubed Week 13

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.

Mediterranean Chicken (GF)
Mediterranean Summer Pasta (V)
Tomato, Cucumber, Feta Salad (GF, V)

Quinoa Black Bean Burritos (V)
Steak and Quinoa Burritos
Roasted Poblano Creamy Rice (V, GF)

V- Vegetarian, VE-Vegan, GF- Gluten Free

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


Deadline For Signing Up for Childcare at Research Forum is Today
Childcare will be available on-site in the Memorial Union for Thursday's (Dec. 1) Michigan Tech Research Forum: TechTalks.
Pre-registration is required by the end of business today to ensure adequate caregivers. Complete the registration form available online.


Theatre Auditions Tomorrow, Thursday

The Tech Theatre Company will hold public auditions for David Mamet’s "Sexual Perversity in Chicago" tomorrow (Nov. 30) and Thursday (Dec. 1).

Auditions will be held in the McArdle Theatre on the second floor of the Walker Arts and Humanities Center. Auditions are set to begin at 7 p.m. each evening with actors asked to arrive at 6:45 p.m. Call backs as needed will be held on Friday. 

No preparation or previous acting experience is required. Rehearsals begin Jan. 9. See the original Tech Today story.


Meter Parking Made Convenient

For years, parking meter users have struggled to find the coins they needed. They have stood in driving rain, blowing snow and frigid temperatures feeding the meter. At times they had to run back to the meter to add more coins before their time expired, or worse, they didn't and received a ticket.

Now we are making a new service available at Michigan Tech that can change all of that. We have partnered with Parkmobile, LLC which will provide Pay by App (or 800 number) meter parking on campus. 

For instructions on how to use the Parkmobile App, see Tech Today post. 


Graduating Senior Series

Graduation is right around the corner. You found all the right tools to get your degree: now it's time to get the tools you'll need to navigate life and finances after college. (And eat some snacks and maybe win some prizes too). The Graduating Senior Series will take place at noon today.


Husky Talks

Thinking About Grad School? Career Services Can Help. Learn how to write effective and compelling graduate school application documents, as well as strategies that'll help you get in.

This is a 20-minute presentation with lots of time for your questions. There are two presentations, 12:10 - 12:50  p.m. today or 12:10 - 12:50 p.m. tomorrow.

In the News

Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) was quoted in Coal Workers Find Work in Solar Power published in Solar Reviews.
Work by Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) and PhD student Yuenyong Nilsiam (ECE) on the free inactive patent search was covered by Science Daily,, ECN and other online news sources.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Tuesday, November 29, 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, Engineering Fundamentals. 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.