Deadline for Calendar Year 2016 Donations to the Michigan Tech Fund

Many donors make calendar year-end gifts to the University to benefit from a tax deduction for the current year. Forward all gifts you receive during December to the Michigan Tech Fund as soon as possible. Include the envelope and supporting documents.

Credit card donations and gifts of cash or checks will be accepted at the Michigan Tech Fund Office (First Merit Bank Building, eighth floor) until 2 p.m. Dec. 30. A credit card contribution can be made online until 11:55 p.m. Dec. 31.

The University relies on the goodwill of donors and processing their gifts in an efficient and timely manner is crucial to nurture that goodwill.

Michigan Tech I-Corps Site Workshop

The Michigan Tech I-Corps Site Program and the Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship will host its next NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Workshop in January over a four-week period. The first session will take place on Saturday, Jan. 7.

The I-Corps Site program is team-based, developed through a partnership between the National Science Foundation (NSF) and successful Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. The workshop provides an introduction to the Lean Start-up business development methodology which focuses on getting out of the lab and using the proven tools of Customer Discovery and the Business Model Canvas to evaluate the commercial potential of innovative technologies.

This is a great opportunity to work with an experienced team of workshop leaders to determine, document and fully realize the commercial potential of your technology. Teams which successfully complete the program requirements are eligible for $2,500 to advance their technology-focused start-up ideas through customer discovery and prototyping. Teams also become eligible for NSF's National I-Corps program which includes $50,000 in funding. 

Participants of I-Corps Site programs and NSF's National I-Corps have demonstrated significantly higher funding rates from the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) programs which offer Phase I awards of up to $225,000 and Phase II awards of up to $750,000. 

Past participants also report the I-Corps program had a positive impact on their careers, as well as their approach to research, teaching and mentoring.

Apply today for this great experience. For more information on the Michigan Tech I-Corps Site Program or to apply to the January workshop, visit The deadline to submit your application is Jan. 2. 

Michigan Tech Fund Holiday Accounting Schedule

Submit check requests to the Michigan Tech Fund no later than Monday, Dec. 19 for processing in calendar year 2016. No checks will be cut during the week of Dec. 26.

Customer Appreciation Sale

Feeling appreciated is one of life's greatest pleasures. The Michigan Tech Campus Store and University Images would like to show their appreciation and thank you for your continued patronage by once again offering their annual Customer Appreciation Sale from noon to 5 p.m. tomorrow (Dec. 6) and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday (Dec. 7). Nearly everything in the stores will be 25 percent off.

There is a great selection of sporting apparel, outerwear and souvenirs that would be the perfect gift for yourself or anyone on your holiday shopping list. Look sharp while sitting at the holiday table... browse our blazers, dress jackets, suits and ties, all at 50 percent off.

University Images and the Campus Store thank you once again and look forward to you stopping by.

Handel's "Messiah" Saturday at the Rozsa

Tickets are now on sale for a concert that celebrates a glorious rite of the Christmas Season. The Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra and Michigan Tech Choirs, along with renowned guest vocalists, present the beloved Christmas masterpiece, Handel's "Messiah."

The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 10), in the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts.

Among the guest performers are: Baritone Nathan Herfindahl; Soprano Jennifer D’Agostino; Mezzo-soprano Sandra Loy; and Tenor Clark Sturdevant. The performance is conducted by Jared Anderson, chair of the department of visual and performing arts.

Tickets are $19 for adults, $6 for youth and no charge for Michigan Tech students with the Experience Tech fee.

For ticket information and more, read the full story

This Week in Career Services

HUSKY TALKS: Write a Cover Letter That Gets Attention

Only three percent of applicants personalize and tailor their cover letter to the job they're applying for, and it's that three percent that end up in the "yes" pile. Write a cover letter that makes you stand out from the hundreds of other applicants. This session will be offered twice, from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. tomorrow (Dec. 6) and Wednesday (Dec. 7) in Administration Building Room 220 - Career Services.

Graduating Senior Series: Part 5—Now What? Life After College

Join a panel of Michigan Tech alumni to learn how to navigate life after graduation—how they got to where they are now, the resources they used and what they wished they had known when they were in your shoes. This session is from noon to 1 p.m. Friday (Dec. 9) in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

Volunteers Needed for Skiing Event

Michigan Tech Athletics will host the Central Super NCAA/Junior Qualifier skiing meet on Saturday and Sunday Dec. 17-18 at the Tech Trails.

Volunteers are needed to help work the event and you can sign up for either all or part of the event. Those interested in helping out during at least a part of a day that weekend, can let Tech Athletics know by using the volunteer form, which includes the details on the days and times. The volunteer form can be accessed by clicking here.



Doyoung Park, a sound designer with Hyundai Motors and visiting researcher in CLS, will present "Sound Designers in Car Companies" from 2 to 3 p.m. today (Dec. 5) in Meese 109. 


Biomedical Engineering PhD Proposal Defense

Biomedical engineering PhD student Kevin Sunderland will present his proposal defense titled "Quantitative Flow Analysis of Intracranial Aneurysms: A Metric for Predicting Risk of Rupture" at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow (Dec. 6) in M&M U113.


Students to Present on Natural Resources at Public Library

Seniors in Michigan Tech's School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science department will give presentations at 6 p.m. tomorrow (Dec. 6) at the  Portage Lake District Library.

This event is a series of 10 five-minute talks, each focused on a message or feasible action each of us can take toward stewardship of natural resources of this region. 


IT Connect

Completing the Security Awareness Training

A reminder: Security Awareness Training is here. You can begin the training by following the link in the email you received or visit this link.
Access the material with your Michigan Tech username and password. Michigan Tech IT encourages you to be safe this year.
If you have any questions regarding this training, contact us at or call 7-1111.


The next information session for students interested in becoming Residence Assistances is at 9 p.m. Jan. 9 in Fisher 138.

For a more detailed description of the job, please visit the Housing and Residential Life hiring webpage.



On the Road

Lindsay Hiltunen, university archivist at the Michigan Tech Archives, recently presented a paper at the Finnish Oral History Network's Sixth International Oral History Symposium. The paper title is "Collective Memories of Community Decline: An Archives Response to Collecting and Preserving Personal Stories about Deindustrialization in Michigan's Copper Mining District."

The symposium was held in Helsinki, Finland Nov. 23-25.

New Funding

Timothy Scarlett (SS) is the principal investigator on a research and development project that has received $149,564 from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service.

Steven Walton (SS), Don Lafreniere (SS), Sarah Fayen Scarlett (SS), Melissa Baird (SS), Laura Rouleau (SS), Samuel Seitz (SS) and LouAnn Wurst (SS) are co-PIs on the project, "Archaeological and Historical Studies at Pullman National Monument."
This is a three-year project.