Midyear Commencement Saturday

Nearly 350 bachelor’s, master’s and PhD recipients are expected to take part in Michigan Technological University’s Midyear Commencement Saturday. Ceremonies take place at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 17 in the Wood Gym of the Student Development Complex.

Keith Creagh, director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) will deliver the commencement address. Creagh graduated from Michigan Tech in 1974 with a degree in Forestry.

In 2012, Governor Rick Snyder appointed Creagh, who had been serving as director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, to head the MDNR. In December of 2015, the Governor called upon Creagh to temporarily head the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality during the Flint water crisis. He returned to the MDNR in June.

Kristina Rushlau will the deliver the student address. A Kalamazoo native, Rushlau will graduate with a BS in Environmental Engineering. During her time at Michigan Tech, she participated in Mind Trekkers, the Society of Environmental Engineers and many other activities. She hopes to start her career in environmental engineering preferably in the Detroit Area.

Members of the campus community can request tickets to the Midyear Commencement through Ticketing Operations at 7-2073 or by emailing tickets@mtu.edu.

Among the class of 2016 is Ashley VanSumeren from Goodrich, Michigan, who is graduating with a double major in Biomedical Engineering and Exercise Science. VanSumeren says she’s been heavily involved in undergraduate research since her sophomore year. Thanks to a scholarship from the Pavlis Honors College and Portage Health Foundation, she was able to conduct her own research project.

“I looked at how the muscles of the legs and trunk contribute to seated upper body exercise,” she says.

VanSumeren presented the results of her research at the Undergraduate Research Expo last march and at the Life Science and Technology Institute Research Forum in October. At the latter, she received the Grand Prize in the undergraduate division.

Michigan Tech is a family affair for VanSumeren whose parents and brother are alumni. She says she initially had “kind of sworn off” Tech because she didn’t want to appear to be “copying” her family. A visit during her senior year of high school (while en route to visit her first choice school) changed her mind. She said the opportunities she’s had in four years, including working with Olympic athletes for a senior design project, showed her that Tech was indeed the right choice.

The future is a little less clear for VanSumeren, who is planning to pursue a master’s degree in kinesiology with an emphasis on biomechanics.

 “I haven’t decided on a school yet, but have applied to schools across the country and in Canada,” she says. “Following my master’s, I hope to get a job in a biomechanics research lab, either for a shoe company or a sport performance company.” She says she hasn’t ruled out continuing her education to earn a PhD.

For those attending Saturday’s commencement, parking is available in lots 22,23 and 24. No parking pass is required, and parking is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Following the ceremonies, the community is invited to join the new graduates for a special reception in the SDC multipurpose room. The reception is hosted by the Michigan Tech Alumni Association.

Employees: 2016 Form W-2 Preparation

Electronic forms

Employees are encouraged to consent to receive an electronic copy of their 2016 Form W-2 instead of a mailed paper copy.

To consent to receive your form electronically, log in to Banweb, select the Employees tab, select Tax Forms and then select Electronic Consent.

Click the checkbox under My Choice next Consent to receive W-2 electronically, then select Submit. The deadline to consent to ensure your 2016 W-2 is not mailed is Jan. 8, 2017.

If you consent to receive your W-2 electronically, your 2016 form will be available on Banweb on or before Jan. 31, 2017. A reminder e-mail will be sent when it is available.

By choosing electronic delivery, employees will:

  • Avoid having sensitive information sent via mail.

  • Have earlier access.

  • Attain access anywhere there is internet service. 

  • Help reduce the use of natural resources associated with large-scale printing and mailing, and reduce postage costs.

Paper forms

For employees who wish to receive a W-2 paper form, they will be mailed to the W-2 address listed in Banweb.  If a W-2 address does not exist, forms will be sent to the mailing address in Banweb.

Employees should view/update their current address in Banweb no later than Jan. 8, 2017.

To view/update current W-2 and/or mailing addresses, log in to Banweb, select the Personal Information tab, select Update Address(es) and Phone(s).  

Follow directions in Banweb to update an existing address or insert a new address type.

Paper W-2s will be mailed by Jan. 31, 2017 to employees who do not elect to receive their form electronically. 

After the Break from Career Services

Medical Careers Week

Join Career Services to learn about a variety of opportunities in the medical field.

Events are from Jan. 23 to 26 and will be held in the MUB Ballroom.

Consumer Products Day

Consumer Products Day returns for another year. This "Shark-Tank" style event features your team — the entrepreneurs — and the sharks — company representatives — who want to challenge you to come up with a re-purposed, re-designed idea for their company-supplied products.

This event will be from Jan. 26 to 28. Registration is open and limited. Sign your team up today using this form.

All Michigan Tech Employees are Invited

Michigan Tech's Student Affairs and Advancement Professional Development Committee is hosting a Mini-professional Development Day event on campus Thursday, Jan. 5.

Three sessions from the 2016 Professional Development Day will be repeated, giving employees another opportunity to participate and benefit from the knowledge/expertise of others at the University. For more information on program sessions and how to register, click here.

Contact Paula Nutini at 476-3609 with any questions.

CEE Senior Design Colloquium

The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department invites the University community to attend the Fall 2016 Senior Design Colloquium. This semester, students have undertaken a wide range of interesting projects to fulfill the department's design project requirement.

The colloquium will be from 8 a.m. to noon Friday (Dec. 16) in Dow 641 and 642. Refreshments will be served.


Biomedical Engineering PhD Proposal Defense

Biomedical engineering PhD student Avik Ghosh will present his proposal defense at 2 p.m. tomorrow (Dec. 13) in M&M U113. The title of the defense is "Development of Acellular Anit-thrombongenic Vascular Grafts."

New Funding

Zhanping You (CEE/MTTI) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $183,489 research and development contract with the Michigan Department of Transportation.

Chris Gilbertson (CEE) is Co-PI on the project, "Identify Best Practices in Pavement Design, Materials, Construction and Maintenance in Wet Freeze Climates Similar to Michigan."

This is a 13-month project.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Monday, December 12, 2016 

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

Senior Accountant, Financial Services and Operations. 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.  

IT Connect

MEEM 120 (ALC) Closed Dec. 27-30

MEEM 120 (ALC) will be closed from Dec. 27-30, so maintenance can be done to the A/V equipment; this will enhance your experience in the ALC. All computers in this room will be unavailable during this time.
If you have questions about this upgrade or would like help with finding other computer locations, contact us at it-help@mtu.edu or call 7-1111.

In the News

WWJ (CBS radio) and other news outlets around Michigan reported on new legislation that passed the Michigan Senate, authorizing wolf hunting, quoting John Vucetich (SFRES), a wildlife ecologist who opposes the bill.


ABC 10 news visited Hancock Middle School and interviewed Charles Wallace (CS) on Michigan Tech's "Hour of Code" project, which brought hands-on experience with computer coding to school students in Houghton and Hancock last week.


MITechNews.com published a story on Joshua Pearce's (MSE, ECE) plug and play solar research.


An essay by John Baeten (SS) called "Busting Ghosts" appeared as part of a series in Network in Canadian History and Environment (NiCHE) highlighting innovative graduate student work. Baeten studies the Mesabi Iron Range using Historical Geographical Information Systems (HGIS).