Tech Bachelor's in Marketing Degree Ranked Among Nation's Best

College Choice, an online publication designed to help students and their families find the right college, has ranked Michigan Tech's BS in Marketing one of the best bachelor's degrees in marketing in the U.S. Tech's program ranked 27th among the top 50 bachelor's in marketing degrees in the country.

"The undergraduate marketing major at Michigan Tech, leading to a Bachelor of Science degree, provides foundational knowledge as well as flexibility to customize the degree through choise of electives such as global marketing, technical communication, econometrics and more," said the College Choice website. "For even more personalization, the marketing major can also be combined with minors in economics and global business.

"In only one additional year, students can also complete the Accelerated Master's program, earning undergraduate and graduate degrees in a fraction of the typical time.

"In addition to enriching courses like Business to Business Marketing and Integrated Marketing Communications, the major provides practical learning opportunities such as pitching a business in the New Venture Competition, developing a business plan for the Business Development Experience and visiting Silicon Valley to tour companies and meet with successful entrepreneurs."

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Driving in a Winter Wonderland

Presents are delightful surprises; road conditions should not be. Here's the data you need to travel safely this winter break.

Driving in Keweenaw winters is not for the faint of heart or rear-wheel drive. And while many of us at Michigan Tech preach our ice-handling prowess and laugh about a proper Upper Peninsula left turn, driving up here is no joke.

Our community likes data. So, we're offering you the resources to plan and judge the best route and timing for your winter break journeys. First step, put your phone away. Second step, check out the roads.  

Pretty much every state monitors road conditions—certainly the snowy ones like Michigan and our neighbors Wisconsin and Minnesota. There's even an app for that. And webcams. They’re on campus, they’re on the Mackinac Bridge, they’re even on the front of south Michigan snowplows.

If you don't believe us, take an engineer's word for it.

"The worst part of any trip is the unknown—not knowing what weather, road conditions or traffic is ahead," says Tim Colling, a civil engineer and the director of the Center for Technology and Training (CTT) at Michigan Tech.  “Usually when people get in trouble traveling it is because of unanticipated conditions.”

Not only does Colling work on road infrastructure for a living, but he also travels a lot while offering CTT workshops and seminars. He's learned a few tricks—like a north wind with lake effect snow means the longer US Highway 2 route across the UP is usually better than skirting Lake Superior on M28.  Colling frequently checks (when not driving) weather radar maps, Mi Drive’s web cameras and the Mackinac Bridge Authority page, which all help him decide whether or not it's worth being on the road.  Being able to see road surface condition and apparent visibility on cameras, combined with looking for lake effect bands on weather radar all help determine which route to take, if it is best to postpone leaving, or to cancel a trip altogether.

Read the full story and top winter driving tips.

SYP Adds Coding, Design Options

Michigan Tech's Summer Youth Programs (SYP) has announced its 2017 summer courses for middle and high school students, including several new explorations such as Coding for the Internet of Things, the World of Design, Global Discovery 101 and Computing Elements.  

SYP includes pre-college explorations and competitive scholarship programs featuring hands-on activities, field trips and team projects in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields, as well as business, social sciences and outdoor adventures. The 2017 programs will include 40 explorations and seven competitive scholarship programs from students completing grades 6 through 11.

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No Accounts Payable Payments Dec. 26-30

Financial Services and Operations will not be processing payments the week of Dec. 26 - 30. 
If checks will be needed during this time, have your requests to Accounts Payable by Monday (Dec. 19).

Panopto-Huskycast Scheduled Maintenance Downtime

The Panopto-Huskycast video platform will be down for scheduled maintenance between 7 and 11 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 17). During this time, you will not be able to access recordings and any attempts to upload from clients will result in a "Server unable to connect" message. Contact IT User Services if you have any questions at 7-1111, or

A New Mineral Named after Physics Professor

In Mineralogical Magazine's recent newsletter, the International Commission on New Minerals, Nomenclature and Classification announced twelve new minerals that were approved by the commission in November.

Among them is a new bismuth and gold sulfide [Bi3S3][AuS2] from Alsó-Rózsa adit, Nagybörzsöny Mountains, Pest Co., Hungary named jaszczakite, in honor of Michigan Tech professor John Jaszczak (Physics).

The new mineral was proposed by Luca Bindi (Università di Firenze, Italy;) and Werner Paar (Salzburg, Austria).

SDC Holiday Building Hours

The SDC will have reduced hours Dec. 17 through Jan. 7, but will remain open almost every day. There are plenty of indoor recreation opportunities for family and friends — swimming, skating, racquetball, volleyball, basketball and more. Day passes are $6 with group rates as low as $4 per person. Check out Gates Tennis Center for a game of tennis or pickleball. Check out the SDC holiday schedule.

Public skating is offered Dec. 17, 23, 30. Drop-in hockey is available Dec. 23, 30 for mite through bantam players.

Make the SDC your indoor recreation destination this holiday season. For more information, visit Recreation.

Tech Today to go on Holiday Hiatus Dec. 18 - Jan. 2

Michigan Tech's Tech Today online publication will go on its annual two-week holiday hiatus beginning Monday. There will be no Tech Today from Dec. 18-30. 

Tech Today will resume on Monday, Jan. 2, 2017.

Save the Date: Retirement Social for David Kent

Information Technology invites the campus community to a retirement social to recognize David Kent from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6 in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge.

Kent has provided more than 35 years of service to the University and has worked in various capacities within IT throughout his career on campus. He has also served as an alternate on the University Senate.

Join us in thanking Kent for his contributions over the years and to wish him well in his retirement. 
Refreshments will be served.


C-Cubed Week 15

C-Cubed lunches are held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge.

Korean Chicken with Rice Noodles (GF)
Korean Tofu with Rice Noodles (VE, GF)
Korean Lettuce Salad (VE, GF)

Roasted New York Strip Loin of Beef (GF) with Horseradish Sauce (V, GF)
Vegetable Napoleon (V)
Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes (GF, VE)
Steakhouse Wedge Salad (V, GF) (We'll provide some without bacon for Vegetarians)

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

Note: There will be no C-Cubed events during Winter Break. We will continue to hold C-Cubed once the Spring Semester starts.

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


Campus Communicators Meet Today

University web liaisons, social media managers, writers and marketers are invited to join Campus Communicators from 10 to 11 a.m. today (Dec. 15) in Memorial Union Building conference room B001.

Kim Menzel, expert in mindfulness-based stress reduction for professionals, will lead us through mindfulness exercises to develop ease and balance in our work lives (and maybe make the holidays more serene). 

Never been to a campus communicators meeting before? Everyone who has anything to do with communications is welcome. Monthly topics cover all facets, print publications to social media.


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 tomorrow (Dec. 16) in Dow 641 and 642. Refreshments will be served.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Thursday, December 15, 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.

Building Mechanic I, Facilities. AFSCME Internal Posting 12/15/16 - 12/21/16. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. Apply online.

Coordinator of Academic and Community Conduct, Office of Academic and Community Conduct. Apply online.

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