Special Edition of Tech Today

Although Tech Today is on hiatus until Jan. 2, there will be instances where circumstances dictate a special issue be released. 

Today there are several job postings, and some additional articles, that we feel need to be distributed to the regular readers of Tech Today. 

Tech Today will resume its regular schedule on Jan. 2.

Governor Appoints Two Tech Alumni to Board of Trustees

Governor Rick Snyder has announced the appointments of Derhun Sanders of Redford, Michigan and Steven Tomaszewski of Howell, Michigan to serve on the Michigan Tech Board of Trustees. The eight-person board is the governing body of the University. Both men are alumni of Michigan Tech.

Sanders graduated in 1997 with a bachelor’s of science degree in biological sciences. He is the Government Liaison and Congressional Lead for the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering (TARDEC).

Sanders was the 1996 recipient of Michigan Tech’s Percy Julian Award given to an undergraduate student leader who is active in the promotion of diversity, social equality or racial/ethnic and cultural understanding. Sanders has served on the Tech Alumni Association board of directors and the board of the Black Alumni Association.

In 2007, Sanders was the Keynote Speaker at the 35th Anniversary Celebration of Michigan Tech’s Summer Youth Program.

Sanders says he is honored to be appointed to his alma mater's governing board and looks forward to serving.

"As a native of Flint, Michigan, Tech was my home away from home for seven years,' Sanders says.

"I’m extremely grateful for the life lessons learned on the Michigan Tech campus. I am honored to be a part of this board and look forward to giving back to a University that has given so much to me."

University President Glenn Mroz said he was pleased with the Governor’s picks. “Derhun and Steve are longtime supporters of Michigan Tech and we’re really pleased and thankful that Governor Snyder has selected them to serve on the Board.

Tomaszewski is Director of Real Estate and Facilities Operations for General Motors Company. He received a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering from Michigan Tech in in 1991 and a master’s from Wayne State University.

He is one of the founders and past Vice President of the Michigan Tech Chapter of the Society of Environmental Engineers. He has served on Tech’s College of Engineering Advisory Board and the Civil and Environmental Engineering Professional Advisory Committee.

Tomaszewski received the Michigan Tech Young Alumni Award in 1999 and was instrumental in GM’s involvement in the Ride the Waves Program. Ride the Waves, which came about when Tomaszewski contacted the University asking what GM could do to help get children involved with water issues, has taken about 2,500 children and adults on Lake Superior aboard the RV Agassiz.

He said it’s an honor and privilege to be selected to serve on the Board of Trustees. “Twenty five years ago, Michigan Tech launched my career and prepared me for the global marketplace.”

Tomaszewski said as a Grand Rapids native, he seldom traveled outside the city until he completed his studies in Houghton.

“I walked out of the doors of Michigan Tech and joined GM which afforded me the opportunities to work in Russia, South Korea, Germany, Brazil, India and China. I know this was only possible due to the preparation at Michigan Tech.”

He said he looks forward to using his global automotive experience to guide and share the future of the University while providing others the opportunity to step out on the global platform and succeed.

In a press release from the Governor’s office, Snyder said, “I thank Derhun and Steven for their commitment to serving on this board. I am confident they will help the university continue its success."

The new appointees will serve eight-year terms expiring Dec. 31, 2024. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the State Senate. Sanders and Tomaszewski replace Paul Ollila and Tom Baldini, whose terms expire on Dec. 31.

Michigan Tech Board Gets Good Report Card on Research

Michigan Technological University's environmental science, atmospheric science and oceanography research expenditures ranked number one among Michigan universities, David Reed, vice president for research, told Tech's Board of Trustees at its regular meeting Friday (Dec. 16).

Recently released National Science Foundation (NSF) rankings of universities by total research expenditures also placed mechanical engineering research 23rd in the nation, making it the highest ranked of all research fields at Michigan Tech, Reed reported.

In the NSF research expenditure rankings, which covered fiscal year 2015, Tech ranked 116th in the nation among public universities, Reed went on to say.

Reed also shared good news about sponsored research, including federal, state and industry funding, gifts and crowdfunding. Awards received during the first quarter of the current fiscal year totaled $17.4 million, a 28.8 percent increase over the first quarter of fiscal 2016. Research expenditures also rose, as did royalties from intellectual property, which increased by 50 percent.

The Board approved room and board rates and apartment rent for the 2017-18 academic year. Average rates increased 1.81 percent, the lowest in recent memory. For the past five years, the increases have averaged 3.5 percent.  Room and board rates with the median of three meal plans range from $8,711 to 12,989. Daniell Heights apartments rent ranges from $660 a month to $1,300 a month.

Read the full story on the Board of Trustees meeting.

Job Postings

Job Postings for Wednesday, December 21, 2016

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

Workshop Coordinator, CTT (Center for Technology and Training). Apply online.

Public Safety Officer, Public Safety and Police Services. POA Posting 12/21/16 to 1/2/17. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. Apply online.

Lecturer, Senior Lecturer or Professor of Practice, Electrical & Computer Engineering. Apply online.
Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Mileage Rate Changes on Jan. 1

Beginning Jan. 1, 2017, the IRS will decrease the standard mileage rate from 54 to 53.5 cents per mile.

The new mileage rate for moving expenses will be 17 cents per mile.

2016 Football Award Winners Announced

The Michigan Tech football program recently announced the 2016 team awards at the annual postseason meeting.

Headlining the list of honorees was senior quarterback Brandon Cowie who was named the Alan Bovard Most Valuable Player for the second year in a row.

Cowie, a senior from West Bend, Wisconsin who also earned the Offensive Back of the Year award, completed 174 passes for 1,888 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior in 2016. He also rushed for an additional two touchdowns. 

Ben Tauchen was selected for the Fred Baird Memorial Outstanding Defensive Player Award. Tauchen, a native of Bonduel, Wisconsin, finished the 2016 season with 67 total tackles, which included a sack and three tackles for a loss. 

Senior Evan Mayer was chosen as the Defensive Lineman of the year and earned the Harold Meese Sportsmanship award. Mayer, a senior defensive lineman from Wausau, Wisconsin, tied for the team lead in sacks (3.5) and led the Huskies in tackles for a loss (7.5) while registering 35 total tackles.

Defensive Back and Freshman of the Year honors were given to Travis Tidwell. Tidwell, a native of Detroit, Michigan, had a great freshman season for the Huskies and emerged as one of the teams' leaders on defense. 

The Daniel Dopp Memorial Outstanding Special Teams Player Award was given to senior punter Ryan VanGoethem for the second consecutive season. The West Branch, Michigan native averaged 39 yards per punt with 17 of his 50 kicks landing inside the 20-yard line. VanGoethem was also named to Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference All-Conference Honorable Mention squad along with being a First Team CoSIDA Academic All-American for the second year in a row.

Senior wide receiver David Walter garnered a pair of awards by being named the Outstanding Offensive Player and the Ted Kearly Award honoree. The Ted Kearly Award goes to a player who exhibits passion, pride, and integrity on and off the field. Walter, a native of Midland, Michigan, hauled in 52 passes for 627 yards and two touchdowns during the course of the 2016 season. 

Senior Joe Vieau was named the Offensive Lineman of the year. Vieau, a senior from Midland, Michigan, helped anchor the front five which paved the way for 1,477 rushing yards and 18 rushing touchdowns this season for Tech.

Junior wide receiver David Falish garnered the Omer LaJeunesse Award for scholastic achievement and senior quarterback Isaiah Hackney was chosen for the Iron Man Award. The scout team players of the year were freshman quarterback Garrett Young on offense and freshman lineman Jimmie Cannon on defense.

Read the full story and find out more about Michigan Tech sports at michigantechhuskies.com.

Rhys Edwards Named Director of NCAA Compliance and Student-Athlete Services

Michigan Tech Athletics annoucned Rhys Edwards has been named director of NCAA compliance and student-athlete services.

Edwards began his full-time duties Monday and joins the Huskies from Michigan Tech's Office of Academic and Community Conduct where he was the coordinator for the past three years.

As the Director of NCAA Compliance and Student-Athlete Services, Edwards will create, implement, and monitor a comprehensive NCAA rules compliance program for the athletic department's 14 varsity programs.


Read the full story and find out more about Michigan Tech Athletics at michigantechhuskies.com.

Volleyball Hands Out Team Awards

The Michigan Tech volleyball team recently handed out its team awards. Seniors Aubrey Ficek and Rachel Pohlod were named co-Most Valuable Players, junior Stephanie Dietrich was named the Most Improved Player for the second time in her career, Kristine Fink received the Harold Meese Sportsmanship Award, and Elle Heinonen took home the Digger Award.

Pohlod, a setter from Pittsburgh, Pa., had career highs this year in assists (1,238), digs (361), blocks (27), assists in a match (68), and digs in match (27). She ranked first in the GLIAC in assists per set, fourth in aces per set, and 27th in digs per set. Pohlod's 1,238 assists in 2016 rank second in a single season in Tech history and were 16th in the nation.

Ficek, an outside hitter from Lockport, Ill., had career highs in kills (419), kills per set (3.49), points (455), points per set (3.8), hitting percentage (.192), digs (164), blocks (27), blocks per set (.23), kills in a match (30), and digs in a match (17). She was fourth in the GLIAC in kills per set (3.51), seventh in points, and eighth in points per set, ranking 37th in the nation in total kills.

"There's no way an MVP can be named this year that doesn't include both Aubrey and Rachel," Tech coach Matt Jennings said. "Their value to the team this season is plain to see, but their impact on the program over four years is more lasting. From a 6-12 GLIAC finish as freshmen to a tie for fourth at 11-6 this year as seniors, was made possible in large part because of what they each brought to the team.

Read the full story and find out more about Husky athletics at michigantechhuskies.com.

In the News

Science ran the article, "In Reversal, U.S. Park Service Aims to Move New Wolves to Isle Royale."

Rolf Peterson (SFRES) was quoted in the story, which can be viewed here.


Michigan Tech's Midyear Commencement was covered by ABC 10 and on local radio's Keweenaw Report.


Winter Break Shuttle Schedule

Transportation Services will run a limited shuttle service during winter break, beginning now through Jan. 6.

The shuttle will run on campus from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and will not operate during University closed holidays.

In addition to its regular route, the shuttle will stop at the Lakeshore Center hourly.  The winter break shuttle schedule can be viewed here.  

The City of Houghton shuttle does not operate during University breaks. Contact parking@mtu.edu. with any questions.


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 4-week period, with the first session starting on Saturday, Jan. 7.

The I-Corps Site program is a team-based program structure that was 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. The deadline to sign up is Jan. 2. Read the full Tech Today story.


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.


A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum Holiday Sale

The annual Museum Holiday Sale continues through Friday. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m Monday-Saturday. All gift shop merchandise is 20 percent off. 

The museum gift shop includes many beautiful and unique items, including locally-made artisan gemstone jewelry, unique bookends, mineral decorators such as malachite, amethyst, lapis and local native copper.

There is a unique selection of tea light candleholders as well as a variety of stocking stuffers including agate playing cards, onyx dice, carved animals, gemstone bottles and more.


Mini-professional Development Day

Just a reminder the SAA Professional Development Committee is planning a mini-professional development day event on Thursday, Jan. 5. If you already indicated you're planning to attend, thank you! 
For more details and to sign up for any sessions, click on this link.
Form W-2 Preperation

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 January 8, 2017.

If you consent to receive your W-2 electronically, your 2016 form will be available on Banweb on or before January 31, 2017. A reminder e-mail will be sent when it is available. For more information, read the original Tech Today story.


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.


Change in Internal Proposal Deadline for Jan. 13

Due to the large number of proposals expected to be submitted to sponsors on Jan. 13, the Sponsored Programs Office (SPO) finds it necessary to adjust the internal proposal deadline for this specific date only to three working days prior to the sponsor's deadline. The additional time will allow for our analysts to perform sufficient review of all proposals to ensure sponsor deadlines are not missed.

The internal deadline for those proposals due to sponsors on Jan. 13 will be 7 a.m. Jan. 10. In order to apply the revised deadline equitably to all PI's, proposals sent to SPO after this internal deadline will not be submitted to sponsors.


Making A Difference Award Ceremony Wednesday

A reminder that everyone is invited to a reception honoring the nominees for the 2016 Making a Difference Award Ceremony. The reception is scheduled for 2 to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 4 in Ballroom A of the Memorial Union Building. The recipients for each category will be announced at the reception.

A total of 52 Michigan Tech staff members have been nominated for 2016 Making a Difference Awards.
There will be winners in each of the following categories: 
  • Above and Beyond
  • Bringing Out the Best
  • Creative Solutions
  • Outstanding Supervisor
  • Rookie Award
  • Serving Others
  • Unsung Hero
A list of the nominees is available on the Staff Council Blog.