China Gold Headlines 2017 Parade of Nations

Calling it acrobatics is putting it mildly. China Gold, the headline act for the 2017 Parade of Nations, presents a martial arts-based display of strength, speed and agility.

Lighting, music, choreography and stage effects underscore feats of athleticism, grace and gymnastic prowess, as these talented performers showcase the Dragon Dance, Lion Dance, Wushu Shaolin Kung Fu and Chinese female dancers. 

China Gold was recently featured on international television, reaching an estimated 1.7 billion viewers worldwide. The Parade of Nations performance is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, following the Parade at 11 a.m. from Hancock to Houghton and the Multicultural Festival at Dee Stadium at noon.

September marks the 28th annual Parade of Nations, a celebration of the international heritage and multi-cultural essence of the community. This year’s theme is “Think Globally, Celebrate Locally.” More than 60 countries will be represented in the parade.

Parade of Nations is sponsored by Michigan Tech, Finlandia and community businesses and residents. The headline act is sponsored in part by the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts and the MUB Board. 
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State Budget Raises Michigan Tech Appropriations by 2 Percent

Last week, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed the state’s 2017-18 state budget.  Included is a 2 percent increase for higher education, which provides an additional $960,700 for Michigan Technological University. 

The University’s state appropriation totals $49,052,200, which is 20 percent of its $205,382,566 operating budget.

The state budget set a tuition increase cap of 3.8 percent.  Michigan Tech’s tuition for the 2017-18 academic year averages $14,774 for Michigan residents, keeping the University under the tuition cap.  Tech has never exceeded the state-set tuition cap since it was first established in 2011-12.

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Continuous Improvement Connection

The idea of "Status at a Glance" runs throughout Lean, it is a central idea of workplace organization and efficiency. Being able to quickly judge how a process is working not only reduces wasted time, it also helps keep the workplace safer.

Safety is one of the core principles of Lean, hence Lean is very commonly practiced in industry. Many identifiable forms of waste also pose safety concerns.

For example: keeping excess inventory is a waste because of the cost associated with storing items, but it can also lead to storage based hazards, like large piles of stock, unsafe or unmaintained walkways, or tripping hazards due to clutter. Having excess inventory or a messy workplace also makes it more difficult to identify other safety issues that may arise, like spills or leaks.

The sooner a safety issue can be identified and addressed the better the work environment is for all employees. Need additional resources to help resolve safety issues or reorganize a space? Stop by our office at 136W Wads, or visit our website to request an improvement event.

2017 Policy Number Updates

The University Policy Office announces the issuance of new Policy Numbers for all University Policies currently in effect. In correspondence with the transfer of policy page from HTML to CMS, the policy numbering convention was simplified.

For example: "2.1000 General University" was renamed to "1.00 General University". The changes have been noted in each of the policy's "Revisions" sections.

Review your website for the old policy numbering convention, for any broken hyperlinks, and to make the appropriate changes to the policy names, numbers, and URLs.

If you have questions about the new policy numbering convention, feel free to contact the University Policy Office at 7-2148.

Standing Committees Website Changeover

The Vice President for Administration's Business Operations Office is changing the Standing Committees webpage from the HTML webpages that it lives on now to the new CMS that UMC is working to standardize across campus. Currently found here

If you or your department has any standing committees or task forces on this website, review:

1. Who the committee reports to
2. The committee charge
3. Membership requirements
4. Currently listed members

If there are any edits that need to be made, email Business Operations at

Former Huskies Running Back Joins Coaching Staff

The Michigan Tech Head Football Coach Steve Olson  announces that former Husky standout Phil Milbrath will join the staff for the upcoming season as the running backs coach. Milbrath was a running back for the Huskies from 2007-10 and is one of the programs all-time leading rushers. Assistant Head Coach Dan Mettlach has also been promoted to offensive coordinator while assistant coaches Josh Wood and Bryan Thomas will move up into co-defensive coordinator roles following Coach Erik Ieuter joining the staff at the University of Florida.

"First of all we want to thank Coach Erik Ieuter for all of the work that he did here at Michigan Tech over the past 12 seasons," Olson said. "We also want to wish him luck as he moves on with his career. If our program is winning and having the type of success that we work so hard for, we will have coaches that leave for new opportunities.

"Phil Milbrath is a tremendous addition to the staff as the running backs coach. He has worked with Coach Mettlach so he has a great perspective of our offense from coaching in the system and having played here at Michigan Tech. Their working relationship will help the transition to be smooth. Milbrath is also a strong recruiter and will recruit Highway 2 in the U.P from Ironwood to Powers and then south to Menomonie. In addition, he will recruit Northern Wisconsin and Western Wisconsin along with the Twin Cities. We are excited to add Phil to our staff and in addition to coaching the running backs, he will assist with our special teams."

Milbrath, who hails from Norway, Michigan, returns to Michigan Tech after serving as the Assistant Athletic Director at NCAA Division III Finlandia University in Hancock.

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Recess Day Today

Students are invited to relive their "good old days" at today's Recess Day. The event, sponsored by Student Activities and Housing and Residential Life, will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. today (July 27) on Walker Lawn. 

There will be free food and classic recess games such as four square, field hockey and much more. 

In the News

ABC TV10 aired a story about Michigan Tech Summer Youth Program students visit to the University's microfabrication lab. See here.


Lake Superior Magazine published a feature on five outstanding Keweenaw Peninsula gardens, including three belonging to Michigan Tech employees: Karena Schmidt (SFRES), Victor Busov (SFRES) and Lloyd Westcoat (CEE). See here.