Move-in Weekend, Orientation Begins Saturday

Michigan Tech's new academic year gets its unofficial start Saturday (Aug. 26) with Move-in Weekend, followed by the week-long First-Year Orientation. 

About 1,300 first-year students will check in beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday. Check in runs until 6 p.m.  

Once they check in, the new students will move into their residence halls. But they won't be alone, more than 200 faculty, staff and student volunteers will be on hand to unload vehicles, carry belongings into the residence halls, answer questions and even help to dispose of cardboard boxes.

Saturday's highlights feature family campus tours from 4 to 5:30 p.m. starting from Walker Lawn, led by this year's Orientation Team Leaders (OTLs).

The day's activities are capped by a performance by comedian Eric O'Shea at 9 p.m. at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts. Eric's comedy is perfect for families. 

The official welcome of first-year students, with addresses by University officials, takes place at 1 p.m. Sunday in the SDC, followed by the official first-year class photo at Sherman Field.

Following the photo, students will have the chance to say goodbye to their family at the University Welcome Social from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the SDC multipurpose room. 

Orientation Week begins Monday with activities throughout campus. One of the highlights takes place on Tuesday with a pair of addresses by author Daniel Tammet. His best-selling memoir, "Born on a Blue Day," was read by the first-year students. The addresses are scheduled for 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Rozsa Center. There will a book signing following each session. Later that afternoon students will join a staff member, an RA and their OTL for discussion of the book and author presentation. 

Following on the heels of last year's successful debut, "A Taste of Tech Traditions," will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Walker Lawn. The new students will get a little taste of some of our time-honored traditions including broomball, cardboard boats and the Yooper Sprint. 

The remainder of the week will consist of tours, competitions and opportunities from campus organizations to make the new students aware of all the opportunities available to them.

On Saturday, the students get a chance to get to know the community that will be their home for the next few years with "Afternoon on the Town." Students will be led on a fun-filled day discovering the city of Houghton.

Businesses from around the city and the area will offer specials for Michigan Tech students. There will be food samples, give-a-ways and chances to register for prizes. 

North Dow Elevator Out of Order

The north elevator of the Dow Environmental Sciences and Engineering building is out of order to allow for repairs due to issues caused by the UPPCO power outage on Tuesday (Aug. 22).

Elevator technicians were on site and are working to diagnose the problem and make repairs. Unfortunately, at this time the elevator will be out of order until at least Saturday, Sept. 2.

This date could change depending on the availability of parts. Updates will be provided to the campus community on the Facilities website.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact Tim Griffin at 7-2303. we apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we work to get this elevator operational.

Minerals and Materials Engineering Building Lab Restrictions

Be advised the water to the Minerals and Materials Engineering Building (M&M) will be shut off at 5 p.m. today (Aug. 24) to allow for repair of a water leak.

All work in laboratories and shops must cease before 5 p.m. today as safety showers, eye wash stations, hand washing sinks and all other water outlets (including restrooms) will be without water.

All staff and students are strongly encouraged to vacate the M&M building prior to 5 p.m. today, and absolutely require that all lab and shop activities cease prior to that time.

The anticipated duration of the outage is five hours. If you have questions about the work to be completed contact Facilities Management. If you have questions about the lab or shop restrictions, contact Environmental Health and Safety.

An Adventure: Pelc Publication Rediscovered After 36 Years

Thanks to the Interlibrary Loan service of the Opie and Van Pelt Library and Google Scholar, Professor Emeritus Karol Pelc (SBE), rediscovered his publication of 1981 in India.

Pelc served as a visiting professor at the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai (then Bombay) in the spring semester of 1981 (on leave from Wroclaw University of Technology in Poland).

At that time, Pelc attended a conference on science policy in India and presented paper entitled “Forecasting for the Purposes of Science Policy.”

After the presentation, Pelc was approached by Satish C. Seth, editor of the Indian Administrative and Management Review, who asked if he would agree to have this paper published in the journal.

Pelc, who started his work at Michigan Tech in 1985, has never heard from the editor. Only recently, he discovered accidentally in Google Scholar that his paper appeared as a chapter (ch. 10, p.123 -130) in the two volume book “Managing Development for Future: A Study in Transition and Change Management” edited by Seth, published by Gyan Publishing House, New Delhi, India, in 2001 (ISBN 81-212-0678-2).

Recently, the Michigan Tech library’s service of Interlibrary Loan was able to bring this book, and Pelc, to his great satisfaction, could see his paper included in the collection of publications of very distinguished authors including: Indira Ghandi, former Prime Minister of India: “Creating Technology for the 21st Century,”(ch.8, p.102-109), A. Ramachandran, former secretary of science and technology in the Government of India: “Management of Research and Development”(ch. 9, p.110-122), Johann Galtung, former President of the World Future Studies Federation and founder of the International Peace Research Institute in Oslo, Norway : “Futures Studies and Development Studies” (ch.14, p.165-174), and others.

Fall HuskiesFit Programs Information Now Available

Want to change up your workout, try out a new class or set some new fitness goals? Several HuskiesFit Programs will offer classes for only $2 during Dollar Days September 5-9. Cycle, kick, lift and stretch your way to a healthier you.

Looking to get your #FutureHuskies active and involved? Check out Little Huskies Volleyball Club and Boys and Girls Basketball Leagues–all beginning soon and now open for registration.

Visit HuskiesFit Programs to view the Dollar Days schedule and a full listing of adult group fitness classes and youth classes offered this fall. Commit to be HuskiesFit.

Canvas Introductory Workshop Series offered August 29-31

The William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) will offer the three-part Canvas Introductory Workshop series for instructors and instructional staff looking to get started using the Canvas Learning Management System.

The three workshops in the series are:

  • Canvas 101: Introduction to Canvas
  • Pages & Modules in Canvas
  • Assignments & Grades in Canvas

The series gives instructors and others who will be building Canvas courses the basic information necessary to create a basic Canvas course. Each workshop is conducted in a 50-minute block between five minutes after and five minutes before the hour, and offers attendees an opportunity to work hands-on in Canvas during the workshop. Participants are encouraged to take Canvas 101 first, and then take the next two workshops as they fit your schedule after.

Those interested in attending can find out more and register on the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL)‘s website. For more general information or help with Canvas at Michigan Tech, be sure to visit Canvas One Stop.


Chemistry Seminar Today

The next Chemistry Seminar will take place at 3 p.m. today (Aug. 24) in Chem-Sci room 104A.

Nicolas Plumeré will present "Synthetic Protection Matrices for Integration of Redox Proteins in Fuel Cells and Photovoltaic Cells Synthetic Protection Matrices for Integration of Redox Proteins in Fuel Cells and Photovoltaic Cells."

In The News

Progressive Engineer reported on DENSO Foundation grants to 22 universities, totaling nearly $1 million. Michigan Tech is one of those universities. See the full story here.


Earth Observatory, a NASA news website, published an article about a Rapid Response Erosion Database developed to help quickly identify at-risk areas and develop a recovery plan after a major wildfire, using satellite data. The database was developed by a Michigan Tech Research Institute team led by Mary Ellen Miller (MTRI), the NASA Applied Sciences Program and the US Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station.  See the full story here.


Materials Today, a material science news website, reported on research by Yun Hang Hu (MSE), developing a process for turning carbon dioxide into three dimensional (3D) graphene with micropores across its surface, a new supercapacitor material. See the full story here.  


WLUC TV6 in Marquette interviewed Curtis Edson (SFRES) for a story on the first-ever drone survey of Hiawatha National Forest. You can see the story here.