Mackinac Bridge Closed Monday

The Mackinac Bridge Authority has announced that the "Mighty Mac"—the only driving connection between the Upper and Lower Peninsulas of Michigan—will be closed for nearly six hours on Labor Day, during the Mackinac Bridge Walk.

It is the first time in the bridge's 60-year history that it has been closed to all traffic during the walk. The bridge will be closed from 6:30 a.m. to noon on Monday (Sept. 4).

According to the Bridge Authority, this is being done out of concern for the safety of the 60,000 walkers expected to participate in the Bridge Walk.

"If your schedule is flexible enough, we suggest that you cross before 6:30 a.m. or wait until Tuesday," said Mackinac Bridge Authority Director Bob Sweeney.

No Tech Today, Labor Day Monday

In observance of the Labor Day Holiday, there will be no edition of Tech Today on Monday (Sept. 4).

Tech Today will return on Tuesday, (Sept. 5). The deadline for items to appear in the the Tuesday edition of Tech Today is noon on Friday (Sept. 1). 

Any questions may be directed to

Search Committee Certification

Human Resources and Institutional Equity and Inclusion provides a two-part staff search committee certification on a quarterly basis. The certification covers best practices and legal aspects of conducting a dynamic search to successfully hire the best candidate.

Completion of this certification is required for anyone who wishes to serve on a search committee, either as a member or as the chair.

Sign up to attend one of the following workshops:

Part One — Recruiting and Hiring Workshop

  • Thursday, Sept. 7, 10 a.m. - noon, MUB Superior Room B001 (basement level)
  • Thursday, Dec. 7, 2 - 4 p.m., MUB Ballroom B2 - B3

Part Two -  Legal Aspects

The second part of the certification is online and is administered through Canvas. To sign up for the workshop, follow this link

Institutional Equity and Inclusion staff out of office Sept. 6

The Institutional Equity and Inclusion staff will be out of the office all day on Wednesday, Sept. 6 for a staff retreat. Normal operations will resume on Thursday, Sept. 7.

You may e-mail or leave a message at 7-3310 and staff will address any inquiries when they return to the office. If you have a Title IX concern that cannot wait until the next day, contact one of the Deputy Title IX Coordinators.

In case of emergency, dial 911 or contact public safety and police services at 7-2216.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Constitution Day Student Essay Contest

Michigan Tech undergraduate and graduate students are invited to create an original essay to celebrate our nation's Constitution. 

The First Amendment of the Constitution states "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances." Universities, more than any other institution, need to protect the rights of individuals to say what they believe and to assemble as groups.

After all, challenges to current modes of thinking and rigorous debate are important components of serious inquiry, and gathering peacefully to bring attention to an issue is a fundamental part of a democracy. At the same time, we know that boundaries (established by the University community not by Congress) may be needed.

In 600 words or less discuss these boundaries and the principles you would use in defining them. What is an example of a situation that might justify placing such limits on speech and/or on an organized march? What problems might arise due to such limitations.

Prizes will be determined by a committee of faculty and librarians. Prizes are:

  • First place:$300 certificate to University Bookstore/University Images
  • Second place: $250 certificate
  • Third place: $200 certificate
  • Fourth place: $100 certificate
  • Fifth place: $50 certificate

Entry deadline is midnight, Sunday Sept. 10. Email entries either in .doc or .pdf format to

Air Force ROTC Collecting Hurricane Harvey Relief Donations

As you are all no doubt aware, Hurricane Harvey has caused major damage to the Houston area and displaced many people due to flooding.
Michigan Tech's  Air Force ROTC Detachment 400 is collecting supplies to be shipped to the area in need. Two boxes are in the first floor hall of the ROTC building until Tuesday, Sept. 12.
Examples of items needed are dry goods, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, etc.  Any donation is appreciated.

First Friday Social

The Michigan Tech Graduate School and Graduate Student Government invite faculty, staff, graduate students and retirees to a First Friday Social from 4 to 6 p.m., Friday (Sept. 1), on the lawn of the ROTC Building. Complimentary soft drinks, beer, wine and appetizers will be served.

In case of rain, the social will be held in the Memorial Union Commons area, on the lower level.

Come mingle with your colleagues and meet Michigan Tech's outstanding graduate students. A social media contest and a raffle will be held.

First Friday University Socials, started in 2006, provide a casual setting for members of the campus community to meet new people, learn about other schools and departments, share work and interests with colleagues and enjoy complimentary food and beverages.

Next month's First Friday Social, on Oct. 6, is sponsored by the Business Operations department and will be held at Huntington Bank in Hancock. Shuttle service from campus will be available.

View the complete 2017-18 First Friday Socials schedule. If you are interested in hosting a social or learning more, please contact Auxiliary Services at 7-2543.


Team Drives Active Today

As of today (Aug. 30), Michigan Tech IT has launched Team Drives. Your current Google Drive will work as it always has; this is simply a new option for group collaboration that is not tied down to particular users.
You will get notifications informing you about this. If you have any questions, contact us at or call 7-1111.

In Print

The Routledge Handbook of Neuroethics, edited by L. Syd M Johnson (HU) and Karen S. Rommelfanger (Emory University) has been published by Routledge. The handbook offers an informed view of how the brain sciences are being used to approach, understand and reinvigorate traditional philosophical questions, as well as how those questions, with the grounding influence of neuroscience, are being revisited beyond clinical and research domains.

Click here for the full story.

In The News

The Great Lakes Echo reported on a research study that shows that Lake Superior's water clarity is declining. The study was done by Michigan Tech and several other major research universities. See the full story here.


The Missoulian (Missoula, Montana) reported on the 20 safest college towns, including Houghton, home to Michigan Tech. See the full story here.


Industry Week published a feature article on Michigan Tech's Women in Automotive Engineering (WIAE), a Summer Youth Program. The writer touted WIAE as an effort to address gender concerns in the automotive workforce. See the full story here.


Techli, a website that covers news of entrepreneurship and technology in the Midwest, reported on the use of drones to drop contraband into prisons, citing Mo Rastgaar's (MEEM) "drone net" as one possible solution. Click here for the full story. 

The story was also covered by the Detroit News.  

Job Posting

Job Posting for Wednesday, August 30, 2017

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

Office Assistant 3 (9 months/20 hours), Center for Diversity & Inclusion. UAW Posting 8/30/17 - 9/5/17. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. 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.

Job Postings

Job Postings for Thursday, August 31, 2017 

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.

Telecommunications Technician, Information Technology. Apply online.

Assistant Director of Media Technology Services, Information Technology. Apply online.

Office Assistant 6, Ticketing. UAW Posting 8/31/2017 - 9/7/2017. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. 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.