Afternoon on the Town is Saturday

Local businesses and organizations welcome students to Houghton with the annual Afternoon on the Town. This fun and informative event takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 2) in downtown Houghton.

Sponsored by Student Activities, Afternoon on the Town marks the end of Orientation Week for new students and is a welcome back for all returning to campus. 

Just a short walk from campus, participating businesses and organizations will line Shelden Avenue with information and more to help you find where you fit.

Businesses and organizations will hand out food samples and other giveaways, there'll be music and a chance to register for prizes.

For more information contact student activities or call 7-1963.

USG First Year Representative Nominations Open

The Undergraduate Student Government announces that nominations for USG First Year Representatives are now open.

As a first-year representative for the Undergraduate Student Government you will represent first-year students and help contribute towards making a difference on campus.

This is a great opportunity to contribute towards campus and we hope you don't let it pass by. We encourage you to nominate yourself or fellow students you feel would represent undergraduate students well this year. There are three positions open for first-year representatives.

Nominating someone is quick and easy—all you need to do is fill out the Google Form to nominate fellow classmates or yourself for a representative position on the USG.

You have until 11:59 p.m. Sept. 12 to make your nominations. Thank you for your help.

Clifford Mineral Collection Donation

Paul and Janet Clifford continue the donation of their mineral collection to the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum.

They recently donated 201 specimens, the second installment of the approximately 4000 specimens they pledged in 2003. They have now donated about half of their collection to the museum.

Paul is the former curator of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History's gem and mineral collection and was assisted by Janet. An endowment has been created by the Clifford's with the proceeds to be used to purchase specimens for the museum's collection.

The quality, depth, and breadth of Michigan Tech's mineral collection continues to improve through the generosity of donors such as Paul and Janet Clifford. The museum looks forward to the next installment of their minerals.

MEEM Dept Faculty & Staff Out of Office Today

The Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics faculty and staff will be out of the office all day today (Aug. 31) for a department retreat. Normal operation hours will resume on Friday, Sept. 1.

You may email individual faculty or staff or leave a message at 7-2551 and we will address your inquiries when we return to the office.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Strategic Plan Comments Posted

Revision of Michigan Tech's Strategic Plan has begun, and the Vice President for Research is seeking comments and suggestions. Comments that are posted can now be viewed by clicking the link at the bottom of the Strategic Plan webpage.

The Strategic Plan describes the priorities for the next five years that Michigan Tech must address to advance toward the Portrait of 2045. Vice President for Research David Reed invites comments, which are anonymous.

New Airline Ticket Purchasing Process

In an effort to continuously improve processes, Financial Services has implemented changes to purchasing airline tickets. Effective immediately, all airfare must be purchased using the following methods:

Option 1: University Purchasing Card (P-card) – PREFERRED METHOD

  • The P-card holder must enter travel dates, destination, traveler’s name, and purpose of travel into Access Online, as currently required.

 Option 2: Personal credit card

  • Airline tickets purchased using a personal credit card will be reimbursed upon travel completion using a Travel Expense Voucher. It will not be necessary to complete an Advance of Funds form.
  • If reimbursement is needed prior to travel, a voucher may be submitted at the time the ticket is purchased, however; employees are encouraged to submit one travel voucher for all expenses upon completion of travel.

 Those who purchase airline tickets through Superior Travel will have to provide a P-card or personal credit card number when making travel arrangements. If you do not have a P-card and would like to use it for travel, please check with your department coordinator to see if a department P-card is available to you. If not and you would like to use a P-card for travel, please complete the Purchasing Card application/agreement form available on Purchasing’s website.

 For complete details about this new process, refer to our website

If you have any questions, contact Financial Service and Operations at 7-2122.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Available

Benefit Services to reminds employees that Michigan Tech offers an employee assistance program with Northstar Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to provide services to eligible faculty and staff, and their spouses and dependents.

Employees have free access to Northstar EAP’s counseling services (up to eight sessions per year) and their website, which has links to helpful information.

This service is there to help manage issues that may be impacting your personal and work life. Areas of expertise include stress, depression, family and marital issues, work relationships, alcohol and substance abuse and grief.

Northstar EAP provides local counselors who will provide an assessment and support, all in a confidential and comfortable setting. Confidentiality is maintained in accordance with privacy laws and professional ethical standards. The University will not be notified when EAP services are requested or used.

To set up an appointment call 906-225-3145, or schedule an appointment online.

Foundational English Fall Program

 The six-week Foundational English Program will take place Sept. 11 through Oct. 20. This program is designed for people who would like to learn English from the basic or beginning level in order to participate more fully in the community or eventually pursue higher education. Community members or family members of graduate students/ faculty are welcome.

You may select individual courses (three hours a week) at $360 per course or all courses (12 hours a week) at $1,440. The four courses offered are Listening and Speaking, Reading, Writing and Integrated Skills: American Culture. 

Through these courses, learners will develop vocabulary and pronunciation skills, experience American culture, connect reading and writing, reinforce listening and speaking strategies, and practice English conversation. All courses are taught by highly-qualified and supportive ESL instructors.

If you would like to enroll in this program, contact Heather Deering or 7-2009.



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.

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.


Breakers to Bridge Paddle Festival

The Breakers to Bridge Paddle Festival, paddling events centering around the Keweenaw, is planned for Saturday Sept. 9. The 10-mile paddle check begins Friday, September 8 at the Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP) then a casual social at 6 p.m. at the KBC.

On Sept. 9, the 10 Mile non-competitive timed paddle from Breakers (North Canal Boat Launch) to the Portage Lake Lift Bridge will take place followed by a celebration at Houghton East Waterfront Park, with food available from The Fitz.

Registration is now open for all events online. Boat rentals are available, but must be reserved during online registration. To read more, see previous Tech Today article.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Thursday, August 31, 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 6, Ticketing. UAW Posting 8/31/2017 - 9/7/2017. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. Apply online.

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