Closing the Loop

In the forest life cycle, what goes up must come down. Michigan Tech's School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science capitalizes on plant-to-harvest teachable moments as experienced students show first-year Huskies how to fell and process trees as they prepared to host the Woodchuck Games at the Ford Forest.

The repurposed trees (one felled during each of four demonstrations last month) are cut up on site in a portable sawmill, bringing the learning experience full circle. But first, students in Tara Bal's (SFRES) field techniques class learn how to measure trees. They also use densitometers to determine the percentage of forest-canopy coverage. Teaching assistant Laura Jacobs supervised the lab on pre-marked trees on the Tech Trails. Read the full story.

October is ADHD Awareness Month

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects children, adolescents and adults. October is ADHD Awareness Month, an international movement to educate the public and create greater awareness and understanding about attention deficit disorder.

Did you know?

  • Millions of people in the United States are affected by ADHD 
  • Nearly 9 percent of children ages 3-17 have been diagnosed with ADHD
  •  About 4.5 percent of adults have been diagnosed with the disorder 
  • ADHD is one of the most prevalent and misunderstood conditions in the world

ADHD's core symptoms include problems with attention, impulsivity and hyperactivity. This year's theme for ADHD Awareness Month is "The Many Faces of ADHD."

An ADHD diagnosis not only challenges affected individuals but also their families and friends. Consider these facts:

  • Individuals with ADHD experience more challenges in school, at work and in social relationships
  • They have higher rates of emergency room visits and automobile accidents and are at a greater risk for substance abuse

ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects millions of Americans regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or socioeconomic status. Recognized widely by medical organizations as varied as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), ADHD causes significant impairment at work, in school and throughout the daily lives of those affected by it.

The good news is that when children, teens and adults are diagnosed early and receive treatment, they can lead more fulfilling lives. Visit the ADHD Awareness Month coalition's website to learn more about this real and serious health condition. The website has a wealth of information to help affected individuals, and their families, cope with the daily challenges of life.

Today is #AskAnArchivist Day

As part of American Archives Month, archivists around the country are taking to Twitter today to respond to questions tweeted with the hashtag #AskAnArchivist.

The staff of the Michigan Tech Archives encourage everyone to take this opportunity to engage with us via Twitter or Facebook to ask questions about the archival profession, collections at Michigan Tech and local history generally.

Questions may vary widely, from the silly (What is the strangest thing in your collection?) to the practical (How can I preserve my family photographs?)

Please tweet us @mtuarchives and or find us on Facebook. Be sure to use the hashtag #AskAnArchivist. We hope you will join the conversation.

TIAA Beneficiary Reminder

TIAA is mailing out the following reminder to update your retirement beneficiary information. 
Naming your beneficiary and keeping the information current is an important aspect of managing your retirement account. A birth or marriage may have changed your thinking since you made your original choice. Or perhaps you never designated a beneficiary at all. Missing or outdated information can create significant costs and delays for those you leave behind.
This is a friendly reminder to make sure your beneficiary information reflects your current wishes. It takes just a few minutes online.
The good news is that it's easy to name, change or confirm your beneficiaries.
  • Log in to your account at
  • Under My Account, select Change Beneficiaries from the Profilesection.
  • From there, you can designate beneficiaries and select how much each should receive.
If you prefer, you can complete a paper form and return it by mail. To have a form mailed to you, call 800-842-2252.
For your protection, we cannot change your beneficiary over the phone. If you make a change, you'll receive a confirmation by mail. And you can change your beneficiary again at any time. TIAA and Michigan Technological University appreciate your attention to this matter.

It's Pride Week

It's Pride Week. Keweenaw Pride has a number of events this week to celebrate and recognize support of the LGBTQIA+ community. The events lead up to Saturday's 18th Annual Drag Show at the Rozsa Center.

Today's event is the Ally Pledge from noon to 2 p.m. at the Husky statue. All are invited to come and pledge support for the LGBTQIA+ community. In case of rain the event will be moved to CDI (Hamar House).

A complete schedule of Pride Week events is available here.

Concert to Support Italian Hall Victims Memorial Monument

There will a benefit concert of American Roots Music at 2 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 8) at the Calumet Theatre. Hosted by Oren Tikkanen, the concert is in support of the Italian Hall Victim's Memorial Monument. 

Retired Michigan Tech History Professor Fredric Quivik is among the performers featured in the show. Quivik is a member of the 1913 Singers.

Additional performers include Keweenaw Brewgrass, the Acoustic Jimmy Hats, Michelle Hawkins, Valerie DePriest, the Thimbleberry Band and more. A reception in the ballroom will follow the concert. 

All donations are welcome. 

Khana Khazana is Back with Thai Food

The first Khana Khazana of the school year at the Memorial Union North Coast Grill and Deli is Friday. It's a great way to start the year with Thai food on the menu.

The menu features:

  • Kaeng Ped Khai (Chicken Red Curry)
  • Ajad (Vinegar Salad)
  • Kluay Tod (Fried Banana)

Serving is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday (Oct. 6). The cost is $7.95 and includes a fountain beverage. Visit Khana Khazana on Facebook.

NameCoach Promotion in Fisher Hall Today

Students are encouraged to stop by the Fisher commons on the first floor across from the AfterMath Cafe between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. today to find out about using NameCoach at Michigan Tech.

NameCoach helps your students and their classmates pronounce your name and each others names correctly using a simple interface to record their name in Canvas.  See how here.  

If they record their name there they can get a free gift from NameCoach. If they then bring two or more others to record their names there those two can also get a free gift from NameCoach and the student who brought them can pick out an additional free gift from Canvas (while supplies last).

Langston to speak at Keweenaw Climate Community Event

Join us at the at 6 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 5) at the Orpheum Theater, in Hancock, for the Keweenaw Climate Community's first event of the fall.

Nancy Langston (SS) has just published "Sustaining Lake Superior," a book that details the environmental challenges and opportunities facing our wonderful lake.

She will lead a discussion about her work in this area, and all are welcome to attend. Pizza and drinks will be provided.

Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar

The next Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar is at 3 p.m. Monday (Oct. 9) in GLRC 202. Pat Morrow, senior project engineer with MSA Professional Services, Inc. of Rhinelander, Wisconsin, will present, "Ultra-low Level Phosphorus Removal requirements in Wastewater Treatment—the Wisconsin Experience to Date."

Revisions to Wisconsin Administrative Code Chapter NR 217 became effective in December 2010. These revisions resulted in the application of Water Quality Based Effluent Limits (WQBELs) for phosphorus to existing and new point sources. In most cases, the WQBELs for phosphorus represented more than a 10-fold reduction in effluent phosphorus for dischargers who were already subject to a 1.0 mg/L Technology-Based Limit (TBL), and in many cases a 50 to 100-fold reduction for point sources who previously were not subject to the 1.0 mg/L TBL. 

The seminar is open to the public. 

Federal Science Partners Town Hall: Higher Education and Research Policy

Interested in how federal policy impacts higher education? Hear from Michigan Tech's director of federal relations and Michigan Tech's federal lobbying firm, Federal Science Partners, as they discuss policy topics important to students and faculty.
Topics to be discussed include, research funding, congressional and executive branch processes and more.
The discussion for students will  take place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 5) in MUB Ballroom B. The discussion for Faculty is 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 5), also in Ballroom B. 

In the News

The Daily Mining Gazette published a story about the dedication of the Outdoor Learning Center and Nature Trail at Houghton Elementary School, honoring John Wheeler, a Michigan Tech forestry student who died in a car accident last fall. Read the article here.


ABC 10 News aired a story about the Woodchuck Games, hosted by Michigan Tech forestry students at Alberta last weekend. Read the article here.


Civil & Environmental Engineering Graduate School Information Night

Join Civil & Environmental faculty and graduate students in a round table Q&A discussion at 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 5) in Dow 870.

Learn about why to consider graduate school, what the Accelerated Master's program entails, and how to go through the application process and navigate financial aid, along with much more. Pizza and refreshments will be provided.

The event is sponsored by Chi Epsilon & MTU Graduate School.


Lunch-and-Learn Session with Robert Downes

Join us for a lunch-and-learn session with author and world traveler Robert (Bob) Downes as he presents on his recently released book "Windigo Moon - A Novel of Native America." Read the original Tech Today article here for more information.

This event will take place at noon tomorrow (Oct. 5).


Celebrate Plaidurday With The Campus Store and University Images

Plaidurday falls on Friday, (Oct. 6). The Campus Store and University Images are ready to celebrate and make the most of Plaidurday 2017 by dressing for the occasion in our finest plaid attire. Read the original Tech Today article here for more information.

Let's make this Plaidurday the best one yet. Happy Plaiding. Your Campus Store and University Images staff thank your for your patronage!


First Friday Social this Friday 

The Michigan Tech Business Operations Department and the Office of Information Services invites all faculty, staff, graduate students and retirees to a First Friday Social from 4 to 6 p.m Friday (Oct. 6) at Huntington Bank, Hancock, Floor 5. Complimentary soft drinks, beer, wine and appetizers will be served. Read the original Tech Today article here for more information.


Tech Talks October 5th 

Join the Michigan Tech Research Forum: TechTalks session from 4 to 5:30 p.m. tomorrow, (Oct. 5) in MUB Ballroom A .

Fourteen researchers from across campus will present rapid-paced samplings of their work, both published and unpublished. Read the original Tech Today article here for more information.


Information Session for BS in Engineering Management

Consider attending the information session on the Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management. This is one of the Crazy, hot majors at Michigan Tech.

Join us at 4 p.m. today in room 101 of the Academic Offices Building. Read the original Tech Today article here for more information.