Black and White and Red All Over

The Keweenaw Peninsula shoreline tells a billion-year-old story forged in fire, sculpted by ice. Geoheritage tours teach visitors and residents how to read the variegated cliffs, long-tailed tombolos and shifting sands—to see where volcanoes, glaciers and humans irrevocably altered topography. Bill Rose, a Michigan Tech professor emeritus of geology who developed and leads the tours, calls it “geopoetry.”

Visiting tour expert Jo Kalliokoski, head of Michigan Tech’s Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences Department from 1968-88, is more prosaic. He rolls his eyes and makes a manure-shoveling motion. And holds up an irregularly polka-dotted piece of Jacobsville sandstone for the 15 geotourists gathered on the beach.

 “You may have wondered what creates these markings.” The 1995 College of Engineering Academy inductee waits a beat like a comedian delivering the punchline: “We’re not sure.”

Read the full story.

Pavlis Honors College Now Accepting Applications

The Pavlis Honors College is now accepting applications for Spring 2018. Students are eligible to apply to join the Learning Community if they have 2 or more years remaining on campus.

PHC’s Learning Community offers six distinct pathways on which students may build their honors program:

Each pathway provides a framework of support, exceptional resources and a community of scholars for students interested in challenging themselves, doing more and making a difference. If you know of a student who may be interested in joining the Pavlis Honors College, encourage them to apply.

If you would like to request more information regarding our pathways, email us. 

Applications will be accepted through Sunday, Oct. 22. However, students who apply early will be given preference. Space is limited. Find out why success means more than GPA:

What is Islam and Who is a Good Muslim?

Islam is the world's second-largest religion and nearly one quarter of the world's population is Muslim. The Muslim Students Associations's Cultural Lecture Series presents "What is Islam, and Who is a Good Muslim?" 

The event will take place from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13 in Dow 641.

The guest speaker is Tamim Saidi, former member of the council of Turstees of the Islamic Center of Minnesota and former board member and VP of Islamic Resource Group

In his talk, Saidi will present key concepts about Islam and explain fundamental beliefs and practices Muslims do in their daily lives. 

Because people judge others by their behavior not by their faith, the talk will also highlight the basic traits of a Muslim and his behavior towards society, family, and the needy as required by Islam. 

The lecture will be followed by a Q&A session and refreshments will be served.

Today is Plaidurday

The Campus Store and University Images are celebrating Plaidurday 2017 by dressing for the occasion in our finest plaid attire.

We want to see you in your most creative Plaidurday ensemble. Stop by the Campus Store or University Images dressed in plaid today and receive 25 percent off your total purchase of Tech apparel.

Take a selfie somewhere inside the store or with a staff member. Tag us, the Campus Store, on social media and make sure you use the hashtag #plaidurday.

We will pick the most creative Plaidurday costume to receive a free Michigan Tech hoodie. Let's make this Plaidurday the best one yet.

Your Campus Store and University Images staff thank your for your patronage.

Biological Sciences Seminar

Guo-qing Song of the department of horticulture at Michigan State University will present his seminar "Biotechnological Approaches to Enhance Productivity of Horticultural Crops" at 3 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 12) in EERC 229.

His presentation will focus on biotechnological approaches to increase productivity of two major fruit crops (cherries and blueberries) in Michigan. To feed the future, new biotechnological tools (e.g., genome editing, transgrafting and cisgenesis) are powerful ways to enhance productivity of horticultural crops.

For more information, visit the biological sciences page.

Materials Science & Engineering Seminar Tuesday

Ehsan Mostaed, postdoctoral associate at Michigan Tech and Politecnico di Milano, will present "Properties of ultrafine-grained magnesium alloys for biodegradable implant applications" at 11 a.m. Tuesday (Oct. 10) in M&M 610.

EPSSI Seminar Monday

The next Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences Institute (EPSSI) Seminar is scheduled for 4 p.m. Monday (Oct. 9), in M&M U113

Cevat Özgen Karacan, of the US Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia, will present, "Modeling compositional Data for Characterizing Geologic Resources: An Example From Mapping Coal Ultimate Analyses Data."


Julie Brown, assistant professor of gerontology in the Department of Social and Public Health at Ohio University, will present at the ACSHF forum from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday (Oct. 9), in Meese 109.

Her presentation is "Using a Life Course Lens to Examine 'Play' Among Middle and Older Adulthood Digital Gamers."

Although the proportion of aging persons who play digital games has increased in recent years, there is a dearth of research that examines its significance as a source of play in old age. This study investigated how digital gaming in middle and older adulthood reflects a life course-related extension of the phenomenon of play in old age.

Gamers age 40 and above were individually interviewed using grounded theory methodology. A semi-structured interview guide was used to explore how each participant engaged in play (non-digital and digital) during childhood (up to age 19), young adulthood (age 20 to 39), middle adulthood (age 40 to 59) and older adulthood (age 60 and above) as a means to establish individual play histories and identify themes.

Forty adult gamers participated (25 females) and ranged from age 44 to 77. Analysis of the coded interview transcripts indicated that as participants aged, their means of play became less physical and more sedentary.

In addition, play preferences established during childhood years (e.g. card games, puzzles, story-based games) reemerged in later years and are reflected in their current choice of digital games. Younger cohort participants (those aged 40 to 59 and all have played digital games since their younger adulthood years) expressed increasing reliance upon digital games as a form of play as they approach old age.

These themes create a theoretical framework for understanding how digital games serve as a valuable form of play in old age, with particular insight for the future generations of senior gamers.

Partial funding is provided by the Visiting Women & Minority Lecture/Scholar Series (VWMLS) which is funded by a grant to the Office of Institutional Equity and Inclusion from the State of Michigan's King-Chavez-Parks Initiative.

Information Session on BS in Management and Concentrations in Entrepreneurship & Supply Chain and Operations Management

Come learn about the School of Business and Economics' BS in Management along with the Entrepreneurship and Supply Chain & Operations Management concentration. The presentation is at 4 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 11) in AOB 101

It is a great degree for those who have an interest in working with people and other disciplines. There are options for primary or dual major. It is a well-established degree program in the School of Business and Economics. You will also learn about career opportunities in this field.

If you have any questions, contact Dana Johnson, or Jodie Filpus-Paakola. Pizza and pop will be provided.

Terrific Teaching at Tech

One thing I love about working in the CTL is that instructors routinely ask challenging questions about the materials we present. At the end of our recent luncheon workshop on Office Hours, an instructor approached me and said, “But if I do everything I should do in class, my students really should not need to come to my office hours. They should get what they need during class, right?”

As much as most of us would like that to be true, I don’t think it is. In fact, I believe this question reveals a common bias most instructors carry. Most of us, believing our students are like us, construct instructional and motivational systems tuned to our preferences. While some students thrive in these systems, we are mystified when a significant number of students don’t do the “perfectly reasonable” things we ask them to do and follow the clear map we’ve laid out to help them be successful. I’m convinced this is mostly because many of our students aren’t much like us at all.

The majority of first or second-year undergraduates are enrolled in courses where they don’t share our passion for the material. Even the majority of juniors and seniors will not end up in academia, which requires a distinct affinity for a theoretical approach and structured learning.

All of our students live in a world where technology makes learning and access to information very different than it was during our undergraduate—or even graduate—days, and most students balance intrinsic motivation for learning differently against practical, employable skills. 

When we face the reality that our students are different, we acknowledge a need to find out who they are, what motivates them, and why they might have different opinions about the utility of the things that we teach.  Getting students to office hours is one way we can meet this need, but there are many others (Advising student groups, enterprises or senior projects or participating in other recreational or informal learning activities with students might also help us see our students more clearly).

Effective teaching is significantly about connecting student interests and strengths to our own disciplines and passions. If we hope to teach engineering, writing, physics or any other subject, we must find a way to know all of the students in our classrooms—not just assume they’re like us.

If you’d like to talk more about ways to learn about students within the classroom setting, stop into the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Friday, October 6, 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.

Manager of Benefits and Wellness, Human Resources. 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.

On the Road

Lorelle Meadows, dean of the Pavlis Honors College, was invited as a presenting panelist at today's Rutgers National Academic Conference-Framing the Value of Diversity & Inclusion in Higher Education: Setting the Research Agenda.

She will present her work on the role of gender stereotypes in engineering student teams in the session entitled, "Gender and the STEM Environment for Students and Faculty".

In the News

The Daily Mining Gazette published a front-page story about Michigan Tech's Rail Night, where railroad company executives spoke about careers in the rail industry. 


The Marquette Mining Journal reported on the Community Foundation of Marquette County's Youth Catalyst Award, won by Thomas Ziegler, a first-year Michigan Tech student from Negaunee. You can read the story here.


Reports on Recent Initiatives at Next Presidents Campus Forum

The next President's Campus Forum, 2 p.m. Tuesday, (Oct. 10) in the Memorial Union Ballroom, will include reports on initiatives recently implemented by the University.

Many of these initiatives have been proposed through the use of the Advanced Matrix Process for University Programs (AMP-UP). AMP-UP began meeting in November, 2015. It is a systematic, data-drive, change management process used to drive change and strategic transformation utilizing continuous improvement. The initial focus of this change has been:

  • Improve support for creating and maintaining an inclusive, civil culture that values diversity and unique contributions of each faculty member
  • Improve the ability of new faculty to conduct research
  • improve the recruitment and retention of dual career partners

Read the full Tech Today Story


Today's C-Cubed Menu

C-Cubed luncheons take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday (Oct. 5/6) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited.


  • Prosciutto and Mozzarella Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
  • Mozzarella Tomato Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwiches (V)
  • Minestrone Soup with Kale (V)

V-Vegetarian VE-Vegan GF-Gluten Free


Khana Khazana is Back

The first Khana Khazana of the school year at the Memorial Union North Coast Grill and Deli is today 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. today (Oct. 6). The cost is $7.95 and includes a fountain beverage. Visit Khana Khazana on Facebook.


Drag Show Tomorrow

Pride Week concludes in fabulous fashion with the 18th annual Drag Show. Marquette's Joey Black is your host as entertainers from around the country bring Vegas-style impersonation to the UP. Don't miss out on all the glitz, glamour and hilarity of this yearly spectacular. The show is at 8 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 7) in the Rozsa Center. Tickets are $5 general admission, $3 for students. Get tickets here


Attention Researchers and Financial Managers—A New Electronic Approval Process for the Cost Share Authorization Form

Effective Monday (Oct. 9), all Cost Share/Matching Support Authorization Forms must go through an electronic approval process. This form is used by investigators during the proposal preparation stage when requesting cost share for a sponsored project. It has been available in Banweb for several years but now has electronic approval for cost share authorization requests; there is no longer a need to print the form and obtain physical signatures.

All financial managers listed on a cost share authorization request will be prompted via email to log in to Banweb to provide an approval (or denial) and index number for all requests specifically applicable to them. It is important that all financial managers designate a proxy (someone authorized to approve/deny cost share requests on their behalf) in an effort to prevent delays in the approval flow.

To access the form, log in to Banweb. Once logged in, click on Research and then Cost Share.

Visit the Sponsored Programs website to find instructions for investigators/department coordinators and financial managers.

As a reminder to investigators, this approval process change does not negate the importance for you to hold appropriate cost share request conversations with individuals prior to completing and submitting the electronic form.

For any questions or issues, contact the Sponsored Programs Office at 7-2226.


ICC Distinguished Lecturer Series Today

The Institute of Computing and Cybersystems (ICC) will host Deming Chen from 3 to 4 p.m. today (Oct. 6) in Rekhi 214. He will present a lecture titled, "Hardware-Software Co-design and Heterogeneous Computing in the IoT Era." Refreshments will be served. Read the original Tech Today article here


CTL Instructional Award Presentation Series
In the second presentation of our new fall award series, Don Lafreniere (SS), will discuss his innovative approaches to engaging students in medium and large classes.  He will highlight his integration of web tools, response systems, and docu-games to engage students in large survey courses. He will then lead participants outside where he will demonstrate his use of mobile geospatial technologies to engage students in understanding human-environment interactions and urban development. Participants are encouraged to bring a tablet or cell phone for the outdoor activity if they have one available. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from and recognize his success. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided to those who register  by Monday (Oct. 9)
Note: Part of this event will be held outdoors, weather permitting, so bring a jacket.
Fall 2017 Safe Place Ally Training Program
Registration is now open for the fall 2017 Safe Place Ally Training Program. The Michigan Tech Safe Place Program is a comprehensive resource to better prepare faculty, staff, students and community members to address the needs of individuals who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex and Asexual (LGBTQIA*).
For times and dates of trainings, registration, as well as additional information about the Safe Place program, visit the Safe Place webpage. If you have any questions, concerns, or specific department/organizational needs for Safe Place Ally Training please contact Amy Lyn Howard, Campus Diversity Educator in the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.
First Friday University Social is Today
The Michigan Tech Business Operations Department and the Office of Information Services invite all faculty, staff, graduate students and retirees to a First Friday Social from 4 to 6 p.m. today at Huntington Bank, Hancock, Floor 5. Complimentary soft drinks, beer, wine and appetizers will be served.
View the complete 2017-18 First Friday Socials schedule here.