Tech Releases 2017 Sexual Assault Survey Results

Approximately 93 percent of Michigan Tech students responding to a survey on sexual assault and relationship misconduct say they feel safe on campus. More specifically, students say they feel safe from sexual harassment, dating violence and sexual violence on or around campus. Those were among the results of the survey entitled “Michigan Tech’s Title IX Sexual and/or Relationship Misconduct Survey: Spring 2017.

When asked “How aware are you of the function of campus and community resources specifically related to sexual misconduct response,” 93 percent said they are aware of the Title IX/Institutional Equity and Inclusion Office.

Beth Lunde-Stockero, Michigan Tech’s Title IX coordinator says the survey was conducted last spring. “In March 2017, the survey invitation was distributed to all currently enrolled students.” She says the March survey represented the second time a sexual and/or relationship misconduct survey was administered. The first was in April 2015.

The survey explored questions about student experiences and views concerning Michigan Tech’s sexual misconduct climate including information related to incidents of sexual harassment and violence, policy, reporting, training/programming/education, support, resources and prevalent perceptions and attitudes.

Lunde-Stockero says the survey, administered by a third-party independent researcher, was taken from March 13 to April 2, 2017. A total of 6,701 surveys were distributed via email to all currently enrolled graduate and undergraduate students. About 80 percent went to undergraduates while 20 percent were distributed to graduate students. The survey was not distributed to students under the age of 18 or any dual-enrolled students.

About nine percent of the student population completed the survey, which was expected to take about 30 minutes to fill out. Responses to the survey were anonymous and were reported in terms of groups of students rather than as individual cases. 

Concerning sexual violence, when asked whether “Someone fondled, kissed or rubbed up against the private areas of my body or removed some of my clothes without my consent by taking advantage of me when I was too drunk or out of it to stop what was happening,” 87 percent responded that no such incident had occurred during the school year.

Among students who said they had at least one unwanted sexual experience at Michigan Tech, 81 percent told a close friend. Thirty three percent of those students said they reported the incident to law enforcement or an official University resource, including Counseling Services, Residence Hall staff and/or the Title IX coordinator.

 In most cases, students who had an unwanted sexual experience said another Michigan Tech student was responsible. This is consistent with national data indicating an overwhelming majority of victims know their attacker. Approximately two-thirds of sexual harassment incidents occurred on campus, while two-thirds of dating violence or sexual violence incidents occurred off campus.

Regarding bystander intervention, 71 percent of students responding said they always, most of the time or sometimes “walked a friend who has had too much to drink home from a party, bar or other social event.“

As for consent, 90 percent of students strongly agree or agree that consent must be given at each step in a sexual encounter. Additionally, 95 percent strongly disagree or disagree that consent for sex one time is consent for future sex.

In reviewing the survey results, Lunde-Stockero says the scope of the issues will be re-assessed and the effectiveness of the University’s policies, procedures, reporting, training/programming/education support and resources will be re-examined.

“The data collected from this survey will help us in our prevention efforts and in continuing to create a safer campus,” Lunde-Stockero says.

Title IX is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex/gender in education programs and activities, including sexual harassment and sexual violence which encompasses intimate partner violence, stalking, sexual assault, sexual coercion and rape.

Staff Council Invites New Members

The Staff Council invites and welcomes new members to its monthly meeting at noon on Thursday (Oct. 19) in the MUB Superior Room (B001). Snacks and beverages will be provided.

Staff Council was created in 1991 as a service organization for the University. Staff Council is made up of staff members from all levels at Michigan Tech, and supports activities and resources that provide recognition for staff achievement, opportunities for professional development and enhance the working environment and campus community.

Staff Council sponsors the following annual events: Making a Difference Awards; Family Fun Day; Staff Service Recognition Awards; Technology Day; as well as hosting the President's Campus Forums. Members also serve on search committees and help out with other special University initiatives and task forces that require staff representation, create and distribute the Employee Wall Calendar and various other campus activities.

Janet Hayden Re-elected President of the Michigan Universities Self-Insurance Corporation

Janet Hayden, executive director of risk management and compliance, has been re-elected to a two-year term as president of the Michigan Universities Self-Insurance Corporation (MUSIC). 

A consortia of 11 of the 13 Michigan public universities, MUSIC was formed in 1987 under the auspices of the Michigan Association of State Universities. MUSIC's mission is to bring affordable, consistent and effective risk financing, loss control and claims management to member universities.  

As a result of the universities collaborative efforts, MUSIC is able to provide coverage that is broader and sometimes not even available in the commercial insurance marketplace, and has been able to achieve additional savings by purchasing ancillary insurance coverages on a group basis.

Through its effective management of claims and loss-control emphasis, MUSIC has been able to return dollars to the member universities via dividends. Since its inception, dividends of more than $45 million have been returned to the member institutions including more than $3 million to Michigan Tech.

Board of Trustees to Meet Friday

Michigan Tech's Board of Trustees will hold its regular meeting at 9 a.m. Friday (Oct. 20), in Memorial Union Ballroom B. 
On the agenda is a discussion of a five-year state capital outlay plan and proposal request for phase 1 and 2 of an H-STEM Engineering and Health Technologies Complex.
Also on the agenda are two honorary degrees and appointment of a full professor with tenure in the School of Technology. 
See the full agenda.

Strategic Plan - Action Items Created From Campus Community Feedback

Thank you to everyone who submitted feedback on the Strategic Plan during the open comment period. Action items have been created in response to those comments and can be viewed by clicking the link at the bottom of the Strategic Plan webpage. Note that there will be more edits and this is not final.

There will be a proposed draft revision of the Strategic Plan that will be available in January for a further round of comments from the community.

Friends of the Michigan Tech Library Annual Meeting

The Friends of the Michigan Tech Library will hold their 2017 Annual Meeting from 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 19) in the Library, room 244. All members and the public are welcome to attend and refreshments will be served.

Along with a short business meeting, the Friends will welcome author and academic Chelsea Schelly (SS). Her presentation for the meeting is entitled "Dwelling in Resistance: Learning, Living, and Writing It."

Schelly joined the department of social sciences in 2013. She is the author of two recent monographs: Dwelling in Resistance: Living with Alternative Technologies in America (2017, Rutgers University Press) and Crafting Collectivity: American Rainbow Gatherings and Alternative Forms of Community (2016, Routledge). Schelly earned her PhD in Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research interests include the ways in which alternative technological systems challenge the social, economic, political and environmental consequences of those systems. One of her current interests is studying residential energy practices and alternative technologies for supporting the organization of residential life, particularly energy conservation behaviors and alternative energy adoption.

Let the Homecoming Magic Begin!

Happy Homecoming, Huskies!

It is the most magical time of the year, the Triwizard Cup Championship (Homecoming)! Whether you want to watch a wizard's duel (tug-of-war) or Quidditch, see creative window paintings and can castles, watch magical talents at spotlight night, or relive your first year at Hogwarts by watching students try to take the boat to the castle (cardboard boat races), this homecoming is for you.

Did we mention you could get free stuff? Some of the events may have some Homecoming-themed handouts (if the Nargles don't get there first), but you have to show up to find out.

Don't forget to share your photos of all the magic you see and use the hashtag #HuskypuffHomecoming2017.

For a full list of events, check out our website.

Please send questions to Rochelle.

Series Set in UP Now on Seeka TV

"Northbound," a television series filmed entirely in the UP, including scenes at Michigan Tech, can now be viewed on Seeka TV. Season 1 is available in its entirety, and a trailer for season 2 can also be seen.

"Northbound" is a prequel to a feature film that is being produced, called "Northstar." Its producers are Seth and Nathan Anderson of Iron Mountain and their production partner, Jason Hagen. 

Native American Activist Winona LaDuke Coming Oct. 25

The Social Justice Lecture Series welcomes its second installment with Winona LaDuke at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 25 in the MUB Ballroom.

Michigan Tech will have the chance to hear from prominent Native American activist, economist, writer, and former vice presidential nominee LaDuke. This event is free and open to the public (no ticket required).

To find out more about LaDuke, join us at 7 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 18) in Fisher 135 for a free showing of her documentary "First Daughter and the Black Snake."

Novelist Talks Crashes, Hot Flashes and Offers Tips for Would-be Authors at Library Presentation

Award-winning journalist and University writer-editor Cyndi Perkins shares her debut novel "More Than You Think You Know," the boating adventures that inspired it and pathways to publishing.
Her presentation is from 4–6 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 19) in the East Reading Room of the Van Pelt and Opie Library. Light refreshments will be served.
"More Than You Think You Know," released by Beating Windward Press this past July, is a story about ships and friendships that follows three renegade women piloting a 44-foot steel yacht down the heartland rivers between Chicago and Mobile Bay.
The change-of-scenery-change-of-life road trip novel is inspired by Perkins' two 6,000-mile navigations of America’s Great Loop—and she views her novel as a springboard to inspire others with the dream to write a book and take it to market.
“NaNoWriMo (November is National Novel Writing Month) is fast approaching,” the former Gazette editor, long-time columnist and nautical writer notes. “There’s no time like now to find and follow your publishing path.”
A book signing and Q&A rounds out the presentation. For those who want to read the novel in advance, signed copies are available now at the Campus Bookstore.

Family Write Night

The Michigan Tech Multiliteracies Center (MTMC ) is hosting a Family Write Night to celebrate the National Day on Writing. There will be storytelling, puppets, writing activities and story games.

The event is from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday (Oct. 20) in the MTMC, Walker 107. All children are welcome. Snacks provided.

Blue Line Club Events This Week

The Michigan Tech Blue Line Club is hosting two events this week. From 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 17),  you can "Meet the Coaches and Team" in the 'old' Blue Line Room outside of University Images.

The first Blue Line Lunch of the season is at noon Friday (Oct. 20) in the same location. Both events are open to the public.

At Friday's lunch, Tech Head coach Joe Shawhan will talk about the 2017-18 season and Alabama Huntsville head coach Mike Corbett will also be on hand to talk about his team.

Cost of the lunch is $10 per person with soup and sandwiches on the menu. RSVP to by noon Thursday (Oct. 19) to reserve your seat.

Michigan Tech hosts the Chargers in the home opener on Friday and Saturday. The puck drops at 7:07 p.m. both nights at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena.

Read the full story and find out more about Tech sports at

Biomedical Engineering Seminar

The Biomedical Engineering Department will host seminar speaker Jian Yang at 3 p.m. Friday (Oct. 20) in M&M U113. Yang's seminar is titled, "Multifunctional Citrate Biomaterials and Applications."

Advances in Automotive Steels: Joe Nowosad

Customer Technical Service Manager for NAFTA General Motors, Joe Nowosad, will be on campus from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday (Oct. 20) in the Pavlis Honors College Collaboration Space (M&M 722) to talk about automotive steel.

He will discuss the automotive industry’s use of steel, how steel advancements have changed the industry over the past decade and where the industry is headed.

Nowosad has more than 30 years of experience in the steel industry working with ArcelorMittal in multiple areas of the organization. He has a bachelor's degree in materials science engineering from Michigan Tech and a masters of business administration and management from Indiana University South Bend.

A long-time advocate for Michigan Tech, Nowosad received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2015 for his service on the College of Engineering Advisory Board, the Materials Science Engineering Advisory Board, the Career Services Corporate Advisory Board and a long history of support for the Enterprise Program.

This event is open to everyone on campus, share with students who may have an interest in the steel or automotive industries.

Physics Colloquium Thursday

The next Physics Colloquium is at 4 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 19) in Fisher 139. Hector Lorenzana will present, "In Situ Probing of the Lattice Response of the Solid at High Pressures."

This presentation will touch upon two areas: (a) studies of the realtime, dynamic response of the shocked solid and (b) static, high pressure investigations of novel phase transformations and chemical changes that are recoverable at ambient conditions.

Lorenzana received his AB and PhD in physics from Harvard University and was awarded a University of California President’s Fellowship at Berkeley in 1990. He pursued static high pressure studies of gases in the UCB Geophysics Department and was hired at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in 1992, where he initiated an effort to study phase transformations and chemical reactivity of first row elements at static high pressures.

Geospatial Research Forum on GIS Day

Do you use GIS, Remote Sensing or other geospatial technologies in your research or teaching? Join your fellow geospatial researchers at the Michigan Tech Geospatial Research Forum on GIS Day 2017. Come for lunch and a series of "TechTalks" style presentations about current geospatial research from across campus. This event will be hosted by the Geospatial Research Facility from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15 in GLRC 202.

For lunch and to sign up to present a three-minute Geospatial TechTalk, fill out this form. Please RSVP by Nov. 3.

Questions? Contact Don Lafreniere.

IT Connect

Beware of Phone Number Spoofing
Michigan Tech IT wants the campus community to know that telemarketers, sales teams and scammers now have the ability to spoof or mimic local phone numbers.
This means that your caller ID may display a local number in the attempt to trick you into thinking that the call is coming from someone you might know.
There have been increasing cases of this occurring with both campus and personal cell phones. At this time, the best action to take is to hang up or don’t answer calls you consider suspicious. Like phishing scams, the most important thing to remember is to not provide any personal information.
If you have any further questions regarding this, contact us at or call 7-1111.

On the Road

Vertin and Dunne Presented on Accessible Technology at #heweb17

Director of Digital Services Joel Vertin and Digital Services Specialist Heather Dunne presented "Accessible Technology: It Starts With A Plan" at the 2017 HighEdWeb Association annual conference. The conference is attended by approximately 750 web professionals from higher education year. 

Reminders 10/16

EPSSI Seminar Today

The next Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences Institute (EPSSI) Seminar is scheduled for 4 p.m. today (Oct. 16), in M&M U113

Mike Pavolonis, NOAA National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service will present "Next Generation Meteorological Satellites: Capabilities and Quantitative Applications."


Night Owls Community English Class Starting 10/19

If you wish to improve your English conversational skills, join us for the Night Owls program. You will learn survival English, feel part of a welcoming community, and get to experience a Thanksgiving meal at the end.

The cost is $25 for 6 weeks. Meetings are from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays from Oct. 19 to Nov. 23 at Library 243 at Michigan Tech.  Registration is required.

For more information, contact Heather Deering, ELI Director at 487-2009 or


Spring 2018 Finishing Fellowship Nominations Open

Applications for Spring 2018 finishing fellowships are being accepted and are due no later than 4 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 18). Applications via email are preferred. Instructions on the application and evaluation process are found online. See more information in the full Tech Today article.

In the News

WDIV Channel 4 (Detroit) ran an "October road trip" story about 10 of the creepiest destinations in Michigan, including the Paulding Light, mentioning studies of the phenomenon conducted by Michigan Tech students and by "Fact or Faked: the Paranormal Files" on the Syfy Channel. 

In Print

John Baeten (SS), Nancy Langston (SS) and Don Lafreniere (SS) published the article, "A spatial evaluation of historic iron mining impacts on current impaired waters in Lake Superior's Mesabi Range," in the international journal, Ambio: A Journal of the Human Environment.
The article compares historic mining intensity in Minnesota's Mesabi Iron Range with current impaired waters data to show the utility of historical datasets to understand current environmental challenges at landscape scales. The authors present a novel spatial approach that lands managers and policy makers can apply to other landscapes to assess the effects of past mining activity on watershed health.  
You can read the article here.


2017 Area VI Conclave Hosted by Arnold Air Society and Silver Wings

Michigan Tech's Student Organizations, Arnold Air Society and Silver Wings, hosted the 2017 MackCONaw conference on Oct. 6-8 at the Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island.

Eighteen Michigan Tech students along with Silver Wings advisor, Ruth Archer, attended as did other students from Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. This is the first time in decades that students from Michigan Tech  hosted this Area/Region Conclave, taking the opportunity to network with other organization members, learn the complexities of planning a conference, coordinating service projects, and learn from guest speakers.

The 87 attendees discussed organization business, professional development with a focus on the Department of Defense, local and national service projects and heard from two guest speakers.

The first speaker was Joanne Gray, a former Air Force officer and current civil engineer with the US Army Corps of Engineers at the Soo Locks.

The second speaker was Todd Stewart, a retired Air Force Major General who currently works as director and chancellor of the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson AFB. Stewart is a 1968 Michigan Tech grad and served 34 years in the Air Force. The Silver Wings chapter at Michigan Tech is named in honor of Stewart's late wife, Dotsie, for her contributions to the Air Force ROTC detachments at Michigan Tech, Ohio State and Wright State Universities.