It's Out There. Return to the Paulding Light

The Lake Superior region is known for haunted ship tales. But the legend of the phantom railroad brakeman who walks the night, his swinging lantern visible from a dead-end road in Ottawa National Forest, is perhaps the most famous ghost story of all.

A Michigan Tech student research team’s investigation was featured in the latest re-telling of the Paulding Light mystery on Discovery's Science Channel.

The new series "Strange Evidence" aired Tuesday (Oc.t 17). (Fair warning: In addition to the Paulding mystery, the premiere episode examines footage of a customer who caught fire in a Kentucky convenience store.)

Show producer, WAG TV, came to film in Paulding, the tiny western Upper Peninsula community located between Watersmeet and Bruce Crossing in July.

Producers contacted researcher Jeremy Bos (ECE),to re-create the 2010 investigation that showed the lights were less-than-otherworldly.  You can read the full story on the Michigan Tech News Website.

It's On Us Fall Week of Action

It's On Us is a cultural movement aimed at fundamentally shifting the way we think and talk about sexual assault.

Tomorrow through Oct. 27 is the It's On Us Fall Week of Action. Students, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to sign the It's On Us Pledge at the Husky Circle from 10:30 a.m. to  1 p.m. Monday (Oct 23).

We will also be hand out It's On Us buttons, SPEAK UP cups, resources and a chance to win a Michigan Tech It's On Us t-shirt and CommUNITY water.

Tuesday through Thursday there will be a social media contest. You can enter the contest by using the daily #hashtag along with #itsonusMTU and posting a photo to your social media accounts.

Tuesday will be the first contest day where those participating will post a photo of the It's On Us button (that they picked up Monday at the Husky circle) and use #buttonMTU.

On Wednesday, post a photo of you finishing the sentence "It's On Us to_______" and use #finishthesentenceMTU.

On Thursday, post a sexual assault statistic to your social media and use #statisticMTU. All winners will be announced on the Center for Diversity and Inclusion social media page and Housing and Residential Life social media page.

Be sure to follow them to find out if you're a winner. For more information about how to get involved with ending campus sexual violence and assault, email Laura Putwen.

For more information about Title IX visit our webpage  or the national It's On Us Campaign.

Facilitators Sought for Graduate School Orientation

Graduate School orientation is a time to welcome our new students to campus and educate them about the differences between undergraduate and graduate education.

Since 2008, we have had almost 250 unique volunteers participate as facilitators. These volunteers help lead discussions with a group of seven new graduate students, and are a critical part of making our program interactive and enjoyable for the participants.

We are currently looking for facilitators willing to participate in the spring program beginning at 1 p.m. Jan. 12, 2018.

If you would like to volunteer, please register online.  New facilitators must attend a training session from 1-3 p.m. Jan. 10.

Participants will learn about the interest-based approach to resolving conflict, discuss the video vignettes that will be used during orientation and participate in a short plagiarism exercise. Returning facilitators are welcome to attend a training session if they would like to add to the discussion, or have a "refresher."

Thank you for your support of graduate education at Michigan Tech.

Today is Spirit Friday

Support the home team and show your Husky pride Today, Spirit Friday, at the Campus Store, University Images and online.

Today only, all Michigan Tech Apparel in school colors (black, gold, grey, and white) is 25 percent off. Celebrate Homecoming by wearing our school colors and save 25 percent.

Go Huskies!

Halloween Sale at Campus Store

Trick or Treat!

Just kidding, no tricks here, but we do have a treat for you. Stop by the campus store on Halloween, Tuesday, Oct. 31, and receive a 31percent discount, on one hoodie if you are dressed in full costume. No costume? No problem. You can still stop by and grab some candy, on us. 

Relax for the Holidays Lunch & Learn

All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend an open-house style Lunch and Learn between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8 in Memorial Union Ballroom B.

The fourth annual Relax for the Holidays Open House will feature several relaxation stations, including Aromatherapy with Michelle Coria and Yoga and Guided Relaxation with Beth Ryynanen.

There will also be some "fun" stations: a coloring station, light therapy, make-and-take soup mix and more.

Attendees will be eligible to enter a drawing for prizes donated by J. Jukari Spa and Salon. Feel free to bring your lunch; tea and hot chocolate will be provided. Attending employees will earn 100 HuskyPAW points. This event is sponsored by WorkLife Connections and Employee Wellness. If you have any questions, contact Shannon Brodeur.

Fall Session 2 Youth HuskiesFit Programs Begin Soon

Several youth HuskiesFit classes will begin their second session very soon. Sign your Little Husky up for one of the following today:

  • Aikido— Starts Friday, Nov. 3. Registration closes that day.
  • Learn to Skate or Hockey FUNdamentals—Both start Saturday, Nov. 5. Registration closes Oct. 29.
  • Youth and Teen Introduction to Rock Climbing—Registration is closed for this class. Another class may be offered this semester.
  • Swimming—Starts Saturday, Oct. 28. Register by Oct. 25.
  • Tennis—Starts Tuesday, Nov. 7. Register by Nov. 6.
  • Twists & Tumbles—Starts Friday, Nov. 3. Register by Oct. 31.
  • Zumba Kids—This class is ongoing and meets Fridays at 5:30 p.m.

Employees may use TechFit to pay for HuskiesFit Programs. SDC members receive a 10 percent discount on youth HuskiesFit programs. For more information and to register, visit Youth HuskiesFit Programs.

Northbound Season 2 Premieres Tuesday

Season 2 of the original Web series NORTHBOUND premieres on the digital platform Seeka TV on Tuesday, (Oct. 24).

NORTHBOUND is a prequel series shot as a proof-of-concept for the forthcoming feature film "NORTHSTAR," to be made entirely in the Upper Peninsula.

It was filmed in part at MichiganTech. Season 3 goes into production in spring 2018 To watch the entire NORTHBOUND Season 1, new Season 2 trailer and entire Season 2 on Oct. 24 visit Seeka TV.

Apps for Seeka TV can be downloaded free on those home streaming platforms.

Hockey Hosts Alabama Huntsville in Home Opener

The Hockey Huskies open the home portion of their 2017-18 schedule with a weekend series against WCHA foe Alabama Huntsville. 

The Huskies, ranked 15th in the latest poll, are 3-1-1 overall and 1-0-1 in the WCHA. The Chargers are looking for their first win after two losses to open the season Oct. 6-7 at No. 8 Notre Dame. This is the first conference action for UAH.

The puck drops at 7:07 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The games can be heard on live radio on 93.5 FM, online at and video streamed on There is also live Tweeting during the game. 

ArcelorMittal, the world's leading steel and mining company, is sponsoring tonight's game and donating 1,000 7th Man T-shirts. All fans are encouraged to wear black to the game and Blackout the Mac. This is the fourth year in a row ArcelorMittal is a game sponsor. ArcelorMittal employs more than 60 Michigan Tech graduates.

Football Huskies Return to Sherman Field for Homecoming

The Football team is back home for tomorrow's annual Homecoming Game. The Huskies will face Wayne State at 1 p.m. at Sherman Field. 

History has been kind to the Huskies on Homecoming entering this weekend's annual contest. Michigan Tech has an all-time record of 46-31-2 in Homecoming games dating back to the inaugural game which was played in 1929. The Huskies battled Northern Michigan that day and the final result was a 0-0 tie. Mchigan Tech has won four of the last five Homecoming clashes, losing last year to Saginaw Valley.

The Huskies are 3-4 overall and 2-3 in the GLIAC. The Chargers are 2-5 overall and 1-4 in conference play. 

Michigan Tech Student Activities will host a Homecoming Tailgate party from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. tomorrow. Attendees can mingle with athletes, take photos with the Michigan Tech photo frame, play yard games and much more. Free food and beverages will be available and students will need their HuskyCard ID to get into the game and tailgate. The event is sponsored by Athletics, Dining Services, Alumni Engagement, Wellness and Student Activities.

The game will be broadcast on local radio at 93.5 FM, online audio, video streamed, and you can access live stats.

Tech Soccer Home for Homecoming

The Michigan Tech soccer team will host a pair of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference matches on Homecoming weekend at Sherman Field. 

The Huskies will battle No. 3 Grand Valley State University this afternoon to start the weekend and then take on Ferris State Sunday to close the GLIAC portion of the 2017 schedule.

Tech comes into the weekend with an overall record of 5-7-1 and 2-4-1 in the GLIAC, leaving them in a tie for seventh. The top eight teams will move on to compete in the GLIAC tournament beginning Oct. 31.

 Grand Valley State comes to Houghton with an overall record of 13-2 and remain unbeaten in GLIAC matches. The Lakers have won 13 straight contests and are averaging 4.47 goals per match while allowing just 0.59 goals per game to opponents. 

Ferris State is 9-6 overall and 5-2 in GLIAC going into their match today at Northern Michigan. The Bulldogs are in sole possession of third place and hope to clinch at least a home game for the quarterfinals in the upcoming GLIAC tournament. 

Today's match kicks off at 4 p.m. against Grand Valley State with Sunday's start time slated for noon. Fans can follow all the action through live video and stats.

EPSSI Seminar Monday

The next Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences Institute (EPSSI) Seminar is at 4 p.m. Monday (Oct. 23), in M&M U113.
Josef Dufek will present "Volcanology at the Tipping Point: An Exploration of the Dynamics that Determine the Fate of Explosive Eruptions." 

Dufek is professor and associate chair of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Tech.

Fidelity on Campus Next Week

Fidelity will be on campus for one-on-one retirement consultations next week on the following days:

  • Tuesday (Oct. 24) - Memorial Union Greenstone Room (106A)
  • Wednesday (Oct. 25) - Memorial Union Greenstone Room (106A)
To schedule an appointment call 800-642-7131 or register online.

Science & Engineering Research Skills Refresher Workshop

Has it been a little while since you have had to do any library research? Feel like your information-finding skills are a little rusty? Join us for our Science & Engineering Research Skills Refresher session to brush off the dust.

We will cover services specific to Michigan Tech as well as a variety of searching techniques and strategies to help you get the most out of the library and your research.

The workshop is from 12:05 to 12:55 p.m. Tuesday, (Oct. 24) in Library 242. Registration is required. 

Job Posting

Job Posting for Friday, October 20, 2017 

 Staff and faculty job description 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.

Assistant to the Provost for Academic Diversity, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Note: This position is only open to internal tenured Michigan Tech faculty. 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.  

Terrific Teaching at Tech

For many students and instructors, the upcoming weeks are the most motivationally challenging of the academic year. Days are getting shorter, colder and darker with six solid weeks of class behind us and four more weeks ahead before a break. 

But Michigan Tech’s terrific faculty routinely provide me with inspiration to keep me focused. I want to share a story I play back in my head on tougher days in hopes that it will inspire you too. 

 When I first became the CTL director, Glen Archer, principal lecturer and associate chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering, used to do me the favor of speaking near the end of Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) orientation each fall. Glen would remind the GTAs that they were going to be the “maximum in the room.”  

What he meant was that any students would almost certainly reflect and rise only to the level of enthusiasm and motivation set by their instructor. Glen was challenging them to set that bar high.

Glen’s advice helps me focus on bringing my best self into the classroom, even on days when I’m distracted by non-teaching or personal business, teaching material I don’t find that interesting myself, or just plain tired. It helps me see that if I’m not leading the way with interest and enthusiasm, it’s pretty hard to expect that my students will follow.

On Nov. 30, Glen will be recognized with the final 2017 CTL Teaching Award for Excellence in Large Class Teaching.  He’ll share other stories as part of this event; I encourage you to mark your calendar now so that you can attend and hear more words of wisdom from this terrific teacher.

If you’d like to talk more about ways to keep yourself and students motivated, stop into the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning.


Advances in Automotive Steels Presentation Today

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

Nowosad will 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. This event is open to everyone on campus.


Cardboard Boat Races Today

What better way to celebrate Homecoming than by watching students race boats made out of cardboard? The races will take place at 4 p.m. Friday (Oct. 20) at the Houghton Waterfront Park.

There will be free bus shuttles starting at 3 p.m. to and from the Cardboard Boat races. The shuttles will end when everyone waiting for a shuttle has been returned at the end of the races. The continuous loop route will make stops at the Student Development Complex (SDC), Memorial Union Building (MUB) bus stop and Houghton Waterfront Park.

For more information, contact Student Activities at 7-1963.


Final Performance of "Picasso at the Lapin Agile" Tonight

The Michigan Tech Theatre Company's final performance of Steve Martin's comedy "Picasso at the Lapin Agile" is 7:30 p.m. tonight (Oct. 20) in the McArdle Theatre in the Walker Art and Humanities Center.  

Tickets are $13 for adults, $5 for youth and no charge for Michigan Tech students with the Experience Tech fee. Tickets are available by phone at 7-2073, online, in person at the Central Ticketing Office in the Student Development Complex or tonight at the McArdle Theatre, beginning one hour prior to showtime. 


Kitty Donohoe Concert Today

Through generous support from a Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) mini-grant, the English Education Program, partnering with the Copper Country Reading Council (CCRC), invites the Michigan Tech community to a family-oriented concert in Houghton at 7 p.m. tonight, Oct. 20 at Saints Peter and Paul Church (Madeline Street). For more information, read the original Tech Today article.


Family Write Night Tonight

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. today (Oct. 20) in the MTMC, Walker 107. All children are welcome. Snacks provided. 


C-Cubed Lunch Today

Today's C-Cubed luncheon takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited.

The buffet lunch is $10 per person. Cash, credit cards and C-Cubed gift certificates (available in the Memorial Union office) are accepted. 

 Today's menu:

· Linguine with White Clam Sauce
· Pasta Puttanesca (V)
· Antipasto Salad (GF, V)
· White Bean Salad (GF, VE)

V- Vegetarian, VE-Vegan, Vegetarian, GF- Gluten Free


KIP Seminar Today

The KIP October seminar will be from 3-4 p.m. today  (Oct. 20) in ATDC 101. Ye Sun (MEEM) will present her research, which focuses on wearable sensors and electronics, human-centered monitoring and human-machine interaction.


PUSH Physical Theatre's "Dracula" Tomorrow

Just in time for Halloween, Bram stoker’s "Dracula" comes to the Rozsa Center It's a classic tale of seduction, desire and madness from the masters of motion theatre.

PUSH Physical Theatre’s "Dracula" is an acrobatic spectacle like nothing you have ever seen, a groundbreaking, thrilling and unforgettable ride into the warped world of one of literature’s most famous villains. "Dracula" will be performed at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 21), at the Rozsa Center.

And, an added bonus: Come for the show, stay for the party! Keweenaw Young Professionals Present Cocktails After Dark, a "Dracula" after-party, in the Rozsa lobby, free for anyone with a ticket to "Dracula." Enjoy a cash bar with Dracula-themed drinks, snacks, a Dracula’s Lair photo booth, and meet the cast. 

Tickets are on sale now, $22 for adults, $10 for youth (PG-13), and no charge for Michigan Tech students with the Experience Tech fee. Tickets are available by phone at 7-2073, online, in person at the Central Ticketing Office in the Student Development Complex or at the Rozsa box office the night of the show.

Note: The Rozsa box office opens only two hours before performances.


Material Science and Engineering Seminar Tuesday

Sean R. Agnew, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Virginia, will present "High strength and ductility of additively manufactured 316L stainless steel explained" at 11 a.m. Tuesday (Oct. 24) in M&M 610.


New Funding

Lawrence Sutter (MSE/IMP) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $68,047 research and development contract with the Michigan Dept. of Transportation.
Gerald Anzalone (MSE) is Co-PI on the project "2018 Transportation Materials Research Center." 
This is a one-year project.

In the News

WLUC TV6/UpperMichiganSource aired an interview with Beth Lunde-Stockero, Title IX coordinator at Michigan Tech, about sexual harassment and how victims and others should handle it. Watch the story.


TechCentury, a science and engineering news website published by the Engineering Society of Detroit, ran an article about research on gravitational waves, on which three Michigan Tech physicists—David Nitz, Brian Fick and Petra Huentemeyer—participated. Read the story.