Tech Ranks Third Among Michigan Colleges With Highest-paid Grads

Michigan Tech ranks third among Michigan colleges with the highest paid graduates. A story published earlier this week on, used earnings data from the US Department of Education to show how much—in 2016 dollars— the average student earned 10 years after enrolling in an institution. 

The rankings include former students who are currently in the workforce and captures the earnings of graduates and students who dropped out. The rankings used annual tuition and fees for the 2016-17 academic year.

The data shows the average annual earnings of Tech grads ten years after enrollment is $66,000. The article goes on to say that more than 87 percent of Tech students earn more than $25,000 a year ten years after enrollment.

John Lehman, Michigan Tech's associate vice-president for Enrollment and University Relations says the recognition of our student's success is appreciated and deserved,

"By virtue of the 340 companies and organizations who brought 1,120 recruiters to this fall's Career Fair alone, we know our students are in high demand. It's good to know that those outcomes of a Michigan Tech education are recognized both statewide and by the US Department of Education."

Among the Michigan schools in the top 30 but ranked lower than Michigan Tech, were Michigan State, Lawrence Technical University, Wayne State, Central Michigan, Ferris State and Northwood.

Michigan Tech was the only Upper Peninsula institution in the top 30 in the MLive article.

New NIH Grant Will Study Alcohol's Effects on the Nervous System

Michigan Tech is leading a $1.8 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) study to understand alcohol’s effects on sleep, blood pressure and brain activity.

When a drink at the local watering hole turns into five or six, what are the effects on our brains and hearts? How does too much to drink affect how we sleep? How does binge drinking affect blood pressure for people who drink socially but not usually to excess? Do women’s bodies process alcohol differently depending on stages of their menstrual cycles?

These are some of the questions Jason Carter (KIP) and John Durocher (Bio Sci) seek to answer during their five-year project titled "Alcohol and Neurovascular Control in Humans."

The project is funded by US Department of Health & Human Services, NIH Research Project Grant Program with an initial $422,845 received this year of a potential $1,871,688.

“This has been a decade-long march for the institution to get to the point where we have the infrastructure and the critical mass to compete for these grants,” Carter says, noting that it is the first top-tier NIH grant since Michigan Tech began seriously investing in health-related research in the late 2000s. “This is a major step to continue the growth of human health research at Michigan Tech.”

Read the full story on the Michigan Tech News Website.

Completing the CRT Monitor Survey

Michigan Tech IT would like to arrange for a campus-wide cathode ray tube (CRT) equipment recycling effort. 

A CRT is an older, bulkier type of TV or monitor. This type of equipment isn’t recycled locally, so it takes a little more planning to arrange for it to be removed in a cost-effective and environmentally responsible way.

We have had quite a few customers contact us already and we want to thank them for this information. If you still have CRT equipment in your department you’d like to recycle, fill out this Google form

Once we have a better idea of quantity, we will work with Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) to choose the best method of removal and provide you with more information on what it will cost the departments.

Note: Facilities will not pick this equipment up for disposal.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding CRT recycling, contact or call 7-1111.

RSVP Enrollment Deadline Fast Approaching

The deadline of Tuesday (Oct. 31) is fast approaching to register to retire under the Retirement Supplemental Voluntary Program (RSVP). 

RSVP is a voluntary retirement program offered to eligible Michigan Tech employees. Eligible employees who wish to retire on or before June 30, 2018, must sign the RSVP election form and communicate their intent to the Benefits Office by 5 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 31). 

For RSVP policy, eligibility requirements and additional information, visit the Benefit Services website. 

If you have any questions email Benefit Services or call 7-2517. Be aware the Human Resources offices will be closed on Monday (Oct. 30).

Summer Reading Recommendation

Read a good book? Let us know.

The Summer Reading as Inquiry Committee is seeking book recommendations for fall 2018 and we’d love to hear from you. If you have a title you’d like to recommend, email by Friday, Nov. 3.

Huskies Raise more than $1,900 for the Women Living With Cancer Support Group

Michigan Tech's soccer and volleyball team's dedicated a home game to raise money for the Women Living With Cancer Support Group, an organization providing  support for cancer patients, sponsored by UP Health Systems. A total of $1,946 was donated to the organization from the teams' fundraising efforts.

The Women Living with Cancer Support Group is a local, supportive group of women that meet monthly for discussion, speakers and to share their cancer journey. Each student-athlete had a pink warmup t-shirt that fans bid on online leading up to the Oct. 15 soccer match and the Oct. 20 volleyball match.

Monetary donations and items for care packages were also donated as part of the initiative.

Soccer's "Let's Kick Cancer Game" raised $1,128 through the bidding of the warm-up t-shirts and monetary donations. Volleyball's "Kills for Cancer" raised $818 in total donations.

The Women Living with Cancer Support Group made a total of 340 Comfort Kits with Tech's support so far which have been given to UP Health System - Portage and Aspirus Keweenaw for patients undergoing treatment.

The group also purchased 30, $35 gas cards (15 to each hospital) to their oncology units for cancer patients in active treatment.

For more information on the Women Living with Cancer Support Group fans can visit their Facebook page.

The Tech soccer team hosts rival Northern Michigan at 5 p.m. today at Sherman Field.

The volleyball team is on the road for a pair of GLIAC matchups, today at Saginaw Valley State and tomorrow at Lake Superior State.

Football Huskies at Home Against Davenport

The home stand continues for the Michigan Tech Football team. The Huskies will battle Davenport in a GLIAC matchup tomorrow at Sherman Field. 

The Huskies come into the game at 3-5 overall and 1-4 in the GLIAC while the Panthers are 1-7 overall and still looking for their first conference win.

Kickoff is at 1 p.m. The game can be heard on 93.5 FM, with audio streaming on Video and live stats are also available.

This will be the first meeting between Michigan Tech and Davenport. This is just the second year of varsity football for the Panthers, who competed in the NAIA last season. Their lone win on the season, against McKendree last Saturday, represented the program's first victory over a NCAA Division II opponent. 

Biomedical Engineering Seminar

The Biomedical Engineering Department will host Jeff Stuart, Associate Professor from Brock University, to present a seminar titled, "How Oxygen Levels Affect Cellular Reactive Oxygen Production: Implications for Cell Culture Protocols" at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3 in M&M U113.

American Chemical Society, UP Local Section Event Today

The Upper Peninsula Local Section of the American Chemical Society is meeting today.

In conjunction with their annual meeting and National Chemistry Week, John Jaszczak (Physics) will present the talk, "Mineralogical Miracles from the Merelani Hills, Tanzania." The talk will take place at 5 p.m. today (Oct. 27) in Chem Sci. 211. Pizza will be available at 4:45 p.m. There will be a brief business meeting followed by Jaszczak's presentation. All are welcome.

Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar

The next Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar is at 3 p.m. Monday (Oct. 30) in GLRC 202. There will be two presentations.

Noel Urban (CEE), Judith Perlinger (CEE) and graduate student Mugdha Priyadarshini will present "Can Management of PCBs in Atmospheric Deposition Achieve Reductions of PCB Concentrations in Lake Superior Trout?"

Polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) compounds are a class of persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic organic pollutant that is produced as complex mixtures (containing more than 80 congeners) called Aroclors.

Chronic PCB exposure can cause major health effects in humans including reproductive effects like reduced conception and birth rates, effects on neurological, immune and endocrine systems, and cancer.

Urban and graduate student Ashley Hendricks will present "Model Validation as a Critical Component for the Management of Mercury Contamination of Lakes."

Mercury is a toxic contaminant that bioaccumulates in fish. Fish consumption advisories have been set for the Great Lakes and inland lakes, however, many lakes do not have specific advisories set due to lack of measurements.

Models have the potential to be used as an alternative to measurements; models are relatively inexpensive and are not as time intensive.

Creating a Welcoming Community for LGBT+ Individuals

Join guest speaker Stephanie Lange for her thought-provoking talk and a group discussion from 10:05 to 11:45 a.m. today (Oct. 27) in MUB Ballroom B. There will be refreshments at 9:30 a.m.

Our culture in the United States is shifting rapidly related to the LGBTQ+ community. These changes can be complicated and emotionally stirring.

This session will give participants an opportunity to reflect on their own experiences and beliefs related to gender identity and sexual orientation. This insight will be used to explore ways to expand our horizons and build empathy for those in the LGBTQ+ community that may not feel welcomed or accepted.

Terrific Teaching at Tech

Since we’re well into the term, it might be hard to make any major policy or procedural changes at this point in a class. But small changes can make a big difference; and one thing that virtually all instructors can improve is our use of visuals.

Whether we choose PowerPoint, a whiteboard, or a document camera, recalling one simple guideline can be transformative: make visuals for students, not for ourselves.

We are often tempted to use visuals as an outline to remind ourselves what to say next or what needs to be “covered.” It turns out that all of that extraneous information is not only distracting to students, but often results in cognitive overload as they try to read, listen and understand simultaneously.

 Stripping down visuals to include only the most immediately relevant information—most often images, graphs or diagrams rather than bulleted lists—also means students will process information more deeply as they make notes in their own words rather than copying (Having an outline is still a good idea, it's just in your hands rather than on the screen or board). 

If you’d like to dig deeper into the research on this, Gary Smith provides more detail, generalizable to most any media, in his excellent article on research-based design. 

Smith’s work is derived from Richard Mayer’s foundational work on multimedia learning. For PowerPoint or document camera users just looking for a tool, SmartArt provides a fast way to present graphical representations for cycles, hierarchies and the like, making them much more memorable.  

Consider making some small changes to your visuals and anticipate big results. If you’d like to talk more about ways to improve your visuals, stop into the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning.


Chemistry Seminar Today

Loredana Valentano (Chem) will present a seminar titled "Answering Fundamental Questions Critical to Designing Materials and How My Quantum Chemical Dream Became My Vision" at 3 p.m. today (Oct. 27) in Chem-Sci Room 102.


Indian Food at Khana Khazana

Indian cuisine is on tap at today's Khana Khazana in the Memorial Union North Coast Grill and Deli.

The menu features:

  • Chicken Korma
  • Paneer Korma
  • Strawberry Custard Pudding

Serving is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. The cost is $7.95 and includes a fountain beverage. Visit Khana Khazana on Facebook.


Computer Science Seminar Talk Today

For today's Computer Science Seminar Talk, Professor Ali Ebnenasir will present, "Towards a Theory of Design for Scalability." The seminar will be held in from 3 to 4 p.m. in Rekhi 214. Refreshments will be provided.


C-Cubed Luncheon

This week's C-Cubed luncheons take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today (Oct. 27) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited. Find more information and share C-Cubed feedback online. To join the C-Cubed Google Group and receive weekly menus, email Karen Johnson.

Today (Oct. 27)
Kung Pao Chicken Noodle Stir Fry
Kung Pao Tofu Noodle Stir Fry (V)
Vegetable Egg Roll (V)

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


HR Closed Monday for Annual Retreat

The Human Resources Office will be closed on Monday (Oct. 30) for a departmental retreat. The office will reopen on Tuesday (Oct. 31). We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. 


Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Tomorrow

Michigan Tech is participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 28). 
This is an opportunity to properly dispose of all expired and unused prescription drugs. Michigan Tech Public Safety and Police Services is a registered drop off/collection site.
MTPSPS is located at 206 MacInnes Drive. If you have any questions, email


The Campus Store Halloween Store

Trick or Treat!

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


Delta Epsilon Sponsors Cornhole Tournament

Delta Upsilon fraternity is sponsoring a Cornhole Tournament on campus at noon Sunday (Oct. 29). The event is part of a national philanthropy service project called Global Service Initiative.

Registration starts at 11 a.m. Sunday (Oct. 29). The tournament will take place between the Chemical Sciences Building and the EERC.


Bill Balzer Visits Michigan Tech

Bill Balzer, author of "Lean Higher Education" will present "Where is the Evidence-Based Support for Lean Higher Education? The Research, the Challenge, and the Opportunities" from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 1) in the Memorial Union Building Ballroom B1 & B2.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Friday, October 27, 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 5, Office of Advancement. UAW Posting 10/27/17-11/2/17. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. 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.