Parking Ban Begins at Midnight

Effective at midnight (Nov. 1) through April 30, parking is prohibited on campus between the hours of 2 - 7 a.m. except as follows:

  • Occupants of University housing with a valid residential parking permit in their specified Lot
  • Employees working on an assigned shift with a designated overnight parking space
  • Anyone issued permission by Public Safety & Police Services or Transportation Services

Individuals who need to request “extended hours parking accommodations” can call Public Safety and Police Services at 7-2216 after 1 a.m. to be assigned a designated parking space. In order to request permission to remain parked on campus, you will need to provide the following information in your request to Public Safety:

  • Name
  • Phone Number
  • Vehicle Information (License, Make, and Model of Vehicle)

Those granted permission to park on campus after 2 a.m. will be assigned a parking spot in a designated Lot or in one of the three designated meter areas (meter locations can be viewed online. Vehicles must be moved prior to 6 a.m. unless alternate arrangements have received prior approval.

This parking ban is in effect regardless of the amount of snow on the ground.

Email with further questions.

Houghton Among 25 Best College Towns

Houghton, home to Michigan Tech, was named one of the 25 best college towns in the nation by The website analyzed data from 170 communities with populations of fewer than 150,000 residents.

"At that size," says, "cities are big enough to offer plenty of amenities but small enough that students don't get lost in the crowd. We looked at factors that are important to college students right now - such as entertainment options and the number of young adults living in the community - as well as those things that may be important later, like the unemployment rate and median cost to rent."

Houghton ranked 18th in the top 25 college towns. See here.

MCRN, T3N Receive New State Funding

The Michigan Strategic Fund—the oversight board of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)—has approved $2.66 million in funding for the Michigan Corporate Relations Network (MCRN) and Technology Transfer Talent Network (T3N), both of which support entrepreneurial and innovation projects at all institutions of higher education in the state.

MCRN will receive $1.4 million and T3N will receive $1.26 million for a one-year period to support university research and university industry collaboration. Michigan Tech projects have received MCRN and T3N funding, including most recently, technologies developed by Tech researchers Yoke Khin Yap (Physics) and Patricia Heiden (Chemistry), in collaboration with StabiLux Biosciences and Petoskey Plastics.

"Renewed funding of the MCRN and T3N programs represents the value and continued investment placed on spurring Michigan's economy through the exceptional talent and vast resources available at the university level," said MEDC university relations director, Denise Graves.

"Providing mentors, supporting collaborations among all universities and creating partnerships between Michigan's companies and university assets have proven incredibly beneficial for Michigan."

Search For Assistant to the Provost for Academic Diversity

Are you a tenured faculty member who is an innovative, strategic and results-oriented leader with a broad vision for the role of diversity in achieving institutional excellence?

If so, consider applying for the position of Assistant to the Provost for Academic Diversity. This person will effectively integrate inclusion into the work of Michigan Tech, while working closely with University leadership, diversity point people and the University community to shape and implement plans and strategies aligned with institutional goals and creating a welcoming environment for all.

This includes facilitating and coordinating University strategic planning and prioritization in the areas of academic diversity and inclusion; conducting periodic climate surveys; and working collaboratively to develop and implement strategies and initiatives that advance a climate of diversity and inclusion and support the University’s mission.

Priority consideration will be given to those who apply prior to Nov.18

For more information see the entire position description online. Committee members are Jill Hodges (chair), Kellie Raffaelli and David Flaspohler. 

Sullivan Mineral Collection Donated to Museum

The A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum announces the recent generous donation of a mineral collection by Kate Sullivan of Ann Arbor. Sullivan's late husband, Don (DJ) Sullivan, assembled the collection of about 500 specimens over several decades.

The collection consists mostly of minerals, but also a few fossils including a fossil dinosaur egg from China. There are a variety of mineral specimens such as polished spheres and freeforms, amethyst geode slices and an outstanding polished agate slice.

Among the more notable specimens are emerald in matrix from China, tourmaline in quartz from Pariaba, Brazil, chalcopyrite on calcite from Romania, a beautiful pink gemstone variety of spodumene, kunzite from Afghanistan and multiple specimens of boulder opal from Australia. There will be multiple specimens from this collection that will be accessioned into Michigan Tech's permanent mineral collection after evaluation is completed.

DJ Sullivan attended Michigan Tech in the late 1950s. He earned a MS in Industrial Engineering at Wayne State University followed by a career in healthcare management. His company, DJ Sullivan & Associates, focused on surgical suite design and management throughout the US and Canada.

The Benefits of Required Student Visits to the MTMC

 As final project deadlines loom, the MTMC would like to remind all instructors that they can require student visits to the center to work on writing assignments, presentations, and projects of all disciplines. Here's a short video about the benefits of required visits.

This Week's C-Cubed Lunches

This week's C-Cubed luncheons take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday (Nov. 2/3) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited.

The C-Cubed lunch buffet menus are created by Executive Chef Eric Karvonen, and prepared by Karvonen and his culinary team. As the name suggests, the meals are meant to foster conversation, community and collegiality. Attendees may bring their own lunch instead of purchasing the buffet.

Fruit-infused water, coffee, tea, cookies and fruit are available free to all attendees. The buffet lunch is $10 per person. Cash, credit cards and C-Cubed gift certificates (available in the Memorial Union office) are accepted. Find more information and share C-Cubed feedback online. To join the C-Cubed Google Group and receive weekly menus, email Karen Johnson.

The menus:


  • Thai Glass Noodles with Chicken (GF)
  • Thai Glass Noodles with Tofu (GF, VE)
  • Thai Coconut Soup (GF, VE)


  • Kansas City Style BBQ Ribs (GF)
  • Grilled Black Bean Quinoa Steak (GF, VE)
  • Baked Potatoes with Chive Sour Cream (V)
    Salad Bar (VE)

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

Happy Halloween from the Multiliteracies Center

Halloween is upon us, and the deadlines are coming.

To celebrate Halloween, the MTMC has made a spooky new video to remind everyone to run to the Multiliteracies Center for help with presentations, writing assignments and design projects.

You can see the new video here.

If the deadlines are after you, remember there's still one place you can run for help.

Purchase an Annual Membership to the Tech Trails Now

The Michigan Tech Trails are a great resource in our community — occupying 35 kilometers of nationally-recognized land for skiing, snowshoeing hiking or mountain biking.

Community members are required to purchase a membership or day pass prior to using the trails. Current Michigan Tech students use the trails for free through Experience Tech, and children 17 and younger can use the trails free of charge.

By purchasing a membership or $10-day pass, you are supporting a well-groomed, maintained and updated trails system that ensures a safe and organized recreational experience. Whether you plan to enjoy a day on the trails at Michigan Tech, Swedetown, Chassell, or Maasto Hiito there are several membership options that include a single trail, all trails or a combination.

There is also an option to purchase a Keweenaw Alliance Trails Membership, which is a collaboration of the trail systems in the Keweenaw. 

Annual Trail Membership pricing options are available.

The winter season typically opens up in December and continues into April. Daily grooming and trail condition updates take place in the winter months. Members have the option to join the Michigan Tech Nordic Ski Club for an annual membership fee of $10 and have free access to the club's cross-country skis and snowshoes.

You may purchase an annual membership pass or day pass at the following places:

  • Online
  • SDC Ticket Office
  • Michigan Tech Trails (collection pipes with day passes available at all main trailheads)
  • Cross Country Sports (Calumet)
  • Downwind Sports (Downtown Houghton)
  • Swedetown Chalet (Calumet)

The trail system has several amenities for all skill levels – beginner to advanced. More information including facts and trail statistics, trail maps, trail cams and everything you need to know about the Tech Trails is available online.

This Week in Husky Sports

Last Week in Review

The No. 16-ranked hockey team was swept in WCHA action at No. 12 Minnesota State. The Mavericks won 3-1 Friday and 5-3 Saturday. Justin Misiak scored Friday and Jake Jackson had two goals Saturday and Joel L'Esperance also tallied. Patrick Munson had 64 saves on the weekend. The Huskies are 4-4-1 overall and 2-3-1-1 in the WCHA and return home this weekend, hosting Bowling Green.

Volleyball won its sixth and seventh straight GLIAC matches with a pair of 3-1 victories over Saginaw Valley State and Lake Superior State on the road. MacAulay Petersen averaged more than 3.6 kills per set on the weekend to lead the offense. Laura DeMarchi had 76 assists in the two matches, including 47 Friday. Tech is in a tie with Northern Michigan for second place in the GLIAC and travels to Marquette for a 5 p.m. match against the Wildcats Saturday in the final road match of the regular season. The Huskies are 16-8 overall and 10-3 in the GLIAC.

Football defeated Davenport 17-10 at Sherman Field Saturday. The Huskies scored a touchdown in the second quarter on an 18-yard pass from Garrett Young to Kevin Kirkland. Eric Kostreva scored on a 93-yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter for the go-ahead score, and Evan Gornick hit a 34-yard field goal late in the game for the seven-point win. The Huskies play their final road game of the season Saturday at Tiffin. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

Soccer wrapped up the regular season with a 1-0 loss in double overtime to Northern Michigan Friday on Senior Day. The Huskies will open the postseason today at Grand Valley State in a GLIAC Tournament Quarterfinal matchup.

The women's team is ranked No. 9 in the recent regional rankings and the men are tenth. Both teams finished third at the GLIAC Championships Oct. 21. The Huskies run at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships Saturday in Cedarville, Ohio.

Tech finished sixth at the GLIAC Tournament over the weekend to wrap-up the fall portion of the schedule. The Huskies had an overall record of 8-7. They fell to Wayne State in the opening round of the GLIAC Tournament, defeated Ferris State Saturday, and wrapped up with a loss to loss to Saginaw Valley State in the fifth place match. Ivona Gorgioski was named GLIAC Freshman of the Year and to the All-GLIAC First Team. Senior Sandra Cvetanovic was named All-GLIAC Honorable Mention.


• Huskies Drive Time, 7:30 to 8 a.m. on 93.5 FM
• Soccer at Grand Valley State in a GLIAC Quarterfinal, 3 p.m.

• Women's Basketball at UW-Green Bay, 8 p.m. on 93.5 FM

• Soccer at GLIAC Semifinals, TBA
• Hockey vs. Bowling Green, 7:07 p.m. at MacInnes Student Ice Arena on 93.5 FM

• Cross Country at NCAA Midwest Regional
• Football at Tiffin, 1 p.m. on 93.5 FM
• Volleyball at Northern Michigan, 5 p.m. on TV6
• Hockey vs. Bowling Green, 7:07 p.m. at MacInnes Student Ice Arena 93.5 FM

• Soccer at GLIAC Championship, TBA

Volleyball's DeMarchi Named Player of the Week

Michigan Tech freshman setter, Laura DeMarchi, was named the GLIAC North Division Player of the Week yesterday, after leading the Huskies' offense in two 3-1 GLIAC wins over the weekend.

DeMarchi, a native of Milan, Italy, set the offense in seven sets, tallying 76 assists averaging 10.9 assists per set. She recorded 11 kills at an impressive attack percentage of .579 and no errors.

DeMarchi also chipped in 16 digs and served four aces. She was an asset at the net, recording a solo block and two block assists to advance the Huskies to their seventh straight GLIAC win.

"Laura has proven to be one of the top setters in the region and has established herself as the most productive freshman in the GLIAC so far this season," said Tech Volleyball Coach Matt Jennings. "Her game is so well rounded and we saw that again this weekend, especially Friday night at Saginaw. Laura's court presence is unmistakable and a big part of any success we've experienced this year. She's had a lot of great performances this season and its nice to see her get recognized by the conference for her efforts. We're proud of Laura and grateful for the hard work and toughness she brings to the team every day."

For the complete story and more on Tech sports visit


ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker

The next Graduate Seminar Speaker Series will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 2) in EERC 103. 

Pavana Prabhakar will present "Additively Manufactured Interlaminar Reinforcement for Composites." Prabhakar is an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering in the area of structural mechanics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

New Funding

Pengfei Xue (CEE/GLRC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $68,975 research and development agreement with Ohio State University. Martin Auer (CEE) is the Co-PI on the project "ECOHAB 2017 Linking Process Models and Field Experiments to Forecast Algal Bloom Toxicity in Lake Erie."

This is the first year of a three-year project potentially totaling $206,907.

In the News

WLUC TV6/Upper Michigan Source reported on the Michigan Tech students who participated in Make a Difference Day on Saturday (Oct. 28). See here.


The Campus Store Halloween Sale

Trick or Treat!

Just kidding, no tricks here, but we do have a treat for you. Today is Halloween so stop by the Campus Store on Halloween 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. 


RSVP Deadline is Today

Today is the deadline 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. today (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.


Bill Balzer Visits Michigan Tech Tomorrow

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. tomorrow (Nov. 1) in the Memorial Union Building Ballroom B1 & B2.


HuskyLEAD Workshop Tomorrow

Join Scott Marratto, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, from 4-5 p.m. tomorrow (Nov. 1) in MUB Ballroom B1 for his presentation on Morality and Technology: Rethinking Engineering Ethics.

Marratto's discussion will conclude the Fall 2017 HuskyLEAD workshops; however, individuals are still encouraged to check out the HuskyLEAD-Strengths Series opportunities still happening. 


And Here: 100 Years of Upper Peninsula Writing, 1917-2017

"And Here: 100 Years of Upper Peninsula Writing, 1917–2017," gives voice to Upper Peninsula writers, ensuring that they are included in Michigan’s rich literary history.
The Van Pelt and Opie Library is bringing four of the contributing authors to read from this compelling anthology, followed by a question and answer session and book signing. Join us from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 2) in the East Reading Room of the Van Pelt and Opie Library.  Light refreshments will be provided.


Wednesday's Tech Today Article regarding Friday's Grain Processing Seminar Series neglected to mention the seminar was partially sponsored/funded by the Visiting Women & Minority Lecture/Scholar Series (VWMLSS) which is funded by a grant to the Office of Institutional Equity and Inclusion from the State of Michigan's King-Chavez-Parks Initiative.