Open Enrollment Begins Sunday

Michigan Tech's 2018 Open Enrollment takes place from Sunday (Nov. 5) to midnight Monday, Nov. 27. Open enrollment is your opportunity to assess your individual and family needs and make changes to your benefit package selections.

This includes changing health plans, adding/removing a dependent, changing Health Savings Account (HSA) contributions, electing to contribute to a flexible spending account or changing any other benefits such as life or disability benefits.

If you would like to continue your current elections in 2018, you do not need to take any action unless you have a flexible spending account (FSA) as contributions must be re-elected each year.

Here is a brief summary of the 2018 benefits:

  • Michigan Tech will continue to match up to 7.5 percent of your salary that you decide to save for retirement. Tax deferred as well as Roth options for 403b and 457b plans are also available without a match should you wish to save more for retirement. Keep in mind there are IRS maximums for how much you are allowed to contribute.
  • The HuskyCare High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) health insurance plan will continue with current deductible and out of pocket limits. Starting Jan. 1, 2018, the monthly premium will remain the same at $5 (pre-tax) per dependent per month while the employee premium will remain at $0. Note: If an employee has a partner/spouse that is currently covered as a dependent and is in a benefits-eligible position at Michigan Tech, their premium will be $0; any eligible children covered will have the $5 per month premium.
  • With the HuskyCare HDHP health insurance plan you can decide what amount if any, you put in your tax sheltered Health Savings Account (HSA) to cover health care deductibles and co-pays. Keep in mind that any amount you save in your HSA that is not used, is carried over to future years, even into retirement.  There are IRS maximums that might impact the amount you are allowed to contribute.
  • The HuskyCare Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) health insurance plan will continue unchanged at the current premium of $114 (pre-tax) per person per month. 
  • There will be no changes to the insurance providers:
    • Health – BCBSM with Express Scripts handling the prescriptions.
    • Dental – Delta Dental
    • Vision – Davis Vision
    • Michigan Tech’s life and disability plans - Unum

There will be no change to the $95 (taxable) provided to eligible employees who have opted out of Michigan’s health plan and are not covered under Michigan’s Tech coverage through their spouse. Plan to explore and evaluate your benefit options and cost during an Open Enrollment educational session.

For additional information, visit the open enrollment website.


Minimum Wage Increase

In 2014, the Michigan legislature passed a bill increasing the state’s minimum wage from $7.40 to $9.25 per hour by 2018.

Effective Jan. 1, 2018, the minimum wage will increase to $9.25 per hour. Therefore, all hourly rates that fall below this rate will be increased on Dec. 31. This will have an impact on departments that pay students and temporary employees less than this amount. For jobs starting after Jan. 1, use the minimum wage of $9.25 per hour. Since the rates for current employees will be automatically increased, EPAFs will not be needed.

On-Campus Flu Vaccine Clinic Tuesday

Employees, retirees and family members insured by Michigan Tech’s Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) plan can also have their flu vaccine billed to insurance with their BCBSM member ID card. This does not include retirees that have Blue Cross insurance through MPSERS.

Anyone under the age of 18 cannot be vaccinated without parental permission. A spouse and/or child may attend without the employee.

Soccer Ends Season at Grand Valley

The Michigan Tech soccer team saw the 2017 season come to a close Tuesday afternoon, falling at third ranked Grand Valley State 5-0 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Quarterfinals.

The Huskies stayed close by limiting the Lakers to one goal in the first half, but GVSU pulled away with four second period goals leading to the final result.

"We had a pretty strong first half and played with Grand Valley State," Michigan Tech Head Coach Michelle Jacob said. "I thought we did a great job defending as a team to try and minimize their attack. In the second half, they were the stronger team and really pressured us and wore us down. Our players never stopped fighting and continued to make a couple of scoring chances happen for us late in the game. We are proud of the efforts of our players."

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

Women's Basketball Ranked in Top 25 Preseason Poll.

The Michigan Tech women's basketball team is ranked No. 21 in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association NCAA Division II Preseason Top 25 Poll, announced Tuesday by the national office.

The Huskies are one of two Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference teams who are in the preseason poll, with defending national champion Ashland University ranked number one.

Michigan Tech is picked to finish first in the GLIAC North Division in the 2017 GLIAC Basketball Preseason Poll, announced last week by the conference office. The Huskies earned 58 points with four first place votes. Grand Valley State is a close second in the North Division with 57 points and an identical total of four first place votes. Northern Michigan rounds out the top three in the North Division with 52 points and four first place votes.

The Huskies tip-off the 2017-18 season at NCAA Division I Wisconsin-Green Bay in an exhibition game at 8 p.m. tonight. The game can be heard on 93.5 FM as well as audio stream, video stream and live stats.The Huskies will open the regular season against Davis & Elkins Nov. 10 in Pepper Pike, Ohio.

For the full story and more on Tech Athletics, visit

Control, Sensing and Chemical Analysis using Microfluidic Devices

Join Mark Burns from the University of Michigan for a talk on the potential uses of microfluidic devices in chemical processing and sensing. Their work focuses on components and integrated systems that can be used to measure physical, chemical and biochemical properties.

The seminar is from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Friday (Nov. 3) in Chem Sci 101.

Proven Strategies to Better Mentor, Sponsor and Advocate for Advancement of Women and Underrepresented Faculty

Mark Burns from the University of Michigan will host a facilitated conversation on proven strategies to better mentor, sponsor and advocate for the advancement of women and underrepresented faculty.

The event is from 3 to 4 p.m. tomorrow (Nov. 3) in GLRC 201/202.

Job Postings

Job Posting for Thursday, November 2, 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.

Clinical Counselor, Counseling Services. Apply online

Case Manager & Learning Specialist, Dean of Students. 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.


41 North Film Festival Begins Today

The 41 North Film Festival brings together acclaimed films from around the world with participants from the local community for four days of engaging, informative and inspiring events.

The festival opens today (Nov. 2) with "Voices of Light: The Passion of Joan of Arc," an evening of film and music in collaboration with the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra and the ConScience Michigan Tech Chamber Singers.

To see the full lineup of films and find out more about each, visit the festival website or read the original Tech Today article.


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. today (Nov. 2) in the East Reading Room of the Van Pelt and Opie Library.  Light refreshments will be provided.
ICCC Lecture Today
The Institute of Computing and Cybersystems (ICC) will host Elizabeth Whitaker from 12:30 to 2 p.m. today (Nov. 2) in EERC 100. She will present a lecture titled "How Can Cognitive Systems Support Humans in Solving Problems?"
Whitaker is a Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) Principal Research Engineer and GTRI Fellow.
Teaching at Tech Luncheon Workshop
The next Teaching at Tech Luncheon Workshop is titled "Teaching Gen Z and Millennials - Entitlement or Just Changing Expectations?"
Whatever you call the current generation of 18-22 year old college students, there’s a sense that they bring different expectations to the classroom. In this luncheon workshop, we’ll explore some research about whether and how "students these days” really are different compared with previous generations. 
The luncheon workshop will be held on Nov. 9. Lunch will be provided to those who register by Monday, (Nov. 6). 

C-Cubed Luncheon

Today's (Nov. 2) 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. Find more information and share C-Cubed feedback online. To join the C-Cubed Google Group and receive weekly menus, email Karen Johnson.


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

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


ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker Series

The next Graduate Seminar Speaker Series will be held at 4 p.m. today (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


HCC Demo Day

Join the ICC's Center for Human-Centered Computing for HCC Demo Day 2017 from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. today.

Across campus researchers who "design with humans in mind" will be showcasing their work to the community through a series of demos, lectures and tours.

The day kicks off with a free pizza and a lecture by ICC Distinguished Lecturer, Elizabeth Whitaker from Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) principal research engineer and GTRI Fellow. Her talk is entitled, "How Can Cognitive Systems Support Humans in Solving Problems?" Click here to see the full schedule of events.