One Week Remaining to Take Climate Survey

As you probably know, the University is in the process of conducting a campus-wide survey — the Michigan Tech Assessment of Working, Living, and Learning at Michigan Tech.

The assessment looks at a variety of topics that affect our community using both qualitative and quantitative research methods. The approach is comprehensive – it includes every member of the campus community: students, faculty, administrators, staff, and all of our undergraduate and graduate programs.

The survey opened on Oct. 17 and will continue until one week from today (Nov. 10). If you haven't already done so, you can access the survey, which is expected to take most people between 20-30 minutes to complete, online.

The Climate Survey Working Group thanks all those who have taken the survey thus far, and encourages all faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students to take the confidential survey as soon as you can.

Don't forget there will be drawings for a number of incentives for students, faculty and staff after the survey closes next Friday (Nov. 10). 

Two Tech Students Named University Innovation Fellows

Two Michigan Tech undergraduates are among 229 students from 62 universities in 10 countries who have been named University Innovation Fellows (UIF). They are Robert Lambert and Josh Jay.

Run by Stanford University's Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, the University Innovation Fellows program empowers students to become agents of change at their schools. Fellows work to ensure their peers gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to compete in the economy of the future and make a positive impact on the world.

Lambert is a second year management major. "I wanted to join UIF to have a more active part in the community, as well as to become an agent of change on Michigan Tech's campus," he said.

Jay is a second year student majoring in materials science and engineering. He is currently doing a co-op in Minneapolis. "I want to be a part of UIF because they aren't just talking and thinking about creating change, but they are actually making it happen," he said. "It is also a great community of people to help you figure out how to turn your ideas into reality."

University Innovation Fellows advocate for lasting institutional change and create opportunities for students to engage with innovation, entrepreneurship, design thinking and creativity at their schools. Fellows design innovation spaces, start entrepreneurship organizations, host experiential learning events and work with faculty to develop new courses.

Since it began under the auspices of the National Science Foundation, the UIF program has trained more than 1,200 students.

Michigan Tech has had 14 University Innovation Fellows since the program started in 2014. They work as part of the Pavlis Honors College to promote entrepreneurship, innovation, design thinking and creativity. Among other projects, they developed the makerspace called The Alley in the former bowling alley in the basement of the Memorial Union Building.

"Stanford's University Innovation Fellows program helps students develop the skills needed to be agents for positive change on their campus," said Mary Raber, co-director of the Pavlis Honors College Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship. "After participating in an intensive six week online training program, our UIFs have been a force for helping to create a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship at Michigan Tech and have been instrumental in bringing many initiatives to life, like the orientation week's #uifresh activity, the student-hosted Innovation Fest and the Alley Makerspace."

Payroll Deduction Available for Parking Permits

Transportation Services is again partnering with Human Resources during Open Enrollment for the purchase of 2018-2019 parking permits. As part of Open Enrollment you can elect payroll deduction for Red Faculty/Staff Parking Permits. The 2018-2019 rate for the Red Permit is $165/year or $6.88/pay period.

Transportation Services encourages all employees who would like to enroll in payroll deduction to do so through Open Enrollment. If you do not elect to continue/start deductions through Open Enrollment, you will need to complete a payroll deduction form at the Transportation Services Office prior to the end of the year.

Whether or not you choose payroll deduction, you will still need to purchase your two-year permit through the Parking Portal.

Permit costs for 2018-19, open enrollment instructions and refund/stop deduction information can be found on our website.

Contact the Transportation Services office at or 7-1441 if you have any questions about permit purchase options.

SURF Program Chosen as Pilot Site for NSF

Michigan Tech's Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program has been chosen as a pilot site for an NSF-funded study on undergraduate research. The program, called EvaluateUR, is designed to ensure student learning outcomes from participation in undergraduate research are as strong as possible. (NSF award information here.)

EvaluateUR was developed at Buffalo State and was used by a select group of undergraduate research programs last summer, including an REU program at the University of Buffalo, the University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire and the University of Washington. SURF is in the Phase II pilot stage, which starts this summer.

Now Showing: 41 North Film Festival

The 41 North Film Festival is in full swing today. The festival opened last night with "Voices of Light:The Passion of Joan of Arc." 

Films on the schedule today include:

Tomorrow's highlights include a reception for Michigan Tech Professor Emeritus Joe Kirkish at 6 p.m. and the showing of "Sami Blood," at 7:30 p.m. 

More than a dozen films will be shown over the next three days. For a complete schedule and description of films, visit the 41 North Film Festival website.

Surplus Property Available

Michigan Tech is currently selling surplus items online to the general public on Public Surplus, a government auction site. There is no cost to the University for the listings as Public Surplus charges a premium to the buyer.

Individuals can register to bid on current auctions and receive future notifications of Michigan Tech surplus at

Local Author: Reading & New Book Launch

Join the English programs at Michigan Tech and Finlandia for the local book launch/celebration of Stephanie Carpenter's (HU) new book of short stories, "Missing Persons" at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10 at the
Finnish American Heritage Center in Hancock.

Carpenter will read from her book and a short reception will follow. George Saunders, winner of the 2017 Man Booker Prize and author of "Lincoln in the Bardo," has described "Missing Persons" as "Inventive, magical, compelling and strange in just the way life and people are strange. Stephanie Carpenter is a rare and wonderful talent."

Expanded Personal Coaching and Training Options with HuskiesFit

HuskiesFit announces expanded options of wellness services available at the SDC. Take advantage of these great new programs today.

  • One on One Therapeutic Yoga - Improve health and movement through one on one personal postural analysis screening, functional movement assessments and a Yoga practice customized to meet your specific needs.
  • Personal Health Coaching—A free consultation followed by a three-month program to guide, support and educate participants to make long lasting, sustainable lifestyle changes.
  • Personal Training—Certified trainers work with you to help meet your fitness goals from losing weight or gaining muscle to increasing strength or training for a marathon. Single and partner packages available.
  • Nutrition classes—Bring your lunch and learn some nutritional health tips.
  • Meditation—Increase focus and attention, become more resilient to stress, strengthen your immune system and more through the practice of meditation.

Don't forget the variety of HuskiesFit group fitness options available seven days a week. We are continually updating our program offerings to meet the needs of our community. Employees, use your remaining 2017 TechFit monies as a form of payment for HuskiesFit Programs. For more information, visit HuskiesFit Programs.

Soccer's Hudak and Wall Pick Up All Conference Honors

Senior goalie Kirsen Hudak and junior defender Rachel Wall earned Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference postseason honors, announced yesterday by the conference office. Hudak was selected to the All-GLIAC Second Team while Wall was chosen for Honorable Mention accolades.

Hudak, who hails from Racine, Wisconsin, posted three shutouts and made 82 saves for the Huskies during the 2017 season. She ranks third in the GLIAC in both save percentage (.828) and goals against average (1.24) while checking in fifth in the conference in total saves and fourth in fewest goals against (17).

Wall is from Eagan, Minnesota and helped anchor one of the top defenses in the conference this season. The Huskies rank fourth in the GLIAC for goals against average at 1.31 and had 13 matches decided by one goal. Wall played a major role in keeping opposing attackers away from the net and out of the box. Wall started all 17 matches this season and now has 40 career starts for Tech.  Read the full story and find out more about Tech sports at

Football Takes to Road for Final Time

The Michigan Tech Football Huskies are on the road taking on Tiffin in Frost-Kalnow Stadium in Tiffin, Ohio Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.

The game can be heard on live radio on 93.5 FM, streaming audio on, video, and live stats.

The Huskies are 4-5 overall, 3-4 in the GLIAC while the Dragons are 5-4 overall and 4-3 in the conference.
Tech wraps up the 2017 campaign next Saturday at home against Ferris State at Sherman Field.

EPSSI Seminar Monday

The next Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences Institute (EPSSI) Seminar is set for 4 p.m. Monday (Nov.6) in M&M U113.
Peter Webley, Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska - Fairbanks will present "Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration (ACUASI): Operational Support and Geoscience Research."


Amber Kemppainen, a PhD student in Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors/Senior Lecturer in Engineering Fundamentals, will present "Incoming Beliefs of First-Year Engineering Students" at the ACSHF forum from 2-3 p.m. Monday (Nov. 6) in Meese 109.

Beliefs about intelligence and how knowledge is acquired can impact an individual's performance both academically and professionally. This presentation reviews the first stage in a longitudinal study of changing beliefs of engineering students throughout their undergraduate education.

Approximately 600 first-year students in ENG1101 completed a survey during the first few weeks of the semester that measured intelligence beliefs (or mindset) and epistemological beliefs. She will discuss the preliminary survey results and how they correspond with current literature for engineering students.

Working Luncheon, MDOT Call For Research Ideas

The MDOT Office of Research is soliciting research priority ideas for their upcoming funding years FY19/20/21. This is a great opportunity for Michigan Tech researchers from various departments to expand their research portfolio into transportation topics.

The topics are very versatile, from hard core pavement engineering to water and environmental aspects, life cycle cost engineering, even workforce development. Details on MDOT research priorities can be found here.

In the past, Michigan Tech Transportation Institute (MTTI) has submitted Tech's research ideas to MDOT as a combined package for a stronger, unified presence. Our plans are to do so again.

From noon to1 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 9), in Dillman 309A, MTTI will be hosting a lunch meeting for discussions, gathering of ideas and to provide a setting for collaboration on the research idea topics listed. We will also share a couple of past ideas that were later turned by MDOT to RFPs and we'll provide some insight from discussions with MDOT.

We've created a spreadsheet to gather information on topic ideas you're interested in providing to MDOT. Email Pam Hannon to get a link to the spreadsheet. Contact Pam also, if you'd like to join us in the meeting by Tuesday (Nov. 7).

Michigan Tech EMS Offering CPR Classes

Want to learn to save a life? Need to update your CPR certification for work? Michigan Tech Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is offering classes in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) throughout the school year.

Michigan Tech Emergency Medical Technicians with American Heart Association (AHA) instructor certifications will teach using the latest requirements and techniques. 

 Regularly scheduled classes are available on a first-come, first-served basis throughout the year, or through special arrangement with Michigan Tech EMS.

The next first-come, first-served class is from 8 a.m.  to noon Saturday, Nov. 11, in the Wadsworth Hall basement room G17/19.

The Nov. 11 class will be the AHA Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED curriculum (other curricula, including Basic Life Support [BLS] will be offered on later dates). No experience is necessary.

Register online for this or any of the other scheduled classes to guarantee a seat. All classes are $40 per person and can be billed to an MTU account or paid with cash/check.

Contact Erin Johnson or John Velat for more details or to request classes at other times and dates. 

Terrific Teaching at Tech

This week I had the pleasure of speaking with a group of students who have just begun working in an academic coaching role. As people new to instruction, their thoughts and reactions raised two important reminders.

 First, it’s increasingly difficult for those of us who have been embedded in a discipline for a while to return to a place where we can really understand the confusion associated with content we know like the back of our own hand. 

New teachers, who sometimes are still mastering content, actually have an advantage. They’ve often recently been (or sometimes still are) in the learner’s seat. They can not only remember the details of the sticking points, but also better empathize with the struggle and effort needed to overcome them.

As we gain experience, our own content mastery deepens and grows. While our content preparation may be reduced, we need to consciously increase efforts to find new ways and devote more time to hearing how students are productively struggling. We also need to recognize and make explicit an increasing number of assumptions that seem obvious to us but are really a result of our years of practice.

Second, if we really want our students to learn deeply, we need to acknowledge our role as learning facilitator, rather than knowledge dispenser. Several of these new instructors commented on how much their new role had deepened their own understanding.

Explaining material pushes those doing the explaining to see things in ways they haven’t before, and challenges them to find new analogies and mental models. This important lesson can and should be applied in our own classrooms. The more often we can put our students into the role of explaining things to each other, the deeper their own understanding and the stronger their retention. 

Providing exercises, problems, case studies, or discussion prompts and then getting students writing or talking to each other about them is a great way to address both of these instructional issues. Of course, it takes time to listen to or read their responses. But, when I make time, I’m consistently surprised by what I hear, and how much I learn that helps me clarify content for students. 

If you’d like to talk more about ways to hear your students’ challenges and get them explaining things, stop into the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning!


C-Cubed Luncheon

This week's last C-Cubed luncheon takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today (Nov. 3) 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.


  • 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


Chemistry Seminar Today

The next Chemistry Seminar will be held at 3 p.m. today in Chem-Sci 102. Vijay S. Parameshwaran will present "Photoelectrochemistry of III-V-Semiconductor Materians for Solar Engergy Conversion.


Athletics to Host First Friday University Social

Michigan Tech Athletics invites faculty, staff, graduate students and retirees to a First Friday University Social from 5 to 7 p.m. today (Nov. 3), at the Ojibwa Casino Breakaway Zone (formerly LampLighters) in the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. Complimentary drinks and appetizers will be served.

The First Friday Social precedes a Men's Hockey home contest versus Bowling Green University starting at 7:07 p.m.

In conjunction with the First Friday Social, Friday is also Athletics' Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night. Faculty and staff can claim a free ticket to that evening's men's hockey game using the link sent via email. Read the full Tech Today Story.


Control, Sensing, and Chemical Analysis using Microfluidic Devices

Join Professor Mark Burns from the University of Michigan for a talk on the potential uses of microfluidic devices in chemical processing and sensing and focus on their work of focusing 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, & Advocate for Advancement of Women and Underrepresented Faculty

Join us from 3 to 4 p.m. today (Nov. 3) in GLRC 201/202. Mark Burns from the University of Michigan is hosting a facilitated conversation on proven strategies to better mentor, sponsor and advocated for the advancement of women and underrepresented faculty. 


M-Cubed Talk

Join us for a M-Cubed Talk from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday (Nov. 6) in MUB Ballroom A2 .

Executive Director of M-Cubed and Research Innovation and Professor at University of Michigan, Mark Burns, is leading a discussion on Research Seed Funding and Real-Time Funding. 


Vucetich to Present at Research Forum

The Michigan Tech Research Forum was developed to showcase and celebrate the work of Michigan Tech researchers and to strengthen collaborations and communication in our community.

John Vucetich (SFRES) was selected from nominees across campus as the Fall 2017 Distinguished Lecturer.

His lecture, "It's Not About Wolves: Interdisciplinary Knowledge for a Sustainable, Just and Prosperous World," will be presented at 4 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 7), in MUB Ballroom A. 

On the Road

Chris Stefano (associate curator) of the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum presented a poster paper at the 2017 annual national meeting of the Geologic Society of America, held in Seattle, WA from Oct. 21-25.

The presentation was titled "Rapid Formation of Eutectic Textures in Fe-Si Intermetallic Compounds in a Fulgurite from Central Lower Michigan." Fulgurites are produced by lightning strikes and often contain unusual minerals. The one studied here was donated to the museum by Nora Braniff of Flint, Michigan and is especially large, 30 ft long. A piece of the fulgurite is on display at the museum. Steve Hackney (Materials Science and Engineering) and Anthony Kampf (Natural History Museum of Los Angeles Co.) were coauthors.

In the News

WLUC TV6/UpperMichiganSource aired an interview with David Titley, a retired US Navy rear admiral, about the relationship of climate change to national security. Titley was at Michigan Tech to introduce and lead a discussion about an environmental film called "The Age of Consequences." See here.


WLUC TV6/UpperMichiganSource interviewed Jennifer Becker (CEE) and Eric Seagren (CEE) for a story on biosolid spreading at the Mason Stamp Sands. You can view the complete story


Discover magazine quoted David Hand (CEE) on ballast water treatment as a method for controlling invasive species like zebra and quagga mussels. See here.

Continuous Improvement Connection

The leaves changed colors and promptly were removed from the trees; first by wind and rain and now by snow. Trees are the first ones to embrace any change in season, much like we are continuing to embrace change at Michigan Tech.

One of the most common places on campus is the Library, and, believe it or not, they are also one of the most Lean places on campus as well. Many of our trained facilitators are library staff, and as much as they help out other processes on campus they constantly look back to their own work to see if they can find opportunities for improvement.

This is called PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Adjust/Act), this is a great tool for implementing a change by helping to sustain that change and continue improving your process. Over the summer, even our office went through a PDCA cycle, and any of us would be happy to tell you more about it. If you have a process you feel could be running smoother, feel free to contact the Office of Continuous Improvement, we have a plethora of resources available to help! The easiest way to contact us is via email or by filling out an improvement request on our website.