Tech Receives State Grant for Sexual Assault Prevention Programs

Michigan Tech is among 13 public and private colleges and universities in the state selected to receive a share of more than $381,000 to implement innovative and strategic sexual assault prevent programs on campus. The announcement of the grants was made Monday (Dec. 4) by Michigan First Lady Sue Snyder. 
In addition, the First Lady also announced a second round of grants to fund specific innovative bystander intervention programs. 
Michigan Tech is slated to receive $11,920 in grant funding. Governor Snyder has recommended the state legislature appropriate funds from the fiscal year 2018 general fund to support the Campus Sexual Assault Grant Program (CSAGP).
In making the announcement, Sue Snyder said "Once again, Michigan's colleges and universities have stepped up and developed innovative sexual assault awareness and prevention programs to be implemented on our state's campuses. 
She added, "I'm excited that this year we will be offering a second round of grants to fund specific programs and tools that are nationally recognized as effective awareness and prevention strategies." The First Lady said she hopes every college, community college and university in the state will apply to receive funding for the resources that will continue to make Michigan's campuses safer. 


Retirement Social for Carol MacLennan

The Department of Social Sciences invites the campus community to a social to recognize Carol MacLennan for more than 30 years of teaching and research at Michigan Tech. The social will be held from 3-5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15 at the Continental Fire Co. in Houghton (Hayloft room). Although retiring from teaching, MacLennan will remain active as a research professor.

Join colleagues, friends and students in saying thank you to Carol for her many contributions.

Two-Step Login

Starting Jan. 8, Michigan Tech faculty and staff will need to use Duo’s Two-Step Login when accessing Banweb and VPN. This is simply an additional layer of security that will protect your account and personal information.

Visit here to learn more. Select “Two-Step Registration Page” to register your device.

We recommend registering multiple devices. Faculty and staff are also encouraged to register their office phone as a second device if they have one.

Michigan Tech IT will have Duo Trainings in MUB Ballroom A2 on the following dates:

  • 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13 

  • 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan 3

Contact Information Technology at or 7-1111 with questions or concerns.

Continuous Improvement Connection

The Office of Continuous Improvement (OCI) is going on their 10th anniversary here at Michigan Tech. In those 10 years, the office has been a part of 251 different kaizens (improvement events) on campus. Each year the director of process improvement, Ruth Archer, trains in a new batch of 15 Lean facilitators to help combat wastes in other’s work environments. Currently the office is partnered with 40 facilitators with 18 more currently in training.

These facilitators are volunteers that give up time in their schedule to help a department find a solution to an area of stress in their environment through kaizen events. These facilitators are not around to fix your problems. They are, however, here to help you and others involved in the process to think differently through the use of Lean tools and methodologies and to become problem solvers. The kaizen process examines the process at a slowed pace to ensure a full understanding of the current state, wasteful areas and to then move forward to find counter measures that will tackle these problems and ultimately eliminate waste in the department.

The OCI has a library that can provide content on Lean tools and methodologies. All in varying lengths and specs in regards to office organization, leadership, safety, community, etc. If you’d like the office to find a book to get you started you can email If you have waste in your work life and would like to request a facilitator, you can also send the office an email.

Holiday Decorations Reminder

Environmental Health and Safety would like to wish you a safe holiday by reminding you of the University's Policy (2.5.1 Holiday Decorations In Buildings Other Than Residence Halls and Apartments) on holiday decorations:

Decorated artificial trees may be set up indoors and displayed starting the Monday after Thanksgiving through the end of the calendar year.

The use of cut natural trees is not permitted without approval from Environmental Health and Safety.

Electric lights and lighted decorations must bear the Underwriters Laboratories seal and must be turned off when the room or space is not occupied.

Decorations must be located so that they do not obstruct any exits, hallways, stairs, or firefighting equipment from view or use. No lights or lighted decorations may be placed on or near an exit sign.

Electric lights may not be placed on an all-metallic tree or other metallic structure.

Combustible decorations may not be placed in stairwells and should be kept to a minimum in corridors.

Lighted candles are not permitted except in supervised dining areas, provided they are securely supported on a noncombustible base and the flame is protected.

If you have any questions about these rules, do not hesitate to contact by visiting Environmental Health and Safety's website or calling 7-2118.

"Sinfonia Antartica" Concert Saturday

The Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra will perform Ralph Vaughan Williams’ tragic winter symphony, "Sinfonia Antartica," at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 9) at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts.

"Sinfonia Antartica" is an orchestral celebration of the heroism and tragedy of the ill-fated Terra Nova Antarctic Expedition of 1912.

The KSO will also perform the world premiere of Libby Meyer’s (VPA) "Lakeside," a new composition based on her work with the recent "Listening to Parks" project, supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and National Park Service "Imagine Your Parks" initiative.  

Tickets for the concert are on sale now, $19 for adults, $6 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 at the Rozsa Box Office the evening of the performance. Note: the Rozsa Box Office only opens two hours prior to performances.

'Tis The Season for TechFit Dollars

'Tis the season for TechFit dollars. Memberships, adult group fitness classes, youth programming, personal training and health coaching are just some of the options available. Visit the website to use your 2017 benefit before it expires.

Christmas Tree and Holiday Decorations Sale

The Forestry Club and Women in Natural Resources Club is selling Christmas trees, holiday door boughs and Michigan Tech wood ornaments. The sales will be from 1 to 6 p.m. Friday (Dec. 8) and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 9) in the Forestry building parking lot.

The sale will run as advertised or until supplies last.

Christmas Party and Sale at PLGC

The Portage Lake Golf Course will host a Holiday Party from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22.  There will be snacks, spirit specials, raffles, drawings, contests and outstanding clearance prices as part of the fun.

Come and place your guess when we will open in 2018 and win a prize. Purchase your 2018 season pass at the party and receive a special gift. Enter the drawing and the putting competition for free golf lessons and other gifts.

Purchase a gift to slip under the tree from our 20 percent or more sale on all merchandise. Buy a gift certificate of $50 or more for a special elf and receive an extra $5 credit on the gift certificate.

Wear a Santa hat and receive a free sleeve of golf balls. Come and share good cheer with your fellow golfers during this season of giving.

Ho! Ho! Ho! The Pro Shop is open for Christmas shopping. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Babe Fest This Weekend

Babe Fest is a two-day music festival held in the LODE theatre in downtown Houghton. Music starts at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday (Dec. 8/9).

There will be workshops from 1 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 9) at the Canterbury House, ranging from bellydancing to a panel on representation in music. This event is being held by Babes in Music, a soon-to-be student organization at Michigan Tech. If you would like to get involved or want more information, visit here.

Six Monkey Wrenches Exhibit Opens Tomorrow

The Rozsa Center and the Department of Visual and Performing Arts are announce their semi-annual student art showcase, titled "Six Monkey Wrenches,"  featuring works students participating in Project Learning Lab, an innovative arts classroom based inside of Rozsa gallery b.

Works on display were created by students in Lisa Gordillo’s Contemporary Sculpture classes. The exhibition runs Tomorrow through Monday (Dec. 8-11).

A reception will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. tomorrow (Dec. 8) in the gallery. The reception is free and all are welcome.

Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday – Friday and 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

According to Gordillo, “Students from many campus disciplines are represented, including math, engineering, theatre and sound design. Students were encouraged to work with the gallery’s architecture, to explore alternative materials, and to create large-scale installations in the space. Students studied work by contemporary artists including Martin Puryear, El Anatsui, Ai Wei Wei, Do Ho Suh, and Ann Hamilton, then spent the semester creating their own works of art. “

Student artists represented include; Henry Ashburn, Sam Bulthuis, Angela Butke, Aaron Christianson, Evan Frank, Jesse Fredericks, Brook Greening, Bekah Kettler, Alex Kuehn, Via Ouellette Ballas, Ted Smith, Hunter Storie, Cole Szeszulski and Theresa Weber

Men's and Women's Basketball on First GLIAC Road Trip

The men's and women's basketball teams are in Allendale, Michigan tonight, kicking off the first GLIAC road trip of the season. The men will tip off at 6 p.m. with the women starting at 8 p.m. tonight. 

The Tech men are 5-3 overall and coming off a sweep of their first two conference games at home to go 2-0 in GLIAC play. The Lakers are 3-5 overall and looking for their first conference win against two losses. 

The game can be heard on local radio on 93.5 FM, audio streamed on, with video stream and live stats available.

The No. 18 ranked Tech women are also looking for their third straight GLIAC win. Overall the Huskies are 8-1, 2-0 in the GLIAC. The Lakes are 7-1 with an identical 2-0 conference mark.

The game can be heard on local radio on 93.5 FM, audio streamed on, with video stream and live stats available.

From Grand Valley, the teams will travel to Hammond Indiana to take on Purdue Northwest. The women play at 2 p.m. while the men tip off at 4 p.m. Saturday's games mark the first time the Huskies and the Pride have met in either men's or women's baskeball.

Job Postings

Job Postings for Thursday, December 7
Staff and faculty job descriptions 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 Professor-Medical Informatics, School of Technology. Apply online.
Lecturer-Computer Network & System Administration, School of Technology. Apply online.

Parking Operations Manager, Facilities Management. 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.  


C-Cubed Luncheon

This week's C-Cubed luncheons take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday (Dec. 7/8) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. 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

Today's menu:

Indian Taco Bar:
• Chicken Tikka Masala (GF)
• Tofu Tikka Masala (GF, V)
• Fresh Toppings: Radishes, Red Onions, Tomato Salad, Green Chutney (GF, VE)
• Warm Flour Tortillas (VE)
• Dal Soup (GF, VE)

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


ECE Seminar Today

Sumit Paudyal (ECE) will present "Recent Advances in Distribution Optimal Power Flow (DOPF)" at 2 p.m. today (Dec. 7) in EERC 122.

For the complete announcement, see here.


SAAC Hat and Mitten Drive

The Michigan Tech Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is coordinating a hat and mitten drive. All items collected at Huskies' home games and on campus will benefit the local Salvation Army.

Collections will begin at the Michigan Tech Athletic events listed below. Fans attending the games are encouraged to bring new or gently used winter clothing to be collected at the events. There will also be an ongoing designated collection area on campus inside the Admin Building.

Donation Locations & Events:

  • Hockey Games
    • Dec. 8 vs. Ferris State at 7:07 p.m.
    • Dec. 9 vs. Ferris State at 7:07 p.m.
  • Admin Building – Elevators by the first floor


Supply Drive for the HuskyFAN Pantry

Don't let a Husky go hungry this holiday season. Help the fraternity and sorority community stock the Husky FAN shelves with food and personal hygiene items. We want to get the faculty, staff and student body involved in making a difference within our Husky Community while spreading the word about Husky FAN.

How can you get involved?

  1. Pluck a feather or two off of the turkey on the Greek Board in Fisher Hall (outside Physics department). Each feather has a roughly $3 item
  2. Buy the item(s) (quantity up to your discretion)
  3. Drop the items off from noon to 3 p.m. tomorrow (Dec. 8) at the Greek Office in MUB 106. If these times do not work, please place the items in the box outside the Greek Office.

The last date to donate is tomorrow (Dec. 8). Spread the word and help our fellow Huskies have a meal and supplies for the holidays.

In Print

Tim Havens (ECE/CS) and Tony Pinar (ECE) published "Measures of the Shapley Index for Learning Lower Complexity Fuzzy Integrals" in Granular Computing and "Efficient Multiple Kernel Classification Using Feature and Decision Level Fusion" in IEEE Transactions of Fuzzy Systems.

On the Road

Tim Havens (ECE/CS) presented a paper co-authored by Tony Pinar (ECE) entitled "Generating Random Fuzzy (Capacity) Measures for Data Fusion Simulations" at the IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence in Honolulu, HI.