MLK Week at Michigan Tech

This week, Michigan Tech will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 29th Annual Week Celebration, "Remembering 1968: A Dream 50 Years in the Making." 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. King.

According to the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, King's legacy stretches far beyond the civil rights movement. Despite struggles, oppression, ignorance and violence, Dr. King rose above the fray to fight for humanitarian rights for all people. He and other civil rights activists made a lasting impact utilizing nonviolent protests and a consistent message. 

The CDI is sponsoring several activities to commemorate the week. Today, the traditional observance of MLK, is being observed as Service Day. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Michigan Tech students, faculty and staff will read books about Dr. King's life and legacy to local school children. Participating schools include Houghton Elementary, Barkell Elementary (Hancock) and Dollar Bay Tamarack City School.

Tomorrow (Jan. 16), the Black Students Association is sponsoring a Poetry Slam at 7 p.m. in the DHH Ballroom. The public is invited for a night of entertaining, emotional, intellectural and thought-provoking pieces performed. 

The Michigan Tech chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) will host a Rap Game Night at 7 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 18) in the DHH ballroom. Like to Rap? Want to showcase your skills? Then join NSBE and compete in the MLK Rap Game. The winner will get a prize.

The 29th Annual MLK banquet takes place Tuesday, Jan. 23 in the Rozsa Center lobby. Doors open at 5 p.m. RSVP online. Following the dinner, LA Theatre Works will perform Katori Hall's "The Mountaintop" in the Rozsa Center theatre. (See following article).


LA Theatre Works Presents "The Mountaintop" at Rozsa

This year, in conjunction with Michigan Tech’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, and the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. King, the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts and Michigan Tech’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion present LA Theatre Work’s brand new production of Katori Hall’s "The Mountaintop."

On the evening of April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated outside room 306 of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. What happened inside room 306 the night before the killing is a mystery. In her internationally acclaimed play, Hall imagines what may have transpired in the overnight hours between the legendary civil rights leader and a seemingly inconsequential hotel maid.

"The Mountaintop" will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23 at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts. Immediately following the play, there will be a panel discussion and Q & A in the Rozsa lobby with student members of Michigan Tech’s National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), members of the cast and staff from the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. Beverages and dessert will be served.

"The Mountaintop," is directed by award-winner Shirley Jo Finney and stars Gilbert Glenn Brown (CBS TV’s "The Inspectors" and the upcoming feature film "The Best of Enemies") and Karen Malina White ("The Cosby Show," "A Different World," "Malcolm and Eddie"). The production will travel to 38 cities across the United States.

This performance is supported in part through funding from the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest, generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Crane Group. Also sponsored by WGGL, Minnesota Public Radio and Michigan Tech’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion.

Tickets are on sale now: $22.00 for adult, $10.00 for youth, and no charge for Michigan Tech Students with the Experience Tech Fee. To purchase tickets in advance, call 7-2073, go online or visit ticketing operations at the SDC. Tickets will also be available at the Rozsa Box office the evening of the performance. 

Teaching at Tech Luncheon Workshop: Teaching Fast and Slow Thinkers

Daniel Kahneman’s 2013 book “Thinking, Fast and Slow” is one of many recent books that explore how both unconscious and conscious systems are involved in thinking and learning. 
In this luncheon workshop, we’ll explore some implications of this “dual processing” for the classroom, acknowledging differences between expert and novice approaches to problems, the selective nature of attention and strategies to help students examine the accuracy of intuition. Join us at noon Thursday, Jan. 25 for this luncheon workshop. Lunch will be provided to those who register by Monday, Jan. 22.

Call for Two Associate Vice Presidents in the Research Area

Are you someone with broad vision who can provide strategic leadership and direction in research administration or research development? If so, the Vice President for Research is searching for two new associate vice presidents—an Associate VP for Research Administration and an Associate VP for Research Development. Administrative areas that report to the Vice President for Research spent time in 2017 examining the structure of other institutions and strategizing the best ways to efficiently handle the administrative needs of a growing research institution. As a result of this planning, the units believe that these two new positions will help to re-align our services and better coordinate activities across divisions to serve the researchers in a stronger capacity as the campus community works to achieve future institutional research goals.

Priority consideration will be given to those who apply prior to Feb. 1.

For more information, see the position descriptions online: 

Associate V.P. for Research Administration
Associate V.P. for Research Development

2017 Electronic W-2s Available on Banweb

2017 electronic W-2s are now available on Banweb for all employees who have consented to an electronic copy. Paper W-2 forms will be mailed out on or before Jan. 31.

If you would like to receive an electronic copy of your W-2, it's not too late. Log into Banweb and click the employees box, then Tax Forms and then select Electronic Consent (W-2 and 1095-C). Click the box under My Choice and next to Consent to receive W-2 electronically, then click Submit.

Retirement Reception for Lois Blau Jan. 26

The Department of Chemistry invites the University community to a retirement reception for Lois Blau, director of the Chemistry Learning Center.

Lois is retiring after more than 25 years at Michigan Tech. The reception will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26 in the Chemistry Learning Center, ChemSci 208.

Commit to be HuskiesFit Dollar Days

Commit to be HuskiesFit.

Dollar Days group fitness classes are this week Tuesday through Sunday (Jan. 16-21). Try a class and find your fit for only $2. Regular semester programming begins Jan. 22. See the HuskiesFit program guide for more information.


Women's Basketball Powers Past LSSU

The Michigan Tech women's basketball team pulled away for a 77-47 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference victory at Lake Superior State University Saturday afternoon. The Huskies used a dominating second quarter in which they outscored the Lakers 22-7 to take command of the game.

"I really thought our second unit played well and did everything that we asked of them today," Head Coach Kim Cameron said. "They made a lot of great plays defensively and helped us go on our run in the second quarter. Our defense is driving our offense and when we are able to make plays on the defensive end of the floor that's when our offense has been most effective. Overall, it was a great game and great week to get a couple of road victories in the conference."

Michigan Tech (14-2, 8-1 GLIAC) started the game quickly with the first seven points to grab the momentum. The Huskies are on the road this week starting Thursday at Wayne State and then wrapping up the four-game road trip Saturday at Davenport.

Men's Basketball Stopped at LSSU

The Michigan Tech men's basketball team fell at Lake Superior State 84-73 in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference contest Saturday afternoon. The Huskies battled back from a 22-point second half deficit to close the gap to nine points late in the period, but the Lakers hit some key buckets in the final minutes to hold off Tech.

"One of the positives from today's game is that we battled back and kept fighting," Michigan Tech Head Coach Kevin Luke said. "I also thought we were a little more fluid on offense today and our game plan on defense was good as well. We still have some work to do from a mental standpoint and executing our systems well which we were able to do at times today. This is a good team and we'll keep working to get things fixed. If we play like we are capable of we have the ability to compete with any team in the GLIAC."

Michigan Tech is now 7-9 overall and 4-5 in the GLIAC while Lake Superior State improves to14-3 and 8-1 in the conference. Michigan Tech will travel to Wayne State and Davenport this week for two more GLIAC contests. The Huskies will battle the Warriors on Thursday night before meeting the Panthers on Saturday. Thursday's tip-off at Wayne State is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Goldsworthy Selected to Don Hansen All-Super Region Three 3rd Team

Michigan Tech defensive lineman Cody Goldsworthy has been selected to the 2017 Don Hansen All-Super Region Three, third team, announced last week by the Don Hansen Football Committee.

Goldsworthy, a junior from L'Anse, averaged 4.2 tackles per game, led the Huskies in sacks (3) and was second in tackles for a loss (9.5). His tackles for a loss totals cost opposing offenses 48 yards and his three sacks resulted in a loss of 27 yards. Goldsworthy also recovered a fumble which setup a touchdown in Tech's win over Davenport. His tackle totals of 46 were a single season career high as well as his 9.5 tackles for a loss.

The Don Hansen team carries out the legacy of long-time small college football advocate Don Hansen, who passed away at age 75 on Aug. 29, 2010. Hansen, from Brookfield, Ill., started and published Don Hansen's National Weekly Football Gazette for three decades, selecting NCAA Division II All-America teams for the first time in 1988. Don Hansen's Football Gazette began selecting Division II All-Region squads in 2003.

Read the full story and find out more about Tech athletics, at

Physics Colloquium Thursday

The next Physics Colloquium is at 4 p.m. Thusday (Jan. 18) in Fisher 139. The colloquium features graduate oral presentations.

Chad Brisbois will present "Understanding the Very High Energy Emission from the Possible PWN 2HWCJ2019 with HAWC."

Meghnath Jaishi will present "A First Principles Study of Electronic Transport in Ge-Si Core-Shell Nanowire Field Effect Transitors.

Job Postings

Job Postings for Monday, January 15, 2018 

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in the Human Resources Department. For more information regarding staff positions call 7-2280 or For more information regarding faculty positions contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

 Associate Vice President for Research Development - Internal Only, Vice President for Research. Apply online.

Associate Vice President for Research Administration - Internal Only, Vice President for Research. 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.  

New Funding

Tim Colling (CEE/MTTI) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $117,483 contract from the Michigan Department of Transportation. Nick Koszykowski (CEE) is the Co-PI on the project, "2018 MERL Development and Support."

This is a one-year project.

In the News

Computor engineering at Michigan Tech was mentioned in the article "Robots Don't Have to Win: Michigan Has What it Takes to Create Jobs" in Read the full article.


The Daily Mining Gazette published an article about the winners of this year's Michigan Tech Staff Council "Making A Difference" awards.


Channel 3-UPMatters aired a story about what you need to know about snow on your roof, quoting Professor Bill Bulleit (CEE). 


The Estes Park (Colorado) News published an obituary for H. Robert Krear, a retired professor of biological sciences at Michigan Tech. He was 95 and lived in Estes Park.


Futurism, a website devoted to news about future technology, quoted Michigan Tech bioethicist L. Syd Johnson (HU) in an article about implanting location tracking devices in children.

IT Connect

Cables for your Standing Desk

Welcome back and Happy New Year. As standing desks become more common on campus, Michigan Tech IT reminds you to consider the length of the cables connected to your computer and monitor.
Will your current cables accommodate a desk in the standing position? If not, let us know so we can work with you to order the right cables. This consideration will allow you to get to work right away, standing or sitting.

If you have any questions regarding this, contact us at or call 7-1111.