Winter Carnival Set to Begin

More than 16 feet of snow has fallen in Houghton this winter. While that is indeed impressive, what Michigan Tech students do with it is nothing short of magical.

Building on a tradition that began in 1922 as the “Ice Carnival,” the latest rendition of Michigan Tech’s Winter Carnival shifts into high gear today with the All-Nighter carnival-like activity on the campus and elsewhere. Winter Carnival is sponsored by Blue Key National Honor Society.

This year’s theme is “Myths and Tales of the Past in our Frigid Forecast.” Blue Key President Sarah Jo Martens says the theme is meant to open things up and challenge creativity. “With this very broad theme, we’re hoping students get out of the box,” she says. “These myths and legends could go back to ancient times or might even include campus legends. I’m excited to see what the groups come up with.”

Changes implemented last year were aimed at streamlining competitions and Martens says things worked out well. “As of last year we’ve got three categories, men’s groups, women’s groups and co-ed groups. That really seemed to work out well.” Read the full story on the Michigan Tech News Website.

College of Engineering Dean Candidate Open Forum

The College of Engineering Dean Search Committee has invited three semifinalist candidates for on-campus interviews.

The first candidate will interview Monday and Tuesday (Feb. 12/13). The presentation regarding their administrative philosophy and vision for the College of Engineering will be held at an open forum at 3 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 13) in the Minerals and Materials Engineering Building, Room U113.

The candidate will also present an open departmental seminar in the Department of Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics at 11 a.m. Monday (Feb. 12) in MUB Ballroom A1.

Information on all candidates and open forum information can be viewed online. An ISO login is required to view candidate information and provide comment. The CoE open forum will be video recorded and can be viewed at other times from the website.

The Dean Search Committee encourages the campus community to interact with each candidate during the interviews and to provide feedback by completing the anonymous comment form provided at the website. Comments and opinions may be submitted online or by contacting members of the search committee, who are included on the website.

For questions or comments about the dean candidates or the search process, contact Committee Chair Paul Bergstrom (7-2058) or Committee Associate Chair Keat Ong (7-2749).

Clothing Donations Accepted for Semi-annual Free Sale

Want to recycle your gently used business clothes and donate them to a great cause? Consider donating your gently used, clean women's business clothing and accessories (hangers are appreciated, all sizes are needed) for the next semi-annual Free Sale at Michigan Tech to be held from 11a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Meese Center.

We are seeking career fair and interview-appropriate clothing for women, to give to students at no cost. Items remaining after the event will be donated to a local non-profit or held for a future sale.

Donations are now being accepted during normal business hours at the following on-campus locations:

  • Van Pelt and Opie Library - Front Desk
  • Academic Office Building - 1st Floor
  • Susan Amato-Henderson's office, 107 Meese Center
  • Jeannie DeClerk's office, 219 Van Pelt and Opie Library

Donations can also be sent to the following address (arriving no later than Thursday, Feb. 15):

CLS Department - Clothing Donation
Michigan Tech University
Meese Center
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI 49931

This is our seventh Free Sale. These events are typically held the weekend before Career Fair and have been met with great success, helping more than 250 students while giving out more than 95 percent of donated items.

Storage System Change

In spring 2017, Michigan Tech IT started making the switch to a new data storage system to better meet our performance needs on campus. We are currently planning to move departmental file shares to this new system. The plan is to finish these moves by the beginning of the summer semester.

In the next several weeks, IT will begin moving these file shares. Much of this work will be unnoticed, as it will occur overnight during our regularly scheduled maintenance windows. Some customers with complex file shares may require some scheduled downtime. In those cases, we will contact you to arrange a convenient time for this work.

If you have any questions or concerns about this change, contact IT at or 7-1111.

Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar

The next Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar will take place at 3:05 p.m. Monday (Feb. 12) in GLRC 202.

Veronica Webster (CEE) will present, "Flood Risk Projections in a Non-Stationary World." 

Standards for evaluating flood risk in the United States involve statistical analysis of gauged flood series under the guise of stationarity. Alternatively, physically based hydrological models could be used to analyze future flood risk under varying climate/land use scenarios; however, bias in prediction of extremes can be large.

Women Move Up in National Poll

The Michigan Tech women's basketball team jumped up one spot to No. 16 in this week's edition of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association NCAA Division II Top 25 Coaches' Poll. The Huskies have been ranked as high as No. 10 this season and held the No. 17 ranking in last week's poll.

Michigan Tech recorded two key Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference wins last week over then No. 24 Grand Valley State University 68-61 Thursday before topping Purdue Northwest 64-38 on Saturday. The victories by the Huskies secured regular season series sweeps over both clubs and boosted Tech's overall record to 18-3 and 12 -2 in the conference. The Huskies are in sole possession of first place in the GLIAC North Division and currently own a four game winning streak.

The Huskies travel to Saginaw Valley State tomorrow and Northwood  Saturday for a pair of GLIAC contests. 


Write a Better Lab Report Workshop

The English Language Institute will host a workshop focused on helping international graduate students improve their lab reports from 2 - 3:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, in Chem Sci 104A.

The last hour will be spent on revising and editing, so students are encouraged to bring their reports to work on. Space is limited and students should sign up on this form.

Embracing Failure Faculty Learning Circle Series

Have you ever tried something new in class that didn’t go over so well? These can be frustrating, but valuable, learning experiences. The William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning and the Pavlis Honors College are co-sponsoring a faculty learning circle this spring entitled “Embracing Failure.”

There will be five interactive sessions in the series with each one consisting of two to three volunteers discussing something they did in class that didn’t go well, and what they learned.  

The sessions will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. in R.L. Smith (MEEM) 405 on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, February 20 — led by Nancy Barr (MEEM) and Jon Sticklen (EF)
  • Friday, March 9
  • Tuesday, March 20
  • Friday, April 6
  • Tuesday, April 17

If you are interested in participating in the upcoming series, fill out this form. We hope you will consider attending or sharing at one of the upcoming sessions. This is a great opportunity to learn from each other.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Wednesday, February 7, 2018

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.​

Custodian (12 month/ 40 hours/ 2nd Shift), ​Facilities. ​AFSCME Posting 2/7/2018 - 2/13/2018. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. ​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.


Budget Forum Next Tuesday

A budget forum, coordinated by University Senate and presented by David Reed, VP for research, will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 13) in MEEM 111.

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend this informative session to learn more about Michigan Tech's budget process. If you have any questions that you would like to have addressed, forward them to Senate President Martin Thompson prior to this event.

The forum will be recorded and posted on the Senate website after the event for those that cannot attend.


Don't Miss the All Nighter Live Blog

Enjoy all the Husky traditions—broomball to statues—from the comfort of your warm living room—or wherever in the world you are. Stop by the All Nighter Live Blog beginning 7 p.m. (EST) tonight. Students and staff from across campus will help share Winter Carnival excitement with the world! Interact with live bloggers by using #mtuwc on social media.

UMC invites you to share this information and website with your audiences, too.

On the Road

Michigan Tech Represented at the INTIX Conference and Exhibition

Ashley DeVoge and Erin Kemppainen from the Michigan Tech Central Ticketing Office attended and presented at the 39th annual International Ticketing Association Conference and Exhibition (INTIX) in Baltimore on Jan. 23-25.

The INTIX Annual Conference and Exhibition, is considered one of the most important events of the year for entertainment ticketing professionals. The conference is attended by those who are directly or indirectly involved in ticketing the arts, professional sports, college athletics, arenas, fairs and festivals, ticket distribution and entertainment management.

DeVoge and Kemppainen's presentation, titled, "The Workflow Diet: Making Work Processes LEAN," focused on Continuous Improvement and creating a more agile and efficient workplace. The presentation introduced the efficiency ideology Lean, and tried-and-true concepts like PDCA’s (Plan, Do, Check, Adjust), 5’s and Kanban Boards, and revealed how using them can improve anyone's workflow. Attendees learned how these tools helped transform the ticket office here at Tech.

In Print

Myounghoon "Philart" Jeon (CLS/CS) and his collaborators recently published "Robotic Motion Learning Framework to Promote Social Engagement" in the journal Applied Sciences.