Tech in Ten: Q&A With Lorelle Meadows

Michigan Tech's thought leaders glimpse into the University's future. Lorelle Meadows, dean of the Pavlis Honors College, reflects on the role of honors colleges and changes in education over the next decade.

Q: The Pavlis Honors College is already different from a traditional honors college—what will change for us ten years down the road?

A: The Pavlis Honors College is the home for interdisciplinary experiential learning on campus. We’re unique because most other honors colleges use GPAs and standardized tests to measure whether a student can enter and stay in their program. At Tech, we’re turning this idea upside down because we know that a student's GPA and test scores are limited indicators of future success, and frankly, they aren’t accurate. 

Instead, we’re working with our students to define their own success—they articulate what success looks like and feels like, and we help them figure out how to get there. We know that if we let our students shape their own goals, their motivation goes up and so do all measures of success, including GPA.

Read the full story on the Michigan Tech News Website.

Winter Weather Reminder

​Although the immediate weather forecast looks nice, winter weather is still here. 

Human Resources reminds everyone that during times when weather conditions deteriorate, each person within the University community must exercise personal judgment about their ability to get to or from campus. 

Interruptions in work due to weather are no different from other events that cause us to leave work early or arrive late. The first thing employees should do is contact their supervisor directly and explain the situation.

Hourly employees may use vacation or comp time to make up for the hours missed due to bad weather. Exempt employees are expected to fulfill their regular job responsibilities.

Exercise caution in adverse conditions. In the event local schools are closed, remember that Michigan Tech has a policy regarding Children in the Workplace.

For questions or concerns, employees should contact Human Resources at 7-2280 or email Amy Mensch.

Grand Raffle Winners Announced

Michigan Tech drew the 20 winners of its 2017-18 Grand Raffle during Saturday's hockey game vs. Northern Michigan.

Bryan Harley from Beaverton, Michigan won the $10,000 grand prize.

The full list of winners and prizes is below:

  • 1st - $10,000 -  Bryan Harley, Beaverton, Michigan
  • 2nd - $2,000 - Thomas Ciardo, Kenosha, Wisconsin
  • 3rd - $1,000 - Tom Wright, Hubbell
  • 4th - Samsung 50" Smart TV, LED 1080P HD - Becky Green, Neenah, Wisconsin
  • 5th - Dell Inspiron 2-in-1 Convertible Laptop PC/Tablet - Kristen Estkowski, St. Joseph, Michigan
  • 6th - $500 -  Patrick Clarey, Pewaukee, Wisconsin
  • 7th - $400 - Teresa Talsma, Walkerville, Michigan
  • 8th - Two round trip airline tickets from CMX to ORD - Jackie Cartwright, New London, Wisconsin
  • 9th - Autographed Tanner Kero Blackhawks jersey (Donated by Tanner Kero) - Laura Grove, Stafford, Virginia
  • 10th - Sports Stay Package - Three nights at the Magnuson Franklin Square Inn and $50 restaurant certificate (Donated by the Franklin Square Inn) - Sarah Montgomery, Houghton
  • 11th - $300 - Cory Burkwald, Naperville, Illinois
  • 12th - Two night stay at Ojibwa Casino Hotel in Baraga (Donated by Objibwa Resort) - Gary Fuller sold by Austin Kosinski
  • 13th - Auto Z-glaze package (Donated by Sayens Auto Sales) - Kelly Griffin, Hancock
  • 14th - $200 - Ben Judd, Houghton
  • 15th - Free oil changes for one year (Donated by Keweenaw Chevrolet) - Jane Greenwood, Kalkaska, Michigan
  • 16th - $100 University Images gift card - Kathy Curdie, Clinton Twp, Michigan
  • 17th-20th - $100 -  Dan Creten, Escanaba; Chris Utlak, Parma Heights, Ohio; Christy Hilgers, Houghton; Dan Novotny, Greendale, Wisconsin

ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker

The next Graduate Seminar Speaker Series will be held at 4 p.m. tomorrow (March 1) in EERC 103.

Shiva Rudraraja will present "Length-scales, Mechano-chemistry and Extreme-scale Computing: A Route to Modeling of Microstructure and Mechanical Response of Materials." Rudraraju is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a fellow of the Grainger Institute for Engineering. He heads the Computational Mechanics and Multiphysics Group at Wisconsin.


Black History Month Movie Night Today

As part of the Black History Month celebration, the African Students' Organization (ASO) and the Black Students Association (BSA), with the support of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, will screen "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" (2013) at 6 p.m. tonight (Feb. 28) in Fisher 139.


Acoustics and Noise Control Workshop on Rozsa Center Stage Tomorrow

Lily Wang will lead a workshop on “Designing a Modular Stage Shell Ceiling” on the Rozsa Center Stage. The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, March 1. In the afternoon, students will form teams and come up with design ideas for the modular ceiling. The workshop will continue from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, March 2, when student teams will present their design ideas. Students, faculty and community members are invited to attend the workshop.

See the original Tech Today article.


Michigan Tech Adult Learners Brown Bag: Study Strategies

Michigan Tech Adult Learners will meet from noon to 1 p.m. today (March 1) in the Center for Diversity and Inclusion conference room (in the basement of Hamar House).

Susan Liebau from the Wahtera Center for Student Success will be on hand to talk about study strategies and resources available to all students on campus. We will also have time for informal discussion and an opportunity for you to meet other Adult Learners on campus. MTU Adult Learners is an informal group for students of non-traditional age taking undergraduate courses at Michigan Tech. Everyone is welcome to join us. 


Biological Sciences Seminar Tomorrow

Amy Marcarelli (Bio Sci) will present "What Makes a CAREER? Integrating Teaching and Research into Understanding the Yin and Yang of Aquatic N Cycling," from 3 to 4 p.m. tomorrow (March 1) in EERC 100. 

The seminar will discuss research on the spatial and temporal complexity in N cycling rates, and habitat and landscape scale drivers that may allow N fixation and denitrification to co-exist in stream, wetland and lake ecosystems. For more information, visit the biological sciences website.


Payroll Services/HRIS Workshop 

Human Resources staff from Payroll Services and HR Information Systems will offer a one hour workshop at 10 a.m. Tuesday, (March 6) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge.

The purpose of the workshop is to review the Payroll Services Standard Practice Guide, review EPAF deadlines and best practices, and answer EPAF, payroll and time entry related questions. 

This session is offered to assist EPAF originators, timekeepers, supervisors and department administrators in following Payroll and EPAF procedures and deadlines. Register online. If you have any questions, contact Payroll Services at 7-2130 or


 Lunch & Learn: All About Going Vegan

Join us for a discussion about a vegan diet, how and why you might consider going vegan, and sample a vegan tasting menu catered by the MUB.

This Lunch and Learn is presented by Silke Feltz, PhD candidate, who studies the rhetoric of veganism, and hosted by WorkLife Connections and Employee Wellness. It will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, in Memorial Union Alumni Lounge.

Register here. Space is limited. This free event is open to faculty, staff and students. Email Shannon Brodeur with questions.


Seeking Nominations for the 24th Annual Student Leadership Awards

On behalf of the University, we are seeking nominations for the President's Award for Leadership, Vice President for Student Affairs and Advancement Award for Service, and various other student leadership awards. The recipient of each award will be honored at the 24th Annual Student Leadership Awards Ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday, April 20 in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

The nomination process is simple. All awards and information about each can be found online. For each individual award, simply click on the award title, then complete and submit the nomination form by 5 p.m. Friday, March 9. 

Questions concerning the awards can be directed to Student Activities ( at 7-1963. For more information, see the original Tech Today article.


Call for Proposals: MTRAC Transportation $100K Award

The University of Michigan MTRAC Innovation Hub for Advanced Transportation announced the 2018 Call for Proposals. Receive up to $100,000 for further development and commercialization of your research. 

The deadline for proposal submission is March 13. More information is available onlineApply now. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Program Director Eric Peterson. Read the original Tech Today Story.

New Funding

Xinfeng Xie (SFRES) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $10,000 research and development contract with the US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory. The project is "Assessing Wood Properties of Seedlings and Young Trees for Genetic Inprovement." This is a one-year project.