Global Beats, International Treats at Parade of Nations 2018

Food and music—they're the beating heart of the 60-plus country Parade of Nations, stepping into its 29th year on Saturday, Sept. 15.

Supported and coordinated by Michigan Technological University, Finlandia University, the cities of Houghton and Hancock, and businesses and organizations throughout the Keweenaw, the Parade of Nations and Multicultural Festival attract thousands to Houghton-Hancock in mid-September. Planning is by necessity, a community-wide, year-round endeavor.

"The Parade of Nations committee selected 'Global Beats, International Treats' as the 2018 theme because it encompasses what the event offers to our community—international traditional music and exotic cuisine," says committee co-chair Vienna Chapin, study abroad coordinator with Michigan Tech International Programs and Services.

After nearly three decades, choosing a fresh theme gets successively trickier. But it's a piece of cake compared to some other components of the event, which begins with a procession through Hancock across the Portage Lake Lift Bridge to Houghton's Dee Stadium. The historic waterfront venue is transformed into a global marketplace offering dozens of food and craft booths with live performances of performing arts from around the world. Read the full story on the Michigan Tech News Website.

School of Technology Dean Candidates to Visit Campus

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

The first interview will be March 26 and 27 with John Irwin, Professor in the School of Technology; Program Chair of Mechanical Engineering Technology, and Affiliated Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences at Michigan Tech. Irwin will present his administrative philosophy and vision for the School of Technology at an open forum Tuesday, March 27. Details regarding time and location will be available online and announced in an upcoming Tech Today article.

The second interview will be April 2 and 3 with Adrienne Minerick, Associate Dean for Research and Innovation, Assistant to the Provost for Faculty Development, and Professor, Chemical Engineering. Minerick will present her administrative philosophy and vision for the School of Technology at an open forum Tuesday, April 3. Details regarding time and location will be available online and announced in an upcoming Tech Today article.

The third and final interview will be April 5 and 6 with George Ford, Associate Professor and Interim Director, Department of Construction Management at Western Carolina University. Ford will present his administrative philosophy and vision for the School of Technology at an open forum at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 5 in Rekhi G006.

Information on all candidates and open forum information, can be viewed online. An ISO login is required to view resumes and to provide comment.

The open forums 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 Lynn Artman (7-3484).

KCP Nominations Sought for Fall and Summer 2018

Applications are being sought for Summer and Fall 2018 King-Chavez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowships, a program funded by the State of Michigan. Applications are due no later than 4 p.m. April 9. KCP fellowships provide students up to $20,000 (MS students) or $35,000 (PhD students) to pursue their degrees. The Graduate School and nominating department must also contribute matching funds to help support the student.

The goal of the KCP Future Faculty Fellowship program is to increase traditionally underrepresented candidates pursuing teaching careers in postsecondary education.

To be eligible, an applicant must:

  • Be a US citizen
  • Be a Michigan resident (contact the Graduate School for questions)
  • Be accepted into his or her Michigan Tech graduate program of choice
  • Be planning and able to teach or secure an administrative position in postsecondary education
  • Not have received another KCP Fellowship award for the same degree level (master’s or doctorate)
  • Not be in default status on any guaranteed student loan and/or a KCP fellowship

A complete application will include:

  • A 1-2 page statement of purpose written by the student as it applies to the KCP fellowship goals
  • A current resume or curriculum vitae that includes positions held, fellowships received, current funding, and expected funding, if applicable
  • A letter of support from the graduate program (chair, dean, program director or advisor) detailing:
    • the merit of the candidate
    • how the student will contribute to the diversity of the program
    • willingness to provide financial support to supplement the KCP funds
    • the mentoring plan for the student
    • if the student has already earned a graduate degree, the letter must also address why a second graduate degree is necessary in order to obtain employment in post-secondary education

Please submit complete applications to the Graduate School, attention Debra Charlesworth (a single PDF via e-mail to is preferred). The review panel will also consider the candidate’s application to Graduate School (for students entering in the next academic year) and current Michigan Tech transcript (if applicable).

Additional information on the KCP fellowship is available on our web page.

Rozsa gallery b Presents "Come In We're Open" and Alvizures Residency

The Rozsa Center and Department of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) presents the Rozsa gallery b show "Come In We’re Open," an open-house exhibition of student sculptors’ work in progress, as a part of the Project Learning Lab alternative classroom project.

The show opened Monday and runs until Saturday (March 10). There will be a public reception at 5-6:30 p.m. tomorrow (March 8), is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday - Friday and  1 to 8 p.m. Saturday. 

Also ongoing is the Rozsa Gallery A-Space exhibition "Always Room for Rain," presenting the work of artists Raquel Alvizures and Ross Chaney. The public is welcome to experience the progress of visiting artist-in-residence Alvizures, who is painting a mural for the Rozsa Center during the week in the Rozsa North Mezzanine.

Visiting hours to see Alvizures at work are 1-6 p.m. today and tomorrow (March 7/8), and 1-4 p.m. Friday (March 9).

For more information, contact Lisa Gordillo (7-3096).

Women's Basketball NCAA Ticket Information

Tickets are on sale now for Michigan Tech Women's Basketball team's NCAA Division II Regional opening game. The Huskies will take on GLIAC rival Grand Valley State at 7:30 p.m. Friday (March 9) in Ashland, Ohio. 

The eight-team regional will be split into four sessions:

  • Session 1, Friday — Noon, No. 3-seed Southern Indiana vs. No. 6-seed Lewis. At 2:30 p.m. No. 2-seed Drury vs. No. 7-seed Findlay
  • Session 2, Friday —5 p.m. No. 1-seed Ashland University vs. No. 8-seed Hillsdale. At 7:30 p.m. No. 4-seed Michigan Tech vs. No. 5-seed Grand Valley State.
  • Session 3, Saturday — The two semifinal games at 5 and 7:30 p.m.
  • Session 4, Monday — Championship game at 7 p.m.

A ticket purchased for a single session will be good for all games during that session. The gym will be cleared between the two sessions on Friday, unless the patron has a ticket for Session No. 2.

Ticket prices per session are $20 reserved, $15 adult general admission and $8 for seniors/students. An all-tournament package also will be available, and the cost is $72 reserved, $52 adult general admission and $28 for seniors/students. For Michigan Tech fans, a general admission section of up to 100 seats will be set aside behind the Huskies bench for Tech games only.

Fans can order tickets at the Ashland University business office in person or over the phone at 419-289-5958, online by clicking the ticket links below or at the gate starting at 11 a.m. (Session No. 1) and 4 p.m. (Session No. 2) on Friday. Those wanting to purchase tickets from the business office will only be able to do so during regular business hours, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.



The Huskies enter the postseason with an overall record of 23-5 and claimed the GLIAC North Division title with a 17-3 mark against conference teams.


Chemistry Seminar

Leila Hawkins, from the department of chemistry at Harvey Mudd College, will present "Maillard-like Chemistry in Atmospheric Water as a Source of Absorbing Organic Aerosol," at 3 p.m. Friday (March 9) in Chem Sci 101.

The presentation will discuss how the interaction of sunlight with atmospheric organic aerosol presents a challenge for the climate modeling community. Using a variety of analytical techniques, the presentation will show how simple reactants can produce products that look like atmospheric material, and how the literature of food chemistry can shed new light on novel compounds observed in laboratory simulations of cloud water chemistry.

Hawkins' research is focused on the direct and indirect effects of aerosols on global climate, aerosol-cloud interactions and more. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening with drought-tolerant plants and learning about dinosaurs and insects with her four-year-old son. Recently, she began co-developing a course on communicating climate change science with a social psychology professor at Pomona College.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Wednesday, March 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.

Food Service Helper​ (12 months/Part-time, No Base/ Shift Varies). ​Dining Services. ​AFSCME posting 3/7/2018 - 3/13/2018. 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.


NASPA, Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, is holding its annual conference this week in Philadelphia, and the event certainly has a Michigan Tech flavor. Angela Hoffman, assistant director of admissions, delivered a presentation during the SA Speaks session Monday afternoon. Her presentation focused on the importance of supportive adults for students with experience in foster care or situations that threaten their family relationship.

Also at the conference, Les Cook, Vice President for Student Affairs and Advancement, assumed the position of chair-elect of the NASPA Foundation Board. Cook is set to become the Foundation Board chair in 2020.


University Events Calendar Q&A Session Today

Does your department add events to the University Events Calendar or do you want to start promoting your events there? University Marketing and Communications will be hosting a University Events Calendar Q&A Session from 2 to 3 p.m. today (March 7) in the Memorial Union Superior Room (B001). Learn more about the calendar, how to add an event as an event administrator and get your questions answered.


University Senate Meeting Today

The University Senate will hold meeting #605 at 5:30 p.m. today (March 7) in Dow 642. Senators are responsible for making their constituents aware of the agenda for this meeting. Senators who are unable to attend should arrange for their alternates to attend in their place.

The agenda for meeting #605 and the minutes from meeting #604 can be found here. A reminder that all University Senate meetings are recorded and can be found here.


CDI Presents Diverse Dialogues—Changing the Conversation: Women in STEM

Join Michigan Tech’s Society of Women in Engineering (SWE) and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion at noon tomorrow (March 8) in MUB Ballroom B1 (and at the future Diverse Dialogues) and engage in meaningful campus dialogue around topics of diversity and inclusion. Bring your own lunch, light refreshments and beverages will be provided. See the original Tech Today article for more information.


SFRES Forum Tomorrow

The next SFRES Forum will take place at 3 p.m. tomorrow (March 8) in Forestry G-002, with a social afterward from 4 to 5 p.m. in the atrium.

Catherine Dieleman from the University of Guelph will present "A Changing North: The Role of Climatic Change in Shaping Future Boreal Forest Ecosystems."


Exercise Training Research Study

Michigan Tech’s Exercise Physiology Laboratory is performing research to investigate a new type of exercise that allows you to get stronger and more fit at the same time by restricting blood flow during exercise.

You will be asked to come in the Exercise Physiology Lab three times per week, for eight weeks to exercise. Each session will take about 30 minutes.

If you are interested in participating or know of someone who might be, email for more information, and see the original Tech Today article.


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

LouAnn Wurst (SS) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $13,186 contract from the US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Hiawatha National Forest. 
The project is titled "Archaeological Collection Cooperative Management - Hiawatha National Forest."
This is a ten-month project.