Admissions Staff Named "Outstanding Professional Team"

Michigan Tech's Admissions staff has been selected as the Outstanding Professional Team for 2016 by the Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (MACRAO).

In nominating Tech's admission staff, John Lehman, Associate Vice President for Enrollment and University Relations, pointed out the challenges of recruiting for a university in a rather remote locale.

"No one ends up in Houghton, Michigan, home of Michigan Technological University, by accident ... If two cars leave Detroit on I-75 at the same time, one headed south, the other headed north, the one headed south will hit Atlanta, Georgia before the one headed north reaches Michigan Tech."

Lehman wrote that eight of Tech's 13 recruiters do not live anywhere close to the U.P.  

"Because of this, the team only gets together twice a year for staff meetings. So one would think that being this diffuse, so far away from each other, with such little face to face interpersonal interaction, the staff might know of each other but probably really wouldn’t qualify as a team."

Lehman said this isn't the case at Michigan Tech and this past year showed how a group of individuals, separated by so much distance, came together around one goal and created success.  

Lehman said the group embraces change and pitches in by helping to coordinate each other's evening events.

"Crossing territories to lend a hand, helping each other implement new ideas, knowing that the success of their peers equals the success of the team."

The results of their efforts is reflected in the largest freshmen class in 36 years. Not only is the size of the class remarkable but the makeup as well.

"The class will have the highest institutional ACT composite average (27.2) of all time. It will also include the most women of all time. Probably what I am most proud of is the underrepresented minority representation of this class will grow 50 percent over last year’s class (both years marking all-time highs)." 

Lehman wrote that when the team gets together for its semi-annual meetings it feels like a family reunion.  

Last month rather than staying in isolating hotel rooms during their week-long retreat "the team decided to rent out a lake-side bunk house (and by doing so, saved the institution a decent chunk of cash)."  

Lehman concluded his nomination by calling the group "the admissions dream team."

"The state of Michigan is lucky to have such caring, dedicated, and humble people working for the betterment of its citizens," Lehman wrote.  

The admissions staff has been invited to the MACRAO business meeting during the association's Fall Conference, Nov. 16-18 in Frankenmuth, Michigan.


Student Eric Celerin Passes Away

The Michigan Tech community is mourning the loss of one of its own. 

Eric Celerin, a third-year Computer Science student from Rochester Hills, Michigan passed away Saturday.

Eric worked as a student employee in the TechLine Call Center, joining the calling team in January of 2015.

Adam Portmann was Eric's manager. "It has been a real pleasure watching Eric grow during his time here ... he was always trying to improve and he made tremendous strides," Portmann says. 

"It was his hard work and dedication that led me to promote him to the TechLine leadership team as a Lead Caller. He was always a joy during his shifts and was friends with everyone. Eric made many close bonds with the other students and he will be dearly missed by all of us here at TechLine, and throughout the University," Portmann says.

Among his survivors are his parents Charles (Heather) Celerin and Jennifer (Mark) Ramos and siblings Kyle, Jonathan, Christine, Marinda and Daniel.

Eric was involved with a number of groups on campus including the Husky Game Development Enterprise. 

Michigan Tech counseling services has reached out to these groups and is available for anyone who may need to talk.

Visitation is scheduled for 3 to 9 p.m. Friday at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons, Inc. 54880 Van Dyke Ave., Shelby Township, Michigan. 
Services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Kensington Church, 1825 E. Square Lake Rd. Troy, Michigan. There will be visitation at the church beginning one hour prior to the service.  Interment will be at White Chapel Cemetery, 621 W. Long Lake Rd., in Troy. 
For more information or to leave thoughts, prayers or condolences visit Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons website.

Campus Store Career Apparel Services

As of this past Tuesday, the Campus Store retired its fitting services and will no longer be providing measuring or alteration drop-off/pick-up services.

For the Career Fairs this month and in February, the Campus Store will schedule limited fitting accommodations with a local vendor for in-store purchases for Michigan Tech students. Due to the limited nature of Campus Store services, students need to prepare early and watch for upcoming fitting dates.

IRS Recommends Withholding Checkup

The Internal Revenue Service is encouraging taxpayers to consider a mid-year tax withholding checkup following several new factors that could affect their refunds in 2017. 

Taking a closer look at the taxes being withheld can help ensure the right amount is withheld, either for tax refund purposes or to avoid an unexpected tax bill next year.

The IRS offers several online resources to help taxpayers bring taxes paid closer to what is owed. They are available anytime on They include:

Employees can view and change their Federal W-4 Tax Exemptions in Banweb (located on the Employee tab under Tax Forms) or submit a new Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate, to Payroll Services.

Contact Payroll Services at or 7-2089 with questions.


Linda Wanless Awarded Lean Bronze Certification

In July, Linda Wanless (SoT) was awarded the Society of Manufacturing Engineers' (SME) Lean Bronze certification, offered through a partnership of SME, the Association of Manufacturing Excellence (AME), the Shingo Institute and the American Society for Quality (ASQ).

Wanless is the first person on Michigan Tech's campus to receive this certification. To earn the Lean Bronze Certification, a person must pass an exam and demonstrate their lean development by creating a comprehensive portfolio that details their ability to apply Lean through tactical projects and documents their Lean education, training and other activities.

Breaksk8 coming to Parade of Nations, Rozsa

The Parade of Nations along with the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts present the high-energy breakdancers-on- wheels that are “Breaksk8” on Saturday, September 17.

In addition to skating in the Parade of Nations, Breakst8 will perform at 7:30 p.m. on the Rozsa Center stage.

BreakSk8 has amazed audiences around the globe with their unique style of entertainment on wheels. Never before has roller skating and break dancing been combined in such an acrobatic, athletic, artistic and precise display of talent. Tickets are on sale now, $10 for adults, $5 for youth and free for Michigan Tech Students with the Experience Tech Fee. You can get tickets by calling 7-2073 or online.

In addition, the Parade of Nations and the Keweenaw Roller Girls roller derby team present an “open skate”  from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14 at the Houghton County Arena. This "bring your own skates/blades" event is free and open to all ages and levels of experience.

For more information on Breaksk8, visit their website.

PLDL and Michigan Tech Offer Computer Help for Beginners

Students from the computer science department at Michigan Tech will provide free tutoring at the Portage Lake District Library for beginning computer users starting on Saturday, Sept. 10. These computer help sessions with individual tutors will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. every Saturday through Dec. 10. Computer help sessions will not be held during Tech's Thanksgiving holiday break.

Computer help sessions will continue to be offered during the Spring Semester in 2017. They will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. every Saturday from Jan. 14 through April 22. There will be no sessions during Tech's spring break.

“BASIC: Building Adult Skills in Computing” will show participants how to use the internet to keep in touch with people, share pictures and letters, find information, solve computer problems and much more. Tutors will help each participant with their own particular needs. People may attend as many of the sessions as they wish, and those who have laptops may bring them.

Library programs are free and everyone is welcome. For more information, call the library at 482-4570, visit the library's website or Facebook.

Café Français

Parlez-vous français?

Join us for our weekly Conversation Table at 5 p.m. every Thursday in Walker 120 C. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, email Dany Jacob.

Free Outdoor Concert on Rozsa Lawn

Bring your lawn chairs, bring your blankets as the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts presents “An Old Fashioned Twilight Concert,” 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18 on the Rozsa/Walker lawn.

The free outdoor concert is put on by Michael Christianson, Michigan Tech’s director of bands, with a performance by the Superior Wind Symphony, in which they will celebrate the birthday of the godfather of band concerts, John Philip Sousa.

Spend a beautiful fall evening full of band music outdoors on the lawn. In the event of rain, the show will move inside, to the McArdle Theatre on the second floor of the Walker Center.

Christianson says, "at the zenith of the wind band's popularity, crowds would flock to the park to hear the great John Philip Sousa play a mixture of marches, folk songs, popular music of recent times, masterworks and featured soloists from within the band....outdoors."

Christianson says the concern, held one week before Sousa's birthday, will reference music of that golden era, (Sousa, Holst, Kreisler) but will also update some items (John Williams, Frank Ticheli, Hoagy Carmichael) to be more pertinent today.

"Bring your blanket, your dinner and spread out on the lawn as you enjoy a classic Band moment with Michigan Tech's Superior Wind Symphony," he says.

More information is available online.

HuskiesFit Fall Session Begins This Week

The fall session of HuskiesFit Programs begins this week. Check out the lineup for both adult and youth fitness classes in the Fall 2016 HuskiesFit Program Guide.

New this fall is the HuskiesFit Ultimate Session Punch Card. This premium eight-punch card can be used to attend any of the following programs: spin/indoor cycle, yoga, zumba, piyo, zumba step, aqua zumba and belly dance. Cost for the card is $50 for the general public, $33 for Michigan Tech students. MTEFCU members receive a $10 discount on the card with proof of membership. The card expires Dec. 17.

For more information, visit HuskiesFit Programs.

Emmert Named to All-tournament Team

Michigan Tech volleyball junior middle blocker Lauren Emmert was named to the all-tournament team at the Lewis Flyer Festival last weekend. Emmert led the front line with 17 total blocks on the weekend and added 16 kills offensively.

The Huskies are 1-3 on the season and head to UW-Parkside this weekend. Tech opens against Minnesota State Moorhead and Upper Iowa on Friday, St. Cloud State and No. 4 Minnesota Duluth are Saturday's opponents.

For the full story and more on Husky Athletics visit

Little Huskies Basketball Registration Open

The Michigan Tech men's and women's basketball teams will host the annual Little Huskies basketball league this fall. The girls' league begins Saturday (Sept. 10) while the boys' league starts Oct. 3.

The cost of the league is $45 per person, ($25 for each additional sibling), and all participants will receive a free T-shirt that will grant them free admission to all home Michigan Tech basketball games.

Participants will also play at halftime of select Tech games. A game schedule will be distributed on the last day of league.

The first half of each fall session will consist of basketball fundamentals and skills & the second half will be game play.

Register at the SDC Ticket Office, by phone at 7-2073 or online. Each participant will be required to have signed release waiver on file at the Ticket Office before participation in the LHBL. 

Call 7-2975 for more information or via email. 

Girls' League Dates and Times
Saturday, September 10, 9–11 a.m.
Saturday, September 17, 9–11 a.m.
Saturday, September 24, 9–11 a.m.
Saturday, October 1, 9–11 a.m.

Boys' League Dates and Times
Monday, October 3, 4–6 p.m.
Tuesday, October 4, 4–6 p.m.
Wednesday, October 5, 4–6 p.m.
Thursday, October 6, 4–6 p.m.


Geoseminar: Sajin Kumar, Post Doctoral Scientist GMES

Sajin Kumar will present "Meteorite Impact Craters" at the next Geoseminar from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday (Sept 13) in Dow 610.

Kumar obtained his MSc Geology degree from the University of Kerala in 1998. After the completion of PG, he worked in Centre for Earth Science Studies, University of Kerala and Department of Mining and Geology in various capacities gaining experience in geological field work, post graduate teaching and related areas.

In 2002, he joined the IIT Bombay, pursuing his PhD. He completed PhD in 2005 (Geoinformatics in landslide risk assessment and management in parts of Western Ghats, Central Kerala, India). He joined Geological Survey of India, worked in engineering geology projects and did landslide studies in Himalayan and Western Ghats regions.

In October 2012, he joined the Department of Geology, University of Kerala, Kariavattom Campus as Assistant Professor to fulfill his ambition of pursuing his career as a teacher.

Recently he was bestowed with the UGC Raman Post-Doctoral Fellowship, which enabled him to carry out Post-Doctoral Research work at Michigan Tech.

Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar

Gianfranco Archimede, executive director of the Historic Preservation Commission in the city of Paterson, New Jersey will present "Conflict and Synergy in Brownfields Administration: Managing Cultural and Environmental Legacies in Industrial Heritage in Paterson, New Jersey" from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday (Sept. 12) in the Great Lakes Research Center room 202.

Since 1996, the City of Patterson has operated a uniquely-structured historic preservation program involved in brownfield management. In this presentation, Archimede will explain the institutional relationships in Patterson's brownfields management administration. He will also review example projects that illustrate the problems and successes in the city's efforts. 
The public is welcome.


This Week's C-cubed Menu

C-Cubed lunches are offered from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays during the school year in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge.

Lunch is $10 (cash, credit, and C-Cubed Gift Certificates accepted); attendees may bring their own lunch instead of purchasing the buffet. This week features Asian cuisine along with some barbecue flavors.


  • BBQ St Louis Ribs 
  • Three Cheese Mac & Cheese (V)
  • Bloody Mary Potato Salad (V) 


  • Vietnamese Rice Noodle Salad (VGF)
  • Grilled Pork (GF)
  • Grilled Tofu (VGF)

V-Vegetarian GF-Gluten Free VGF-Vegetarian and Gluten Free


Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar

There will be a Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar from 4 to 5 p.m. today (Sept. 8) in Dow 642. Xu Yang (CEE) will present "Improvement of Michigan Climatic Files for Pavement Mechanistic-Empirical Design." The public is welcomed. 


Physics Colloquium 

The next Physics Colloquium will take place at 4 p.m. today (Sept. 8) in Fisher 139. Amit Agrawal will present "Optical and Optomechanical Response of Nanoplasmonic Metamaterials."
Coffee Chat:  How to Get the Most out of the Testing Center
The Michigan Tech Testing Center has grown by leaps and bounds over the past three years, prompting changes in staffing, software, and process.  The changes have tried to better serve instructors, offer more flexibility to students, and allow a broader array of sponsored exams. In this Coffee Chat, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. September 15, we'll discuss the new registration process implemented this fall and get feedback about how the Testing Center can continue to improve. All instructors are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be provided to those who register by Monday, September 12.
Film Board Presents "X-Men Apocalypse"

This weekend, Film Board presents "X-Men Apocalypse."


Tomorrow, Sep. 9 — 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m. 
Saturday, Sep. 10 — 2:30, 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sep. 11 — 2:30, 5:30 p.m.

Located in Fisher 135. Tickets are $3 and concessions are $1 each.

X-Men Apocalypse is rated PG-13 for sequences of violence, action and destruction, brief strong language and some suggestive images.

New Funding

David Watkins (CEE/SFI) is the principal investigator on a research and development project that has received $1,477,068 from the National Science Foundation. 

Chelsea Schelly (SS) is Co-Pi on the project "INFEWS/T3: Reducing Household Food, Energy, and Water Consumption: A Quantitative Analysis of Interventions and Impacts of Conservation."

This is the first year of a potential five-year project totaling $2,983,358.

CTL Tip of the Week

Course Set-Up Directory and Link Validator

One of the informational links provided on the home page of new Canvas course shells is the link to the Michigan Tech Course Set-Up Directory on the bottom of the page.

We think you will find this checklist of links to things you may likely need to do when getting a new Canvas course ready to be a useful tool.

One of the items on the Michigan Tech Course Set-Up Directory is a new feature Canvas recently introduced which helps course instructors validate the links in their Canvas course. The tool is one of the buttons on the right sidebar of the course Settings page called Validate Links in Content. You can follow the link to find out more about the tool.

The CTL Tip of the Week is brought to you by the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). For more general information or help with Canvas at Michigan Tech, be sure to visit Canvas One Stop.

Job Postings

Job Posting for Thursday, September 8, 2016

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.

Advancement and Alumni Marketing Specialist, Office of Advancement. Apply online.


Engagement Officer, Office of Advancement. Apply online.


Electrician, Facilities. AFSCME Posting 9/8/16-9/14/16. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. Apply online.

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