Panel Discussion - Presidential Council of Alumnae

The  School of Business and Economics will host a panel discussion with astute business alumnae from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22 in the Memorial Union Building Alumni Lounge. Learn about their career choices and professional experiences. Open to all members of the community. Light refreshments will be served.

The panel will consist of members of the Michigan Tech Presidential Council of Alumnae. Panelists include:

  • Denise Blankinship, vice president, strategic projects, The Church Pension Group
  • Michele Blau, senior manager of IBM Cloud Engagement and Enablement
  • Marie Cleveland, worldwide account manager, FedEx Services
  • Carrie Schaller, business process director, manufacturing operations, Dow Chemical
  • Joyce Ten Haken, managing partner/CPA, Ten Haken, Hinz & Company, Accountancy Corporation

Moderators include:

  • Dana Johnson, professor of supply chain and engineering management, Michigan Tech
  • Suzanne Sanregret, athletic director, Michigan Tech

If you have any questions, contact Dana Johnson.

A Metacognitive Moment

As students prepare for the first round of exams, you might consider providing some advice about how best to prepare.  In addition to advice specific to your discipline (e.g. in physics, working problems is better than re-reading), you might include some research-based metacognitive study tips. This need not take up class time; it could just involve sharing online resources.

One good resource comes from Barbara Oakley, co-author of the most-watched Coursera Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) entitled "Learning How to Learn". Her "10 rules of Good and Bad Studying“ emphasize that focused blocks of time (about 25 minutes before a short break), an emphasis on recall and testing, and avoiding the temptation to multitask are all essential to efficient study. A more substantial presentation by Terry Doyle shows students the impact of diet, nutrition, hydration and sleep on their ability to study and learn effectively.

Taking just a moment to get your students thinking about their study techniques could really help their performance on upcoming tests and their efficient use of time in the future. If you’re looking for other instructional strategies (and don’t want to wait for next week), stop in or contact the Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning.  

Continuous Improvement Connection

We are now a few weeks into the fall semester and for many of us, tasks and assignments are piling up. Here in the Office of Continuous Improvement, we use many tools, methods and processes to stay on track.

To learn about some tools, such as personal Kanbans and standardized work, you can pay a visit to our student organization: Leaders in Continuous Improvement. There, somebody will be happy to share some ways they use organizational tools and help you find some to fit your needs. You can also stop by the Office of Continuous Improvement, visit our website for more information or contact us at 7-3180 or

Voter Registration Coming to Tech on Monday

The November elections are fast approaching. To help students, faculty, staff and community residents register to vote, the Michigan Secretary of State's office is bringing a mobile voter registration van to Michigan Tech. The van will be outside the Memorial Union Building from noon to 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19.

The Michigan Tech visit is one of three planned for Upper Peninsula campuses next week. On Wednesday, the mobile office will be at Northern Michigan University and on Thursday, it will be at Lake Superior State University. The stops are part of an 18-campus ExpressSOS Voter Registration Drive.

"College students are a critical group in any election, but even more so this year," said Les Cook, vice president for student affairs and advancement. "Having the mobile office on campus offers our students access to get registered in an efficient and convenient manner. This is a great opportunity for students to exercise their right to vote."

Firearms Safety Training

A message from Public Safety and Police Services

The mission of Michigan Tech's Department of Public Safety and Police Service (DPSPS) is to serve and protect our community so that we maintain the best possible environment in which to live, work and learn. Being prepared for the unexpected is a major part of this mission and our staff is well-trained to respond when situations arise. A major goal this year, and going forward, will be to assist you in being prepared as well.

As I'm sure you are aware, situations involving firearms are occurring all too frequently across the nation and on college campuses. In these circumstances, the true first responder is not law enforcement, but the person on the scene when the incident begins. Knowing how to properly respond will have the greatest impact on the outcome of such a situation. Take five minutes to view this video that was produced by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Police Department and is intended to serve as a guide in the event of an active shooter incident on campus.

DPSPS will begin offering more education and training on how to respond to these tragic incidents in the future. Should you have any questions now, call Brian Cadwell at 7-2216.

Frontiers of Engineering Conference

Eighty-three of the nation’s brightest young engineers have been selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) 22nd annual US Frontiers of Engineering (USFOE) symposium. Nina Mahmoudian (ME-EM) is one of them.

She will join other engineers ages 30 to 45 who are performing exceptional engineering research and technical work in a variety of disciplines; Mahmoudian focuses on robotics with a specialty in marine robotics. The participants, from industry, academia and government, were nominated by fellow engineers or organizations. 

The 2016 syposium will be held Monday-Wednesday at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center in Irvine, CA and will cover cutting-edge developments in four areas: technologies for understanding and treating cancer, pixels at scale, water desalination and purification, and extreme engineering.

“The USFOE symposium gives our nation’s brightest, younger engineers the opportunity to engage, collaborate and develop long-term relationships that are critical to advancing our nation’s future. The USFOE is the only academy program that will never get out of date,” said NAE President C. D. Mote, Jr.

Football Huskies Take to the Road

Michigan Tech will venture away from Houghton for the first time this season when the team heads to Columbus, Ohio to face Ohio Dominican University for the first time since 2011.

Michigan Tech will try to get back on the winning track after losing a heartbreaker at home last Saturday when No. 7 Ferris State kicked a field goal with seconds remaining to win on the road. 

Both teams enter tomorrow's contest with identical 1-1 records both overall and in the GLIAC. Kickoff is slated for noon. The local radio broadcast can be heard on 93.5 FM, with an online audio webcast at

A video webcast can be seen here, with live stats available online.

Athletics Names Award Winners

Michigan Tech Athletics announced the major award winners from the 2015-16 season. Danielle Blake and Alex Petan received the Raymond L. Smith Award as the top senior student-athletes. Kyle Monroe and Mariah Sherman received the Terry Wilson Award as the top freshmen student-athletes.

Blake was named to the All-GLIAC First Team for the third year in a row and also to the GLIAC All-Defensive Team. She was named team MVP after leading the Huskies in scoring, rebounds, blocks and steals. 

Petan served as a co-captain on the 2015-16 MacNaughton Cup winning Hockey Huskies. He was named an All-American and WCHA Player of the Year after leading the Huskies with 33 points on 18 goals and 15 assists. He led the WCHA in goals, points, goals-per-game, points-per-game and power-play points during league play.

Monroe was named to the Division II Bulletin All-Freshman Basketball Team and was the GLIAC Freshman of the Year. He led all league freshmen and ranked sixth in the GLIAC in scoring with an 18.7 average. 

Sherman appeared in all 31 volleyball matches in 2015 and ranked third on the team with 266 kills, 2.63 kills per set, 284 points and 32 total blocks. She recorded double-digit kills in 12 matches and had four total blocks three times. 

Read the full story and find out more about Husky Athletics at

KIP Fall Seminar Series

The KIP Fall Seminar Series kicks off Friday, Sept. 30 with Stephen DiCarlo, professor in the School of Medicine at Wayne State University. He will present "Too Much Content, Not Enough Thinking, and Too Little Fun!"

Visit their webpage for a brief presentation abstract and to view the complete list of fall seminar series dates.

Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar

Rebecca Teasley, assistant professor of civil engineering at University of Minnesota Duluth, will present "Learning from the Canterbury Earthquake Sequence - Addressing Cascading Events" from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19 in GLRC 202. The public is welcome.

Read the abstract online.

USAC Visiting Professors Info Session

A representative with University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) will host an information session to discuss USAC's Visiting Professors program. This is a program designed for Michigan Tech professors to teach at one of USAC's study abroad locations.

The information session takes place from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21 in Administration Building room 404.

Email Vienna Chapin with any questions.

Lunch 'N Learn: Study Abroad Faculty-Led Opportunities

International Studies Abroad (ISA) will host an information session discussing study abroad faculty-led opportunities. A faculty-led program is a unique study abroad program where Michigan Tech professors bring Michigan Tech students abroad to teach Michigan Tech courses.

Carlos Amador (HU) will also be in attendance to discuss his Lima, Peru faculty-led program. The session will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22 in the Wadsworth Cherry Room. This is a bring-your-own lunch session. Refreshments and dessert will be provided.

Email Vienna Chapin with questions.


CareerFEST Continues with Energy Day Today

Energy Day begins at 11 a.m. today (Sept. 16). Students will learn about the diverse aspects of the energy industry, including oil and gas, electric and alternative energies. Company reps will be there to tell you about their industry, company and job opportunities. Campus Mall and CareerFEST Tent. Participating companies include Marathon, DTE Energy, Wolverine Power Cooperative, WEC Energy Group, ITC, MISO, ATC, MacLean-Fogg, Systems Control, Detroit Stoker Company, Flint Hills Resources, HDR Inc., and Mortenson Construction.


C-Cubed Week 3

Lunch is $10 (cash, credit and C-Cubed Gift Certificates accepted); attendees may bring their own lunch instead of purchasing the buffet.

Mexican Street Tacos
Chicken Tacos with Chipotle Crema (GF)
Swiss Chard-Corn Tacos (VGF)
Shredded Cabbage
Sliced Avocado
Queso Fresco
Lime Wedges

Send any suggestions to Brenda Randell or fill out a feed-back form online.


Chinese Food at Today's Khana Khazana 

This week at the Memorial Union North Coast Grill and Deli, we are featuring a menu from China.

The menu features:

  • Enoki Mushrooms with Leek
  • Spicy Salad
  • Big Set Chicken (Stir fry chicken with Chinese bean sauces)

Serving is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $7.95 and includes a fountain beverage. Visit Khana Khazana on Facebook.


Parade of Nations Live Blog

Can't make it to the Parade of Nations tomorrow? Allow us to bring the colors, tastes, smells and sounds of #theparadeofnations to you, wherever you are, with our live blog.


Campus Store Career Apparel Services

Effective Tuesday, Sept. 6, 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 in September and 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.


Special Lecture and Reception by Artist Lali Khalid

"Being Between," a special lecture by artist Lali Khalid, will be held at 3 p.m. today (Sept. 16) in M&M Building U115. 

A reception will follow from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Rozsa Gallery A-Space. All are welcome. 

For additional information see the original Tech Today story.


Annual Honrath Lecture

The Richard E. Honrath Memorial Lecture is scheduled for 4 p.m. Monday in Dow 641.

Graham Feingold, a senior scientist at NOAA's Earth System Research Laboratory and the lead author of Chapter 5 in the IPCC's latest assessment report on climate change, will present "Do Aerosol Particles have a Significant Impact on Clouds?" The full abstract for the talk is here.

The Lecture is sponsored by the Earth Planetary and Space Sciences Institute (EPSSI) and the Richard E. Honrath Memorial Fund.


Humanities Colloquium Series

Today (Sept. 16) and tomorrow (Sept. 17), the Humanities Department will host Chris Breu, professor of English at Illinois State University, who will deliver a talk entitled "New/Marxist Materialism: Theorizing Materiality in an Era of Finance Capitalism." This event will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday in the Great Lakes Research Center room 202.

Tomorrow he will lead a seminar focusing on Jason Moore's Capitalism and the Web of Life (2015). This event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in the Cherry Room of Wadsworth Hall. For a PDF of the readings, contact Carlos Amador  or Dana Van Kooy.


Film Board Presents "Warcraft"

This weekend, Film Board Presents "Warcraft."

Today, Sep. 16—5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Tomorrow, Sep. 17—2:30, 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sep. 18—2:30, 5:30 p.m.

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

"Warcraft" is rated PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy violence.


What's your financial IQ?

There is still time to test your financial know-how and you could win an ipad mini. Benefit Services teamed up with TIAA to bring you the What's Your Financial IQ Challenge.

Through September 30, take this educational challenge to have fun and learn important information about financial planning. Each day five new questions are added to the Challenge. Every time you play, you are automatically entered for a chance to win an ipad mini. The more you play, the better your chances of winning--so sign on every day (All responses are confidential).

Not a TIAA  participant? That's okay, you can still participate. This is open to all eligible employees, including Fidelity and MPSERS participants. For questions contact Benefit Services.

New Funding

Gregory Odegard (ME-EM/MuSTI), is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $40,000 research and development contract from Colorado Seminary-University of Denver. 

Paul Sanders (MSE) and Julie King (ChE) are Co-PIs on the project "I/UCRC: Novel High Voltage/Temperature Materials and Structures."


CTL Tip of the Week

Instructure, the makers of Canvas, have just announced that the new Student Attendance View feature scheduled for release this weekend has been delayed and that “An updated release date will be made available soon.”  
The CTL Tip of the Week that appeared yesterday (Sept. 15) in Tech Today stated, as Instructure had at that time, that this new feature would be available as scheduled on Sept. 17.  
We apologize for any difficulty this may have caused and will post the updated release date in our eLearning Blog once it has been announced.


In the News

Bridge Magazine, a webzine published by the Center for Michigan, ran an article titled "Is College Still Worth the Cost?" The story mentioned Michigan Tech in a section on college costs and mid-career earnings headed "University Return on Investment."

Job Postings

Job Postings for Friday, September 16, 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. 

Office Assistant 4, Pavlis Honors College. Apply online.

UAW Internal & External Posting 9/16/2016 – 9/22/2016. External applications will not be reviewed until after all internal applications.

Network Engineer I/II, Information Technology. Apply online.

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