Dean's Teaching Showcase: Beth Reed

Bruce Seely, Dean of the College of Sciences and Arts, has chosen to recognize Beth Reed, senior lecturer and assistant to the chair in mathematical sciences as our first Spring 2017 Dean's Teaching Showcase member.
Seely's nomination was influenced by Brent Baltus, a senior on the hockey team, who singled Reed at the Faculty Appreciation event during a game on Dec. 2
Baltus, a senior major in Finance who started this year with a 3.73 GPA, named Reed as "the best professor he had encountered" at Michigan Tech.
Baltus had taken a couple of classes from her during his first two years in statistics and math and added she was “an unbelievable professor.”
Seely asked Reed what she does that would lead a good student (and athlete) like Brent to value her efforts. She answered with several points from the recently submitted students teaching evaluations for Fall 2016, and offered several points.
Reed knows every student’s name, signaling that they are individuals to her. This makes her approachable and shows she cares about them as people. She prepares a handout for every class session containing the concepts, problems, formulas and so on covered that day.
This allows students to actually listen in class rather than struggling to write everything down. Her handout adds structure to the notes taken by the students, while eliminating transcription errors. Reed dedicates some class periods to worksheet days, devoted to working problems while she walks around and answers questions from students. 
Finally, she asks a lot of questions of the students during class sessions. Students report this makes them pay attention (especially at 8 a.m.).
When a student offers an incorrect answer, she talks them through the process until they get to the correct answer.
Seely also asked Reed if there was something she did that specifically helps student athletes, who must miss classes due to travel.
In addition to her willingness to meet with them outside of class, she noted the most important thing was to ask them to introduce themselves on the first day of class. That allows her to work with them and their schedules. From this initial discussion, it is much easier to insure Reed has a heads-up when an assignment and/or exam might conflict with games and travel. Such communication allows her and the student to work around any conflicts.
These are the kinds of effort — small steps in some respects, but large in the aggregate — that make a difference in how well students do.
While a student athlete recognized Reed's efforts, the more important fact is that she makes these attempts for any student.
Reed will be recognized at an end-of-term luncheon with 11 other showcase members, and is now eligible for one of three new teaching awards to be given by the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning this summer recognizing introductory or large class teaching, innovative teaching methods or work in curriculum and assessment.

Few Michigan Tech Students Defaulting on Their Loans

With a student loan default rate of just over 2 percent, Michigan Technological University students are defaulting on student loans at the second lowest rate among public universities in Michigan, according to new data released by a website called Student Loan

Michigan Tech’s default rate of 2.01 percent is more than 9 percent lower than the national average of 11.35 percent, according to the website.

The only public university in Michigan with a lower default rate is the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, whose default rate is 1.26 percent.

The Student Loan Report is based on U.S. Department of Education data. It includes default rates for more than 4,500 public and private colleges and universities nationwide. 

Michigan Tech ranked seventh among all schools — public and private — in Michigan and in the top 10 percent of all schools in the nation.

Read the full story

Scholarship Applicants Sought

The Portage Health Foundation (PHF) and Michigan Tech are once again seeking local applicants for the Making a Difference Scholarship.

At the heart of what the Portage Health Foundation does, is investing in health care, health research and health education.

“We believe there is an enormity of opportunity for young people,” said Kevin Store, executive director of the PHFoundation.

“By helping to provide access to higher education opportunities, we can help meet the diverse health needs of our communities by inspiring our next generation of professionals to become scientists, researchers and doctors who can address and solve some of our most challenging health care problems.”

Four high school seniors or transfer students who are residents of Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw or Ontonagon counties will receive an $8,000 annual scholarship to attend Michigan Tech in the fall of 2017 and pursue a degree in pre-health, health sciences or health engineering programs.

The scholarship will be renewable for up to four years (eight semesters) of study.  Completed scholarship applications are due by Feb. 15.

Michigan Tech will host an information session from 5:15 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24 in the Michigan Tech Admissions Office’s, McAllister Welcome Center in the Memorial Union Building.  

Attendees will receive details about the scholarship, the application process, eligibility criteria and requirements for renewal as well as have the opportunity to connect with current PHF Making a Difference scholarship recipients and students who have received undergraduate research experiences and athletic training experiences — also funded through the PHF and Michigan Tech partnership.

Read more information about the scholarship or RSVP for the information session.

New University Policy Announced

The University Policy Office (UPO) and the Office of Institutional Equity and Inclusion (OIEI) announce the issuance of new University Administrative Policy 2.1014 Sex/Gender Discrimination, Harassment and/or Sexual Misconduct.

This policy received final approval on Dec. 16, 2016 with a retroactive effective date of July 1, 2015. This policy was issued to provide guidance for members of the Michigan Tech community in the event of sex/gender based discrimination, harassment and/or sexual violence. It supports the University Board of Trustees Policy 5.3 Discrimination Based on Sex, as well as federal statutes Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy, the Violence Against Women Act, and the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

If you have questions, feel free to contact the OIEI at 7-3310.

Michigan Tech Selected as One of Seventeen Beyond Traffic Innovation Centers (BRIC) in the Nation

Michigan Tech was selected by the U.S. Department of Transportation as one of the seventeen Beyond Traffic Innovation Centers (BTIC) in the nation.

According to the DOT, "These Centers will be recognized by the DOT as forward-thinking and influential institutions that are capable of driving solutions to the challenges and trends identified in Beyond Traffic 2045, the U.S. DOT's report on current and future issues in transportation. The centers will contribute by convening decision-makers in their megaregion and coordinating related research, curriculum, outreach and other activities." The Michigan Tech Center was selected as one of the three universities to serve the rural areas of the United States.

The proposal, led by the Michigan Tech Transportation Institute (MTTI), collaborated with multiple centers and institutes on campus including: Advanced Power Systems Research Center (APSRC), Center for Technology and Training (CTT), Keweenaw Research Center (KRC), Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI), Rail Transportation Program (RTP), Sustainable Futures Institute (SFI) and the Tribal Technical Assistance Program (TTAP). Additionally, numerous individual campus researchers provided information for the submission.

MTTI Director Pasi Lautala (CEE) will serve as the Beyond Traffic Coordinator, participating in future events related to regional development with the USDOT. MTTI is also planning to use the Center as encouragement for faculty, staff and students interested in transportation to get involved in working toward solving our nation's transportation issues.

Further information on Beyond Traffic, including a map of the selected centers, is located here. For faculty, staff and students interested in getting involved with the center, contact Pam Hannon or call 7-3065. For more information on MTTI, visit our website.

Portrait Session

There are two upcoming campus-wide photo sessions to be held in the Administration Building room G35. The first is from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Jan. 31. The second is from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2.

Career Services Special Presentations

Did you know Career Services has special presentations for you? These can be held at Career Services or elsewhere on campus. If you have a group, class or team that you would like to Schedule a Special Presentation for, use this link.

Topics include:

  • Creating a Strong Resume
  • Interview Skills
  • Networking Skills: Your Personal Introduction
  • Career Fair Prep
  • CareerFEST 101: Make the Most of Industry Days
  • Job Search Skills
  • Building Your LinkedIn Strategy
  • The Value of an Internship or Co-op
  • The Recruiting Process: The Company Side
  • Internship or Co-op Success Strategies

Schedule your special presentation before the Spring Career Fair. Presentations will not be available Feb. 20-24 due to our efforts at the Career Fair.

Indian Food at Today's Khana Khazana

Flavors of India are featured at today's Khana Khazana in the Memorial Union's North Coast Grill and Pizza. Serving is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The menu features:

  • Chicken Chettinad Curry — A curry dish of chicken, tomato and spices
  • Vegetable Korma —Vegetable dish loaded with potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, peas and spices.
  • Batata Vada — Potato Fritters
  • Mango Lassi — A drink made with yogurt, water, mango and spices

The cost is $7.95 for a full meal and includes a fountain drink. Visit the Khana Khazana at Michigan Tech Facebook page.



C-Cubed Week 2

C-Cubed lunches are offered from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Thursday and Friday throughout the school year in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge.

A Greek menu featuring:
Maroulosalata (Classic Greek Lettuce Salad) (VE) 
Pastitsio (GF)
Pasta with feta, tomatoes and white beans (V, GF)

V — Vegetarian, VE — Vegan, GF — Gluten Free

Send any suggestions to Christina Fabian or fill out a feed-back form online.



An SFRES Forum, "Restore the Swamp: Ecology and Restoration of Peatlands," will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. today (Jan. 20) in the Noblet Forestry Building G002. A social will follow from 4 to 5 p.m. in the atrium.


KIP Spring Seminar

The KIP Spring Seminar Series kicks off from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. today (Jan. 20) in Rekhi G09. Research Scientist Kelly Kamm will present "Beyond John Snow: Using Epidemiology to Save Lives."


Inauguration Day Talk to Focus on US-Russia Relations

As Donald J. Trump is poised to become the 45th President of the United States Friday, questions about the future of relations between the United States and Russia abound.
The Social Science Speaker Series presents "From Russia, with What? Thoughts on the Future of US-Russia Relations," by Roman Sidortsov (SS) at 4 p.m. today (Jan. 20) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge B. 


Film Board Presents "Arrival"

Today, Jan. 20 — 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Tomorrow, Jan. 21 — 2:30, 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 22 — 2:30, 5:30 p.m.

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

"Arrival" is rated PG-13 for brief strong language.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Friday, January 20, 2017

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, Civil & Environmental Engineering, UAW Posting 1/20/2017 – 1/26/2017. External applications will not be reviewed until after all internal applications. Apply online. 

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Education Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

In the News

The Post-Crescent, a newspaper serving Appleton, Wisconsin, and the surrounding Fox River Valley, quoted a local economic development official talking about attracting a high-quality workforce to the area. He said "If you're a computer science or engineering student at Michigan Tech, you can go anywhere you want." Read more here.