Annual Giving Launches Crowd Funding Site — Support Film Board

Annual Giving has launched its first crowdfunding page for registered student organizations — HuskyFunds. 

Crowdfunding has become a popular platform for university fundraising campaigns over the last few years. 

Annual Giving wanted to provide more options for student organizations to raise money for their current needs — equipment, materials, educational events, etc. 

With up to 240 registered student organizations currently on campus, our goal is to provide another option to raise money. 

The first project is for Film Board.  “Film Board is such a big part of this campus and the local community” Associate Director for Annual Giving Jenn Biekkola said. 

“We thought they would be the perfect group to launch our initiative.”   

Film Board is wrapping up a very successful fundraising campaign designed to overhaul the current speaker system that is more than 16 years old. The organization strives to stay up to date with technology and this is the latest step. The HuskyFunds initiative will help them raise money for installation costs associated with the project. 

Check out HuskyFunds online for more information and to donate to Film Board.

FY17 Fringe Benefit Rates

The Office of Naval Research has recently approved the fiscal year 2017 predetermined Fringe Benefit rates for Michigan Tech effective July 1, 2016.

Note the rates remain the same as previously communicated in the memo to the Deans, Chairs and Directors on June 27, 2016.  

The approved fringe benefit rates should continue to be used on all Sponsored Programs proposal budgets. All funds, including sponsored projects, will continue to be charged the fringe benefit rates indicated below.    

In accordance with the Fiscal Year 2017 approved Predetermined Fringe Benefit rate agreement, the rates effective July 1, 2016 are as follows:

  • Regular Non-Student Employees Rate 37.5 percent
  • Summer/Additional Compensation Rate 20.0 percent
  • Graduate Student Rate 7.5 percent
  • Temporary Employees Rate 9 percent
  • Undergraduate Student Rate 0 percent

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Electronic 2016 W-2s Available

Electronic 2016 W-2s are now available on Banweb for all employees who have consented to an electronic copy. Paper W-2 forms will be mailed on or before Jan. 31.

If you would like to receive an electronic copy of your W-2, it's not too late. Log in to Banweb and click the Employees box, then Tax Forms, then select Electronic Consent (W2 and 1095-C). Click the box under My Choice and next to Consent to receive W-2 electronically, then click Submit.

Backstage Jazz Celebrates “50 Years of Jazz” at Michigan Tech

"Backstage at the Rozsa" again opens its doors to the groovin’ sounds of small-combo jazz to celebrate the 50th year of jazz studies at Michigan Tech.

There will be three student ensembles: Jaztec, Momentum with a combination of funk and fusion; AstroSax; and one special guest ensemble: The Dan Fuhrmann and Tim Havens Duo, here for their second guest appearance at Michigan Tech.

The Rozsa stage will become a pop-up jazz club, and the intimate atmosphere is a perfect setting for some funk and fusion and even some standards from these four ensembles.

Join Jazz Studies Program Director Mike Irish and the Michigan Tech Jazz ensembles who bring to life the great sounds from throughout the years. Hot and steamy to cool and mellow.

Join us in Club Rozsa and enjoy the intimate atmosphere reminiscent of the birthplace of jazz. Backstage at the Rozsa is at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday (Jan. 27/28).

According to Irish, There will be two 'Backstage Jazz Series' again this year, culminating in a finale concert on Saturday, March 25, featuring both big bands, guest artists and a return of the always popular Alumni Jazz Band."

Tickets for Backstage Jazz at the Rozsa are on sale now, $13 for adults, $5 for youth and no charge for Michigan Tech students with the Experience Tech fee. Tickets are available at 7-2073, online, in person at the Central Ticketing Office or at the Rozsa Box Office the evening of the performance. (Note the Rozsa Box Office only opens two hours prior to performances).

ME-EM Faculty Candidate Seminar

Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Faculty Candidate Hassan Masoud will present a seminar titled "Fluid-Structure Interactions: From Controlled Drug Release to Micro-Robotics" at 2 p.m. Monday (Jan. 30) in the R.L. Smith Building (MEEM) room 402.

Night Owls ESL Winter School Starts Today

Space is still available for all spouses or family members of Tech faculty or grad students interested in English discussion with Night Owls ESL Community's first Winter School — a series of three forums to start today (Jan. 26) in the Van Pelt and Opie Library, room 243.

The other sessions are scheduled for Feb. 9 and 23. Each forum will run from 7 to 9 p.m. An enrollment fee of $5 covers all three sessions. Those interested in registering can email Frann Grossman or text her at 906-370-9800.


C-Cubed Week 3

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

A taste of Cuba:
Turkey Picadillo (GF)
Tempeh Picadillo (VE)
White rice (VE, GF)
Cuban green salad with avocados (GF, VE)

Penang Fried Rice Noodles (GF)
Vegetable Fried Rice Noodles (V)
Cabbage Tofu Soup (V, GF)

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

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


Physics Colloquium

There will be three graduate presentations at the Physics Colloquium at 4 p.m. today (Jan. 26) in Fisher 139.


What's Happening in Career Services
Medical Careers Week

Join us to learn about a variety of opportunities in the medical field from noon to 8 p.m. today in the Memorial Union Ballroom.
Consumer Products Day

Consumer Products Day returns for another year. This "Shark-Tank" style event features your team — the entrepreneurs — and the sharks — company representatives — who want to challenge you to come up with a re-purposed, re-designed idea for their company-supplied products.

Read previous Tech Today article for more information and a schedule of events.


Elevator Work in Admin Building

Elevator modernizations in the Administration Building will begin Monday. We will be installing new drive mechanisms, cables and elevator controls.

In an effort to avoid as much inconvenience as possible, we will only work on one elevator at a time. For the majority of the time, there will be one elevator in service.

However, there will be brief periods when both elevators will be shut down. These will be short periods and there will be clear signage to indicate the elevators are out of service. 

Project schedules will be posted at the elevators, along with announcements and progress. Each elevator will take approximately 12 weeks to upgrade.

We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause, and thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Job Posting

Job Posting for January 26, 2017

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.

Front End Developer, University Marketing and Communications. 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.

CTL Tip of the Week

Early Term Course Surveys in Canvas

Both the Provost and the University Senate (policy 505.1) advocate distributing an early term survey during the fourth or fifth week of the term to direct and improve instruction.

This anonymous survey has traditionally been done on paper during class time, but it can also be done using Canvas. Using Canvas saves class time, provides more legible feedback and allows faculty to quickly see survey results and statistics.

The senate policy suggests three free response questions. Spring 2017 Canvas Courses contain a sample Early Term Survey with those three questions for faculty to use as is, or modify and use.

All you would have to do is publish the survey if you would like to use it as is. You can watch an eLearning screencast and look over the Canvas Instructor Guide’s Quizzes Chapter on our Early Term Surveys Canvas page.

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.