The ADEA Turns 50

It is the 50th anniversary of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA).

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is using this anniversary as a time to remind us all that 50 years ago, arbitrary age limits for hiring and firing were common. Older workers represented less than five percent of new hires at the time. With the enactment of the ADEA in 1967, Congress sought to promote the employment of older workers based on ability. The ADEA opened opportunities for older workers by banning most age limits and requiring equal treatment of workers without regard to age.

"Much has changed in the past 50 years. More older persons are in the workforce than ever before. With so many more people working and living longer, we can't afford to allow age discrimination to waste the knowledge, skills and talent of older workers," said Acting Chair of the EEOC Victoria A. Lipnic. "Outdated assumptions about age and work deprive people of economic opportunity and stifle job growth and productivity."

"Research refutes assumptions that older workers are less productive, technophobic or inflexible," explained Sara Czaja, director of the Center for Research and Education on Aging and Technology Enhancement (CREATE). "Unfortunately, numerous negative stereotypes about older workers still exist that often prevent or have a negative impact on employment opportunities for older people. These stereotypes can also prevent organizations from realizing the wealth of positive assets, such as wisdom, experience and reliability that older workers can bring to the table," said Czaja.

Lipnic emphasizes that, "The ADEA is based on the principle that ability matters — not age. No one should be denied a job or should lose a job based on assumptions or stereotypes. Age is just a number. It doesn't define one's ability, potential or value. That is the purpose and the promise of the ADEA."

Information on the ADEA can be found here.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) advances opportunity in the workplace by enforcing federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. More information is available on their website.

VPR Campus Satellite Office Pilot

The Vice President for Research (VPR) will pilot a satellite office on campus beginning Monday (July 10). Jennifer Bukovich from the Sponsored Programs Office (SPO) and Christopher Stancher from the Sponsored Programs Accounting (SPA) Office will be housed on the sixth Floor of Dow Environmental Sciences & Engineering Building to support faculty and staff in areas related to sponsored programs.

The location of the satellite office will provide faculty and staff in the College of Engineering, College of Sciences and Arts and the School of Technology with direct and convenient access to SPO and SPA. While on campus, SPO, SPA and the representatives will assess the needs for administrative support related to sponsored programs and provide suggestions on how those needs can be met.

The VPR Office is extremely excited about this opportunity to be located on-campus and looks forward to the personal interaction this location will provide. For assistance, stop by DOW 616 and 617 of the Dow Building during normal office hours.

For questions regarding this pilot, contact Lisa Jukkala in SPO at 7-2226 or Tammy LaBissoniere in SPA at 7-2244.

Summer Keweenaw Geotours by Land and Boat

There are still a few spaces left for the fourth year of summer Geotours of the Keweenaw, led by Bill Rose (GMES) and Erika Vye. The geoheritage tours focus on aspects of Keweenaw geology, culture and history and feature the RV Agassiz. For registration, dates and details, see this link.

RSVP Open Enrollment

The Retirement Supplemental Voluntary Program (RSVP) is a voluntary retirement program offered to eligible Michigan Tech employees. The enrollment period for which an employee may sign their RSVP election is between July 1 and Oct. 31 and is now open.

Employees electing the Monetary Retirement Option must retire on or before June 30, 2018. The monetary retirement option provides a benefit equal to 50% of the eligible employee’s annual salary (nine-month salary for faculty) at the time of their actual retirement date.

The RSVP cap amount has been increased this year to $74,900 based on the percentage increase in the contribution and benefits base amount established by the Social Security’s Old-Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance (OASDI) program.

Prior to electing RSVP, employees must meet with the Benefits Office for a confidential meeting to verify eligibility. RSVP program information may be found online

RSVP questions may be directed to Benefit Services at 7-2517 or

Jackson Attends Sharks Prospect Camp

Michigan Tech's Jake Jackson was one of 28 forwards to attend the San Jose Sharks annual prospect development camp this week.

The camp began Monday at Solar4America Ice at San Jose with the fifth annual Sharks Prospects Scrimmage held yesterday.

Jackson enters his junior season with 52 career games played. He had a breakout season in 2016-17 tallying 16 points with 10 goals. 

Jackson was a seventh round pick (201st overall) by the Sharks in the 2013 NHL Draft. 

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Last Day to Sign Up for Amazing Challenge

Today (July 7) is the last day to register for the Amazing Challenge. The Employee Wellness Amazing Challenge will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 29

The winning team gets bragging rights as the Amazing Challenge winner. HuskyPAW members will receive bonus points for participating. Register here by 5 p.m. today. For more information see previous Tech Today article.

Volunteers are needed for this event. If interested contact Shannon Brodeur


Free Agassiz Excursions Tomorrow

There will be free scientific excursions aboard Michigan Tech's research vessel Agassiz from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday during the Strawberry Festival. Excursions will depart from the Chassell marina. Read the original Tech Today story.

Job Postings

Job Postings for Friday, July 6, 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.

Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology, School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science. Apply online.

Assistant or Associate Professor in Forest Genetics, Genomics, and/or Metagenomics, School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science. 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.