Tech Forward: The Self-Authoring Mind

Michigan Technological University’s thought leaders share their ideas to prepare students and the University for a rapidly changing future. Lorelle Meadows, dean of Pavlis Honors College, explains the importance of critical reflection and a self-authoring mind. 

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus recognized that change is the only constant, asserting that change is central to the universe. We now live in a time where change is not only constant but rapid and often disruptive, bringing with it a high level of uncertainty for the future.

Technologies continue to evolve and advance that are capable of handling our more mundane undertakings. Artificial intelligence and automation will continue to enter the mainstream and displace humans in fields for which students are currently preparing.

How might we prepare the student of today to address the needs of society at a level that machines cannot?

Read the full story at

Medicare Part D, Certificate of Creditable Coverage

Federal regulations require Michigan Tech to send the Medicare Part D, certificate of creditable coverage disclosure form, prior to the annual Medicare Part D election period, which begins Monday (Oct. 15) and runs through Dec. 7.

The disclosure only applies to those employees who are age 65 and older or who have a dependent that is enrolled in Medicare.

Michigan Tech’s prescription coverage is creditable, meaning that it is expected to cover on average as much as the Standard Medicare Part D prescription drug plan.

The certificate of creditable coverage notice can be viewed here.

Nominations for Making a Difference Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2018 Staff Making a Difference Awards. Nominate a deserving colleague today in one of seven categories. Each award recipient will receive $500.

This year’s categories are:

  • Above and Beyond
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Legacy Award
  • Outstanding Supervisor
  • Rookie Award
  • Serving Others
  • Unsung Hero

Staff Council is coordinating the awards and asks that you follow these steps:

  1. Download the nomination form (individuals only, no team or group nominations)
  2. Create your nomination letter
  3. Collect your statements of support (no more than three letters)
  4. Email all documents as one PDF file

Nominations will be accepted until 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9.

Visit the Staff Council website for more information in regard to eligibility and nomination criteria. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Staff Council.

Lake Superior Water Festival Wednesday

More than 700 elementary, middle and high-school students from 10 Western Upper Peninsula schools will gather at Michigan Technological University’s Great Lakes Research Center on Wednesday, Oct. 17 for the Seventh Annual Lake Superior Water Festival.

Participating schools include Baraga High School, Barkell Elementary (Hancock), CLK Elementary (Calumet), EB Holman (Stanton Township), Houghton Middle School, Luther L. Wright High School (Ironwood), Jeffers Middle School (Adams Township), Lake Linden-Hubbell Middle School, South Range Elementary and Washington Middle School (Calumet).

Students from 30 classes will participate in 24 different sessions presented by Michigan Tech scientists and graduate students, along with presenters from the U.S. Coast Guard, Ottawa National Forest, Isle Royale National Park, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, BHK AmeriCorps and the Copper Harbor Trails Club.

The Water Festival provides an opportunity for students to learn about and celebrate our most precious natural resource – the Great Lakes! A wide variety of topics from science and engineering to creative writing will be presented.  Students will attend four 35-minute activities. Some of the topics to be presented include remotely operated vehicles, leave no trace outdoors, cleaning wastewater, careers with the U.S. Coast Guard, the chemistry of corrosion, design a fog harvester and more.

The 2018 Water Festival is coordinated by Michigan Tech's Center for Science and Environmental Outreach, with funding from the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative and Michigan Tech's Great Lakes Research Center.

For more information contact Joan Chadde, director of the Center for Science and Environmental Outreach.

Maintenance Direct Survey Announcement

In an effort to provide more effective and efficient services to the campus community, the Department of Facilities Management is asking for your assistance. On Monday (Oct. 15), the department will be activating a survey feature in our operations management software, Maintenance Direct.

Students, faculty and staff who request repairs or services through the Maintenance Direct ticketing system may be asked to participate in a three-question survey. Upon completion of a submitted work request, the system will send an email to randomly selected users requesting their participation in the survey. If you receive an email, the department is requesting that you follow the embedded link and answer the questions at that time.

A couple of minutes of your time will greatly assist the department in establishing a baseline measurement of our performance and focusing any future operational improvement initiatives. We look forward to hearing from the campus community and appreciate your cooperation as we strive toward service excellence.

Innovation Week at Michigan Tech

The University Innovation Fellows will host its second annual Innovation Week to promote innovation and entrepreneurship on the Michigan Tech campus. There are a variety of events being held next week (Oct. 14-20) with the final event a regional meet-up for students from universities across the midwest with ties to the University Innovation Fellows program.

The University Innovation Fellows program empowers students to become agents of change at their schools. The Fellows are a global community of students leading a movement to ensure that all students gain the necessary attitudes, skills and knowledge required to compete in the economy of the future.

Share the following public events with faculty, staff and students of the Michigan Tech entrepreneurial community:

Second Saturday at the Michigan Tech Archives

The Michigan Tech Archives will be open from noon to 5 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 13), for Second Saturday.

Archives offers the full range of research support services and genealogy assistance during Second Saturday hours. The next Second Saturday will be held Nov. 10.

For more information about Second Saturday, email the Michigan Tech Archives at or call 7-2505. Find us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

Hockey Opens Season Tonight

The No. 19 Michigan Tech Hockey Huskies open the 2018-19 season by hosting defending national champion Minnesota Duluth tonight and tomorrow (Oct. 12/13) in the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. Faceoff is scheduled for 7:37 p.m. today and 7:07 p.m. tomorrow.

It's Hall of Fame Weekend at Michigan Tech as seven new members will be inducted tomorrow evening. The group will be introduced on the ice during the second period and hockey alums Steve Coates and Kip Noble will drop the puck for Saturday's game. 

7th Man T-Shirts

ArcelorMittal has purchased 850 T-shirts for Michigan Tech students to wear at today's (Oct.12) game against Minnesota Duluth. It is the fifth straight season that ArcelorMittal has been a 7th man sponsor. ArcelorMittal employs more than 60 Michigan Tech graduates and is the world's leading steel and mining company, with approximately 232,000 employees in more than 60 countries. They are the leader in all major global steel markets, including automotive, construction, household appliances and packaging. Underpinning all their operations is a philosophy to produce safe, sustainable steel.

Tech is 121-88-20 all-time against the Bulldogs in a series that dates back to 1952, and are 61-35-11 in games played in Houghton. The Huskies defeated UMD 4-3 last season in the championship game of the Ice Breaker Tournament. The last meeting between the two teams at the Macinnes Ice Arena occurred in 2015 when the two teams split a weekend series.

The game will be broadcast on local radio on 93.5 FM, online at and video streamed on In addition, there will be live stats and live Tweeting.

Soccer Back Home Today and Sunday

The Michigan Tech soccer team returns to Sherman Field this weekend to battle Purdue Northwest and Parkside in a pair of key Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference matches today and Sunday (Oct. 12 and 14). It will be the second time the Huskies have played each of these programs.

Michigan Tech enters the weekend with an overall record of 5-5-1 and is looking for win number one in the GLIAC. 

Today's match against Purdue Northwest is slated to get underway at 5 p.m. with Sunday's kickoff against Parkside scheduled for noon.

Physics Colloquium Today

The next Physics Colloquium, originally scheduled for Thursday, will take place at 4 p.m. today (Oct. 12) in Fisher 139. Hyman Shanan will present "Wireless Communications for the Future."

Shanan is a senior staff design engineer with the Millimeter-Wave Communications Group at Analog Devices, where he is currently involved in the architecture and design of wireless communication systems for satellites, defense, RADAR, land-mobile and low-power radios. He is also involved in the design of advanced RF frequency synthesizers and oscillators.

Export Controls Education Session

The Vice President for Research Office will host an educational session, "Review of Export Controls on Awards," from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24 in Memorial Union Ballroom B. Registration is open now and ends Oct. 23.

This session will help faculty and staff understand and address Export Controls considerations when conducting research. Topics covered will include: managing technical data, intellectual property and proprietary materials; defining and working with foreign nationals, publishing and teaching; and exporting and licensing considerations.

Register to reserve a seat.

This workshop is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research. Desserts and beverages will be provided—bring your own lunch.

If you have questions, contact Ramona Englund at 7-2654.

Join Us for Phish Frydays

Join Michigan Tech IT and The Phish from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. today (Oct. 12) at the Husky Statue for hot chocolate.

We will talk about cyber security and how to report phishing. If you miss us this week, we’ll be back every Friday in October for Cyber Security Awareness month.

We can help. Contact us at or 7-1111.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Friday, October 12, 2018

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.

Coordinator of Multicultural Programs, Center for Diversity & Inclusion. 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.


KIP Seminar Today

Irving Zucker from the Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center will present a seminar at 3 p.m. today (Oct. 12) in ATDC 101.

The title of his seminar is "Oxidative Stress in Heart Failure: The Role of Central Nrf2 in Sympatho-Excitation."


Film Board Presents Free Showings of "Journey's End"

Film Board presents "Journey's End" today, tomorrow and Sunday (Oct. 12, 13 and 14). Set in a World War I dugout in Aisne, France in 1918, "Journey's End" tells the story of a group of British officers, led by the mentally disintegrating young officer Stanhope, as they await their fate.


  • Today (Oct. 12)—5:30, 8:30 and 11:30 p.m.
  • Tomorrow (Oct. 13)—2:30, 5:30, 8:30 and 11:30 p.m.
  • Sunday (Oct. 14)—2:30 and 5:30 p.m.

Located in Fisher 135, tickets are free for all showings and concessions are $1 each. "Journey's End" is rated R for some language and war images.


Change of Location for C-cubed Luncheon

A C-cubed luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today (Oct. 12) in the Lobby of the Rozsa Center (location change this week only). All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited. The buffet lunch is $12 per person.


  • Chopped Thai Salad (GF, VE)
  • Thai Chicken Curry (GF) 
  • Thai Tofu Curry (GF, VE)
  • Jasmine Rice (GF, VE)

V- Vegetarian, VE-Vegan/Vegetarian, GF- Gluten Free


"Falling Leaves Moon" Pow Wow Tomorrow

The American Indian Science and Engineering Society at Michigan Tech (AISES) invites you to join them for Binaakwe Giizis "Falling Leaves Moon" Pow Wow from noon to 8:30 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 13), in the SDC Wood Gym. The Pow Wow is free and open to the public in order to encourage cultural sharing and understanding of our traditions, heritage and Native American identity.

A Grand Entry begins each dance session, followed by intertribal singing and dancing. This year, there will a Grand Entry at 1 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Ron Kyllonen.


Faculty Cap and Gown Orders for Fall Commencement

The 2018 Fall Commencement Ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 in the SDC Wood Gym.

Faculty who need to purchase regalia should place their order online before midnight Sunday (Oct. 14).

There will be a shipping fee on all orders placed after noon Wednesday, Nov. 21.

If you have any questions, contact Shanda Miller at the Campus Store at 7-2410 or email


Tech Forward: A Conversation with Innovators and Entrepreneurs

The fourth conversation in the Tech Forward series will see innovators and entrepreneurs come to campus to share their insights on the disruptive forces driving the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

panel discussion with these leaders will take place at 2 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 16) in the Rozsa Center. The presenters will share their views about the Fourth Industrial Revolution and discuss how they think it will change our work, communities, organizations and the economy. They will also share how they believe Michigan Tech can best prepare graduates to lead and be successful in this era.

Read the full Tech Today article.


Additional Portrait Session Monday

An extra portrait session has been scheduled for the Fall Semester. There is no charge, no appointment is necessary and it is open to all Michigan Tech faculty, staff and graduate students.

The session is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday (Oct. 15) in Wadsworth Hall 158. Enter through the main doors in the center of the building by the parking lot and then follow the signs.

You will receive your photo four to six weeks after the session.


CDI Presents Diverse Dialogues: Universal Design vs. Accommodations

Be part of an important campus discussion about accessibility presented by Christy Oslund and Dayna Browning from Student Disability Services, hosted by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23 in MUB Ballroom A1. Light refreshments will be served.

Read the full Tech Today article.

Continuous Improvement Connection

The Office of Continuous Improvement holds a subscription to the online resource Gemba Academy. It is a resource to find videos for specific aspects of Lean and continuous improvement or to help you learn more about a topic or to brush up on some old skills.

However, the Gemba Academy doesn’t only provide videos, it also includes access to more than 200 downloadable podcasts which range in topic from developing a strong Lean culture to applying Lean to “unusual” fields. If you have never listened to a podcast, it is like having your own personal, customizable NPR station but you can choose what you listen to.

They are perfect for car rides or any time that you might like to listen to music. The podcasts on the Gemba Academy website are all focused on Lean, continuous improvement and their different aspects and applications.

If you wish to access any of the resources available on Gemba Academy, email the Office of Continuous Improvement, and we’ll provide you with the login information.

CTL Article of the Week

This week’s article—like last week’s—provides a tool to help increase timely feedback for your students while minimizing grading load. Flower Darby’s article “Using Specifications Grading to Deepen Student Thinking,” advocates an idea that works especially well in smaller upper division or graduate level classes, but could be applied to a few assignments at virtually any level.   

The idea, originated by Linda Nilson and described more deeply in her Inside Higher Ed article and book is to give students very specific, non-negotiable criteria for completing an assignment. Grading then consists only of a check to see that all criteria have been met.

Providing specific criteria in advance encourages students to develop self-assessment skills, which certainly needs to be a goal in life-long learners. The details of whether or not you allow “do-overs” can be an important consideration both in terms of student success and your grading load.  Linda suggests offering a limited number of “tokens” which puts the burden on students to seek feedback more proactively but also accommodates the inevitable misunderstandings or mistakes involved in the learning process.

The  William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is happy to help brainstorm details if you’d like to give specifications grading a try. Stop in and see us on the Library’s second floor.

Note: Due to subscription restrictions, some links in this e-mail will work only while connected through Michigan Tech’s network.

In the News

Michigan Tech was mentioned in the story "County continues to discuss noise complaints," in Laredo (Texas) Morning Times online edition and in the San Antonio Express. The story covered a meeting of the Huron County, Michigan Board of Commissioners. County Building and Zoning Director, Jeff Smith referenced an un-named Michigan Tech professor who could do long-term testing of wind turbines.


Jason Carter, associate vice president for research development, was quoted in the article "Sleep and Cardiovascular Health in Women," in Carter spoke this week at the 2018 National Institute of Health Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Research Conference on Sleep and the Health of Women in Bethesda, Maryland. 


Michigan Tech, the Smart Ships Coalition and the Marine Autonomy Research Site (MARS) were mentioned in the article "Augusto Beato Cites Need for the US to Invest More in Smart Shipping," which ran on several media outlets, including WFMJ, Youngstown, Ohio, RFD TVKLUR TV, Wichita Falls, Texas and Rock 96.9 FM, Lubbock, Texas.


The State of Lake Superior Conference held this week at Michigan Tech was covered by WLUC TV6 and the Daily Mining Gazette.

ECE Graduate Students Recognized

Two graduate students in Electrical and Computer Engineering were recognized for their outstanding achievements in a banquet held earlier this month.

Mehdi Malekrah received the 2018 Jonathan Bara Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award in recognition of dedication to his lab preparation, engaged redevelopment and improvement of the exercises for several of the laboratories and his engagement with students in their preparation and activities in the lab sections. The Jonathan Bara Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award is awarded annually and was established in memory of Jonathan Bara by his family. Bara was a graduate student who received a master's of science in electrical engineering in 1975. Malekrah was nominated by his advisor, Paul Bergstrom (ECE).

Chaofeng Wang was awarded the 2018 Matt Wolfe Award for his remarkable research achievement as a graduate research assistant. His research included the development of intelligent and secure underwater acoustic communication networks and machine learning techniques. The Matt Wolfe Award is awarded each year to an outstanding research assistant and was established in memory of Matt Wolfe by his family. Wolfe was a 1992 BSEE graduate and MSEE candidate. Wang was nominated by his advisor, Zhaohui Wang (ECE).

University-Wide NCCI Membership

Through the Office of Continuous Improvement, Michigan Tech has an institutional membership to the Network for Change and Continuous Innovation (NCCI). Membership allows Faculty and Staff to be members of the NCCI at no additional charge.

NCCI membership benefits include the opportunity to:

  • Grow as a professional by connecting with other change leaders in higher education.
  • Attend workshops and national conferences at a discounted rate.
  • Share best practices and resources with other NCCI members.
  • Receive the NCCI e-newsletter to stay up to date on trends and changes in higher education.
  • Access free webinars to learn more about managing change, driving innovation, improving processes and much more.

If you would like to be added to the membership roster and have access to member-only benefits and resources from NCCI, send an email to Use the subject line "NCCI Membership." You will then receive a membership invitation email from the NCCI.