Marijuana Will Remain Prohibited on Campus

On Tuesday, voters in Michigan passed Proposal 1, which allows people age 21 or older to legally possess, use or distribute marijuana. This result does not change federal law or University policy, both of which prohibit marijuana in all forms on campus.

Michigan Tech policy prohibits students, employees and members of the public from possessing marijuana for any reason on University property or during any University activity.

The Drug Free Schools and Communities Act precludes Michigan Tech from allowing the possession or use of marijuana on campus. More information on Michigan Tech's policies can be found here.  

Bob Mark Business Model Competition Applications Now Open

The Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship will host the 2018 Bob Mark Business Model Competition from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5 in the Opie Library. Students can apply to compete here.

The 2018 Bob Mark competition includes an idea pitch and a business model description. This event takes place later in the year so that contestants will have the opportunity to develop their business model through participation in Husky Innovate workshops. Using Lean Launchpad methods and the Business Model Canvas, students will share insights from customer interviews.  

Prizes will be awarded to the most scalable and actionable business model pitches. Using prize money, students have a chance to take their entrepreneurial idea to the next stage of development further preparing them for additional opportunities such as competing at the New Venture Competition held in April at Central Michigan University.  

President Koubek will serve as a distinguished judge alongside other entrepreneurially minded faculty, staff and community members.

Prizes for the Bob Mark Business Model Competition include:

  • First Prize - $2,000 + $100 services from MTEC SmartZone
  • Second Prize - $1,000 + $100 services from MTEC SmartZone
  • Third Prize - $500 + $100 services from MTEC SmartZone
  • Honorable Mention (2 prizes) - $250 each
  • Audience Favorite - $250
  • MTEC SmartZone prize - $1000

This event is a tribute to the late Bob Mark, professor of practice in the School of Business and Economics. Mark founded the Elevator Pitch Competition and brought the Business Plan Competition to Michigan Tech. The Bob Mark Elevator Pitch Competition and other efforts support his entrepreneurial spirit and that continues to live on in students, faculty, and staff.

Students who participated in the Idea Pitch Competition in October are strongly encouraged to apply to compete in the Bob Mark Business Model Competition.

Students should apply by submitting this form no later than midnight on Wednesday, Nov. 21 (before Thanksgiving break). The top 15 applicants will be selected to participate in the Bob Mark Business Model Competition. Students who upload a business model canvas to their application will be given priority consideration. Student guidelines, scoring criteria and a blank Business Model Canvas can be found at   

The 2018 Bob Mark Business Model Competition is part of Husky Innovate, a series of workshops and events that build on each other with the intention of guiding students through key phases of innovation or business development while emphasizing evidence-based strategies for success. Bob Mark Business Model Competition is hosted by the Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship, which is a collaboration between the Pavlis Honors College, the School of Business and Economics and the Vice President for Research Office.

WW1CC Armistice 11/11 at 11am

"World War I & the Copper Country (WW1CC)" welcomes the campus and public to the Armistice Commemoration on Sunday (Nov. 11), at the trench (US-41 and MacInnes Drive). Refreshments will be served in the Wads Annex before and after the commemoration.

The schedule is as follows:

  • 10:30:55 a.m. — Reception Wads Annex
  • 10:45 a.m. — Poppy distribution
  • 10:50-59 a.m. — Bagpipes
  • 11:00 a.m. — Synchronized bells (30 sec)
  • 11:01 a.m. — ROTC Joint Color Guard
  • 11:06 a.m. — National Anthem
  • 11:08 a.m. — Presiding emcee
  • 11:10 a.m. — Poem recitation
  • 11:13 a.m. — Prayer
  • 11:18 a.m. — Firing party
  • 11:20 a.m. — Taps
  • 11:22 a.m. — Retirement of colors
  • 11:25 a.m. — Dropping poppies
  • 11:30-noon — Reception Wads Annex

Pavlis Accepting Applications for Honors Pathway Program

The Pavlis Honors College is currently accepting applications to the Honors Pathway Program for Spring 2019. While applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the semester, students planning to begin the Honors Pathway Program in the spring should apply by Sunday, Nov. 25. Students are eligible to apply if they have 5-6 semesters remaining on campus.

Pavlis offers 6 distinct pathways on which students may build their honors program:

  • Global Leadership
  • Community Engagement
  • Research Scholars
  • Enhanced Enterprise Experience
  • New Venture
  • Custom Pathway

Each of these pathways provides a framework of support, exceptional resources, and a community of scholars for students interested in challenging themselves and making a difference.

If you know of a student who may be interested in the Pavlis Honors College, please encourage them to apply. Students considering applying, should stop by the Pavlis Honors College in M&M 722 from 9 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays for open advising to learn more about the program requirements and application process.

If you would like to request more information regarding the Honors Pathway Program and the components required to graduate with honors from Michigan Tech, email us at

The Beauty of Fruit Flies

There’s more to fruit flies than meets the eye, or the untrained eye at least. Luckily, the beautifully rendered images of "Drosophilids of the Midwest and Northeast," an open-access book available through Digital Commons @ Michigan Tech, helps researchers at all levels become skilled at fruit fly identification.

The newly released version two features a bedtime story for children, which authors Thomas Werner (Bio Sci), Tessa Steenwinkel an undergraduate biological sciences student and John Jaenike hope will engage a young audience.

Check out version two of "Drosophilids of the Midwest and Northeast" here.

Day Before Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie Sale

Dining Services is holding its annual Day Before Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie Sale.
These delicious homemade pumpkin pies sell for $4.75 each and can be ordered by e-mailing
All orders must be placed by Monday, Nov. 19.
You may pick up and pay for your pies from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21 at the North Coast Grill located in the Memorial Union Building first floor.

Comedian Jessi Campbell Appearing Tonight

Jessi Campbell will perform at 10 p.m. tonight (Nov. 9) in the MUB Ballroom.

Campbell has been on "Last Comic Standing" and was named 2015 Female Performer of the Year by Campus Activities magazine. She has performed her unique brand of story telling at more than 200 colleges and 100 plus comedy clubs, military bases and bars. 

Campbell was a part of the Army's "I.A.M. Strong Tour" and has performed at Gilda’s LaughFest, the Boston Comedy Festival, the Great American Comedy Festival and the San Francisco SketchFest.

The event, funded by the Student Activity Fee, is free and open to everyone.

Volleyball Sweeps GVSU, Moves on to GLIAC Semifinal Today

The second-seed Michigan Tech volleyball team held off a tough seventh-seed Grand Valley State in a satisfying 3-0 win (25-15, 25-23, 25-23) inside the SDC Gym in the Quarterfinal of the 2018 GLIAC Tournament Wednesday. With the win, the Huskies improve to 23-5 on the year as they advance to the next round.

The Huskies will now play Davenport (16-13) in the Semifinal of the GLIAC Tournament at 5:30 p.m. today at Ferris State University. The sixth-seed Panthers, who were beaten 3-1 by the Huskies in their last meeting on Sept. 15, defeated third-seed Ashland in five sets Wednesday night to advance to the Semifinals.

Football Hosts Northwood in Season Finale

The Michigan Tech Football Huskies will wrap up the 2018 campaign at home against Northwood. The game is set for noon tomorrow (Nov. 10) at Sherman Field. The Huskies come into the game at 4-5 on the year and 2-5 in the GLIAC. Northwood is 2-7 overall and 2-5 in conference play. 

The Huskies had last week off after capturing the Miners Cup for the ninth straight season two weeks ago against rival Northern Michigan. 

The Michigan Tech football program will honor the 2018 seniors prior to  tomorrow's kickoff:

  • Weston Butler
  • Austin Chmura
  • Aaron Curtiss
  • Doug Fabry
  • Cody Goldsworthy
  • James Henderson
  • Graham Hubbel
  • Tyler Jacqmain
  • Michael James
  • Emmanuel Kirkland
  • Kevin Kirkland
  • Nathan Kriger
  • Seth Malcolm
  • Cal McCarty
  • Andrew Rose
  • Garrett Ross 

The game can be heard on local radio on 93.5 FM and streamed on In addition, there will be video and live stats available during the game.

The Michigan Tech Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) will  collect new or gently used hats, mittens and other winter apparel for donation to the Salvation Army Hancock at tomorrow's game. SAAC will also collect these items at the Nov. 30 hockey game against Bemidji State.

Donation bins will be placed in the administration building by the elevators and at the SDC by the ticket office beginning Monday (Nov. 12). These bins will be in these locations until December 14 to collect donations.

SBE Brown Bag Seminar

The School of Business and Economics will host a Brown Bag Seminar at noon, Wednesday (Nov. 14) in AOB 101. Dana Johnson (SBE) will present "Impact of Service Quality on Overall Patient Satisfaction."

Johnson, professor of supply chain and engineering management, will summarize the culmination of multivariate modeling of psychometric variables as predictors of patient satisfaction.

Achieve Your MBA in One Additional Year

By blending business and technology, the Michigan Tech MBA® can accelerate your career path. Huskies of all majors are invited to join the School of Business and Economics and the Graduate School at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 14) in Academic Office Building (AOB) room 101 to learn more about opportunities in the Master's of Business Administration program, including the one-year accelerated option, and ways to leverage Senior Rule.

Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar

This week, a presentation by the Oceanography/Limnology faculty candidate will take place in lieu of the Environmental Engineering Seminar. It will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 13) in R.L. Smith (MEEM) 402. 

Joe Kuehl, assistant professor, University of Delaware, Department of Mechanical Engineering will present "A Dynamical Systems Approach to the Predictability of Geophysical Flows."
The public is welcome. For more information, read the previous Tech Today story.


The next Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors (ACSHF) forum will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday (Nov. 12) in Meese 109.

Guy Hembroff (SoT) , will present “Empowering the Patient: A Transformative Integrated Model to Improve Health Care Delivery and Safety.”

In moving towards the goals of achieving accurate population health monitoring, precision medicine and improved consumer health self-management and safety, this presentation explores a model to challenge the current health care paradigm of disconnected patient data, inaccurate health records and minimize privacy and security risks of patient medical information. 

CEE Guest Lecture: Ian Smith

There will be a guest lecture sponsored by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at noon Wednesday (Nov. 14) in M&M U113.

Ian Smith from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) will present a seminar regarding the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team.

Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), also known as PFCs, have been classified by the US Environmental Protection Agency as an emerging contaminant on the national level. PFAS are a suite of chemicals historically used in thousands of applications throughout the industrial, food, and textile industries.

Launched in 2017, the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) is the first multi-agency action team of its kind in the nation. Agencies representing heath, environment and other branches of state government joined together to investigate sources and locations of PFAS contamination in the state, to take action to protect people's drinking water, and to keep the public informed as we learn more about this emerging contaminant.


Memorial Union Plaque Unveiling Ceremony Today

There will be ceremony unveiling a plaque commemorating the dedication of the Memorial Union to the students, alumni, faculty and staff of Michigan Tech who have served their country in the cause of freedom.

The ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. Friday (Nov. 9), near the north (campus side) entrance to the Memorial Union. 

There will be a moment of silence for the students, alumni, faculty and staff of the University who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the cause of freedom. 

Following the unveiling the of the plaque there will be a social in the lobby of the Memorial Union.
Tech Forward: Responsive Research Conversation Today

 The next conversation in the Tech Forward Series will discuss how our research will expand and contract with the incessant needs of the world and remain relevant to the changing workforce and economic needs of our state.

"Tech Forward: Responsive Research" will be held from 8:30 to 10 a.m. today (Nov. 9) in the lobby of the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts.


Chemistry Seminar Today

Maryam Khaksari (Chem) will present "High-Resolution Orbitrap Elite Mass Spectrometry: A Tool for Characterization of a Wide Range of Sample Matrices" at 3 p.m. today (Nov. 9) in Chem Sci room 101.

Khaksari received her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at Michigan Tech in 2016. She is currently a research scientist in the ChARM lab. Khaksari's expertise is in designing and developing chromatography and mass spectrometry techniques for targeted and non-targeted screening of components in complex mixtures.


ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker Today

The Department of Mechanical Engineering - Engineering Mechanics hosts this week's second Graduate Seminar Speaker at 11 a.m. today (Nov. 9) in EERC 226.

Reza Mirzaeifar will present “A New Class of Metal‐Graphene Composites.” Mirzaeifar is an assistant professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Virginia Tech.


KIP Seminar Today

The Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology will host the third installment of their 2018 Fall Seminar Series at 3 p.m. today (Nov. 9) in ATDC 101.

Megan Frost (Bio Med/KIP) and Caroline Gwaltney will present, "The Need for Understanding Real-Time Nitric Oxide (NO) Release for the Development of Smart Dressings for Diabetic Foot Ulcers." For the full abstract, see the event page.

Refreshments will be provided, no registration is necessary and all are welcome to attend.


 C-Cubed Luncheon Today

Today's C-Cubed luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today (Nov. 9) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited. The buffet lunch is $12.

The menu:

  • Thai Coconut Soup (GF, VE)
  • Thai Green Salad (GF, V)
  • Thai Noodles with Chicken (GF)
  • Thai Noodles with Tofu GF (V)

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


Second Saturday at the Michigan Tech Archives

The Michigan Tech Archives will be open from noon to 5 p.m. this Saturday (Nov. 10) for Second Saturday.

During Second Saturday hours, the Archives offers the full range of research support services and genealogy assistance. The next Second Saturday will be held Dec. 8.

For more information about Second Saturday, email the Michigan Tech Archives or call 7-2505.

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Maintenance for Banner-related Systems on Sunday

There will be a Banner-related production system maintenance window from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 11). The following production services will be affected:

  • Banner
  • Aspire
  • Confluence
  • Cumulus
  • Fischer
  • Footprints
  • Housing Apartments Wait List
  • MyMichiganTech
  • OAP Rental System
  • Oracle Reports
  • Papercut Printing (color)
  • Perceptive Content (Imagenow)
  • Pinnacle
  • RedHat Satellite
  • Sunapsis
  • Tech Experience
  • UC4/Appworx
  • Virtual Cashiering
  • vcenter
  • WebFocus

We can help. If you have any questions or concerns, contact us at or call 7-1111.


ICE House to Host 1 Million Cups of Coffee

ICE House Resident Assistant and eClub (Entrepreneurship Club) member Josh Jay is opening up the ICE House, a Michigan Tech innovation and entrepreneurship theme house, to host a 1 Million Cups of Coffee event. It will take place from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday (Nov. 14) at the ICE House, 21610 Woodland Road, Houghton. Parking temporarily will be available in Lot 25, which is adjacent to and east of the ICE House. Parking permits will be provided at the event. If you are interested in entrepreneurship—stop by to support our student entrepreneurs and presenters. 

Read the previous Tech Today story.


Film Board Presents: "Mission Impossible: Fallout"

This weekend, Film Board presents: "Mission Impossible: Fallout"


  • Today (Nov. 9) — 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
  • Tomorrow (Nov. 10 ) — 2:30, 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
  • Sunday (Nov. 11) — 2:30, 5:30 p.m.

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

"Mission Impossible: Fallout" is rated PG-13 for violence and action sequences throughout, and brief strong language.


5 Under 35 Presentation Wednesday

What do a vascular surgeon, corporate vice president, homeland security intelligence analyst, lead design engineer and professor all have in common? They all graduated from Michigan Tech.

These five young alumni have amazing careers and will share their stories in a TEDx style setting at the 5 under 35 event at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts.

The speakers will talk about their experiences at Michigan Tech and how those experiences prepared them for success after graduation. To find out who the five young alumni are, read the full Tech Today story.

CTL Article of the Week

With one week to go until break, students and instructors are stretched for time. So when reading this week’s article, you might be tempted to quit early. Don’t. The good stuff is all at the end.

In Attacking problems as a Novice Learner, Amy Mulnix describes her intentional return to being a “new” learner  (by replacing her windshield wipers). There’s lots of detail about confusing directions and frustrations upfront, and it’s easy to second-guess her approaches.

But in the second half of the article, she expertly reframes her introductory biology course as it might be seen through the “beginner’s mind” she’s just tapped into. She identifies assumptions that her expertise makes automatic, and realizes that some of the most valuable teaching she can do is to model and explain that expert frame.

The more I teach a topic, the more challenging I find it is to identify and explicitly bring forward my own expert assumptions. I’ve found several strategies that help; Graduate Teaching Assistants sometimes have a great ability to get back to that place of “newness” and direct dialog with students helps me identify those missing pieces.  

I agree with Mulnix, however, that my teaching is greatly improved by continually trying to find ways to remind myself what it’s like to be “new” to the content I’m teaching.

If you’d like to discuss other ways you can model and explicitly teach your expert frame, stop by the   William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) on the Library’s second floor.

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New Funding

John Velat (CEE/MTTI) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $24,000 contract from the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation.

The title of the project is "Mashashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation's Long Range Transportation Plan Update."

This is a six-month project.

On the Road

Anne Beffel Visits University of Iowa for Public Art Dedication

Anne Beffel (VPA) visits University of Iowa's Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences for the dedication of her art project entitled "Color of Kindness," which includes a series of 85 paintings. She will visit with students at University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, and at Grinnell College. The dedication takes place today (Nov. 9).

Art Exhibition by Anne Beffel Opens at University of Iowa

In her Color of Kindness project, Anne Beffel (VPA) responds to the answers her neighbors and strangers gave to the question “What color comes to mind when you think of kindness?”

The 85 works will be featured for three years in Stuit Hall on the University of Iowa campus, where Beffel’s studio was located during graduate school. The building is now home to the Carl E. Seashore Psychology Training Clinic.

The project is funded by Finlandia University, Syracuse University College of Visual and Performing Arts, and supported by the UI Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Michigan Technological University.