Bob Mark Business Model Competition Wednesday

Students will compete for more than $5,000 in cash and prizes in the 2018 Bob Mark Business Model Competition. Hosted by the Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship, the event will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday (Dec. 5) in the Opie Library. The event is free and open to the public. Students, staff, faculty and community members are encouraged to attend and show their support.

The 2018 Bob Mark competition includes an idea pitch and a business model description. This event takes place later in the year than previous competitions so contestants will have had 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 that inform their business model.  

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 this April at Central Michigan University.  

University President Richard 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 plus $100 in services from MTEC SmartZone
  • Second Prize — $1,000 + $100 services from MTEC SmartZone
  • Third Prize — $500 + $100 services from MTEC SmartZone
  • Honorable Mention (two prizes) — $250 each
  • Audience Favorite — $250
  • MTEC SmartZone “Game Changer” prize — $1000

As part of the first prize cash award, MTEC SmartZone and Arroyo Networks is offering one year of free 24/7 access to Arroyo Networks office space which includes a desk, high-speed internet, printing, business address and office supplies.

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.

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.

The Lode's New Professor's Province Column

The Lode student newspaper is adding a brand-new Tech section beginning with the Spring 2019 semester. It will focus on research done on campus by undergrad students, graduate students and faculty members as well as current news in the industry.

The Tech section will also feature a column called “The Professor's Province” which will run every week. This new column will include an interview with a professor and give them a chance to tell the campus and local community what they are up to.

The Lode is looking for professors interested in being featured in “The Professor's Province.” It is a great way to publicize your past or present research, your academic background, your hopes for the future of the technology industry or anything in between.

Anyone interested can contact Maddie Steger, the editor in chief of The Lode.

Holiday Decorations Reminder

Environmental Health and Safety wishes you a safe holiday by reminding you of the University's Policy (2.5.1 Holiday Decorations In Buildings Other Than Residence Halls and Apartments) on holiday decorations.

Decorated artificial trees may be set up indoors and displayed starting the Monday after Thanksgiving through the end of the calendar year. The use of cut natural trees is not permitted without approval from Environmental Health and Safety. Electric lights and lighted decorations must bear the Underwriters Laboratories seal and must be turned off when the room or space is not occupied. Decorations must be located so that they do not obstruct any exits, hallways, stairs or firefighting equipment from view or use. No lights or lighted decorations may be placed on or near an exit sign. Electric lights may not be placed on an all-metallic tree or other metallic structure. Combustible decorations may not be placed in stairwells and should be kept to a minimum in corridors. Lighted candles are not permitted except in supervised dining areas, provided they are securely supported on a noncombustible base and the flame is protected.

If you have any questions about these rules, do not hesitate to contact by visiting Environmental Health and Safety's website or calling 7-2118.

Holiday Sale at the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum

The annual Museum Holiday Sale continues now through Friday, Dec. 22, offering a 15 percent discount on all gift shop merchandise.

Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

See the many beautiful and unique gifts, including locally-made gemstone jewelry, mineral decor, lamps, bookends, candleholders, stocking stuffers and much more.

Campus Store and University Images Customer Appreciation Sale

Feeling appreciated is one of life’s greatest pleasures, and the Michigan Tech Campus Store and University Images would like to show our appreciation and thank you for your continued patronage by once again offering our semi-annual Customer Appreciation Sale from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m Friday (Dec. 7).

Nearly everything in the stores will be 25 percent off. We have a great selection of sporting apparel, outerwear, and souvenirs that would be the perfect gift for yourself or anyone on your holiday shopping list.

Comedian Chinedu Unaka Performs Friday

Late Night Programming presents Comedian Chinedu Unaka at 10 .m. Friday (Dec. 7) in the MUB Ballroom.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Chinedu has established himself as a talented comedic presence performing regularly at the top comedy clubs, theaters and colleges in the world; with the uncanny ability to connect with people from urban, rural and international backgrounds. Chinedu’s overall goal is to become so famous that spellcheck will finally acknowledge the spelling of his name instead of trying to convince him he meant to spell "Chinese."

Join us for a night full of laughs. The event is free for everyone and funded by the Student Activity Fee.

College Republicans Host Letter to the Troops Campaign

The College Republicans at Michigan Tech are hosting a Letter to the Troops campaign from 6 to 7 p.m. tomorrow (Dec. 4) in Rekhi 214 as part of their Christmas charity.

Letters written will be sent to Operation Gratitude where they will be attached to a care package and sent to active duty soldiers. Non-perishable food items for the Western U.P. Food Bank and new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots will also be accepted.

For additional details, feel free to contact

MSE Seminar - Xiaoxu Guo

Xiaoxu Guo (MSE) will present, "Atomistic Study of Fe-Ga Alloys from First Principles," at 11 a.m. tomorrow (Dec. 4) in M&M 610. 

This seminar will emphasize the short-range ordered nanoscale atomic structures by employing Density Functional Theory-based Monte-Carlo simulation, with focus on disordered A2 and ordered B2 and D0 3 phases that are relevant for magnetostrictive behavior in Fe-rich alloy with Ga composition below 30 percent.

SBE Seminar

Ulrich Schmelzle (SBE) will present his research, titled “Leveraging Resources to Enhance Innovation: Introducing a Supply Chain Resource Orchestration Framework,” from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday (Dec. 6) in AOB 101 as part of the SBE Brown Bag series.

As continuous innovation is a strategic necessity in many markets, organizations increasingly use supply chain partners as a source of innovative knowledge and technology.

The research study introduces the emerging concept of supply chain resource orchestration (SCRO), which encompasses the acquisition, integration and exploitation of critical external resources. A theory elaboration approach is utilized to broaden the scope of resource orchestration theory and to introduce SCRO as an important contributor to organizational performance. Qualitative interviews with supply chain managers complement and enrich the theory elaboration process.

Job Postings

Job Postings for Monday, December 3, 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.

Clinical Counselor - Outreach, Counseling Services. Apply online

Assistant Professor, Comparative Vertebrate Physiology, Biological Sciences. 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.


Teaching at Tech Luncheon Workshop - Active Learning: Places and Practice

Many instructorsx have begun to implement a variety of active learning techniques. Though active learning can be done in almost any type of classroom, many people across campus have been working to expand the number of spaces more specifically designed for both high and low-tech active learning.

In this luncheon workshop from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday (Dec. 5), we’ll first explore a new resource to help connect instructors with the right space.  We’ll then discuss a variety of active learning techniques and match the types of spaces that best facilitate your practice.  Lunch will be available for those who register by today (Dec. 3).


University Holiday Luncheon

This year's University Holiday Luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow (Dec. 4) in the Memorial Union Isle Royale Ballroom.

The luncheon includes:

  • Butternut Squash Purée
  • Waldorf Salad
  • Slow Roasted Carved Turkey
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Fresh Herb Gravy and Roasted Root Vegetables
  • Italian Sausage Stuffing
  • Caramelized Cauliflower
  • Cranberries
  • Pumpkin and Apple Pie
  • Fresh Coffee, Lemonade and Iced Tea

Ticket sales end at 5 p.m. today (Dec. 3). There are no sales at the door and no reserved seating.


Toys for Tots

The Registrar's Office is once again participating in the annual Toys for Tots Campaign sponsored by the local Marine Corps League Detachment. While you are out shopping for the holidays, consider purchasing a toy that will benefit a local child.

Donations will be accepted until 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14. The program will accept new, unwrapped items for children up to age 16. The donation box is located on the first floor of the Administration Building, across from the elevators.

If you have any questions about the program, contact the Registrar's Office at 7-2319 or visit the Toys for Tots website.


Self-Motivation Talk/Seminar

The African Students Organization's campus-wide seminar on self-motivation will take place from 5:15 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 6) in Fisher 133. The speaker is Susan L. Amato-Henderson, chair of the Cognitive and Learning Sciences Department and an expert in motivation science, self-efficacy and individual differences in STEM learning.


Banner 9 Admin, still have questions? Attend a Drop-In Session

A Banner 9 Admin drop-in style session will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow (Dec. 4) in R.L. Smith (MEEM) 120.

This is an open lab environment and Student and Advancement Information Systems (SAIS) staff will be available for up to one hour to answer any questions you may have.

Michigan Tech-developed forms (with a Z in the form name) will still be available in Banner 8 until they are converted to Banner 9 Admin.

Visit the Banner 9 Admin site for more information about Banner 9 Admin.

IT Connect

Beware of Phone Number Spoofing

Michigan Tech IT wants the campus community to know that telemarketers, sales teams and scammers have the ability to spoof or mimic local phone numbers. Your caller ID may display a local number to make you think the call is coming from someone you know.

More cases are occurring with both campus and personal cell phones. Like phishing scams, the most important thing to remember is to not provide any personal information. We don't currently have the ability to block these incoming numbers on campus phones so the best action to take is to hang up or don’t answer calls you consider suspicious.

We can help, email us or call 7-1111.

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