Gift Benefits Archaeology Field School

For the past several weeks, students in Michigan Technological University’s Archaeology Field School have been documenting sites for Isle Royale National Park and Keweenaw National Historical Park. Thanks to a generous gift, this summer’s work was made easier with state-of-the-art equipment. With a donation from Eloise Haller and her late husband, Bill, the Department of Social Science, which runs the Archaeology Field School, was able to purchase a new “total station,” a collection of electronic equipment and software used to survey a site and capture and store all necessary data. The new station replaces equipment that dates back to 2002.

Eloise Haller made the gift following a conversation with Professor Emeritus Pat Martin, one of the founders of the Industrial Heritage and Archaeology program at Michigan Tech. Haller asked Martin to identify any unmet needs she might be able to meet. When Martin mentioned upgrading the department’s old digital surveying equipment Haller didn’t hesitate. She was already familiar with the world of industrial archaeology because after retiring, she and her husband, Bill, who passed away earlier this year, had audited a number of Michigan Tech courses including the course the archaeology of industry. That course set the stage for the Haller’s research on a local Atlas Powder dynamite factory, which had all but disappeared from sight and memory. In 2007 Bill Haller published their research as the book Atlas Powder in Senter, Michigan, 1910-1960, a significant contribution to the industrial history of the Copper Country.

The Haller’s gift includes a powerful laser-based survey station combined with a tablet-based data collector, two separate hand-held GPS units and the software needed to connect everything seamlessly. According to Sean Gohman, an instructor in the Department of Social Sciences who is leading this year’s field school, the new equipment is considerably easier to set up and operate than the old equipment, which he said was a little clunky and took some time to learn how to use. “Now I can show a student how to set the equipment up in ten minutes and they’re able to do it on their own the next day. In a teaching setting, this is a really important feature.”

The combination of hardware and software associated with the total station allows students and researchers to produce accurate maps of complicated landscapes associated with past industrial activity. It also allows students to be trained on tools they will be using for years to come as they continue to research and gain insights into the past industrial activity of communities throughout the world.

The Archaeology Field School took place during Michigan Tech’s summer session A, May 13 to June 27. The students worked eight-hour days, five days a week in all conditions during the six-week summer course.

For more information, visit the Social Sciences giving page.

Assistant Dean Lawrence Sutter Honored with Award and Made Fellow

ASTM International’s committee on concrete and concrete aggregates has presented its top annual award—the Award of Merit— to Lawrence L. Sutter P.E., assistant dean of research and external relations in the College of Engineering Michigan Tech.

The prestigious award, which includes the accompanying title of fellow, is ASTM’s highest recognition for individual contributions to developing standards. Read the complete story for more details. 

Retirement Celebration for Will Graff

Auxiliary Services invites the campus community to a retirement gathering to honor Will Graff who will retire June 30. This social will be held on Thursday, June 27th from 12:15-1 pm in the MUB Commons (sections 4, 5, and 6). Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Will has provided 30 years of service to Michigan Tech. Join us in celebrating his career, thanking him for his service and wishing him all the best in his retirement.

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 will open on July 1 and remain open through Oct. 31, 2019.

Employees electing the Monetary Retirement Option must retire on or before June 30, 2020. 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.

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

Staff Search Committee Training

Search committees support the University’s goal of attracting, retaining and assisting faculty and staff by helping to identify and select such talent to fill open positions. All employees wanting to participate in a search committee, either as a chair or a member, must have completed the staff certification training prior to the start of a search.

Human Resources and Institutional Equity have collaborated for this two (2) part training.

Part one: Hiring and Recruitment Practices (Diversity) and part two: Best Practices of Staff Hiring (Legal Aspects) are offered to the campus community on-demand utilizing Canvas.

Part one is approximately 30 minutes in length and is followed by a four (4) question quiz. Part two, which immediately follows part one, is approximately 40 minutes and is followed by a seven (7) question quiz. To receive certification, both quizzes must be complete.

All certification training will continue to be tracked in Banner. The certification website will remain up-to-date and list (alphabetically by last name) those who have completed the Staff Search Training and include the Expiration Date of the current certification. Training requires recertification every four years. Those who completed training in 2015 on this date or earlier, will need to recertify in order to continue serving on staff search committees.

Visit the Human Resources Training and Event Services website to request training, view certification expiration, or recertification.

For questions, contact Tom Cogswell in Human Resources at 7-2416.


Retirement Social for Mary Yeo

Financial Services and Operations invites the campus community to a retirement social to honor Mary Yeo who will retire June 30. The social will be held from 2 to 4 p.m.,  June 27 (Thursday), in the Lakeshore Community Room 123 at the Lakeshore Center. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Mary has provided 41 years of service to Michigan Tech. Join us in celebrating her career, thanking her for her service and wishing her all the best in her retirement.


Randy Owsley Memorial Scholarship

The Randy Owsley Memorial Scholarship was developed by the Portage Health Foundation and Michigan Tech to give students the opportunity to shadow and work with Michigan Tech athletic trainers, who collaborate with local physicians to provide preventative services, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. The $500 scholarships, renewable for one additional semester, are named after the late Randy Owsley, who spent 18 years as the Huskies’ head athletic trainer and passed away in 2015. 

We are looking for applicants from various disciplines, not only those interested in becoming a physical/occupational therapist. Applicants should be interested in learning about healthcare from an athletic perspective, and available to commit 40 hours a semester minimum to team practices and travel. Complete the online form by July 19, 2019. Please contact with any questions.


MiCUP 2019 Poster Presentations

Join the Center for Diversity and Inclusion from 3 to 5 p.m. today in MUB Ballroom B, where students from Delta College, Grand Rapids Community College, and Wayne County Community College who have been participating in the MiCUP Residential Summer Research Scholars Program will present posters.

Join in a celebration of their accomplishments. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Continuous Improvement Connection

In the Office of Continuous Improvement, we are counting down the days until the end of session A and are working hard to finish summer Kaizens and projects. Just because session A is done doesn’t mean there isn’t time to get your own Kaizen or project started. We are here to help you through the process of improving your workspace. Kaizens and projects are what we participate in to help you improve your work. If you don’t know which one you need here are some simple tips to tell the difference between a Kaizen and a project.

A Kaizen is looking to discover the root of the problem and fix it using lean tools. This could mean you are looking for a flaw in the process that makes everything slower.

A project is when you know the problem and the tools needed, but need assistance applying them. An example of this would be if you know that your system is slow because of how the information is relayed to other people, you would start a project to improve the lines of communication in your group.

If you still are unsure of what you want to do, please feel free to talk to us at our office, or check out a book from our Lean Lending Library. You can learn all about how Lean and Continuous Improvement can improve your work field. If you want to start a Kaizen or a project, please feel free to stop by the Office of Continuous Improvement at 136W Wadsworth Hall or contact us at

In Print

William J. Sproule's (CEE) book Houghton: The Birthplace of Hockey, is now available at local bookstores throughout the Copper Country, including the Michigan Tech Campus Bookstore. The self-published book tells the story of how a Canadian-born dentist and Houghton entrepreneur changed hockey by openly paying players to come to Michigan’s Copper Country to play hockey. It can be ordered online through the Campus Bookstore and other local retailers. 

In the News

Coverage of the SpaceX launch has been far-reaching and includes 9&10 News, Digital Trends, and Gizmodo

According to the Daily Mining Gazette, Michigan Tech is in the collaborative process of taking a lab scale project to a full pilot project, to process full-size copper cathode from stamp sands. 

Michigan Tech Research Institutes bridge deck inspection project covered by Traffic Technology Today and WXYZ (ABC) Detroit

Michigan Tech's Summer Science Camps made headlines in Upper Michigan’s Source.   

Job Postings

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in the Department of Human Resources. For more information regarding staff positions call 487-2280 or email For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

Report Analyst, Human Resources. Apply online.

Financial Assistant, College of Engineering. Apply online

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