Michigan Tech Ranked by Washington Monthly

Michigan Tech has been ranked highly by Washington Monthly.  Washington Monthly utilizes a set of metrics that are different than other ranking systems in that it bases its formula on institutions’ commitments (and outcomes) to the public good (social mobility, research and providing opportunities for public service).

Michigan Tech rated #76 among national universities, number three in Michigan. Washington Monthly placed a total of 395 colleges and universities on this year's list. 

The Washington Monthly 2019 College Rankings were released Monday. 

No Monday Tech Today

Monday is Labor Day. There will be no Monday issue of Tech Today. Submissions for Tuesday’s Tech Today (Sept. 2) are due Friday (Aug. 30) at noon.   

Study Abroad Programs Moving to Pavlis Honors College

We are very pleased to announce that the office of Study Abroad Programs (formerly located with International Programs and Services or IPS) is being moved into the Pavlis Honors College. 

Vienna Chapin, who coordinates campus-wide study abroad programs, will now be a member of the Pavlis Honors College staff. She brings with her over five years of experience in recruitment and advising, partnership building, and program development. Her achievements and experience will complement Pavlis’ mission to provide our students with interdisciplinary experiential opportunities to achieve their goals on their pathway to success.

International Programs and Services will continue to offer exceptional programming and support for international students and scholars who come to Michigan Tech from around the world. You can learn more about Michigan Tech's Study Abroad Programs on their website

3rd Annual GeekU.P. Mini- “Comic-Con” Charity Event

Join us for a fun-filled geektastic charity event! GeekU.P. is a mini-con charity event celebrating geek culture offering an artists’ alley, vendors, cosplay contest, celebrity Q&A’s, autograph sessions, and more! To be held September 14th at the Michigan Tech Memorial Union Ballroom from 1:00 pm to 8:00 p.m. Tickets are available at Black Ice Comics, 403 Lakeshore Drive in Houghton or at the door. $10 for adults, $5 kids 14 and under, and $5 for students with ID.

The 2019 charity recipient is ‘Don’t Do It Yourself’ (D.D.I.Y) which serves as an emergency funding source for the people of Houghton and Keweenaw counties that are facing financial hardship due to a medical crisis. For more information regarding DDIY, please visit ddiyup.org. With the help of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts and local businesses, GeekU.P. has an exciting celebrity guest line-up this year:

Actor/artist Dean Haglund is known the world over as “Langly," one of The Lone Gunmen, a role he played for nine seasons on the hit Fox TV series The X-Files and its spin-off series, The Lone Gunmen. Other television credits include Bones, V.I.P., Sliders, Home Improvement, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, and The Commish. In addition, Dean is a long-time improvisational comedian having performed with the Groundlings and Second City. He is a regular performer at the Improv in Los Angeles.

Marvel artist, Jerry DeCaire, is one of the original artists for the comic book character Deadpool and is known for his illustrations in Thor, Wolverine, X-Men, and Hawkeye. He will also reveal his forthcoming comic, “Which-When-Man,” to be released in 2020. Jerry will do a real-time demonstration of his drawing techniques in a live performance.

Actor/Voice Actor Patricia Summersett is known for providing voice and motion capture for several video games, most notably the voice of Princess Zelda in the video game The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (worldwide 2017 Game of the Year) but also Rainbow Six: Siege, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, and the Assassin's Creed Franchise. Patricia was raised in L'anse, MI, and graduated from Houghton High School before pursuing her acting career in LA and Montreal.

All three celebrities will take part in Q&A sessions and autograph signings for attendees. Northbound Saga, an independent film company, is going to be with us and will be bringing actors, awesome props from their production, and some exclusive footage to share during a Q&A session. “We’re very excited about what we have in store for GeekU.P. this year,” said Shana Porteen, GeekU.P. co-founder and owner of Black Ice Comics. “We want to welcome folks of all ages, especially our students, to Geek.U.P. to come have a great time. Even if it’s been years since you read a comic, or you’ve never played a video game, we can’t wait to share the fun, have folks meet some celebrities and help us raise money for DDIY!”

“I'm thrilled to celebrate local arts and culture in the community I grew up in! I certainly hope to inspire and provide insight for budding artists who may be thinking of a related career path,” said Patricia Summersett, GeekU.P. co-founder and guest celebrity. “Shana and I dreamed up this event two years ago and I’m amazed how the festival has evolved so considerably. I’m excited to imagine how it may grow and expand in years to come!”. More information and the developing schedule can be found at our website. 

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81 Huskies Earn D2 ADA Academic Awards

The Division 2 Athletics Directors Association (D2 ADA) announced the 2018-19 recipients of the D2 ADA Academic Achievement Awards. The Academic Achievement Awards, in its 12th year, is a program that recognizes the academic accomplishments of student-athletes at the Division II level. Eighty-one Michigan Tech athletes were recipients of the Academic Achievement Awards for their work in the classroom this past season. In total, there were 11,660 student-athletes from 185 institutions recognized for the 2018-19 Academic Achievement Awards.

Visit Michigan Tech Athletics for the complete story

Tech Picked for NCAA Division II Football Showcase Game

The Michigan Tech football team has been selected to play in an NCAA Division II Football Showcase game when the Huskies host rival Northern Michigan October 12th at Sherman Field. The game will be in the "Hybrid" model, which provides flexibility to be distributed on TV and online. Visit Michigan Tech Athletics for all the details. 

Smart Start Seminar

New Michigan Tech graduate students are invited to Smart Start, September 4, 2019, beginning at 4:05 p.m. in Ballroom A in the MUB. Please register online to receive streaming information and reminders to attend.

In Smart Start, we’ll introduce students to resources and policies to assist them to have a successful start to their graduate career. It will be especially useful for students in their first year, but all students are welcome to attend. The seminar will be streamed for off-campus students and recorded.

It will be taped and available online for those unable to attend in person.

Advanced Career Management Kickoff

Looking to enrich your career? Advanced Career Management (ACM) is a career development program for all Associate Professors funded by the NSF ADVANCE Adaptation grant. The kickoff event is Tuesday September 17, 2019 in the Memorial Union Building, Ballroom B from 9-11am. Attendance at the entire event is not mandatory. Be sure to bring your Michigan Tech ID to the event to receive credit in Digital Measures. 

If you anticipate being able to attend, please RSVP using our Google Form.

The ACM program is designed to facilitate guided career self-development focused on three major trajectories: Leadership, Research Intensive, and Research, Service, and Teaching (RST) Balance. Throughout the course of the 2019-2020 academic year, ACM will host a series of workshops, panels, and career guidance affinity groups.

For more information, visit the Michigan Tech ADVANCE website (http://www.mtu.edu/advance), stop by the ADVANCE Resource Center in Library 102B, Monday-Thursday between 8AM and 3:30PM, or email advance-mtu@mtu.edu.


Volunteers Needed for Food Pantry 

Volunteer to help keep Michigan Tech’s Food Pantry Open for students, faculty, and staff. Volunteers are needed to run the pantry during open hours. Fall hours begin on September 3. Open hours (when classes are in session) are Tuesday 11:30-1:30, Wednesday 2-4, and Thursday 4-6. 

Volunteers are needed to open the pantry, answer any questions, hand out food, record pounds of food utilized, tap IDs, dating and putting donations on the shelf, and closing up. Please note that the Husky Pantry is now located in Fisher Hall, First Floor (Former After Math Cafe). Volunteers will undergo a brief training before their first shift.

Want to volunteer? Email the Husky Pantry at huskyfan@mtu.edu.

An Afternoon on the Town Saturday

Michigan Tech's Orientation Week comes to a close with the popular "An Afternoon on the Town" from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Saturday) August 31 in Houghton. The annual event gives local businesses and organizations a chance to welcome the new students and welcome back returning students prior to the start of the Fall Semester. 

Starting on campus, down College Avenue, and throughout downtown Houghton, there will be music, refreshments, giveaways, and prizes for student participants. 

"An Afternoon on the Town" is sponsored by Student Leadership and Involvement, Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success and Residence Education and Housing Services. For more information, contact Student Leadership and Involvement or call 7-1963.


Michigan Tech Concert Choir Community Auditions

The Michigan Tech Concert Choir will be holding auditions for community singers interested in participating in the choir this year. Formed in 1980, the Concert Choir performs regularly on and off campus, including two regular concerts each semester, international tours every four years, and collaborations with the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra and the Superior Wind Symphony. In Fall 2019 the Concert Choir will be performing Mozart's Requiem on December 14. An audition signup is available online.

The audition will consist of vocal exercises to determine comfortable voice range and musical ability. Singers should prepare a short solo (any style) that highlights their voice. For more information please contact Jared Anderson.

New Funding

Jeff Naber (MEEM/ASPRC) is Principal Investigator on a project that has received a $99,752 research and development grant from the National Science Foundation. Greg Odegard (MEEM), Sheryl Sorby (MEEM), Kellie Raffaelli (CDI), and Michael Bowler (Humanities), are Co-PI's on this one-year project entitled, "Planning Grant: Engineering Research Center for Emerging Disaster Engineering Encompassing Human Directed Expert Systems (ERC-DEES)."

In the News

Michigan Tech named as a Midwest school joining forces to promote faculty success for women in STEM fields. 

Simon Carn (GMES) quoted in an article that appeared on Gizmodo and Tech News.

Alumni Matthew Zumstein (SFRES) was appointed to Carson District Ranger. Specifically, Zumstein will oversee the staff and operations of 400,000 acres of National Forest System lands in the eastern Sierra of Nevada and California. 

Thomas Oommenn (GMES) quoted in Earth & Space Science News story on floods in India.