Tech Today Going on Holiday Hiatus

In observance of the Winter Break, there will be no Tech Today during the weeks of Dec. 23 and Dec. 30. The last Tech Today of the calendar year will be this Friday (Dec. 20). 

Tech Today will return on Monday, Jan. 6. The deadline for articles to be published in the Jan. 6 edition is noon Friday, Jan. 3. 

Email any questions to the Tech Today editors. 

Update on Search for VP for Diversity and Inclusion

In order to find the best candidate for the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, Michigan Tech contracted with an external consulting firm in early September. Unfortunately, last Wednesday, we were made aware of a report of an offensive conversation between the consultant and a potential candidate that we feel is in direct contrast with our values and goals as a University. We immediately ended our relationship with the firm and will complete the search independently from this point forward, including the review of candidates and on campus interviews. 

Upon reflection, the search committee will make a formal recommendation to the President that the Executive Director of Institutional Equity serves on all executive-level searches in the future, including this search. The committee will also recommend that all external search firms are vetted by the Institutional Equity office in collaboration with Human Resources to ensure equitable and inclusive practices. Michigan Tech is committed to hiring the right candidate for the position and we are confident that this search will be successful. The timeline for hiring remains the same, with the goal of conducting phone interviews by the end of January 2020. 

Search Committee: Kellie Raffaelli (Chair), Anne Beffel (VPA), Carlos Amador (Humanities), Theresa Coleman-Kaiser (Administration), Beth Lunde-Stockero (IE), Andrew Storer (CFRES), Anna Brown (EE student), and Wesley McGowen (Data Science graduate student)

Any questions can be directed to Kellie Raffaelli:

Title IX Survey

On Friday, Jan. 17, all students over the age of 18 are invited to participate in the Michigan Tech Title IX Sexual and/or Relationship Misconduct Climate Survey. Students will receive an email with a link to the survey.

The goal of the survey is to provide Michigan Tech with important information on campus sexual misconduct prevalence and responses. Preventing and remedying sexual misconduct is essential to maintaining a safe environment in which students can learn. We are committed to ensuring that all students have the opportunity to fully benefit from our programs and activities.

Students with questions or comments about this survey, can contact Kirsti Arko, Title IX Coordinator located in Admin 306, by calling 7-3310 or emailing

Holiday Service Hours for Printing and Mail Services

University Marketing and Communications announced holiday break service hours for Printing Services and Mail services.

Printing services will be closed from Monday (Dec. 23) through Wednesday, Jan. 1. Regular hours will resume Thursday, Jan. 2.

Mail services will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday Dec. 24-25 and Tuesday and Wednesday Dec. 31- Jan 1. Mail Services will be open from 8:15 to 10 a.m., 1 to 1:30 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. on Dec. 23, 26, 27 and 30. Regular hours will resume Thursday, Jan. 2.

The Bulk Mail Center will be closed from Monday, Dec. 23 through Wednesday, Jan. 1.

Call mail services at 7-2348 to arrange delivery on Dec. 23, 26, 27 and 30, as there will not be regular mail delivery to buildings.

UPS and FedEx will have normal delivery Dec. 23, 26, 27 and 30. If you are expecting a next-day package on those days you need to call 7-2348 for pickup.

Any overnight packages to be delivered on Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1 will go to Public Safety and Police Services for Pickup.

KIP Office Hours Over Winter Break

The KIP office will be closed on Monday (Dec. 23) and Monday, Dec. 30 in addition to the regularly scheduled holidays on Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1.

Our office will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 26 and 27 and Jan. 2 and 3. 

Resuming Windows Update

Michigan Tech IT has resolved an issue associated with the current Windows update. These updates will continue with the remaining computers getting updated by the end of 2019.

If you have any questions about the new Windows update, we can help. Contact us at, or call 7-1111.

Introducing the Service Catalog

Michigan Tech IT is always looking for ways to improve service to the campus community. Today, you can get technical assistance from us by email, calling 7-1111, or stopping by the Technical Assistance Center (TAC) located in the Library.

We’re excited to introduce an additional method, our new Service Catalog. The Service Catalog organizes IT services in one location for you to find and request IT help.

Available in January, the Service Catalog will give you several new IT help options.You’ll have the ability to keyword search IT services, “favorite” frequent request forms, communicate with an IT staff member, and see a ticket's status updates. It will also suggest related Knowledge Base articles if self-help options are available.

If you have any questions about the new Service Catalog, we can help. Contact us at">, or call 7-1111.

UPS/FedEX Package Delivery Over Break

The Business Support Center and Central Receiving will be open limited hours during the winter break for UPS and FedEx deliveries. Due to our limited capacity, we are unable to accept packages for departments that are closed during this time. We recommend that you contact the shipper to adjust the delivery date for when your office reopens. Our operating hours are as follows:

  • December 23 – 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • December 26 – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • December 27 – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • December 30 – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

We will return to our regular operating hours of 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday on Thursday, January 2.

We remind the campus community that personal packages should be specifically addressed to go directly to your department if you choose to have them shipped to campus.

To ensure timely delivery of packages directly to your department by the shipper, please ensure that you clearly provide the following information when placing your order:

  • Your Complete Name
  • Building Name
  • Room Number
  • 1400 Townsend Drive
  • Houghton, MI 49931

You can help keep our response time for delivering University packages consistent during this high-volume season and year-round by having personal packages delivered directly to your department (or your home).

Contact Central Receiving at 7-2701 should you have any questions or need assistance with special receiving or shipping needs.

Silicon Valley Experience 2020 registration open

Aspiring student entrepreneurs and innovators are invited to apply for the Michigan Tech Silicon Valley Experience, a Spring Break immersive tour of California Bay Area companies that includes meetings with entrepreneurs and Michigan Tech alumni who are leaders in their field.

The deadline to apply is Feb. 10. Register online. Up to 16 students will be guaranteed a slot on the trip. Priority will be given to students who have been previously engaged with innovation and entrepreneurship and articulate continued engagement on their application.

Major funding for this trip is provided by the 14 Floors alumni group. Husky Innovate—a collaboration between the Pavlis Honors College, the College of Business, and the Office of Innovation and Commercialization is co-hosting this with 14 Floors.

Silicon Valley is known for its technology breakthroughs, high-tech startups, innovative companies and Fortune 1000 companies. Its innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem including culture, policies, talent, resources, and networks serve as inspiration for students.

The Silicon Valley Experience will showcase multiple perspectives of a day in the life of successful entrepreneurs, innovators, engineers, and business leaders. This tour will provide an interactive opportunity for students to discover more about a variety of industry settings, to sample various innovative corporate cultures through tours and presentations, and to meet and talk with successful alumni entrepreneurs.

Students who apply and are accepted will have the opportunity to:

  • Tour companies like Google, Netflix, Hewlett Packard, Facebook, Ford, as well as the former Michigan Tech student startup company Handshake
  • Meet with entrepreneurs and innovators
  • Talk with Michigan Tech alumni who are leaders in their field,
  • Get answers to your real-world business, innovation, and leadership questions,
  • Gain firsthand knowledge of the enterprises that are revolutionizing global business

Lodging, ground transportation to and from toured companies and some food will be covered. Students will be responsible for arranging and paying for their own air travel.

As part of the student application, students will create a 2-minute video describing how they will share their experience with the Michigan Technological University community upon completion of their travel in order to positively contribute to our entrepreneurial ecosystem. Students who have a demonstrated financial need can apply for a limited travel scholarship

Leave Your Computer on During the Break

Please leave your computer on during the break. Michigan Tech IT will continue scheduled computer maintenance, resolving service requests, and performing updates during the break.

These cannot happen with your computer turned off, and Michigan Tech IT cannot turn your computer on remotely.

If you have any questions, we can help. Contact us at, or call 7-1111.

Men's Basketball to Host Algoma in "Toys for Tots" Game Saturday

The Michigan Tech men's basketball team is scheduled to play Algoma University (Ontario) at 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon in the SDC Gym. Admission to the game will be a cash or toy donation to the Toys for Tots program.

Cash donations will be accepted at the SDC Ticket Office while toy donations can be made at the doors. Tickets will cost $5 without a donation and can be purchased at the SDC Ticket Office as well. The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.

Following Saturday's game, the Huskies will be off for the Holiday's until January 2 and 4 when they host Wayne State and Ashland University in GLIAC contests at the SDC Gym.

Find out more about the local Toys for Tots program.


Diverse Dialogues Today - Arab American Millennials: Growing Up in a Post-9/11 Reality

Q: Is there such thing as an Arab experience in America?

A: Definitely, especially post-9/11...Like we went to sleep one morning as just regular Americans, woke up as this whole, entire, different kind of species...everything changed overnight, I remember I was in fifth grade ... -

—Lubna, Arab-American, 23-year-old

This dialogue examines the lives of Arab Americans growing up after September 11. Arab American millennials share what life has been like in their communities, as well as in various institutional settings, including school and work. The grappling with their ethno-racial, religious, and national belonging have been central to understanding and shaping their identity. In particular, this work highlights the impact that the 9/11 tragedy has had on Arab American citizens, in terms of direct and indirect public backlash – from local strangers to public figures—that has informed their sense of self.

The Diverse Dialogues series provides opportunities for students, faculty and staff to have conversations about relevant issues of equity, diversity, inclusion, social justice and much more. The conversations are designed to be an informal, yet guided gathering to allow participants to educate and learn from one another. While each dialogue in the series has a centralized theme, we want to encourage participants to determine where the conversations go.

This series is meant to start the discussion on difficult topics, elevate the diversity, inclusion and equity efforts and work being done within our community, and implore individuals to push their awareness, knowledge, and action related to themes of diversity and inclusion.

Join former Finlandia faculty, researcher, and recent author, Claudia Youakim and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion for a special Diverse Dialogue from 4 to 5:30 p.m. today (Dec. 18) in MUB Alumni Lounge for a campus conversation on the Arab American diaspora post 9/11.

Light refreshments will be provided. If you’re part of the dialogue, you’re part of the solution.

All Researchers Invited to Research Development Day 2020

All Michigan Tech researchers are invited to participate in the 2020 Research Development Day at Michigan Tech. The event will be held Thursday, Jan. 9. The content of the 2020 event is new and designed for both new and returning attendees.

Multiple sessions are planned for faculty at all career stages and from all disciplines. Research staff and post-docs from any discipline are also likely to find sessions of interest. We are excited to welcome Jose Fuentes as our keynote speaker.

Fuentes is an experienced faculty researcher at Penn State, with a significant track record of international work and broad research impact. As in previous years, we will end the day with research recognitions, celebrating accomplishments from across the university over the past year, followed by a networking social.

A condensed agenda is found on the reservation form. Your RSVP is requested by Jan. 3 to finalize meal counts and room arrangements. If your schedule does not permit you to attend the full day, the RSVP allows you to sign up for morning, lunch, and/or afternoon sessions.

The RSVP form should take only a minute or two to complete. A reminder and final agenda will be sent in the new year. Please contact with any questions.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Wednesday, December 18, 2019

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, Center for Pre-College Outreach. 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. Accommodations are available. If you require any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations to apply for employment, or for an interview, at Michigan Technological University, please notify the Human Resources office at 906-487-2280 or


Spring 2020 On-Campus Job Expo

Did you know that more than 60 percent of the University’s employee count falls under Student Employment? Almost half of our enrolled students ended up working as student employees for the 2018 Fall Semester. Hiring student employees not only helps your department’s employment needs, but also helps students financially and academically. Data shows that students are more likely to retain if they are employed on campus.

If your department isn’t utilizing our outstanding student employees – now is your chance. The goal of the On-Campus Job Expo is to connect students with departments that are hiring student employees for the upcoming academic year. Departments hiring regular student employees and/or Federal Work Study students are encouraged to participate. Whether you need to hire 1 student employee or 100, we encourage you to participate. This is a great opportunity for students to learn about current and/or future opportunities while also allowing you, the employer, the ability to meet prospects for your student positions.

To participate in the On-Campus Job Expo please complete this Google Form. The expo will take place from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15 in the East Reading Room in the Library. The deadline to register as a hiring department is Wednesday Jan. 8.

Questions? Contact: Emily Hoffmiller at the Student Financial Services Center.


Holiday Sale at A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum

The annual museum Holiday Sale will continue through Saturday, (Dec. 21). Everything is 15 percent off, and this week (12/16 -12/21) all GEMSTONE RINGS are 20 percent OFF.

The museum gift shop includes many beautiful and unique gifts: malachite, amethyst, local native copper, mineral lamps, locally hand-made gemstone jewelry, a variety of stocking stuffers, and so much more.

The museum is open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m through Saturday. The museum will be closed for winter break from Sunday, Dec. 22 through Sunday, Jan. 12.


Banner Production System Maintenance Scheduled for Tomorrow

A production system maintenance window will be taking place from 10 to 11 p.m. tomorrow (Dec. 19). The following production services will be unavailable during that time:

  • Grade Submission
  • Banner
  • Banweb
  • MyMichiganTech
  • Aspire 
  • Course Tools
  • Housing Apartments Wait List
  • OAP Rental System
  • Oracle Reports
  • UC4/Appworx

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

New Funding

Guy Meadows (GLRC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $99,999 research and development grant from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy.

The project is entitled, "Advancing Coastal Hazard Knowledge on Resiliency Alternatives." Pengfei Xue (CEE/GLRC) is the Co-PI on this one-year project.


LouAnn Wurst (SS) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $20,599 contract from the U.S. Department of Agriculture — U.S. Forest Service— Hiawatha National Forest.

The project is entitled "Archaeological Collections Cooperative Management Hiawatha National Forest." This is a one year project.

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Diverse Dialogues

Arab American Millennials: Growing Up in a Post-9/11 Reality Q: Is there such a thing as an Arab experience in America? A: Definitely, especially post-9/11...Like we went to...