Take A Deep Breath

Counting your blessings, meditating, walking and getting enough sleep may not make you feel all warm and fuzzy. Sometimes they might, but that’s not the point. With so much change and uncertainty swirling around, these practices remind us that we live in a body, that we live a life. A mind is a powerful thing.

While you’re applying it to coursework and the quantum mechanics of getting groceries these days, make sure you give your brain a break, too. Research into coping with difficulty has deep roots and we can learn from our own Michigan Tech scholarship. Here is a list of strategies on the university research blog Unscripted to help you cope this semester.

Copper Country Intermediate School District and Michigan Tech Launch a New CTE Program in Mechatronics

Michigan Tech recently launched a year-long Career and Technical Education (CTE) program for high school juniors or seniors in the area of Mechatronics. The new CTE Mechatronics program is offered through a partnership between the University and the Copper Country Intermediate School District (CCISD).

Mechatronics uses electromechanical systems typically automated for the design of products and processes. Industry 4.0—sometimes called the “fourth industrial revolution” — applies various aspects of mechatronics to manufacturing enterprises.

Topics in the CTE Mechatronics program include:

  • Automation
  • Computer Integrated manufacturing
  • High-speed manufacturing
  • Embedded systems design and controls
  • Industrial robotics
  • Pneumatics
  • Hydraulics
  • Computer-aided design

“Students in the program will find careers in smart manufacturing fields, or they can find a pathway at Michigan Tech into undergraduate or graduate degrees in Engineering Technology, Engineering, or Mechatronics.” said John Irwin, chair of the Department of Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology.

Teaming up to deliver the instruction are faculty in the Mechatronics, Electrical and Robotics Engineering Technology (MERET) program in the College of Computing, and faculty in the Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology (MMET) Department in the College of Engineering.

There are 10 students enrolled this fall 2020 from the local area school districts of Houghton, Hancock, Calumet-Laurium-Keweenaw and L’Anse.

CTE Director Shawn Kolbus expects the program to only increase in popularity. “Local business owners approached us last year wanting to get more students from the area interested in Mechatronics, CADD and Engineering,” Kolbus said.

“The result was the Mechatronics program which encompasses standards from each area.” Read more on the College of Engineering Blog

MTU Ranked Among Best Colleges in the State and the Country

Michigan Tech is one of the top two universities in Michigan and among the best in the country according to rankings by the website WalletHub which were released Monday.

WalletHub put 500 institutions on its "2021's College and University Rankings." Michigan Tech was ranked No. 138 on the overall list up eight spots from last year's ranking.

WalletHub looks to find the top-performing schools at the lowest possible costs to undergrads. The website compared more than a thousand U.S. institutions using 33 key measures. That data is grouped into seven categories such as Student Selectivity, Cost and Financing and Career Outcomes. 

When compared to colleges and universities in Michigan, Tech was ranked No. 2. Among the 273 midwest colleges and universities listed, Michigan Tech was rated 30th, up one from a year ago. 

The Future of Open Access

Open access publishing has proven its value in the scholarly community. Immediate access to quality research results and data is now more than a vision. It is a necessity. There are many models of open access, from completely open journals to hybrid journals from traditional publishers. Open access books and educational resources are also available. Some of these works are being created right here at Michigan Tech.

But there is still room to grow and improve. What does equitable open access mean to you? What is your perfect vision of “openness?” How can we help each other achieve equitable access? Let us know your thoughts at library@mtu.edu and see our guide for ideas and successes.

Friday Spirit Sale

Today (Oct. 23), all Michigan Tech branded apparel is 25% off in-store and online. The Campus Store hours today are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.. University Images is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

As an additional option, curbside pick-up is available at University Images. Order online and at checkout in-store pick-up, and you'll be notified when your order is ready.

Pick-up will be curbside at the Student Development Complex; it’s that safe and easy. See you soon.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Tomorrow

Michigan Tech is once again participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 24).
This is an opportunity to properly dispose of expired and unused prescription drug medication.  Michigan Tech Public Safety and Police Services is a registered drop off/collection site and is located at 206 MacInnes Drive Houghton, MI. 
As a reminder, this prescription drug medication disposal is for pills only (no liquids please).  Questions?  Contact wmborosk@mtu.edu.

Jason Blough Elected to SAE Fellow Grade

Jason Blough (ME-EM) has been selected to the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Fellow Grade. The highest grade of SAE membership, the Fellow Grade recognizes important engineering, scientific and leadership achievements that enhance the status of SAE's contributions to teh profession and to society.

Blough will be honored at the Fellow Reception and Dinner in conjunction with the SAE's WCX World Congress scheduled to be held in Detroit April 13-15.

At this time it has not been determined if the Congress will be in person or virtual.

2020 Virtual Global & Community Engagement Conference

The 2020 Virtual Global and Community Engagement Conference: D80 has published this week's series of interviews with change makers committed to our conference theme of "The Pursuit of Social Equity and Representation."

This week features interviews from alumnus David Shull, a founding team member of Handshake as well as student leaders who are impacting the local community through the Copper Country Coders and Tech Tutors programs, enjoy.

Virtual drop-ins at the Library

The Van Pelt and Opie Library will pilot a series of virtual “Library Drop-in Hours” between now and the end of the semester for students, faculty, staff and community members. Twice a week, a library staff member will host an open Zoom session on specific topics that focus on tools and skills that will streamline your research to save you time.

Drop-in at any point during the hour with your questions or to walk through a short overview of the topic. Sign up not required. For more info and a list of topics, click here. Join us for our inaugural session on Citing with Zotero, from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 27).

De-escalation in the classroom

The William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning, in cooperation with the Department of Public Safety and Police Services, presents "De-escalation in the Classroom," at noon Friday, Oct. 30. 

Students, like instructors, are dealing with exceptional stressors. These agitated states can make interactions with and between students very difficult. If you say the wrong thing, they can become increasingly angered, but if you give in to their unreasonable demands, you may unintentionally create an even more complicated situation.

While there is no perfect solution, knowing how to verbally de-escalate "hot moments" in a classroom or other situation might increases the opportunity to reach a mutually desired outcome.

In this lightly interactive workshop, Det. Lt. Reid Devoge (PSPS) will share strategies and techniques that can be used to resist verbal aggression and ultimately create a situation wherein productive dialogue can occur.

Rob Bishop from Conduct Services will also be present to address questions about how his office might address conduct issues for such situations. and share other relevant campus resources. This event will be a zoom lunch session. Once you register, you will be provided with a link via a calendar invite. 

IAGLR 2021 Call for Session/Workshop Proposals

You are invited to propose a scientific session for the International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR) 64th Annual Conference on Great Lakes Research. It will be held May 17–21, 2021 as a virtual-only event.

The overall theme of the conference is Bridging: Knowledges • Seven Generations • Land-to-Lake. We need bridges not only from one place to another, but from one discipline to another, from one perspective to another, from one knowledge system to another, from the present to the past and to the future, and from the landscape to the lake.

We encourage you to consider how your area of specialization is related to this theme. Other topics for sessions are welcome. Proposals for workshops on Monday or Friday of the conference week are also welcome.

Read IAGLR 2021 Call for Sessions and Workshops for details. The deadline for proposed session ideas is Friday, Nov. 13.

Former Husky Named Top D-III Coach

Former Michigan Tech goaltender Cam Ellsworth is the recipient of the 2020 Edward Jeremiah Award as the NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year for the 2019-20 season. Ellsworth, head coach of Norwich University, was also named the New England Hockey Conference Coach of the Year.

The Edward Jeremiah Award is named in honor of the great Dartmouth College head coach and was first presented in 1970. The award is selected by the coaches in the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA).

The Norwich 24-2-2 last season and won their second straight NEHC Tournament title. The Cadets broke the Division III record for shutouts in a single season with 14 and carried an NCAA record at all levels with a nine-game shutout streak into the NCAA Tournament. The Cadets held a 0.86 goals-against average over the entire season, shattering the previous Division III record for team defense.

Ellsworth has compiled a record of 47-7-5 in his two years as head coach and is currently the Division III leader in winning percentage at .840. The Cadets ended last season on an 18-game unbeaten streak. They went to the NCAA Championship Game in 2019 and qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2020 before it was canceled.

Ellsworth played for Michigan Tech from 2001-05 and is the program's all-time leader in games played (117) and saves (3,510). He was an All-WCHA Third Team selection in 2005 and a three-time WCHA All-Academic Team member. Ellsworth also twice received Tech's George McCarthy Performance Award for scholastic and athletic achievement. He received his bachelor's in business administration.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Friday, October 23, 2020

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

Office Assistant 6, Student Leadership and & Involvement. UAW Internal & External posting 10/23/2020 – 10/29/2020. External applications will only be reviewed after internal applications. Apply online

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Accommodations are available. If you require any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations to apply for employment or an interview at Michigan Technological University, please notify the Human Resources office at 906-487-2280 or mtujobs@mtu.edu.


Fill Out the COVID-19 Symptom Tracking Form Before Coming to Campus

A reminder that no one is permitted to come to campus with symptoms consistent with COVID-19. All employees are required to monitor their symptoms daily before coming to campus. The Daily Symptom Tracking Form is a short form that will help you determine if you have COVID-19 symptoms. 

In addition, all visitors must fill out the Visitor Symptom Tracking Form each day before coming on campus. 


Jazz in New Formations Live Stream Tonight, Tomorrow

The Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts and the Department of Visual and Performing Arts present “Jazz in New Formations,” a live-streamed concert that will be performed live and broadcast from the Rozsa stage at 7:30 p.m. today and tomorrow (Oct. 23/24).

The show which is free and broadcast live will have the energy of a live performance without an in-person audience. Access the video stream from the Rozsa website by clicking the "View/Stream" button, or for a more interactive experience, visit the Rozsa facebook page and look for the Jazz in New Formations Livestream 30 minutes before the start of the event.


Biomedical Engineering Graduate Seminar Today

The Department of Biomedical Engineering will host a graduate seminar at 3 p.m. today (Oct. 23) via Zoom. Shu Qian Liu, of Northwestern University, will present "Protective Engineering."


Chemistry Virtual Poster Session Today

The Chemistry Department will host a Virtual Poster Session from 3 to 5 p.m. today (Oct. 23) via Zoom (passcode: 587532, if needed). To smoothly move from one break room to the other, all participants are asked to use Zoom version 5.3.1 or newer.

The goal of the event is to provide undergraduate and graduate students in Chemistry with an opportunity to share their research experiences not only with the Chemistry Department but also with the wider Michigan Tech community and, possibly, with members of the external audience too.

You can find the public Canvas course that is hosting this event here.

In the News

The COVID-19 Town Hall Series, broadcast Thursdays on WOLV FM was featured in the story "Staying informed: Michigan Tech Thursday town halls cover wide range of pandemic-related topics," in the Marquette Mining Journal.


Former Michigan Tech basketball player and assistant men's basketball coach Christian Wilson was featured in the story "Four athletic directors- two U.P. natives - recognized by MHSAA," on WLUC TV6.


Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) was featured in the article "Pearce's Latest Open Source 3D Printer Handles PEKK, PEI for less than $1,000," in 3DPrint.com.


Michigan Tech's involvement in the "Fight the Flu" competition between Upper Peninsula colleges and universities was covered by the Munising News.

Advance Weekly Roundup

Paid time off, generous raises, bonuses and even free coffee. Each of these is tools used by employers to improve retention. However, these mechanisms don’t address the concerns of the employee who doesn’t feel comfortable in their work environment. Without knowing and addressing the reasons an employee may feel excluded, other measures to increase retention are for naught.

Today’s ADVANCE Weekly Roundup article comes from the Harvard Business Review and emphasizes the importance of fostering an inclusive workplace environment on the retention of employees.

Today’s feature was shared with us by Michael Olson. If you have an article you think we should feature, email it to advance-mtu@mtu.edu and we will consider adding it to the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup.

The ADVANCE Weekly Roundup is brought to you by ADVANCE at Michigan Tech, which is an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

These articles are available on the ADVANCE Newsblog. To learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts, and to check out our growing collection of resources, contact us visit our website.

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Walking Gallery Tour: Hero City: Documentary Photography by Meghan Kirkwood

Hero City: Documentary Photography by Meghan Kirkwood features a collection of silver gelatin and inkjet photographs made as part of a documentary project about modern...


MTU Graduate Health Program Fair 2020 - Day 5

MTU Graduate Health Program Fair 2020 Michigan Tech will be hosting a virtual graduate health fair, October 19th-October 23rd! We have invited 31 different graduate health...


Stress Less Workshop

Ready to lower anxiety and depression? Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) practices, this 4-week structured workshop will teach you skills to grow...


Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® at Michigan Tech

Michigan Tech Title IX and Institutional Equity along with two student organizations, Sexual Assault and Violence Education(SAVE) and the Society of African American Men...


Lecture: Frank Vahid of zyBooks

Frank Vahid will present his lecture, "Teaching intro CS: Online and in-person techniques for improved learning, cost savings, and reduced cheating," on Friday, October 23,...


Protective Engineering

Biomedical Engineering Graduate Seminar Shu Qian Liu, PhD Northwestern University Abstract: Protective engineering is to understand the naturally occurring protective...


PhD Defense: Zhiqiang Zhao

Computer Engineering Co-advisors: Zhuo Feng and Glen Archer High-Performance Spectral Methods for Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits


Halloweekend: Virtual Escape Rooms

"Framed" is the theme of this escape room and this is your scenario:Your friend has been convicted of brutally murdering his girlfriend. He was sentenced to Execution by Gas...


Jazz in New Formations

Friday, October 23 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, October 24 at 7:30 p.m. The reality is that all music has been happening in "new formations" lately. Musicians all over the world...


Halloweekend: CyberSleuth Murder Mystery

Can you solve this mystery? Interact through live chat with fellow players and CyberSleuth's live moderator while you pour over the QR clues that are regularly pushed to your...


Celebrating the Creative Mind

In Conversation with choreographer Yoshito Sakuraba and composer Na’ama Zisser Featuring performances by Abarukas Dance Co. with original music by Na’ama...


Open Access Week

International Open Access Week celebrates opening research results and data to the consumer without subscriptions or paywalls. This year's theme is Open with a Purpose: Taking...