Additional Seasonal Days in December

To show our appreciation for our employees’ extraordinary efforts as we transitioned back to regular campus operations, Michigan Tech will provide three paid seasonal days on Dec. 27, 28 and 29, in addition to its regularly scheduled holidays for employees.

“The extraordinary efforts of Michigan Tech’s faculty and staff were instrumental in navigating the historic circumstances resulting from the pandemic,” said Rick Koubek, president. “With this in mind, we hope the extra time off provides our employees more opportunity to focus on family and friends.”

Employees whose services are necessary on campus on these days will receive equal time off at a later date in coordination with their supervisors.

The University will resume its regular holiday schedule in 2022.

RSVP Open Enrollment Ends Monday

The Retirement Supplemental Voluntary Program (RSVP) is a voluntary retirement program offered to eligible Michigan Tech employees. The enrollment period during which an employee may sign their RSVP election ends Monday (Nov. 15).

Employees electing the monetary retirement option must retire on or before June 30, 2022. The monetary retirement option provides a benefit equal to 50% of the eligible employee’s annual salary (nine-month salary for faculty), up to the cap amount of $75,607 at the time of their actual retirement date.

As announced in July, the University will gradually phase out the RSVP over the next four fiscal years (FY22-FY25).

For further clarification, please see the RSVP policy and the RSVP matrix, which explains the gradual phase-out of all RSVP options.

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 906-487-2517 or

Film Board Presenting 'The Suicide Squad'

This week, the Film Board presents “The Suicide Squad,” rated R for strong violence and gore, language throughout, some sexual references, drug use and brief graphic nudity.


  • Friday, Nov. 12 — 5:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 11:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 13 — 5:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 11:30 p.m.

New: 5:30 p.m. showtimes will be shown with subtitles! 

Located on Michigan Tech's campus in Fisher Hall, Room 135.

Tickets are $3 and concessions are $1. We hope to see you at the movie this weekend — and have a great day.

ADVANCE Weekly Roundup: Motherhood in STEM

The COVID-19 pandemic has called attention to the penalties and impediments that women in STEM face as mothers, including a multipronged “maternal wall” with career-long ramifications.

This week’s Roundup takes you to a virtual conference, titled “Motherhood and career retention in STEM: Systemic barriers and actionable solutions,” held on May 5. The event was sponsored by Mothers in Science and features lucid summaries and original research into the challenges and structural barriers for women in STEM, and in faculty careers more broadly, as well as actionable solutions.

A summary of the conference issues appeared in The Scientist magazine, featuring Mothers in Science co-founder Isabel Torres, who holds a Ph.D. in genetics and is a mother of four. Refreshingly, the presentation videos often reveal the presence of children, a deliberate strategy to make visible the work that must go on behind the scenes by academic mothers.

Today’s feature was shared with us by the ADVANCE team. If you have an article you think we should feature, please email it to and we will consider adding it to the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup.

The ADVANCE Weekly Roundup is brought to you by ADVANCE at Michigan Tech, an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity and inclusion. Past articles are available on the ADVANCE Newsblog.

To learn more about our featured topic, our mission, programming efforts, and to check out our growing collection of resources, contact us or visit our website.

PhD Defense: Steven Stelly, KIP

Doctoral candidate Steven Stelly (KIP) will defend his Ph.D. dissertation Thursday (Nov. 18) at 3 p.m. This virtual defense will be held online only. All are welcome to attend via Zoom.

Stelly's dissertation is titled "The Impact of Food Deprivation on Cardiovascular Physiology."

PhD Defense: Emma Lozon, HU

Ph.D. in Rhetoric, Theory, and Culture candidate Emma Lozon (HU) will defend her doctoral dissertation Wednesday (Nov. 17) at 9 a.m. This virtual defense will be held online only. Attendance is invited via Zoom.

Lozon's dissertation is titled "Food as medicine and pleasure: Ecological and feminist critiques of healthy eating rhetoric on social media."

From the abstract:
This dissertation explores healthy eating messages circulated on social media, considering the role of rhetoric in shaping possibilities for healthy food access. Assembling tactical technical communication with ecological and feminist rhetorical frameworks, the analysis considers the interplay of institutional and user-produced healthy eating texts with a view toward ideologies and rhetorical strategies shaping access to diet. 

PhD Defense: Tolulope Odebunmi, HU

Ph.D. in Rhetoric, Theory, and Culture candidate Tolulope Odebunmi (HU) will defend her doctoral dissertation Monday (Nov. 15) at 3 p.m. This virtual defense will be held online only. Attendance is invited via Zoom.

Odebunmi's dissertation is titled "The Language of Development in the Rhetoric of Liberian Presidents."

From the abstract:
This dissertation contests the framing of 'development' in Liberian presidential discourse — Inaugural and State of the nation addresses of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and George Weah through Reisigl & Wodak's (2016) Discourse Historical Analysis (DHA) and conceptions of political ideologies (Chilton & Schaffner, 2002; van Dijk, 2006; Fairclough & Wodak, 1997). Aristotelian rhetoric complements my analysis. 

MS Defense: Tonie Johnson, BioMed

M.S. candidate Tonie Johnson (BioMed) will present his master's defense next Friday (Nov. 19) at 1 p.m. in the Minerals and Materials Engineering Building (M&M), Room 610. The defense will also be accessible virtually  via Zoom.

Johnson's defense is titled "Investigation into the Hemodynamics of Aortic
Abnormalities Through Computational Fluid Dynamics.”

VPR Research Series: Meet the Local National Parks

Join us Wednesday (Nov. 17) from noon to 1 p.m. for a special virtual session of the VPR Research Series: "Meet the Local National Parks."

Learn more about the parks from Denice Swanke, superintendent of Isle Royale National Park and Wyndeth Davis, superintendent of the Keweenaw National Historical Park, while exploring opportunities for collaboration.

Join this virtual session via Zoom.

Breaking Stereotypes for Women Engineers

Please join us for a “Breaking Stereotypes for Women Engineers” event on Monday (Nov. 15) from 7-9 p.m. in MUB Ballroom A. 

The event will start out with a panel of women engineers and professors sharing a time in their education or career when they were faced with a stereotype. Discussion on how the panelist handled the situation will follow the stories.

After the panel discussion, we will ask the audience to write down a time they personally experienced a stereotype. These responses will be collected and read anonymously to the audience. Afterward, the panel will comment on what they heard. At the end of the evening, light refreshments will be served and everyone will have the opportunity to continue the discussion with the panelists and each other.

Please use this form to share a quote, an experience or your thoughts that fit the theme of this event.

“Breaking Stereotypes for Women Engineers”  is hosted by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the Society of Women Engineers, the Panhellenic Council and the IPC and Electronics Club.

Thank you for your participation as we create an ongoing conversation on breaking the stereotypes women face in both industry and education.

Football Closing Season at Kearly Stadium

Michigan Tech football hopes to end the regular season on a winning note  tomorrow (Nov. 13) at 1 p.m. at Kearly Stadium.

A win at home against Saginaw Valley State would also take third place in the standings away from the Cardinals on Senior Day.

Read more at the Michigan Tech Athletics website.

Women's Basketball Signs Soraya Timms

Michigan Tech women's basketball has announced that Soraya Timms has signed a national letter of intent to join the Huskies as a freshman for the 2022-23 season.

Timms is a point guard/shooting guard from East Lansing, Michigan, and plays for the East Lansing High School Trojans. She intends to major in general engineering at Michigan Tech.

"Soraya is a great person who takes her academics very seriously," said Huskies head coach Sam Clayton. "She's also a skilled, smart point guard who makes really good decisions in transition. She'll fit right into our system on and off the floor with her character and work ethic. We're very excited to get her in a Husky uniform soon."

Read more at the Michigan Tech Athletics website.

Hockey Facing NMU in CCHA Series

Michigan Tech hockey plays Northern Michigan this weekend in a CCHA series.

The Huskies will host the first contest tonight (Nov. 12) at 7:07 p.m. at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena.

The teams will face off again tomorrow night (Nov. 13) at 6:37 p.m. at the Berry Events Center in Marquette.

The Huskies and Wildcats will meet again later this season on Jan. 21 and 22.

Read more at the Michigan Tech Athletics website.

Ice Arena Platform, Suite Rentals Available

Platform and suite rentals at Michigan Tech hockey games are still available for purchase for the hockey game tonight (Nov. 12) against Northern Michigan and future events.

The platforms are located at ice level below the suites.

Read more at the Michigan Tech Athletics website.

Volleyball Wrapping Up Regular Season Downstate

Michigan Tech volleyball wraps up its regular season versus Saginaw Valley State tonight (Nov. 12) and Wayne State tomorrow (Nov. 13).

The Huskies and Cardinals meet at 7 p.m., with the matchup against the Warriors slated for 2 p.m.

Tech is 20-5 overall and stands atop the GLIAC standings with a 12-1 conference record.

Read more at the Michigan Tech Athletics website.

Job Postings

Job Postings for Friday, Nov. 12, 2021

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available on the Human Resources website. For more information regarding staff positions, call 906-487-2280 or email

For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted. 

Assistant, Associate or Full Professor – Communication, Humanities. Apply online.

Assistant Professor – Digital Media, Humanities. Apply online.

Assistant Director – Orientation and Transition Programs, Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success. Apply online.

Assistant Golf Professional, Portage Lake Golf Course. Apply online.

Custodian (12 months/ 40 hours/ first shift) #21091RP3, 21166RPRP- #21171RPRP, Facilities (AFSCME posting Nov. 12 to Nov. 18, 2021 — internal AFSCME applicants are given first consideration if they apply during the internal AFSCME posting dates). Apply online.

Administrative Aide 7 (12 months/ 40 hours/ first shift) #21232RP, Financial Services and Operations (UAW posting Nov. 12 to Nov. 18, 2021 — internal UAW applicants are given first consideration if they apply during the internal UAW posting dates). 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 for an interview, at Michigan Technological University, please notify the Human Resources office at 906-487-2280 or

New Funding

Tim Colling (CEGE/CTT) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $98,901 other sponsored activities co-op/joint agreement from the University of New Mexico.

The project is titled "Training and Technical Assistance for Small Public Wastewater Systems."

This is a potential 18-month project.

On the (Virtual) Road

Geology doctoral students Gustavo Béjar and Beth Bartel (GMES) gave invited talks at the I Congreso Internacional Vulcanología y Gestión de Riesgo en Guatemala (1st Volcanology and Risk Management Congress in Guatemala), held Nov. 4-5.

The virtual meeting was hosted by the Universidad Rafael Landívar in Guatemala City.

Béjar's presentation was titled "Generación de un catálogo de lahares para el Volcán de Fuego" (Generation of a catalog of lahars for Fuego Volcano), and Bartel spoke on "Comunicación de Peligros" (Hazard Communication).


Face Coverings Required Indoors on Campus

While Michigan Tech is at Health and Safety Level Two, face coverings must be worn indoors. This applies to all students, employees and visitors, regardless of vaccination status.

Michigan Tech strongly recommends that all employees and students continue with handwashing and hand-sanitizing practices, especially in light of the virulence of the COVID-19 delta variant. Please be aware that if you are exposed to COVID-19, quarantine guidelines vary depending on vaccination status. 

In Level Two, students and employees are not required to monitor their symptoms daily prior to coming to campus. But, individuals should be mindful of their own symptoms. A useful monitoring tool is available from the CDC. 


On-Demand COVID-19 Testing Available on Campus

Walk-in, on-demand COVID-19 testing is available to Michigan Tech students and employees during the fall 2021 semester.

Testing is located in the Datolite Room at the MUB on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. There is no cost to be tested, and no appointment is needed. 

Read more COVID-19 Testing Information on the MTU Flex website.


Banner Production System Maintenance

A production system maintenance window is scheduled for Sunday (Nov. 14) from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The following production services will be unavailable during this time:

Course Tools
Housing Apartments Wait List
OAP Rental System
Oracle Reports
Papercut Printing
Perceptive Content (Imagenow)
Virtual Cashiering

If you have any questions or concerns, we can help. Contact us at or call 906-487-1111.


Computer Science New Faculty Lecture

Briana Bettin (CS/CLS) will present a Department of Computer Science New Faculty Lecture today (Nov. 12) at 3 p.m. in Kanwal and Ann Rekhi Hall (Rekhi), Room 214.

Bettin's research interests span education, experiential design and human factors. Her talk is titled, "Facets and Inclusions: Analogy as a Transformative Tool for Navigating CS Curricula."

Following, Stefka Hristova (HU) will present her lecture, titled "Algorithmic Brown: Race, Representation, and the Emergence of a Digital Color Line." Hristova's specialties include visual studies, algorithmic culture, photography and critical theory.

Read the talk abstracts on the Computing News Blog.


Register Now for Family Fun Day!

Michigan Tech's annual Family Fun Day is scheduled for next Saturday (Nov. 20) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

On Family Fun Day, Michigan Tech employees and their families are invited to enjoy free access to the SDC facilities and other campus amenities. Along with free lunch and a chance to win amazing prizes, you and your family can check out our new events — ice skating and eSports — and get a discount on a family pack of tickets for the women’s basketball game against Duluth.

A flyer detailing the activities will be coming in campus mail and is available to view online.

If you plan to participate, please register online by Sunday (Nov. 14).


KIP Seminar: Treatment of Traumatic Shock, Then and Now

Join us virtually today (Nov. 12) from 3-4 p.m. for this month's Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology (KIP) Seminar, with guest speaker Kathy Ryan, chief of the Hemorrhage and Edema Control Department in the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research.

Ryan will discuss the research and work of Walter B. Cannon and how his understanding of the nature and causes of traumatic shock during World War I would be "rediscovered" during recent conflicts in Iran and Afghanistan.

Read more and find details on joining the Zoom meeting on the KIP Blog.


Advocates and Allies Workshops

Two workshops offered this week at Michigan Tech will explore the impact of gender and race on female faculty members' experiences and encourage and equip male faculty members to serve as effective allies for gender and racial equity in university settings.

Both workshops will be held in MUB Ballrooms A and B. The last session of the week is happening today (Nov. 12) from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

  • Gender and Higher Education: Exploring Women’s Experiences — Led by Christi McGeorge (Human Development and Education, North Dakota State University).
    This workshop explores the impact of gender and race on women faculty members’ experiences of university campus climate. Through small group activities, a review of the existing research and large group discussions, this session will seek to shift the dialogue from individual problems and solutions experienced by women faculty to seeking to acknowledge and identify institutional challenges and solutions related to gender and racial inequity in higher education.
    Please note: This workshop is for those who identify as women, nonbinary, and other gender. RSVP to attend

  • Men Allies for Gender and Racial Equity — Led by Roger Green (Electrical and Computer Engineering, North Dakota State University) and Robert Gordon (Psychology, Auburn University), who have conducted ally workshops at universities throughout the country since 2009.
    This workshop is a two-hour interactive workshop that encourages and equips men to serve as effective allies for gender and racial equity in university settings. The workshop is structured as an interactive conversation with opportunities to learn, ask questions and practice skills through scenario-based exercises.
    Please note: This workshop is for individuals who identify as cisgender men. RSVP to attend.


Mathematical Sciences Colloquium Series

The next Mathematical Sciences Weekly Colloquium will take place at 1 p.m. today (Nov. 12) via Zoom (the passcode is 939790).

Our guest speaker will be Yanxing Zhao, associate professor at George Washington University. His presentation is titled "Supervised Optimal Transport."


EPSSI Seminar

Jin Pan, Ph.D. student at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, will present a virtual seminar on Monday (Nov. 15) at 4 p.m. via Zoom.

Pan’s presentation is titled “Environmental contamination by SARS-CoV-2 in quarantine and isolation dormitories.”

This virtual seminar is sponsored by the Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences Institute (EPSSI). Read the abstract at the University Events Calendar.

Register in advance for the Zoom seminar. Please register early!


Chemistry Seminar Series

The Department of Chemistry is holding a special two-part seminar today (Nov. 12) via Zoom.

R. Lee Penn will host a diversity, equity and inclusion discussion, titled "Serving as Effective Allies in STEM,” from 2-3 p.m., followed by their chemistry seminar, “Iron Oxide Nanoparticles in Reactive Environments,” which will be presented from 3-4 p.m.

Penn is the Merck Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities campus and the director of undergraduate studies for the chemistry department.

Penn’s research group focuses on fundamental formation and growth mechanisms of nanoparticles, green methods for making nanomaterials and the roles nanoparticles play in chemical transformations in the environment.

Penn is a Distinguished University Teaching Professor and they have received numerous awards for advocacy for the LGBT community, including:

  • Community Excellence award from the University of Minnesota’s Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life
  • Charlotte Stribel Equity Award from the University Office for Equity and Diversity's Women's Center (2016-17)
  • Breaking the Silence Award from the University of Minnesota's Gay Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Ally Programs Office (2014)

Penn is also an Institute on the Environment Resident Fellow and an ACS Fellow and won the Horace T. Morse University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education in 2015.

All are welcome!


MS Defense: Tessa Steenwinkel, BioSci

M.S. candidate Tessa Steenwinkel (BioSci) will present their master's defense today (Nov. 12) at 9:30 a.m. This virtual defense will be presented online only. Attendance is invited via Zoom

Steenwinkel's defense is titled "The Effect of Nutrition on Longevity and Fertility in Diverse Drosophila: A TOR-Mediated Process."

From the abstract:
Nutrition and growth are strongly linked, but not much is known about how nutrition leads to growth. To understand the connection between nutrition through diet, growth and/or proliferation, we need to study the phenotypes resulting from the activation and inhibition of central metabolic pathways. Here I use the model organism Drosophila melanogaster (D. mel.) and three non-model Drosophila species with different dietary needs, Drosophila guttifera (D. gut.), Drosophila deflecta (D. def.), and Drosophila tripunctata (D. tri.), to study the effects of dietary amino acid availability in these diverse flies on fecundity and longevity. In addition, I inhibited the Target of Rapamycin (TOR) pathway to test how inhibition interplays with the nutritional stimuli in these four fruit fly species. 


MS Defense: Gita Deonarain, ME-EM

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering candidate Gita Deonarain (ME-EM) will present their master's defense today (Nov. 12) at 1 p.m. in the R. L. Smith Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Building (MEEM), Room 1021.

Deonarain's defense is titled "Defect Detection Using Dynamic Analysis for AM Parts."


This Weekend at the Rozsa

This weekend, you are invited to McArdle Theatre for Michigan Tech's first play in 18 months and to the Rozsa for a world premiere:

  • The Arsonists — Nov. 12-13 and Nov. 17-19 at 7:30 p.m.
    McArdle Theatre in Walker Arts and Humanities Center
    Firebugs have been setting homes aflame. Will businessman Biedermann be prepared for the cunning arsonists at his door? This dark political satire, written in the 1950s about the spread of communism, is reimagined in modern times by director Kristy Dodson.
    Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for youth. Michigan Tech students can attend for free and bring a friend with the Experience Tech Fee.

  • Anchorage World Premiere — Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m.
    James and Margaret Black Performance Hall in the Rozsa
    Inspired by the spectacular wilderness of the Keweenaw, a New York choreographer and London composer created this unique performance exploring the things that make us feel anchored and whole in our lives.
    Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for youth. Michigan Tech students can attend for free and bring a friend with the Experience Tech Fee.

Note: Face coverings are required for volunteers, staff and audience members at these events. Please visit the Rozsa COVID-19 Policies for the most up-to-date information.

Tickets are available by phone at 906-487-2073, online and in person at the Central Ticketing Office in the Student Development Complex. The Rozsa Box Office will also be open for ticket purchases two hours prior to performances.

Today's Campus Events

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The Misinformation Edition Exhibition

Glass Room: Misinformation Edition explores how social media and the web have changed the way we read information and react to it. It exposes new types of influencers, the new...


Gender and Higher Education: Exploring Women’s Experiences

You are invited to attend a session that explores the impact of gender on women faculty members’ experiences of university campus climate. Through small group activities, a...


Men Allies for Gender Equity

You are invited to attend a two-hour interactive workshop that encourages and equips men to serve as effective allies for gender equity in university settings. The workshop is...


Master's Defense: Tessa Steenwinkel

Biological Sciences Advisor: Thomas Werner The Effect of Nutrition on Longevity and Fertility in Diverse Drosophila: A TOR-Mediated Process Attend Virtually:...


Husky Innovate Talk with Dr. Brad King

The Michigan Tech community, alumni, and friends are invited to join us for a Husky Innovate virtual talk with Dr. Brad King, Michigan Tech Professor, CEO, and Founder of...


Master's Defense: Gita Deonarain

Mechanical Engineering Advisor: Jason Blough Defect Detection Using Dynamic Analysis for AM Parts Attend Virtually:


Supervised Optimal Transport

Abstract: Optimal Transport, a theory for optimal allocation of resources, is widely used in various fields such as astrophysics, machine learning, and imaging science....


Board Game Group

Are you worn out at the end of the week and just want to hang out and play a game? Then this group is for you! We will chill and play strategy-based board games. The goal is...


CS New Faculty Lecture: Dr. Briana Bettin

Dr. Brianna Bettin will present a New Faculty Lecture on Friday, November 12, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. in Rekhi 214. Dr. Bettin is an assistant professor in both the Computer...


Non-Antibiotic Antimicrobial Surface Coating to Prevent Stable Biofilm Formation and Improve Wound Healing Outcomes for Whale Conservation Applications

Biomedical Engineering Graduate Student Seminar Ariana Smies Biomedical Engineering Michigan Technological University Advisor: Dr. Rupak Rajachar Abstract The growing use...


Film Board Presents: Suicide Squad

Figuring they're all expendable, a U.S. intelligence officer decides to assemble a team of dangerous, incarcerated supervillains for a top-secret mission. Now armed with...


Film Board Presents: The Suicide Squad (2021)

The government sends the most dangerous supervillains in the world -- Bloodsport, Peacemaker, King Shark, Harley Quinn and others -- to the remote, enemy-infused island of...


(Men's Basketball) Michigan Tech at McKendree

Men's Basketball: Michigan Tech at McKendree, Lewis Tournament


(Women's Volleyball) Michigan Tech at Saginaw Valley State

Women's Volleyball: Michigan Tech at Saginaw Valley State


Range Day

Students are allowed to come down to the range to either use their own firearms or the firearms provided by the club.


(Men's Ice Hockey) Northern Michigan vs. Michigan Tech

Men's Ice Hockey: Northern Michigan vs. Michigan Tech


The Arsonists

View Digitally Published Program. Firebugs have been setting homes aflame. Will businessman Biedermann be prepared for the cunning arsonists at his door? Director Kristy...


Film Board Presents: Suicide Squad

Figuring they're all expendable, a U.S. intelligence officer decides to assemble a team of dangerous, incarcerated supervillains for a top-secret mission. Now armed with...


Film Board Presents: The Suicide Squad (2021)

The government sends the most dangerous supervillains in the world -- Bloodsport, Peacemaker, King Shark, Harley Quinn and others -- to the remote, enemy-infused island of...


Film Board Presents: Suicide Squad

Figuring they're all expendable, a U.S. intelligence officer decides to assemble a team of dangerous, incarcerated supervillains for a top-secret mission. Now armed with...