Mineral Museum Closed for Winter Break

The A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum will be closed from Sunday (Dec. 24) through Jan. 8 for winter break. We will reopen on Jan. 9, resuming regular business hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission to the museum for Michigan Tech students, staff and faculty is waived with a Tech ID.

Happy Holidays!

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MLK Day is almost here! Help us spread the word about the exciting events planned for Michigan Tech's 35th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration, being held Jan. 15!

These events have been months in the making, and the MLK Planning Committee would love to share the MLK Day opportunities with your students. To have a committee member come speak at the beginning of a class session during the week of Jan. 8-12, sign up at our ’24 MLK Classroom Visits form!

For more information on all the exciting MLK activities, visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration page.

MLK Prayer Vigil and Peace March

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) and the Cooperative Campus Ministry are organizing an Interfaith Prayer Vigil and Reflection on Martin Luther King Jr. Day (MLK Day), Jan. 15, at noon in the Van Pelt and Opie Library’s East Reading Room. We invite faculty, staff and students from all faiths to share a prayer, personal reflection or excerpt from one of King’s prayers, sermons or speeches.

Following the MLK Interfaith Prayer Vigil, we invite the campus community to gather at the Husky Statue at 1 p.m. for a peace march across campus to honor King and solidify our campus commitment to his life and work ensuring justice and equity for all. This year’s march will be led by Vice President for Student Affairs Laura Bulleit.

For more information on all the exciting MLK activities, visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration page.

Sign Up to Attend MLK Brunch

The Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Planning Committee is proud to announce the 35th Annual MLK Jr Day Celebration on Jan. 15 at 10 a.m. in the Memorial Union Building Ballroom, and welcomes back 2018 Michigan Tech alumnus Jaylyn Boone as our keynote speaker.

To honor King’s legacy, this year’s celebratory meal will be a brunch where we will gather as a community to commemorate and honor the legacy of King and resolve to continue to create meaningful change through acts of kindness and service to others.

Reserve your seat by submitting our 35th Annual MLK Brunch Sign-Up Sheet.

MLK Donation Extension

The 35th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at Michigan Technological University is almost here! Due to overwhelming positive responses from the campus community, we are anticipating more of our Husky family attending this year's celebration. As such, we want to ensure that students, staff and faculty have an opportunity to share in this celebratory event. Therefore, we're extending our donation deadline to Jan. 5. Your assistance allows us to provide this program free of charge and continue our collaborative efforts to provide programming that focuses on embracing diversity on the Michigan Tech campus.

We'd love your support in ensuring a successful event. Keep in mind, all sponsors will be recognized in our celebration.

To initiate your donation, please email cdi@mtu.edu with your donation amount. Donations should be transferred to D96356. If you have any questions, please email cdi@mtu.edu.

Huskies Hosting 57th GLI at Van Andel Arena

Michigan Tech is hosting the 57th annual Great Lakes Invitational (GLI) on Thursday and Friday (Dec. 28-29) at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The Huskies open against Alaska in the first semifinal at 3:37 p.m. Thursday. No. 7 Michigan State and Ferris State will play in the second semifinal at 7:07 p.m. Thursday.

The GLI championship will be at 7:07 p.m. Friday, and the GLI third-place game starts at 3:37 p.m. Friday.

Fans can listen live on the radio at Mix 93.5 WKMJ-FM or online at TheMix93.com or Pasty.net. WLUC TV6 is televising all four games; they will also livestream the games at uppermichiganssource.com. The GLI will also be livestreamed on FloHockey.tv

Read more about the GLI's history at the Michigan Tech Athletics website.

New Funding

Hayden Henderson (GLRC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $34,842 research and development co-op joint agreement from the University of Michigan - Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR).

The project is titled "SOAR Support."

In the News

The Associated Press quoted Rolf Peterson (CFRES) in a story highlighting five events that “broke through the tumult of 2023 and made people feel hopeful,” including Taylor Swift’s romance with Travis Kelce, the “ring of fire” solar eclipse, and the resurgent wolf population on Isle Royale. The story noted the positive effect the wolves have had on balsam firs, which had been in decline due to an overabundance of moose. The story was picked up in nearly 400 outlets nationwide. 


The Mining Journal picked up a Michigan Tech News story announcing Brigitte Morin (BioSci) as the University’s 2023 Diversity Award winner.


Lisa Casper (PHC), Ph.D. candidate Rourke Sylvain (biomedical engineering) and undergraduate student Jordan Craven (management information systems, computer science) were quoted in the Detroit Free Press about a recent Husky Innovate trip to southeast Michigan. Students on the trip visited with leaders in Michigan’s burgeoning tech start-up scene at Michigan Central Station and TechTown in Detroit, and MI-HQ in Ann Arbor. 


The Mining Journal picked up a Daily Mining Gazette story about security upgrades at Hancock Schools, which quoted Reid DeVoge (PSPS).


Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Writing Support

The Graduate School is offering application writing support to master's and Ph.D. students who are interested in applying for the 2025 Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship.

Eligible students have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. Former awardees have been from a wide range of fields, including social sciences, natural sciences and law. Both international and domestic students are welcome to apply. Relocation to the Washington, D.C., area is required during the fellowship period.


  • Application Due Date: Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024
  • Award Announcement: Midsummer 2024
  • Fellowship Period: Feb. 1, 2025, to Jan. 31, 2026

The total award amount is $93,900.

For details, visit the 2025 Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Student Guide and the Knauss Fellowship Program website.

Questions? Contact Sarah Isaacson at sisaacso@mtu.edu.


Minimum Wage Increasing Jan. 1

Effective Jan. 1, 2024, the minimum wage will increase from $10.10 to $10.33 per hour. Therefore, all employees who currently fall below this new hourly rate will see an automatic increase. Department-generated Electronic Personnel Action Forms (EPAFs) will not be needed.

For jobs starting after Jan. 1, 2024, use the minimum wage of $10.33 per hour. This change will have an impact on departments that pay students and temporary employees less than this amount.


Banner Production System Maintenance

Production system maintenance windows are scheduled for Jan. 3 from 10-11:59 p.m., and Jan. 7 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The following production services will be unavailable during that time:

  • Banner
  • Banweb
  • MyMichiganTech
  • Course Tools
  • OAP Rental System
  • Oracle Reports
  • UC4/Appworx
  • Virtual Cashiering
  • WebFocus

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


Memorial Union Winter Break Schedule

The Memorial Union will have reduced office and building hours over the winter break. The hours of operation are as follows:

  • Memorial Union Office (MUB 101):
    • Dec. 18-22 — 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Dec. 23 to Jan. 2 — Closed
    • Jan. 3-5 — 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Jan. 8 — Resume normal operating hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

  • Memorial Union Building:
    • Dec. 18-22 — 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    • Dec. 23 to Jan. 2 — Closed
    • Jan. 3 — Resume normal operating hours (7 a.m. to 10 p.m.)


Campus Store, University Images Winter Break Hours

Winter break hours for the Campus Store and University Images are as follows:

Campus Store Winter Break Hours:

  • Thursday and Friday, Dec. 21-22 — Open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 23, to Tuesday, Jan. 2 — Closed
  • Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Jan. 3-5 — Open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 6 — Open from 12:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Jan. 7 — Open from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

University Images Winter Break Hours:

  • Thursday and Friday, Dec. 21-22 — Open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 23 — Open from 12-5 p.m.
  • Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 24-26 — Closed
  • Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 27-28 — Open from 12-7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 29 — Closed
  • Saturday, Dec. 30 — Open from 12-5 p.m.
  • Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 31-Jan. 2 — Closed
  • Wednesday to Saturday, Jan. 3-6 — Open from 12-5 p.m.
  • Sunday, Jan. 7 — Closed


Tech Today Holiday Break

Today (Dec. 22) is the last Tech Today for calendar year 2023. In observance of the Christmas and New Year's holidays and the University seasonal days, no Tech Today will be published from Monday (Dec. 25) through Jan. 2.

Tech Today will resume on Jan. 3. To be included in the Jan. 3 edition of Tech Today, items must be submitted by noon today using our Submit a Story form.