Campus Bookstore Halloween Special

The Campus Bookstore is having a one-day Halloween special on Friday, Oct. 31. Come to the Campus Bookstore in full Halloween costume and receive 31 percent off any one Michigan Tech clothing item. One winner will be chosen from those in costume to receive a $25 gift card. The Campus Bookstore will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

New Guidelines for Federal Grants Management Effective Dec. 26

The federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has issued new guidelines for federal grants management, which will take effect Dec. 26. These guidelines, commonly referred to as the Uniform Guidance, replace OMB Circulars A-21, A-110 and A-133. More information regarding the Uniform Guidance is available online.


Reminder: Rock Your Mocs Registration Ends Today

In honor of Native American History Month, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion's Heritage Programming Committee is hosting two workshops to make and decorate moccasins.

Workshop days are Friday, Nov. 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 8, from 1 to 4 p.m. in Fisher 130. Email Tayloria Adams at today if you'd like to participate. Please include your shoe size. To ensure that moccasins will fit, women should subtract two sizes from their normal shoe size. We ask that all participants wear their moccasins to campus on Friday, Nov. 14

Rock Your Mocs is a national campaign held each year on Nov. 15 to celebrate Native American culture. 

"A Conversation with Author M. C. Tillson" Oct. 28

The Michigan Tech community is invited to "A Conversation With Author M. C. Tillson" on Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. in GLRC 202. Tillson writes place-based mysteries for children and runs her own writing company in Silicon Valley. Her day job is freelance technical communication.

This talk is sponsored by the English Education Program and the Copper Country Reading Council. For more information, email Evelyn Johnson at

Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar Monday

Professors Alex Mayer, Judith Perlinger and David Watkins (CEE) will present "A Panel Presentation on Interdisciplinary Research on Coupled Natural Human Systems in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Michigan Tech" on Monday, Oct. 27, from 3 to 4 p.m. in M&M U113. This presentation is part of the Environmental Engineering Seminar Series.

CTL Tip of the Week

Use Canvas Modules to Deliver Course Content with Precision

Modules allow you to organize your content to help control the flow of your course. They are used to organize course content by weeks, chapters, content type or a different organizational structure that works for your course. With modules, you are essentially creating a linear flow of what you would like your students to do. 
Each module can contain files, discussions, web links, assignments, quizzes and other learning materials that you would like to use. You can easily add items to your module that you have already created in the course, or create new content shells within the modules. Modules, and items within modules, can be easily organized using the drag and drop feature, and you can publish/unpublish entire modules as well as items within modules.
You can use modules to do the following:

  • Create prerequisite activities that students must complete before moving on in the course.
  • Track student progress through a sequence of learning activities.

Some of the features of modules you can use include the following:

  • Set modules to be locked until a given date.
  • Require students to move through a module in a sequential order.
  • Set parameters that define when a module item is complete like “viewed the item,” “submitted the assignment,” “scored at least,” etc.
  • Require students to complete one module before accessing the next.
  • View student progress in modules

You can check out the Canvas Instructor Guide’s modules chapter to learn more about them or visit the website to watch screencasts about using modules in Canvas. The CTL Tip of the Week is brought to you by the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) at Michigan Tech. For more general information or help with Canvas, visit Canvas One Stop.


"Baby with the Bathwater," a Michigan Tech Theatre Company production, received its Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival response last week. The respondent is awarding the following:

  • Certificate of Merit in Lighting Design—Jason Scott
  • Certificate of Merit in Sound Design—Steve Green
  • Certificate of Merit in Music Composition—Ben Holtz
  • Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Nominations—Dollcie Webb and Scott Murphy

Additionally, the respondent nominated scene I-2 with Helen, John and Nanny to be considered for the Region III festival. ("Rose and the Rime," which was presented by the Department of Visual and Performing Arts last February, is also under consideration.) Results will be announced after the first weekend in December. 

The respondent also noted the strength of the production in technical direction (Josh Maiville) and in the system sound design (Jason Pew). The stage managers were recognized in the response.

"Baby with the Bathwater" is directed by Associate Professor Patricia Helsel, with set and costume design by  Professor M. C. Friedrich (VPA).

The show plays today and tomorrow and contains adult language and situations.

Job Postings

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in Human Resources or online. 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.

Senior Application and Systems Analyst
Information Technology Services and Security
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Electronics/Computer Technician
Vice President of Research
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Michigan Technological University is an equal opportunity educational institution/equal opportunity employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

New Funding

Joe Wagenbrenner (SFRES/ESC), Andrew Storer and Catherine Tarasoff (SFRES) have received $122,500 from the US Department of Agriculture, US Forest Service—Northern Research Station for a two-year research and development project titled "Future of Black Ash Wetlands."

In the News

Informed Infrastructure—a news website about the infrastructure industry—and the University of Arkansas's Newswire published articles about the the USDOT-funded research of Assistant Professor Thomas Oommen (GMES). Oommen and colleagues are developing a sysrem to assess risk of mudslides, rockfalls and other natural shifts in the ground underlying highways and railroad tracks. 

See Informed Infrastructure and University of Arkansas's Newswire. 

Items Available

 The Graduate School has the following items available:

  • Table
  • (2) Directory Signs
  • Bulletin Board
  • File Cabinet
  • Lamp
  • Room Number Plates

If interested, contact Heather Suokas at 7-3457 or .

University property may only be transferred between departments. It may not be given or sold to individuals.