Michigan Tech Peace Corps Master's International Program Adds New Fields

Michigan Tech’s award-winning Peace Corps Master’s International (PCMI) program is offering new degree options for students in two departments: computer science and electrical and computer engineering. The School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science is also expanding its PCMI programs to include a Master of Geographic Information Science.

The expanded programs will enable more students to take part in PCMI, in which students earn a master’s degree while simultaneously serving in the Peace Corps. Students typically take two semesters of courses on campus before volunteering for two years overseas and then returning to Michigan Tech to complete their degree.

“The new programs in computer science and ECE were pitched to the Peace Corps as an opportunity for our students to serve in math and science education or other sectors needing IT and technology expertise,” said PCMI director Kari Henquinet. “Our new PCMI students will bring technical training together with the strong interdisciplinary training that all of our Tech PCMI students have.”

With the program’s new offerings, students can now earn their master’s through ten different academic departments at Michigan Tech.

For the full story, see Michigan Tech News.

Campus Campaign Spotlight

Michigan Tech faculty and staff provide meaningful support for numerous University departments, programs and initiatives each year through the annual Campus Campaign.

Gowtham S., director of research computing and adjunct assistant professor in Physics/ECE, shares why he chooses to participate in the Campus Campaign.

"I contribute to the Campus Campaign because I want Michigan Tech to be in existence long after I am gone. I want it to continue to be a place where people get their education and create their careers, and in turn make contributions to the society that we live in. Also, I want my Michigan Tech degree—and everyone else’s—to have value. For that to happen, the University needs to stay here, and stay strong."

Editor’s Note: Periodically throughout the year, Tech Today will shine a spotlight on a Michigan Tech employee who gives to the Campus Campaign.

Reminder: Shuttle Service During Thanksgiving Break

The Transportation Services shuttle will operate 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday-Wednesday, Nov. 24-26, and will not run Thursday-Friday, Nov. 27-28. The shuttle services the Memorial Union Building to the SDC and stops at both the Lower and Upper Daniell Heights’ bus stops. The shuttle will also stop hourly at the Lakeshore Center. 

The City of Houghton shuttle, which includes the Michigan Tech afternoon shuttle, will not be operating on campus during the week of Nov. 24-28. For questions, contact Angie Kolehmainen at 7-3288.

Lot 11 Permits for 2015

Starting today, you may send an email to amkolehm@mtu.edu to reserve a spot in Lot 11, the guaranteed parking lot located by the Administration Building. The permit is $250 for the year, payable through payroll deduction or in one lump sum at the Cashier's Office. Spots in Lot 11 are on a first-come, first-served basis, so send an email as soon as possible to ensure your chances of receiving a parking permit.

Reminder: Mineral Museum Closed Nov. 27-30

The A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum will be closed Thursday, Nov. 27, through Sunday, Nov. 30. The museum holiday sale will begin on Dec. 1 and will run through Dec. 23.

School's Out for Thanksgiving, the SDC's In

Spend your Thanksgiving break at the SDC.

Though the SDC has limited hours Friday-Sunday, Nov. 28-30, there are still tons of indoor recreation options to enjoy. SDC day passes are available for $6, and group rates are as low as $4 per person.

Take the whole family or a group of friends skating, or check out Drop-In Hockey on Friday. And let's not forget—the Tech Trails are open!

With so many great options, there's something for everyone.

For everything Michigan Tech Recreation, visit us online.

Job Posting

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in Human Resources or online. For more information regarding staff positions, call 7-2280 or email jobs@mtu.edu. For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

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