Educational Position on Houghton County Planning Commission

There is a vacancy on the Houghton County Planning Commission for a three-year term from Jan. 1, through Dec. 31, 2017.
The position is for a citizen member representing the desires and needs of the education community. They shall represent the desires and needs of the local public school boards and administrative employees of school districts included, in whole or in part, within the county's boundaries; they shall represent the desires and needs of the Copper Country Intermediate School District, Michigan Tech, Finlandia University, MSU Extension and other educational institutions. 

The applicant shall not hold any other office or position in Houghton County Government other than by virtue of membership on the Planning Commission, shall be a qualified elector of Houghton County and shall not be a declared candidate for any political office.
The position is completely voluntary; there is no compensation by Houghton County.
Applications are available at the Controller's Office, Houghton County Courthouse or online under Employment/Applications for Boards and Commission. The deadline for receiving applications is Jan. 7, at 4 p.m.

Reminder: Order Your Free Michigan Tech Item

Michigan Tech’s Promotional Support Program is ready to begin taking orders for this year’s promotional items starting today and continuing through 8 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 22. Eligible employees will be able to view gift options and designate their choice of one Tech logo gift or apparel item by completing the online order form.

This year’s choices are

  • a 60-by-50-inch Michigan Tech printed plaid flannel blanket with black fleece backing,
  • a three-by-five-foot Michigan Tech double-sided flag,
  • an embroidered briefcase with laptop sleeve,
  • a men's embroidered full-zip jacket with media pocket, or
  • a women's embroidered full-zip jacket with media pocket.

If you would like to view sample items or try on available sizes of the jackets, they will be on display at the Campus Bookstore today and tomorrow. Quantities will be purchased as ordered, so be sure of your size before ordering, as it will not be possible to exchange later. All orders must be placed using the online form by 8 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 22. No late orders will be accepted. Distribution is planned for March, 2015, but will be announced in Tech Today when more details are available.

The program was originally proposed by UAW 5000 in 2006 and later expanded to include other faculty and staff. Eligible employees include faculty and staff who are regular full-time or part-time; faculty who have continuing, fixed-term or rolling contracts; research faculty; ROTC personnel; and the staff of the Michigan Tech Fund. Eligibility can be confirmed by calling 7-3348. All submissions will be validated for eligibility after the online form has been submitted.

Faculty Fellow Program Call for Applications

Applications are being solicited for the FY2015 Faculty Fellow Program. 

The Faculty Fellow Program is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research. The Faculty Fellow Program expands familiarity with sponsored program administration and strategic planning among the faculty, develops leadership capacity among the faculty and improves sponsored programs administration and strategic planning through faculty input.

Applications are due no later than 4 p.m., on Thursday, Feb. 19, and submitted electronically per the guidelines.

For additional information, see Faculty Fellow Program.

For questions, email Cathy Codere at or Dave Reed at

Continuous Improvement Connection

Respect for people is a key element of Lean. It is about building mutual trust and developing your employees. Without respect for people, Lean is sub-optimal and unsustainable. According to Tim McMahon, who writes a Lean blog called "A Lean Journey," there are three essential elements of respect—the 3 As.

  • Alignment is connecting individual objectives and capabilities to the organization’s vision.
  • Autonomy is providing employees with decision-making skills, then empowering them to make decisions.
  • Accountability is doing what we say we will do—without it, empowerment can’t work.

Check out "A Lean Journey" to read the full article.

2015 Nominations for DeVlieg Fellowships Open

Nominations are now open for the DeVlieg Foundation Fellowships.

All graduate programs may nominate one eligible PhD student per program. There will be two recipients—each will receive a stipend for summer 2015 plus support for one credit of tuition. Eligible students must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Must be a graduate student in one of the fields supported by the DeVlieg Foundation:
    • Engineering or a closely related field, OR
    • Wildlife/Biology (2015 Summer Research Award in Biology/Wildlife/Natural Resources)
  • Must be a US citizen or permanent resident.
  • Must be enrolled in a PhD program.
  • Must be nominated by student’s graduate program. Each PhD program may nominate one student. 

Nominations must be addressed to the attention of Debra Charlesworth at the Graduate School. The deadline for nominations is 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 29.

See the Graduate School webpage for details on the application procedure and materials needed. Each program may determine its own internal selection procedure.

For questions, contact the Graduate School.

Reminder: University Holiday Break Hours

Submitted by Human Resources

The University will be closed on the following days:

  • Christmas Eve: Wednesday, Dec. 24
  • Christmas Day: Thursday, Dec. 25
  • New Year’s Eve: Wednesday, Dec. 31
  • New Year’s Day: Thursday, Jan. 1

For employees in units considered to be critical areas of operation, regular hours and shifts will be held as usual and as needed for the entire break. Please check with your supervisor to determine if your area is considered a critical area of operation.

Human Resources has posted the departmental hours of operation during the holidays on the HR website.

You may notify Human Resources of your holiday hours by completing the Google form by 5 p.m. on Friday, December 19. Departments who have not submitted their hours to Human Resources will be considered open for regular hours of operation.

For questions about the holiday schedule or about posting holiday hours, contact Ginger Sleeman at 7-2800.

Carnegie Community Natural History Discussion Jan. 13

Professor Raymond Shaw (Physics) will lead a discussion on lake effect snow titled "Lake Superior in My Driveway: Lake Effect Snow in the Keweenaw?" on Tuesday, Jan. 13, at the Carnegie Museum in Houghton.

This discussion is part of a monthly series on the geoheritage and natural history of the Keweenaw. The discussions are aimed at the general public, but discuss current research and science. 

The museum will open at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments, with the lecture and discussion beginning at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. For questions, contact the Carnegie Museum at 482-7140.


Humanities alumna Roxane Gay ranked fourth in Bust magazine's Most Influential and Inspiring Women of 2014 for her critically acclaimed books, "An Untamed State" and "Bad Feminist," as well as for her Twitter feed. The magazine describes her as "strong, unapologetic and brilliant."

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.

SDC Building Operations
AFSCME Internal/External Posting 12/17/14—12/23/14
External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants.
Apply online.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

In the News

The New York Times published a feature article about Michigan Tech's hockey team, including a picture of the Pep Band playing at the Dec. 12 game against University of Minnesota Duluth and some photos from the Michigan Tech Archives. 

Research on substrate treatments for metal 3D printing by PhD students Amberlee Haselhuhn and Bas Wijnen and undergraduate students Eli Gooding and Alexandra Glover, with collaborators Gerald Anzalone, Paul Sanders and Joshua Pearce (MSE) was covered in the 3D printing technical press including the articles

Work by Pearce (MSE/ECE) and graduate students Jephias Gwamur and Ben Wittbrodt (MSE) was covered in another article by 3D Print.

Pearce was also quoted in articles for the websites Laboratory Equipment and PaleoFuture in Gizmodo.

New Funding

Benjamin Winter and Raymond Swartz (CEE) have received $44,000 from the National Science Foundation for the first year of a three-year project, "Graduate Research Fellowship," which will total $132,000.