Intensive English as a Second Language Secures Five-Year Initial Accreditation

After undergoing a rigorous three-year process of measuring its performance against the 44 standards of the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA), Michigan Tech's Intensive English as a Second Language (IESL) program has secured a five-year initial CEA accreditation (August 2015-August 2020). CEA is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accrediting body for English language programs and institutions. The Commission leads the field of language teaching and learning via rigorous standards and processes of transparent and accountable peer review.

Tech's IESL program was established to help improve the English language proficiency of international students who meet all of the university's academic admissions requirements. This accreditation review, the first external evaluation of the program since its inception in 2000, culminated in a three-day site visit last spring.  Tech's was one of twelve programs seeking initial accreditation, and was one of only five programs granted the full five-year accreditation.

According to Bruce Seely, Dean of the College of Sciences and Arts, the visiting accreditation team was extremely complimentary about Tech's program.  To a significant extent, that positive stance stemmed from the efforts of Beatrice Smith, director of the program and professor of Humanities, and the IESL faculty, who have revamped and significantly improved the IESL curriculum and content in recent years.  As a result, the visitors stated they would recommend that Beatrice's report become a model for other schools.  "Beatrice worked incredibly hard to insure that the Tech program met the CEA accreditation standards and this outcome is a tribute to the dedication and commitment exhibited by her and the IESL faculty. They did a superb job, and we deeply appreciate their efforts."

 With accreditation, IESL agrees to uphold CEA standards for language programs and institutions.  The letter granting accreditation states, “In reviewing a program or institution, the Commission seeks to determine that mission and educational objectives are being communicated and met; that performance with respect to student achievement is being realized; that the program or institution is organized so that its mission and educational objectives are supported by adequate human and fiscal resources…and that the CEA Standards for English Language Programs and institutions are being met. The Commission had determined that the IESL Program meets these requirements and commends the program for its achievements”.

 With this accreditation, IESL also joins EnglishUSA—the American Association of Intensive English Programs—a group that promotes quality and advocates for English language programs.

Lighthouse Learners to be Recognized

Seven rising 10th-graders will be recognized for their community service at a ceremony at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Calumet Public Library. They are members of a program called Lighthouse Learners, and they just completed their fifth year of an eight-year program that helps make college a reality for students.

Lighthouse Learners, hosted at the Public Schools of Calumet-Laurium-Kerweenaw, was founded by Michigan Techn alumni Barbara and Paul Horton (‘69).  It is run by Tech's Center for Pre-College Outreach, working directly with Lighthouse Learners co-directors, the Hortons and CLK schools

The program focuses on several pillars of personal and academic development, including service learning/community service, study skills and building a connection to Michigan Tech. Students who complete all eight years of the program become eligible for a full scholarship to attend Michigan Tech, made possible by the Hortons’ endowment.

CAR to Visit Campus

Valerie Sathe Brugerman and Greg Schroeder from the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) in Ann Arbor will visit campus Thursday and Friday.

They will discuss CAR's research areas and potential collaborations. Thursday morning they will be in Forestry 144, Thursday afternoon in M&M 610 and Friday will be tours of labs across campus.

Spots are open for joining the CAR presenters for breakfast or lunch on Thursday and Friday. Email Andrea Longhini to RSVP. The CAR visit is co-hosted by the School of Forest Resources Environmental Science along with the College of Engineering.

Parade of Nations T-shirts, Hancock Rotary Wine Tasting

Get a cool Parade of Nations dragon t-shirt when you donate $20 or more. Just complete the online form, and you can have your shirt in time to wear to the Sept. 19 parade and multicultural festival.

Another special event during Parade of Nations week is the Hancock Rotary Club wine tasting on Thursday, Sept. 17 at the Finnish American Heritage Center in Hancock.

Wines from France, Italy and Argentina, as well as a Michigan wine and a Michigan ale, will be paired with foods from those countries. The Michigan ale is Dragon's Milk, a fitting choice for the Parade of Nations 2015 theme: World of Lore and Legends. There will be a silent auction before the wine tasting. Tickets are $40 per person or $320 for a corporate table seating eight. Tickets are available at Michigan Tech's International Programs and Services office or online. The wine tasting benefits the Hancock Rotary's local and international programs and celebrates the international character of our community.

September First Friday Social

If you are interested in hosting a social or learning more, please contact Brenda Randell at or 7-3348.

First Friday Socials are back for 2015-2016. Faculty, staff, graduate students and retirees are invited to attend this year's opener from 4-6 p.m. Friday, on the ROTC Lawn. In case of rain, the social will be moved inside to the fourth floor of the Administration Building. Complementary soda, beer and wine will be served along with some great appetizers.

The Graduate School and Graduate Student Government are once again sponsoring this month's event. Come and mingle with your colleagues and meet Michigan Tech's outstanding graduate students. The graduate students will be offering a tour of the graduate school and giving away some great raffle prizes.

First Friday University Socials, started in 2006, provide a casual setting for members of the campus community to get together informally, share their work and other interests and get to know each other. These informal gatherings can lead to more productive work relationships, an appreciation for diversity and a chance to meet some new friends.

This year's Socials will again feature departmental partners sponsoring each month's event. Next month's event on October 2 will be sponsored by the Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success. June is still in need of a sponsor. The schedule can be found online. If you are interested in hosting a social or learning more, contact Brenda Randell at or 7-3348.

Carnegie Museum to Host Events

Trials and Trails Tonight

The Carnegie Museum hosts tours of Huron Creek. Carol MacLennan (SS) and Alex Mayer (CEE) will host a pair of tours tonight. Begining at 5:30 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. the tour of Huron Creek travels from its rerouted home behind Walmart to its entry into the Portage Canal. You will learn about how area mines and other development changed the route and the ecology of Huron Creek. $25.00 per ticket ($20 members) includes guided tour and refreshments at Museum.

Seats are limited, reserve tickets by calling 482-7140 or email

Note — your seat is NOT GUARANTEED UNTIL PAID. The museum will be open at noon today. The Red Jacket Trolley is undergoing repairs this summer so they will use use a small tourbus instead.

"Sustaining Lake Superior".

How can communities help sustain the health of Lake Superior in the face of mining, climate change, forest change, invasive species, and emerging chemicals of concern?  The challenges facing Lake Superior are many--yet local, regional, and international communities overcame enormous threats to the lake's ecosystems  in the past century. This talk by Nancy Langston (SS) will explore what we can learn from the past to help sustain Lake Superior. 

Join us at 6:30 p.m. on September 15 for the first in our new series about Lake Superior Futures. Seminars are held in the Museum's Community Room. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments and introductions; lecture and discussion from 7 - 8. Admission is free; Community Room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit.  

Greek Blood Drive

Consider donating blood at the Greek Blood Drive! We will be set up in the Library from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. Sign up for an appointment time or call: 1-800-733-2767. Walk-ins are always welcome!

$2 HuskiesFit Classes this week

Sample fall fitness programs and youth classes for only $2 each, all week through Saturday.

All classes are held at the Student Development Complex Check out @ Michigan Tech Rec Ready to change up your fitness routine or get started with a new one? Fitness programs include Yoga, Conditioning, Indoor Cycling, Zumba, PiYo and many more! Youth classes include Dance, Aikido, Tumbling and many more!

Fall Semester Programming Begins Sept. 8. View the program guide for full details on class offerings, schedules and rates.Fitness enrollment is rolling and walk-ins are always welcome. Please note that youth classes run on sessions and usually have preregistration deadlines. Tech Wellness Dollars Employees can use their $150 TechFit benefit for themselves and a $100 for either a spouse or dependent for HuskiesFit class punch cards and full session registration. Commit to be HuskiesFit this Fall with Michigan Tech Recreation.

Film Lover Group Open to All

A long-running film club meets Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm at the home of chemical engineering faculty Tomas Co and Faith Morrison. All are welcome.

This Wednesday, they will show the documentary "The Salt of the Earth", directed by Juliano Ribeiro Salgado and Wim Wenders.

For more information about the Filmlover Group and for a summary of this week's movie, go to the website. You can also obtain the weekly summary by joining the email list. Email to be added to the list.

DoD Guidance on Medical Research

R. Keith Martin will present special seminars on Research Programs and Funding Opportunities in the Life and Medical Sciences within the Department of Defense. At 11 a.m. on September 10,  Martin will present "Understanding Military Medical Research Programs," and at 3 p.m., he will present "The Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium Research Programs and Funding Opportunities in the Life and Medical Sciences within the Department of Defense."

Both talks will take place in MUB Ballroom A-1. Martin has had a successful career as a researcher and senior leader in the area of medical and health science research and development. He has served in many leadership roles within the US Army and Department of Defense including Military Deputy to the Principal Assistant for Research and Technology at the Army's R&D Headquarters, where he exercised executive oversight of the planning, management and execution of >$1.4B of annual R&D funding for medical programs. Dr. Martin retired from military service as a full Colonel and now works for Tunnell Government Services as a senior science advisor to help connect researchers from academia and industry with the medical research programs supported by the Army and the Department of Defense. In addition, Martin will engage in discussions on research programs and opportunities funded by the Department of Defense. For more information, contact Cary F. Chabalowski, Professor & Chair, Department of Chemistry  RSVP for the seminars.

Sports News

HuskiesLive Portal at Stretch Internet is Live

Michigan Tech’s home for live athletics streams in 2015-16 is Stretch Internet. The Huskies’ portal for hockey is here. For all Tech Division II sports, visit here. Fans can get live video and statistics in the same portal with options for high definition and standard definition. Read the full story.

This Week in Husky Sports

Today: Huskies Drive Time, 7:30 - 8 a.m. Mix 93.5 FM

Thursday: Football hosts Wayne State, 6 p.m.

Friday: Volleyball vs. Upper Iowa (at Marquette), 11 a.m.
Cross Country at UP Championships (Marquette), 4 p.m.
Volleyball vs. Fort Hayes State (at Marquette), 5 p.m.
Women’s Soccer at Winona State, 7 p.m.

Saturday: Women’s Tennis hosts Grand Valley State, 10 a.m.
Volleyball vs. Lake Superior State (at Marquette), 11 a.m.
Volleyball vs. Cedarville (at Marquette,) 7 p.m.

Sunday: Women’s Tennis hosts Ferris State, 10 a.m.
Women’s Soccer at St. Cloud State, 1 p.m.

Job Posting

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Internal/External UAW Posting 9/1/2015 – 9/7/215. External applications will be reviewed after internal applications. Apply Online.

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In the News

Reseracher Yun Hang Hu and his doctoral student, Bing Han, continue to have their research on artificial photosynthesis and hydrogen fuels covered. Both internationally and locally.
Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) is quoted on the performance of solar in the Richmond Times Dispatch and Tulsa World.
The Pearce group solar-powered 3-D printers made the Tech.Mic top 6 list for  Here Are the Big Ways 3-D Printing Is Creating the Future of Renewable Energy.

3D Printing Industry reports that copies of Pearce's book The Open Source Lab are prizes inthe Second Great Big Gigabot Giveaway.
The Detroit News published an article about Isle Royale National Park not meeting Sen. Gary Peters' deadline for a wolf-moose reclamation plan, quoting Associate Professor John Vucetich (SFRES) saying that it is already too late for genetic rescue of wolves and that the idea of culling the moose is "ridiculous." Read the story.


Jacob Heck, a 2010 graduate of the School of Technology's Surveying Engineering program, has been named to the Emerging Engineers and Surveyors Group of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). The group is a task force to help connect young engineers and surveyors with NCEES decision-makers to provide feedback on the licensure process and other topics relevant to the future of the engineering and surveying professions. NCEES is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing professional licensure for engineers and surveyors. It develops, administers and scores the examinations used for engineering and surveying licensure in the US.


Nancy Ross Sutherland, an alumna of the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science (BS '79), has received the Outstanding Scientific Accomplishment Award from the US Forest Service Region 9. The award is one of the Inspiring Women Awards given to women who have made outstanding contributions to the US Forest Service Region 9, which includes the Northern Research Station in Houghton.

Inspiring Women Awards honor the contributions and commitment of outstanding women in the Forest Service representing the Eastern Region (Region 9), Northern Research Station (NRS), Southern Research Station (SRS), Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry (NA), Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) and Albuquerque Service Center whose work and service have benefited women. These awards are given to honor women who work to improve the quality of life for their fellow employees and to recognize their contributions and extraordinary achievements to empower women in the workplace. Sutherland's award recognizes accomplishments of a highly technical or scientific nature, including research and development, identifying new processes, patents and breakthrough discoveries or significant growth in scientific understanding or completing scientific analysis to advancement of women. She received the award specifically for her work on the development of no-lick postal stamps. Developed cooperatively with the USPS, Forest Service and private sector organizations over a 10-year period, "no-lick" stamps are now commonly used worldwide. Nancy and her staff were responsible for the development of testing procedures and protocols used in their development.