Career FEST Industry Days Start Tomorrow

The twice-yearly Career Fairs at Michigan Tech have provided a setting for hundreds of companies, leaders in their respective fields, to find the recruits they’re looking for. The Fall and Spring Fairs bring recruiters to the Houghton campus offering undergraduate and graduate students jobs, co-ops, internships and a host of career-defining opportunities.

For the first time this year, the University is making Career Fairs the centerpieces of dozens of events throughout  the school year.

The inaugural Career FEST kicks off Industry Days on tomorrow. Over the ensuing eight weeks, Industry Days will give students the opportunity to learn more about the types of professions in which they may want to work. Industry leaders will be on campus to provide hands-on opportunities and one-on-one conversations with recruiters.

Throughout Career FEST, a big tent will be set up in the center of campus, where students can get a first-hand look at specific industries and meet the individuals who work in them. 

The event will begin with Foundry Day tomorrow featuring a cupola furnace, a melting device used in foundries, in action inside the Career FEST tent. Read the full story.

University Portrait Session Today

The University portrait session for fall semester will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in the Administration Building room G35. The session is free and open to all faculty and staff, no appointment necessary. Although employees are not required to attend, they are encouraged to do so if a year or more has passed since their last portrait. Portraits will be taken by University Photographer Sarah Bird. Each participant will receive their retouched portrait via email when it becomes available. For questions, call 7-2330 or at

New Faculty at Michigan Tech

Each fall, new faculty at Michigan Tech participate in a Tech Talks event to introduce themselves to the Michigan Tech community. If you want to know more about new faculty and how they might contribute to your teaching and research, visit Canvas

Filipino Fare at Khana Khazana

Filipino cuisine will be served 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the Khana Khazana food truck in the MUB Circle. Entrees include Filipino Catfish Adobo, Stir-Fried Rice Noodles and Philippine Eggplant Omelette.


Sports News

Intrasquad Game, Skate With the Huskies, Oct. 3

The 2015-16 Michigan Tech hockey team will play an intrasquad game and host the annual Skate With The Huskies event at the John J. MacInnes Student Ice Arena at 6 p.m., Oct. 3. Admission is $2 per person with all proceeds going to youth hockey programs in the area. 

The game will feature two 25-minute halves with three media timeouts per half. The entire 28-man roster will participate, and Skate With The Huskies will begin immediately following the game.

The hockey team will also host a "Hockey 101" session for all international students at 4 p.m. that day. Those wishing to attend are asked to be in Room 237 at the Student Development Complex no later than 3:55 p.m. The coaching staff will answer questions, show video clips and engage in discussion about hockey.

Read the full story.

2015-16 Community Discussion Series on Environmental Awareness in the Keweenaw: Lake Superior Futures

The second year of community seminars/discussions at the Carnegie Museum of the Keweenaw were announced this week by emeritus professors Bill Rose and Susan Martin. The initial discussion is September 15 and will be led by Nancy Langston (SS) and the GLRC: Sustaining Lake Superior. The museum's doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments and introductions, and the lecture will begin at 7 p.m. The series will run through April 2016, with a guest speaker featured on the third Tuesday of each month.

Rose and Martin, Carnegie Museum board members, say they have lined up distinguished senior researchers from Michigan Tech to address topics of interest to teachers, students, residents and the larger community.

For more information, see the Carnegie Museum website

Reminders: FLC Coffee Chat; C-Cubed Lunch Menu; Greek Blood Drive; CAR Visit

Faculty Learning Communities - Coffee Chat

The Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning will host a coffee chat from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10 to explore the nature, intent and structure of a Faculty Learning Community (FLC) and the process of starting one here at Michigan Tech. The discussion focuses on the work and research of Dr. Milton Cox, from Miami University in Ohio, who has used FLCs for more than 20 years as a way for faculty to learn about and become campus leaders for a wide variety of topics.  

Coffee and light refreshments will be provided for those who register for the event by Sept. 7.

Conversation, Community, Collegiality: C-Cubed Lunches Move Upstairs
This semester, C-Cubed Lunches are moving to the Alumni Lounge in the MUB. The lunches will be held Thursday and Friday throughout the year from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited. 
All items on the buffet are labeled if they are vegetarian or gluten free. Send any suggestions to Brenda Randell at or fill out a feed-back sheet at lunch.

This week's menu includes:

Lemon Herb Chicken Skewers with Blueberry Balsamic Salsa GF
Skillet Cauliflower Gratin V
Green Salad with Citrus and Lime Mint Vinaigrette V GF

Mexican Beef or Zucchini Tortas (V if you choose Zucchini) action station
Five Bean Salad with Smoked Paprika V GF
Melon Salad with Cilantro and Lime V GF
Lunch is $10 (cash and credit cards accepted); attendees may bring their own lunch instead of purchasing the buffet. Coffee, tea, iced tea, cookies and fruit are available free for all. 
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. today and tomorrow. Sign up for an appointment time or call: 1-800-733-2767. Walk-ins are always welcome.
CAR to Visit Campus

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

They will discuss CAR's research areas and potential collaborations. Tomorrow morning they will be in Forestry 144, tomorrow 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 tomorrow 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.

Job Postings

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in the Human Resources Department. 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.

Administrative Aide 7, Humanities. Internal/External UAW Posting 9/2/20159/9/2015. External applications will be reviewed after internal applications. Apply online
Facilities Helper, Facilities. AFSCME Internal & External Posting 9/2/1​5​ - 9/9/15​ External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. Apply online.

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

On the Road

Myounghoon "Philart" Jeon (CLS/CS) co-organized two workshops; Workshop on Practical Experiences in Measuring and Modeling Drivers and Driver-Vehicle Interactions and The Third Workshop on User Experience of Autonomous Driving, with international collaborators at the Seventh International Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicular Applications (AutomotiveUI15), in Nottingham, UK, which began Monday and concludes today. The workshops were partly supported by The Michigan Tech Transportation Institute.

Continuous Improvement Connection

What you learn about continuous improvement can be used anywhere. Tyson Ortiz was going to be a father when he and his wife discovered their unborn son had only half a heart. Stunned and afraid, they decided to try using Tyson's training in a continuous improvement method called the Improvement Kata, as they dealt with all of the problems they faced.

Read Tyson's full story.