New Look, Same Great Result

Michigan Tech has launched a new giving form for those wishing to make an online gift to the University.

Staff members worked on the redesign with the following goals in mind: make it easier to navigate; provide donors with more options for making a gift (multiple payments, recurring/ongoing, etc.); and allow donors to designate more than one area of support if they choose.

In addition, those making an online contribution can now indicate if they're making their gift in memory or in honor of someone.

As online gifts to Michigan Tech continue to grow ($621,683 in FY'15), ongoing evaluation and updating of the form is critical to ensuring online donors have a positive experience. The new form is much easier to read and to use with a mobile device such as a phone or tablet.

So, when you have a minute check it out.

Community Outdoor Nature Programs for Families

Community Outdoor Nature Programs for Families are free and open to the public. Below are the upcoming sessions. 

  • 7:30 -11:00 a.m. Saturday—Trapping and observations of birds and small mammals, with Jesse Knowlton and Dan Haskell (SFRES). Find out what lives at the Marsin Nature Area. The Keweenaw Land Trust is looking for citizen scientists (no experience necessary) to help document observations of birds, small mammals, and other wildlife on the property. Guided hikes will leave the Retreat at 8 a.m., rain or shine. 
  • 6-7:30 p.m., Monday—Making Apple Cider (bring your own apples and jugs to take home) with Chris Hohnholt (SFRES), at Nara Nature Center.

What to Bring: Dress for the weather and wear good walking shoes.

This program is funded by the Michigan Association of Environmental Professionals and coordinated by the Western U.P. Center for Science, Math and Environmental Education and the Michigan Tech Center for Science and Environmental Outreach. For more information, call 7-3341.

Homecoming Tailgate

Join us for our Homecoming Tailgate from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday on the Upper Soccer Field. Show your support for the Huskies, enjoy free food and lots of fun. The event is free for everyone with a student ID or a Homecoming Football Game ticket. Kickoff for the Homecoming game against Northwood is at 1 p.m. at Sherman Field.

Menu includes a BBQ sandwich bar, BBQ Beef, Pulled Pork, Chicken Tinga, cookies, lemonade, hot chocolate and more. Alcohol will be available for purchase—bring your ID.

Sponsored by University Dining Services. Additional support provided by Athletics, Family Weekend, Alumni Relations and Student Activities.

Club Indigo Presents "The Third Man"

Tomorrow's Club Indigo at the Calumet Theatre presents a classic thriller. "The Third Man," a 1949 import from England, is a taut, suspenseful film starring Orson Welles as Harry Lime, a jaded American living in war-torn Vienna, carrying on an illegal business, while trying to escape recognition even from his old American friend and writer of Westerns, played by Joseph Cotton. Tension is high from the start and grows constantly higher as they also compete for the attention of a beautiful, mysterious native (Alidi Valli). Backed by Anton Karas' award-winning soundtrack and filmed in stark black and white, this movie still captivates audiences to this day.

The movie will be shown at 7:15 p.m. tomorrow at the Calumet Theatre, preceded at 6 p.m. by a buffet of Viennese cuisine from the Miscowabic Club of Calumet. To arrange for seating at the buffet, call the theater at 337-2610 no later than 5 p.m. today.

Fourth Keweenaw String Festival Presents “Violapalooza”

What is a Violapalooza? Lollapalooza with violas? Come to the 4th Keweenaw String Festival starting at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, at the Rozsa Center and find out.

Picture a host of young Kurt Cobains, playing classical music instead of Nirvana. We'll have stars of the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra, special guests, along with emerging, talented violists of the Keweenaw—all on stage at the Rozsa. 

For more information, see the Michigan Tech event page.  

Sports News

Women's basketball Ranked No. 8 in Preseason Poll 

The Michigan Tech women's basketball team has earned a No. 8 ranking in the Division II Bulletin National Preseason Top 25 poll.

The Huskies are coming off a 2014-15 season where they compiled a 28-3 record, a GLIAC regular season crown and a GLIAC Tournament championship. Read the full story.


Youth Huskies Day at SDC 

With several area schools being off tomorrow, Michigan Tech Athletics and Recreation is hosting Youth Huskies Day at the Student Development Complex.

SDC day passes for youth are available for $5 each and include access to the MacInnes Student Ice Arena, multipurpose gym and pool. For just $8 more ($13 total), youth users can get a ticket to Michigan Tech hockey’s 7 p.m. game vs. Laurentian and a ticket to Michigan Tech volleyball’s match vs. Walsh at 5 p.m.

The multipurpose gym will be open from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The pool will be available for open swimming from 2:30-9 p.m. and open skating will be from 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Children under 11 require adult supervision.

Get day passes and game tickets in person at the SDC ticket office or by calling 7-2073.

French Director Agnés Varda Webinar

The French director Agnés Varda will be in residence at the University of Chicago in October. Tomorrow, Varda will speak about and reflect upon various stages of her long and rich artistic career as a photographer, filmmaker and visual artist. The webinar will take place at 8 p.m. in Walker 120A.

Biological Sciences Seminar

Colin Brooks, MTRI Environment Scienve Lab and Biological Sciences PhD student, presents, "Developing spectral algorithms to identify and map aquatic invasive species using UAV-enabled high-resolution remote sensing," from 4-5 p.m. tomorrow in Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC) 202. 

This project task and talk are focused on improving the understanding of the spectral profile of the invasive aquatic plant Eurasian watermilfoil (EWM). This will enable development of a case-specific algorithm able to identify it from from other submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) typically seen in similar sheltered embayment areas in the upper Great Lakes.

MEDC European Trade Office in Houghton

On Tuesday, the Finnish American Chamber of Commerce Upper Michigan will host a European Commerce Roundtable. The meeting will provide an opportunity for local companies to discuss programs, services and support that are available for key European markets. MEDC provides statewide international trade assistance and this meeting will provide an opportunity to begin or extend your company’s global business development.

Attending from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation will be Terry Potter, Project Director of the UK Trade Office and Chris Bosio, International Trade Manager serving the State of Michigan.

All local companies that would like to know more about global market opportunities, business practices and available support, as well as those already conducting international business to share their experiences are invited.  For more information visit the Chamber's website.


Today's Homecoming Events

Today's events for Homecoming are as follows:

  • Trails Relay—Tech Trails, 4:30 p.m. 
  • Homecoming Court Dinner—Great Lakes Research Center 202, 6 p.m.


This Week's C-Cubed Menu

-Roasted Sweet Potato Soup with Quinoa (VGF)
-Roasted Chicken, Avacado, Sprout and Cashew Spread Sandwiches
-Avacado, Sprout and Cashew Spread Sandwiches (V)
-Jicama Pear and Mint Salad with a Citrus Dressing (VGF)

-Chicken Fajitas with Lime Cilantro Yogurt (GF)
-Veggie Fajitas with Lime Cilantro Yogurt (VGF)
-Mango Cucumber Rice Salad (VGF)
-Guacamole with Fresh Jicama and Veggies (VGF)

C-Cubed lunches are offered from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. Lunch is $10 (cash and credit cards accepted); you may bring your own lunch instead of purchasing the buffet. Coffee, tea, iced tea, cookies and fruit are available for all. All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited.


"Library Skills Refresher" Workshop

Has it been a year or two (or longer) since you have had to do any library research? Feel like your information-finding skills are a little rusty? Join the Van Pelt and Opie Library for the Library Skills Refresher Session to brush off the dust. Topics covered will include library services specific to Michigan Tech, as well as a variety of searching techniques and strategies to help you get the most out of your research.

The workshop will take place from 1-2 p.m. today in Library 242.


Social Sciences Brown Bag Today

Join the Department of Social Sciences at 4 p.m. today in AOB 201 for the following Brown Bag presentations:

  • Adrian Blake—"Failure on the Frontier: Historic Copper Smelting on Isle Royale"

  • Aaron Howe and LouAnn Wurst—"Twelve Years in the Making: Daily Life and Resource Depletion at a Logging Camp"


Reward Yourself with Unplug!
An instructor will lead you through guided meditation and functional movement to improve concentration, circulation, mobility and productivity. Open to all students, faculty and staff. Tonight's session is from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in Wads Annex. Here's the schedule for remaining sessions:
  • Oct. 15, noon-1 p.m., MUB B001
  • Nov. 12, noon-1 p.m., MUB B001
  • Dec. 3, noon-1 p.m., MUB Ballroom B1
  • Dec. 10, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Wads Annex


Geoseminar with Wendy Eisner

Wendy Eisner will present "How has I'upiaq (Eskimo) Knowledge Helped Our Understanding of Environmental Changes on the North Slope of Alaska," from 3-4 p.m. tomorrow in Dow 610.

On the Road

Lorelle Meadows invited to AAUW Convening

Lorelle Meadows, dean of the Pavlis Honors College, is an invited participant this week at the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Convening in Washington, DC: Solving the Equation, The Variables for Women's Success in Engineering and Computing - Research Agenda for the Future.

At this two-day NSF-funded meeting, participants seek to answer the question of what we still need to know to fully understand why women remain underrepresented in engineering and computing occupations. Starting with the themes presented in the AAUW's recent report, "Solving the Equation: The Variables for Women's Success in Engineering and Computing," participants will discuss gaps in the current state of our knowledge and promising directions for future research.

Job Posting

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

New Funding

Ann Kitalong-Will, (chair, WorkLife Planning Advisory Committee and executive director, Vice President for Administration Office, Business Operations), is the principal investigator on a project that received a $22,750 grant from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS).

The project is, "Michigan Technological University Labor Management Staff Mentoring Program." In collaboration with Amanda Cadwell (UAW local #5000 president and administrative aide, Civil and Environmental Engineering), and Catherine Burns (manager staff employment and University Union contract administrator), Kitalong-Will will work to develop a staff mentoring program that will be managed by the WorkLife Connections Office.  


Tim Colling (CEE/MTTI), is the principal investigator on a project that has received $446,685 from the Michigan Department of Transportation for the "2016 Michigan Local Technical Assistance Program." John Kiefer (CEE) and Christine Codere (CEE) are Co-PIs on the project.
Wayne Weaver (ECE) has received $97,460 from Sandia National Labs under contract for a research and development project titled, "Unstable and Pulse Load Control Designs for Naval Electrical Systems."

Continuous Improvement Connection

The Improvement Website has all sorts of great resources that can help you when you are looking to make improvements in your area/department. The Continuous Improvement Blog has new posts every week about different improvement tools and initiatives that are going on around campus. The Tools and Templates tab provides a list of the different Quick Points and Templates we utilize when improving processes around campus. There is also the Lean Library page which lists all the books we have in our library as well as a quick summary of most books. Don't forget about the Request a Process Improvement Event Google Doc; which allows anyone to quickly and easily schedule an improvement event. If you're more of a face-to-face communicator, you can always stop into the office located in 136 West Wadsworth Hall.