The GOOD habit of telling others “Thank you!”

“Tis the Season” of course refers to the holidays and all that goes with: gift giving, give receiving, a time to be jolly, happy, & merry, time to gather with family and friends, time to eat until you bust (and it won’t be broccoli for most of us!)

It’s also a time for being thankful or grateful. We know you’ll say “thank you” and write thank you notes for your  gifts, and we hope you’ll have time to reflect, internally, for all your blessings, and we also hope you’ll also consider saying, “thank you” to many others no matter what the season.

It’s also a time for new beginnings, as many of us will make resolutions for the New Year – some to stop bad habits and some to start good habits. We want to encourage you to make your spirit of gratefulness one of the good habits you add to 2015. And, actually, saying, “thank you” more often, is a great habit.

We know you like to be appreciated – everyone does! Will you make it a habit to be mindful about when good things happens to you or for you, most times, someone has helped make that happen.  Tell them how much you appreciate them – even if it’s their job.

An email thank you is great, but a handwritten thank you note is the bomb!  Here are 5 quick hints to writing a great thank you note:

  1. Write out the recipient’s name –  start with the traditional, “Dear Jane or Joe or Aunt Bertha or Uncle Sam or…you get the picture.
  2. Don’t worry about your sentence structure or spelling or grammar – just write it from your heart. Sometimes sweating the form keeps us from even starting. “Just Do It”
  3. Simply start with exactly what you’re grateful for – “I’m writing to thank you for…
  4. Then tell them how their gift or action or thoughtfulness made you feel – how you’ll use it, how has it made a positive impact on your everyday life, or even just how it made you feel.
  5. Be sure to use a personal sign-off: “Love” for close family and friends, but consider, “All my best” or “Best regards” or “Fondly Yours” or even just “Yours,” for others.

A thoughtful thank you note is a wonderful way expression of personal and professional etiquette and kindness and will become part of your brand. It’ll make someone feel great, you feel great, and it’s just the right thing to do.

Happy Holidays Everyone!



Faurecia Open House 6-Jan-2015 in Holland, MI

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On Tuesday, January 6, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Faurecia Automotive is hosting a special open house event for Michigan Tech students at our xWorks Innovation Center in Holland, Michigan.

Help shape the future of personal mobility!
The Faurecia xWorks innovation team, based in Holland, Michigan; Shanghai, China; and Munich, Germany; leads advanced global innovation activities for our Automotive Interiors and Seating businesses in an open and collaborative environment. xWorks is part think tank, part maker space, and part start-up company, with a cutting edge innovation process that helps us invent breakthrough products and strategies. In fact, the Product Development Management Association ranked Faurecia xWorks the top corporate innovator for 2012.

Need a internship?
We are currently looking for engineering interns who can help us conceive and build concepts for future automotive products. If you’re smart, curious, like to work collaboratively with other disciplines, and want to make cars better – our team may be for you. Stop by, grab some food, learn more about how we work, the kind of topics we’re working on, and how you can take part!

For more information about Faurecia, please visit:

Sign up at for our open house and tour. Once registered, you’ll receive additional information and detail.

We look forward to meeting you soon!
Jim Hotary
Faurecia xWorks or (616) 450-1229




Quicken Loans Open House – 29-Dec-2014

Looking for an AMAZING way to spend your Winter Break?
On Monday, December 29th, 2014, Quicken Loans is hosting a special tour just for Michigan Technological University students to come experience our culture and learn more about potential career paths within Quicken Loans and our Family of Companies!
Sign up at: and don’t miss your chance for the tour.
There’s More to Us Than You Think!
Quicken Loans is the nation’s largest online retail mortgage lender and the fourth largest overall retail home lender in the United States. We have a very strong culture and know that our most important asset is our people.
Want to join our winning team? Come and meet us!
We have a robust internship program that’s not the stereotypical internship often associated with making coffee and filing paperwork. The program pushes interns to achieve higher goals and get real world business experience by providing a good overview of what we do, our company culture and how we operate.
Take a look at our careers page to see our open positions and learn more about why Quicken Loans has quickly become a top employer in the U.S.
Connect with your campus recruiter!

Sensing and Signaling in Biological Systems Research Experience for Undergraduates

University of Tennessee – Knoxville

Department of Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology

 Sensing and Signaling in Biological Systems

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

 The BCMB Department at UT-Knoxville will once again offer a special REU program for undergraduates interested in hands-on scientific research experience.  The broad focus is on Sensing and Signaling in Biological Systems. The team of REU faculty represent multiple modern scientific disciplines including cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, physical chemistry, and computational biology.

We especially encourage rising sophomores and rising junior undergraduate science majors to apply.

Underrepresented minorities, women, and first generation college students are also strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants must be a US citizen or a permanent resident.

More information and on-line applications are available at our web site,

Informational poster: Sensing and Signaling in Biological Systems Poster

University of Michigan’s LSI Perrigo Undergraduate Summer Fellowship

The Life Sciences Institute (LSI) at the University of Michigan is once again offering the Perrigo Undergraduate Summer Fellowship.  This 10-week program provides an opportunity for undergraduates currently enrolled in any Michigan university or college to work side-by-side with world class researchers at the LSI.  The Program, which takes place from June 15 – August 21, 2015, also provides a $3,000 stipend as well as housing support.

Application materials can be found at: The application deadline is February 20, 2015.

The Perrigo Summer Fellowship at the Life Sciences Institute is an exceptional learning experience that will, with no doubt, challenge and progress each fellow intellectually and academically. Below is an attached flyer for the fellowship.

Perrigo Flier 2015

DOE Summer 2015 STEM Students – Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program

U.S. Department of Energy Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program (MLEF)

 The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program provides students with an opportunity to gain and develop research skills with the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy for 10 weeks over the summer. For 20 years, this program has increased awareness of DOE research opportunities to students pursuing STEM degrees (science, technology, engineering and math). The goal of the program is to improve opportunities for women and minority students in these fields, however all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.  Stipends start at $600 per week and eligible Fellows will receive an additional travel and housing allowance.  For more information, visit


  • Be at least 18 years of age at time of application;
  • Be a U.S. Citizen;
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0;
  • Be currently enrolled full-time in an accredited college or university (sophomore year or higher) or had a Ph.D. conferred on or after January 2, 2014 in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) degree

 Application closes Friday, January 2, 2015 – click to get started NOW!

Special Webinar Thursday Dec. 4 for Students Interested in Internships at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado

Join us for a webinar on Dec 04, 2014 at 2:00 PM MST.

 Summer Internship Opportunities at the National Center for Atmospheric Research

Register now!

Are you passionate about climate and weather and looking for a summer research opportunity? Join our webinar to find out what an internship at a national laboratory involves, why you might want to do one, and what opportunities are available at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado in summer 2015.

We will cover:
• what to expect from an internship
• tips on how to apply
• how to make your application stand out
• getting good letters of recommendation
• choosing the best opportunity for your interests

The webinar will have a short presentation, followed by Q&A with representatives from NCAR. This webinar is appropriate for undergraduate and graduate students seeking internship opportunities, as well as faculty and advisors. Internships at NCAR include opportunities in the atmospheric sciences, computer sciences, and engineering. For details on the internship programs, go to

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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What Makes a Successful Career Fair?

Michigan Tech has a proud tradition of Career Fairs that are well organized and filled with both companies and well-prepared students.  In order for a Career Fair to be successful, it is imperative that there is a good turnout of both students and employers.

Preparation for an exam always improves performance!  Career Services offers students a variety of ways to get prepared for their future career through offering networking opportunities, practice interviews, resume assistance, and individual counseling.  These experiences are enhanced by our corporate partners who volunteer their time to help our students.

Our Fall Career Fair was record-setting in terms of company attendance.  The atmosphere was electric and the buzz on campus was palpable.  A detailed analysis of the registered companies reveals some interesting information.2014F Michigan Tech Career Fair Company Breakdown

Many of the companies in attendance were new to our Career Fair.  61 companies (almost 18%) of the companies have not been to campus since 2010 or have never been to campus before.

Feedback from our students and employers continues to enhance the career fair experience.  In the spirit of continuous improvement, we hope to make each Career Fair better than the last.  With more events to help increase student preparation and career awareness, we hope you will find that the Michigan Tech Career Fair is the best place to meet your next employees.

Michigan’s Global Future Conference for International Students – 21-November-2014

Webcasting Sessions & Times (Eastern Standard Time):

10:00-10:45 Resumes and Cover Letters
10:50-11:35 H-1B and Beyond
11:40-12:25 Employer Panel
2:15-3:00 Employer Panel
3:15-4:00 Selling Yourself
4:15-5:00 Industry Q&A: Engineering

Session Descriptions & Speakers:

Webcast Connection Information:
Join from PC, Mac, iOS or Android:
Topic: My Meeting
Time: Nov 21, 2014 8:00 AM (GMT-5:00) US Eastern Time

Or join by phone:
+1 (415) 762-9988 or +1 (646) 568-7788 US Toll
Meeting ID: 689 276 303
Information for those calling from outside the U.S.:

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Are you still looking for a job? Let Career Services Help!

If you’re looking for an internship, co-op, or full-time position, enjoy gourmet coffee and dessert with students who have been successful getting jobs in ways other than the Career Fair. 

Still Looking Your Internship, Co-op, or Full-time Position?  Career Services Can Help!

Thursday, November 13, 6:30 – 7:30, ME-EM 111

Maybe you want to work near your home, with a company that doesn’t come to the career fair, you want to live and work in a distant location, or are wanting to start your job search now – attend our Still Looking for Your Internship, Co-op, or Full-time Position?  workshop on Thursday, November 13, from 6:30 – 7:30, in ME-EM 111.  Join us for a cup of  gourmet coffee and dessert and hear from students who have been successful getting jobs in ways other than the Career Fair.  They’ll tell you about actions, tools, methods, and resources they used and that can help you work in your field of study this summer, next semester, and beyond.

Tell your friends who may be still looking, too.  See you there!