Mary Fraley, Gretchen Hein, and Amy Monte Selected as Positive Female Role Models

EF-positive-female-role-model-2The Center for Diversity and Inclusion conducted an anonymous survey of female students, staff, and faculty at Michigan Tech during the fall 2016 semester. Over 250 responses identified 98 individuals across campus as positive female role models. Three Engineering Fundamentals women were named in this group: Gretchen Hein, Amy Monte, and Mary Fraley (photo left to right).

Congratulations to the three of them for being recognized for this honor!

Gretchen Hein is an Exceptional Thermo/Fluid Mechanics Instructor

Gretchen HeinPlease join us in congratulating Gretchen for her fall 2016 teaching performance in ENG3200 – Thermo/Fluid Mechanics. Gretchen was identified as one of only 91 instructors who received an exceptional “Average of 7 dimensions” student evaluation score. Gretchen’s score was in the top 10% of similarly sized sections across all courses/sections on campus; only 111 out of more than 1050 sections university-wide were rated as highly. This achievement reflects Gretchen’s dedication to teaching and service to Michigan Tech and the community.

Congratulations, Gretchen!

Brett Hamlin is an Exceptional Outdoor Emergency Care Instructor

image63428-persBrett is being recognized for excellent teaching in his fall 2016 course EH2029 – Outdoor Emergency Care. Student evaluation scores include an “Average of 7 dimensions,” and Brett was only one of 91 instructors who was exceptional across the board. His performance places him in the top 10% of similarly sized sections across all courses/sections on campus; only 111 out of more than 1050 sections university-wide were rated as highly. Brett’s dedication to teaching and service to Michigan Tech and the community is undeniable.

Congratulations, Brett!

Mid-Term Grades for First-Year Students

All first-year students will receive mid-term grades for their classes; mid-term grades are viewable on Banweb at 5pm, February 27, 2017.

The purpose of mid-term grades is to help first-year students see how they are performing in their classes. If a student has questions regarding a mid-term grade for a class, they should meet with the instructor. Mid-term grades are defined as satisfactory (SA), unsatisfactory (UN), not applicable (NA), and missing (M). NA is used for courses where credit is not earned. M is used when an instructor does not submit a grade. Mid-term grades are temporary grades and will be replaced when the student has earned the final grade for the class. Therefore, no permanent record of the mid-term grade is kept.


MEEM2110 (Statics) Registration Requirements

If you are planning to take MEEM2110 (Statics) Fall 2017, there are several registration requirements that you will need to know.

  • You must earn a C or better in MA2160 (Calculus II) to remain in MEEM2110.
  • Registration is only open to required majors during initial registration:
    • Civil, Material Science, & Mechanical.
    • A change of Major form must be signed by your new advisor; your new advisor must contact MEEM for a waiver so you can register during initial registration.
      • It is best if you get the waiver before your registration time.
    • MEEM2110 typically over fills, follow instructions to get on the wait list.
  • Other majors may register after initial registration:
    • Chemical (elective); Electrical (elective); Environmental & Geological (used with MEEM2150 to replace ENG2120); not accepted for Biomed & Computer.

Registration Waivers and Signatures

It is best to check course pre-reqs, co-reqs, and restrictions before registration opens (March 12, 2017). This will allow you time to get appropriate signatures or make other plans for your schedule. You can check the course pre-reqs, co-reqs, and restrictions in the course descriptions listing by clicking the CRN (Course Registration Number) in the Schedule of Classes or by looking at the undergraduate course descriptions.

When registering, if you get an error, read the error. Many times the error is due to a time conflict or lack of a co-requisite course (i.e. MA2160 has a required Recitation and Lab). You can easily correct these errors by selecting a class at another time or adding the co-requisite course. If you still are unable to register, check the course pre-reqs, co-reqs, and restrictions to see if you may need a waiver.

Types of waivers (who to go to for approval):

  1. Grading Option/Credit Change Form
    • To take a class as Pass-Fail or Audit – not used for courses required to graduate (academic advisor and instructor)
    • To take a variable credit course, i.e. independent study (academic advisor and instructor)
  2. Credit Overload Permission Form
    • Students in good standing going over 18 credits (academic advisor)
    • Students on probation going over 16 credits (Student Affairs)
  3. Special Approval/Restriction Waiver Form
    • Major (department offering the course)
    • Level – Undergraduate or Graduate (department offering the course)
    • Special Approval
      • Instructor Approval – i.e. enterprise (instructor)
    • Prerequisite (instructor)
    • Corequisite (instructor)
    • Class Restriction to be Waived – Freshman, Sophomore, etc. (instructor)
  4. Time Conflict/Exam Conflict Permission Form (all instructors of conflicting courses)
  5. Full Section – (department offering the course)
    Check to see if another section would work if you rearranged your schedule. If not, go to department that offers the class for permission to enroll in a filled-section.

To obtain approval for a waiver:

  • Print “waiver form” from the Registrar’s Office website.
  • Complete the form and obtain signature approval from the course instructor or advisor for the department offering the course.
  • Bring completed, signed waivers to Student Services Center in the Admin Building.
  • To check your waivers go to Banweb: Student -> Registration -> Check Registration Status to see Permits and Overrides (aka waivers).

Class Restriction on a UN course:
UN1015 and UN1025 are restricted to Freshman during initial registration. If you are a 1st-year student and have AP or transfer credits that give you Sophomore status, you should already have a waiver. To check and see if you have waivers go to Banweb: Student -> Registration -> Check Registration Status to see Permits and Overrides (aka waivers). If you do not have a waiver, you can get a waiver to get into your correct UN classes. Go to the Student Service Center for a Class Restriction waiver. For students that did not take the appropriate UN course during the restricted year, class restrictions for the UN courses will be removed after the freshmen have scheduled (near the end of the 2nd week of the initial registration period).


Registration Opens March 12, 2017

Fall 2017 registration will be open March 12th, 10:00 pm through March 26th, midnight. If you have questions regarding what classes to take, you should make an appointment to meet with your academic advisor.

Registration typically opens each night at 10:00 pm. Due to the large number of students, some days will have two start times, 10:00 pm and 11:00 pm. To find out what day and time you register go to:

– Banweb: Student -> Registration -> Check Registration Status to see Time/Day and Permits and Overrides (aka waivers)

  • Priority is based on the number of credits earned at the time of registration. This does not include the number of credits the student is currently taking.
  • Students may register anytime on or after their scheduled day.
  • The web will be unavailable for registration from 2:00–2:30 am each day.
  • Registration closes at midnight Sunday, March 26th and reopens later that week.
  • Students with questions or problems should contact the Student Service Center at 487-2319 or e-mail schedule@mtu.edu.

First-Year Engineering Students to Experience Flipped Classroom

First Year Engineering

The College of Engineering’s First-Year Engineering Program, provided through the Department of Engineering Fundamentals, is moving to a new model of instruction called a “flipped classroom.” The flipped classroom is grounded on the idea that students will prepare for class by doing readings and using other resources before class time. Once in class, students will work to solve problems, discuss applications of engineering and participate in engineering projects. To facilitate this model, each student must have a laptop of his or her own to prepare before class and to participate fully in class.

Incoming students for fall 2017 can review the laptop requirements through Undergraduate Admissions in preparation for this initiative.

Original story by Wayne Pennington, College of Engineering and Jon Sticklen, Engineering Fundamentals.


Last Day to Drop With a “W” (Withdrawal)

The last day to drop a class with a withdrawal (W) grade:

  • Track A classes – Friday of Week 5 (February 10, 2017, 5pm)
  • Full semester classes – Friday of Week 10 (March 24, 2017, 5pm)
  • Track B classes – Friday of Week 12 (April 7, 2017, 5pm).

All first-year students must meet with their academic advisor and instructor to drop a class. This allows the student to discuss the ramifications before dropping a class. Therefore, do not wait until Friday to get signatures.

All students must go to the Student Service Center to drop classes after 1st week of classes.

After the last day to drop, students who have extenuating circumstances must appeal to the Student Affairs office for a Late Drop. The instructions for requesting a Late Drop can be found at: www.admin.mtu.edu/dos/latedrop.htm.

“W” Withdrawal Information: When a student drops a full semester class between 1st and 3rd weeks, nothing appears on their transcripts. When a student drops a class between 4th and 10th weeks, a withdraw grade (W) appears on their transcripts. This indicates that the student took the class for a significant amount of time (more than 3 weeks) and then decided to drop the class. One W on a transcript is not a big deal (check with Financial Aid to see a W grade will affect your financial aid, scholarships, or loans). More than a couple of Ws will start to indicate to a potential employer that a student cannot complete what they set out to do.


Need help in a class?

As you are getting into your classes, you may find that you need extra help on a topic. If you have questions, go see your professor during office hours, or e-mail your professor to set up an appointment. Learning Centers are another resource on campus:

  • Chemistry: 208 Chem Sciences and Eng Building
  • Computer Science: 114 Rekhi Hall
  • Engineering Fundamentals: 208 Dillman Hall, Sunday- Thursday, 7pm-9pm
  • Mathematics: 234 Fisher Hall
  • Multiliteracies Center (formerly the Writing Center): 107 Walker Arts and Humanities Center
  • Physics: 128 Fisher Hall
  • Visit the link for all Michigan Tech Learning Centers

Study Abroad

Participating in the Study Abroad program can be an exciting and life-changing experience. Studying abroad can be done during the summer, or for one semester or two semesters. Whether you know what country you would like to visit or simply want to know the opportunities available to you, visit the International Programs and Services (IPS) website.

Once you have determined that you want to study abroad, start the process by checking out the Study Abroad To Do list. As long as you plan ahead, courses taken abroad can be used to satisfy your degree requirements and should not impact your graduation date. Coordination is required among the IPS staff, your academic advisor, and other departments to determine course offerings and to get them pre-approved to transfer to Michigan Tech.

IPS hosts weekly information sessions, Study Abroad 101. Each session includes an overview of the study abroad options, the study abroad process, and how to work it into your academic plan. The sessions are in the IPS Office, 200 Administration Building, Tuesdays at 11am and Thursdays at 2pm. The application deadline for Summer is March 1, for Fall is April 1, and for Spring is October 15.


Preparing to get a job

It’s not too early to start preparing for a summer job; plan ahead for the 2017 Fall Career Fair.

  • All Events List (look for):
    • Interview Skills
    • Resume Blitz
    • Company Info Sessions
    • PCA Career Success Day
  • Fall Career Fair: SDC, February 22, noon-5pm

Spring Career Fair 2017 is where students and companies can meet to discuss potential job opportunities including summer internships, co-ops, and full-time employment. It is a great chance for first-year students to find summer employment which can help in making career decisions. A Job Fair Guidebook will be handed out at the Career Fair and will be available on-line. The guidebook provides a brief description of each company attending the Career Day (see details on the web at www.career.mtu.edu). A shuttle will be provided to transport students to and from the SDC; campus pick-up is at the MUB.

The following tips and strategies can help, but there are also a number of other ways to best prepare for your success at the Career Fair:

  • Visit the Career Services Learning Center
  • Schedule a one-on-one career advising appointment
  • Attend Career Blitz before school even starts
  • Attend Husky Talks
  • Get resume advice from corporate reps at Resume Blitzes
  • Schedule a Mock Interview – they’re available before each Career Fair
  • See more career fair prep tips.