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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!


Taking Summer Classes

Some students take summer classes at Michigan Tech to replace a grade, to lighten the credits of a future semester(s), or for a great excuse to enjoy the Copper Country summers. Summer 2016 course offerings at Michigan Tech are now available at: www.mtu.edu/registrar/students/registration/prepare.
When you are scheduling, please note that some courses run the full summer semester and some run the first or second half of the semester. The dates the course will run are listed on-line when you register. Keep in mind a half-semester course requires the full amount of work in half the time (i.e., the course is taught at an accelerated pace).

If you do not want to stay at Michigan Tech for the summer, but would like to take courses, there are two other options. You can take Michigan Tech courses on-line, or you can take classes at another college and transfer them back to Michigan Tech (see transfer information below). Before taking a class at another college or university, you should check with the Michigan Tech Transfer Office to be sure that it will transfer as the course you need.

Transfer Information:

If you are going to take classes elsewhere, make sure that the course(s) will transfer to Michigan Tech as the course(s) you need BEFORE you take the class.

1) Check for the course on the Transfer Equivalency System.

2) If the course you want is NOT on the Transfer Credit Equivalency list, you may request to have it evaluated by sending information to the Michigan Tech Transfer Services Office.

Required Information for Transfer Evaluation

  • University or college name
  • Course ID and title
  • Course Catalog Description

Additional information may be required

  • Syllabus including
    • Textbook(s) used
    • Detailed Description
    • Course Outline

3) Transferring:

  • a) Register for the course (for other Michigan colleges, use the Guest Application),
  • b) Earn a grade of “C” or better (the grade will not transfer, but the credit will), and
  • c) Have your official transcripts sent to Michigan Tech.
    • Office of Student Records & Registration
    • Admin Bldg 130
    • 1400 Townsend Avenue
    • Houghton, MI 49931-1295

4) Prereqs: If any course you plan to take off campus is a prerequisite for your next semester on campus, you will need to notify Transfer Services (Ms. Nancy Gagnon,transfer@mtu.edu). She will then enter a prerequisite waiver to prevent any course scheduling issues.

5) On-line courses may sound easier since you can approach the class in your own time. Though this is true for some classes, on-line classes also require self-motivation and a time commitment on your part. Before taking the class, check into the course requirements, including internet access, exam proctors, etc.

Michigan Tech – On-line FAQs

6) Other Resources: Michigan Transfer Network – Always double check that the course transfers as your required course by contacting the Transfer Office.


Preparing to get a job

It’s not too early to start preparing for a summer job; plan ahead. Career Services has a full schedule of events to help students get ready for the 2015 Spring Career Fair.

  • 1st and 2nd Year Meeting: An Internship or Co-op is in your Future! January 27, 7:15pm
  • Get ready for the Career Fair, Stating the week of February 8th
    • Resume Blitz: Strengthen your resume with help from industry and campus professionals.
    • Career Fair Preparation: Learn about what to expect, what employers are looking for, and how you can best prepare for a successful Career Fair.
    • Mock Interviews: Schedule a mock interview appointment with a professional to prepare for the upcoming career fair!
    • Career Fair Cookout: Stop by the MUB Ballroom to speak with company representatives before the Career Fair.
    • Business and Dining Etiquette Dinner (ticketed event):
  • Spring Career Fair: SDC, February 16, noon-5pm

Spring Career Fair 2015 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.


Resume Writing

Your cover letter and resume are typically the first information a potential employer sees about you. Therefore, you want this first introduction to make the best impression possible.

Potential employers are going to spend about 30 seconds reviewing a resume before deciding if the applicant is worth more review, so be sure to make it easy to scan: well organized, concise, and descriptive. Every resume should be accompanied by a cover letter. The cover letter should grab their attention and generate interest by linking your abilities with their needs. Following an interview, you should send a thank you letter. It should be sent by e-mail or snail mail within 2 days following the interview.

Get your resume reviewed at a Resume Blitz (starting Feb 9).

When you have your resume ready, submit it for your Advising: Gen Eng assignment (needs to be submitted each year).


Need help with 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

Repeating Courses

If your earn a grade of CD or below in a course, the course may be repeated. By repeating a course, you have the opportunity to learn the material better, which will help you in future courses as well as improve your GPA. Below is a list of how it works:

  • You may repeat courses with a grade of CD or lower.
  • The most recent grade is used in your GPA calculation, even if it is lower than the previous grade.
  • Your official transcripts will indicate NR (no grade– repeated) for any earlier attempt(s) at the course.
  • You may repeat a course no more than two times (i.e., take a course three times).
  • Special permission from the Dean of Students (170 Administration Building, deanofstudents@mtu.edu, 906-487-2212), Financial Aid, and your academic advisor is required to repeat a course a second and final time.

If you have questions regarding which classes to re-take you should contact your academic advisor.


Selecting a Major

If you are still deciding on a major, there are several items you may want to consider.

1. Meet with an academic advisor before you leave for campus for the summer.

Biomedical Mr. Mike Labeau (344 M&M, malabeau@mtu.edu))
BSE & Engineering Undecided Ms. Amy Monte & Dr. AJ Hamlin (112C Dillman, efadvise@mtu.edu)
Civil & Environmental Ms. Julie Ross (103 Dillman, jzross@mtu.edu)
Chemical Ms. Katie Torrey (202M Chem Sci, cmadvise@mtu.edu)
Computer Mr. Trever Hassell (131 EERC, tjhassel@mtu.edu)
Electrical Ms. Judy Donahue (131 EERC, eceadvise@mtu.edu)
Geological Ms. Kelly McLean (627 DOW, kelly@mtu.edu)
Materials Dr. Daniel Seguin (U-101 M&M, mseadvise@mtu.edu)
Mechanical Ms. Danise Jarvey & Mr. Ryan Towles (204AMEEM, dnjarvey@mtu.edu & 205A MEEM, ratowles@mtu.edu)

2. Take an engineering seminar course Fall 2015 to see if a particular major is right for you. The courses that are offered are listed below.

Biomed BE2100
Chemical CM1000
Civil CE1000
Environmental ENVE1501
Geological GE1100
Exploring Majors at Michigan Tech SA1000
Career Development Foundations UN2525

3. Meet with Career Services for career guidance, discuss your MyPlan results, or gain career development strategies.

4. Check out the information about different engineering fields at the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Registration Waivers and Signatures

It is best to check course pre-reqs, co-reqs, and restrictions before registration opens. 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.

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