Winter Break Shuttle Schedule

Transportation Services will be running a limited shuttle service during winter break, Dec. 22 through Jan. 9. The shuttle will be running on campus from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  The shuttle service will include frequent stops throughout the day at the Lakeshore Center. The shuttle will not run on the following dates; Dec. 24, 25 and 31, as well as Jan. 1.

The City of Houghton will not be running on campus during winter break, Dec. 22 through Jan. 9. For questions, contact Angela Kolehmainen at or 7-3288.
Originally posted in Tech Today (12/19/2014)

2015 Nominations for DeVlieg Fellowships Open

Nominations are now open for the DeVlieg Foundation Fellowships.

All graduate programs may nominate one eligible PhD student per program.  There will be two recipients – each will receive a stipend for summer 2015 plus support for one credit of tuition.  Eligible students will meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Must be a graduate student in one of the fields supported by the DeVlieg Foundation:
    1. Engineering or a closely related field, OR
    2. Wildlife/biology (2015 Summer Research Award in Biology/Wildlife/Natural Resources)
  2. Must be a US citizen or permanent resident.
  3. Must be enrolled in a PhD program.
  4. Must be nominated by student’s graduate program.  Each PhD program may nominate one student.

Nominations are due no later than 4pm on January 29, 2015 to the Graduate School. Please address to the attention of Debra Charlesworth.

Please see our web page for details on the application procedure and materials needed.  Each program may determine its own internal selection procedure.

Please contact the Graduate School with any questions.

Tobacco-Free Policy Update on E-Cigarettes

The Tobacco-Free Task Force and the Executive Team reviewed the results of surveys conducted by the University Senate, Staff Council, Undergraduate Student Government and Graduate Student Government. In keeping with last year’s decision to become a tobacco-free campus, I have decided to move ahead with a total ban of all tobacco and smoking-like products. This will include e-cigarettes. The action is part of an ongoing effort to be a more welcoming and healthy campus.

The ban will go into effect on Jan. 12, 2015, the first day of the spring semester. New signage will inform people that Michigan Tech is a tobacco-free campus, including e-cigarettes. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

Originally Posted in Tech Today (12/15/2014)

Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship for Female Graduate (MS geoscience) Students

The American Geosciences Institute is proud to announce that applications are open for the 3rd annual Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship. The Scholarship was established from a bequest given to AGI by Harriet Evelyn Wallace, who was one of the founding members of the Geoscience Information Society (GSIS). This scholarship is for the support of female graduate students in the United States studying the geosciences. A new scholar is named each year, and every scholar is eligible for up to two years of support. The current annual award is $5,000.

This year, we will be giving the award to one qualified Master’s student studying geoscience. PhD applications will not be reviewed this year. The application deadline is January 5th, 2015. The successful applicant will be a thesis-based, full-time student and must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. The Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship is merit-based and applicants will be evaluated on their probability of successfully completing a geoscience graduate program and transitioning into the geoscience profession following graduation.

For more information or to submit an application, please visit:

If you have any questions regarding the scholarship, or while submitting your application, please contact the scholarship coordinator Heather Houlton at

Mapping Faculty Career Processes at Michigan Tech (Lean Report-Out)

The campus community is invited to a Lean report-out on two kaizen events devoted to mapping faculty career processes. The report-out will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 16, from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. A primary purpose of the event is to facilitate feedback from all members of the Tech community.

The Lean techniques are being used in support of a grant proposal to NSF ADVANCE: “Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers.” Program details can be found online. An ongoing series of kaizen events is being conducted with interdisciplinary teams consisting of representatives from all Colleges, at all faculty ranks and administrative offices. The focus is on identifying steps and programs to improve faculty career processes and goals.

The most recent kaizens addressed pre-tenure and post-tenure career processes. Later kaizens will address recruitment, retention and metrics for success. The kaizen series and related ADVANCE proposal development efforts are supported by the Provost’s Office. For more information, contact Sonia Goltz (, Adrienne Minerick ( or Patty Sotirin (

Originally posted in Tech Today (12/10/2014)

On Campus Meeting Regarding Lift Bridge Plans – Dec. 18

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will share plans for the major maintenance project on the Portage Lake Lift Bridge, scheduled to begin later this month, at a meeting on Thursday, Dec. 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Fisher 138.

Residents, community stakeholders and business owners can review the plans for construction and ask questions of MDOT staff members and contractor representatives.

MDOT will perform upgrades and preventive maintenance work on the lift bridge between Houghton and Hancock from mid-December 2014 to mid-April 2016. This $8.3 million project includes lift cable replacement, balance chain maintenance, electrical and mechanical upgrades, security system improvements, spot painting and new barrier gates.

The project will require two long-term nighttime closures of the bridge and numerous short-term closures.

Originally posted in Tech Today (12/9/2014)

Extended Library Hours (Dec 7-19)

The Van Pelt and Opie Library will be open 24/7 from Sunday, Dec. 7, (11:59 p.m.) through Friday, Dec. 19, when the library will resume regular hours and close at 10 p.m. As always, when the library’s main building is closed, access is available to enrolled students, as well as faculty and staff, through the west entrance where there is an area that includes 70 workstations, a printer, snacks and comfortable seating.

Originally posted in Tech Today (12/5/2014)

DOE Summer 2015 opportunity for STEM Students

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
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Diwali Night: Saturday Dec 6

Diwali Night, the Indian festival of lights, has become a tradition far from its Indian roots—at Michigan Tech. This Saturday, Dec. 6, is Diwali Night at Tech, hosted by the Indian Students Association (ISA).

Dinner, served from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Commons, will include Hara Bhara Kabab—a vegetable patty  stuffed with spinach, potatoes and green peas; Chicken Mughlai—a cashew curry chicken; Paneer Kadai—a vegetarian entree of cottage cheese in tomato-based curry; pita bread; Kashmiri Pulav—Basmati rice cooked in Indian spices and dried fruits; and Vermicelli Kheer—a dessert of flavored vermicelli pudding with milk and sugar.

After dinner, there will be a performance at 7:30 p.m. at the Rozsa Center, on the theme “The Wonder Years,” focusing on college life with friends. The Indian Students Association band will play Indian music. Drama and dance will include Indian classical Bharatnatyam, from southern India; folk dances including Bhangra or Punjabi from North India, and Lavani, which is Maharashtrian folk dancing from the West of India, and the Western hip-hop.

There are various legends about the origin of Diwali. Some believe it to be the celebration of the marriage of Lakshmi with Lord Vishnu. In Bengal, the festival is dedicated to the worship of Kali, the dark goddess of strength. Ganesha, the elephant-headed god who is the symbol of auspiciousness and wisdom is also worshipped in most Hindu homes during Diwali. The festival also commemorates the return of Rama, along with Sita and Lakshman, from his 14-year exile and the vanquishing of the demon-king Ravana.

Tickets include dinner and the performance. The cost is $15 for the general public and $8 for ISA members.

Tickets for the event are available at the following:

  • Rozsa Center webpage
  • SDC Ticket Office—in person or by calling 7-2073
  • MUB Commons Promotion Desk—11 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Dec. 5
  • Rozsa Box Office—Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m. for the performance  only

Originally posted in Tech Today (12/3/2014)