Mayer Receives Distinguished Service Award

by Marcia Goodrich, senior writer

Faced with two extraordinary candidates, the University has selected two faculty members for the Distinguished Service Award. Professor Alex Mayer, who has a primary appointment in civil and environmental engineering and a secondary appointment in geological and mining engineering and sciences, receives the 2009 award. Janice Glime, professor emeritus of biological sciences, was honored for 2008, since no Distinguished Service Award was given last year. Each will receive a $2,500 prize.

Mayer was cited for forging collaborations that cross disciplinary boundaries, particularly in his quest to enhance teaching and research and to expand awareness of water-related issues.

"Because of Alex, the importance of water quality and quantity issues is apparent to hundreds of students, faculty and staff at Michigan Tech," wrote Kathleen Halvorsen, associate professor of social sciences, in nominating Mayer.

His projects range from a study of the local Huron Creek watershed to a $1 million National Science Foundation study of water as a material in the Great Lakes region. His international outreach has extended to Mexico, Cuba and Vietnam, and he has brought more Latino, Native American and female students to campus by appealing to their interest in water resources. One of his graduate students was chosen by the US State Department to meet with then-President George W. Bush because of his and Mayer's extraordinary efforts to solve water problems in northern Mexico.

"He is truly dedicated to raising awareness about problems of water quality and quantity in several regions throughout the world," wrote Agustin Robles Morua, a PhD student who came to Michigan Tech after graduating from the University of Sonora in Mexico. He credited Mayer for securing funding that allowed him to pursue a graduate degree here.

Hugh Gorman, an associate professor of environmental history and policy, called Mayer "the person most directly responsible for raising awareness of the Huron Creek watershed in the community and on campus. In the process, he has successfully mobilized all segments of the community . . . Many more people, including myself, now recognize the importance of preparing a plan that allows for development without wrecking the basic integrity of the stream."

"Furthermore, he has proceeded in a truly interdisciplinary way," Gorman said, in nominating Mayer.

David Watkins, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, also recognized Mayer's interdisciplinary efforts. "As founding director of the Center for Water and Society, Alex has successfully brought together students and faculty, including myself, from several diverse units to address complex water resources problems," he said.

Mayer said it's essential to involve people from other fields in water-quality work. "I learned in Mexico that the technical part is easy," he said. More than developing an engineering solution to a problem, it's important to understand what people want and what laws and rules govern what they do. "You can build a wonderful sewage treatment plant," he said, "but if the community's priorities are elsewhere, it won't be maintained."

Building those interdisciplinary coalitions can be challenging. "Pushing disciplines together is really hard," Mayer said. "You have to work to encourage people to respect each other."

In addition, collaborative work is not always fully recognized in the tenure and promotion process. "Doing interdisciplinary work is risky, but in talking with my colleagues at other universities, Michigan Tech has far fewer barriers," he said.

As for receiving the Distinguished Service Award, Mayer says, "It's embarrassing, especially because I see colleagues who work their butts off. But it's nice to have the recognition, to know that doing things differently, coloring outside the lines, is being recognized at Michigan Tech."

Glime Honored for Distinguished Service

by Marcia Goodrich, senior writer

Janice Glime, known for her longtime dedication to the University Senate and to student success, is one of two Michigan Tech faculty members to be honored with the Distinguished Service Award this year. Glime, a professor emerita of biological sciences, will receive the award and a $2,500 prize, as will Alex Mayer, a professor in both the civil and environmental engineering and the geological and mining engineering and sciences departments.

Glime was senate vice president in 1994-95 and served a total of seven years as secretary, from 1995-96 to 1998-99 and from 2004-05 to 2007-08. "As senate secretary, Janice has not only continued her marvelously precise yet concise minutes, she has also continued her leadership in critical issues," particularly in the long-standing effort to develop procedures for updating department charters, said Senate President Martha Sloan in nominating Glime for the service award. The process has involved considerable negotiation among faculty, chairs, deans and administrators. "She has exhibited a high degree of diplomacy in forging a consensus among these disparate interests," said Sloan.

John Adler, who chaired the Department of Biological Sciences, called Glime's service to the senate and her department "exceptional."

"Her service in the senate has fostered a broader and more in-depth level of communication between the senate and its constituents as well as the senate and the administration," he said. "This has provided a greater sense of engagement by faculty and staff among themselves and with the administration."

"The University has changed as a result of Dr. Janice Glime's service," Adler said. "It has become a more cohesive, discoursive entity at both the faculty/administrative and the student/faculty levels."

Glime has been bringing people together for years. She was a key player in the effort to add nonunion staff to the senate constituency in 1996. "Of all the things I've done, that's what I'm most pleased with," she said. It was an uphill battle at first; a majority of the members of the Senate Constitution Committee opposed allowing nonfaculty members to be represented in the senate. Glime felt otherwise. Without staff representation, the senate was putting forth measures only to find out later they were unworkable or extremely costly. That doesn't happen anymore, she said. "Our staff can be so helpful," she said. "And they bring a different perspective that's very beneficial."

Glime was also cited for her efforts on behalf of students outside the classroom. She founded the Biology Learning Center. "The students who work under her direction and coached in the Biology Learning Center refer to her as ‘Janice,' as do many of her students," said Bill Kennedy, director of the Center for Teaching, Learning and Faculty Development, in nominating Glime. "They call her by her first name, not out of disrespect, but because they can sense her genuine concern for them as students and as people. . . . Universally, they speak of her with great reverence and affection. They recognize her as the inspiration to do more than what is required in all facets of their personal and professional lives."

Margaret Gale, dean of forest resources and environmental science, recognized Glime's efforts to advise students. "She has served on an extremely large number of our graduate committees," Gale said. "And she has made undergraduate and graduate students' education (and lives) richer by her selfless approach to advising."

Sloan agreed. "I have frequently noticed her interactions with students and have observed the tail ends of her advising sessions with them, which to me seem to go far beyond the norm in her adaptation to her students' need and her degree of concern for their lifelong learning and careers."

In addition, said Adler, "She provides service above and beyond the call of duty in assisting international students for whom English is a second language. Her dedication has led to many students being retained at Michigan Tech rather than dropping out or going elsewhere."

Glime found herself working with ESL students, particularly those from China, in part because of her discipline. "Biology is the worst class for ESL," she said. "It has a huge vocabulary." Gradually, she began focusing more attention on international students, and now hosts several of them in her home. "They have such interesting things to share, and their cultures are so different and exciting," she said.

In addition, working with foreign students is exceptionally rewarding. "It's a challenge, and you also feel like you are really making a difference," said Glime.

While Glime was nominated for her efforts on the University Senate and as an advisor of students, she is particularly proud of her service as president of the International Association of Bryologists and her never-ending work as author and editor of the online encyclopedia "Bryophyte Ecology." It is especially useful for bryologists in developing countries that don't have access to journals or textbooks. "I don't know how many people have come up to me and said thank you," she said.

Evangeline Moore on Life as a Harbinger of Change

by Marcia Goodrich, senior writer

The last thing Susan Carol McCarthy did before she published "Lay That Trumpet in Our Hands" was track down Evangeline Moore. She wanted the blessing of the lone surviving daughter of Harry T. and Harriette M. Moore before publicizing the story surrounding her parents' 1951 murder by the Klan.

McCarthy's own father had known Harry T. Moore and had worked with the FBI to build a case against Florida Klan members involved in a string of terror attacks against blacks, Jews and Catholics. The spree ended with a fatal Christmas Day bombing at the Moore's house.

When Evangeline Moore read the manuscript, she approved. "She said, ‘That's my daddy,'" McCarthy said. Now the daughters of two civil rights activists are friends and tour the country giving talks on McCarthy's book, which was Michigan Tech's 2009 summer reading selection.

"My father so respected Harry T. Moore," McCarthy said. "He was starting chapters of the NAACP, traveling back roads alone, surrounded by all these Klansmen . . . He paid the ultimate price, and so did Evangeline."

It always takes courage to be an agent of change, she said, and never more so than early in the US civil rights movement. "You've heard ‘shoot the messenger'?" said McCarthy. "They also shoot the harbinger."

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Evangeline Moore, draped in dazzling white, sips her coffee with languid grace in the Library Café. "I adore this peninsula," she says of the Keweenaw. "It's absolutely glorious. An ideal place to sit and reflect."

Upon request, she reflects on her childhood and what it was like to live under constant threat.

"We knew of no other way of life," she says. "We were born into it. My father had a commitment to God and to the black race. My mother was devoted to him, and we were sheltered."

"Somehow, we had this abiding faith in God," she says. "And though we lived in frightening times, I don't remember saying, ‘I am afraid.'"

As the daughters of teachers, Evangeline and her only sibling, Peaches, were not allowed to fraternize with the other children. Their social life was thus confined to family, and Evangeline in particular bonded with her father. The outgoing, gregarious one in the family, Evangeline was assigned to read her father's speeches at NAACP chapters throughout the state. "I had to memorize every word and stand there and talk," she said. "There was work to be done, and I had to keep going."

Evangeline was not at home on Dec. 25, 1951, when her family home was bombed. She arrived a day late to discover that dynamite had been set off under her parents' bedroom. Her sole consolation was that her sister had survived unhurt, largely because Peaches had slept in Evangeline's bed that night and not in her own for safety's sake. Peaches' bed was beneath a window that shattered in the blast and showered shards of glass onto the vacant mattress.

Neither the death of her parents nor anything in the intervening years has shaken her faith, Evangeline says, "but for a very long time after my sister's death [over 30 years ago], I was angry with God. But now I understand, and that's a great comfort."

Indeed, she feels blessed, "especially because of the relationship between my father and me."

As for Harriette M. Moore, whom she also dearly loved, "I know that as long as I follow my mother's teachings, she will rest in peace. I live by my parents' instructions, as if I were a child."

In an Aug. 26 discussion session on "Lay That Trumpet in Our Hands," Evangeline found white Michigan Tech students eager to learn about prejudice from the African American viewpoint. "No way in God's green earth could they understand hatred and bigotry," she says. "But they have compassion, and they are interested in understanding as best they can."

"You can change laws, but that doesn't change the heart or the person," she says. "We're now in a healing process, the black and white races," untangling a history of discrimination inherited from our ancestors. Those ancestors, she says, "should let us alone and let us be friends."

Sports in Brief

by Wes Frahm, director of athletics marketing and communications

What's Happening This Week

Wednesday, Sept. 2
Huskies Drive Time, 7:30-8 a.m. on WKMJ Mix 93.5 FM

Friday, Sept. 4
Volleyball vs. Palm Beach Atlantic, 11 a.m. (at Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)
Volleyball vs. Lynn, 4 p.m. (at Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)

Saturday, Sept. 5
Volleyball vs. Barry, 12:30 p.m. (at Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)
Football at Hillsdale, noon (Live Radio, WKMJ Mix 93.5 FM)
Volleyball vs. Nova Southeastern, 5:30 p.m. (at Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)

All times Eastern

Last Week's Results

Volleyball (0-4, 0-0 GLIAC)
All Matches at Wildcat Open (Marquette, Mich.)
8/28--Wis.-Parkside 3, Michigan Tech 2 (23-25, 18-25, 25-18, 25-20, 18-16)
8/28--No. 7 Minnesota Duluth 3, Michigan Tech 0 (15-25, 20-25, 12-25)
8/29--Winona State 3, Michigan Tech 2 (25-23, 25-19, 21-25, 18-25, 11-15)
8/29--No. 13 UC San Diego 3, Michigan Tech 0 (18-25, 19-25, 21-25)

Cross Country
8/28--Michigan Tech women 1st of 3 teams; men 1st of 2 teams at UP Collegiate Opener (Houghton, Mich.)

Top News of the Week

2009 FOOTBALL KICKOFF

The Michigan Tech football team kicks off its 2009 season Saturday (Sept. 5) at noon at Hillsdale. The Huskies will be opening their 87th year of intercollegiate football with hopes of improving on last year's 8-3 finish. Saturday's game is the first of 10 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference games on Tech's regular season schedule.

CROSS COUNTRY TEAMS SWEEP UP COLLEGIATE OPENER

Michigan Tech had the top individual and team in both the men's and women's UP Collegiate Opener last Friday (Aug. 28). Junior Jill Smith paced the women to a team win over both Northern Michigan and Lake Superior State. She ran a 20:09 over the five kilometer course. Brian Stetter completed the circuit in 16:16 to help the Huskies defeat Lake Superior State.

VOLLEYBALL HEADED TO FLORIDA

Michigan Tech will continue an 11-match road swing to open the 2009 season with four matches in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., this weekend. Friday's (Sept. 4) opponents will be Palm Beach Atlantic and Lynn, with Barry and Nova Southeastern on Saturday (Sept. 5).

Informational Session for Student Graphic Designers

University Marketing and Communications is hosting an information session to help student graphic design employees move your projects from concept to print.

The session is for students whose regular work assignments include design projects. They should have some familiarity with the Adobe Creative Suite software. This is not a session on how to design.

The session will be held Tuesday, Sept. 15, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Memorial Union Alumni Lounge B. Pizza and drinks will be served.

RSVP to Linda Watson, lmwatson@mtu.edu , by Thursday, Sept. 10, with the names of your students who will be attending.

In the News

The Chronicle of Higher Education features Michigan Tech's budding service systems engineering curriculum in a story on five hot majors of the future. Dana Johnson (SBE) and Amlan Mukherjee (Civil and Environmental Engineering) are quoted.


Hockey player Brett Olson, a sophomore from Superior,Wis., was featured in a story in ESPN's Inside College Hockey.

In his rookie season, Olson was the second leading scorer on the team, with 23 points.

Read the story at

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/news/story?id=4424184 .

Michigan Public Radio interviewed senior research engineer Chris Wojick for a news story on the Green Campus Enterprise. Click here to see the article.