Nominate Alumni and Friends for Awards

Now is the time to submit nominations for the annual Alumni Association awards. The deadline to do so is Dec. 1.

Know a great alumnus, alumna or friend of the University? Here's a chance to help them gain the recognition they deserve.

There are four award categories:

* Outstanding Young Alumni Award
* Outstanding Service Award
* Distinguished Alumni Award
* Honorary Alumni Award

These awards are presented each August at the Alumni Reunion.

Award descriptions and nomination forms are available at: http://apps.alumni.mtu.edu/awards/ .

Or contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 487-2400 or alumni@mtu.edu .

Reminder: International Food Festival on Saturday

The International Club will serve an array of food from around the world at the third annual International Food Festival in the Memorial Union Ballroom starting at 7 p.m. on Nov. 14.

Dishes featured will include Bangladesh fried chicken, Moroccan chicken with lemon and green olives, Jamaican ackee and saltfish, and Hungarian ghoulash. Side dishes will include Indian vegetable rice and spaetzels, which are German dumplings. A dessert of nisu, a Finnish sweetbread, will provide a delectable aftertaste. Listen to ethnic music while you enjoy the meal.

Tickets are being sold in the Memorial Union and Fisher and at the door. The meal costs $12 for students, $15 for adults and $7 for children, with children under four years old eating free.

Applications Sought for the Pavlis Institute for Global Technological Leadership

submitted by the Institute for Global Leadership and Entrepreneurship

The Pavlis Institute for Global Technological Leadership is currently accepting applications from first-year students in all disciplines to join the program in spring semester. The program involves a series of seminars, coursework, practicums and a summer international experience--all devoted to developing and honing leadership and communication skills. A certificate in Global Technological Leadership is awarded upon successful completion of the program.

Additional information can be found at http://www.pavlisinstitute.mtu.edu . To be considered, the student must submit an application, a letter of recommendation and a resume/information sheet. For admission in January 2010, applications are due by December 4.

If you know a student who would benefit from the program, encourage them to apply. Inquiries about the Institute and the application process should be directed to Paige Hackney at 487-4371 or phackney@mtu.edu .

Student SPIE Chapter Introduces Scouts to Astronomy

submitted by Christopher T. Middlebrook, assistant professor, electrical and computer engineering

Members of the electrical and computer engineering department's SPIE student organization hosted a tour and demonstration of Michigan Tech's Amjoch Observatory on Nov. 4 for members of the Webelo II Den of the local cub scout pack 201.

SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics.

Warm cider and cookies were provided to keep the chilly weather at bay while the young stargazers looked upon Jupiter and its visible moons using the observatory's 16-inch telescope. Afterward, students discussed the telescope's operation and answered questions.

The Michigan Tech SPIE student chapter was formed in 2008 to further optical science and engineering through study, research, and discussion; to disseminate knowledge of the field; and to further the professional development of the students. The chapter has been actively involved in K-12 outreach, student journal clubs, and independent club research and investigation.

Family Outdoor Adventures Weekend

Bring your family and join hosts Chris and Courtney Hohnholt and their three daughters on a hike of the Swedetown Gorge at the Maasto Hiihto Trails in Hancock from 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14. The outing will begin at the chalet near the Houghton County Fairgrounds.

This is a opportunity to be outdoors and enjoy a leisurely hike with others. Children will have the opportunity to make nature journals using recycled materials.

Joan Chadde, representing the Western UP Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education, will bring a first-aid kit, binoculars, a variety of ID books, magnifiers, and pencils and supplies for the nature journals.

Come prepared by bringing a water bottle and wear good waterproof walking
shoes. Dress warmly and bring hat/gloves, an extra layer of warm clothing and rain gear.

Directions: From US-41, turn onto Ethel Ave. Take a left onto Ingot Street (The Keweenaw Co-op is on the corner of Ethel and Ingot). The Houghton County Fairground is at the end of Ingot. Drive past the arena to the Maasto Hiihto trailhead and chalet. A map can be found at: http://www.keweenawtrails.com/trails/maasto.html .

Call 487-3341 if you plan to attend or have any questions, or contact Chadde at jchadde@mtu.edu, or Michelle Miller at michellem@mtu.edu .

Other outdoor adventures like this will occur on the third Saturday of each month throughout the year. (The November outing is on the second Saturday because of hunting season.) Each hike will be on trails featured in the guide, "Walking Paths and Protected Areas of the Keweenaw," and will be hosted by a local family, a sanctuary steward and a representative of the Western UP Center.

New Form for all Graduate Students

The Graduate School is introducing a new graduate completion form. All graduate students will be required to complete this form in their final semester. Effective immediately, this replaces the Life after Michigan Tech and TD-Bindery forms. This will reduce the amount of paperwork students must complete. The new form is easier to complete and reflects changes in binding fees. Online payment of these fees is now available. Required forms for students can be found at: http://www.gradschool.mtu.edu/forms .

The Graduate School will host a seminar at 4:05 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 17, to introduce the form and online payment system to interested students, faculty and staff. Please register online; a confirmation email will be sent to you with the location of the seminar.

To register, click here .

Environmental Engineering Seminar

William J. Cooper, professor in the civil and environmental engineering department, will present a seminar, "Free Radical Chemistry of Chloropicrin: Linking Chemistry, Kinetic Modeling and Possible Health Effects," at 3 p.m., Monday, Nov. 16, in Dow 642. This presentation is part of the Environmental Engineering Seminar Series.

Chemistry Seminar

Paul Doskey, professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, will present a seminar, "Gaia's Breath and Global Change," at 3 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13, in Chem Sci 101. A discussion period will follow. Refreshments will be served, and all are welcome to attend.

For more information, visit: http://www.chemistry.mtu.edu/pages/seminars/index.php .

MSE Seminar

Adam Mednick, a Veeco Applications engineer based in Santa Barabara, Calif., will present the MSE Seminar, "Materials and Life Science Investigations in Atomic Force Microscopy," from 3 to 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13, in M&M 610.

In the News

Pasi Lautala, director of the Rail Transportation Program, provided expert commentary on the railway industry for a Scripps Howard News Service story, "Warren Buffet's Railroad Gamble." To find out more, click here.

Giveaways

GMES has the following:

* One storage cabinet--36 inches wide by 24 inches deep by 78 inches tall. It is brown/tan with two vertical doors that lock.
* One horizontal filing cabinet--36 inches wide by 18 inches deep by 42 inches tall. Tan colored with three automatically closing doors.

Contact Robert Barron at rjbarron@mtu.edu .

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