Board of Control Meets Friday, Dec. 11

The Board of Control will hold its regular meeting at 9 a.m., Friday, Dec. 11, in the Memorial Union Building.

Board Member Lenora Ashford and Interim Provost Max Seel will report on Michigan Tech's many programs involving K-12 teachers and students, including more than 20 projects supported by $12.7 million in outside funding, science teacher certification in 11 fields and the only Peace Corps Master's International Program in Science Education in the nation.

The Board is also expected to approve awarding more than 400 degrees at Midyear Commencement on Saturday, Dec. 12, to consider amendments to the constitution and bylaws of the Graduate Student Council--including a change of name to Graduate Student Government--and to authorize the University to proceed with the final design and construction bids for the Great Lakes Research Center.

A complete agenda is available at: .

Making a Difference Award Winners Announced

Staff Council has announced the recipients of its annual Making a Difference Awards, which honor staff members who have excelled in a variety of categories.

Pete Larsen, manager of sponsored programs enhancement in the Office of Vice President for Research, receives the award in the Bringing Out the Best category. In his nomination, Steve Patchin of Youth Programs states, "Pete Larsen provides a productive calm. When the proposal team is tired, lacking both sleep and creative effort.... Pete is there to assign tasks to be completed and guide the team to the finish line."

Master Machinist (ME-EM) Martin Toth and SDC Building Operations Manager Dave Nordstrom tied for the Unsung Hero Award. In nominating Toth, research engineer/scientist Mike LaCourt described Toth as working behind the scenes, often late in the evening and on weekends, with student groups to get their projects done for competition or presentation but never being concerned about getting credit for his role in the project.

Nordstrom was nominated by Jim Hainault, associate director of Sports and Recreation, for his effort and commitment, such acts as meeting with the Undergraduate Student Government regularly to report back to them how Student Support Fees designated for the maintenance and upgrades of the SDC are used and working 10- to 12-hour work days leading up to Spring Commencement.

Chemical Engineering Departmental Coordinator Chris Abramson was honored in the Serving Others category. In his nomination, John Sandell (ECM) claims Abramson is one of the few people who can adapt to the needs of faculty, staff and students quickly and professionally, while demonstrating a strong commitment to providing the best educational opportunities for Michigan Tech students.

Karen Anderson, staff assistant in Financial Aid, receives the Fostering Community Award. In nominating Anderson, Assistant Financial Aid Director Colleen Erva described her as working attentively with the staff of Enterprise Applications Services in developing processes and reports for monitoring student's overall financial aid eligibility on a daily basis.

The Outstanding Supervisor Award goes to Allison Carter, director of Admissions. She was nominated by Lynn Gaus, regional admissions manager, for her ability to maintain a certain sense of calm without stifling the creativity of other staff members.

Engineer/Scientist Ed Laitila, materials science and engineering, was nominated for the Creating Connections Award. In its nomination, the MSE Professional Development Committee praised Laitila for his initiative to overhaul the department website, gearing it toward outreach and recruitment by creating online modules that offer virtual experiments to web users.

Marilyn Vogler, associate director of International Programs and Services, was nominated for the Innovative Solutions Award by staff assistant Janey Pindral. In her nomination, Vogler is credited with leading the transition to using a documenting system for keeping individual student files, finding the bugs in the system and writing procedures for easy maneuvering in the system.

Other nominees for Making a Difference awards are Robin Dillinger, Jim Meese, Carol Makkonen, Jeff Parker and Mary J. Stevens.

A reception honoring all of the nominees and award recipients will be held from 3 to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 15, in Memorial Union Ballroom A.

Fuhrmann Named IEEE Fellow

Dan Fuhrmann, chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been named a Fellow of IEEE (the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers).

Fellow is the IEEE's highest grade of membership and only one-tenth of 1 percent of the entire membership can be awarded the honor in a given year.

Fuhrmann is recognized for his longtime research contributions in statistical signal and array processing, particularly as it applies to radar. He has served as associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing.

With over 375,000 members in more than 80 countries, IEEE is the world's largest professional association advancing innovation and technological excellence for the benefit of humanity.

Tech's Wallace Wins Fulbright Scholarship to Chile

Charles Wallace, associate professor of computer science, has been named a Fulbright Scholar. He will spend six months teaching and conducting research at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica in Santiago, Chile.

The highly competitive Fulbright Program is the flagship international exchange program sponsored by the US government. It is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the US and other countries.

Wallace's research interest is in software engineering, particularly the challenges of communicating about software.

The full story about the Fulbright winner is online.

Candidate for Rozsa Director Position to Visit Campus

Susanna Brent, a candidate for the Rozsa Director, will give a brief presentation introducing herself and addressing the topic, "Assessment of Programming to Inform Future Booking of a Presenting Series," at 3:15 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 9, in the Rozsa Art Gallery.

Brent is currently the managing and artistic director of the Good Medicine Theatre Company headquartered in Henderson, Nev., and has a background in entertainment, special events and patron services. She holds a Theatre Arts degree from LaGrange College.

Deadline for Year-End Donations is Dec. 31

Many donors make year-end gifts to the University to benefit from a tax deduction for the current year. As soon as you receive a contribution intended for credit in 2009, please forward it to the Tech Fund and include the envelope and supporting documents.

Credit card donations and gifts of cash or checks will be accepted at the Tech Fund Office located in the Citizens Bank Building, seventh floor, until 2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 31. A credit card contribution can be made online until 11:55 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 31, at .

Tech relies on the goodwill of donors; processing their gifts in an efficient and timely manner is crucial to nurture that goodwill.

Giving Tree in Institutional Diversity and Multicultural Affairs Offices

In keeping with the spirit of the "giving season," the offices of Institutional Diversity and Multicultural Affairs are sponsoring a giving tree.

The offices are accepting donations of hats, mittens, gloves, scarves, blankets, nonperishable food items and pet supplies (we can't forget our furry friends in need). Any and all donations are welcome and would be greatly appreciated.

The giving tree is located on the first floor of the Alumni House in Carol Argentati's office.

Donations will be delivered to the Women's Shelter, Salvation Army and the Copper Country Animal Shelter for distribution in our community on Monday, Jan. 11. By hosting this giving tree, we hope to share the warm and caring beliefs that are part of all cultures throughout the world--giving thanks for all that we have and sharing our good fortune with those who are less fortunate.

Interview Space Needed for Spring Career Fair

The Spring Career Fair will be held Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010, promoting full-time, co-op and internship opportunities. Participating companies will be conducting on-campus interviews throughout the week. Career Services is in need of conference rooms, offices, etc. to accommodate as many spaces as possible for the large number of companies interviewing.

If you have any rooms available for on-campus interviewing for Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010, contact Laura Givens as soon as possible at 487-2313 or at .

Reminder: Squonk Opera Performs Friday

submitted by the Rozsa Center for Performing Arts

At 7:30 pm., Friday, Dec. 11, the Rozsa Center presents one of the most unique and truly American operas ever conceived--with Houghton as the star of the show. Squonk Opera--out of Pittsburgh--creates each of its site-specific operas about the one subject that unifies the audience wherever they perform--their hometown.

This musical multimedia extravaganza is individually structured and modified using the host community as the material source and inspiration. A meta-civic celebration, the show combines a heartfelt toast of the Copper Country with a vaudevillian-style roast, poking fun at our own overblown sense of grandeur.

Join Squonk Opera as they present, "Houghton, the Hometown Opera." See the operatic debut of friends and family members as we celebrate the culture, customs and craziness of the Copper Country in a way you've never seen before. The annual Friends of the Rozsa Christmas Tree Silent Auction to benefit the Class Acts Program will conclude during the intermission of Squonk's performance.

The event is sponsored by the James and Margaret Black Endowment.

Ticket prices for the general public are $25 and $20; Tech student are $20 and $15 (student ID required). To purchase tickets, contact the Rozsa Box Office at 487-3200, the Central Ticket Office (SDC) at 487-2073, Tech Express at 487-3308 or go online at .

No refunds, exchanges or late seating.

Sandia Lab Official Visits Campus

Rush Robinett, acting director of the Energy, Resources and Systems Analysis Center at Sandia National Labs, will present "Renewable Energy Electric Grid Integration," at 10 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 10, in Rekhi G05. Robinett is visiting the mechanical engineering department.

For more information, contact Michele Miller at 487-3025.

Reminder: Lunch and Learn on Seasonal Affective Disorder

The Benefits Office will host a lunch and learn, "S.A.D.: Seasonal Affective Disorder," from noon to 1 p.m., today, in Memorial Union Alumni Lounge B. Don Williams, director of counseling services, will present.

Bring your lunch; beverages are provided; there will be prizes.

For more information, contact Renee Hiller at 487-2517 or at .

In the News

An interview with biological sciences chair Michael Gibson has been aired multiple times by Public Radio 90 WNMU-FM. A summary of the report on his studies of 4H-B, a chemical that occurs naturally in the brain that is also a date-rape drug. The report about 4H-B is online.

Associated Press wire service did a news story about electrical and computer engineering faculty member Wayne Weaver's power grid research, which was picked up by newspapers, radio and TV stations all over the country. For example, see the Charleston, W.Va., Daily Mail .

Sports in Brief

What's Happening This Week
by Wes Frahm, director of athletics marketing and communications

Tuesday, Dec. 8
No. 1 Women's Basketball hosts Finlandia, 5:30 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)

Wednesday, Dec. 9
Huskies Drive Time, 7:30-8 a.m. on WKMJ Mix 93.5 FM

Friday, Dec. 11
Hockey hosts Minnesota, 7:07 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)

Saturday, Dec. 12
Nordic Skiing hosts Michigan Tech Challenge
No. 1 Women's Basketball at Northern Michigan, 5:30 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)
Hockey hosts Minnesota, 7:07 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)
Men's Basketball at Northern Michigan, 7:30 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)

Sunday, Dec. 13
Nordic Skiing hosts Michigan Tech Challenge

All Times Eastern. Home events are italicized.

Last Week's Results

Women's Basketball (5-0, 2-0 GLIAC)
Dec. 3--at No. 1 Michigan Tech 70, Wayne State 42
Dec. 5--at No. 1 Michigan Tech 58, Northwood 54

Hockey (3-11-0, 2-10-0 WCHA)
Dec. 4--at Wisconsin 8, Michigan Tech 2
Dec. 5--at Wisconsin 6, Michigan Tech 0

Men's Basketball (1-6, 0-2 GLIAC)
Dec. 3--Wayne State 61, at Michigan Tech 58
Dec. 5--Northwood 67, at Michigan Tech 52

Nordic Skiing
Did not compete

Top News of the Week

Hockey Home Again
This weekend will mark the first Michigan Tech home hockey games since Nov. 6-7. The Huskies will host Western Collegiate Hockey Association foe Minnesota at the Ice Arena Friday and Saturday, Dec. 11-12. Opening faceoff is slated for 7:07 p.m both days.

Tech-Northern Rivalry Hits Hardwood Saturday
The Michigan Tech basketball teams will play the first of two regular season games against arch rival Northern Michigan on Saturday, Dec. 12. The Huskies will travel to Marquette for a 5:30/7:30 p.m. doubleheader vs. the Wildcats.

Nordic Teams Host Meet this Weekend
Michigan Tech is scheduled to host a Nordic skiing meet this Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 12-13, at the Michigan Tech Nordic Training Center. The event will be the Huskies' first full-team race of the season after last weekend's races at Northern Michigan were canceled due to poor trail conditions.

Job Posting

Staff job descriptions are available in Human Resources or at . For more information regarding staff positions, call 487-2280 or email .

Faculty job descriptions can be found at . For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted.


Staff Job Posting

Maintenance Mechanic
Facilities Management Trades
AFSCME external posting only
1st shift, regular, twelve-month, full-time

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* Six student tablet desks (right handed)
* Black desk with wood grain top, 30 inches by 60 inches, six drawers

Contact Betty Jaehnig or Terry Anderson at 487-2715.

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