Haitian Devastation Impacts Campus

by Dennis Walikainen, senior editor

The recent earthquake in Haiti has been felt here at Michigan Tech.

At least two students and one faculty member have ties to Haiti, and they have received mixed news: some good, much bad, some the worst.

Roxane Gay, a PhD candidate in the humanities department who has lived in Port au Prince, learned that her parents left Haiti last Sunday, missing the earthquake by just a couple of days. Most of her family survived, but she has lost at least one great uncle.

"His wife is missing," Gay said. "And the building in which my parents live is flattened. So is the National Palace. In fact most of Port au Prince is destroyed."

Gay's father, Michael, is in the construction business and has just completed the Digicell Center, which is one of the few structures still standing. He is rushing back to Haiti this Friday to help move debris with his construction equipment.

The problems in Haiti are myriad, according to Gay: there are no building codes and no real infrastructure: no sewage system, plumbing, or trash removal, "and the roads are not good."

Thus, rebuilding efforts will be even more complicated. "This is what poverty does," she says.

"Where do you put the people?" Gay asks. "And the debris? The country is the size of Maryland. They need water, food and hospital care. The good news is, although the control tower is down, the airport can still receive planes."

Gay gets her news from Haiti via texting and satellite phones. She also gets information via the Facebook page of fellow Michigan Tech Haitian Fredline Ilorme, a graduate student in the civil and environmental engineering department.

Ilorme reports that most of her family is also well, but she is still waiting to hear from some additional family members and friends. Kette Thomas, assistant professor of diverse literature in humanities, also has Haitian ties.

Gay is not hopeful for the future. "There's not enough money in the world to fix what's broken," she says.

However, if people do want to help, she suggests the well-established organizations such as the International Red Cross (http://www.icrc.org/eng), Doctors Without Borders (http://doctorswithoutborders.org/) and Yéle Haiti (http://www.yele.org/), which was established by musician Wyclef Jean and seeks to achieve long-term progress in the country.

"Haitians are resilient people," Gay says. "My dad is a proud Haitian."

That's why Michael Gay is rushing back to help his fellow islanders and others are coming to their aid. There’s much work to be done.

"Dream" Speech, Peace March Kick Off a Week of MLK Events

by Marcia Goodrich, senior writer

Michigan Tech is honoring Martin Luther King Jr. with a week of observances beginning on Monday, Jan. 18.

At noon, mechanical engineering undergraduate Gregory D. Hardy will deliver King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech on the steps of the Memorial Union. His address will be followed by a candlelight vigil and march to the Rozsa Center, where a reception will be held at 1 p.m.

Everyone is invited, and students from L'Anse High School and Asian students from Finlandia University will be participating in the activities.

At 7 p.m., the Black Student Association is hosting a viewing of CNN's "Black in America, Part 2" in Walker 134.

A blood drive will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 20, at noon at the Van Pelt and Opie Library. This Martin Luther King Jr. Service Project is being organized by Student Activities, Healthy Options for a Wellness Lifestyle (HOWL), and the Black Student Association.

A DiversiTEA, "Class and Privilege Among Students," will be held at 4 p.m., Wednesday, in Memorial Union Alumni Lounge A. Bill Kennedy, the director of the Center for Teaching, Learning and Faculty Development, will be the guest speaker.

The student chapters of the National Society of Black Engineers and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers will give a talk at noon, Thursday, Jan. 21, in the Memorial Union Peninsula Room, "The Lives of Dr. Martin Luther King and Cesar Estrada Chavez." They will discuss parallels between the lives and work of the great civil rights and labor leaders.

At 6 p.m. Thursday, Chet DeFonso, a faculty member from Northern Michigan University, will present "Civil Rights, Then and Now" in Fisher 325. DeFonso's visit is sponsored by Keweenaw Pride.

On Saturday, Student Activities is inviting volunteers to bake bread for the elderly from 9 a.m. to noon in the Wadsworth Hall dining area. For more information, email communityservice@mtu.edu .

The week concludes with the annual MLK Banquet, set for 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, in the Memorial Union Ballroom. The guest speaker is Joe Rogers, former lieutenant governor of Colorado and founder of The Dream Alive Program. Rogers, who came to Tech for the 2005 MLK banquet, is an inspirational speaker who focuses on the heritage of King and other leaders of the civil rights movement. Tickets are $20 and are available from Multicultural Affairs by calling 487-2920.

For more information, contact Kevin J. Walker, interim coordinator of African-American student support, at kjwalker@mtu.edu .

Amo Bessone, Former Hockey Coach, Passes

by Ian Marks, assistant director of athletics marketing and communications

Former Michigan Tech hockey coach Amo Bessone died Monday, Jan. 11, in New Mexico. He was 93.

Bessone posted a 20-31-2 record in three seasons behind the Huskies bench. He was also the Huskies coach in the first Winter Carnival in 1950, when they defeated Michigan State 11-3 and 10-0. He then moved on to Michigan State where he coached for 28 seasons with a record of 367-427-20 and led the Spartans to the 1966 national championship. At State, he also won three WCHA titles and tied for another.

Born Nov. 22, 1916, Bessone was raised in West Springfield, Mass. He attended West Springfield High School and played at Hebron Academy and the Kent Hills School in Maine. He earned his undergraduate degree at Illinois in 1943, where he lettered in baseball and hockey. He then moved on to an AHL career, but that was cut short due to his service in World War II.

In 1946, Bessone began his coaching career at Westfield (Mass.) High and made his move into the college ranks at Michigan Tech two years later.

Bessone was inducted into the US Hockey Hall of Fame and Michigan State's Hall of Fame in 1992.

Stop by the Aftermath

by John Gagnon, promotional writer

We wandered over to the Aftermath Café in Fisher Hall Tuesday. It's three years old now and moving along briskly and efficiently.

"It has been a good location since we opened it," says Matthew Lean, associate director of dining services.

He's offering a special there--99 cents for a small coffee or hot chocolate--a deal for the rest of the winter.

As well, the Aftermath has coupons for free coffee and reusable beverage bottles dropped from the blimp at upcoming hockey games.

Lean describes the fare at the Aftermath: "Seattle's best coffee, hot chocolate and cappuccino; the popular 50/50 (coffee-cappuccino mix); pizza, sub sandwiches and wraps, hot breakfast sandwiches, burgers, burritos, chips, candy, freshly baked muffins from the Wadsworth Hall bakery daily; and, of course, a good selection of everyone's favorite bottled beverages like energy drinks, teas and juices." The burritos, pizza sticks with soda, and pot roast sandwich are all new additions.

Rita Korby, who has worked at Tech for eight years and supervised the Aftermath for a year, took time out from her many duties to chat with us.

She says she typically serves 500 to 600 patrons a day. She's proud of the fact that there are no long, slow lines. She says the operation can serve up an order in, not minutes, but seconds. "We get the orders out fast," she says. "There’s no waiting between classes for the students."

She likes the variety of the operation: ordering, stocking, preparing, cooking, and serving. Over the course of a week, she basically handles every piece of merchandise in every step of the operation.

And she relishes the association with the students, including her seven helpers. "They're sweet and great to work with," she says.

Benefits Office Now Accepting Faxed Forms

submitted by the Benefits Office

Now that the Benefits Office has moved, it is accepting TRIP forms and employee education tuition bills via fax (487-3220). Once the Benefits Office receives the completed paperwork, it will be faxed to the appropriate offices.

Note: If you are turning in a bill under the employee education program, please make sure to have the supervisor's signature or the bill will be returned. Also, the TRIP form must be completed in its entirety to include M numbers and signatures, or it will also be returned.

If you have questions or would like to scan the form to us, call 487-2517 for assistance.

Positions Open at Little Huskies

Little Huskies Child Development Center is looking for part-time teachers and substitutes. An early childhood educational background is preferred. Applicants must have experience working in a group child care setting and be willing to give a minimum one-year commitment. Knowledge of criteria of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and curriculum of HighScope is a plus.

More information about the positions are available online.

For more information, visit http://www.gretchenshouse.com or contact Eva Hatfield at 487-3528 or eva-marie.hatfield@gretchenshouse.com .

Central Receiving Has Freight Looking for a Home

submitted by Central Receiving

Central Receiving has two pieces of freight from Alcoa with no home. After
extensive searching, we are unable to locate a place for them. They came in addressed to Michigan Tech with no name. They are 7050-aluminum, 4-inch solid round stock, approximately 12 feet long. If this belongs to your department, contact Central Receiving at 487-2701.

Reminder: NASA's Best Space Images Tonight at the Rozsa

submitted by the Rozsa Center

The Rozsa Center welcomes Robert Nemiroff, professor of physics, as part of its free lecture series at 7:30 p.m., tonight.

Professor Nemiroff is the cofounder of the popular APOD (Astronomy Picture of the Day) website, http://apod.nasa.gov/ . The APOD archive contains the largest collection of annotated astronomical images on the Internet. Some of the most spectacular images of any sort have been of space. From the red rock plateaus on Mars to the magnificent desolation of the Moon to monster-shaped nebula in deep space, astronomy images continue to excite the imagination and challenge description.

After reviewing their best space images of all time, APOD's editors have selected their favorites. These images will include some of the latest pictures from the NASA missions to Mars, the best pictures from the Hubble Space Telescope and spectacular amateur pictures of bright events visible right in your own night sky. Join us for this breathtakingly beautiful journey through space--like you've never seen it before.

This lecture is sponsored by the Van Evera Distinguished Lecture Series Endowment.

Lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Rozsa Box Office at 487-3200, or go online to http://www.rozsa.mtu.edu .

Reminder: School of Technology Candidate Seminar

Heping Chen, Research Scientist/Project Leader from the Robotics and Automation Research Center in Windsor, Conn., will give a seminar, "Industrial and Nano Robotics," from 1 to 2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 15, in EERC 422.

Chen is a candidate for a faculty position in Electrical Engineering Technology.

Chen received his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Michigan State University, in 2004. He received his BS from Harbin Institute of Technology in China and his MS from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. His research interests are industrial robotics, nano-robotics, and sensor fusion in industrial applications.

For more information, contact Nasser Alaraje at 487-1661 or alaraje@mtu.edu .

Reminder: Benefits Hosts "Lunch and Learn"

The Benefits Office today will host a "Lunch and Learn" on "Positive Discipline--Getting Past No." The session, which will be presented by Cathy Benda of the Keweenaw Family Resource Center, will begin at noon, today, in Memorial Union Alumni Lounge B.

Attendees may enter to win prizes; beverages will be available; bring your lunch.


The Memorial Union has the following:

* L-shape desk--desk (60 inches long by 36 inches wide by 29 1/2 inches tall) L-shape add-on (37 1/2 inches long by 19 3/4 inches wide by 26 1/4 tall). The desk is tan with silver handles and a wood-colored top.

* Desk--60 inches long by 24 inches wide by 28 1/2 inches tall. The desk is light grey with dark grey handles.

* Four portable projection screens.

Contact Cynthia Hodur at 487-2543 or cmhodur@mtu.edu .

University property may only be transferred between departments; it may not be given or sold to individuals.

For Sale

The Memorial Union has 63 maroon chairs for $1 each. The chairs are similar to the ones used in the Peninsula Room.

Contact Cynthia Hodur at 487-2543 or cmhodur@mtu.edu .

University property may only be transferred between departments; it may not be given or sold to individuals.

Job Posting

Staff job descriptions are available in Human Resources or at http://www.admin.mtu.edu/hro/postings . For more information regarding staff positions, call 487-2280 or email jobs@mtu.edu .

Faculty job descriptions can be found at http://www.admin.mtu.edu/hro/facpers/facvac.htm . For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

Staff Job Postings

Rozsa Center
AFSCME Internal and External Posting
Part-time Position

Michigan Technological University is an equal opportunity educational institution/equal opportunity employer.