Big Game Tonight

The women's basketball team has advanced to the finals of the NCAA Division II Midwest Regionals and will play the Drury University Panthers at 6 p.m. tonight in the SDC Gym.

This marks the second straight year the women have made the Sweet 16. The Huskies defeated the University of Findlay Sunday afternoon, 68-57, in front of a crowd of 2,403, the fifth-largest in school history. Drury defeated Northern Michigan earlier in the day.

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Students Help the Referees

by Dennis Walikainen, senior editor

The referees assigned to the Women’s Basketball Regional are getting plenty of help from the stands. A group of students dressed in referee shirts have been leading cheers and "working with" the referees all through the tournament and the GLIAC tournament that preceded it.

"We ref high school ball and intramurals, and we thought, 'We've got to do something to support the women,'" explains Steve Short, one of the "refs" in the stands. "They’re such a special team."

He found a like-minded teammate, fellow football player Anthony Santi (Short is the Huskies' quarterback), and the number of refs has grown from there. They even stayed on campus during spring break to support the team, leading the fans with their cheers and antics.

"They deserve our support," Short says. "It’s great entertainment."

And so are the student refs, who line up where the real refs would before the game, give the proper signals for infractions and occasionally give the NCAA refs some "guidance" over controversial calls.

"We don’t harass them too bad," Short says. "We don’t want to be a distraction, so we don’t heckle too much over calls."

Santi agrees that they get along with the NCAA officials.

"We hung out with them Friday night," he said. "The head of the officials was there, too, and he gets a kick out of us."

Of course, some of the student refs wear glasses to suggest some eyesight problems and do their stretches just like the real refs. And the NCAA refs now expect to see them.

"They'll say, 'We’ll take it from here,' when we are at center court," Short reports. And during the game, the NCAA officials are silent, but "they'll give us a wink," Santi adds. "When people say, 'Refs can’t hear the crowd.' I know that's not true!"

Short says their attire and antics are different from the usual chest painting, and they’d love to continue to "help" the officials in St. Joseph, Missouri, if the Huskies advance to the Elite Eight.

"It’ll be tough with our schedules," he says, "but people are talking...."

Glenn Mroz Elected to Chair Presidents' Council

President Glenn Mroz has been elected chair of the Presidents' Council, State Universities of Michigan (PCSUM). His two-year term begins July 1.

"It's an honor to serve as chair, especially with the changes that are sure to make life interesting in the next few years," Mroz said. "The upcoming election will bring new people to the Governor's office, one-quarter to one-third of the House of Representatives and three-quarters of the Senate. This presents a great opportunity for higher education--and the public universities in particular--to demonstrate their commitment and progress in advancing Michigan's economy."

PCSUM serves as a forum for the presidents and chancellors of Michigan's 15 public universities to discuss and frame positions on key higher education finance and policy issues. The Presidents' Council serves as an advocate in the state capitol by monitoring and providing analysis on public policy issues and legislation affecting Michigan’s 15 public universities. In cooperation with policymakers, trustees, students, faculty and campus administrators, the Presidents' Council plays an active role in developing and proposing state higher education policy.

Serving as a primary information resource for its member institutions, the Presidents' Council also provides analyses of higher educational policy issues such as college accessibility and affordability.

"It is quite an honor to be elected by your peers to serve in this leadeship position," said Mike Boulus, executive director of the Presidents' Council. "Higher education has never been so challenged. Michigan’s 15 public universities are seen as among the best in the nation. Yet ongoing higher education budget cuts continue to hinder Michigan’s economic revival. Without a strong higher education system, there will be no economic recovery for Michigan. As chair of the Presidents' Council, the advocacy arm for Michigan's 15 public universities, President Mroz will be an active and visible voice for advancing higher education in this state."

Please note the following changes to the Campus Directory

* Advancement, Vice President For, Institutional Partnerships, employees include:
Cattelino, Peter J., Asst Dir Corp Dev, 7-3486, pjcattel@
Hannon, Brian G., Asst Dir Corp Dev, 7-3572, bghannon@
Johnson, Adam, C., Asst Dir Corp Dev, 7-1087, adam@
Khoury, Priscilla, J., Dir Foundation Relations, 7-1608, pjkhoury@
Schmitt, Jeanne M., Off Asst 5, 7-3099, jefricke@
Stewart, Todd I., Dir of Institutional Giving, 7-1923, tstewart@

* Dining Services, Catering and Retail Dining—Zachary Palosaari works in Dining Services, Catering and Retail Dining. He can be reached at 7-2277.

* Facilities Management—Mary P. Stevens has moved to Facilities Management. Her office address is 100 Facilities Building and her telephone number is 7-2711.

* Library, J.R. Van Pelt and Opie—Their main telephone number is 7-2508; the Director’s Office fax number is 7-1765; Mary Mongeau, can be reached at 7-3140; and, Erik Nordberg should also be listed in Archives.

* Memorial Union—Robert Hiltunen is the Memorial Union Manager. He can be reached at 7-2543.

* Merchandising Operations—Brittany Buschell’s telephone number is 7-1061.

* Museum, A.E. Seaman Mineral—Director Theodore J. Bornhorst’s office is located in EERC 515.

* Student Affairs, Office Of—Their main telephone number is 7-2465; Dean of Students Office main telephone number is 7-2212.

If you have questions, please contact Linda Watson in University Marketing and Communications at 7-2354 or .

Alumni Gathering Canceled

The Keweenaw Alumni Chapter's function for St Urho's day at the Keweenaw Brewing Company is cancelled due to the women's basketball game.

Cashier's Office Closure

To complete a LEAN project, the Cashier's Office will be closed from 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 17, until 12:30 p.m., Thursday, March 18. If you have questions during this time, contact Accounts Receivable at 487-2243.

High School Students Learn About Biofuels

Students from Calumet and Lake Linden-Hubbell High Schools will spend a day on campus this week learning about biofuels.

On Tuesday, March 16, two biology classes from Calumet High will explore what it takes to develop a forest-based fuel; how Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can help manage forest resources, biodiversity and forest productivity; and moving trees from the forest to the processing plant and converting woody biomass to fuel. A physics class from Lake Linden-Hubbell High will cover the same topics on Thursday, March 18.

The students will spend the morning at SFRES and the afternoon in the ME-EM and the Chemical Sciences buildings. Speakers will include faculty members David Flaspohler, Ann Maclean, David Shonnard and Chris Webster, research scientist Kristen Schmitt, and Mihael Brodeur and Tim Jenkins, PhD students.

These field trips, called "Future Fuels from Forests," are sponsored by the Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education. The center is a partnership of Michigan Tech and the Copper Country and Gogebic-Ontonagon Intermediate School Districts.

Calumet, Chassell and Horizons High Schools participated in similar field trips in February.

submitted by the Rozsa Center

"I believe that you shouldn't have to leave your neighborhood to live in a better one."

Speaking is Green activist and MacArthur Fellowship recipient Majora Carter, who is on a mission: to lead her community out of poverty and fight environmental injustice by bringing green-collar jobs to the area.

In just over a decade, Carter has vaulted from working as a community volunteer, knowing almost nothing about environmental issues, to becoming a nationally known advocate for environmental justice.

She will speak at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 20, at the Rozsa Center, addressing public health, poverty alleviation, climate change, and green-collar job training and placement. Her lecture is free and open to the public.

Carter was born, raised and continues to live in the South Bronx. Her career has taken her around the world in pursuit of resources and ideas to improve the quality of life in environmentally challenged communities.

She founded Sustainable South Bronx in 2001 after writing a $1.25-million federal grant to design the South Bronx Greenway with 11 miles of bike and pedestrian paths connecting the rivers and neighborhoods to each other, and to the rest of the city.

That project secured over $20 million in funds for the first phase of construction and serves as a model of alternative transportation, economic development, storm water management infrastructure, as well as recreation.

Carter has been instrumental in creating riverfront parks, building green roofs, working to remove poorly planned highways in favor of positive economic development, and successfully implementing the Bronx Environmental Stewardship Training (BEST) program--pioneering green-collar job training and placement, as well as seeding a community with a skilled workforce that has both a personal and economic stake in their urban environment.

These accomplishments grow from her notion that self-image is influenced by surroundings--so those surroundings should be beautiful. Her vision, drive and tenacity earned her a MacArthur “Genius” Grant. She started 2007 as one of Newsweek’s "25 To Watch"; she ended the year as one of Essence Magazine's "25 most Influential African Americans." She has been named one of the "50 most influential women" in New York City by the New York Post for the past two years, and New York City's "most influential environmentalist" by the BBC World Service. Carter is president of the Majora Carter Group, a board member of the Wilderness Society, and the host of a special National Public Radio program called "The Promised Land."

To learn more about Majora Carter, her projects, and her quest, visit .

Her visit is sponsored by the Environmental Sustainability Committee/Students for Environmental Sustainability, the Committee for Cultural Enrichment, and the Van Evera Distinguished Lecture Series Endowment.

For more information contact the Rozsa Box Office at 487-3200 or visit .

DiversiTEA Scheduled This Week

Michigan Tech's Center for Diversity and Inclusion will hold its third DiversiTEA of the year from 4 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 17, in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge.

The session is titled "Living with Disabilities: Supporting Student Success."

Christy Oslund, coordinator for disability services, will present and discuss the most commonly disclosed disabilities at the University.

The focus will be on suggestions to accommodate individual differences when planning a lesson or social activity.

Participants will learn more about how having a disability impacts a person’s everyday life; as well, they will have the opportunity to relate personal experiences.

DiversiTEAS were instituted in 2008 after a campus survey indicated such opportunity for social dialogue would be welcome.

The sessions blend the interchange of ideas and the enjoyment of refreshment and teas from around the world. The monthly event will continue until April and is open to the public.

Diversity is one of Michigan Tech's strategic goals--that is, a community of scholars whose intellectual, social and professional development is enriched by the diversity of our students, faculty and staff.

ME-EM Seminar Rescheduled

The ME-EM seminar presented by Dr. Lucas X. Lu, of Columbia University, has been rescheduled to 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 19, in Rekhi G06. The presentation is titled "Cellular Biomechanics of Bone and Tissue Biomechanics of Articular Cartilage." Lu is a candidate for the Strategic Faculty Hiring Initiative in health. For more information, contact Karen Bess at 487-2551.

ME-EM Seminar

Professor Michelle L. Oyen, of Cambridge University, will give the ME-EM seminar at 3 p.m., Thursday, March 18, in ME-EM 112. Her presentation is "Characterization of Poroelastic Properties of Hydrated Tissues by Indentation Testing."

For more information on this guest and the ME-EM Graduate Seminar Series, visit: .

Chemical Engineering Seminar

Chemical Engineering's Grain Processing Seminar will feature Dr. J. Brent Hiskey, of the University of Arizona's Department of Mining and Geological Engineering, at 10 a.m., Friday, March 19, in Chem Sci 101. His presentation will be "Electrolytic Copper Refining: Pre-Passivation Behavior of Copper Anodes." For more information, contact Donna Bingham at 487-3132 or at .

Physics Colloquium

Graduate students Jiang Lu and Chee Huei Lee (Physics) will present, respectively, two colloquia: "Clustering of Charged Inertial Particles in Turbulence" and "Properties of Pure and Carbon-decorated Boron Nitride Nanotubes." The presentation will be at 4 p.m., Thursday, March 18, in Fisher 139.

For more information, contact Claudio Mazzoleni at 487-1226 or at , or Petra Hüntemeyer at .

Job Postings

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.


Non-Tenure Track Position in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics/Keweenaw Research Center

Research Assistant/Associate/Professor and Project Manager

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