University Accreditation Visit Scheduled

On March 14 to 16, Michigan Tech will host a Quality Checkup Visit with two evaluators representing the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

HLC accredits colleges and universities in the North-Central region; Michigan Tech has been continuously accredited since 1928. In 2005, Michigan Tech chose to be accredited under the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP), which is an alternative to the process which requires a university-wide self-study. The Quality Checkup Visit is the final step in the process to reaccreditation.

The campus community is invited to meet with evaluators, Charles Harrington and Kathryn DeBoer, to discuss the University's quality programs on Wednesday, March 14, at several open meetings:

Open Meeting with Students
1:45 to 2:30 p.m.
Memorial Union Ballroom B

Open Meeting with Faculty
2:45 to 3:30 p.m.
Memorial Union Ballroom B

Open Meeting with Staff
3:45 to 4:30 p.m.
Memorial Union Ballroom B

University-wide Reception
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
J. R. Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library, Opie Reading Room

As part of our AQIP program, Michigan Tech has engaged in projects to improve faculty and student diversity, international experience opportunities, academic advising, classroom upgrades and professional development. We have established University Student Learning Goals as part of our process to improve assessment of student learning; completed a review of our Systems Portfolio; and attended two Strategy Forums.

"I am looking forward to the visit of our expert evaluators," Provost Max Seel said. "This is the culmination of a long journey toward continuously improving what Michigan Tech offers to its stakeholders, and it is very important for our reaccreditation. I am looking forward to two days of engagement and communication with our evaluators and to learn more about how we can make the Michigan Tech experience even more valuable."

For more information, visit AQIP or contact the AQIP Liaison, Associate Provost Christa Walck at .

New Mineral Named for Seaman Curator

by Jennifer Donovan, director, public relations

A new mineral discovered in the Mammoth-St. Anthony mine in Arizona has been named georgerobinsonite--after George W. Robinson, professor of mineralogy and curator of Michigan Tech's Seaman Mineral Museum. It is a lead chromate--a salt of chromic acid--that occurs as minute, transparent, orange-red crystals on cerussite, another lead carbonate and secondary lead mineral.

The publication Mineral News reported on the newly named mineral in its February 2012 issue.

A team of Canadian scientists discovered the new mineral and reported on it in the October 2011 issue of the journal The Canadian Mineralogist. They decided to name it for Robinson because "George is a prominent curator who has contributed a lot to the mineral community," said Frank Hawthorne, corresponding author on the journal article and a professor at the University of Manitoba. Hawthorne and the journal article's other authors got to know Robinson during his 14 years as curator of the Canadian Museum of Nature, where he worked before coming to Michigan Tech.

It is a convention in the profession not to name new minerals for their discoverers, Hawthorne explained. A description of the new mineral and its proposed name are submitted to a committee of the International Mineralogical Association, which must validate the description of the find as a unique mineral and approve the recommended name. The IMA has approved naming the new mineral georgerobinsonite.

"It's a real honor," said Robinson, who also said the naming came as a complete surprise to him. "It's like a chemist having a new element named after him. I guess it's in recognition of my long career as a mineralogist and a curator."

Scholarships Available for Future Science, Math Teachers

by Jill Schwab, student intern

Sarah Weinreis completed her BS in Chemistry at Michigan Tech in 2008, but her dream was to help high school students succeed in science and mathematics. She found a path to her goal through the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship program, which enabled her to earn her teacher certification at Tech.

First Weinreis had to student-teach. The Noyce program, run by the Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences, placed her at Arthur Hill High School in Saginaw, a high-needs urban school where 45 percent of the students live in poverty.

"During my first few weeks at Arthur Hill, my students challenged me--they'd give me the stare-down in class or make comments about how I just didn't 'get' them. And they were right--I didn't fully understand their dreams, problems and culture. But the Noyce program had prepared me for this challenge, and I devoted myself to learning about my students--from attending their extracurricular activities to just being available to chat."

After completing her student teaching, Weinreis earned her teaching certification at Michigan Tech.

The National Science Foundation funds the Noyce Scholarship program to support undergraduate and graduate students hoping to become science or mathematics teachers. The program provides financial support for up to two years of study at Michigan Tech. Once certified, recipients are expected to teach science or mathematics in a high-need school.

The Noyce program began in 2002 as an NSF effort to encourage college students pursuing science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) fields to become certified to teach science and mathematics to K-12 students. The demand for teachers, particularly in science and mathematics, was growing with no sign of slowing down, and the number of new teachers seeking certification was not keeping up with the demand.

Michigan Tech's Noyce program began in 2009. "We have provided scholarships to 13 students so far," says program head Brad Baltensperger, chair of cognitive and learning sciences. "Acceptance has been high, but we have high expectations."

Applicants must be within two years of receiving their undergraduate degree or have already completed a degree in a STEM field. Sophomores can apply if they will be juniors in the fall. They must be planning to enroll in a teacher certification program to teach science or mathematics and be US citizens or permanent residents.

Upon graduation, Noyce scholars are expected to teach for two years in a high-need school for every year they received scholarship support. Michigan Tech works with partner schools to place graduates in schools that meet program requirements. If a Noyce scholar cannot meet the teaching mandate, the scholarship becomes a loan that must be repaid.

Students in the program earn field experience working with teachers to better understand the classroom and the needs of students. They attend seminars hosted by experienced teachers from local or partner schools and serve a student-teaching internship at one of Tech's high-need partner schools. The program continues to offer mentoring support after graduation, including a graduate-level online course.

"I found the seminars very helpful," says Nicholle Stark, a senior majoring in chemistry with minors in mathematics education and coaching fundamentals. "They were great supplements to what I was already learning at Michigan Tech. The Noyce committee is also very friendly and easy to work with, and the program definitely keeps you busy." Stark begins student teaching in the fall.

"It's a great opportunity for anyone who has been considering a teaching career," says Baltensperger.

The deadline to apply for a Noyce scholarship for the 2012 fall semester is March 15.

For more information, contact Brad Baltensperger at or Judy Anderson at .

Fidelity to Visit Campus

Fidelity will be on campus Tuesday, April 3, to meet one-on-one and confidentially discuss your retirement goals, answer questions and offer guidance.

To schedule an appointment, call 800-642-7131 or visit Fidelity.

Khana Khazana Features Three Cultures

Khana Khazana this week offers cuisine from Thailand, India and Malaysia.

Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, March 2, at the Memorial Union Food Court.

Here are the offerings:

Kai sa-te: This Thai dish is tender roasted chicken with spicy and sweet peanut sauce, including the sweet and sour dipping. Usually, served with toasted bread.

Chili Paneer: An Indian adaptation of a Chinese recipe has become an integral part of the Indian culinary scene. It is also enjoyed by Indian and Chinese communities in Malaysia, Singapore, England and North America

Karipap/Curry Puff: A small pie consisting of curry and potatoes. It is common at Indian and Malay food stalls in Malaysia!

A full meal, which comes with a free beverage, costs $6; individual items are $2.

Khana Khazana, a weekly series of international lunches, is a collaborative effort of international students and Dining Services.

Grand Raffle Winners Announced

The 15 winners in the recent annual Grand Raffle are listed below.

First Prize--$10,000: Julie Soumis, Chassell, (sold by Matt Palo, men's track and field)

2nd--$2,000: Helen McDonough, Inver Grove Heights, Minn. (sold by Thomas Kendrick, men's cross country)

3rd--$1000: Dylan Turpeinen, Houghton, (sold by Paige Borel, dance team)

4th--Dell notebook computer (donated by Dell): Pat Rozich, Hancock, (sold by Michelle Gaedke, women's basketball)

5th--$750: Kris Thornton, Ishpeming, (sold by Matt Waters, football)

6th--$500: Emily Hagan, Toivola, (Lynn Giesler, women's basketball)

7th--$500 Delta Airlines travel certificate: Andrea Craig, Detroit, (sold by Jaime Craig, cheer team)

8th--$400: Gail Hanson, Menasha, Wis. (sold by Jacqui Landry, soccer)

9th--Sports stay package; three nights at Franklin Square Inn and $50 food certificate: Kathy Stephenson, Ashland, Wis. (sold by Amanda Whiting, soccer)

10th--Michigan Tech Athletic event private party; 20 tickets, space and $50 for food: Carole Bolthorse, Bellevue, (sold by Katie Pappas, soccer)

11th--$300: Michelle Hadel, Gladstone, (sold by Jacob Hadel, football)

12th--$250 gift certificate from University Images: Andrew Kremkow, Hudsonville, (men's tennis)

13th--$200 gift Certificate from University Images: Alexandra Morrison, Hancock, (sold by Jeremy Mims, football)

14th--$150 gift certificate from University Images: Lori Budweg, Hancock, (sold by Charlie Leffingwell, football)

15th--$100: Kristi Kossak, Hancock, (sold by David Kossak, football)

Athletics thanks all those who purchased tickets, as well as those businesses that contributed to the prizes.