Friends of Van Pelt Library Book and Media Sale

The annual Friends of the Van Pelt Library Book and Media Sale will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, March 16, in the Memorial Union Ballroom. The book prices are: $2 for hardbacks, $1 for softcover, and $0.50 for trade paperbacks. Used media is also available: $2 for DVDs, $1 for CDs, and $0.50 for VHS and cassette tapes. Even bigger bargains start at 3 p.m., with books at $5 per bag.

Community members and visitors can receive a parking pass at the sale to allow free parking on campus at metered or visitor spaces.

If you are interested in purchasing books at the sale, consider joining the Friends of the Van Pelt Library. Members of the Friends will be able to shop at the book presale from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, March 15.

A membership provides first choice of books and convenient evening hours. During the presale, memberships ($20 for individuals, $50 for families and $15 for students and seniors) will be available at the door.

All proceeds from the sale benefit the Van Pelt and Opie Library.

For more information, visit Friends.

Reinhart Dining Services 2012 Scholarships Announced

submitted by Mary Peters, Dining Services

Dining Services announces that eight $1,000 scholarships have been awarded to student workers through its prime vendor partnership with Reinhart FoodService.

The purpose of the scholarship is to support undergraduate students who have worked two semesters for Dining Services, are currently working for Dining Services, and have exemplified the values of the University through their employment experience--all while maintaining their grade point average.

This year's recipients were notified of their awards by Financial Aid on March 1. The students, their majors and their workplaces include:

* Rebecca Brink (Geology)--McNair Hall
* Trevor Duetsch (Computer Science)--McNair Hall
* Mitchell Farrar (Civil Engineering)--Campus Cafe
* Kimberly Garthe (Anthropology)--Douglass Houghton Hall
* Patrick McKeon (Electrical Engineering)--Douglass Houghton Hall
* Wade Thelan (Business Administration)--Wadsworth Hall
* Caleb Walk (Mechanical Engineering)--Catering
* McKenzie Young (Civil Engineering)--McNair Hall

Reminder: 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 .

Lankton Will Speak on Calumet, Calumet and Hecla

Professor Larry Lankton (SS) will present "The Uniqueness of Calumet" from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 14, at Calumet Public Library.

The historian and author will address Calumet and the Calumet and Hecla Mine--in particular, the lifestyle and landscape--and contrast them to other mine locations and communities along the mineral range. Calumet and Hecla for decades was the biggest and the richest of the Lake Superior copper mines.

Following the presentation, there will be a reception and book signing. Copies of Lankton's latest book, "Hollowed Ground: Copper Mining and Community Building on Lake Superior, 1840-1990s," will be available for sale. Proceeds will support library programs and acquisitions.

The presentation is open to the public. Refreshments will be served. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Calumet Public Library.

For more information, visit the library or call 337-0311.

Reminder: Dollar Days and Spring Classes

submitted by Jada Gullstrand, manager, recreational programs

Michigan Tech Community Programs will offer Dollar Days today through March 18 for the following classes:

* Beginner Line Dance
* Introduction to Belly Dance
* Belly Dance
* Introduction to Clogging
* Flirty Girl Fitness Dance Aerobics
* Just Spin
* Kickboxing
* Ultimate Conditioning
* Yoga for Fitness (All Levels)
* Yoga for Athletes
* Gentle Yoga
* Intermediate Yoga for Fitness
* Mommy & Me Yoga
* Introduction to Zumba
* Zumba

Dollar Days are an excellent and inexpensive way to try out some great classes.

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Registration is now open for the second spring session of Community Programs.

To register, see Community Programs, call 487-2073, or visit the SDC Ticketing Operations.

If you are taking advantage of any discounts, such as TechFit, SDC membership, or sibling discounts, register at the SDC.

In our continuing effort to offer the best service and value, we would appreciate your opinion of the program(s) that you or your child participated in during the last session. Your comments and suggestions will assist in identifying both positives and negatives in each program. As a result, we will strive to make adjustments to provide the best experience for you and your family.

Please take a moment to fill out our online survey.

Feel free to make any additional comments that may be helpful in evaluating the program(s). If you would like to see a particular program or activity added, also let me know.

I may be contacted at 487-2975 or if you have any questions or concerns that need to be addressed personally.

Pearson Named WCHA Coach of the Year

by Wes Frahm, director, athletic communications and marketing

Hockey head coach Mel Pearson was named WCHA Coach of the Year. Pearson, in his first season in Houghton, has led his squad to a major turnaround in 2011-12. Heading into the postseason, the Huskies are 14-18-4 overall and 11-13-4 in conference games.

"I'm extremely proud of Mel and what he's been able to accomplish in such a short time," said Athletics Director Suzanne Sanregret. "He and his coaching staff have found a way to motivate and inspire the team, and it has made for a positive experience for our student-athletes. This has been an exciting year for Michigan Tech athletics and the entire community, and we look forward to the future."

Pearson helped Michigan Tech more than triple its win total from a year ago (four). The Huskies were picked to finish last in the 12-team WCHA, according to the preseason poll, but settled in eighth after having a chance to finish as high as fifth in the final weekend of the regular season. Tech won 11 WCHA games (after winning just eight the previous three years combined) and posted marquee wins over then No. 3 Denver (Oct. 28), No. 2 Minnesota (Dec. 9) and No. 1 Minnesota Duluth (Jan. 28) during the year.

Michigan Tech's offense surged in 2011-12 to 2.83 goals per game, from 1.97 in 2010-11. The Huskies also allowed 1.5 fewer goals per game than the previous season.

Eight different players on this year's squad have eight goals or more after just two scored more than seven a year ago.

"I'd like to thank Suzanne, President Glenn Mroz and Vice President for Student Affairs Les Cook for giving me the opportunity to return to Michigan Tech," said Pearson. "I'd like to thank my assistant coaches and staff who are very deserving in sharing this award. Mostly, I want to thank the players who went out on a nightly basis and got the job done. They're really the reason I'm receiving this honor.

"The WCHA is a great league with so many great coaches. I feel fortunate and privileged to win this award--especially this year when there are so many who are worthy."

Pearson is the fourth Tech coach to be selected WCHA Coach of the Year. Jamie Russell, who earned the honor in 2006-07, was the most recent. Herb Boxer gained the award in the 1987-88 season, while legendary John MacInnes won the award six times (1960, 1962, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981).

Flanders and Mason Finish in Top-10 at US Nationals

Alice Flanders and Rachel Mason each finished in the top-10 in the 10-kilometer freestyle races at the USSA Mariott Junior National Skiing Championships Wednesday, March 8.

Flanders finished seventh in 33:18. Mason was 10th in 33:49.

Four men also competed for Michigan Tech. Sam Holmes finished 39th (47:21), Mike Fleming 42nd (47:53), David Joda 45th (48:40) and Thomas Kendrick 50th (50:39).

In the News

Goaltenders Coach Steve Shields was featured in an article on the CBC's Hockey Night.

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Crain's Detroit Business published an article on March 4 reporting that university research that helps drive Michigan's economy is occurring at public universities outside the so-called "University Research Corridor, including Michigan Tech. See Crain's Detroit.

Items Available

* Presentation cart, wheeled 3'H x 4'L x 16"D
* (26) Student cluster tables, trapezoid shape

If interested, contact Jackie Ellenich at 487-2008 or .

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

In Print

Graduate student Kenny Ng (CEE) and Assistant Professsor Qingli Dai (CEE) published a paper, "Tailored Extended Finite-Element Model for Predicting Crack Propagation and Fracture Properties within Idealized and Digital Cementitious Material Samples," in the Journal of Engineering Mechanics, ASCE, 138 (1), 89-100.

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Assistant Professor Qingli Dai (CEE), Associate Professor Theresa Ahlborn (CEE), a colleague, graduate student Kenny Ng (CEE) and graduate student Eric Kreiger (CEE) published a paper,"Damage Investigation of Single-Edge Notched Beam Tests with Normal Strength Concrete and Ultra High Performance Concrete Specimens Using Acoustic Emission Techniques," in the journal of Construction and Building Materials, Elsevier, 31, 231-242.

On the Road

Assistant Professor Louise Nelson Dyble (SS) presented a lecture on "The History of the Chicago Skyway and the Future of Urban Infrastructure" at the Great Cities Institute of the University of Illinois at Chicago on Thursday, March 8.

The lecture will be available as a podcast at Great Cities.

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Technical Writer Shawn Kern (CTT) attended the County Road Association of Michigan (CRAM) Highway Conference in Lansing. While at the conference, Kern staffed a booth outlining the research and outreach opportunities offered by MTTI to the transportation industry.

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Director Tim Colling (CTT) attended a meeting at the Michigan Division of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in Lansing to sign the charter for the Michigan State Transportation Innovation Council (MI-STIC).

MI-STIC facilitates the rapid implementation of technology, tactics and techniques among transportation program delivery professionals at all levels of state government and throughout the private and nonprofit sector to ensure smart, efficient investment in highway infrastructure. The program provides leadership to perpetuate the deployment of innovative technologies that have an impact on the transportation industry.