UAW Local 5000 and Benefits Sponsor Blood Drive

The UAW Local 5000 and Benefits will sponsor a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, March 26, in the Memorial Union Peninsula Room.

The UP Regional Blood Center and Marquette General Health System will collect on a walk-in basis or by appointment. Appointments may be made prior to the drive, or in person the day of; sign up for a time that fits your schedule; bring identification.

To make an appointment, contact Sandy Kalcich at 487-2109 or at or Anne Chambers at 487-3067 or at .

Reminder: Call for Proposals, Student Affairs Professional Development Day

submitted by Beth Pollins, Student Affairs

Session proposals are being accepted for the fourth campus-wide Professional Development Day on Thursday, May 10.

All faculty and staff are welcome and encouraged to participate by sharing their expertise with others across campus. This is an opportunity to highlight a department or to show individual talents--whether you have presented elsewhere or if you are planning to present in the near future.

Suggested categories for proposals include, but are not limited to:

* Technology
* Supervising students or staff
* Leadership skills
* Getting involved--how to be a student organization advisor
* How to use new social media
* Embracing change
* Fundraising
* Grant writing
* Engaging students
* Connecting faculty/staff/students to what the Keweenaw has to offer
* Budget development
* Customer service
* Wellness
* Federal regulations
* Working with millennial parents
* Assessment

To submit a proposal, see Professional Development.

The deadline is Monday, March 26.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Pollins at 487-2465 or .

Reminder: Summer Reading Facilitators Sought

Faculty and staff are invited to facilitate a student group discussion for Michigan Tech's Reading as Inquiry project during Orientation.

This year, first-year students will be reading "Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal," by New York Times best-selling author Conor Grennan. The award-winning book is a memoir of how Grennan's three-month volunteer experience at the Little Princes Children's Home in a small Nepalese village transformed into a personal mission of reconnecting trafficked children with their families.

Little Princes is a true story of families and children, and what one person is capable of when faced with seemingly insurmountable odds. At turns tragic, joyful, and hilarious, "Little Princes" is a testament to the power of faith and the ability of love to carry us beyond our wildest expectations.

Facilitators, with assistance from upper-level students, will lead a group discussion of approximately 25 first-year students during Orientation. A facilitator information session will be held the week of Aug. 20, and the student group discussions are scheduled for 3 to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 28.

As a part of Reading as Inquiry, Grennan will give an address at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 28, in the Rozsa.

If you are interested in serving as a facilitator, contact Heather Simpson at 487-3558 or at , no later than Friday, March 30. Facilitators will receive a free copy of the book via campus mail.

Khana Khazana Brings Persian Cuisine to Tech

This Friday Khana Khazana (food treasure) will feature Persian food from Iran. The meal will be cooked by Sara Alian, a graduate student studying geospatial information sciences.

The menu includes kabab koobideh, beef and lamb kabab; kahchi,
made with saffron and wheat flour; ahsh reshteh is an ash (thick soup) with noodles; kotlet, a vegetarian potato dish. Khana Khazana will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, March 23, in the Memorial Union Food Court.

A full meal costs $6 and includes a free beverage. Each item is available separately for $2.

Khana Khazana is a collaborative effort of international students and Dining Services.

Benefit Helps Canterbury House

The Back Room Boys and Friends will showcase their wide-ranging music in an upcoming benefit for the Canterbury House, beginning at 5 p.m., Sunday, March 25, in the Orpheum Theater (Studio Pizza), in Hancock.

There will be a $5 donation at the door.

The Back Room Boys and Friends will play traditional jazz, swing and Latin, with a touch of Yooper polkas and waltzes.

Canterbury House, a student mission of the Episcopal Church, supports an English tutoring program for international students and their families, no-cost meals and a number of other activities that support students at Michigan Tech and Finlandia, faculty, staff and their families.

For more information, contact Nancy Byers Sprague at 487-2284 or at .

Haidar Earns Honors From Basketball Times

by Ian Marks, assistant director, athletic communications and marketing

Junior Ali Haidar was recently named to the Basketball Times NCAA Division II All-America Third Team. Haidar, who was named the GLIAC Player of the Year, ranked third in the league in scoring, averaging 19.1 points per game, and ranks second in rebounds, averaging 9.0 per game. He led Michigan Tech to its first GLIAC North Division Title since the 2002-03 season and has tallied 14 double-doubles on the year, ninth most in NCAA Div. II this season.

Haidar posted a record-setting performance against Ferris State in the quarterfinals of the GLIAC Tournament, with 20 points and 26 rebounds. The 26 rebounds tied the school record and set a new GLIAC Tournament record.

Haidar eclipsed the 1,000-point mark after scoring a career-high 36 points at Saginaw Valley earlier this season. The Windsor, Ontario, native ranks eighth in the league in blocked shots per game with 1.2 and 12th in field goal percentage at 53 percent.

Biological Sciences Seminar

Mahua Choudhury, a research instructor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado-Denver, will present "Reduced Mitochondrial Function in Obesity-Associated Fatty Liver: SIRT3 Takes on the Fat" at 11 a.m., Thursday, March 22, in Rekhi G06.

Benefits Holds Investing Seminar

Benefit Services and TIAA-CREF's managing consultant, Marvin Turner, will host four on-site seminars in April.

* "Basics of Investing," noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, April 3, in Memorial Union Ballroom B.

* "Education with a Focus on Mid-career Employees," 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 3, in the Lakeshore Center Community Room.

* "Education with a Focus on Employees Approaching Retirement," 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 4, in Memorial Union Ballroom B.

* "Education with a Focus on New Employees," noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 4, in Memorial Union Ballroom B.

Employees with Fidelity are also welcome to attend as these are information sessions and not consulting. Beverages will be provided.

For more information, see Employees.

Library Matters: EndNote Workshop for Graduate Students

EndNote is a citation management software which allows anyone to easily collect, organize and use their research references. Learn how this software can save hours of time in library research and document preparation.

The J. R. Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library is offering two free EndNote basics workshops for graduate students from noon to 1:30 p.m., Monday, March 26, and from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 28.

Participants will learn the basic skills for building a collection of citations, how to manage their citation collections and how to include the citations in documents, as well as easily create bibliographies.

Seating is limited. To register, email .

New Funding

Assistant Professor Aleksey Smirnov (GMES/EPSSI) has received $186,272 from the National Science Foundation for the first two years of a potential five-year project, "CAREER: Reading Magnetic Fingerprints From Deep Time: An Insight into the Geodynamo and Early Earth System Evolution."