Tech Announces Dental, Vision Benefits for 2013

Dental and vision care benefits--the final pieces of the 2013 health care package--are now in place for faculty and staff. The University will be switching to Delta Dental with current levels of coverage for each of the two plans remaining the same. The per-person premium for the coverage provided by existing Plan 1 will be $7 a month. The premium for existing Plan 2 coverage will be $5 a month per person.

Vision care will be covered by Eyemed with a $2 per person a month premium, a $10 copay for an eye exam (dropping from 35 percent), and continuing the $350 eyeglasses allowance every 24 months.

Since different vendors will be offering dental and vision care coverage, dental and vision coverage will be "decoupled;" in other words, people can choose coverage for either, neither or both.

Online open enrollment to make these and other benefit selections will begin Monday, Nov. 12 and continue through Monday, Dec. 3.

Seven open forums are planned between Wednesday, Oct. 31 and Tuesday, Nov. 27 to help faculty and staff explore their options and make an informed choice. Times and places will be announced on the Human Resources website at Enrollment.

Internet Connectivity Issues

submitted by Walt Milligan, chief information officer

On Tuesday, Oct. 23, an optical fiber that carries most of Michigan Tech's Internet traffic was cut in Wisconsin by a construction crew. Our traffic was rerouted to our
backup link across the Mackinac Bridge. Unfortunately, at this time, the bandwidth available on that link is not sufficient to handle all the traffic in the UP, so performance was poor much of the day. This is obviously unacceptable.

The good news is that Merit Network is in the final stages of upgrading the network with $140 million of federal funding. By the end of this calendar year, the link across the bridge will be upgraded to 10 Gb/sec, which will handle all our traffic with no problem if another interruption occurs between Houghton and Chicago. We will also have a third redundant fiber link by the end of the year, and by next summer, we will have two additional links through Green Bay and Duluth.

Two Tech Teams Chosen for Clean Energy Challenge

by Dennis Walikainen, senior editor

Two teams from Michigan Tech have been chosen to join in the Michigan Clean Energy Venture Challenge. Twenty-seven teams were chosen from 71 teams that applied from across the state. Through the challenge, teams will learn the skills needed to start a successful company, through classroom and hands-on learning.

The teams will also meet regularly with their on-campus mentors and venture capitalists and have access to a micro-grant program offering up to $2,500 for each team to move their business forward.

The Tech teams are GreenedIt!, a web-based application for energy auditing, and Aquaponics, for healthy, local food in urban communities.

GreenedIt! team members are physics students Travis Beaulieu, an undergraduate, and graduate student Abhilash Kantamneni. The team traveled to East Lansing for their initial training this past weekend.

"The training we received through the challenge was incredibly useful," said Beaulieu. "The whole point was to try and get young entrepreneurs into the mindset of finding a customer need and forming the idea around the customer's feedback. Thankfully this training worked for our team, and we had a complete pivot during the weekend."

The other team, Aquaponics, features indoor farming using water instead of soil, with a fish tank providing nutrients to plants. Team members include Robert Handler, post-doctoral environmental engineer in the Sustainable Futures Institute; Josh Krugh, economics undergraduate; and Jacob Bray, chemical engineering undergraduate.

"Aquaponics is a combination of aquaculture and hydroponics," Handler said. "And we want to examine the potential for this type of agriculture to expand as a business opportunity in urban communities throughout the state."

On the final day of the venture challenge, all participating teams will present their results, and a few teams will be awarded additional prizes and investments totaling $50,000 or more. The six-month challenge is run by the University of Michigan Center for Entrepreneurship.

Celebrate Halloween at the Rozsa with "The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940"

by Bethany Jones, marketing manager, Rozsa Center

The Tech Theatre Company presents the "The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940," by playwright John Bishop, a hilarious "who done it" that pokes fun at 1940s movie thrillers and campy musical comedies. The musical will be shown at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25 to Oct. 27, at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts. Don't miss this pitch-perfect Halloween theatrical production, sure to tickle the funny bone and make for an enjoyable night out at the Rozsa Center.

General admission is $12.75; Michigan Tech students are free. To purchase tickets, call 487-2073, go online at Rozsa, or visit Ticketing Operations at the SDC.

SDC box office hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday and noon to 8 p.m., Sunday. Please note the Rozsa Box Office is closed during regular business hours and will only open two hours prior to show times.

Reminder: Michigan Tech Community Programs--Fall Session Update

Looking for low-impact activities or high-impact recreational opportunities? Community programs provide regularly scheduled fitness and recreational opportunities for youth and adults. Take advantage of the great facilities--the pool, fitness center, ice arena and dance room--to learn a new skill or to stay fit.

Upcoming Events:

Dollar Days: Oct. 29 to Nov. 4
Classes are just $2 payable at the door. This is an excellent and inexpensive way to try out some great classes.

To see the schedule for this one-week special, visit Dollar Days.

Fall Session Two Programming: Nov. 5 to Dec.23
Does your child (or do you?) need to learn to skate? Want to learn Zumba, join a Ballet Barre class or learn more about Yoga?

For a listing of individual class schedules, prices and descriptions offered next session, see Brochure.

Registration Open
You may register online at Community Programs, at 487-2073, or at the SDC Ticket Office. If you are taking advantage of any discounts such as TechFit, SDC Membership, or sibling discounts, register at the SDC Ticket Office.

Michigan Tech Employees Credit Union Member Discount
Present your MTEFCU Debit/ATM card, personal check or MTEFCU Member ID card and receive a $10 discount on the following community programs offered Fall Session Two:
* Let's Dance (Ages 3-6)
* Youth Aikido (Ages 6+)
* Ultimate Conditioning

Ultimate Session Class Pass
For only $150, gain unlimited access to the following classes during Fall Session Two:
* Zumba
* Core and More
* Pilates
* Ultimate Conditioning
* Yoga
* Ballet Barre
* Step Pump
* TGIF Noon Aerobics Mix

If you would like to see a particular program or activity added, or have suggestions that may be helpful in evaluating the classes, contact Jada Gullstrand at 487-2975 or .

For more information, visit Community Programs, contact Michigan Tech Recreation at 487-2975 or email .

Chemistry Seminar

Keith Woerpel, Margaret and Herman Sokol Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and professor of chemistry from New York University, will present "Stereoselective Reactions of Oxocarbenium Ions: Conformational Analysis, Stereoelectronic Effects, and Reactivity," at 3 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26, in Chem Sci 101. A discussion period will follow. Refreshments will be served, and all are welcome to attend.

For more information, visit Chemistry Seminar.

Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar Series

James A. Morrison, an engineering services group manager at Kiewit Engineering Company, will present "The Engineer as Manager and Leader" at 4:05 pm, today, in Dow 641.

EPSSI Seminar

Matt Haney, from the USGS Alaska Volcano Observatory, will present "Volcanic Unrest on the Red End of the Seismic and Sonic Spectrum" at 4 p.m., Monday, Oct. 29, in M&M U113.

Haney is a geophysicist whose work includes research on the seismicity and structure of Alaskan volcanoes, volcano monitoring and the acquisition and processing of data from the AVO seismic network.

Haney will be on campus from Monday Oct. 29 to Tuesday morning, Oct. 30. If you would like to talk with him, contact Greg Waite at .

Wellness Incentive Program Workshop

As part of the wellness incentive program, HuskyPAW, Benefit Services will offer a workshop to introduce online tools and resources used to track physical activity and nutrition. is a wellness website offering support to help reach weight-loss goals and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Benefits staff will offer hands-on instruction of the site at noon, Friday, Oct. 26, in the computer lab (room 244) of the J. R. Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library.

Registration is still open and is required. For more information, see, Registration.

Rescheduled: Computer Science Seminar

Victoria Interrante, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Minnesota, will be presenting a seminar, "Enhancing Spatial Cognition in Immersive Virtual Environments" at 3 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26, in Rekhi 214.

Interrante's visit is cosponsored by the Michigan Tech Department of Computer Science and the Visiting Women and Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series (VWMLS), which is funded by the Office of the President and a grant to Office of Institutional Diversity for the State of Michigan's King-Chavez-Parks Initiative.

Environmental Engineering Seminar

Associate Professor Hugh Gorman (SS) will present "A Historical Perspective on the Challenge of Sustainability" at 3 p.m., Monday, Oct. 29, in GLRC 201. The public is welcome.

Biomedical Engineering Graduate Seminar

Associate Professor Jinshan Tang (SoT) will present a seminar, "Investigation of 3-D Ultrasound Imaging Technology and Development of 3-D Image Analysis Technology for Cattle Reproduction Application," at 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26, in M&M U113.

Tech Talks Research and Scholarship: Computational Discovery and Innovation

The next Tech Talks session will be at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31, in the east reading room of the J. R. Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library. Co-leaders Daniel Fuhrmann (ECE) and Laura Brown (CS) will present accomplishments of the Strategic Faculty Hiring Initiative on Computational Research, followed by faculty presentations and an opportunity to explore new collaborations and new directions for computational research at Michigan Tech.

All faculty and staff who can make a contribution to research in these areas or who want to learn about the efforts of others are strongly encouraged to attend. If you are interested in presenting your research, contact Christa Walck .

Past presentations are available at Tech Talks.

This event is sponsored by the Provost's Office and the Office of the Vice President for Research.

Item Available

* Table, 24"W x 47-1/2"L

If interested, contact Dawn Pichette at 487-3454 or .

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

On the Road

Professor Emeritus Karol Pelc (SBE) presented a lecture series, "Global Management and Innovation Networks," for the International Business and Technology Management Program at Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland.

Canvas Tip of the Week: Downloading Grades and Uploading Scores in your Canvas Gradebook

Your Canvas gradebook has a feature that allows you to both download your gradebook as a .csv file so you can work on it in a spreadsheet application like Excel, and then upload a .csv file with those scores back into your Canvas gradebook. You can access this feature from the gradebook options menu, which is the "gear" symbol in the upper left corner of the Canvas gradebook. The options are listed as "Download Scores (.csv)" and "Upload Scores (from .csv)." You can read more detailed instructions for downloading your gradebook as a spreadsheet file at How do I download scores from the gradebook? Instructions for uploading a .csv file to your Canvas gradebook can be found at How to upload changes to the Grade Book?

Instructors can use this feature to take advantage of the capabilities of applications like Excel to more quickly and easily cut and paste grades, perform calculations using the features of a spreadsheet program, facilitate the process of importing grades or scores from other programs and sources, etc. It's a good idea to start by downloading a .csv file of your Canvas gradebook and use that as your template to work in. Then, when you upload that .csv file back into your Canvas gradebook, it will contain the information it needs to sync the file and the gradebook together.

You can watch Downloading Grades and Uploading Scores in Canvas for a video demonstration of a simple download and upload of scores. For more information or help with Canvas at Michigan Tech, and to sign up for eLearning workshops, visit the Canvas One Stop page.