Order Your Pumpkin Pies

Dining Services is holding their Annual Day-Before Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie Sale. The delicious nine-inch homemade pumpkin pies sell for only $3.50 each and can be ordered by emailing bake@mtu.edu . All orders must be placed by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 19. You may pick up and pay for your pies in the Memorial Union Food Court from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 21.

Jazz Showcase: Backstage at the Rozsa

by Bethany Jones, marketing manager, Rozsa Center

See the Rozsa stage transformed into an intimate jazz-club atmosphere for the Jazz Showcase: Backstage at the Rozsa. The Rozsa stage will become a jazz lounge with cocktail tables and cash bar, and of course hot jazz provided by two Michigan Tech jazz ensembles: the Jazz Lab Band and the Research and Development Big Band, with special guest performances both nights by Mike Christianson, the new Michigan Tech Director of Bands. Experience live jazz the way it should be played, up close and smokin', at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9 and 10.

Tickets are $12.75/General Admission, 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 showtimes.

Hockey for Health this Saturday

Tickets are available now for the inaugural Hockey for Health event on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena.

At 6 p.m. attendees are invited to join players from the Michigan Tech hockey team and Finlandia University women's hockey team for an open skate. A community expo will be available upstairs with dozens of community organizations coming together.

At 7 p.m. the puck will drop with players from each team competing in a for-fun hockey game.

All proceeds will go to the two foundations, and the Copper Country Junior Hockey Association and Calumet Hockey Association.

For more information, see Hockey for Health.

Khana Khazana Returns to Thailand

Khana Khazana will once again feature Thai food for lunch on Friday, Nov. 9. Students Parawee Pumwongpitak, Nilsiam "Ake" Yuenyong and Ochin Kmutnb will cook chicken red curry (paneer for vegetarians), stir fried eggplant and deep-fried fish wrapped in rice (crispy potato wrap for vegetarians).

Khana Khazana international lunches are served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Food Court. A full meal costs $6.95 and includes a fountain drink. Individual items are available for $2.50 each.

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

Chemistry Seminar

Jessica Prenni, director at the Proteomics and Metabolomics Facility, and assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Colorado State University, will present "A New Strategy for Compound Identification in Non-targeted Metabolite Profiling Studies" at 3 p.m., Friday, Nov. 9, in Chem Sci 101. A discussion period will follow, and refreshments will be served. All are welcome to attend.

For more information, visit Chemistry Seminar. This seminar is being partially funded by the Visiting Women and Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series.

Canvas Tip of the Week: Canvas Gradebook--Ungraded or Zeros?

It's important for faculty to understand how the Canvas gradebook treats ungraded assignments. By default, ungraded assignments are NOT included in any assignment total calculations. This means that when assignments are left as "ungraded" (shown with a '-' dash), they are treated as if they never happened. At first glance, this may seem problematic, but Canvas is really designed to allow faculty to enter assignments well ahead of when grades exist. Many faculty members enter assignments for the whole semester right at the start, which builds a nice calendar and set of reminders for students as due dates approach. Not including upcoming ungraded assignments is done by design, but Canvas assumes that for any past assignments some score will be entered--even if that score is zero.

Some of you may have noticed an option called "Treat ungraded as zeros" on the Gradebook Options menu (gear tool) in your gradebook. It should be emphasized that while choosing this option does show the instructor how things would look if all ungraded assignments were zeros, it does not "stick" when you leave the gradebook, or affect what is seen by students. It's therefore important to actually enter a zero grade when a student doesn't complete an assignment, rather than to leave it ungraded.

For large classes where missed assignments are common, there is a short cut. In the dropdown list of any gradebook column, you can use the "Set Default Grade" option to enter zeros for any ungraded assignments. (See, How do I set a default grade for an Assignment?) Best practice, then, is to make sure that zeros get entered along with other scores, leaving no "ungraded" dashes once an assignment is complete in your course.

You can watch the eLearning screencast Canvas Gradebook: Ungraded or Zeros? for a video demonstration. For more information, or help with Canvas at Michigan Tech, and to sign up for eLearning workshops, visit Canvas One Stop.