Sirdenis Name to Ski Safety Board

Mont Ripley Ski Hill Manager Nick Sirdenis was appointed to a four-year term on the Michigan Ski Area Safety Board by Governor Rick Snyder.

It is the second time Sirdenis has been chosen, as he joins the board that oversees "the nation's first and best ski area safety act," Sirdenis says.

"In 1962, the State of Michigan legislated ANSI standards for safety at their ski areas, the first state to do so. They are the most stringent rules in the nation, and the national guidelines are actually based on ours."

Colorado, Utah, Vermont, Wisconsin, and many other states have followed Michigan's lead and have also borrowed heavily from Michigan's standards, Sirdenis adds.

Michigan's ski safety board is another important part of the ski areas' focus on safety.

"The UP always has a nice representation on the board," he says. "It's usually one ski hill operator from up here and one from downstate, with other members from the ski industry: ski shops, Ski Patrol, and, of course, a lawyer."

The board has two regular meetings per year and can be called together if an issue arises, Sirdenis says. The board has survived the governor's shrinking of the number of governmental boards.

"He was surprised to learn that our ski industry wants to have legislative rules, inspectors, and administrators," Sirdenis says. "We had a recent example of a chairlift accident in Wisconsin, and we said we don't want that here." The accident hastened Wisconsin's move to following standards.

Senate Elections and Referendum Results

The University Senate Elections Committee announces the results to recent votes. These results were reported to the Senate during Meeting 527, Wednesday, Dec. 12.

Fall 2012 Senate Election Results:

Committee on Academic Tenure, Promotion, and Reappointment (two positions)
Professor James Wood (GMES)
Associate Professor Haiying Liu (Chemistry)

Tobacco-Free Campus Referendum Results:

Further extend the policy by banning tobacco use on all Michigan Tech property: a tobacco-free campus--40.18 percent

Extend the current Senate policy to disallow all tobacco use in buildings and within a certain distance from the buildings--30.73 percent

Maintain the current Senate policy: no smoking in campus buildings--29.09 percent

Author of Hip Hop Book to Speak at MLK Banquet

Author Tricia Rose, who wrote a ground-breaking book on the emergence of hip hop culture, will be the featured speaker at the 24th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration Banquet on Jan. 21.

Tickets are at no charge and can be picked up at the Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) beginning Monday, Dec. 17. For more information and for tickets, contact the CDI at 487-2920 or .

This event is sponsored by CDI and the Black Student Association, and is held each year on Martin Luther King Day.

Save the Date: Retirement Party for Amanda Binoniemi

The staff of the J. R. Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library invite the campus to share in the retirement party for Amanda Binoniemi, long-time reference and instruction librarian. Join them in thanking Binoniemi for her dedication to Michigan Tech's students and faculty, from 2 to 4 p.m., Monday, Dec. 17, in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge.

A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum Annual Holiday Sale Continues

A reminder that the Museum Holiday Sale continues now through Saturday Dec. 22.

* 20 percent off everything in the gift shop.
* Unique gifts for everyone on your list.
* Amazing gift shop: local handcrafted jewelry, many practical gift choices, decorator and mineral gifts, educational gifts, and stocking stuffers galore.

Museum and gift shop hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The museum will be closed from Sunday, Dec. 23 through Sunday, Jan. 13.

Holiday Hours for the VP for Research Units

For the holidays, the Sponsored Programs Office, Sponsored Programs Accounting, Sponsored Programs Enhancement, Sponsored Operations Office, Compliance, Integrity and Safety, Occupational Safety and Health Services, Institutional Analysis and Innovation and Industry Engagement offices will be closed on Friday, Dec. 28.

Office hours will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following days:

* Friday, Dec. 21
* Wednesday, Dec. 26
* Thursday, Dec. 27

If you will need proposal submission services during these business days, alert SPO and IIE prior to the holiday break. The offices will be open during regular hours on all other days.

HR Holiday Hours

Human Resources will be open during the holidays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 26 through Friday, Dec. 28.

For a listing of those departments on campus that will have limited or irregular hours over the holidays, visit the Human Resources website.

If you would like your department listed, please notify HR of your holiday hours by sending an email to Lori Weir at If we do not hear from you, we will assume that your area will be open for the entire week and your department will not be listed.

New Mileage Rates Announced

Beginning Jan. 1, the IRS has increased the standard mileage rate to 56.5 cents per mile. The new mileage rate for moving expenses will be 24 cents per mile.

Adobe Connect to Conduct System Maintenance

Adobe Connect web conferencing services will undergo maintenance from 11 p.m., tonight, to 1 a.m., tomorrow morning. During this time, service interruptions may occur. Please email or call 487-1111 for your Adobe Connect support needs.

Proposals in Progress

Associate Professor Martin Thompson (Chemistry/BRC), "Examination of Cancer-Associated Polyoromo-1 Mutants Using Designer Nucleosomes," NSF.

Associate Professor Ranjit Pati (Physics), "Collaborative Research: CNT Based Spin Toward Post-CMOS Molecular Scale Spin Logic," NSF.

Professor Paul Doskey (CEE), "Comprehensive Analysis of Volatile and Semi-volatile Atmospheric Organic Matter by Two-Dimensional, Ultra-Performance Convergence Chromatography with ToF Mass Spectrometric Detection," NSF.

Assistant Professor Zhuo Feng (ECE), "Graph Sparsification Approach to Scalable Parallel SPICE-Accurate Simulation of Post-layout Integrated Circuits," NSF.

Assistant Professor Petra Huentemeyer (Physics/EPSSI), "Studying Cosmic-Ray Acceleration and Propagation, Gas Content and Intestellar Radiation Fields in our Galaxy with the HAWC Observatory," NSF.