President's Campus Forum April 29

President Glenn Mroz will host a campus forum at 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 29, in Ballroom A of the Memorial Union Building.

Release time will be provided for the hourly staff with the approval of their supervisor. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

The presentation will be videostreamed live.

If you would like to submit questions, please do not submit them via the video stream chat feature but send them to Staff Council.

Student Leadership Awards Announced

by Monica Lester, student writer

Last Friday, dozens of students, faculty and other members of the Michigan Tech community celebrated students’ achievements at the 20th Annual Student Leadership Awards.

Les Cook, vice president for student affairs and advancement, and Hannah Altscheffel, Tech’s 2013 Rising Star of the Year, hosted the ceremony. Marie Cleveland, an active Michigan Tech alumna and worldwide account manager at FedEx, gave the keynote address. She encouraged students to “just be, here and now” and demonstrate the positive attitude that you want to see in the world.

After the keynote address, a new award was announced, Outstanding Future Alumni. David Shull won this honor.

The other winners were:
Kerstin Cleveland--President’s Award for Leadership
Holly Zehfus, Department of Aerospace Studies--Provost’s Award for Scholars
Rebeka Horsch--Vice President of Student Affairs and Advancement Award for Service
Kristin Flickinger--Exceptional Leadership in Student Governance Award
Sara Alian--Exceptional Enthusiasm as a Student Leader Award
Kimberly D’Augustino--Student Employee of the Year
Carly Joseph--Rising Star of the Year
Finance Club’s Finance U--Exceptional Program of the Year
International Club--Most Improved Student Organization
Abhilash Kantamneni and his Georgetown University Energy Prize--Exceptional Community Service Project
Scott MacInnes--the Clair M. Donovan Award
Wadsworth Hall Student Association--Student Organization of the Year
Jessie Stapleton--Student Organization Advisor of the Year

The ceremony concluded with the recognition of a few other award winners. Kailey Feuerstein won the Percy Julian Award; Patrick Belling received Exceptional Graduate Student Leader; Ranjeeth Naik won Exceptional Graduate Student Scholar; Stephen Kampe, chair of materials science and engineering, was recognized as Exceptional Graduate Mentor; and Jon Furlich and Rebeka Horsch won Greek Man and Woman of the Year.

Scott MacInnes Named Recipient of the Clair M. Donovan Award

submitted by Blue Key

Blue Key is proud to have selected Scott MacInnes as the recipient of the 2014 Clair M. Donovan Award. The award is given to a Michigan Tech faculty or staff member, student or an exceptional community member who has contributed the most outstanding service during the preceding year. This award, which is sponsored by Blue Key National Honor Society, is in honor of Clair M. Donovan, who made immeasurable contributions to Michigan Tech through his service as national president of Blue Key, as an alumnus and as a civil leader.

Most of us know MacInnes in some way. He has been with the City of Houghton since 1974, when he started as recreation manager after graduating from Michigan Tech. He became assistant city manager in 1980, then moved up to the city manager position in 1997. MacInnes just recently retired as city manager, although he is still assisting the city during the transition time.

MacInnes has worked hand in hand with Michigan Tech throughout his career, and he has created a valuable partnership between the University community and Houghton. An example of this was his partnership with Blue Key to increase local involvement and local business sponsorship for Winter Carnival. He also worked with the Society of Women in Engineering Conference to create a Ladies Night, bonfire and luge in downtown Houghton for conference attendees, and he has helped the Undergraduate and Graduate Student Governments to spread information about off-campus housing and landlord rights.

MacInnes has worked to improve the public image of Houghton and Michigan Tech, and the service he has provided will leave a lasting positive impact.

Last University Senate Meeting Today

The University Senate will hold their last meeting today at 5:30 p.m., in Dow 642. Senators are responsible for making their constituents aware of this meeting’s agenda. If neither the senator nor the alternate can attend they should send a substitute. View meeting #548 agenda for all new and continuing senators.

1) Roll Call of Senators and Recognition of Visitors
2) Approval of Agenda
3) Approval of Minutes from Meeting #547
4) Presentation: “Driving Better Outcomes for your Faculty and Staff,” by Marvin Turner, relationship manager, and Ruth Davidson, communication consultant (slides)
5) Presentation: “2014 Updates from the Graduate School,” presented by Jacqueline Huntoon, Graduate School dean and associate provost (slides)
6) Presentation: “The Alliance for Computing, Information, and Automation” presented by Daniel Fuhrmann, chair, electrical and computer engineering department (slides)
7) Presentation: “President’s Evaluation Results 2013-14,” presented by Madhukar Vable, chair, Senate Administrative Policy Committee (slides)
8) Old Business:
a. Proposal 2-14: “Proposal to Modify Senate Procedure 506.1.1: Evaluation Procedures for Department Chairs and School Deans,” (revised 04-09-14) presented by Administrative Policy Committee (Voting Units: Full Senate)
b. Proposal 29-14: "Required Oral Examination Attempts,” presented by Instructional Policy Committee (Voting Units: Academic)
c. Proposal 30-14: “Amendment to Academic Suspension and Dismissal Policy,” presented by Instructional Policy Committee (revised 04-17-14) (Voting Units: Academic)
d. Proposal 31-14: “Proposal to Amend Senate Policy 701.3: Non Faculty Academic Appointments,” presented by Instructional Policy Committee (Voting Units: Academic)
e. Proposal 32-14: “Notification Time for Changes in Fringe Benefits and Questions for Healthcare Insurance Consultants,” (revised 04-17-14) presented by Fringe Benefits Committee (Voting Units: Full Senate)
f. Proposal 33-14: “Proposal to Shelve Contemporary Culture Concentration in the CCM Program,” presented by Curricular Policy Committee (Voting Units: Academic)
g. Proposal 34-14: “Proposal to Shelve Media Concentration in the CCM Program,” presented by Curricular Policy Committee (Voting Units: Academic)
h. Proposal 35-14: “Proposal to Shelve Language and Diversity Concentration in the CCM Program,” presented by Curricular Policy Committee (Voting Units: Academic)
9) Reports
a. President’s Report
b. Senate Committee Reports
10) Adjournment

Barr Honored by National Order of the Engineer Committee

Nancy Barr has been named an Outstanding Link Coordinator by the Recognition Committee of the Order of the Engineer.

Barr, the Senior Design and technical communications advisor for the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics, is one of four link coordinators in the nation to receive this honor. Link coordinators are instrumental in organizing their units' Ring Ceremony, inducting graduates into the Order of the Engineer.

Barr has been coordinating the department's Order of the Engineer events at Michigan Tech since 2007. Since then, she has been responsible for the induction of over 1,200 mechanical engineering graduates during two annual ceremonies.

"Nancy's been organizing the Senior Recognition Banquet, which includes the Ring Ceremony, since she started with us," said Bill Predebon, chair of the MEEM department. "She coordinates all the activities seamlessly, and thanks in large part to her efforts, nearly all of our graduates attend and are inducted into the Order of the Engineer."

Open House for Dining Services Retiree Cheryl Paoli

Dining Services invites friends, family and coworkers to help celebrate the retirement of Cheryl Paoli.

Paoli will retire with 25 years in Dining Services. Paoli started her employment with Michigan Tech in 1989 working in the Memorial Union Building as a food service worker, She worked there in Dining Services for 10 years. Paoli then became a cook's helper for one year at McNair and then became one of the McNair Hall cooks and has been at McNair for the rest of her career.

Her retirement party will be held at 1:30 p.m., Friday May 2, in the McNair Hall Dining Room.

Mining Faculty Candidate Presentation Friday

Snehamoy Chatterjee, assistant professor in the Department of Mining Engineering at the National Institute of Technology (NIT) Rourkela, India will be at Michigan Tech as a candidate for a mining faculty position. His seminar is titled “Stochastic Open Pit Mine Planning: Integrating Geological Uncertainty.” The seminar will be held Friday, April 25 at 10 a.m., in DOW 875.

MEEM Graduate Seminar Thursday

Antonio Gauchia will present "Finite Element Modeling of a Real Bus Structure: Effect of Electrified Powertrain," Thursday, April 24, at 4 p.m. in EERC 103 as the MEEM graduate seminar speaker.

CTL Tip of the Week

Submit Grades via Banner or Canvas and Coursetools

Instructors have two choices for submitting grades. They can be submitted electronically either via Canvas and CourseTools, or via Banner Self Service. Banner Self Service is the simpler of the two systems. Instructors can simply type their grades directly into BanWeb, click submit and be finished!

Grade submission through Canvas requires a couple more steps. It is often most beneficial for larger classes, and for courses where grades are already entered in Canvas or another spreadsheet program. Grades need to be entered or uploaded in Canvas first, and then extracted from Canvas and submitted to Banner using the Grade Wizard on “Coursetools.” Those who have the correct letter grades for their students in their Canvas Total column can choose that column in the first step of the Grade Wizard, so there’s no longer any need to copy grades out of the Total column, unless you want to “tweak” them.

Information and instructions can be accessed on eLearning’s Electronic Grade Submission Information and Resources page. Instructors can also attend one of the two grade submission workshops, and are also encouraged to use eLearning Walk-In Hours, available on Canvas One Stop, to get help. The CTL Tip of the Week is brought to you by the Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL).

Job Posting

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On the Road

Pasi Lautala, director of the Michigan Tech Rail Transportation Program, and 11 students from across the campus attended the 2014 Joint Rail Conference in Colorado Springs recently. The conference was jointly sponsored by ASME, ASCE and IEEE. Lautala presented "High Speed Rail Learning System (HSRLS)--Taking Advantage of Online Technologies in Railway Education," and the students presented their senior design, enterprise and research project findings from the past year.

In the News

Biofuels Digest, a publication featuring news of the biofuels industry, published an article on American Process, an Alpena, Mich., based biofuel refinery that recently shipped the first shipment of cellulosic ethanol produced from forest waste products. In the article, CEO Theodora Retsina credited Michigan Tech for technological support, for the experiments and environmental analyses conducted by professor David Shonnard (ChE), professor Sue Bagley (Bio Sci) and students.