Potential Security Breach with BCBSM

On Feb. 5 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) was made aware of a security breach with Anthem, which may affect employees and retirees of Michigan Tech who received services in the affected states.

The following information was provided to Michigan Tech about the incident.

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network understand their members' interest and concern about Anthem's announcement. They are very concerned and are conducting an investigation into what happened at Anthem.
  • BCBSM takes the privacy and security of their members' information very seriously. In light of the close business relationships they have with fellow Blue plans, they are working very hard with Anthem to determine if their members' data may have been compromised in this incident.
  • Anthem and BCBSM are two separate companies. Anthem's system was breached and BCBSM is investigating potential impacts on their members' privacy.
  • When BCBSM learned of the Anthem security breach, they immediately convened their own critical incident response team to work with their Privacy and Security officials and IT leadership to investigate and respond on behalf of their members. They are working together with Anthem to understand possible impacts to their customers and members. BCBSM will communicate the facts as they become available and will take appropriate actions if their members' privacy was breached.
  • The following is a list of states where Anthem is a Blue Cross and Blue Shield licensee: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin. For members who lived in these states while receiving their health insurance coverage from Blue Cross Blue Shield, or who received health care services in these states, Anthem has established a website and call center (1-877-263-7995) for immediate information.

If you received healthcare in these states and have questions or concerns, call 1-877-263-7995. As Michigan Tech learns of any further details, Benefit Services will communicate them immediately. 

Faculty Cap and Gown Orders for Spring Commencement

The 2015 Spring Commencement Ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 2 at 10:30 AM in the MacInnes Student Ice Arena of the Student Development Complex.

Faculty who need to rent a cap and gown should place their order online before midnight of March 1, 2015.

There will be a shipping fee on all orders placed after midnight of March 1. Cap and gown rental cannot be guaranteed on orders placed after 4 pm on April 6.

If you have any questions, please contact Shanda Miller at the Campus Bookstore at 487-2410 or email: capandgown@mtu.edu.

Reminder: Sweets for Your Sweetheart! Valentines Day Triple Chocolate Cake for Two

The campus bakery is offering handcrafted chocolate cakes with chocolate ganache icing snuggled in a heart-shaped tin topped with a chocolate candy heart for only $4 each.

Orders yours today at bake@mtu.edu.
Orders will be taken until 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb.12. You may pick up and pay for your treats at the Memorial Union Food Court on Friday, Feb. 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Diversity Literacy Online Workshop Registration

The Diversity Literacy Online Workshop is scheduled for March 16 through April 3. There are seats available. Contact Mary Ann Struthers at mastruth@mtu.edu to register.

The Diversity Literacy Workshop is a faculty development course addressing unintended and implicit biases affecting selection and promotion processes. Diversity Literacy and Legal Aspects training fulfill the Diversity Literacy Certification required for all faculty serving on selection and promotion committees.

Chemistry-themed Student Research Symposium at NMU, April 11

The Upper Peninsula Section of the American Chemical Society is now soliciting abstract submissions for the Student Research Symposium, which will be held at NMU's New Science Facility in Marquette on Saturday, April 11.

The purpose of the event is to provide a venue for students to present their research in chemistry, chemical engineering and related fields. This symposium will be an excellent opportunity for students, faculty and the community at large to learn about the interesting research being conducted in the UP. This year the initiative will see the participation of presenters from schools within the Northeast Wisconsin local section.

Poster abstracts can be submitted online. The deadline for abstract submission is March 15. There is no registration fee.

Cash awards to the best posters will be given, and every participant will receive a gift from the UP local section.

Questions should be directed to Loredana Valenzano (lvalenza@mtu.edu), UPLS 2015 Chair.

New Process Offered for Undeliverable Packages

Central Receiving and Mail services would like to assure goods are delivered in a safe and expeditious manner to the correct recipient. We understand how frustrating it can be when a package you are expecting doesn’t arrive. However, sometimes there is not enough information on the package to determine its owner. 

In these instances, Mail Services and Central Receiving will list undeliverable packages on the Mail Services webpage. If you believe that one of these packages belongs to you, please contact Mail Services (7-2348 or mail-services-l@mtu.edu) or Central Receiving (7-2701 or jdfrazie@mtu.edu). The tracking number for the shipment will need to be provided in order to claim the package. 

By offering this information on our website, we hope to be able to match up these undeliverable items with their owners in a timely manner.

C-Cubed (Conversation-Community-Collegiality) University Lunches are set to start February 12 and 13 in MUB B001 (ground floor; former billiards room). Faculty, staff, and their guests are invited to buy lunch (buffet will be offered) or bring their lunch to room MUB B001 on Thursdays and Fridays and share conversation and lunchtime with colleagues.

“We thought it would be nice to provide an opportunity for relaxed interaction across campus,” says Faith Morrison, member of the Steering Committee for the C-Cubed group. 

The committee hopes that the seed planted through these twice-weekly lunches will develop into an ongoing congenial setting for informal gatherings. For now, the lunches will be offered on Thursdays and Fridays through the end of the spring semester. The price of the buffet lunch will be $10 and the menu will vary. Brown-baggers are welcome, as are those who wish to purchase lunch from the MUB Commons or Khana Khazana on Fridays. Lunch is from 11:30–1:30 both days. All faculty and staff and their guests are welcome.

Contact any member of the steering committee if you have questions or suggestions.

Tess Ahlborn (CEE)
Sherry Anderson (College of Engineering)
Jennifer Biekkola (Annual Giving)
Theresa Coleman-Kaiser (Administration)
Stefaan De Winter (Math)
Sarah Green (Chem)
Audrey Mayer (SFRES/SocSci)
Faith Morrison (ChemEng)
Nilufer Onder (CS)
Norma Veurink (Engineering Fundamentals)
Adam Wellstead (SocSci)

Dear White People

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion and Film Board will show the film Dear White People, a satire about being a black face in a white place. The film will be shown today at 7:30 p.m. in Fisher 139. Tickets and concessions are free. For questions, contact Tayloria Adams (tnadams@mtu.edu).


Geothermal Exploration Seminar Friday

Wendy Calvin, professor of geophysics and remote sensing and director of the Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy at the University of Nevada-Reno, will present "Using Mineral Spectroscopy for Geothermal Exploration," on Friday, Feb. 13, at 4 p.m. in DOW 642.

This seminar is funded by a grant to the Office of Institutional Equity from the State of Michigan’s King-Chavez-Parks Initiative, as well as the EPSSI and Geological and Mining Engineering Departments of Michigan Tech.

Register Now for EndNote Workshops

The Van Pelt and Opie Library is offering introductory EndNote workshops. EndNote is a citation management software that helps you easily create and manage bibliographic information and incorporate references into your writing. EndNote software is free to all current Michigan Tech students, faculty and staff. EndNote output is also a relatively easy way for faculty to put citations into Digital Measures. Additionally, a version of EndNote is freely available for use post-graduation.

Sessions will be held on Thursday, Feb. 12:

5:00-6:15 p.m. EndNote Basic
This workshop will introduce users to creating and managing references using EndNote. No prior knowledge of EndNote is necessary. In this workshop, participants will learn how to construct an EndNote Library in order to effectively organize references and create custom and smart groups to efficiently manage references.

6:15-7:00 p.m. EndNote Cite As You Write
Learn to incorporate your EndNote Library citations into a written MS Word document in the particular style your manuscript requires. Attending EndNote Basic, or prior knowledge of building and managing an EndNote Library, is recommended. Attendees will also learn how to locate and import specialized output styles.

Seating for these workshops is limited and registration is required. Visit the library’s Workshops calendar to register.

Additional sessions will be held on March 5, with EndNote Basic from 5:00-6:15 p.m. and EndNote Cite As You Write from 6:15-7:00 p.m. Registration is also open for these sessions.

Our instruction room has EN X7.2 on Windows workstations. Attendees may bring their own laptops with EN X7.2 downloaded prior to the session. Visit the library’s EndNote LibGuide to download.

In the News

Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) was quoted in "Design and Tech Communities Confront Ethical Conundrum" in SXSWorld Magazine.

Assistant Professor Pasi Lautala (CEE) was quoted in a New York Times article about safety technology for preventing rail crashes like the fatal one in Valhalla, NY, last week.