Winter Weather is Here

We are open today and all University activities are as scheduled. But a reminder from Human Resources that during times when weather conditions deteriorate, each person within the University community must exercise personal judgment about their ability to get to or from campus.

Interruptions in work due to weather is no different from other events that cause us to leave work early or arrive late. The first thing employees should do is contact their supervisor directly and explain the situation.

Hourly employees may use vacation or comp time to make up for the hours missed due to bad weather. Exempt employees would be expected to fulfill their regular job responsibilities.

Please exercise caution in conditions such as today.

Fan Details Announced for Winter Carnival Weekend

The nationally ranked Michigan Tech hockey team is back at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena this weekend (February 5 and 6) to play Lake Superior State in the annual Winter Carnival series. Complete fan information for the series is below:

Game Times Adjusted for Carnival Weekend

The campus-wide Winter Carnival celebration comes with adjusted hockey game times. Friday's game will begin one hour later than normal at 8:07 p.m., while Saturday's series finale is scheduled for a 5:07 p.m. puck drop.

Free student shuttles will still run beginning one hour before the game from lower campus to the MacInnes Student Ice Arena and the doors to the arena, along with LampLighters and all concession stands, will open at 7 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday.

Nexteer Seventh Man T-Shirts to be Given Away Saturday

Michigan Tech and Nexteer have partnered to provide a thousand free Seventh Man t-shirts for fans as part of the Seventh Man T-Shirt Project.

One hundred shirts will be handed out at a live Mix 93 remote broadcast at noon today (Feb. 3) in the MUB Commons. The remaining shirts will be passed out to the first 900 fans in attendance at Saturday's game.

Friday's Game to be Telecast Across North America

The Huskies will play in front of audiences across North America this weekend as Friday's game is a featured television broadcast on American Sports Network in the U.S. and TSN 5 in Canada.

The national coverage by ASN is part of an agreement between the network and four NCAA hockey conferences to provide increased opportunities to showcase college hockey.

For complete viewing information, click here.

The game will also be available via WCHA.tv for fans outside of the viewing areas.

Blue Line Club to Host Luncheon at Noon Friday

The Michigan Tech Blue Line Club will hold a luncheon at noon Friday (February 5) in the former Blue Line Club room outside of University Images at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena.

Cost is $10 per person and the event is open to all. If interested in attending, please RSVP to blueline@mtu.edu by noon Thursday (February 4) for reservations.

LIMITED TICKETS STILL REMAIN FOR SERIES

Scattered reserved seats and general admission tickets still remain for this weekend's series vs. Lake Superior State. The two-game weekend is one of two home series for the Huskies in February.

Tickets can be purchased to see the nationally ranked Michigan Tech hockey team at the SDC Ticket Office, online at BuyHuskiesTickets.com or over the phone at 7-2073.

Dillman Hall Fire Alarm Testing Tomorrow, Friday

Tomorrow and Friday, February 4 and 5, the fire alarm contractor will test the new fire alarm system installed in Dillman Hall. 
Occupants can expect intermittent signals throughout the day. 
If there are any questions call Engineering Services at 7-2303.   

Tech's Social Media Presence Grows

Michigan Tech's social media platforms are growing. Instagram now has 4,000 followers, Twitter just hit 8,000 and Facebook is closing in on 30,000 fans.
 
Last week, this human ice bowling video reached more than 500,000 people around the globe. Between all Michigan Tech social media platforms, we connected with 1.9 million people in one week.
 
Be a part of Husky Nation and like and share #MichiganTech social media. Remember to use the hashtag #mtuwc during all the Winter Carnival fun. 
 
For social media ideas, questions, or concerns, email social@mtu.edu.

Pancake Breakfast Saturday

Sigma Tau Gamma is sponsoring a pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, February 6, at St. Albert the Great University Parrish. The event is aimed at raising money for Pigs N Heat, which helps local families that have lost their homes to fire. Tickets are $5 and are available at the door or from any of the brothers. They'll be serving pancakes, bacon, orange juice, milk and coffee.

Nancy Gagnon Retirement Social

The Registrar's Office invites you to a retirement social in honor of Nancy Gagnon from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, February 19
in Room 404 of the Administration Building.

Nancy will be retiring after 30 years of dedicated service to the Registrar's Office. Join us in thanking Nancy for her contributions over the years and to wish her well in retirement. Refreshments will be served.

Join the Nordic Ski Club

The Nordic Ski Club is a great way to add to your cross country skiing experience. For just $10 a season, you get:

  • Free use of ski and snowshoe equipment at the Tech Trails
  • Participate in weekly practices for novice skiers and beyond
  • One free beginner lesson
  • Access to trail head storage and waxing equipment for personal skis
  • and much much more

For more information, visit the Nordic Ski Club page.

Wellness Lunch and Learns: Save the Dates

WorkLife Connections and Employee Wellness invite you to join us for two upcoming events.

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 1: Want to work out but don't have the time, space or equipment? Join Neil Kuisell, certified personal trainer for HuskiesFit programs, for some instruction on how to plan your own fitness program using little to no equipment. You'll get information on the most effective exercises and how to get the biggest benefit in the shortest amount of time. Attendees will have a chance to win a personal training session with Neil.

Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 9: Want to stress less? Join Robin Meneguzzo and Liz Ross, Keweenaw Holistic Family Medicine, to discuss the Functional Medicine approach and the effect it can have on our whole being: body, mind and spirit. Attendees will have a chance to try a form of acupuncture with Liz.

Save the dates! Read Tech Today for upcoming details.

Petan named Player of the Month

Michigan Tech senior co-captain Alex Petan has been named the WCHA Player of the Month for January, it was announced Tuesday (February 2) by the league.

Petan helped the nationally-ranked Huskies go unbeaten in the month (3-0-3) while collecting the inaugural Desert Hockey Classic championship and taking six-of-eight points vs. WCHA leaders Minnesota State and Bowling Green.

The Delta, B.C., native was especially effective in WCHA play, posting four goals and six points in four league contests during the month. Petan's offensive output came against the conference's top defensive teams and led the charge as Michigan Tech averaged 3.25 goals-per-game against WCHA foes in January.

Petan's points in four straight league games in January upped his WCHA scoring streak to 12 games dating back to Nov. 13, a run on which he's notched a league-high 10 goals and 19 points.

Petan and the No. 14 Huskies are at home this weekend (February 5-6) to play Lake Superior State in the annual Winter Carnival series. See above article for special fan details.

Find out more about Michigan Tech Athletics at michigantechhuskies.com.

Registration Open for Supervisor Training Series

Registration is now open for Part One of the annual Supervisor Training Series. Every year, the offices of Human Resources and Institutional Equity and Inclusion presents a series of trainings that assist supervisors in their day-to-day operations.
 
This three part series includes:
 
  • Part One: Services and Functions of Human Resources and Institutional Equity Inclusion

  • Part Two:  Day-to-Day Supervision

  • Part Three: Maximizing Performance
 
It is expected that all supervisors at Michigan Tech complete the three part series. If you've previously completed one or more of these sessions, you will not need to retake the session. If you have employees that functionally supervise other staff or students, please encourage them to attend these sessions.
 
To sign up for the sessions, follow this link.
 
​If you have any questions, contact Heidi Reid in Human Resources at hereid@mtu.edu or 7-2416.
 

Reminders

Transportation Services Running CashKey Special

Transportation Services is running a Winter Carnival special on CashKeys that will run the whole month of February.

All CashKey amounts will be discounted 10 percent. Transportation Services is located in the first floor of the Admin. Building. Read the Tech Today story.

Budget Forum Tomorrow

The University Senate, Undergraduate Student Government, Graduate Student Government and Staff Council are sponsoring a forum regarding the University budget. The forum will be 11 a.m. tomorrow, February 4, in Dow 642.

David Reed, vice president for Research, will present a program on Michigan Tech's budget. Anyone wishing to submit questions, named or anonymous, in advance of the forum may email them to Brian Barkdoll, Senate president. All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend this forum. The Budget Forum will be live streamed. The stream will go live at 10:50 a.m. tomorrow, February 4. It is recommended you use Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari to live stream the event.

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Winter Carnival Parking and Extended Shuttle Service

In order to accommodate the many visitors during Winter Carnival, the following lots will be available beginning at 4 p.m. today, free of charge, no permits required. 

  • Lot 9 (commuter lot by the Rozsa)
  • Lot 5 (graduate student lot by the Rozsa)
  • Lot 27 (pay lot between the Administration Building and MUB)

Overnight parking—visitors may park in Lot 9 (commuter lot by the Rozsa) without a permit, Lot 11 (near the Administration Building) will be open at 4 p.m. on Friday, February 5.

See original Tech Today article for more details.

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Student Organization Involvement with Continuous Improvement

Winter Carnival is upon us! Here at the office of Continuous Improvement, we are looking forward to the snow statues and free chili!

See original Tech Today article for more information.

In the News

Fox News mentioned Associate Professor Mo Rastgaar's (ME-EM) drone catcher in a news story about an eagle in The Netherlands that has been trained to bring down drones. Read the story here.  

The story of the Dutch eagles trained to take down drones appeared in Newsweek as well, with quotes from Rastgaar. Read the Newsweek story.

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Associated Press wire service published a Daily Mining Gazette article about a new middle-school science curriculum in L'Anse, being developed by a Michigan Tech-led project called Mi-STAR. WWTV n Traverse City carried the story. Read the story here.

In Print

Timothy Havens (ECE/CS) and his graduate students, John Becker and Anthony Pinar, authored a chapter titled "Computational Intelligence Methods in Forward-Looking Explosive Hazard Detection" in the book Recent Advances in Computational Intelligence in Defense and Security published by Springer.

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Chelsea Schelly (SS) has a chapter, titled "How policy frameworks shape environmental practice: Three cases of alternative dwelling," in the newly published book "Putting Sustainability into Practice: Applications and Advances in Research on Sustainable Consumption" edited by Emily Huddart Kennedy, Maurie J. Cohen and Naomi T. Krogman and released by Edward Elgar Publishing. 

 

New Funding

Zhaohui Wang (ECE/ICC) is the principal investigator on a project that received a $25,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant is titled "NSF Student Travel Grant for 2016 IEEE International Conference and Computer Communications (IEEE INFOCOM).
 
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Yu Wang (MSE/IMP) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $45,877 research and development grant from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. The project, "Tunable Energy Efficient Electronics" is a potential two year, 10 month project.