Statue Winners Announced

The winners have been announced in the Winter Carnival Snow Statue Competition. This year's theme is "As Snow Accumulates at Alarming Rates, We Show Our Love for the Fifty States."
For the eighth time in the last nine years, Phi Kappa Tau captured the top prize in the month-long statue division. The winning entry, constructed outside their house in Hancock, is "Welcoming Immigration to This Great Nation."
Second place went to last year's winner, Tau Kappa Epsilon, for "Freedom's Price in Show and Ice."
Third place was Delta Sigma Phi, "Wyoming's Beauty Shown in a Snow Blown Yellowstone."
Sigma Phi Epsilon captured fourth  place with "Dreams of California-cation" and the Army ROTC took fifth place with "Where Gold Bars are Made."
In the overnight competition, St. Albert the Great University Parrish took first place with, "Covered By Ice and Snow to MARYland We Will Go." Lutheran Campus Ministry captures second with "One Nation, One People." In third place is Hyrule with "A Tech Student's Plan of Attack Would Have Prevented the Crack."  Fourth place was captured by First Year Experience-Wads "Remembering Those Who Pulled Their Weight, While Defending Our Great 50 States." And in fifth place was Concordia Student Ministries with "But For Those Who Hope in the Lord Will Renew Their Strength, They Will Soar on Wings Like Eagles."
The snow statue winners, along with the overall Winter Carnival winners will be honored at the awards ceremony at 9 p.m. Saturday in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

 

At Michigan Tech we are blessed with students that are crazy smart, motivated and adventurous.  As faculty and staff we partner with these students to inspire community, scholarship, possibilities, accountability and tenacity.

We realize how lucky we are to be able to work alongside them in their academic and career pursuits. Now is the time to recognize these students for their commitment, enthusiasm and leadership.

On behalf of the University, we are seeking nominations for the President's Award for Leadership, Vice President for Student Affairs and Advancement Award for Service and various other student leadership awards.

The recipient of each award will be honored at the 22nd Annual Student Leadership Awards Ceremony at 6 p.m.Friday, April 15, in the Ballroom of the Memorial Union Building.

The nomination process is actually quite easy. All awards and information about each can be found on the website. For each individual award, simply click on the award title, then complete and submit the nomination form.

Nominations for the President's Award for Leadership and the Vice President for Student Affairs and Advancement Award for Service are due by 5 p.m. Friday, March 4.

Nominations for all other Student Leadership Awards are due by noon, Friday, March 18.

Take a minute to nominate a student or colleague today.

Questions concerning any of the awards should be directed to Karma Kilpela, Student Activities, at 7-1963 or karma@mtu.edu.

Jean Kampe Appointed Associate Provost

The Provost's Office has announced that Jean Kampe has agreed to serve the University in the role of associate provost. She will serve as the primary liaison between the provost and the University's Assessment Council, General Education Council and Advising Council. She will also collaborate with the provost, vice president for research and vice president for administration to conduct Fall Faculty Orientation and provide ongoing on-boarding support for new faculty, particularly in their first year at Michigan Tech.

In order to maintain her connection to students, Kampe will continue to teach courses in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

Provost Jackie Huntoon said, "Dr. Kampe's extensive experience with first-year students and the assessment of learning outcomes makes her ideally suited to take on this new role. I am pleased that she will be working with me, the Councils and the faculty in the coming years. Her contributions are already helping the University to improve the quality of our academic programs."

Kampe said, "The opportunity to serve the campus community in the role of associate provost is exciting to me, and I look forward to all the new interactions it will entail."

Kampe's appointment as associate provost was effective January 4. 

Phil Pasterak from WSP|Parsons Brinkerhoff to Visit Campus

The Michigan Tech Rail Transportation Program and Railroad Engineering and Activities Club (REAC) are sponsoring a visit by Phil Pasterak from WSP|Parsons Brinkerhoff. Pasterak will speak to the Rail Transportation Seminar at 4 p.m. Tuesday, February 9 in Dow 641 about High Speed Rail in the U.S. and consulting in the rail industry.

At 7 p.m., he will discuss Light Rail Transit programs in America with the REAC in Dillman 214. Both presentations are open to all Tech students, faculty, staff and the local community. Come join us and see how technology is evolving in this vibrant and growing industry!

ME-EM Faculty Candidate Seminar

ME-EM Faculty Candidate Xian Du, a Research Scientist in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will present "Full-Field Deformation Matching for Roll-to-Roll Manufacturing" at 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 9 in MEEM 402.

Community Seminar About Wetlands

The Carnegie Museum is convening a series of Tuesday evening community discussions about the Keweenaw's natural history.

The first discussion features Rod Chimner (SFRES), who has worked for more than 20 years studying wetlands.

Wetlands are unique ecosystems that provide many benefits, including protecting shorelines from wave erosion, filtering nutrients and sediments before they enter aquatic systems, storing enormous amounts of carbon, and providing habitats for a variety of species. Despite the importance of wetlands, many wetlands have been destroyed or are in various states of degradation.

He will present a brief overview of what a wetland is, adaptations for surviving in wetlands, types of wetlands in the region, and an overview of local wetland restoration. The Title of Chimner's talk is "The Fascinating World of Wetlands: a overview of types, importance, issues and restoration of our local wetlands."

It will take place at 6:30 Tuesday, February 16 in the Carnegie Museum Community Room, Corner of Huron and Montezuma, downtown Houghton. Refreshments will be served.

All people are welcome as these seminars are meant to attract a broad public and to discuss how university based research can benefit everyone. Citizen input is a main focus. Details and summary are online here. For questions email Elise Nelson, museum director. 

Reminders

Fire Alarm Testing in Dillman
 
The fire alarm contractor will continue testing the new fire alarm system installed in Dillman Hall today (February 5). 
Occupants can expect intermittent signals throughout the day. 
If there are any questions call Engineering Services at 7-2303.   

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February First Friday Social at Hamar House - Date Change

February's First Friday Social will be held the second Friday of this month due to Winter Carnival. Faculty, staff, graduate students and retirees are invited to join the Center for Diversity and Inclusion from 4 to 6 p.m. February 12 at the Hamar House. Complimentary beverages will be served along with some great appetizers.

First Friday University Socials, started in 2006, provide a casual setting for members of the campus community to get together informally, share their work and other interests and get to know each other. These informal gatherings can lead to more productive work relationships, an appreciation for diversity and a chance to meet some new friends.

Next month's event on March 4 will be sponsored by Auxiliary Services in the Memorial Union Ballroom B. June is still in need of a sponsor. The schedule can be found online. If you are interested in hosting a social or learning more, email Brenda Randell or call 7-3348.

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Today's C-Cubed Menu

Chicken Fajitas (GF) 
Veggie Fajitas (VGF) 
Mango Cumber Rice Salad (VGF) 
Guacamole served with Fresh Cut Veggies and Jicama Slices (VGF)

Pancake Breakfast Tomorrow

Sigma Tau Gamma is sponsoring a pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow (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.

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Joint Environmental and Civil Engineering Seminar

Joint us at the Environmental/Civil Graduate Seminar from 3 to 4 p.m. on Monday, February 8 in Dillman 214

Kaye LaFond will present "Communicating Science and Data: Thoughts of a (Somewhat) Reformed Engineer."

As the world squares off against challenges that require an informed public and science-savvy leadership, doing the research is only half the battle. Kaye will share her post-graduation experiences with science journalism, data visualization and 'social media for academia.

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Winter Carnival Book Sale Tomorrow

The Friends of the Michigan Tech Library (FMTL) will hold a Winter Carnival book sale from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow in the lobby of the Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library at Michigan Tech.

Merchandise will include Michigan Tech heritage souvenir blankets, Copper Country historic photo note cards and selected used books. Free hot chocolate and cookies will be available. All proceeds will go to support the Michigan Tech Library.

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Film Board Presents "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2"

This weekend, Film Board presents "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2."

This film is rated PG-13. It will be shown in Fisher 135. Tickets are $3 and concessions are $1 each for pop, candy and popcorn.

Showtimes:

Today, February 5 — 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Tomorrow, February 6 — 2:30, 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 7 — 2:30 p.m.

Notables

Professor Emeritus Karol Pelc (SBE) has been appointed chairman of the international scientific advisory board of the Center for Impact Assessment Studies and Forecasting, Warsaw, Poland.

The center is conducting social and economic research, organizing conferences, and publishing an international journal entitled "Transformations."

In the News

Fortune.com and EdSurge reported on $10.5 million in funding received by Handshake, a company founded by Tech alumnus Garrett Lord to connect employers and students seeking jobs.

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The Weather Channel aired a live Skype interview on Michigan Tech's Winter Carnival Thursday morning, with Ian Greenlund, president of the Blue Key Honor Society. Watch the interview here.