University Senate to Meet Wednesday

The next meeting of the University Senate (Meeting 574), will be held at 5:30 Wednesday, February 17 in DOW 642. Click for the agenda, with links to proposals. Review the minutes of Meeting 573.

Senators are responsible for making their constituents aware of the agenda for this meeting.

Senators who are unable to attend should arrange for their alternates to attend in their place.

Props for Profs Weekly Winner

This week’s Jackson CTL Props for Profs Winner is Jeffrey Wall, an assistant professor of Management Information Systems in the School of Business and Economics.

Jeffrey was nominated by two anonymous nominators who both praised his flexibility. They both mentioned the way Wall’s lesson plans get adjusted based on “the current skill level of the class.” In addition, Jeffrey goes over and above by being eager to help with “anything class or career related”, and by taking an exceptionally active role in serving as an advisor for the new Association for Information Systems student organization.

Wall and his two nominators will receive a $5 gift certificate to purchase a snack or drink at the Library Café or several other locations on campus. If you know a prof who has gone over and above, send some props today – and maybe you’ll be next week’s winner!

Superior Wind Symphony Concert Features Music About the Power and Science of the Outdoors

Did you know that “Geodesy” is the science of measuring the earth in all of the ways that it is possible to do so? There is music that speaks to that study, to the sheer power of the outdoors, the world we live in. As the wind and snow howl outside, take a step back and spend an evening celebrating the music that power inspires.

Please join Superior Wind Symphony’s 45 musicians inside the warm Rozsa theatre for a concert about the beauty, the science, and the expanse of the outdoors in their concert "Be Here Now" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, February 20 at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts. 

Career Fair and More This Week

The week starts off with the Career Cookout today (February 15). Students can get some lunch, hamburgers and hot dogs, all in the warm MUB Ballroom from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Company reps will be there to meet students, as well.

227 companies are registered for the Spring 2016 Career Fair. Hundreds of recruiters, including many Michigan Tech alumni, have come from 23 different states. 180 companies are recruiting for internships & co-ops and 200+ companies are recruiting for full-time opportunities.

The Huskies Motors Bus Service will make to and from trips from the MUB to the SDC from 11:30 am to 6 pm.


Graduating seniors are encouraged to attend the “Graduating this Spring” Lunch-n-Learn from 12 to 1 p.m. Friday, February 19 in the MUB Ballroom. A financial advisor will give his expert advice about managing those first big paychecks.


There are numerous company information sessions early in the week, and students can get details on HuskyJOBS.

Campus Communicators Meeting

Campus Communicators will meet from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, February 18 in MUB B001. Faculty, staff and students are welcome.

UMC Photographer Sarah Bird will share how to access the photos you need, best practices for social media imagery and offer iPhone photo hacks. Contact UMC Editorial Director Scott Balyo with questions.

ME-EM Faculty Candidate - Zhi Liang

Zhi Liang, post-doctoral research associate in the Department of Material Science Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and adjunct lecturer in the School of Engineering at RPI, will present "Harnessing interfaces for efficient heat transfer in microelectronic devices" at 3 p.m. tomorrow (February 16) in MEEM 402.

Commercialization 101, "Team Building for the Start-Up Venture" Seminar

Innovation and Industry Engagement will host a "Commercialization 101" session on team building strategies for early-stage companies. The session will be held from noon to 1 p.mTuesday, February 23 in Memorial Union Ballroom B1. University faculty, students and community inventors are encouraged to attend.

This session will explore how timing, funding and external factors can impact the compatibility of commercialization activities with scholarly pursuits. We will also explore the differences between establishing and growing a university lab versus launching and scaling a company. Strategies will be offered for locating technical and management talent, assessing motivations, aligning incentives and "framing" the team for SBIR/STTR and fundraising success.

Nicholas Cucinelli, a Mentor-in-Residence with the statewide Tech Transfer Talent Network, will be the speaker and John Diebel, M-TRAC Program Director, is the moderator. For more information, contact John Diebel or call 7-1082. Light refreshments will be available.

EndNote Workshops at the Van Pelt & Opie Library

Learn how EndNote can help you easily create and manage bibliographic information and incorporate references into your writing. EndNote also offers a relatively easy way for faculty to upload citations into Digital Measures. Email with any questions.

Our instruction room has EN X7.4 on Windows workstations. Attendees may bring their own laptops with EN X7.4 downloaded prior to the session. Visit the library’s EndNote LibGuide to download the software and get a sneak peek at what EndNote can do for you.

Sessions will be held on Wednesday, February 17 in Library 242:

5:05 to 6:15 p.m. - EndNote Basic
During the session, we will cover how to create and build an EndNote "library," add and annotate full-text documents, and best practices for organizing your references. Registration is required. Register for EndNote Basic.

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

Google Power Users Workshop at the Library Thursday

Google is a powerful search engine, but finding the most relevant information can be a challenge. Focusing on Google, Google Scholar and Google Books, this librarian-led workshop will explore more complex searching techniques and special features to turn you into a Google Power User.

This workshop will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, February 18 in Library 244. Pre-registration is required. For questions, contact Erin Matas or call 7-2419. 


Campus Forum Thursday

President Glenn Mroz will host a campus forum  at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 18 in Memorial Union Ballroom A. Release time will be provided for the hourly staff with the approval of their supervisor.

The presentation will be video streamed live.

If you would like to submit a question during the campus forum, email it to Staff Council at Do not use the chat feature within the live streaming player.


Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar

There will be a Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar from 3:05 - 3:55 p.m. today in Dillman 214.

Renn Lambert will present "Hydrodynamic and Sediment Transport Models to Support USEPA's Response to the 2010 Kalamazoo River Oil Spill."


ME-EM Faculty Candidate - Sajjad Bigham

Sajjad Bigham, PhD candidate in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department at the University of Florida (UF), will present "Microscale Physics of Boiling Heat Transfer." The talk will be held at 3 p.m. today (February 15) in MEEM 406.


Spring Career Fair Tomorrow

Michigan Tech's Spring Career Fair, one of the largest on record, will take place from noon to 5 p.m. tomorrow (February 16) in the multipurpose room of the Student Development Complex.

Steve Patchin, director of Career Services, says there are 227 registered recruiting organizations from 23 states, the third largest number ever for a Spring Career Fair.

Last year’s Spring Fair drew a record 241 organizations. Read the full Tech Today Article.


Morning Coffee Chat: Teamwork and Diversity

Many of us assign group projects in our classes, but far fewer of us feel comfortable helping students navigate the complex interpersonal dynamics of those groups. How do we keep them on task? What do we do when conflicts arise? How do we help them respect & value diversity? 

At this event from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, February 19, Marie Paretti, associate professor of engineering education and co-director of the Engineering Communications Center at Virginia Tech, will share practical strategies for helping students develop and thrive in team environments. 

This event is being partially sponsored/funded by the Visiting Women & Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series (VWMLS), which is funded by a grant to Institutional Equity & Inclusion from the State of Michigan's King-Chavez-Parks Initiative. 

Refreshments will be provided for those who register by Wednesday, February 17.  All faculty and instructional staff are encouraged to attend.


New Funding

Thomas Werner (Bio Sci/LSTI) is the principal investigator on a  project that was awarded a $363,359 research and development grand from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-Nation Institutes of Health. The project is "The Role of Toolkit Gene in Generating Complex Color Pattern in Drosophila." This is a three-year project.

In the News

Associated Press wire service (AP) published a story about Dean Wayne Pennington's research on the Menominee Crack, and it was carried by newspapers and broadcast outlets all over the country, including the Minneapolis Star Tribune. See the story here.


The Minneapolis Star Tribune quoted Research Professor Rolf Peterson (SFRES) in a long article on the vanishing moose population in Minnesota. Read the article here.


The Catholic World Report published a feature article about the Winter Carnival snow statue built by students from St. Albert the Great University Parish. Their statue, a snow chapel, took first place in the overnight competition. See the feature here.

Job Posting

Staff and faculty job description are available in Human Resources

For more information regarding staff positions call 7-2280 or email For more information regarding faculty positions contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

Consultant and Resource Coordinator, Humanities Digital Media Zone, Humanities. Apply online.

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