Lessons Learned From Selling A U.P. Based Product to the World

Bob Jacquart, CEO and owner of Jacquart Fabric Products and a member of the Michigan Tech Board of Trustees, will speak at Michigan Tech Thursday, February 25, in the first of an ongoing speaker series sponsored by the Pavlis Honors College and the new Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship.

Jacquart Fabric Products is the home of the Stormy Kromer. Jacquart was born and raised in Ironwood and acquired the Stormy Kromer brand from the original owner in 2001 when he learned production of the hats was about to cease.

His team has built a globally-recognized brand around a U.P.-based manufacturing company. Jacquart will share his experiences and lessons learned in a short presentation followed by a question and discussion session.

Bring your friends and stop by at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Pavlis Honors College Collaboration Space in M&M room 722 for a great story and insightful wisdom from a true entrepreneur.

Attendees will have the chance to enter a raffle to win a Stormy Kromer of their own!

A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum Exhibition in Tucson

The A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum contributed two different exhibits at the 62nd annual Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, held over Valentine's Day weekend in Tucson, Arizona. The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show is the largest show of its kind in the world and is attended by museums, collectors and dealers the world over.

The first exhibit was entitled "Selected Mineral Specimens from the Recently Acquired Collection of Paul and Janet Clifford."

The exhibit displayed a selection of better specimens from Paul and Janet's recent gift to the museum.

The second exhibit was entitled "Separated at Birth" and featured two halves of a bright yellow smithsonite stalactite from Italy which were separated in 1956 when the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, purchased one half and the University of Michigan purchased the other.

The University of Michigan half is now curated at the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum under the Michigan Mineral Alliance. Associate Curator Chris Stefano discovered that the Royal Ontario Museum's stalactite was a match for the University of Michigan specimen by accident when he saw it on exhibit at last year's Tucson show.

Katherine Dunnell an earth sciences technician at the Royal Ontario Museum agreed to bring the specimen back this year to reunite the two halves. Stefano stated "I was very pleased by the surprising number of positive comments that I heard during the show."

We thank the Royal Ontario Museum for participating in what turned out to be a very popular exhibit at the show.

Campus Forum Available for Viewing

The Campus Forum held on February 18 can be viewed online.

ISO authentication is required to access the stream. It will be available for viewing for one week.

"Water Reuse Using Reverse Osmosis as a Strategy to Reclaim Water in Drought Affected Areas"

Water reuse is receiving increasing attention as a strategy that can improve reliability and drought resistance of water supplies.

Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty, Daisuke Minakata, was awarded new funding from the University of New Mexico to develop a comprehensive model that can predict the removal efficiency of numerous organic chemicals in the reverse osmosis (RO) process in reclaiming wastewater.

The original funder for this project is the WateReuse Research Foundation. The mission of the WateReuse Research Foundation is to build support for water reuse through research and education. Click here for more information.

Tech to Celebrate World Water Day

The 2016 World Water Day program at Michigan Tech will examine several aspects of the United Nations-selected theme "Water & Jobs." The keynote speaker will be John Austin, director of the Economic Center at Prima Civitas Foundation, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute, president of Michigan's State Board of Education and a lecturer at the University of Michigan.

Austin, who coined the term "Blue Economy," will speak on water and jobs in the regional context at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 22 with a seminar, “Water is our Past- Water is our Future—A New Blue Economy."

Additional World Water Day events include the student poster competition to showcase classwork and research on water-related themes, a panel discussion on “Blue Economy”, the Green Film showing of “Lost Rivers” and the art exhibit, "On Currents and Eddies." For a complete schedule of events and more information click here

The annual World Water Day program at Michigan Tech is coordinated and sponsored by the Michigan Tech Center for Water and Society (CWS) and its members. For more information, email the CWS Director, Noel Urban or call 7-3640.

Katie Genadek Presents Social Sciences/VWMLS Lecture

Katie Genadek, Minnesota Population Center, University of Minnesota, will present "Women in the Scientific Workplace: Life Course Experiences of Female Scientists in the Early 20th Century" for the Social Sciences Department lecture from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, February 26 in the East Reading Room of the Library. 
The lecture is sponsored by the Social Sciences Department and the Visiting Women and Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series (VWMLS) which is funded by a grant to Institutional Equity and Inclusion from the State of Michigan's King-Chavez-Parks Initiative.  
This study investigates the life course trajectories of women in social and natural science fields in early-20th-century America. Historical work has richly documented the strategies small groups of women used to enter the heavily masculine realm. We set these studies in a large context by examining the factors that influence women’s participation in science fields. 
Coffee and cookies will be provided. 

Board of Trustees to Meet Friday

The Michigan Technological University Board of Trustees will meet at 9 a.m. Friday, February 26 in the Memorial Union Ballroom B.  The agenda includes awarding of the Board of Trustees Silver Medal and a discussion of revisions to campus traffic regulations.

The Board will also hear reports from the provost, the vice president for research, the vice president for student affairs and advancement, the treasurer, the University Senate, the Undergraduate Student Government and the Graduate Student Government.

See the full agenda

Tech Alumna Receives Black Engineer of the Year Award

VeRonica Mitchell '93, a senior engineer in vehicle definition and balance at General Motors, received a Modern Day Technology Award at the 2016 Black Engineer of the Year Awards' STEM conference in Philadelphia last weekend.

Mitchell, who graduated from Michigan Tech with a BS in Chemical Engineering, was recognized for her work at GM and for the impact she has had on the automotive industry in creating new opportunities for women and minorities.

"I'm honored to receive this award recognizing great accomplishments in the STEM community," Mitchell said. "I feel very blessed to work in a technology-rich industry where the boundaries of science are constantly being pushed."

Mitchell has worked at GM since 1994. She lives in Auburn Hills, Michigan and supports her community by serving as an Auburn Hills City Council member and liaison to the planning commission.

Scholarships Available

Sons and Daughters Scholarships
A reminder that Michigan Tech Employee Sons and Daughters Scholarship applications, valued at $100 each, are available for the 2016-17 academic year. Applicants must be children of Michigan Tech employees. Applications must be submitted by Sunday, February 28 and are available online.

Leann Becia Family/AFSCME Scholarships
Two $250 Leann Becia Family/AFSCME Scholarships are available for 2016-17. Applicants must be the son, daughter or spouse of a current AFSCME Local 1166 member. Applications, which must be submitted by Sunday, February 28, are available online.

Both scholarships require that applicants be full-time Michigan Tech undergraduates in their first four years of study or high school students planning to enroll for Fall 2016.

For more information contact the Financial Aid Office at 7-2622 or at finaid@mtu.edu.

"Malcolm X" to be Shown Wednesday

Come see the legacy of Malcolm X with the showing of the acclaimed film "Malcolm X" by Spike Lee featuring Denzel Washington.

This is sponsored by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion and Film Board in the continued Black History Month series of events.

"Malcolm X" will be shown at 6 p.m. Wednesday, February 24, in Fisher 135.

There is no charge for the film and two free concessions available.

Rotaract to Fundraise for Polio Vaccinations

Today (February 22), the Rotaract Club will raise funds for polio vaccinations. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., they will have a booth in the library across from the main desk on the first floor.
When children get vaccinated for polio, they receive a purple stamp on their pinkies. To raise awareness and money, Rotaract will ask for donations of a dollar or more and paint pinkies purple with nail polish.
This is a great way to spread awareness about a disease that not many people know about.

Win by Losing Wellness Challenge

Have you been trying to get healthier and lose weight? SWEAT and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan invite you to participate in "Win by Losing," a free, fun and healthy challenge that can help you take personal responsibility for your health and reach your weight-loss goals.

Register to be part of Michigan Tech's team beginning today. The official competition runs from February 29 through April 29. Participants will submit weekly weigh-ins to compete against other BCBSM group customers. You will also have access to a toolkit to help you meet your goals. Register by visiting SWEAT and clicking on the "Win by Losing" links.

Body Positivity Presentation

Erin Brown is a writer, activist, advocate and big voice for women living autonomous lives while feeling good in the skin they're in. She will be speaking to Michigan Tech and the larger community about body autonomy, self image, sexual assault and eating disorders.

Her presentation is part of Body Positivity Week which takes place today through February 26. Erin's lecture will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, February 25 in Fisher 135.

This talk is geared toward the college audience and will be appropriate for youth with parental accompaniment. We welcome the community, particularly parents, to attend this talk if they're interested.

Erin is an entrepreneur who owns and operates a business and website. She also serves on the Advisory Board for Girls Gone Strong, an online women's fitness business.

For questions, contact Whitney Boroski.

Nominate students to study abroad

International Programs and Services has exciting news. The Institute of International Education (IIE) has partnered with Go Overseas to launch the #GoStudyAbroad scholarship.
Faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate students for a $10,000 study abroad scholarshipNominate students online. Nomination deadline is March 31.
Note: Skip the question, "Where did you study abroad" if it does not apply to you. Find out more about about #GoStudyAbroad.


HuskyLEAD to focus on "Setting up Settings"

The next HuskyLEAD session will be from 6 to 7  p.m. tomorrow (February 23) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. 
The title of the workshop is "Setting Up Your Settings for Success" presented by Jeremiah Baumann, manager of digital media for Housing and Residential Life. 
You will learn more about Google calendars, drives, filters, notifications and other resources to make you a more organized, effective and "put together" leader.
HuskyLEAD is a series of workshops held in the Fall and Spring semesters geared toward developing the leadership skills of students. 
There is no cost to attend and all students are welcome.  HuskyLEAD is sponsored by Student Activities.  Any questions, comments or suggestions can be emailed to Maryann Wilcox or call 7-2402.

WCHA Names 9 Huskies 'Scholar Athletes'

Nine members of the Michigan Tech hockey team have earned WCHA Scholar-Athlete Award recognition. It was announced Thursday by the league.

The WCHA Scholar-Athlete Award, which was developed prior to the 2005-06 season, honors student-athletes who have completed at least one year of school at their current university while maintaining a grade-point average of at least 3.50 for the previous two semesters.

The Huskies honored include forwards Brent Baltus (Nanaimo, B.C.), CJ Eick (Appleton, Wis.), Alex Petan (Delta, B.C.) and Dylan Steman (Hanover, Minn.); defensemen Shane Hanna (Salmon Arm, B.C.), Chris Leibinger (Saginaw) and Cliff Watson (Appleton, Wis.); and goaltenders Devin Kero (Hancock) and Jamie Phillips (Caledonia, Ont.).

For more about Michigan Tech Athletics, visit michigantechhuskies.com.


Core Facilities Call for Proposals

Proposals are being solicited for the FY2016 Core Facilities, internal awards from the Vice President for Research Office.

Certain University entities are eligible to apply for funds to cover costs associated with research facilities, like replacing and maintaining equipment.

Proposals are due no later than 4 p.m. March 4, and must be submitted electronically per the guidelines.

If you have any questions, email Cathy Jenich or Dave Reed. For more information, see Core Facilities.


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.m. tomorrow (February 23) in Memorial Union Ballroom B1. University faculty, students and community inventors are encouraged to attend. Read the full Tech Today article.


Graduate Research Colloquium

Graduate Student Government (GSG) at Michigan Tech is proud to present their biggest event of the year—the Graduate Research Colloquium (GRC). 

Make sure you check out the awesome research that is being done at Michigan Tech. The event is open to public and will be held Wednesday, February 24 through Thursday, February 25 in the MUB Ballroom at Michigan Tech.  Read the original Tech Today article


ME-EM Faculty Candidate - Xianming (Simon) Dai

ME-EM (ETF) faculty candidate Xianming (Simon) Dai will present "Bioinspired Multifunctional Interfacial Materials for Energy Transport and Thermal Management" at 2 p.m. today in MEEM 402.

Dai is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University.

New Hires

The following people have recently begun employment at Michigan Tech:

  • Jordan Blahnik—UMC
  • Emily Buchmiller—Financial Aid Administration  
  • Johnny Diaz—Information Technology
  • Bradley Lemus—Dining Services
  • April Pinsonneault—Information Technology

Props for Profs

This week’s Jackson CTL Props for Profs Winner is Cecile Piret, an assistant professor in Mathematical Sciences. Piret's anonymous nominator praised the way she went above and beyond with “many review sessions before tests and long office hours."

Even though Piret was teaching the class for the first time, the nominator felt that she put in “a lot of effort” and perhaps more importantly “asked for student input and used that information to try to make her class better.”

Piret and her nominator will each 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.


IT Connect

New IT Help Survey

Michigan Tech IT wants you to be satisfied when you submit an IT help ticket. You will now find a link to a survey in your request completion email where you can tell us as briefly or as detailed as you wish: Did we fix your problem? Are you satisfied with the process? How can we improve? We want to get better, and by completing this survey you are helping us with just that.

If you have any questions regarding the survey, contact us at it-help@mtu.edu or call 7-1111.