Body Positivity Week

When you look in a mirror what do you see? More importantly, how do you feel about what you see?

 Amber Leonard-Thome, a lecturer in Michigan Technological University’s Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology, says issues of body positivity and autonomy are important for a number of reasons.

 “How we feel about ourselves, our appearance and our self worth impacts our ability to perform in our lives,” she says.

 Because of pressures to fit into certain molds for how to look, live and behave, Michigan Tech is holding “Body Positivity Week” through Thursday February 25.

Leonard-Thome is one of the organizers of the four-day event sponsored by Girls Gone Strong, Michigan Tech Wellness, the University’s Speak Up Title IX program, and Delta Zeta and Delta Phi Epsilon sororities.

 Leonard-Thome says in order to contribute to the world around us, it’s important to feel good in the body you’re in, even if you want to make some changes.

“Students today are anxious, they’re trying to succeed in and out of the classroom and to find and pursue meaningful careers. As students transition into their career, it’s important they feel good about themselves and their bodies,” she says. “

Michigan Tech Wellness Coordinator Whitney Boroski, another organizer of the event, agrees that body image is another issue that puts pressure on students.

“We seem to see a lot of the same people, whether it be at counseling services or other programs, but students are looking for answers.”

Those answers are often hard to find, especially if nobody is asking the questions. Student Megan Schluentz, a member of Delta Phi Epsilon explains why she got involved with Body Positivity Week. “I really feel this is an invisible issue, and I really want this to reach as many people as we can.”

 While the issue of body image is often centered on women, both Leonard Thome and Boroski, say men are not immune.

“Body issue are viewed as something that mostly women experience, but we’re finding that many males are impacted as well,” Leonard-Thome says.

 Boroski says, “We know that many men go through some of these same issues, but they don’t talk about it. The space needs to be given to address this.”

 Leonard-Thome adds “with the rise of social media there is increased visibility of many facets of life. We often compare our own ‘behind the scenes’ to other’s highlight reels as displayed on Facebook and Instagram.”

Taylor Aho, a member of Delta Zeta, says for her it was important to get involved. “As someone who’s involved in Greek Life, I’ve seen people struggle with body positivity issues. I know how important it is and I wanted to do something about it.  The first step is getting people to actually start thinking about this.”

The first event is an “I Love My Body” exercise took place from yesterday.

Two events will take place today (February 23). From noon to 1 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom, there will be a lunch and learn entitled “Balance and Moderation.” Those interested are asked to RSVP to Boroski at  That evening, from 8:15 to 9:15 p.m., there will be “Yoga for Every Body” in the Student Development Complex studio.

The emotional part of body positivity will be addressed with two events on Wednesday, February 24. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. an eating disorder screening conducted by Counseling Services will take place in the Administration Building room 313. From noon to 4 p.m., there will be an activity in the Dow Lobby called “Trash Your Insecurities.”

The highlight of Body Positivity Week is the Thursday appearance of writer and activist Erin Brown. Brown, a well-known advocate of women living autonomous lives will speak at 6 p.m. Thursday, February 25 in Fisher 135. Brown will speak on self-image, surviving sexual assault, body autonomy and eating disorders.

She serves on the advisory board for Girls Gone Strong, an online resource for women’s health, wellness, nutrition, training and lifestyle information.

 “There is more to health and fitness than washboard abs,” Brown says. “I’m here to talk about the rest of it.” Organizers say the talk is geared toward a college audience but is appropriate for youth accompanied by a parent.

 Brown’s talk will be followed by a candlelight vigil to honor victims and survivors of eating disorders.

Remembrance in Honor of Dr. Michael Neuman

Michael Neuman, Professor in the Biomedical Engineering Department, passed away on Wednesday, February 18.

He was a member of the Michigan Tech community for several years, a caring and compassionate professor and distinguished researcher.

Neuman joined the department of biomedical engineering at Michigan Tech in August, 2003, as professor and chairman, the latter ending in 2010.

Previously he held the Herbert Herff Chair of Excellence at the Memphis Joint Program in Biomedical Engineering.

He served for 32 years on the faculty at Case Western Reserve University in the departments of biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, reproductive biology and obstetrics and gynecology.

He received a PhD in electrical engineering in 1966 from Case Institute of Technology and an MD from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in 1974.

His research interests were in the application of microelectronic technology to clinical health care problems emphasizing perinatal medicine.

He was President of the International Society on Biotelemetry from 1984 through 1988 and Editor in Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering from 1989 through 1996.

Neuman also edited the international journal, Physiological Measurement from 2002 through 2007, and he was Editor in Chief of the biomedical engineering magazine, IEEE Pulse through 2013.

He also served as the editor in chief of the IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering and the IEEE Life Science Newsletter. He published 172 scientific papers, 250 conference presentations, and held five patents.

Neuman also served as Chair of the Board of Directors of Portage Hospital, LLC, a local community hospital.

The Biomedical Engineering Department will host a Remembrance from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, February 24 in GLRC 202.

Join us to share your stories of Dr. Neuman with his beloved wife, daughter, coworkers and friends. His obituary can be viewed here.

Nutritionist Wellness Initiative

Benefit Services invites you to participate in a new wellness initiative between Michigan Tech and Aspirus Keweenaw. This is an 8 week program that gives employees access to a registered dietician. The program includes:

  • One 60 minute initial individual consultation (in-person)
  • Two follow up phone calls during weeks 2 and 4
  • One final consultation during week 8 (in-person)

The program is divided into two groups Nutrition Basics and Nutrition Enhanced.

Nutrition Basics is designed for employees interested in paying more attention to foods they eat or employees that need guidance on where to start.

Nutrition Enhanced is designed for those who have already made changes to their eating habits but need additional support. Employees may choose the plan that best meets their needs. For additional program information, please visit the wellness website.

This is a pilot program for active, benefits eligible employees that will begin on March 14, and run through May 9. Space is limited to 15 employees in each group.

You may register for the program here. Enrollment is based on a first-come first-served basis. Enrollment into the program will close at 8 a.m. on Monday, February 29.

 Please contact Benefit Services at 7-2517 or email if you have any questions.

Email Spoofing Measure Going Into Effect

Michigan Tech IT has seen an increase in spam and phishing email enabled by email spoofing — when a user or system sends an email with a forged header so that it appears to be from an address.

IT has been working on solutions, and on March 7 a preventative measure will be enabled to help reduce spoofing. After the change is made, emails sent from a forged address will have a much greater chance of being marked as spam.

We recognize there are legitimate tools that include spoofing as a feature (e.g., survey software) and have pre-approved many of the services used on campus that include spoofing as a part of their normal operation. The following will not be impacted by this new tool:

  • Alumni - iModules
  • Qualtrics Surveys
  • Survey Monkey
  • Collegiate Link/Campus Labs
  • EMAS Recruiting software
  • Systems on campus that relay mail through IT-run services

If you use a tool that isn't listed above, and the email that it sends appears to be from an address, contact us so that we can make sure your service isn't affected. If you have any questions or experience any issues sending legitimate "spoofed" emails after March 7, contact us at or 7-1111.

This Weeks C-Cubed Menu

Come and join the C-Cubed (Conversation, Community, Collegiality) University lunches. They are offered from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge.

This week we have soup and sandwiches on Thursday and a special seafood menu from Executive Chef, Eric Karvonen, on Friday. Lunch is $10 (cash, credit and C-Cubed Gift Certificates accepted); attendees may bring their own lunch instead of purchasing the buffet. Coffee, tea, fruit-infused water, cookies and fruit are available for all. All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited.

Thursday, February 25
Kale and Chickpea Soup (VGF)
Greek Salad Pita Sandwiches (both vegetarian and marinated grilled chicken available)
Fingerling Potato Salad

Friday, February 26
Pasta with Mussels, Clams and Shrimp (GF)
Pasta with Roasted Vegetables and Pernod (VGF)
Roasted Beet Salad with Arugula (VGF)

Spring Blood Drive Hosted by Fraternity and Sorority Life

Currently, there is a critical need for blood donors. The need is constant. The gratification is instant. Give blood.

Join Fraternity and Sorority Life from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, February 24 and 25 in the Library Reading Room to donate blood.

Sign up for an appointment time online 
or call 800-733-2767. Walk-ins are always welcome.

Click here for more information. 

Note: Bring a photo ID

"The Hunting Ground" to be Shown at PLDL

There will be a screening of the film "The Hunting Ground," at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1, at the Portage Lake District Library. The film will be followed by a panel discussion at 7:45 p.m.

Produced by the directors of "The Invisible War," a documentary about sexual assault in the United States military, "The Hunting Ground" presents a startling expose of rape culture on U.S. campuses, institutional cover-ups and the brutal social toll on victims and their families. Weaving together actual footage and first-person testimonies, the film follows survivors as they pursue their education while fighting for justice. This film was shown at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

The film will be followed by a question and answer discussion with panelists from the Michigan Technological University Department of Institutional Equity and Inclusion/Title IX, the Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter Home and Dial Help, Inc.

All library programs are free and everyone is invited. For more information please call the library at 482-4570 or send an email to

Speaker Series on Issues of Social Justice

Portage Lake United Church invites the Michigan Tech and surrounding communities to a series of speakers on current social justice issues.

This first event in the series will consider issues of race, racism, prejudice and bigotry-past and present.

Our speakers will be Jonathan Robins(SS), former Michigan Tech Dean of Students Gloria Melton and Professor Emeritus Willie Melton (SS).

Recent events in our local community make this an important and relevant topic for all of us. We need you in this discussion.

The event will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, at Portage Lake United Church, 1400 Houghton Ave. (Across U.S. from the Admin. Building.

Portage Lake United Church is a member of the Cooperative Campus Ministry, serving Michigan Technological and Finlandia universities.

Moxley Named GLIAC North Player of the Week

Kylie Moxley (Brillion, Wis.), who helped Michigan Tech to wins over Northwood and Lake Superior State last weekend, has been named GLIAC North Division Women's Basketball Player of the Week.

Moxley scored a career-high 34 points vs. NU Thursday with a school-record 15 field goals (on 22 attempts). She came within three points of the school scoring record (37) with 17 points in the first half and 17 more in the second. The 6-0 post player followed up her career high with 20 more points in just 25 minutes vs. Lake Superior State.

The Huskies have already clinched a home game for the GLIAC Tournament quarterfinal round on Tuesday Mar. 1

For more information on Michigan Tech Athletics visit

Balance and Moderation Lunch and Learn

What do balance and moderation look like from a nutritional and lifestyle standpoint? How do you incorporate healthy food choices and include exercise in your routine, without feeling overwhelmed?

A Lunch and Learn event will be held from noon to 1 p.m. today (February 23) in MUB Ballroom A1 as part of Body Positivity Week. Amber Leonard-Thome is a fitness professional with years of experience coaching fitness, nutrition and lifestyle change. She'll teach you what to put on your plate and how to manage your time in order to live a healthy (and sane) life.

This Lunch and Learn event is open to students, faculty and staff. RSVP to Whitney Boroski.

Geoseminar: Wayne Pennington, Dean of Engineering

The next Geoseminar will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Friday, February 26 in Dow 610. Wayne Pennington (Dean of Engineering) will present "The Menominee Crack: A Story Behind the Story." All are welcome.

The Menominee Crack is the surficial expression of a geologic "pop-up" feature. Observations of surface deformation and seismic velocities consistent with anisotropically fractured limestone support this interpretation. But why did it occur? How did we get involved in studying it? Why publish on something so seemingly trivial? These are the questions that Pennington will address after a brief scientific description of the pop-up itself.

Dual Career Study

The Michigan Tech ADVANCE Matrix Process-University Programs committee seeks participants for three focus groups on the dual career experience: one group with faculty at Michigan Tech for two to three years, one group with seven to eight years at Michigan Tech, and one group with 12 plus years at Michigan Tech.

If you are a dual career faculty member who falls into one of these three categories and you and your partner are willing to participate, please contact Patty Sotirin or Sonia Goltz by Friday, February 26.

For this study, dual career refers to couples in which one partner is a faculty member and both partners share dual career concerns.

A recurring issue at Michigan Tech is how best to manage dual career situations involving faculty given such issues as the rural location, limited employment options for partners, travel restrictions, and family resources.

The point of view of the spouse or partner is important to understanding the dual career experience. So gathering data from both partners may yield a more complete view of the changing issues a dual career couple might encounter throughout the faculty career track.

The focus group discussions will contribute to developing more effective university policies and interventions. A later study may be developed to expand on dual career beyond faculty.

The focus group meetings will be held between March 1 and March 5. A $50 honorarium for participants is provided by VPA.

On The Road

Mike Morley (IIE) participated as a speaker and panelist at the 2016 Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) Annual Meeting in San Diego on the topic of university intellectual property protection and licensing of software in light of the recent Supreme Court decision in Alice Corporation v. CLS Bank International.

In the News

Guy Hembroff was interviewed in a story about health policies relying on body mass index measurements. The article came out on Healthcare Dive.

In Print

Tammy LaBissoniere, associate director of sponsored programs accounting and Julie Seppala, executive director of financial services and operations co-authored an article "Kanbans for All" that was recently published in the Thomson Reuters Checkpoint, January/February 2016 Cost Management journal.

The article describes how the Sponsored Programs Accounting Office has used a Lean visual tool called a Kanban board, to help facilitate short term project planning, financial year end duties/deadlines and new employee training. 


It's National Engineers Week.

Tau Beta Pi is sponsoring a full slate of events this week to celebrate National Engineers Week. Today's activities include:

  • Clean Snowmobile Challenge preview. Check out a zero emission sled. 10 to 11 a.m.,  ME-EM lobby,
  • Consumer Product Manufacturing Enterprise. Measure knife sharpness. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fisher lobby,
  • Formula SAE. Take the 5-second seat harness challenge. 1 to 3 p.m., ME-EM lobby.


HuskyLEAD Tonight

HuskyLEAD will be from 6 to 7  p.m. tonight 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. 
Students will learn more about Google calendars, drives, filters, notifications and other resources to make them more organized, effective and "put together" leaders.