Nominations Needed From Faculty

The University Senate is seeking nominations from faculty members for the following University Committees:

  • Academic Integrity Committee—two openings—term ends August 31, 2019
  • Athletic Council—one opening—(must be tenured)—term ends August 31, 2019 (nominations sent to President for selection)
  • Conflict of Interest Committee—one opening—term ends August 31, 2019
  • Faculty Distinguished Service Award Committee—two openings—one term ends August 31, 2018 and one ends 2019
  • Faculty Review Committee—two openings (one for alternate)—term ends August 31, 2019
  • Misconduct in Research, Scholarly, and Creative Endeavors Inquiry Committee—two openings (one for alternate)—term ends August 31, 2019
  • Public Safety Oversight Committee—one opening—term ends August 31, 2018
  • Sabbatical Leave Committee—one opening—(must be tenured) - term ends June 30, 2021 (nominations sent to President for selection)

We are also seeking nominations for a Faculty Senator at Large. This is a three-year-term ending in 2019. Consider nominating yourself or someone else for these positions. We need to have the nominations submitted by Friday March 25th. Send your nominations to: Sean Clancey, Chair-Senate Elections Committee.

Chemistry Professor Remembered for Magic and Limericks

Michigan Tech Professor Emeritus Fred Williams (Chem) passed away February 27, he was 79.

A native of Winnipeg, Williams completed his PhD in Chemistry after serving in the Canadian Army. He spent two years in Europe performing post-doctorate work before coming to the United States in 1964 to work at Allis Chalmers in Milwaukee.

He arrived at Michigan Tech in 1965 to teach chemistry and  served as director of Tech's Center for Teaching Excellence.

As an instructor, Williams was known for innovation and creativity in the classroom, especially in the large-enrollment first-year chemistry sections.

Williams' teaching and relationship with his fellow faculty is how his colleagues will remember him.

Sarah Green (Chem) calls Williams "unfailingly kind and generous," to faculty, students and staff. "I was amazed at his ability to keep the attention of a full classroom in Fisher 135 for first-year chemistry," Green says. "Several Nobel Prize winning chemists visited campus and he invited them to his first-year chemistry class. Both students and visitors found those interactions inspiring."

Green says Williams was an early adopter of personal learning on the go. "For many years he listened to books on tape on a walkman (or some similarly ancient technology) as he walked from his home in Hancock to Tech. We still miss him in the department."

Rudy Luck (Chem) recalls Williams to be "a very positive and cheerful person," and someone "with whom you were happier with after speaking" he said.

"This attribute was extended to his teaching where he inspired countless numbers of undergraduates with his demonstrations during lectures. I recall one in particular where he made a pickle stuck between two electrodes glow. While fascinating to see, apparently the smell was not quite as delightful," Luck said. 

Other Williams' classroom antics included magic tricks and explosions. 

Luck said Williams taught chemistry through limericks, "in an early attempt to bring hip hop to chemistry."

Such a fan of the five-line poems was Williams that he would award extra credit to first-year students for writing limericks  as long as they related to chemistry. 

In a 1995 article he authored, "There once was a Teacher from Tech," Williams explained the use of chemical limericks in the classroom.

He pointed to trends where "teachers are admonished to abandon the formal lecture as a means of delivering information.

"A variety of methods are used to modify and enliven the 50-minute lecture ... a mid-period joke even has been suggested. Since not everyone can properly tell a joke, I modified (the) suggestion to reading chemical limericks written by the freshman students."

During the (then) 10-week term, more than 500 limericks would be turned in and about three would be read in class. The authors of those would receive the extra credit.  

The avalanche of limericks were saved and enjoyed by Williams and his family for years. 

One of Williams favorites expressed many freshmen's feelings about first-year chemistry.

I think that most students agree.

We really don't like chemistry.

Homework ... there's tons

And these seats hurt my buns

And we'd rather be watching TV.

Williams retired in 2003 after nearly 40 years at Tech and was named professor emeritus of chemistry. Not only did his innovative teaching win him teaching awards during his career, the Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning established the Fredrick D. Williams Instructional Innovation Award in his honor. 

Williams is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, the former Jean Ida Norvall, whom he met during his time in Milwaukee.

In addition he is survived by his three children, Stephanie, Craig and Jeffrey and grandchildren Kyle, Derek, Elizabeth, Mali, Liam, Peyton and Connor. 

Visitation was held last Thursday, March 3, at the O'Neill-Dennis Funeral Home in Hancock. Donations in Fred's name can be made to Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly, 527 Hancock Ave. in Hancock.

A complete obituary can be found in the March 1, edition of the Daily Mining Gazette.

In an interview with the Michigan Tech Alumni Magazine, Williams was asked if Tech students had changed over his four decades as a professor. 

"They became more serious," he said. "Much more serious." 

Register Today for the Doghouse Classic 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament

The Doghouse Classic 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament returns to the SDC April 22 - 24.

The tournament will host boy's and girl's divisions for grades four through eight, junior varsity and varsity.

There will also be a men's and women's open division. Cost to register is $80/4-person team. Deadline is April 4. See Doghouse for more information.

Chad Blumenschein Wins February Snowfall Contest

Congratulations to Chad Blumenschein ’13 EEN, for winning the monthly snowfall contest for February. Chad guessed we’d receive 48.25 inches, and that was the closest, without going over, to the actual snowfall of 48.5 inches.

He will receive a Totally-Tech prize package made up of Gear from the Campus Store and items from the local community such as thimbleberry jam and vouchers for pasties or Ambassador pizza (sorry no “fish bowls!”).

The consolation prize winner, chosen at random from all the February entrants, is Ken Daining ’88 BMSE. Ken will receive a Michigan Tech Winter Survival Kit.

There’s still time to enter the Monthly Snowfall Contest for March. The contest closes on Thursday, March 10. Be sure to check the Snowfall Records to see how your guess measures up against January totals in the past.

The Yearly Snowfall Contest closed at midnight on Monday, February 15. Winners will be chosen June 1, if it’s not still snowing.

Keweenaw Holistic Family Medicine Lunch & Learn

WorkLife Connections and Employee Wellness invite you to join us for a Lunch & Learn with Keweenaw Holistic Family Medicine, from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 9 in  MUB Ballroom B2.

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. HuskyPAW members will receive 500 bonus points for attending. Bring your lunch. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Space is limited. RSVP here. Email Shannon Brodeur with questions.

Tech Wins Mac Naughton Cup For First Time Since 1976

Five different players scored and Jamie Phillipsmade 27 saves as the No. 13 Michigan Tech hockey team beat Northern Michigan 5-1 Saturday in Marquette.

The victory, coupled with Minnesota State's loss to Bemidji State, gives the Huskies a share of the WCHA regular season championship and the No. 1 seed in the league playoffs.

"I'm really proud of our players," said head coach Mel Pearson, who led Michigan Tech to its first MacNaughton Cup title since 1975-76 in just his fifth year behind the bench. "We've had a great regular season and I'm really, really proud of how we finished things off. This is a tough place to play and everyone stepped up and we had all the ingredients we needed to get a big road win."

Read the full story and find out more about Tech Athletics at michigantechhuskies.com.

Biological Sciences Seminar

Barton Wicksteed, PhD, The University of Chicago Department of Medicine, Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism will present "The Roles and Therapeutic Potential of Protein Kinase A in Metabolic Disease" at 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 15 in Rehki G06.

The cyclic AMP-dependent protein kinase A is a key component of cAMP signaling downstream of G protein-coupled receptors. As such, it integrates many physiological and nutritional cues to regulate cell function. Wicksteed's research has focused upon the role of PKA in metabolic disease, with particular attention upon the insulin secreting pancreatic beta-cells and in adipose tissue. These studies have shown the roles of PKA activity in these tissues and highlight the therapeutic potential of activating PKA to restore metabolic health.

Click here for more information. 

Reminders

Spring Break Schuttle Schedule

Transportation Services shuttle service will operate from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  today through Friday, March 7-11.

The shuttle serves the Memorial Union Building to the SDC and stops at both the Lower and Upper Daniell Heights' bus stop.

The shuttle will also stop hourly at the Lakeshore Center. The City of Houghton will not operate on campus this week, which includes the Michigan Tech afternoon shuttle during this week. For questions or concerns, please contact Transportation Services at 7-1441 or parking@mtu.edu.

New Hires

The following individuals recently began employment at Michigan Tech:

  • Jessica Alger—Innovation and Industry Engagement
  • Kristi Juntunen—Center for Diversity and Inclusion

Job Postings

Staff and faculty job description are available in the Human Resources Department. For more information regarding staff positions call 7-2280 or email jobs@mtu.edu.

For more information regarding faculty positions contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

Digital Content and Special Programs Manager, Graduate School. Apply online.

Associate Director of Industry Relations, Industry Relations. Apply online.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Education Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. 

IT Connect

Warranty Notices

Have you received a warranty notice regarding your Michigan Tech Dell computer?

These messages are sent from Dell or Dell partner companies. There is no need to worry; Michigan Tech IT works with Dell representatives, and if you have any questions about your warranties, please contact us and we will be happy to help. We do not want you to purchase unnecessary coverage.

Since you purchase your computer through Michigan Tech IT, we handle all warranty issues for you. 

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