April First Friday Social at Administration Building

Faculty, staff, retirees and graduate students are invited to join the staff of Career Services for the April First Friday University Social from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, April 1 in the Career Services Offices, 220 Administration Building. Complimentary beverages will be served along with some great appetizers. Visit the spaces where students meet their future employers, learn about the services we offer students, and get a copy of the CareerFEST schedule for next Fall.

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.

May's event, sponsored by the Office of Advancement, will be held on the 6th Floor of the First Merit Bank Building in Hancock. June is open so if you would like to sponsor a First Friday Social for this June, contact Brenda Randell. Check the lineup of remaining First Friday Socials. If you are interested in possibly hosting a social next academic year, contact her to be added to the list.

Early Bird Registration Deadline for International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM) Conference

Michigan Tech will host the International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM) Conference June 22-26. This natural resource social science conference features 450 panels, papers, posters and presentations on diverse aspects of human relationships to environment from around the world.

The deadline for early, reduced rate registration is March 31.

Keynote speakers include 2013 CNN Hero of the Year, Chad Pregracke, talking about cleaning up the Mississippi River, Nancy Langston speaking about the future of Lake Superior and Riley Dunlap presenting on climate change denial. The conference features diverse local field trips including kayaking in Copper Harbor, visiting Estivant Pines with a forest historian, backpacking on Isle Royale and taking the Agassiz research vessel around Portage and Torch Lakes to learn about the environmental impacts of mining.

Click here for more information or contact Richelle Winkler with questions.

This conference was featured in Tech Today on October 22, 2015 and in an article on the Michigan Tech News Site. See the article or the Social Sciences News Blog for prior Michigan Tech coverage.

Biological Sciences Seminar

Kevin Pangle, assistant professor in the Department of Biology at Central Michigan University will present "Use of Otolith Microchemistry to Determine Fish Movement and Natal Origin in the Gulf of Mexico and Laurentian Great Lakes" from 4 to 5 p.m. Friday, April 1 in Dow 641. Read more.

All are welcom and refreshments will be provided.


Paylot Tokens

Transportation Services announces that the pay lot (lot 27) will no longer accept tokens as of this Friday (April 1). Customers will still be able to access the lot by paying with quarters, dollar bills and swipe access, which can be granted at the Transportation Services office located in room 100 of the Administration building.  
For those that have already purchased tokens from the Cashier's office or Transportation Services, either for your department or personal use, return them to the Transportation Services office for a full refund or exchange for an alternative parking solution.  We are sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause and appreciate your support.
Order Your Free Michigan Tech Item

As announced in a direct email to all eligible employees, the website for making a selection for the next distribution of Michigan Tech's Promotional Support items is available for placing orders and will continue to be open through midnight, Sunday, April 3. 

For details on the free Michigan Tech items, see previous Tech Today article.


Do You Have Alumni Volunteers in Your Department?

Volunteer Appreciation Week is coming up April 10-16. We would like to recognize all of our alumni volunteers who help out across campus by sending out a message of thanks in early April with a special discount code to the bookstore.

If you have alumni you would like us to include in our message of thanks, complete this form by Friday, April 1 or contact the Alumni Relations office at 7-2400 or alumni@mtu.edu.


SBE Brown Bag Lunch

The School of Business and Economics will have its first brown bag lunch research seminar from noon to 1 p.m. tomorrow (March 30) in Academic Office Building (AOB) 101.

Assistant Professor of Marketing Soonkwan Hong will present "Alternative Food Consumption (AFC): Contributions to Food Well-Being (FWB), Marketing and Public Policy."

Details can be found on the SBE's blog and website.


In the News

ABC News aired a story about much-publicized hockey player John Scott, noting in it that he earned an engineering degree at Michigan Tech.


Chemical and Engineering News reported on the work of Michigan Tech chemists Xiaohu Xia and Haihang Ye. 

The article "Deposition Followed by Etching Yields Ruthenium Nanoframes," by Mitch Jacoby, was published in Monday's online edition.


Crain's Detroit Business reported that Michigan Tech ranks second in the state in the value of the education the University offers, measured by cost of attendance and average starting salary of graduates. See the story.


Bill Sproule (CEE) has been appointed Executive Vice President for the Society of International Hockey Research (SIHR).

The Canadian-based society is a group of hockey historians and enthusiasts from around the world.

SIHR members include former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

New Funding

Cornell University College of Human Ecology 2016 Dean's Fellowship Award

Jonathan Robins, an assistant professor of history in the Social Sciences Department, has been awarded the 2016 Dean's Fellowship by the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University. His proposal, titled "Bacon from Trees and Hogless Lard: Vegetable Fats and the Globalization of Food," examines the changing role of animal and vegetable fats in the modern diet and the effects of food choices on human societies and the environment. The $6,500 award will support six weeks of research in Cornell University's archival collections.