Diversity Council Launches Diversity Liaison Program and Needs Volunteers

In an effort to achieve the goals set by President Mroz for the Diversity Council, the Council is launching a Diversity Liaison Program and is calling for volunteers from each department on campus to serve as the Diversity Liaison.

The purpose of the liaison is to share information to and from the area they represent in regards to diversity initiatives and/or goals. 

A specific reporting schedule will be developed, detailing when and how diversity initiatives need to be reported. Liaisons will utilize a shared Google Group/Drive for the exchange of information. It will also be listed on the Diversity Council's webpage.

Anyone in your department is eligible to be the liaison (faculty/staff/union staff). The deadline to sign up is Friday, April 15. Once the list is generated we will invite the liaisons to a lunch to explain their role and responsibilities.

Volunteers, use this sign up form. Feel free to share this with members of your department. If you have any questions email Kellie Raffaelli, Diversity Liaison Committee Chair.

Michigan Tech Hosts Women in Computing Visit Day

Today is the Women in Computing Visit Day at Michigan Tech. High school girls have been invited to spend the day at Tech, learning about computer science, electrical and computer engineering, admissions and financial aid.

The program is sponsored by Michigan Tech's Admissions Office, Computer Science Department and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

The goal is to show all high school girls how exciting computing can be and to inform them about computing education and careers.

Topics include "Computer Science in Action,"  "The heart(beat) of Electrical Engineering" and "Control a Robot." 

Benefits Update Forum

The University Senate, along with Staff Council, Graduate Student Government and Undergraduate Student Government, is sponsoring a Benefits Update Forum at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 5 in Dow 642.

Ellen Horsch, Vice President for Administration, Renee Hiller, Director of Human Resources, and Ginger Sleeman, Manager of Benefits, will present an update on Michigan Tech benefits. Questions and comments are welcome and can be sent in advance of the forum to Senate President Brian Barkdoll.

Continuous Improvement Connection

Have you ever had a brilliant idea but didn't have the guts to share it with somebody else out of fear of criticism? One particular goal of Lean thinking is that this fear of criticism will disappear. Here in the Office of Continuous Improvement, every idea is a good idea. Through the use of Lean in the work environment, a person's title doesn't matter, or how long they've been a part of the team, everyone is encouraged to speak up.

Through the everyday use of the 5S system (discussed in prior posts), along with other Lean strategies, you can conquer the fear of ridicule and of "What will they think?"

For more information on Lean and the 5S system, checkout the Office of Continuous Improvement.

Important - IRS Form 1095C Mailed to Employees

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), employers are required to offer affordable health coverage to employees classified as full-time under IRS regulations.

This includes employees such as faculty, staff, students, and temporary employees. For 2016, Michigan Tech is required to report on all employees who received an offer of health insurance coverage for 2015 to the IRS.

This includes the previously-mentioned employees as well as retirees enrolled in Michigan Tech’s health insurance and offers of COBRA.

Anyone who received an offer of coverage will receive an IRS form 1095C. The forms were mailed on Thursday, March 31.

Note these forms are not required to file your 2015 taxes however, you should keep it with your 2015 tax records in case of an audit.

If you have any questions regarding your form 1095C, contact Benefit Services at benefits@mtu.edu or 7-2517.

Michigan Tech Preschool Fall Registration

Fall registration for the Michigan Tech Preschool will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 5 and again Thursday, April 7.

We are ready to help your three and four-year-olds that are fully potty trained grow and learn in a nurturing environment. For questions, call 7-2720 or visit our website.

Annual Charity Ball Hosted by Houghton-Hancock Rotaract Club at Michigan Tech

Don't miss this exciting opportunity to dress up and go to a ball. The Houghton-Hancock Rotaract Club presents the "Phantom of the Opera Charity Ball" from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, April 16 in the Rozsa Lobby.
All proceeds will go to 31 Backpacks, a local non-profit organization that provides food to kids from low income families. 
Kids are getting free breakfasts, lunches and snacks at school during the week, but what happens on the weekends? They go hungry. The goal of 31 Backpacksl is addressing this issue. They send home backpacks full of food every Friday for students, who have been identified by administrators as being in need.
The Charity Ball features:
  • Hors d'oeuvres
  • Cash bar 
  • DJ and Photo-booth
  • Live performances by the swing dance club and the MTU dance team
  • Awards given to best-dressed theme outfits
  • Door Prizes

The cost is $10 for students and $15 for the community. Tickets on sale at the Rotaract desk in MUB 106 or online (fees apply).

Eisele to Lead Butterfly Presentation

The Portage Lake District Library will host the Keweenaw Garden Club for an evening of learning about species of butterflies that live in our area.

Tim Eisele, an assistant professor in Tech's Department of Chemical Engineering, is also an entomology hobbyist. He will present “Keweenaw Butterflies in the Garden” at 7 p.m. Monday, April 4 at the PLDL.

Eisele will show slides and discuss which species are likely to come around in local gardens, what times of year to expect them, and what can be done to either provide food for their caterpillars, or to attract the adults. His slide show demonstrates that even though the Keweenaw does not have the diversity of butterflies that are seen further south, the area does have a nice selection of local species to enjoy. For local entomology photos and news, visit Eisele’s website

The Keweenaw Garden Club was established by and for gardening enthusiasts. They have presentations at the Portage Lake District Library on the first Monday of each month September through May. Those who are interested in learning more about the club can visit here.

Library programs are free and everyone is welcome. For more information, call the library at 482-4570 or visit here.

BonzAI Brawl is Tomorrow

The BonzAI Brawl is an all day artificial intelligence programming competition where teams of one to three design autonomous agents capable of overcoming challenges and out-performing their opponents.

Teams have eight hours to craft, tweek, and perfect their strategy before their AIs are entered in to the Brawl.

In the Brawl the AIs face off against one another in a tournament to determine which is the most capable.

The event will be held in Rekhi Hall and is hosted by Women in Computing Sciences and Husky Game Development Enterprise. To find out more visit the BonzAI Brawl webstite.


Pearson is Coach of the Year Finalist

Michigan Tech Hockey coach Mel Pearson has been named one of eight national finalists for the Spencer Penrose Award as the NCAA Division I men's ice hockey Coach of the Year.

The nominees represent any coach who won or shared Coach of the Year honors in his conference this season, along with coaches who have led their teams to the NCAA Frozen Four semifinals.

Pearson coached the Huskies to a 23-9-5 overall record for his second straight 20-win season and guided Tech to its first MacNaughton Cup title since 1976. 

Pearson would be the second Michigan Tech coach to win the Spencer Penrose Award, joining legendary Tech coach and two-time winner John MacInnes (1970, 1976).  Voting will be conducted prior to the Frozen Four and the winner will be announced on Wednesday, April 6

Find out more about Michigan Tech Sports at michigantechhuskies.com.

Physics Colloquium

The next Physics Colloquium will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 7 in Fisher 139. Nathaniel Stern, Northwestern University will present "Playing with Photons in Flatland."

Stern is an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Northwestern where his research is focused on the fundamental quantum interactions of photons with atoms, nano-scale materials and magnetism, with a current emphasis on nanofabrication of low-dimensional materials.

Chemical Engineering Presents William M. Colton

The Department of Chemical Engineering presents William M Colton, vice president, corporate strategic planning, Exxon Mobil Corporation. 

Colton will deliver the address, "Global Future: People, Progress, Energy and Engineering," at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 5 in Fisher 135.

By 2040, the world’s population will have reached 9 billion, and global GDP will have more than doubled. This economic progress translates into improved standards of living for billions of people.

Global energy demand is expected to grow 25 percent by 2040 and, to keep pace with demand, the world will need to pursue all economic energy sources.


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. today (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.


Dance Team and Others to Perform Tomorrow

The Dance Team at Michigan Tech will have its first-ever Dance Showcase from 1 to 3 p.m. tomorrow (April 2), in the SDC Wood Gym. In addition to the Dance Team, performers include; HuskiesFit Youth Classes, the Swing Club at Michigan Tech, the Superior School of Dance (Hancock), 47 North Belly Dance Troupe and the Michigan Tech Iranian Community.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children/students and can be purchased at the door.
Today's C-Cubed Menu

Pasta with Sausage, Tomatoes and Cream (GF) 
Pasta with Broccoli, Tomatoes and Cream (VGF) 
Dilled Cucumber and Tomato Salad (VGF) 
Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting (V)

V—Vegetarian  GF—Gluten Free  VGF—Vegetarian/Gluten Free


Film Board Presents "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens"

This weekend, Film Board presents "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens."

Today, April 1 — 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Tomorrow, April 2 — 2:30, 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 3 — 2:30, 5:30 p.m.

Located in Fisher 135. Tickets are $3, concessions are $1 each.


Thai Food at Khana Khazana

Cuisine of Thailand will be featured at the next Khana Khazana from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today in the Memorial Union Food Court. 

The menu features:

  • Chicken Massaman Curry—Thai peanut curry with potatoes, chicken, coconut milk and tamarind
  • Yum Ponlamai—Thai fruit salad with a mixture of fruits in a spicy sauce
  • Tod Man Khao Pod—Thai corn fritters, deep fried and seasoned with basil, curry paste and chili sauce

Cost is $7.25 for the full meal and includes a fountain drink. Like the Khana Khazana Facebook page.


Social Sciences Brown Bag 

Today's Social Sciences Brownbag is at noon in the Academic Office Building (AOB) Room 201.

Ryan Brown, master's student Industrial Archeology and Seth DePasqual, National Park Service, will present "Behind the Green Veil: Addressing the Human History of Great Lakes Wilderness Areas."

New Funding

Ossama Abdelkhalik, (ME-EM) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $14,389 research and development grant from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Rush Robinett (ME-EM) is co-PI on the project "On Integrating New Capability into Coastal Energy Conversion Systems."


In the News

The Associated Press (AP) published a story that has been picked up by multiple news outlets, including the Detroit News, concerning the Michigan Tech Research Institute's work with unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly known as drones, to help the Michigan Department of Transportation inspect roads and bridges. 

Go by Truck, a news site for the trucking industry, also highlighted the story.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Friday, April 1st, 2016

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.

 Public Safety Officer, Public Safety & Police Services. Apply online.

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