Michigan Tech and the Keweenaw Celebrate Earth Day

Today marks the 46th anniversary of Earth Day. It was established in 1970 by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson, in response to massive oil spills and growing environmental hazards from industrial pollutants.

Nelson believed that, collectively, the voice of the people would be heard politically, regarding their growing concerns over air and water pollution. He called first for a national “environmental teach-in”, which eventually led to national recognition of environmental issues and what could be done about them. By the end of that year, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was formed and with it, the passage of the Clean Air Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts.

Today, Earth Day is an international observance with more than 192 countries working together to find solutions for our world. From education in the schools on green solutions to Adopt a Highway programs, there is something each of us can do to join the campaign to protect the planet.

Earth day is honored throughout the world. In Japan, elementary students learn about topics  such as global warming, “Teachers usually do not say what we should do,” Tomohiro Koike, a Michigan Tech international student, mathematics and business intelligence major explained. “It is the students choice which action to take or not.”

 In Gwalior, India school children participate in planting trees. “We have a slogan competition in which you have to write your slogan that motivates others to keep the earth clean and green. It is based on the idea of fighting against global warming and deforestation,” said Michigan Tech international student Chetan Kumar Chaurasiya, a computer science and mathematics major.

“Taking part by volunteering helps keep our highway roadsides clean. It is a  perfect way to celebrate and observe Earth Day” says, Jeff LaChapelle of Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and Adopt A Highway Coordinator for Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga and Ontonagon counties.

The work of the volunteers with roadside clean-up help states both “aesthetically and financiall,” he said. LaChapelle feels that “people really care about the beauty of our roadsides and the health of our planet.”  If anyone is interested organizing a group clean-up, LaChapelle asks them to contact him, or for more information on how you can help our earth visit the MDOT web site.

 The Carnegie Museum, in Houghton, has many different displays and educational opportunities on various earth friendly topics. Chris Kennedy will present on recycling plastics, Melissa Davis on energy efficiency and Jay Green on “green burials.” The Copper Country Recycling Initiative will also be at the Carnegie Museum for an educational presentation. For more information visit their Facebook page. 

 Michigan Tech is presenting the Rozsa Center season’s final concert titled "Songs of the Earth," a musical presentation inspired by nature at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow (April 23). Visit the Rozsa web page for show times and ticket information.

“Every day is earth day for us at Sustainable Futures Institute” says David Shonnard (Chem Eng). “We never stop thinking about and taking action to raise awareness about the Earth, its ecosystems and developing solutions to sustain development that is compatible with the Earth’s life sustaining systems.

Library Building Closure

Due to maintenance on the campus high voltage lines,
the Van Pelt and Opie Library building will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4 and Thursday, May 5. No overnight access will be available on these days.

Husky FAN Pantry Summer Hours

The Husky FAN Pantry Summer hours will be:

Tuesday—2 to 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday—1:30 to 4 p.m.
Thursday—9 to 10:30 a.m.

The Husky FAN Pantry is located in the Hamar House and is open to everyone in the Michigan Tech community. All visits to the pantry are confidential. Husky FAN also offers additional resources such as meal swipes for the dining halls and provides emergency meal packs available 24/7 at Public Safety. If you have any questions, email huskyfan@mtu.edu.

Testing of Lift Bridge Continues Next Week

More tests of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge have been scheduled for next week, (April 25-29), as part of ongoing maintenance work. The testing will likely result in brief delays for motorists.

The contractor for the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will perform test lifts of the bridge span, requiring brief closures of the bridge to traffic.            

Motorists should expect delays of 10-15 minutes, roughly equivalent to a standard bridge lift for marine traffic, throughout the day. Nighttime delays of similar duration may also be necessary. Traffic will be allowed to clear and resume normal flow between test lifts.  

The $8.4 million project involves upgrades and preventative maintenance on the bridge between Houghton and Hancock. The project started in December of 2014 and is expected to be completed next week.


A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum, a Michigan Activity Pass Partner

The A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum is a Michigan Activity Pass (MAP) partner. The MAP program provides an opportunity for library card holders across the State of Michigan to obtain reduced admission or other discounts from 414 sites statewide. The sites include national parks, state parks, heritage sites and museums.

An overview of the MAP program was recently featured in the Detroit Free Press.

Sign up to be a Maker Coach for the New Makerspace in the MUB

Are you interested in helping out in the new Makerspace in the MUB Basement? We are looking for motivated volunteers with an interest in "making" who would be willing to volunteer their time (approx. 2-3 hours per week) to help staff the space during the school year as a "Maker Coach." As a Coach, you will earn access to use the space outside of regular operating hours and have an opportunity to help shape the space as it continues to develop in the future.

Coaches should have an interest in helping others learn and be excited about creating an inclusive culture of "making" here at Michigan Tech. No previous knowledge of machinery or tools is required, but you should be interested in learning more about the tools used in the space. As a moderator of the space, you will learn to quickly identify unsafe practices and advise users on how they can use the tools safely. Coaches will also share personal knowledge and experiences to help others with what they are working on. Your role will be vital for smooth operation of the new Makerspace, and will improve the experience for "makers" all across campus.

Express your interest here.

Tech Students to Lead Discussion on Community Change

The public is invited to a presentation led by Michigan Tech students regarding social change in our community from the perspective of local residents.

This event will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday, April 25 at the Portage Lake District Library in Houghton.

Students in an advanced qualitative research methods class worked with local residents to understand social change in the Keweenaw. Their objective was to focus on how these residents experienced social changes in our community over their lifetimes.

The students used interviews, observations, a mapping exercise, and data analysis to do this study. Their presentation, “Keweenaw, Then and Now: Looking at Community Changes,” will highlight what they learned, and includes topics such as recreation, transportation, the built environment and the organization of social life.

The students will describe social changes that have impacted the lives of community members and explain what these changes mean for people living in the Keweenaw.

This event is free, and everyone is invited to come and find out what the students learned. For more information, call the library at 482-4570. 

CNSA Senior Project Presentations

The Computer Network and System Administration (CNSA) announced two CNSA Senior Project Presentations, from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, April 28 in R.L Smith Building (MEEM) Room 111. 

CNSA Cloud-Computing Proposal (10 to 11 a.m.)

The CNSA/School of Technology’s Virtual Cluster is designed to provide students with remote access to a virtualized lab environment. These lab environments are used on a daily basis throughout the semester for various lab work. The labs provide students with opportunities to gain hands-on experience in a simulated business setting. The virtual environment is created using VMware products and is housed in the School of Technology datacenter. This environment has given the students and faculty difficulties in the past, namely its issues with performance and stability. The goal of this senior project is to assess different ways the current in-house environment can be transferred to a cloud-based solution.

Big Data in Healthcare (11 a.m. to noon)

The amount of data that flowing in and out of a healthcare organization can be overwhelming, especially when this data is in a difficult to read or parse format such as HL7. The goal of this research was to find an easier and much more convenient and efficient way of storing and interpreting this large amount of data. In this presentation, the findings are discussed. 

Everyone is welcome to either presentation and no RSVP is required. However, to plan and balance presentation audiences, if you are able to confirm attendance for a presentation, or for more information please email

Lean into Finals

Things are hectic here at Michigan Tech as the year is winding down. Between finals, packing and figuring out what to do for the summer, it is hard to find time to do everything that needs to be done before school is out at the end of the month.

In Lean and Continuous Improvement, there are tools to make sure all of your work is done just in time. Don't let this busy season get you down. In the Office of Continuous Improvement, we use boards to display openly the work we are currently doing within the University and have schedules set up with kanbans. A kanban is the Japanese term for a system that provides you with a visual signal of which task needs to be done next. Lean has many useful tools to streamline all of your processes from studying to grading papers.

If you're interested in learning more about what's going on with Continuous Improvement on campus, check out our What's Happening page or the Continuous Improvement blog.

National Bike Challenge

The Keweenaw Peninsula surprised more than few people across the country last year by finishing as the No. 1 local challenge in the 2015 National Bike Challenge. BIKE! (Bike Initiative Keweenaw) finished the challenge with 281 riders logging more than 119,000 miles.

Once again this year, our local area is joining more than 90,000 riders from across the country to ride a total of 35 million miles as part of the National Bike Challenge. The challenge starts Sunday, May 1 and runs through September 30.

Again this year, Michigan Tech's Social Wellness Employee Action Teamwork (SWEAT) program is excited to team up with BIKE! in the 2016 National Bike Challenge.

BIKE! will also sponsor group rides for all levels throughout the competition.

The National Bike Challenge is a free and friendly competition encouraging all people to get out and ride whether a daily commuter, weekend warrior or casual rider. Your miles help build a data set that bolsters the work of bicycle advocacy groups at both the local and national level, and it's fun and healthy.

Help the Keweenaw reach No. 1 in the nation again this year. The challenge starts May 1, and you can start logging your miles right now. Create an account and enter your ZIP code to be a part of the local challenge. Find your workplace or school to compete against your peers. Then ride and log your miles—it's that easy.

For questions, contact Bike Initiative Keweenaw.

Civil and Environmental Engineering Faculty Candidate Seminar

There will be a Civil and Environmental Engineering Faculty Candidate Seminar at 2 p.m. Monday, April 25 in Dow 875. Hussam Saleem will present "Multi-functional Materials for Enhanced Sustainability and Resiliency of Structural Systems."

Damage in structural elements of large-scale structures, such as bridges and wind turbines, can result in a reduction in the life of a structure, higher maintenance costs and increased probability of structural failure.

Current health monitoring methods have scalability limitations when it comes to civil structures. Recent advances in soft electronics enabled the fabrication of sensors capable of covering large areas, a possible solution to the monitoring challenge of large-scale systems. This seminar will provide an overview of the technology; its development, characterization and applications.


Food From Japan at Khana Khazana

Japanese cuisine is featured at this week's Khana Khazana serving from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today in the MUB food court. 

The menu features Katsu Curry—deep fried chicken with curry, Misoshiru—miso soup and Sarada—salad with Japanese Dressing. 

Cost of the full meal which includes a fountain drink is $7.25. Like the Khana Khazana at Michigan Tech Facebook page.


Today's C-Cubed Menu

Sliced Herb Crusted Beef NY Strip Roast with Wild Mushrooms (GF)
Cheese Tortellini with fresh Basil and Chives (V)
Butternut Squash Bisque (VGF)
Mixed Green Salad (VGF)

V-Vegetarian  GF-Gluten Free  VGF-Vegetarian/Gluten Free


Film Board Presents "Deadpool"

This weekend, Film Board presents "Deadpool."


Today, April 22 — 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 23 — 2:30, 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 24 — 2:30, 5:30 p.m.

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


Geoseminar — Rudiger Escobar Wolf

The next Geoseminar will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. today (April 22) in Dow 610. Rudiger Escobar Wolf will present "Surface Displacement Monitoring Using Digital Photogrammetry: Examples From Transportation Corridors." All are welcome. 


Special Geoseminar — James DeGraff, Exxon-Mobil

The next Geoseminar will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday, April 25 in Dow 610. James DeGraff will present "Natural Fractures in Hydrocarbon Reservoirs: Impact, Characterization, and Analysis." All are welcome.

CTL Tip of the Week

To Do List Links for Summer 2016 Canvas Courses

The new Canvas course shells for teaching Summer 2016 courses are now available. Once the upcoming semester’s Canvas courses become available there are a few things instructors and instructional staff often want or need to do in Canvas.

We’ve included links to help you with a handful of them below. You may want to Customize your Courses drop-down menu to add and remove courses from that menu both now and at the beginning of the new semester.

Instructors at Michigan Tech can use the Combine Canvas Sections tool on the CourseTools page to combine two or more BANNER sections into one Canvas course. You’ll want to do this first before doing any building or importing, and be sure to choose “YES” to both of the options you are presented with when using the Combine Sections tool. Go to Combining Canvas Sections for directions.

If you would like to copy the content in one of your previous Canvas courses into a new Summer 2016 Canvas course, you can do that too. See Copying Content from Another Canvas Course to find out how. If you would like to enroll a TA, additional instructors, etc. into your course, see Adding New Users to your Canvas Course.

And finally, you will need to Publish your Canvas course in order for your students to be able to see and access it.  See How do I publish my course? for directions. You can also check out the new Michigan Tech Course Set-Up Directory, on the temporary home page of all new Canvas course shells.

You may just want some help or information, and the best place to start is Canvas One Stop. From there you can contact support, find out about eLearning Walk-in Hours for face-to- face help, get quick links to online help resources and more. 

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