May First Friday Social at First Merit Bank Building

Faculty, staff, retirees and graduate students are invited to join the Office of Advancement for the May First Friday University Social from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, May 6 on the sixth floor of the First Merit Bank Building in Hancock. Come and enjoy the great view and camaraderie, along with complimentary beverages and appetizers.

The Office of Advancement will be providing shuttle service to the First Merit Bank Building. The schedule is as follows:

Depart across from the Parking Lot 12 Entrance (Southwest corner of the Library)—3:45, 4:15 and 4:45 p.m.

Return to campus—5:15, 5:45 and 6:15 p.m.

First Friday University Socials, started in 2006, provide a setting for the campus community to get together informally, share their work and other interests and get to know each other. These gatherings can lead to more productive work relationships, an appreciation for diversity and a chance to meet some new friends.

This is the final social for the 2015-2016 year. If you are interested in possibly hosting a social next academic year, contact Brenda Randell at

Meldrum Joins Facilities Management as Executive Director of Sustainability

Jay Meldrum, executive director of Michigan Tech's Keweenaw Research Center (KRC), has been named Executive Director of Sustainability effective May 1. In his new role, he will provide leadership and guidance in collaborating with the campus community on sustainability issues and serve as the campus resource for information, history and planning on sustainability, energy efficiency and waste reduction.

Meldrum has served as the executive director of the KRC since July 1997. He is an active member in SAE International and has served on many committees and boards. Meldrum earned an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University). He is a past mentor to Michigan Tech's FIRST Robotics Team, the current mentor for the Alternative Energy Enterprise (AEE - formerly the Alternative Fuels Group) and several senior design projects each year.

Kerri Sleeman, executive director, Facilities Management, shared why Meldrum was selected for this position. "Meldrum's 19 years of experience working with state and federal government agencies and his attention to detail will be invaluable to Facilities Management and to the University's sustainability efforts."

Meldrum will continue his current role with KRC and AEE coordinating alternative energy activities with sustainability as a key focus.

Volunteers Needed for Wadsworth Walk-through

Housing and Residential Life is seeking 10-12 participants to evaluate signage in Wadsworth Hall. Limited experience in Wadsworth Hall is desired. Participants will complete a walk through of temporary signage on the first and ground floors of the Hall followed by a brief survey regarding the experience. The event will take place from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 5.

This event is the direct result of a kaizen event held by Housing and Residential Life. The kaizen's objective was to create signage directing visitors to the Cherry Room, guest rooms, ground level meeting rooms, student offices and administrative offices so visitors are not confused and time is not wasted.

If you would like to participate contact Heather Dunne, 7-2302, by 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4.

Employee Wellness Challenge for May

Want to practice "healthy living" but need a little help? 

Healthy Living BINGO incorporates aspects of exercise (and rest), healthy thoughts, nutrition, environment, relationships, communication, finances, personal development and professional development.

Seem like a lot? That's why we BINGO — to challenge you to think outside the box and encourage healthy living.

There is still time to sign up. This four-week challenge runs through Saturday, May 28. Each week you'll receive a new BINGO card with challenges to complete. Weekly prizes will be awarded. Earn bonus HuskyPAW points for participating. Open to all employees.

Contact Shannon Brodeur for details. Ready to sign up? Register here.

Vieau Named Bill Hauser Memorial Award Recipient

Michigan Tech Head Football Coach Tom Kearly has named offensive lineman Joe Vieau the recipient of the Bill Hauser Memorial Award, which is given annually to the team's outstanding spring player.

Vieau, a native of Midland, Michigan, was a leader throughout the team workouts and served as a captain at the 2016 spring football game.

"Joe put a lot of effort into both our winter strength and conditioning workouts and spring ball," said Kearly. "His dedication and work ethic was outstanding and, as a senior, he showed great leadership by helping to bring along the young people on our team."

Vieau appeared in nine games for the Huskies in 2015 and helped Tech compile a 7-3 overall record.

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On the Road

Myounghoon "Philart" Jeon (CLS/CS) presented a paper entitled, "Aesthetic Computing for Representation of the Computing Process and Expansion of Perceptual Dimensions: Cases for Art, Education and Interfaces" at the ArtsIT 2016 Conference held at Aalborg University, Denmark.

In the News

WLUV TV6 in Marquette reported on Michigan Tech's student organization Houghton-Hancock Rotaract Club's donation of $3,400 to 31 Backpacks.

The money was raised primarily from the club's Phantom of the Opera Charity Ball held April 16 at the Rozsa Center. Read the story.


Tech Century, a science, technology and engineering news website published by the Engineering Society of Detroit, ran an article about Michigan Tech's two new graduate degree programs approved by the Board of Trustees last Friday: a PhD in Applied Physics and an MS in Cybersecurity. See the article here


Central Energy Plant Shutdown Now Through Thursday

The annual Central Energy Plant shutdown that began Sunday will end at noon Thursday, May 5. The shutdown allows work to be performed on the Steam Generation and Distribution Systems. Steam will not be available during this period and plant personnel will do everything to keep the outage as short as possible.

The following buildings are affected: Admin, Academic Office Building, ROTC, R.L. Smith Building (MEEM), MUB, Chem, EERC, Library, Rehki, Dillman, Fisher, Dow, M&M, Walker, Rozsa, DHH, Wadsworth, McNair, Hillside Apartments, GLRC, Forestry, Facilities, Ice Arena, SDC and Gates. Read the full Tech Today story.