Houghton Makes List of Best Cities for Hockey

It will certainly come as no surprise to anyone who has shouted "Sieve, Sieve, Sieve" to an opposing goalie or locked arms for the "Blue Skirt Waltz" before the start of the third period, that Houghton is listed among 2016's Best Cities for Hockey Fans. 

The list is compiled on the website WalletHub.com and ranks all U.S. cities with either NHL or NCAA Div. I hockey teams.

Houghton checks in at No. 25 of 72 cities listed with a score of 13.24. Houghton has an NHL ranking of 23 but comes in at No. 4 among college hockey cities. 

The cities were ranked using a total of 17 key metics that ranged from ticket prices to stadium capacity to the performance level of each city's team.

Houghton was ranked No. 2 in "Highest College Hockey Fan Engagement," trailing only Ann Arbor. 

Husky Hockey Coach Mel Pearson says the fans are the main reason for the recognition.

"Without a doubt we have the best fans in college hockey. The atmosphere in the MacInnes on game night is second to none. Thank You Husky fans."

A total of eight Michigan cities made the list, headed by Detroit which ranked No. 1 over all. Three U.P. communities made the cut. Houghton at No. 25, Sault Ste. Marie at No. 37 and Marquette at No. 47.

Season tickets for the 2016-17 season are currently on sale. Fans have until July 1 to renew or purchase new season tickets at the reduced early bird rate of $204. Go to BuyHuskiesTickets.com for more information.

Read the full story here and for more on Michigan Tech athletics, visit michigantechhuskies.com.

Mechanical Engineering MachineShop Staff Share Machining Skills with FIRST Robotics Team

A select team of teenage robotics enthusiasts will spend next week, June 13-17, at Michigan Tech, working with Mechanical Engineering machinists Marty Toth and Bill Langdon to learn how to operate several metalworking machines including grinders, band saws, belt sanders, drill presses, mills and lathes. The students will also learn blueprint reading, how to use measuring tools and the importance of shop safety.

They will have hands-on experience in operating the machines and safe working practices as they build a complex part using all the machining operations they have learned.

The students are FIRST Robotics team members from Houghton, Calumet, Dollar Bay and Lake Linden-Hubbell High Schools. The workshop is being hosted by Tech's Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics and funded by donations of money, time and hardware from the department, faculty, staff and groups within the department.

For years, Michigan Tech students, faculty and staff have been working with area FIRST Robotics teams, advising, providing shop assistance and contributions of hardware. Some have used National Science Foundation (NSF) STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Math) outreach funding to do hands-on projects with the high school students. Currently, an NSF GOALIE grant is supporting an outreach activity with the FIRST Robotics team. Faculty and graduate students are helping the team develop an improved controller for the robot. Later this summer, the FIRST Robotics students will be demonstrating this improved controller to peers attending Tech's Summer Youth Robotics program.

Of eight Houghton FIRST Robotics team members who graduated this year, at least seven plan to be enrolled at Michigan Tech in the fall.

Several engineers and engineering companies with ties to Michigan Tech also work closely with the FIRST Robotics team. Anyone who would like to volunteer time, expertise, or donations of hardware and software should contact Houghton High School team advisor Kathy Lund.

For more information on the workshop, contact Marlene Lappeus at mmlappeu@mtu.edu or 7-4518.

Central Storage System Update on June 18

Information Technology will perform an update to the central storage system on Saturday, June 18. There will be brief interruptions to network shares between 6 a.m. and 1 p.m.

This will affect network home directories, multidrive/departmental drive shares and NFS mounted file systems.

Log off your machines before you leave on Friday, June 17. Users who remain logged in or are working during the update may notice network shares/drives disconnect, desktop icons disappear, or have their systems appear to hang for brief periods of time. Windows users should be able to double click on any disconnected network drive to reconnect. Linux users may notice a pause as the NFS shares reconnect to a different server in the pool. The upgrades for the most part should go unnoticed.

If you have any questions regarding the upgrade or problems after the update, contact it-help@mtu.edu or call 7-1111.

Continuous Improvement Connection

Here in the Office of Continuous Improvement we strive for quality. In one of our books, "The Ice Cream Maker," the author (Subir Chowdhury) writes about the importance of quality in a manner that makes you think differently.

Chowdhury's statement, "most companies in America are better at delivering 'excitement' than they are at providing customers' 'basic' needs," is saying that any company can make something flashy and over the top. However, to stick to the basics, or produce on a lower scale is not so easy. This is where quality is lost because, "quality is defined by the customer." This happens when the customer asks for one thing but the producer goes above and beyond for the "wow" when in reality they actually end up losing customers because they didn't satisfy the customers' wants. You can check out this book from our office by going to the site.

MCEEA Conference Presentations

The annual Michigan Career Educator & Employer Alliance (MCEEA) conference will be held in Frankenmuth, MI on June 16 and 17. Both Steve Patchin and Jim Desrochers will be co-presenting at 2 different sessions.

The sessions are entitled "Increasing Meaningful On-Campus Corporate Engagement Supporting Strategic Learning Outcome" and "CareerFEST and Industry Days—Finding your Fit in a Festive Format."

OAP Hosting Leave No Trace Trainer Course with Subaru Traveling Trainers July 7-8

Looking to expand your outdoor skills? Look no further. The OAP is offering a Leave No Trace (LNT) Trainer Course here in the Keweenaw in partnership with the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers.

This two day course assists participants in learning more about the seven principles of Leave No Trace and techniques for disseminating these low impact skills.

Trainer Courses are designed for educators, guides, agency employees and other outdoor professionals. Successful graduates of the Trainer Course gain skills to teach Leave No Trace techniques and ethics to their clients, friends and family.

Course dates are July 7-8 and the cost is $125 including an overnight camping trip the night of July 7. This course is open to anyone age 18 and over—students, staff/faculty, or community members. There is limited space in this course, so sign up now. To register, visit the site.

For those looking for a shorter experience, the OAP and the Keweenaw Land Trust will be hosting an Awareness Workshop with the Traveling Trainers on Saturday, July 9 at the Boston Pond Nature Area on US-41, just before you reach Airpark Blvd.

This event will include some education about LNT Principles and how to incorporate those into our activities as well as a clean-up activity at Boston Pond. This event is free and open to the public, youth are encouraged to attend with an adult. For more information contact the OAP at oap@mtu.edu or Jared Johnson at jaredmj@mtu.edu or 7-2290.

Break to Educate with Sponsored Programs

Sponsored Programs will be hosting an informal session at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 15 outside of the Library Cafe. The intent of the first meeting is to gather your questions that pertain to Sponsored Programs Accounting (SPA) or the Sponsored Programs Office (SPO).

Future sessions will happen quarterly with a different focused topic at each one based on your feedback from this session. An expert from the Sponsored Programs department will be invited to give experienced knowledge on each matter.

An RSVP is not mandatory, but encouraged. If you have any questions regarding our "Break to Educate" sessions and to RSVP, email jkdatto@mtu.edu.

In Print

Myounghoon "Philart" Jeon (CLS/CS) published a paper, "Don't Cry while You're Driving: Sad Driving is as Bad as Angry Driving" in International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction.

In the News

Tech Century, an engineering and technology news web site published by the Engineering Society of Detroit, reported on Ford Motor Company's gift funding scholarships for a new Junior Women in Engineering program at Michigan Tech, as well as continuing support for the Women in Engineering and Women in Computer Science programs. See the article here.

Job Postings

Job Postings for June 10, 2016

Staff and faculty job descriptions 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. 

Engineer/Scientist, Materials Science and Engineering. Apply online.

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Office Assistant 5, Merchandising Operations. UAW Posting 6/10/16-6/16/16. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. Apply online.

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