Provost Honored with Penn State's Hosler Alumni Scholar Medal

Provost Jackie Huntoon has received the Charles L. Hosler Alumni Scholar Medal from Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS). She was presented with the award at the college's annual spring Wilson Awards Banquet.

The award was established in 1992 to recognize the achievements of EMS alumni who have made outstanding contributions to the development of science through research, teaching or administrative leadership. The award is named in honor of Charles L. Hosler, EMS dean, senior vice president for research, dean of The Graduate School, professor of meteorology emeritus and Penn State Distinguished Alumnus.

"I am very honored to receive this award," said Huntoon. "I feel particularly fortunate for having been able to meet Dr. Hosler at the Wilson Banquet and learn more about his life and achievements."

Huntoon's excellence in scholarship, administrative leadership and service to her profession distinguish her as the 2016 Hosler Alumni Scholar, the awards committee said.

A faculty member at Michigan Tech since 1990, she was named provost and vice president for academic affairs in July 2015. Prior to this appointment, she served as associate provost and dean of the Graduate School at Michigan Tech. She is also a professor in Tech's Department of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences.

Huntoon has been recognized nationally for her leadership in higher education and in her field of geology. She currently serves as the chair of the Graduate Record Exam Board, which oversees the exams most commonly used to evaluate the qualifications of students applying for graduate school. She is also a current member of the Board of the Michigan Science Teachers Association and a former member of the Boards of the Council of Graduate Schools, Geological Society of America, American Geosciences Institute and National GEM Consortium. She previously served as program director for diversity and education at the National Science Foundation's Directorate for Geosciences. She is a fellow of the Geological Society of America, a licensed professional geologist and a member of several professional societies.

Huntoon earned her doctorate in geology from Penn State in 1990.

Detroit Teens Learn about Natural Resources Careers at Michigan Tech

Twenty-two high school students from 13 Detroit schools will spend this week (June 21-25) at Michigan Tech, all expenses paid, exploring careers in natural resources, environmental science and engineering. They won the opportunity by writing an essay and submitting two letters of recommendation.

They will get to try their hand at research including inventorying invasive earthworms, assessing the health of local streams and participating in a four-hour scientific journey aboard the Michigan Tech research vessel Agassiz. 

They will also get a taste of college life, staying and eating in a university residence hall. 

Terry Sharik, dean of Michigan Tech's School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, says that the natural resources career pathway is the least diverse of all career pathways. One of the week-long program's goals is increasing diversity in natural resources careers. Another is increasing diversity at Michigan Tech.

Dudley Edmondson, a nature photographer from Duluth, will give a free public presentation at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 22 in 135 Fisher Hall. He is the author of the book "Black & Brown Faces in America's Wild Places," and an outspoken advocate for encouraging young people of color to spend more time outdoors.

The natural resources careers program is a collaborative effort of Joan Chadde, director of Michigan Tech's Center for Science and Environmental Outreach; Mike Reed of the Detroit Zoological Society; Lisa Perez, US Forest Service Urban Connections Program; and Bruce Ross, Michigan Department of Natural Resources Career Pathway program coordinator. 

Science Teachers on Campus

Approximately 25 science teachers from across the state will be on the Michigan Tech campus today (June 20) to June 24 to participate in the ASM Foundation's Materials Camp for Teachers. The Materials Science and Engineering Department at Tech will host the event on ASM's behalf. ASM Teachers Camps are idea-generating workshops that show educators new ways to make teaching math and core science principles more exciting and accessible to students and provides a way to show students how science links to careers in engineering. ASM has found that teachers are effective mentors and counselors for students with interests in STEM-based careers.

Represented will be science teachers of all K-12 grades representing subjects including chemistry, physics, earth science, biology, environmental sciences and math. The curriculum includes hands-on modules in topics such as materials chemistry and physics, the science of metals, ceramics, polymers, and composites, materials processing strategies and applications of materials.

The ASM Foundation provides the instructors, curriculum and supplies for the camp and subsidizes most of the expenses for the teachers' attendance, travel and lodging. Teachers are eligible to earn graduate level credits. The Michigan Tech camp is one of 43 workshops that are offered nationally each summer and one of nine residential experiences.

For more info about ASM Material Camps for Teachers, see here.

Compensatory Time Tracking

Beginning July 3, 2016, eligible hourly employees will track their compensatory time balance using their time entry method (web time entry, department time entry, Time Clock Plus or paper time sheet). 
 
To use this feature, employees will record two different earning types; one to build the balance and one to use the balance. After each pay period is processed, the employee and their time entry approver can view the new compensatory time balance via Banweb.
 
​Supervisors will receive an email requesting the current balance of compensatory time for each hourly employee they supervise. This balance needs to be submitted to Catherine Burns via email by Friday, June 24. The balance effective June 18 will be loaded into Banweb. 
 
Compensatory time off is leave time in lieu of overtime payment at the calculation of one and one-half hours of each hour of overtime worked. 
 
A supervisor has the option of offering to an eligible employee compensatory time off with pay, rather than overtime payment. All hours granted as time off with pay for hours worked in excess of 40 hours per week or eight hours per day are to be considered as compensatory time off and scheduled as one and one-half hours for each overtime hour worked.
 
The employee decides whether they want to receive overtime pay or compensatory time off. An employee should make a request for compensatory time off in lieu of overtime pay before the performance of an overtime assignment. A supervisor cannot require than an employee take compensatory time off. Compensatory time off must be paid out to an employee if the employee leaves the department of the University.
For more information on compensatory time or overtime, view the Overtime Compensation and/or Compensatory Time Off 2.6017 here.
 
Instructions will be sent to supervisors and employees in the coming days. ​For any questions contact Catherine Burns

Group for Students of Non-traditional Age Forms on Campus

A new group has formed on campus for Michigan Tech undergraduate students of non-traditional age. The group's goals are to foster communication and support for its members and to provide a structure for members to share common interests and concerns. Many current members are MTU staff who are also enrolled in coursework, but the group is open to any undergraduate students of non-traditional age at Michigan Tech. The group is open to both degree-seeking and non-degree-seeking students.

Currently, the group has an email list-serve and meets on campus once a semester. Anyone interested in joining the group or looking for more information should contact Maria Bergstrom.

Husky Motors Announces Mileage Fee Change

The second phase of the Husky Motors additional mileage fee will take effect July 1.

The additional mileage fee will increase from $.10 per mile over 200 per day, to $.15 per mile over 200 per day.

Note that monthly rentals have an allowance of 100 miles per day and the additional mileage fees will be based on that.

If you have any questions regarding this change, contact Husky Motors at 7-2700.

Michele Loughead Passes Away

Michele Loughead, a lecturer in the School of Business and Economics from 2008 until 2015, passed away at her parents' home in Lake Linden on May 2. Her family asks that memorials be donated to the MS Society.

Invitation to ISSRM Conference June 22 to June 25

Bringing together nearly 500 researchers from around the world, Michigan Tech will host this year's International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM). The conference focuses on the intersection of human and natural systems. The theme is "Transitioning: Toward Sustainable Relationships in a Different World." 

Through public keynote speakers, field trips, more than 300 research presentations and local business sponsorships, the ISSRM organizers hope to share insight from the Keweenaw microcosm for global thinkers.

At 8:30 a.m. Thursday, June 23 in the Rozsa Center, Chad Pregracke of Living Lands and Waters will talk about "industrial strength" river clean-ups. This talk will be open to the public. 

Read the full story here

Sculpture Walk on the Tech Trails

Students in Lisa Gordill's Outdoor Sculpture class will showcase their summer's work as a "sculpture walk" along the Tech Trails' Tecumseh Trail tomorrow and Wednesday (June 21-22).

Works will be open the the public during trail hours.

Location Changed for Dudley Edmondson Presentation

The location for Wednesday's presentation by famed nature photographer Dudley Edmondson has been changed.

The presentation, "Dudley Edmondson Nature Photography," will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 22 in Fisher 135. The change of venue was made to accommodate attendees to the International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM) on campus from Wednesday through Sunday.

Nature and wildlife photographer, author and videographer Dudley Edmondson has been featured in galleries and nearly 100 publications around the world.

He is the author of the landmark book, "The Black & Brown Faces in America’s Wild Places." He contributes to newspapers and magazines and lectures regularly about diversity in the outdoors.

This event is free and open to the public. Cosponsored by the Michigan Tech Center for Science and Environmental Outreach, the Michigan Tech School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, Michigan Tech Visiting Women and Minority Lecture Series, Great Lakes Research Center, Ottawa National Forest and Michigan Tech Office of Institutional Equity and Inclusion.

Reminders

Mental Health First Aid Training

Mental Health First Aid Training will be offered July 12 and 13 to any interested members of the Michigan Tech community. 

The cost of the course is $25 per individual. Payment arrangements must be made prior to the training. The cost includes the manual, all materials and light refreshments.

For more information see the original Tech Today story.

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Geoheritage—Opportunities for the Keweenaw Peninsula
 

All are welcome to a public discussion on the benefits of geoheritage initiatives in the Keweenaw. Discussion points include sustainable economic development and educational opportunities for our area through geoparks, geotourism and community partnership. The event will be held Wednesday, June 22 at Quincy Mine and Hoist.

For additional information see the original Tech Today story.

New Funding

Zhuo Feng (ECE/ICC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $450,000 research and development grant from the National Science Foundation. The project is "SHF: Small: Scalable Spectral Sparsification of Graph Laplacians and Integrated Circuits."
 
This is a three-year project.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Monday, June 20, 2016

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in Human Resources. 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.​

Energy Management Engineer, ​Facilities Management Administration. Apply online.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

IT Connect

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You can search by topic and find answers to questions such as:

  • How do I connect to my M: drive?

  • How do I connect to the wireless network?

  • How do I install the VPN client on my computer?

Can’t find an answer? Let us know, and we will create an article to address it. If you have any questions or comments about the IT Customer Support Center, contact us at it-help@mtu.edu or call 7-1111.

In the News

Tech Century, a science and engineering news website published by the Engineering Society of Detroit, did an article about an EPA undergraduate research fellowship received by fourth-year ecology student Cindy Fiser (SFRES). See the article here.

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WLUC-TV 6 aired a story about the FIRST Robotics machine shop workshop being hosted last week by the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics. See the story here

The story was also covered by WJMN-TV 3.