Teachers From Flint Studying Water at Michigan Tech

Water and the City of Flint have garnered plenty of headlines this year. This week, 13 teachers from the Flint area are on the campus of Michigan Tech for a four-day teacher institute focused on water and water issues.

The special interdisciplinary teacher institute will focus on three specific areas: Flint River Watershed; Drinking Water Treatment; Wastewater Treatment. The event is coordinated by the Ride the Waves program, Martin Auer (CEE) principal investigator and the Center for Science and Environmental Outreach. 

The course is aimed to enhance the ability of educators to teach about water resource topics including watersheds, stream assessments, amphibian monitoring, wetlands, drinking and wastewater treatment, environmental engineering, environmental careers and stewardship using the new Michigan science standards. Mathe-matics—life, earth and physical sciences, technology and social studies will be woven into the course content.

The Institute will take place at Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center on the Portage Waterway with state of the art facilities that support chemical, physical and biological research on the Great Lakes and aquatic ecosystems. 

Middle & High School Teachers will engage in hands-on data collection and analysis, field trips, lab experiences, and discussions with research scientists. Participants will take a half-day trip on Lake Superior aboard Michigan Tech’s research vessel, Agassiz, to sample water chemistry, plankton, sediment, and benthic organisms. 

Sirdenis Re-appointed to Ski Area Safety Board

Governor Rick Snyder on Friday re-appointed Michigan Tech's Mont Ripley Ski Hill Manager Nick Sirdenis to the state's Ski Area Safety Board.

Housed within the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, the seven-member board works to oversee the operation of ski areas, surface and chair lifts, and tow ropes.

Snyder also re-appointed Charles Gano of Petoskey.

"I thank Charles and Nicholas for their willingness to continue to serve on this board and am confident they will continue to help contribute to the safety of residents and visitors who take advantage of Michigan's numerous ski areas," Snyder said.

Sirdenis was appointed to the board initially in 2012. Previously, he served as mountain manager and assistant general manager at Blackjack Ski Corp.

He is a member of Gogebic Community College's Ski Area Management advisory board and is a former board member of the Western Upper Peninsula Convention and Visitor Bureau.

He holds an associate's degree in ski area management from Gogebic Community College. He will continue to represent the Upper Peninsula ski area managers. Members will serve four-year terms expiring June 8, 2020.

Appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

Upcoming Events at PLGC

It's the middle of summer and it won't be long before the leaves start changing colors. But there's still plenty of golf to play at Michigan Tech's Portage Lake Golf Course. 

An exciting string of events begins Saturday (July 23) with the Couples Shamble. The cost is $70 per couple, which includes 18 holes of golf, a delicious lunch, range balls, hole prizes and lots of fun. Carts are $20 extra. It will be a shotgun start at 10 a.m. Registration is at 9:15 a.m.. All golfers are welcome.

An Upper Peninsula Golf Association Junior Tournament will

take place next Monday, (July 25). The cost is $20 per player, which includes golf, lunch, range balls and prizes. The age groups are ages 16 and 17 boys and girls (18 holes), ages 14 and 15 boys and girls (18 holes), ages 12 and 13 (9 holes), ages 10 and 11 (9 holes), and ages 8 and 9 Junior tees (9 holes).

All Junior golfers are welcome. Registration begins at 7:15 a.m. for the 14 and older divisions and at 7:45 a.m. for the 13 and under divisions.

A senior three-person scramble will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 2. The price is $75 per team to pre-pay. The day of the event the price is $120 per team. The fee includes golf, range balls, lunch and prizes. Registration begins at 9:15 a.m. and a shotgun start will begin at 10 a.m. Carts are $10 per player extra. For more information or to register for any of these events, call the PLGC at 7-2641 or email golfcourse@mtu.edu.

Tee times are available most days from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Par and Grill is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Come to Portage Lake and join the fun.

Japanese Cuisine at Khana Khazana

Japanese food is on tap at Friday's Khana Khazana. Serving will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the food trailer in the MUB Circle opposite from the library. 

The menu includes Chicken Teriyaki, Salad with Wafu (Japanese vinaigrette) dressing and Japanese Cheesecake.

Cost is $6.95 for a full meal. Like the Khana Khazana at Michigan Tech Facebook page.

Job Posting

Job Posting for July 19, 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.

Custodian (#16201)​, ​Facilities. ​AFSCME Internal Posting 7/19/2016-7/25/2016. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants.

​Apply online.​

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In the News

The Chronicle of Higher Education announced the appointment of Pushpalatha Murthy as dean of the Graduate School and associate provost of graduate education.

Read the article.