Michigan Tech Was Closed On Friday for Electrical Repairs

Michigan Tech closed Friday afternoon (July 22), due to a power outage necessary to assess and repair a transformer problem in Daniell Heights.

There was a campus-wide power outage at approximately 4 a.m. Friday. 

Facilities Management crews traced the outage to a fault in a transformer in Daniell Heights.  Power was quickly restored to all University buildings except Daniell Heights, where it remained out as of late Friday morning.

The outage was required Friday afternoon to determine the damage to the transformer and to start repairs.  A planned second outage will be necessary after repairs were completed, but it will shorter and will affect fewer buildings.

There were no life-threatening situations as a result of the outages. Residence Life worked with the residents of Daniell Heights providing any necessary food or medical services in the interim. Power was restored throughout the entire campus at 4:45 p.m. Friday.

For more information, contact Kerri Sleeman, executive director of Facilities Management, cell 906-370-6416

University Closure Information

As explained in the previous story, the University closed to address electrical issues at 1 p.m. Friday (July 22).

 As stated in University Policy 2.1010 Closure of University, if there is a declaration of University closure for a specified period of time, most employees will be allowed to go or stay home with pay.

However, hourly employees required to stay or report to work will receive equal time off at a later date at the convenience of their respective departments.

 Exempt employees are expected to fulfill their job responsibilities and are not required to report exception time for closures.

 To review specific instructions for timekeepers, please refer to the Human Resources blog. Call Payroll Services at 7-2130 with questions or for clarification.

Outstanding Alumni to be Recognized at Reunion Dinner

The following outstanding alumni and friends will be recognized at the Alumni Reunion Awards Dinner on August 5:

Outstanding Young Alumni Awards

  • Benjamin Almquist '04 Materials Science and Engineering, London, England
  • Johnathon Aho '08 Mathematical Sciences / Biological Sciences, Rochester, Minnesota

Presented to alumni under the age of 35 who have distinguished themselves in their careers. The award recognizes the achievement of a position or some distinction noteworthy for one so recently graduated.

Outstanding Service Award 

  • Joshua '03 and Jana Fogarty '05 Materials Science and Engineering, Plymouth, Wisconsin

Presented to alumni and friends making significant contributions to the success of the Association and/or the University.

Distinguished Alumni Award

  • William Bernard, Jr. '69 Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Perrysburg, Ohio

This award recognizes alumni who have made outstanding contributions both in their careers and to Michigan Tech over a number of years.

Humanitarian Award

  • James Tanis '57, '58 Geological Engineering / Geophysics and Janet Tanis, Sedona, Arizona

Presented to those alumni and friends who, through their outstanding involvement and dedication, have made a significant contribution of volunteer leadership or service which has improved or enriched the lives of others and the welfare of humanity and whose accomplishments reflect admirably on or bring honor to their Alma Mater.

The Honorary Alumni Award will be presented to John Patton, former Professor of Chemical Engineering 1968-77 of El Paso, Texas when he is on campus this fall.

This award honors individuals who have provided service and support of the university characteristic of dedicated alumni. The Association reserves this award to recognize the strongest non-alumni supporters of Michigan Tech.

For additional information contact the Alumni House at 7-2400 or alumni@mtu.edu.

Nominate Yourself or Others for a TechTalk in the New Michigan Tech Research Forum

Dear Michigan Tech Faculty, Postdocs and all Researchers:

During the 2016-17 academic year, a new and important opportunity will be available to showcase the work of Michigan Tech researchers and to strengthen our community.

An internal University presentation series called "Michigan Tech Research Forum" will be offered and will include three events in the fall semester and three in the spring semester, each scheduled roughly one month apart. Each semester, one session will feature roughly 15 two-minute "TechTalks." The TechTalks event is a rapid-paced sampling of work from a number of faculty using the traditional two slides in two-minute constraints and will offer a venue to showcase work in beginning stages.

The forum will further offer opportunities to seed collaborative discussions, form partnerships and garner feedback/awareness. With each event, time before and after will be provided for socializing with light refreshments to promote camaraderie, community and collaborations.

We want to feature you and other researchers from across campus in the TechTalks, so self-nominations are encouraged. Topics are completely open at this time however, timing and organization will occur around emerging themes.

Visit the form to nominate researchers by Friday, September 2.

Pokémon Go Back in Time with the Michigan Tech Archives

Taking a break from catching wild Pokémon in the stacks, the staff of the Michigan Technological University Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections would like to invite players to "Pokémon Go Back in Time" from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 27.

The Michigan Tech Archives will set up a refreshment table on the John Rovano Plaza, the garden patio adjacent to the Van Pelt and Opie Library. We will set some lures at nearby Poké stops to attract as many Pokémon as possible.

In addition, we will give away our newly-developed brochure which advertises several Pokéstops at Michigan Tech and offers a little bit of historic information about each stop. Catch Pokémon and catch a glimpse of the past at the same time. 

This event will take place rain or shine. We will be located indoors, near the Library Café, if it is raining. We hope to see you there.

For more information about this event or the Michigan Tech Archives in general, call 7-2505 or e-mail copper@mtu.edu. You can find us on Twitter.

Human Resources Form Workshop

Human Resources is hosting a forms workshop. This workshop is for any staff who would like to refresh their knowledge of common forms or ​for newer staff ​
who would like to learn the proper way to complete HR forms. You're encouraged to join us for this valuable workshop.
The HR Forms Workshop will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge.
Forms being reviewed:
  • Status Change Form (GOLD)
  • Short Term Casual Seasonal Temporary form (GREEN)
  • I-9 Form
  • Payroll W-4
  • Independent Contractor Questionnaire
Sign up using this link and we look forward to seeing you there.


Little Huskies Scholarship Application Deadline Set for July 31

The Little Huskies Child Development Center has scholarships available to families through the Access to High Quality Early Childhood Education Scholarship Fund. Families are welcome to apply for infants, toddlers and preschoolers.  

For additional information see the original Tech Today story.


"Buy a Fish" Campaign Announced

Michigan Tech's Great Lakes Research Center has launched a giving campaign that will raise funds to support student development opportunities, new research and facilities improvements. 

A dedication is scheduled at 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4 during the 2016 Alumni Reunion. Fish purchased by July 25 will be featured on the wall at the dedication. To learn more about the Buy a Fish campaign, click here.

For additional information see the original Tech Today story.


Seminar to Focus on Infectious Diseases

Kelly Kamm, a post-doctoral fellow in epidemiology at SUNY-Buffalo will present "Low Technology Interventions to Prevent Infectious Diseases in High-risk Populations," at 1 p.m. today in Dow 875.

For additional information see the original Tech Today story.


In the News

CBS This Morning aired a program about Isle Royale National Park, including an interview with John Vucetich (SFRES) on the wolves and moose of Isle Royale. Vucetich heads a long-running study by Michigan Tech of the wolves and moose on the island. See the video here.