Women's Clothing Donations Sought for Semi-annual Free Sale

The next semi-annual free sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. Consider donating your gently used, clean women's business clothing and accessories (hangers are appreciated, all sizes welcome).

Your items will be available to all Michigan Tech students at no cost. Items remaining after the event will be donated to a local non-profit or held for a future event.

Donations are now being excepted during normal business hours at the following locations:

  • Susan Amato-Henderson's office, 107 Meese Center
  • Tess Ahlborn's office, 108A Dillman Hall
  • Jeannie DeClerk's office, 219 Van Pelt an Opie Library

This is the fourth free sale—a giveaway of gently worn women's business clothing for students. These events are typically held the weekend before Career Fair and have been met with great success, helping more than 150 students while giving out more than 95 percent of donated items.

Organizers wish to thank all who have helped make this event a success in the past. 

Canvas Introductory Workshop Series Offered

The William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) will continue to offer the three-part Canvas Introductory Workshop series for instructors and instructional staff for the first two weeks of fall semester. The three workshops in the series are:

  • Canvas 101: Introduction to Canvas
  • Pages and Modules in Canvas
  • Assignments and Grades in Canvas

The series gives instructors and others who will be building Canvas courses the basic information necessary to create a basic Canvas course. Each workshop is conducted in a 50-minute block between five minutes after and five minutes before the hour, and offers attendees an opportunity to work hands-on in Canvas during the workshop.

Participants are encouraged to take Canvas 101 first, and then take the next two workshops as they fit your schedule.

Those interested in attending can find out more and register on the CTL‘s website. For more general information or help with Canvas at Michigan Tech, be sure to visit Canvas One Stop

Deadline Extended to Particiate in Michigan Tech's Pilot Staff Mentor Program

Are you a new employee who would like to get to know the Keweenaw? Would you like to strengthen interpersonal and communication skills? Gain knowledge of a different job function? Help balancing work with home life?

You may benefit from mentoring. The Staff Mentoring Program Committee has extended the registration date for all university staff interested in working with a trained mentor, especially those in union positions. Click here to fill out the Mentoring Interest Form. This pilot program is funded by a grant from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS).

The FMCS is a federal agency that works specifically to improve relations between employers and labor. The mentoring program at Michigan Tech was designed to provide a way for employees at all levels to work with a trusted colleague to explore matters such as personal and professional development at Michigan Tech.

Seventeen trained mentors are currently available, about two-thirds of whom are employees in the AFSCME and UAW unions. We especially encourage union-represented employees to submit your Mentoring Interest Form so you can work with your fellow union colleagues.

If you are interested in a mentorship, fill out the Mentoring Interest Form by Friday Sept. 2. Questions can be sent to worklife@mtu.edu.


Canterbury House to Host John Shelby Spong

For those facing the intellectual and spiritual challenges of 21st century life, an upcoming event offers hope and guidance. 

World-famous biblical scholar, writer, speaker and human rights champion John Shelby Spong will speak to these issues during his visit to Michigan Tech.

Spong will speak from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11 in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

The talk will be followed by a Q&A and book signing by the author. The public is welcome and there is no admission.

As a visiting lecturer at Harvard, Cambridge and universities and churches throughout North America and the English-speaking world, Spong is one of the leading spokespersons for liberal Christianity.

He has initiated landmark discussions of controversies, particularly on racial inclusion, women’s ordination and justice for gay, lesbian and transgender people and has become an outspoken advocate for change.

Spong proposes a Christianity based on justice and love rather than judgment and literal-minded readings of the Bible. He argues that fundamentalism is incompatible with true Christian faith.

"What Jesus initiated was a community of faith and service and that’s what the church should be, and heaven and hell are not places, but what they powerfully symbolize is that our deeds have eternal consequences—a sobering reality for so-called Christians who persecute gays, marginalize women and use doctrine to justify their acts of violence,” Spong says.

Spong retired as Episcopal (Anglican) Bishop of Newark, New Jersey, in 2000 and is the author of more than fifteen books and more than one hundred articles.  

His visit is to Michigan Tech is sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Michigan, Trinity Episcopal Church and the Canterbury House at Michigan Tech.

More information is available online, on Facebook or by calling 482-2010.

Career Services Offers Classroom Presentations

Career Services is happy to provide special presentations to your class or group.
Visit their website for more information and their easy request form.
It is advised to complete your request as early as possible at this busy time of year.

Win by Losing Wellness Challenge

Have you been trying to get healthier and lose weight? SWEAT and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan invite you to participate in "Win by Losing," a free, fun and healthy challenge, open to Michigan Tech employees, that can help you take personal responsibility for your health and reach your weight-loss goals.

Register to be part of Michigan Tech's team beginning today. The official competition runs from Sept. 19 through Nov. 18. Participants will submit weekly weigh-ins to compete against other BCBSM group customers. You will also have access to a toolkit to help you meet your goals. Register here

Fall Session 1 Adult HuskiesFit Programs Begin Soon

Several adult HuskiesFit Programs will begin their first session within the next few weeks. Sign yourself up for one of the following today:

Metabolic Conditioning, Belly Dance for Fitness, Zumba, Zumba Step, Aqua Zumba, PiYo, Aqua Fit, Spin/Indoor Cycle, TRX, Aikido, Gentle Yoga, All Levels Yoga, Intuitive Sun Saluters Flow Yoga, Rape Aggression Defense and Muay Thai Kickboxing.

Employees may use TechFit and T2 dollars to pay for HuskiesFit Programs. For more information, visit HuskiesFit Programs.

This Week in Career Services

CareerFEST Kickoff
CareerFEST kicks off tomorrow (Aug.30). From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. there's drop-in Sessions to see what Career Services can do for you. Find out more online.

Automotive Day
From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 1) automotive Industry leaders will be on campus to show-and-tell you about their companies and job opportunities.
Take a test drive,  drive a go-cart,  watch an engine tear down and more.  Visit here for more details. 

Safe Place Training

Registration is now open for fall 2016 Safe Place training. The Michigan Tech Safe Place Program is a comprehensive resource to better prepare faculty, staff and students to address the needs of those who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex and Asexual (LGBTQIA).

The program addresses a wide range of terms that LGBTQIA students use to identify themselves, unpacks the complicated notions of identity in relation to sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression, addresses issues that LGBTQIA students often deal with during the coming out process and examines concerns that LGBTQIA students face both in and out of the classroom.

Safe Place training also explores the many ways that you can work toward creating more safe, inclusive and affirming spaces and environments on campus. For times and dates of trainings, as well as additional information about the Safe Place program, visit here.

Physics Colloquium

The next Physics Colloquium will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1 in Fisher 139.
Pai-Yen Chen will present "Graphene Nanoelectromagnetism: Plasmonic, Photonic and Biosensing Applications." 
Chen is an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the Wayne State University. He has published approximately 62 peer-review papers (four journal covers and a number of press interest), 55 conference proceedings, four book chapters, one co-edited book and nine US patents.
Graphene is a flat, two-dimensional monolayer of carbon atoms predicted to display a rich variety of novel electronic, photonics and optoeletronic properties. 
In the talk, Chen will give an overview of recent progress in graphene photonics, optoelectronics, and bioelectronics. 

An Indigenous Rights Approach to Hydrocarbon Activities in the Marine Arctic Lecture

Rachael Lorna Johnstone will present "An Indigenous Rights Approach to Hydrocarbon Activities in the Marine Arctic" from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1 in GLRC 202. A reception will follow.

In this lecture, Johnstone will examine some of the challenges and opportunities presented by hydrocarbon activities in the marine Arctic in light of the rights of indigenous peoples and international human rights law. She will explain the conditions necessary for oil and gas activities to be compliant with international law.

The discussion will draw on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples 2007, various international human rights treaties and cases. The goal is to give participants a nuanced appreciation of the issue that will inform their understanding of indigenous rights in the Arctic as well as for comparable issues regarding large-scale resource activities on indigenous territory elsewhere in the world.

Johnstone is professor of law at the University of Akureyri, Iceland, professor of law, Arctic oil and gas studies at Ilisimatusarfik (the University of Greenland) and director of the Arctic Oil and Gas Research Centre.

She is the author of "Offshore Oil and Gas Development in the Arctic under International Law: Risk and Responsibility" (Brill 2015) and has published widely on the rights of indigenous people, international human rights law, international environmental law, due diligence, state responsibility and Arctic strategies.

The event is partially sponsored/funded by the department of social sciences, the College of Engineering and by the Visiting Women & Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series (VWMLSS) funded by a grant to Institutional Equity and Inclusion from the State of Michigan's King-Chavez-Parks Initiative.


Husky Motors New On-Line Reservation System

Husky Motors introduced it's new on-line reservation system on May 16. Now, as a new school year approaches, we would like to provide you with some reminders, helpful tips and updates based on customer feedback. The original article is linked for those who may have missed it. 

All who reserve vehicles or will be driving them must be registered in the reservation system. So, if you plan to reserve or drive a Husky Motors Vehicle, take a moment now to register using this link, it's easy to do.

For additional information see the original Tech Today story


Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar

Alex Mayer (CEE/GMES) will present "Sea Level Rise Threatens Small Island Develop Societies: Hydrogeology and Freshwater Sustainability" from 3 to 4 p.m. today (Aug. 29) in GLRC 202. 
The public is welcome.

New Funding

Rodney Chimner (SFRES/ESC) is the principal investigator on a research and development project that has received $45,000 from the U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. 
Christopher Webster (SFRES) James Bess (SFRES) are Co-PIs
on the project "Developing a Restoration Management and Long-Term Monitoring Plan for the Former Huron Bay Hunt Club, Baraga County, Michigan."
This is the first year of a two-year project.

In the News

UpNorthLive (WPBN/WGTU) ran a news story about Michigan Tech's Great Lakes Research Center's buoy monitoring the Straits of Mackinac and the Enbrdige pipeline that runs through it. Read the story here.

IT Connect

Have you ever received a suspicious email? Many of us have, and it is extremely important to be cautious when this occurs. With all the new email accounts, this is the time of year when phishing attacks are very common. Be wary of emails that request personal information such as:

  • Username

  • Password

  • Financial account information

  • Confidential data

Michigan Tech IT will not ask you for this type of information, and passwords should never be shared with others. We want you to be safe, and to not be a victim of cybertheft. Remember, you are not in this alone; our staff is constantly on the lookout. If you receive a phishing email, let us know immediately.

If you have any questions about phishing or what you should do if you receive a strange request, contact us at it-help@mtu.edu or call 7-1111.