Board of Trustees Approves 5-Year Capital Outlay Plan

At its regular meeting Friday, Michigan Tech’s Board of Trustees approved a five-year state capital outlay plan including three projects: phase one of a H-STEM engineering and health technologies complex; integrated student maker spaces; and phase two of the H-STEM engineering and health technologies complex

The plan and project request will be submitted to the State of Michigan, as required by law. This is the first step the University must take in order to request funding for construction and renovations.

Phase one of the H-STEM engineering and health technologies complex is estimated to cost $39.6 million, of which Michigan Tech is requesting the state pay $29.9 million or 75 percent. The other 25 percent is the University’s responsibility. If approved, phase one—which would include drafting of blue prints and leveraging state funds for additional funding gifts for naming opportunities—would start in 2018.

The complex will support Michigan Tech’s integrated educational programs that apply engineering and science to problems related to the human condition. The University’s unique technological niche places Tech in an ideal position to contribute to human-centered research, development and education for its students by developing therapeutic devices, sensors, instruments, preventive strategies and a health technologies-related workforce. The complex will permit teams of researchers and students from Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Cognitive and Learning Sciences, Computer Science, and Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology to work together in flexible lab spaces with shared equipment.

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Minimum Wage Increase

In 2014, the Michigan legislature passed a bill increasing the state’s minimum wage from $7.40 to $9.25 per hour by 2018. Minimum wage increased to $8.15 per hour effective Sept. 1, 2015 and to $8.50 per hour effective Jan. 1, 2016.

Effective Jan. 1, 2017, minimum wage will be increasing to $8.90 per hour. Therefore, all hourly rates that fall below this rate will be increased on Dec. 31. This will have an impact on departments that pay students and temporary employees less than this amount. For jobs starting after Jan. 1, please use the minimum wage of $8.90 per hour. Since the rates for current employees will be automatically increased, EPAFs will not be needed.

The final minimum wage increase to $9.25 per hour is scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1, 2018.

Negotiate Climate Deals

Even if you can't make it to Marrakesh, Morocco for COP22, you can still learn the ins and outs of negotiating a climate deal. Using a program called World Climate, Sarah Green (Chem) is hosting a mock negotiation with her climate science and policy class from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26. The event is open to campus participants, but space is limited. Register by filling out this form.

In order to reach an agreement that limits global temperature rise to less than two degrees Celsius, participants will role-play negotiators from countries around the world. The goal is to help people understand the challenges and experience of making a deal on such a complex global issue. 

Contact Sarah Green at 7- 3419 with questions. For more information, click here.

Parking Lot 5 Closure

Graduate Commuter Parking Lot 5 will be closed from 2 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 18) for the Rozsa Center Class Act Presentation. All vehicles must be removed from lot 5 no later than 2 a.m. tomorrow. If not moved, cars will be ticketed and possibly towed at owner's expense.

As a result of the Lot 5 closure, Graduate Commuters with a valid Graduate Parking Permit may park at campus parking meters tomorrow without a meter charge.

Thank you to everyone for your cooperation and patience in making this one day parking adjustment.

If you have any additional questions, contact Transportation Services at 7-1441 or Public Safety at 7-2216 after 5 p.m. today.

Nominations Open for Making A Difference Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2016 Staff Making a Difference Awards.

Nominate a deserving colleague today in one of seven catagories.

  • Above and Beyond
  • Rookie Award
  • Serving Others
  • Bringing Out the Best
  • Creative Solutions
  • Unsung Hero
  • Outstanding Supervisor

Each award recipient receives $500.

Staff Council is coordinating the awards and has streamlined the nomination form and criteria for 2016. Follow these steps:

  1. Download the nomination form
  2. Fill out the nomination form electronically and save as PDF
  3. Create your nomination letter and save electronically
  4. Collect your statements of support and save electronically
  5. Email all documents to staffcouncil@mtu.edu

Nominations will be accepted until 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11. For more information, contact us at staffcouncil@mtu.edu.

Note: if you prefer to submit a nomination using paper, send to Alumni House 204 through campus mail.

10th Annual D80 Conference

The D80 Conference is a dialog and celebration of our efforts to solve issues that confront the world's poorest 80 percent. The Michigan Tech campus hosts this annual conference in the fall to give a platform to the voices of University students serving communities in need, both domestically and abroad. Our conferences highlight service and research work done by students from Michigan Tech and elsewhere, and are open to anybody interested in development, design and discovery for the poorest 80 percent of humanity. The public is always welcome.

The theme for the 10th annual D80 Conference is "Connect, Collaborate, Create!" We are very excited to welcome Grace Hsia, Co-founder and CEO of Warmilu, as our featured keynote speaker.

The 2016 conference will be held Saturday (Oct. 22) in the MUB Ballroom. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. A more detailed agenda for the day can be found here.

This year’s conference is sponsored by Michigan Tech’s D80 Center, the Sustainable Futures Institute, the Pavlis Honors College and the Visiting Women and Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series.

For more information, click here.

After-school Science and Engineering Classes

There will be six after-school science and engineering classes held for grades 1-8 at Michigan Tech. The classes will be from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 24 through Dec. 7. There will be no sessions during Thanksgiving week.

These classes offer hands-on explorations taught by Michigan Tech science and engineering students in the GLRC.

Grades 1-2: "Forest Fun!" Wednesdays

Students will engineer seed get-aways, investigate animal tracks, play bird migration games, examine leaf characteristics and create leaf art, and discover the many ways that animals survive the winter. 

Grades 3-5: "Wild About Michigan Wildlife!" Mondays

Explore bats and spiders, follow a salmon upstream, investigate the characteristics of wolves and discover what an owl eats by dissecting a little regurgitation.

Grades 6-8: "Investigating Chemistry" Tuesdays

Find out how chemistry affects our daily lives as you delve into food reactions, tie-dye fabrics, crime scene investigation and designing the best bubble solution to create the longest lasting bubble. 

Cost is $75 per student. Register by Friday (Oct. 21). Payments can be made by credit card by calling 7-2247. Your space is not reserved until payment has been received.

A Houghton school bus will drop off students at the GLRC by 3:45 p.m.

Contact Joan Chadde at 7-3341 with questions. 

Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act

As part of a federal program, the campus community should be aware of the principles, laws and policies regarding drug and alcohol use on campus.

Human Resources is circulating, to all employees, an e-mail notification regarding Michigan Tech’s Alcohol and Other Drug Policy, as part of a national effort to prevent illicit use of drugs and alcohol by students and employees.

This information, required by the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, includes in part:

  • Standards of conduct on school property
  • Local, state and federal laws
  • Health risks
  • Programs for counseling, treatment or rehabilitation
  • Sanctions against violators

For more information, view the Drug Free Workplace Statement.

Michigan Space Grant Consortium Funding Opportunities

The Michigan Space Grant Consortium (MSGC) announces funding opportunities in the following categories: Undergraduate Fellowship, Graduate Fellowship, Pre-College Education, Public Outreach, Teacher Training and Research Seed Grant.  Only US citizens are eligible to apply for fellowship grants.

The internal Michigan Tech deadline is noon Wednesday, Nov. 9. For instructions detailing proposal submission procedures and requirements, visit here.

For more information, contact Paige Hackney by email, phone (7-4371) or in the Pavlis Honors College, M&M Room 722.

Note: Proposals must be submitted electronically after being approved by the office of sponsored programs. Proposals exceeding stated page limits or submitted without prior review by Michigan Tech will not be considered for funding.

Women, underrepresented minorities and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply to all MSGC funding opportunities.

Thinking about applying? Join Lorelle Meadows, dean of the pavlis honors college and member of the MSGC executive board, for a briefing on application requirements and strategies for success at noon Wednesday (Oct. 19) in M&M 722. Bring a bag lunch, drinks and dessert will be provided.

Friends of the Michigan Tech Library to Hold Annual Meeting Thursday

The Friends of the Michigan Tech Library will hold its annual meeting from 4:30 - 6 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 20) in the East Reading Room of the Van Pelt and Opie Library.
 
Following a brief business meeting at 4:45PM, Jonathon E. Robins, assistant professor of global history in the Social Sciences department at Michigan Tech, will present a talk on his first book, Cotton and Race Across the Atlantic: Britain, Africa, and America 1900-1920.
 
In 1902, British business launched an ambitious program to transform Britain's African colonies into major cotton producers, in the hopes of ending Britain's century-long reliance on the American South for raw materials. In Cotton and Race Across the Atlantic, Jonathan E. Robins explores the complex history of this British project, which brought European industrialists, African-American scientists, and African kings together to reshape the ways in which millions of African farmers worked. Robins will present an overview of the book, and discuss how his work in a number of very different archives and libraries shaped his writing process.
 
Robins is a historian of commodities, examining the connections between agriculture, industry, and consumers around the globe. He has published articles and book chapters on food history, agriculture, colonialism, industrial organization, and consumerism.
 
This event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.

Hockey Huskies Pick Up 5 WCHA Points in Weekend Series

 Reid Sturos scored in the second overtime as Michigan Tech earned the extra WCHA point on Saturday night at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. The Huskies and Alabama Huntsville officially skated to a 1-1 tie, but it was the home team coming away from the weekend with five points in the league standings.

It was the first ever 3-on-3 overtime game winner in WCHA history. Sturos carried the puck off the wall and fired a sharp-angled shot under UAH goaltender Jordan Uhelsk. Assisting on the goal wasMichael Neville and Shane Hanna.

 "We're happy with the five points from the weekend. Every is point is so valuable because the league title and home ice is going to come down to one or two points at the end of the season" Tech Coach Mel Pearson said.

The game was scoreless for the first two and a half periods. Tech outshot UAH 12-4 in the second and had numerous quality shots by Cliff WatsonJoel L'EsperanceGavin Gould, and Shane Hanna.

Matt Roy finally broke the scoreless tie with a blast from the blue line that found its way under goaltender Uhelsk's glove and into the back of the net. L'Esperance assisted on the power play goal, as he won the faceoff back to Roy.

On Friday the Huskies picked up their first win of the season in  convincing fashion with a 7-3 victory over Alabama Huntsville. NHL All-Star MVP John Scott was in the building to witness the win as the Huskies scored three goals in each of the first two periods and added a tally in the third.

Read the full stories and find out more about Husky sports at michigantechhuskies.com.

Football Huskies Fall in Tiffin

The Michigan Tech football team came up empty in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference showdown at Tiffin University on Saturday afternoon. The Huskies held a 17-0 lead until early in the fourth quarter when the Dragons scored 24 unanswered points in the final nine minutes to come out on top 24-17.

"I thought we played very well defensively all day and to hold them scoreless through the third quarter was a good effort by our defensive unit," Michigan Tech Head Coach Tom Kearly said.

"We self-destructed in the fourth quarter in two or three different ways. In this league you have to play 60 minutes and way played 45 pretty good, but couldn't finish it off. When you are up two touchdowns with eight minutes to go and you have the football you have to find a way to finish the game. When you lose close football games you look at a few things and fix them and that's what we will try to do this coming week."

Both offenses started slow on Saturday with each team possessing the ball for three plays before being forced to punt it away. Michigan Tech senior punter Ryan VanGoethem, who had a game changing punt against Ohio Dominican in week two by pinning the ball inside the one-yard line, helped set up the first seven Tech points on Saturday in similar fashion. VanGoethem boomed the ball 72 yards and senior wide receiver David Walter raced down the field to down the ball at the Tiffin one-yard line with 10:52 left in the first quarter.

Tiffin (5-2, 4-2 GLIAC), worked the ball out to their 37-yard line before being forced to punt on fourth and 22 from the 25. Freshman Glacier Wallington charged into the backfield and blocked the punt attempt by Owen Courtwright, setting the Michigan Tech (2-4, 2-4 GLIAC) offense up at the Dragons 13-yard line. It didn't take for the Huskies long to punch it into the end zone. A three-yard run by senior running back Kevin Miller put the ball at the 10 where senior quarterback Brandon Cowie found Walter on a pass over the middle for a 10-yard touchdown. The extra point by junior Josh King was good to make it a 7-0 score with 3:51 remaining in the first quarter.

On the ensuing Tiffin possession, The Huskies' defense proceeded to stop the Dragons on three plays to force another punt. Tech took over on the Tiffin 47-yard line with just under three minutes to go in the first quarter and produced a 27-yard field goal from King to make it a 10-0 game with 13:22 to play until the break. A 14-yard run by Cowie and a nine-yard pass to junior wide receiver Ian Fischer set up the three pointer.

Each team had some chances to put additional points on the board before the break. Courtright missed a 33-yard field goal wide right with 7:32 left in the second quarter. The Huskies then drove the ball down to the Tiffin eight-yard line, but Carrington Contee intercepted a Cowie pass in the back of the end zone to prevent Tech from widening the gap. Tiffin's final drive of the opening 30 minutes resulted in another punt as both teams headed to the locker run with the Huskies leading 10-0.

Michigan Tech will look to bounce back Saturday when the team heads to Northwood for another GLIAC contest. The kickoff is slated for 1 p.m.

Accommodating Disabilities Course

As part of our on-going recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, we are offering employees the ability to complete an online LawRoom course called "Accommodating Disabilities" (all employees have taken the LawRoom course regarding harassment and discrimination).

This course provides an overview of federal law prohibiting disability discrimination, defining protected individuals, types of disabilities and reasonable accommodations. It also identifies common problem areas and offers practical skills for accommodating qualified applicants, employees and students with disabilities.

Course duration is approximately 45 minutes. If you would like more information or are interested in completing this course, contact Susan Sullivan at 7-3310.

Upcoming Session Highlights Key Areas of University Operations.

Have you ever wondered "How are the grounds and gardens maintained especially with the changing seasons?" "Where do they put all that snow they haul away?" "What the heck happened to the MUB Food Court this summer?" "How is the University making sure the campus is safe for all?"

Join us to find out the answers to these questions and much more at an Information Sharing Session at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26 in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

Dan Liebau and Quincy Higgins-Arney will explain how the grounds transition from lovely summer gardens to a winter wonderland and how grounds manages all the "white stuff." 

Bob Hiltunen and Daryl Matthews will share information about all of the upgrades to the Memorial Union Building and the changes in Dining Services over the past year. 

Brian Cadwell will discuss recent leadership changes in Public Safety and Police Services. He will also give an overview of the numerous safety initiatives and services which make our campus safe.

The session is open to the campus community, and faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend. Release time will be provided for hourly staff with the approval of their supervisor.

Reminders

Human Resources to Have Limited Staff Today
 
Human Resources will hold its annual departmental retreat today. There will be a limited staff today to answer phones and take messages only. Normal operations will resume tomorrow (Oct. 18).
 
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A Conversation with Social Sciences: On Industrial Ruination
 
Author Ginger Strand will lead "A Conversation with Social Sciences: On Industrial Ruination" from noon to 1 p.m. today (Oct. 17) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. Bring your lunch. 
 
For more information, see Tech Today post,
 
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Book on Vonnegut Brothers Discussed at Remote Sensing Seminar
 
Noted Author Ginger Strand will speak at the Remote Sensing Seminar, slated for 4 p.m. today (Oct. 17) in Dow 642.
 
Strand will discuss her book "The Brothers Vonnegut," which tells the unbelievable story of GE's Cold War project to take control of the weather, and how it shaped a young aspiring writer named Kurt Vonnegut.
 
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ACSHF Forum

Kevin Phillips, PhD Candidate in kinesiology and integrative physiology, will present "Performance, Visual Attention, and Psychophysiological States in Rock Climbing" at the ACSHF Forum from 2 to 3 p.m. today (Oct. 17) in Meese 109.

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Health Fair Wednesday

Michigan Tech's 2016 Health Fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 19) in the Memorial Union Ballroom. This event is open to all students, faculty and staff. Complimentary screenings include: body fat percentage, total cholesterol, blood glucose, blood pressure, bone density and hemoglobin.  Complimentary massages, food samples and great prizes will also be available.

For more information and the schedule of events, see Tech Today article

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Make a Difference Day

Saturday, Oct. 22 marks the 13th annual Make a Difference Day at Michigan Tech. Make a Difference Day is known as "the national day of doing good." It is celebrated by helping your local community through service and volunteering and the best part is that everyone can participate.

How can you get involved? Registration is open until Wednesday (Oct.19). Click here to sign up as a group or individually. 

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Nominations Sought for 2017 MAGS Thesis Award

The Executive Committee of the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) is soliciting nominations for the 2017 MAGS Distinguished Master's Thesis Awards to recognize and reward distinguished scholarship and research at the master's level. Michigan Tech may nominate one candidate in each disciplinary category.

Click here for complete details on eligibility and application procedures.

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Cupcake Orders Due by Noon
 
Tomorrow is national cupcake day. The campus bakery is offering four assorted hand-crafted decorated cupcakes for $3.50. Order yours today at bake@mtu.edu.
 
These fresh-baked goodies can be ordered now through noon today. Your cupcakes can be picked up and paid for from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow, (Oct. 18) in the Memorial Union food court.

In the News

MiTech News, a news web site on Michigan technology business, ran a story about an upcoming forum on a bio-based economy, including Mark Rudnicki (SFRES), executive director of the Michigan Forest Biomaterials Institute, as a speaker.

In Print

Bruce P. Lee and Pegah Kord Forooshani published "Recent Approaches in Designing Bioadhesive Materials Inspired by Mussel Adhesive Protein" in the Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry.

Mussels can bind to various wet surfaces, such as a ship hull or rock, through the secretion of adhesive proteins. This paper reviews the remarkable underwater adhesion of these proteins, which have inspired many scientists to incorporate such unique chemistries into the design of a wide range of materials. The chemistry extents to biomaterials, such as adhesives, coatings and therapeutic drug carriers, as well as to smart materials, like smart adhesives, actuators and self-healing materials.

DOI: 10.1002/pola.28368. See more here.

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Chelsea Schelly (SS) and Aparajita Banerjee, who recently completed her PhD degree requirements in environmental and energy policy, published "Soft Energy Paths Revisited: Politics and Practice in Energy Technology Transitions" Challenges 2016, 7(2), 16; doi:10.3390/challe7020016

On the Road

Staff from the Center for Technology and Training (CTT), a part of the department of civil and environmental engineering, provided training and technical assistance for the Michigan Transportation Asset Management Council's (TAMC) 2016 fall conference, held in Marquette on Thursday (Oct. 13). The bi-annual conference brings together representatives from Michigan's transportation agencies as well as agencies' superintendents, managers and staff.

The TAMC awarded CTT Director Timothy Colling with the Carmine Palumbo Individual Award for his asset management-related service in Michigan. Additionally, Colling delivered a presentation entitled "Inventory-based Rating and Roadsoft Enhancements" during the conference. Colling, in conjunction with Technical Writer Victoria Sage, represented the CTT and helped plan and facilitate the conference.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Monday, October 17, 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.

Research Engineer/Scientist I, Michigan Tech Research Institute. 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

Michigan Tech IT is Attending a Training Oct. 20-21

Michigan Tech IT believes that improvement requires effective teamwork. On Thursday and Friday (Oct. 20-21), the IT staff will participate in an E2L training session to gain additional tools to improve your customer service experience. We will continue to answer calls during this time and our goal is that this training will not cause delays for any of your requests.

If you have any questions, contact us at it-help@mtu.edu or call 7-1111.