Michigan Tech Veteran Returns to Help Struggling Vets

In July, Michelle Kovachich began her duties as a readjustment counselor with the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). Her new job brought the Calumet native, a Michigan Tech alumna and US Army veteran, home after more than a decade that took her from Alaska to the Middle East and back again.

Kovachich says she loves to travel and when she graduated from high school she entertained opportunities to pursue her education far away from home. She chose Michigan Tech not necessarily because it was close to home, but because it had exactly what she wanted: a military education.

“I wanted a school with a strong ROTC program and a good relationship with the military. That’s exactly what Tech had and why I chose to go there.”

Her choice turned out to be a good one. Following graduation in 2005 with a degree in social sciences and completion of the ROTC program, Kovachich was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army.

She credits Tech’s ROTC program for preparing her for life in the service. “It wasn’t a surprise,” she says of her transition from college student in Houghton to the 4th Brigade, 25th Infantry Division of the 725th Support Battalion at Fort Richardson, Alaska, near Anchorage.

“Tech’s ROTC program provided the best training and structure. When I went into the military I had an idea of what to expect because of Tech’s ROTC. It wasn’t a surprise because they fed you the information you needed.”

During her five-year service, she experienced the Artic cold of Alaska and war in the Middle East. In 2006 she was deployed to Iraq for 15 months as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2009 she served 13 months as part of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

 Read the full story.

Michigan Tech Named a Military Friendly School

Michigan Tech has been named a Military Friendly school by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs, STEM Jobs and Military Spouse. Michigan Tech is one of 1,160 schools to receive the Military Friendly designation.

First published in 2009, Military Friendly Schools is a resource for veterans and their families, helping them select the best college, university or trade school to receive the education and training needed to pursue a civilian career. Institutions earning the Military Friendly school designation were evaluated using public data sources and responses from a survey. More than 1,600 schools participated in the 2017 survey.

This is the third time Michigan Tech has been named a Military Friendly school.

"Once again we are honored to be recognized for our ongoing efforts to provide useful educational opportunities and needed support services for our veterans and their families," said President Glenn Mroz.

Read the full story.

Continuous Improvement Connection

The Business Operations department at Michigan Tech recently found a process that had visible flaws. To improve their department, it was brought to our attention at the Office of Continuous Improvement. Having the knowledge and facilitators available, we are able to get the project started to improve their process within the Business Operations department.

Supply areas can often become cluttered and chaotic without the proper standardized work and arrangement to keep it organized. Lean provides tools and methods to organize the cluttered and unattended areas for any situation, personal and professional. If you have encountered these problems, or recognize similar situations within different processes, the Office of Continuous Improvement can help you identify and solve the hindrance.

To learn more about Lean and continuous improvement, check out the Office of Continuous Improvement webpage or contact us at 7-3180 or improvement@mtu.edu.

Tomorrow is Second Saturday at the Michigan Tech Archives

The Michigan Tech Archives will be open tomorrow (Nov. 12) for Second Saturday. The reading room will be open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. The Michigan Tech Archives will offer the full range of its research support services and genealogy assistance during Second Saturday hours. Dec. 10 will be the the last Saturday the archives will be open in 2016.

For more information about Second Saturday or the Michigan Tech Archives, call 7-2505 or e-mail copper@mtu.edu. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter: @mtuarchives.

SFRES Impresses at National Convention

Michigan Tech's School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science had a strong presence at the Society of American Foresters National Convention in Madison last week, with more than 40 attendees. 

Total attendance at the conference was more than 1,700, bringing together students, practitioners, academia, industry, consultants and government agencies from across the forest sector. 

More than 300 technical sessions, 100 posters, field tours, technology demonstrations and numerous other general sessions were held over the six days. 

SFRES presenters included Terry L. Sharik, (Dean of SFRES), faculty Matthew Kelly and Tara Bal and graduate students Michael Premer, Nicholas Bolton, Ashlee Baker Lehner and Joshua Davis. 

Outreach Director Jerry Jondreau served on a diversity panel, and graduate students Megan Petras and Scott Hillard, undergraduate student Karin Wolken and Bal presented posters. 

Erin Froese, director of advancement, along with Bal and Jondreau staffed the SFRES booth in the expo hall along with help from some of the student attendees. 

The undergraduate student team of Kaydi Picard, Peter Hoch, Cody Flatt and Wolken were runners-up in the Quiz Bowl, with 36 student teams in all. 

Most student attendees took advantage of active hiring and job interviews, and several students were hired by the US Forest Service while they were at SAF. 

There were more than 50 alumni, students and faculty/staff at the Michigan Tech Alumni Reception, and during alumni updates, there was a lively discussion regarding the good things going on at the university, and the excellent job opportunities for MTU forestry students.

Iranian Cuisine at Today's Khana Khazana

Tastes of Iran are on tap at today's Khana Khazana in the MUB food court. Serving is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The menu features:

  • Loobia Pola—A dish of ground beef, green beans and rice
  • Mirza ghasemi—A dish from northern Iran, comprised of eggplant, tomatoes, garlic and spices
  • Ferni—pudding made from milk, rice flour, saffron and almonds

The cost is $7.95 and includes a fountain drink. Visit the Khana Khazana at Michigan Tech Facebook page.

December at the Rozsa Center

The Rozsa Center is a great location to host holiday parties or recogntion dinners. Many prime December dates are still available.

The Rozsa Center invites you to celebrate the 2016 season with us by decorating a tree in the Samuel and Grace Horner Lobby. Use your tree to express your creativity, promote your organization, highlight your department and help us celebrate our amazing community this holiday season. Awards will be given for the Most Creative, Most Whimsical and People's Choice trees, so have fun with your decorations.

For more information on the tree decorating contest or to book an event at the Rozsa Center, call 7-2390 or email rozsarentals@mtu.edu.

University Senate to Meet Wednesday

The University Senate will hold meeting #585 at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 16) in Dow 642. 

Senators are responsible for making their constituents aware of the agenda for this meeting. Senators who are unable to attend should arrange for their alternates to attend in their place.

Read the agenda for meeting #585.  Read the minutes to meeting #584.

Hockey Huskies Host LSSU This Weekend

The Michigan Tech Hockey Huskies host WCHA foe and Upper Peninsula rival Lake Superior State University with a pair of games tonight and tomorrow. 

The Huskies come into the weekend 4-6-2 overall and 3-2-1-1 in the WCHA. The Lakers are 6-2-0 overall and 4-2-0 in conference play. This is the only meeting between the teams this season. 

Tech is unbeaten in seven of its last nine games and is 2-0-1 at home this season. 

Coach Mel Pearson comes into the series one win shy of the century mark in his career. The Michigan Tech alum is 99-83-24 in his sixth season. His 99 wins ranks him second all time at Tech. Legendary coach John MacInnes is the leader with 555 wins.

Tech and LSSU will meet for the 67th and 68th times this weekend in a rivalry that dates back to the 1969-70 season. Tech is 40-21-5 all-time against the Lakers, including a commanding 25-9-1 record at home. The Huskies are undefeated in the last seven matchups.

The games can be heard on local radio on 93.5 FM, online at pasty.net and video streamed on WCHA.tv. There is also live tweeting.

Volleyball Ranked Ninth in Region

The Michigan Tech volleyball team is No. 9 in the latest NCAA Midwest Regional Rankings that were released Wednesday. The Huskies are 15-13 overall, 10-5 in the GLIAC and have won four in a row and six of their last seven.

The Huskies host the region's fifth-ranked team Saginaw Valley State today in the SDC Gym. Match time is set for 5 p.m. Tech wraps up the regular season with a 4 p.m. match tomorrow (Nov. 12) against Lake Superior State.

Football Fans Can Watch Volleyball For Free This Weekend

Michigan Tech football fans can take in both volleyball matches free this weekend with their football game ticket.

Take your ticket (general, reserved or VIP) to the SDC Ticket Office before today's 5 p.m. volleyball match and/or tomorrow's 4 p.m. match and get free admission to watch the Huskies take on Saginaw Valley State and Lake Superior State.

Football hosts Findlay at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Sherman Field in the final game of the 2016 season. Tickets are $25 for single game VIP admission, $14 for reserved seats and $10 for general admission.

Volleyball tickets are $12 for reserved seats, $10 for adult general admission and $5 for youth. Tickets can be purchased at the SDC Ticket Office, over the phone at 7-2073 or online.

International Gappa: Lunch and Learn with IPS

In celebration of International Education Week, International Programs and Services invites faculty and staff to a Lunch and Learn "gappa," a Hindi word loosely translating to "conversation among friends," from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 17) in the Memorial Union Ballroom B1 and B2.

Come break bread with us as three international students share about their culture, language, values, families, schooling and home environment. Find out what brought them to Michigan Tech and how they are adapting to life in the Keweenaw. Lunch is provided, so RSVP by Tuesday (Nov. 15).

Social Justice Lecture Series: Margaret Noodin

The Social Justice Lecture Series welcomes Margaret Noodin to the Great Lakes Research Center.

Join the Center for Diversity and Inclusion and Noodin for a lecture about Native American culture, native students on our campus, and Noodin's work.

Noodin has a Ph.D. in Literature and Linguistics. She is also an Assistant Professor of English and American Indian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. All are welcome to this free event.

There will be a reception at 5 p.m. with the lecture starting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17 in GLRC Room 202.


Veterans Day Tribute

Join the entire campus for a short, but meaningful, Veterans Day Tribute to honor our fellow student, staff and faculty veterans, including those who have fallen. The Army/Air Force Color Guard will present our Flag and the Pep Band will play our National Anthem from 11 to 11:10 a.m. today (Nov. 11) at the Husky Dog Statue. Then be sure to stop by one of five thank you post card stations throughout campus to sign a card to be sent to our Michigan Tech alumni veterans. Get a Veterans Day cupcake too.


C-Cubed Week 11

C-Cubed lunches are offered from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. 

Korean Rice Noodles with Beef and Vegetables (GF) 
Rice Noodles with Mushrooms (VGF) 
Kimchee Soup (VGF)

Send any suggestions to Christina Fabian or fill out a feed-back form online.


Making A Difference Awards Nominations Close Today

Nominations close at 5 p.m. today (Nov. 11) for the 2016 Staff Making a Difference Awards. Nominate a deserving colleague in one of seven categories. Learn more and download a nomination form on the Staff Council Blog.


Graduating Senior Series Part 3: Managing your Student Loans 

Don't get weighed down by crippling debt. Get all your questions answered regarding student loan pay-offs. Presented by Michigan Tech Financial Services noon to 1 p.m. today (Nov. 11).


KIP Fall Seminar

The next KIP Seminar is from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m today (Nov. 11) in Rekhi G09. Manda Keller-Ross, assistant professor at the University of Minnesota, will present "The Contribution of Skeletal Muscle Afferent Feedback to Cardiorespiratory Responses during Exercise in Patients with Heart Failure."


Two ECE Seminars Today

Derek Anderson will present "Fusion Here, There and Almost Everywhere in Computer Vision—Driving New Advances in Fuzzy Integrals" from 3 to 4 p.m. today (Nov. 11) in Dow 641.

Following that, Ryuji Kohno will present "Dependable Wireless Body Area Network (BAN) for Advanced Medical Healthcare" from 4 to 5 p.m. 


Humanities Colloquium Lecture

A featured speaker for the Humanites Colloquium Series, Professor Michele Speitz from Furman University, will present "The Restless Wheels of Being: The Strange Natures and Romantic Machines of Modernity" at 5 p.m. today (Nov. 11) in GLRC 202. A reception will precede the lecture at 4:30 p.m.


"He Named me Malala" Film Screening

In recognition of International Education Week, Michigan Tech is screening the critically acclaimed documentary, "He Named me Malala," at 5:30 p.m. today (Nov. 11) in Fisher 135. A reflection discussion will follow the film. Admission is free. 


Film Board Presents "Jason Bourne"

This weekend, Film Board presents "Jason Bourne."

Today, Nov. 11—8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Tomorrow, Nov. 12—2:30, 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 13—2:30, 5:30 p.m.

Located in Fisher 135. Tickets are $3 and concessions are $1 each. 

"Jason Bourne" is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and brief strong language.


GSG Organizes Bingo Night

If you are looking for a fun way to end your week, come out to Bingo with GSG. The event will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. today (Nov. 11) in the MUB Alumni Lounge.


International Night 2016

International Night will be held at 6 p.m. tomorrow (Nov. 12) in the MUB Ballroom. This year's theme is "International Holidays," and will feature several dishes and performances representing a number of different cultures including Thai, Korean, Indian and African. 

Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for the general public. You can purchase tickets from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today (Nov. 11) in the MUB commons.


PHC Speaker Series

Carolyn Yarina, founder of Sisu Global Health, will visit campus at 11 a.m. Monday (Nov. 14) in M&M 722 overlooking the canal. Yarina will share her insights about important considerations for all entrepreneurs and especially those making a social impact through their endeavors. Read the original Tech Today story.


"Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui" Continues Tonight, Saturday

The Michigan Tech Theatre Company's production of Bertoldt Brecht's "Reistible Rise of Arturo Ui" continues with performances at 7:30 p.m. tonight and tomorrow in the McArdle Theatre in the Walker Building. Read the original Tech Today story.  


GLI Ticket Fundraiser

Are you or someone you know going to the Great Lakes Invitational (GLI) Dec. 29-30 at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit? Support the Hockey Huskies and the Husky FAN Pantry. The pantry provides food, meal swipes, emergency food packs and educational programming to the campus community at no cost.

Buy your tickets online and use the promotion code MTUGREEK. Part of your purchase will go to help the Husky FAN Pantry, ticket prices are unaffected.

In Print

In the mid 1980s in a quiet lab in the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, then the Department of Forestry, Dana Richter was putting away cultures of forest fungi—over 135 of them. The cultures were grown in petri dishes like any microbe, and small pieces were sealed in tubes of sterile water, a little-used technique at the time.

The fungus cultures were left with no manipulation for 30 years in the original tubes in the refrigerator. This past winter, Richter's student lab assistant, Thomas Dixon (Biology, 2016), began to take these fungi out of storage and attempt to grow them on fresh laboratory medium.

Amazingly, 70 percent of the decay fungi were still viable after 30 years and grew in petri dishes just as they did when they were originally taken from the forest. Earlier, another student of Richter's, Jill Smith (Forestry, 2011), showed that some of these fungi were still able to perform their ecological function after 25 years.

An article appeared this summer in a prestigious journal of microbiology reporting this work. The paper was titled "Revival of Saprotrophic and Mycorrhizal Basidiomycete Cultures After 30 years in Cold Storage in Sterile Water," authored by Richter, T. G. Dixon, and J. K. Smith (Canadian Journal of Microbiology Volume 62, Issue 11, pp. 932-937).

After 30 years, so many needed to be thanked. In the acknowledgements of the paper, the former Institute of Wood Research (Michigan Tech) and the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science were thanked for provided facilities that allowed long-term maintenance of these fungus cultures. Also, part of the work was conducted through an Michigan Tech-funded Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) grant to Jill Smith.

Job Postings

Job Postings for Friday, November  11, 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.

Equipment Operator I, Facilities Management. Apply online.

Office Assistant 4, Vice President for Research. UAW Internal/External Posting 11/11/2016 – 11/17/2016. External applications will not be reviewed until after all internal UAW applications. Apply online.

Lecturer, School of Technology. 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.

A Metacognitive Moment

While much of the cognitive science literature can be overwhelming for scholars outside the field, a number of learning principles are simple enough to share them straightforwardly with students. One such example is the testing effect.  

The crux of this idea is that people remember better when they are asked to recognize or recall material than when they just read or hear it. The very act of bringing forward a memory strengthens it and, generally speaking, the more cognitive effort and the more repetition, the stronger the effect. (For instance, direct recall is more challenging, but also more beneficial than just recognizing the correct answer from a list.)

Instructors can take advantage of this effect by asking students to recall facts or work problems in class frequently. This could be done using response systems, whiteboards or as a low (or no) stakes paper quiz.

But getting students to think metacognitively about the testing effect might have even more impact in how they study. The effect implies study time should focus mostly on recall, integration and application of things they want to learn. This could mean suggesting that students “quiz themselves” regularly using flash cards (or collaboratively using an online tool like quizlet). In a more mathematical context, it might mean asking students to work through specific example problems or create concept maps as they read or study. It might also mean encouraging reading strategies like SQ3R  or KWL to frame student reading, or less formally just posing and answering questions about each section. Instructors can scaffold this process by initially posing questions for reading as a model, then increasingly asking students to pose questions independently.

If you’re looking for other ways to make use of the testing effect in your context (and don’t want to wait for next week), stop into or contact the Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning