Johnson Named Dean of SBE

Dean L. Johnson, currently the James and Dolores Trethewey APMP professor and founding director of the Applied Portfolio Management Program, has been named Dean of the School of Business and Economics. The announcement was made by Jackie Huntoon provost and vice president of academic affairs.

Johnson has been serving as interim dean since January of this year. Huntoon said "I thank the search committee for their efforts in assembling an outstanding slate of candidates for on-campus interviews. Despite the quality of the other candidates, Dr. Johnson rose to the top and I look forward to working with him in the future."

Johnson earned his PhD in finance from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He joined Michigan Tech in 1996, with an initial appointment at the rank of instructor. He was promoted to the rank of full professor in 2012 and served as assistant dean from 2014-2016. Johnson has also held a visiting faculty position at the University of Wisconsin for the past twenty years.

Huntoon says Johnson has a reputation for creating unique academic programs, offering engaging learning opportunities for students, partnering with key stakeholders and working with accreditors.

His research focuses on fictional asset pricing and has been recognized through awards for best paper. His teaching has earned him recognition as the 2012 Michigan Professor of the Year by the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan (now the Michigan Association of State Universities).

On his appointment, Johnson said, "It's an exciting time to accept this position. Technology has become the driver of the global economy. Michigan Tech is an exceptional STEM university that provides the School with a unique ability to bridge business and technology. I am looking forward to working with the stakeholders of the University and the School of Business and Economics to fulfill this unique role."

Faculty, academic staff, students and an alumnus comprised the search committee that made recommendations to the provost regarding selection of the new dean. Johnson succeeds Gene Klippel, who retired this year. Johnson will begin his duties immediately.

A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum Holiday Sale

The annual Museum Holiday Sale begins today and continues through Dec. 23. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

All gift shop merchandise is 20 percent off.

The museum gift shop includes many beautiful and unique items, including locally-made artisan gemstone jewelry, unique bookends, mineral decorators such as malachite, amethyst, lapis and local native copper.

There is a unique selection of tea light candleholders as well as a variety of stocking stuffers including agate playing cards, onyx dice, carved animals, gemstone bottles and more.

Tuba Christmas: Free Holiday Concert Sunday

Holiday festivities at the Rozsa have commenced. The Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts and Michigan Tech's department of visual and performing arts present a concert by Michigan Tech students, faculty and local musicians in "Tuba Christmas," an evening of music by and for tuba and euphonium. The concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 4).

Tubists (and euphoniums and baritones) gather annually to honor the first "world-class tubist" Bill Bell, who was born on Christmas day. Admission to the concert is free. 

Tuba and euphonium players of Michigan Tech and the local community are invited to join students Sunday to perform in this free holiday musical celebration.

Interested performers should arrive at the Rozsa Lobby by 3:30 p.m. for a rehearsal of the music, and should be prepared to pay a $10 Registration fee. Interested musicians can contact mtutubachristmas@gmail.com for more information.

Students to Present on Natural Resources at Public Library

Seniors in Michigan Tech's School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science department will give presentations at 6 p.m. Tuesday (Dec. 6) at the  Portage Lake District Library.

Join them for a series of 10 five-minute talks, each focused on a message or feasible action each of us can take toward stewardship of natural resources of this region. Topics include invasive species and what we can do about them, wild mammals and how we relate to them, steps we can take to reduce impact on vulnerable species and planning for green space.

A question and answer session will follow.

Stay HuskiesFit with TechFit

Still have some 2016 TechFit dollars to use up before the end of the month? Eligible employees receive $150 for themselves as well as an additional $100 to be shared among dependents each calendar year. Don't let them go to waste.

There are many ways you can put TechFit dollars to work for you and your family. SDC, Tech Trails and Gates memberships, personal training sessions, HuskiesFit adult and youth fitness programs, summer sports camps and SDC action passes are just some of the ways you can use TechFit dollars. Visit Recreation to see what we have to offer.

You can also earn additional TechFit dollars by getting your annual physical and completing the Health Risk Assessment by Dec. 31.

More information about TechFit can be found online.

Hockey Shuttle Bus Route Changed

This weekend the free hockey shuttle bus route and pick up locations on campus have changed.
 
This is a direct result of specific feedback received from Michigan Tech students. Athletics is working with the residence halls to display sandwich boards with the new route.
 
The free shuttle runs an hour prior to game time. The shuttle stops are:
  • The back entrance of Wadsworth hall at the top of the hour, twenty minutes past and forty minutes past the hour
  • The loading dock of McNair and Hillside at eight minutes, 28 minutes and 48 minutes past the hour
  • At the SDC at 15 minutes, 35 minutes and 55 minutes past the hour

Clash of Top WCHA Teams this Weekend

After two weeks in Alaska, the Michigan Tech Hockey Huskies return home this weekend to battle the top team in the WCHA, Bemidji State. Tech is currently 9-6-3 overall and 8-2-1-1 in the WCHA, good for second place. The 13th ranked Beavers are 11-4-1 and 11-0-1-1 in the conference.

The puck drops at 7:07 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday nights at the SDC.

Tomorrow is Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night with a Teddy Bear Toss benefitting Toys for Tots during the first intermission. Saturday is Econo Foods Kids Day with a food drive benefitting the Salvation Army. 

The game can be heard on local radio on 93.5 FM with an audio stream at pasty.net and video stream on WCHA.tv.

Read the full preview and find out more about Michigan Tech sports at michigantechhuskies.com.

Biomedical Engineering PhD Defense

Biomedical engineering PhD student Yuan Liu will present her PhD Defense  at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7 in the ROTC Building Room 101. The defense title is "Design of Robust Hydrogel Based on Mussel-Inspired Chemistry."

ECE Seminar Tomorrow

The next department of electrical and computer engineering seminar event is from 3 to 4 p.m. tomorrow (Dec. 2) in Dow 641. Refreshments will be provided.
 
Gregory D. Durgin will present "Wireless Forever: Engineering the Radios that Never Plug-in."
 
This talk surveys the state‐of‐the‐art in RFID, energy‐harvesting sensors and devices for the Internet of Things. Everything you know about wireless communications will be challenged, as Durgin discusses ultra‐low energy RF devices, bizarre forms of modulation, "smart’’ antennas that do not require power and undulating waveforms that extend the physical limits of RF energy harvesting.
 
Durgin is professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech. He founded the Propagation Group at Georgia Tech, a research group that studies radiolocation, channel sounding, backscatter radio, RFID and applied electromagnetics.  

ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker

The next ME-EM Graduate Seminar Series is at 4 p.m. today in EERC 102. Manish Khandelwal will present "Introduction to GE Aeroderivatives - Marine & Industrial (M&I) Engine."

The purpose of this presentation to provide an overview of GE Aero derivative engine LM2500, LM6000 and LMS100. Most of these engines are derived from aviation engine CF6 which has proven itself for durability and reliability in the field operation. GE aero derivatives have surpassed 100 million total operating hours; can provide up to 56 percent combined-cycle thermal efficiency and more than 80 percent efficiency in a cogeneration configuration.

Khandelwal is a lead technologist at Military Propulsion and Power Engineering business unit at GE Aviation. His current work is focused on designing and developing high pressure turbine airfoils for marine and industrial gas turbines.

Reminders

Theatre Auditions Tonight

Tonight is the final night for the Tech Theatre Company's public auditions for David Mamet’s "Sexual Perversity in Chicago."

Auditions will be held in the McArdle Theatre on the second floor of the Walker Arts and Humanities Center. Auditions are set to begin at 7 p.m. with actors asked to arrive at 6:45 p.m. Call backs as needed will be held tomorrow. 

No preparation or previous acting experience is required. Rehearsals begin Jan. 9. See the original Tech Today story.

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University Holiday Luncheon Tuesday

The University Holiday Luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.on Tuesday (Dec. 6) in the Memorial Union Ballroom. The cost is $8 per person. The menu includes slow-roated carved turkey, mashed potatoes, roasted root vegetables, butternut squash puree, Italian sausage stuffing, pumpkin and pecan pie and more. Visit here for food allergen information.  

Tickets can be purchased at the Ticket Office at the SDC or online.  Provide your department name when asked for company name. There are no same-day ticket sales at the door or reserved seating. Ticket sales end at 5 p.m. tomorrow (Dec. 2). Read the full Tech Today story.

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December First Friday Social

Faculty, staff and graduate students are invited to join the Athletic Department from 5 to 7 p.m. tomorrow (Dec. 2) at LampLighters in the MacInnes Ice Arena for December's First Friday Social. Complimentary beverages will be served along with some great appetizers.

There will not be a Social next month due to the semester break. However, February's event is on Feb. 3. It will be sponsored by Alumni Relations and will be held in the Alumni House. The schedule can be found online.

If you are interested in hosting a social for the 2017-2018 academic year or learning more, contact Christina Fabian at 7-2543.

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Film Board Presents "The Magnificent Seven"

This weekend, Film Board presents "The Magnificent Seven."

Tomorrow, Dec. 2—2:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 3—2:30, 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 4—2:30, 5:30 p.m.

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

"The Magnificent Seven" is rated PG-13 for extended and intense sequences of Western violence, historical smoking, some language and suggestive material.

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C-Cubed Week 13

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

Today
Mediterranean Chicken (GF)
Mediterranean Summer Pasta (V)
Tomato, Cucumber, Feta Salad (GF, V)

Tomorrow
Quinoa Black Bean Burritos (V)
Steak and Quinoa Burritos
Roasted Poblano Creamy Rice (V, GF)

V- Vegetarian, VE-Vegan, GF- Gluten Free

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

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TechTalks 2016

The Michigan Tech Research Forum is a new University presentation series showcasing the work of Michigan Tech faculty, postdocs, and researchers.

Join us from 4 to 5:30 p.m. today (Dec. 1) in MUB Ballroom B for the third Michigan Tech Research Forum of the semester and the second TechTalks session.

Read previous Tech Today article for more information on this event.

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Climate Discussion Tonight

The fourth in a series of discussions on climate change will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at the Orpheum/Studio Pizza in Hancock. 

The purpose of this fourth event in the series is to continue the discussions about what activities and topics we should focus on as a local community when we think about climate change impacts and our responses to those impacts.
 
Read the original Tech Today story. More can be found out by reading this story in Keweenaw Now.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Thursday, December 1, 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.

Office Assistant 4, Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology. Internal/External UAW Posting 12/1/2016 – 12/7/2016. External applications will be reviewed after internal applications. Apply online.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Education Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

CTL Tip of the Week

Submit Grades via Banner or Canvas and Coursetools

Instructors have two choices for submitting grades—electronically either via Canvas and CourseTools, or via Banner Self Service. Banner Self Service is the simpler of the two systems. Instructors can simply enter their grades directly into BanWeb, click submit and be finished.

Grade submission through Canvas requires just a couple more steps. It is often most beneficial for larger classes, and for courses where grades are already entered in Canvas or another spreadsheet program. Grades need to be entered or uploaded in Canvas first and then extracted from Canvas and submitted to Banner using the Grade Wizard on “Coursetools.” Those who have the correct letter grades for their students in their Canvas Total column can choose that column in the first step of the Grade Wizard by choosing ‘final_grade’ from the Change Canvas Grade Book Column menu (click here for directions), so there’s no longer any need to copy scores out of the Total column, unless you want to tweak them.

Instructors can contact support, access online guides and tutorials, get hours and location for eLearning Walk-In Hours, and access eLearning’s Grade Submission Information & Resources page for information and instructions on Canvas One Stop. Instructors and instructional staff can also attend one of the two grade submission workshops this week and next. The CTL Tip of the Week is brought to you by the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL).