American Kinesiology Association Elects Jason Carter to Leadership Position

Jason Carter, chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology, has been named president-elect of the American Kinesiology Association (AKA).

Current AKA President Mary Rudisill, director of the School of Kinesiology at Auburn University, says, “The American Kinesiology Association is dedicated to advancing our academic discipline through providing advocacy, resources and leadership development and training. We rely on the top leaders in the field to lead this effort. Dr. Jason Carter meets this criteria and is already making significant contributions in his new role.”

AKA Executive Director Amelia Lee, says she’s had the chance to work with five different AKA presidents over the years, comparing Carter favorably to his predecessors.

“President-Elect Jason Carter ranks among the best as far as having the qualities that I consider good leadership skills,” she says. “He is confident, has the ability to inspire others, is willing to listen, follows through on issues, makes good decisions, is inclusive and always builds consensus.”

Lee says the AKA is very fortunate to have Carter on the leadership team. “I look forward to working with him over the next three years.”

Under the association’s structure, Carter will serve as president-elect beginning next month and continue in that capacity throughout 2017. He will assume the duties of AKA president in 2018 and will serve as past-president throughout 2019.

Carter has been a member of the AKA leadership team for the past five years, three as a board member and two years as an executive committee member. Carter says he’s “humbled and honored that my colleagues have entrusted me with such an important leadership role.”

 “I’ve been blessed to have great mentorship throughout my career, both here at Michigan Tech and with colleagues across the country. I’m eager to pay it forward with other kinesiology chairs and faculty.”

Bruce Seely, dean of Michigan Tech’s College of Sciences and Arts says Carter’s election to this prestigious position is a positive reflection on him, his department and the University.

"Jason's election as president-elect of the American Kinesiology Association is yet another indication of the recognition that he has built for his program of teaching, research and scholarship," Seely says.  

"The endorsement of his peers, which is well-earned indeed, reflects the hard work and dedication that he brings in abundance to everything he does. But almost as important, this type of honor also serves to increase the awareness of his peers concerning the program of education and research built in KIP over the past dozen years or so. So it’s good for him and for the University as a whole." 

Carter agrees that his ascension to a national post reflects positively on Michigan Tech.

“While I'm excited for this as a professional growth opportunity, I'm perhaps more happy the position contributes to Michigan Tech’s strategic goals of fostering national recognition of the institution. Kinesiology programs are typically one of the largest majors at most comprehensive universities, including the top-ranked public institutions across the U.S. It's a great opportunity for broadened national exposure for Michigan Tech."

Carter earned both his bachelor’s and PhD degrees from Michigan Tech. He began teaching in the then-Department of Health and Physical Education. He was named chair of that department in 2006 and remained chair when it became the Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology in 2011. He has served as associate dean of the College of Sciences and Arts and is currently assistant to the vice president for research for research development.

The American Kinesiology Association promotes and enhances kinesiology as a unified field of study and advances its many applications. The AKA defines kinesiology as an academic discipline that involves the study of physical activity and its impact on health, society and quality of life. This includes, but is not limited to, areas of study such as exercise science, sports management, athletic training and sports medicine, socio-cultural analyses of sports, sport and exercise psychology, fitness leadership and more.

Continuous Improvement Connection

Week 14 has crept up on us once again only to leave our students clinging to their sanity through finals week. Although we are a university for the crazy smart, it is still hard to be a student. It doesn't need to be this way.

With a little push in the right direction, the continuous improvement direction, anything can be accomplished effectively, efficiently and accurately. Are you a student and wondering how you can achieve this? Stop by our office in Wads, just up the stairs from the radio station, and we'll be happy to help. You can also check out our website to get to know our employees, contact them and someone will help you out.

Mind you, week 14 isn't just havoc for the students, but for the faculty and staff as well. The holidays are just a few short weeks away and 2017 is reigning in on us very quickly. This time of year is filled with time off, vacations and deadlines.

Not sure how you'll make these deadlines and go on vacation? Check out our blog or stop by our office and we'd be happy to help you to achieve the best of both worlds.

ICC Goes Social

With 47 members from 12 departments, the Institute of Computing and Cybersystems (ICC) encompasses a large number of disciplines all related to the field of computing. The institute brings researchers with varied interests and backgrounds together to work on large-scale collaborative projects.

There are now several new ways to get information about the ICC, its members and events.

Watch the ICC's new video, follow on Facebook and Twitter, or visit their website.

Pavlis Honors College Angel Tree

The Pavlis Honors College is sponsoring a Salvation Army Angel Tree again this holiday season. If you are able to purchase a gift for a child in need, stop by our office in room 722 of the M&M building to choose an angel tag off our tree.

The tags contain the name of a child, their age and their interests. After purchasing a gift, attach the tag to it and return it under our tree. The Salvation Army asks that the gifts please remain unwrapped. The last day to drop off a gift will be Friday, Dec. 16.

For many children in the Keweenaw Peninsula, these gifts may be the only ones they open this holiday. We are sponsoring 25 children this year and with the help of Michigan Tech faculty, staff and students, hope to provide all of them with gifts. Thank you for your generosity.

University Senate to Meet Tomorrow

The University Senate will hold meeting #586 at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow (Dec. 7) 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.

Agenda for Meeting 586:

1. Call to Order

2. Roll Call of Senators and Recognition of Visitors 

3. Approval of Agenda 

4. Approval of Minutes from Meeting 585 

5. Presentations:

6. President's Report 

7. Committee Reports 

a. Fringe Benefits Committee election of representatives to BLG

b. Research Policy Committee Ad-Hoc Committee Proposal presented by W. Charles Kerfoot, Committee Chair

c. Information Technology Committee, Report on Recent Meetings of the IT Governance Committee by Cayce Will, Chair

8. Unfinished Business: 

a. Proposal 6-17: Proposal to Shelve the Interdisciplinary Minor in Remote Sensing presented by Curricular Policy Committee (Voting Units: Academic)

9. New Business: 

10. Public Comments 

11. Adjournment

 Read the minutes to meeting 585.

C-Cubed Week 14

The fourteenth week of C-Cubed (Conversation, Community, Collegiality) has come upon us and continues to be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday's in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge.

All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited to join us for these two remaining weeks of the C-Cubed lunch before we break for the semester.

Lunch is $10 (cash, credit and C-Cubed Gift Certificates accepted); attendees may bring their own lunch instead of purchasing the buffet. Fruit-infused water, coffee, tea, cookies and fruit are available free for all. Even if the food doesn't draw you in, don't miss the opportunity to take a break in a lovely setting with good conversation.

A burger bar featuring:
Fresh ground brisket and chuck (GF)
Quinoa-beet burger (VE, GF)
(Burgers served with a vast array of fresh toppings and your choice of wheat bun or gluten free lettuce wrap)
French fries (VE, GF) 

Penne alla Vodka (VE, GF)
Fusilli with Italian Sausage and Rocket (GF)
Arugula Lentil Salad (VE, GF)

V—Vegetarian VE—Vegan, GF—Gluten Free

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

This Week in Husky Sports


Hockey split with No. 13 Bemidji State in the only home series of December. The Beavers won 3-1 Friday with the Huskies winning 2-1 Saturday to hand Bemidji its first WCHA loss of the season.

Michael Neville scored both nights, including the game winner with only 3:19 left on Saturday. Goalie Angus Redmond had 22 saves Friday and 17 Saturday and continues to lead the country with a 1.47 goals against average. Tech is now 10-7-3 overall and 9-3-2-1 in the WCHA.

The Huskies head to Bowling Green for the final WCHA series of 2016 against the team that was the media and coaches pick to win the MacNaughton Cup. It will be the only meeting between the two teams in 2016-17. The puck drops at 7:07 p.m. both nights from BGSU Ice Arena.

The Huskies opened up GLIAC play with a 92-89 victory over Walsh. It was Tech's first win over the Cavaliers in their last meeting as GLIAC opponents. Kyle Monroe went off for a career high 39 points, including 29 in the first half alone. Tech is 3-4 and heads on the road for GLIAC games at Lake Erie Thursday and Ohio Dominican Saturday.

The Huskies fell 68-65 to Walsh Saturday in the GLIAC opener at the SDC Gym. Despite Morgan Anderson's 25 points and Kelli Guy's 19, Tech couldn't overcome the Cavaliers big second half. Brenna Heise added 13 for the Huskies who are now 4-2 overall. They head to Ohio for games at Lake Erie Thursday and Ohio Dominican Saturday.

What's Happening This Week

• Huskies Drive Time, 7:30-8 a.m. on 93.5 FM

• Women's Basketball at Lake Erie, 5:30 p.m.on 93.5 FM
• Men's Basketball at Lake Erie, 7:30 p.m. on 93.5 FM 

• Hockey at Bowling Green, 7:07 p.m. on 93.5 FM 

• Nordic Skiing at Wildcat Open
• Women's Basketball at Ohio Dominican, 1 p.m. on 93.5 FM
• Men's Basketball at Ohio Dominican, 3 p.m. on 93.5 FM
• Hockey at Bowling Green, 7:07 p.m. on 93.5 FM 

• Nordic Skiing at Wildcat Open

Grade Submission Workshop

Instructors and instructional staff can attend one of the two grade submission workshops at 10 a.m. Thursday (Dec. 8) and 2 p.m. Monday (Dec. 12).  

The workshop will demonstrate how to submit final grades using Banner Self Service and from Canvas via CourseTools.

Attendees can also submit their grades with assistance at the end of the session if they wish.  You can use the link above to register if you would like to attend.

Materials Science and Engineering Seminar Thursday

Tyrone L. Daulton, Department of Physics, Institute for Materials Science and Engineering and the Laboratory of Space Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, will present "Advanced Characterization of Micro/Nanostructures for Materials Engineering, Biogeochemistry, and Astronomy" at 11 a.m. Thursday (Dec. 8) in M&M 610.

Physics Colloquium Thursday

The next Physics Colloquium is 4 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 8) in Fisher 139. Miguel Levy (Physics) will present "Geometry-Induced Magneto-Optic Effects and Nonreciprocal Phenomena in Thin Films."

This presentation will discuss dimensionality-induced nonreciprocal phenomena in magnetic films. Size-dependent modifications in diamagnetic electronic transition processes responsible for Faraday rotation and magnetic circular dichroism in magnetic garnets will be examined.

Miguel Levy is professor of physics and materials science at Michigan Tech and a Fellow of the Optical Society of America. His research presently deals with photonics and nonreciprocal optical phenomena.


Special Operating Hours Over Semester Break

The University will be closed for the holidays on the following days:

  • Monday, Dec. 26
  • Tuesday, Dec. 27
  • Thursday, Dec. 29
  • Friday, Dec. 30

Business Operations has posted the departmental hours of operation during the semester break on their website. This will be updated regularly throughout December. If your department has not yet submitted your Special Operating Hours, do so using the google form posted on the website.

Note: For employees in units considered critical areas of operation, regular hours and shifts will continue as usual and as needed over the entire break. Check with your supervisor to determine if you or your area is considered a critical area of operation.

For questions, contact Business Operations at 7-2148.


Employee Wellness Challenge for December

The 12 Days of Wellness Challenge will help keep your mind focused and your body in good health and spirits. To participate, complete one wellness activity each work day from the 12 Days of Wellness activity list. There are four different categories of wellness: Fitness, Nutrition, Well-being and Community. 

Your goal is to complete three activities from each of the four wellness categories during the month of December. If you do, you'll earn 500 bonus HuskyPAW points.

Print out the challenge and get started.


Biomedical Engineering PhD Defense

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