Special Edition of Tech Today Saturday

Tech Today will present a special edition Saturday. The special edition will feature new faculty members who have started with the Fall Semester. Tech Today will be online Saturday and will be sent via email to those with subscriptions. 

Making A Difference Awards Nominees Announced

A total of 52 Michigan Tech staff members have been nominated for 2016 Making a Difference Awards.
There will be winners in each of the following categories: 
  • Above and Beyond
  • Bringing Out the Best
  • Creative Solutions
  • Outstanding Supervisor
  • Rookie Award
  • Serving Others
  • Unsung Hero
A list of the nominees is available on the Staff Council Blog.
Everyone is invited to a reception honoring the nominees. The reception is scheduled for 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4 in Ballroom A of the Memorial Union Building. The recipients for each category will be announced at the reception.

Annual Forestry Club Christmas Tree Fundraiser

The Forestry Club will sell Christmas trees and door decorations this weekend at the U.J. Noblet Forestry Building.

Trees are harvested fresh from a thinning project from the School's forest. Trees under five feet are $15, trees five to nine feet are $20 and any taller trees are $25.

Miscellaneous decorations will be available while supplies last. Contact Peter Hoch to order your tree today.

Winter Weather

A reminder from Human Resources that with winter weather approaching, it is a good time for departments to discuss communication procedures for weather-related absences.
During times when weather conditions deteriorate, each person within the University community must exercise personal judgment about their ability to get to or from campus.
Interruptions in work due to weather are no different than other events that cause us to leave work early or arrive late. The first thing employees should do is contact their supervisors directly and explain the situation.
Hourly employees may use vacation or comp time to make up for hours missed due to bad weather. Exempt employees are expected to fulfill their regular job responsibilities.

Exercise caution in adverse conditions. In the event the local public schools are closed, remember that Michigan Tech has a policy regarding Children in the Workplace.

For questions or concerns, employees should contact Human Resources at 7-2280 or email Amy Mensch.

Wahtera Center Hiring Student Staff for 2017-18

The Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success is hiring student staff positions for 2017-18. These positions include orientation team leaders (OTLs), academic success coaches, peer teaching assistants, ExSEL peer mentors and a commuter and transfer assistant.

These positions provide students with great opportunities to engage with and encourage their peers and develop their communication and leadership skills. Encourage students you work with to apply for these positions.

For position descriptions, visit the Wahtera Center webpage.

New applicants are required to attend one short information session before receiving their link to apply. Those sessions will be held at 6 p.m. today (Dec. 7) and 5 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11 in Fisher 138.

Applicants are required to have a minimum of a 2.5 cumulative and semester GPA to be considered. Contact the staff of the Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success at success@mtu.edu with any questions.

Change in Internal Proposal Deadline for Jan. 13

Due to the large number of proposals expected to be submitted to sponsors on Jan. 13, the Sponsored Programs Office (SPO) finds it necessary to adjust the internal proposal deadline for this specific date only to three working days prior to the sponsor's deadline. The additional time will allow for our analysts to perform sufficient review of all proposals to ensure sponsor deadlines are not missed.

The internal deadline for those proposals due to sponsors on Jan. 13 will be 7 a.m. Jan. 10. In order to apply the revised deadline equitably to all PI's, proposals sent to SPO after this internal deadline will not be submitted to sponsors.

WGGL Holiday Music Programming

WGGL-FM, a Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) station based at Michigan Tech, has announced the following special holiday programming:

  • Dec. 7, 8-9 p.m., Chanticleer
  • Dec. 12, 8-9 p.m., Christmas Special with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
  • Dec. 13, 8-9 p.m., Hollywood Holiday
  • Dec. 15, noon-2 p.m., Christmas with Cantus (live)
  • Dec. 15, 8-9 p.m., Rose Ensemble
  • Dec. 16, 7-8 p.m., Welcome Christmas
  • Dec. 18, 6-8 p.m., The Nutcracker with Elena See
  • Dec. 19, 11 a.m.-noon, Chanticleer
  • Dec. 20, 11 a.m.-noon, Carols and Cheer
  • Dec. 21, 11 a.m.-noon, Hollywood Holiday
  • Dec. 23, 11 a.m.-noon, Christmas Special with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
  • Dec. 24, 10 a.m.-noon, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
  • Dec. 24, 8-10 p.m., A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
  • Dec. 25, 1-3 p.m., The Nutcracker (live)
  • Dec. 27, 8-9 p.m., Candles Burning Brightly
  • Dec. 31, 8-9 p.m., Candles Burning Brightly with Theo
  • Jan. 1, 10 a.m.-noon, Vienna Philharmonic New Year's Day Concert
  • Jan. 1, 3-5 p.m., Minnesota Orchestra New Year's Special (live)

Michigan Tech is an educational sponsor of MPR. WGGL can be heard at 91.1 and 92.7 on the FM dial.

Film Board Study Break

Are finals stressing you out? Need a break from cramming? Join Film Board for a study break.

All day Friday, Saturday and Sunday we will be watching holiday movies in Fisher 135. The theater will be a quiet space to relax, read a book or get away from your roommate while casually watching a holiday film. Come and go as you please. Concessions will be available.

Note: Regular films will resume next semester.

Library Services for the Holiday Break

The Van Pelt and Opie Library will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 28. In order to assure the books, DVDs and CDs you plan on borrowing for enjoyment or work arrive prior to the week of Dec. 26, MeL or ILLiad requests should be made no later than Monday (Dec. 12). The archives will be closed for the week.

There will be no MeL delivery from elsewhere in Michigan during the week of Dec. 26 but if you receive a notice that your request(s) is received, visit us on Dec. 28.

For urgent article needs during the holiday period, contact library@mtu.edu

The Opie Library is open with active HuskyCards any time the remainder of the library is closed. For questions or further planning of your needs, contact us though library@mtu.edu.

GSG Organizes Stress Relieving Evening with Zumba and Meditation

A high-beat workout and a little bit of mindfulness is the apt recipe to relieve the stress of finals week, and the Graduate Student Government is here to help you.

GSG is organizing a Stress Relieving Night where all graduate students are invited to come and learn some Zumba taught by Cindy Crabtree.

If you would prefer some peace of mind through Meditation and Mindfulness, they have Silke Feltz to assist you. There will also be some coloring, socializing and food for all attendees.

GSG welcomes all graduate students to spend Friday evening to relax their mind and body to prepare for the last week of a well-rounded fall semester.

The event is  from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday (Dec. 9) in the Douglass Houghton Hall Ballroom.

Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar

The next Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar will be held at 4 p.m. tomorrow (Dec. 8)  in Dow 642.

Hentry Igharo, a MS student in civil engineering will present "Introduction to Self-Consolidating Concrete." Self-consolidating concrete is a new category of high-performance concrete that exhibits a low resistance to flow to insure high flowability, and a moderate viscosity to maintain a homogeneous deformation through restricted sections, such as closely spaced reinforcement.

Tyler Hovde, a MS student in civil engineering will present, "Plywood on Steroids—A Brief Look into Cross-Laminated Timer (CLT) Panels.

Next semester Hovde will begin working on research that deals heavily with CLT Panels.  Because teaching is the best way to learn, he's chosen to present an overview of CLT panels to further both the audience’s and his knowledge of the technology. 

This seminar is open to the public.


Materials Science and Engineering Seminar Today

Anjana Asthana (MSE) will present "Understanding Structure-Microstructure of Materials by TEM/STEM and In-situ Transmission Electron Microscopy" at 4 p.m. today (Dec. 7) in M&M 610.


A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum Holiday Sale

The annual Museum Holiday Sale 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.


Pearl Harbor - Lessons of Nature and War

Mary Durfee (SS) and Carol MacLennan (SS) will give two short lectures on Pearl Harbor Day to discuss the less well-known aspects of its significance to the U.S. and Hawai'i.
MacLennan will discuss the native Hawaiian perspective on Pearl Harbor and its environmental history.
Durfee will speak about the lessons of Pearl Harbor in American defense policy. 
The lectures will begin at 6:30 p.m. today (Dec. 7) in the East Reading Room of the Van Pelt and Opie Library. Refreshments will be served.

HUSKY TALKS: Write a Cover Letter That Gets Attention

Only three percent of applicants personalize and tailor their cover letter to the job they're applying for, and it's that three percent that end up in the "yes" pile. Write a cover letter that makes you stand out from the hundreds of other applicants. This session is from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. today (Dec. 7) in Administration Building Room 220 - Career Services.


Graduating Senior Series: Part 5—Now What? Life After College

Join a panel of Michigan Tech alumni to learn how to navigate life after graduation—how they got to where they are now, the resources they used and what they wished they had known when they were in your shoes. This session is from noon to 1 p.m. Friday (Dec. 9) in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

New Funding

Lawrence Sutter (MSE/IMP) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $55,120 research and development contract with the Michigan Department of Transportation.
Zhanping You (CEE) is the Co-PI on the project, "2017 Transportation Materials Research Center."
This is a 10-month project.

In the News

TechCentury, an engineering and technology news web site published by the Engineering Society of Detroit, featured the new plug and play solar research of Joshua Pearce (MSE, ECE). Read the story.


NICHE (Network in Canadian History and Environment) published an article called "Busting Ghosts: Building an HGIS to Reveal Historical Mine Waste Producers and Develop Strategies to Mitigate Future Risk," based on research by Nancy Langston (SS) and Don Lafreniere (SS), examining how mining impacted the environment, what the community responses to these impacts were and how mining landscapes are memorialized in a heritage context. 


The Associated Press (AP) published a news story about Governor Rick Snyder's 21st Century Infrastructure Commission, which met Monday to present a report and recommendations for maintenance and improvement of Michigan's infrastructure. Michigan Tech's Roadsoft program was mentioned in the report as a model for a regional infrastructure pilot. News outlets all over Michigan published or broadcast the AP story.