Volunteers Needed for Annual Get WISE Workshop

The Center for Pre-College Outreach invites interested faculty and staff from across campus to volunteer at Get WISE (Women in Science and Engineering).  

Seventh and eighth grade girls from the western Upper Peninsula are invited to spend the day at Michigan Tech, where they'll participate in a range of activities to connect them with the exciting, dynamic world of engineering.

It's a small time commitment but makes a huge impact for young women in our area. 

Get WISE will take place from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21 in the SDC Wood Gym.  
Volunteers are needed to facilitate activities, serve lunch and engage with the participants as role models.
Any amount of time is appreciated. For more information or if you interested in volunteering, email Lauren Kirwin

Spotlight on Campus Campaign

Michigan Tech faculty and staff provide meaningful support for numerous University departments, programs and initiatives each year through the annual Campus Campaign. Today Lisa Normand, administrative aid in the Student Financial Services Center, shares why she chooses to participate in Campus Campaign:

"As a relative newcomer to Michigan Tech and the Upper Peninsula, I feel abundantly fortunate to be part of this community. Besides the natural beauty that surrounds us, we have a diverse community of incredibly talented and dedicated students, faculty and staff that make me proud to be a Husky. Supporting the annual Campus Campaign is a small way for me to show my support.

One of the groups I've chosen to support through my payroll deduction gifts is the Husky Cross-County Team. Typically a sport that doesn't get much press, it requires true perseverance and commitment to run (and ski) through the rain, sleet, snow and inclement weather of the Copper Country. All while maintaining their high academic standings at a top-rated STEM University.

Our students are truly 'crazy smart' and devoted to attaining their personal goals. Supporting their accomplishments through the Campus Campaign is an honor in which I'm proud to participate."

Budget Forum

The University Senate along with Staff Council, Graduate Student Government and Undergraduate Student Government will host a "Budget Forum" presented by David Reed, VP for Research, from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26 in Dow 642.

All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend this informative session to learn more about Michigan Tech's budget process. If you have any questions that you'd like Reed to address, you can forward them to Senate President Martin Thompson prior to the event.

The forum will be recorded and posted on the Senate website after the event for those that cannot attend.


The SFRES Forum, "Restore the Swamp: Ecology and Restoration of Peatlands," will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday (Jan. 20) in the Noblet Forestry Building G002. A social will follow from 4 to 5 p.m. in the atrium.

Peatlands, or wetlands that accumulate large deposits of organic soil, cover only three to five percent of the Earth's land surface, but contain approximately thirty percent of the global soil carbon pool. However, peatlands are poorly studied in many regions, thus a global effort is underway to better quantify carbon stocks.

The large pool of carbon stored in peatlands is also a global concern because changes in climate and land use can release carbon back into the atmosphere. Recent acknowledgment of peatlands as a globally-important ecosystem for climate and water regulation has led to the rise of peatland restoration, since many peatlands have been damaged.

In this talk, Rodney Chimner (SFRES) will discuss his research on development of basic ecological data, as well as peatland restoration techniques after an array of anthropogenic disturbances.

Biological Sciences Graduate Receives National Scholarship

Michigan Tech Biological Sciences graduate student Emily Matthys recently received a national scholarship through the American Proficiency Institute (API) to help offset the cost of tuition while in her clinical practicum at the Marshfield Clinic.

Matthys received her BS degree in Biology from Northern Michigan University and came to Michigan Tech for her master's under Nancy Auer (Bio Sci) studying fisheries biology.

After earning her MS degree, she took a position at Finlandia University teaching microbiology and it was there that she discovered medical microbiology and knew she wanted to pursue a third degree, in medical laboratory science (MLS) at Michigan Tech. She graduated from our program in December of 2015 and started her clinical practicum at the Marshfield Clinic ilast summer. 

Read the full story.

2017 Undergraduate Research Symposium

The Pavlis Honors College announces the Fifth Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, March 17 in the lobby of the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts.

The Symposium will highlight the cutting-edge research being conducted on Michigan Tech’s campus by some of our best and brightest undergraduate students. Participating students represent a wide array of scientific and engineering disciplines from across campus and highlight the diversity of research areas being explored.

Visit the 2017 Undergraduate Research Symposium website for more information regarding abstract submission and judging opportunities. Encourage your undergraduate student researchers to participate in this opportunity as a means to display their work and gain presentation experience.

This symposium coincides with Tech's Preview Day and is a great way to share the exciting research projects ongoing across campus with high school students considering Michigan Tech. We encourage all faculty, staff and students to attend and support our excellent undergraduate researchers.

University Senate to Meet Today

The next meeting of the Michigan Tech University Senate (#587) will be at 5:30 today in Dow 642.  

View the agenda of Meeting #587.

View the minutes of Meeting #586.

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.

KAC Sledding Party

Bring your sled and join the Keweenaw Alumni and Friends Chapter for a fun family event for all ages — sledding from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 21) at the Nara Nature Center.

We will have hot cocoa and treats in the chalet, so you can warm up between sledding runs. All children must be accompanied by an adult. RSVP by visiting this website or calling the Alumni House at 7-2400.

Registration Open for the Doghouse 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament

Registration is now open for the Doghouse 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament scheduled for Saturday, April 22.

The Doghouse Classic is an original Michigan Tech event which saw its beginnings more than 25 years ago under the direction of Kevin Borseth, head women's basketball coach at the time. The Doghouse Classic was a long-standing tradition in the Houghton and Hancock area up until 2007. Last year, the tradition was reestablished. Michigan Tech Recreation is excited for the opportunity to host the tournament and bring the Doghouse back to its former glory.

Divisions include: boy's and girl's grades 4-8, JV, Varsity, Men's Open and Women's Open.

Cost is $80/team of four players. Deadline to register is April 3.

For more information or to register for the Doghouse 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, visit Doghouse.

Folders and Envelopes Available

Print Services has the following old logo items available for half price (while supplies last). These items are approved for use through August of 2017:

  • Standard No. 10 Mailing Envelopes, $7.00/box (500 per box)
  • 6x9 Envelopes, $0.08 each
  • 9x12 Envelopes, $0.06 each
  • Folders, $0.60/folder

Contact umc@mtu.edu if you would like to place an order.

Exciting Promotions for Hockey Series Against Minnesota State

Michigan Tech hosts Minnesota State this weekend in a matchup of last year's MacNaughton Cup winners. One lucky fan will have a chance to win a $50,000 truck from Keweenaw Chevrolet Friday.

Fans on Friday can receive a free raffle ticket, before they enter the arena, which will qualify them for the Keweenaw Chevrolet truck promotion. Promotion staff will be located outside all three arena entrances to hand out the raffle tickets. The winner of the raffle will be on the ice between the second and third periods to take a "shot of a lifetime" for a chance to drive away with a 2017 Chevy Silverado.

Saturday is Junior Hockey Night and Skate with the Huskies following the game. Youth are encouraged to register at the entrance near University Images where the first 500 will receive a free goodie bag.

Prizes will be awarded later during Skate with the Huskies with a chance to win a week of hockey school, a CCM hockey stick, an annual youth membership to the SDC, an individual Tech Ski Trails membership, a signed stick, signed puck, a CCM hat and various other prizes.

University Images will also give anyone wearing a hockey jersey a free water bottle with any purchase of $10 or more while supplies last Saturday.

Fans are also asked to bring their skates as everyone in attendance is invited on the ice after Saturday's game to skate with the current members of the hockey team and collect autographs.

The puck drops at 7:07 p.m. both nights. Tickets are on sale — $18 for adults and $10 for youth. Tickets can be purchased at the SDC Central Ticket Office, online or over the phone at 7-2073.

Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar

The next environmental engineering graduate seminar will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday (Jan. 23) in the Great Lakes Research Center, room 202.

Fikirte Demissie will present "Dynamics of Land Use/Land Cover Change and its Causes in South Gonder, Ethiopia."

Ethiopia has land area of about 1.1 million square kilometers and total population of 90 million in 2015, with elevation ranging from 110 m below sea level to 4,620 m above sea level. The study assessed land use/land cover change (LULC) and its causes in Libokemkem District, in the South Gonder Zone. To achieve the objective of the study, LandSat images from 1973, 1985, 1995, 2003 and 2015 were used from USGS, and ArcGIS10.3 was used to analyze the images. 

Seminar on Submitting Your Dissertation, Thesis or Report

Students planning on finishing a dissertation, thesis or report in Spring 2017 or Summer 2017 are invited to a seminar designed to help students understand the submission process and answer questions about it. Faculty and staff who assist students with submissions are also welcome to attend.

This seminar will be from 4:05 to 4:55 p.m. Tuesday (Jan. 24) in Fisher 138. The seminar will also be streamed online for off-campus students.

Register if you would like to attend the live streaming event. Registrations are encouraged for on campus attendees so we prepare enough handouts.

Once you register, you will receive confirmation with the location and a reminder of the date and time, or information on how to join us online.

If you are unable to join us, this seminar will be taped and available online after the event.

Information on submitting, formatting and more can be found online for dissertations and theses or reports.

ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker

The next Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Graduate Seminar Speaker Series will be held at 4 p.m. tomorrow (Jan. 19) in EERC 103.

Chae Hoon Sohn will present "On Mechanism and Suppression of Spontaneous Ignition of Coal Stockpiles Based on Numerical Approaches."

Shon is currently a professor in the department of mechanical engineering at Sejong University in Seoul, Korea. He is deputy editor of the Journal of the Korean Society of Combustion.

Read the abstract here.


Coffee Chat:  Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Join the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning for a Coffee Chat to be held tomorrow (Jan. 19) to discuss initiatives which advance the scholarship of teaching and learning on Michigan Tech's campus. We'll consider new opportunities available through the RISE Institute to support faculty in education research and STEM initiatives.

We'll also discuss how best to foster collaborative interdisciplinary "reflective practices" to advance research efforts and academic writing approaches regarding pedagogical innovations. Refreshments will be provided to those who register today. 


Food Pantry Volunteers Needed

Husky Food Access Network (HuskyFAN) is in need of volunteers to keep the food pantry open. The pantry is open from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday. Volunteers are needed for any amount of time they are able to offer.

If you're interested in volunteering, email huskyfan@mtu.edu and you'll be given more information on training materials and an updated schedule. Contact Whitney Boroski with questions.
Biomedical Engineering Faculty Candidate Seminar
Biomedical Engineering Faculty Candidate Joao Silva Soares will present a research seminar titled, "Modeling, Experimentation and Simulation: Design-aid Tools for Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering"  at 3 p.m. tomorrow (Jan. 19) in M&M U113.
Campus Communicators Meets Tomorrow

Every word matters when you're writing a tweet, a postcard or even a news release. If you want to improve your Michigan Tech writing, you're invited to Campus Communicators from 10 to 11 a.m. tomorrow (Jan. 19) in MUB B001. 

We'll learn best practices, tactics supporting our new brand message platform and then use our skills and get better together in small groups. BYOD (bring your own device). To learn more about Campus Comm and see past meeting content, check out our blog.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Wednesday, January 18, 2017

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.

IT Operations Manager, Information Technology. Apply online.

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