A Note to All Students, Faculty and Staff

Most of you are aware that an Executive Order was signed by President Trump that prevents the granting of U.S. Visas to citizens of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Libya, Sudan and Yemen for the next 90 days.

A subsequent ruling by a federal judge has blocked parts of that order. Cassy Tefft de Munoz, our director of International Programs and Services has communicated the current understanding of the Executive Order as it applies to students from those countries and has offered to meet with individuals concerned about their status. Up-to-date and accurate information as it relates to all of us on campus will be shared as it becomes available.

I can't relieve the distress that many of you might be feeling as a result of this and other events of the recent past. But what I can say is that with your help, we can, and we will, as the Michigan Tech Community, advocate for respect, understanding and compassion in the way we treat each other regardless of our differences.

We can and we will defend the Constitutional rights of all in the Michigan Tech community. And we can and we will treasure and protect the free and open exchange that is essential to scholarship, research and creativity.

By remaining committed to these core values we can all help to ensure that Michigan Tech remains a community that is open to people from across our nation and around the world.

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We thank you in advance for your patience as we all sort through the details of this situation.

Payroll Services to Hold Workshop

Payroll Services will host a 45-minute workshop at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8 in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge B.

The purpose of the workshop is to review the Payroll Services Standard Practice Guide and answer payroll and time-entry related questions. This session is offered to assist supervisors, timekeepers and department administrators in following time and reporting procedures and deadlines.

Register online. If you have any questions, contact Payroll Services at 7-2130 or payroll@mtu.edu.

Facilities Management Implements New Process

Based on customer feedback, facilities management has improved the capital project request process. This process has been in place since May 2011 and applies to remodeling, additions, land acquisition, building utilities, new equipment, telecommunications, landscaping and exterior sitework; as defined by Board of Trustees Policy 11.9.

The Capital Project Request Form begins the process and should be used for all new projects, including projects that might only be in the “vision” stage.  Submitting the form at this early stage allows for feasibility discussions.  

The new digital form allows for electronic signatures as well as the ability to attach any supporting documents.  The electronic process keeps all documents together, allows them to be shared electronically via email and will eliminate the need to print hard copies to circulate through campus mail for signatures.

The form and instructions are located on the Facilities website.

Judges Needed for Design Expo 2017

Design Expo 2017 will be held Thursday, April 13 in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Save the date.

Design Expo highlights hands-on, discovery-based learning at Michigan Tech. More than 600 students on Enterprise and Senior Design teams showcase their work and compete for awards. A panel of judges, made up of distinguished corporate representatives and Michigan Tech staff and faculty members, critique the projects. Many team projects are sponsored by industry, which allows students to gain valuable experience through competition, as well as direct exposure to real industrial problems. Design Expo is co-hosted by the College of Engineering and the Pavlis Honors College.

If you would like to serve as a judge at this year’s Design Expo, register as soon as possible to let us know you’re coming. Thank you for your continued support.

MTTI Holds Annual General Meeting for Members

The Michigan Tech Transportation Institute (MTTI) held its annual general membership meeting on Jan. 5. Thirty members attended the working luncheon.

An overview of 2016 with institute highlights was presented by MTTI Director Pasi Lautala. Researchers provided updates on initiatives funded with the meeting ending in an open, general discussion. Slides used in the meeting are available along with a general summary of the meeting here.

For more information on MTTI, see our website or contact Lautala at 7-3547 or Pam Hannon at 7-3065.

Men's Basketball Comes up Short Against Ferris

The Michigan Tech men's basketball team rallied late, but fell just short against Ferris State 77-76 in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference showdown Saturday afternoon in the SDC Wood Gym.

The Huskies dug themselves a 12-point hole in the first half, but got things rolling in the second to half to stay close and have a chance to win in the end.

"I thought we played a better second half and had we played a bit smarter in the first half we would have given ourselves a better chance to win," Michigan Tech Head Coach Kevin Luke said. "I believed all along that we could make a run somewhere in this game and if we would not have gotten so far down I thought that run in the second half could have given us a little bit more of a cushion. Give Ferris State credit, they are a very good team and put us behind in the first half, forcing us to have to make up a lot of ground in the second half."

Senior Jordan Chartier, established a new single game career high in points with 28.

The Huskies, who are tied for second in the GLIAC North Division standings, will travel to Marquette tonight to battle rival Northern Michigan. The tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. The game can be heard on local radio on 93.5 FM.

For the full story and to find out more about Michigan Tech sports, visit michigantechhuskies.com.

University Senate to Meet Wednesday

The next meeting of the University Senate (Meeting #588) will be held at 5:30 Wednesday (Feb. 1) in Dow 642.

Read the Agenda. Read the minutes of Meeting #587.

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.

Hockey Huskies Win, Tie at UAH

The Michigan Tech hockey team secured five out six possible WCHA points this weekend at Alabama Huntsville, wrapping up the season series with a 4-4 draw Saturday.

The Huskies picked up the crucial extra point with a marathon shootout as Chris Gerrie finally put one in the back of the net in the ninth round.

"We weren't as ready as we needed to be tonight," Tech coach Mel Pearson said. "Having said that, I give our players a lot of credit that they continued to battle and found a way to get that extra point."

The Huskies beat the Chargers 5-2 on Friday.

The Huskies have never lost to the Chargers, improving to 12-0-2 all-time with a 2-0-2 mark this season. The Black and Gold also remained unbeaten in its last nine WCHA games.

Tech is 16-9-7 overall and 13-3-6-3 in the WCHA and stays on the road this weekend (Feb 3-4) for a matchup of the top two WCHA teams at Bemidji State. The Beavers lead the Huskies by four points in the league standings and the two teams split their series in Houghton in December.

For the full story and more on Michigan Tech sports visit michigantechhuskies.com.

Women's Basketball Outlasts Ferris

The Michigan Tech women's basketball team held off Ferris State 70-56 in the SDC Wood Gym Saturday afternoon for their fourth straight Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference victory.

This marks the second four game winning streak for the Huskies, who reeled off four straight earlier this year against Lake Erie, Ohio Dominican, Hillsdale, and Findlay.

"I was really glad that we were able to finish off our stretch at home with a win," Michigan Tech Head Coach Kim Cameron said. "The past couple games have been tough, but that's how it is going to be in this conference. I'm proud of the way that we finished the game with our free throws. They were cutting our lead and making a really big push on us late and our free throw shooting down the stretch was a big key to getting this win."

The Huskies remain in sole possession of second place in the GLIAC North as they head to Marquette tonight for a showdown against rival Northern Michigan. The tip-off is slated for 6 p.m. The game can be heard on local radio on 93.5 FM.

For the full story and more on Michigan Tech sports visit michigantechhuskies.com/index.

Mediation Training

Have you ever wanted to be trained as a Mediator? If so, you could make a real difference. 

The Upper Peninsula Commission for Area Progress (UPCAP), Community Dispute Resolution Services Program is seeking individuals who would like to make a difference in their community. This training is made possible by Institutional Equity and Inclusion, Provost's Office and Vice President for Student Affairs and Advancement Office.

UPCAP Dispute Resolution Services Program provides mediation services in Delta, Menominee, Schoolcraft, Gogebic, Iron, Dickinson, Ontonagon, Baraga, Houghton and Keweenaw counties. Disputes involving everything from workplace to neighborhood disagreements to divorce and parenting time issues as well as special education concerns are handled by our trained volunteer mediators.

If you would like to participate, the workshop is June 5-9, 2017 (This is a five day, 40-hour workshop). This training is provided to you at no cost. Some additional training and volunteer hours will be scheduled after the completed in-session training. For more information, contact Cheryl at UPCAP, Resolution Services at 906-789-9580, 1-800-780-3456 or gocc@upcap.org .

To sign up, contact Susan Sullivan for the brief application materials. Application deadline is May 5. Space is limited to 20 participants, so sign up soon.

Reminders

ME-EM Faculty Candidate Seminar

Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Faculty Candidate Hassan Masoud will present a seminar titled "Fluid-Structure Interactions: From Controlled Drug Release to Micro-Robotics" at 2 p.m. today (Jan. 30) in the R.L. Smith Building (MEEM) room 402.

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Portrait Session

There are two upcoming campus-wide photo sessions to be held in the Administration Building room G35. The first is from 10 a.m. to noon tomorrow (Jan. 31). The second is from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 2).

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Volunteers Needed for Annual GetWISE Workshop

The Center for Pre-College Outreach is still in need of volunteers for Get WISE (Get Women in Science and Engineering). 7th and 8th grade girls from the western Upper Peninsula are invited to spend the day at Michigan Tech, where they participate in a range of activities to reconnect them with the exciting, dynamic world of engineering. Participants compete in several challenges, which include projects like: creating a pinball machine, investigating wood anatomy and participating in an epidemic simulation.

Get WISE will take place from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21 in the Wood Gym. Volunteers are needed to facilitate the activities, serve lunch and engage with the participants as role models. Any amount of time is appreciated.  

For more information or if you are interested in volunteering, contact Lauren Kirwin.

This Week in Career Services

Pitch Perfect

Career Fair is coming soon. Make a lasting first impression to company reps and practice your personal introduction with us.

Spots are limited so register today. Sessions are limited to 25 students. There are two sessions to choose from: 

  • Noon to 1 p.m. tomorrow (Jan. 31) in Admin 220. Register here.
  • Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 1) in Admin 220. Register here.

In the News

Best-selling author and Michigan Tech humanities alumna Roxane Gay (PhD in Rhetoric and Technical Communication, 2010) has withdrawn a planned book, "How To Be Heard," from Simon & Schuster, to protest the publisher's book deal with alt-right provocateur and Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopolous. The story has been widely covered internationally, in the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Salon, Time, Buzzfeed and many other media outlets.

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Audrey Mayer (SS) authored an article in Science discussing work-life balance as a researcher, professor and single mom. In her words, "I've come to appreciate that there is no one schedule that best produces excellent science or demonstrates dedication to its practice."

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Michigan Tech's goaltender Angus Redmond is the feature of an article, "Redmond Alert: Tech Freshman Becomes Key Part of Team’s Turnaround," in College Hockey News. Read the full story.

Job Posting

Job Posting for January 30, 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.

Residence Life Coordinator, Housing and Residential Life. 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.

IT Connect

Change Your Password Using mylogin.mtu.edu

We know that forgetting your Michigan Tech password can be frustrating. Just remember you can now add a mobile number to your mylogin profile or set up secret questions. In the future, this will allow you to change your password at mylogin.mtu.edu. In the past, you would have needed to contact Michigan Tech IT to get this changed. With a couple proactive steps, you can now do it yourself without the extra hassle of contacting someone.

Simply login and update your mobile number under My Profile. If you would like to set up secret questions, you can do this as well by choosing the Set Up Secret Questions tab.

For more information about resetting your password, click here. Details can be found at the bottom of the page. If you have any other questions regarding password resets, contact us at it-help@mtu.edu or call 7-1111.

Notables

Dawn Kahler, a key contributor to the Michigan Science Teaching and Assessment Reform Project (Mi-STAR) has received a Catalyst Education Award for exceptional teaching. She is among four teachers from southwest Michigan to receive a Catalyst Education Award, which is sponsored by the economic development group Southwest Michigan First.

Kahler is playing an active role in Mi-STAR, which is developing a middle school science curriculum that aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards. In addition to helping to write the curriculum, she has also piloted two units in her classroom. "Dawn has been especially valuable to help us design science units to be engaging, to drive inquiry and to foster critical thinking skills," Mi-STAR curriculum development coordinator Douglas Oppliger (EF) wrote in nominating her for the Catalyst Award. "Dawn's skills as a teacher and communicator have been invaluable to the project."

Kahler received her Catalyst Award at a Jan. 26 ceremony in Kalamazoo. The honor includes $2,500 for each recipient, plus an additional $2,500 to fund the school project of their choice.