President Trump's executive order restricting travel has caused a great deal of fear and concern among our community here at Michigan Tech.

As the director and chief of police, I would like to remind everyone that the Department of Public Safety and Police Services is committed to supporting all members of our community, regardless of immigration status, religious belief, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation or any of the other things that contribute to our campus diversity.

We also do not disclose this sensitive information to any local, state or federal agencies, except when required by law. If you have personally experienced any harassment or threatening behavior, or know of someone else who has, stop by our office or call 7-2216 to report it.

We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We will be happy to discuss your concerns and provide whatever services or support you are comfortable with.

CommUNITY

Tech Prepares for Winter Carnival

Continuing a tradition that began 95 years ago, Michigan Tech will hold its annual Winter Carnival this month. This year’s theme is “Snow Cascades Across the Decades.”

Tech’s Winter Carnival began as a student-led one-night “Ice Carnival” in 1922. In 1934 Blue Key National Honor Society began organizing the Carnival and has continued to do so to this day.

While Carnival officially begins with the start of the All-nighter at 4 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 8), activities started this past Saturday with curling, and there are plenty of activities scheduled for this week. Students have been working on their giant snow statues ever since they returned from Winter Break.

The popular Queen Coronation will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 4) at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts. This year’s finalists are Alexis Dani, Liesl Flannery, Rylee Price, Cathleen Saraza, Kelli Dekutoski, Amber Toboyek, Megan Schuentz and Shae Thompson. The newly-crowned Queen will then preside over all Carnival activities.

Each year, Blue Key works to present a Carnival that is enjoyable both to the groups participating and to the thousands who come out to enjoy the fruits of the student’s work.

Blue Key President Bradley Torni says modifications to the class system this year ensure a fair and fun Winter Carnival for all organizations involved.

“We met with various student leaders to get feedback as we developed a new system,” Torni says. “We landed on three separate classes: men, women and co-ed. We’re confident this change will be fair for all organizations while seeing that everyone can still have a great time.”

More information and a complete schedule are available online.  Read the full story.

Thai Food at Khana Khazana

This week at the Memorial Union North Coast Grill and Deli, Khana Khazana features cuisine from Thailand.

The menu features:

  • Crispy Fish Stir-Fry with Red Curry
  • Spicy Fruit Salad
  • Tapioca with Sweet Corn

Serving is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. The cost is $7.95 and includes a fountain beverage. Visit Khana Khazana on Facebook.

 

Notary Services Are Available On Campus Whenever Needed

The Department of Public Safety and Police Services now provides notary services 24-hours a day. All of the department’s dispatchers have been certified as Notaries Public and can provide the service at your convenience, free of charge.

“We are constantly trying to find new ways to serve our community. Having notary services available on campus around the clock will provide our community members a great deal of convenience. We are very happy to be able to add this to our growing list of ways in which we serve the University community,” DPSPS Chief Brian Cadwell said.

If you need something notarized, simply stop by DPSPS with your document and your identification. No appointment is necessary and you may stop by at any time.

Redmond on Hobey Baker Award Fan Ballot

Michigan Tech goaltender Angus Redmond is a candidate for the 2017 Hobey Baker Award, given annually to college hockey's top player. Initial fan voting is now open.

Redmond, a freshman from Langley, British Columbia, leads the country with a 1.61 goals against average. He has appeared in 25 games this season with a record of 15-4-5. His .729 winning percentage is seventh nationally and his .927 save percentage ranks 12th.

Redmond was installed as the Huskies' starter on Oct. 28 against Northern Michigan, recording a shutout in his first start. He also had shutouts against Michigan at the Great Lakes Invitational and versus Minnesota State.

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

Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar

Robert Handler (CEE) will present "Incorporating Life-cycle Assessment in Research at Michigan Tech" at the Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday (Feb. 6) in GLRC room 202. 

This talk will offer an overview of a few of the areas in which the research at Michigan Tech is supported by a study of life-cycle environmental impacts of proposed new technologies and systems. The Sustainable Futures Institute at Michigan Tech develops multidisciplinary research and education projects that assess complex topics from multiple perspectives. Our collaborative life cycle assessment research is one example of that effort. 

Reminders

C-Cubed Week 4

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

Today
Moroccan Meatloaf
Moroccan Vegetarian Meatloaf (VE)
Roasted Vegetable Couscous (VE)
Moroccan Cucumber Salad (VE, GF)

Tomorrow
Stir Fried Chicken with Bok Choy and Noodles (GF)
Stir Fried Miso Tofu with Bok Choy (VE, GF)
Green Salad with Ginger Dressing (VE, GF)

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

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

*****

Physics Colloquium

Three graduate presentations will take place at the Physics Colloquium at 4 p.m. today (Feb. 2) in Fisher 139.

Meghnath Jaishi will present "Tunnel Magnetoresistance in Carbon Nanotube Junction," Qi Zhong will present "Non-Hermitian Optical Wave Mixing" and Dolendra Karki will present "Geometry-Induced Magneto-Optic Effects and Nonreciprocal Phenomena in Thin Films."

*****

ME-EM Graduate Seminar

The ME-EM Graduate Seminar speaker at 4 p.m. today (Feb. 2) in EERC 103 will be Athanasios Bourtsalas from Columbia University.  The title of his presentation is "Managing the Urban Solid Wastes in the 21st Century."

*****

First Friday Social Celebrates National Carrot Cake Day

Faculty, staff, graduate students and Michigan Tech retirees are invited to join Alumni Engagement and the Office of Advancement from 4 to 6 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 3) at the Alumni House for February's First Friday Social. Complimentary soda, beer, wine, appetizers and carrot cake will be served. 

For more information on First Friday Socials, read this Tech Today article

*****

Community Discussion: What are the Threats to Trees in our Natural Future?

Andrew Storer (SFRES) will speak about what may be the future of Upper Pensinsula forests from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7 at the Carnegie Museum.

Read this Tech Today post for details.

*****

Employee Wellness Benefits

Need help making healthy changes such as managing your weight, lowering your stress levels, stopping smoking and more? Employee Wellness has you covered. 

Quit the Nic will help you acquire self-management behaviors and coping skills with assistance from a health coach over a 12-month period.

For more information, see previous Tech Today post.

CTL Tip of the Week

New Options for Honorifics in NameCoach: Dr. and Prof.

Michigan Tech just recently added the NameCoach integration into Canvas. This tool allows students, instructors and TA’s to use the NameCoach Recorder to record an audio pronunciation of their names and select the pronouns, such as hers or him, and honorifics, such as Ms. or Mr., they wish to be used when referring to them. The NameCaoch integration also provides the NameCoach Roster, where everyone can hear the recordings and see the selections made others in their class.

We received feedback from instructors and staff that they would like the options of ‘Dr.’ and ‘Prof.’ to be added to the list of choices on the honorifics menu. We passed this request on to the folks at NameCoach and are happy to announce that ‘Dr.’ and ‘Prof.’ have now been added. If you have already used the NameCoach Recorder and would like to update your honorific, simply click “Edit this NameGuide” in the NameCoach Recorder in any of your Canvas courses. If you haven’t used NameCoach yet, be sure to check it out.

The NameCoach integration is co-sponsored by the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. For more general information or help with Canvas at Michigan Tech, be sure to visit Canvas One Stop.

In the News

Chelsea Schelly (SS), one of the co-PIs on the NSF-INFEWs awarded project "Reducing Household Food, Energy and Water Consumption: A Quantitative Analysis of Interventions and Impacts of Conservation," was interviewed for and featured in a story in Sierra, the publication of the Sierra Club magazine.

*****

The News Journal of Delaware, WLUC TV6 and other news outlets covered the story of Tech graduate student Shadi Darani, whose mother was turned away and sent back to Iran due to President Trump's executive order last weekend.

*****

National Parks Traveller reported National Park Service plans for two public meetings to discuss what should be done about the declining wolf population at Isle Royale National Park. One will be in Houghton on Feb. 15.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Thursday, February 2, 2017

Staff and faculty job description 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.

Network Engineer I/II, Information Technology. 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.