Direct Deposit Changes

Recently, phishing emails have become convincing, going so far as to create fake websites that mimic Banweb.

In the past few weeks, several users entered their Michigan Tech ISO username and password into one of these fake sites, which gave those credentials to the perpetrators of the phishing attack. Almost immediately after receiving the credentials, the perpetrators of the phishing attack logged into Banweb using the stolen credentials and changed payroll direct deposit locations to a new bank.

All affected users have already been notified. We are working toward the implementation of multi-factor authentication to solve this issue in the long term. This will mean that, for critical systems, you will need a username, password and a second "factor" to login.

This second "factor" is usually a six-digit code that is sent to you via SMS (text), submitted through a smartphone app, or generated via a hardware token.

Effective Tuesday (March 14), if you wish to make a change to your direct deposit for payroll or any refunds (travel, loans, scholarships, etc.) via your Banweb account, you will need to use a computer connected to the campus network.

For employees, any work computer or personal device connected to campus network or wireless will have access. For students, any computer connected to the residential network, computer lab or personal device on campus wireless will have access.

If you want to change your direct deposit via Banweb, you will have to come to campus and connect to the campus network to make a change. Using the campus VPN will not provide access to work around this. If you are not on campus and go to Banweb to pick the option to change your direct deposit information, you will be redirected to a web page explaining this change and steps to take to change your direct deposit.

If you are not on campus and wish to make a change, contact one of these departments: Payroll Direct Deposit: Payroll Services 7-2130 Employee Refunds (non-payroll): 7-2436 Student Refunds: Financial Services 7-2243

Spring 2017 After-school Elementary Science Classes

After-school sciences classes for students in grades one through five begin next week. The six-session classes run from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Great Lakes Research Center. Hands-on explorations are taught by Michigan Tech science and engineering students. 

This spring’s classes are:

  • Science Explorers ( grades one and two) Wednesdays, March 15 to April 26. Students will participate in fun physical science and chemistry activities, including observations and comparisons, sound vibration, frequency and pitch, characteristics of objects, forces, matter and density. They will identify mystery powders, make their own secret formulas, experiment with magnetic attraction and strength, and engineer a method for separating mixtures.

  • Science and Art (grades three through five), Thursdays, April 13 to May 18. From taking walks and looking for patterns in nature, to making musical instruments that create many different sounds, science is intertwined with art. We’ll explore how in this fun and creative class.

Cost of each class is $75 per student. You can pay by credit card by calling the Michigan Tech cashier, 7-2247, (your space is not reserved until payment is received). The Houghton school bus will drop off students at Michigan Tech at 3:45 p.m.

You can register online. If you have any questions, call 7-73341 or email jchadde@mtu.edu.

Coordinated by the Michigan Tech Center for Science and Environmental Outreach.

Winter Weather Announcement

We are open today and all University activities are as scheduled. But a reminder from Human Resources that 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 is no different from other events that cause us to leave work early or arrive late. The first thing employees should do is contact their supervisor directly and explain the situation.

Hourly employees may use vacation or comp time to make up for the hours missed due to bad weather. Exempt employees would be expected to fulfill their regular job responsibilities.

Exercise caution when such conditions occur. 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 at ajmensch@mtu.edu.

Employee Wellness Benefits

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

Northstar Employee Assistance Program offers eligible faculty and staff, and their spouses and dependents, up to eight free counseling sessions per person each year. Their confidential services can help manage issues that may be impacting your personal and work life.

Northstar EAP's areas of expertise include stress, depression, family and marital issues, work relationships, alcohol and substance abuse and grief.

Quit the Nic will help you acquire self-management behaviors and coping skills with assistance from a health coach over a 12-month period. SWEAT is a wellness program designed to assist you in getting and staying active in a variety of ways.

Sign up for the weekly employee wellness newsletter and learn about wellness challenges, lunch & learns, and community events. HuskyPAW provides incentives, such as tickets to Michigan Tech sporting events and additional TechFit money, to employees who participate in wellness programs and track their physical activity participation or nutrition.

Check out our website, Wellness Benefits at Michigan Tech, to learn more about these programs and other benefits available to assist you.

Tech Personnel Take Part in Parade of Confections

Several members of the Michigan Tech community are joining folks from throughout the Copper Country in creating some incredible treats for a good cause.

The Parade of Confections, an annual fundraiser for the Copper Country Community Arts Center in Hancock, will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. tomorrow (March 10) at the Finnish American Heritage Center in Hancock.

The live auction will begin at 6:30pm sharp with auctioneer Brad Baltensperger (formerly chair of the CLS).

The evening will also include a silent auction of jewelry and art, and hors d'oeuvres. People may bid on desserts individually or in groups. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

The Michigan Tech bakers and their desserts include; Joan Chadde (director, Center for Science and Environmental Outrach) — Vanilla Bean Cake with Pomegranate Buttercream Icing; Evie Johnson (HU) — Ice Cream Sundae Kit; Beth Hoy (assistant director, Business and Program Development) — Meyer Lemon Ricotta Cake with Blueberry Compote.

The Copper Country Community Arts Center is a non profit arts organization dedicated to fostering an environment where the arts and people grow together. The CCCAC is located at 126 Quincy Street in Hancock.  Call 482-2333 for more information or to purchase tickets.

Women's Tennis on a Roll in SC

The Michigan Tech women's tennis team won for the fourth straight time on the spring break trip to Hilton Head, South Carolina topping Chowan Tuesday 6-3.

The Huskies kicked off the week with a 9-0 win over Salem International Saturday followed by 7-2 victories over both Catawba and Davis & Elkins.

Kwang Suthijindawong powered Michigan Tech (10-8) on Tuesday with another singles victory to tie the all-time school record for most singles wins (66).

Suthijindawong defeated Polina Novachuk 7-5, 6-4 to claim a point for the Huskies. In doubles competition, Suthijindawong and Sandra Cvetanovic teamed up to edge the duo of Novachuk and Victori Smolchenkova 8-6 for an additional Tech point. The Huskies went on to sweep each of the three doubles contests.

Additional singles wins Tuesday for Tech were recorded by Vicky Quinde and Anabelle Neri. Neri and Paola Quintana along with Quinde and Allenca Rolim had wins in doubles play.

The Huskies will wrap up the spring trip today when they take on Palm Beach Atlantic University in Hilton Head, South Carolina

Tech Men Open Tennis Season 1-2

The Michigan Tech men's tennis team lost a non-conference match Tuesday, day two of the spring break trip, 9-0 against Catawba College in Hilton Head, South Carolina. The Huskies first serve of the 2017 season took place Saturday with a win against Salem International. On Monday the Huskies fell to Davis & Elkins College.

Mario Neto had one of Michigan Tech's (1-2) best performances of the day in No. 1 singles and doubles competition. Neto nearly slipped past Michael Patch by rallying from a 6-1 loss in the firsts set for a 6-0 victory in the second set.

Unfortunately, Patch claimed a 10-3 victory in set three to take the point for Catawba. In doubles competition, Neto teamed up with Juan Felipe Chica to challenge Patch and Luca Picci. The Tech duo fell just short 8-5 as Patch and Picci were able to secure the point for Catawba.

The Huskies conclude Spring Break action today against Chowan at Hilton Head, South Carolina. The Huskies open both the home and GLIAC portion of their spring schedule on March 18 and 19 when they take on Walsh and Tiffin respectively at the Gates Tennis Center.

Reminders

Today is Deadling for Nominations for Bhakta Rath Award and the Michigan Tech Research Award

The Vice President for Research Office is accepting nominations for the Bhakta Rath Research Award through today. The award offers an opportunity to promote and reward excellence in scientific and engineering research in the fields of physical and natural sciences and engineering. For complete submission guidelines, see Rath Research Award.

The Vice President for Research Office is also accepting nominations for the Michigan Tech Research Award, which offers an opportunity for an individual to be recognized for outstanding achievements in research. For complete submission guidelines, see Michigan Tech Research Award

Nominations should be submitted electronically in PDF format per the guidelines on the web pages no later than 4 p.m. today (March 9). All nominations should be sent to Natasha Chopp.

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Nominations Sought for Michigan Tech Diversity Award

The Michigan Tech Diversity Award recognizes the accomplishments of a faculty or staff member of the University who contributes to diversity and inclusion through exemplary leadership and actions.

The recipient will receive a $2,500 award and will be honored during the Faculty Awards Dinner held in September. Nominees must be current faculty or staff of the University. For more information on the Michigan Tech Diversity Award, read previous Tech Today article or go to the award's website

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No C-Cubed Lunches This Week

Just as a reminder there will be no C-Cubed Lunches this week due to Spring Break. Lunches will resume next Thursday. Send any suggestions to Christina Fabian at cfabian@mtu.edu or fill out a feed-back form online

 

 

On the Road

Will and Neese Attend Enterprise IT Summit

Cayce C. Will, director, and Colin Neese, business systems analyst, Office of Information Services - Vice President for Administration division, attended the 2017 Enterprise IT Summit organized by EDUCAUSE and NACUBO, Feb. 27 to March 3, in Phoenix, Arizona.

The purpose of the annual Summit is to bring colleagues together from Information Technology and business teams in higher education to work together to advance institutional goals by building strategy around enterprise-wide systems and services.

This year's Summit focused on utilizing data analytics to inform university decisions, the continuing movement of IT services to the Cloud, and the need for improved understanding of the costs and values of technology in higher education.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Thursday, March 9, 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.

Office Assistant 3, Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning. Internal/External UAW Posting 3/9/2017 – 3/15/2017. External applications will be reviewed after internal applications. 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.