Michigan Tech Inventor, Investor, Donor, Legacy Creator Dies

Richard “Dick” Henes made transformational contributions to help create the future for students and faculty at Michigan Tech.

He and his wife, Elizabeth, invested their resources to help the world, something the couple did for many years. “What we are doing is small compared to what Michigan Tech can do for the world,” Henes said when donating to the University.

On January 30, Dick Henes passed away surrounded by his family. He was 89 years old. His wife, Liz, passed away June 4, 2013. The couple were married for 66 years and lived in Arizona. The couple has three children, four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Their legacy continues at Michigan Tech.

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Benefits Forum

The University Senate, along with Staff Council, Graduate Student Government and Undergraduate Student Government, is sponsoring a Benefits Update Forum from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 11 in Dow 642.

Ellen Horsch, vice president for administration, Renee Hiller, director of human resources and Ginger Sleeman, manager of benefits, will present an update on Michigan Tech benefits. Questions and comments are welcome and can be sent in advance of the forum to Senate President Martin Thompson.

Updating Beneficiary Information

Benefit Services encourages employees to review and update all of their beneficiary information on file. Beneficiaries for life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) may be updated through Banweb with the following steps: 

1)    Log into Banweb

2)    Select the “Employees” tab

3)    Select the “Benefits and Deductions” box

4)    Select the “Beneficiaries and Dependents” link

5)    At this point you may choose to add a new person or look at your benefits coverage and allocation summary.

6)    Within the “Coverage and Allocation Summary” screen, you may scroll down to the “Enrolled Benefits Information” and select “Beneficiary Allocations and Details” for AD&D or Life Insurance.

7)    Electing “Beneficiary Allocations and Details” allows you to see who you have elected as a Primary Beneficiary or Contingent Beneficiary and what percentage you have allocated to each for your AD&D or Life Insurance coverage.

Beneficiaries for compensation must be updated using a Beneficiary Designation form within Human Resources. This beneficiary designation form designates an individual to receive all compensation due to the employee in the event of his/her death.

This form cannot be updated through Banweb and must be updated via paper with Human Resources. To access the Beneficiary Designation form, visit the Human Resources website. This form is not changed unless the employee submits a new form to the Human Resources Office.

Completed forms may be returned via campus mail or by fax to 487-3220. Do not email this form to Human Resources. 

For general beneficiary questions, contact benefit services at benefits@mtu.edu or 7-2517.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Recipients Announced

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program will fund 20 students from across the University with funds from the office of the Vice President for Research. Previous SURF award recipients have included Goldwater Scholarship and NSF Graduate Research Fellowship recipients. Since 2002, SURF students have co-authored 71 peer-reviewed publications. This year's recipients, project titles and advisors are listed on the SURF webpage.

Kaylie Butts, Rachel Schlicker and Quelyn Bekkering received Honorable Mention.

Windows XP VPN and Website Support

Windows XP was released in 2001 and was officially supported by Microsoft until April 2014. While it continues to work in some areas, its lack of security updates has caused it to become incompatible with modern security protocols. Effective May 8, the campus VPN and many campus websites (such as mtu.edu, banweb, MyMichiganTech, Canvas, etc) will no longer work from Windows XP machines.

If you are still using Windows XP, contact IT to discuss your needs. In many cases, these machines are isolated to single-function lab machines. These will continue to function but will not be able to access the campus VPN, campus storage and many websites both on and off campus.

Where possible, upgrades to Windows 10 can be done to update systems to a supported version of Windows.

For any questions, contact it-help@mtu.edu or 7-1111.

C-Cubed Week 11

Join the C-Cubed (Conversation, Community, Collegiality) University lunches. They 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. Faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited.

Lunch is $10 (cash, credit and C-Cubed gift certificates accepted); attendees may bring their own lunch instead of purchasing the buffet. Coffee, tea, fruit-infused water, cookies and fruit are available for all.

"A Taste of France" featuring:
French Onion Soup (GF)
Croque Monsieur
Croque Monsieur with Spinach (V)
Potato and Green Bean Salad (V, GF)

Brunch featuring:
Chicken and Waffles
Strawberry Baked French Toast (V)
Fried Potatoes (V GF)
Sautéed Kielbasa

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

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

Summer Keweenaw Geotours by Land and Boat

This is the fourth year of summer Geotours of the Keweenaw, led by Bill Rose (GMES) and Erika Vye. The tours are all about Keweenaw Geoheritage and feature the RV Agassiz.

Five different one-day geotours are offered (see links for more details):
July 22: Glacial Geology
July 24: Lavas and the great rift
July 25: The Keweenaw Fault
July 26: Redbed sediments filling the Rift
July 27: Mining wastes and Lake Dynamics

For registration and more information, see this link.

“Orchid Ensemble” Performs Saturday

Join us for a concert featuring the renowned Canadian group “Orchid Ensemble,” who will join conScience: Michigan Tech Chamber singers, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (April 1) in the McArdle Theatre, on the second floor of the Walker Arts and Humanities Center.

Established in 1997, the JUNO-nominated Orchid Ensemble is comprised of Lan Tung on the erhu/Chinese violin, Yu-Chen Wang on the zheng/Chinese zither and Jonathan Bernard on percussion.

The ensemble blends ancient musical instruments and traditions from China and beyond, creating a beautiful new sound. They have embraced a variety of musical styles to thier repertoire, ranging from the traditional and contemporary music of China, world music, new music to jazz and creative improvisation.

The energetic yet endearing performance style of the ensemble consistently intrigues and delights its audiences. Acclaimed as "One of the brightest blossoms on the world music scene" (Georgia Straight), the Orchid Ensemble has been tirelessly developing an innovative musical genre based on the cultural exchange between Western and Asian musicians.

 Students from conScience: Michigan Tech Chamber Singers will join the ensemble for three selections in the concert.

Tickets are on sale now, $22 for adults, $6 for youth and no charge for Michigan Tech students with the Experience Tech fee. Tickets are available by phone at 7-2073, online, in person at the Central Ticketing Office in the Student Development Complex or at the Calumet Theatre Box Office.

Soccer Announces 2017 Schedule

Head Coach Michelle Jacob and the Michigan Tech soccer program announced the 2017 schedule. This year's slate will feature nine home matches out of 16 total regular season contests.

The Huskies will face some familiar foes in both non-conference and Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference match-ups throughout the course of the season.

Davenport and Purdue-Northwest will join the GLIAC for the upcoming season after having moved from NAIA to NCAA Division II for the 2017 campaign. Tech will play both teams on the road this year.

The Huskies kickoff the season at Winona State (Sept. 1) followed by another non-conference game at St. Cloud State (Sept. 3). Tech opens a four-match home stand against Bemidji State (Sept. 8) before hosting Minnesota Duluth (Sept. 10), Northwood (Sept. 15) and Saginaw Valley State (Sept. 17).

The Huskies then hit the road for five straight and officially start GLIAC play beginning with Davenport (Sept. 22). Purdue Northwest (Sept. 24), Saginaw Valley State (Sept. 29), Northwood (Oct. 1) and Northern Michigan (Oct. 8) are the other four stops for Tech before returning home Oct. 13 to battle Ashland. From there, the Huskies stay at home to close the regular season. Tiffin (Oct. 15), Grand Valley State (Oct. 20), Ferris State (Oct. 22) and Northern Michigan (Oct. 27) will be at Sherman Field for the final four games of the schedule.

Read the full story and find out more about Michigan Tech sports at michigantechhuskies.com.

KIP Spring Seminar

There will be a joint human health research seminar sponsored by the Departments of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology and Biological Sciences from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday (March 31) in Dow 642.

Two presentations will take place. Gregory Fink will present "Mechanisms Linking Accumulation of Visceral Fat to Systemic Hypertension." John Osborn will present "Renal Nerves, Renal Inflammation and Hypertension: Is There a Link?"

Physics Colloquium

Wei Zhou, ECE Department at Virginia Tech, will present "From Nanoelectronics to Nanophotonics: Toward Integrated Nanosystems" at the Physics Colloquium at 4 p.m. Thursday (March 30) in Fisher 139.

In this talk, Zhou will discuss innovative concepts and approaches to design, fabricate and exploit novel nanophotonic and nanoelectronic devices/systems for applications in healthcare and energy. 

The innovations discussed in this talk could be inspiring for the development toward integrated nanosystems for applications including ultra-compact optoelectronics and nonlinear-optics devices, handheld point-of-care diagnostics platforms, lab-on-a-chip biomedical architectures and implantable bio-integrated nanosystems.


Peter Kennedy, associate professor at the University of Minnesota, will present "Partner Choice in Ectomycorrhizal Symbiosis" from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday (March 31) in the Noblet Forestry Building G002. A social will follow from 4 to 5 p.m. in the atrium. 

Although the importance of ectomycorrhizal fungi is recognized for forest productivity and response to disturbance, the ecological and evolutionary factors controlling ectomycorrhizal partner choice remain poorly understood. Using an emerging model system for understanding plant-fungal coevolution, Kennedy will discuss a set of lab-and-field-based experiments exploring the dynamics of ectomycorrhizal partner choice and specificity.

In addition, he will present evidence that current ectomycorrhizal fungal host associations may reflect "ghosts of mycorrhizal past," which has important implications regarding host switching in light of forest disturbance and shifting host distributions.


"Financial Wellness" Lunch and Learn

WorkLife Connection offers the third Financial Wellness Lunch and Learn from noon to 1 p.m. today (March 28) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge A. Chris Riesgraf, financial advisor at Edward Jones, will discuss strategies to "Bring Balance to Your Budget."


ICC Distinguished Lecturer Series

The Institute of Computing and Cybersystems (ICC) will host Matt Mutka from 1 to 2 p.m. today (March 28) in Fisher 133. He will present a lecture entitled "Indoor Positioning via Mobile Sensing."

There will also be a Meet and Greet from 2 to 3 p.m. in Rekhi 201 where you can take part in a discussion with Mutka, ask questions or seek advice. Refreshments will be served.


Biomedical Engineering Masters Defense

Biomedical engineering masters student Praharsh Madappaly will present his Masters Defense at 2:15 p.m. tomorrow (March 29) in EERC 122. The title of the defense is "Implantable Wireless Sensor Networks: Application to Measuring Temperature for In Vivo Detection of Infections."


Two Materials Science and Engineering Masters Defenses Tomorrow

Two masters candidates will present at the Materials Science and Engineering Masters Defense held tomorrow (March 29) in M&M 610.

Dafu Wang will present "Food Dyes Based Dye-sensitized Solar Cells" at 3 p.m. Qianli Ma will present "Ball-Milling Tuned Band Structures of ZnO Nanoparticles" at 4:30 p.m.


Modern Manhattan Gala to Benefit the Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter

The Houghton-Hancock Rotaract Club will put on a Modern Manhattan Gala to benefit the Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter from 7 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday (April 1) at the Continental Fire Co.

The event includes a live band, DJ, dancing, a photo booth, a cash bar, hors d'oeuvres and a prize giveaway.

Purchase tickets for the Modern Manhattan Gala online (processing fees apply) or at the Rotaract desk in MUB 106 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Monday through Thursday.

Tickets are $10 for students and $20 for the general public.


Chronicle of Great Colleges to Work For Survey is Active

Employees are reminded to take time to complete the Great Colleges to Work For survey that Michigan Tech is participating in as part of this annual program offered by The Chronicle for Higher Education. 

A random sample of 600 Michigan Tech employees (both faculty and staff) will have received a survey invitation via email from Great Colleges (note that this email will not come from an @mtu.edu address). All those who receive this invitation are encouraged to take some time to participate in the survey. Michigan Tech is not interested in, nor will we be able to trace results back to individuals.

If you are unsure whether you have been selected to receive an invitation, you may search your email for "Great Colleges." The survey will close at the end of business hours Friday, April 7.

Survey responses will be processed by ModernThink, LLC. Questions can be directed to Ann Kitalong-Will at 7-1809 or by visiting ChronicleGreatColleges.com. See the original Tech Today article for details.

In the News

TV 6 in Marquette reported on Tech students and community members gathering to watch last Saturday's NCAA hockey game on the big screen in Fisher 135.

You can see the story here.

In Print

Bruce Lee (Bio Med) and Yuan Liu published "A Moldable Nanocomposite Hydrogel Composed of a Mussel-inspired Polymer and a Nanosilicate as a Fit-to-Shape Tissue Sealant" in Angewandte Chemie International Edition.

Other co-authors are Hao Meng, Wonyoung Choi, Zichen Qian, Ni Fan and Feng Zhao (Bio Med). You can find the paper here.

On the Road

Karol Pelc (SBE), professor emeritus, presented the paper "Non-economic Dimensions of Innovation Adoption in Interactive Networks: International Comparisons" at the 23rd Annual International Conference on Industry, Engineering and Management Systems held March 20-22 in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

Job Postings

Job Postings for Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in Human Resources. 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.

Clinical Counselor, Counseling Services. Apply online

Custodian, Facilities. AFSCME Posting 3/28/2017 - 4/3/2017. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. 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.