Email Delivery Issue Reported

On Friday (April 7), a Michigan Tech email user reported to the Department of Public Safety and Police Services (DPSPS) that they were receiving abusive email from a third party. As part of this investigation, DPSPS and Information Technology (IT) worked to redirect email from this third party to the officer's email account for further investigation.

Unfortunately, due to an error in the redirect rule we created, any email between 9 p.m. Friday and 7:45 a.m. Saturday was delivered to the DPSPS officer’s account.

That officer’s account was locked at 7:45 a.m. Saturday, and the officer was not able to read the email. The mis-configured rule was also disabled at 7:45 a.m. Saturday.

Due to the volume of email that is sent and received, most messages from that time period are now reporting as delayed or undeliverable.

IT is working to retrieve all email that was sent to or from @mtu.edu and deliver it to the intended recipient. In other words, any message sent either to a Michigan Tech account, or from a Michigan Tech account during this time period was held up in this process.

If you attempted to send an important message during this time period, resend it. A copy of the message should be available in your “Sent” box.

Updates are available here.

Contact Information Technology at it-help@mtu.edu or 7-1111 with questions or concerns.

We take privacy seriously and are working to restore the email from this event. We are developing additional controls around this process to prevent future occurrences.

Michigan Tech Design Expo is Thursday

What do a satellite tag anchoring system for humpback whales, a pandemic ventilator for third-world countries, a 793 mpg supermileage vehicle and an innovative, low-cost avalanche beacon have in common?

They're all student projects on display at Michigan Tech's 17th annual Design Expo from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday (April 13) in the Memorial Union Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public.

At the Expo, you’ll have a chance to explore the breadth and depth of undergraduate project work with more than 1,000 students from Michigan Tech’s Enterprise and senior design programs participating.

Projects and posters will be on display throughout the day. A panel of judges comprised of corporate representatives and University faculty and staff will critique the projects. Many of the projects are sponsored by industry.

Design Expo event sponsors include ITC Holdings, Black & Veatch, American Transmission Co, Code Blue, Kimberly-Clark, Miller Electric, as well as Michigan Tech Career Services, the University’s Office of Innovation and Industry Engagement and the Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship.

Michigan Tech’s innovative Enterprise program is open to all majors and facilitates interdisciplinary learning, leadership development, and team-based project work. Diverse teams of first-year through graduate-level students develop products, processes, and services within their market space, with multiyear participation.

Senior Design challenges teams of highly dedicated senior-level students to explore and address real-world design challenges in their final year. The program connects students and industry sponsors through open-ended projects where teams follow the complete design process from ideation to realization.

For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit the Design Expo website.

With the recent Senate Joint Resolution Disapproval of the rule “Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services,” you may be wondering what this means for you.

In December 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) submitted a rule requesting application of the customer privacy requirements of the Communications Act of 1934 to broadband Internet and other telecommunications services.

The rule introduced a number of protection mechanisms surrounding customer information security and privacy, prohibiting providers from unknowingly collecting and reselling information about their customers.

On March 28, the rule was nullified by the US Senate, the US House and President Trump, and the legal restrictions were removed.

Michigan Tech’s Internet service provider is Merit Network, a non-profit, member-owned organization governed by Michigan’s public universities. All Internet traffic (wired, wireless) on campus routes through Merit’s services, and they have assured us that they would never intentionally put our privacy at risk.

Neither Michigan Tech nor Merit sell any information related to your web browsing or network activity. We serve an active role on Merit’s governing Board of Directors and are well positioned to ensure this continues to be true.

What about using cellular or connections off-campus? We can’t say with certainty, but we’ll continue to monitor the situation and provide updated communication as it becomes available.

More information about Merit may be found here.

More information about the resolution may be found here.

This joint resolution nullifies the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission entitled "Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services." The rule published on December 2, 2016: (1) applies the customer privacy requirements of the Communications Act of 1934 to broadband Internet access service and other telecommunications services, (2) requires telecommunications carriers to inform customers about rights to opt in or opt out of the use or the sharing of their confidential information, (3) adopts data security and breach notification requirements, (4) prohibits broadband service offerings that are contingent on surrendering privacy rights, and (5) requires disclosures and affirmative consent when a broadband provider offers customers financial incentives in exchange for the provider's right to use a customer's confidential information.

Michigan Tech to Host UP Math Championships

Michigan Tech's Department of Mathematical Sciences is hosting the UP Math Championships from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday (April 15) in Fisher Hall. Students in grades 3 -12 from throughout the UP have been invited to participate.

Students will compete as individuals and in teams of four. High school students will be competing for 10 scholarships to Michigan Tech. The competition includes an individual test, a team test and a "GUTS" test in which teams race to complete as many problems as they can.

Prizes, in addition to scholarships, include laser tags, Texas Instruments calculators and 3-D printed trophies.

Sponsors, in addition to Tech's Department of Mathematical Sciences, include OHM Advisors, GS Engineering, Respawn Laser Tag, Texas Instruments and Art of Problem Solving.

Happy National Robotics Week

To celebrate National Robotics Week, a team from University Marketing and Communications will host a live lab tour of the Nonlinear and Autonomous Systems Lab.

Nina Mahmoudian (MEEM) and Donna Fard (MEEM) will talk about their research followed by students demonstrating robots they designed to better navigate an obstacle course in the lab. Join in from 11:15 a.m. to noon Wednesday (April 12) on Facebook Live and Twitter #mtulive.

Diploma Frames Available from the Alumni House

Looking for the perfect graduation gift for your student workers?
Give your graduating student worker a gift that lets them proudly display and treasure their Michigan Tech diploma. Michigan Tech Alumni Engagement offers high-quality frames in three attractive styles: polished black metal, classic wood and briarwood. All are 12 inches by 15 inches and come complete with an elegant black matte embossed with the official Michigan Tech seal.
More information can be found online.
These are being offered to University departments at a $10 discount off retail prices. To order, contact Alumni Engagement at 7-2400 or alumni@mtu.edu.
Proceeds from the sale of these frames support a variety of programs for alumni and students.

Intermittent closures of Portage Lake Lift Bridge Start Today

Planned maintenance work on the Portage Lake Lift Bridge scheduled for today (April 10), will result in several brief full bridge closures (up to 15 minutes) throughout the day.

The closures are expected to occur between 9-11:30  a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. today. The closures will likely result in delays for motorists.These closures may extend into tomorrow (April 11).           

Later this week, on Wednesday and Thursday (April 12-13), there will be single-lane closures on the bridge for cleaning and washing.

For more information, Download MDOT's Mi Drive traffic information app:

Campus-wide Portrait Session

There will be campus-wide photo session from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday (April 12) in the Administration Building room G35.

Biological Sciences, VWMLSS Seminar

Carol Lee from the department of Zoology at University of Madison, will present "Rapid Evolution during Habitat Invasions" from 4 to 5 p.m. Friday (April 14) in Dow 642.

The abstract can be found online.

This event is partially sponsored/funded by the Visiting Women & Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series (VWMLSS) which is funded by a grant to the Office of Institutional Equity and Inclusion from the State of Michigan's King-Chavez-Parks Initiative.

Reminders

"Please Don't Have a Seat Week" Starts Today

Don't take your work week sitting down. Sign up and commit to standing, walking and/or stretching for a few minutes twice during your workday. Earn an extra 200 HuskyPAW points for participating.

Need a reminder? Check "yes" on the sign up form to receive a calendar invitation sent out at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day. Daily emails with tips and inspiration will also be sent.

Already have an active job? Sign up and commit to stretching twice during your workday. Questions? Contact Shannon Brodeur.

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CLS and KIP Combined Forum

The departments of Cognitive and Learning Sciences and Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology are hosting a combined forum at 2 p.m. today, (April 10) in EERC 214.

Karen Z H. Li will present "Cognitive and Sensorimotor Aging: Interactions, Tradeoff and Improvements." Read the original Tech Today story.

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Dmitry Yu. Zubarev Faculty Candidate Seminar

Dmitry Yu. Zubarev, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University, will present "Evolution of Prebiological Reaction Networks as the Earliest Stage of Abiogenesis" at 3 p.m. today (April 10) in the Memorial Union Ballroom B1.

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Draft Review Needed of College of Engineering Staff and Faculty

The College of Engineering (CoE) community is encouraged to comment on the CoE mission, vision, goals, strategies and metrics document. Comments will be accepted through tomorrow (April 12).

Visit the webpage to provide comments. Alternatively, you may submit your comments to Faye Dompier (CoE) through email or campus mail.

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Women in IT Panel Discussion

Women who work in technological fields have a lot of stories to tell. A diverse group of female information technology professionals will share their experiences and insights during the semi-annual "Women in IT" event from 3 to 5 p.m. tomorrow (April 11) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge.

The participants represent a wide range of career stages and industries. They will provide advice to help students in technical majors navigate the somewhat confusing job search/internship journey. Come with questions and bring a friend.

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Continuous Improvement Seminar

The Office of Continuous Improvement will host an information session from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. tomorrow (April 11) in the Memorial Union Ballroom B3.

This session is designed for students' growth and success through the use of lean tools and methodologies. 

The session is free for anyone from the Michigan Tech community.

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HuskyLEAD — Assessment

The next HuskyLEAD session is on Assessment and will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. tomorrow (April 11) in Memorial Union Ballroom A1.

Is our organization on the right track? Are we providing programs and activities that meet our mission? Come to this interactive workshop to learn how to effectively create outcomes for your organization and develop the tools necessary to assess them.

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Facilities Management Annual Utility Outages

Facilities Power Outages May 3-5

  • 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 3 — 6 a.m. Thursday, May 4
  • 5 p.m. Thursday, May 4 —  6 a.m. Friday, May 5

Buildings Affected: Hillside Place, EERC, Daniell Heights, Lakeshore Center, DHH, ATDC, Wads, Dow, McNair, Rozsa, GLRC, Walker, Central Htg. Plant, Football Stadium/Lights, Facilities Bldg.

Buildings with power, but no internet or phone: Honors House, University Residence, Ski Hill, IT/Facilities Warehouse, First Merit Bank, AERB (Hancock).

Note that in most cases elevators, fume hoods, exhaust fans, ventilation equipment, normal lighting, plug­-in appliances and plug-­in equipment will not operate during the outage. Information Technology will turn off all network equipment in the affected buildings for these outages starting at 5 p.m. on the days of the outage. There will be several buildings that will have power but no phone or internet service. For more information, read the original Tech Today story.

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Annual Steam Shutdown to Begin April 30

Noon Sunday, April 30 — Noon Friday, May 5 (tentative weather pending).

Buildings Affected: Admin, AOB, ROTC,  R.L Smith (MEEM), MUB, Chem, EERC, Library, Rehki, Dillman, Fisher, Dow, M&M, Walker, Rosza, DHH, Wads, McNair, Hillside Place, GLRC, Forestry, Ice Arena, SDC, Gates.

Read the original Tech Today story.

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Michigan Tech Campus Telephone System Upgrade

Michigan Tech will undergo a major upgrade to the campus telephone system. This project will improve the aging system and include new features to unify communications throughout the University.

The new system is being built and configured in parallel to our current system to minimize impact to campus operations. Many of the upgrades will take place behind the scenes and will not have a direct impact on users. Friday, May 5 through Sunday, May 7, IT will migrate all campus phones to the new system. There will be intermittent interruptions to the following services:

  • Campus Voice Mail
  • Telephones
  • Call Centers
  • Inbound/Outbound Calling

For more information, visit this webpage. Questions and concerns can be addressed to it-help@mtu.edu or 7-1111.

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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. 

For registration, dates and details, see this link.

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Pure Michigan Soft Skills Program

Institutional Equity and Inclusion (IEI) is often asked by employees for an online program to assist with critical thinking, collaboration and communication skills. IEI highlights Pure Michigan's ELearning Soft Skills Program. 

This is a free series of modules that focus on: humility, communication, conflict, ethical character, personal judgment, problem solving, time management, diversity and inclusion, self-confidence, teamwork, positive attitude, initiative, flexibility and work ethic.

Visit the Pure Michigan Soft Skills Program website for more information. If you have any questions, email IEI at equity@mtu.edu.

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FacultyWatch Survey 

Michigan Tech has been invited to participate in FacultyWatch, an important industry survey conducted by OnCampus Research (IndiCo) and published by the National Association of College Stores. The survey is open through Saturday (April 15). An reminder email with the survey link will be sent to all faculty today.

For more information on the FacultyWatch survey, read original Tech Today post.

In the News

US News was among the national and regional news outlets to run news of Univeristy President Glenn Mroz's intention to step down from that position and return to the faculty.

Read the article.

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Michigan Tech's biological sciences students and faculty were featured in several stories recently broadcast on TV6/FoxUP. 

Several of our students were interviewed as part of the World Water Day events on Mar 21. 
Casey Huckins (Bio Sci) was interviewed at the Michigan Chapter Society of American Foresters meeting in Marquette last March 30.  
The stations also covered the visit of Sen. Debbie Stabenow to the Great Lakes Research Center.
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Michigan Tech's Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology, celebrated Biomechanics Day Thursday by hosting more than 30 local high school students. The students from Dollar Bay-Tamarack City Schools participated in several activities in KIP labs. The event was covered by WLUC TV6.

Job Postings

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.

Director, Custodial Services, Facilities Management. Apply online.

General Safety Specialist, Vice President for Administration. Apply online.

Cook, Dining Services. AFSCME Posting 4/10/17-4/14/17. 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.

IT Connect

Protect Yourself Against Phishing Attacks

Phishing attacks are cyber attacks in which someone tries to trick you into providing your confidential information. Michigan Tech IT wants you to be aware of the following red flags of a phishing attack:

  • Unexpected emails — such as unanticipated confirmation messages
  • Unexpected senders — when email addresses from senders do not match the alleged company or institution
  • Generic emails — those without a personalized greeting
  • Urgent emails — those that unnecessarily create a sense of urgency

A final suggestion is to always hover your cursor over any link you are asked to click; this will display the actual destination of the link. More information on phishing attacks can be found here. When in doubt, be cautious and contact Michigan Tech IT at it-help@mtu.edu or 7-1111.