New Hockey Coach Announcement This Morning

The Michigan Tech Hockey program will announce its new head hockey coach at a press conference at 9:30 a.m. today. The press conference will be held on the concourse level of the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena.

Husky hockey fans can watch the press conference for free on Facebook. The video link will appear when the stream begins here

The event is open to the public and fans can sit in the arena seating and watch on the video board.

There will be a reception in the suites after the press conference to welcome the 22nd coach of the Michigan Tech hockey team.

June First Friday Social at the Hamar House

Faculty, staff, graduate students and Michigan Tech retirees are invited to join the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Housing and Residential Life and Student Activities on  from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday (June 2) at the Hamar House for June's First Friday Social.

Complimentary soda, beer, wine and appetizers will be served. First Friday University Socials, started in 2006, provide a casual setting for members of the campus community to get together informally, share their work and other interests and get to know each other. These informal gatherings can lead to more productive work relationships, an appreciation for diversity and a chance to meet some new friends.

This is the final social for the 2016-2017 year. If you are interested in hosting a social for the 2017-2018 academic year or learning more, please contact Christina Fabian at cfabian@mtu.edu or 7-2543.

Tech Seeking Teachers Who Want to Bring Computer Science into their Classrooms

Michigan Technological University is inviting K-12 teachers and administrators to a workshop in August, to help them find ways to bring computer science and programming into their classrooms. The workshop, supported through a Google CS4HS (Computer Science for High Schools) grant, exposes teachers to exciting new ways to bring computer science into schools.

This is the third year Google has supported a computer science workshop at Michigan Tech for teachers.

"As computer technology becomes an ever more powerful and pervasive factor in our world, students need instruction in the creative problem-solving skills that are the basis of computer science," explains Linda Ott, professor of computer science at Michigan Tech and director of the workshop.

"Software design and programming skills, along with an understanding of the principles of computer systems and applications, are tremendously valuable in a wide range of future careers, and the problem-solving process of computational thinking can be used to enrich a wide range of K-12 courses. New tools and teaching materials make it possible to bring the creative spirit of computing into K-12 classrooms.

"From a teacher's perspective, however, bringing computer science into the classroom can seem intimidating," Ott goes on to say. "We want to help teachers develop confidence in their own computer science literacy and help them craft a computing curriculum that meets their teaching missions."

The workshop will cover a basic understanding of computer science principles, help teachers integrate programming into new and existing courses, disseminate K-12 computer programing course materials developed at Michigan Tech and provide tools for increasing interest in computing among young women.

Participants will receive lunches, a stipend to help with travel and other expenses and a year of assistance in course development from a Michigan Tech computer science graduate student. Out-of-town teachers will receive free accommodation at the Magnuson Franklin Square Inn.

For more information or to apply, go to this website.

Michigan Tech's Steel Bridge Team Competes at Nationals

School is out for the academic year. But just like Michigan Tech research, competition knows no season. Summer events are a given for many student organizations including Supermileage Systems, Formula SAE—and Steel Bridge, one of 43 qualifying teams heading to national competition at Oregon State University this past weekend. Eleven weeks and 900 hours of work were on the line, along with the commitment to rebound from a disappointing collapse at the 2016 event.

Michigan Tech's team took first place overall at the 2017 North Central Regional Competition sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction and American Society of Civil Engineers. It also placed first in three out of six subcategories:  stiffness, efficiency and lightness. The other three categories are construction speed, construction economy and display.
The Tech Team finished an impressive 12th among the 43 teams this weekend. Details can be found on Facebook.
 

Staff Service Recognition Award Luncheon

The annual Staff Service Recognition Award Luncheon will be held at noon Wednesday, June 14, in the MUB Ballroom.

President Glenn Mroz and Staff Council Chair, Jenn Biekkola will present awards for five-year increments of service to more than 150 staff members. Recent staff retirees will also be recognized. See the list of this years recipients on the Staff Council Blog.

This year's recognition luncheon will feature a pasta bar and caesar salad (includes vegetarian and gluten free options). Tickets are $7 (cash or check only) and must be purchased by Thursday, June 8. Please note there is no reserved seating; it is first-come, first-served. If you have any special dietary requirements or have questions about the service recognition awards, please contact a Staff Council Service Recognition Committee member.

Visit one of the following locations to purchase tickets:

  • Memorial Union/Dining Services Office (MUB 101)
  • Tanya Maki, Human Resources, 214H Lakeshore Center, 7-2282, tanya@mtu.edu
  • Dawn Pichette, UMC, G13 Admin, 7-2354, dmpichet@mtu.edu.

If you are unable to attend the lunch, you may join the awards presentation beginning at approximately 12:30 p.m.

Staff Council Service Recognition Award Committee:

Contact any of the above Staff Council members with questions or if you have special dietary requirements.

Reminders

Retirement Social for Larry Wall

Counseling Services invites the campus community to a retirement social for Larry Wall. The social will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, June 2 in the Administration Building, third floor. Join us in congratulating Larry and wishing him well with his retirement.

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Call for Bridgefest Volunteers

The Bridgefest committee and Bridgefest Coordinator Ryan Towles (MEEM), are looking for volunteers to help out with this year's event. Bridgefest is still Father's Day weekend, June 16-17 this year. Michigan Tech is among the sponsors of Bridgefest. Full Bridgefest information can be found online.

Consider helping out with this community event. We have needs for set-up, tear-down, security, checking IDs, selling drink tickets, serving beer and wine, etc.

Anyone who is interested should email bridgefest@up.net with their availability and the committee will coordinate those into volunteer assignments. Feel free to email with any questions.

IT Connect

Office Changes and Computer Moves

Summer is a time when office moves often occur. If you’re moving to a new office, we want your transition to be as smooth as possible. Let IT know at least three (3) days in advance of when you’ll be moving and we will make arrangements for moving your phone and computer to its new location in a way that is most convenient for you. 
If you have any questions about what is needed for requesting an office move, contact us at it-help@mtu.edu or call 7-1111 for more information.

In the News

USA Today reported that Michigan Tech is ranked sixth among the top 10 colleges and universities in Michigan. Read the story.

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Crain's Detroit Business listed Michigan Tech's School of Business and Economics in its list of Michigan Colleges and universities that offer graduate business programs. Read the story.

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WLUC TV6 in Marquette reported on recent vandalism at Mont Ripley.