Safety Tip Tuesday, Children in the Workplace

Summer is here and local schools are on summer vacation.

Environmental Health and Safety would like to remind the campus community about Michigan Tech's policy on children in the workplace.

From Chapter 3 of the University Safety Manual:

3.2 Children at Michigan Technological University

It is the policy of Michigan Technological University that children under the age of 12 are not permitted in work areas (e.g., such as labs, offices, classrooms, shops), except those spaces specifically intended for public use, without the written permission of the department chair or director.

Children under the age of 12 who are not enrolled in a Michigan Tech class or program are not permitted in laboratories at any time. Children under the age of 16 must, at all times, be under the direct supervision of the laboratory supervisor while visiting or participating in University-sponsored activities in classrooms or laboratories containing hazardous chemicals or equipment.

Additional Information: It is the intent of this policy that the department chair or director will verify that a student or employee has a workable plan to provide age-appropriate supervision and protection from foreseeable safety and health hazards before allowing a child to be brought into a campus work area. Children must not be allowed to roam the building unsupervised.

Permission may not be given for a child under 12 to enter a laboratory or other area with hazardous substances, machinery or tools—except as part of an organized event where special provisions have been made to prevent exposure to these hazards.

Saliga Tabbed for Academic All-American Honors

 Jason Saliga of the Michigan Tech men's track & field/cross country team has been selected for CoSIDA Academic All-America Third Team honors, announced on Thursday by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Saliga, a senior distance runner from Leonard, Michigan, has been recognized twice at the district/regional level for his efforts on the track this season. Saliga was named to the 2017 NCAA Division II U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Region Team on May 16.

Saliga had strong performances in the 3,000 meter Steeplechase during the outdoor track season, recording a career best time of 9:05.83 at the Augustana College Viking Olympics on his way to a first place finish. The time also made him a provisional qualifier for the NCAA Division II Championships. Saliga was ranked 5th regionally in the Steeplechase and 25th nationally.

 Read the full story at


Ray Lasanen Retirement Social Today

The Financial Services and Operations department invites the campus community to a retirement social to recognize Ray Lasanen from 2 to 4 p.m. today in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge.

Refreshments will be served.


Federal Reserve President's Town Hall Forum Today

Neel Kashkari, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, will host a Town Hall Forum about the economy, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. today (June 27) in the Memorial Union Building Ballroom A.

Partnering with Michigan Tech to bring Kashkari to campus are the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce, Keweenaw Young Professionals, MTEC SmartZone and Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance. Register here. Advance registration is strongly encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome.

For more information see previous Tech Today article.


Formatting 101 Final Seminar Tomorrow

The Graduate School announces the final two seminars in its summer seminar series, "Formatting 101." These short seminars (approximately 30-minutes, followed by time for your questions) are designed for students formatting their dissertation, thesis, or report. Each seminar will be held in Fisher 138 beginning at 2:30 p.m. and will also be live streamed.

Register here so we can plan for your attendance and provide information about the live stream for our off campus participants.

Tomorrow (June 28)
"How to Check and Fix your Document" will discuss how to check and fix your document using Adobe Acrobat.

Seminar materials are archived online if you're unable to attend the live event. 

In the News

The US Forest Service's Forest Products Lab (Madison, Wisconsin) newsletter featured a photo of a birds-eye maple desk fashioned from wood from the Ford Forest. The newsletter included an article about Michigan Tech's research forest in Alberta, Michigan. See here.

On the Road

Lisa Gordillo (VPA) presents a new collection of sculpture and installation at the Centro Cultural Efrain Recinos in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, July 15-Aug. 1. The exhibit, titled "Prohibido Orinar Aqui," was developed from Gordillo's spring exhibit, "ChickenBus," in the Rozsa gallery. The works of art in the exhibit are inspired by US-Guatemalan relations.

Gordillo is also sculptor-in-residence at Tierra Adentro, the International Poetry Festival of Aguacatan, Guatemala. This year's festival is dedicated to immigrants and displaced people. Gordillo will create an art installation, titled "Caminante" (Someone Walking) along the Aguacatan river and a migrating book as part of the festival.


Annelise Doll, Georgeann Larson, Linnea McGowan Hobmeier and Laurie Stark of the Van Pelt and Opie Library presented “A Day of Lean” workshop at St. Norbert College’s Mulva Library in De Pere, Wisconsin, on June 21. 

Attendees to the workshop included the Mulva Library staff, as well as representatives from local libraries, including the Medical College of Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay, Northeast Wisconsin Intertype Libraries (NEWIL) and Cardinal Stritch University.

The workshop included an “Introduction to Lean” session, two breakout sessions in which attendees had an opportunity to learn about and practice various lean tools, a poster session, and a “Roadmap to True North: A Case Study” session.

The event was sponsored by St. Norbert College and the Mulva Library.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in Human Resources. For more information regarding staff positions, call 7-2280 or email  

For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

Office Assistant 5, Facilities Management. UAW Posting 6/27/2017-7/3/2017. 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.