Lao Cuisine at Tomorrow's Khana Khazana

Tomorrow in the Memorial Union North Coast Grill and Deli, Khana Khazana is featuring a menu from Laos.

The menu:
- Kai Yang (Grilled Chicken)
- Som Tam (Spicy Vegetable Salad)
- Fried Sweet Potato Balls

Serving is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow (July 14). The cost is $5.95 and includes a fountain drink. Visit the Khana Khazana Facebook page.

Basketball Huskies Earn National Academic Recognition

The Michigan Tech men's basketball team garnered a 2016-17 National Association of Basketball Coaches Association Team Academic Excellence Award, announced on Tuesday by the NABC.

These awards recognize outstanding academic achievement by a team with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better for the 2016-17 season. In order to earn a NABC Team Academic Excellence Award, institutions in the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA must count the grade point averages of all men's student-athletes who competed during the 2016-17 season.

Tech will tip-off the 2017-18 season on Nov. 11 at home against University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

The official NABC press release can be viewed by clicking here.

Tech Picked for NCAA Division II Football Showcase Game

The Michigan Tech football team has been selected to play in an NCAA Division II Football Showcase game when the Huskies host Grand Valley State University Sept. 16 at Sherman Field.

The contest will be streamed live on ESPN3 and will be available on the ESPN app. The NCAA national office announced the complete 18 game regular season schedule yesterday.

The first 18 games of the football showcase are predetermined match-ups. Four additional flex games — highlighting crucial match-ups — will be finalized later in the football season and played in November.

"The collaboration with ESPN provides a continued opportunity to showcase Division II's balanced student-athlete experience," said Terri Steeb Gronau, vice president of Division II. "The student-athletes who will be featured in these games have made incredible achievements on and off the field, and we're excited to share their abilities with a broad national audience on ESPN3."

Ten teams in the 2017 package appeared in the Division II playoffs, and nine finished the 2016 season ranked in the top 25 of the American Football Coaches Association Division II poll. All 18 games currently scheduled are conference matchups.

"The quality of Division II football continues to rise," said Steve Mullins, incoming chair of the Division II Football Committee and director of athletics at Arkansas Tech. "We are proud to provide our fans and communities the opportunity to watch some of the most exciting teams across the nation."

ESPN3 is ESPN's live multiscreen sports network, a destination that delivers thousands of exclusive sports events annually. It is accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets and connected devices through the ESPN app. The network is currently available nationwide at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider. It is also available at no cost to U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers, smartphones and tablets connected to on-campus educational and on-base military broadband and Wi-Fi networks.

The Huskies kickoff the 2017 season at home on Thursday night Aug. 31 against Truman State. 

The kick-off for the season opener against Truman State is slated for 7 p.m. The official NCAA press release can be viewed here.

New Form I-9 Workshop

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is releasing a new I-9 form. USCIS is updating FORM I-9 to accommodate information required by a new entrepreneur parole rule. The new version of the Form I-9 will be released on Monday (July 17) and will become mandatory on Sept. 17, and will replace the current version dated 11/22/2016. 

The current instructions will remain the same with updated FAQ's  available on the USCIs website

Human Resources will be hosting two (2) Form I-9 Workshops to help you become familiar with the new form.

Human Resources is providing a valuable I-9 training workshop which includes:

  • Guidance on Federal Government regulations
  • Using international and domestic documents
  • The correct way to complete the I-9
  • And more

You can sign up for this valuable session here.

Guest Blog: Still Taking Paris Seriously

Several social scientists explain why, despite the US exit from the Paris climate agreement, policy analysis reveals states and agencies continue to take climate change seriously.

In the White House Rose Garden recently, President Donald Trump kept his promise by announcing the US would begin the process of withdrawing from the Paris Agreement, an agreement addressing climate change that almost 200 countries ratified in 2016.

What does this decision mean for the nation's ability to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions? What does it mean for the country’s position on the world stage?

The consensus among natural resource scientists is that Trump’s decision sullies this country’s reputation on the world stage and jeopardizes our relationships with other countries, making assertions like, "The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.” The decision to withdraw can be read as America shirking its duty to take responsibility for its past destructive industrialization and withdrawing from the progressive path forward in finding alternative energy sources.

Read the full story on Unscripted.

Reminders

MTRAC Funding Review Today

The external oversight committee of the Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization (MTRAC) program in applied advanced materials will meet at Michigan Tech this afternoon (July 13) to consider the projects of three finalists for funding.

The oversight committee includes several venture capital managers as well as field experts with a wide range of experience in materials science. This is the first year of Michigan Tech's operation as a statewide hub for applied advanced materials.

Earlier this year, Tech joined the MTRAC Life Sciences Hub at UM Medical School, Michigan State University and the University of Michigan College of Engineering as statewide MTRAC hubs designed to accelerate the commercialization of university research. Read the full Tech Today story.