PAAMEE: A Very Special Summer Camp

The Preparing African American Males for Energy and Education (PAAMEE), program recruits promising high school students to study renewable and conventional energy.  

If someone says, "When life hands you lemons…" most people respond with lemonade. Not engineers; they'd say batteries.

Likewise, not all teenagers would be willing to give up their Saturdays. But for young men interested in engineering careers, PAAMEE takes a rather sour proposal—Saturday classes for three semesters—and turns it into a powerhouse of opportunity.  

Michigan Tech’s Summer Youth Program is hosting two groups of PAAMEE students from the Detroit area for week-long, hands-on summer camps on clean energy. One group was at Tech last week; the other is on campus this week.   

The PAAMEE program, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), runs 1.5 years for each group. It is a collaboration among the Detroit Area Pre­College Engineering Program (DAPCEP), Lawrence Technological University, Michigan State University, Oakland University and Michigan Tech.

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Social Justice Lecture Series Announced

A Holocaust survivor, a tribal land activist, the daughter of a South Carolina shooting victim, an acclaim TED Talk speaker on terrorism and a dramatization of the last night in the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. make up Michigan Tech's 2017-18 Social Justice Speaker series. 

Sponsored by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion all events are free and open to the public. 

The series begins shortly after the start of the Fall Semester at  7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13 in the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts. Michigan Tech has partnered with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to bring Holocaust survivor Peter Gorog to campus. Gorog whose family was victimized by the Hungarian government's reign of terror against the Jews in Budapest, will provide our campus and community with the moving and memorable experience of listening to stories of suffering, loss and survival.

Winona LaDuke will speak at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25 in the Memorial Union Ballroom. LaDuke is an environmentalist, economist and writer known for her work on tribal land claims and preservation. As a vice presidential nominee of the Green Party, LaDuke was the first Native American woman to receive an electoral vote for vice president.

In connection with Michigan Tech's MLK activities, the play "The Mountaintop" will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23 in the Rozsa Center. Martin Luther King was assassinated on the evening of April 4, 1968 outside of room 306 of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. Although what happened inside room 306 the night before remains a mystery, playwright Katori Hall fanatsizes what may have transpired between the civil right icon and a seemingly inconsequential hotel maid.

Racial issues and gun laws are the among the topics to be addressed by Reverend Sharon Risher, when she comes to Tech at 7:30  p.m. Feb. 21 in the Rozsa. Risher was catapulted into the national spotlight after her mother, sexton of the Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, and eight others were killed in a shooting at the Charleston South Caroline church in June of 2015. Since the tragedy, Risher has been outspoken about the nation's gun laws. 

The lecture series concludes at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 3 at the Rozsa with TED Talk Speaker Zak Ebrahim. After his father's incarceration from his involvement in the New York City landmark bomb plot, his famly moved more than 20 times. The older he grew, the more fully Ebrahim grasped the horrific depths of his father’s acts. The more he understood, the more he resolved to dedicate his life to promoting peace.

Faculty are encouraged to get involved in the Social Justice Lecture Series by giving extra credit for attendance, connecting classroom assignment/activities to an event, substitute a cancelled class for a SJS lecture, or more.  

National Night Out

On Tuesday, Aug. 1, Residential Life and the Department of Public Safety and Police Services are teaming up with the Michigan Tech community to hold their annual their National Night Out event.

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.

National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities from all fifty states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide.

This year's event will be held in the upper Daniell Heights (near the playground area) and will take place from 5:00 - 7:00 pm. There will be food, music, and games. Everyone is invited and best of all it's FREE.

If you have any questions about the event, contact Public Safety and Police Services at 7-2216.

Celebrate the ADA Anniversary

On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to ensure the civil rights of people with disabilities.

This legislation established a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodations, commercial facilities, telecommunications and state and local government services.

Today, we celebrate the anniversary of the signing of the ADA. In recognition of this anniversary, the U.S. Census Bureau provides this demographic snapshot of people with disabilities in the United States, as well as some of the businesses that serve them.

The ADA has expanded opportunities for Americans with disabilities by reducing barriers and changing perceptions, and increasing full participation in community life. However, the full promise of the ADA will only be reached if everyone remains committed to continuing efforts to fully implement the ADA.

On this anniversary, celebrate and recognize the progress that has been made by reaffirming the principles of equality and inclusion and recommitting to efforts to reach full ADA compliance.

HuskyFAN Fall Drive

HuskyFAN is having a drive to fill up our pantry for the upcoming semester. The drive will run from Monday, July 31 through Wednesday, Aug. 9.

Items needed:

  • canned fruit (pears, mandarin oranges, peaches, etc.)
  • canned vegetables (corn, mixed vegetables, carrots, etc.)
  • cans of soup
  • rice
  • lentils
  • pasta 
  • pasta sauce
  • peanut butter/jelly
  • microwavable meals (Hormel, Hamburger Helper, Barilla, Campbell's, etc.)
  • dish soap
  • laundry detergent
  • liquid hand soap

Donation boxes can be found in the Administration Building, Lakeshore Center, Memorial Union Building, CDI, Campus Bookstore and the SDC near the Ticket Office. If you prefer to make a monetary donation, you can donate by clicking here.

If you have any questions, visit the HuskyFAN website or contact huskyfan@mtu.edu. Thank you for your commitment to the Michigan Tech community and for helping our Huskies.

Recess Day Tomorrow

Students are invited to relive their "good old days" at Recess Day tomorrow. The event, sponsored by Student Activities and Housing and Residential Life, will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. tomorrow (July 27) at Walker Lawn. 

There will be free food and classic recess games such as four square, field hockey and much more. 

In case of inclement weather the Recess Day will be held on Friday (July 28) same times and location.

For more information, email Student Activities or call 7-1963.

Payroll Workshop Offered

Payroll Services will host a 45-minute workshop at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 8 in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge A.

The purpose of the workshop is to review the Payroll Services Standard Practice Guide and answer payroll and time entry related questions. This session is offered to assist supervisors, timekeepers and department administrators in following time and reporting procedures and deadlines. 

Register online. If you have any questions, contact Payroll Services at 7-2130 or payroll@mtu.edu.

Wild Edible Foods Course Foraging and Feasting This Weekend

These final exams give a whole new meaning to field testing. Tara Bal's (SFRES) wild edible foods course wraps up this weekend with what students in the non-traditional course have been waiting for: a chance to find, identify—and consume—the plants they've been studying. Bal, a research assistant professor, introduced the course this year. Students will identify, gather and taste their finds, learning techniques and recipes. 

From noon to 4 p.m. Friday (July 28), the class will forage on the Nara Nature Trail and on one of Michigan Tech's recreational trails.

From 9-2 Sunday (July 30), the class will gather, prepare and sample harvested edible plants at McLain State Park.n case of heavy rains, events will be moved to the following weekend, August 4-6.

Volleyball Team Honored by AVCA for Fifth Consecutive Year

The Michigan Tech volleyball team received the Team Academic Award from the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) for the 2016-17 season. Tech was among the 118 academically top performing NCAA D-II schools in the country and received the award for the fifth straight season.

"I'm very proud of the work the team did in the classroom last year," said head coach Matt Jennings. "They have proven once again their commitment to excellence in the classroom in addition to what they're doing on the court. The 2016-17 school year saw many individual academic successes and so to top it off with a team award like this is fitting and rewarding."

The Huskies held a 3.4 team cumulative grade-point average for the entire 2016-17 school year. There were seven named to the GLIAC All-Academic Excellence Team and two on the GLIAC All-Academic Award Team. Senior setter Rachel Pohlod was also named CoSIDA Academic All-American and received the GLIAC Commissioner's Award. Read the full story and find out more about Michigan Tech sports at michigantechhuskies.com.

 

Items Available

Counseling Services has the following surplus items available to give away to another department on a first-come, first-served basis:

  • 1 table
  • Credenza
  • 3 shelf bookshelf

Contact Elizabeth Weaver at eweaver@mtu.edu or 7-2538 if interested or to view.

As always, university property may only be transferred to other university departments. It may not be given or sold to individuals.

Reminders

Retirement Party for Pete Cattelino Today

There will be a retirement party for Pete Catelino, associate director of strategic industry partnerships, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. today (July 26) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. 

Cattelino is a 1974 Tech forestry graduate and has been a Husky for nearly his entire career.  His last day is tomorrow (July 27).

In Print

RTC PhD alumna Roxane Gay's opinion piece on HBO's upcoming series "Confederate" was published in the New York Times. Gay is an associate professor at Purdue University, and a best-selling author. See here.

Job Postings

Job Postings for Wednesday, July 26, 2017 

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available inHuman 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.

 IT Operations Manager, Information Technology, Internal-Only Posting. Apply online. 

Operator/Dispatcher 6, Public Safety and Police Services. UAW Posting 7/26/17 - 8/1/17. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. Apply online.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Education Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

On The Road

Min to Present at American Marketing Association

On Aug. 4, Junhong Min (SBE) will present a paper at the 2017 Summer American Marketing Association (AMA) in San Fransisco. The event is the largest and most influential conference for academics and practitioners in marketing focuses on "Innovation and Sustainability through Marketing," and disseminates most recent findings and new theories to the world.

Min's research entitled "What Does PLS Do to Composite Reliability?" first estimates the percentages of error variances while controlling measurement errors when PLS-SEM (Partial Least Squares path modeling) is used, as opposed to the covariance-based SEM (Structural Equation Model). His research was conducted during his sabbatical year at the Florida State University.

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Challenges in Education in Common at the University of Turin and Michigan Tech

Loredana Valenzano-Slough (Chem) recently visited the University of Turin where she discussed challenges faced by both Turin and Michigan Tech in meeting the educational requirements of their students. The University of Turin, originally founded in 1404, is one of the oldest continuously operating universities in the world with over 70,000 enrolled students in 55 departments.

While there, Valenzano-Slough met Floriana Vindigni from Turin's ICT (Information and Communications Technology) and e-learning division where she is involved in projects toward the promotion and development of innovative teaching methodology to assist faculty, staff, and students. They shared common experiences on blended teaching approaches, insuring the integrity of on-line testing, and the wider inclusion of underrepresented groups in STEM fields. Of particular focus, were discussions on properly assessing the efficacy of instruction, and the design of assessment tools. In relation to this topic,

Valenzano-Slough shared her recent experiences with assessment efforts in Chemistry, and described the instructional support that is available from MTU's own Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL).