Corn Husks in the Rio San Juan

Lisa Gordillo (VPA), (pictured on the left in the photo) traveled to  Quetzaltenango, Guatemala for her recent exhibition at the Centro Cultural Efrain Recinos, July 15 - Aug. 1. She also worked on an installation for Tierra Adentro, the International Poetry Festival of Aguacatan, where she created a sculpture in the Rio San Juan.

Michigan Tech Alumna Hannah Fisher, ‘17, (on the right in the photo) who graduated with a minor in visual art, joined Gordillo to help with the river sculpture (which involved sewing corn husks together in the water) and to join the Aguacatan Poetry Festival also as an artist in residence. The river sculpture, called "Chuchos del Rio," was created to be part of a conversation about immigration, as part of the poetry festival.

The exhibit in Quetzaltenango, “Prohibido Orinar Aqui,” was developed from Gordillo’s spring exhibit, “ChickenBus,” in the Rozsa Gallery, and as Gordillo reports, was very well attended and received.

She thanks all of the Michigan Tech students who both helped with the development of the work in the spring, related to "Chicken Bus," and the outcome of that work which traveled with her as a part of the “Prohibido Orinar Aqui” exhibit.

Fisher was interviewed about her sculpture work, which appeared in the Equal and Opposite Show, in the Rozsa Gallery “gallery b” in 2016.

She says “I was really influenced by Andy Goldsworthy. I really appreciated how he uses materials found in nature and manipulates them in ways not seen in nature. Nature is a big influence in my life.”  

You can listen to the interview on SoundCloud. It is 06:28 minutes in length. 

According to Gordillo, “Hannah and I laughed a lot and caused a lot of laughter making our installation in the river. That work included filling our hotel showers with corn husks, then transporting them to the river, and transporting them back, and finally sitting in the river to sew them all together, with lots of onlookers asking an even larger batch of questions.”

Gordillo was also sculptor-in-residence at Tierra Adentro, the International Poetry Festival of Aguacatan, Guatemala. This year’s festival was dedicated to immigrants and displaced people. Gordillo and Fisher also created a migrating book as part of the festival.

Eat Less, Move More: Advice from a Portage Health Foundation Endowed Professor

William Cooke moved back to the Copper Country to connect exercise physiology and community outreach. 

The Portage Health Foundation helped found three endowed professor positions. Cooke, who taught and did research previously at Michigan Technological University, is returning as the Portage Health Foundation Endowed Professor of Preventative and Community Health.

The motto of his new position: eat less, move more.

Cooke is an exercise physiologist and looks specifically at how nerves coordinate blood flow through the heart and brain. He’s studied soldiers and astronauts—from how to detect an internal hemorrhage on the battlefield to assessing how low-orbit microgravity affects blood pressure control. He now wants to add the everyday folks of the Keweenaw to that list to help them face the region’s most prevalent health concerns.

“The Upper Peninsula isn’t unique in their health problems, these are nearly global challenges,” Cooke says, explaining that diabetes, obesity, and substance abuse, especially alcohol abuse and tobacco dependency, will be the main targets of his research. “Our laboratory techniques are applicable to real-world, everyday issues.” Read the full story.

Free Database Trials Now Available through the Library

The Van Pelt and Opie library has arranged free trials at the request of faculty for the following research resources through Sept.15:

America: History & Life Database of journal article and book review citations, including full-text, covers the social and political history of the US and Canada from pre-history to the present.

American History 1493-1945 (Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, NY) Primary manuscripts and photographs illuminate the history of the country. In-depth modules, including essays, translations, interactive maps, video lectures and more, explores the Colonial and Revolutionary periods and the Civil War, Reconstruction and Modern eras to WWII.

ProQuest Congressional Indexing and images of primary source documents of the United States Congress dating from 1789 to present. Hearings and testimony before Congress offer unique perspectives on aspects of U.S. social, economic and political history. Legislative and regulatory documents covering include civil rights, public health, Native Americans, environment, war and the military, labor and many other issues addressed by Congress in its history. NOTE: most full-text/image content dates from 1985 or later.

US History in Context and World History in Context (Gale Access Program) Combines academic journal citations with some full- text and primary source documents including audio, video material and current news sources. Available with World History in Context and 11 other database resources as "Gale Access Program" spanning topics ranging from global issues, popular culture, philosophy and religion to gardening and culinary arts. Databases can be searched separately or in subsets.

To access any of the trial databases, visit the E-Alerts section on the Library Databases A-Z webpage.

Send your questions, comments or feedback on the trial databases to

Financial Services Participated in Kaizens

Financial Services recently participated in two kaizen events. The first was "Airline Ticket Purchasing Options" and the other was "Check Request Processing".
Detailed information will be sent to departments soon.  A report-out will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow (Aug. 24) in the Lakeshore Center, room 123.

Continuous Improvement Connection

We are often taught how to public speak, teach, and present information well. We read articles, attend conferences, and even enroll in courses to teach us how to speak better.

However, most of us have never thought about how to be a good listener. Being able to listen to someone and be fully engaged allows for a clearer understanding, and a more sincere conversation which in return will provide more value. To be a good listener it is important to understand the three main types of listening and practice them in daily conversation.

Informative listening: Information is collected and noted but usually is low engagement.

Critical: Evaluating what is being said and then making decisions after the speaker is finished.

Empathic: Understanding the emotions of the speaker.

Here in the office of Continuous Improvement, we have the ability to help you become a better listener. After listening comes coaching and we can help with that too. Want to learn more? Stop by our office 136W Wads, or visit our website to request more information.

GSG Orientation Week Events

The Graduate Student Government has two events planned for Orientation Week. From 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30, there will be a graduate student orientation picnic at Hancock Beach. There are free rides from the MUB that will begin after Graduate School Orientation.

Graduate Student First Friday Social will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1 on the ROTC Lawn. Food and beverages provided. 

These events are sponsored by the Graduate Student Government. For more information, email

First Friday Sponsor Needed

Attention Michigan Tech schools and departments. Due to a cancellation, the First Friday University Social of Dec. 1 is in need of a sponsor. Interested? For more information, visit our webpage or email or call the Memorial Union office at 487-2543.

Hosting a First Friday Social is a great way to showcase your school or department and provide a casual setting for informal discussion and socializing among university faculty, staff, graduate students and retirees. Such informal gatherings often lead to more productive work relationships and an increased appreciation for diversity.

Tickets on Sale for Ice Breaker Tournament

Michigan Tech is playing in college hockey's signature opening weekend, the Ice Breaker Tournament, Oct. 6-7 at AMSOIL Arena in Duluth, Minnesota. Tickets for Huskies' fans are now on sale through the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs website.

Tickets are available using THIS LINK. Enter the promo code HUSKIES to get preferred seating in the Tech section. Limited seats are available in the section. All-session packages are $68 each and include all four games. Each patron will receive one ticket for Friday's session and one ticket for Saturday's session. There is no re-entry once the patron has exited the venue.

The Ice Breaker Tournament traditionally brings together four of the nation's top teams, each from a different conference, and the 21st annual tourney will be no exception. Tech opens the tournament against Union College at 5 p.m.(Eastern) in its first-ever appearance in the tournament. UMD hosts Minnesota in the nightcap at 8:30 p.m. (Eastern). The third place and championship games will take place the following day.


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The Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence Visiting Michigan Tech Today

Join The Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence (MCEDSV) from 4 to 5 p.m. today (Aug. 23) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge for a learning session open to the public.

The session will cover what sexual assault can look and feel like, how it can affect victims/survivors and how we can be empathetic and proactive as a college and local community to prevent and respond to sexual assault.


Zoom Training Today

This is a reminder that Michigan Tech IT will be conducting a Zoom training session today. A Zoom representative will cover all aspects of Zoom from 2 to 3 p.m. today in Fisher 138. You may attend the web conference from your own computer at 2 p.m. by clicking here. This is limited to 500 online participants.

If you happen to miss it, this training will be recorded and made available soon. If you have any questions regarding Zoom or this scheduled web conference, contact us at