Rozsa Calendars for 2017-18 Season Now Available

The popular Rozsa Center calendars are now available. Again this year, there are both full-size wall calendars and the handy pocket/desk calendars that fit neatly in purses, pockets and, of course, by your phone on your desk.

You can pick up one of each or both at the Rozsa Center or at any of the more than 120 local Houghton and Hancock businesses who display and distribute them each year.

Featured this year are 12 Rozsa Presenting Series events, more than 33 Visual and Performing Arts events including music, theater and visual arts and the ever-popular 41 North Film festival.

Season Ticket Packages are on sale now, with the best discounts available on all the season has to offer! There are four Season Ticket Package options this year, offering savings of 18 to 37 percent off single-ticket prices.

Single-ticket sales begin Sept. 1. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Michigan Tech Ticketing Services at the Central Ticket Office (SDC), at 7-2073, or go online.

For Michigan Tech faculty and staff, we would like to make it easy for you to get your copies of the calendars. If you would like a calendar delivered directly to your campus mailbox, please click on this link and fill out the google form. We will gladly send a calendar to you in intercampus mail. 

Nominate Yourself or Others for the Michigan Tech Research Forum: TechTalks

Dear Michigan Tech Faculty, Postdocs and all Researchers:
Last year we launched the Michigan Tech Research Forum—a University presentation series featuring you and your work in the form of TechTalks and distinguished lectures.

The series will run again this year, with the first event coming up on Oct. 15. Time before and after each event is dedicated to socializing. There will be light refreshments and opportunities for you to seed collaborative discussions, form partnerships and garner
feedback/awareness.

A venue to showcase work in beginning or advanced stages, TechTalks are fun, rapid-paced samplings of work from a number of faculty using two slides in two minutes. We want to feature you and other researchers from across campus in TechTalks, so self-nominations are encouraged. If you do self-nominate, we will ask for your talk details simultaneously.

If you nominate others, they will be invited via email to provide the talk details. All topics are welcome.

Submit your TechTalks nominations online by Friday (Sept. 1).

The Michigan Tech Research Forum also presents a distinguished lecture each semester to honor faculty for their research impact. Distinguished lecturers are selected for their ability to increase the knowledge of our community by connecting their research with societal and community concerns.

Save the dates. Fall semester dates for the Michigan Tech Research Forum are Tuesday, Oct. 5 and Thursday, Nov. 7. Spring semester dates are Thursday, Feb. 15
and Wednesday, March 21.

We will update you as soon as nominations are finalized and speakers are confirmed.
Special note: On-site, low-cost childcare at the MUB is available during the events. Register online.

The Michigan Tech Research Forum is presented by the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, in coordination with the Office of the Vice President for Research.

Visit our website for more information, including an archive of last year's TechTalks and distinguished lectures.

Hear the Name Say It Right

Learning and correctly pronouncing names is challenging, but it’s one of the best things an instructor can do (and encourage students to do) to promote community in a class. There’s evidence that learning names can reduce cheating, increase academic performance, and aid in classroom management.

The new “NameCoach” tool that’s available in the left toolbar of every Canvas course this fall at Michigan Tech should help with this.

“NameCoach Recorder” allows an instructor or student to record their correctly pronounced name as well as indicating an “honorific” and preferred pronouns. (The system will even call a phone to make the recording if preferred). Recording once (for any class) will make the name available for all sections. “NameCoach Roster” displays a list of recorded names, honorifics, and pronouns and allows class members to hear and practice names.  A screencast demonstration is available if needed.

The process takes less than five minutes, and students new to Michigan Tech will be asked to record their names as part of orientation this fall. Instructors are encouraged to record their own names and to ask all returning students to do so as well.

Remember that names that might seem easy to pronounce (including your own!) may seem very difficult for others. 

Student questions about making recordings can be directed ithelp@mtu.edu (7-1111).   

This initial implementation of NameCoach was co-sponsored by the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.

Breakers to Bridge Paddle Festival

The Breakers to Bridge Paddle Festival, paddling events centering around the Keweenaw, is planned for Saturday Sept. 9.

The 10-mile paddle check begins Friday, September 8 at the Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP) then a casual social at 6 p.m. at the KBC.

On Sept. 9, the 10 Mile non-competitive timed paddle from Breakers (North Canal Boat Launch) to the Portage Lake Lift Bridge will take place followed by a celebration at Houghton East Waterfront Park, with food available from The Fitz.

Food tokens are available for purchase in advance and folks are encouraged to do so online. 
On Sept. 10, folks are encouraged to get out and explore on their own, be it paddling, biking or hiking some of the great trails here in the Keweenaw.

The event is planned by Michigan Tech's Outdoor Adventure Program in partnership with the Keweenaw Land Trust.

Registration is now open for all events, including food tokens, online
Boat rentals are available, but must be reserved during online registration.

Breakers To Bridge is a event to raise awareness for the Keweenaw Water Trail and the Keweenaw Land Trust, a community partner dedicated to protecting land, water and quality of life through conservation, stewardship and education.

This event is open to anyone and food can be purchased separately via the register tab on the website.

Dining Services Offers Gift Cards in Retail Locations

Gift cards are now available in Dining Services for use in our Retail Dining Services locations. You may use these cards at the North Coast Grill and Deli, Library Café, Coaches Corner, Fusion, Ski Hill, Campus Café and Ice Arena — Concession Stands.

Gift cards can be purchased at the Dining Retail locations. Departments who wish to purchase gift cards using their department index must fill out the gift card department charge form located on the dining services web site.

Forms can be found under resources on Dining Services main web site page. If you have any questions please contact Daryl Matthews at 7-3176.

Tailgates, Fifth Quarter Part of Football Opener

The Michigan Tech Athletics and the football program will host the "Fifth Quarter Social" after Thursday night's season opener against Truman State.

The Bonfire Grill will be the site for the event and is open to all Husky fans. Tech Head Coach Steve Olson will be on hand for a meet and greet with fans.

The Bonfire Grill will also provide food and beverages for the VIP Tailgate Party prior to each game of the 2017 season. It's not too late to purchase a VIP 4 Pack which comes with four tickets to every Huskies' home game. The 4-pack gives fans access to the VIP Tailgate Party prior to each game with free food and beverage provided by the Bonfire Grill. Free preferred parking in lot 24, free game program (first 300) and game program recognition are also included.

VIP 4 Packs cost $400, and up to $200 may be tax deductible. The VIP ticket program is in its 14th year and this year fans get six games compared to five last season.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the SDC Central Ticket Office, by calling 7-2073 or online. Ticket office hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.Monday through Friday.

Questions about football VIP 4 pack tickets should be directed to Gary Kruzich, Tech's Director of Athletic Partnerships and Ticket Sales, at 7-1604.

The Michigan Tech Career Services department will also host a tailgate party on Thursday night. The tailgate will take place in the south end zone of Sherman Field.

Students are invited to visit the Career Services Welcome Tent for food, drinks and conversation. Students can sign up for a drawing which offers a chance to win a new 43 inch TV. At halftime, the name of three contestants will be drawn from student entries, who will then compete for prizes. The first place contestant wins the TV, second place gets a University Images Team Apparel Pack with third place earning a $25 gift certificate to the University Images Gift Shop.

A shuttle to Sherman Field will pick up at the MUB Circle, Wads Annex and behind DHH.

Thursday's game kicks off at 7 p.m. and will be the first of six home games this year for the Huskies. 

In the News

The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners' website published an article about Michigan Tech's Summer Youth Program, Preparing African American Males for Energy and Education (PAAMEE), attended by high school students from the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP).

Michigan Public Service Commission Commissioner Rachael Eubanks was a keynote speaker during the weeklong program at Michigan Tech. Read the story here.

On The Road

Mark Kulie (GMES/GLRC) is attending the American Meteorological Society 38th Conference on Radar Meteorology this week in Chicago.

He will present a talk entitled "Seasonal Variability of Shallow Cumuliform Snowfall: A CloudSat Perspective" in the "Moving Platforms. Vehicle, Airborne, Shipborne and Spaceborne: Satellite" session. He is also co-chairing the "Cloud Studies Using Radars" conference session.

In Print

John Vucetich (SFRES), recently published an essay on the website of the Center for Humans and Nature. Vucetich's essay "Are Humans and Nature Fundamentally One and the Same?" is a response to the question series "What Happens When We See Ourselves as Separate From or as a Part of Nature?"

In the essay, Vucetich looks to the ideas of Frederic Clements, James Lovelock, Arne Naess and the Ojibwe people to show that humans and nonhumans are deeply interconnected and fundamentally one and the same. Read the essay here.

New Funding

Elena Semouchkina (ECE/ICC), is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $337,217 research and development grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The project is "Developing Anisotropic Media for Transformation Optics by Using Dielectric Photonic Crystals." This is a three-year project. 

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Jaroslaw Drelich (MSE) is the principal investigator on a project that has recevied a $135,669 research and development grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Shiyue Fang (Chem), Tarun Dam (Chem), Xiaohu Xia (Chem) and Kathryn Perrine (Chem) are the Co-PIs on the project, "MRI:Acquisition of an Atomic Force Microscope for Force Measurement, Single-Molecule Manipulation and other Applications." This is a three-year project.

 

Reminders

"Born on a Blue Day" Author on Campus Today

Daniel Tammet, author of the best-selling memoir, "Born on a Blue Day," is on campus today. His book was this year's summer reading selection for first-year students. 

Tammet will give two addresses, 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. in the Rozsa Center. There will be book signings following the talks.

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GSG "O Week" Events

The Graduate Student Government has two events planned for Orientation Week. From 5 to 8 p.m. tomorrow (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. 

Continuous Improvement Connection

The fall semester is upon us along with another opportunity to seek perfection. The Office of Continuous Improvement is here for you, whether you are in HR, dining, athletics, academics, etc. We want to help you and your processes run more effectively and efficiently.

Do you have a process that needs a little TLC? Give us a call at 7-3180, or propose a kazien (improvement event) on our website

Along with hosting improvement events, we are actively trying to find ways to engage more students with our office. That being said... Our office will have a booth at the Library Expo this week for orientation week, come check us out if you want to learn more about what it is that we can provide for you and students.

As always we also have our lean library available to you if you'd like to read a book or two about various things like: learning lean, applying lean to your office or organization, or the lean thinking, etc.