Presidential Search Update

The search for the next president of Michigan Tech continues with the Presidential Search Committee (PSC) reporting progress. In a letter to the campus community, Search Committee Chair Bill Johnson and Vice Chair Brenda Ryan, both members of the University's Board of Trustees, wrote that the search committee and search consultants from Storbeck/Pimental & Associates continue to collaborate and appreciate the contributions from the University community. 

Throughout the process, the committee has held community updates regarding the progress of the presidential search. The next community update meeting is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb 22 in Memorial Union Ballroom A2. You can access the live stream here.

The meeting is open to the University community and local community. The meeting will be live streamed for those unable to attend the campus event. 

Previous meetings of the PSC and the search consultants were held on Dec. 14, Jan. 9 and Monday (Jan. 22). Discussions included recruitment progress from the consultants, a review of the process for Round One interviews and development of the PSC's list of candidates for Round One interviews.

Johnson and Ryan say participation of the PSC is critical and essential to the search process. "While we remain committed to a collaborative, transparent, inclusive and legally compliant process, we also remain diligent in protecting the confidentiality of all applicants in order to attract and retain the most qualified candidate pool possible. The Board of Trustees and the PSC will continue to follow best practices for executive search processes in the competitive higher education market."

The Presidential Search Committee, with the search consultants, will meet Tuesday (Jan. 30), for another recruitment update and planning for the next phase in the search process. The next Focus Group meeting is Feb. 22.

Spring 2018 HuskyLEAD Series

Student Activities announces the Spring 2018 HuskyLEAD series schedule. HuskyLEAD is a series of hour-long workshops that help Michigan Tech students develop personal, professional, academic and organizational leadership skills. The workshops are free and open to everyone. All sessions will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge A.
Faculty and staff are encouraged to pass this information along to students. Attendance is taken at the workshops and can be forwarded to faculty who assign them as a supplement to their curriculum.
The Spring 2018 schedule is as follows:
  • Thursday, Feb. 1 — "Know Your Role—Tips for Leading and Following in a Team." An effective team uses all members to get the most out of each person. Learning which role you need to fill on a team can be vital to the success and efficiency of your group. We will focus on finding your fit in the team and skills that you can use with any group. This session will involve audience participation for most of the activities. The presenters are Jared Johnson and the Outdoor Adventure Team.
  • Thursday, Feb. 15 — "Leveraging Leadership Skills with Employers."  You don't have to be in a leadership position to be a leader. Learn innovative strategies to showcase your best self to future employers. The presenters are Career Services and Doug Stage from Kimberly-Clark Corporation.
  • Thursday, March 22 — "Leading with Inclusivity: How to impact Your World with Intentional and Inclusive Actions, Language and Purpose."  This workshop will raise your awareness and understanding of how to recognize how our conscious and subconscious actions affect others and how we can shift our behaviors to create a more welcoming and inclusive community. The presenter is Amy Howard from the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.
  • Thursday, April 5 — "Mindfulness 101: Improve Focus and Reduce Stress Before Finals." Learn the basics of mindfulness to help you reduce stress and increase your focus for final exams. The practice of mindfulness can be applied to starting a new job or internship, or just reducing daily stress and living more fully in the present. The presenter is Joan Kero, health coach and yoga instructor.
For more information, visit the HuskyLEAD website. If you have any questions or comments about the workshops, email Rochelle Spencer or Maryann Wilcox or call 7-1963.

Comedian Josh Blue Headlines Winter Carnival

Josh Blue is this year's Winter Carnival Comedian. The Rozsa Center, Student Entertainment Board, Blue Key Honor Society and the MUB Board have partnered again this year to present the Winter Carnival Comedian.

Perhaps best known as the comedian who puts the cerebral in cerebral palsy, he will perform at 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9 at the Rozsa Center. Blue centers much of his self-deprecating act around his disability. He exploded onto the national comedy scene by capturing the attention and endearment of the country as the winner of "Last Comic Standing."

Having already established himself as one of the most sought-after comedians on the college circuit, his weekly appearances on "Last Comic" in the summer of 2006 expanded his fan base exponentially. In 2011, Josh starred in "Comedy Central Presents: Josh Blue," which received rave reviews from fans and critics alike.

Most recently, Blue debuted a one-hour comedy special on Showtime, "Sticky Change," where he cracks jokes and tells stories about everything from being a white African-American, to dealing with cabbies who think he'll pay in sticky change. The special is currently available on Netflix. He has appeared twice on "Ron White’s Comedy Salute to the Troops" on CMT and made his late-night television debut on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

Blue was the first comedian to perform stand-up on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," was named Best Winning Reality Show Guest for his appearance on "Live with Regis and Kelly" and made a standout guest appearance on "Comics Unleashed."

He was a member of the US Paralympic Soccer Team and competed in Athens at the Paralympic Games, the world’s second largest sporting event. Blue is a single father living in Denver, Colorado with his son, Simon and daughter, Seika.

Tickets are on sale now, $15 general admission and no charge for Michigan Tech students. Tickets are available by phone at 7-2073, online, in person at the Central Ticketing Office in the Student Development Complex or at the Rozsa Box Office the evening of the performance. The Rozsa Box Office opens two hours prior to performances.

Durocher Begins Appointment with the APS

John Durocher (Bio Sci) has started a three-year appointment on the American Physiological Society (APS) Education Committee. Durocher attended a fall meeting in Bethesda, Maryland to prepare for his upcoming responsibilities.

He will be the assistant coordinator of the Horwitz & Horwitz Undergraduate Research Awards at the 2018 Experimental Biology Conference, assistant coordinator of the Physiology Refresher Course at the 2019 EB Conference, and the lead coordinator of the Physiology Refresher Course at the 2020 EB Conference.

Durocher will also assist with development of a Professional Postdoctoral Skills Training course.

New ASPIRE website

A new Google site has been released to help answer some of the questions you may have concerning the ASPIRE system including topics such as: error reports, duties, access, training, etc. Bookmark this new page, and begin using it immediately.

The ASPIRE system will change in the near future, and we are looking for space coordinators, department coordinators or equipment coordinators that may be interested in being part of a user group to help us determine the needs and wants of ASPIRE users. If you would be interested in joining this group, complete this form.

If you have any questions regarding the ASPIRE system, contact aspirehelp-l@mtu.edu.

Continuous Improvement Connection

Hey Huskies,

The new semester has begun, and we're sure for many of you, it’s going to get busy very quickly. So let’s start the new year Lean. 

Maybe last semester you were at your wit's end with meetings, projects, homework and exams. This semester, you want to find different ways to stay on top of everything, and reduce stress overall.

Lean implementation has all kinds of tips and tricks so that you’re always on top of your schedule and getting the most out of your studies. Lean helps us continually improve, becoming better and better with each experience.

Want to learn how? Contact our office at 7-3180, or by email or stop by our office in Wads 136W. We have an office full of people ready to help, as well as a Lean library that contains books full of Lean knowledge.

Scholarship Applicants Sought

The Portage Health Foundation (PHF) and Michigan Tech are once again seeking local applicants for the Making a Difference Scholarship.

At the heart of what the PHF does is investing in health care, health research and health education. “We believe there is an enormity of opportunity for young people,” said Kevin Store, executive director of the PHF.

“By helping to provide access to higher education opportunities, we can help meet the diverse health needs of our communities by inspiring our next generation of professionals to become scientists, researchers and doctors who can address and solve some of our most challenging health care problems.”

Four high school seniors or transfer students who are residents of Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw or Ontonagon counties will receive an $8,000 annual scholarship to attend Michigan Tech in the fall of 2018 and pursue a degree in pre-health, health sciences or health engineering programs. The scholarship will be renewable for up to four years (eight semesters) of study.  Completed scholarship applications are due by Feb.15.

Michigan Tech will host an information session from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday (Jan. 30) at the Michigan Tech Admissions Office in the McAllister Welcome Center of the Memorial Union Building.  

Attendees have the opportunity to learn about health education pathways at Michigan Tech and get details on how to apply for this scholarship and other opportunities such as undergraduate research experiences and athletic training experiences - also funded through the PHF and Michigan Tech partnership.

Read more information about the scholarship or RSVP for the information session.

Pakistani Cuisine at Today's Khana Khazana

Today at the Memorial Union North Coast Grill and Deli, Khana Khazana is featuring a menu from Pakistan.

The menu features:

  • Sindhi Biriyani—A spicy meat and rice dish
  • Shahi Paneer Biriyani—Vegetarian dish with tomatoes and chillies
  • Boondi Raitha—Dessert made from chickpeas
  • Falooda—Beverage made with milk and rose syrup
Serving is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. The cost is $7.95 and includes a fountain beverage. Visit Khana Khazana on Facebook.

Basketball Sweeps Davenport

The Michigan Tech men's and women's basketball teams picked up Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference victories over Davenport yesterday afternoon at Lake Superior State University.

The games were made up after they were postponed from last Saturday due to norovirus on Davenport's Grand Rapids campus.

The women recorded an 82-54 win over Davenport in a rare noon start. The Huskies outscored the Panthers 24-4 in the second quarter to pull away and grab the momentum after a tightly contested first quarter.

"Our second quarter was really good today, holding them to just four points," Michigan Tech Head Coach Kim Cameron said. "We are heading into the final segment of our season before the tournament starts and we have to continue to focus on our consistency. There are so many signs of greatness on our team which we see on the court. I'm proud of our players because I felt like there was big effort made and they took pride in this game. As we start putting things together for the stretch run, this was a good confidence builder for us going into the second half of the GLIAC schedule."

The Michigan Tech men held off Davenport for a 71-64 victory later in the afternoon. The Huskies maintained the lead for nearly 38 of the 40 minutes, but the Panthers remained within striking distance all the way to the end.

"When we executed our offense and defense today we looked like a good team and were able to create some separation," Michigan Tech Head Coach Kevin Luke said. "When went up by 16 points in the second half, that's where we needed to put the petal to the metal and continue to pull away. We got a little bit out of rhythm and didn't execute well which helped them to get back in it.

"Kyle [Monroe] had big game for us which was key and I thought we played a pretty solid game defensively, limiting them to 64 points. Our zone defense was really good today and helped us create some turnovers which led to points. We've been working on it a little bit more because I think we need it as a weapon going into the second half of the GLIAC schedule."

 Monroe, a junior, led the huskies with a career-high 41 points.

Both teams are back at home Sunday taking on rival Northern Michigan, in a game that was originally scheduled for Saturday. The women tip off at 1 p.m. followed by the men at 3 p.m.

Read the full stories and find out more about Huskies sports at michigantechhuskies.com.

Hockey Huskies Take on Ferris Tonight, Tomorrow

The Hockey Huskies are in Big Rapids, Michigan, to take on the Ferris State Bulldogs in WCHA action tonight and tomorrow at Ewigleben Ice Arena. 

The puck drops at 7:07 p.m. each night. The teams split their first meeting of the season on December 8-9 at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena. The Huskies are 13-9-5 overall and 9-6-5-2 in the WCHA, and unbeaten in nine of their last 10 league games. Tech is fifth in the WCHA standings and enters the weekend two points behind Bemidji State and six points back of third-place Bowling Green.

The Bulldogs enter the weekend 10-7-1 overall and 7-12-1-0 in conference play. Ferris currently sits in eighth place in the conference a single point behind Alaska and two points behind Alabama Huntsville. 

The games can be heard on local radio on 93.5 FM, live streamed on Pasty.net and video streamed on WCHA.tv. There is also live Tweeting

Tech is 16-13-1 all-time against Ferris State. The Huskies are 6-7-0 in games played in Big Rapids against the Bulldogs. They last met at Ewigleben Ice Arena on October 16-17, 2015 when the two teams split.

Materials Science and Engineering Seminar

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering Seminar Series Speaker will be Pinaki Mukherjee (MSE). He will present “Fundamentals of Analytical Electron Microscopy Techniques” from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday (Jan. 30) in M&M 610. Refreshments provided. More information is available here.

Reminders

Retirement Reception for Lois Blau Today

The Department of Chemistry invites the University community to a retirement reception for Lois Blau, director of the Chemistry Learning Center.

Lois is retiring after more than 25 years at Michigan Tech. The reception will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. today (Jan. 26) in the Chemistry Learning Center, Chem Sci 208.

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KIP Spring Seminar Series Today

Join us from 3 to 4 p.m. today (Jan. 26) in ATDC 101, for the kick-off of our KIP Spring Seminar Series. John Borstad, chair of the Department of Physical Therapy at the College of St. Scholastica, will present "Posterior Shoulder Tightness: Biomechanics and Clinical Application."

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C-Cubed Luncheon Today

Today's (Jan. 26) C-Cubed luncheon is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited. The buffet lunch is $10 per person. Cash, credit cards and C-Cubed gift certificates (available in the Memorial Union office) are accepted. Find more information and share C-Cubed feedback online. To join the C-Cubed Google Group and receive weekly menus, email lharry@mtu.edu.

Today's menu:

Moroccan Lamb Sliders (GF)
Vegetarian Moroccan Sliders (V)
Moroccan Chickpea Soup (GF, VE)
Moroccan Flame Roasted Sweet Potato Salad (GF, VE)

V- Vegetarian, VE-Vegan, Vegetarian, GF- Gluten Free

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Film Board Presents "Blade Runner 2049"

For the second weekend in a row, Film Board presents, "Blade Runner 2049." 

Show times are:

  • Today — 5:308:30 11:30 p.m.
  • Tomorrow — 2:305:308:3011:30 p.m.
  • Sunday — 2:305:30 p.m.
Located in Fisher 135. Tickets are $3 and concessions are $1 each. We hope to see you at the show this weekend, and have a great day!

In the News

A photomicrograph illustrating a growth spiral on a natural graphite crystal, taken by John Jaszczak (Physics), was published on the cover of the latest issue of Rocks and Minerals magazine (Jan/Feb vol. 93, 2018.) 

Job Posting

Job Posting for Friday, January 26
Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in Human Resources.  For more information regarding staff positions, call 7-2280 or email jobs@mtu.edu. For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted.
​Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering Technology, School of Technology. 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.

Notables

Faculty, Students Win at Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival

Kent Cyr (VPA) was recognized for a faculty service award for Innovative Teaching at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) Region III. The Festival, held Jan. 9-14 at the University of Indianapolis, encourages, recognizes and celebrates the finest and most diverse work produced in university and college theater programs. In addition, a number of our Visual and Performing Arts students were recognized. View the VPA blog for a complete list of student awards.

Dean's Teaching Showcase

Michigan Tech’s 2018 Dean’s Teaching Showcase leads off with College of Sciences and Arts Dean Bruce Seely's first selection,  Cécile Piret, assistant professor of mathematics. Born in Belgium, she is an applied and computational mathematician who started at Tech in 2014.

Piret noticed that many students in her Calc 3 classes struggled with multivariable calculus problems in two and three dimensions. Such problems, which will eventually be crucial for studying mechanical stresses, fluid flows (water through a turbine, etc.) or heat transfer, fascinate applied mathematicians, also matter greatly to engineers.

Yet she has found engineering students “are not always fond of mathematics.” Even more concerning: students who cannot visualize 2- and 3- dimensional phenomena “may quickly lose interest, and soon fail to keep up with homework on a material to which they cannot (or don’t want to) relate.”

Her response?  She “takes into account students’ different interests and level of expertise, and tries to address some weaknesses of traditional math instruction.”

Piret thought 3-D printers might help. “The idea is simple: spark an interest by getting students to `geek out` on a mathematics problem, like they would on an engineering project, concrete and tangible. To solve a problem, they are asked to understand the calculus behind the particular related mechanism or property, and to use a 3D printer to physically print their solution and verify their results.” 

Not only were students engaged in the math, but they “also showed off their results in creative video submissions, which demonstrated their enthusiasm about the project.” She hopes the experience “might change their attitude just enough to perceive the usefulness of mathematics.”

She is working with assistant professor Joshua Ellis in Cognitive & Learning Sciences (there will be more about Josh in a future Showcase article), to determine whether and how much the 3-D printers helped improve  students’ motivation in a math class. The results are promising. Piret concluded, “3D printers can be seen as an exciting new teaching tool. It is fascinating to explore new teaching methods, and the new doors that 3D printers open.”  

Her enthusiasm for helping engineering students “see” their problems is impressive. But such passion for student success is typical of CSA faculty, whom share with Piret the power to touch positively the education of every Tech student, especially in foundational courses whose importance many students do not initially appreciate. Thanks to Cécile Piret and all of her colleagues across the college for their dedication and commitment to excellent teaching. 

Find out more this project on the Michigan Tech News Website.