Tau Kappa Epsilon Wins Statue Competition

The winners have been announced in the Snow Statue Competition at Michigan Tech’s Winter Carnival. This year’s theme is “Myths and Tales of the Past in Our Frigid Forecast.”

Judging took place early Thursday morning following Wednesday's all-nighter.

For the second time in the past three years, Tau Kappa Epsilon took first place in the month-long statue division. The winning entry, located along US-41 in front of the Administration Building, is “Behold a Frozen Thor, Mighty God of Viking Lore.”

Once again this year there were three divisions in the month-long competition—men, women and co-ed. Prizes were awarded to the top three statues in each division. The top three scores among all the statues were placed in the “Overall Month Long” section.

Second place in the overall section went to last year’s winner, Phi Kappa Tau, for "A Sword is Drawn from a Stone and a King Ascends an Icy Throne." Their entry is located in front of their house at 1209 Quincy St. in Hancock. Third place overall went to Delta Sigma Phi, ", in its Prime Frozen Time." All three groups competed in the men's division of the month-long competition.

In the women’s division, Delta Phi Epsilon took the top spot with “A Creature of Purity and Grace Caught in This Frozen Place.” Second place was awarded to Delta Zeta  for "Tangled in the Wind and Snow, to Houghton Rapunzel Must Go." Alpha Sigma Tau took third with their entry "Beware of the Brrr-muda Triangle".

In the co-ed division, the winner was the team of Sigma Tau Gamma and Theta Chi Epsilon for "Epic Written in Ice and Snow Showing Heroes and Dragons from Long Ago." Four Wheelers of Michigan Tech captured second place in the co-ed division with "The Myths at Tech are Commonplace, You Can Always Find a Parking Place." 

In the all-nighter category, St. Albert the Great University Parrish repeated as the overall all-nighter winner, followed by the Lutheran Campus Ministry-ELCA and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship was third. All three groups competed in the co-ed division.

Moose Lodge captured the top spot in the men's division followed by Sigma Kappa Upsilon Mu, with the Men's Rugby Club in third. 

Phi Delta Chi was the lone entry in the women's division of the all-nighter competition.

Inspiring by Example: Dr. Bruce Trusock Receives Michigan Tech Silver Medal

Silver medals aren't strictly for the Olympics. Michigan Tech is handing out one of its own, to one of its own, this weekend. Dr. Bruce Trusock, '74, will be awarded the Michigan Technological University Board of Trustees Silver Medal today.

Fittingly, the medal will be presented to the former student athlete at a Winter Carnival Huskies hockey game. Michigan Tech's team physician has served 36 years as a sports medicine doctor for Huskies Athletics, attending more than 1,500 games and volunteering more than 6,600 hours of service.

Trusock also knows a thing or two about putting on Winter Carnivals. As 1973 Blue Key Honor Society president, it was his job to oversee organizing and running the Carnival (Fun fact: the theme that year was "Frigid Fairy Tales"). His brother did the honors as Blue Key president two years later. Another brother and sister are also Tech graduates—and they're all second-generation Huskies. "My dad was a 1950 grad, in electrical engineering," Trusock says.

The Silver Medal is awarded to those whose personal and professional achievements set an outstanding example for recent Michigan Tech graduates. Read the full story on the Michigan Tech News Website.

Physics Colloquium and Visiting Women and Minority Lecturer Series

The Physics Colloquium and Visiting Women and Minority Lecturer Series will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 15) in Fisher 139. 

Monica Olvera de la Cruz will present "Surface Polarization Effects on Metal-amphiphile Emulsions."

Removal of transition metal ions, rare earth metal ions and actinide ions from the water system is of critical interest due to their highly chemical toxicity feature. Nevertheless, they are all highly soluble in water, posing a grand challenge for their efficient removal from wastewater.

Olvera de la Cruz is the Lawyer Taylor Professor of Materials Science & Engineering, Professor of Chemistry and of Chemical & Biological Engineering in Northwestern's McCormick School of Engineering.

This presentation is partially funded by the Visiting Women & Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series (VWMLSS), which is funded by a grant to the Office of Institutional Equity and Inclusion from the State of Michigan's King-Chavez-Parks Initiative.

Candidate for College of Engineering Dean to Visit

As a reminder, a campus visit by the first candidate for the position of Dean of the College of Engineering will take place Monday and Tuesday (Feb. 12/13).

The candidate will present an open departmental seminar for the Department of Mechanical Engineering - Engineering Mechanics at 11 a.m. Monday (Feb. 12) in Rekhi G006. (Note, this is a new location).

The candidate will present an open forum announcing their administrative philosophy and vision for the College at 3 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 13) in R. L. Smith (MEEM) 406. (Note, this is also a new location).

Information on all candidates and open forum information can be viewed online. An ISO login is required to view candidate information and provide comment. Both talks will be video recorded and can be viewed at other times from the website.

Economics Club Lecture on Causes and Effects of the Great Recession

It's been more than 10 years since the last recession started. What kind of crisis is coming up next? It's been almost nine years since it ended, but why does it feel like it's still not over? What side-effects can we expect of policies that were enacted in the last 10 years?

Find answers to these and other questions in a lecture titled "Borrowing, Bernanke and Beyond: The Whys, Whodunits and What’s-nexts of the Great Recession," taking place from 7 to 8:45 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 15) in R.L. Smith (MEEM) 112.

Other points to be addressed include:

  • What led to the crisis?
  • Policy responses
  • Who was responsible?
  • Policies to avoid future crisis
  • What to expect next
  • A decade later, what was learned?

Archives Open for Second Saturday During Winter Carnival

Have you ever wanted to know more about the history of Michigan Tech’s Winter Carnival? Visit the Michigan Tech Archives from noon to 5 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 10) to learn more. The Michigan Tech Archives will be open to the public for Second Saturday and to display some Winter Carnival treasures from over the years, including memorabilia, photographs, pictorials and other materials celebrating this beloved Michigan Tech tradition.

In addition, the Archives will offer the full range of its research support services and genealogy assistance during Winter Carnival Second Saturday hours. The reading room will be open at the next Second Saturday, March 10.

For more information about Second Saturday, contact University Archivist Lindsay Hiltunen at copper@mtu.edu or call 7-2505. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @mtuarchives.

Comedian Jourdain Fisher Live

Jourdain Fisher is a New York-based comedian who was born and raised in North Carolina. He will be bringing laughs to Michigan Tech at 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, in the MUB Ballroom.

With his fun material and open personality, audiences are drawn to Fisher's style and sense of humor. He started doing stand up comedy at the age of 17 to avoid working for his family's funeral home, and has since found success in clubs and colleges across the country.

Fisher has performed at various festivals including the New York Comedy Festival, Laughing Skull Festival and Laugh Your Asheville Off. He was a back-to-back winner of the Ultimate Comic Challenge, a finalist in the Carolina's Funniest competition and a regional showcase finalist for Stand Up NBC in New York. Fisher is currently a writer and actor on BET's sketch comedy show "50 Central."

This performance is free (funded by the Student Activity Fee) and hosted by Late Night Programs.

Hockey Home for Carnival

The Michigan Tech Hockey Huskies are home this weekend hosting Bemidji State for the annual Winter Carnival Series. The WCHA rivals will battle for the MacInnes Cup given to the total-goal winner on the weekend. 

This weekend is the only meeting of the year between the two teams. Tech comes into the weekend at 14-12-5 overall and 10-9-5-2 in the WCHA. BSU is 14-10-6 overall and 11-7-4-2 in the conference. The puck drops at 7:07 p.m. tonight and at 5:07 p.m. tomorrow. 

The games can be heard on local radio on 93.5 FM. You can listen to the games online at Pasty.com or by using the TuneIn Radio App on a smartphone. 

Video streaming of the games is available via WCHA.tv. Tech is 76-46-14 (.610) in Winter Carnival games since 1950. The Huskies have won the MacInnes Cup five straight years and have won eight of the last nine games.

Payroll Services, HR Information Systems Workshop

Human Resources staff from Payroll Services and HR Information Systems will offer a one-hour workshop at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 6 in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge.

The purpose of the workshop is to review the Payroll Services Standard Practice Guide, review EPAF deadlines and best practices, and answer EPAF, payroll and time entry related questions. 

This session is offered to assist EPAF originators, timekeepers, supervisors and department administrators in following Payroll and EPAF procedures and deadlines.

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



Comedian Josh Blue at Rozsa Tonight

Josh Blue, this year's Winter Carnival Comedian, will appear at the Rozsa Center tonight. Perhaps best known as the comedian who puts the cerebral in cerebral palsy, he will perform at 9 p.m.  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." Tickets and more information are available online.  Read the previous Tech Today story.


Mediterranean Cuisine at Today's Khana Khazana

Today at the Memorial Union North Coast Grill and Deli, Khana Khazana features a menu from the Mediterranean. 

The menu includes:

  • Yogurt-Marinated Chicken & Creamy Greek Sauce
  • Chickpea & Couscous in Creamy Sauce
  • Chocolate Mousse with Strawberry
Serving is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today (Feb. 9). The cost is $7.95 and includes a fountain beverage. Visit Khana Khazana on Facebook

Film Board Presents "Thor: Ragnarok"

This weekend Michigan Tech Film Board presents "Thor: Ragnarok."

Show times:

  • Today, 5:308:30 and 11:30 p.m.
  • Tomorrow, 2:305:308:30 and 11:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, 2:30 and 5:30 p.m.
Located on Michigan Tech's campus in Fisher 135. Tickets are $3 and concessions are $1 each. "Thor: Ragnarok" is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action and brief suggestive material.
C-Cubed Luncheon Today
C-Cubed luncheon takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today  (Feb. 9) 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:

  • Old Fashioned Beef Pot Roast
  • Portobello Pot Roast (GF, VE)
  • Mashed Potatoes (GF, V)
  • Salad Bar (GF)

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

Dean's Teaching Showcase: Jeff Wall

Our third Deans' Teaching Showcase member for spring 2018 comes from Dean Johnson in the School of Business and Economics (SBE). Johnson has selected Jeff Wall, assistant professor. During his brief time at Tech, Wall has already been recognized as the SBE Teacher of the Year Award and with membership in the Academy of Teaching Excellence. Johnson credits Wall's teaching success to his "humble, demure and genuine passion for students combined with a deep knowledge of his field."

In his nomination, Johnson also emphasized Wall's flexibility: "From the freshman intro course to the advanced graduate MBA and Master of Data Science course, Jeff has the ability to effectively teach a wide range of topics and class levels. Jeff consistently receives high teaching evaluations and positive comments from students across this spectrum. I believe this is due to Jeff's ability to make each student an active valuable member of the class." 

When asked how he helps students feel included, Wall emphasizes using projects and a need for a "safe" environment to enable learning. He elaborates, "In the classroom, I seek to foster an environment of mutual respect and to create an environment where it is okay to experiment and make mistakes. During experiential learning sessions, student teams are asked to present their work to the class for critique. Students see that all of the teams make mistakes. These sessions help to reinforce the idea that making mistakes is an important part of the learning process. From these sessions, students see what common mistakes may occur in practice and how to avoid or remedy them in the future."

Wall will be recognized at an end-of-term luncheon with 11 other showcase members, and is now eligible for one of three new teaching awards to be given by the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning this summer recognizing introductory or large class teaching, innovative or outside the classroom teaching methods, or work in curriculum and assessment.