Update on Presidential Search

In a letter sent to the Tech community Wednesday afternoon, Presidential Search Committee Chair Bill Johnson and Vice-Chair Brenda Ryan, both members of the University's Board of Trustees, provided an update to the campus community on the status of the search for the next Michigan Tech President.    

According to the letter, "While the final selection of a President rests solely with the Trustees, we created a process designed to ensure all of the University Community voices were heard. The Presidential Search Committee (PSC) and our search consultants from Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates (SPA) have worked tirelessly together over the past several months in order to find the next President that is best suited to lead the University. The Trustees and the Presidential Search Committee have been very pleased with the outcome of the entire search process and the feedback received from the campus community; we are confident in our ability to find the next University President."

The Presidential Search Committee received more than 70 applications from a diverse and well-qualified national pool of candidates. It was then determined that more than 40 of those applicants fit the leadership profile developed from input from the entire campus community. The PSC was able to narrow that group down to 10-12 applicants for consideration to move to the interview stage.

On January 30, the PSC and search consultants met to discuss the interview questions and protocol and note-taking guidelines. When the PSC was initially formed, all members committed to and completed implicit bias training. To reinforce the training, Lorelle Meadows, dean of the Pavlis Honors College and Renee Hiller, director of Human Resources, led the group in a discussion on implicit bias. In addition, Johnson discussed how the characteristics of a good leader will lead to their success at Michigan Tech.

The PSC, with coordination by SPA, completed the first round of interviews in the presidential search. There were more than six but less than 12 candidates participating in the interview process.

Upon completion of the interviews, the PSC narrowed the list to six candidates. The PSC and SPA then conducted reference checks on all six candidates.

The final meeting of the PSC was held Feb. 21. The PSC discussed the candidate interviews and reference results to develop the list of semi-finalist candidates to recommend to the Board of Trustees. The charge from the chair of the Board of Trustees to the PSC was to identify and bring forward three or four semifinalists for the Board’s consideration by the end of February.

In their letter, Johnson and Ryan write, "We are pleased to share with you that the PSC has completed this task and has recommended four outstanding semi-finalists to the Board of Trustees for their consideration. The PSC is confident that any one of the semi-finalists will make a great leader as the next President of Michigan Tech."

As a show of gratitude for their dedication and commitment to the presidential search over the past several months, an Appreciation Dinner was held Feb. 21 for the PSC as well as recognizing the staff that were instrumental in providing support during the search.

Throughout the search, the PSC has remained diligent in protecting the confidentiality of all applicants in order to attract the most highly qualified candidates. The Board of Trustees and the PSC have followed best practices for executive search processes in a very competitive higher education marketplace.

The Board of Trustees will conduct extensive interviews with all semi-finalists and is still on track to select and announce a new president by late April. The next President scheduled to start July.

The new president will be named at a special meeting of the Board of Trustees and the campus and community will have an opportunity to meet and welcome the president-elect.

Johnson and Ryan, along with the rest of the Trustees, would like to "personally thank the members of the Presidential Search Committee and the University Community in the search for the next President of Michigan Technological University."

For more information on the search, please visit the Presidential Search website here.

Incident Command Team to Meet March 21

The University Community is invited to an open meeting of Michigan Tech's Incident Command Team (ICT) at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 21 in MUB Ballroom B. 

At the open meeting, Dan Bennett, executive director of University Safety and Security, and members of the ICT will give a short Power Point presentation on what the ICT does. There will be a conversation about the committee's current table-top exercise followed by a Q&A.

The University Community is encouraged to attend this meeting to learn about the Incident Command Team. The ICT is made up of nearly three dozen members from across campus who are trained to come together and oversee, direct and implement emergency action plans in the case of a campus emergency.

Judges are Needed for the 2018 Undergraduate Research Symposium

The Pavlis Honors College invites University faculty and staff to serve as distinguished judges at the Sixth Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, March 23 in the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts. 

Judging entails reviewing the posters and accompanying poster presentations of up to five undergraduate researchers for one to two hours.

The Symposium will highlight the cutting-edge research being conducted on Michigan Tech’s campus by some of our best and brightest undergraduate students. The students presenting represent a wide array of scientific and engineering disciplines from across campus and highlight the diversity of research areas being explored.

If you would like to serve as a judge for this event, please fill out this Judging Form. We have received another record number of abstracts this year and need help providing an exceptional learning experience for our participants. Please consider working with us to further the professional development of our undergraduate researchers.

Visit the Undergraduate Research Symposium website for more information. Share this opportunity with interested faculty, staff and local community members. 

New Look to mylogin.mtu.edu

On Tuesday, March 13, Michigan Tech IT will update the look and feel of mylogin.mtu.edu. The site will not be accessible from 6 a.m. to noon during this update. To increase security, you will see a two-page sign-on sequence, much like Google's sign-on.

On the first screen, you will enter your username. On the second screen, you will enter your password. We've posted some screenshots in our support center of what this will look like.

If you have questions about this update, contact us at it-help@mtu.edu or call 7-1111.

University Events Calendar Q&A Session

Does your department add events to the University Events Calendar or do you want to start promoting your events there? University Marketing and Communications will host a University Events Calendar Q&A Session from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday (March 7) in the Memorial Union Superior Room (B001). Learn more about the calendar, how to add an event as an event administrator and get your questions answered.

New Michigan Tech Login Page Rolling Out to Other Sites

In January, we announced that Banweb Self-Service and MyMichiganTech would have a new look to their login pages.  Over the next few weeks you’ll see that same new look show up on some other Michigan Tech sites.

Sites using the new page will have a URL beginning with “https://sso.mtu.edu/” (“sso” stands for Single Sign On). The new page will also have the name and description of the service that you are accessing listed in a light blue box.

If you have any questions regarding these changes, contact IT at it-help@mtu.edu or call 7-1111.

Nominations Open for Bhakta Rath Award and the Michigan Tech Research Award

The Vice President for Research Office is accepting nominations for the Bhakta Rath Research Award. The award offers an opportunity to promote and reward excellence in scientific and engineering research in the fields of physical and natural sciences and engineering. For complete submission guidelines, see Rath Research Award.

The Vice President for Research Office is also accepting nominations for the Michigan Tech Research Award, which offers an opportunity for an individual to be recognized for outstanding achievements in research. For complete submission guidelines, see Michigan Tech Research Award.

Nominations should be submitted electronically in PDF format, per the guidelines, no later than 4 p.m. Thursday, March 8. All nominations should be sent to Natasha Chopp.

Call for Proposals: Professional Development Day 2018

Professional Development Day is Thursday, May 10. Professional Development Day is open to all members of the Michigan Tech community and offers extensive learning opportunities in areas such as student and staff supervision, technology training, wellness, assessment, utilizing social media and more. Registration will open in April.

Session proposals are now being accepted. 

All faculty and staff are welcome and encouraged to participate by sharing their expertise with others across campus. This is a great opportunity to highlight the outstanding work your department(s) are doing and share that expertise with your colleagues.  Suggested categories for proposals include, but are not limited to:

  • Sharing new research/programs
  • Supervising students or staff
  • Developing leadership skills
  • Effective communication
  • Work-Life balance
  • Getting involved on campus
  • Using social media
  • Creating an inclusive environment
  • Wellness tips and programming
  • Delivering great customer service
  • Getting involved in fundraising
  • Using technology

To submit a proposal, complete this Google form.  The deadline for proposals is March 25. For any questions, contact Heather Simpson.

Turkish Cuisine at Tomorrow's Khana Khazana

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

The menu features:

  • Beyti Kebab — Ground meat grilled on a skewer and served wrapped in lavash and topped with tomato sauce and yogurt.
  • Menemen — Turkish scrambled eggs with tomatoes, onions and peppers
  • Pilaf — Rice cooked in stock with spices
  • Baklava —Layers of phyllo filled with nuts and spices and drenched in a syrup. 
Serving is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow. The cost is $7.95 and includes a fountain beverage. Visit Khana Khazana on Facebook.

Family Fun Day Seeking Donations

Planning for Family Fun Day 2018 is underway, so mark your calendars for May 12.

 The event features food and activities for the whole family, including use of the SDC swimming pool, the Tech Trails and the Gates Tennis Center. Registration for the event will be available soon.

We will not be doing a giveaway table this year; however, organizers are seeking donations for prizes. If your department has items to be used as prizes (coffee mugs, gift certificates, etc.) or if you would like to make a personal donation, contact Staff Council member Heather Sander or call 7-2466. Items can be sent via campus mail to HNBB 7th Floor. You may also call to arrange pickup of items.

Men's Basketball Wins, Women's Team Loses in GLIAC Quarter Finals

The Michigan Tech men's basketball team has advanced to the semi finals of the GLIAC Basketball tournament as the result of its 88-74 road win over Wayne State in Detroit last night.

Junior Kyle Monroe, who tied a Husky regular season scoring record, led all players with 45 points. Senior A.J. Grazulis had a team-leading six rebounds to go along with his eight points. The Huskies advance to this weekend's GLIAC Final Four, where they will take on seconded-seeded Lake Superior State in a a semi-final game at 5 p.m. Saturday (March 3) in Wink Arena on the campus of Ferris State in Big Rapids, Michigan.

Meanwhile, the Women's team will have to wait until Sunday to find out if its season will continue. The No. 20 Huskies fell at home to Ferris State 67-57 last night. Elizabeth Kellliher led three Tech players in double figures with 17. Kelli Guy had 11 and Brenna Heise had 10.

Tech is No. 4 in the latest NCAA Div. II Midwest Region rankings. The top eight teams in the region advance to the Regional Tournament. If Tech advances it will have to be as an at-large selection. The NCAA Tournament field will be announced Sunday.

Huskies Ranked No. 20 in Nation, No. 4 in Region

The Michigan Tech women's basketball team fell to No. 20 in this week's edition of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association NCAA Division II Top 25 Coaches' Poll. The Huskies held the 17th spot the previous two weeks.

The Huskies finished the regular season 23-4 overall and 17-3 in the GLIAC and was the number two seed in the GLIAC tournament. They hosted a GLIAC semi-final game last night but fell to number seven-seeded Ferris State 67-57.  Tech remains the no. 4 team in the NCAA Div. II Midwest Region. The Huskies will find out Sunday if they are one of the eight teams from the region headed to the NCAA tournament.

Grain Processing Seminar

The Chemical Engineering Grain Processing Seminar Series will feature Zhiyong Liang from Florida State University. He will present "Geometrically Constrained CNT Self-assembling and Scale-up Manufacturing toward High-performance Structural Composite Applications," at 1 p.m. tomorrow (March 2) in R.L. Smith (ME-EM) 302.


Joel Vertin, director of Digital Services (UMC), gave an invited presentation titled "Tips for a Successful CMS Evaluation," outlining his team's assessment of CMS vendors and how to evaluate needs to determine the right fit for your institution.

Vertin included steps for success and lessons learned from a successful vendor switch at Michigan Tech. The presentation was sponsored by OmniUpdate and broadcast through their live webcast platform.


"When You Comin Back, Red Ryder?" Tonight Through Saturday

The Tech Theatre Company presents Mark Medoff's Obie Award-winning play "When You Comin Back, Red Ryder?" Performances are tonight, tomorrow and Saturday (March 1-3) in the McArdle Theatre in the Walker Arts and Humanities Center. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. each evening.

Tickets are $13 for adults, $5 for youth and no charge for Michigan Tech Students with the Experience Tech fee. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone at 7-2073, in person at the Central Ticketing Office in the SDC and at the McArdle Theatre prior to the show.


Michigan Tech Adult Learners Brown Bag: Study Strategies

Michigan Tech Adult Learners will meet from noon to 1 p.m. today (March 1) in the Center for Diversity and Inclusion conference room (in the basement of Hamar House).

Susan Liebau from the Wahtera Center for Student Success will be on hand to talk about study strategies and resources available to all students on campus. We will also have time for informal discussion and an opportunity for you to meet other Adult Learners on campus. MTU Adult Learners is an informal group for students of non-traditional age taking undergraduate courses at Michigan Tech. Everyone is welcome to join us.


ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker Today

The next Graduate Seminar Speaker Series will be held at 4 p.m. today (March 1) in EERC 103.

Shiva Rudraraja will present "Length-scales, Mechano-chemistry and Extreme-scale Computing: A Route to Modeling of Microstructure and Mechanical Response of Materials. Rudraraju is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW), and a fellow of the Grainger Institute for Engineering. He heads the Computational Mechanics and Multiphysics Group at UW.


"Saving Snow" Free Movie Premiere and Discussion

Join us for a special free premiere of the new documentary on climate change and the north, "Saving Snow: Protecting Our Winter Economy."

It will be shown 7 p.m. today (March 1) at the Calumet Theater.

After the movie, we'll discuss concrete local actions that we can take to protect our winters. Visit the Facebook page.


Biomedical Engineering Graduate Seminar Tomorrow

Jason Carter (KIP) will present "Sleep Insufficiency and Cardiovascular Risk" at 3 p.m. tomorrow (March 2) in Fisher 138.

This seminar will focus on new evidence that sleep disturbances can adversely impact sympathetic neural control in humans, and that these disruptions differ between men and women. The seminar will include both experimental and clinical models and will discuss the relevance of these findings with respect to the recently revised guidelines for hypertension by the American Heart Association.


Auxiliary Services to Sponor Tomorrow's First Friday

Faculty, staff and graduate students are invited to join Auxiliary Services from 4-6 p.m. tomorrow (March 2) in Memorial Union Ballroom A for this month's First Friday Social. Complimentary soda, beer, wine and appetizers will be served. 

Next month's event on April 6 will be sponsored by Information Technology (IT) and Housing & Residential Life at the Campus Café on the ground floor of Wadsworth Hall. 


C-Cubed Luncheon Today

This week's C-Cubed luncheons take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today and tomorrow (March 1/2) 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:

  • Chicken Tetrazzini
  • Vegetarian Tetrazzini
  • Italian Salad Bar (GF, VE, V)

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


Always Room for Rain Opening Reception

There will be an opening reception for the exhibit "Always Room for Rain," from 5 to 6:30 p.m.  tomorrow (March 2) in the Rozsa Center Gallery. The reception will feature a conversation with the artists at 5:30 p.m.

The exhibit, which runs through March 31, features paintings by artists Raquel Alvizures (Guatemala) and Ross Chaney (Cherokee and Osage Nations/New Mexico). Both artists combine colors and textures to develop paintings that express their ties to their cultures and to the stories that shaped them. The artists are on campus for lectures and community events, supported in part by a grant from the Michigan Tech Visiting Women and Minority Lecture Series. The exhibit is curated by Lisa Gordillo. This lecture is partially sponsored/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. 

Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday - Friday, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

New Funding

Pasi Lautala (CEE/MTTI) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $100,000 research and development contract with Alger County. Kuilin Zhang (CEE) is Co-PI on the project "Log Movement in the Superior Region - Rate and Capacity Based Analysis of Modal Shares." This is a two-year project. 


Jeremy Worm (MEEM/APSRC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $23,945 contract from the US Department of Defense, Army, Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC).
Chris Morgan (MEEM) and Darrell Robinette (MEEM) are co-PIs on the project "Delivery of Hands-on Professional Development Modules in Engines & Transmissions." This is a five-month project.