LeaderShape: An Insider's Account

What does it take to be a leader? From Jan. 2-7, 53 Michigan Tech students explored answers to this question at the 21st annual LeaderShape Institute held at Michigan Tech's Ford Center in Alberta. I was lucky enough to be one of the 53 chosen.

We learned leadership involves living in a state of possibility, making a commitment to a vision, developing relationships to move the vision into action and sustaining a high level of integrity. We were taught effective leadership takes place in the context of a community and results in positive change.

At LeaderShape, we were committed to acting consistently with core ethical values, personal values and convictions. We were shown leadership skills that would not only benefit us as individuals, but the communities and organizations of which we are a part. In essence, we were taught how to lead with integrity.

Read the full story.


Few Michigan Tech Students Defaulting on Their Loans


With a student loan default rate of just over 2 percent, Michigan Tech students are defaulting on student loans at the second lowest rate among public universities in Michigan, according to new data released by a website called Student Loan Report.net

Michigan Tech’s default rate of 2.01 percent is more than 9 percent lower than the national average of 11.35 percent, according to the website.

The only public university in Michigan with a lower default rate is the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, whose default rate is 1.26 percent.

The Student Loan Report is based on US Department of Education data. It includes default rates for more than 4,500 public and private colleges and universities nationwide. 

Michigan Tech ranked 7th among all schools—public and private—in Michigan and in the top 10 percent of all schools in the nation.

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Film Board Presents "Arrival"

This weekend, Film Board presents "Arrival."

Tomorrow, Jan. 20 — 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 21 — 2:30, 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 22 — 2:30, 5:30 p.m.

Located in Fisher 135. Tickets are $3 and concessions are $1 each.

"Arrival" is rated PG-13 for brief strong language.

Green Film Series Continues Tonight

Michigan Tech's Seventh Annual Green Film Series continues tonight a showing and discussion of the films "After Coal" and "Half Life."

"After Coal," (60 min.) profiles individuals building a new future in the coalfields of central Appalachia and Wales. Welsh coalfields were shut down in the 1980s, eliminating more than 20,000 jobs while Appalachian coalfields lost more than 20,000 mining jobs from 1994-20014.

Both regions have survived disasters associated with mining production & waste disposal, and each has explored strategies for remembering the past while looking to the future.

"Half Life: America's Last Uranium Mill," (12 min.), describes the Ute tribe’s concern that toxic and radioactive contamination from the White Mesa Mill in SE Utah threatens their water supply and life.

The films begin at 7 p.m. with a discussion facilitated by Roman Sidortsov (SS) to follow. Coffee and dessert will be served. 

There is no admission but a $3 donation is suggested.

Basketball Teams at Home Tonight, Saturday

The Michigan Tech men's and women's basketball teams are home for a pair of GLIAC games, tonight and Saturday.

The teams take on Northwood tonight with the women tipping off at 5:30 and the men at 7:30 p.m. The men are fresh off last week's road sweep over Wayne State and No. 18 Saginaw Valley. The wins put Tech just a game behind GLIAC North Division leader Ferris State. 

The women had mixed results last week downing Wayne State but falling to SVSU. Northwood comes to Houghton with an overall record of 8-6 while owning a 5-4 slate against GLIAC teams.

Michigan Tech is teaming up with SkyWest Airlines to give a lucky fan a chance at a pair of airline tickets during the double header tonight. At halftime of the women's game, three contestants will have a chance to shoot for the tickets and if no one wins, the promotion will be held again during halftime of the men's game with three new lucky contestants. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 7-2073.

On Saturday, the Huskies take on GLIAC and Upper Peninsula rival Lake Superior State University. The women's game starts at 1 p.m. with the men tipping off at 3 p.m.

All games can be heard on local radio, 93.5 FM. 

Ski Team Hosts Training Session for Young Skiers

Members of Michigan Tech's Nordic skiing teams participated in a community engagement event last Saturday when they hosted the Ski Tigers Development Team, a local youth skiing club, at the Nordic Training Center.

Tech's skiers devoted their Saturday afternoon to guide the Ski Tiger's afternoon lessons. While the Ski Tigers consist of ages 5-18, the Huskies worked primarily with elementary age children to develop basic skills such as going up and down small hills, while more mature Ski Tigers focused on agility courses.

The Copper Country Ski Tigers originated in the early 1990's and thrives off the passion of a group of volunteers who wanted to grow the ski community for the area's youth.

Tech Head Coach Joe Haggenmiller said, "It's important for our team to give back to the community. It's also beneficial for the young kids to see where skiing can take them at the NCAA level."

Michigan Tech had last weekend off of competition, and will travel to Cable, Wis. to compete at the Telemark Central Super Series. The races will take place Saturday and Sunday, January 21-22.

EndNote Workshops at the Van Pelt and Opie Library

Learn how EndNote can help you easily create and manage bibliographic information and incorporate references into your writing. EndNote also offers a relatively easy way for faculty to upload citations into Digital Measures. Email library@mtu.edu with any questions.

Our Library 242 instruction room has EndNote X8 installed on Windows workstations. Attendees may bring their own laptops with EndNote X8 downloaded prior to the session.

Visit the library’s EndNote LibGuide to download the software and get a sneak peek at what EndNote can do for you.

The Van Pelt and Opie Library will host two EndNote workshops Tuesday (Jan. 24) in Library 242. 

EndNote Basic: From 1:05 to 2:15 p.m. During the session, we will cover how to create and build an EndNote "library," add and annotate full-text documents, and best practices for organizing your references. Registration is required. Register for EndNote Basic.

EndNote Cite While You Write: From 2:15 to 3 p.m. Learn how to incorporate your EndNote library citations into a Word document in the particular style your manuscript requires. Attendees will also learn how to locate and import specialized output styles. Attending EndNote Basic, or prior knowledge of building and managing an EndNote library, is recommended. This workshop is a continuation of EndNote Basic. Registration is required. Register for EndNote Cite While You Write.

Other EndNote workshops will be offered during the Spring semester. Click here to view all of the library’s upcoming workshops.


Campus Communicators Meets Today

Every word matters when you're writing a tweet, a postcard or even a news release. If you want to improve your Michigan Tech writing, you're invited to Campus Communicators from 10 to 11 a.m. today (Jan. 19) in MUB B001. 

We'll discuss best practices, tactics supporting our new brand message platform and then use our skills and get better together in small groups. BYOD (bring your own device). To learn more about Campus Communicators and see past meeting content, check out our blog.


C-Cubed Week 2

C-Cubed lunches are offered from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Thursday and Friday throughout the school year in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. 

Soup and Sandwich Japanese Style
Chicken Katsu Sando
Yakisoba Sando (V)
Miso Soup (V)

A Greek menu featuring:
Maroulosalata (Classic Greek Lettuce Salad) (VE) 
Pastitsio (GF)
Pasta with feta, tomatoes and white beans (V, GF)

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

Send any suggestions to Christina Fabian or fill out a feed-back form online.


Inauguration Day Talk to Focus on US-Russia Relations

As Donald J. Trump is poised to become the 45th President of the United States Friday, questions about the future of relations between the United States and Russia abound.
The Social Science Speaker Series presents "From Russia, with What? Thoughts on the Future of US-Russia Relations," by Roman Sidortsov (SS) at 4 p.m. tomorrow (Jan. 20) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge B. 


Biological Sciences Seminar

Julie J. Osborne, senior design engineer, FM Wound Care, Hancock, will present at the next Biological Sciences Seminar. Her talk, "Inhibition of Bacterial Growth and Prevention of Bacterial Adhesion with Localized Nitric Oxide Delivery," will take place at 4 p.m. tomorrow (Jan. 20) in  Dow 642.

Read the abstract here.


Teaching at Tech Luncheon Workshop — Teaching Accessibly: Attending to the Needs of All Students

Join the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning for a luncheon workshop to explore time-efficient ways of designing course materials that meet the needs of students with a widening range of abilities at noon Tuesday (Jan. 24).   

Lunch will be provided to those who register today (Jan. 20).
What's Happening in Career Services
Medical Careers Week

Join us to learn about a variety of opportunities in the medical field from noon to 8 p.m. Jan. 24-26 in the Memorial Union Ballroom.
Consumer Products Day

Consumer Products Day returns for another year. This "Shark-Tank" style event features your team — the entrepreneurs — and the sharks — company representatives — who want to challenge you to come up with a re-purposed, re-designed idea for their company-supplied products.

Read previous Tech Today article for more information and a schedule of events.


Introduction to Lean Workshop

The Office of Continuous Improvement is again offering Introduction to Lean workshops for Michigan Tech employees. Training dates and times are:

  • 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26
  • 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 30
  • 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 13

The training is in Memorial Union Ballroom B2. There's no cost for this training.

To register for the course, complete this brief form by selecting a workshop date and entering your name and department. Once registered, we'll add you to a calendar event for the workshop.

To learn more about Lean, read previous Tech Today article.

In the News

The Daily Mining Gazette covered Michigan Tech's Martin Luther King Jr. Banquet Monday night. Read the story here.


WJMN-TV 3/UP Matters aired a news story about Michigan Tech being selected as one of 85 partners in a massive U.S. Department of Energy-funded research institute whose goal is to reduce energy costs of recycling and remanufacturing.


The Bay City Public Schools Spotlight newsletter featured the Michigan Tech Jazz Lab Band's "Jazz: No Drugs, No Guns" performance at Western High School. Click here for the newsletter.


TechCentury, an engineering and technology news website published by the Engineering Society of Detroit, ran an article on Michigan Tech's partnership in a large, nationwide US Department of Energy research institute working to lower energy consumption in the manufacture of recycled goods.

CTL Tip of the Week

Huskycast Gets an Update: Quizzes, Captions and More

The Panopto-Huskycast video platform has some new features available to instructors who use video in their courses. You can now add short embedded quizzes directly in the video to serve as comprehension checks and support student mastery of content. Presentation slides can now be added and modified within the online editor. Finally, auto-generated captions can now be added to videos. After editing these captions for accuracy your videos will then be fully accessible for all your students. These new Panopto-Huskycast features are demonstrated in this short screencast.

Video can be a powerful tool to support students and these new features make the Panopto-Huskycast video platform a valuable resource. The January 2017 issue of "The Teaching Professor" provides good information and resources on effective pedagogical uses of video (Are the Videos in Your Courses Promoting Learning?, pg.5). If you didn't receive "The Teaching Professor" and would like a copy, contact the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL).

The CTL Tip of the Week is brought to you by the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). For more general information or help with Canvas at Michigan Tech, be sure to visit Canvas One Stop.