Drug Free Schools and Communities Act

As part of a federal program, the campus community should be aware of the principles, laws and policies regarding drug and alcohol use on campus.

Human Resources is circulating an email notification to all employees regarding Michigan Tech’s Alcohol & Other Drug Policies, as part of a national effort to prevent the illicit use of drugs and alcohol by students and employees.

This information, required by the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, includes in part:

  • Standards of conduct on school property
  • Local, state, and federal laws
  • Health risks
  • Programs for counseling, treatment or rehabilitation
  • Sanctions against violators

For more information, see the Drug Free Workplace Statement. 

Safe Place Ally Training Registration Open for Fall Sessions

Registration is open for the Fall sessions of Safe Place Ally Training Program. The program is a comprehensive resource to better prepare faculty, staff, students and community members to address the needs of individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual (LGBTQIA*).

The program addresses a wide range of terms that LGBTQIA* students use to define themselves, unpacks the complicated notions of identity in relation to sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, addresses issues that LGBTQIA* students often deal with during the coming-out process and examines concerns that LGBTQIA* students face both in and out of the classroom. Safe Place training also explores the many ways you can work toward creating safer, inclusive and affirming spaces/environments on campus.

For times and dates of registration and training, as well as additional information about the Safe Place program, please visit the Safe Place webpage. If you have any questions, concerns or specific department/organizational needs for Safe Place Ally Training, contact Assistant Director of Campus Diversity Initiatives, Amy Lyn Howard, in the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.

EchoTrek - A Memorial Walk for MIS Student, Alec Fisher

Alec Fisher was a third year MIS student at Michigan Tech when he passed away from injuries sustained in a car accident in November 2018. Alec was also a strong supporter of the Copper Country Humane Society where he adopted his dog Echo. After Alec passed away, his parents found his Christmas list. One thing he wanted was donations to the Humane Society.

This Saturday (Oct. 5) EchoTrek will take place to honor Alec as well as support the Humane Society and the Alec Fisher Scholarship Fund. The walk will be open from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m., with check-in and registration at Walker Lawn. Participants will begin at Walker Lawn, go down to the clock tower, and return to Walker Lawn where there will be raffles, food and music. There is no official start time as you will start and end as you please. There will also be a special appearance from Blizzard T. Husky. 

The scholarship in Alec's name will be offered to juniors and above who are enrolled in Environmental Engineering or MIS with a GPA of 3.2 or better. Preference will be given to individuals from the Upper Peninsula, as Alec was a graduate of Hancock High School. To learn more, register, or donate to EchoTrek, click here.

Study Abroad Seminar Tonight

Everyone is invited to attend an information session for 2020 faculty-led study abroad programs from 5 to 6 p.m. today (Oct. 2) in Fisher 101.

Programs include England (Scotland and Ireland included) Greece, Peru, Costa Rica, Germany and the Bahamas will be discussed.

Pizza will be provided to the first students who arrive. A second session will be held on from 5 to 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 28 in the Library East Reading Room.

#AskAnArchivist Day Today

To celebrate American Archives Month, today archivists around the country will take to Twitter (and other social media platforms) to respond to questions tweeted with the hashtag #AskAnArchivist. Staff of the Michigan Tech Archives encourage everyone to take this opportunity to engage with us via Twitter to ask questions about the archival profession, collections at Michigan Tech and local history generally.

We will also be sending out trivia questions throughout the day. Questions will vary widely, from the silly (What is the strangest thing in your collection?) to the practical (How can I preserve my family photographs?)

Tweet us @mtuarchives and be sure to use the hashtag #AskAnArchivist. We hope you will join the conversation and help us celebrate American Archives Month.

ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker Tomorrow

The next Graduate Seminar Speaker Series will be held at 4 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 3) in EERC 103. Jiaqi Gong will present "“Data Contextualization in Health, Education, and Workplace. “

Gong is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Systems at University of Maryland, Baltimore County . He is the director of the SAIL lab.

D80 Conference 2019

The Michigan Tech campus community is invited to attend the annual 2019 D80 Conference which will be held on Saturday, Oct. 12 in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Free lunch will be provided.

This year's D80 Conference theme is The Intersection of Public Service and Community Engagement and topics include:

  • The Father’s Day Flood: Service, CommUNITY, and Preventative Measures -Food Insecurities, Food Sovereignty and Community Health
  • Project work conducted in places such as Panama, Ghana, Tanzania, Peru, Bahamas and more

We are very excited to welcome this year's D80 Conference keynote speaker, Michigan Tech graduate, Otha Thornton, the owner and Principal Consultant for the Thornton Consulting Group.

This year’s conference is sponsored by Michigan Tech’s Pavlis Honors College, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and the Sustainable Futures Institute. Registration is required. The deadline to register is Friday (Oct. 4).

The Michigan Tech campus and community hosts this annual conference every fall to give a platform to the voices of university students, faculty, and staff who serve communities in need, both domestically and abroad. The conference is open to anyone interested in development, design and discovery for the poorest 80% of humanity.

Advocates and Allies Workshop

We need your help to improve gender equity at Michigan Tech and invite you to join us for a workshop on October 17 or 18. The Advocates and Allies program, which originated at North Dakota State University has been adapted at numerous institutions around the nation and is now being brought to Michigan Tech. This workshop is a part of Michigan Tech’s NSF funded ADVANCE Initiative and will be facilitated by Roger Green and Christi McGeorge from North Dakota State University and Robert Gordon from Auburn University.

We will be holding the workshop three times in an effort to meet everyone’s schedule. During each workshop, there will be two concurrent sessions: one for men to work towards becoming advocates for gender equity and one for women and gender diverse individuals to discuss the issues they face related to gender equity.

The workshops will be held in the Memorial Union Building Ballroom A from 9:30 to11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. on October 17 and from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on October 18.

Refreshments will be served and attendance will be recorded in your Digital Measures if you bring your Michigan Tech ID. More information about the event is available here. If you have questions about this program, please contact the ADVANCE office in Library 102Bby 7-2519 or  advance-mtu@mtu.edu. If you are interested in attending this event, please use our RSVP form so that we can be sure to have adequate space.  

Michigan Tech Research Forum Wednesday Oct. 16

Distinguished Professor David Watkins (CEE) will be featured at the Michigan Tech Research Forum at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16 in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Watkins will present "Utilitarian Engineering: Promoting Equity and Sustainability Under Resource Constraints." All are welcome, including the general public. Complimentary snacks and a cash bar will be provided.

The Michigan Tech Research Forum began in Fall 2016 to showcase and celebrate the work of Michigan Tech researchers and to strengthen discussions in our community. Additional details can be found on the MTRF website. This Michigan Tech Research Forum event is presented by the Office of the Provost in coordination with the Office of the Vice President for Research.

Chemistry Seminar Friday

The next Chemistry seminar will take place at 3 p.m. Friday (Oct. 4) in Dow 641. John A. Jaszczak (Chem) will present "Criminal Minerals! Investigating Minerals that Break the Law ( … the Laws of Crystallography)."

As naturally occurring crystalline materials, most minerals are assumed to obey the classical laws of crystallography. Nobody and no mineral is perfect, however, and minerals routinely “break the law” by hosting imperfections and impurities due to entropy and growth conditions. Using unconventional illustrations, this talk will begin with perfect and somewhat mischievous minerals, including mistakes, defects and twins. It will then explore the wilder world of more hardened criminal minerals, investigate incommensurate crystals (calaverite, franckeite, cylindrite, merelaniite) and the newly discovered natural quasicrystals.

Jaszczak is the interim chair of the Department of Chemistry and a professor of physics. He specializes in nanotechnology education and computer modeling of materials properties. He is also an adjunct curator of the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum at Michigan Tech. 


Volunteers Needed for Food Pantry

Volunteer to help keep Michigan Tech’s Food Pantry Open for students, faculty, and staff. Volunteers are needed to run the pantry during open hours. Fall hours began on September 3. Open hours (when classes are in session) are Tuesday 11:30-1:30, Wednesday 2-4, and Thursday 4-6.

Volunteers are needed to open the pantry, answer any questions, hand out food, record pounds of food utilized, tap IDs, dating and putting donations on the shelf, and closing up. Please note that the Husky Pantry is now located in Fisher Hall, First Floor (Former After Math Cafe). Volunteers will undergo a brief training before their first shift.

Want to volunteer? Email the Husky Pantry.


Afrobeat Dance Classes

The African Students Organization (ASO) invites the Michigan Tech community to their biweekly Afrobeat dance class which start at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the SDC Fitness Studio.

This event provides a platform to enjoy energetic African music while exercising. These dance classes will be taught by proficient dancers who led the ASO to a sterling display at the Meraki Arts festival during the summer period. If you find yourself tapping your feet and shaking your head to Afrobeat music, then this is for you. For further details about this event, contact Monica Nyansa. Don’t be left out, let’s ‘dance-ercise’ together.


Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan On Campus Today

A representative from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan will be on campus for individual meetings. The representative will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today (Oct. 2) in Memorial Union Ballroom B2. The meetings will be drop-in, no appointment necessary.

Coming Up For Air Documentary Tonight

Mental Illness and its effects on families will be discussed at 6 p.m. tonight (Oct. 2) in the J.R. Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library, East Reading Room. The event will include showing scenes from "Coming Up For Air," a family drama filmed in Michigan that premiered this month.

The movie takes audiences on an all too common journey highlighting the importance of mental health care and the pressures that are put upon student to succeed. The producer, Roger Rapport, will be available to answer questions about the making of the movie. A panel of local mental health professionals will talk about local services, treatment options and statistics, as well as answer audience questions.

The goals of the event are to increase awareness, dialogue and connection, and decrease stigma. There is no cost to attend. This event is sponsored by Copper Country Mental Health and Michigan Technological University.


Make a Difference Day

Each fall, Michigan Tech participates in Make a Difference Day, the most encompassing national day of helping others. Students, faculty and staff come together to go out into the community to volunteer and make a difference.

This year, Make a Difference Day is Saturday, Oct. 19. Husky Helpers is looking for service locations in the Keweenaw area. If you or someone you know is in need of volunteer assistance for Make a Difference Day, submit a Service Request Form. Submissions are due on Friday, Oct. 11.

Students, staff, or faculty who would like to volunteer for Make a Difference Day as an individual or part of a group, can register online. Registration is due by Monday, October 14.

Find out more about Make a Difference Day. Questions can be emailed to Husky Helpers, or call Student Leadership and Involvement at 7-1963.


Creativity and Innovation: Meet Edward O. Schweitzer Today

Global innovator Edmund O. Schweitzer, III, who comes from a family of inventors, will be on campus to deliver the lecture, “Creativity and Innovation,” at 4:15 p.m. today (Oct. 2) in EERC 103. All are welcome.

Schweitzer is recognized as a pioneer in digital protection and holds the grade of Fellow in the IEEE, a title bestowed on less than one percent of IEEE members. He received the IEEE 2012 Medal in Power Engineering, the highest award given by IEEE, for his leadership in revolutionizing the performance of electrical power systems with computer-based protection and control equipment. He has written dozens of technical papers in the areas of digital relay design and reliability and holds more than 200 patents worldwide pertaining to electric power system protection, metering, monitoring and control. 

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