Campus Resources for Students

According to the Healthy Minds Study done on campus in the fall of 2018, 49% of our students indicated that they would go to faculty or staff if they had an issue impacting their academic performance. In these situations, students are often looking for advice and direction so it is helpful to be aware of some of the key resources available on campus: 

Counseling Services is available to assist in a crisis or provide short-term, solution-focused counseling. Walk-in hours are available daily and are listed on the website.

Husky Food Access Network supports student experiencing food insecurity. Food is available at the Husky Food Pantry located in Fisher Hall, in the space that was previously the Aftermath Cafe. Hours are listed on the website.

Report a Concern is a web page that allows anyone to file a concern about a variety of topics. In this case, if you are concerned about a student and think they would benefit from additional follow up, use the Student of Concern report button. The Dean of Students Office will triage the report and connect the student appropriately.

Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success offers support for students would benefit from developing executive functioning skills like time management, personal organization, self-control, and communication. In addition, students with disabilities are also able to request accommodations here.

Emergency Financial Resources are available for students who experience an unexpected emergency. Three different funds are available depending on whether a student is an undergraduate or graduate and/or domestic or international.

Dean of Students Office is the place to call/email if you aren’t sure what to do. We can help sort out a situation, make a referral, or contact the student directly in order to have a further discussion. 

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Bonnie Gorman

Judges Needed for Design Expo

You are invited to be a judge for the 2020 Design Expo on Thursday, April 16. This year will mark the 20th anniversary of Design Expo! The Expo highlights hands-on projects from more than 1000 students on Enterprise and Senior Design teams.

Although special expertise is appreciated, judges are not required to be technological specialists or engineers. If you like engaging with students and learning more about the exciting projects they are working on, please consider judging.

Who should judge?

  • Community members
  • Michigan Tech faculty and staff
  • Alumni interested in seeing what today's students are accomplishing as undergrads
  • Those looking to network with Michigan Tech faculty and students
  • Industry representatives interested in sponsoring a future project

Design Expo is co-hosted by the College of Engineering and the Pavlis Honors College. If you would like to serve as a judge at this year’s Design Expo, register as soon as possible to let us know you’re coming. 

Faculty Cap and Gown Orders for Spring Commencement

The 2020 Spring Commencement Ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 2 in the SDC MacInnes Student Ice Arena. Faculty who need to purchase regalia should place their order online before noon on Wednesday, March 18 to guarantee delivery in time for Commencement.

If you have any questions, email capandgown@mtu.edu.

Family Ice Time at Winter Carnival

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at Broomball? Join us from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7 for an afternoon of family-oriented fun!

Gather with the Alumni House at the Broomball rinks for hot cocoa, conversation, and open rink time. Take photos of the action, and build winter memories with your friends and family through experiencing this Tech Tradition.

Helmets are required to wear on the ice, and may be checked out for free from the Broomball Shack. Attendees should plan to bring their own helmet for youth participants, and they must be accompanied by an adult.

There is no cost for this event but space is limited as there is a limited number of brooms available, so take a moment to RSVP.

Did You Know That at the Van Pelt and Opie Library ...

Did you know that learning opportunities abound at the library? From consultations with librarians, archivists, and 3D printing specialists, to workshops to library and archives tours; all of these services are available to staff, students, and faculty.

Each library workshop is advertised in Tech Today and the Library Workshops page shows a comprehensive list of upcoming workshops. Workshop topics vary from Excel, EndNote, and other software, to poster design to library research refreshers.

Consultations are small group or one-on-one sessions with a librarian, archivist, or library staff member to discuss a topic more in-depth. Possible topics include: general research assistance, copyright, patents and trademarks, publishing options, citation searching and software, 3D printing, archival research, and more. Schedule one using our Consultation Request form.

If you have a question, click the “ASK US!” button on the library homepage to explore the library and archives FAQs. The Ask Us! page also includes a live chat option, phone numbers for talking and texting, and our reference and research email, reflib@mtu.edu.

If you’re in the library, stop by our Student Research Consultant (SRC) desk between the leisure reading shelves and the cafe. We are always happy to hear from you in person or at library@mtu.edu.

De Marchi Named Volleyball MVP

The Michigan Tech volleyball team recently handed out its team awards. Laura De Marchi was named the Most Valuable Player, MacAulay Petersen received the Sportsmanship Award, Anna Jonynas and Megan Utlak shared the Digger Award and Rachel Ping was named the Most Improved Player. Utlak also received the Scholastic Achievement Award for her fifth consecutive 4.0.

De Marchi (Milan, Italy) was named an AVCA Honorable Mention All-American, All-Midwest Region by the AVCA and D2CCA, CoSIDA Academic All-District, the GLIAC Setter of the Year, and to the All-GLIAC First Team. The junior tallied her 3,000th career assist on October 4 and ranks third in program history with 3,588 assists. De Marchi led the GLIAC in assists per set at 11.59 to rank seventh in the nation and sixth in program history. She also tallied 260 digs, 81 kills, 40 blocks, and 20 service aces.

Petersen (Paw Paw, Mich.) was a team captain for the second straight season and appeared in all 32 matches after missing the 2018 season with an injury. The redshirt junior was named to the All-GLIAC Second Team and was second on the team with 2.93 kills per game, hitting double figures in kills 20 times. 

Utlak (Parma, Ohio) anchored the backcourt with 4.85 digs per set to rank second in the GLIAC and fourth in program history. Her 543 dig total led the league and is second in team history. 

Jonynas (Orland Park, Ill.) was second on the team with 3.45 digs per set, totaling 390 on the season. The junior led the GLIAC in service aces per set (0.41) and was third on the team with 2.12 kills per set. 

Ping (Batavia, Ill.) led the Huskies and ranked sixth in the GLIAC with a .291 hitting percentage. She finished her career fifth in program history with a .292 hitting percentage. 

Michigan Tech finished the 2019 season with a 24-8 overall record, winning the most matches since 1996.  

LaJoie Named All American

Michigan Tech football junior defensive lineman Nate LaJoie was selected as a 2019 Don Hansen NCAA Division II First Team All-American, announced Monday by the Don Hansen Football Committee. Earlier this month, LaJoie was named First Team All-Super Region 3 making him eligible for All-American accolades.

LaJoie, from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, had a breakout season for the Huskies. He led the GLIAC in total sacks with 8.5 and tied for second in the conference in total tackles for a loss. LaJoie combined for 54 total tackles and averaged 5.4 tackles per game and his sacks/tackles for loss resulted in 68 negative yards for opponents. In addition, LaJoie also recovered a fumble during the 2019 season. 

Women's Cross Country Wins at Gitchi Gami Games

Sarah Goble won her second straight race of the season, topping the field of the 10K classic as the Michigan Tech Women's Nordic Ski team competed at the 2020 CCSA Gitchi Gami Games Sunday at the Birkie Trailhead in Cable, Wisconsin. With two women finishing on the podium and three women finishing inside the top 10, Tech took the team title for the Huskies' second CCSA win of the season.

Goble crossed the finish line of the 10K classic race in a time of 34:08.99. Teammate Oda Hovland finished close behind with a time of 34:13.48 to take second, while Henriette Semb crossed the finish line in sixth with a time of 35:23.57.

"Sarah is really establishing herself out front this season, showing great leadership in her senior season. We're proud of her performance today and seeing her progress throughout the rest of the season," said head coach Tom Smith. "Oda had the best race we've seen from her yet, and for her to make the podium in a race on the Birkie was great to see."

In the men's competition, Patrick Acton led the way for the Huskies as he was one of three Tech skiers to finish inside the top 10. Acton finished fourth,  joined by Joshua Albrecht in ninth and Somer Schrock in 10th .

"Patrick had a great race today, and it was a breakthrough performance from Josh to make his first top 10 finish of his career. We're really proud of him for that," Smith said. "We were missing a few of our other skiers due to illnesses, so the other guys stepped up and it was another solid weekend from the team."

The next competition for the Huskies Nordic Ski team will be the CCSA Northwoods Nordic Invitation in Rhinelander, Wisconsin Feb. 1-2.

Monroe Named Player of the Week

Michigan Tech men's basketball's Kyle Monroe has been named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference North Division Player of the Week for the fifth time this season. Monroe powered the Huskies in scoring in both games at Grand Valley State and Davenport.

The senior forward from Green Bay had a huge week for the Huskies, setting a single-game Tech and GLIAC record for points with 53 at Grand Valley State Thursday night. He followed that up with 23 points in a 69-61 victory at Davenport on Saturday. 

Michigan Tech Research Forum February 12

Kathy Halvorsen (Research Development, SS, SFRES) will be featured at the Michigan Tech Research Forum (MTRF) at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 12 in the MUB ballroom. Halvorsen's presentation is titled, "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Team Science: Lessons Learned from 25 Years of Transdisciplinary Research." Additional details can be found on the MTRF website.

The MTRF is presented by the Office of the Provost in coordination with the Office of the Vice President for Research. The forum showcases and celebrates the work of Michigan Tech researchers and aims to strengthen discussions in our community. All are welcome, including the general public. Complimentary snacks and a cash bar will be provided.

ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker Tomorrow

The next Mechanical Engineering - Engineering Mechanics Graduate Seminar Speaker will be held at 4 p.m. tomorrow (Jan. 30) in EERC 103. Paul van Susante will present “Moon, Mars and Michigan Tech, How to open up the Solar System and enter the Age of Abundance."

van Susante is an assistant professor at MTU in the ME-EM department and performs research in the areas of In-situ resource utilization (ISRU) for surface operations on the Moon, Mars and Asteroids.

Intermittent Fasting Research Study

A research study being conducted in the Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology is currently recruiting healthy individuals that are 18 to 40 years old. This study is looking into the effects of intermittent fasting on the cardiovascular system.

Participants will be asked to visit the lab 8 times over the course of 10 weeks, and fast twice weekly for 6 weeks. Additionally, participants will be compensated and provided information about their body composition and cardiovascular health.

If you are interested in learning more about this research study and to see if you are eligible to participate, then please either contact Steven Stelly or provide your information for us to contact you at the following link.

Physics Colloquium

The next Physics Colloquium will be help at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4 in Fisher 138. Sarah Petters will present "Relationships between organic aerosols and cloud droplets in the atmosphere."

Petters is a postdoctoral research associate studying aerosol processes at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her work focuses on multiphase processes of airborne particles (aerosols) and their interaction with water vapor and clouds in the atmosphere, and she has been recognized for her contributions in the areas of aerosol phase and water uptake. In 2016 she accepted an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship to study reactions occurring in humidified aerosols, fogs, and cloud droplets. She received her PhD and MS in Atmospheric Science and BS in Physics from North Carolina State University and serves on the Publications Committee of the American Association for Aerosol Research.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in Human Resources. For more information regarding staff positions, call 487-2280 or email jobs@mtu.edu. For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

Public Safety Officer, Public Safety & Police Services. POA Posting 1/29/2020 - 2/4/2020. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. Apply online.

Coordinator, Research and Online Graduate Programs, Mechanical Engineering - Engineering Mechanics. 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. Accommodations are available. If you require any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations to apply for employment, or for an interview, at Michigan Technological University, please notify the Human Resources office at 906-487-2280 or mtujobs@mtu.edu.

Reminders

Peter Sinclair Presentation Tonight

The challenges of a changing climate, as well as possible solutions, will be discussed when award-winning videographer Peter Sinclair visits MichiganTech. Sponsored by the Institute for Policy, Ethics, and Culture (IPEC), Sinclair's visit is the inaugural event in the IPEC program "Designing the Anthropocene."
His presentation, "Climate Challenges and Solutions 2020," will take place at 7 p.m. today ( Jan. 29) in the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts.
Sinclair will offer a stunning multimedia presentation documenting global climate challenges and efforts toward viable solutions. His compelling message and images encompass a broad swath of the world: from the melting Greenland ice to the solar fields of Lapeer Michigan.
Sinclair travels extensively with climate scientists and brings their work to life for a broad audience. His most recent video, released earlier this month, looks at the role climate change plays in Australia's heat and bushfires. Many of Sinclair's stories and videos are available online.
The event is free and open to the public.
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Bob Mark Pitch Competition Tonight

The Bob Mark Pitch Competition is tonight. Husky Innovate is hosting the 2020 Bob Mark Business Model Competition on from 7 to 9 p.m. today (Jan. 29) in the Atrium of the U.J. Noblet Forestry Building. Graduate and undergraduate students from across campus disciplines are expected to compete.

The Bob Mark Business Model Competition assesses the potential of an idea by focusing on the product-market fit, the product/technology idea and the value it brings to the market.

Prizes will be awarded to the most scalable and actionable business model pitches.

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Safe Place Ally Training Open for Spring 2020 Sessions
Registration is open for the Spring 2020 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.

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Spring 2020 I-Corps NSF Workshops

Husky Innovate is hosting the Spring 2020 I-Corps NSF workshop series that is designed to help participants advance their research ideas toward additional funding or outside adoption. If you are engaged with technology research, you may find this workshop series of interest.

Teams who complete the five week workshop and customer discovery process are eligible for the following:

  1. A $2,500 mini-grant for continued customer discovery and prototyping
  2. NSF's National I-Corps program which includes $50,000 in funding and additional training.

In addition, participation can lead to qualification for research and other funding from several granting agencies, including the NSF I-Corps and SBIR/STTR/PFI programs and various state and regional programs.

Our spring cohort will meet in M&M 610 on the following dates:

  • Monday, Feb. 3 from 4-8 p.m.
  • Monday, Feb. 17 from 4-6 p.m.
  • Monday, Feb. 24 from 4-6 p.m.
  • Monday, March 16 from 4-6 p.m.

A light dinner will be served at each meeting. Register by Friday (Jan. 31) for the next workshop. 

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Search for a New Dean of the Grad School

With the announcement of her desire to step down as associate provost and dean of the Graduate School at the end of this academic year, Pushpa Murthy will leave a great legacy of advocacy for graduate students at Michigan Tech.

She is well-loved by graduate students and known for her compassion and fairness. She reminds everyone that the success of graduate students is tantamount to the success of the University. With this in mind, we will begin accepting applications for the next associate provost and dean of the Graduate School.

See the following job posting for details (Associate Provost and Dean). The search committee will convene a public meeting to answer questions and address comments from 3 to 4 p.m. today (Jan. 29) in Memorial Union Alumni Lounge C.

Anyone from the campus community is welcome to attend. If you are unable to attend and have a question or comment on the process, direct it to Robert Hutchinson, search committee chair.

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GSG Academic Seminar Today

Do you have a “million-dollar idea” but lack the know-how to translate that idea into a marketable product or service? Join Graduate Student Government at 4 p.m. today (Jan. 29) in Admin 404 for an academic seminar intended to provide you with locally available resources to get your project up and running.

This seminar will consist of brief presentations from on- and off-campus innovators and start-up business facilitators from such organizations as MTEC SmartZone the Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) followed by Q&A sessions. This is an excellent opportunity to gain useful advice for starting your own business based on your idea(s), as well as fostering important networking connections.

Space is limited so be sure to register using this link.

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Zotero Workshop Today

Do you have a hard time wrangling references when writing research papers or articles? Join us at the library for an introductory Zotero workshop from 1:05 to 1:55 p.m. today (Jan. 29) in Library 242. Learn the basics of searching for and collecting bibliographic data in Zotero and use this data to insert citations in your writing and create bibliographies. No previous knowledge of Zotero is needed.

Registration is required for this workshop.

Check out the library’s upcoming workshops on Google power searching, poster design, using Microsoft Excel, and more. Email library@mtu.edu with any questions.

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Non-motorized Transportation Survey

The Non-Motorized Transportation Working Group is in the process of developing a mission and plan that will guide the University’s non-motorized transportation plan over the next several years. At this stage, the working group has met throughout the fall semester to determine the process of developing a non-motorized transportation plan for the campus. Please take a moment to provide your thoughts on these goals in this brief, anonymous survey.

At the end of the survey, there is an option to discuss specific concerns you may have.  Thank you in advance for your input and support. This survey will remain open until Feb. 12 and questions may be directed to baweathe@mtu.edu

In the News

Michigan Tech's upcoming Winter Carnival was featured in the story "Snow sculptures, polar plunges on tap for Keweenaw winter celebrations," on MLive.

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A "Punt, Pass and Play" event, held recently in the SDC, was covered by WLUC TV6 in Marquette. The event was sponsored by Copper Country Great Start Collaborative and the BHK Child Development Board and featured Michigan Tech football players playing with small children.

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Michigan Tech alumnus Darryl Babbitt '08, was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Crawford County (Michigan) Road Commission. He has a BS in civil engineering from Michigan Tech. The story was covered in the Crawford County Avalanche.