Board of Trustees Note to the Campus Community

The Michigan Tech Board of Trustees would like to formally thank the University’s leadership, faculty, and staff for their efforts in these unprecedented and difficult times.

Collectively, the Michigan Tech community has embraced the concept of shared sacrifice as the University navigates through financial and operational challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

We would like to note the Board’s sincere appreciation to the faculty, who worked diligently to quickly move coursework online over spring break and deliver a quality remote instruction experience for students. To those workers who have been on campus at Tech, keeping things operational during the stay-home order, we thank you. To those employees who have been working remotely, we understand firsthand that challenge and appreciate your efforts under less than ideal conditions. To University leadership and the President’s Budget Advisory Committee, whose recommendations were utilized in developing a balanced budget for fiscal year 2021, we applaud your collaboration in making these incredibly tough choices. 

We are mindful that some of these changes will have long-term implications for some of our colleagues, and regret very much the conditions that precipitated them.

It is the nature of leadership in uncertain times that difficult decisions have to be made, circumstances will change, and organizations need to be agile and transparent. President Koubek and his team have demonstrated those qualities thus far, and we charge them with continuing to do so.  

No Tech Today Monday

Tech Today will not publish on Monday, May 25, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. 

Submissions for the Tuesday, May 26, issue of Tech Today are due by noon Friday, May 22. 

Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), a day dedicated to creating awareness about ongoing inclusion efforts surrounding digital accessibility. Participate by trying the following options:

• Go mouseless for an hour. Unplug your mouse and only use your keyboard (tab/shift tab, arrow keys, enter and spacebar) to navigate and interact with your favorite websites and applications. If you use a touchpad, trackpad, or similar input method, disable it and use the keyboard instead.
• Enlarge your screen fonts. Check that your web page is accessible and usable for low-vision/visually impaired users. To do this, use your browser and resize the text to 200%. Now look at the screen, and make sure there is no loss of content or functionality. Have all elements resized, including all widgets?

Visit the Participate in Global Accessibility Awareness Day web page for more ideas.

Zoom Audio Transcription Feature

 Zoom, Michigan Tech’s video conferencing tool, is playing an important role during the remote instruction modality that is in place for all summer semester courses or other collaborative events. In order to provide improved accessibility for Zoom meetings, an audio transcription feature is available.

This feature allows hosts to request a text-based transcription file of Zoom cloud meeting recordings after they have ended. The transcriptions can be accessed from the closed-captioned control for the video player when viewing a Zoom cloud recording.

Zoom provides meeting hosts with an interface in the web portal to edit the transcriptions for accuracy before making them available to viewers. This is an important step in making sure the content is accurate and available to all potential viewers.

Review this knowledge base article for additional information or contact the Accessible Technology Working Group for more information about this Zoom feature.

2020 Sustainability Film: 'Seven Generation River' Online Discussion Tonight

There will be a discussion of the film "Seven Generation River" from 7-8 p.m. today, May 21, via Zoom. You can also join by phone at 646-876-9923, ID: 994 4540 5553

Discussion Facilitators:

  • Marcus Winchester, director of the Pokagon Band Department of Language and Culture
  • Jennifer Kanine, director of the Pokagon Band Department of Natural Resources
  • Grant Poole, water quality specialist for Pokagon Band Department of Natural Resources

Film description: This Great Lakes documentary explores the political, social and environmental issues surrounding our most precious natural resource — water. In a time of cultural turmoil, deep divisions between Americans, our environment — our natural resources — are caught in the crossfire. In an approach that blends the latest science with their traditional ways, infusing science with their cultural values, a small band of Native Americans nestled in the southwest corner of Michigan and the Great Lakes might have the key to healing our divisions, healing nature, healing ourselves. They are the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. For the Pokagon, water is sacred. (30 min.)

Questions? Contact Joan Chadde, sustainable film coordinator.

Co-sponsored by Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, Keweenaw Land Trust, Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, MTU Great Lakes Research Center, MTU Sustainable Futures Institute, and MTU Department of Social Sciences.

Past films since 2011 are available for a two-week checkout. Contact Joan Chadde at jchadde@mtu.edu for info.

Family Fun Week Talent Show Canceled

Due to low participation, the Family Talent show scheduled for tonight, May 21, has been canceled.

Thank you to everyone who attended our other events this week as a part of Family Fun Week! We look forward to hosting our regular, in-person event next year and hope to see you there!

Kautzer Earns NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

Amanda Kautzer of the Michigan Tech Nordic ski team is a winter sport recipient of an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. Kautzer will receive a $10,000 scholarship to be applied toward the graduate degree program of her choice.

Kautzer was a three-time qualifier at the NCAA Skiing Championships. She received the NCAA's Elite 90 award in 2020, having the best grade-point average of anyone at the Championships with her 4.0 in biomedical engineering. She was a 2019 Google Cloud Division II Academic All-American and has been on the USCSCA All-Academic Team three times. Kautzer was a Central Regional Champion in 2019 in the classic and placed 17th at the 2019 NCAA Championship in the classic. She is a three-time All-CCSA selection and three-time All-Central Region finisher.

Kautzer has also performed on the world stage at the 2020 U23 World Ski Championships in Germany and competed at the Junior World Championships three times from 2015-17 as a biathlete.

As a cross country runner for the Huskies, Kautzer raced at the 2019 NCAA Championships and received USTFCCCA All-Academic honors. She was a three-time GLIAC All-Academic Excellence team member and received the team's 2018 Scholastic Achievement Award.

The NCAA awards up to 126 postgraduate scholarships annually. The scholarships are awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are at least in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition.

The one-time non-renewable scholarships of $10,000 are awarded three times a year corresponding to each sport season (fall, winter, and spring) and include nominees from all three divisions. Each sports season there are 21 scholarships available for men and 21 scholarships available for women for use in an accredited graduate program.

All former student-athletes who earned an undergraduate degree from an NCAA member school are eligible to be nominated by that school for an NCAA graduate degree scholarship, regardless of when they received their undergraduate degree.

Awardees are chosen by the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Committee, which includes faculty athletics representatives, athletics administrators, and a conference commissioner.

Reminders

Graduate Student COVID-19 Concerns

The Graduate Student Government is looking to hear about the issues graduate students are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation.

We are circulating this COVID-19 Concerns form in order to better understand graduate students’ issues, improve communication between students and administration, and facilitate access to available or potentially available resources. We seek graduate student feedback on a wide array of issues, ranging from employment, health and housing to emergency funds, research, travel, and anything else that may raise concerns.

Responses will be completely anonymous unless the participant chooses to provide their contact information for a follow-up. We will respond to any questions in a prompt manner. As always, please feel free to reach us at gsg@mtu.edu with any questions or concerns.

Notables

Mehendale Paper Accepted for Publication

Sunil Mehendale (MMET) co-authored the article, "The influence of Header Design on Two-Phase Flow Distribution in Plate-Fin Heat Exchangers", which has been accepted for publication in the ASME's (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) Journal of Thermal Science and Engineering.

This paper experimentally demonstrates that improved heat exchanger header designs through the use of carefully designed perforated plates placed prior to the entry of fluid into the heat exchanger can significantly aid in distributing the two-phase flow more evenly. Thereby, any degradation in the thermal-hydraulic performance of the equipment stemming from flow maldistribution can be effectively minimized.

Today's Campus Events

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Master's Defense: Gideon Hoekstra

Industrial Archaeology Advisor: LouAnn Wurst The CRM Archaeological Process: Excavating on Quincy Hill Attend Virtually: https://michigantech.zoom.us/j/98465203688

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PhD Defense: Dongdong Ge

Civil Engineering Advisor: Zhanping You The Laboratory Performance and Aging Characteristics of Rubber Modified Asphalt Mixture Using a Dry Process Attend Virtually:...

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ONLINE Sustainability Film: The Seven Generation River

Sustainability Film Series: Issues and Dialogue 3rd Thursdays each month, January - May 2020 View the film online on your own and join the Zoom discussion. The Seven...

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#q: Sculpture Under Quarantine

#q: sculpture under quarantine is an online gallery created by students in Advanced Sculpture Studio. Students in this class developed works of art while social distancing in...

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Stewardship Network Spring Invasive Plant Removal Challenge

Copper Country Events Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day Pull invasive species from your yard, natural area, anywhere! Submit location, number of people, and...