Parking Lot Closures This Week

Parking Lot 2, including the ROTC lot, will be closed starting today (Feb. 22). There is a possibility that Lot 2 may be closed all week. Also, Lot 3 (behind the ME-EM) will have disruptions this week as well.

Transportation Services will authorize Lot 27 (visitor lot) for faculty/staff parking while Lot 2 and 3 are closed. You may continue to park in other Red Faculty/Staff Lots or Lot 27 until Lot 2 and Lot 3 reopen.

Any questions, please email parking@mtu.edu.

Provost Huntoon to Hold Open Office Hours

Beginning Thursday, March 4, Provost Huntoon will hold open office hours from 1 to 3 p.m. each Thursday.

Faculty, staff, and students are welcome to schedule an appointment by emailing Amie Ledgerwood.

AppsAnywhere downtime on March 9

On March 9 from 6:00 to 8:00 a.m., AppsAnywhere will be unavailable on podiums and Windows lab computers due to maintenance. This will not affect core software on the lab computers.

For updates, visit our status page. If you have any questions or concerns, we can help. Contact us at it-help@mtu.edu or call 7-1111.

Successful Spring Career Fair

Another Spring Career Fair is in the books, and while the fairs may look a little different this year than in the past, students and recruiters are still creating meaningful connections leading to future employment opportunities.

Last Wednesday's virtual fair brought in 176 companies eager to meet with our Huskies. There were 4,300 one-on-one appointments with over 1,000 students participating.

Thank you for your continued support and commitment to helping our students succeed.

"Be All You Can Be" and Receive $5,000 Signing Bonus

Are you a Tech student with at least two years left? Are you looking for a technical profession that develops your leadership and management attributes? If you have ever thought about joining the military then a great time is now.

Army ROTC is offering a $5,000 bonus for University students that have at least two years left at Tech.

Drop by the ROTC building and talk to MSG Josh Browning or drop him an email if you are interested.

Junior Huskies Swim Clinic March 20 - April 24

Register now for the Junior Huskies Swim Clinic. This clinic is for advanced swimmers ages 6-17 looking to improve their swimming skills and fitness levels.

The clinic will be held from 8 to 8:40 a.m. Saturdays in the SDC Pool. The next session runs March 20 - April 24.

Registration closes March 18. The cost is $60/participant. For more information or to register, visit Junior Huskies Swim Clinic.

Huskies Group Swim Lessons March 20 - April 24

There are a few spots remaining in the next session of 11 a.m. Level 4 Group Swim Lessons. Open to ages 6 and up.

Lessons are held from 11 to 11:40 a.m. on Saturdays from March 20 through April 24 at the SDC Pool.

Registration closes on March 18. Visit Huskies Group Swim Lessons for more information and to register.

HuskiesFit Ultimate Punch Cards on Sale Now

Take advantage of the HuskiesFit Ultimate Punch Card, a premium card that gets you into the following Spring 2021 group fitness classes:

  • Metabolic Conditioning
  • HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training)
  • Aqua Zumba
  • Buti Yoga
  • Intro to Power Vinyasa Yoga
  • Power Vinyasa Flow Yoga
  • Pound, Zumba
  • Spin Strong
  • Spin

One-stop shopping for the best variety in town. MTU Student price for an eight-punch card is $33, 16-punch card is $50.

General public prices are eight-punch $48, 16-punch $80, ages 16 and up.

Cards expire one year from the date of purchase, are valid for the current list of classes available and will not be exchanged or refunded due to classes not being offered on a consistent basis.

Classes may vary in length, location or number of available seats and equipment. First come, first serve.

For more information on classes, schedule or to purchase the HuskiesFit Ultimate Punch Card, visit HuskiesFit Programs.

Get Your Erg On!

Join members of the MTU Rowing Club as they guide you through the basics of rowing technique and coach you through fun and challenging workout sessions — all on the SDC’s brand new Ergometers (Ergs).

Initial sessions will focus on general stroke technique and progress to workouts that represent on-water sprints and head races. Open to all skill levels, ages 16+.

Indoor rowing is a great full-body workout that can be adjusted to meet the abilities of almost anyone.

  • Session 1 - March 15-31 (registration closes March 12)
  • Session 2 - April 5-21 (registration closes April 2)

Sessions meet from 6 to 6:50 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays in the Ice Arena Blue Line Room (enter through University Images entrance to the Ice Arena).

MTU Students: $21/session, General Public: $30/session. No day passes. Not included in the HuskiesFit Ultimate Punch Card.

Class size is limited and based on social distancing. Visit Get Your Erg On! for more information or to register.

Physics Colloquium - Graduate Student Presentations

The next Physics Colloquium will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 25) via Zoom. Department of Physics PhD candidates, Seth Nelson [advisor: Miguel Levy] and Dharmendra Pant [advisor: Ranjit Pati], will present their research progress at this week's Physics Colloquium.

Titles and abstracts of the presentations can be viewed here.

If you haven't registered for the weekly Physics Colloquium series in the past, please register in advance for this event.

Upcoming Session on COVID-19 Impacts on Scholars and Researchers

COVID-19 has impacted all of our work in some way. Join other faculty, research scientists/engineers, research professor scholars, and researchers from across campus from noon to 1 p.m. on Monday, March 1 to learn about national trends, share specific ways that your work has been impacted by the pandemic, and brainstorm ways that the university might support your work going forward.

Please complete the brief pre-event survey by Thursday (Feb. 25) to help with our planning. This session is co-sponsored by the offices of the Provost and Vice President for Research.

Education and Outreach Learning Series

The Great Lakes Research Center, Michigan Sea Grant and Michigan State University Extension invite you to join an Education and Outreach Learning Series.

The series will be hosted at 4 p.m (EST) every second Tuesday from March 2 to April 27 — all sessions will be hosted virtually. The sessions aspire to be a discussion-rich and informal means of connecting educators, outreach specialists, interpreters, and researchers in our local community to build awareness of resources, share best practices, and foster partnerships.

Our first session kicks off from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 2 with “MTU Education and Outreach Centers: A Conversation Starter for Broader Impacts.”

Learn and engage with Joan Chadde (CSEO), John Irwin (RISE), and Cassy Tefft de Muñoz (CEO) as they highlight education and outreach centers at MTU, and the resources available for developing broader impacts and other education and outreach initiatives.

Registration is free. Contact Lauren Jescovitch or Erika Vye with questions.

Workshop - How to Build a Personal Brand that Matters

Students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends are invited to participate in the second virtual Husky Innovate Bridge workshop facilitated by Michigan Tech alum, Hajj Flemings, CEO and Co-Founder of Rebrand/Cities.

Join us for How to Build a personal brand that matters February from 5 to 6:30 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 23). Register for the Zoom session.

Flemmings will cover how to explore your personal brand, including:

  • How to tell your story
  • Content strategy
  • Visual messaging

Flemmings has worked with clients including Cadillac, Walt Disney, Pitney Bowes, Pfizer, the Detroit Lions, and the U.S. Department of Defense and has been an invited speaker at Iowa State University, University of Michigan—Ross School of Business, Davidson College, Fiat Chrysler and others.

He has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, Mashable and CNN Tech Money on the subjects of startups, digital technology and branding.

Those who attend the workshop will be given the opportunity to meet with Flemmings one-on-one on either Wednesday or Friday (Feb. 24/26) for a consultation to discuss their personal brand and to answer questions about their own personal brand.

Reminders

Fill Out the COVID-19 Symptom Tracking Form Before Coming to Campus

If you are working on campus while the University is at Health Safety Level Three, remember that no one is permitted to come to campus with symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

Employees are required to monitor their symptoms daily before coming to campus. The Daily Symptom Tracking Form is a short form that will help you determine if you have COVID-19 symptoms.

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ACSHF Forum Today

The next Applied Cognitive Sciences and Human Factors (ACSHF) forum takes place from 2 to 3  p.m. today (Feb. 22) via Zoom. Chris Brill will present "Enhanced Validity from Field Studies: Why Laboratory Studies Can Only Get You So Far." Brill is a Senior Research Psychologist at the Air Force Research Laboratory.

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Spring Blood Drive Tuesday and Wednesday

Currently, there is a critical need for blood donors, please donate blood from 10 a.m. to 4  p.m. tomorrow and Wednesday (Feb. 23/24) in the lobby of the Rozsa Center. Our new location this year allows for social distancing while donating. We ask that everyone wear a mask and reserve their appointment slot ahead of time.

You can reserve a time online. Please bring a photo ID with you. Everyone who donates will receive a $5 Amazon Gift Card and a free t-shirt. For more information click here or email raspence@mtu.edu.

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Nominations Open for the Bhakta Rath 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 Bhakta 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 for both must be submitted electronically in PDF format, per the guidelines, no later than 4 p.m. on March 4.

All nominations must be sent to Natasha Chopp.

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Seeking Nominations for Student Leadership Awards

Nominations are open for the President's Award for Leadership, Dean of Students Award for Service, and various other student leadership awards.

The recipient of each award will be honored at the 27th Annual Student Leadership Awards Ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday, April 16 over Zoom.

The nomination process is simple. All awards and their information can be found online. For each individual award, click on the award title, then complete and submit the nomination form.

Nominations for the President's Award for Leadership and the Dean of Students Award for Service are due by 5 p.m. Friday, March 5. Nominations for all other Student Leadership Awards are due by 5 p.m. Friday, March 19.

Questions concerning the awards can be directed to Student Leadership and Involvement at activities@mtu.edu or 7-1963.

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Husky Health Incentive Payout

Benefits-eligible employees who participated in Husky Health in 2020 and submitted a Husky Health Checklist, will receive their elected incentive on Friday (Feb. 26). If you elected the Husky Health incentive as a payout in your paycheck, HSA or FSA your will see this reflected on your pay stub. Employees that elected the Husky Health incentive for a membership at the SCD, Mont Ripley or PLGC will be able to redeem your incentive payout on or after, Feb. 26.

As a reminder, the 2021 Husky Health reporting period began Jan 1, 2021 and will continue through Dec. 31, 2021 for a 2022 incentive payout. Complete the 2021 Husky Health Checklist by Jan. 10, 2022, for a 2022 incentive payout.

Find out more information about Husky Health and other wellness benefits online. Questions? Contact the Benefits Office at benefits@mtu.edu or 7-2517

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Upcoming Informational Session About the Kinesiology Accelerated Master's (BS-MS) Program

The Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology will hold a brief informational session about our Kinesiology Accelerated Master's (BS-MS) program.

This accelerated degree plan allows you to combine a bachelor’s degree from Michigan Tech in exercise science, sports and fitness management, biological sciences or biomedical engineering with a coursework-based master’s degree in kinesiology (4 + 1 = 5 years total).

Together, the two degrees help students strengthen their admission applications to professional graduate programs (e.g., medical school, physical therapy school) and gain a competitive edge for careers in industry (e.g., cardiac rehabilitation, strength and conditioning). Current undergraduate students (2nd, 3rd, and 4th year) who are interested are strongly encouraged to attend one of the upcoming informational sessions.

Kinesiology Accelerated Master's (BS-MS) Program Information Sessions:

  • Thursday, February 18, 3 - 3:30 p.m. Zoom ID: 998 1757 1160 Passcode: kip2021
  • Friday, February 26, 2:30 - 3 p.m. Zoom ID: 998 1757 1160 Passcode: kip2021 (Stay for the KIP Department Seminar at 3 p.m.)

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World Water Day Community Art Show Call for Submissions

The Michigan Tech World Water Day Art Show offers an opportunity for local artists and community members to share what water means to them through creativity and creation.

Submissions can be art of any media type: paintings, drawings, photographs, poems, ceramics, songs and more. Due to safety and health concerns, the art show will be completely virtual in the form of an online media gallery.

To participate in the event, please submit the following to jkdaigna@mtu.edu with the subject line “WWD Art Submission”:

  1. A high-resolution photograph or other applicable file attachment of your artwork
  2. Title of your artwork
  3. Brief description of your art and how it connects with the theme
  4. Note if you would like your artwork to be for sale, and if so, how much you are asking

The artwork should be submitted by March 1 for inclusion in the art show. Please direct any questions or concerns to Jessica Daignault.

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This Week in the Lode

Featured this week in the Michigan Tech Lode:

News

Pulse

Opinion

Tech

Check out our website to see past articles and more.

In the News

Nancy Langston (SS) was quoted in the story "Responsibility, Science & Spirituality, Grief & Hope, and Interfaith Work: an Emerging Spirituality," in the Great Lakes Spirituality Project.

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Michigan Tech alumna Roxanne Gay was the subject of the article "Author circulates novels with micro books that fit in hand," in Renetta Reports.

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Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) is quoted in "Own a solar panel? You’re probably lowering energy costs for all your neighbors" in ZME Science.

Michigan Tech research is covered in "US scientists claim PV system owners subsidize their non-PV neighbors" in Photovoltaic Magazine.

Pearce is quoted in "The true value of solar: turns out solar panels on your house actually benefits your entire community" in PV Buzz.

MTU research was highlighted by Treehugger in "How Rooftop Solar Benefits Your Neighbors."

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Michigan Tech alumnus Thomas Fudge has been appointed as a director of First Majestic Silver Corporation.

The story was covered by trade publications throughout the world, including Borse Online and FinazNachrichten.

 

In Print

New publication on the history of oil palm plantations

A new article exploring the history of the first oil palm plantations by Jonathan Robins (SS) has been published in the Journal of Southeast Asian Studies.

The article examines the economic, political, and environmental factors that contributed to the early growth of the oil palm industry, which is today the world's largest supplier of vegetable oil.

Article doi: Robins, J. (2020). Shallow roots: The early oil palm industry in Southeast Asia, 1848–1940. Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 51(4), 538-560. doi:10.1017/S0022463420000697

 

Today's Campus Events

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DENALI: Artists Respond to Music Inspired by Wilderness

Friday, Jan. 22 - Saturday, April 17. Art and music inspired by Alaska's wild places. This gallery exhibit features new musical compositions and works created in response to...

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Mindful Living Workshop

Open your mind. Manage stress. Get better sleep. Decrease self-judgement. This is an all-levels mindfulness class; perfect for beginners and people with mindfulness practice....

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Drop-In for Resumes, Interviews, and Negotiations

Want some practice interviewing, feedback on your resume, or help navigating a job offer? Then drop in today to work with one of our amazing Career Coaches in preparation for...

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Master's Defense: Crystal Massoglia

Computer Science Advisor: Scott Kuhl Blind Direct Walking Distance Judgment Research: A Best Practices Guide Attend Virtually: https://michigantech.zoom.us/j/83654301362

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I-Corps NSF Workshop Series

Are you interested in taking your innovative idea, technology, or processes commercial? Husky Innovate is hosting the Spring 2021 I-Corps NSF workshop series designed to...

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Youth Indoor Rock Climbing Spring Session 2

Is your child literally climbing the walls this winter? Sign up now for the OAP Youth Indoor Rock Climbing Class and let them climb our wall! We try to meet each participant...

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Pro-life activism: featuring Emily Berning!

Emily Berning is the President and co-founder of Let them Live, a nonprofit organization which provides financial assistance to pregnant women who otherwise cannot afford to...

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UP and Moving - Strength Workout

Michigan Tech students in the Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology are offering an "UP and Moving" initiative for campus and community members. UP and Moving...

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Ahead of the (Cybersecurity) Curve

Husky Bites presents Special Guest Chee-Wooi Ten Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Michigan Technological University Topic: The energy we draw from...

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Adult Huskies Group Tennis Lessons Spring Session 2

Adult Huskies Tennis Lessons are now being offered for ages 17 and up who are looking to learn more about the game of tennis! Each class will include technique and games to...

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Call for Submission: The Art of Valuing Water

World Water Day Event Community Art Show - "The Art of Valuing Water" Call for Submission: Artwork should be submitted between February 1, 2021 to March 1, 2021 for...

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DENALI: Music and Art Inspired by Wilderness

What do you get when you set nine composers loose in Denali National Park? You get nine great pieces of music! Give this music to artists as inspiration and you get eighteen...