Michigan Tech Teaches Creativity of Many Minds

submitted by Kevin Hodur, creative writer

Last week two very different expressions of the talent of Michigan Tech students were on display for all to see.

In the Van Pelt and Opie Library, the third floor was transformed into the Undergraduate Expo, a sea of posters and prototypes, wave after wave of innovative designs, engineering solutions and excited and proud students from Enterprise and Senior Design. Their work is a testament to the value of a Tech education.

At the east end of campus, though, tucked away on the garden level of the Rozsa Center, is another testament. The annual Student Art and Design Show is an exhibition of the fruits of the creativity of students taking courses in Visual and Performing Arts (VPA). With all of the technical talent on campus, it’s sometimes easy to overlook the artistic creativity abundant in Tech students.

Like the Expo participants, the students whose work is in the show come from all across campus. “I bet I’ve taught students from every major here,” says VPA instructor Susanne Kilpela. “Or just about. Only a couple of my students are VPA majors.”

Without a visual art degree at Tech (there is an art minor, as well as several majors in audio production and technical theater), students instead take classes like 2-D design and creative water-media to stretch their creativity.

“They want to do something different,” Kilpela says. “They want to create. It pays off, too. I had a student in the fall who got a job because he took a ceramics class. The company was looking for people who could think outside the box.”

Sara Goodell, an exercise science major with a minor in art, sees that same value in creativity. “We as humans are happier when we create, when we can make something instead of just consuming,” she says. “It makes us whole.”

For the full story see the link.

Michigan Tech Named Bike Friendly Campus

by Jennifer Donovan, director of public relations

The League of American Bicyclists has named Michigan Tech a bronze-level Bicycle Friendly University.

The Transportation Enterprise at Tech spearheaded the Bicycle Friendly University application. "This award recognizes the progress being made at Michigan Tech to improve biking on campus," said Chris Fongers, project manager for the Enterprise's Bike Friendly Campus team. "Some key elements in our application were the creation of an ongoing Campus Bike Advisory Committee and the development of a 10-year plan for campus biking improvements."

The Bicycle Friendly Universities program is revolutionizing the way universities evaluate their efforts in sustainability, transportation option and campus dwellers’ quality of life, while allowing administrators to benchmark their progress toward improving their bicycle-friendliness. There are now 58 bike friendly universities in 30 states.

For the whole story, see Michigan Tech News.

Reminder: Lavender Graduation

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to join Keweenaw Pride and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion as they celebrate the 2013 gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning graduates of Michigan Tech at the annual Lavender Graduation reception on Wednesday, April 24, at 7 p.m., MUB Ballroom B.

Lake Linden, Dollar Bay Students to Make Posters for Parade of Nations

Lake Linden and Dollar Bay Elementary Schools have agreed to participate in this year's Parade of Nations poster project. Children at the schools will make posters based on this year's Parade of Nations theme Global Variation in One Location, or any other multicultural subject.

The posters will be displayed at the Dee Stadium on Saturday, September 14, the day of the parade and the multicultural festival following it at the stadium.

Each year two elementary schools are invited to participate in the poster project. Parade of Nations supporters pay for art supplies. In 2012, the art work of students from South Range and Calumet Elementary Schools was featured.

The purpose of the poster project is to involve young people in the Parade of Nations and multicultural festival, to encourage them and their families to attend and participate, said poster project coordinator Maryann Wilcox.

Ann Pratt, First Woman on the Board of Control, Passes Away

Ann Osborn Pratt died at her home in Kalamazoo, on April 12. She was born April 15, 1914, in Sault Ste Marie, Mich., the daughter of George A. and Emma D. Osborn. Ann was preceded in death by her loving husband of 60 years, Stanley R. Pratt; and by her parents and sisters, Helen and Janet; and brother George.

She was granddaughter of both former Michigan Governor Chase S. Osborn and Lt. Gov. Thomas B. Dunstan. Ann is lovingly remembered by her sons Stanley R. III "Randy" (Judy) of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, George O. "Nick" (Carol) of Portage, Michigan, and daughter Mary Ann "Polly" (Ira) Goodwin of Katonah, Yew York; as well as 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Ann attended public schools in Sault Ste. Marie and the University of Michigan, graduating with a BA in 1935. With her husband, she was owner of radio station WSOO and publisher of "The Evening News," both in the Sault.

She was on the Michigan Tech Board of Control from 1977 to 1984, and both her father, George Osborn, and grandfather, Thomas Dunstan, were also Board members.

She had been an active member since 1999 of Pine Island Presbyterian Church in Kalamazoo. Ann was blessed with a multitude of friends, who will fondly remember her compassionate care and warm hospitality, particularly at her favorite place of residence, her summer home at Birch Point, Brimley, Mich.

Arrangements are being handled by Langeland Funeral Home, Memorial Chapel, 622 S. Burdick St., Kalamazoo. Cremation has taken place, and her ashes will be inurned later next to those of her husband at the columbarium of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Southern Pines, NC. Memorial services will be held in Kalamazoo on Saturday, April 27, at 1 p.m. at the Fountains of Bronson Place. Memorial donations may be directed to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan or the charity of your choice. Please visit http://www.langelands.com for online obituary, register book and condolences.

Copper Mining Film Features Michigan Tech Experts

"America's Ancient Industry," a PBS documentary about the earliest copper mining in the UP, will be shown at 7 p.m. Friday, April 26, at the Portage Lake District Library in downtown Houghton. The showing is free and open to the public.

Several Michigan Tech faculty and staff appear in the documentary, including Professor Ted Bornhorst (Seaman Mineral Museum), Associate Professor Susan Martin (SS) and Lab Manager Bob Barron (GMES).

Welcome Spring with "Springtime Voices" at the Rozsa!

Tired of winter in the Keweenaw? The Michigan Tech Campus Choir and conScience: Michigan Tech Chamber Singers present an evening of choral music to beckon the arrival of spring "Springtime Voices" will be this Saturday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m., in the Rozsa Center. According to Jared Anderson, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities at Michigan Tech, "...the concert will include both sacred and secular music from peoples and places around the globe--with a mix of traditional classical standards to more contemporary music for the stage and concert hall.”

Adults are $12.75, and Michigan Tech students are free. To purchase tickets, call 7-2073, go online at rozsa.mtu.edu, or visit Ticketing Operations at Michigan Tech’s Student Development Complex. SDC box office hours are 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8
p.m. on Sunday. Please note the Rozsa Box Office is closed during regular business hours, and will only open two hours prior to show times.

CTL Tip of the Week

Submitting Grades via Canvas and CourseTools

Instructors still have two options for electronic grade submission. You can submit grades via Banner Self-Service by going directly into Banner, entering your grades, and then clicking submit. OR, for those with larger class sizes where grades have already been totaled in Canvas or another spreadsheet program, you can submit grades via Canvas by going to CourseTools and using the Grade Wizard to first extract them from Canvas and then submit them to Banner.

If you choose to submit grades via Canvas, you will need to have your grades for submission entered into an assignment column in your Canvas grade book because the Grade Wizard cannot access grades in the Total column. We recommend that you use the Final column, which has a default grade scheme that accepts all valid Banner letter grades. This scheme will work well if you plan to type or upload letter grades from a spreadsheet. If you want to upload numerical scores from a spreadsheet into Canvas, you may want to adjust the percentage ranges for the Final column’s grading scheme. Refer to Enable, Create, and Edit Letter Grading Schemes in Canvas and upload scores from a spreadsheet into Canvas to learn more.

Then go to the CourseTools page, and click on Submit Grades Electronically via Canvas to use the Grade Wizard, which extracts your grades from Canvas and submits them to Banner. You can review the Guide to Submitting Grades via Canvas to see illustrated, step-by-step directions and links to video demonstrations and additional information. You may also want to look over the Guide to Submitting Grades via Banner to help you decide which method is best for you. You can always access general information and help with Canvas at Michigan Tech, register for eLearning Workshops, and find out about our eLearning Walk-In hours on the Canvas One Stop page.

In the News

Michigan Tech students' support for the Boston Marathon was featured in the San Francisco Chronicle and CBS News Detroit.

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Science 360, the National Science Foundation's science news web site, featured Joseph K. Bump's (SFRES) research on bear baiting and wolf attacks on hunting dogs in its "Latest News" section. See second item under "Latest News," link.