Water Festival Set for Thursday, 900 Grade-School Students to Attend

The 2014 Water Festival will be held in the Great Lakes Research Center on Thursday, Oct. 23. Almost 1,000 students in grades four through eight from local school districts are registered to attend. 

Students will spend a half-day on campus and will attend four 35-minute activities. The Water Festival is designed to offer students engaging Great-Lakes-based content taught by Tech scientists, students and community experts (including artists and historians). 

Activities offered include remotely operated vehicles, non-native invasive species, Great Lakes monitoring, land and water stewardship, Keweenaw geology, the aquatic food web, fish ecology and more.

“The Water Festival will provide an opportunity for students to learn about and celebrate our most precious natural resource: clean, fresh water,” said Joan Chadde, education program coordinator. “We will present a wide variety of topics related to the Great Lakes, from science and engineering to social studies and the arts.”

Winter Parking Ban Takes Effect Nov. 1

Effective Nov. 1 to April 30, parking will be prohibited on campus between 2 and 7 a.m. to allow for snow removal. This regulation will be in effect regardless of the amount of snow on the ground.

The only exceptions to this parking regulation are as follows:

1. Occupants of University housing, in designated parking areas
2. Employees working on an assigned shift and parking in assigned overnight parking spaces
3. Anyone issued a special overnight parking permit by Public Safety and Police Services or Transportation Services

All other vehicles violating this regulation will be ticketed and may be towed at the owner's expense.

For questions or comments regarding the winter campus overnight parking regulation, call Transportation Services at  7-1441 or Public Safety and Police Services at 7-2216.

Reminder: Celebrate National Writing Day Today

Joining campuses from across the country, Michigan Tech will celebrate writing in all its forms today—National Day on Writing—with a series of events organized by the Composition Program and the Michigan Tech Multiliteracies Center. All students, faculty and staff are welcome to participate. Follow updates on the day's events on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at #MTUwrites.

Featured Events
  • Progressive Story Board (first floor of Walker)
    9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Got a minute between classes and meetings? Contribute your own line to a collaborative piece of fiction. Check out the completed story

  • Write-a-Thon (East Reading Room, Van Pelt and Opie Library)
    2 to 5 p.m.

Fight procrastination and help Michigan Tech reach its 50,000-word goal. Bring any current writing project and write whatever you want for as long as you want. We'll provide the coffee, tea and snacks; you'll provide the words. Coaches from the Multiliteracies Center will be on hand to offer feedback—for free, as always.

The Sixth Annual National Day on Writing is organized by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the National Writing Project and the New York Times Learning Network. Visit the NCTE website for more information about national events.

Reminder: Alumni Way Legacy Marker Unveiling Tomorrow

The unveiling of the first Legacy Marker for Alumni Way will be held tomorrow at 3 p.m., in front of the EERC. The Legacy Marker will honor someone associated with Michigan Tech, and it will be a surprise to the individual.

The Legacy Marker is sponsored by a local company that will have representatives at the unveiling event along with Michigan Tech executive team members.

All members of the campus community are invited to attend.

Peace Corps Information Session Tomorrow

Interesting in joining the Peace Corps? Come to an information session with Peace Corps recruiter Brett Heimann tomorrow at 6 p.m. in Fisher 125 to hear what it is like to serve in the Peace Corps. You will also learn about degree options available with Peace Corps Master's International, which combines Peace Corps service with a master's degree and is offered in 10 Michigan Tech departments.

Reminder: Retirement Supplemental Voluntary Program Enrollment Period Closing Oct. 31

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The Retirement Supplemental Voluntary Program (RSVP) is a voluntary retirement program offered to eligible Michigan Tech employees. Eligible employees who wish to retire on or before June 30, 2015, must sign the RSVP election form and communicate their intent to the Benefits Office before the deadline of Oct. 31. Prior to electing RSVP, employees must meet with the Benefits Office for a confidential meeting to verify eligibility.

See RSVP for the policy, eligibility requirements and additional information about this program. For questions, contact the Benefits Office at 7-2517 or benefits@mtu.edu.

Portage Library Hosts Children’s Author M. C. Tillson

The Portage Lake District Library, the Copper Country Reading Council and Michigan Tech’s English Education Program invite families and teachers to enjoy a special evening with children’s author M. C. Tillson. 

Tillson will present a short talk appealing to children, teens, parents and teachers about her Michigan Lighthouse mystery series, on Wednesday, Oct. 22, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. She will also read excerpts from her books—"The Clue at Copper Harbor," "The Mystery at Eagle Harbor" and "The Secret of Bete Grise Bay"—and explain how the books’ characters found themselves hot on the track of lighthouse adventures in the Keweenaw.

Tillson lives in California and is the owner of A and M Writing and Publishing and the author of several children’s books. Chapter-by-chapter lesson plans for her Michigan Lighthouse Adventure books align with Michigan’s third grade common core standards. Puzzle books that include crossword puzzles, word searches and math riddles are also available for two of the books in the Michigan Lighthouse trilogy, and the third one is being planned.

There will be a question and answer session as well as a book signing and selling following the presentation.

This event is for all ages. Library programs are free and everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, call the library at 482-4570 or visit the Portage Lake District Library website.

Black Light Yoga Oct. 28

It's a little less zen and a little more upbeat, but you're sure to have fun at this special vinyasa yoga class set to Michael Jackson's "Thriller". Community Programs is bringing out the black lights, so wear some white or dress up in your favorite costume.

This fun event will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 8:30 to 9:45 p.m., in the SDC Dance Studio. The cost is $10 for community members and $8 for Michigan Tech students.

For more information or to register, visit Community Programs online.

Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar Today

Professor Steven Chapra, Berger Chair in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Tufts University, will present "Rubbish, Stink and Death in the Developing World: Déjà Vu All Over Again." The presentation, which is part of the Environmental Engineering Seminar Series, will be held today at 3 p.m., in GLRC 202, with a reception to follow.

On the Road

L. Syd Johnson (HU) presented three talks at the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities Annual Meeting in San Diego recently: 

  • "Conscientious Objections to Brain Death: Why Reasonable Accommodation is Reasonable, Necessary, and Good Public Policy"
  • "Concussion and mTBI: Neuroethical Issues"
  • "Functional Neuroimaging of Disorders of Consciousness: Where We are Now, and Where We're Going"

The Mobile Lab completed an extensive outreach and educational tour. The lab was set up indoors at the Battery Show in Novi, where Professor Steve Hackney (MSE), instructor Trever Hassell (ECE), Mobile Lab operations manager Chris Davis, and Mobile Lab director Jeremy Worm provided hands-on seminars to conference and show attendees. 

From there, Mobile Lab operations engineer Henry Schmidt and Mobile Lab graduate research assistant Tim Okkema provided educational demonstrations at the Young Urban Intellectual Summit in Detroit. APS Labs director and Professor Jeffrey Naber (MEEM), Worm and Davis delivered two, two-and-a-half-day, hands-on professional development courses for John Deere in Dubuque, Iowa.

Finally, Hackney, Associate Professor Wayne Weaver (ECE), Associate Professor John Beard (MEEM), Mobile Lab graduate research assistant Rachel McFarland, Worm, Davis and Schmidt delivered a week's worth of hands-on seminars at Ford.

In the News

Assistant Professor Myounghoon Jeon (CLS) was quoted commenting on research that indicates that typing style can reveal emotions, published by the science news site, Live Science, and on the Mother Nature Network.  

Upper Michigan's Source, a news network that includes WLUC-TV6 in Marquette, covered Michigan Tech's participation in the Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge, a national competition, to be declared the most outdoorsy campus. The entire community can participate and help Michigan Tech win.

Associated Press wire service published an article about Professor and Chair David Hand's (CEE) research on using recycled tires to improve road asphalt. Newspapers and broadcast media outlets, including the Detroit News, ran the AP story.