Nominations Open for MAGS Excellence in Teaching Awards

Nominations are now open for the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) Excellence in Teaching Awards.  Michigan Tech may nominate one student at the MS and PhD level. Nominations are due to Debra Charlesworth in the Graduate School no later than 4 p.m., Dec. 17.

Students will meet the following criteria to be eligible:

See the application page for complete details on what is required for a nomination.

Rozsa Gallery Presents "Cline: An Installation by Jess Kane"

The Rozsa Gallery welcomes local artist Jess Kane, in a thought-provoking, one-person exhibition of mixed-media work that utilizes printmaking, drawing and ceramic sculpture. Kane’s installation, titled "Cline," includes a collection of palm-sized talismans or touchstones that, in Kane’s words, “…honor the influence of personal, cultural and physical histories. They challenge they way our index of memories informs our perception of the present.”

"Cline" opens with a reception in the Rozsa Gallery on Friday, Nov. 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibition will run through Feb.13, 2015, and is free and open to the public.

Men's Hoops Picked to Win GLIAC North; Stelzer Preseason Player of the Year

The men's basketball team was picked to win the GLIAC North Division, and Ben Stelzer was named the GLIAC Preseason Player of the Year, announced by the league on its GLIAC Men's Basketball Media Day website.

The Huskies earned 10 of the 16 available first-place votes and garnered 121 points in the preseason poll to outdistance second-place Grand Valley State (100), Lake Superior State (95), Hillsdale (74), Northwood (71), Ferris State (56), Saginaw Valley State (38) and Northern Michigan (21).

The South Division favorite is Findlay (125) followed by Walsh (114), Wayne State (90), Malone (79), Ashland (69), Tiffin (46), Lake Erie (32) and Ohio Dominican (21).

Stelzer is Tech's second GLIAC Preseason Player of the Year in the last three years (Ali Haidar, 2012-13). The 6-1 senior guard averaged 17.8 points per game a year ago and ranked fourth nationally in 3-pointers made. He shot .426 from behind the arc to lead the GLIAC and ranks third in the country in that category.

Preseason information on all 16 GLIAC teams, including video interviews with each coach, is available on the GLIAC Men's Basketball Media Day website.

Tech Women's Basketball Picked Second in GLIAC Preseason Poll

The Michigan Tech women's basketball team was selected to finish second in the GLIAC North Division in the 2014-15 GLIAC Preseason Poll. Danielle Blake and Mackenzie Perttu both earned Preseason All-GLIAC honors as well.

Northern Michigan was picked to win the North Division with 124 points and 13 first-place votes. Tech finished with 111 poll points and three first-place nods. The UP rivals were followed by Grand Valley State (77), Saginaw Valley State (73), Hillsdale (67), Northwood (60), Ferris State (46) and Lake Superior State (18).

Wayne State, which swapped places with Hillsdale in going from the North Division to the South, was selected to win the South. Ashland (119), Malone (83), Findlay (81), Ohio Dominican (62), Walsh (52), Tiffin (34) and Lake Erie (24) were spots 2-8.

Tech is coming off a 19-9 season in 2013-14, in which it tied for second in the GLIAC North Division and advanced to the semifinal of the GLIAC Tournament.

Blake averaged 13.7 points and 6.8 rebounds per game in 2013-14 en route to All-GLIAC First Team and GLIAC All-Tournament Team honors. Perttu led the Huskies in scoring a year ago with a 15.4 average. She was also an All-GLIAC First Team pick.

Preseason information on all 16 GLIAC teams is available on the GLIAC Women's Basketball Media Day Website.

Library Module: Incorporating Information Literacy into Instruction

The Van Pelt and Opie Library invites faculty and graduate students to attend a module consisting of three, one-hour sequential workshops exploring strategies for incorporating information literacy skills into instruction. Using the framework of the Michigan Tech information literacy rubric for undergraduate students (learning goal #6), we will explore the library’s information resources, digital tools for keeping current in a field of study and assignment elements that allow students to practice information literacy skills. Participants will also have the option to work on an assignment from their own teaching to incorporate information literacy.

The workshop sessions are scheduled on Thursdays—Nov. 6, Nov. 13 and Nov. 20—from 1 to 2 p.m. in Library 243. Please register online, and contact instrlib@mtu.edu with any questions.

Faculty and graduate students are welcome to register for this workshop module only or to participate as part of the Center for Teaching and Learning’s UTL Course Design program.

In the News

A US Department of Agriculture blog published a profile of US Forest Service legislative affairs specialist Katie Armstrong, who decided on a forestry career after attending a summer forestry camp at Michigan Tech.

Notables

Work on "Flipped Faculty Development" by Mike Meyer and Jeff Toorongian of the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning has been recognized as a finalist for the national POD innovation award.

POD, the Professional and Organizational Development network, has been one of the premiere faculty development organizations since 1976. Meyer will travel to Dallas to present the work and attend an awards dinner where a single winner will be selected from among the finalists.

New Funding

Tim Colling, John Kiefer and Chris Codere (CEE/MTTI) have received $447,177 from the Michigan Department of Transportation for a 14-month project titled "2015 Michigan Local Technical Assistance Program."