Reminder: Husky Motors Vehicle Pick-Up

Husky Motors is updating its vehicle pick-up process to promote the safe, legal and responsible use of vehicles owned by the University. The new vehicle pick-up process is simple and will require driver's to:

1. Present a current valid driver's license

2. Sign the official travel log consistent with past practice, and also sign the vehicle check-out sheet. By signing this, the driver is affirming that they meet the requirements to rent a University vehicle.

The driver requirements, as outlined in the Husky Motors Policy and Procedure booklet, are:

Any employee, student or guest assigned to a University vehicle must be at least eighteen years of age and have a valid driver's license recognized by Michigan law. All drivers are required to have no more than a total combination of five (5) current points in the Michigan (or any other) point system, with no single infraction totaling more than three (3) points. Before a vehicle will be released from Fleet Services, drivers must sign a statement indicating that they meet the above criteria.

Please note that keys are unable to be issued unless the steps in the vehicle pick-up process are completed. This new process will begin immediately so remember to bring your valid driver's license with you when you pick-up your rental vehicle.

Biotechnology Research Center Spring 2015 Travel Grant Recipients

The Biotechnology Research Center has announced its Spring 2015 Travel Awards. The award recipients follow:

Post-doctoral Research Scientist Presentation

  • Qi Xing (Biomed), TERMIS–AM 2014 (poster) 

Graduate Student Presentations

  • Andrew Chapp (KIP), Experimental Biology 2015 (poster)
  • Faten Dhawi Almuhanna (Biology), Experimental Biology 2015 (poster)
  • Ida T. Fonkoue (KIP), Experimental Biology 2015 (podium)
  • Michael Huber (KIP), Experimental Biology 2015 (poster)
  • Haiping Liu (Biology), 20th Annual Meeting of the RNA Society (poster)
  • Zichen Qian (Biomed), Gordon Research Conference (poster)
  • Lina Shi (Biology), 20th Annual Meeting of the RNA Society  (poster)

    Undergraduate Student Presentation
  • Travis Wakeham (Biology), Experimental Biology 2015 (poster)

Dean's Teaching Showcase

The Dean’s Teaching Showcase nominee for this week comes from the College of Engineering. Dean Wayne Pennington has chosen to recognize Kit Cischke, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and faculty advisor for the Wireless Communication Enterprise.

Associate Dean Leonard Bohmann indicates that the “students love Kit because he brings his practical experience into the class, showing the practical applications of the theory.” As evidence, Eta Kappa Nu, the Electrical and Computer Engineering student honor society, selected Kit as their Professor of the Year in both 2013 and 2014. Bohmann continues: “Kit has the ability to make complex topics easy to understand. He works hard to get students to understand and have fun doing it.”

Kit indicates that he does this through analogies, humor, and being open and approachable to students. He strives to be a “complete human being” with his students, sharing stories about his family and life. He also tries to “embrace technology”, using an iPad to deliver his lectures and an audio recorder so students can review them.   

Kit has a long history of excellent teaching contributions at Michigan Tech. Brian Broeders, an alumnus who has been working as a product engineer for Plexus Engineering Solutions since 2009, praised Kit in a 2010 Linked In post for similar reasons. “He teaches class material in a clear and easy to understand format and his lab exercises help students make use of topics learned in class...I wish I had more instructors like him when I was in school.” Current students also praise his involvement as an organizational advisor and the fact that he really cares whether students are learning the material.

Cischke will be formally recognized with the 11 other Dean’s Teaching Showcase nominees at a luncheon near the end of spring term. Please join Dean Pennington and the Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning in thanking Kit for his outstanding contributions to the teaching mission of the College of Engineering.

Summer Reading Facilitators Sought

Faculty and staff are invited to facilitate a student group discussion for Michigan Tech's Reading as Inquiry project. This year, first-year students will be reading Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick.

In Nothing to Envy, Demick follows the lives of six people: a couple of teenaged lovers courting in secret, an idealistic woman doctor, a homeless boy, a model factory worker who loves Kim Il-Sung more than her own family and her rebellious daughter.

Demick spent six years painstakingly reconstructing life in a city off-limits to outsiders through interviews with defectors, smuggled photographs and videos. The book spans the chaotic years that saw the death of Kim Il-sung, the unchallenged rise to power of his son Kim Jong-il, the devastating effects of a famine that killed an estimated twenty percent of the population, and an increase in illegal defections.

While many books focus on the North Korean nuclear threat, Nothing to Envy is one of the few that dwells on what everyday life is like for ordinary citizens. With remarkable detail, Demick brings to life what it means to be living under the most repressive totalitarian regime in the world today. She gives a portrait as vivid as walking oneself through the darkened streets of North Korea.

Facilitators will lead a small group discussion of approximately 25 first-year students with assistance from upper level students during Orientation Week. A facilitator information session will be held August 20 and the student group discussions are scheduled for Tuesday, August 25, 3 to 4 p.m. The book discussion will be following an address by the author.

As a part of the Reading as Inquiry events, Barbara Demick will be giving two author's addresses during Orientation Week. The author's addresses will take place on Tuesday, August 25 at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Rozsa.

If you are interested in serving as a facilitator, please register here no later than Monday, May 4. Facilitators will receive a free copy of the book via campus mail. Contact Heather Simpson at or 7-3558 with any questions.

Reminder: Iranian New Year Celebration Tomorrow

The Iranian Community at Michigan Tech will host its second Norouz celebration event to share Iranian New Year traditions. The event includes a Persian banquet, dance performances and live traditional music followed by a fun after party. Tickets will be available 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the MUB Commons today. Students are $10, non-students $12.

Date/Time: Saturday, March 28, 5:30–10 p.m.
Venue: MUB Ballroom

Looking forward to seeing you at our Norouz celebration.

Film Board Showing The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies this Weekend

This weekend Film Board will be showing The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies. Showtimes are 5:30, 8:30 and 11:30 p.m. today; 11:30 a.m., 2:30, 8:30 and 11:30 p.m. tomorrow; and 11:30 a.m., 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $3 and all concessions $1.  

Next week's film will be Taken 3.

C-Cubed Friday Menu

C-Cubed Friday Menu

  • Cod salad pita pockets (GF*)
  • Hominy salad pita pockets (GF*V)
  • Corn, roasted poblano, and tomatillo soup (GFV)
  • Action Station: grilled fruit skewers with spicy maple cumin glaze (GFV)

GF* gluten-free pita sandwiches can be made on request. Email Matt at if you would like to request a gluten-free pita sandwich for today.

C-Cubed University lunches are offered on Thursdays and Fridays through the end of the spring semester in MUB B001. Lunch is $10 (cash and credit cards both accepted); attendees may bring their own lunch instead of purchasing the buffet. Coffee, tea, iced tea, cookies and fruit are available free. Please come regularly and help make this community-building initiative a success.

Khana Khazana Serves Saudi Arabian Lunch Today

Khana Khazana, a weekly international lunch cooked and served by international students, will feature Saudi Arabian food today, cooked by Zainab Alshoug, a chemical engineering student.

The main dish is Bukhari Rice. It is chicken cooked with cumin seeds, black pepper, carrots, tomatoes and onions, served with hot sauce and lemon, and garnished with chickpeas, roasted almond and raisins. It will be served with Ba 'lilah, a traditional salad made of boiled chickpeas and served with cucumber, carrot, beets, vinegar, hot sauce and cumin. Dessert will be Kleeja, wheat cardamom cookies stuffed with honey and cardamom powder.

Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Memorial Union Food Court. A full meal is $6.95 and includes a fountain soda. Individual items are available for $2.50 each.

Khana Khazana is a collaboration of international students and Dining Services.

Kathy Kosins, Renowned Jazz Vocalist, Presents a Jazz Vocal Master Class Today

Visiting Jazz vocalist Kathy Kosins will be giving a jazz vocal master class today from 4 to 5 p.m. on the Rozsa Stage. She will work with three local vocalists, and demonstrate a variety of helpful information. This event is free and open to the public. She will be accompanied by members of the Michigan Tech Jazz Lab Band.

Kosins will perform in concert tomorrow evening. Michigan Tech’s Jazz Studies program presents the Don Keranen Jazz Memorial Concert with Special Guest Kathy Kosins at the Rozsa Center tomorrow at 6 p.m. Please note this time changed as this Saturday was the alternate date for bridge closure.

Tickets for the performance are $13 for adults, $5 for youth (17 and under) and free for Michigan Tech students with the Experience Tech fee. To purchase tickets, 7-2073, go online at, or visit Ticketing Operations at the SDC.

Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar Monday

Kristen Mariuzza will present "Eagle Mine: Our Journey to Create a Modern Mine" on Monday, March 30, at 3:05 p.m. in Fisher 132.

Kristen (Dolkey) Mariuzza graduated from Michigan Tech with a BS in Environmental Engineering in 1998. She worked as an environmental engineer with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for almost nine years, before becoming an independent engineering consultant. She started working at the Eagle Mine LLC in 2010 (when it was owned by Rio Tinto, now owned by Lundin Mining Corporation) as the environmental and permitting manager. At Eagle, she oversees the environmental compliance aspects, which she will describe in her presentation.

Mathematical Sciences Seminar Today

Natasha Flyer, Institute of Mathematics Applied to Geosciences, National Center for Atmospheric Research and Bengt Fornberg, University of Colorado, Boulder, will present "Radial Basis Functions - Freedom from meshes in scientific computing: Developments and Applications" today at 1 p.m. in Fisher 101.

Speaking Up: A Voice for the Hushed

Tomorrow at 6 p.m. in Fisher 135, Nicole Braddock Bromley, author, speaker and founder of OneVOICE, will travel to Michigan Tech to present her keynote entitled "Our Little Secret".

Nicole uses her own life story to empower others on a journey from victim to victory, and to raise awareness and prevention of issues like sexual abuse, rape and human trafficking.

This event is free and open to students and community members. A question and answer session will follow in Wadsworth Hall G 17/19. For more info on Nicole's work visit or

Forestry Honor Society Spring Symposium Today

Michigan Tech's student chapter of Xi Sigma Pi's spring symposium is today from 2 to 5:15 p.m. in room G002 of the Noblet (forestry) building. The theme is international sustainability, and our presenters will be:

  • Mike Brienesse of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources will discuss how public land management in Ontario differs from US public land management
  • David Watkins (CEE) will discuss expanding access to water, sanitation and energy in developing countries
  • Lindsey Perry of the biology department will discuss hippopotamus conservation in Sierra Leone
  • Robert J. (RJ) Laverne of Davey Tree will discuss the role of urban forests in sustainable communities

  • Rod Chimner (SFRES) will discuss international programs of SFRES

In Print

Professor Barry Solomon (SS) published a paper, "Socioeconomic Analysis Options for Pesticides Management in Developing Countries: A Review," in Environmental Practice, Vol. 17, No. 1 (March 2015), pp. 57-68.


Professor Barry Solomon (Social Sciences) published a review of Nadesan, M., et l., eds. Fukushima: Dispossession or Denuclearization? (The Dispossession Publishing Group, 2014). In Energy Research and Social Science, Vol. 6 (April 2015), pp. 161-162. To read the review, visit the ScienceDirect site.

New Funding

Ezra Bar-Ziv (MEEM/APSRC) has received $80,000 from Battelle Energy Alliance for a year-long research and development project titled "Rapid Screening with Paddle Fast Pyrolysis Systems."


Robert Froese (SFRES/ESC) has received a $136,999 grant from Michigan State University for a four year long project titled "A Silvicultural System for Conserving Biodiversity and Enhancing Ecosystem Services in Xeric Jack Pine Forests of the Lake States Region."

In the News

Technology Century, a news service published by the Engineering Society of Detroit, featured a story about two Michigan Tech Peace Corps Master's International students who recently weathered a hurricane and a typhoon in the island countries where they are serving. See the Technology Century site for the full story.

Job Posting

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in Human Resources or online. For more information regarding staff positions, call 7-2280 or email For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted. 

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