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Former congressman Phil Ruppe said his wife would have been among the first to endorse MTU's new Loret Ruppe Master's International Program in Forestry.
"I know Loret would be thrilled to know this fine program is starting at Michigan Tech," he said at the October 1 dedication. "Loret really understood the need to upgrade the skills of Peace Corps volunteers."
Loret Ruppe, who died last summer, served as Peace Corps director during the Reagan and Bush administrations. At the dedication, John Hogan, Peace Corps associate director for international operations, credited her with restoring "energy and credibility" to the agency.
The Peace Corps is facing shortages of volunteers, particularly those with technical training, Hogan said. Over 17 percent of requests are filled by volunteers in environmental fields, and over half of those are in forestry.
"The new master's program is a wonderful tribute to Loret Ruppe, and a wonderful opportunity for the Peace Corps and Michigan Tech," Hogan said.
The new program began this fall with an enrollment of four students. Ultimately, the School of Forestry and Wood Products hopes to attract about a dozen students annually. Geared for students with bachelor's degrees in liberal arts, the program provides one year of technical training at MTU followed by two years of Peace Corps service, with a return to MTU to complete program requirements.
"It's a great program," said Karl Markgraf, director of international programs. "It provides the Peace Corps with skilled people, it gives Michigan Tech another option to offer graduate students, and it provides graduates with an unparalleled opportunity to put their education to good use in an international setting."
Assistant Professor Blair Orr (SFWP), who was instrumental in developing the program, is a former Peace Corps volunteer. He called his two-years of service "a great experience."
"I learned a lot," he said. "When you go overseas as a Peace Corps worker, you really develop an understanding of how the host country works. Over and over again, volunteers will tell you it's a life-changing experience."
President Curt Tompkins said he hoped the Loret Ruppe master's program would open the door to additional Peace Corps involvement at Michigan Tech, since the University graduates many individuals with the technical background needed by the agency.
Michigan Tech's cash balance has fallen to $22.7 million as of June 30, down from last year's $23.9 million, Chief Financial Officer Bill McGarry told the Board of Control September 30.
But the drop is due to expenses incurred in the development of the Dow Environmental Sciences and Engineering Building, and the University will recover the investment, he said.
"It's been a good year, despite declining enrollment," McGarry said. Freshman enrollment has remained on par with last year, but since MTU has graduated more students than have enrolled, the University has seen an overall drop of 200 students.
Michigan Tech's relative lack of debt is helping to keep the University on sound financial footing, he added. MTU owes $497 per full-time equivalent student, he said, compared to $2,947 at Northern Michigan University, $6,181 at Western Michigan, and $13,748 at the University of Michigan.
"That's an underlying reason why we're a best buy," McGarry said.
Hitting a minor chord, McGarry reported that the MPSERS retirement program, which covers enrolled employees at seven Michigan universities and all of the state's public K-12 schools, is $16 billion underfunded. The state maintains that MTU should make forty annual payments of $2.6 million to cover its share of the unfunded balance.
As a counter offer, Michigan Tech is offering to keep MPSERS payments at the current level, President Curt Tompkins said. Since new employees can no longer join MPSERS, the number of MPSERS employees will gradually drop and so, theoretically, should Michigan Tech's payments. The difference could be applied toward the unfunded obligation.
MTU is currently contributing 14.5 percent of MPSERS employees' salaries toward their retirement, compared to 10.5 percent for TIAA-CREF employees.
Tompkins said the state may not try to collect the unfunded health-care portion ($1.36 million) of the proposed $2.6 million annual payment and might settle for the pension portion, $1.25 million.
"By negotiating at the highest levels, we're trying to avoid going to court," Tompkins said.
MTU attorney Robert Vercruysse indicated that court action against the State of Michigan, the University's chief financial support, could be counterproductive.
"Litigation isn't a happy way to settle things," he said.
Auditor Mark Mehall of Arthur Andersen reported that the annual audit went well, with the auditors finding no significant deviations from standard accounting practices. The only glitch remains BANNER, particularly the research module, and even BANNER has been improved significantly over previous years, Mehall said.
Senior Vice President for Advancement and University Relations John Sellars reported on the upcoming capital campaign, as well as specific fundraising efforts. The campaign will begin with a market study, with MTU consulting with corporations and other sponsors. During the "silent phase" of the campaign, the University expects to raise half of the campaign total, with the remainder to be raised after the October 1998 launch. Regarding fundraising for new construction, MTU has garnered more than half the non-state funds needed to complete the Dow Environmental Sciences and Engineering Building and has $6.1 million yet to raise. For the Forestry Addition and the Performing Arts Center, the University is seeking $1.8 million and $6.1 million, respectively. A total of $1.5 million is needed to complete the Meese Center.
In other business, the Board
Interim Dean of Engineering Ed Fisher recently got a "strictly confidential" form letter from Alhaji D. Bayero, of Lagos, Nigeria, describing itself as a "request for an urgent business relationship."
Fisher, perhaps considering that a poorly reproduced form letter could in no way be urgent, did not respond. Even though, in exchange for the name of Fisher's banker, as well as his bank's address, telephone, and fax number; plus Fisher's own bank account number, Bayero was offering over $6.3 million.
Such a deal.
Bayero alleges that a Nigerian committee wants to use the bank account of a foreign business owner as the depository for $25,320,000 in "misappropriated and inflated" government funds resulting from "over-invoiced contracts."
Fisher was promised 25 percent of the money for the use of his account, the committee members get 65 percent, and 10 percent would cover "taxation and all local and foreign expenses."
Declined to give a stranger with a copy machine access to his money, Fisher passed the letter on. Accounting Services Director Mike Abbott, who read it, was astounded: "Even I know enough not to get involved in this one."
"I wish [the letter] was true," Houghton Postmaster Jim Niemela said later. "But nobody is going to give you money like that."
This particular letter is an unusual scam for Houghton in that it is from overseas, Niemela said. However, anyone receiving a too-good-to-be-true offer through the mail is welcome to file a complaint at the post office, which will refer it to the U.S. Postal Service Inspection Service in Milwaukee.
Mark Sowers, the bank security officer for First of AmericaUP, says that regionally, the Nigerian connection is an old and discredited one.
"It's gone on in Munising, it's gone on in Ironwood, and now I see it's in your area," he said. "These people try to wipe you out, or use you till your credit's gone forever."
Never give account numbers, for credit cards or bank balances, to anyone who contacts you first, particularly if you don't know for sure who they are, Sowers said. If you receive an investment offer and aren't sure if it's legitimate, consult a relative, your banker, or even the local police and prosecutor.
It's hard to believe, but people, even very smart ones, do get sucked into such schemes with alarming regularity, the lure of unearned wealth being what it is. Don't let it happen to you, Sowers said: "Any scam to get your money is going to work if you are gullible enough to let it."
The Intellectual Properties Office is sponsoring a workshop on Thursday, October 10, at 9:3010:30 a.m., in the ROTC Graduate Student Center on how to apply for funding through the federal Small Business Innovative Research Program (SBIR).
SBIR promotes collaboration between universities and business through research and development grants to innovative small businesses. Todd Anuskiewicz and Tammy Pearson of MERRA, a nonprofit Michigan organization that promotes technology transfer, will make the presentation and can also meet privately with interested persons.
Seating is limited, so contact Sandra Gayk at email@example.com or 487-3429 by October 9 if you plan to attend or to schedule a meeting with Anuskiewicz or Pearson.
The Private Grant$line is a monthly electronic newsletter published jointly by the Office of Corporate Relations and the Office of Foundation Relations. The September issue features articles on advancement office changes, recent MTU grant recipients, and corporate and foundation profiles. To subscribe to Private Grant$line, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 487-2230.
Heat up before the NMU game at the annual Pregame Chili Supper, sponsored by the University Women's Club.
All-you-can-eat chili (for both omnivores and vegetarians), corn bread, hot dogs, beverages, and dessert will be served Friday, October 11, at 5:007:30 p.m. at St. Albert the Great University Parish. Cost is a meager $4 for adults, $2.50 for children.
The hockey game between MTU and Northern follows at 7:35 p.m.
Proceeds from the chili supper help fund the UWC's endowed scholarship, which benefits female MTU students.
Nai-Yi Li from ALCOA Technical Center will give a seminar, "Automotive R&D and Manufacturing Processes at ALCOA Technical Center," on Monday, October 21, at 3:004:00 p.m. in ME-EM 405.
Li has done pioneering research work on combining material characterization with manufacturing processes in order to optimize the performance of automotive aluminum. He will discuss ALCOA's efforts to develop automotive aluminum, including mathematically modeling and simulations of complex sheet and extrusion forming, extruding and casting processes that link constitutive material descriptions with product design, and process analyses.
Everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Young Huang (487-3002, email@example.com).
The collapse of Soviet imperialism and the worldwide rise of democracies has not inspired governments and their henchmen to mend their murdering, torturing, and otherwise terrorizing ways.
Quite the contrary. On the human-rights scale, things have probably gotten worse in the past decade.
"The number of countries practicing torture has increased fairly significantly," said William Schulz, executive director of Amnesty International USA, during a recent visit to MTU. "Cold War tensions gave many countries stability. Now, many smaller countries have spun out of control."
Rwanda and Bosnia are primary examples. They also illustrate how the tenor of human-rights violations has changed over the years.
"Amnesty International was founded to free individual prisoners of conscience," Schulz said. "We still do, but now we're also dealing with mass violations of human rights."
The international human rights organization uses the power of publicity to coax governments away from oppressive acts against their own citizenry.
"For example, Burma has an atrocious human rights record," Schulz said. But its leadership is also committed to increasing international business investment and tourism, which are not reassured by reports of government-sanctioned torture. The threat of criticism from organizations such as Amnesty International can help deter violations. "It's a point of leverage that we have," he said.
"Some countries don't give a hoot about world opinion," he said, such as Iran, Iraq, and North Korea. But most countries simply don't want to be known as international pariahs. "Even China, as powerful as it is, worked hard to keep the U.N. from passing a resolution condemning its human rights record," he said.
The U.S. is not immune from criticism. Amnesty International is working with families of those killed or tortured by CIA collaborators in Central America--some of the victims were U.S. citizens, he said. The organization also chronicles instances of police brutality and "cruel and unusual punishment" in American jails and prisons, noting that there can be a "subtle line" between punishment and torture. And American companies continue to manufacture instruments of torture, such as thumb screws.
Amnesty International also opposes the death penalty, which is imposed heavily in the South "often in a racially discriminatory way," Schulz said.
The death penalty violates the International Declaration of Human Rights, he said. True, it's easy to understand how some would want to see capital punishment applied to the confessed perpetrators of vicious crimes. However, "if we don't maintain universality of standards, any number of people could face the death penalty."
He lamented the fact that human rights do not appear to be an issue in contemporary politics, and that America seems to be looking inward more than ever. "During this presidential campaign, human rights issues are ignored," Schulz said. In China, 2,000 people are executed annually, often for petty crimes, and hundreds of thousands are imprisoned. These concerns are not matters for diplomats only.
"All of us have a responsibility to assure that these violations are taken seriously," he said.
One would not expect a job that drags one daily through the muck of human cruelty to be uplifting. Yet, Schulz says, the successes make it worthwhile.
"I draw strength and inspiration from the victims of torture whom we've been able to help, who've survived things most of us can't imagine," he said. "Knowing that Amnesty International helped is the most powerful inspiration to go on."
Foundation Relations is inviting members of the MTU community to apply for the W. K. Kellogg Foundation's three-year National Leadership Program (KNLP).
KNLP is designed to prepare leaders who can effectively deal with complex problems where narrow expertise is not sufficient. It seeks to involve professional men and women in the early years of their careers who want to develop interdisciplinary and cross-cultural perspectives on human and social problems.
Up to forty individuals who have exhibited leadership in their community, organization, and/or profession will receive the awards. To be eligible, applicants must be U.S. citizens, agree to participate in all required activities related to KNLP, including leadership laboratories, and must be able to receive 25 percent release time from their employers to implement a non-degree, self-directed leadership action plan.
The Kellogg Foundation will provide $39,000 for the design and development of the leadership action plan. Employers that are nonprofit organizations are eligible to receive 12.5 percent of the participant's salary, up to $33,000 over three years, as partial reimbursement for release time. For application materials, contact the Foundation Relations Office, 487-2230. The application deadline is December 2.
A seminar, "Engineered Wood Systems: Contemporary Construction Applications," will be presented on Wednesday, October 16, from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. in M&M U115.
The seminar will be presented by the Southern Pine Council (Southern Forest Products Association and Southeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association) in cooperation with the American Institute of Timber Construction, APA-The Engineered Wood Association, Southern Pressure Treaters Association, and the American Wood Preservers Institute. All interested persons are encouraged to attend.
The solids and electronic materials research group would like to welcome all interested students, faculty, and staff to our biweekly seminar series. All seminars are in Chemical Sciences 201 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. For more information or to be placed on our e-mail list, contact Kirk Schulz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 487-3204. Come and bring a friend!
Author and lecturer Bob Jones will present an illustrated talk, "Russian Gem Treasures," on Friday, October 4, at 8:00 p.m. at the Seaman Mineral Museum.
Jones' talk, based on his recent travels, will be held during the Seaman Mineral Museum Society's meeting. Everyone is welcome and interested persons are invited to join the society. Refreshments will be served.
For more information, contact Marge Rohrer at 487-2572.
Darryl Williams of Wayne State University will give a colloquium, "Design of Luminescent d0 Imido Chromophores," on Friday, October 11, at 3:00 p.m. in Chemical Sciences and Engineering 102. All interested persons are invited.
H. J. During, of Utrecht, The Netherlands, will present "Responses of Clonals Plants to Variation in Canopy Structure," on Friday, October 11, at 3:00 p.m. in EERC 103.
The first annual Spirit of the Harvest Gathering and Powwow will be held FridaySunday, October 1118, in the Memorial Union Ballroom and at Dee Stadium.
The powwow begins on Friday afternoon with an educational forum. The presentations are open to everyone; please preregister on Friday in the Memorial Union lobby between 8:00 and 11:45 a.m.
At noon, Miss Indian World Andrea Jack will deliver the keynote address in Memorial Union Ballroom A. Shirley Brozzo of Northern Michigan University will speak on "Will the Real Pocahontas Please Stand Up" from 1:15 to 2:55 p.m. in Ballroom B1. Also at 1:15 p.m., Karen Radney Buller of the National Indian Telecommunications Institute will discuss the use of electronic technologies to benefit Native Americans.
Psychologist David Kemppainen, of the Klamath Falls Indian Center in Oregon, will speak on "Native Mental Health Issues" at 2:052:50 p.m. in Ballroom B3.
On Saturday at Dee Stadium, the first dance, the Grand Entry, begins at noon. Other Grand Entries will be held at Saturday at 7:00 p.m. and again at noon on Sunday.
Dances play a central role at powwows, as does the drum, which symbolizes the heartbeat of Mother Earth. Featured drummers will be Rainbow, of the Bay Mills Tribe of Chippewa Indians, and Canadian drummer Hanisha T, of Whitefish Bay. Several other drumming groups will also perform.
The head dancers will be Don and Karlene Chosa. Head veteran dancers are Bill Cardinal and Judy Smith, head male alumni dancer is Erick Hagen, and the master of ceremonies will be Ted Holappa.
To prepare the ground for the powwow, a purification ceremony will be held in the dance circle, which opens to the east, signifying the beginning of life. Following the Grand Entry into the dance circle will be the Flag Song, Veterans Honor Song, and honor songs for other noteworthy individuals or groups.
American Indian art, crafts, and food will be available throughout the powwow, from 11:00 a.m. to approximately 9:00 p.m. on Saturday and 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday. At 4:00 p.m., Sunday, a giveaway will be held to honor those who helped make the powwow a success. Everyone's invited.
"This is a gathering of Indian people and a time to celebrate, visit, feast, sing, and dance together," said organizer Carole LaPointe, Native American Outreach coordinator. "Powwows are not necessarily an organized performance for an audience. It is a time for learning about and expressing our Indian heritage. The public is always invited and it is a good time for all to learn."
Historic Native American photos at library
In conjunction with the Spirit of the Harvest Gathering and Powwow, an historical photograph exhibit, "To Lead and to Serve," is on display October 718 in the J. R. Van Pelt Library.
The twenty-two-panel exhibit contains more than eighty photographs taken during 18481923. The exhibit tells the story of the students' experiences in the Indian Education Program at Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute. More than 1,300 students from 65 tribes attended the institute, which Hampton hoped would train them to become teachers and leaders of their people.
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Michigan Tech's first Spirit of the Harvest Gathering and Powwow scheduled for October 11-13 will be celebrated in many ways: one of them will be at Tech Tea Time on Wednesday, October 9, at 4:00 p.m. in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge.
Carole LaPointe, a member of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community and Bad River Chippewa Band and coordinator of Native American Outreach at MTU, will present a program setting the stage for the upcoming festivities. Brochures detailing the activities at the powwow will be available and admission buttons for the event will be on sale at Tech Tea.
"Powwows are celebrations and social gatherings," says LaPointe. "There are friendly dance competitions and traditions built up over many generations. Native Americans describe strong feelings of togetherness and pride in their identity at these events." Illustrating her presentation with slides, LaPointe will discuss the origin and history of the powwow and its cultural significance to Native Americans. She'll describe the dances and competitions; the elaborate costumes, many of them heirlooms with ornaments that may symbolize events or honors in the life if the wearer; and the sequence of events starting with the moment when the eagle staff is brought in during the grand entry until the last dancer leaves the circle.
LaPointe's position at Michigan Tech, as coordinator of Native American Outreach, is funded through a grant from the Office of Equity through the Michigan College and University Partnership Program (MICUP). Currently there are 2+2 Advanced Transfer Degree Programs for Native American students through Gogebic Community College and Bay de Noc Community College.
Tech Tea Time, coordinated by the University Cultural Enrichment Department, is a weekly series running throughout the academic year. Offered free of charge to the University and local communities, the series features a variety of topics and includes speakers drawn from the campus community and beyond. Refreshments are served and the presentations are relaxed and informal. For further information, call 487-2844.
The Tribal Technical Assistance Program is holding an open house on Thursday, October 10, 2:005:00 p.m., in its new offices at 402 Sharon Avenue (Pine Ridge Professional Building). The open house also welcomes visitors to the Spirit of the Harvest Powwow, and all members of the University community are invited.
MS candidate Aron Cromwell (civil and environmental engineering) will give a seminar, "Modeling Atrazine Fate in Wetland Mesocosms and an Isle Royale Bog. Could Biodegradation Be an Important Loss Parameter?" on Thursday, October 10, at noon in EERC 214.
The Semeion Film and Discussion Series presents the following movies at 6:30 p.m. on Fridays in Walker 134. Each movie is followed by discussion and everyone's invited.
The 1990 Ilan Ziv film A Question of Conscience: The Murder of the Jesuit Priests in El Salvador, will be shown October 4. It documents the story behind a1989 massacre, when uniformed soldiers murdered six priests, their cook, and her daughter. It juxtaposes the story of the priests, told by John Sobrino, their surviving colleague, and the story of the Jesuit-educated murderer, Lieutenant Espinoza.
Also on October 4, the 1985 film In His Name documents the growth of conservative fundamentalism in Central America, especially in Guatemala and Honduras. The tape connects the fundamentalist evangelical movement and U.S. military policies in Central America.
The October 11 double feature includes two short documentaries. The Spirit of TV documents Brazil's Waiapi Indians' first contact with video and television, and how they adapt it to their use. The Poison People describes what happened to the Zuruaha tribe of the Brazilian Amazon when colonizers moved into their ancestral lands and forced them to abandon many of their cultural traditions. Viewers are introduced to the Zuruaha's beliefs in the spirit world and its integration with plants, animals, and humans.
The October 18 film, Triumph of the Will, is Leni Riefenstahl's famous 1935 documentary on Hilter's 1934 Nuremberg rallies. It is regarded as the greatest propaganda film of all time.
Germany Awake, to be shown October 25, documents the German motion picture and its use as a tool for propaganda.
After considerable debate, the University Senate voted nearly unanimously October 2 to support proposed Sabbatical Leave Recommendations.
The recommendations were developed by the Faculty Development/Sabbatical Leave Task Force and the Senate Academic Policy Committee to encourage more faculty to take sabbaticals.
Several professional staff senators questioned a provision that would allow MTU-employed spouses accompanying faculty on sabbatical leave to return to their present or equivalent job and salary rate.
Senator Karla Kitalong (humanities) said no other staff had such a guarantee: "I don't want staff married to a faculty member to have special privileges."
Senator Betty Chavis (educational opportunity) questioned how workable the policy would be, noting that, for example, there would be few to no local residents who could fill her job on a temporary basis. Senator Erik Nordberg (library) questioned whether the purpose of a sabbatical--professional development--required that spouses join the faculty member. Senator Jim Lutzke (university relations) said that other professions, notably the military, required that spouses occasionally live apart.
Faculty senators also expressed some doubt. Senators Bogue Sandberg (civil and environmental engineering) and Robert Keen (biological sciences) both suggested it was unfair for MTU-employed spouses to be guaranteed a job upon returning from their spouses' sabbaticals, while faculty spouses working outside the University had no such guarantee.
In response, Senator Christa Walck (SBEA) said that accommodations are regularly made for dual-career faculty couples, and that faculty-staff couples should also receive some consideration. And though the University can't change the policies of other employers, it can improve conditions for staff here who are married to faculty.
Senator Laurie Whitt (humanities) suggested that the senate's committee on staff issues consider a recommendation to allow all staff to return to their current or equivalent job after a leave of absence.
Senators also debated a provision to set aside $50,000 to support sabbaticals and defeated two amendments that would (1) have eliminated the pool or (2) increased it to $150,000. Senators argued on one side that $50,000 was insufficient, and on the other that faculty should garner outside funding for sabbaticals rather than spend money that could be used for other programs.
The original recommendations passed intact on a voice vote, with one opposing vote.
The senate also referred to committee a proposal originating with the Undergraduate Student Government that recommends that Social Security Numbers not be used for general identification of students.
If you have any old, unused, maybe even not-running copiers, Purchasing will be happy to take them out of your closets and off your hands.
"Some other department may be able to use the copier as a trade-in and save the University some money," Purchasing Agent Val Machowski said. If you have such a machine, contact Machowski at 487-2510 or email@example.com
A monologue by Professor Emeritus of Humanities Harley Sachs, "Couch Potato," will be broadcast next week across North America by the BBC World Service radio.
"Couch Potato" will be aired on Friday, October 11, at 1:15 a.m. (5975 mHz); and Sunday, October 13, at 9:45 a.m. (15220 mHz) and 8:30 p.m. (frequency not available). All times are Eastern Time.
Julia King joins the chemical engineering faculty as an assistant professor. She was previously director of the Carbon Materials Science Center for DuPont/Conoco in Ponca City, Oklahoma. Also with DuPont/Conoco, she served as a senior engineer, leading a research and development effort to develop and commercialize a thermally and electrically conductive polyethylene terephthalate resin system. She also developed several mechanical tests for petroleum coke particles.
King has worked as an engineer with Exxon USA in Baytown, Texas, and as a research assistant at the University of Wyoming, where she earned PhD and MS degrees in Chemical Engineering.
She holds a 1992 patent relating to adhesion between carbon fibers and thermoplastic matrix materials and received the 1988 Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering Graduate Student Fellowship First Place Award.
King has published several articles, most recently in Polymer Composites, and is interested in pursuing research on thermally and electrically conductive polymers.
King and her husband, Todd King '81, live in Calumet with their two daughters, Michelle, 5, and newborn Stephanie. Her hobbies include cycling, rollerblading, skiing, fishing, and hockey.
George Robinson joins the geological engineering and sciences faculty as professor and curator of the Seaman Mineral Museum. Since 1982, he has been employed at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa, Ontario, serving first as curator and chief of the mineral sciences section and, since 1991, as senior collections specialist--earth sciences.
Previously, Robinson was a mineral dealer, mineralogy lab instructor at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, and a high school earth science teacher. His research interests include mineralogy of the Grenville Province, conservation of minerals and geological materials, and characterization of new mineral species.
He is associate editor of Mineralogical Record and technical editor of Canadian Gemmologist, and has published over three dozen articles on numerous subjects in professional journals and popular/service publications, among them Rocks and Minerals and Canadian Mineralogist, and has prepared several hundred abstracts. In addition, he has prepared several exhibits and lectures annually on minerals. The George W. Robinson Laboratory at the State University of New York in Potsdam was dedicated in his honor.
Robinson holds a PhD in Mineralogy from Queens University and a BS in Geology from SUNYPotsdam. His hobbies include photography, aviation, gem cutting, and music.
Gordon Parker joins the ME-EM faculty as an assistant professor. He comes to MTU from Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he was a Department of Energy Fellow until being named a postdoctoral appointee in 1994. His research included modeling and nonlinear control of flexible robotic systems. He devised robust control strategies for nonlinear systems and developed and verified optimal input shaping methods for vibration-free crane, robot, and satellite systems.
He was previously an aerospace engineer with General Dynamics' Space Systems Division, serving as principal engineer for preflight testing of the Atlas II launch vehicle Inertial Navigation Unit. He also determined the optimal angle of attack for Atlas II boost phase flight.
Parker was a graduate-level instructor at the University of New Mexico, and lectured and supervised undergraduate lab work at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he earned his PhD in Mechanical Engineering. He received an MS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan and a BAS in Engineering from Oakland University.
John Schultze joins the ME-EM faculty as an instructor. He comes to MTU from the University of Cincinnati, where he is completing his PhD in Mechanical Engineering.
Research interests include experimental and analytical structural dynamics and active and passive controls. His current research focuses on active control of flexible structures using Independent Modal Space filtering theory. As part of Sandia National Laboratories' Outstanding Summer Student Program, he developed software to design reference "probe" signals for structural parameter identification of a photo-lithographic machine.
As a consultant, Schultze has performed dynamic and modal testing of a composite deck bridge for the Ohio Department of Transportation, tested landing gear for Wright-Patterson Air Force Base's Systems Research Lab, and conducted optical sensor vibration analysis for Litton and Ford Motor Company, among other projects.
After receiving a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland, he worked as an engineer/analyst for Martin Marietta, analyzing and testing radar weapons systems equipment. He then resumed his education, earning his MS in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech.
Schultze has presented numerous papers that have been published in conference proceedings.
Douglas Swenson joins the metallurgical and materials engineering faculty as an assistant professor. He comes to MTU from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's Metal Processing and Corrosion Section, Chemistry and Materials Science, where he has been a postdoctoral researcher since 1994. His primary research interests are the development and processing of advanced, multicomponent materials; and correlating chemical reaction kinetics and higher-order phase equilibria with materials properties and processing parameters.
From 1987 to 1994, Swenson was a research assistant at the University of Wisconsin, where he earned MS and PhD degrees in Materials Science, and also worked as an instructor. He received an SB in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT.
Swenson has published several articles in scholarly journals, among them the Journal of Applied Physics and Acta Metallurgica Materiala.
Sallie Sheldon has joined the biological sciences faculty as an associate professor. She comes to MTU from the University of Wisconsin's Center for Limnology, where she was a visiting scientist. She was previously on the faculty of Middlebury College, most recently as chair of natural sciences.
Much of her research in the past few years has been devoted to the study and control of the Eurasian watermilfoil, an exotic freshwater plant that has become a pest in some areas. Her work has attracted funding from the Army Corps of Engineers, the EPA, and the State of Massachusetts.
Sheldon's other professional experience includes research at RPI's Freshwater Institute in the differential use of aquatic plants by fish and invertebrates; studying hermit crabs at the Friday Harbor Laboratory, University of Washington; and researching polar bears for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Barrow, Alaska, as well as the distribution of fish, plankton, and benthose in and under the arctic pack ice. She has served as a visiting assistant professor, both at Shoals Marine Lab of Cornell University and at the University of Santa Clara.
Sheldon has reviewed grants for the National Science Foundation and the Binational Science Foundation, and reviewed manuscripts for various scholarly journals, including Ecology, Aquatic Botany, and the Journal of Freshwater Ecology. She has published extensively, most recently on the use of weevils as biological controls for watermilfoil.
Sheldon received a PhD in Ecology from the University of Minnesota and MA and BA degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo in Biology-Fisheries and Biology, respectively.
J. Gene Cao has joined the mathematical sciences faculty as an assistant professor. He comes to MTU from the University of Minnesota, where he was a postdoctoral member of the Institute for Mathematics and Its Applications. He was previously a visiting scholar at the Ohio State University in the mathematics and electrical engineering departments, modeling slender jets and semiconductor devices. Also at OSU, he earned his PhD in Applied Mathematics and served as a lecturer.
Cao's primary research interests are using analytical and numerical methods to model industrial problems, such as viscoelastic jets, semiconductor devices, and magnetoelastic materials; simulating industrial processes; numerical analysis; and nonlinear PDE.
Cao was previously an adjunct professor of mathematics at Harvey Mudd College, a visiting research fellow at Claremont Graduate School, and a researcher at the Los Alamos National Laboratory's Center for Nonlinear Studies.
He has had a number of papers published in scholarly journals, including the Journal of Rheology and the SIAM Journal of Applied Mathematics. He earned his MS from Jilin University in functional analysis and operator theory and his BS from Suzhou University.
Jeffrey Holt has received an appointment to the mathematical sciences faculty as an assistant professor; at MTU, he has served as visiting assistant professor since 1993 and as director of instructional computing since 1994.
Since coming to Michigan Tech, he been principal investigator or co-principal investigator on proposals receiving $115,000 in research support relating to math pedagogy from the National Science Foundation. He has also been a proposal reviewer for the NSF.
Holt has had several articles accepted for publication in professional journals, including Acta Arithmetica and the Journal of Approximation Theory. In addition, he has presented a dozen lectures and talks to groups as diverse as the MTU Mathematics Club and the American Mathematical Society.
Holt received a PhD in Mathematics from the University of TexasAustin, where he received the Dodd Teaching Excellence Award, the David Bruton Jr. Graduate Fellowship, and the Regent's Endowed Fellowship, as well as the University of Texas Fellowship. He earned his BA in Mathematics from Humboldt State University.
François Lucien Margot joins the mathematical sciences faculty as an assistant professor. He comes to MTU from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, where he was a visiting scholar in the Faculty of Commerce.
He was previously a lecturer at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, where he received his PhD in Operations Research and Mathematical Engineer Diploma, and taught a graduate-level course in operations research. He was also associate editor of Management Science and was supported by a one-year grant from the Fond National Suisse de la Recherche Scientifique to perform research at Carnegie Mellon University.
Margot has published in several professional journals, including Operations Research Letters, Methods of Operations Research, Discrete Applied Mathematics, and Computational Geometry.
Bette Sellars joins the fine arts faculty as an associate professor. She comes to MTU from Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa, where she was assistant professor of art (tenured) and chaired the art department. She was also director of the Shaw Gallery in 198991 and taught drawing, painting, art history, design, and interior design.
Among her honors, Sellars has received the American Artist Award from American Artist magazine, has had two shows devoted to her work, and was featured in the Six Feminist Artists exhibit at the Warm Gallery in Minneapolis. Her paintings have appeared in numerous gallery shows in various cities, and her drawings were included in a national tour. In addition, she has served on the Collegiate Press' editorial advisory board for the text On Drawing.
Sellars holds an MFA from the University of Kansas and a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute.
Robert Nemiroff joins the physics faculty as an assistant professor. He comes to MTU from Princeton University, where he was a visiting scientist in the Department of Astrophysical Sciences. He was also a research assistant professor at George Mason University at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center.
In 198991, Nemiroff was a National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council postdoctoral research associate at the Naval Research Laboratory. He received a Golda Meir Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Racah Institute of Physics at Hebrew University before serving as a visiting researcher at the University of California at Santa Cruz and the University of Cambridge.
Nemiroff holds a PhD from the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BS in Engineering Physics from Lehigh University.
Nemiroff has been a referee for the Astrophysical Journal, Physical Review Letters, and Science. He has published extensively in professional journals such as Astrophysical Journal, most recently on gamma-ray bursts. In addition, he has written several educational articles for popular publications, including Astronomy Magazine.
Hugh Gorman joins the social sciences faculty as an assistant professor. He comes to MTU from Carnegie Mellon University, where he earned his PhD in History and Policy.
Gorman's research has focussed on environmental issues, including technology and public policy concerns. His publications and presentations address environmental contamination, including his essay "Acid Rain" that appears in the Dictionary of American History.
He received several fellowships and grants as a doctoral student, including the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Research Fellowship and the National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant. As a recitation instructor at Carnegie Mellon, he taught world history and Western civilization.
Gorman holds MA degrees in History and Professional Writing, both from Carnegie Mellon, and a BS in Electric Power Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Before pursuing his doctorate, he was a publications manager for Ansoft Corporation in Pittsburgh and a free-lance writer, producing user guides, proposals, and articles for clients including Westinghouse and the Carnegie Group.
Previously, Gorman was employed by Westinghouse Transportation Division as an electrical engineer.
Jerry Taylor, an instructor in the School of Technology during 199596, has received an appointment as assistant professor.
Taylor, an attorney, registered land surveyor, and title insurance agent, has founded and operated three small corporations since 1987: Surveyors Title Company, a title insurance and real estate closing firm in Reed City; Horizon Land Services, a surveying firm now in L'Anse; and Taylor Law Office.
He has over seven years' experience as a practicing attorney and title insurance agent. At MTU, he taught courses in natural resource use, subdivision planning, and surveying. In 1988, he also taught surveying at Ferris State University.
Taylor has published articles on surveying, boundary law, and on being an effective witness, and has developed and a twelve-hour surveying workshop. Six workshop presentations were given nationally in 198990.
Taylor holds a BS in Land Surveying from MTU and a JD from Thomas Cooley Law School.
Dean Johnson joins the SBEA faculty as an instructor. He comes to MTU from the University of WisconsinMadison, where he is completing his PhD in Finance.
Johnson's primary research interests are in international market integration and segmentation, arbitrage pricing applications, and ex-dividend day behavior. As a lecturer and teaching assistant at the University of Wisconsin, he taught investment theory and introductory courses in finance and financial management, and was selected as a presenter for the Teaching Improvement Program. He was also assistant director of the Applied Security Analysis Program.
Johnson holds a BBA in Finance and Economics from the University of WisconsinEau Claire.
Representatives from the following companies will be on campus next week. If you'd like to meet with any, contact the University Career Center, 487-2313.
Michael Johnson has joined the Registrar's Office as a staff assistant. He graduated in May from MTU with a bachelor's degree; previously he worked as the station manager for Great Lakes Airlines. Johnson and his wife, Kriss, live in Atlantic Mine and have two children, Jeff and Scott.
The following positions will be posted Friday, October 4, 1996, at 1:00 p.m. through noon, Friday, October 11, 1996, in the Human Resources Office.
Systems Administrator--Chemical Engineering
Assistant/Associate Professor--Mining Engineering
University employees are reminded to apply in writing prior to noon, Friday, October 11, 1996, to be considered as internal candidates. Applicants from the recall pool will be given first consideration for non-bargaining-unit positions. Vacancy announcements are normally posted every Friday at 1:00 p.m. in the Human Resources Office. Complete job descriptions are available in the Human Resources Office or by calling 487-2280. More information regarding employment opportunities is available by calling the Job Line at 487-2895. Michigan Technological University is an equal opportunity educational institution/equal opportunity employer.
|noon--Homecoming recess begins|
|3:30 p.m.--Subra Suresh, "Thermal and Mechanical Response of Multi-Layered and Graded Materials"--ME-EM 405|
|6:30 p.m.--Double feature: A Question of Conscience: The Murder of the Jesuit Priests in El Salvador; and In His Name--Walker 134|
|7:05 p.m.--Hockey, Laurentian at MTU--MacInnes Student Ice Arena|
|8:00 p.m.--Bob Jones, "Russian Gem Treasures"--Seaman Mineral Museum|
|noon--Football, St. Francis at MTU--Sherman Field|
|3:00 p.m.--Volleyball, Mercyhurst at MTU--SDC|
|1:00 p.m.--Volleyball, Gannon at MTU--SDC|
|10:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.--Print Sale--MUB 105|
|10:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.--Print Sale--MUB 105|
|10:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.--Print Sale--MUB 105|
|9:30 a.m.--SBIR grant workshop--ROTC Graduate Student Center|
|noon--Aron Cromwell, "Modeling Atrazine Fate in Wetland Mesocosms and an Isle Royale Bog"--EERC 214|
|10:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.--Print Sale--MUB 105|
|2:005:00 p.m.--TTAP open house--402 Sharon Avenue|
|10:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.--Print Sale--MUB 105|
|3:00 p.m.--H. J. During, "Responses of Clonals Plants to Variation in Canopy Structure"--EERC 103|
|3:00 p.m.--Darryl Williams, "Design of Luminescent d0 Imido Chromophores"--Chemical Sciences 102|
|6:30 p.m.--Double feature: The Spirit of TV, The Poison People--Walker 134|
|5:007:30 p.m.--UWC Pregame Chili Supper--St. Albert the Great University Parish|
|7:35 p.m.--Hockey, Northern Michigan at MTU--MacInnes Student Ice Arena|