Category Archives: Announcements

Office of Information Services Website Launch

The Office of Information Services (OIS) announces the launch of its new website!

OIS serves the Vice President for Administration division in an information support role. Our key areas of expertise include Business System Analysis, IT Project Management, and Business Intelligence and Data Visualizations.

Our mission is to engage people, cultivate continuous improvement, and innovate through technology and process to enhance strategic decision making as one administration.

We partner with each business unit within the Vice President for Administration division to assist in improving our business processes through the use of innovative information systems and services. We believe in, and use in our daily work, lean methods and the tools of continuous improvement.

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We are dedicated to advancing the mission, vision, and goals of the University through effective and efficient information support services.

Visit our website to view the service catalog, common questions about dashboards and information analytics.

For further information or questions, please contact the Office of Information Services.


On the Road—Colin Neese

Colin NeeseColin Neese, Business Systems Analyst for the Office of Information Services, under the Vice President for Administration, attended the 10th Annual Tableau Conference in Las Vegas held October 9th through the 12th. Tableau is a data analytics and visualization company dedicated to transforming how people use data to solve problems. Over two hundred unique breakout sessions were offered at the annual conference in addition to hands on training sessions presented by Tableau Employees and sponsored partners. Colin will be working to enhance existing Vice President for Administration dashboards and developing new visualizations using best practices and training received at this conference.


Fixing the Door to Nowhere

There was a door at the North East corner (campus side) of the Memorial Union Building originally meant to have steps to a patio. The patio and stairs where never built and the door was thereafter known as a door way to nowhere.

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Fixing the Door to Nowhere—Before
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Fixing the Door to Nowhere—After

Auxiliary services decided to make a capital request to construct a ramp and replace the existing door with an automatic sliding door. The request was approved and construction began in June. The railings were powder coated, the new threshold installed, and the sliding door was activated before orientation week, 2017. The handicap entrance is now open for the new academic year.

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Before this ramp was built, the Memorial Union did not have a handicap accessible entrance on the campus-side of the building. The new ramp is the first heated handicap ramp on campus, and it should not have to be shoveled to keep the ramp clear during snow events—allowing year-round access to those who need it.


QR Code Customer Service Surveys

The Office of the Vice President for Administration is rolling out a Customer Service Survey Pilot Project using QR codes stationed at various locations around campus. Look for the code at the cash registers in the Campus Bookstore, the Portage Lake Golf Course, and the Central Ticketing Office. Please participate in this survey to help VP Administration better improve customer service, the Michigan Tech experience, and enter yourself into a drawing for a free coffee!

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Sully—In Print Again!

Sully Article CoverMichigan Tech’s Merchandising Operations Manager (Campus Store/University Images) Shane “Sully” Sullivan, was interviewed for an article in the July/August Issue of The College Store Magazine, published by the National Association of College Stores. The article, titled “Reaching Freshman before they’re Freshman” (page 54), explored ways campuses have reached out to students before they move onto campus, during their first few weeks as students, and maintaining a relationship with students once they begin their courses. In the article, Sully explains his department’s “opt-in” strategy for notifying customers of the store’s services, sales, and promotions. Having customers voluntarily sign up for the marketing email service (Google group HuskyDeals-l) instead of forcing customers to opt-out guarantees that the customers are agreeable to receiving the emails and makes it much more likely that they will use the promotions and purchase products. Sully goes on to say that his department limits the amount of marketing emails sent to customers to two per promotion event; a main promotion announcement and a reminder that’s sent out a couple weeks later. Ways that Sully and his staff spread the word about their opt-in email list include mentioning the service in meetings with other department members, adding promotional flyers highlighting the service to customer’s bags at check-out, and engaging new students as they are on orientation campus tours. Sully and his staff are happy to engage students and staff in the store or around campus and are always looking for feedback as to how they can improve their services and cater better to their customers.


Mont Ripley Ski Area Employees On the Road

The Mont Ripley Ski Area staff at Michigan Tech attended the 2017 Midwest Ski Area Association’s (MSAA) Summer Meetings & Trade Show at Devil’s Head Resort, WI on August 20-23. Sessions included; The New ANSI B77.1 2017 Ropeway Standard; Attracting Newcomers: Boosting Results with Outside Resources; and Terrain Park Risk Management.

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Conference attendees include Greg Cleary, Lift Mechanic; Esa Leppanen, Skier Services Manager; Kevin McClellan, Mountain Operations Manager; and Nick Sirdenis, General Manager.


The Bookstore/University Images Merchandising Catalog

University Images 2015_16 catalog_brochure-01Recently, Michigan Tech’s Merchandising department (the Bookstore and University Images) chose to eliminate the printed catalog of Tech apparel and accessories and instead only sell its products on its online store. The online store is the best source for up to date products that can be purchased at the Michigan Tech stores. In the catalogs’ last several years, the Merchandising department was producing almost 40,000 copies that were mailed to alumni and friends across the country costing the department from $15,000 to $20,000 a year in production and postage. Transitioning fully to the website has made it less of a hassle for potential customers to check and see what products are still being offered and in what varieties making off-campus shopping easy.

The physical catalog became steadily less customer friendly when showing products that were often no longer available at the store when customers tried to order them through the post or over the phone. By discontinuing the catalog, people will have a more enjoyable shopping experience while using the online store. Customers are now able to access an accurate representation of the Bookstore’s physical stock. Over time, the percentage of orders received from the website reached the point where it was no longer practical to continue with the printed catalog. The website is able to be updated much faster to better reflect what can be found in the stores and online. Overall, the website became an easier interface for potential customers to see what is available, so the decision was made to discontinue the physical catalog.

You can visit Michigan Tech’s online merchandise store here: http://www.bookstore.mtu.edu/michtech2/


On the Road—2017 Michigan Lean Consortium

A number of Michigan Tech staff and students attended the 7th Annual Michigan Lean Consortium (MLC) Conference that was held on August 2-4 in Traverse City, Michigan. The conference was well attended and focused on topics including: enabling organizational improvement through effective change management, business engagement in Lean Facilitation through participant centered learning, coaching for professional performance improvement, and a workshop called “The 7 Quality Tools for Steering to True North” taught by Ruth Archer, Director of Continuous Improvement at Michigan Tech. Also, Michigan Tech student Process Improvement Coordinators from the Office of Continuous Improvement prepared materials for a display table and met with MLC leadership to brainstorm on the start-up of Student MLC Chapters.

Theresa Coleman-Kaiser, associate vice president for administration, participated in a pre-conference Board of Directors meeting and has been elected to the position of Vice Chair of the MLC. She is entering her last year of a three-year term of the ten-member board. The MLC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that is governed by an all-volunteer board, with a membership that is dedicated to spreading Lean principles throughout every public and private sector industry in Michigan.

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Conference attendees include Theresa Coleman-Kaiser; Ruth Archer; Brenda Randell, Executive Assistant for the Associate Vice President for Administration; Colin Neese, Business System Analyst for the Office of Information Services; Andi Barajas, Communications and Media Specialist for the Business Operations office; Annelise Doll, Scholarly Communications and Repositories Librarian for the J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library; Laurie Stark, Staff Development and Lean Initiatives Coordinator for the J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library; and three Process Improvement Coordinator (PIC) student employees from the Office of Continuous Improvement, Rylie Store, Matt Chard, and Ari Laiho.

Staff and students alike were very pleased with the quality of presentations and the wealth of new information and perspectives on Lean methodology that the networking events and active learning sessions provided.

If you would like more information on this or other Lean events, please contact the Office of Continuous Improvement at 906-487-3180 or email improvement-l@mtu.edu.


Announcing: 8.01—Use of University Identity Marks

The University Policy Office, Office of Innovation and Industry Engagement, and University Marketing and Communication announce the issuance of new University Administrative Policy 8.01—Use of University Identity Marks.

This policy provides guidelines having to do with use of Michigan Technological University’s Identity Marks. The policy states that the use of any Identity Marks of the University which is approved must meet the standards outlined in the brand, marketing, editorial, and other associated guides published and maintained by UMC.

The policy is found here: http://www.mtu.edu/policy/policies/pr/8-01/

If you have questions about the policy, please feel free to contact The Office of Innovation and Industry Engagement (7-2228), or University Marketing and Communication (7-2354).


2017 ACUPA Policy Conference

Andi Barajas, Media and Communications Specialist for Business Operations under the Office of the Vice President of Administration, attended the annual Association of College and University andiPolicy Administrators (ACUPA) conference held on June 21-23, 2017 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The conference was well attended and focused on topics including analyzing gaps in a university’s policy collection, University Policy in tumultuous times, student organizations, Title IX, enterprise risk management, employing student interns, automating policy and procedure management, contract management, and the partnership of forms with policies.
Andi has been a part of the Business Operations Office and assisting with University Policy since late 2016. She thought this was a great opportunity to expand her knowledge-base on policy and network with other university policy offices to gain insights on how our peers are handling the same challenges and situations we find ourselves in.
You can find more information on this and other ACUPA events at The ACUPA website: acupa.site-ym.com. To discuss a need for a policy or policy changes please contact policy@mtu.edu.