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Continuous Improvement Courses this Fall

Muda (waste), mura (unevenness), and muri (overburden); these are known as the “three Ms” that Lean works to eliminate. Originally developed by Toyota in an attempt to reduce waste and inefficiency in manufacturing operations, Lean principles are being adopted by organizations across countless fields in the name of continuous improvement. Lean principles are finding their way into our own university in the form of the Office of Continuous Improvement and—as of last year—a series of classes meant to introduce students to Lean concepts and to cultivate the Lean mindset. In the Fall semesters, ENT 3982 – Continuous Improvement Using Lean Principles, describes the evolution of the basic principles, methods, and tools Lean provides to continuously improve the workplace. The following spring semesters discuss a culture of continuous improvement based on humility and respect in ENT 3983 – The Culture of Continuous Improvement. After the first offering of these classes last year, students are already taking Lean methods and tools to other projects. About one such tool, the kanban board, team leader Kush Shah comments, “(the kanban board) brought collaboration, responsibility, and quality work back into our (Supermileage Systems Enterprise) team.”

Learn more about Lean at http://www.mtu.edu/improvement/ or register for a class on Banweb!

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Standing Committees Website Changeover

The Vice President for Administration’s Business Operations Office is changing the Standing Committees webpage from the HTML webpages that it lives on now to the new CMS that UMC is working to standardize across campus.

Currently found here: admin.mtu.edu/admin/committe/

If you or your department has any standing committees or task forces on this website, please review:

  1. Who the committee reports to
  2. The committee charge
  3. Membership requirements
  4. Currently listed members

If there are any edits that need to be made, please email Business Operations at business-ops@mtu.edu.


2017 Policy Number Updates

The University Policy Office announce the issuance of new Policy Numbers for all University Polices currently in effect. In correspondence with the transfer of policy page from HTML to CMS, the policy numbering convention was simplified. For example: “2.1000 General University” was renamed to “1.00 General University”. The changes have been noted in each of the policy’s “Revisions” sections.

Please review your website for the old policy numbering convention, for any broken hyperlinks, and to make the appropriate changes to the policy names, numbers, and URLs.

If you have questions about the new policy numbering convention, please feel free to contact the University Policy Office at 7-2148.


Sully—In Print

Michigan Tech’s Campus Store Merchandising Operations Manager Shane “Sully” Sullivan, was interviewed for an article in the June Issue of The College Store Magazine, published by the National Association of College Stores. The article, titled “A Two-Way Street”, explored the benefits of empowering senior staff to “lead by example” in order to guide their department into a more productive and engaging mindset. Sully encourages staff to engage in a variety of volunteering opportunities, such as being a Lean Facilitator, sitting on a committee or working group, or joining a national association. Sully attributes volunteering on and off campus for the increased levels of customer out-reach, collaboration between departments, and personal and professional growth he’s seen in his department, his staff, and himself.

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2017 Mediation Training

The Upper Peninsula Commission for Area Progress (UPCAP), Community Dispute Resolution Services Program conducted a 40-hour workshop on Mediation Training from March 17th to the 21st.

UPCAP Dispute Resolution Services Program provides mediation services in Delta, Menominee, Schoolcraft, Gogebic, Iron, Dickinson, Ontonagon, Baraga, Houghton, and Keweenaw Counties. Graduates of the program are able to volunteer to mediate disputes involving workplace/neighborhood disagreements, divorce and parenting time issues, and special education concerns.

The Office of the Vice President for Administration (VPA) had five staff members join the UPCAP for Mediation Training. This training is the first step in becoming a certified Mediator and being able to mediate in court a civil cases.

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The VPA staff who attended the training include: Ann Kitalong-Will, Business Operations; Cori Massoglia, Merchandising Operations; Heidi Reid, Human Resources; Ashley DeVog, Ticketing; and Madeline Voelker, Human Resources.


Business Operations welcomes Aaron Scheetz as a Student Communications and Media Assistant

16996260_1512639775432272_3276081667986864353_n Hello, everyone! My name is Aaron Scheetz, I have lived in about nine different states throughout my life but graduated from Kingsford High School in the Upper Peninsula in 2014. I’ve been a student at Michigan Technological University for three years now and this coming fall semester will be my fourth year here.

Before I applied to Tech, I toured a few colleges, but once I came up here to visit in late April of my senior year in high school I saw that there was still snow on the ground and I knew immediately that I wanted to go Michigan Tech. I started out as a civil engineer but I recently decided to change my major and I am now currently an Engineering Management student in the School of Business which I enjoy a lot more. I’m happier in my new major because of the smaller department and smaller class sizes. I feel that the professors can interact with students more and I find the classes to be more fun with topics that are more interesting to me.

I have been very active around Michigan Tech both on and off campus. I was Vice-President of the Michigan Tech University Rugby Football Club and I have been playing on the team since my first semester. Recently, this past semester we went to playoffs for the first time since I have been here and we have been seeing a steady increase in our team’s performance. We also traveled down to Nashville to play in a very large tournament that is hosted every year and we got some much-needed experience. I have also participated in the rock climbing club, soccer club, and many more intramural sports 17361652_1534248706604712_3945552721257313071_nincluding flag football, indoor soccer, innertube water polo, and Broomball every year I’ve been here. My Broomball team, Presto 02970 Professional SaladShooter, won all of the on-campus leagues freshman year. I enjoy doing anything outdoor related, especially exploring the UP.

I really like learning new things and trying to challenge myself whenever I can. Recently, I have taken an interest in teaching myself how to use Photoshop and various types of photography equipment and editing programs. I can spend hours at a time editing photos and being able to making something from nothing. In the past month, I received requests for art and I have started working on making album covers for various musicians that have contacted me and I am considering making a website to showcase my artwork. I have been creating the album covers for free because I like helping people and it makes me happy when someone likes the work I do for them.

I could not see myself anywhere else at this point in my life except here. Whether it’s finding some place new to explore, going to the beach when it’s warm, or snowboarding at Ripley when it’s cold, I have been very lucky here at Michigan Tech and gained many new friends that will last a lifetime.


New Donor Confidentiality Policy Issued

The University Policy Office and the Office of the President announce the issuance of University Administrative Policy 2.2017 Donor Confidentiality.

This policy establishes confidentiality guidelines for Michigan Tech and Michigan Tech Fund staff working with important and confidential donor information.

If you have questions about the policy, please feel free to contact the Office of the President at 7-2200.


Policy 2.5007 Announced

The University Policy Office, Public Safety and Police Services, and Facilities Management announce the issuance of new University Administrative Policy 2.5007 Chalking.

This policy provides guidelines having to do with use of sidewalk chalk for temporary advertising and messaging on Michigan Tech’s campus. The Chalking policy supports Board of Trustees Policy Chapter 9 and Enacted Ordinance Number 1 (Chapter 12).

If you have questions about the policy, please feel free to contact Public Safety and Police Service (487-2216) or Facilities Management (487-2303).


New University Policy Announced

The University Policy Office (UPO) and the Office of Institutional Equity and Inclusion (OIEI) announce the issuance of new University Administrative Policy 2.1014 Sex/Gender Discrimination, Harassment and/or Sexual Misconduct.

This policy received final approval on December 16, 2016 with a retroactive effective date of July 1, 2015. This policy was issued to provide guidance for members of the Michigan Tech community in the event of sex/gender based discrimination, harassment, and/or sexual violence. It supports the University Board of Trustees Policy 5.3 Discrimination Based on Sex, as well as federal statutes Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy, the Violence Against Women Act, and the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact the OIEI at 487-3310.


Andi Barajas Receives FourWinds Interactive Sign Builder 1 Certification

Andi Barajas, Communications and Media Specialist for the Business Operations Office in the Vice President for Administration division, recently completed her FourWinds Interactive Sign Builder 1 Certification. FourWinds is the system used by Michigan Tech to manage digital signage across campus; Andi is currently working with Auxiliary Services and related departments to manage their FourWinds Digital Signage in the Memorial Union building, as well as the Wadsworth and McNair dining halls and other dining outlets on campus. She is available for consultation with issues involving FourWinds Interactive digital signage creation and deployment, and to those groups on campus wishing to advertise on these digital signs. She can be reached at 487-2980 or by email at acbaraja@mtu.edu.