Category Archives: Announcements

Posts categorized announcements will show up in the announcements box on the WISE homepage. Announcements are on-campus events like guest lectures, seminars, visiting faculty, faculty candidates, outreach activities, and other events of interest to WISE members.

Women Faculty, Staff Help Female Students Dress for Success

From Tech Today 17 February 2015:

More than two dozen women students will be attending today’s Michigan Tech Career Fair and the job interviews that follow dressed as the professionals they will soon become, thanks to a brainstorm by a couple of women faculty members at Tech.

When Amy Lark, an education instructor in the Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences, discovered that the Campus Bookstore does not sell women’s business attire, she and Susan Amato-Henderson, chair of cognitive and learning sciences, discussed alternatives. They came up with the idea to ask faculty and staff to donate women’s business clothing that female students could wear.

With just two days’ notice, approximately 15 people donated, and academic advisers were invited to let their women students know that clothing in sizes 4 to 20 was available.

“On Sunday between 1 and 3 p.m., we were able to outfit about 25 students,” Amato-Henderson said. “We had clothes left over, and a few more donations came in Monday morning, so we still have students coming in to get  business clothing. The students were so grateful. It was a wonderful experience.”

 

C-Cubed Lunches, Second Week

The second week of  C-Cubed (Conversation, Community, Collegiality) lunch will be held Thursday and Friday 19-20 February 2015 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in MUB B001.  All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited.

The menu this week includes:

Thursday 19 Feb 2015

  • Three Cheese Macaroni with Tomatoes
  • Green Beans with Mushrooms and Shallots
  • Pear Jicama Salad with Lime Yogurt Dressing

Friday (20 Feb 2015)

  • Chicken or Veggie Fajita’s with Cilantro and Yogurt ( action station)
  • Mango-Cucumber Fried Rice Salad
  • Holy Mole Guacamole Served with Cut Veggies

C-Cubed University lunches will be offered on Thursdays and Fridays through the end of the spring semester in MUB B001. Lunch is $10; attendees may bring their own lunch instead of purchasing the buffet. Coffee, tea, cookies and fruit will be available for all. Come and help make this community-building initiative a success.

Conversation-Community-Collegiality, C3 University Lunches Scheduled

See also Tech Today, 9Feb2015
“We thought it would be nice to provide an opportunity for relaxed interaction across campus,” says Faith Morrison, member of the Steering Committee for the C-Cubed (Conversation-Community-Collegiality University Lunches) group. Norma Veurink adds “In our teaching and support roles with students, we always seem to be in discharge mode. We need a venue to recharge with colleagues.” Nilufer Onder contacted Theresa Coleman-Kaiser, who, it turns out, was already working with a pair of University Senators on a related idea. It all came together for Thursdays and Fridays this semester.

“It,” that came together is the C-Cubed University Lunches set to start February 12 and 13 in MUB B001 (ground floor; former billiards room). Faculty, staff, and their guests are invited to buy lunch (buffet will be offered) or bring their lunch to room MUB-B001 on Thursdays and Fridays and to share conversation and lunchtime with colleagues. “We’re providing the invitation, table cloths, a cash buffet, and Theresa has arranged for the university provide a few perks (complimentary coffee, tea, cookies, and fruit),” says Morrison. “All the attendees need to bring is conversation, community, and collegiality (C3)!”

The committee hopes that the seed planted through these twice-weekly C-Cubed lunches will develop into an ongoing congenial setting for informal gatherings. For now, the lunches will be offered on Thursdays and Fridays through the end of the spring semester. The price of the buffet lunch will be $10 and the menu will vary. Brown-baggers are welcome, as are those who wish to purchase lunch from the MUB Commons or the Khana Khazana on Fridays. The lunch event is from 11:30-1:30 both days. All faculty and staff and their guests are welcome.

Contact any member of the steering committee if you have questions or suggestions.
C-Cubed Steering Committee:

  • Tess Ahlborn (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
  • Sherry Anderson (College of Engineering)
  • Jennifer Biekkola (Annual Giving)
  • Theresa Coleman-Kaiser (Assistant Vice President for Administration)
  • Stefaan De Winter (Mathematical Sciences)
  • Sarah Green (Chemistry)
  • Audrey Mayer (School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science and Social Sciences)
  • Faith Morrison (Chemical Engineering)
  • Nilufer Onder (Computer Science)
  • Norma Veurink (Engineering Fundamentals)
  • Adam Wellstead (Social Sciences)

 

New WorkLife Programming Advisory Committee Formed

The Michigan Tech V. P. for Administration Ellen Horsch has formed a new committee, the WorkLife Programming Advisory Committee.   According to their website, the committee came into existence at the end of 2014.  The WorkLife Programming Advisory Committee is charged with:

  • Regularly assessing WorkLife quality at the University.
  • Reviewing and providing input on University policy to support WorkLife blending.
  • Benchmarking other institutions’ WorkLife programs.
  • Providing programming and resources to the campus community that support a high quality of WorkLife blending for all.

Persons interested in participating in the Committee’s work are invited to get in touch with the Committee chair, Ann Kitalong-Will, who can be reached at amkitalo@mtu.edu. Subcommittees are being formed on the following topics (per blogposting 29Jan2015):

  1. Childcare and eldercare issues and concerns
  2. Policies that support a good work-life blend for University employees
  3. Mentoring opportunities
  4. IT service, software, and technology infrastructure needs that support worklife quality and flexible work options
  5. Professional and career development needs and interests

There is also a survey link posted on their blog, inviting community members to express their priorities with regard to work-life issues.

The committees, task forces, and groups formed by the V.P. for Administration’s office “research, analyze, and recommend ways to improve administrative operations at Michigan Tech to help enable a pleasant, productive, and safe work environment.”  These groups (as of 8Feb2015) are:

  1. Benefits Liaison Group
  2. Health and Safety Task Force
  3. Incident Command Team
  4. Memorial Union Vision Purpose Group
  5. The Tech Community Wellness Committee
  6. Reengineering Personnel Management Systems Task Force
  7. WorkLife Programming Task Force

 

 

Tech Benefit: Childcare while traveling on University Business

Dependent care expenses above and beyond regular dependent care costs that directly result from travel on university business are reimbursed. Qualifying individuals eligible for reimbursement under this policy are the same as those allowable for Flexible Spending Accounts.

For more on this and for instructions on how to apply, see:
www.mtu.edu/fso/financial/travel/dependent-care/

WISE has First Gathering of 2013-14 School Year

We are having our first Michigan Tech WISE faculty and researcher meeting for the 2013-2014 year. This will be a casual, get-to-know-each-other and catch-up-with-each-other meeting. Please mark this Thursday (9/19) 5:00pm-7:00pm on your calendars.

Please let  Nilufer (nilufer@mtu.edu) know by Wednesday (9/18), if you can come. I need only a ballpark count for planning purposes, feel free to come even if you haven’t signed up.

The details are:

Date: Thursday, September 19, 2013

Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm
Place: Continental Fire Company – upstairs lounge
Downtown Houghton
Address: 408 E Montezuma Ave, Houghton MI 49931
Corner of Huron and Montezuma Streets
Across from Carnegie Museum on Huron Street

Style: WISE will provide refreshments (cheese, fruits). Pizza can be ordered for those who’d like. Please get your own drinks.

WISE stands for Women in Science and Engineering. It is an informal networking and professional development group for faculty and researchers in engineering and science fields at Michigan Tech. We hold monthly luncheon meetings and discuss issues that will help with performing our professional tasks (teaching, research, service) while balancing work and life.

Our co-director team members are Nilufer Onder, associate professor of computer science; Adrienne Minerick, associate professor of chemical engineering; and Nina Mahmoudian, assistant professor of mechanical engineering. We are very excited to start the new academic year and see you.

New Michigan Tech Publication Examines Gender Balance Issues

Beyond the Glass Ceiling is a new student-edited feminist publication at Michigan Tech where writers can examine gender balance issues.  As reported in Michigan Tech News:

Beyond the Glass Ceiling is the successor to the former TechnoBabe Times, a publication largely housed in the humanities department a decade ago. Graduate student Katie Snyder wanted to revive the tradition, with encouragement from faculty, leading to the new publication.

Visit the Michigan Tech News story for more information or go to their Facebook page:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Beyond-The-Glass-Ceiling-Mich-Tech-Newspaper/216829025108704

Onder Recognized as Top Woman Professor

Associate Professor Nilufer Onder (CS) was included in the Top Women Professors at Affordable Colleges by Affordable Colleges Online, a website devoted to helping prospective students and their families find good colleges at a reasonable cost.

The top professors lists highlights post-secondary educators at affordable colleges who have been honored for excellence in the classroom, on campus and/or in the community. Onder was recently awarded Michigan Tech’s Distinguished Teaching Award.

“Our goal with the top professors project is to recognize today’s truly stand-out educators and mentors,” said Dan Schuessler, founder of Affordable Colleges Online. “We focused on professors at colleges with tuition rates below $20,000 per year to show that a quality education from top professors can be affordable.”

Published in Tech Today