Category: Events

Volunteers for the Build and Broaden Food Sovereignty Symposium Needed

The Build and Broaden Food Sovereignty Symposium will take place September 19-21, 2021 at the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) and Northern Michigan University.  They are looking for volunteers to help coordinate the KBIC Day on September 19.  If interested, please fill out the Volunteer Interest Form.

Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Symposium seeks to provide opportunities for Indigenous knowledge holders, researchers, practitioners, producers, and community members to share common interests, insights, and dialogue from across the fields of Indigenous agriculture and foods. Content of the symposium aims to center on four interrelated themes – Indigenous food ecology, economy, diversity, and sovereignty (FEEDS) to build and broaden education and collaboration, specifically in ways that FEEDS the body, mind, spirit, and community.

The Indigenous Agriculture and Food Sovereignty Symposium will explore histories, contemporary movements, and future transformations of Indigenous agriculture and food sovereignty in North America. On the first day of the Symposium within the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, the theme is SINCE TIME IMMEMORIAL: PRACTICING FOOD SOVEREIGNTY. For days 2-3, we invite proposals within the following overarching Symposium themes on day 2, TWO SIDES OF A CIRCLE: ECOLOGY & ECONOMY and day 3, THE EARTH WILL SHOW US THE WAY: EDUCATION & DIVERSITY.

This Symposium brings together academia, Traditional Knowledge Holders, and the local Great Lakes community for discussion of key issues and means of collaboration through organizations such as the Intertribal Agriculture Council, National Science Foundation, Northern Michigan University, Michigan Technological University, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College, and more! 


CEE Senior Design Colloquium – April 30

The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department is pleased to invite the University community to attend Spring 2021 virtual senior design team presentations on April 30 from 8 am – 11 am. This semester students have undertaken a wide range of projects to fulfill the Department’s senior design requirement. 

Spring 2021 Senior Design Colloquium

GROUP 1: MTU Public Transportation System Evaluation and Recommendations

Zoom: https://michigantech.zoom.us/j/88905239430 (beginning @ 8 am)

GROUP 2: Dam Projects in the Copper Country

Zoom: https://michigantech.zoom.us/j/83466511049 (beginning @ 9 am)

GROUP 3: Lake State Railways Alpena Improvements

Zoom: https://michigantech.zoom.us/j/145639414 (beginning @ 8 am)

GROUP 4: Northeast Boundary Tunnel, Washington D.C., Brierley Associates & Baraga County Road Commission Projects

Zoom: https://michigantech.zoom.us/j/85081616652 (beginning @ 8 am)


SDH Event: Looking for an Excuse to Eat Out?

How Sustainable Are the Restaurants in the Keweenaw?We are on a mission to find the most sustainable restaurant in the Keweenaw and we need your help!  Fill out this Google Form every time you dine-in or order takeout at a local restaurant in the Keweenaw to rate the sustainability of your experience.
This initiative involves 3 main phases:

  • Phase 1 involves rating the sustainability of your dine-in and/or takeout experience every time you eat at a local restaurant in the Keweenaw.  Please fill out this Google Form to rate how sustainable your experience was.
  • Phase 2 involves reviewing restaurant menus to see how many vegetarian/vegan options they offer.  
  • Phase 3 involves interviewing local restaurant owners to learn more about where they source their food from and what they do with the waste they produce. 

Questions?  Email sdh@mtu.edu.  Thank you for supporting this initiative!


2021 Design Expo — Registration Now Open

Mark your calendars—the 21st annual Design Expo will be held virtually on Thursday, April 15, 2021.

Important Dates:

Registration Deadline: March 04, 2021, by 11PM

Video and Digital Poster Submission: April 08, 2021, by 11PM

Video Judging: April 12-15, 2021

Virtual Design Expo: April 15, 2021, 2-hour live event
*The exact time is being finalized.

What will this year’s Virtual Design Expo look like?

RocketJudge
RocketJudge is a platform designed to streamline competitions—the platform works with more than 500 different competitions a year around the world to provide electronic scoring for professional conferences, university poster sessions, invention conventions, science fairs and more.

Who will use RocketJudge: Enterprise and Senior Design team videos will be asynchronously scored by judges over the course of four (4) days, April 12 – April 15, leading up to the Virtual Design Expo, April 15, 2021. Prior to the start of Virtual Design Expo, judges will have the opportunity to review team video presentations and assign a score.

Zoom
Who will use Zoom: The Michigan Tech community, friends, family, and corporate sponsors are invited to tune into Zoom for the Design Expo Opening Remarks to officially kick-off the event. More information to come.
Registration for Zoom is coming soon.

Gatherly
Gatherly is a platform designed for spatial video chat. The platform lets users move around and talk freely to others at the event. As soon as you move close to someone on the map, you automatically start video-chatting with them. Move into an open group, and you’ll join their conversation seamlessly.

Who will use Gatherly: The Michigan Tech community, friends, family, and project sponsors are invited to tune into Gatherly for a 2-hour event where teams and audience members have the chance to engage in conversations over project work, discoveries, and everything in between. Registration for Gatherly is coming soon.

Please check out the Design Expo student page for more information.

Register for Design Expo today!
For questions, please feel free to reach out anytime.
Bre Tucker, bctucker@mtu.edu
Enterprise Program Coordinator


LEED Training Special – Houghton – Winter Online Webinars

LEED is simply a sustainability scorecard for green buildings. Buildings can become LEED Certified as can people! The best way to break into the sustainability space is to attain the LEED Green Associate. It also shows employers and clients you have certified knowledge in the field. Since the LEED GA exam doesn’t have a stellar pass rate, the value of the extra letters behind your name will carry even more weight.

My workshops have helped nearly 10K students and professionals learn the material cold (important for interview prep) AND clear the exam with a very high passing rate.

LEED Green Associate (GA) Training – Webinar and Online self-paced options:

I will be offering live webinars that can be streamed on any of the following dates:

1. February 6 2021 – 1:00PM – 5:30PM EST

2. February 27 2021 – 1:00PM – 5:30PM EST

3. March 11 2021 – 5:00PM – 9:30PM EST

4. March 27 2021 – 1:00PM – 5:30PM EST

5. April 16 2021 – 3:00PM – 7:30PM EST     – OR –

6. May 8 2021 – 1:00PM – 5:30PM EST

7. On-demand recordings completed at your own pace

A. LEED AP BD+C (Level 2) – May 15 2021


The above options (1-7) are all identical.

Register for a live webinar or start today with our on-demand recorded workshop completed anytime at your own pace here – https://leadinggreen.com/online

This course is instructed by a USGBC Faculty member and is the most effective way to pass. The USGBC charges a $100 (reduced for students) fee for the actual exam which can now be taken online from home. Save money by reserving your spot today and make a positive difference in your career!

Cost: $200 – Students can use the coupon code ‘green’ for $50 off (Discounted course price $150)

Save your seat by registering here for our live or self-paced options – https://leadinggreen.com/online

Please contact the instructor Lorne directly with any questions at info@leadinggreen.com


Regards,

Lorne Mlotek BASc., LEED AP BD+C, O+M
Head LEED Trainer at LeadingGreen
+1-416-824-2677
B740 Sandford Fleming Building
10 King’s College Road, Toronto, M5S 3G4


SURF advising session – Jan 29

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Virtual Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Advising

Applications are open for Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF)! The deadline is Friday, February 12.

If you have questions about applying to the SURF program, watch our video and join us for a drop-in advising session. Dr. Robert Handler, SURF program manager, will be available to answer questions on Zoom on Friday, January 29, from 3-5 p.m. at https://michigantech.zoom.us/j/7497618098.


The Keweenaw’s 2nd Annual Waste Reduction Drive

The MTU Sustainability Demonstration House recently launched the Keweenaw’s 2nd Annual Waste Reduction Drive.  We are collecting even more items than last year to divert from the landfill: dental products, disposable razors, plastic films, plastic bottle caps & rings, egg cartons, and foil-lined snack wrappers.  For each of these items, we found a unique recycle or reuse opportunity.   Our flyer is attached and the official guidebook can be found here (there is also a link for the guidebook on the flyer).  We would love to see our entire department participating in this event!


Info Meeting: Husky Construction and Design/AGC Michigan Toastmasters

Below is information on a new program that AGC Michigan is starting, AGC Michigan Toastmasters Club. It is our plan to run this though Husky Construction and Design. This club will include people in the industry. This is a great opportunity to not only improve your public presentation skill, but also develop some network connections in the industry. Please click on the link, register for the Toastmasters meeting and join the organizational meeting. I will be participating in the meeting. Please let me know if you have any ideas on how to build our portion of the club at Michigan Tech.

Prof. Lynn Artman
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Good morning and happy New Year to all!

During the SCAN event held in October of 2020 there was a discussion about what students could do to better prepare themselves for their role in the construction industry. One topic that was raised repeatedly was to enhance their communication. To assist students, and others throughout the industry, AGC Michigan will be forming one or more Toastmasters clubs.  Membership in an AGC Michigan Toastmasters club is open to AGC members and student chapter members at Michigan Universities.

Toastmastersis a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. Membership in  a club helps improve public speaking skills, build leadership skills, maximize your potential, enjoy personal growth; work on networking in a small and supportive environment; practice writing speeches and presenting in a group setting; gain a competitive advantage in the workplace; build self-confidence and self-awareness. In addition, joining an AGC Michigan Toastmasters club will allow you the opportunity to networking with industry professionals at all levels within their organizations.

Toastmaster’s has pathways of study for members that include Dynamic Leadership; Effective Coaching; Engaging Humor; Innovative Planning; Leadership Development; Motivational Strategies; Persuasive Influence; Presentation Mastery; Strategic Relationships; Team Collaboration; and Visionary Communication. Each pathways walks the participant through an online learning deck, plus activities to deliver speeches. Most take a minimum of 6 months to complete. The first pathway is free with membership.

Please join us on Friday, January 15 at 11:30 a.m. for a free introduction to Toastmasters, a demo meeting, and a Q&A session. Find out if this might be the key to reaching your highest potential in the construction industry.

Click here  for additional information and to register. The registration deadline is Thursday, January 14.

Also, please remember that AGC Michigan Scholarship applications are due by January 31, 2021. To date we have received 9 applications. Since we typically award 10 scholarships annually, you have a pretty  good chance of receiving a scholarship!

Please feel free to share this information with other who might be interested in Toastmasters or a scholarship.

Thank you,

Viki