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  • Month: May 2015

    Online at the Library: Computer Help for Adults

    The Portage Lake District Library and students from the Computer Science Department at Michigan Tech will provide free computer help for adults throughout the summer. These computer help sessions with individual tutors will be held every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. at the library beginning now through August.

    “Online at the Library: Computer Help for Adults” will show participants how to use the internet to keep in touch with people, share pictures and letters, find information, solve computer problems, and much more. Tutors will help each participant with their own particular needs. People may attend as many of the sessions as they wish, and those who have laptops may bring them.

    Library programs are free and everyone is welcome. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570 or visit the library at

    Reposted from Events@PLDL.

    Online at the Library helps bridge technological gaps

    “It is really important to have these tutoring sessions because you always attempt to try and bridge that technological gap between the youth and the elderly” said Keith Atkinson, Michigan Tech sophomore and tutor. “Not everyone that comes in here is elderly though; some people just come and have a computer question. It is really important to bridge that gap.”

    Read more and watch the video at Upper Michigan’s Source, by Rebecca Himmelstein.




    Advancing Digital Literacy in Houghton, County, Michigan

    For those new to technology, the Computer Help for Adults program at Portage Lake District Library is unlocking the unknown. Residents come from Portage Lake in Houghton County, MI as well as surrounding towns to work one-on-one with students at Michigan Technological University (MTU) to learn about new devices. The Computer Help for Adults program is one of many initiatives in Houghton County that has awarded them status as a Connected certified community. Houghton County celebrates their achievement in June, becoming the second Connected certified community in Michigan’s rural Upper Peninsula.

    Every Friday morning at the library, students at MTU become instructors and help participants navigate a variety of devices and applications. Instructors include both undergraduates and graduate-level students in Computer Science and technology-oriented Humanities majors. While the students have grown up immersed in the Information Age, to many of the participants of the program, everything is brand new.

    “For people being presented with technology for the first time, it is a tremendous shock and there’s a lot to learn,” said Charles Wallace, associate professor of Computer Science at MTU and faculty organizer of the program. “Digital literacy is our number one priority.”

    Read more at Connected, Powered by Connected Nation.

    Promotions for Onder, Wang, and Kuhl

    Michigan Tech Board of Control Adopts New Strategic Plan

    At its regular meeting on Friday, May 1, 2015, the Board of Control promoted 11 associate professors with tenure to professor with tenure. Among them are Soner Onder and Zhenlin Wang.

    The Board also promoted 18 assistant professors to associate professor with tenure and one associate professor without tenure to associate professor with tenure. Among them is Scott Kuhl.

    Read more at Michigan Tech News, by Jennifer Donovan.

    Zhenlin Wang
    Zhenlin Wang
    Soner Onder
    Soner Onder
    Scott Kuhl
    Scott Kuhl

    Scott Kuhl is a Co-Recipient of NSF Funding on Robotics Education

    Scott Kuhl
    Scott Kuhl won an award.

    Aleksandr Sergeyev (SoT), Abdulnasser Alaraje (SoT) and Scott Kuhl (CS) have received a $702,324 grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant will fund their three-year research and development project, University, Community College and Industry Partnership: Revamping Robotics Education to Meet 21st Century Workforce Needs.