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Tour Silicon Valley During Spring Break 2013

Do you know any students looking for a great experience?  On Thursday, Dec. 6, at 5 p.m., they can interview for the chance to join a special Spring Break trip. The Silicon Valley Experience 2013 will take 15 lucky students to visit California’s technology and innovation hub from March 10 to 15.

To win a spot at the significantly reduced cost of $300, all they have to do is answer one question in 90 seconds: “Why would I like to work and live in Silicon Valley?”  Their answer will be given to the trip coordinators, and final trip participants will be selected and notified before the end of the semester.

This year, the participants will tour of some of the most innovative companies on the west coast. Last year, the group visited Google, Brocade, Cisco, Kyocera, Plug and Play, and other companies.

This event is open to both undergrad and graduate students of all majors. They should email Professor Russ Louks (SBE) at rwlouks@mtu.edu with your name, major and year by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5, to participate. A schedule will be sent out early on Dec. 6 with the time you will be interviewed in AOB 101.

For more information, see Silicon Valley, or contact Louks at rwlouks@mtu.edu or Assistant Professor Andre Laplume (SBE) at aolaplum@mtu.edu .

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EndNote Workshops – November 30th

The J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library presents a series of EndNote workshops.

EndNote is citation management software which allows anyone to easily collect, organize, and use their research references. Learn how EndNote can save you hours of time in your library research and document preparation process.

Seating for these workshops is limited and registration is required. To register please visit: our EndNote LibGuide

Note: Our sessions use EndNote X5 on PCs. Laptop users are encouraged to update their versions of EndNote prior to the session. See the library’s EndNote Download page.

Upcoming Sessions on November 30th:

EndNote Basic I: Creating and Organizing an EndNote Library @ 11:00 AM
In this 1 hour workshop participants will learn how to build and manage an EndNote Library collection of citations.

EndNote Basic II: Cite While You Write (CWYW)@ 12:15 PM
In this 1 hour workshop participants learn how to customize EndNote Library citations into Word.

* Attendance of EndNote Basic I or prior knowledge of building and managing an EndNote library is required.

EndNote Special Topics: Working with Travel Libraries** @ 1:30 PM
Do you want to use Endnote to collaborate with classmates or colleagues using Word?  An Endnote Traveling Library can help. A Traveling Library is a subset of your EndNote Library which contains only the citations that appear in your paper.  The Van Pelt and Opie Library is offering a 45 minute EndNote Workshop on EndNote Traveling Libraries.

Center for Diversity and Inclusion Hosts Social Justice Lecture Series

Waziyatawin, a Dakota teacher, author and activist, will present two seminars at Michigan Tech today, part of a Social Justice Lecture Series. The speaker holds the Indigenous Peoples Research Chair in the Indigenous Governance Program at Victoria University in British Columbia, Canada.

Her free seminars will be:

  • Activism with People of Color, 4 to 5 p.m., Memorial Union Ballroom B1
  • What Does Justice Look Like? The Struggle for Liberation in Dakota Homeland, 7 to 8:15 p.m., Memorial Union Ballroom B1

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Homecoming 2012 Blends Old with New

We are in the midst of Homecoming Week at Michigan Tech, and the venerable favorites have been joined by some new events that organizers hope will become traditions, too.

Rachel Wussow, associate director of student activities, says the new items resulted from student input. “Kickball has replaced powderpuff football for the women and football for the men,” she said. “We are getting more teams, as we feel it is more inclusive, especially for the international students.” Kickball began Sunday and the championship games are tonight at 5:30 and 7:15 p.m. at the softball fields. Window painting has changed, too. “We decided to paint the windows at the SDC, to add more spirit for the athletes,” Wussow said. “They came out really nice.”

To view a complete list of all of this week’s activities and events, see Homecoming.

“We’ll have shuttle buses running to help alleviate the congestion, especially with Family Weekend,” Wussow said.

Also part of the festivities is the induction of seven new members into the Huskies Sports Hall of Fame, Friday night. Allison Bailey (Bottoms), Kurt Coduti, Paul Kerrtu, Sandy Johnson, Robert Peterson and Bill Steele are joined by Tech’s first national championship team–the 1961-62 hockey squad. Many members from that team will be on hand for the induction and reunion for the 50th anniversary of their NCAA title.

Saturday includes Huskies football at 1 p.m., with Northwood in town. The king and queen will be announced at halftime. The hockey Huskies face Lake Superior State Saturday night at 7:07 p.m., with the all-important broomball battle for the Alumni Cup following the game.

Published in Tech Today by Dennis Walikainen, senior editor.

October First Friday Social

Faculty, staff and graduate students is invited to attend the October First Friday University Social from 4 to 6 p.m., Oct. 5, at the Rozsa Center Art Gallery (downstairs from the Lobby). A cash bar along with complementary soda and snacks will be provided.

International Programs and Services is this month’s sponsor. Plan to come and mingle with your colleges. NOSOTROS will start the social with a Hispanic/Latin dance followed by global trivia with door prizes.

NOSOTROS was established to create a “sense of community” of the Hispanic/Latin culture at Michigan Tech; to share the Hispanic/Latin culture with the campus community and to provide a forum for the exchange of information pertinent for the Hispanic/Latino and non-Hispanic/Latino students at Tech.

The First Friday University Socials began in 2006 to provide a casual setting for members of the campus community to get together informally, share their work and get to know each other. Such informal gatherings often lead to more productive work relationships and an appreciation for diversity.

In an effort to increase the effectiveness of the initiative, this academic year will continue to feature departmental partners who will sponsor each month’s event. The Vice President for Research Office and MTEC SmartZone will host the next social on Friday, Nov. 2. There are still a few dates available. If your department is interested in hosting a social or would like more information, please contact Megan Ross at 487-3123 or mrross@mtu.edu .

Flu Vaccine Clinics Announced

Working with Portage Health, the Benefits Office is pleased to announce flu vaccine clinics.

All employees and their dependents, as well as students, are welcome to attend one of the clinics scheduled on campus. Due to supply availability at each clinic, shots will be on a first-come, first-served basis; no appointment is necessary. In order for the flu shot to be paid by Michigan Tech, employees and dependents must participate in Tech’s Aetna health care plan.

Employes and dependents should be prepared to provide a picture ID and/or an Aetna member card for verification. (Spouse and dependent can show up without employee.) Students or those employees not covered under the Aetna health plan may still attend the clinic; cost is $25 per shot, payable at the time of service.

Anyone under the age of 18 cannot be vaccinated without parental permission. Clinics will take place in the Memorial Union Peninsula Room.

Here is the schedule:

  • Monday, Oct. 29, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov 1, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 6, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 8, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information, contact Benefits at benefits@mtu.edu .

Parade of Nations This Saturday

It’s Parade of Nations time again. Brightly decorated floats and marching groups bearing flags of many nations will hit the streets of Hancock and Houghton at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, for the annual international celebration.

After the parade, come to the Dee Stadium for a multicultural festival starting at noon and featuring international foods at 26 booths and a gala show. Performers include the Michigan Tech Dance Team and Hip Hop Club, the Copper Country Cloggers, the Kivajat Dancers, songs by the Hassle Family, and a Chinese dance by Summer Gu. The Medievalist Club will also perform, as will the International Student Association. Admission is free.

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Fall Enrollment Figures Announced

Michigan Tech submitted its official fall undergraduate and graduate enrollment figures to the state Wednesday night.

The total number of students on campus this fall is 6,945, including 1,410 new undergraduates, both first-year and transfer students. Of those new undergraduates, 1,027 are Michigan residents, 349 are women, 93 are underrepresented minorities and 54 are international students.

“Four and half years ago we enrolled one of the largest undergraduate classes in recent memory,” said Les Cook, vice president for student affairs. “Last May those students graduated, and 95 percent of them were successfully placed. With that exceptionally large number of graduates taking their place in the world and decreasing numbers of students graduating from high schools in Michigan, it is more challenging for us to fill all their spots at the University. But we’re doing well, and I think that the high placement rates and starting salaries of our graduates bode well for the long run. The market is there. Right now, our Fall Career Fair already has the second-largest number of companies attending in our history, and businesses are still registering.”

Although the total number of women at Michigan Tech dropped slightly, the number of female students in the College of Engineering rose to 835 from last year’s 795. That brings the percentage of women engineering undergraduates up to 20 percent. Since 2005, the number of undergraduate women enrolled in the College of Engineering has increased 36 percent, from 612 to 835.

Overall, women make up 25 percent or one in four of the undergraduates at Michigan Tech.

“We’ve done a lot in the background over the past couple years to begin to position Michigan Tech as a ‘go-to’ place for women interested in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields and management,” said President Glenn Mroz. “It’s a process that will continue. This fall we’re gearing up a new marketing campaign to reach out to women interested in understanding, developing, applying, managing and communicating science and technology. After all, women make up about 55 percent of the college-bound population; their science and math abilities are exceptional, and employers are continually looking for more gender balance in their workforce.”

The total number of graduate students rose to 1,322, a 1.5 percent increase over fall 2011. First-time master’s degree students this year total 257 and first-time doctoral students, 98.

Michigan Tech also saw a fourth consecutive year of increases in graduate degrees granted, reported Jacque Smith, director of marketing and advancement for the Graduate School. In the 2011-12 academic year, 352 graduate degrees were granted, including 289 master’s and 63 PhDs.

“These numbers are encouraging and are moving us closer to our goal of having 3,000 graduate students at Michigan Tech,” said Graduate School Dean Jacqueline Huntoon.

“Jacque and I both want to thank all of the people who worked so hard over the past two weeks to get all of the students in special situations enrolled before the official count date,” Huntoon added. “This includes the Graduate School staff, the Registrar’s Office staff and everyone in Accounting. Without all of these people’s collaborative efforts, we would not have been able to exceed last year’s numbers before the official count date.”

by Jenn Donovan, director, public relations
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School of Business and Economics Hosts Speakers

The School of Business and Economics hosts a presentation by Assistant Professor Josh Filzen for a brown bag lunch at noon, today, in AOB 101.

Filzen will speak about “Financial reporting complexity and the comovement of stock returns.”

On Thursday, in conjunction with the Presidential Council of Alumnae, they will host alumna Marie Cleveland ’82. She will talk about “How to deliver effective business presentations” at 4 p.m in Fisher 329.  A reception with light refreshments will follow the lecture from 5 to 6 p.m.

For more information, see Josh Filzen and Marie Cleveland.