Elizabeth Reed Nominated for Distinguished Teaching Award

The William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning seeks input for its annual Distinguished Teaching Awards, which recognize outstanding contribution to the instructional mission of the University.

Based on more than 50,000 student rating of instruction responses, ten finalists have been identified for the 2015 awards. The selection committee is soliciting comments from students, staff, faculty and alumni to aid in its deliberation process.

Senior Lecturer Beth Reed is one of the finalists in the Assistant Professor/Lecturer/Professor of Practice category.

Comments on the nominees are due by Friday, April 3, and can be completed online.

The process for determining the Distinguished Teaching Award recipients from this list of finalists also involves the additional surveying of their classes. The selection committee makes the final determination of the award recipients. The recipients of the 2015 Distinguished Teaching Award will be formally announced in May 2015.

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Faculty Awarded Jackson Grants

Due to a generous gift from William G. Jackson, the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is pleased to announce the 2015 grant recipients. Nearly $55,000 in grants were awarded to instructors and teams of instructors at $1,000, $5,000 and $10,000 levels. These grants will support course/program reform or expansion projects using blended and online learning.

Lecturer Jason Gregersen and Associate Professors Todd King and Stefaan De Winter were awarded a $10,000-level grant for Extension of Blended Learning across the Calculus Sequence.

Ben Ong, Assistant Professor, was awarded a $1,000-level grant for Computational Science Models.

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Vladimir Tonchev Named Inaugural Igor Kliakhandler Fellow

Professor Vladimir Tonchev has been named the inaugural Igor Kliakhandler Fellow in the Department of Mathematical Sciences.

Igor Kliakhandler, a former Michigan Tech faculty member, established the eponymous fellowship to stimulate research activity in the mathematical sciences. A portion of the funding will be used to hold a conference or workshop each year.

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A Campus Garden Memorializes Loved Ones Lost

A beautiful garden thrives around the south edge of the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts, and dotted through the landscape will be thoughtful memorials.

The first memorial is a remembrance for the late Tom Drummer, mathematical sciences professor who died last year, but the hope is that the friends and families of students, faculty and staff who passed away while a member of the Michigan Tech community may find peace in adding a remembrance stone for their loved one.

“I am delighted that the first stone in the Remembrance Garden honors Tom Drummer,” said Mark Gockenbach, chair of the Department of Mathematical Sciences. “He was a great colleague and friend, and he had a lasting influence on the many students he taught, mentored and counseled.”

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