Category Archives: WISEblog

The WISEblog category is for communications relating to general topics of interest or concern to WISE members. Campus and community issues of concern can also be posted here, like work-life balance, childcare, and career-path discussion.

Michigan Tech receives a second NSF ADVANCE grant

Adrienne Minerick (SoT) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $1,000,000 research and development grant from the National Science Foundation. Patricia Sotirin (HU), Sonia Goltz (SBE), Audrey Mayer (SFRES/SS) and Andrew Storer (SFRES) are Co/PIs on the project, “ADVANCE Adaptation AMP-UP Continuous Improvement Process to Transform Institutional Practices and Culture.” This is a three-year project.

First piloted in November 2015, AMP-UP is a highly collaborative, inclusive structure to broadly engage the campus community in creating an environment that welcomes, values and supports women, underrepresented minority individuals and those who have traditionally experienced an excess of bias that accumulates into measurable disadvantages for career progress and job satisfaction (Tech Today April 8 2018).  For more see the Michigan Tech News story.



Save the Date: Results of 2018 Climate Survey to be Shared Sept. 21

Last fall, the Michigan Tech community was invited to participate in a campus-wide assessment of its beliefs, behaviors, and practices. The results of the “Working, Living and Learning Assessment,” will be shared from 10:30 a.m. to noon Friday, Sept. 21, 2018 in Great Lakes Research Center Room 202.  Release time will be provided for all union and non-union hourly employees to attend.  For more information, contact Assistant to the Provost for Academic Equity and Inclusion Audrey Mayer.


Janet Callahan becomes Dean of Engineering at Michigan Tech

The Dean of Engineering at Michigan Technological University as of July 2018 is Dr. Janet Callahan.

Callahan comes to Michigan Tech from Boise State University, where she was chair and professor of the Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering. Callahan replaces previous dean Wayne Pennington (GMES) who has retired from Michigan Tech.

“Each dean selected in the history of a college has the opportunity to help shape that college’s future,” says Callahan in the profile in Tech Today. “I look forward to working with faculty, staff and the administration at Michigan Tech to assure an exceptional quality educational experience for students, and to further enhance the research trajectory of the college and University.”


New Childcare Center opens in Hancock (July 2018)

The 25 July 2018 Daily Mining Gazette announced the opening of the Right Start Kids Academy, a new childcare center in Hancock.  Right Start Kids Academy is a non-profit center licensed to open in Spring 2018, and they serve infants to age 5 with a space for up to 22 children.  Vice Chair Ruth Ryynanen is quoted in the Gazette  as saying the center opened in response to a community need and that the center is  also something she wanted as a mother.  The center is based around early development and has more flexible 7:30 am-5:30 pm service hours.  Right Start is planned to be affordable.  Their website is rightstartup.org/rska/.

For more on childcare options, click here.


Adrienne Minerick becomes Dean of the School of Technology at Michigan Tech

The Dean of the School of Technology at Michigan Technological University as of July 2018 is Dr. Adrienne Minerick.

Minerick joined the Michigan Tech faculty in 2010 and is Professor of Chemical Engineering and has served as associate dean for research and innovation in the College of Engineering and assistant to the provost for faculty development.  For several years in her faculty development role in the provost’s office she has been spearheading the AMP-UP process, ADVANCE Matrix Process for University Programs, an outgrowth of Michigan Tech’s NSF ADVANCE grant.  AMP-UP is focused on  facilitating female and under-represented STEM faculty success and retention at Michigan Tech.

Minerick’s excitement at the new position is based on her belief in the School of Technology’s potential to help students who do not mesh easily with the classic, learn-by-lecture model on which most US education is based.

 


Audrey Mayer becomes Assistant to the Provost for Academic Equity and Inclusion

After a University-wide search, Audrey Mayer (SFRES) was selected for and has accepted the position as assistant to the Provost for Academic Equity and Inclusion. Mayer’s role in this position began in May 2018. While serving as assistant to the provost, she will continue in her position as associate professor of ecology and environmental policy.

In her new position, Mayer will provide leadership for campus-wide diversity-enhancement efforts, including the President’s Diversity Council. She will also serve as Michigan Tech’s representative for external groups such as the American Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU), the Michigan Associate of State Universities (MASU) and King-Chavez-Parks (KCP).

Mayer is associate professor of of Ecology and Environmental Policy in the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science at Michigan Tech and a past co-director of WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) at Michigan Tech.


Michigan Tech Pre-School

From their website:

Michigan Tech Preschool is a non-profit, cooperative preschool serving children ages 3-5. It is a fully-licensed preschool, and the teachers meet all state certification requirements for early-childhood educators. Michigan Tech Preschool is open to all interested families. Non-English speaking children are welcome.

For more on childcare options, click here.


Conversation-Community-Collegiality, C3 University Lunches Since 2015

“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, which was started in 2015 and continues each fall and spring semester. 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 beginning in 2015.

“It,” that came together is the C-Cubed University Lunches. Faculty, staff, and their guests are invited to buy lunch (buffet is offered) or bring their lunch to the MUB Alumni Lounge on Thursdays and Fridays and to share conversation and lunchtime with colleagues. “We’re providing the invitation, table cloths, a cash buffet, and the University provides a few perks (complimentary coffee, tea, cookies, and fruit),” says Morrison. “All the attendees need to bring is conversation, community, and collegiality (C3)!”

The price of the buffet lunch will be $12 (beginning in fall 2018) 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. Due to renovations of the Alumni Lounge, C3 will start several weeks into the fall 2018 term.  Watch Tech Today for the exact starting date.  All faculty and staff and their guests are welcome.