Month: September 2013

October Events

October is an exciting month here on Tech’s campus!  Here is a list of some of the events and activities going on this month.

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Men’s Week
“Come support the Society of African American Men here on Michigan Technological University’s Campus. Although the title of this function is misleading, women are highly encouraged to attend our events. The workshops are well worth being present for, and will undoubtedly be a fun time.”  Click here to view times and dates of the workshops.
Monday, September 30 through Friday, October 4 in the MUB

Study Abroad Fair
Interested in studying abroad? Go visit the study abroad fair to find out more about study options, country options, and financial aid. For more information on the study abroad fair, please visit here.
Wednesday, October 2 from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM in Fisher hall

Gallery Opening and Reception for Artist Mike Sluder
“Mike has made a name for himself by creating breathtaking and sophisticated metal art from gritty, industrial beginnings. Mike was formally trained in sculpture under internationally recognized artists at East Carolina University, where he earned his B.F A. in 2006. He has worked at two leading fine art bronze foundries, overseeing the Metal Shop and serving as Patina Specialist. Mike currently lives in Atlanta and creates custom art for individual collectors and corporate clients, including The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. He is best known for his bronze vessels and copper wall hangings, both noted for uniting inspired vision with enduring materials. Mike’s art has been featured in the Museum of Design Atlanta as well as in national and international exhibitions and publications.”
Friday, October 4 at 5:30 PM in the Rozsa Art Gallery

Copper Country Swing Dance Festival
“NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! This 3 day event is for anyone wanting to learn some new dance moves focusing on Swing Dancing! The festival will have a crash course on Friday night for anyone wanting to learn some swing. Michigan Tech’s very own Jazz Lab band will be performing on Friday night at our festival! Lindy Hop and Balboa will be the main focus on Saturday and on Sunday with two instructors being brought in! You can attend part of the weekend or the whole event! Register here today.”
Friday, October 4 at 6:00 PM to Sunday, October 6 at 6:00 PM around campus and the Houghton community.

The Great Northern Adventure Race, is just that: an adventure! It’s a 4-6 hour race consisting of orienteering, mountain biking, running/walking, canoeing and other “mystery challenge events” in which yo compete with your three-person team. For more information on the GNAR, please visit here.

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Noche Latina
“La Noche Latina is back! We’re bringing you live music from DJ Anthony Daniels and live dance performances from Wisconsin’s own Salsabrosa Dancing Company of Milwaukee! Sound and lighting will be provided by our own Tech crew, and refreshments will be served. Make sure to dress your best as we’ll all be dancing in semi-formal attire.Tickets are available at the door for $5.Afraid you can’t dance? We’ll prove you wrong. Salsabrosa, the professional dancers, are more than happy to teach you Thursday-Saturday, even one hour before the event. Times coming soon!
Saturday, October 5 at 9:00 PM in the MUB

Documentary Screening – La Camioneta
La Camioneta follows the transformative overland journey of one decommissioned US school bus from Tennessee to Guatemala to be refurbished for public transportation. This 2012 film festival favorite highlights the surprising connections between people and places in a global economy.”
Sponsored by Global City, Peace Corps Master’s International, Department of Humanities, Department of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences, and MTU Film Board.
Tuesday, October 8 at 7:00 PM in Fisher 135

Family Weekend
“Family Weekend, a Michigan Tech tradition held each fall, allows parents, guardians, and family members the opportunity to visit with their Tech student. During Family Weekend, families can explore campus and the surrounding area, enjoy activities sponsored by Michigan Tech on and off campus, and spend quality time together. Family Weekend 2013 will be held October 11-13. Mark your calendar and make arrangements soon. Family Weekend will be here before you know it!”
Friday, October 11 through Sunday, October 13 around campus and the Houghton community

PI – Mile: a 5k walk/run for Charity
“Triangle Fraternity, along with IRHC, and Alpha Gamma Delta would like to invite you to participate in the PI-Mile. This event is a 5k walk/run for charity. Proceeds from this event will be donated to the UP Food Bank. Pies will be available at the event for purchase by Alpha Gamma Delta.” For more information, please contact Triangle Fraternity at 414-207-9061 or email at
Saturday, October 12 at 11:00 AM

The Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra: The Color of Sound
“The Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra launches its 43rd season celebrating composers who luxuriate in colorful palettes of sound. Experience the music of Berlioz, Mahler, and Dvorak, pioneers of Romantic orchestration: the art of imagining orchestral instruments as purveyors of color and feeling. Cellist Nathan Jasinski also joins the KSO as featured guest artist for the 3rd Annual Keweenaw Honors String Festival in a performance of Dvorak’s Cello Concerto.”
Saturday, October 12 at 7:30 PM in the Rozsa Center

2000 Years of Pep! Huskies Pep Band with Special Guest Pep Band Historian and Conductor Jean Peptiste Lully
“The Huskies Pep Band will traverse the history of Pep music from the very beginning to just a few minutes ago.
Presented by the Michigan Tech Department of Visual and Performing Arts”
Wednesday, October 16 at 7:30 in the Rozsa Center

Brighton Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon
“Brighton Beach Memoirs is a witty, yet poignant recollection of growing up during the Depression. Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographical play features a 15 year old Eugene Jerome, and aspiring writer coming of age in a loving, yet crowded home in Brooklyn, New York, in 1937. Eugene struggles with his desire to hold onto childhood dreams (like pitching for the New York Yankees), while trying to understand puberty as he turns the corner into manhood, helping his older brother to provide for the family. Note: Strong language and adult content that may not be suitable for young children. Presented by the Michigan Tech Department of Visual and Performing Arts.”
Thursday through Saturday; October 17 through 19 and October 24 through 26 at 7:30 PM in the McArdle Theatre

Come Dance with Nosotros

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“Join us for the last Latin event, learn how to dance to Latin music, and find new friends! Free! All levels! Open to Public! No partner needed.”
Friday, October 18 at 8:00 PM in the MUB Ballroom A

Cloud Cult: 2013 Love Tour
“Cloud Cult developed in 1995 as founder Craig Minowa recruited several other artists to contribute to his solo recordings. Committed to ‘greening’ the recording industry; in 1997, lead singer Craig Minowa formed Earthology Records on his organic farm, powered by geothermal energy and built partially from reclaimed wood and recycled plastic. ‘The place is so far out in the boonies, you can barely find it, because it’s not on the maps,’ said Dan Montalto, an MTV Producer who brought a camera crew to the farm to film a short MTV feature on the band. This nonprofit label uses only recycled materials and donates all profits to environmental charities. The band also tours in a bio-diesel van. Michigan Tech Students: $5.00.”
Saturday, October 19 at 7:30 PM at the Rozsa Center

Aquila Theatre: Fahrenheit 451
“Aquila Theatre presents Ray Bradbury’s literary classic, a tale of a bleak future in which fire fighters burn books and technology and an oppressive society have placed knowledge and literature on the edge of extinction. With its skill at creating innovative and modern productions of great works of literature, the Aquila Theatre will bring new life to Ray Bradbury’s visionary parable of a society gone awry.”
Wednesday, October 23 at 7:30 PM at the Rozsa Center

Information for this month’s events courtesy of the University Calendar.

Commuter Movie Night!

Get ready for the first commuter social of the year!  On Friday, October 4, we will be having a Movie Night at 7:30 PM with the transfer students!  And the results are in: the move we’ll be screening is The Great Gatsby! Complimentary pizza, cookies, and various other snacks will be provided.  This is a great way to enjoy some free food, watch an awesome movie, and get to know your fellow commuters!  Remember, this event is FREE, so feel free to invite your friends, but please RVSP at  

Upcoming Athletic Events

Come cheer on your fellow Huskies as they dominate the field(or court) in their upcoming sporting events!  Here is a list of all the remaining home athletic events in September:

Women’s Volleyball against Lake Superior State
Friday, September 20 at 5:00 PM

Women’s Soccer against Lake Erie
Friday, September 20 at 7:00 PM

Cross Country Pre-GLIAC Meet
Saturday, September 21

Football against Walsh
Saturday, September 21 at 1:00 PM

Women’s Volleyball against Saginaw Valley
Saturday, September 21 at 4:00 PM

Women’s Volleyball against Ashland
Friday, September 27 at 7:00 PM

Women’s Soccer against Northern
Saturday, September 28 at 12:00 PM

Women’s Volleyball against Lake Erie
Saturday, September 28 at 4:00 PM

Don’t forget, tickets are free of charge for students, so don’t pass up the opportunity to be the Huskies #1 Fan this year!

For more information on Varsity Athletic Events this year, please visit their website here.

September Events

Man of Steel

“‘A young itinerant worker is forced to confront his secret extraterrestrial heritage when Earth is invaded by members of his race.’
Tickets: $3.00
$0.75/candy, $0.50/popcorn and pop, $0.25/Little Debbie snacks”
Friday, September 13 and Saturday, September 14 at 5:30 pm, 8:30 pm, and 11:30 pm in Fisher 135

Parade of Nations and Multicultural Festival
“A fall tradition that features exotic foods, native costumes, music and dancing from around the world. This year’s theme is ‘Global Variation in One Location’

The annual multicultural celebration begins at 11:00 a.m. with a parade that starts on Quincy Street in downtown Hancock. It will cross the bridge and move east on Shelden Avenue through downtown Houghton, ending at the Dee Stadium.

The festival is from noon to 3 p.m. at the Dee Stadium. Bring your appetite! Try tasty international food from dozens of food booths offering delicious ethnic specialties, desserts and more. The entertainment is endless. Enjoy bands, singing, dances, and, for the children, free pony rides, face painting and supervised arts and crafts. Admission is free.”
Saturday, September 14 in Houghton and Hancock

Iron Man 3 in 3D
“‘When Tony Stark’s world is torn apart by a formidable terrorist called the Mandarin, he starts an odyssey of rebuilding and retribution.’

Tickets: $3.00
$0.75/candy, $0.50/popcorn and pop, $0.25/Little Debbie snacks”
Friday, September 20 and and Saturday, September 21 at 5:30 pm, 8:30 pm, and 11:30 pm in Fisher 135

“Creators of the original “Singing Tesla Coils,” the crew of ArcAttack use their high tech wizardry to generate a truly ‘electrifying’ performance. Two custom-engineered hand built Tesla Coils throw out electrical arcs up to twelve feet long, each one acting as an instrument with a sound reminiscent of the early days of the synthesizer. A robotic drum set accompanies the spectacle, its high power LED’s flashing bright colors with the stroke of each mechanically actuated stick, while ArcAttack’s six members churn out rhythmic instrumental melodies. Live instruments meet drum loops and samples to produce rock, electronica and indie with a splash of punk and a dash of metal served with a side of pop. During the show, the MC engages both the crowd and the Tesla Coils by walking through ½ Million Volt sparks wearing the relatively thin layer of his chain mail Faraday suit. This high power performance is unique in its elements and energy, being at the same time mesmerizing and energetically thrilling.”
Michigan Tech Students: $5
Friday, September 20 from 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm at the Rozsa Center

Chasing Ice with James Balog

“A lecture by filmmaker James Balog and screening of his documentary Chasing Ice followed by Q&A with Mr. Balog | A reception with Mr. Balog and VIP guests will follow the event.

Sponsored by the Mark Eugene Howard Endowment and by the VanEvera Distinguished Lecture Series

Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of climate change. Using time-lapse cameras, his videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. – See more at:”
Thursday, September 26 from 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm at the Rozsa Center

Information for this month’s activities courtesy of the University Calendar

2013 Fall Career Fair

It’s time to break out those resumes and fancy business suits as the Fall Career Fair is just around the corner!  The 2013 Fall Career Fair will take place on Tuesday, September 24 from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm in the multipurpose room of the Student Development Complex (SDC).  The Career Fair recruits more than 250 companies who are looking to hire students just like you for co-ops, internships, and even full time positions! In preparation for this event, the Career Services Center will be hosting a plethora of awesome events to help you be the best candidate you can be, such as Resume Blitzes, the Interview Skills Week, and you can even sign up for an appointment to work one-on-one with your resume and have a mock interview!

Michigan Tech and the Career Services Center wants you to succeed, so take advantage of these opportunities and head over to the Career Fair! And first-year students: DON’T BE INTIMIDATED! Lots of companies hire first year students who’ve had NO experience, and even if they don’t hire you this semester, they will remember you and your resume at the Career Fairs to come!

Resume Blitz
“Get your resume reviewed by career advisors staff, faculty, and corporate representatives.”
Wednesday, September 11
Thursday, September 12
Tuesday, September 17
Wednesday, September 18
11:00 am – 2:00 pm in the MUB Commons

Industry Panel
“Hear from industry representatives about how to prepare for the career fair, including: advice about your resume, 60-sec infomercial and interview skills.”
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm on Wednesday, September 11 in the MUB Commons

Interview Skills Week
“Practice and strengthen your interview skills. Schedule an appointment by emailing with 3 dates and times that work best for you.”
Monday, September 16 – Friday, September 20

Society of Women Engineers ‘Evening with Industry’
“The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) hosts an annual “Evening With Industry” dinner to create an opportunity for recruiters to meet with students the night before the Career Fair. Please visit if you have any questions or would like to request a vegetarian meal.”
5:15 pm – 8:30 pm on Monday, September 23 in the MUB Ballroom

Academic Department Information Fair
9:00 am – 11:00 am on Tuesday, September 24 from in the SDC


Welcome to Michigan Tech! I hope you all had a fantastic O-Week and learned more about Tech’s campus community.  I am Valerie, you’re Commuter Assistant, and I’m here to help you with anything from getting involved and finding on campus jobs to helping with projects or finding good parking spots.

During the school year, we will have plenty of socials for you to choose from including movie nights, game nights, IM sports, building snow statues, raffles, prizes, and we’ll even name a Commuter of the Semester! Sounds awesome, right? If you have any questions or comments about anything, please feel free to email at or stop by my office hours in the Commuter Lounge (MUB 106):

Monday: 10:00 – 12:00
Thursday: 9:00 – 10:00
Friday: 12:00 – 1:00

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