Month: April 2016

Sound Art Installation

Need a break from studying? Or simply want to take a moment to relax? Then stop by and enjoy an immersive soundscape accompanied by projected visuals. Aural Canvas Vol.1: Ambient Fields” features eight paintings recontextualized through the use of sound design and music. 


Located in Walker 211 (a.k.a the McArdle Dressing Room) and will be open to visitors the following dates and times:
April 22, 25 & 26 // 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
April 23 & 24 (Saturday and Sunday) // 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Aural Canvas

Rozsa’s Project Learning Lab gallery b Presents “Extraction”

The Rozsa Center and Michigan Tech’s Department of Visual And Performing Arts present the final exhibit by sculpture and 3D design students in collaboration with HumanitiesLiterary Survey students. The exhibit, “Extraction,” will feature a public reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. tomorrow (April 21) in Rosza “gallery b,” the Rozsa’s experimental Project Learning Lab gallery space. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

On display will be “Call and Response,” a collaboration between Sculpture and 3-D design students with Laura Fiss’s (HU) Literary Survey class. Students will also showcase a collection of sculptures, a series of drawings, and four “traditional lathes,” designed and fabricated by students.

Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon to 8 p.m. Saturday. The gallery is free and open to the public.

Denise Sekaquaptewa on stereotypes academic performance and motivation

Denise Sekaquaptewa, professor of psychology, associate chair, and associate director, ADVANCE at the University of Michigan will speak on her experimental research. Dr. Sekaquaptewa’s research program focuses on implicit stereotyping, prejudice, stereotype threat and effects of category salience on test performance and academic motivation. Her current projects include studies of how environmental factors influence women students in math and science and how stereotypes affect interracial communication. After the presentation, we’ll have an open forum discussion on advancing a positive climate at Michigan Tech. Refreshments will be served.

When: Thursday, April 21 in MUB Ballroom B2, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.  For more information visit the site

RSVP here to let us know you’re coming.

Hosted by Michigan Tech Women in Science and Engineering, and the Pavlis Honors College

Free film screening: The Invisible War

The Women’s Programming Committee is presenting this (free) screening of The invisible War, a powerful documentary about rape in the military, Wed, 7:30 pm, Fisher 139. There will be a facilitated discussion held after the conclusion of the film.

Free Screening Wednesday, April 20th @ 7pm; Fisher 139 The documentary highlights the epidemic of rape within the US military. There will be a facilitated discussion held after the conclusion of the film.
Free Screening
Wednesday, April 20th @ 7pm; Fisher 139
The documentary highlights the epidemic of rape within the US military. There will be a facilitated discussion held after the conclusion of the film.


Two Free Community Events

Wednesday, 4/13, at The Orpheum Theater in Hancock, 6:00pm Free Community Screening of Naomi Klein’s, “This Changes Everything”

This film is being brought to you by Transition Marquette, Transition Keweenaw, and Green Film Series co-sponsors. We will follow the

film with a brief community conversation regarding next steps.


Saturday, 4/16, 1-4pm, at Portage Lake District Library. Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) Houghton Chapter Launch. Please join us for a

workshop to create the political will to address climate change. Become a citizen climate advocate and help create a livable world.

Alden Groen Selected by Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange

by Maria Bergstrom

A summer, online German language course and an interest in study abroad have paved the way for ME student and German minor, Alden Groen, to participate in a unique and prestigious opportunity to study and work abroad in Germany as one of only 75 American students selected for the Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals. Alden will travel to Germany this coming July for two months of intensive language study, a four-month study abroad experience at a German University, and a five-month internship with a German engineering company.

It all began for Alden when he enrolled in a summer online introductory German language course at Michigan Tech with Professor Karin Schlenker. He was interested in learning a second language and drawn to German because of Germany’s strong reputation in engineering and technology. Alden enjoyed the course so much he followed up with another semester on campus and began looking for an opportunity to study abroad in Germany. With help from International Programs and Services, Alden found a six-week program in Stuttgart for the following summer. As part of the home stay program, Alden lived with a German family in Stuttgart for the full six weeks, which, he says, was one of the highlights of his time there. He was able to experience everyday German family life in the evenings, while during the days he was studying with other students from all over the world. In addition to the U.S., students in the program came from Mexico, Canada, Singapore and other nations. “I learned as much about the world from my fellow students as I did from being in Germany,” Alden says.

Six weeks was not enough time in Germany to satisfy Alden, and he found himself looking for a way to return. After doing a summer-fall engineering co-op at Kohler Company, Alden learned about the Congress Bundestag exchange program. Professor Schlenker, who supported his application, says, “Alden’s previous study abroad experiences really helped make him a good candidate for this program. He was able to show that he is adaptable and ready for the challenges of a cross-cultural experience.”

While engineering majors sometimes think they don’t have time for language study or a study abroad experience, Alden is a strong advocate for both. He found language study to be “a really interesting way to fulfill HASS credits in a connected way. Even with only a couple of classes, you can get some use from the language.” As for study abroad, “Everyone should definitely try to do it. If it’s a money thing, look for scholarships and financial aid. If it’s a time thing, consider a six week program in the summer. You can learn so much in just six weeks.”