Student News Briefs: February 25, 2011

CORRECTION MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM TONIGHT:  Please note, Aquila’s Midsummer Night’s Dream is on Friday, February 25th, 2011. The earlier email and press release stated “Saturday” in error.  Come to the Rozsa Center for an evening with Aquila Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.   Ticket prices for adults are $20, $18 for seniors, students $14, and free for Michigan Tech Students.   To purchase tickets, contact Michigan Tech Ticketing Services at the Rozsa Box Office at 487.3200, the Central Ticket Office (SDC) at 487.2073, or go online at tickets.mtu.edu.  No refunds, exchanges, or late seating, please.

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IMPROV COMEDY:  The Troupe is having an Improv Comedy show on Saturday February 26 at 7:00 pm in the DHH Ballroom.  The show is free to the Michigan Tech campus commnunity.  For questions, contact Britanny Precht at beprecht@mtu.edu.

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LINUX INSTALLATHON:  The Linux Users Group at Michigan Tech will be hosting a Linux Installathon on Saturday, February 26 from noon to 5:00 pm in the MUB Peninsula Room.  Stop by during this time and get help installing and configuring Linux on your computer, or just enjoy the demonstrations and presentations and chat with other Linux or UNIX users in the area.  For more information, including a tentative presentation schedule, visit http://lug.mtu.edu/Installathon.  For other questions about this event, contact Matt Gardeski at mjgardes@mtu.edu

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PANEL DISCUSSION POST UNDERGRAD OPTIONS:   The Society of Women Engineers will be hosting a panel discussion on post-undergraduate options on Wednesday, March 2 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm in Chem Sci 101.  Representatives and members from the Peace Corps, medical schools, the graduate school, industry, and academia will be a part of the panel to answer your questions and inform you about post-undergraduate options.  There will also be discussion on how an MBA can benefit you and your career.  The Society of Women Engineers is a co-ed organization open to all majors!   For questions about this event, contact Alicia Walby at amwalby@mtu.edu.

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LEADERSHIP IN CAMPUS ORGANIZATIONS:  “Navigating the Murky Waters of Leadership” will be presented by Jess Turuc, Assistant Director of Student Activities, on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 6:00 pm in MUB Ballroom A1.   Become a better leader and maximize your organization’s effectiveness by learning your members’ perspectives, what makes them tick, and what members can bring to the table.  This interactive session will help you broaden your organization’s cohesion, combat hidden challenges and stereotypes, and appreciate everyone’s differences for society.  For questions, contact jmturuc@mtu.edu.

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REMINDER LEADERSHIP AWARD NOMINATIONS:  Nominations for the President’s Award for Leadership and the Vice President for Student Affairs Award for Service need to be submitted by Friday, March 4, 2011, at 5:00 p.m.  Go to www.sa.mtu.edu/awards/ .  Nominations for all other Student Leadership Awards need to be submitted by Friday, March 18, 2011.

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WEEK OF WELLNESS SURVEY:  Did you participate in this year’s Week of Wellness?  If so, would you take a few minutes to complete the Week of Wellness Survey?   Your feedback is greatly appreciated and will be used to improve future events.  Go to http://studentvoice.com/mtu/11weekofwellness.  Thanks in advance for your help!  If you have questions, contact Michelle Bangen, health and wellness coordinator, at mmbangen@mtu.edu

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INPUT NEEDED FOR DISTINGUISHED TEACHING AWARDS:  The Center for Teaching, Learning, and Faculty Development seeks input for its annual Distinguished Teaching Awards, which recognize outstanding contribution to the instructional mission of the university.  Based on over 51,000 student ratings of instruction forms, eleven finalists have been identified for the 2011 awards.  The selection committee is soliciting comments from students, staff, faculty, and alumni to aid in its deliberation process.  Here are the finalists for the two awards:

Associate Professor / Professor Category:

Brian Barkdoll (Associate Professor) — Civil and Environmental Engineering
Andrew Burton (Associate Professor) — Forest Resources and Environmental Science
Will Cantrell (Associate Professor) — Physics
Guy Hembroff (Associate Professor) — Technology
John Lukowski (Associate Professor) — Electrical and Computer Engineering

Assistant Professor / Lecturer / Professor of Practice Category:

Philip Kendall (Lecturer) — Mathematical Sciences
Michael Meyer (Senior Lecturer) — Physics
Scott Miers (Assistant Professor) — Mechanical Engineering — Engineering Mechanics
Rupak Rajachar (Assistant Professor) — Biomedical Engineering
David Wanless (Assistant Professor) — Technology
Roger Woods (Lecturer) — Business and Economics

Comments on the nominees should be sent to the Center for Teaching via its comment website:  http://www.admin.mtu.edu/ctlfd/awards/DTAFinalistsCommentForm/ .  Comments are due by Monday, March 28, 2011.  The process for determining the Distinguished Teaching Award recipients from this list of finalists also involves the additional surveying of their classes by members of ODK.  The Distinguished Teaching Award Decision Committee makes the final determination of the award recipients.  The recipients of the 2011 Distinguished Teaching Award will be formally announced in the fall.

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