Student News Briefs: February 24, 2012




COMEDIAN TRACEY ASHLEY:  Come to the MUB Ballroom after the hockey game for Comedian Tracey Ashley 10pm sponsored by Late Night Programming from Student Activities & the Memorial Union Building (MUB) Board.  Event is at no cost.

From her southern upbringing to her life abroad to now living in the Midwest, Tracey has a lot to cover. Sprinkle in her opinion on society and her take on politics and you have one female comic with a lot to make you think about all while laughing! In addition to being a comedy club favorite and earning the prestigious  nomination by Campus Activities Magazine as Best Female Performer in 2008, Tracey has honored invites to perform at The Las Vegas Comedy Festival, HBO’s “The Lucky 21” Contest , and in 2007, was a semi-finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing. As well as a part of TV LAND Prime Movie/s.



FILM BOARD:  This week Film Board is showing The Muppets in Fisher 135. It will be shown on Friday, February 24th and Saturday, February 25th at 6:00, 8:30, and 11:00pm.  Tickets are $3 each and concessions range from 25 cents to 75 cents.  If you have any questions, please contact Film Board’s Publicity Chair, Carissa Lindeman, at


HUSKYLEAD TUESDAY:  As a leader in today’s society, you want to make sure your points and ideas come across clearly and that you are not misunderstood.  Our next HuskyLEAD presentation is on Ethical and Effective Communication.  Learn how to effectively communicate through non-verbal, professional, and online/electronic methods of communication.  Attendees will also focus on ethical conversations, language, and accountability to further their success as a leader.  This presentation will be held in the MUB Ballroom A1 on February 28.******

EWB GENERAL MEETING & TRIVIA:  Engineers Without Borders will be holding their general meeting on Thursday, March 1 at 7:00 pm in Dillman 320.  Kelli Whelan will be talking about her recent trip to Guatemala, where she attended a conference on clean stoves. She will also talk about EWB’s project in Guatemala.  As always, there will be snacks and drinks, but please bring your own cup to reduce waste.   Join EWB afterward at around 8:30 pm at the KBC for an exciting night of team trivia.  Bring your friends or come alone!  There is always someone who needs another sharp head on their team.  $1 per person.  All proceeds will go towards the work EWB do in communities in Bolivia, Guatemala, and Honduras.  If you have questions, contact Merete at


SUMMER JOBS AT FORTUNE LAKE LUTHERAN CAMP:  Fortune Lake Lutheran Camp near Crystal Falls, MI, is recruiting for summer staff.  Representatives will be in the MUB Food Court Commons on Feb. 27  from 10:30 am – 1:00 pm.  If you have questions, contact Bucky Beach at


SEEKING INPUT 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 50,000 students’ rating of instruction forms, ten finalists have been identified for the 2012 awards. The selection committee is soliciting comments from students, staff, faculty, and alumni to aid in its deliberation process.

The finalists for the two awards include:

Associate Professor / Professor Category

– Andrew Burton (Associate Professor) — Forest Resources and
Environmental Science

– Will Cantrell (Associate Professor) — Physics

– Mary Durfee (Associate Professor) — Social Sciences

– John Jaszczak (Professor) — Physics

– Christopher Plummer (Associate Professor) — Visual and Performing Arts

Assistant Professor / Lecturer / Professor of Practice Category

– Timothy Eisele (Assistant Professor) — Chemical Engineering

– Philip Kendall (Lecturer) — Mathematical Sciences

– Elizabeth Reed (Senior Lecturer) –Mathematical Sciences

– Thomas Werner (Assistant Professor) — Biological Sciences

– Roger Woods (Lecturer) — Business and Economics

Comments on the nominees should be sent to the Center for Teaching via
its comment website: .  Comments are due by Monday, March 30, 2012.

The process for determining the Distinguished Teaching Award recipients from this list of finalists also involves the additional surveying of their classes.  The Distinguished Teaching Award Decision Committee makes the final determination of the award recipients.  The recipients of the 2012 Distinguished Teaching Award will be formally announced in the fall.  If you have any questions, please contact Nancy S. Seelyat


REMINDER FOR 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 2,
2012, at 5:00 p.m.  Nominations for all other Student Leadership Awards need to be submitted by Friday, March 16, 2012 at Noon.