Day: September 12, 2014

Student News Briefs – Friday, September 12, 2014

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1. SWEat Homecoming Spirit Sprint

The very first SWEat Homecoming Spirit Sprint is a 5k fundraiser for the Barbara Kettle Gunlach Shelter Home as well as our MTU Society of Women Engineers (SWE) section. This event takes place on Homecoming; September 20 on Walker Lawn. Registration starts at 8:00 AM and the race starts at 9:00 AM. The cost is $10 for pre-registration and $15 for the day-of. Click here for the registration form 5k Registration Form.

For more information please contact Janelle Rupkalvis

2. Homecoming Schedule of Events

Sunday, September 14

Window Painting – SDC, 2:00-4:00PM
Kickball Tournament – Fields 1-4, Noon-5:00PM

Monday, September 15
Outdoor Movie – Walker Lawn, 9:00PM

Tuesday, September 16
Wilderness Explorer Games – Tech Trails, 4:00PM

Wednesday, September 17
Spotlight Night – Homecoming Talent Show – 8:00PM, MUB Ballroom A

Thursday, September 18
Trails Relay – Tech Trails, 4:30PM
Homecoming Court Dinner – Great Lakes Research Center, 6:00PM

Friday, September 19
Cardboard Boat Races – Houghton Waterfront Park, 4:00PM
Women’s Tennis vs. Saginaw Valley State – 12:00PM

Saturday, September 20
SWEat Homecoming Spirit Sprint – A 5k for charity – Walker Lawn, 9:00AM
Women’s Tennis vs. Northwood – 10:00AM
Tailgate – 12:00PM
Football vs. Saginaw Valley State – 1:00PM

3. Electrifying Step Afrika!

Heart-pounding entertainment arrives at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts on September 13 with Step Afrika!, an electrifying, percussive dance company dedicated to the tradition of stepping. The Washington, D.C. dance troop will close the Parade of Nations, Michigan Technological University’s week-long multicultural celebration, with a brief, sneak performance at Dee Stadium. Tickets for the full 7:30 pm performance at the Rozsa Center are $18 for adults and $9 for youth. Tickets can be purchased at the Rozsa Center, through the ticket office at 906-487-2073, or online at

More than just a dance show, Step Afrika! performances also integrate songs, storytelling, humor and even audience participation. Darnishia Slade, Interim Director for International Programs and Services at Michigan Tech, notes, “What’s really exciting about this group is they invite people from the audience on stage to teach them moves. They’re high-energy and very engaging. This is a show for people of all ages. It’s a perfect way to celebrate the international community that’s here in the Keweenaw.”

Founded in 1994, Step Afrika! is the world’s first professional dance company dedicated to the uniquely American art of stepping. Historically Black fraternities and sororities originated the dazzling dance form that uses the body as an instrument to produce complex rhythms and sounds through clapping, footsteps and vocalization. The troupe is known as global ambassadors for stepping and its use as an educational and inspirational tool for youth. The group has performed on stages in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean.

The Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts is located on the Michigan Tech campus, at 1400 Townsend Drive in Houghton. For more information on this and other events, visit the Rozsa Center’s website and Facebook page.

4. Film Board Showing – X-Men: Days of Future Past

This week Film Board is showing “X-Men: Days of Future Past” in Fisher 135. It will be shown on: Friday, September 12, at 8:30 PM, and 11:30 PM; Saturday, September 13, at 2:30 PM5:30 PM8:30 PM, and 11:30 PM; and Sunday, September 14, at 2:30 PM and 5:30 PMTickets are $3 each and concessions are $1 per item. Next weekend Film Board will be showing “22 Jump Street”.

If you have any questions, please contact Film Board’s Publicity Chair, Casey Finney, at

5. K-Day Lost and Found Items

If your student Organization is missing a folding chair or a large umbrella from K-Day please stop into Student Activities, MUB 112 to claim. Open Monday – Friday 8:00-5:00.

Call 906-487-1963 for more details.

6. Noted Peace Activist, Arun Gandhi, at the Rozsa Center

Arun Gandhi, a world-renowned peace activist and grandson of Indian spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi, will share memories of his grandfather and his own perspective on justice, during an evening lecture on Friday, September 12, at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts. An Evening with Arun Gandhi is presented in partnership with the Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) and coincides with the 25th anniversary celebration of Michigan Technological University’s annual Parade of Nations, a festival that celebrates worldwide culture. The 7:30 p.m. lecture is free and open to the public.
Arun Gandhi grew up under the apartheid laws of South Africa where he faced beatings from both black and white peers. Although he initially sought vengeance, he instead came to embrace the non-violent life lessons he learned from his grandfather. He now dedicates his life to sharing this message of peace throughout the world. Arun Gandhi is the primary leader of India’s independence movement, whose name has become synonymous with integrity, courage, hope, and non-violent civil disobedience.
An Evening with Arun Gandhi is part of the Social Justice Lecture Series, launched by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion in 2012. Guest lecturers present topics that encourage critical thinking, provoke healthy debate and challenge assumptions. According to Darnishia Slade, Interim Director of International Programs and Services at Michigan Tech, Gandhi fit well with the series. “His message and story will serve as an inspiration for students and community members. We’re very fortunate to host such a prominent and influential speaker.”
The Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts is located on the Michigan Tech campus, at 1400 Townsend Drive in Houghton. For more information about An Evening with Arun Gandhi, or other upcoming events, visit the Rozsa Center online at or on Facebook.


7. Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Class Offered

Rape Aggression Defense started on Tuesday, September 9. Master self-defense tactics and safety techniques through a comprehensive course designed specifically for women ages twelve and up. It begins with a focus on awareness, prevention, and risk reduction/avoidance, and progresses to the basics of hands-on defense training. The class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00 -8:00 PM, until October 2, in SDC Racquetball Court #5. Cost per 4-week session is $50 for general public, $30 for students.

R.A.D. is offered by Michigan Tech’s Department of Public Safety and Police Services through Community Programs, and the course is taught by Public Safety officers. The class combines both classroom instruction and hands on physical training.

To register or for more information, visit the website.

8. Women’s Leadership Council Invite you to Ignite Night

The Presidential Council of Alumnae, the Society of Women Engineers and the Women’s Leadership Council invite you to Ignite night please join us for a powerful evening of exciting and informative presentations made by successful Michigan Tech Alumnae. Find out more about their journeys to success and What is IGNITE? IGNITE is a series of very fast paced, dynamic and informative presentations. Each presentation is only 5 minutes long (20 slides that automatically change every 15 seconds) and is jam packed with valuable information! IGNITE NIGHT will feature ten alumnae speakers followed by an informal Q&A session. what they wished they had known as Michigan Tech students.

It will go fast…it will be informative…you won’t want to miss it! There will be snacks and drawings for prizes.

Who is it for: ALL Michigan Tech Students of All Ages

When: Thursday, September 18 @ 7:00 PM

Where: MUB Ballroom


9. Come Dance with NOSOTROS

Student Organization, NOSOTROS, is holding Salsa Lessons in MUB Ballroom A from 8:00 – 9:00 PM with open floor from 9:00 – 11:00 PM on Saturday, September 20.

For more information please contact Kevin at


10. Parade of Nations Event

Parade of Nations and Multicultural Festival in Houghton on Saturday, September 13, 2014

IPS is inviting you to join us for the parade and march under your country flag. The parade will being 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 for the Multicultural Festival. Also, transportation will be provided from Houghton to Hancock by the Houghton Motor Transit Line. Pick up location is the Memorial Union Building. The first bus will depart at 9:30 AM and the last pick-up will be at 10:35 am. We hope you are able to join us and represent your country in the parade!

For more information, see Parade of Nations.

11. Youth Dance Program Looking for Instructors

The Youth Dance Program at Michigan Tech Community Programs is looking for qualified teaching assistants for the current semester. This is a volunteer role, but has the possibility to transition to a paid primary teacher position for spring semester.

Duties include:
  • leading an exercise if teacher is assisting a student
  • assisting a confused or struggling student
  • handing out and collecting props or equipment
  • keeping children focused
  • maintaining a safe classroom environment
  • being an encouraging and enthusiastic presence
All applicants are required to provide:
  • current contact information
  • current resume, including ALL related dance and dance instruction experience
For more information or to submit your resume, contact

12. Women’s Leadership Council Meetings

The Women’s Leadership Council works to create a visible network of engaged and empowered women at Michigan Tech University and supports the professional development of women by providing opportunities for leadership, mentoring, collaboration, increasing female enrollment at MTU, and responding to the current needs of women. Meetings are held on Thursdays at 6:00 PM in Fisher 126 and all are welcome to join us!

For more information please contact Sara Schellbach at

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13. Fall Career Fair Information

Are you ready for our record breaking Fall Career Fair? Career Services can help…This week’s Career Development Opportunities brought to you by Career Services:RESUME BLITZ

· Wednesday, September 17, and Thursday, September 18, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

· Van Pelt & Opie Library, 1st Floor East Reading Room

· Representatives from ArcelorMittal and Ford will be there to help.

Have your resume reviewed and get tips on how to highlight your education and experience from faculty, staff, and corporate representatives.


· Wednesday, September 10, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

· Van Pelt & Opie Library, 1st Floor East Reading Room

· Representatives from Ford will be there to present and network.

Learn about what to expect and how to best prepare for a successful Career Fair. Hear what employers are looking for and learn how to effectively network.


· Monday – Thursday, 1:00 – 5:00 pm, 220 Administration Building

Take advantage of walk-in hours for the career development guidance you need!

Mark Your Calendar for the largest Career Fair ever – 355 Companies!


· Tuesday, September 30, 12:00 (noon) – 6:00 pm, Student Development Complex (SDC)

Dress professionally and bring your updated resume and your 60-second Info-mercial to meet with company representatives offering internship, co-op, and full-time employment opportunities. See the full list of participating companies at

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14. Intramural Sports – Upcoming Deadlines & Events

Individual Sports Entry Deadlines:
Two Person Golf Scramble (Tournament) – TODAY, Friday, Sept. 12th @ 12:00 pm
Racquetball Singles (Tournament) – Wednesday, Sept. 17th @ 3:00 pm
Individual Sports Events:
Trails Relay (Tournament) – Thursday, Sept. 18 @ 4:30 pm (Registration for event open until Noon on the 18th.)
For more information or to register online visit

15. Husky Tae Kwon Do Practices – (Week of September 15th)

Husky Tae Kwon Do is a student organization on campus and the first week of practices are scheduled. Anyone interested is more than welcome! Come and try it out – it’s fun!  No experience needed.

Tuesday 5:30-7:30pm – ROTC Gym 100
Thursday 5:30-7:30pm – MUB Alumni Lounge
Friday 5:30-7:30pm – MUB Alumni Lounge
Saturday 4 – 6pm SDC Dance Room
For more information, contact

16. “Undie-rock” duo The Skivvies strip down at the Rozsa Center

New York-based comedy-pop duo The Skivvies bring their stripped-down tunes – and torsos – to the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts on September 20 at 7:30pm. Presented in partnership with Michigan Technological University’s Student Entertainment Board, the underwear-clad pair serve up unexpected, slightly risqué mash-ups and unique arrangements of hip hop, pop hits, Broadway show tunes, R & B songs and standards for mature audiences. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are $18 for adults and $5 for Michigan Tech students, and can be purchased at the Rozsa Center, through the ticket office at 906-487-2073, or online at

Award-winning performers Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley became YouTube sensations with their genre-busting covers of artists including Robyn, Carole King and Rhianna. The nearly au naturel duo soon began selling out live venues around New York and fielding requests from stars of stage and screen who wanted to disrobe and join them on stage. The pair have made appearances on NBC and filmed a pilot for the A&E network. Named the “Most Playful Performers” by People Magazine, the Skivvies were hailed by The Wall Street Journal as “smart, sophisticated … ingenious.” Mary Muncil, Interim Director of the Rozsa Center describes their performance as “stripped-down, eclectic cover songs with a dash of comedy mixed in. Add the acoustic sounds of cello, ukulele, glockenspiel and melodica – and, of course, the lack of clothing – and you have a completely unique experience, for mature audiences only.”

The Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts is located on the Michigan Tech campus, at 1400 Townsend Drive in Houghton. For more information on this and other events, visit the Rozsa Center’s website and Facebook page.


17. Interest Meeting for New Student Organization

The group will be focused on improving qualities of self, inspiring one-self to change for the better, and also to focus on improving skills as both models and photographers alike. This is a collaborative experience and anyone is welcome to come.
Location: Opie and Van Pelt Library, Room 112
Date: Wednesday, September 17
Time: 5:00-6:00 PM

For more information please contact Kendall Belopavlovich  at

18. Constitution Day Volunteer Readers Welcome

Volunteer readers welcome – everyone should get a turn to celebrate Constitution Day.
On Thurs September 18, Jeff Kolnick will come to deliver the Constitution Day address  in Fisher 139 at 7:00 PM, the Title of his talk will be “Our Flexible Constitution – The Struggle for Citizenship” 
On Thursday Sept 18, at 7:00 PM in Fisher 139, Historian Jeff Kolnick will give a talk titled “Our Flexible Constitution: Citizenship and Struggle” (Does the Constitution make us free or do we?)
For more information please contact Susanna Peters at