Day: October 6, 2017

Student News Briefs – October 6, 2017

 Thai Cuisine at Friday’s Khana Khazana

This week at the Memorial Union North Coast Grill and Deli, we are featuring a menu from Thailand. The menu features:

  • Kaeng Ped Khai (Chicken Red Curry)Thai Cuisine
  • Ajad (Vinegar Salad)
  • Kluay Tod ( Fried Banana)


Serving is from 11 am to 1 pm Friday. The cost is $7.95 and includes a fountain beverage.

Visit Khana Khazana on Facebook.

Homecoming Registration is now open! 

The theme this year is Harry Potter! Let the magic begin!

Homecoming Court Registration:

Register HERE

Registration closes October 6 at NOON.

Homecoming Team Registration:

Register HERE

Registration closes October 10 at 5:00 PM.

Please note that if a group wishes to only participate in cardboard boats, they must sign up under Team Registration.

Please send any questions to Rochelle at

Tech Theatre presents Steve Martin’s – Picasso at the Lapin Agile

Art or science, what has more power to change the future? Come, have drinks with Einstein and Picasso, at the Lapin Agile, a bar in 1904 Paris, as delightfully imagined by actor, comic, musician, and yes, playwright, Steve Martin. In his first full-length play, Martin puts Picasso and Einstein on a funny and poignant collision-course to drink, laugh, and debate the genius and imagination that inspires both. Members of the audience can even “drink” at the bar! There will be seats at the café tables for a few lucky audience members each night, with refreshments and snacks served as part of the performance. Tech Theatre, Directed by Christopher Plummer, Professor, Visual and Performing Art,  presents Picasso at the Lapin Agile, a thoughtfully comedic look at the power of imagination at the start of the 20th Century, from the perspective of two giants of their time. The show will run for two weeks, Thursday – Saturday, October 12 – 14, and Wednesday – Friday, October 18 -20, at 7:30 pm in the McArdle Theatre.

A long-running and popular Off-Broadway play, Picasso at the Lapin Agile began with a first reading of the play at Steve Martin’s home. Tom Hanks read the role of Picasso, and Chris Sarandon read Einstein. Following further development, the play opened at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago on October 13, 1993. The show then enjoyed a successful run in Los Angeles and then made its way to New York City. The New York Times wrote, “It’s important to remember that the playwright of Picasso at the Lapin Agile is Steve Martin, stand-up comic, actor, writer, banjo player and something of a genius in his own right. So when big questions are being addressed, you can be sure that a layer of silliness is always in place (and, subversively, a layer of seriousness beneath that).”

 According to Alexandra Walker, Tech Theatre’s stage manager for Lapin Agile, “The play explores the question ‘what is the power of genius?’ As Picasso and Einstein argue over who will be able to change the century more with their work, we come to the conclusion: Both art and science are important, summed up in the words of Freddie, the Lapin Agile bartender/owner Freddie, proposing a toast with his patrons: ‘No movement will be as beautiful as the note across the staff, the line across the paper, or the idea across the mind.’”

Tickets are on sale now, $13 for adults, $5 for youth, and no charge for Michigan Tech students with the Experience Tech fee. Tickets are available by phone at (906) 487-2073, online at, in person at the Central Ticketing Office in the Student Development Complex, or the night of the show at the McArdle door, which opens one hour prior to performances.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disability.

Campus Parking Shuttle

Services available:

  • Campus Parking Shuttle-a loop connecting the MUB to commuter lots throughout campus, including the SDC; runs through business hours.
  •  Daniell Heights Loop-a small loop connecting University Housing (Daniell Heights) to the MUB; also runs through business hours.
  •  Michigan Tech-City Shuttle + Daniell Heights Loop-a larger, figure-8 loop providing a second Daniell Heights/MUB run every hour but including a trip through downtown Houghton up to the commercial strip in west Houghton (Econo/Shopko, Walmart, Aspirus, Razorback) returning through town via Houghton Avenue (starts 7:00am; every hour; last loop returns to MUB at 6:45pm; a great commuter route).
  •  Michigan Tech-City Shuttle Evening Loop-combines a loop around the MUB/Heights route with a ride along Sharon Avenue to the west Houghton commercial district, returning back along Sharon avenue to the Heights and MUB (Wednesday through Friday; starts 6:45 pm from the Upper Heights to West Houghton with the last loop returning to the Heights at 8:45 pm).
  •  Saturday Shuttle-New New New! The University has paired with Lamers Bus Lines to provide free bus service on Saturdays from Daniell Heights to the west Houghton commercial district  (starts noonfrom the Upper Heights to the west Houghton  commercial district approximately every hour with the last loop out at 3pm.  Please note, currently this service is for students and children over the age of 4.).

Questions?  Please contact GSG President Hossein Tavakoli, or Graduate School representative Shellie Crisman. Taking a bus is convenient, energy efficient, and can even be part of a wellness plan (if you walk one way!).   Route details may be found at these links:

Shuttle schedule:

Please visit for interactive Shuttle Maps or contact Transportation Services ( with any questions.

Innovation Week (I-week)

October 7th13th

Join us in celebrating the innovation and entrepreneurship we have right here on the Michigan Tech campus. Events will be held every day andiweek include:

  •       Bob Mark Elevator Pitch Competition
  •       Generation Startup [Movie]
  •       Potential Errors of the Academic             Founder
  •      10X Thinking Workshop
  •       Innovation Pitches
  •       3D Print Yourself
  •       Build-A-Boat
  •       Food Fusion



Listener In Residence

The Invitation – Do You Need to Be Heard?

Set up a time to talk about something that is on your mind. It could be something that’s keeping you up at night. You might need to vent about an issue. You might want to test an idea that you are working on but aren’t ready to share yet. Or, you might really want to celebrate an important milestone or accomplishment. It’s a chance to talk about something that is important to you. Sessions are 20 minutes. Everything is held as confidential.

Curious about listening sessions – check out this 5 min video that explains the process:

It’s ideal for student, staff, and faculty.

About the Listener in Residence – Janet Frood is a leadership and team coach. She is conducting a one year experiment testing the role of Listener in Residence at Innovation Works London. She will be at Michigan Tech the week of Oct. 9th.

Listening Sessions are 20 minutes. If interested, click here to book a session.


Bob Mark Elevator Pitch Competition and Accelerate Michigan


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P3: People, Purpose, Passion

Register Now! . . .

for the annual P3: People, Purpose, Passion. This conference-style event is designed for current students focusing on personal well-being, leadership, success, and professional development.PPPPoster

2017 P3: People, Purpose, Passion
Saturday, October 14
Fisher Hall 135
10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., with optional sessions starting at 9:00am

A detailed schedule can be viewed by clicking HERE!

The 2017 P3 is sponsored by Career Services, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Counseling Services, Housing & Residential Life, International Programs and Services, the Pavlis Honors College, Student Activities, the Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success, and Wellness.



Fall 2017 Safe Place Ally Training Program

by Amy Lyn Howard,

Center for Diversity and Inclusion Registration is now open for the fall 2017 Safe Place Ally Training Program. The Michigan Tech Safe Place Program is a comprehensive resource to better prepare faculty, staff, students and community members to address the needs of individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual (LGBTQIA*).

The program addresses a wide range of terms that LGBTQIA* students use to define themselves, unpacks the complicated notions of identity in relation to sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, addresses issues that LGBTQIA* students often deal with during the coming out process and examines concerns that LGBTQIA* students face both in and out of the classroom.

Safe Place training also explores the many ways that you can work toward creating more safe, inclusive and affirming spaces and environments on campus.

This Fall we’re also offering sessions for students only on Sunday November 5th, 2017 from 3-5pm (steps 1&2) and Sunday November 12th, 2017 from 3-5pm (steps 3&4) – registration for these students only dates or other open campus dates, times, and locations are listed on the Safe Place webpage, where you must register for the dates of  your choosing.

For times and dates of registration and trainings, as well as additional information about the Safe Place program, visit the Safe Place webpage. If you have any questions, concerns or specific department/organizational needs for Safe Place Ally Training, contact Amy Lyn Howard, Campus Diversity Educator in the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.

Pistol Club Open Shoot

Due to the range at the SDC being temporarily closed, MTU Pistol Club is temporarily operating at the Portage Lake Sportsman Club. Because of this, we have to limit the number of people to 40 per day due to transportation. We are experimenting with this operation but currently we will work on a first come first serve basis.

We are required to provide tech insured transportation via a shuttle. The shuttle will be located at the lot behind OAP by Public Safety. and will run about every 30 minutes from 4-7 pm this Friday, and 1-4 on our Saturday and Sunday events with a final returning van at 8 and five respectively

We are operating on the following days:

Saturday October 7 1-5

Sunday October 15 1.5

Saturday October 21 1-5

Sunday October 29 1-5

We are unable to transport firearms in Tech Vehicles so if you would like to bring your own fire arm please come before the first shuttle and we will transport your firearm in an range safety officers  vehicle. If you are not comfortable with that then we encourage you to purchase a year long membership at Portage Lake Sportsman Club. For our event we will only allow pistols and .22 rifles.

If you want to bring a personal firearm, you must preregister as only one vehicle will be bringing firearms out there once each way.

All personal vehicles must be left at the library as the pick up spot is for public safety only.

For those of you who are interested at getting a membership, their yearly student membership fee is only $30 if paid in cash and $32 if paid through Pay Pal.

Here is a link for membership at Portage Lake Sportsman Club if you are interested:

Please tell your friends to sign up as well. We will make sure your time is well spent! Also make sure to bring CASH for ammo and a $6 transportation/PLSC fee. We can not accept credit.

Because we are not hosting at our regular MTU range, there will be no membership fee for pistol club this semester.

Contact if you have any questions.

MTSF Awarding Student Leadership Scholarship

This semester, MTSF is awarding the Student Leadership Scholarship. Four $1000 scholarships will be handed out and are open to students from every major. I have attached the scholarship application below. The scholarships are due at 5PM on October 30th.

Student Leadership Scholarship Form

Please email Karry Modolo at with any questions.


The Michigan Tech Student Foundation


203 Alumni House

1400 Townsend Drive

Houghton, MI 49931

 Come Dance with Nosotros

Where: MUB ballroom

Time: 8-9 pm salsa lessons, 9-11 pm open floorTT_Oct 7th_Single

When: Saturday 7th October

Cost: FREE!

All levels! No partner needed! Family friendly!


Ever notice something about Michigan Tech that could be improved?  Have you had a great idea that would have a positive effect on other students?

If yes, you are invited and encouraged to join us at the Student Commission meetings.  We look to break down the barriers that impede student’s success, and to improve Michigan Tech’s campus environment.

You’ll get the chance to have your ideas heard by staff, faculty, university officials, and most importantly other students.  We work together to act on your idea and make changes.  Past accomplishments of the Student Commission include:

  • Skate Board/Long Board Racks
  • Water Bottle Filler Stations
  • Prince’s Point Rehab
  • Upper Daniell Heights Printer
  • Reflectors
  • Bus Stop Schedules
  • Promotion of Husky Food Access Network (Husky FAN)
  • Promotion of Maintenance Direct Work Order
  • Value Statement
  • Relocation of Broomball Rinks
  • Designated Memorial Garden
  • Experience Tech Fee Initiative

 Anyone is welcome to attend upcoming meetings.

Please check out the Student Commission website for more information.

2017 Fall Meeting Dates

  • Thursday, September 14, 2017, 2:00 pm, MUB, Ballroom B3
  • Thursday, September 28, 2017, 2:00 p.m., Admin 404
  • Thursday, October 12, 2017, 2:00 p.m., MUB, Ballroom A1
  • Thursday, October 26, 2017, 2:00 p.m., MUB, Ballroom A1
  • Thursday, November 9, 2017, 2:00 p.m., MUB, Ballroom A1
  • Thursday, December 14, 2017, 2:00 p.m., Admin 404

 Make a Difference Day 2017

Make a Difference Day 2017 will take place on Saturday, October 28. All those interested in volunteering must fill out this Involvement Link form.
Deadline to register is Monday, October 23MADD-01
Check-In is offered between 8:00-9:00 a.m on October 28th. Volunteers meet in the MUB Commons where they’ll check-in, receive information packets and a t-shirt and head to service locations.
Here’s a video from last year’s MADD:
Please share this message with all!
Questions can be sent to

Information Session on BS in Management and Concentrations in Entrepreneurship & Supply Chain and Operations Management
Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 4:00 pm

-Great degree for those who have an interest in working with people and other disciplines

  • Option for primary or dual major
  • Well established degree program in the School of Business and Economics
  • Learn more about concentrations in Entrepreneurship & Supply Chain and Operations Management
  • Learn about career opportunities
  • WHERE: 101 Academic Offices Building
  • QUESTIONS: Contact Dana Johnson, PhD; Jodie Filpus-Paakola

Pizza and Pop provided

Huskies Pep Band Concert Celebrates “50 Years of Be-Striped Irreverence!”

The Huskies Pep Band presents Scrambling all the Way: 50 Years of Be-striped Irreverence next Friday, October 13, at 7:30 PM in the Rozsa Center. The Huskies Pep Band (HPB) is a Michigan Tech point of pride and one of the most lauded (and loud!) pep bands in the Midwest. Members dressed in “bumble-bee” stripes perform in unscripted and unrestrained glory at concerts, athletic events, parades, and special events all around Houghton, and support Michigan Tech teams on the road as well. The Huskies Pep Band is a nationally-known Division I pep band of nearly 250 members that performs at all home football, basketball, and hockey games. The band was selected as the host band to the WCHA Final Five Tournament in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009.

What can you expect from the Pep Band “live and In-concert?” According to Director of Bands Michael Christianson, “On this date, or likely some other one 50 years ago, Michigan Technological University’s Director of Bands Don Keranen decided to transform the Huskies Pep Band into a bestriped, scrambling, irreverent, annoying, distracting force for both good (for our athletic teams) and not as good (for the opposing teams). Since then, the HPB has performed at many arenas and stadiums (including some from which they have been banned for creating a “home atmosphere” for Michigan Tech’s teams), learned more than 8 songs, developed the capacity to breathe fire, been a P.E. credit for many movement-challenged students, and reached the age of 50 as a “Scramble” band!”

Christianson adds, “To celebrate, our yearly Pep Band Concert will feature tunes from all 50 years of scramblin’ (as well as several from our brand-new CD, plus photos and videos from many years. Our world-famous HPB Swag will be available for purchase at intermission, and we fully intend to have well-known guests with us for the event, as soon as they make bail. The concert is Friday October 13, there will likely be a ghoulish flavor to the evening…bwahahaha. Actual Quotes: “I didn’t know such sounds were possible!”- Marlee Matlin. “Vertical stripes aren’t always slimming.“- Anna Wintour. “Will there be another taco eating contest?”-Taco Bell”

Tickets for Scrambling all the Way: 50 Years of Pep at the Rozsa Center are on sale now, $13 for adults, $5 for youth, and no charge for Michigan Tech students with the Experience Tech fee. Tickets are available by phone at (906) 487-2073, online at, in person at the Central Ticketing Office in the Student Development Complex, or at the Rozsa box office the night of the show. Please note that the RozsHomecoming20130278a box office opens only two hours before performances.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disability.

It is time for the next installment of the Social Justice Lecture Series! 

 We are excited to welcome Winona LaDuke to the Michigan Tech Campus on October 25th. Winona comes from Ojibwe ancestry in Minnesota and has a background that includes environmental activism, tribal land claims, writing, acting, and being a former vice presidential nominee!

October 25th, MUB Ballroom at 5:30 pm

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MTU Cross Country 5K Fundraiser

Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 10 am.

Michigan Tech Trails

All procceds benefit the Michigan Tech Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Teams.

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For more information email Jake Isaacson at

MTU Surveys

Look for these signs around campus and submit your feedback for a chance to win a free coffee!

Cap, Gown, & Ticket Ordering Now Open

Request commencement tickets and place your cap & gown order now. Review cap & gown pricing, ordering deadline, Michigan Tech cap & gown policies and commencement information prior to ordering.


Please contact with any questions.

LeaderShape Institute Applications are Open

Applications for the 2018 LeaderShape Institute are now opleadershappostcarden!

Check out our website for more information:
Feel free to share far and wide!





2017-Lecture Flyer-Final

MSA has invited a speaker for October 13, 2017 at 5:15 pm in DOW Environmental Sciences Building Room 641.







Help Hurricane and Earthquake Victims

Many of us are distressed about the recent hurricanes and earthquakes across North and Central America. To encourage people to donate funds to agencies that are helping people recover, Mayra Sanchez Morgan, Molly Cavaleri, and Kathy Halvorsen are issuing a challenge to all Michigan Tech schools, student organization, and departments from the A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum to the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning.

The Michigan Tech group, school, or department that gives the highest total of combined individual donations by October 15th at 5:00 pm EDT to help in regional disaster response will receive a free La Cantina Restaurant lunch for all their donors on campus.

To report your donation and group, school, or department affiliation to which it should be credited please follow this link: You can only use the link once. If you already donated, please just report your prior donation.

We will announce in Tech Today which department won – thank you in advance for your generosity.

We recommend the following organizations for donations but will count contributions to any disaster relief organization working to help people in the above region recover from this year’s earthquakes and hurricanes.

American Red Cross – please designate your donation for “disaster relief.”

Project Peace Latin America/Proyecto Paz

UNICEF – Copy and paste the link into your browser and you can navigate to donating for Puerto Rican hurricane relief or Mexican earthquake relief.

United for Puerto Rico

PUSH Physical Theatre

“It’s untheatre. Intense athleticism, gravity-defying acrobatics,and soulful artistry – award-winning PUSH Physical Theatre, the genre-defining masters of physical storytelling, express what it means to be human: the joy and sorrow, humor and tragedy, the big questions and the simple things.”

In an appropriately dark celebration of Halloween, the RoJPEGPushzsa Center is bringing Push Physical Theatre’s production of Dracula to Houghton on October 21, at 7:30 PM. Attached is their press kit which gives a little more background on the ensemble. I will forward more details in a full press release about Dracula in the upcoming weeks, but wanted to send an advance teaser now that we have begun our general publicity for the show. Please contact me for more information or to arrange interviews.

Here is a video from the show:   


Faculty Present Listening to Parks, an NEA Imagine Your Parks Project

What do you hear when you walk in the woods? What are the natural sounds and rythms of the forest? The lakes? The skies? Christopher Plummer, Elizabeth Meyer, and Kent Cyr, faculty members in the Visual and Performing Arts Department of Michigan Tech, opened a multimedia and soundscape installation at the Duluth Children’s Museum this week, on Monday, September 25, 2017, in Duluth, MN, as a part of their “Listening to Parks” project, to explore those questions. The exhibit will be on display through October 15. The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Park Service (NPS) announced $1,067,500 in support of 50 grants in 27 states, including an award of $20,000 to Michigan Technological University to support Listening to Parksan Imagine Your Parks project. Visual and sound artists collaborated to create an immersive multimedia installation based on collected images, video, and audio recordings from the Keweenaw National Historic Park, Isle Royale National Park, and the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. The installation will tour to sites in the Upper Peninsula region of Michigan, and then will culminate in an exhibition in the Rozsa Gallery A-Space, at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts in December. There will be an opening reception on Friday, December 2 from 5:00 -6:30 PM, which is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are M-F 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM and 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM on Fridays. The recorded sounds from this project will also be used for a composition for orchestra by Libby Meyer to be performed by the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra at the Rozsa Center on Saturday, December 9 at 7:30 PM.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu says “As part of the NEA’s 50th anniversary, this year we are celebrating the magnificence of America’s national cultural treasures through art, the Imagine Your Parks grant program unites our mission with the National Park Service by connecting art projects with the natural, historic and cultural settings of the National Park System and will inspire a new generation to

discover these Isle Royalespecial places and experience our great heritage.”  “The ‘Imagine Your Parks’ grants are really helping us celebrate the NPS Centennial and the NEA’s 50th Anniversary with some incredibly diverse and interesting projects that continue to inspire more Americans of all backgrounds to connect with their national parks,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “The grants already awarded are already demonstrating the success of the program through a variety of inspiring projects. A new generation of artists is connecting to national parks through their work, and motivating others to do the same.”

According to Dr. Jared Anderson, Chair, Department of Visual and Performing Arts, “I am very proud to announce that Christopher Plummer, Elizabeth Meyer, and Kent Cyr, faculty members in the Visual and Performing Arts Department of Michigan Tech, received the first-ever award for Michigan Tech from the National Endowment for the Arts, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Parks Service as a part of the “Imagine your Parks” initiative.  This project will consist of gathering soundscape recordings from Isle Royale National Park and other National Parks in this region.  The recorded sounds will then be used for a composition for orchestra by Libby Meyer to be performed by the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra.  The sounds will also be integrated into a traveling multi-media art installation that will be presented at various park visitors centers and the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts in 2017.”

Please visit the Listening to Parks website for more details.   Follow “Imagine Your Parks” on Twitter @NEAarts and @NatlParkService, #ImagineYourParks #NEASpring16.

Afrobeat Fitness

Want to try something different? Join Afrobeat Fitness instructor Stephanie Saturdays from 12 to 12:50 pm in thAfrobeat-Fitness-1e SDC Studio! This class will leave you feeling successful regardless of your fitness level. Afrobeat Fitness is an energetic dance class associated with West African musical styles (Afrobeat) to create an exciting routine and a great cardio workout.


For more class information, visit Afrobeat Fitness.

There’s still time to get your HuskieFit Ultimate Session Punch Card!

Good for fall semester, expires December 22, 2017.