Student News Briefs – January 12, 2018

Comedian Ian Lara 
   Ian Lara is just a regular Dominican kid from Queens, New York. Youngest of five and born to immigrant parents since a young age being funny became a way of life. He started comedy right after college after being told by some really successful lawyers that he should skip going to law school and he’s loved every second since. Usually you can catch him performing every night in some of the best and worst shows in New York City, or he’s on the road at a club or college near you. Ian Lara might become a household name Lara Cbut his real dream is to one day get big enough where he can wear those big cowboy hats Pharrell wears to awards shows.
Join Late Night Programming for a bunch of laughs with comedian Ian Lara.  He will be performing Friday, January 19 in the MUB Ballroom at 10:00 PM.  This event is free (funded by the Student Activity fee).
This event is scheduled for Friday, January 19, in the MUB Ballroom at 10 pm.

The 29th Annual MLK Banquet is here!

 In our 29th year of MLK celebrations, Michigan Technological University invites you to reflect on Dr. King’s vision of inclusion. 2018 marks 50 years since we lost one of the most influential visionaries and impactful social justice advocates of United States history.MLK picture

  •  On January 23, 2018, we will celebrate our 29th banquet in the Rozsa Lobby.
  • Please arrive at 5:00 pm

Reserve your space here:

LA Theater Works Presents – The Mountaintop at the Rozsa Center

This year, in conjunction with Michigan Tech’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, and the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Martin Luther King Jr., the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts and Michigan Tech’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion are proud to present LA Theatre Work’s brand new production of Katori Hall’s play, The Mountaintop. On the evening of April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated outside room 306 of The Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN. What happened inside room 306 the night before the killing is a mystery. In her internationally acclaimed play, playwright Katori Hall imagines what may have transpired in the overnight hours between the legendary civil rights leader and a seemingly inconsequential hotel maid. See The Mountaintop at the Rozsa Center on Tuesday, January 23rd, at 7:30 PM. There will also be a panel discussion and Q & A with student members of Michigan Tech’s National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), L.A. Theatre Works’ The Mountaintop cast, and staff from The Center for Diversity and Inclusion in the Rozsa Lobby, with beverages and dessert served, immediately following the play.

For more details, please see our press release, attached. Also attached is a press release from LA Theatre Works, announcing their national tour.

The cast will be available for interviews in advance by phone. Please contact me or the LA Theatre Works PR contact, Lucy Pollack, to set those up.


The Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success is Hiring for 2018-19!

Are you looking for leadership opportunities where you encourage the success of other Michigan Tech students?  Com join the staff of the Wahtera Center in the following positions:  OTL (Orientation Team Leader), ExSEL Peer Mentor, Academic Success Coach, Commuter Assistant, Success Course Peer Teaching Assistant, Transfer Student Assistant.

To apply for any of these positions, you must attend one of the following info sessions to obtain an application.

January 16, 2018 — 6:05 pm, Fisher 139

January 19, 2018 — 3:05 pm, Fisher 135

If you have any questions, please email:

Ken Steiner Memorial Benefit to Support

Little Brothers: Friends of the Elderly

When longtime local resident Ken Steiner passed away suddenly last January, family, friends, and the entire community came together for a memorial to celebrate all the lives he touched through his decades of good work to make the Keweenaw, and the world, a better place. From a long list of friends playing the music to the majority of area restaurants where he worked providing food, there was an overwhelming outpouring of love, support and good will. And, above all a strong sense that the work Ken championed, the positive energy and creative spirit he inspired, would continue, carried forward by those who knew and loved him.

This year, the Rozsa Center and the Michigan Tech Visual and Performing Arts Department want to extend that spirit and good will, by hosting a benefit in Ken’s honor for his favorite charity: Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly, featuring good food, a cash bar, and once again a host of Ken’s friends and former band mates making the music, on Friday, January 12 at 6:30 pm to 11:30 pm, in the Rozsa Center Lobby. Ticket prices are: $10/$20/$30/donation of your choice. 100% of ticket sales will be donated in Ken’s name to Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly.

Bands featured: Steve Jones And The Garden City Hot Club at 7:00 PM. Uncle Pete’s All Star BBQ Blues Band at 8:15 PM. And, Outlaw’d at 9:30 PM. Ticket prices are in a range of “donation levels,” so that everken 3yone who attends can support the fundraiser at a level they choose.

To purchase tickets, please call  (906) 487-2073, go online at, or visit Ticketing Operations at Michigan Tech’s Student Development Complex (SDC). Tickets will also be available at the Rozsa Box office the evening of the benefit. The Rozsa Box Office opens two hours before event times.

The Michigan Tech Engineering Ambassadors program is looking for new members!

Do you want to be a part of outreach to middle and high schoolers to teach about engineering?

Do you want to grow in your professional communication skills?

If yes… then you should check out Michigan Tech’s Engineering Ambassadors Program! Open to all Engineering majors. Join a group of students who prepare a brief presentation, and present on this engineering topic and conduct a hands-on activity at local schools (Grades 3-10) to excite students about engineering.

Come to an informational session hosted by current Engineering Ambassadors on Thursday January 18, at 6 PM in Fisher 129 to learn more about the Engineering Ambassadors program. If you cannot make the info session but want to be a part of the program, or want more information, please contact Jaclyn Johnson, 

Summer Youth Programs Employment Information Session

Anyone interested in working for Summer Youth Programs (SYP) is invited to attend an employment information session. SYP provides exciting and engaging hands-on camps for middle and high school students. If you’re looking for a position that lets you channel your creativity, innovation, enthusiasm, and team spirit, all in a professional environment, we have just the job for you!

We are looking for outstanding individuals who bring awesome experiences and fresh perspectives to the table. Applicants should be positive, forward thinking, innovative, and eager to make a difference in the lives of young people.

We offer a flexible schedule in a casual, fun work environment, and provide valuable professional development experiences.

Interested? Join us at one of the info sessions:

Wednesday 1/24 at 6:00 PM – MUB Ballroom A1

Thursday 1/25 at 5:30 PM – MUB Alumni Lounge

If you have questions or can’t make it, please contact the Center for Pre-College Outreach at



Basketball: Deadline on January 19th @ 8:00 am

Wallyball: Deadline on January 19th @ 8:00 am

Bowling: Deadline on January 22nd @ 8:00 am

Billiards Tournament: Deadline on January 26th @ 8:00 am

Table Tennis Singles Tournament: Deadline on February 2nd @ 8:00 am

Table Tennis Doubles Tournament: Deadline on February 2nd @ 1:00 pm

Co-Rec Doubles Racquetball: Deadline on February 5th @ 5:00 pm

Register your team at

– For more information:  E-mail

Commit to be HuskiesFit in 2018!
Change up your workout or try a new class. Set some new fitness goals! Several HuskiesFit Programs will offer classes for only $2 during Dollar Days January 16-21.

 HuskiesFit Dollar Days

Get your #FutureHuskies active and involved with fun youth classes such as Rock Climbing and POUND or sign them up for one of the many spring camps, clinics and tournaments now open for registration.

Youth Classes @ a Glance

Adult Group Fitness Classes @ a Glance

Like to mix it up all the time? Try the HuskiesFit Ultimate Session Punch Card – a premium 8-punch card that gets you into several fantastic group fitness classes!

HuskiesFit Ultimate Session Punch Card

Visit HuskiesFit Programs to view the Dollar Days schedule and for a full listing of adult group fitness classes and youth classes offered this spring.
Commit to be HuskiesFit.

 Men’s Volleyball Club Home Tournament

Come cheer us on as we take on UW-Oshkosh 2 & 3 on January 20th in the SDC Wood Gym. We’ll play a match against each team in the morning, take a lunch break, and then play two matches again. Admission is free, so take a break from your first week of classes and come join us for an entertaining day!

January 20th 9:30am – 5:00pm  SDC Varsity Wood Gym

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