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Student News Briefs: April 15, 2011

 

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RELAY FOR LIFE EVENT:  The Relay for Life event is beginning this evening at 7:00 pm in the SDC Multipurpose Room and continues until 7:00 a.m. Saturday.  This year’s them is the 80’s!!  Dress 80’s style if you wish!  The event is free and you can come and go as you please.  Food will be provided at 8:00 p.m., 12:00 a.m., and 6:00 a.m.  There will be a cancer survivor speaker at 7:30 p.m.  The Luminaria ceremony is at 11:00 p.m., and the fight back ceremony at 6:30 a.m.  Brochures will be handed out at the door with a full list of events and activities for the night.  Lots of prizes will be given away!  Join us for COD, Halo and other video games (XBOX, WII, etc.), board and card games, rock climbing until 11:00 p.m., free-throw competition, jeopardy, family feud and a scavenger hunt just to name a few of the games and activities that will be happening.  For any questions, contact Stephen Schweitzer at skschwei@mtu.edu.  We hope to see you there!

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DISASTER RELIEF FUNDRAISER:  The Japanese Conversation Club at Michigan Tech is planning a fundraising 5k run and 3k walk event for Japan on Saturday, April 16th.  Registration will be today at Spring Fling until 5:00 p.m., and 8:30 -9:45 a.m. tomorrow at the Rozsa Center.  Race time is 10:00 a.m. starting at the Rozsa Center parking lot.   For more information and the registration form, go to http://www.superioritystudios.com/temp/index.html.  All proceeds to to the American Red Cross Japan relief effort.

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FILM BOARD:  The Film Board is showing The Green Hornet this weekend in Fisher 135.  Shows will be on Friday and Saturday at 6:00, 8:30, & 11:00 pm. Tickets are $3 with a Tech ID and concessions range from 25 cents to 75 cents.  If you have any questions, please contact Film Board’s Publicity Chair, Laura Holt (lmholt@mtu.edu).

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STUDENT ORGANIZATION OFFICE SPACE:  If you are a returning student organization and wish to retain your office space in the MUB for the 2011-2012 academic year, you are required to fill out an application.  Applications can be picked up at the Memorial Union Board desk in MUB 106.  If you have any questions, contact Trevor Gibson at ttgibson@mtu.edu.

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LATIN AMERICAN EVENT:  Join us for a fun and relaxing evening at another great Latin American event!  On Friday, April 22 we will have a “beach party” from 8:00 pm to midnight in the MUB Ballroom A with free salsa lessons and three hours of open floor with salsa, merengue, bachata and much more!  No partner needed; family friendly; all levels welcome; and it’s free!  Beach apparel highly recommended!  This event is organized by NOSOTROS, the Latin Student Organization at Michigan Tech, and supported by the Parents’ Fund of the Michigan Tech Fund.  For more information, contact Alessia Uboni, at auboni@mtu.edu.

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BIBLE CONFERENCE:  The Lighthouse Student Ministries will be hosting a conference entitled “Bible Prophecy:  Tomorrow’s News Today”  beginning this weekend.  Each seminar will be approximately 1 hour long and will examine prophetic events in the book of Revelation and discuss the hope of the church.  Seminars will take place Saturday through Wednesday at 7pm (except on Sunday; the seminars will be at 10am &4pm).  The seminars will be in the Michigan Tech Forestry Center Room G002.  Please call 487-2287 or e-mail bwcolber@mtu.edu for further information.

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GREAT LAKES SHOWCASE AWARD WINNERS:  The award winners for the 2011 Great Lakes Showcase have been selected! The Great Lakes Showcase exhibition continues through April 29, 2011 at the Michigan Technological University’s Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts.  The exhibition is free and open to the public from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm weekdays in the Rozsa Art Gallery.  Juror Diana Magnuson has selected the award winners as follows:

BEST OF SHOW

2D: Ray Lahikainen,Grandma’s Pantry

3D:Meghan Merkey, Ceramic Grouping

FIRST PLACE

2D: Ronald Gratz/ Smelter Interior

3D: Chris Phillips/ Mountain Box

 SECOND PLACE

2D: John Hubbard/ Popple Tree

3D: Bill Wiard/ Turquoise Stream

 THIRD PLACE

2D: Freddi Taddeucci/ Journey Into Space

3D: Debra Charles Worth/ Fossil Book

 HONORABLE MENTIONS

Edith Marshall/ Lil Youngen

Melissa Hronkin/ Honeycomb

Karen Jilbert/ Be Happy

Sue Stephens/ ?Purple cape on easel? (no title found)

Joe Kirkish/ Paris Graffiti

Christine Garceau: Pastel Back

Brook Powel/ Purple Tree

Carol Edstrom/ Jack London’s Dream

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Student News Briefs: April 8, 2011

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MESSAGE FROM LES COOK, VICE PRESIDENT FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS:  As you many of you know, Gloria Melton will be retiring as the Dean of Students in August .   She has served in this role since 2004 and her compassion and insight will be missed.   I am happy to announce that Bonnie Gorman, Executive Director of Marketing and Communications, will be rejoining Student Affairs as the Dean of Students when Gloria retires in August .   Many of you know Bonnie has extensive experience in Student Affairs at other institutions as well as previously serving as Director of First Year Programs and the Associate Vice President for Student Life.   She is a great asset to the Michigan Tech community and I am excited to have her working more closely with students again.  If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me at 487-2465 or lpcook@mtu.edu.

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FILM BOARD:  This week Film Board is showing The Mechanic in Fisher 135.  It will be shown on Friday, April 8th and Saturday, April 9th at 6:00, 8:30, & 11:00pm.  Tickets are $3 with a Tech ID and concessions range from 25 cents to 75 cents.  Contact Film Board’s Publicity Chair, Laura Holt (lmholt@mtu.edu), with questions.

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GREAT NORTHERN ADVENTURE RACE:  It’s not too late to register for  THE G.N.A.R. (The Great Northern Adventure Race) scheduled for Saturday, April 16 at Michigan Tech University.  Registrations are due by 5:00 pm today (Friday).  For more details and registration forms, go to: http://oap.mtu.edu/adventurerace/  or contact Lydia Patch at llpatch@mtu.edu.

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SUPERIOR WIND SYMPHONY AND CONCERT BAND:  The Superior Wind Symphony and Campus Concert Band present an afternoon concert on Sunday, April 10th, 2:00 PM, in the McArdle Theatre.  Please note that this concert date and location changed twice due to the band’s support of the Huskies Women’s Basketball Team’s appearance.  Following the Concert Band, various chamber music ensembles including the saxophone sextet and trombone quartet will take the stage to showcase their small group talents.  Ticket prices for the General Public are $10, $5 for Students, and free for Michigan Tech Students.  To purchase tickets, contact Michigan Tech Ticketing Operations at the Rozsa Box Office at (906)487-3200, the Central Ticket Office (SDC) at (906)487-2073, or go online at tickets.mtu.edu.  No refunds, exchanges, or late seating, please. 

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BIKE MAINTENANCE CLINIC:  The Outdoor Adventure Program will sponsor a Bike Maintenance Clinic on Wednesday, April 13 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Outdoor Adventure Program, 207 East Street across the highway from the main campus.  Representatives from local Outdoor Gear Outfitters (Downwind Sports, Cross Country Sports and The Bike Shop) will be present to conduct tune ups on bikes for $10.00.  Food and Drinks will be provided.  For additional information, contact OAP at 487-2290, or email oap@mtu.edu.

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MOTORCYCLE STUNT SHOW:  On Friday April 15, during Spring Fling, the Full Throttle Motorcycle Club of Michigan Tech is hosting a motorcycle stunt show!  Two great groups will be performing on our campus: Sick Air FMX, featuring freestyle motocross tricks, and the Smage Brothers, featuring trials riding.  Shows will begin at noon, 2:00, and 4:00, and are free for everyone.  PLEASE NOTE: The shows will take place in Lot 27 (the $2 lot), so this lot will be unavailable for parking all day on Friday, April 15.  For more questions about the stunt show, contact Kaitlyn Bunker at kjreed@mtu.edu.

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FREE BOWLING:  Join the sisters of Alpha Sigma Tau in a friendly bowling outing!  Bowling will be in the basement of the MUB on Wednesday, April 13 at 6:00 pm.  Drivers will meet in the residence hall lobbies at 5:45 pm to provide rides.  Contact Heather Bultman at hdbultma@mtu.edu with questions.  Hope to see you there!

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BENEFIT CONCERT FOR JAPAN:  The Praise In Effect Gospel Choir presents The Blood on Saturday, April 23 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the MUB Ballroom.  The concert is in support of Japan relief efforts and free will donations will be accepted.  For questions, contact Kari Jordan at kari@mtu.edu.

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SO YOU THINK YOU CAN’T DANCE:  You are welcome to join us anytime between 1-4 pm on Saturday, April 16, 2011 in the MUB Commons for “So You Think You Can’t DANCE” where the Society of Intellectual Sisters will teach you how to dance!  Admission is by donation and all of the proceeds from this event will go towards the Betty Chavis Scholarship Fund.  In recognition of Betty Chavis’ twenty years of service to Michigan Technological University, her colleagues, friends, alumni, and current students wish to acknowledge her unwavering commitment to diversity and young people at Michigan Tech and throughout the community by starting the Betty Chavis Scholarship Fund to assist students who have short-term, or unexpected financial need. 

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MOVE-IN VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES FOR FALL:  COMPASS (Center for Orientation, Mentoring, Parents and Academic Student Success) would like to invite student organizations to help Michigan Tech’s  first-year students move in on Saturday, August 20 and Sunday, August 21.  Your group can pledge time for one two hour shift or multiple shifts.  This is a great service opportunity for your organization!  Please go to  http://www.orientation.mtu.edu/pages/volunteerForm.html  to sign up to volunteer.  Thank you in advance for your service to the newest members of the Michigan Tech community!

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Student News Briefs: April 1, 2011

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BENEFIT FOR JAPAN TODAY:   Four Japanese students will be cooking for Khana Khazana today(MUB 11am – 1pm), and utilizing this opportunity to show their love and concern for their country.  $3.00 out of every meal today will go toward recovery efforts in Japan; the other half will cover the cost of the food.  The students who are donating their time are Motoyuki Kidokoro, Accounting; Lei Hirakawa, Finlandia, General;  Aili Natsumushi, Finlandia, General, and Chisato Ohta, Finlandia, ESL.  These students are praying and asking for your prayers for their country and people as they recover from the earthquake.

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FILM BOARD THIS WEEK:   This week Film Board is showing True Grit.  Shows will be held on Friday, April 1st and Saturday, April 2nd.  Show times are 6:00, 8:30, and 11:00pm in Fisher 135.  Tickets are $3 with a Tech ID and concessions range from 25 cents to 75 cents.  Contact Laura Holt at lmholt@mtu.edu with questions.

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STANDATHON 2011:  Join us at Standathon for a night full of awesome activities, prizes and food!!!  Standathon 2011 will be held in the SDC from 7:00 pm – 7:00 am.  Some of the activities at Standathon include sumo wrestling, a 65 ft inflatable obstacle course, black light mini golf, laser tag, food eating contests, dance lessons, karaoke, water polo, kayak lessons, and so much more!  There will be four live bands and the Tech’s Got Talent Show, so come cheer on your friends!  Food will be served all night and prizes will be raffled off every hour.  The grand prize this year is an Xbox Kinect.

The Entrance Fee for Standathon is $10.  The entrance fee PLUS Standathon 2011 T-Shirt is $15.  The entrance fee, T-shirt, AND grand prize bracket for Xbox Kinect is $20.

The best part about Standathon is that every dollar raised is donated directly to Bay Cliff Health Camp, a camp for children and adults with disabilities.  This is the fifth annual Standathon and we hope to make it the best one yet by setting a goal to raise $7,000 for Bay Cliff!  Everyone is welcome and we hope to see you there!!  Contact Hilary Cadeau at hscadeau@mtu.edu with questions.

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TECH’S GOT TALENT:  Come to the SDC and join us at Standathon from 9:00 PM to 10:30 AM  in the Wood Gym and watch everything from magic and illusion to DJ’s to the original musical creations of your peers.  Each act will receive commentary from your favorite Michigan Tech faculty, Dr. Brett Hamlin of Engineering Fundamentals, Dr. Paul Charlesworth of Chemistry, and Dr. Gloria Melton, our esteemed Dean of Students.  MCing the event is your very own Homecoming King, Paul Valencia! 

After all the acts have finished, YOU will have the power to determine the winners!  Whip out your cell phone and tell us, via text, which act was your favorite!  When all the votes are in, the first place act will win an iPad 2G,  second place will win an Xbox + Kinect, and third place will receive $200 of local gift cards.  Hope to see you all out at Standathon and at the Michigan Tech Undergraduate Student Government’s first annual Tech’s Got Talent!

This event is supported the Parent’s Fund of the Michigan Tech Fund.  Special thanks to the College Bookshelf for their support, and to the Campus Bookstore and University Images.  Questions about Tech’s Got Talent can be directed to Kyle Johnston at kajohnst@mtu.edu.

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MOTORCYCLE STUNT SHOW:  On Friday April 15 during Spring Fling, the Full Throttle Motorcycle Club of Michigan Tech is hosting a motorcycle stunt show!   Two great groups will be performing on our campus: Sick Air FMX, featuring freestyle motocross tricks, and the Smage Brothers, featuring trials riding.  Shows will begin at noon, 2:00, and 4:00, and are free for everyone.  PLEASE NOTE:  The shows will take place in Lot 27 (the $2 lot), so this lot will be unavailable for parking all day on Friday the 15th.  Questions about the stunt show can be directed to Kaitlyn Bunker at kjreed@mtu.edu.

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BIOLOGY WEEK

            Support Phi Sigma by participating in this year’s Bio Week April 4-8. Attend one or all of the many events related to the biological sciences being hosted this week.

Monday (April 4th): Save a life and register to become an organ donor.

            MUB Commons: 10-2

Tuesday (April 5th): Research presentations by faculty of the biology department:

   Dr. Mike Gibson, Dr. Qing-Hui Chen, Dr. Mi Hye Song, Dr. Thomas Werner, Dr. Rupali Datta

            M&M U113 7-9pm

Wednesday (April 6th): Watch Blue Planet with Snacks and drinks!

            Dow 642 6pm

Thursday (April 7th): Book and Bake Sale

            Dow Lobby 11am-3pm

Friday (April 8th): Walk dogs at the Copper Country Humane Society

            Meet in Dow atrium at 4pm

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WISCONSIN WHITE WATER RAFTING:  Join us on Sunday, April 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. for Wisconsin white water rafting.    Wisconsin’s Peshtigo river is a premier spot in the midwest for white water rafting, and this trip is open to all students, staff and faculty.  All skill levels accepted!  The cost for the trip is $75 and includes transportation, sandwich lunch, pizza dinner, and a day-long rafting trip through Korsirs Rafting!  Stop by the OAP rental center to sign up, call 487-2290 or visit www.oap.mtu.edu for contact info and information about the program.
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AIChE CONFERENCE OPEN TO ALL:  The Michigan Tech student chapter of AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers) is hosting the 2011 AIChE North Central Regional Conference on April 8th and 9th.  Although this event focuses on chemical engineering students, we would like to invite all Michigan Tech students to participate in the conference’s activities.  For more Information please visit our website at http://aiche.students.mtu.edu/conference.htm for more information and feel free to email any of the AIChE officers below with any questions you may have.

Janelle Paddock
AIChE Regional Conference Coordinator
jmpaddoc@mtu.edu

Gregory Knauf
AIChE Secretary
grknauf@mtu.edu

Nick Thomas
AIChE Treasurer
ncthomas@mtu.edu

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OUTDOOR ADVENTURE RACE:  Michigan Tech is hosting THE G.N.A.R. (the Great Northern Adventure Race) on Saturday, April 16 and we are opening it up to all universities in the local area!  Registration is open now!!  For more details and registration forms, go to: http://oap.mtu.edu/adventurerace/ .

What’s an adventure race?  Picture a triathlon (ok, a really dirty, off the beaten path triathlon) and substitute the swimming portion with grueling obstacles created to push you the max.  Now add trail running, orienteering, biking over uneven, hilly ground covered in thick spring mud, with mixed challenges to keep you on your toes throughout the race.  Gnarly, right?  Each event is designed to be slightly different and incorporates varying features depending on local terrain.  Teams of two or four are accepted, see online for more details.

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Student News Briefs: March 25, 2011

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FILM BOARD:  This week the Film Board is showing “Tron: Legacy in 3D.”  The shows will be on Friday (today) at 6:00 pm and 11:00 pm, and Saturday, March 26 at 6:00 pm, 8:30 pm and 11:00 pm.  Please remember to bring your Tech ID so you can check out 3D glasses.  Tickets are $3.00 and concessions range from 25 – 75 cents.

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SPRING CLIMBING COMPETITION:  Come join the Ridge Roamers for their Spring Climbing competition on Saturday, March 26th from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Climbing Wall in the SDC.  The cost is $15.00, which is due upon check-in at the event.  The comp is limited to 50 competitors, so be sure to register as soon as possible.  Walk-ins are allowed if there is still room left in the schedule.  Register by sending an email to climb@mtu.edu and include your name, sex, desired competition division (beginner / intermediate / advanced and climbing time preference (if any).  Visit http://climb.students.mtu.edu for more information, or contact us at climb@mtu.edu.

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SAHAJA MEDITATION:  Please join us for the Sahaja Meditation Meetings held every Thursday in the MUB from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm.   These meetings are free of charge and can be attended by anyone interested in learning the effects and benefits of meditation.  The meetings are held either in the Alumni lounge A or Peninsula Room A.  For questions, contact Pranay at pnagar@mtu.edu.

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CHESS TOURNAMENT:  A USCF Chess Tournament will be held on Saturday, March 26 in Wads Room G17.  Registration opens at 8:00 am.  The first round begins at 9:00 am, and other rounds are at 10:45, 1:15, 3:00 and 4:45 pm.  The entry fee is $5.00.  USCF membership is required and can be purchased on-site if necessary.  For more information, contact Sean Groustra at smgroust@mtu.edu, or (231) 557-1720.  Please note that event details and round start times are subject to change if necessary and will be announced on site.

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CLASS TRIBUTE PROGRAM:  Attention all students graduating in April 2011:  The Michigan Tech Student Foundation (MTSF) invites you to make your upcoming commencement day even more special by participating in the Class Tribute Program.  It’s an opportunity for you to recognize someone special to you in the printed commencement program.  Just go to http://www.mtu.edu/giving/today/programs/class-tributes/ for program details and find out how to participate.  The deadline for tributes is Friday, April 1, 2011.

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JAZZ CONCERT:  Announcing the Don Keranen Memorial Jazz Concert this Saturday, March 26, at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts, 7:30 pm.  Join us to celebrate the jazz legacy of the late Don Keranen on Saturday, March 26, 7:30 pm at the Rozsa Center. You will hear two large jazz ensembles, the Research and Development Big Band and the Jazz Lab Band, performing an eclectic mix of classic and modern jazz, Latin jazz, blues, funk, rock and original arrangements.  Ticket prices for the general public are $10 for Adults, $5 for Students, and Michigan Tech Students free with I.D.  To purchase tickets, contact Michigan Tech Ticketing Services at the Rozsa Box Office at (906) 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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SUPERIOR WIND SYMPHONY RESCHEDULED:  The Superior Wind Symphony and Campus Concert Band concert has been rescheduled!  The date has moved from (today) Friday, March 25 to Saturday, April 9, and the location has changed from the Rozsa Center to the McArdle Theater.  To purchase tickets contact Michigan Tech Ticketing Services at the Rozsa Box Office at (906) 487-3200, The Central Ticket Office (SDC) at (906) 487-2073, or go online at tickets.mtu.edu.  Tickets will also be available at the door of the McArdle Theatre the evening of the performance.

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PRIDE WEEK SCHEDULE

Keweenaw Pride, the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and ally (GLBTA) organization on campus, kicked off their annual Pride Week celebration Wednesday. This week has been a work in progress for the organization since September, and it is a celebration of diversity, bringing together many people of many different origins and orientations in a week full of discussions and panels meant to open minds and break stereotypes.

Sunday: Film: “Prop 8″, 8pm in Fisher 135

March 27th is our annual film night. We’ll be showing “Prop 8: The Mormon Proposition”, a movie described by IMDb as  “a scorching indictment of the Mormon Church’s historic involvement in the promotion & passage of California’s Proposition 8 and the Mormon religion’s secretive, decades-long campaign against LGBT human rights.”

Monday: Safer Sex Night, 8pm in the Wads Annex

March 28th is our Safer Sex Night. We’ll be going over a variety of safer sex practices that help prevent the spread of STIs.

Tuesday: Guess the Straight Person, 7:30pm in the DHH Ballroom

March 29th is our annual Guess the Straight Person event. Come meet our panel and guess their orientation. This event is meant to prove that not all stereotypes indicate a person’s sexual orientation.

Wednesday: JAC Stringer, 7:30pm in the MUB Ballroom

March 30th is a presentation by Activist JAC Stringer. JAC is well known for his educational and entertaining presentations, and we hope everyone will come and learn about some things that not many know about.

Thursday: Taboo Talk, 7pm in the DHH Ballroom

March 31st is Taboo Talk. Got a topic that is taboo in your community that you want to know more about? Come to this event!

Friday: 11th Annual Drag Show, 8pm in the Rozsa Theater

April 1st is the 11th Annual Michigan Tech Drag Show! This year, we’ll be featuring the extraordinary talents of Joey Black, Tabitha Stevens, Cass Marie Domino, and, coming all the way from Las Vegas, DuWanna Moore! Seats fill up fast, so get there early!

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ARTS AND CRAFTS SHOWCASE:  The community is invited to The Great Lakes Showcase, a regional arts and crafts exhibition, opening on Monday, March 28 at 7:00 pm in the Rozsa Center Art Gallery.  The exhibition will feature the work of nearly 50 regional artists.  Awards of over $2,000 will be made to participating artists for outstanding achievement in a variety of categories.  The Great Lakes Showcase exhibition is free and open to the public, and opens with a reception on Monday, March 28, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, when the awards will be announced.  The exhibit will continue until April 29.   The hours of the exhibit are 8:00 am – 8:00 pm, Monday-Friday. 

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BIOLOGY WEEK SCHEDULE:  Support Phi Sigma by participating in this year’s Bio Week April 4-8.  Attend one or all of the many events related to the biological sciences being hosted this week.

Monday (April 4th): Save a life and register to become an organ donor.

            MUB Commons: 10-2

Tuesday (April 5th): Research presentations by faculty of the biology department:

   Dr. Mike Gibson, Dr. Qing-Hui Chen, Dr. Mi Hye Song, Dr. Thomas Werner, Dr. Rupali Datta

            M&M U113 7-9pm

Wednesday (April 6th): Watch Blue Planet with Snacks and drinks!

            DOW 642 6pm

Thursday (April 7th): Book and Bake Sale

            DOW 6th floor atrium 11am-3pm

Friday (April 8th): Walk dogs at the Copper Country Humane Society

            Meet in DOW 6th floor atrium at 4pm

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WHIMSY!:  The Michigan Tech Concert Choir will perform its annual spring concert, titled “Whimsy!”, on Saturday, April 2, 2011 at 7:30 pm in the Rozsa Center.  Classical art-song, folk-songs and musical theatre selections make this concert appealing to all audiences!  Highlights of the concert include three selections from “Nonsense” by Richard Rodney Bennett, “The Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard” by Benjamin Britten, the folk-song suite “Women on the Plains” by Alice Parker, and “O Schöne Nacht” by Johannes Brahms.  The concert is open to the public.  Admission is $10 for the general public, $5 for students and free for Michigan Tech Students. To purchase tickets contact Michigan Tech Ticketing Services at the Rozsa Box Office at (906) 487-3200, The Central Ticket Office (SDC) at (906) 487-2073, or go online at tickets.mtu.edu .

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STANDATHON 2011

Join us at Standathon on Friday, April 1 for a night full of awesome activities, prizes and food!!!  Standathon 2011 will be held in the SDC from 7:00 pm – 7:00 am.   Some of the activities at Standathon include sumo wrestling, a 65 ft inflatable obstacle course, black light mini golf, laser tag, live bands, food eating contests, dance lessons, karaoke, water polo, kayak lessons, MTU’s Got Talent Show and so much more!  Food will be served all night and prizes will be raffled off every hour.  The grand prize this year is an Xbox Kinect.

The entrance fee is $10.00.  The cost of and entrance fee AND a Standathon T-shirt is $15.00.  The cost of an entrance fee, T-shirt, AND Grand Prize Bracket for Xbox Kinect is $20.00!

The best part about Standathon is that every dollar raised is donated directly to Bay Cliff Health Camp, a camp for children and adults with disabilities.  This is the fifth annual Standathon and we hope to make it the best one yet by setting a goal to raise $7,000 for Bay Cliff!  Everyone is welcome and we hope to see you there!!

Special feature:  Jordan Tobey’s band “Bear in Mind” will be playing at Standathon at 1:30 am.

For questions about Standathon, please contact Hilary Cadeau at hscadeau@mtu.edu.

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PROGRAMMING COMPETITION:  Put your AI to the test! On April 9, 2011 the 4th Annual BonzAI Brawl programming competition will take place in the CS department at Michigan Technological University.  The programming will be an all day event, where teams of 1 to 3 contestants will implement an AI player for a game. The contestants will be given the details of the API the day of the competition and must design a winning strategy within the 8 hours allotted.  After coding ends, the AIs are pitted against each other, in a tournament (known as the BRAWL).  Spectators are welcome to attend and cheer for their favorite AI at the BRAWL.  For more information about BonzAI Brawl or to register your team, visit http://wics.students.mtu.edu.  All teams must register by March 30, 2011.

Sponsored in part by a donation from LaSalleTech, Consistacom, Jackson, GE Aviation and the CS Department. 

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PEKING ACROBATS:  Bring the whole family to the Rozsa Center next Tuesday night to see the amazing PEKING ACROBATS® on March 29, 2011, at 7:30 pm.  The Copper Country will be treated to feats of acrobatic grace and agility, thrilled by high-wire walking, trick-cycling, precision tumbling, somersaulting, and gymnastics.   Ticket prices for the general public are $20 for Adults, $18 for Seniors, and Students $14.  To purchase tickets contact Michigan Tech Ticketing Services at the Rozsa Box Office at (906) 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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SPRING FLING 2011

Join us for Spring Fling 2011 on Friday, April 15 from noon to 5:00 pm on the Campus Mall.  Get a table by signing up at the MUB Board counter in MUB 106.  Use the GOLD registration form and include the name of your organization or department along with a contact name and email address.  Spring Fling 2011 has an 80’s theme, with classic 80’s arcade games sponsored by the MUB Board.  Feel free to follow the theme in games, giveaways and food choices for your booth or table.

Please note anything beyond packaged food must be prepared by Dining Services.  Questions can be directed to Bob in Dining Services at rwhiltun@mtu.edu.  Also, any demonstration or activity where participation or action may put someone in danger must have a Risk Management Plan submitted approved by Wednesday, April 13 at noon.  Questions can be sent to Rachel in Student Activities at activities@mtu.edu.

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MOTORCYCLE STUNT SHOW:  On Friday April 15 during Spring Fling the Full Throttle Motorcycle Club of Michigan Tech is hosting a motorcycle stunt show!  Two great groups will be performing on our campus:  Sick Air FMX, featuring freestyle motocross tricks, and the Smage Brothers, featuring trials riding.  Shows will begin at noon, 2:00, and 4:00, and are free for everyone.  PLEASE NOTE:  The shows will take place in Lot 27 (the $2 lot) so this lot will be unavailable for parking.  Questions can be directed to Kaitlyn Bunker at kjreed@mtu.edu.

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Michigan Tech Huskies Fan Bus

Michigan Tech Athletics is organizing a fan bus to travel to St. Joseph, Missouri for the NCAA Women’s National Championship game (depending if Michigan Tech wins the semi-final game on Wednesday night). Those interested in taking

the fan bus should contact Steve Nordstrom at 487-3071, 370-0240 or spnordst@mtu.edu.

The cost of the fan bus could range from $100-$140 per person depending on the number of fans who take the bus. The bus is limited to 53 passengers and will be first come first served. Ultimately, the bus will only go if demand is great enough, so you must confirm by Thursday at 4 pm The bus will stay Friday night and return on Saturday. Lodging details will be announced in the near future.


Student News Brief: February 11, 2011

CHILI FUNDRAISER TODAY:  A reminder that there is a chili fundraiser today (Friday) from 11am to 7pm at St. Albert the Great Church.  The fundraiser will benefit Paul Castle, a junior in construction  management,  who was involved in a severe motor vehicle accident while traveling back to school to start the spring semester.  There is a suggested donation of $5 or more for the dinner.  A silent auction of local goods and services will be held.  Volunteers are welcome and needed.  For more information, contact Genny Gierke, president of Catholic Campus Ministries, at gegierke@mtu.edu.

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BENEFIT WINTER CONCERT:  Mu Beta Psi will be hosting our annual Winter Carnival concert on Friday Feb. 11th in the MUB Commons.  Local bands Love Friction and This is Deer Country will be playing beginning at 8pm.  All proceeds from the event will go to benefit Mu Beta Psi’s scholarship fund that goes to a Michigan Tech student involved in a musical ensemble on campus.  Doors open at 8pm, $5 per person, and a cash bar will be available to those of age.

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KEWEENAW SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA:  Classical music matinee at 2pm Saturday, February 12 at the Rozsa Center.  The cost of a ticket is $5.00 general admission and the event is free to Michigan Tech students.  To purchase tickets, contact Michigan Tech Ticketing Services at the Rozsa Center 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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SOMNIUM:  “The After Days:  A Somnium Event” will be held 7pm Saturday, Febaruay 12 at the Rozsa Center Art Gallery and is a free event.  Somnium is a Hancock based band whose music recalls Pink Floyd and presents a music-art fusion show with both local and out-of-the-area artists and musicians.  The art exhibition will remain in the gallery for three weeks after the opening night on February 12.

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PABLO FRANCISCO:  AKA “The Movie Trailer Guy” is this year’s Winter Carnival Comedian, sponsored by the Michigan Tech Student Entertainment Board.  This event will be held on Saturday, February 12 at 9pm in the Rozsa Center.  Not appropriate for children.  Ticket prices for the general public are $32 for adults, $30 for seniors, and $28 for students.  To purchase tickets, contact Michigan Tech Ticketing Services at the Rozsa Center 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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THAI STUDENT ASSOCIATION:  The Thai Student Association (TSA) is a new student organization, and will soon offer some activities to students who might interested, such as a presentation of Thailand, learning Thai through movies, and a cooking demonstration.  Their upcoming event is “Presentation of Thailand” which will be on Saturday, February 19.  Food is provided.  Please RSVP to Nook Patcharapol at pgorgitr@mtu.edu if you are interested in attending.  For more information you can visit their websites www.thaiatmtu.co.cc and http://www.involvement.mtu.edu/organization/Thai.

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VALENTINE’S DAY MOVIE:  The KISS Club and Film Board will be screening “She’s Out of My League” at 8:30 pm on Valentine’s Day in Fisher 135.  Doors open at 8:00pm and the event is FREE.  Bring a date, or come with friends.  Enjoy free popcorn, cookies and other Valentine’s Day goodies.  Free condom roses or chocolate roses while supplies last. Valentine’s Day and other prizes will be raffled at the end.

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GIVE BACK:  Join us on Tuesday, February 15 at 4:00pm at St. Vincents in Hancock and help prepare weekly meal packages as well as sorting in the food bank and donation room.  Then at 6:00pm, join us in the conversation and message of “The True Impact of Giving Back” with staff from St. Vincent’s and other stores from the local community.

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LEAD/HOST EVENTS DURING ORIENTATION:  There will be an information session for “Get Involved in Orientation 2011” on Tuesday, February 15 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm in MUB Ballroom A2.  The purpose of this information session is for your student organization to obtain information on how you can lead/host events during Orientation 2011.   Some of the orientation events include evening activities, holding an information session, or leading an orientation trip.  For more information, email  djturner@mtu.edu.

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RELAY FOR LIFE:  Students interested in joining a Relay for Life team can attend a Kickoff Party Thursday February 17th at 6:00pm in the Wadsworth Hall Annex.  Food and drinks are provided.  Please help fight cancer!  Any questions can be emailed to Stephen Schweitzer at skschwei@mtu.edu.

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CATCHPHRASE EVENT:  Delta Zeta will be hosting a Catchphrase event on Thursday, February 17th from 5-6pm; rides will be leaving from each residence hall lobby at 4:45pm. Any questions please feel free to contact Jessi Thoresen at jlthores@mtu.edu.

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HUGH BLAXILL PRESENTATION:  Hugh Blaxill from MAHLE Powertrain Ltd., will present “Challenges for Increased Efficiency through Increased Performance” on Wednesday, February 16 at 6:30pm in M&M U115.  This event is sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers.  FREE PIZZA AND POP!

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MOTOWN NIGHT:  Motown Night will be held on Satuday,  February 19, 2011 at 8PM in the DHH Ballroom.  The event is free, and sponsored by the Black Student Organization in celebration of Black History Month.  Students will dress up and perform hit songs by the Temptations, Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Jackson 5 and Marvin Gaye.  There will be trivia and prizes, and a photo booth where guests may take pictures in front of a backdrop.  The event is open to everyone, and light refreshments will be provided!

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STUDENT LEADERSHIP AWARDS:  Student Affairs is seeking nominations for the President’s Award for Leadership, Vice President for Student Affairs Service Award, and various other student leadership awards. The recipient of each award will be honored at the spring student leadership awards which will be held on Friday, April 15, 2011.  All awards and information about each can be found on the web at www.sa.mtu.edu/awards/.  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.  Nominations for all other Student Leadership Awards need to be submitted by Friday, March 18, 2011.   Each nomination will enter you into a drawing for one of four $100 gift certificates from the Campus Bookstore.  If you have any questions concerning the awards, please contact Lynda Heinonen at 487-1832 or lheinone@mtu.edu.

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GREEK LIFE AWARDS:  Nominations for the 2011 Greek Life Awards are now open and run until 5:00 pm on March 1st, 2011.  Every spring, Greek Life at Michigan Tech takes the time to recognize those Greek chapters and their members who are making a positive impact in the Greek and University communities as leaders, scholars, and innovators.  Anyone can nominate a Greek student, adviser, or chapter for an award, not just Greeks!  For a direct link to the nomination packet, go to http://greek.mtu.edu/Current_Greek_Students/awards.pdf and print it out today!

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