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Alumni on Concerts and Artists

Alan ParsonsThe Golden Age of Concerts

Another bonus of living here is all the talent that comes through town: famous lecturers, comedians, acting troupes, and especially musicians have graced the stages at Tech. Through extensive research in the Keweenawan and elsewhere, I’ve discovered a golden age of rock, folk, and jazz concerts at Tech.

Read more at TechAlum Newsletter, by Dennis Walikainen (Dennis ’92 ’09).

More on Homecoming ’83 and More

Thanks for the article on artist, Tony Orrico’s visit to Michigan Tech and Finlandia. I went to high school with the two professors (Anne Beffel, MTU and Carrie Flaspohler, Finlandia) who collaborated on this project.

Read more at TechAlum Newsletter, by Lynda (Gertz) Kuisell ’85.

Great Lakes Showcase 2014 Awards

Awards 2014

MTU President’s Award
“Tori Gate with Great Eastern Sun” by Sue Stephens

MTU Provost’s Award
“Threads” by Renée L. Michaud

MTU Dean’s Award
“Five Minute Egg” by Russell Prather

“Pondering” by Ray Lahikainen
“Land of Opportunity, Grand Rapids” by Jessica Vitale

“Coastline” by Julie Benda

“GMO Deer Swan Box” by Lindsey Heiden

“The Gap” by Donald Kilpela
“Coon Valley” by Michele Tuccini
“Dance of the Incubus #8” by Greg Green

Great Lakes Showcase 2014: Vote for Community Choice Award

Great Lakes ShowcaseThis is the last week to see the show, purchase artwork, and cast your vote for the Community Choice Award. Please visit!

Ashley Kirklen from TV6 highlighted the Great Lakes Showcase in a live segment.

Watch the YouTube video “Ashley at Rozsa Center.”

The Great Lakes Showcase enters last week

“There’s a community choice award, so anyone who’s been into the exhibition can vote on their favorite piece. I will count all the votes at the end of the show and we’ll announce the community choice award on our website” says showcase coordinator, Sarah Scarlett.

Read more at Upper Michigans Source, by Ashley Kirklen.

Sarah Scarlett Interview
Ashley Kirklen Interviews Sarah Scarlett

World Water Day 2014

WWD 2014World Water Day is observed on March 22. This year, Michigan Tech is hosting a week of events, March 20, 26-27, 2014. This year’s theme is “Water and Energy.”

Events include a film, lecture, poster session, panel discussion, and art exhibit, featuring the topic of gas from shale hydrofraccing.

March 20- April 23, 2014
Water’s Edge Art Exhibit
Great Lakes Research Center (1st, 2nd, and 3rd floors)
Featured Artists:
Amy Arntson, Joyce Koskenmaki, Bonnie Peterson

Learn more at the Michigan Tech Center for Water and Society.

World Water Day Sponsors:

Center for Water and Society (CWS), Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative (LSSI), Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (KUUF), Keweenaw Land Trust (KLT), Sustainable Futures Institute (SFI), Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC, Visual and Performing Arts (MTU), Finlandia University. Partial funding provided by the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI) through a grant from the Johnson Family Foundation for a Let’s Talk About Water event.

World Water Day Activities Focus on Fracking

World Water Day was started by the United Nations to raise awareness about the problems surrounding water on our planet. The world is more than 70 percent covered in water, yet less than 1 percent is available for people to use.

Read more at Tech Today, by Erika Vichcales.

Art Exhibit at GLRC Focuses on Water

The Water’s Edge Art Exhibition celebrates artists Amy Arntson, Joyce Koskenmaki and Bonnie Peterson now through April 23. The artists use paintings, prints and textiles.

Koskenmaki and Peterson will attend a “meet the artists” event on Wednesday, March 26, at the Great Lakes Research Center from 7:30 to 8 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

The exhibition is sponsored by the Center for Water and Society, Great Lakes Research Center, Finlandia University Gallery and the Sustainable Finlandia Committee, and Visual and Performing Arts at Michigan Tech.

Read more at Tech Today.

“World Water Day Exhibition: Water’s Edge” at Great Lakes Research Center celebrates three artists

The Water’s Edge Art Exhibition celebrates artists Amy Arntson, Joyce Koskenmaki and Bonnie Peterson. The artists use paintings, prints and textiles.

Koskenmaki and Peterson will attend a “meet the artists” event from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26, at the Great Lakes Research Center. The public is invited to attend.

Water’s Edge is the brainchild or Dr. Noel Urban, Michigan Tech professor of civil and environmental engineering. Urban wanted to juxtapose art with the campus-wide celebrations of World Water Day, including lectures, poster sessions and other events, because art can help bring important ecological issues to light. Anne Beffel, Michigan Tech professor and Visual and Performing Arts Department chair, and Carrie Flaspohler, Finlandia University Gallery curator and director, teamed up with Urban and curated the exhibition. Beffel and Flaspohler agree that these are three amazing artists, each with her own way of paying attention to and translating the cultural and ecological qualities of this element.

Read more at Keweenaw Now.

Renowned Ceramist Sadashi Inuzuka Coming to Tech

Sadashi Inuzuka’s transcendent ceramic art is celebrated for exploring the overlap between the natural world, science and society. Over the past 20 years, Inuzuka has exhibited his work to national and international audiences.

After having been deemed legally blind, Inuzuka was discouraged from pursuing a career in the arts, but he used his visual impairment as a motivation to reach out to other disabled individuals and to help develop their own artistic identities.

Inuzuka has been awarded a University of Michigan Thurnau Professorship, the highest award for undergraduate teaching. Inuzuka is considered a pioneer in the design and implementation of community engagement courses. He has created courses that enable students to see first-hand the role art can play in social change.

At Michigan Tech, he will help students move beyond their perceived creative limitations in an open, brown bag luncheon discussion. He will share images of his diverse artwork to help lead the discussion. The event is free, and all are welcome, Monday, March 17, from 12 to 1:30 p.m., Walker 202.

Inuzuka will also meet with Michigan Tech students in courses such as Creative Ceramics, Art Appreciation and Creative Drawing.

He will discuss his current artistic endeavors, especially “Whaletown” Project, at a lecture free and open to the public on Tuesday, March 18, from 7 to 8 p.m. on at the U. J. Noblet Forestry Building G002.

Support for the visit comes from the Department of Visual and Performing Arts and the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs.

Telling his story through clay

Chronicling his journey as an artist, renowned ceramist Sadashi Inuzuka took students and others at Michigan Technological University from the first time he touched clay as a student in Vancouver until now during an open discussion Monday.

“The first time I touched clay, something went through my body and I said, ‘this is it.'” Inuzuka said. “I didn’t know anything about art but I knew I wanted to make something.”

Read more at the Mining Gazette, by Meagan Stilp.

Dean’s List Fall 2013

Fall 2013 4.0
Kirby Paul R* SR SFAT
Nanney Matthew S* SR SFSD
Schumaker Courtney L* SR SFSD
Scott Jason A* JR SFET
Smith Eric E* FR SFSD

Fall 2013 3.50-3.99
Cecconi Nicholas J FR SFSD
Conran Thomas W SR SFSD
Flannery Alex R JR SFSD
Jaszczak Ben J SR SFSD
Moths Jonathan D SR SFAT
Pew Mason D JR SFSD
Postma Mark JR SFET
Putzig Renata M SR SFAT
Ralph Rebecca A FR SFSD
Stack Victoria M JR SFSD
Summers Andrew T FR SFSD
Villa Andrew B SR SFSD

PJ Olsson and Alan Parsons Hold Fundraiser for Rock Camp

Alan Parsons
Alan Parsons

PJ Olsson to hold Rock Camp fundraiser concert
Alan Parsons will also be participating

Houghton native PJ Olsson will be performing at 7:30 p.m. on March 8 at the Rozsa Center. His performance is not for any personal gain, but to help fund Rock Camp, an event that helps foster musical talent in the area that Olsson and co-founder and partner Todd Brassard have put on since 2009.

Aside from inspiring people with music, Olsson said that Rock Camp is so important to him because growing up in this area there was a lack of opportunity for him growing creatively.

“Creative opportunity wasn’t there,” Olsson said.

But Olsson credits his father, Dr. Milton Olsson, with helping to bring culture to the area with the Rozsa Center and he credits teachers with helping to instill it within himself.

Read more at the Mining Gazette, by Scott Viau.

PJ Olsson Live:  Music and Stories @ The Rozsa


Olsson, Parsons talk Rock Camp concert

Olsson spoke about the concert Friday along with rock legend Alan Parsons, in whose band, Alan Parsons Live Project, Olsson has been lead singer for the past decade. Each camp costs $35,000, Olsson said, including paying for children who can’t afford to participate.

Read more at the Mining Gazette, by Garrett Neese.

Jared Anderson is a Distinguished Teaching Award Finalist

Jared AndersonThe William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning seeks input for its annual Distinguished Teaching Awards, which recognize outstanding contribution to the instructional mission of the University.

In the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, Jared Anderson has been nominated within the Assistant Professor category.

Comments on the nominees are due by Friday, April 4, and should be sent to the Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning.

Read more at Tech Today.