Auditions for Theater Productions Are Next Week

Auditions for the fall Tech Theatre productions will be held on Sept. 8, 9 and 10, at 7:00 p.m. in McArdle Theatre, second floor, Walker. Those interested in auditioning for either production (or both) may do so on any of the three evenings.

No preparation is necessary. Those auditioning need to wear comfortable clothing and be ready to take part in improvisational activities, as well as reading from the script(s). Scripts are available for overnight perusal in the Visual and Performing Arts office, 209 Walker.

"The Bald Soprano" and "The Lesson," two one-act plays by Eugene Ionesco, will be performed on Oct. 15-16 and Oct. 22-24. The style of both is absurd, expressionistic, and existential. This is a "high concept" production in need of a strong ensemble of energetic actors.

"Vaster than Empires" is Michigan Tech's annual vocal and sound extravaganza. It features sound design and technology, with actors' voices altered in interesting ways. This year's offering is a collection of stories by Ursula Le Guin, including both science fiction and fantasy pieces. Production dates are Nov. 12-14.

No experience necessary to audition for these productions. Auditions are open to college students and community members.

For more information, contact Patricia Helsel,, 487-3283.

Payroll Procedures Will Change with Move

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Payroll Services' scheduled move to the Michigan Tech Lakeshore Center during the fall semester will change how payroll checks, beginning on Oct. 9, are handled.

With this transition, employees receiving payroll checks will have them mailed directly to their mailing address, instead of the departments picking them up and distributing them.

To assure that your check is delivered to the correct address, please verify that your mailing address on file is correct. (If you currently receive a paycheck, the address shown on your check is the mailing address to which your check will be delivered.)

To change or verify your address, you can access your address information via Employee Self Service at .

If you would like to take advantage of direct deposit, you can set it up--also through Employee Self Service.

You can deposit your pay to any checking/savings account(s) at financial institutions in the US. Remember that all direct deposits go through a pre-note process to verify the account information.

In order to have your direct deposit entered and ready for the Oct. 9 payday, the information needs to be entered by Sept. 22.

When accessing Employee Self Service, please make sure you are filling out the “payroll” direct deposit, as there is also a direct deposit area for Accounting Services that is separate from Payroll.

We would like to thank you in advance for making this a smooth transition. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Payroll Services at 487-2130.

Register Now for Halloween Muck Run

Registration is now open for the Muck Run to be held at 10 a.m. on Halloween.

The five-kilometer race will be held on the Tech Trails and will include a best costume contest and door prizes.

Registration is $8 for high school and college students and members of the Upper Peninsula Road Runners Club, and $12 for the general public. Teams of four, if registered together, cost $6. The fee increases on the day of the race.

Registration forms are available at

For more information, contact Joe Haggenmiller at 487-2986 or .

Mac Users: Here's Help with New Transmittal Sheet for External Proposals

If you are a Mac user, you may receive an error message when trying to open the new transmittal sheet for submitting proposals to external sponsors.

Open the file at this website:

Follow these directions:

After opening the file, right click the link, click "Save Link As," and save the file to your desktop. Open Adobe Acrobat, click "File," "Open," and search for the file saved on your desktop.

If you are still experiencing problems, contact Catherine Curto at 487-2225 or .

Funds Available for Travel to Scientific Meetings

The Biotechnology Research Center (BRC) announces its fall 2009 travel grants, which provide financial assistance to Michgan Tech's undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral scientists to present their research at scientific meetings.

The grants promote research and achievement in the field.

To apply, complete the application form available at . Send the application to Mary Tassava, staff assistant in BRC, at . The deadline is Thursday, Oct. 15. The fall awards will be announced at the end of October.

The awards are merit-based and are offered twice per year.

The spring 2010 deadline is April 15. The spring awards will be announced at the end of April.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Graduate School Seminar on Thesis/Dissertation Set

The Graduate School will hold a seminar--on submitting theses and dissertations--at 4 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 10.

The session is for students or for those who assist students submitting theses or dissertations.

The seminar is designed to help students, faculty and staff better understand current procedures and have all of their questions answered.

Join Debra Charlesworth of the Graduate School for a description of online submission of a thesis or dissertation, from start to finish.

Please register for the event online: .

Once you register, you will receive a confirmation with the location and a reminder of the date and time. Space is limited, so register early!

If you are unable to join us, view our online seminar presented on May 21st:


ME-EM is giving away two impact test machines (30 foot-pounds of impact). Contact Paul Kilpela at 487-2945.

The Student Development Complex is giving away 50 tablet arm chairs. Contact Lois at 487-2578 or before Sept. 10.

International Programs and Services has the following furniture
available for free:

* one three-shelf, metal bookcase and a wood-like laminate top,
measuring 36 inches long by 13 and a half inches wide by 48 inches high

* one table with metal legs and a wood-like laminate top, measuring 36 inches long by 24 inches wide by 29 inches high

* two tan, four-drawer, vertical file cabinets, measuring 28 and a half inches long by 15 inches wide by 52 and a half inches high

If you are interested, contact IPS at 487-2160.

University property may only be transferred between departments; it may not be given or sold to individuals.

In Print

Assistant Professor Yolanda Muñoz Maldonado (mathematical sciences) published the research paper, “Mixed Models, Posterior Means and Penalized Least-Squares,” in the Institute of Mathematical Statistics Lecture Notes--Monograph Series: “Optimality: The Third Erich L. Lehmann Symposium,” Vol. 57, pp. 216-236.