Global Entrepreneurship Week at Tech

submitted by the Entrepreneurs Club

Global Entrepreneurship Week is being celebrated next week all across the world, and students at Michigan Tech are joining in.

The week will kick off with the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour from 3 to 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 16, in the Memorial Union Ballroom A. This is the third consecutive year that Michigan Tech has hosted the tour. Three young entrepreneurs who've made, earned or sold a company for millions and/or made a huge impact before the age of 30 will speak. This event will provide inspiration and practical advice through presentations and various interactive activities. All are welcome to attend and learn how they can apply the entrepreneurial mindset to their own lives. For more information, visit: http://www.extremetour.org . Attendance is free, come when you can and stay as long as you wish.

The Institute for Global Leadership and Entrepreneurship is hosting its third annual Elevator Pitch Competition at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 17, in Dow 641. Students from Michigan Tech and Finlandia University will pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges for a chance to win $1,000 for first place, $500 for second, $250 for third, and $200 for the audience favorite. Students can even win non-cash prizes. One student was offered assistance by a local businessman to start prototyping his new technology last year.

World-renowned entrepreneur and author, Poppy King, will be on campus Wednesday, Nov. 18. From 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., she will be in the Van Pelt Library for a reading and book signing and from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., she will present a lecture in DOW 642. At the age of 18, King started her own lipstick brand and has devoted her life to creating various lip products, giving her the name the Lipstick Queen. King authored the book, "Lessons of a Lipstick Queen," where she takes the reader through the journey of starting a multimillion-dollar business. The lecture is open to the public.

The events are sponsored by the Entrepreneurs Club, the School of Business and Economics, the Institute for Global Leadership and Entrepreneurship, with financial support from the Michigan Initiative for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Funding is also provided by Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Michigan Initiative for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Grant Funding, and the University Student Government.

The Entrepreneurship Club of Michigan Tech is a student organization in the School of Business and Economics. The club is comprised of a mixture of students in all majors with the same entrepreneurial spirit. For more information on the Entrepreneurs Club, visit: http://www.mtu.edu/business .

Reminder: Enrollment Open for 2010 Employee Benefits Through Nov. 25

Open enrollment for the 2010 benefits package started last Monday, Nov. 3, and will run until Wednesday, Nov. 25. Please log into your Employee Self Service and complete the open enrollment process to choose your benefits for 2010. It is very important that employees complete this before Nov. 25. Please refer to the open enrollment website for detailed information on the 2010 benefits, including plan information and the open enrollment forum schedule.

Two new tools are available through this website--Aetna's 2010 Plan Cost Estimator Tool and a Plug and Play to help employees see the effect of the two new retirement plan choices in 2010.

Aetna developed the Plan Cost Estimator Tool to help you in determining those costs. Please review the instructions for using the tool, keeping in mind the costs calculated are estimates. The retirement plan spreadsheet was developed internally to help you plug in your own compensation and benefit deductions to estimate what effect the two new retirement plans will have in 2010.

To view the website, click here .

Reminder: Faculty and Staff Portrait Session

Faculty and staff portrait sessions are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 12, in Memorial Union Ballroom A.

No appointment is needed. Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend if a year or more has passed since their last portrait was taken.

Portraits will be taken by Mike Galetto, of Brockway Photography, and will be available for viewing online through Brockway's website.

Details, including instructions for viewing your photo online or ordering prints, will be provided at the session.

To purchase a print of your photo, you must contact Brockway Photography directly and order through their studio.

If you would like to request an electronic copy of your photo or have any questions, contact Karina Jousma, photography coordinator, at 487-2330 or kahautam@mtu.edu .

Reminder: Staff Council Seeks Nominations for Making a Difference Awards

Nominations for Staff Making a Difference Awards are due by 4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 19, in the Registrar's Office.

Staff Council is coordinating the awards, which include the following categories: Rookie Award, Serving Others, Outstanding Supervisor, Fostering Community, Innovative Solutions and Creating Connections.

More information about the categories and nomination forms is available at http://www.admin.mtu.edu/staff_council/ .

Questions can be directed to Diane Garrow at 487-3458 or at dfgarrow@mtu.edu .

Nominate a deserving coworker for one of these awards.

Each award recipient receives $500 (less applicable deductions).

Reminder: World Usability Day is Thursday, Nov. 12

The World Usability Day-UP (WUD-UP) is being celebrated on campus Thursday, Nov. 12. Information for the event follows:

* 9:30 a.m. to noon--Paper Prototyping, Fisher Hall lobby near the Aftermath Cafe. Students in computer science and humanities will participate in a usable design competition using simple paper materials. Passersby can help by testing their designs. Paper prototyping is fun (and effective).

* 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.--Poster session and other exhibits, Memorial Union Ballroom B, will describe promising designs of products and ideas. Viewers' Choice award(s) with $100 in prizes will be announced by the humanities department at 1:15 p.m.

* Noon to 1:15 p.m--Brown bag luncheon, Memorial Union Ballroom B. "Sense-Able Sustainability: Three Perspectives," [working title] with speakers Rick Donovan, Rick Loduha and Christopher Plummer. Cookies and drinks will be provided. Bring your lunch.

Beginning at 9 a.m., the information wall in the Van Pelt and Opie Library will feature a revolving display of digital photos entitled "Picturing Sustainability." The exhibit can also be viewed on the library website, http://www.lib.mtu.edu/infowall .

WUD-UP updates will be posted at http://www.mtu.edu/usability/ .

NSSE Survey Gives Tech High Marks

Michigan Tech students responding to a National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) gave the University higher marks in 2009 on all five benchmarks of student engagement in their undergraduate education.

NSSE asks randomly selected first-year students and seniors to evaluate five indicators of effective educational practices at their university: the level of academic challenge, active and collaborative learning, student-faculty interaction, enriching educational experiences and a supportive campus environment.

For the full story, click here .

Job Posting

Staff job descriptions are available in Human Resources or at http://www.admin.mtu.edu/hro/postings . For more information regarding staff positions, call 487-2280 or email jobs@mtu.edu .

Faculty job descriptions can be found at http://www.admin.mtu.edu/hro/facpers/facvac.htm . For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

Faculty Job Posting
11/11/2009

Nontenure Track
Mathematical Sciences
Visiting Assistant Professor

Michigan Technological University is an equal opportunity educational institution/equal opportunity employer.

Reminder: Club Indigo Friday--with Malcolm Hudson's Delights

submitted by Joe Kirkish

Malcolm Hudson, just returned from his travels abroad, will take over the Club Indigo buffet on Friday. He plans what he says will be the greatest buffet he's ever created: beef, lamb, pork and lobster, along with salad, eggplant and other exotic dishes. For dessert: his prize-winning molten chocolate cake.

The buffet starts at 6 p.m. It’s best to call in advance for seating (Calumet Theatre, 337-2610).

The film is exceptional, as well--"Closely Watched Trains," a movie from Czechoslovakia that won an Oscar for best foreign film in 1966. Children are not encouraged to attend. Admission for the meal and film is $18; the film alone (7:15 p.m.), $5.

Club Indigo is a food and film event that is sponsored by Mu Beta Psi music fraternity.

Superior Winds Hosts Pat Valencia and Jeffers HS Band at the Rozsa

submitted by Visual and Performing Arts

Michigan Tech's elite Superior Winds, with conductor Nick Enz and guitar soloist Pat Valencia, will perform in the Rozsa Center at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13. They will be joined by the Jeffers High School band and conductor Emily Raffaelli. The concert will feature the exquisite sounds and rhythms that are the specialty of winds, brass and percussion, heard to perfection in a Sousa march, a Shostokovich prelude, a Brazilian samba, music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Antonin Dvorak and much more.

The highlight will be "Chaos Theory" for electric guitar and wind ensemble by American composer James Bonnery, featuring Valencia. It's an extraordinary piece. "I wanted to fuse progressive/hard rock intensity with classical sophistication," Bonnery recently wrote to Nick Enz. "I wanted to blur the line between something precise and mathematical and something primal and visceral. And I wanted to pay homage to some of my musical influences: Rush, Beethoven, Metallica, J.S. Bach, Led Zeppelin, Shostakovich, Iron Maiden, Igor Stravinsky, King Crimson, George Lynch, Augustin Barrios-Mangore, John Petrucci (Dream Theatre), Frank Zappa, Anton Webern, and Steve Vai."

The Jeffers High Band opens the program with Dvorak and Lloyd Webber, then joins the Superior Winds for two pieces that close the concert, including Sousa's "Semper Fidelis."

Tickets are available from the Rozsa Box Office at 487-3200 and tickets.mtu.edu . Cost is $10 a ticket for the general public, $5 for students and free to Michigan Tech students with ID.

"Vaster than Empires" at the McArdle Theatre

submitted by Visual and Performing Arts

The Tech Theatre Company will present "Vaster than Empires," four stories by Ursula Le Guin, at 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 12-14, in the McArdle Theatre.

Tech Theatre creates Le Guin's fantasy worlds with technical wizardry and an acting company directed by Roger Held. It's a high-wire act for everyone involved, from the actors to the sound and lighting technicians whose cues come thick and fast. "This is stylistically a different kind of theatre than folks are used to," Held says. "It's first of all a reading of short stories adapted for stage, but each story has a complete soundscape that provides not just sound effects but a whole experience for the audience, like a movie soundtrack."

Plus the visuals--as in making movies--the actors appear in front of projected landscapes. In this case, many were painted for the show by Tech artists, including Mary Ann Beckwith and Edith Wiard.

Kenny Stahl, a Tech third-year student in audio design, wrote original music that sets the stage for Le Guin's imaginative worlds and also demonstrates how the actors, designers and builders feel about the play. Stahl improvised the piece on a keyboard during a break from his duties as sound technician, trying to capture the mystery and excitement he'd watched the actors create. Held heard him improvising and said, "That's it--that's exactly what we want." Stahl dedicated a few days to refining, then recorded and edited his music to be incorporated in the play's soundscape. "It was an amazing experience," he says. "It just happened."

Generations of college students have become ardent Le Guin fans, partly because the stories deal with recognizable issues in real life while bringing fascinating scientific ideas and engaging characters into play. Le Guin's fantasies comes in two varieties, those founded strictly on science and those which take scientific ideas to a far-out conclusion, asking "what if"--both filtered through a unique poetic mind. Naturally she uses sci-fi worlds to make trenchant observations about human behavior--what we do when we're confronted with the unexpected, or with hard or impossible choices. It's easy to show how people really deal with one another if she puts them in strange new worlds first. The four stories which comprise "Vaster than Empires" are among her best.

For Tech's whiz kids in Tech Theatre, the stories fascinate on many levels, and particularly as a chance to show off their own best stuff. Tickets are available at the door for $10 for the general public, $5 for non-Tech students and free to Tech students. For more information, call Visual and Performing Arts at 487-2067.

Hot Peas 'N Butter at the Rozsa

submitted by the Rozsa Center

Hot Peas 'N Butter, the Nickelodeon/Noggin TV favorites, plays music that excites kids and entertains adults. At 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 12, they bring their hot and mellow multicultural groove to the Rozsa. Winners of the 2006 and 2008 "Parent's Choice Award," Hot Peas 'N Butter incorporates elements of traditional Latin music, Afro-Caribbean rhythms, jazz, folk and rock. Combining an interactive, invigorating approach to performance with mature, multicultural music, Hot Peas 'N Butter has developed a distinct way of inspiring care and creativity in kids and adults alike. With the appearance of their hit videos, "Number 1" and "Deep Down," on Nickelodeon and Noggin, Hot Peas 'N Butter is quickly becoming a household name.

As a featured artist on XM Kids and Sirius Satellite Radio, Hot Peas 'N Butter has been climbing the radio charts. Their single, "Different Spokes for Different Folks," held the number one spot for several weeks on Sirius Kids and continues to reside in the top 100 songs overall on Sirius. Their newest release, Best of the Bowl, Ingles y Español, features a range of musical styles from merengue to Puerto Rican bomba, intriguing sounds of the Cuban guaguancó blend with salsa and mambo rhythms. Some songs are in English, some in Spanish, and some blend the two languages for a tasty mix of sounds and themes.

Danny Lapidus was born in Belgium, but the family soon returned to the US and moved to Brooklyn, New York. Danny's connection to kids' music stretches back to his childhood. First, his dad sparked his musical interest by filling the house with the tones of folk, jazz, blues and bluegrass guitar. Then, professor Louie--a pioneering professional children's musician--revealed to Lapidus the magical ability to reach kids as young as two by projecting professional quality music through a caring performance. After attending the High School of Music and Art in New York City, Lapidus earned his undergraduate degree at Binghamton University. As a professional musician, he has performed with such acts as Dominico, Wendy Star, Zoot, The Skadanks and Oliver Lake, and has been featured as a vocalist on various commercial recordings. As owner of the Pod, Audio Productions, in New York City, Lapidus has mixed and produced records for artists such as Yerbabuena and Marion Loguidice, scored music for the films, "AKA Tommy Chong" and "A Tale of Two Wives," as well as various television and radio commercials, including Verizon Wireless. His own rock band--Daruma Shakes-- has opened for national acts like Stroke 9 at Irving Plaza.

When the time came to plan his own children's project, Lapidus immediately turned to best friend and acclaimed musician Francisco Cotto for support.

Cotto was born in Cidra, Puerto Rico, and came to New York at the age of seven, settling with his family in the Bronx. Cotto was first exposed to music in a Pentacostal Church in Harlem, where--at only nine years old--he became a member of the church band. A friend later convinced him to audition for the High School of Music and Art (LaGuardia) in Manhattan, where he was immersed in all genres of music but found himself particularly drawn to jazz. He later joined the Children's Aide Society, where he incorporated all that he'd learned, performing for the benefit and enjoyment of children. After graduating from high school, Cotto cultivated his musical education at the New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music and later at Lehman College. As a professional musician, Cotto has recorded and performed with Lew Soloff, Bernard Purdie, Jimmy Cobb, The Authority, Sonido Isleno, Johnny Colon, Jerry Gonzalez, C&C Music Factory, Brian McKnight, The Hansons (dance remix), Pacquito D'Rivera, and others. Cotto's own band, Vaya--an eclectic mix of Latin rhythms with contemporary blues and rock--performs regularly throughout New York.

Ticket prices for the general public are $12 and $8; Tech students and children under 18 are $10 and $6 (Tech student ID required). To purchase tickets contact the Rozsa Box Office at 487-3200, the Central Ticket Office (SDC) at 487-2073, Tech Express (Memorial Union) at 487-3308 or go online at tickets.mtu.edu .

No refunds, exchanges or late seating.

Giveaways

Chemical Engineering has the following:

* one five-drawer black desk with woodgrain top, 60 inches wide by 30 inches deep
* four office chairs with wheels--two pink and two gray, with armrests

Contact David Zei at 487-2362 or zei@mtu.edu .


The Memorial Union Building has the following:

* Sound cabinet with equalizer--41 inches tall by 22 1/4 inches wide by 19 1/2 inches deep
* Podium with sound--49 inches tall by 32 1/8 inches wide by 22 1/4 inches deep

Contact Cynthia Hodur at 487-2543 or cmhodur@mtu.edu .

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

For Sale

The Memorial Union Building has the following:

* One Kyocera Toner Cartridge KM-1505/1510 --$25
* One Kyocera Toner Cartridge KM-1810 --$25

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

On the Road

Professor Mary Durfee (Social Sciences) and student Cam Betterly (SBE '11) gave a presentation, "Beyond Sovereign Bilateralism Before International Courts," at the annual meeting of the Midwest section of the International Studies Association. Durfee also presented remarks at a roundtable on classroom participation.

Proposal in Progress

Noel R. Urban (CEE), Martin Auer (CEE), Colin Brooks (MTRI), Alex Mayer (CEE), Judith Perlinger (CEE), David Watkins (CEE), Robert Shuchman (MTRI), "Climate-Related Changes in Nutrient Delivery to and Cycling within Lake Superior," NASA