Carnival Queen: Among the Tough, Motivated and Smart

by Kara Sokol, integrated marketing communication specialist

Third-year student Lydia Patch is a biology major and Spanish minor who dreams of working in South America. She's a member of Michigan Tech's Terra Preta student research group, studying biochar as a potential solution for increasing soil fertility and helping to mitigate climate change. She leads trips and facilitates the Challenge Course through the Outdoor Adventure Program, plus skis, hikes, bikes, camps and sails.

And now, she officially reigns as Michigan Tech's 2011 Winter Carnival Queen.

Having trouble viewing a smart and savvy Dean's List student as a beauty queen? Then you've obviously never seen Michigan Tech's Winter Carnival Queen Coronation. Strike from your mind the image of floor-length gowns and wishes for world peace--in addition to being engaging and talented, the women who vie for this honor are tough, motivated and very smart.

Case in point: this year's eight Queen candidates include broomball and lacrosse players, Orientation Team Leaders and sorority members. Fourth-year accounting and finance double major Danielle Linna received the 2010-11 LSGI Mentoring Technology Venture Fund Scholarship. Third-year student Brianne Schneider served as treasurer for the Society of Clinical Laboratory Scientists. And third-year biomedical engineering major Anne Dancy is the vice president for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).

The talent doesn't stop there. During Saturday's Coronation ceremony, held at the Rozsa Center, the women impressed audience members and judges during the talent competition. Performances ranged from soulful trombone and French horn solos to singing and dancing--even a lasso demonstration and a plucky marimba rendition of "Under the Sea."

Patch's spirited and humorous vocal performance of "Not Getting Married Today," from the musical "Company," helped earn her the crown. In addition to Carnival Queen honors, she received a $1,000 scholarship from the Michigan Tech Student Foundation.

Patch thinks it's a real honor to represent such a great community of students, including the seven talented women she competed against.

"We go to the coolest school ever, so to be able to represent Michigan Tech is awesome," Patch says. "Tech has brains and innovation beyond belief, a down-to-earth community, and--given the opportunity--we kick butt at anything we set our minds on accomplishing."

This year's Winter Carnival Queen candidates:

Anne Dancy, first runner-up
Major: biomedical engineering with concentrations in premedical studies and international Spanish

Danielle Linna, second runner-up
Double major: accounting and finance; German minor

Brianne Schneider, Miss Congeniality
Major: clinical laboratory sciences

Katelyn Sutton
Major: physics with a concentration in secondary education; international German minor

Amanda Wheatley
Major: biological sciences major with a minor in psychology

Emily Baker
Major: environmental engineering

Sarah Sterling
Double major: wildlife ecology and management and applied ecology and environmental sciences

Carnival at the Rozsa

submitted by Bethany Jones, Rozsa Center

The Rozsa Center is in the swing of things during Winter Carnival, with three events scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 12.

The first show, at 2 p.m., offers light classical favorites by the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary season. Music Director Joel Neves will lead a performance that includes selections from Beethoven's "Fifth Symphony"; Elgar's "Enigma Variations"; Ravel's "Pavane for a Dead Princess"; and the gypsy-inspired folk music of Enescu's "Romanian Rhapsody No. 1." A surprise piece will end the concert." General admission is $5 (free to Michigan Tech students).

The second show, at 7 p.m. in the Rozsa Art Gallery, features a combination of progressive rock, visual art and multimedia, in the form of Somnium, a Hancock-based band whose music recalls Pink Floyd. The group, comprised of local and out-of-the-area artists and musicians, will perform "The After Days: A Somnium Event," which explores a fictional near future where society has collapsed. This event is free. The exhibition will remain in the gallery for three weeks after the opening night.

The third show, at 9 p.m., features Pablo Francisco, "The Movie Trailer Guy," who is this year's Carnival comedian, sponsored by the Michigan Tech Student Entertainment Board.

Francisco weaves together an arsenal of characters, spontaneous outbursts and clever insights to create a stand-up show that more resembles an hour-long comedic jazz riff.

He is an off-the-wall, animated character who points out the absurdity in an illogical, pop-culture-obsessed world. His unmatched take on pop culture has made him one of the most popular touring comedians worldwide.

This show contains adult language and content that are 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 the Rozsa Box Office at 487-3200, the Central Ticket Office (SDC) at 487-2073 or go online at .

No refunds, exchanges or late seating, please.

Chili Run Carries on the Tradition

submitted by Keweenaw Alumni Chapter

The tradition continues--back decades ago, when the Library was run by the man with the handlebar mustache, an amazing occurrence happened during Winter Carnival All Nighter. A van would magically show up at each statue site, offering chili to the cold workers. The man behind this magic was Jon Davis, proprietor of the Library Restaurant.

The annual "Jon Davis Memorial Chili Run" will greet statue workers from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 9.

Jim 'JC' Cortright, Head Busboy of the Library Restaurant and Brew Pub, continues his promise to reconnect with this lost tradition--the Chili Run lives on.

The event is cosponsored by the Library Restaurant and Brew Pub, Keweenaw Alumni Chapter, Michigan Tech Dining Services and MTSF.

All-Nighter Hot Chocolate and Statue Building

Stop by the new home of the Michigan Tech Alumni Association for a cup of hot chocolate from 5 to 10 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 9. Also, don't miss your chance to show off your snow-sculpting skills by helping out with the Alumni Association snow statue. The event is sponsored by Liberty Mutual and MTSF.

CDI Offers Hot Drinks

While enjoying all the activities of Winter Carnival Weekend, feel free to stop by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion and warm up with hot cocoa, hot cider, coffee, tea and snacks from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 11; and from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 12.

The Center is located in the Hamar House in the middle of campus and close to the broomball courts.

CDI will be open during its regular hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 11.

Two Tech Researchers Win Professional Opportunity Awards

by Jennifer Donovan, director of public relations

John Durocher, a research assistant professor and postdoctoral fellow in Exercise Science, and Huan Yang, a PhD candidate in Exercise Science through the Biological Sciences graduate program, have received the 2011 Caroline tum Suden/Frances Hellebrandt Professional Opportunity Awards from the American Physiological Society.

More than 140 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows throughout the US and beyond applied for the award this year. Only 38 awardees were selected, based on abstracts of their research.

"It is remarkable that both received this abstract-based award, and it is a credit to their hard work, dedication and high caliber of research," said Dean Bruce Seely (CSA). "Most of the recipients are trainees at medical colleges throughout the US, making this even more remarkable."

Durocher and Yang will be honored at the 2011 Experimental Biology conference in Washington, DC, this April.

Environmental Education Coordinator from Tech Named Michigan Educator of the Year

by Jennifer Donovan, director of public relations

Joan Chadde, educational program coordinator for the Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education, has been selected as Michigan Project Learning Tree's Educator of the Year. Project Learning Tree is an environmental education program run by the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment (DNRE).

She will compete with 14 other environmental educators for the National Project Learning Tree's top award.

Chadde has spent her entire career engaged in some aspect of environmental education. She has taught communicating science at Michigan Tech since 1998. She has served on the board of the Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE) since 2006, including as president and conference chairperson.

This year, Chadde became co-coordinator of the Environmental Education and Urban Schools Initiative: Bringing Forests to the Classroom, for Detroit teachers. The 47 teachers who took part in the initiative are introduced to lessons and activities that they can teach right in their schoolyard or other urban setting.

In her Michigan Tech position, Chadde conducts teacher workshops and summer institutes on environmental education topics, including forest ecology, biofuels from forests, global change, community land use, amphibian surveys, wetlands, the Great Lakes and stream monitoring. She was among the first university faculty members in Michigan to incorporate Project Learning Tree principles into the classes she was teaching.

"Understanding the importance and relevance of what is going on in the natural world is something all children and adults must learn in order to ensure its survival and healthy continuation," said Michigan DNRE Project Learning Tree.

Coordinator Ada Takacs said, "Joan Chadde's name has become synonymous with outdoor education in Michigan. She is very deserving of this award."

For more information about the Michigan Project Learning Tree program, visit .

Scholarship Opportunity for Engineering Juniors, Seniors and Grad Applicants

Michigan Tech has been awarded NSF scholarships in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. For the next four years, the program will award scholarships to junior and senior engineering students, as well as first-year engineering graduate students.

Faculty and staff are asked to alert students about this opportunity.

The purpose of the undergraduate scholarships is to improve the retention of upper-division engineering students who have financial need and other risk factors that make it difficult to complete their undergraduate degree.

The purpose of the graduate scholarships is to improve the recruitment of women and minorities to graduate school in engineering.

At the undergraduate level, the program will award 35 scholarships per year in amounts of $1,000 to $5,000.

At the graduate level, the program will award five scholarships per year at $8,000.

The program also features mentoring and professional development opportunities. For more information and applications, see .

For questions, contact Michele Miller at 487-3025 .

ADVANCE Committee Launches Website

Michigan Tech's NSF-sponsored ADVANCE committee has launched a new website at: .

ADVANCE aims to increase the diversity and quality of the faculty applicant pool by improving the recruitment, retention and promotion of female faculty in STEM fields.

The website outlines the ADVANCE initiatives which promote:

* Greater accountability in the hiring process.
* Robust e-tools and procedures for helping faculty search committees perform equitable searches.
* A University-wide faculty mentoring program.
* A campus-wide training program for all involved in the recruitment, retention and advancement of faculty.

The website marshals resources--including books, articles, web links and recorded training on gender diversity in STEM fields and bias literacy--as well as literacy in unconscious bias, best practices in hiring, and work/family balance in academia, among others.

For more information about ADVANCE, contact Dean Margaret Gale (SFRES), project director, at 487-2352 or at .

Call for Student Leadership Award Nominations

On behalf of the University, 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.

Award recipients will be honored at the spring student leadership awards banquet, which will be held on Friday, April 15.

The nomination process is simple. All awards and information about them can be found on the website at awards . Once you find the award, simply click on the award header/description and submit the nomination.

Nominations for the President's Award for Leadership and the Vice
President for Student Affairs Award for Service need to be submitted by 5 p.m., Friday, March 4. Nominations for all other Student Leadership Awards need to be submitted by Friday, March 18.

Please take a minute to nominate a student or colleague today. Each nomination will enter you into a drawing for one of four $100 gift certificates from the Campus Bookstore.

For questions concerning the awards, contact Lynda Heinonen at 487-1832 or .

Nominations Open for Percy Julian Award

The Dean of Students is now accepting nominations for the Percy Julian Award. This $500 award recognizes an undergraduate student who has demonstrated leadership in the promotion of diversity, social equality, or racial/ethnic and cultural understanding. The student must possess a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA.

Nominations can be made at the student awards website. For award information and requirements see Percy Julian .

The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m., Friday, March 4.

The recipient will be announced and honored at the HAANA Multicultural Banquet on April 7. For more information, contact Debbie Forsell at 487-2951 or .

Greek Life Award Nominations are Due

Nominations for the 2011 Greek Life Awards are now open and run until 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 1.

Each spring, Greek Life recognizes:

* Greek chapters and their members who are making a positive impact as leaders, scholars and innovators.
* The men and women who volunteer as advisers to collegiate chapters.

Anyone in the campus community can nominate a Greek student, adviser or chapter for an award.

See the nomination packet at Greek awards .

Missing Sign Boards

DHRC borrowed eight signboards to use in advertising the Christmas Bazaar held on Sunday, Dec. 5. The signs were placed throughout Houghton and Hancock and are now missing and need to be returned. If you have seen them, contact Sarah Anderton at .

Celebrating Black Heritage Month

Celebrating Black Heritage Month began with the viewing of the film, "Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story," last week.

The list of upcoming events include:

* Gathering of Men, at 6 p.m., in Memorial Union Alumni Lounge A
* Sister2Sister, at 6 p.m., in Memorial Union Alumni Lounge B

Friday, Feb. 11
* Sledding Event, at 1 p.m., at the Swedetown Cross Country Trails, Calumet

Wednesday, Feb. 16
* "Paving the Way: Early African American Athletes," at 6 p.m., in Memorial Union Ballroom

Thursday, Feb. 17
* Carnegie Museum Exhibit, from noon to 5 p.m., 105 Huron St., Houghton
* Student Activities Comedy Series with comedian Tracey Ashley, at 10 p.m., in Memorial Union Ballroom

Saturday, Feb. 19
* Motown Night, at 8 p.m., in DHH Ballroom

Friday, Feb. 25
* Poetry Slam, at 8 p.m., in Memorial Union Ballroom

African Cultural Week

Monday, Feb. 21
* Southern Africa: "Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony," Film showing, Part 1, 6 p.m., in ChemSci 101

Tuesday, Feb. 22
* Kenya: "Focus on Kenya," at 6 p.m., in ChemSci 101

Wednesday, Feb. 23
* Southern Africa: "Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony," Film showing, Part 2, 6 p.m., in ChemSci 101

Wednesday, Feb. 23
* Liberia: "14 Years of Civil War," at 6 p.m., in ChemSci 101

Saturday, Feb. 26
* African Night Dinner, at 5 p.m., in Memorial Union Commons
* African Night Performance, at 7:30 p.m., in the Rozsa Center

Global City Presentation on Space Exploration

Alfonso Davila, a principal investigator at the Carl Sagan Center for the Search of Life in the Universe, will present "To explore or not to explore (and how?): Ethics and philosophy of space exploration" for the Global City meeting from 6 to 7 p.m., today, in Fisher 138.

Pizza and drinks will be provided. Bring your own cup/mug to minimize waste.

Global City is an on-campus organization that brings together graduate students, undergraduates and faculty to share knowledge and experiences about global issues and cultural diversity.

For more information, contact Erika Vye at .

Reminder: Sweets for Your Sweetheart!

The deadline for ordering Valentine's Day triple chocolate cake from Dining Services, is 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 9. This cost is $3.25. Order at .

Cakes can be picked up from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 14, in the Memorial Union Food Court.

CEE Hosts 2010 Kappe Lecture

Morton Barlaz, professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering at North Carolina State University, will present a seminar from 3 to 4 p.m., Monday, Feb. 14, in Dow 642. Refreshments will follow in the eighth-floor Dow atrium.

Barlaz has been involved in research on various aspects of solid waste since 1983. Over this time, he has conducted research on biological refuse decomposition, methane production and the biodegradation of hazardous wastes in landfills.

His research assesses the impact of landfills on methane emissions inventories.

* "Development of a Carbon Footprint Model for Landfill Disposal of Solid Waste"

* "The Use of Life Cycle Analysis for the Study of Alternatives for End of Life Materials Management"

Sports in Brief

by Wes Frahm, director of athletic communications and marketing

What's Happening This Week

Wednesday, Feb. 9
Huskies Drive Time, 7:30-8 a.m. (Mix 93.5 FM)

Friday, Feb. 11
Hockey hosts Bemidji State, 7:07 p.m. (Mix 93.5 FM)

Saturday, Feb. 12
Nordic Skiing at CCSA Championships (at Ishpeming)
Men's Basketball at Lake Superior State, 1 p.m. (Mix 93.5 FM)
Women's Basketball at Lake Superior State, 3 p.m. (Mix 93.5 FM)
Hockey hosts Bemidji State, 5:07 p.m. (Mix 93.5 FM)

Sunday, Feb. 13
Nordic Skiing at CCSA Championships (at Ishpeming)

All times Eastern; home events are italicized.

Last Week's Results

Hockey (3-22-3, 1-18-1 WCHA)
Feb. 4--at Alaska Anchorage 4, Michigan Tech 1
Feb. 5--at Alaska Anchorage 4, Michigan Tech 2

Women's Basketball (18-2, 13-1 GLIAC)
Feb. 3--No. 8 Michigan Tech 75, at Findlay 43
Feb. 5--No. 8 Michigan Tech 68, at Wayne State 54

Men's Basketball (11-10, 6-8 GLIAC)
Feb. 3--at No. 4 Findlay 100, Michigan Tech 60
Feb. 5--at Wayne State 84, Michigan Tech 61

Nordic Skiing
Did not compete

Top News of the Week

It's Winter Carnival Week!
Winter Carnival week will be capped by the Huskies' hockey series vs. Bemidji State. Games will be Friday, Feb. 11, at 7:07 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 12, at 5:07 p.m. Visit for more details on Winter Carnival.

Women's Basketball Team Continues to Roll
The No. 8-ranked Huskies won both of their games last week, including a 75-43 victory at GLIAC South Division-leading Findlay last Thursday (Feb. 3). Tech, at 18-2 overall and 13-1 in league play, has taken a two-game lead over Lake Superior State in the GLIAC North Division standings with five games to go. The Huskies' next game will be at Lake Superior State on Saturday, Feb. 12.

Job Posting

Staff job descriptions are available in Human Resources or at . For more information regarding staff positions, call 487-2280 or email .

Faculty job descriptions can be found at .

For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

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