Soccer Team Participates in Outreach to Local Schools

Ian Marks, assistant director of athletic communications

The women's soccer team has helped local schools participate in March is Reading Month by returning to their roots and reading to classes of elementary students from Houghton and Chassell. The experience has given the athletes an opportunity to
influence future potential Huskies off the field.

"I thought it would be nice to have our players get out in the community and make a difference," said head coach Michelle Jacob.

Players from the team went into a fifth-grade class at Houghton and a second-grade class at Chassell. Before reading to the students, the players held a question-and-answer session lasting about 20 minutes, when they discussed life as a student-athlete and the level of commitment necessary to balance school and sport.

"They asked questions ranging from how far we travel to play our games, to who is the best player on our team," said Jacob. "I feel that this could help spark their interest in sports as they grow up."

The players and students read books ranging from Berenstain Bears to more advanced titles, including a few with sports-related themes. At Houghton, the players read the books to groups of students. At Chassell, the students read their books to the players.

"It's really something special to see young students excited about school and about learning," said team player Sarah Hielsburg. "There's nothing more contagious than the enthusiasm of a child and the inspiration it can have on others."

They have one more trip to Houghton planned for later this week to read with another group of fifth-graders.

Website Launched to Assist Students

Tech's Early Intervention Team has launched a website that contains a wealth of resources about how to assist students with personal relationships, physical and emotional health, classroom concerns and addictive behaviors. The website is found at .

EIT members have been visiting academic and other departments with a brief presentation about students of concern and how to respond to disturbing incidents. To schedule a presentation, contact Debra Forsell at 487-2212 or .

Last Call for Nominations

The University Senate is still in need of nominations for a faculty-at-large senator and the Sabbatical Leave Committee. To nominate yourself or another person, contact Soner Onder at , no later than Wednesday, April 6.

Circle K Presents "Dr. Seuss Extravaganza"

The Circle K Service Organization will host a "Dr. Seuss Extravaganza" at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 7, at the Portage Lake District Library.

Tech students will read classic Dr. Seuss stories and lead the kids in decorating Cat in the Hat cookies with a Dr. Seuss-ish flourish. Gluten-free cookies will also be available for those who want them.

Children of all ages are invited.

Circle K looks for opportunities for service, leadership and friendship. Its wide range of projects includes activities such as picking up trash on highways and playing board games with the elderly.

Be the Difference, Take a Stand

submitted by Standathon Student Organization

An evening with Standathon will help Bay Cliff Health Camp. The fifth annual event will be from 7 p.m., Friday, April 1, to 7 a.m., Saturday, April 2, in the SDC Gym.

Standathon has activities for everyone to enjoy, including black light mini golf, laser tag, sumo wrestling, inflatables, water polo, fencing lessons, live bands, food eating contests, kayaking and more.

Food will be served all night, including breakfast at 6 a.m. Prizes will be raffled off every hour. The grand prize this year is an Xbox Kinect.

The money raised at Standathon will be donated to Bay Cliff Health Camp, a therapy camp for children and adults with disabilities located in Big Bay. The Standathon 2011 goal is to raise $7,000.

The entrance fee is $10; entrance fee and T-shirt are $15; and entrance fee, T-shirt and drawing for Xbox Kinect are $20.

For more information, contact Hilary Cadeau, president, at 201-2707 or at , or visit the Standathon website .

Khana Khazana to Benefit Japan

"Pray for Japan" is the theme of a benefit Khana Khazana this Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Memorial Union Food Court. Japanese students from Tech and Finlandia are joining forces to cook traditional Japanese dishes, and half of the proceeds will benefit victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan earlier this month.

Motoyuki Kidokoro, an accounting major at Tech, and Finlandia students Lei Hirakawa, Aili Natsumushi and Chisato Ohta will prepare Chirashi Zushi (sushi rice with cooked crab, shrimp, egg, shitake mushrooms and carrots), Niku jaga (a traditional Japanese dish made with beef, potatoes, onions and carrots) and Miso soup (a broth called dashi with tofu cubes). A vegetarian entree will also be available.

A full meal costs $6, and each dish is available a la carte for $2. A free fountain soda, tea or coffee comes with a full meal.

Khana Khazana is a weekly ethnic lunch, a collaboration of international students and Dining Services.

Free Sahaja Meditation Classes

Michigan Tech is one of a growing number of American colleges and universities to offer a Sahaja meditation program on campus. The free weekly sessions, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, in the Memorial Union, are open to everyone. This week's meeting is in the Peninsula Room A.

Sahaja meditation can help relieve stress caused by studies or any other pressures, says Pranay Nagar, graduate student in mechanical engineering, who leads the sessions. "Are you anxious to feel more joy in life?" he asks. If so, he says, please check meditation .

No prior experience or knowledge of meditation and no special equipment or clothing are required to participate. The technique is not physically demanding, and everyone can move at his or her own pace, Nagar said.

For more information, contact Nagar at 906-281-4425 or pnagar@mtu.eduor .

TSA Shares Thailand Through Movies

The Thai Student Association (TSA) will host a presentation, "Learning Thai Through Thai Movie Clips," from 6 to 7 p.m., Thursday, March 31, in Dow 610. Thai snacks will be served.

Participants 18 years and older are encouraged to attend. Seating is limited to 30 guests. To reserve a seat, email Nook Patcharapol at .

Reminder: Northern Lights Film Festival at McArdle Theatre

The Seventh Annual Northern Lights Film Festival celebrates original filmmaking with three days of independent film screening, from Thursday, March 31, through Saturday, April 2.

This year's festival will be held at the McArdle Theatre and will feature the recent documentaries "Gasland," "Erasing David" and "Waste Land," as well as a number of other independent features and short films.

Thursday, March 31

At 7 p.m., the 2010 Sundance Jury Prize-Winner, "Gasland," will be shown. When filmmaker Josh Fox was approached to lease his land for natural gas drilling, he embarked on a journey to find out how this drilling (or "fracking") was affecting people in other parts of the country. Liberal arts senior Wes Kolbe will provide an introduction to the film and moderate discussion afterward.

At 9:30 p.m., immediately following the discussion, is the science-fiction film "Zenith," written and directed by Vladan Nikolic. With its stunning visual style, the film explores a future where everyone is "happy"--perhaps at the cost of what makes them human.

Friday, April 1

At 5 p.m., the events begin with "In The Family," where documentary filmmaker Joanna Rudnick turns the camera on herself after testing positive for the breast cancer gene. At age 27, she must confront the emotional and medically complex question of whether to remove her breasts and ovaries or risk developing cancer.

At 7:30 p.m, the festival features the UK documentary, "Erasing David." As a citizen in a country with four million closed-circuit TV cameras, filmmaker David Bond attempts to disappear without a trace. An investigation into data collection and use, Bond attempts to evade capture by two security experts.

At 9:30 p.m., the art-house horror film "Heartless," starring Jim Sturgess, will screen. This psychological thriller follows a young man with a heart-shaped birthmark on his face through the troubled streets on the East End of London. The violent and disturbed neighborhood is not only ruled by gangs, but also by demons. The film will be preceded by recent Tech graduate Daena Makela's horror short, "Snowblowing Over the Dead of Winter."

Saturday, April 2

The afternoon's events focus on the work of new filmmakers.

From 1 to 2:30 p.m., the festival will offer a program of the 2010 Student Academy Award short films, including winners in the categories of animation, documentary, alternative, narrative and foreign film.

At 3 p.m., short films and documentaries produced by Michigan Tech students will be shown.

At 4 p.m., the festival will present Jeff Malmberg's "Marwencol," winner of the 2010 SXSW Best Documentary and two Independent Spirit Awards. After being savagely beaten, Mark Hogancamp builds a one-sixth-scale World War II-era town that helps him recover from the trauma of his attack. The Village Voice writes, "Exactly the sort of mysterious and almost holy experience you hope to get from documentaries and rarely do."

At 7:30 p.m., the festival will end with the Academy-Award nominated "Waste Land." The story of the awe-inspiring collaboration between Brooklyn artist Vik Muniz and an eclectic band of garbage pickers ("catadores") who work the world's largest garbage dump in Muniz's native Brazil. A testament to the transformative power of art, this film by Lucy Walker, João Jardim and Karen Harley recently won the Sundance Audience Award for Best World Cinema Documentary and numerous other festival awards internationally.

The Northern Lights Film Festival is sponsored by the Departments of Humanities and Visual and Performing Arts and the Cin/Optic Communication and Media Enterprise Team. The festival is free.

For more information, see Northern Lights Film Festival , or contact Erin Smith, resource director, Humanities, at 487-3263 or at .

CEE Seminar

Three CEE graduate students will present their research from 4 to 5 p.m., Thursday, March 31, in Dow 642. The public is welcome.

Rita Lederle will present "A Brief Overview of Equivalent Temperature Difference in Concrete Pavements."

Jun Zhou will present "Application of Acoustic Emission for Material Damage Detection."

Jason Flietstra will present "Ultra High Performance Concrete."

Computer Science Seminar

Professor John Carroll, of Pennsylvania State University, will present "Scenarios and Design Cognition" at 3 p.m., Friday, April 1, in Rekhi 214. Carroll will argue that scenarios, such as design artifacts, support cognitive processes that enhance the strengths and mitigate the weaknesses of a variety of design approaches, including solution-first design, opportunistic design, requirements/specification design, participatory design and positive design.

Grain Processing Seminar Series

The Department of Chemical Engineering will host Theresa Good, of the National Science Foundation, who will present "Engineering new strategies for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease" at 10 a.m., Friday, April 1, in ChemSci 211. Good is the program director of the NSF's Biotechnology, Biochemical and Biomass Engineering Division.

Physics Colloquium

Research Associate Katrina Black, of the University of Maine, will present a Physics Colloquium, "Multiple Perspectives on Student Solution Methods for Air Resistance Problems," at 4 p.m., Thursday, March 31, in Fisher 139. For more information, contact Claudio Mazzoleni at 487-1226 or , or Petra Hüntemeyer at 487-1229 or .

In Print

Professor John Jaszczak (Physics), adjunct curator of the Seaman Mineral Museum, coauthored a paper, "Relationship between structure, morphology, and carbon isotopic composition of graphite in marbles: Implications for calcite-graphite carbon isotope thermometry," which was recently published in an issue of the American Mineralogist.

New Funding

Associate Professor Brian Barkdoll (CEE) and Co-PI Roger Turpening (GMES) have received $49,203 from the South Florida Water Management District for a one-year project, "Acoustic Measurement of Pipe Discharge Downstream of 90-degree Bend."