Academic Achievement to be Recognized at Scholars' Night Banquet

Deans and department chairs have been invited to join students who have made the Dean's List for two semesters during the last academic year, at the annual Scholars' Night Banquet. Sponsored by the Michigan Tech chapter of the engineering honor society Tau Beta Pi, the banquet is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 13, in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

More than 700 students have qualified for the Scholars' Night Banquet this year.

Rozsa Box Office Open Thursday

The Rozsa Center box office will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 10. Note that the box office is usually closed during regular business hours and opens two hours prior to show times.

To purchase tickets on this day, call 487-2073, go online at or visit the Rozsa Center box office.

Library Receives Nearly 3,000 Survey Responses

Almost 3,000 people completed the LibQUAL+ survey, generating an overall response rate of 35 percent and a faculty response rate of 54 percent.

The survey results will be used to improve services and develop new ways for the library to meet the needs of active and latent users. Results will also be mapped to a national dataset, enabling the library to benchmark its activities against demographic and aspirational peers.

"The library did not embark upon this survey project to defend the status quo," said Julie Blair, LibQUAL+ primary investigator and the strategic initiatives librarian. "We are committed to making changes in services and resources based on real data, not assumptions. To that end, all comments, even negative ones, are taken seriously and are appreciated."

"Thank you to the almost 3,000 survey respondents willing to help the library help you," Blair added. "We hope you do not wait for another survey to share your ideas, insights and suggestions."

You can email your suggestions at any time to or contact library staff directly.

The library gave an iPad2 to a randomly selected survey participant. Andrew Klescewski, a third-year undergraduate in environmental engineering, is the lucky winner.

MTU Preschool Announces New Fundraiser

MTU Preschool will host "Bounce-O-Rama," an event with a variety of activities for all ages, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12, in the SDC Multi-Purpose Room.

It is the time of year that parents start wondering how to keep their kids entertained, especially on the weekends. The snow hasn't begun to fall and kids seem like they are bouncing off the walls. That was the inspiration for MTU Preschool's inaugural fundraiser.

"It is a healthy, fun way for kids to burn off their energy while raising money for a good cause," according to Megan Johnson, event chairperson.

"MTU Preschool was trying to come up with a new idea to raise money, and the Bounce-O-Rama was created. In the spring MTU Preschool hosts the Cabin Fever Carnival, and this Bounce-O-Rama provides an fun event in the fall," added Johnson.

With a toddler area, children's obstacle course, Velcro wall, bounce houses and slides there will be something there for kids of all ages. "This Saturday also happens to be the day many dads head off to deer camp, so we are hoping that moms will take this opportunity to do something fun with the children," said Johnson.

Tickets for the event will be sold at the door. Day passes for children 5 through adult are $10, children under five are $7 and individual tickets will be 50 cents per ticket. The SDC snack bar will also be open for families to purchase lunch.

Proceeds from the event will benefit MTU Preschool, which is a not for profit preschool.

For more information, contact MTU Preschool at 487-2720.

Reception Friday for Mary Ann Beckwith Show in the Rozsa Gallery

The public is invited to join Professor Mary Ann Beckwith (VPA) at a reception 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 11, as she opens a retrospective of her work, "Images Now and Then."

Beckwith, a professor in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, may be best known for her watercolors. Among her many honors, she has been elected to the Watercolor Honor Society of Watercolor USA and has had a gallery dedicated in her name at Central Michigan University.

A recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award, Beckwith has been on the Michigan Tech faculty for 38 years and is committed to sharing the artist's experience with students of all disciplines.

"Painting and helping others to experience painting still gives me a flutter in my stomach, a kind of lightheaded joy and satisfaction like that of a thirst quenched," she says. "I love the stages of painting, all the stages. That pristine white surface and the vision of what might be, the first bits of color or lines, and then, slowly, the awareness that this whole process might be beyond my control."

"Images Now and Then" will be on display in the Rozsa Center Nov. 11 to Jan. 27. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The exhibit is made possible by the James and Margaret Black Endowment.

Annual International Bazaar to Be Held in Memorial Union

International goods and goodies will be on sale in the Memorial Union Commons from 1 to 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12, at the second annual International Bazaar. Sponsored by the International Club, the bazaar kicks off International Education Week.

The bazaar is a cultural gathering that enables the local community to experience the multiculturalism of the Keweenaw in a relaxed, festive setting. Area students and businesses will sell a variety of exotic trinkets and pastries from around the world.

In the News

Newspapers across the country, including the Detroit Free Press, the Danbury, Conn., News Times and the Columbus, Ind., Republic, published an Associated Press news story about a $750,000 National Science Foundation grant received by the Sustainable Futures Institute. See Sustainability.