Summer Hours Announced

Starting Sunday, April 29, the University shifts to its summer schedule.

The general hours of operation will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. All offices must be staffed during those hours.

Employees are expected to fulfill their usual full-time or part-time obligations. Your actual work schedule must be approved by your supervisor. Regular office hours resume on Monday, Aug. 20.

Reminder: Celebrate 45 Years of Jazz at the Rozsa

submitted by Bethany Jones, marketing manager, Rozsa Center

This Saturday, March 24, the Rozsa Center and the Department of Visual and Performing Arts present "The Don Keranen Memorial Jazz Concert" that celebrates 45 years of jazz at Michigan Tech.

Alumni will play a big role in the festivities, and a reception for them will follow the concert. "We've got alums from all over coming back," Mike Irish, director of Jazz Studies, said. So far, the oldest will be Tim Nielsen '76, and the youngest will be Andy Kurzeniewski '10.

The anniversary concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Rozsa. It will also be the twelfth annual "Don Keranen Memorial Concert." Keranen started the jazz program at Tech in 1967 and is known for his innovations and dedication. "Many people don't know that Don put the Pep Band in striped bibs," Irish recalls. "He established so much of what we still do in the music programs today." Keranen retired in 1991, and Irish replaced him.

Saturday night features three bands. The Jazz Lab Band will perform with guest artists: saxophonist/flautist Gus Sandberg and trombonist Scott Agster. The Research and Development Big Band will also perform before the return of the Alumni Jazz Band.

Irish said they've been recruiting alums and sending them music to practice beforehand. "Then, we'll rehearse Saturday and perform that night," he says. Selections include: "Sing, Sing, Sing," "Easy Living," "Sister Sadie," and "MacArthur Park."

The Rozsa Lobby will be full of old photos, memorabilia, banners and posters. Irish is looking for alumni to contribute more memories (his email is They're a dedicated bunch," Irish says of the nearly 600 alumni. "They stay in touch."

General Admission is $10. Michigan Tech students are free. To purchase tickets, call 487-2073, go online at , or visit SDC Ticketing Operations. SDC box office hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday-Friday; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday; and noon to 8 p.m., Sunday. The Rozsa box office is closed during regular business hours and will only open two hours prior to showtime.

Awards Announced for Great Lakes Showcase

submitted by Bethany Jones, marketing manager, Rozsa Center

The Rozsa Center has recognized 13 artists with awards for the annual Great Lakes Showcase, but there is one more forthcoming: the Community Choice Award, which is decided by gallery visitors. The public is invited to view the work of area artists and vote. The gallery will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday to Friday, through Friday, March 30. The Community Choice Award Winner will be announced by the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, sponsor of the event, after the show closes.

This year's juror was Dr. Stephen Perkins, curator of art at the Lawton Gallery, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. In his awards speech, Perkins said that he was particularly impressed by work that surprised him, that made him "look at things in a slightly different way." He stressed the importance of artists continuing to "just do the work--that perseverance is the key to success."

Award winners are:

3-D Best of Show--Lecturer Susanne Kilpela (VPA)
3-D First Place--Jess Kane (Calumet)
3-D Second Place--Wayne Walma and Pamela Beal (Mass City)
3-D Third Place--Susanne Kilpela
2-D Best of Show--G. Tim Flannery (Ishpeming)
2-D First Place--Steven Hughes (Marquette)
2-D Second Place--Darrin Moir (Marquette)
2-D Third Place--Tomas Co (Hancock)
Honorable Mention--Kevin Breyfogle (Hancock)
Honorable Mention--Andrea DaVinci Braun (Allouez)
Honorable Mention--John D. Hubbard (Gwinn)
Honorable Mention--Joyce Koskenmaki (Hancock)
Honorable Mention--Sue Stephens (Hancock)
Honorable Mention--Fredi Taddeucci (Houghton)

Throughout the Showcase, most exhibition works will be available for purchase through SDC Ticketing Operations. Call 487-2073.

For more information, contact Bethany Jones, marketing manager, Rozsa, at 487-1836 or at .

Session on Feminist Writing Highlights Women's History Month

Humanities scholars will present a public reading of feminist prose and poetry in celebration of Women's History Month, from 1 to 2 p.m., Monday, March 26, in the Peterson Library on the third floor Walker. The session is titled "A Literature of Her Own: Reading Feminism."

For more information, contact Professor Patricia Sotirin (Humanities) at 487-3264 or at .

Roses: Purchase, Planting, Pruning Pointers

Master Gardener Lynn Watson (Facilities) will present a session on roses from 12:05 to 12:55 p.m., Wednesday, April 4, in EERC 214.

Garden roses were revered in ancient Rome and China. When East met West, the strengths of these distinct rose cultures combined in what are seven varieties of modern roses.

Learn about these types, their growth and position in the garden. Purchase alerts, planting cautions and winterizing will be generally covered, as well as pruning and pests. What are called roses native to North America will be reviewed.

Handouts will be given.

MBA Seminar

The MBA Association of the School of Business and Economics is hosting a professional development seminar today. Bill Huss, director of Global Education and Training for the Manufacturing Function at Dow Corning, will speak about business challenges and leadership at 12:30 p.m. in AOB 101.

Biomedical Engineering Graduate Seminar

Dr. Ryan Gilbert, of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, will present a seminar, "The Role of Nanoparticle Technology in the Repair of the Central Nervous System," at 3 p.m., today, in Dillman 320.

On the Road

John Velat (CEE), director of the Tribal Technical Assistance Program (TTAP), and Technical Editor Scott Bershing (CEE) traveled to Verona, NY, to cohost and comanage the New York Native Nations Transportation Safety Summit at the Oneida Nation of New York, March 21-22. Velat was the summit moderator and gave a presentation on traffic and crash data collection and use strategies.

In Print

Assistant Professor Adam Wellstead (SS) and colleagues published a paper, "New Governance Arrangements at the Intersection of Climate Change and Forest Policy: Institutional, Political and Regulatory Dimensions," in the journal, Public Administration. To read the paper, see Wellstead.

Job Postings

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.

Staff Job Postings 03/23/2012

Associate Director
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Assistant Women's Basketball Coach
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Application Programmer
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Note: Human Resources is transitioning to an online application process for the job postings above. To read the notice to applicants, see Posting.

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


As part of World Water Day, Professor Alex Mayer (CEE) was recognized for his initiative and dedication in cofounding and leading the Michigan Tech Center for Water and Society (MT-CWS).

Mayer, who received a certificate and a stained glass scene of Lake Superior, cofounded the CWS in 2005. The organization's mission is to enhance the ability and visibility of Michigan Tech to solve water-related problems of local, regional, and international interest.

Mayer stepped down in August of 2011. "I had a great time for six years," he said. "I have worked with so many remarkable people who have contributed to the success of the center, but I felt it was time for some new blood and to bring in people with exciting and new ideas."

Professor Noel Urban (CEE) succeeds Mayer.