Featured Speaker for Black History Month

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion and the Black Student Association have announced the featured speaker for Black History Month, Stefanie Brown James. The event will be from 4 to 5 p.m., Feb. 14, in the Rozsa Art Gallery.

James has dedicated her life to empowering people to organize and advocate for justice and equality in their communities. Most recently James served as the national African American vote director for the 2012 Obama for America Campaign and as the national director of the NAACP Youth and College Division representing 23,000 youth under the age of 25 around the country. Her presentation titled "We Are Who We’ve Been Waiting For!" will inspire youth to stand up and continue the fight for freedom and justice in this world.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact the Center for Diversity and Inclusion at 7-2920 or e-mail Kellie Raffaelli at kraffael@mtu.edu.

Celebrate Chinese New Year with a Gala Feast and Performance Feb. 15

The Chinese Students and Scholars Association will host its gala Chinese Night on Friday, Feb. 15, celebrating with a feast and a traditional performance.

The New Year's Eve dinner is set for 5-7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Commons. Seven delectable Chinese dishes will be served, including beef tomato, mushroom chicken and potato with ribs.

"Chinese Night 2013: Year of the Snake" begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Rozsa Center. The performance marks the Chinese Spring Festival, their most important holiday. Like Christmas in the West, it is a time of celebration when all family members get together.

Performers hail from many countries, including India, Thailand, Germany and, of course, China.

Because this is the year of the snake, the show includes the traditional Chinese opera "The Legend of the Snake." It is one of four famous Chinese folk legends and tells the circuitous and graceful love story of a snake spirit, Lady White, and a mortal, Xu Xian.

Also on the program is "Thousand-Hand Guanyin," a well-known dance of China. Guanyin means "Observing the Sounds (or Cries) of the World." The Buddist goddess of compassion, Guanyin has thousands of faces and hands. In this dance, 12 dancers will form her likeness on a lotus-shaped stage.

International students will present a skit, "MTU Friends," about an international friendship at Tech. In addition, the program includes songs and traditional dances.

"We are sincerely looking forward to sharing this wonderful night with you and your family," said members of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association.

Many members of the Tech community also helped the CSSA a celebratory YouTube video on Chinese New Year.

Tickets (including dinner and show) are $15 for the public, $12 for students, $6 for children under 13 and free for CSSA members. Tickets may be purchased at http://rozsa.tickets.mtu.edu or at the Ticketing Operations in the SDC.

Sponsors of Chinese Night include the Undergraduate Student Government, Graduate Student Government, the Rozsa Center, Memorial Union Dining Services, I-club, Ming’s Asian Bistro, Super 8 Hotel, Cyberia Café, 5th & Elm Coffee House and the Blue Iris.

Creative Canvas Course Contest (C-4)

This spring semester, e-Learning will host an "explosive" program intended to showcase the most user-friendly Canvas courses at Michigan Tech. Students, faculty, and chairs can nominate a spring term course for C-4 in just seconds by entering the instructor name, course name, and reason the course deserves recognition. Nominations should be entered here no later than March 11 for consideration.

Reminder: Triple Chocolate Cake for Two

It's sweets for your sweetheart--Valentine's Day triple chocolate cake for two.

Buy a homemade chocolate cake with chocolate ganache icing snuggled in a heart-shaped tin and topped with a milk-chocolate candy, for only $3.50.

Order yours today at bake@mtu.edu . Orders will be taken until 5 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12. You may pick them up at the Memorial Union Food Court on Thursday, Feb. 14, 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Reminder: "As You Like It" Tomorrow Night

"All the World's a Stage" is the most popular line from one of Shakespeare's most-loved fairy tales, "As You Like It," which comes to the Rozsa Center just in time for Valentine's Day.

The Acting Company presents "As You Like It" on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m., at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts.

Directed by Dan Rothenberg, this production of makes this fanciful, romantic comedy accessible for all ages, from high school students reading Shakespeare for the first time, to older generations well versed in the classics.

"As You Like It" is a metaphor of love: its power, madness, danger, humor and reflection. On one level, it is a diverting amusement. On a deeper level, it is a journey of discovery in which the characters gain knowledge of themselves and the world.

Actors Joseph Midyett and Elizabeth Stallman play the leads Orlando and Rosalind, and the play follows its heroine Rosalind as she flees persecution in her uncle's court, accompanied by her cousin Celia and Touchstone the court jester, to find safety and eventually love in the Forest of Arden.

Since its founding by the legendary John Houseman and Margot Harley in 1972, The Acting Company has launched the careers of some of today’s finest actors—Kevin Kline, Rainn Wilson, Patti LuPone, Jeffrey Wright, Frances Conroy, Jesse L. Martin to name a few--while performing 137 productions all across the country.

This performance is sponsored in part by UPPCO, Minnesota Public Radio, the James and Margaret Black Endowment, and support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

Tickets are $26.75 for adults, $24.75 for seniors and $22.75 for Michigan Tech students. To purchase tickets, call 7-2073, go online at Rozsa, or visit Ticketing Operations at the SDC. SDC box office hours are 8 a.m.–9 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.–7 p.m. Saturday, and noon-8 p.m. on Sunday. Please note the Rozsa Box Office is closed during regular business hours and will only open two hours prior to show times.

New Funding

Carol MacLennan (SS) has received a $9,000 research and development contract from the Keweenaw Land Trust for "Historic Interpretation of Paavola and Boston Pond along the Copper Country Trail."


Ezra Bar Ziv (ME-EM) has received a $50,000 research grant from NSF for "I-Corps: Feasibility of a Novel Concept to Produce Biocoal for Power and Enhanced Bio-Oil."

On the Road

Professor Emerita Glenda Gill (Humanities) gave a speech, "P. Diddy and Walter Lee Younger: Brothers and Saints," Feb. 7 at the Honors Center at Alabama A. and M. University in Normal, Ala.