Reminder: June First Friday Social Today

There will be one last First Friday Social for this fiscal year! Faculty, staff and graduate students are invited to attend the June First Friday University Social today from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., in the Memorial Union Ballroom B. A cash bar along with complimentary soda and snacks will be provided.

This month’s Social is sponsored by Information Technology. Come and meet your colleagues in a relaxed atmosphere.

The First Friday University Socials began in 2006 to provide a casual setting for members of the campus community to get together informally, share their work and get to know each other. Such informal gatherings often lead to more productive work relationships and an appreciation for diversity.

In an effort to increase the effectiveness of the initiative, this academic year featured departmental partners who sponsored each months’ events. This will be the last Social for this fiscal year. First Friday University Socials will resume in September with the Graduate School and Graduate Student Government as the sponsor. If your department is interested in hosting a social next academic year or would like more information, please contact Megan Ross at 7-3123 or

Dancers Fly in "Beautiful" at the Rozsa June 19

Prepare to be wowed and inspired by "Beautiful: A Cirque-Tale of How the Butterfly Grew Her Wings," which is an all-ages aerial dance and flying show that showcases Cirque-du-Soleil special effects combined with the spectacle of a modern musical.

As a part of FinnFest 2013, Michigan Tech's Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts presents three nights of "Beautiful: A Cirque-Tale of How the Butterfly Grew Her Wings," Wednesday, June 19, 9 p.m.; Thursday, June 20, 7:30 p.m.; and Friday, June 21, 7:30 p.m. Creator/Producer/Director Jennifer Kelly describes "Beautiful" as "A metaphysical and visceral experience inspired by the life cycle of a caterpillar."

"Beautiful" is the brain-child of Kelly and Aerial Choreographer Jason Whicker. Whicker's aerial work surpasses flight originally created for any show on or off Broadway. Featured guest choreographers include "So You Think You Can Dance" finalist Robert Taylor, Jr., and Dreya Weber, Pink’s Aerial choreographer.

The show follows the lead character, Beautiful, on her adventures of the heart, mind, and soul. The "Beautiful" score, "unprecedented and powerful," according to Kelly, blends tracked and live music and percussion with original and contemporary music. Filled with symbolism, unique characters, larger than life scenic elements, special effects and, of course, lots of flying, "Beautiful" is a show that will amaze audiences of any age.

Tickets are $18 to $32 for adults, $8 to $16 for kids 12 and under. To purchase tickets, please call 7-2073, go online at, or visit Ticketing Operations at the SDC. SDC box office hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 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.

On the Road

Joe Burns (MTRI) co-authored with multiple collaborators from the University of Michigan four presentations for the 27th Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies held in Baltimore, June 1 to June 5. The presentations, "Quantitative sleep stage analyses reflect neonatal neurologic status," "Sleep stage dynamics before and after treatment in young adults with major depressive disorder," "The face of sleepiness: Improvement in facial appearance after CPAP for OSA," and "Distribution of stage N3 sleep before and after adenotonsillectomy in children," described analyses of biophysical data to diagnosis or assess sleep-related conditions in adults or children.


Professor Emeritus Willie Melton (SS) delivered introductory remarks to the Presidential Address, "Sharp Right Turn: Globalization and Gender Equality," during the 76th Annual Meeting of the Midwest Sociological Society, March 27 through March 30 in Chicago. The address was delivered by Midwest Sociological Society President, Linda Lindsey.