United Way Campaign Needs Support

February means it's time for the last push for Copper Country United Way, and the word from campaign volunteers to the community is: "Help!"

The total raised so far is $103,086 --well short of the goal of $135,000. The campaign concludes on Friday, Feb. 28.

It is estimated that the 14 United Way agencies touch the lives of 40,000 individuals in Houghton and Keweenaw counties each year.

The best--and painless--way to give is through payroll deduction at work. You can access the donation form here. Employees may return their forms to campus campaign chair Jackie Ellenich, Walker 301, 7-2008 or jmelleni@mtu.edu. Donors can also give through PayPal on the CCUW website.

For questions about this year's campaign or for additional information about the services funded through the United Way, contact CCUW board member Lori Weir at 7-2980 or llweir@mtu.edu.

As always CCUW thanks you for your support.

"Rose and the Rime" Review

by Joe Kirkish, faculty emeritus

The other night I saw a production in Michigan Tech's McArdle Theatre. It's called "Rose and the Rime," a charming mix of fairy tale, music, Cirque de Solei, Noh Play and critters of every sort. It is set within an eye-popping, ever-changing setting of yards of voluminous material on which moving abstract projections appear and disappear to suggest a variety of places--all of them around a Michigan town that's been cursed with perpetual winter by a hideous rime witch. It's up to Rose, a sweet young girl in red, to find the witch, take battle (high in the air) and return the town to its previous four seasons.

With Patricia Helsel conceiving, supervising, and directing a large cast and exceptional tech crew, a simple fairy tale has been turned into a whirling, fast-paced event that grabs you from the opening scene. There, mysterious creatures in blue-grey tights slither in and out of the huge ice-bound arena center stage, and the play moves to Rose's journey, battle with the witch, a falling in love, and, finally, a return to a normal spring back in Rose's home town. It's a whirlwind of events so excitingly and charmingly accomplished by an excellent cast that you are left stunned and very pleasantly entertained with the magic of it all.

Everyone from children to adults will truly enjoy this perfectly created dramatic spectacle. It will be presented again this Thurs.-Sat., Feb 13-15, at 7:30 pm. For tickets and more information, call Ticketing Operations, 7-2073.

Another Successful Bigfoot Snowshoe Event

Thank you to all the participants who attended the Bigfoot Snowshoe Event on Saturday. The event had over 200 people, and it was a beautiful day to be out on the Tech Trails.

Here is a list of participants who won the raffles:
Carol Limberg--Michigan Tech sweatshirt and headlamp
Annette Greiner--Salon kit #1
Carol MacLennan--Salon kit #2
Jennie Kangas--Backpack and hammock
Ben Davis--Sleeping bag and cooking kit
Karen Patterson--Snowshoes
Carolyn Williams--Mt. Ripley certificate
Ross Michaels--Country Inn and Suites gift certificate

To pick up your prizes stop by the Michigan Tech Outdoor Adventure Program (building #51) Monday through Saturday between noon and 5 p.m., and Sunday 6 to 8 p.m.. The Outdoor Adventure Program is located at 207 East St. Houghton. If you were put on a waiting list for a Bigfoot Snowshoe t-shirt, you will be contacted when the shirt is ready to be picked up at the Outdoor Adventure Program. If you have any questions contact Whitney at wmborosk@mtu.edu.

Great Offers for Students at Tech Hockey This Weekend

Michigan Tech students have great incentive to attend Huskies hockey games this weekend with a student organization attendance contest and a free playoff-ticket offer.

The student organization with the highest percentage of participation will win $200 in free food at Joey's Seafood and Grill. To participate, students should email their group and group leader's name to athleticmarketing@mtu.edu by Thursday, Feb. 13, then have its members sign in at the games.

In addition to the student organization contest, Michigan Tech Athletics wants to help its loyal student fans by buying their tickets to home WCHA playoff games at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena.

Students who scan their IDs to get into the final three home games (Feb. 14, 15 and 21) will receive free tickets to the playoffs and be able to pick their seats.

The top four teams in the WCHA will host first-round league playoff series. The best-of-three series will be played Mar. 14-16.

Should the Huskies be in position to host league playoff games, the qualifying students will receive an email with the ticket offer. Simply reply to the email or stop by the ticket office by 5 p.m., Thursday, Mar. 13, to claim the free tickets.

Michigan Tech, which currently sits in third place with six games to go, has not hosted home playoff games since 1993.

Pink Zone T-Shirts Up For Auction At the Basketball Games This Weekend

The Michigan Tech men's and women's basketball teams will auction off their Pink Zone warm-up T-shirts this weekend. Fans can bid on their favorite player's shirt with all proceeds to benefit breast cancer research through the Susan G. Komen organization.

Bidding will end for the women's T-shirts at halftime of Saturday's 1 p.m. game. Bidding ends for the men's shirts at halftime of the 3 p.m. game.

The women host Wayne State at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday in a battle for first place in the North Division. The men tipoff at 7:30 p.m. against the Warriors.

Saturday, the two teams host Saginaw Valley State in the final regular season home games. The five seniors from the women's team and the two from the men's team will be honored between contests.

Rail Transportation Program Seminars Today and Thursday

Phil Pasterak, PE, will present "HSR Track Design," today, 1 p.m., in Dillman 301J. The presentation will discuss applications and criteria for high-speed rail projects, focusing on horizontal alignments, in Utah, Illinois, and Minnesota. Pasterak will also present "Passenger Rail Outlook in the US," today, 4 p.m., in Dow 875. The presentation will be an overview of the future of passenger rail transportation in the US, with a focus on development of high-speed rail systems.

Another presentation, from Ulrich Leister, "Characteristics of Railway Operation and System Design," will be held Thursday, Feb. 13, from 4 to 5 p.m., in Dow 642. This seminar is part of the Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar Program and will describe the characteristics of railroads, and explain the complexity resulting from the strong interdependencies between transportation, infrastructure and equipment that are unique to railroads. Planning approaches to design and operate rail systems, both on the freight and passenger side, will be presented with ideas from recent work in the United States to improve integration of both service types.

Physics Colloquium Today

Hayk Harutyunyan, a postdoctoral scientist at Argonne National Laboratory will present a physics colloquium titled "Nonlinear Optics at Reduced Dimensions," today at 11 a.m. in Fisher 139.

For more information, please contact Ramy El-Ganainy (ganainy@mtu.edu), or Petra Huentemeyer (petra@mtu.edu, 7-1229).

Global City Presents: Paraguay Today

Brook Alloway, a master's student in forestry at Michigan Tech, will present about her personal experiences living in rural Paraguay as well as general information about the country. Alloway volunteered in the environmental conservation sector.

Join us for this conference today at 6 p.m., in EERC 100.

Wellstead Talk Friday

Adam Wellstead, assistant professor of environmental and energy policy (SS), will present a talk, "Night of the Living Dead Theory: Structural-functionalism and Adaptation to Climate Change Policy. The Case of the Australian, Canadian, and US Forest Sectors," Friday, Feb. 14 at 4 p.m., in AOB 201.

Reminder: Lunch and Learn--Taking Sleep To Heart Today

Jason Carter, chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology, will present a lunch and learn titled “Taking Sleep to Heart” today from 12 to 1 p.m., in Admin 404.

Sleep is the third pillar of health. Some studies indicate 70 percent of adolescents are sleep deprived. Other studies draw connections to asthma, diabetes and increasing chances for strokes and heart attacks. It is also known that alcohol use negatively impacts sleep apnea.

This session will focus on the health risks associated with poor sleep habits and what types of behavioral interventions we can do to combat its negative effects.

To register for this and future professional development opportunities, visit the Student Affairs and Advancement professional development web page.

Bring your lunch; beverages and dessert will be provided.

In the News

Winter Carnival attracted a lot of news media attention late last week. WLUC-TV 6's coverage was picked up by the NBC network and aired in Tucson, Ariz.; Albuquerque, N.M.; Amarillo and Beaumont, Tex.; Toronto, Canada, and many other TV markets. AccuWeather.com and the Weather Channel posted stories with photos and video online, and the Huffington Post published a story with many photos of Carnival snow statues. See the Huffington Post.


Michigan Radio, part of the National Public Radio network, aired and published a story quoting Research Professor Rolf Peterson (SFRES), talking about the ice bridge that has formed between Isle Royale and the Canadian mainland and whether new wolves will cross it to increase the wolf population and genetic variability of the wolves on Isle Royale.