Jazz Lab Band Takes Third at Jazz Fest

The Michigan Tech Jazz Lab Band did well in the Eau Claire Jazz Festival held April 22-23 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. 

The Jazz Lab Band took third place in the College Big Band category. With a score of 86.5, the Jazz Lab Band finished just behind second-place University of Wisconsin-Madison Jazz Ensemble (87.750). UW-Madison's Jazz Orchestra won the College Big Band Category with a score of 92. 

Two Michigan Tech ensembles opened the festival on the morning of April 22. MOMENTUM, an ensemble of horns, vocal and rhythm section opened the day at 8 a.m. followed by JAZTEC, a seven-piece combo that specializes in contemporary jazz, funk and original styles. 

Under the direction of Mike Irish (VPA) director of Jazz Studies, the Jazz Lab Band is a big band comprised of up to 20 musicians from throughout the country and features a broad repertoire of music ranging from the Big Band Era to contemporary jazz and original compositions.

Irish says the accomplishments of the Tech students are even more impressive when you consider none are music majors. 
"It is always gratifying to do well against all of the music schools, since we are the only 'non-music-program' school competing."
Irish feels the Michigan Tech students probably do better in music than some music majors from other schools might do in a science and math contest.
"As part of the competition, all the bands must sight-read a piece of music. Our groups always do well with that skill.  To make a completely level playing field, all the music-school bands should have to solve some calculus and differential equation problems in 15 minutes."
This year was the 50th year for the Eau Claire Jazz Festival and bands from Michigan Tech have appeared in most of them.
"Tech first started going to the Festival in 1971, and finished a distant last" Irish says.  
"By 1976, under the direction of the late Don Keranen, the Jazz Lab Band finished first. We are proud to keep that tradition of excellence going."

Fall 2016 PHF Graduate Assistantship Nominations Open

Applications for fall 2016 Portage Health Foundation Graduate Assistantships are now being accepted. The deadline is 4 p.m. Thursday, July 7 to Debra Charlesworth in the Graduate School. Email submissions to gradschool@mtu.edu are preferred. Instructions on the application, evaluation process and full eligibility requirements are available online.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • PhD student participating in health-related research that is aligned with the PHF's mission.
  • Eligible for or in Research Mode at the time of application.
  • Have two years in the graduate program at the time of application.

Priority will be given to students originally from Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga or Ontonagon counties. Non-resident students and international students are encouraged to apply if their health research is applicable to health needs and job shortages of our local community (obesity research, rural health, medical informatics, drug delivery and lab testing, physical therapy, etc.). Preference will also be given to applicants who will complete their degree during the funding period.

These Assistantships are available through the generosity of the Portage Health Foundation. They are intended to recognize outstanding PhD talent in health-oriented research areas. Applicants should be advocates for promoting and improving the overall health of Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga and Ontonagon communities. Additional details are online.

Fall 2016 Finishing Fellowship Nominations Open

Applications for fall 2016 finishing fellowships are now being accepted. The deadline is 4 p.m. Thursday, July 14 to Debra Charlesworth in the Graduate School. Instructions on the application and evaluation process are available online.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • PhD student.
  • Expect to finish during the semester supported as a finishing fellow.
  • Have submitted no more than one previous application for a finishing fellowship.
  • Eligible for or in Research Mode at the time of application.

Finishing Fellowships provide support to PhD candidates who are close to completing their degrees. These fellowships are available through the generosity of alumni and friends of the University. They are intended to recognize outstanding PhD candidates who are in need of financial support to finish their degrees and are also contributing to the attainment of goals outlined in The Michigan Tech Plan. The Graduate School anticipates funding up to ten fellowships with support ranging from $2,000 to full support (stipend plus tuition). Students who receive full support through a Finishing Fellowship may not accept any other employment. For example, students cannot be fully supported by a Finishing Fellowship and accept support as a GTA or GRA

Career Services Annual Report

The Career Services Annual Report for the 2014 -15 Academic year has been published. This year's report includes information about:

  • Placement Statistics
  • CareerFEST
  • Career Fair
  • Industry Days
  • Co-operative Education
  • Salary Information

The complete report is available on the Career Services website.

Guatemalan Kite Flying at McLain State Park Saturday

Students in Lisa Gordillo's (VPA), Outdoor Sculpture class will fly kites inspired by the Guatemalan "barrilete."

The event will take place from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 4 at McLain State Park.

This is a free event and open to the public. All are welcome to join us to celebrate.

After the event, kites will be on display in the Rozsa Lobby through the end of June. 


Beginner's Running Clinic Lunch & Learn with Dr. Reminga

WorkLife Connections and Employee Wellness invite you to join us for a Lunch & Learn with Dr. Daniel Reminga, Northern Foot Care Center, from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 15 in Memorial Union Alumni Lounge B.

Register here. HuskyPAW members may claim 100 bonus points for attending. Bring your lunch. Beverages will be provided. Email Shannon Brodeur with questions.

For more information see the original Tech Today story


Hands-on Short Courses Offered

Two short courses (2.5 days in duration) are being offered this summer in track A.

Both courses include laboratory components with a format that mixes traditional lecture and group discussion with hands-on experiments conducted in powertrain test-cells and through driving vehicles on the road. The courses will be available to all Michigan Tech graduate students and undergraduate seniors. Both courses are one credit.

Information about the courses can be found when searching courses on Banweb. Course descriptions are as follows:

SI Engines-Their Operation & Control (June 22-24)

Topics will be covered through a mix of lecture, hands-on experimentation, group discussions and group data analysis.

Diesel Engines-Their Combustion and Operation (June 15-17)

Topics will be covered through a mix of lecture, hands-on experimentation, group discussions and group data analysis. Both courses will be delivered from the Michigan Tech Advanced Power Systems Research Center located near the Houghton County Airport. Transportation to and from campus will be provided each day. Lunch will be provided on Thursday and Friday.

Registration is now open through Banweb. Students are welcome to register for both. There are no pre-requisites, but familiarity with thermodynamics and IC engine cycles will be helpful.

Contact cjmorgan@mtu.edujjworm@mtu.edujnaber@mtu.edu or cmsarazi@mtu.edu if you have any questions. For more information see the original Tech Today story

Job Posting

Job Posting for June 1, 2016

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in Human Resources. For more information regarding staff positions, call 7-2280 or email jobs@mtu.edu. For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted. 

Telecommunications Technician/Engineer I, ​Information Technology. ​Apply online.​

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