"The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui" Opens Tomorrow

From “The Godfather” to “Goodfellas,” everyone loves a gangster movie. “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui” is all that and more. The play written, in 1941 by German playwright Bertolt Brecht, is a satirical comedy that parallels the rise of a Chicago gangster with the rise of Adolf Hitler in 1930s Germany.

The Michigan Tech Theatre Company will present “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday in the McArdle Theatre in the Walker Arts and Humanities Center on the Michigan Tech campus.

Director Josh Loar says “This play is really about the rise of a strongman character who sort of uses intimidation to get where he is.”

Michigan Tech third-year student Noah Kozminski is cast as Ui, in what the actor calls “a somewhat challenging lead role.”

“It was really hard to, I guess, feel out the character because it’s not exactly a relatable character,” Kozminski says. “That was one of the first questions I asked the director, ‘Should this character be relatable at all?’ And the answer was ‘No.’ So it’s been interesting for sure. It is surprisingly fun to be evil.”

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Systems Control Benchmarks Lean

Recently, the Office of Continuous Improvement (OCI) hosted three guests from Systems Control in Iron Mountain. They came to benchmark Lean office and service at Michigan Tech.

A highlight of their day was a visit to the Van Pelt and Opie Library. The five Lean facilitators in the library have created an impressive array of Lean and continuous improvement projects. Annelise Doll, Georgeann Larson and Laurie Stark gave a presentation to Systems Control's vice president of operational excellence and two Lean coordinators. The library facilitators described the library's extraordinary Lean journey during the last few years. They shared their individual experiences, as well as library-wide efforts to adopt Lean into their organizational culture, followed by a short tour.

The Systems Control guests also toured the superb Lean implementations and visual management in Auxiliary Services and the Lean showcase Cash Hub, guided by Laura Harry, and they learned about the Advanced Matrix Process for University Programs from Anita Quinn (Vice President for Administration). In addition, they had informative discussions with OCI's student process improvement coordinators and several Lean facilitators from across campus.

Michigan Tech Archives to Host Travel Grant Presentation on the Labor Sport Union

The Michigan Technological University Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections invites you to the presentation, “Red Sports on Lake Superior: The Labor Sport Union in the Upper Peninsula, Northern Wisconsin and Minnesota, 1928-1935,” by travel grant recipient Gabe Logan.

It will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15 in the East Reading Room of the Van Pelt and Opie Library. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

In this presentation, Logan will discuss the United States Communist Party’s Labor Sport Union, specifically its activities in the rural iron region of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, northern Wisconsin and northern Minnesota.

Logan’s research visit and presentation are supported by a travel grant from the Friends of the Michigan Tech Library. For more information, call the Michigan Tech Archives at 7-2505, email at copper@mtu.edu or visit online. Find us on Facebook and Twitter: @mtuarchives.

Film Board Presents "Jason Bourne"

This weekend, Film Board presents "Jason Bourne."

Friday, Nov. 11—8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 12—2:30, 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 13—2:30, 5:30 p.m.

Located in Fisher 135. Tickets are $3 and concessions are $1 each. 

"Jason Bourne" is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and brief strong language.

International Night 2016

International Night will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 12) in the MUB Ballroom. This year's theme is "International Holidays," and will feature several dishes and performances representing a number of different cultures including Thai, Korean, Indian and African.

Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for the general public. You can purchase tickets from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Friday (Nov. 11) in the MUB commons.

"Do it for Daniel" Screening Thursday

The Houghton and Keweenaw County Suicide Coalition will host a screening of "Do It For Daniel" at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow (Nov. 10) in Fisher 135. 

Admission is $5 with all proceeds going back to the Do it for Daniel film project with the hopes of getting the film into schools across the U.S. 

"Do it for Daniel" is a documentary about Daniel Olson's life. He suffered his whole life with depression and anxiety. From the outside, he looked like he had it all. An All-State quarterback for the Ishpeming football team, great family, great friends, but few people knew the battle Daniel was fighting on the inside. He ultimately took his own life, not because he wanted to die, but because he just couldn't live with the pain any longer.

Find out more information online for visit the Do it for Daniel Facebook page.  

ICC, HCC World Usability Day 2016

The ICC Center for Human-Centered Computing will host World Usability Day tomorrow (Nov. 10). Across campus, researchers who "design with humans in mind" will showcase their work to the community through a series of demos, lectures and tours.

On World Usability Day, those who are working to ensure that "services and products important to life are easier to access and simpler to use" will gather around the world. It is a chance for advocates, students, professionals, government officials and leaders to showcase their work, exchange information and share critical feedback.

For more information, see the schedule of events.

Two ECE Seminars Friday

There will be two seminars as part of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Seminar Series Friday.
Derek Anderson, assistant professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mississippi State University, will present "Fusion Here, There and Almost Everywhere in Computer Vision—Driving New Advances in Fuzzy Integrals" from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday (Nov. 11) in Dow 641.
Ryuji Kohno will present "Dependable Wireless Body Area Network (BAN) for Advanced Medical Healthcare" from 4 to 5 p.m. Friday (Nov. 11) in Dow 641. 
Kohno is a professor and director of the Medical ICT Center at Yokohama National University in Japan, a Finnish Distinguished Professor at University of Oulu in Finland and the CEO at University of Oulu Research Institute Japan – CWC-Nippon, Japan.
Refreshments will be provided.

PHC Speaker Series: Reaching a Global Impact Through Social Venture Development

Carolyn Yarina, founder of Sisu Global Health, will visit campus at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 14. in M&M 722 overlooking the canal. Yarina will share her insights about important considerations for all entrepreneurs and especially those making a social impact through their endeavors.

Sisu Global Health is a startup company commercializing medical device technologies directed to address opportunities in emerging markets and developing countries.

Yarina started her first company while a student at the University of Michigan and continues with her current company which has successfully raised investment funding and is moving forward to achieve its business and social goals.

Topics addressed include considerations for structuring companies with social goals as well as the importance of geography, community, personal growth and team development.

Yarina’s visit is partially sponsored/funded by the Pavlis Honors College, Censi, and the Visiting Women & Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series (VWMLSS) which is funded by a grant to the Office of Institutional Equity and Inclusion from the State of Michigan's King-Chavez- Parks Initiative. All are welcome to attend.


The Flow Train - Smooth Writing Presentation

Hop on board the Flow Train for a ride into smooth writing from 1 to 2 p.m. tomorrow (Nov. 10) in the MTMC (Walker 107). This presentation will cover the basics of how to make your paper glide: transitions, sentence structure and vocabulary use.


"He Named me Malala" Film Screening

In recognition of International Education Week, Michigan Tech is screening the critically acclaimed documentary, "He Named me Malala," at 5:30 p.m. Friday (Nov. 11) in Fisher 135. A reflection discussion will follow the film. Admission is free. 


GSG Organizes Bingo Night Friday

If you are looking for a fun way to end your week, come out to Bingo with GSG. The event will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday (Nov. 11) in the MUB Alumni Lounge.


GLI Ticket Fundraiser

Are you or someone you know going to the Great Lakes Invitational (GLI) Dec. 29-30 at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit? Support the Hockey Huskies and the Husky FAN Pantry. The pantry provides food, meal swipes, emergency food packs and educational programming to the campus community at no cost.

Buy your tickets online and use the promotion code MTUGREEK. Part of your purchase will go to help the Husky FAN Pantry, ticket prices are unaffected.


Deadline Extended for LeaderShape Institute Applications

LeaderShape 2017 will take place Jan. 2-7 at the Ford Center in Alberta. Don't miss out on this awesome experience. Applications have been extended to Thursday (Nov. 10). Register and apply today by visiting this link.

If you're interested in further information, check out our website. Send any questions to Jonathan Davey.

On the Road

Ginger Sleeman, manager of benefits, Abbi Halkola, employment services representative, and Amy Mensch, executive assistant for human resources, traveled to Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan to attend the Michigan College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) Conference Oct. 20-21.

CUPA-HR serves higher education and provides knowledge, resources, advocacy and connections to help college and university HR departments achieve organizational and workforce excellence. Michigan Tech hosted this conference in September 2015.

In the News

Railway Track & Structures, a magazine for the railroad industry, published a feature article in its November 2016 issue on railroad education, focusing on Michigan Tech's Rail Transportation Program.