Student Leaders Give Back

This past Sunday, more than 180 Michigan Tech student leaders volunteered at 15 service site locations in the Keweenaw in an effort to give back to the local community.

Rachel Jones, area coordinator in housing and residential life and Ryan Bennett, assistant director of orientation programs, organized a service day for orientation team leaders, resident assistants and housing student desk staff.

The thought was to have student leaders work together to accomplish a common goal while at the same time giving back to the community. They also hoped the initiative will spur community service throughout the academic year. 

Non-profit organizations were contacted regarding service projects for this new volunteer effort and were ecstatic. The organizations find there are projects that cannot be completed during the annual Make A Difference Day because of weather. This was the perfect opportunity for such projects utilizing a large number of volunteers.

Student leaders volunteered with the Department of Natural Resources and Swedetown Trails to clear brush and trash off trails, community leaders in Houghton and Hancock to beautify parks, Little Brothers Friends of the Ederly to chop firewood, 31 backpacks to provide food to children in need, sorted food in the Salvation Army's food pantry and collected donations for Michigan Tech's HuskyFAN food pantry. 

The students had a lot to say about their experience.
Melanie Thomas, helped remove knotweed. She said, "Service is important because it teaches us respect and to give back to our community. It gives us new perspectives and helps us to build character based on those experiences."

A group of student leaders who collected donations for the HuskyFan food pantry noted service is important for many of the same reasons they sought their current jobs—a passion for helping others." 

Some were recognized for their service. One group was clearing ORV trails when a family stopped by to thank them for their hard work. 

Michigan Tech Student Activities is thankful for the amazing student leaders who give their time to make this community a better place for all of us. A huge thank you to all the student leaders and organizers for what we hope will become an annual volunteer service day.

Tech Theatre Company to Hold Auditions for Two Shows

The Tech Theatre Company will hold auditions for their first two productions of the 2017-18 season during the first week of classes.

Auditions for "Fires in the Mirror" by Anna Devere Smith and "Picasso at the Lapin Agile," by Steve Martin will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 6 – 7 in the Walker Arts and Humanities Center. Participate are asked to arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of auditions. 

The auditions are open to anyone and include opportunities for students and community members. 

"Picasso at the Lapin Agile" will run Oct. 12-14 and Oct. 18-20 in the McArdle Theatre in the Walker Fine Arts and Humanities Center. The comedic action takes place as major as well as imaginary figures of the 20th century sit down for a few drinks in a perspective shifting evening that makes it impossible to experience reality in the same way ever again. Auditions will take place in the McArdle Theatre. For more information, contact Christopher Plummer, or call 7-3282.

"Fires in the Mirror" will be performed Nov. 15, 16, and 30 and Dec. 2. in the McArdle Theatre. Auditions will take place in Walker 210, across from the McArdle. The play looks at the Crown Heights tragedy in Brooklyn during the summer of 1991. How can these things happen? A child is hit by a car while playing on the sidewalk. In retaliation, a young man is stabbed to death. A community turns inward upon itself, neighbor is set against neighbor. Can an out of balance world be set right? For more information on "Fires in the Mirror," contact Roger Held or call 7-3283.


Programmers of the World Unite

Catherine Fisk of the University of California-Berkeley will be on campus to present her take on collective organizing among the creative classes. 

Her presentation is from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13 in the East Reading Room of the Van Pelt and Opie Library. Light refreshments will be served. 

The lecture is sponsored by the School of Business & Economics and the Visiting Women And Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series (VWMLS) which is funded by a grant to Institutional Equity and Inclusion from the State of Michigan’s King-Chavez-Parks Initiative.

If you are interested in scheduling a visit a visit to your class/department on that date contact Latha Poonamallee (SBE).

Chemistry Seminar Thursday

The next Chemistry Seminar will take place at 3 p.m. Thursday (Aug. 24) in Chem-Sci room 104A.

Nicolas Plumeré will present "Synthetic Protection Matrices for Integration of Redox Proteins in Fuel Cells and Photovoltaic Cells Synthetic Protection Matrices for Integration of Redox Proteins in Fuel Cells and Photovoltaic Cells."

Plumeré is junior group leader at the Center for Electrochemical Science at Ruhr-Universität, Bochum Germany.

In the News

The Twin Cities (Minnesota) Pioneer Press published an article about Tara Bal's (SFRES) research on the damage that earthworms are doing to northern maple trees. See here.


The Daily Mining Gazette ran a feature on incoming freshman hockey defensemen Seamus Donohue. Read the article here

In Print

Aparajita Banerjee, Emily Prehoda, Roman Sidortsov (SS) and Chelsea Schelly (SS) authored "Renewable, ethical? Assessing the energy justice potential of renewable electricity." in AIMS ENERGY. Read the article here.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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

Copy Editor/Writer, University Marketing and Communications. Apply online.

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