Theatre Auditions Next Week

Michigan Tech Theatre Company will hold auditions next week for two show to be performed in the Fall Semester. 

Auditions for both plays will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 31 and Thursday Sept. 1, in the McArdle Theatre, second floor of the Walker Building. Call backs will be held as needed. 

"Silent Sky" by Lauren Gunderson:

Both Science and fiction, "Silent Sky" blends the discovery of how to measure the universe with the essence of the discover’s life story. Set against the turmoil of the cry for social justice at the beginning of the 20th century, the chronicle of Henrietta Leavitt counterpoints the power of a passion for work with the desire for love and family. Five parts – four women and one man.

Six Performances, October 13-15 and 20-22. Rehearsals will take place Sunday through Friday evenings. All actors will not be required at all rehearsals. No preparation is required for auditions which will include games and reading from the script. 

"The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui" by Bertolt Brecht. 

This dark comedy, set in '30s Chicago, tells the story of a strongman's rise to the head of the Cauliflower Turst that has many parallels around the world today. 

Written as a parable about Hitler's rise to power, the story applies to any situation in which a charismatic leader exploits the economic fears of the little guy to seize more and more power. 

There's jazz, gun-molls, shady backroom deals and lots of dark laughs. 

There are parts for three or more women (up to six possible) and 19 or more men (up to 30 possible ... one singing part—baritone preferred). There are also two gender-irrelevant roles. 

No monologues required for audition, just come ready to read and dressed for movement. No previous experience required. There will be three performances Nov. 10-12.

Career Blitz is Tomorrow

Career Services is holding Career Blitz from noon to 3:30 p.m. tomorrow (Aug. 26) at a variety of locations on campus.

Career Blitz is an open house-style conference designed to give students an early start on preparations for Career Fair.

Career Services staff will give short presentations every half hour on a variety of issues.

Topics and their locations are:

  • "What is CareerFEST and how can it help me get an internship/co-op?" — EERC 100
  • "How to Create an Effective Résumé" — EERC 103
  • "Confident Interview Skills" — ChemSci 101
  • "Your Personal Introduction" — ChemSci 102
Students can drop-in at any presentation at any time.
In addition, local companies will take part in the Keweenaw Internship Expo from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. tomorrow, under the CareerFEST Tent.
Students can discuss opportunities for internships and co-ops with representatives from local companies.
Among the companies expected are Dematic Corp, Fastenal Company, Meridian Health Plan and Systems Control.
CareerFEST is made up of different informal events that take place in the month leading up to Career Fair.
For more information, visit HuskyJOBS 

Sproule to Lead Tour of Hockey History

The next Carnegie Museum Guided Tour looks at the history of hockey in the Copper Country, led by one of the foremost hockey historians in North America.

William Sproule (CEE) will present "Hockey Arenas of the Copper Country on Thursday Sept. 8. The evening begins with a wine and cheese social a 5 p.m. at the museum, with the tour to follow from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

More than a century ago, the first professional hockey league was formed  here in the Copper County. Sproule will take participants on a tour of the area's famous arenas while relating stories of the venues and the hockey history of the regions.

You'll learn how a Canadian dentist helped make a small town in the Upper Peninsula the "Birthplace of Professional Hockey."

The cost is $25 ($20 for museum members).


New Funding

Ossama Abdelkhalik (ME-EM/AIM), is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $25,000 research and development contract from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. 
Mark Vaughn (ME-EM) is co-PI on the project, "Making small Wave Energy Converters Cost-Effective for Underwater Microgrids Through a 10-Fold Improvement in Year-Round Productivity."


Environmental engineering PhD candidate Xinyu Ye was selected as having the best student poster presentation at the 20th Conference on Air-Sea Interaction earlier this month.

Sponsored by the American Meteorological Society, the conference was held Aug. 15-19 in Madison, Wisconsin.

Her poster, "Lake-Atmosphere Feedbacks in a Coupled Regional Climate Model Over the Great Lakes," is about the two-way coupled regional climate modeling over the Great Lakes, which fits well with the research theme of Michigan Tech's Great Lakes Research Center.