Rozsa Center Offers Opportunity for Composers, Choreographers

The Rabbit Island Foundation and the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts announce a 2019 residency opportunity. The three-week Choreographer and Composer Residency encourages collaboration between a choreographer and composer in a wild natural setting offering time, space and financial support to explore environmental concerns through dance and music.

The two applicants selected, one choreographer and one composer, will spend two weeks on Rabbit Island, then one week of studio time at the Rozsa Center. Their final work will be premiered as part of the Rozsa Center Presenting Series season in 2020-2021. An honoraria of $2,000 will be awarded to both the choreographer and composer.

The opportunity is an open call available to anyone working in the fields of choreography and composition. The selection committee is made up of each organization’s directors, Rabbit Island alumni and accomplished choreographers and composers.

The deadline for applications is 11:59 p.m. (EST) Friday, Feb. 15.
Awarded residents will be notified in early May. A complete application guide and online submission form are available.

Rabbit Island is a 91-acre wilderness island partitioned from the mainland by the largest body of freshwater in the world, Lake Superior. As such, the location provides artists a remote contextual challenge to create works which add to the evolving contemporary conversation of art and the environment.

Since 2013 the Rabbit Island Residency open call for all disciplines has received more than 1,000 applications from 45 countries. The Choreographer and Composer Residency marks the Rabbit Island Foundation’s first focused residency and first collaboratively created residency with the Rozsa Center. Rabbit Island Foundation President Rob Gorski states, “The Choreographer and Composer Residency contests the status quo. Rabbit Island exists to encourage the creative community to focus intensely on the most fundamental narrative of our age—the environment and the human relationship to it. This residency challenges applicants to take risks and create bold work challenging the assumptions of the cultural landscape created by previous generations of choreographers, composers, and thinkers. We presume that there exist more meaningful ways to contextualize music and dance to the evolving understanding of ethics within the Anthropocene. This residency offers time, space, and context to take a shot at precisely this.”
More information about the residency opportunity, the Rabbit Island Foundation and the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts, plus application guidelines and submission materials can be found here.

College of Engineering Cross-Cutting Initiative: Stage 2 Seed Grants Awarded

Federal agencies such as the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health are funding research that involves experts from multiple disciplines to solve complex problems. “Growing Convergence Research” is among “Ten Big Ideas” highlighted in a recent NSF report. In 2019, the agency plans to invest $30 million in each one: “The grand challenges of today—protecting human health; understanding the food, energy, water nexus; exploring the universe at all scales—will not be solved by one discipline alone. They require convergence: the merging of ideas, approaches and technologies from widely diverse fields of knowledge to stimulate innovation and discovery.”

Back in September, the College of Engineering offered seed funding to promote new collaborations between researchers focused on developing aggressively forward-looking, transdisciplinary research projects.

A team of individuals who are committed to working together to develop at least one full proposal submission within 18 months with at least one member in the College of Engineering were the only requirements. Otherwise, team members could be at Michigan Tech, across the nation or across the world.

The College of Engineering awarded ten Stage 1 seed grants in October. In November, the college received 15 Stage 2 proposals which were reviewed by a group of six faculty members representing interdisciplinary research across campus. Judging criteria included the funding track record of the PI/team, likelihood of funding and potential amount, interdisciplinarity/transdisciplinarity of the project and newness of the interdisciplinary team.

With the Stage 2 seed grants, the total awarded is over $200,000 this year. Stage 2 recipients are:

  • Advances in Zinc Based Stent Research Team led by Jarek Drelich and Jeremy Goldman 
  • Artificial Intelligence-Driven Computed Functional Brain Angiography Team led by Jingfeng Jiang and Zhuo Feng 
  • Mobility and Autonomous Vehicles in Unstructured Environments Team led by Greg Odegard and Jeff Naber 
  • Say NO to viruses! Team led by Megan Frost, Caryn Heldt and Ebenezer Tumban 
  • Transdisciplinary Approach to Sustainable Remediation Technologies for PFAS-Contaminated Water and Soil Team led by Andre R. Da Costa, Pradeep Agrawal, Michael Mullins, Tony Rogers, Judith Perlinger, Rupali Datta, Stephen Techtmann and Richelle Winkler

Graduate School Holiday Closure

The Graduate School will be closed Dec. 24 through Dec. 28. Regular office hours will resume on Wednesday, Jan. 2.

Tech Today Going on Holiday Hiatus

In observance of the Winter Break, there will be no Tech Today during the weeks of Dec. 24 and Dec. 31. The last Tech Today of the calendar year will be this Friday (Dec. 21). 

Tech Today will return on Monday, Jan. 7. The deadline for articles in the Jan. 7 edition is noon Friday, Jan. 4. 

Send any questions to Tech Today Editor Mark Wilcox.

Museum Holiday Sale Continues Through Saturday

The Holiday Sale at the A.E. Seaman Museum continues this week. Receive a 15 percent discount on all gift shop merchandise. See many beautiful and unique gifts, including locally-made gemstone jewelry, mineral decor, lamps, bookends, candleholders, as well as, a variety of stocking stuffers and much more.

The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily through Saturday (Dec. 22).  

Jace Daniels Joins Football Coaching Staff

Michigan Tech Head Football Coach Steve Olson announced the addition of Jace Daniels to the coaching staff for the 2019 season. Daniels will fill the role of Offensive Line Coach after serving in that capacity for the past two seasons at Northern Michigan University.

"I'm very excited to join the Michigan Tech football coaching staff," Daniels said. "I've known the program for a long time, having both played and coached against it. I'm very happy to be a part of this great program and excited to be working with an outstanding group of coaches. The players are not only great athletes, but outstanding students as well so I'm looking forward to the opportunity to help them excel on the field and in the classroom. Michigan Tech has welcomed me with open arms, and I'm excited to be here."

Daniels, a native of Escanaba, Michigan, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Huskies staff. Over the past two seasons, he led an offensive line that created running lanes for Jake Mayon who earned Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Offensive Back of the Year honors in back-to-back seasons. Three of his offensive linemen garnered All-Conference accolades during his two seasons. As a recruiter, Daniels covered the state of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan with the Wildcats.

"Jace Daniels is a quality coach and we are excited to have him join our football program as our offensive line coach," Olson said. "He brings experience coaching in the GLIAC and experience recruiting in the state of Wisconsin. We look forward to the energy he will bring to our offensive line on the football field and in the classroom."

Soccer Announces Team Awards

The Michigan Tech soccer program announced the 2018 team awards.  Nine Huskies were honored for their efforts on the field and in the classroom during the 2018 season.

Two Most Valuable Player Awards were handed out with freshman Grace Shaw selected as the Offensive MVP while senior Rachel Wall was chosen for Defensive MVP honors.

Shaw, a freshman from Green Bay, powered the Huskies' revamped offense with nine goals while adding eight assists in her first season of collegiate soccer. She also wrapped up the season with a team high 26 points while four of her goals were game winners. 

Wall, a senior from Eagan, Minnesota, helped the Huskies record seven shutouts this year while limiting opponents to just 18 goals in 17 total matches. The Huskies ranked fourth in the GLIAC in total shutouts through the quarterfinal round of the tournament. During her career, Wall has created havoc for opposing offenses and has been an integral part of a Huskies defense that ranks as one of the best in the GLIAC and nation each season.

Wall was named Second Team All-GLIAC and to the 2018 United States Soccer Coaches NCAA Division II All-Midwest Region 3rd Team. She was a 2017 All-GLIAC Honorable Mention honoree and has been selected to the GLIAC Academic All-Excellence Team each of the last two years.

Other award winners were:

  • Most Improved Player—Alicia Shatrau, Jesse Jacobusse
  • Outstanding Newcomer—Stephanie Yeager
  • Harold Meese Sportsmanship Award—Kassity Swanson, Katri Studtman
  • Scholastic Achievement Award—Maisy Snyder, Emily Zeitunian

 The upcoming 2019 season will be the 10th in program history, with the Huskies reaching the postseason in each of the last seven campaigns.

In the News

Guy Meadows (GLRC) was quoted in the story "A submerged oil pipeline triggers a winter of frigid protest," in the Washington Post. The story was also picked up by msn.


The Associated Press (AP) picked up the Daily Mining Gazette story of the contribution of Michigan Tech's Rodney Chimner (SFRES) and Evan Kane (SFRES) to the Second State of the Carbon Cycle Report. The AP story was distributed to media outlets nation wide, including U.S. News and World ReportThe Argus Press, the Traverse City Record Eagle and the Ludington Daily News.


Michigan Tech alumna Kathy Haselmaier was mentioned in the article "Online bid pushes for restoring counseling fund for Nassar victims," in the Detroit News. Haselmaier, a native of Royal Oak, Michigan who now lives in Colorado, created an online appeal to raise funds to cover counseling costs for the victims of former Michigan State physician Larry Nassar.


Guy Meadows (GLRC) and Michigan Tech graduate student Michael Prast were quoted in the story  "Enbridge Line 5 Public Comment," in Keweenaw Now.


Research by Jennifer Bow (MSE), Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) and student Nicole Gallup was widely covered in the 3D printing media in the USEurope and India, and made the 3D print of the week in China.

A summary article of their work was picked up by the Associated Press and ran in more than 20 regional newspapers including Houston Chronicle and the  San Francisco Chronicle.


Call for Collaborators for Spring Social Justice Education Series

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion seeks Michigan Tech faculty, staff and graduate students who are interested in collaborating on the upcoming campus-wide Spring 2019 Diverse Dialogues series hosted and presented by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.

This collaboration is to highlight and elevate the collective knowledge and voices on our campus, as well as highlighting the expansive work of diversity and inclusion within respective fields (both of personal and professional interest to our community members).

Interested collaborators should submit information pertaining to a holistic program/training/discussion hosted in the past or propose a concrete working topic/idea using the Spring 2019 Diverse Dialogues Collaboration Interest Proposal Form.

To read the full article, click here.


World Water Day 2019 at Michigan Tech

World Water Day 2019 will be celebrated at Michigan Tech from March 21 to March 26 with a poster session, keynote lecture, art show and panel discussion related to the UN World Water Day theme, "Leaving No One Behind - Human Rights: Near and Far."

To read the full article and view the list of events, click here.


SYP 2019 Applications are Now Live

As the semester draws to a close, the Center for Pre-College Outreach (CPCO) invites faculty and staff to start thinking summer—Summer Youth Programs (SYP). Applications are now live online, and we have another exciting year of programming to offer all of the #FutureHuskies in your life. The 2019 programs will offer more than 50 explorations and seven competitive scholarship programs for students currently enrolled in grades 6-11.

This year, SYP is introducing a few new explorations to the course lineup including:

  • Calling All Writers—an introduction to writing across disciplines—high school
  • From Idea to Market—combining design thinking and entrepreneurship—high school
  • Engineering Technology 101—a deep dive into the disciplines within the School of Technology—high school

Each exploration is a week long, with programs beginning June 16 and ending Aug. 3. Children and grandchildren of faculty/staff are eligible for a one-time $50 discount on the cost of an exploration. For more information on SYP camps, explorations or scholarship opportunities, visit our brand-new website or call the CPCO office at 7-2219.


Holiday Snow Removal

During the week of Dec. 24, Facilities Management will perform snow removal on a regular basis. Parking lots, campus roadways and primary sidewalks will be maintained to ensure safe access for the campus community. Snow removal will also be conducted as needed for University-hosted events at the Student Development Complex and John MacInnes Student Ice Arena.

On Christmas Eve (Dec. 24), Christmas Day (Dec. 25), New Years Eve (Dec. 31) and New Year’s Day (Jan. 1), snow removal will be limited to primary roadways and fire lanes only.


Winter Bike Parking on Campus

For those who continue to ride bikes during the winter months, all bike racks are left on campus throughout the winter. Many are just moved closer to the buildings so that they are not in the way of snow plowing. Students, faculty and staff can use these bike racks if they choose to.

A few of these locations are:

  • The bike racks on the north side of the Library are somewhat sheltered by the building
  • The bike rack at the entrance of the GLRC is sheltered
  • There are vertical/hanging bike racks under the DOW overpass along Cliff Drive
  • There is a bike rack on the south side of the EERC
  • Wadsworth Hall and McNair Hall both have designated winter bike racks for residents.

If you have any questions on winter bike accessibility on campus, contact Facilities at 7-2303.