Rozsa and VPA Launching Pay As You're Able Ticketing for 2023-24 Season

The Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts and the Michigan Tech Department of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) are proud to announce the launch of Pay As You're Able ticketing for the upcoming Rozsa season, including all Presenting Series events announced earlier this month.

Michigan Tech students will still be eligible for free tickets through Student Rush, sponsored by the Experience Tech fee.

What Is Pay As You’re Able?
Pay As You're Able ticketing is designed to remove financial barriers and promote greater accessibility to the performing arts. The program allows guests to pay what they can afford for their tickets, enabling them to choose from various pricing options based on their circumstances. Pay As You’re Able applies to Rozsa, Michigan Tech Music and Michigan Tech Theatre events.

How Does Pay As You're Able Work?
Online, guests select the price tier(s) they can afford when purchasing tickets. In person, a member of the box office team will share the Pay As You’re Able pricing tiers. Guests choose the level or levels that make sense for them. The Rozsa encourages guests to pay what they can to enjoy the same high-quality experience, regardless of the amount they can afford to pay.

All eligible events will be labeled as Pay As You’re Able, with the full ticket fee listed. The full fee represents the fair market value of a ticket, and guests are encouraged to contribute what they can afford. For some, that may mean covering the full ticket fee and supporting part of someone else's ticket, paying some of the fee, or opting for the minimum price.

Why Do Pay As You’re Able?
The Rozsa and VPA are committed to creating an equitable and inclusive arts culture where everyone feels welcome. We believe that making events financially accessible to all is an important part of that commitment. Pay As You’re Able ticketing allows us to do just that.

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Pay As You’re Able Presenting Series tickets go on sale Aug. 15, and can be purchased online at, by phone at 906-487-1906, or at the Rozsa Box Office. The Michigan Tech Art, Music, and Theatre series will be announced in the coming weeks, with tickets going on sale later this month.

The Rozsa looks forward to welcoming our community to an extraordinary season of performances, made even more special by our commitment to financial accessibility through Pay As You're Able ticketing.

Michigan Tech Announces Parade of Nations Scholarship Winner: Sarah Rawashdeh

Michigan Technological University's Parade of Nations Committee is delighted to announce the recipient of this year's $1,000 Parade of Nations Scholarship, awarded to a remarkable student who exemplifies the values of diversity, inclusivity and community engagement.

After careful consideration, the scholarship committee has chosen Sarah Rawashdeh of Houghton High School as the 2023 Parade of Nations Scholarship winner. Rawashdeh will be studying scientific and technical communication at MTU.

Students were invited to submit essays that explored the theme: "Our community becomes stronger when people from various backgrounds, experiences and perspectives come together. How have you built connections with individuals different from yourself? How will you contribute to creating a sense of belonging for all students at Michigan Tech?"

Rawashdeh's essay submission stood out with her thoughtful insights and passion for embracing diversity and inclusivity. A standout quote from her essay reflects her dedication to building understanding and connections with people from all walks of life:

"Diversity amongst our community can make way for various cultures and traditions. Being able to educate ourselves about these topics can not only make us more aware of the differences between each other, but also allows us to create a welcoming and loving community for those who are different."

In her essay, Rawashdeh emphasized the importance of communication as a key aspect of building relationships with individuals from different backgrounds. She highlighted the significance of actively seeking to learn about their experiences, cultures and traditions as a way to foster mutual understanding and create a sense of belonging.

Rawashdeh also outlined her vision for a Cultural Club on campus, which would provide a platform for students to learn about each other's cultures, traditions and customs, fostering a deeper sense of understanding and friendship:

"Furthermore, I will make it my ultimate goal to ensure everyone is feeling loved and welcomed. Making it tradition to celebrate those who are different from us will cause more people to want to join in. And due to the masses coming together to celebrate, many of them will grow curious and therefore, will converse with each other to learn more about what they all consider their norm."

Rawashdeh's essay exemplifies the spirit of the Parade of Nations Scholarship, aligning perfectly with Michigan Tech's mission to build a vibrant and inclusive campus community. Her dedication to fostering an environment of belonging and her commitment to celebrating diversity make her a deserving recipient of this prestigious scholarship.

We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Rawashdeh for her outstanding achievement.

For more information about the Parade of Nations Scholarship and other opportunities at Michigan Tech, please visit the official Parade of Nations website.

In the News

Matt Weekley (REHS) was quoted by UPWord in a story about Michigan Tech’s HOWL for Huskies program. Helping Out With Living, or HOWL, allows both Tech employees and community members to post information about their available housing spaces. The program was announced Aug. 1 in Tech Today.


Mary Jennings (Rozsa) was quoted by the Keweenaw Report in a story about the new Pay As You’re Able ticket payment program being introduced by the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts and the Department of Visual and Performing Arts.


Bridge Detroit and WNMU-FM mentioned Michigan Tech President Rick Koubek in stories about Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Growing Michigan Together Council, which comprises four workgroups tasked with creating a plan to attract young people to the state and retain current residents. Koubek was selected to serve as a member of the council’s Higher Education workgroup.


The Daily Mining Gazette and Keweenaw Report covered Sen. Debbie Stabenow’s tour of Michigan Tech’s Solar Regional Test Center, a U.S. Department of Energy designated facility headquartered at APS LABS in Calumet and operated in partnership with Sandia National Laboratories. The facility’s 2022 opening was the subject of a Michigan Tech News press release.


Tech Century, the World Ports Organization and the Rural Innovation Exchange mentioned Michigan Tech as a recipient of $50,000 in state grant funds to expand the use of electric boats on the Great Lakes. The funds will support MTU students and faculty in studies investigating electric boats’ maximum travel distance, the optimal distance between charging stations, charging times and costs, and charger energy requirements. The funding was announced Aug. 3 by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.


Michigan Tech was mentioned by the Huron Daily Tribune, Lake County Star and Great Lakes Commission in stories about a ​​Saginaw Bay Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) project to combat phragmites, an invasive plant that grows along shorelines and in other soggy locations. MTU was listed as a project partner alongside CISMA and the Arenac Conservation District, Michigan Natural Features Inventory and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.


The Mining Journal mentioned Michigan Tech as one of 62 universities, colleges and trade schools recognized by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency as veteran-friendly schools for the 2023-24 school year.


The Michigan Tech Parade of Nations Committee’s call for float entries was picked up by the Keweenaw Report.


WKOW 27 News in Madison, Wisconsin, mentioned Michigan Tech in a story about Sun Prairie’s new sustainability coordinator, Rose Daily '18 '22 '23 (B.S. M.S. Ph.D. Environmental Engineering).


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