Embracing Change—Annual MLK Week Slated to Celebrate Civil Rights Era

by Danny Messinger, web editor

Michigan Tech’s campus community is invited to celebrate the life and contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., during the annual MLK Week event.

The annual celebration consists of four events, which run from Jan. 21-25. This year’s theme focuses events around the changing face of activism.

The 24th annual MLK Banquet will be held Monday, Jan. 21, from 6-8:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Guest speaker Tricia Rose, Brown University professor, will discuss MLK history and the legacies of the civil rights era.

Gloria Melton, former dean of students, will give the evening’s closing statement; she will speak about her experience attending King’s famed I Have a Dream speech.

On the menu for the banquet are beef short ribs, vegetable lasagna and rosemary chicken. For free tickets to the banquet, contact the Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) at 487-2920, or stop in the Hamar House (Building 13).

Also on Monday, Jan. 21, Michigan Tech students and staff will share the message of King’s work with local elementary school children. A group of 20 Tech volunteers will read about the life and work of King to kindergarten through fifth-grade students.

“It’s an exciting event because there’s a really diverse group of Tech students going,” said Kellie Raffaelli, assistant director of CDI. “In terms of ethnicity and gender, there’s a lot of diversity.”

"The Rosa Parks Story", a 97-minute film about the civil rights heroine who refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white person, will be shown on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Fisher 135. Admission is free, and concessions will be provided. All are invited to attend.

Throughout the week, a display featuring photos, artifacts and publications from the civil rights era will be on display in the J.R. Van Pelt and Opie Library. Included within the display will be photos from Rosa Parks’s visit to Michigan Tech’s campus in the 1980s.

The week’s events are sponsored by the Black Student Association and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. For more information, contact CDI at 487-2920.

Center for Teaching and Learning Holds First Lunch and Learn "Great Groups"

This spring, the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) will hold its first instructional development session, Lunch and Learn "Great Groups," from Noon -12:55 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24.

The facilitators are six faculty members with expertise and unique experience in various aspects of group projects and dynamics. Participants will be asked to view short videos for each facilitator, then select the two with whom more discussion would be beneficial. We'll seat you at lunch with one of your top choices and give you a chance to meet with others as the session progresses. We'll also briefly discuss some of the features of the Canvas LMS that can help you facilitate group assignments.

To ensure an accurate count for lunch, register for this workshop no later than Monday, Jan. 21, at RSVP or contact the CTL at 487-2046. Once you register, you will receive an email confirmation that will give you the location and a reminder about the date and time.

Hockey 101 Introduces International Students to the Sport

Many international students at Michigan Tech come from countries where it never snows or freezes. They've never worn ice skates, and they certainly haven't played or watched hockey.

That's a handicap in the snowy Keweenaw, where kids are virtually born with hockey sticks in their hands. To even the playing field--or the ice rink--Tech's International Programs and Services and Athletics have teamed up to sponsor Hockey 101. The free program is from 6-7:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, in Room 237 of the Student Development Complex. It features a presentation by the Huskies' hockey coaches, free Huskies Spirit t-shirts, refreshments and tickets to this weekend's Huskies hockey games against the Bemidji State Beavers.

Space is limited. Reservations must be made in advance by emailing mjsteven@mtu.edu.

What's with the Russians and Ballet?

by Jenn Donovan, public relations director

Ever wonder why ballet is so important to Russian culture? Interested in learning more about classical Russian and American ballet? If so, Michigan Tech's Rozsa Center invites you to attend Ballet 101, a pre-performance discussion of classical Russian and American ballet, by Donna Armistead, Mary Muncil and Elizaveta Egorova, this Saturday, Jan. 19, at 6 p.m., in the Rozsa Center lobby.

Ballet 101 will feature a panel discussion and brief demonstration of traditional ballet movement and gesture, and will explore the history and culture of classical Russian ballet. Armistead, a local dance educator and choreographer, will focus the discussion specifically on the ballet 'Sleeping Beauty," to be performed by the Russian National Ballet Theatre later that evening.

Armistead is an admissions assistant at Tech and a former principal dancer with the Ballet Dance Theatre of Boston and the Buffalo Ballet Theatre. Mancil is head coach for the University's Competitive Cheer Team and Dance Team. She also coordinates Tech's youth dance program and pilates program. Egorova, from Russia, is a PhD candidate in electrical and computer engineering, specializing in power and energy systems.

Ballet 101 is free, and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Proposals in Progress

Professor Jaroslaw Drelich (EMSE/IMP) and Associate Professor Jeremy Goldman (EBE/IMP), "Dramatic Improvement in Bioabsorbable Stent Behavior with Zinc-based Materials," US Department of Health and Human Services.

Associate Professor Keat Ghee Ong (EBE/BRC), Assistant Professor Bruce P. Lee (EBE/BRC) and Assistant Professor Rupak Rajachar (EBE/BRC), "NCA Polymerization of Peptoids for Antifouling Applications," US Department of Health and Human Services.

Assistant Professor Lanrong Bi (Chem/BRC), "Mitochondria-Targeted Fluorescent Probes for Monitoring Mitochondrial Dynamics in a Cell Culture Model of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis," NIH.