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August 16, 2002

* Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity House Fire Claims One

* Help Available from EAP, Counseling Services

* Sloan Named Course Coordinator

* Auditions Scheduled for A Texas Romance

* KSO and Concert Choir to Hold Auditions

* Michigan Tech Dance Company Announces Auditions

* Cameron Named GLIAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year

* New Grant Announced

* Faculty and Staff Awarded Grants

* Ready or Not, Summer Hours to End

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* Club Indigo Presents Dr. Strangelove

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A fraternity brother at the Phi Kappa Theta fraternity house, located on Ruby Avenue near the main campus, perished in an early morning fire Tuesday, Aug. 13. Andrew Maas, of Holland, had recently completed his second year at Michigan Tech.

Police and firefighters were on the scene shortly after 6 a.m. The other six occupants of the house escaped the fire without serious injury.

According to Houghton fire department officials, the state fire marshal reports that the fire started in the kitchen, where a gas stove that was left on ignited grease in the range hood. The fire entered the ventilation system, burning up through the wall to the second and third floors of the house.

The survivors of the fire were initially sheltered at the Wells Fargo Bank building and received help from the American Red Cross. Michigan Tech's Counseling Services and St. Albert the Great University Parish were on hand to provide counseling.

"We are all heartsick at this terrible tragedy,” Provost Kent Wray said. “We are relieved that six did escape, but our thoughts and prayers are with Andrew’s family.”

Funeral arrangments are being handled by Mulder Chapel, 188 West 32nd St., Holland, MI 49423. Visitation will be Friday, Aug. 16, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

The funeral service will be held Saturday, Aug. 17, at 11 a.m., at the Calvary Reformed Church, 995 East Eighth St., in Holland.

There are exits for both 32nd Street and Eighth Street off of U.S. 31, which goes through Holland.

Memorials may be sent in Maas's name to the Hancock Volunteer Fire Department, 900 Ethel St., Hancock, MI 49930 and the Hospice of Holland, 270 Hoover Blvd., Holland, MI 49423.


Counseling Services is available for both students and employees in the aftermath of the death of undergraduate Andrew Maas. In addition, Michigan Tech's EAP (Employee Assistance Program) representative, Susan Donnelly, PhD, is available to any faculty and staff member experiencing emotional difficulties. Donnelly can counsel individuals or departments.

The EAP number is 482-2299; Counseling Services may be reached at 487-2538.

When to get help

You may not be sure when to seek professional help. Counseling Services advises that, when in doubt, check with a professional. The following symptoms are normal reactions to a traumatic event, but depending on their intensity and duration, they may indicate the need for professional help:

1. Problems with memory

2. Feeling confused and disoriented

3. Feeling angry or sad

4. Feeling “numb”

5. Heart rate or breathing rate increases

6. Excessive perspiration

7. Change in sleeping habits (sleeping more or less)

8. Change in eating habits

9. Guilt

10. Despair

11. Social withdrawal

If you have a friend or family member affected by a traumatic event, offer support. Listen to them, and don’t be surprised if they repeat their story several times. Let them know you are there for them, but don’t force them to talk.

Helpful hints

1. Take care of yourself (eat well and get plenty of sleep).

2. Avoid alcohol and stimulants (including caffeine).

3. Seek comfort from others (church, family, friends).

4. Give yourself permission to grieve.

Call 487-2538 if you have any questions or need help.



Professor Martha Sloan (Electrical and Computer Engineering) has been named coordinator for UN1001 Perspectives on Inquiry.

“Martha will make a wonderful coordinator for the course. She has served on the UN1001 Advisory Committee for the last couple of years, and has taught successful sections of the course since its beginning. I'm looking forward to watching the growth and improvement in UN1001 that will occur,” said Professor Robert Keen (Biological Sciences). “I've enjoyed being coordinator for the course. The biggest reward has been observing faculty from different departments interacting and providing ideas and insight for each other's sections. The cooperation and professionalism of the instructors in UN1001 was responsible for any success the course has achieved.

“I will continue to teach my section of UN1001.”

“I am delighted to become more involved with Perspectives, which is an excellent way to introduce our first-year students to university-level work,” said Sloan. “As Bob Keen already mentioned, one of the best things about Perspectives is the interchanges between faculty all over campus, each with a course organized around a subject of special interest to him or her, on the best ways to get students excited about ideas.

Sloan will announce candidate classes after orientation week.



The Department of Fine Arts will hold open auditions for its upcoming production, "A Texas Romance," by Ellsworth Schave, on Tuesday-Thursday, Sept. 3-5, at 7 p.m. in the McArdle Theatre. Both Michigan Tech students and community members are invited to audition. No preparation is necessary, says director Debra Bruch, who invites anyone interested in theater to audition.

Six performances of the play will be presented in the McArdle Theatre Oct. 10-12 and 17-19. Bruch describes "A Texas Romance" as "a lovely short play for a mature audience about a mismatched courtship." More information is available from the Fine Arts Office, Walker 209, 487-2067.



Students and community members interested in joining either the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra or the Michigan Tech Concert Choir are invited to attend the first rehearsals of these ensembles on Tuesday, Aug. 27. The choir meets from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Rozsa 120, and the orchestra at 7 p.m. in Rozsa 208. Access to both rehearsal rooms is through Walker. Audition schedules for the KSO and Concert Choir will be announced at the rehearsals.

Persons interested in auditioning for either the orchestra or choir but who can't attend the first rehearsals, should call the Fine Arts Office at 487-2067 to schedule an audition time.

The KSO and the Concert Choir will be conducted this year by Milton Olsson, chair of the Department of Fine Arts. The orchestra will present four concerts, the Choir performing with the orchestra in December and March. 

The KSO's opening concert in October features Schubert's Symphony No. 6, a new work by Libby Meyer and an appearance by well-known Michigan ragtime pianist Bob Milne playing his Concerto for Ragtime Piano and Orchestra and other pieces. The December concert includes the Poulenc Gloria, the Vivaldi Gloria, Albinoni's Adagio and selections from holiday classics for orchestra and chorus. In addition to the Concert Choir, the March concert will feature Koussevitsky's Concerto for Double Bass and Orchestra with soloist Evan Premo. In April, the orchestra will join in performances of the unique play for actors and orchestra, “Every Good Boy Deserves Favor,” written by British playwright Tom Stoppard with music by André Previn.

More information is available from the Fine Arts Office, 487-2067.



The Department of Fine Arts invites interested persons of high school age and older--both MTU students and members of the community--to audition for the Michigan Tech Dance Company on Thursday, Aug. 29, at 6 p.m. in the McArdle Theatre. Previous training in any area of dance is a plus but not required. "We encourage anyone who would like to be part of a dance group to come, learn more and try out," says Laura Aneshansel, dance company director.

The dance company rehearses on Wednesday evenings during the academic year. The group performs in the fine arts department's theater productions, including last year's "A Chorus Line," as well as other events, and presents its own spring show in the Rozsa Center. This year the group has several performances scheduled, beginning in October.

Aneshansel, formerly a Chicago-based professional dancer and choreographer, moved to the Keweenaw six years ago, and became owner and principal teacher of the Superior School of Dance in Hancock in fall 1999. She has extensive experience in working with both beginning and experienced dancers.

More information is available from the Fine Arts Office, 487-2067.



Matt Cameron has been named the men’s GLIAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Cameron, a native of Presque Isle, Mich., is a senior majoring in electrical engineering and has earned a 3.41 cumulative GPA. He was named the 2001-02 GLIAC men’s Basketball Player of the Year after leading the team to the regular season North Division crown and postseason tournament title. He averaged 17.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game and was named to the Daktronics second-team All-America, Division II Bulletin fourth-team All-America and the National Association of Basketball Coaches all-region first team.

This is not the first time Cameron has received such honors. He was named GLIAC Freshman of the Year after the 1999-2000 season and is a three-time All-GLIAC North Division first team selection. He has also been named to the GLIAC men’s basketball-acamedic team three times. After the 2000-01 season he was named to the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan Academic/Athletic honor team and the Verizon Academic first-team all-district.

Cameron was co-sponsored on the Divison II Scholarship Awards and regional ballot by Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex and the Division II Conference Commissioners Association.

The awards allow Division II to showcase the outstanding academic and athletic achievements of its student athletes. The commissioners from the region that comprise the Division II basketball alignments selected the regional winners. To be nominated, a student-athlete must have attained a 3.0 cumulative GPA and possess outstanding athletic credentials.



Research Professor Lloyd Heldt, Professor Karl Rundman and Graduate Research Assistant Jack Grochowski (Materials Science and Engineering) have received a $300,000 grant from the DaimlerChrysler Corporation.

The grant will sponsor a new metallurgical research program that will investigate environment-induced embrittlement processes in high-strength steels.



The following faculty and staff have been awarded grants:

Jim Baker and Peter Radecki (Corporate Services) have been awarded $500,000 from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation for “Michigan SmartCel Business Accelerator.”

Mark Gleason (Isle Royale Institute) has been awarded $1,500 from the National Park Service for “Isle Royale Institute--Leave No Trace Project.”

Linda Nagel (SFWP) has been awarded $5,000 from the U.S. Forest Service-Black Hills National Forest for “Development of a Multi-Aged Stocking Control Model for the Ponderosa Pine in the Black Hills.”



Summer operating hours will be ending this Saturday, Aug. 17. Regular operating hours will resume on Sunday, Aug. 18. Offices will be staffed Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.


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The 2002-03 Great Events season at the Rozsa is approaching fast. Last season, several events sold out and many others were close to capacity. With Hungarian, Russian and Nigerian musicians, Chinese acrobats, American comedians, Irish dancers, jazz, bluegrass, world music, theater and more, the Rozsa Center is expecting another big year. Purchase a season subscription to get the best available seating for the shows you want.

This year the Rozsa Center offers two money-saving packages. The Delightful Dozen package gives you 20 percent off the price of purchasing single tickets. The Wild Card package lets you choose six or more events and saves you 10 percent. In addition to cost savings, there are several other advantages to purchasing subscriptions: no waiting in long lines, no waiting for single tickets to go on sale and the privilege of purchasing additional tickets for family and friends at a 10 percent discount when those tickets are purchased at the same time as your subscription.

Shows offered as part of the Delightful Dozen subscription packages for fall semester are the Hungarian Symphony Orchestra of Pécs, an outstanding classical concert with a piano soloist; the heart-stopping Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats; Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, a leading contemporary dance company; and Forbidden Hollywood, a wicked satire on Hollywood movies. The splendid musical “Porgy and Bess,” by George Gershwin, begins the spring semester, followed by singer-songwriter and king of the Telluride Festival Sam Bush, who brings us the essence of bluegrass. The Aquila Theatre Company presents Oscar Wilde's “The Importance of Being Earnest” and is followed by the internationally acclaimed Moscow Chamber Orchestra. Shockwave brings the power, drama and precision of traditional drum and bugle corps outdoor pageantry to the Rozsa stage in March. The major jazz event of the season features the Christian McBride Band, and world music is represented by Lágbájá, an amazing band from Nigeria. The season ends with a spirited performance by the Trinity Irish Dance Company. Wild Card subscribers can choose from the events listed above as well as tickets for The Reduced Shakespeare Company's production of “The Reducers” and “Mysteries of the Mind” with Fred Winters and Christopher Carter.

Special events not included in the subscription offerings are Gallagher (the original Sledge-O-Matic man) and country star Brad Paisley.

The Great Events at the Rozsa and MTU Fine Arts subscription brochure details the subscription packages and lists all the shows in 2002-03, including the shows which are not a part of the subscription offerings. The annual Great Events calendar, which contains more detailed information, is now available as well. Calendars and subscription brochures are available at the Rozsa Center Box Office and the circulation desk in the J. R. Van Pelt Library. In the community, they can be obtained at the Houghton and Calumet Chambers of Commerce, the Portage Lake District Library and the Econo Foods Service desk. If you have difficulty finding a brochure, call the Great Events Office at 487-2844.

The Rozsa Center Box Office (487-3200) is open 11:30 a.m.- 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, and two hours before performances.



by Joe Kirkish

Only one director could possibly attack the serious threat of a nuclear war and make us laugh. That's Stanley Kubrick, whose recent death closed the door on a life of mystery, controversy and undeniable, offbeat talent--the artist to be honored in memory at the next Club Indigo and brought to you by the Mu Beta Psi music fraternity. 

Kubrick left behind a trail of daunting movies sharply dividing critics and audiences alike. The list includes his scathing anti-war movie "Paths of Glory” in 1957, "Spartacus” in 1960, "Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb" in 1964, "2001: A Space Odyssey" in 1968, "A Clockwork Orange” in 1971, "Barry Lyndon" in 1975, Stephen King's "The Shining in 1980," “Full Metal Jacket" in 1987, and the strangest movie of his career, "Eyes Wide Shut,” a movie that startled, angered, pleased and puzzled everyone who saw it. It was to be his swan song.

Only in retrospect are Kubrick's films recognized for their genius. They seem to have been made far ahead of their times, too puzzling or too controversial for contemporary audiences but increasingly fascinating in retrospect.

As a tribute to Kubrick, Club Indigo presents a most timely film, guaranteed to reveal all his talents at their peak. "Dr. Strangelove" will be shown on Friday, Aug. 30, at the Calumet Theatre at 7:15 p.m.

The story begins when a Strategic Air Command general, on his own initiative, orders bomb-carrying planes to attack Russia. From there on it's a hectic, exciting series of events, alternating among the general, the planes en route to the USSR and the Pentagon's war room, where the president is trying to head off a nuclear war.

An unlikely plot for comedy or satire, but the writers and director have accomplished it brilliantly with their piercing dialogue and unbelievably narrow-minded characters. Peter Sellers, as always, tops the cast in a trio of roles, a British RAF captain, the US president and the title character, a German scientist whose Nazi mannerisms frequently overcome him. Among the rest of the cast George C. Scott also shines as the fiery Pentagon general who seeks to annihilate Russia at all costs. 

Eric Karvonen, master chef at Eagle River's Fitzgerald Restaurant, has agreed to devise a buffet appropriate to the movie. While keeping the details a secret, he has said, "Trust me.” He then added, "It will begin with the best borscht you've ever tasted.”

The buffet begins at 6 p.m. Cost for both is $13 or $3.50 for the movie. Reservations are required for the buffet and can be made by calling the Calumet Theatre at 337-2610.

"Dr. Strangelove" is sponsored by the Laughing Loon and the Loon Outpost/Bear Trail Tours in Copper Harbor (phone 289-4813).

Club Indigo’s annual silent film will be a 1928 comedy, "Show People," on Sept. 20 and features Melvin Kangas at the piano. It's another "don't miss" event at the historic Calumet Theatre.


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Three students have been awarded scholarships by the ASM International Foundation for the 2002-03 academic year.

Rebekah Policoro (MSE) has won a George A. Roberts Scholarship. This includes a $6,000 cash award plus a travel allowance for the upcoming Materials Solutions Conference in Columbus, Ohio, at which Policoro will be honored during an awards luncheon.

Nicholas Nanninga (MSE) received an ASM International Foundation Scholarship, consisting of a $1,000 cash award. This is the second year in a row that Nanninga has won a scholarship from ASM. He is also president-elect of the ASM-TMS Joint Student Chapter.

Katerina Aifantis (MSE) also received an ASM International Foundation Scholarship, in the amount of $500.



Researchers, their proposals and their potential sponsors are

*John H. Johnson, Song-Lin Yang, Antonio Triana (ME-EM), “The Modeling of a Continuously Regenerating Particulate Trap in a Heavy-Duty Diesel Engine with Cooled Low Pressure EGR,” Deere/DOE-subcontract with JD

*Richard Honrath (C&EE), “FT/MBL Measurements at the Azores PICO-NARE Site in Support of ITCT Activities,” NOAA

*Martin Auer (C&EE), Nancy Auer (Biological Sciences), Noel R. Urban ( C&EE), “Energy Pathways Supporting Diporeia Populations in Lake Superior,” Michigan Great Lakes Protection Fund

*Linda M. Nagel (SFWP), “Development of a Multi-Aged Stocking Control Model for Ponderosa Pine in the Black Hills,” USDA Black Hills National Forest

*Casey Huckins (Biological Sciences), David Flaspohler (SFWP), “History of Watershed Disturbance and Its Relationship to Aquatic and Riparian Communities: An Isotopic Approach to Understanding Food Web Linkages,” NSF

*John S. King (SFWP), “Stand-Level Water Use of Aggrading Northern Forests Under Elevated CO2 and 03: Implications for Site Water Balance, Ecosystem Productivity and Resilience,” NSF

*Chandrashekhar P. Joshi (SFWP), “CAREER: Cellulose Biosynthesis in Aspen Trees,” NSF

*John Erickson, John Forsman (SFWP), “High Value Utilization Options for Small Diameter Hard Maple Resource,” USDA

*Will Cantrell (Physics), “CAREER: Laboratory Studies of Heterogeneous Nucleation of Ice,” NSF

*Peter D. Moran ( MSE), “CAREER: Breathing Photonic Crystals; Materials Science and Photonic Functionality of Piezoelectrically Actuated Periodically Arrayed Single-Crystal Thin-Film Morphotropic PSN-PT,” NSF

*John W. van de Lindt (C&EE), “Statistically Characterizing Seismic Damage Causes in Engineered Buildings,” NSF

*Debra D. Wright (Biomedical Engineering), “CAREER: New Methods to Fabricate and Characterize Degradable Composites for Orthopedic Fracture Fixation,” NSF

*Terry McNinch (C&EE), “Construction Warranty Symposium,” FHWA & MDOT (Joint Funding)

*Rudy D. Luck (Chemistry), “CAREER: Fine Tuning the Chemistry on the Series of Compounds MCI20x(02)2-x(OPR3)y (M=Mo, W; x=0, 1, 2; y=2; OPR3 = Various Phosphine Oxides): Uses as Expoxidation and Isomerization Catalysts,” NSF

*Yoke Khin Yap (Physics), “CAREER: Synthesis, Characterization and Discovery of Frontier Carbon Materials,” NSF

*Jason Keith (Chemical Engineering), “CAREER: A Research and Teaching Program in Drug Transport Fundamentals,” NSF

*Seung Jin Park (Computer Science), “CAREER: Efficient Communications in Mobile Ad Hoc Networks,” NSF

*Zhi Tian ( Electrical Engineering), “CAREER: Signal Processing Research in Ultra Wide Bandwidth Communications,” NSF

*Ravindra Patankar (ME-EM), “CAREER: Design of Fault-Tolerant Networked Control Systems,” NSF

*Igor Kliakhandler (Mathematical Sciences), “CAREER: Modeling of Liquidity,” NSF

*Deborah K. Nykanen ( C&EE), “CAREER: Investigation of Meteorological and Orographic Influences on Space-Time Scaling and Dynamics of Convective Precipitation,” NSF

*Tamara Olson, Allan Struthers, Mark Gockenbach, David Olson, Shuanglin Zhang (Mathematical Sciences), “MTU VIGRE: Vertical Integration of Mathematical Scientists at Michigan Tech,” NSF



Job descriptions will be available at 1 p.m. on Friday, or by e-mail at <JOBS@MTU.EDU>.

The following positions will be posted Friday, August 16, 2002, at 1 p.m. through noon, Friday, August 23, 2002, in the Human Resources Office.

User Support Specialist--West Engineering Information Systems (ME-EM)

Food Service Helper--Memorial Union (Regular, part-time position) (AFSCME internal and external posting)

Head, Access Services--J. R. Van Pelt Library

University employees are reminded to apply in writing prior to noon, Friday, August 23, 2002, to be considered as internal candidates for bargaining unit positions only. Applicants from the recall pool will be given first consideration for non-bargaining-unit positions only. Vacancy announcements are normally posted every Friday at 1 p.m. in the Human Resources Office. Complete job descriptions are available in the Human Resources Office or by calling 487-2280. More information regarding employment opportunities is available by calling the Job Line at 487-2895. Michigan Technological University is an equal opportunity educational institution/equal opportunity employer.


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