Weekly Happenings of Week 12

April 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

Hello Parents,

UP Poet Laureate Russel Thorburn.  Photo courtesy of Bill Sampson

UP Poet Laureate Russel Thorburn. Photo courtesy of Bill Sampson

I hope you’re all having a great week! I know Tech students have been happy, as the weather here has been fabulous! The warmth and beautiful bright sunshine have been starting to melt the stubborn snowbanks that loom around campus. Students have been breaking out their shorts and sunglasses as we are finally able to do more outdoor activities and get some fresh air after being cooped up inside all semester.

It’s hard to believe there are only two weeks left of this semester! There’s a lot to do as deadlines are approaching with final papers, projects, and exams before finals week. Although this can be a busy time for students, there are still a lot of fun, events that will take place this week to help student embrace the calm before the storm of finals:

The first event to take place this week is the 1913-1914 Strike Symposium and Finn Forum X. The symposium is designed to honor the 100th anniversary of the Western Federation of Miners Copper Strike in 1913. The FinnForum X commemorates the labor relations of the 20th century, such as strikes, politics, economy, labor movements, and other such topics. FinnForum is an association of researchers who explore the migration of northern European immigrants to the United States. These all-day events will take place from Thursday, April 10 through Saturday, April 12.

The Upper Peninsula Poet Laureate will visit Michigan Tech on Thursday, April 10. Russell Thorburn, who is originally from Marquette, will indulge in a night of reading, workshops, and a presentation for both students and the public to enjoy. Thorburn, a poetry teacher, is the author of four poetry books and winner of various grants and fellowships for his exceptional compositions. He is the editor of middle school poetry anthologies and author of the radio play Happy Birthday James Joyce. For more information on Russ Thorburn, please visit the Thorburn and Company website.

Richard Holz, dean of the Kingler College of Arts and Sciences at Marquette University, will give a seminar on the topic of Biological Nitrile Hydration: Understanding the Catalytic Mechanism of Nitrile Hydratases.  His seminar will take place on Friday, April 11.  This is a great opportunity for students in both the biology and chemistry departments to immerse themselves in current studies and explore professional research options within their area of focus.

ballet and operaThe Night at the Ballet and Opera event will take place on Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12. The Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra, Tech Theatre Company, and local dancers will come together for a spectacular night of entertainment. The Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra will play Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake.

The Wadsworth Hall Student Association will host its monthly Coffee House — the last of the semester — on Friday, April 11.  Students are invited to perform in front of their peers in singing, playing an instrument, stand-up comedy, poetry, or anything else they’d like to perform! Coffee and other snacks are provided free of charge for audience members and performers alike. This is a fun and exciting event that gives students the opportunity to express themselves in front of an audience, and welcomes them to challenge themselves to break out of their comfort zones and do something thrilling, as local and professional dancers perform alongside them. In addition, the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra and Tech Theatre will work together to produce the opera Amahl and the Night Visitors on the same night for breathtaking two-for-one event!

The annual Keweenawesomefest 2014 will take place on Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12.  Sponsored by the student-run radio station, WMTU, this concert will bring unique musical stylings from artists around the country to Michigan Tech’s McArdle Theater in various genres including rock, alternative and electronic music.  Students can get a special price for the concert if they attend both nights.  For more information on Keweenawesomefest 2014, please visit the WMTU website.

In addition to these events, there are also exciting events going on throughout the local community.  On Saturday, April 12, the Folk and Food Fundraiser will take place at the Dee Stadium.  The fundraiser is for the organization Don’t Do It Yourself and provides financial assistance to residents facing various illnesses. The public is open to enjoy food and fun activities from 3:00 to 10:00 p.m.

As you can see, there is a wide variety of exciting and entertaining events going on this week! Hopefully your students can take a mental break from the craziness and busyness to enjoy some of the cool things that will be going on; I know I will!  If you have any questions about any of these events or would like to see more information written on a specific topic, please feel free to email me at vjtaglio@mtu.edu.  Until next week!