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Marquette - April 30, 2009

U.S. Congressman Bart Stupak will be the keynote speaker at Northern Michigan University’s spring commencement on Saturday, May 2. He will also receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.
Since 1992, Stupak has represented Michigan’s first congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives. It is one of the largest such districts in the nation, encompassing 31 counties from the entire Upper Peninsula and the northern part of the Lower Peninsula.
Stupak is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. In that capacity, he serves on two subcommittees: telecommunications and the Internet; and environment and hazardous waste. He also chairs the oversight and investigations subcommittee.
A graduate of Gladstone High School, Stupak began his career in public service as an Escanaba police officer in 1972. He joined the Michigan State Police force the following year and retired in 1984 after being injured in the line of duty. He went on to serve northern Michigan residents as an attorney and as a state representative for Menominee, Delta and Dickinson counties.
The congressman earned an associate degree from Northwestern Michigan Community College in Traverse City, a bachelor’s in criminal justice from Saginaw Valley State University and a Juris Doctorate from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing.
Northern’s commencement begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Superior Dome. It will be broadcast live on WNMU-TV. Streaming video of the ceremony will be available from B2 Networks for $7 at


Prepared by Kristi Evans


Don Keranen Memorial Jazz Concert

Houghton - March 30, 2009

This is the end-of-year celebration by Michigan Tech’s Jazz Studies Program, featuring the R&D Band and the Jazz Lab Band at the peak of their abilities. Named in honor of the legendary founder of the MTU jazz studies program (and mentor of current director Mike Irish), the concert also includes announcement of this year’s jazz award winners, and final performances of the seniors for whom playing in our jazz bands has been one of the most beloved parts of being at Michigan Tech.

At the Rozsa Center Friday April 3, 2009 7:030pm

General $10, Children age 18 and under $5. BUY TICKETS ONLINE Free to MTU students with ID.


Finlandia University International
School of Art & Design

Annual Juried Student Exhibition

HANCOCK, MI –  March 23, 2009

A juried exhibit of Finlandia University student artwork is featured at the Finlandia University Gallery, Hancock, March 27 through April 21, 2009.

A reception for the artists will take place at the gallery Tuesday, March 31, 2009, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., with a fashion show at 7:15 pm. Awards for excellence will be presented at the opening. The reception is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

“The annual juried exhibit showcases the talent of Finlandia art and design students, and provides a wonderful opportunity for our faculty, staff and community members to purchase the artwork of our students,” Flaspohler notes.

The exhibition includes works by International School of Art and Design students studying the fine art and design disciplines of drawing, painting, illustration, ceramic and glass design, fiber and fashion design, sculpture, product and interior design, graphic design, digital media, and mixed media/installation.

The three-person exhibition jury includes a Finlandia faculty member, a Finlandia graduating art and design senior, and a community member.

“The members of this jury spend hours selecting the final pieces for inclusion in the exhibit,” explains Finlandia University Gallery Director Carrie Flaspohler. “Every year I look forward to listening to the wonderful discussions about ideas and aesthetics that take place during the jury process. It is inspiring to see the thoughts, ideas, and just plain hard work that is evident in the artwork students enter for consideration.”

The Finlandia University Gallery is in the Finnish American Heritage Center, Hancock. The Finlandia University International School of Art & Design Annual Juried Student Exhibition will be on display March 27 through April 21, 2009.
Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday 8:30-7:00 pm, or by appointment. Please call 906-487-7500 for more information.




Mama Yeye's Visit Rescheduled

Mama Yeye, dancer, choreographer, playwright, and teacher, couldn't make it to Tech on time because of the weather, and her workshops on African dance and storytelling have been rescheduled. All events are in McArdle Theatre unless otherwise noted. The events are free and open to the public. Her schedule is tentative due to continued bad weather:

Tuesday March 3rd:
* Noon-1 p.m.--Discussion: Issues and Opportunities as an African American Artist
* 4-5 p.m.--New Afro-Caribbean Dances

Wednesday March 4th:
* 10-11 a.m.--Yoruba Storytelling
* Noon-2 p.m.--African Dance for Everyone:
* 7-10 p.m.--Sekere Drum Building Workshop

Mama Yeye's visit is a celebration of ethnic rhythms, sounds and voices. She is from Georgia.

The activities are sponsored by the Visiting Women and Minority Scholar Series, Institutional Diversity and Visual and Performing Arts.

For more information, contact Patricia Helsel at 7-3283 or .


The "Dining Room" Showcases
at McArdle Theatre This Week

Houghton - February 23, 2009

One of the seminal plays of modern American theater will be staged this week in Michigan Tech's McArdle Theatre as the Tech Theatre Company presents A.R. Gurney's "The Dining Room," Wednesday through Saturday, Feb. 25-28, at 7:30 p.m. The director is Roger Held.

First produced in New York City in 1981, "The Dining Room" is
a witty comedy-plus-drama that showcases Gurney's remarkable talent for character, finely tuned dialog and pinpoint insight into human relationships--in this case, family values, assumptions and lifestyle changes that occur across generations.

The New York Times called the play "funny and rueful and, by the end, very moving."

Director Held said the Tech Theatre Company--faculty, students, and staff who form the production company for the Department of Visual and Performing Arts--chose the play because it is relevant to the lives of everyone in attendance. "We're investing in plays that make a difference," Held said about this and upcoming performances by the company.

Michigan Tech's production is designed by Mary Carol Friedrich (lights and costumes) and Kalen Larson (stage setting). The production is staged in the round with a cast of ten, led by actor Dennis Kerwin. Sound design and original music are by Jose Cordero-Medina, a senior in audio production and technology. Stage manager is Frank Sopjes, a junior in theatre and entertainment technology.

Tickets, available at the door and in advance (487-3200 or ), are $10 general, $5 students, and free for Michigan Tech students.



Opening Reception for
Finlandia Faculty Exhibit

Hancock - February 22, 2009

Thursday evening the Finlandia University's International School of Art and Design held an opening reception to mark the opening of the faculty exhibit at the Finlandia University Gallery.

The must see exhibit is located in the Finnish American Heritage Center, Hancock and will runfrom last Thursday through March 20, 2009.

As our readers are well aware IronwoodInfo has been bringing you coverage from Finlandia since last years Fusionfest. We visited Finlandia for the first time to at that time to see the art work of the University's very talented students. Since then, we have  provided coverage of exhibits of many, many  talented artists. Many of these artist were students enrolled in the school's International School of Art and Design. We have never been disappointed that we made the trip to Hancock. But, last Thursday's exhibit was the greatest yet. Viewing the work displayed for this exhibit it is no wonder why the School's students are developing into terrific artists. Their professors and instructors are fantastic! If you enjoy great art and don't wish to travel hundreds of miles to view it, then you owe it to yourself to visit this current exhibit.  As a bonus, you can also go to the Portage Campus and see the current student exhibit at the Reflections Gallery.

Featured in the photo above   Left to right: Phyllis Fredendall (Associate Professor, Fiber Arts), Jon Brookhouse (Adjunct Instructor, Ceramics), Denise Vandeville (Interim Dean of ISAD, Assistant Professor, Ceramics), Jonathan Soper (Instructor, Digital Arts), Carrie Flaspohler (FU Gallery Director, Adjunct Instructor), Yueh-mei Cheng (Associate Professor, Studio Arts), Greg Green (Adjunct Instructor), Rick Loduha (Associate Professor, Product Design).  READ MORE  is a Michigan, Non-Profit Media Corporation


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