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Friday, April 13, 2018

Richard J. Koubek elected Michigan Tech’s next president

Michigan Tech President-Elect Richard Koubek and his wife, Valerie Koubek. (Photo courtesy Michigan Tech University)

By Stefanie Sidortsova, Michigan Tech Director of Communications and Public Relations
Published 10:15 a.m., April 13, 2018, on Michigan Tech News
Reprinted in part with permission

President-elect Richard J. Koubek will lead the University as its 10th president, the Michigan Technological University Board of Trustees announced today.

Koubek, who is executive vice president and provost of Louisiana State University, begins his tenure at Michigan Tech on July 1, 2018. He succeeds Glenn D. Mroz, who has served as president since 2004 and is stepping down to rejoin the University’s faculty.

"Rick Koubek is a man of unquestioned integrity, character and leadership," said Terry Woychowski, chair of the Michigan Tech Board of Trustees. "He has a profound and passionate vision of the role Michigan Tech will play in our nation's prosperity, and the betterment of the world, as he leads this historic University in developing and delivering -- on a global scale -- the solutions to some of society's most vexing challenges. I believe that Dr. Koubek was born for this time, this place and this position."

The Board of Trustees selected Koubek from a pool of four semi-finalist candidates brought forward for consideration by a 14-member Presidential Search Committee (PSC) that included student, faculty, staff, alumni and community representatives....
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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Tech Theatre to present "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" April 12-14 at Rozsa

Tech Theatre will present Shakespeare's magical comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream, this Thursday through Saturday, April 12-14, at the Rozsa Center. (Photo courtesy Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts)

HOUGHTON -- Love abounds! Trickery and magic reveal lovers and fools. A Midsummer Night’s Dream brings together some of Shakespeare’s most memorable characters in a romantic and hilarious adventure. Tech Theatre presents the classic Shakespeare comedy of love, magic, and mixed signals, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, for three nights at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts. The play will run Thursday, April 12, through Saturday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m. each night.

Lysander loves Hermia, but Hermia loves Demetrius. The trouble is Demetrius loves Helena who believes she loves Lysander! This is what happens when a love potion gets into the wrong hands. How does it end? Happily, of course! But the mad romantic romp won’t end until magic restores the lovers’ senses. In Shakespeare’s words:
"Ay me! for aught that I could ever read,
Could ever hear by tale or history,
The course of true love never did run smooth."

Play director Patricial Helsel describes the production: "A Midsummer Night’s Dream features actors from all across campus, as well as community and staff members. Christopher Schwartz, lecturer in the Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology Department, plays Oberon, the King of the Fairies. Mark Wilcox, news writer for University Marketing and Communications, joins the cast as Quince, leading the comedic troupe of artisans. The play features original music created by instructor Libby Meyer and student Devin Deal. The fairies sing beautiful harmonies and the show has lovely incidental music composed by Deal. The forest comes alive with a robust ambiance created by student sound designer Samantha Palumbo. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is sure to delight with spectacle, sound, love, and humor."

Tickets for A Midusmmer Night's Dream are on sale now, $15 for adults, $6 for youth, and no charge for Michigan Tech students with the Experience Tech fee. Tickets are available by phone at (906) 487-2073, online at, in person at the Central Ticketing Office in the Student Development Complex, or at the Rozsa Box Office the evening of the performance. Please note the Rozsa Box Office is only open one hour prior to performances.