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Time and Conflict Management Skills to Increase Research Productivity
Friday, April 5th, 2013
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Big Ten C, Kellogg Center
Two common enemies of research productivity are poor time management skills and the mishandling of conflicts and expectation-setting among members of research teams. This one-day institute sponsored by the NSF funded CAFFE combines those themes in a workshop presented by Dr. Greg Lambeth from the University of Illinois and Dr. Antonio Nunez, Associate Dean of the MSU Graduate School. The morning features a discussion of strategies for optimal time management and will cover how perfectionism, procrastination and electronic distractions work against meeting research deadlines and completing large projects. The afternoon will be devoted to learning conflict management and conflict prevention skills, particularly the use of an interest-based approach to set expectations and handle conflicts in the context of research teams.
A light lunch will be provided to all participants.
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Spaces are offered on a first-come first-served basis. To register, go to: http://grad.msu.edu/workshops/workshops.aspx?id=44 You will receive an e-mail confirmation if seats are available. Persons with disabilities should contact the Graduate School at 517-353-4738 to request accommodations no later than two weeks prior to the session date. Requests received after this date will be met when possible.
The Garden of Joy: Celebrating the Harlem Renaissance
A New Play by Ken LaZebnick
Alvin Waddles, Musical Director
Friday and Saturday, March 15 & 16, 8 pm
Student tickets just $10!
New Year’s Eve 1929! Harlem’s hottest night club, the Garden of Joy, is ringing in the New Year with a live radio broadcast celebrating the decade of the Harlem Renaissance. Part play, part musical variety show, this original Wharton Center commissioned work features electrifying live jazz, blues and classical music by keyboard artist Alvin Waddles and his band. THE GARDEN OF JOY infuses the writings of Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, Zora Neale Hurston and W.E.B. DuBois with the music of Fats Waller, Duke Ellington and more to bring the joy, humor, struggle and energy of this astonishing moment in American history and culture.
Sunday, March 17, 3:00 pm
$15 student tickets
Revolutionary dance-illusionist company MOMIX defies categorization as it transports audiences to a different world in its endless search for another gravity. Mesmerizing, magical and imaginative, MOMIX’s newest creation, Botanica, has performed to packed houses and rave reviews around the world. With a score ranging from Peter Gabriel to Vivaldi, Botanica uses larger-than-life props, the interplay between light and shadow, humor and the human body to create a breathtaking show of fantasy, wit and captivating beauty. “Their audience floats out on a dizzying high of pleasure.” -Chicago Tribune
Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour 55th Anniversary Celebration
with Dee Dee Bridgewater, Christian McBride, Benny Green, Chris Potter, Lewis Nash and Ambrose Akinmusire
Featuring an opening set with the MSU Jazz Orchestra I, Rodney Whitaker, Conductor
Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 7:30 pm
An all-star lineup of jazz artists on one stage! The legendary Monterey Jazz Festival comes to East Lansing led by vocal wonder and Tony and Grammy winning Michigan native Dee Dee Bridgewater. This stunning group also includes Grammy-winning bassist Christian McBride; Oscar Peterson protégé Benny Green on piano; saxophonist Chris Potter, who The Detroit Free Press called “easily the most compelling saxophonist of his generation;” drummer Lewis Nash, who has performed on over 400 albums, and trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, named one of the Los Angeles Times’ “Faces to Watch” for 2011.
The Monterey Jazz Festival kicked off in 1958 with artists like Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday. Come celebrate the longest-running jazz festival in the world in this star-studded performance, spotlighting the jazz-with-a-purpose exuberance and joyful fun that continue to be the hallmarks of the festival to this day.
The Acting Company: Of Mice and Men
Friday, March 22, 8 pm
Saturday, March 23, 8 pm
Pasant Theatre ~ Wharton Center, East Lansing
$15 Student Tickets Available!
"The Acting Company endures as the major touring classical theater in the United States." - The New York Times
“The best laid plans of mice and men…”
Following sell-outs in 2011, the ensemble returns with one of America’s most famous stories: Nobel and Pulitzer-prize winner John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. This brilliant stage production tells the story of two migrant workers during the Great Depression, George and Lennie. The themes are universal – the comfort of friendship, compassion, loneliness, and dreams - offering insight into the human heart, and what it means to be human.
America’s premier touring repertory theater and multi award-winning ensemble, The Acting Company was founded by the venerable John Houseman with alumni including Kevin Kline, Patti LuPone, Jesse L. Martin, Rainn Wilson and more.