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Finals Study Session

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With the end of the semester approaching at lightspeed, it’s time to start thinking about finals exams.  Preparing can be nerve-wracking, overwhelming, and stressful, so to compensate we’ve organized a Finals Study Session where learning center coaches from the Chemistry, Math, and Biology learning centers will all be present, along with other upperclassmen who have already taken the courses you’re in now!  To accommodate to your schedule, we’ve organized two study sessions (both with free pizza and snacks!):

Wednesday, April 23 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM in Fisher 125

Sunday, April 27 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM in Fisher 125

During each session, there will be free food to get your brain working at top efficiency, learning center coaches and upperclassmen to help answer any last minute questions you might have, and light study music to stimulate your mind. So join us for this fun, free, and extremely beneficial event! To RSVP, please email vjtaglio@mtu.edu.

April Events

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We’re into the last month of the semester!  Can you believe it?  Below is a list of the wide variety and exciting events going on this month:

Friends of the Van Pelt Library Book Sale Pre Sale
A member-only pre book sale to raise money for the Friends of the Library.
Tuesday, April 1 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM in the MUB Ballroom

Friends of the Van Pelt Library Book Sale
Wednesday, April 2 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM in the MUB Ballroom

Visiting Women and Minority Lecturer Scholar Presentation – Dr. Mitzi Montoya
The School of Business and Economics will welcome Mitzi Montoya as part of the VWMLS series. The campus community is invited to attend an open presentation titled, “University as Entrepreneur: The Role of the Institution in Driving Innovation.”
Thursday, April 3 from 2:00 – 3:30 EERC 100

Prom-Missed
Sponsored by the National Society of Black Engineers, the Prom-Missed Dance is back! Get dressed up in that formal wear and enjoy a night of dancing, food, and fun.
Friday, April 4 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM MUB Ballroom

1913-14 Strike Symposium and FinnForum X: Two Events, One Experience
Retrospection and Respect: 1913-19 Mining/Labor Strike Symposium of 2014: This symposium will be on the centennial of the end of the Western Federation of Miners labor strike against mining companies in the Copper Country. Presenters will explore the role of labor organizations in the historical and contemporary American and European mining industries.
All day on Thursday, April 10 and Friday, April 11 in the Van Pelt and Opie Library and Fisher Hall

U.P. Poet Laureate Visits Michigan Tech
Michigan’s Upper Peninsula has its own Poet Laureate, Russell Thorburn of Marquette. Thorburn will present an evening reading, workshop, and slide show event, sponsored by the Friends of the Van Pelt Library. The event is open to the public; all are invited to attend.
Thursday, April 10 from 7:00 PM – 8:30 in the Van Pelt Library and Opie East Reading Room

Night at the Ballet and Opera
The KSO, Tech Theatre, and Keweenaw-area dancers collaborate on two riveting nights of ballet and opera.
Friday, April 11 from 7:30 PM at the Rozsa Center

WHSA CoffeeHouse
It’s the final CoffeeHouse of the year!  There is no additional charge to attend, and complimentary coffee and snacks are provided. Students are encouraged to sign up at the event to sing, perform a musical instrument, tell a joke, or read a poem or perform other CoffeeHouse worthy skills.
Friday, April 11 from 9:00 PM – 12:00 AM in Wadsworth Dining Hall

John Luther Adams
John Luther Adams is a composer whose life and work are deeply rooted in the natural world.
Tuesday, April 15 from 7:30 PM at the Rozsa Center

Superior Wind Symphony: Musical Offerings
This program will feature a good helping of music from J.S. Bach.
Saturday, April 19 from 7:30 PM at the Rozsa Center

Sing Me to Heaven
The choirs of Michigan Tech combine to present an evening of sacred music from varied religious traditions.
Saturday, April 26 7:30 PM at the Rozsa Center

Information for this month’s activities courtesy of the University Calendar.

2014 Pride Week

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The 2014 Pride Week will take place this week from March 17 – March 22.  This annual, week-long event is designed to commemorate and raise awareness of the the culture and identity of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (GLBTQ) community within Tech’s campus and the local area.  This event is sponsored by Keweenaw Pride and includes various events during the week such as:

“Gay? Fine by me.” T-shirt give away
All week in the Fisher Lobby and Dow Atrium at 11:00 AM

Hangout with Keweenaw Pride
Tuesday in the DHH Lounge at 6:00 PM

Free Kinky Boots Film Screening
Wednesday in Fisher 135 at 8:00 PM

“Women’s Health and the Constitution” presentation by speaker Sandra Fluke
Thursday in the MUB Ballroom A1 at 6:00 PM

“Gay? Fine by me.” T-shirt Picture
Friday Dow Main Atrium at 12:00 PM

The 14th Annual Drag Show
Saturday at the Rozsa Center at 8:00 PM

For more information about the 2014 Pride Week or for more information on Keweenaw Pride, please visit the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

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February 23 – March 1 is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, where  mental-health professionals around the country
dedicate the week to raising awareness and knowledge of the dangers of eating disorders.   Michigan Tech is involved in Eating Disorder Awareness Week, as Counseling Services is offering free and confidential eating disorder screenings on Thursday, February 27  from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM in the MUB Peninsula Room to help students diagnose and treat any eating disorders they may be struggling with.

In addition to this, Counseling Services, Psi Chi, and the Association of Psychology students have invited director, writer, and producer Daryl Roberts to Michigan Tech to speak about his film series, America the Beautiful.  Roberts made the trek to Tech last year to show the second film of the series, America the Beautiful: The Thin Commandments, and will show his triquel America the Beautiful: The Sexualization of Our Youth on Tuesday, February 25 at 7:00 PM in Fisher Hall, followed by a Q&A with the director himself.

If you or someone you know is passionate about America’s obsession with beauty, sexualization of women, and emphasis on body image, then this film screening if for you!  For more information on America the Beautiful and the Counseling Services’ eating disorder screenings, please email counseling@mtu.edu.

February Events

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February is an exciting month at Michigan Tech, as there are a plethora of events going on with which students can participate.

RMS/IMS Info Session
“Come to the Revenue Management Solutions info session. Revenue Management Solutions (RMS) is a company that supports a

robust suite of flexible data-driven solutions providing clients with a customized approach that considers the unique business environment and operational constraints that exist in every brand. Along with this there will be the Management Information Systems (MIS) info session. MIS is a exciting and growing degree program offered here at Michigan Tech.”
Monday, February 17 from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM in EERC 227

Graduate Research Colloquium
“Join us for the largest graduate research colloquium in the history of this event. The 121 presentations spanning 20 sessions will unveil the latest groundbreaking research at Michigan Tech.”
Wednesday, February 19 and Thursday, February 20 from 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM in the MUB Ballroom

Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony
“Beethoven becomes deaf. It makes him angry. He turns suicidal. Then he writes his ‘Eroica’ Symphony. You don’t want to make Beethoven mad.”
Saturday, February 22 from 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM at the Rozsa Center

Get WISE Day
“Get Women in Science and Engineering. Annual day to get local middle school girls excited about science and engineering. 2 hands-on science activities, and female role model speakers.”
Tuesday, February 25 from 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM at the SDC

HuskyLEAD: Work Smarter, Not Harder
Tuesday, February 25 from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM in MUB Ballroom B

Great Lakes Showcase Exhibit Opens
“The Great Lakes Showcase is an annual month-long, juried exhibition of fine arts and crafts. The opening will feature the announcement of awards for outstanding work in several categories.”
Friday, February 28 at 8:00 AM at the Rozsa Gallery

Information for this month’s events courtesy of the University Calendar.

Spring 2014 Career Fair

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Well Commuters, t’s that time of the semester again!  Time to break out the resumes and fancy business attire to get ready for the 2014 Spring Career Fair.  This year, the Career Fair will take place on Tuesday, February 18 in the multipurpose room of the SDC.  Over 170 companies will be present looking for students of all majors for co-ops, internships, and even full-time positions. Check out the list of companies to see where you can apply. To prepare for the Career Fair, Career Services has developed a plethora of programs to help shape you into the perfect candidate.  Here are some of the events they are offering this week:

Interview Skills Week
“It’s the interview that will clinch the offer, so be sure to prepare and practice with a mock interview. Schedule an appointment by emailing career@mtu.edu.”
Monday, February 10 – Friday, February 14

Resume Blitz
“Get your resume reviewed and tips on how to highlight your education and experience by corporate representatives, faculty, and staff.”
Tuesday, February 11 – Thursday, February 13 from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM in the MUB Commons

Business and Dining Etiquette Dinner
“Dine in a professional setting, and gain tips and advice about business and dining etiquette from Kohler professionals (more than 10 reps are coming).” NOTE: ticket purchase is required!  You can purchase your tickets online or by visiting the Career Services Center (2nd floor Admin). Tickets are $10.00 (refunded at the event).
Thursday, February 13 from 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM in the MUB Ballroom

Employer Information Expo
“Company Information Sessions made better – one stop, informal, open house event with lots of companies all in one place all in one night. Pizza, drinks, and dessert served throughout the event.” The info session will take at 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM and Open Networking will take place on 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.
Sunday, February 16 in Fisher Hall

Civil and Environmental Engineering Networking Reception
“The department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is hosting a networking reception for Civil and Environmental Engineering students and company representatives who are seeking to hire those students.”
Monday, February 17 at 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM at the Sheldon Grill -7th Floor Magnuson Franklin Square Inn -Downtown Houghton

Career Services Learning Center – Sponsored by DTE Energy
Walk in and get the career advice you need right now.
Monday – Thursday, 1:00 – 5:00 PM, 220 Administration Building

Career Services also offers tips for students preparing for the Career Fair:

  • Research what companies are attending, who they are looking to hire, and where their booths are located.
  • Identify what companies you are interested in and think about why you want to work for them. This will go a long way when talking with a recruiter.
  • Develop a plan. Who do you want to talk to? In what order?
  • Visit the websites of the companies that you plan to speak with to learn more about them.
  • Print at least 20 flawless resumes with the intent to hand them all out.
  • Once you are at the Career Fair, you may feel overwhelmed by all of the students, employees, and company representatives. Remember to remain calm and confident and follow your plan. Career Services staff will be on hand if you need any assistance.

At the Career Fair:

  • Try to get to the job fair as early as possible.
  • Plan on spending a few hours visiting the different companies.
  • Bring your schedule with you, so you know when you’re available for interviews.
  • Look presentable and professional.
  • Don’t be afraid to walk right up to company representatives.
  • Introduce yourself with confidence.
  • Don’t be afraid to take the material—that’s why it’s there.

As you can see, there are a lot of opportunities for you these next few weeks to develop your career and your future. For more information on the Career Fair and other career-related opportunities, visit Career Services or contact them via career@mtu.e

Spring IM Sports

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Do you like playing sports?  Interested in meeting new people and staying fit?  Then Michigan Tech Intramural Sports are for you!  Because of the Experience Tech fee,  all IM sports at Tech are FREE!  Here is a list of all the sports still offered for the Spring 2014 Semester:

Floor Hockey: Deadline February 13

  • Men’s Class A
  • Men’s Class B
  • Men’s Class C
  • Women’s

Innertube Water Polo: Deadline February 13

  • Co-Rec Class A
  • Co-Rec Class B

Billiards Tournament: Deadline February 14

Badminton: Deadline February 21

  • Co-Rec Doubles
  • Men’s Beginner Doubles
  • Men’s Beginner Singles
  • Men’s Intermediate Doubles
  • Men’s Intermediate Singles
  • Women’s Doubles
  • Women’s Singles

Soccer Tennis: Deadline February 26

  • Co-Rec
  • Men’s
  • Women’s

Volleyball: Deadline March 5

  • Men’s Class A
  • Men’s Class B
  • Men’s Class C
  • Women’s Class A
  • Women’s Class B

Raquetball Ladder: March 18

  • Men’s Class A
  • Men’s Class B
  • Women’s

Dodgeball Tournament: Deadline March 20

Swim Meet: March 24

  • Men’s
  • Women’s

Spring Soccer: April 1

  • Men’s Class A
  • Men’s Class B
  • Men’s Class C
  • Women’s

Tennis Doubles: April 1

  • Men’s
  • Women’s

Sand  Volleyball Two’s Tournament: Deadline April 8

  • Co-Rec
  • Men’s Class A
  • Men’s Class B
  • Men’s Class C
  • Women’s

For more information about Michigan Tech’s Intramural Sports, click here.

Winter Safety Tips

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This winter has been especially snowy and bitter, so it’s important to consider safety and readiness when driving this season.  Here are some tips from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and The Weather Channel to stay safe:

Preparation
Make an emergency kit. You never know when you’ll get stuck in a bank or a ditch and need extra supplies. Here are some good suggestions:

  • Properly inflated spare tire
  • Rock salt/sand
  • Snow shovel
  • Jumper cables
  • Extra ice scrapers/brushes
  • Tow ropes
  • Flares
  • Bright colored, reflective blanket
  • Tool kit
  • Blanket
  • Extra clothes
  • Non-perishable foods and hard candy
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • First aid kit

Driving
Driving in snowy conditions can be tricky. Here are some tips to make it easier:

  • Drive only when absolutely necessary
  • Keep your lights on during the day, and keep them clear of snow
  • Tell someone where you’re going and when you’re expected to be back
  • Leave plenty of space between you and the car ahead of you
  • Don’t pass snowplows or sand trucks

If you get stuck…
1.) Do not spin your wheels. This will only dig you in deeper.
2.) Turn your wheels from side to side a few times to push snow out of the way.
3.) Go easy on the gas.
4.) Use a shovel to clear snow away from the wheels and the underside of the car.
5.) Pour sand, cat litter, gravel, or salt in the path of the wheels to help get traction.
6.) Try rocking the vehicle, but check your owner’s manual first.

If you get stranded…
1.) Do not leave your car unless you know exactly where you are, how far it is to help, and you’re certain you will improve the situation.
2.) To attract attention, light two flares and place one at each end of the car a safe distance away. Hang a brightly colored cloth from your antenna.
3.) If you are sure the car’s exhaust pipe is not blocked, run the engine and heater for about 10 minutes every hour or so depending upon the amount of gas in the tank.
4.) To protect yourself from frostbite and hypothermia, use wool items and blankets to keep warm.
5.) Keep at least one window open slightly. Heavy snow and ice can seal a car shut.
6.) Eat a hard candy to keep your mouth moist.

Whether you follow these tips or not, it’s really important to stay safe this season.  So be smart about when and how you drive.  For more information on winter safety, visit the National Safety Council’s website.

January Events

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This semester is starting off with a bang with a bunch of cool events!  Here is a list of some of the cool things happening this month:

Fisher movie Rush
“A re-creation of the merciless 1970s rivalry between Formula One rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda” starring Daniel Brühl, Chris Hemsworth, and Olivia Wilde.
Ticket price:$3.00
Friday, January 17 and Saturday, January 18 at 5:30 PM, 8:30PM and 11:30 PM in Fisher 135

MLK Week Interfaith Service
The Inter-Christian Council and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion are sponsoring a special interfaith service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther Kings Jr. for MLK Day.
Sunday, January 29 at 11:00 AM in the MUB Ballroom B

MLK Day of Service Project
“Michigan Tech students will travel to the local elementary schools to read to the children about Dr. Martin Luther King.”
Monday, January 20 from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

MLK Week Discussion Panel
“Where have we been? Where are we going? Join Michigan Tech and Finlandia University faculty, staff, and students
for a thoughtful discussion on social justice and equality.”
Tuesday, January 21 from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM in the GLRC 201

Looking for a Way to Help Pay for School? Consider an Internship or Co-op
“The experience you gain from an internship or co-op is invaluable. The pay is great and can help pay for your college education. Learn about the benefits, discover how to get one, and hear from students about their experiences.”
Wednesday, January 22 from 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM in Fisher 138

Jazz Cabaret: Backstage at the Rozsa
Small group jazz takes the stage for two evenings of dynamic music featuring Jaztec and Momentum with special guests. The Rozsa captures the atmosphere and vibe of a New York club with the unique jazz club of the Backstage. Jazz, Funk, Swing, Latin you name it, we’ve got it! Presented by the Michigan Tech Department of Visual and Performing Arts.
Friday, January 24 and Saturday, January 25 at 7:30 PM in the Rozsa Center

First-Year Meeting – YES! You Can Get an Internship in Your First Year.
“A number of companies hire talented first-year students for internships. Learn how best to prepare to get yours and hear from other students who obtained internships in their first year.”
Wednesday, January 29 from 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM in Fisher 135

Information for this week’s post courtesy of the University Calendar.

Preparing for Finals

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Are you nervous about finals? Do you want to know more about how to prepare? Here are some study tips accumulated from reputable sources such as the Huffington Post and TopUniversities to help you ace your exams:

1.) Study in chunks
Popular to contrary belief, cramming is not the way to make As. Try studying in 20 minute to 50 minute increments, taking 5 minute to 10 minute breaks.

2.) Listen to Mozart
Classical music can stimulate both sides of the brain, allowing you to absorb more relevant information.

3.) Organize your study space
Try to make sure you have enough space to spread your books and folders around to make an organized area, and make sure lighting is good. Do you want to fall asleep right before you find the key to solving your Chemistry problems? Be sure to get rid of distractions such as food, music, or clutter.

4.) Organize study groups with friends
If you’re stuck on a Math problem, your friend may know the answer. And if your friend is stuck on a Chemistry problem, you can return the favor. Remember the best way to master anything is to teach it.

5.) Drink Cocoa
With its antioxidants and mood enhancers, natural cocoa is a top-notch study food — IF– you don’t drown it in sugar. Try dissolving organic cocoa in warm milk and adding cinnamon and other spices for flavor and energy.

6.) Avoid Test Anxiety
Test anxiety is when you’re so nervous for a test, you completely blank. This is common in a lot of college students; especially on finals. The best way to avoid test anxiety is to be prepared, calm, and confident.

7.) Drink Plenty of Water
Staying hydrated is essential for allowing your brain to work at its best. It’s a good idea to bring a water bottle with you to your exam (as long as it’s not distracting) to avoid thirst distractions and to get the hydration you need.

8.) Manage your time
With the end of the semester at your heels, time is definitely of the essence. To do your best, it’s important to organize your time productively and prioritize what’s important. Take a few minutes to make a study schedule. For example, schedule a block of time for studying Chemistry ONLY, and a block for Calculus ONLY, etc.  That way you only have to worry about that subject during that time, and you can fit more study time into your day.

9.) Go to Office Hours
Let’s face it; no one really wants to go to your instructor’s office hours; which is why they’re so happy if you show up. Getting one-on-one help from an instructor is so invaluable in learning, especially at crunch time like this. But be sure to be respectful and don’t expect them to teach you the entire semester’s material in a half hour visit.

10.) Make it Interesting
Having trouble memorizing a formula? Make it fun. Relate it to something you know and can easily remember. This can be done for troubling concepts, too. Break it down, understand it, and make it interesting.

Finals aren’t as scary as you might think. They’re just assessing what you know and how you learned throughout the semester. Don’t freak out. Just look forward to your reward: 3 weeks of vacation! If you have any questions about finals or want more tips, feel free to email me at vjtaglio@mtu.edu.

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