Archives—April 2012

Student Newsbriefs April 27, 2012

Backpacking Trips with the Outdoor Adventure Program

The Outdoor Adventure Company Program is hosting two camping trips in May 2012. The first is a 5-day trip to Isle Royale National Park from May 13-18. The cost per person is $250 and includes transportation on the Isle Royale Queen IV from Copper Harbor, group gear, food and FUN. All skill levels are welcome to attend.  The deadline for sign up is May 9, 2012.
The second is a 3-day trip to The Porcupine Mountains in Ontonagon, MI from May 25-27, 2012.  The cost is $65 and includes transportation, group gear, food and FUN.  All skill levels are welcome to attend.  Deadline for sign up is May 23, 2012.
To register for these trips, come by the OAP Rental Center at 207 East St. across US-41 from the Tech Library.  For questions regarding sign up and trip details please email the trip leader, Alyssa Friske, at afriske@mtu.edu.
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Student Voice Survey

Student Activities is looking for feedback from the 2011-2012 year.
Please take a moment to give us your thoughts on campus programming.
http://studentvoice.com/mtu/2012assessmentofstudentactivities
Participants will be automatically registered for a drawing to win VIP access to campus events.
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K-Day Registration

Attention Michigan Tech Student Organizations! Remember to register for K-Day online at: https://www.involvement.mtu.edu/form/start/9495.

Keweenaw Day (K-Day) is a longstanding tradition at Michigan Tech. K-Day is known for many different events and activities for students to get acclimated to another academic year. It is also an opportunity for organizations to promote themselves and interact with other students in a fun atmosphere.

The date has been set for Friday, September 7, 2012 and is organized by the Interfraternity Council.
Register online at: https://www.involvement.mtu.edu/form/start/9495

For questions, please contact Student Activities at (906) 487-1963 or activities@mtu.edu.

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Student News Briefs: April 20, 2012

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FILM BOARD:  This week Film Board is showing Underworld: Awakening  in Fisher 135. It will be shown on Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21 at 6:00, 8:30, and 11:00 pm. Tickets are $3 each and concessions range from 25 cents to 75 cents. If you have any questions, please contact Film Board’s Publicity Chair, Napoleon Mongeau,  at namongea@mtu.edu.

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OAP CANOE TRIP:  It is that time of year again for the Outdoor Adventure Programs Sturgeon River Sloughs Paddle. The Sloughs are located south of Houghton in Chassell Township and provide a great location for an early spring Canoe trip. All participants must sign-up and pay ($15) by April 24, or sooner if you want to ensure your spot. This can be done at the OAP rental center Monday through Friday noon to 5:00 pm or Sunday 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Transportation to the Sloughs is included.  We will meet at the OAP house and depart together.
 
Wednesday April 25, 2012
Finals Sturgeon Sloughs Paddle
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
$15
 
We can’t wait to get out and enjoy the water! All levels are welcome; paddles, boats and flotation devices are provided.  For questions, contact OAP at 906-487-2290, or oap@mtu.edu.

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MIND TREKKERS IN NEED OF VOLUNTEERS:  You are invited on an ALL EXPENSES PAID TRIP with Mind Trekkers!  The trip will be Wednesday, May 2, 2012 to Saturday, May 5, 2012 (the week after finals week). Volunteers will lead hands-on science activities for kids at two 5-hour festivals (10 hours of total volunteering).

All volunteers will receive:
– FREE travel on charter bus with wireless internet
– FREE hotel accommodations  at Holiday Inn Express
–  a $100 stipend
–  a complimentary tour of the International Bridge & Soo Locks

The trip leaves from Michigan Tech and includes stops in Iron Mountain, MI and Sault Ste. Marie, MI.  We need 50 volunteers.  Consider volunteering with a group of friends.  To sign up, e-mail a “yes” to jebanda@mtu.edu.  Unfamiliar with MIND TREKKERS? Watch this short video: http://vimeo.com/25207906.

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DONATE WORKING ELECTRONICS: Michigan Tech students from the Pavlis Institute are collecting electronics in good working condition to donate to community centers and schools in Ghana and India.  The Pavlis Institute sends students abroad every year to complete service projects as a part of their curriculum for the Certificate in Global Technological Leadership.  Students return to the same sites every year to maintain good relations with communities abroad. 

Drop off items at 722 M&M during regular  business hours.  Donations will be collected through mid-June.  If you have any questions, contact Mollie Ruth at mmruth@mtu.edu.

Examples of items being collected:
Mice
Keyboards
Speakers
Headphones
USB Drives
Educational Computer Games
Webcams
Digital Cameras
Disk Drives
Hard Drives
Netbooks
Monitors
Desktop Computers
Laptops

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MOVE-IN VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES for Fall 2012
COMPASS (Center for Orientation, Mentoring, Parents and Academic Student Success) would like to invite student organizations to help Michigan Tech’s new first-year students move in on Saturday, August 25 and Sunday, August 26.  Your group can pledge time for one two-hour shift or multiple shifts. This is a great service opportunity for your organization!

Please go to  http://www.orientation.mtu.edu/pages/volunteerForm.html  to sign up to volunteer.

Move-in Volunteer Shifts:
Saturday, August 25
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Sunday, August 26
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

 Move-In Volunteer Participation Expectations:
•    Remember that you are representing your Student Organization and Michigan Technological University.  First impressions are very important to new students and their family members.
•    Wear apparel that represents your Student Organization or Michigan Tech only.
•    Wear clothing that is neat and appropriate (no holes, no hats, and no sunglasses are permitted).
•    Wear comfortable, closed toe shoes (athletic shoes recommended).
•    Volunteers may not recruit or pass out invitations/flyers of any kind.
•    Volunteers must help everyone, not just the people you might want to get to know.
•    Please remember that some students and families may not want your help.  Please be considerate and ask if they would like assistance first, before grabbing items.
•    Arrive 10-15 minutes early to check in at the Wadsworth Hall Reception Desk in order to get to your assigned location on time for the start of your shift.
•    Work with University, Orientation, and Student Life staff whom are also assigned to assist with the move-in process.  We are one big team on move-in day. 
Thank you in advance for your service to the newest members of the Michigan Tech community!

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AREA SCHOOLS PERFORM “TOGETHER IN SONG” AT ROZSA:  The Keweenaw Music Educators’ Association presents the annual “Together in Song” concert at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts Monday, April 23, at 7:00 pm.  This annual celebration of school choral music will feature eleven school choirs from six local school districts.  Elementary choirs from Dollar Bay-Tamarack City, Hancock, and Houghton-Portage Township Schools will perform along with middle school students from Hancock, Houghton-Portage, Dollar Bay-Tamarack City, and Adams Township.  High school performers will come from Calumet-Laurium-Keweenaw, Adams Township, Lake Linden-Hubbell, Hancock and Houghton-Portage.  Each of the choirs will make an individual presentation and the concert will end with a grand finale number which will combine all of the singers in a massed choir.  A wonderful variety of choral music will be presented during the course of the concert.

Admission prices are $6 for adults and $3 for students (18 and under).  To purchase tickets, call (906) 487-2073, go online to rozsa.tickets.mtu.edu, or visit Ticketing Operations at Michigan Tech’s Student Development Complex (SDC).

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Student News Briefs: April 13, 2012

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FILM BOARD CHANGE:  Due to technical difficulties, Film Board will be showing Lilo and Stitch at 6, 8:30, and 11pm for FREE today (FRIDAY) in Fisher 135.  On SATURDAY and SUNDAY, we will be showing The Grey at 6, 8:30, and 11pm at regular ticket price ($3.00/Ticket).  Hope to see you at a show this weekend.  If you have any questions, please contact Film Board’s Publicity Chair, Carissa Lindeman, at clindema@mtu.edu.

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THREE DAYS TO HELP NORA:  Perhaps you’ve already voted for Nora’s intern
application video, and if you have, it is much appreciated- she’s in 2nd
place! If not, please take 10 seconds to vote for Nora Heikkinen, a
fourth-year STA student. 

CLICK: “Please Login to Vote”
Your Facebook information is to count votes: 1/person.

SHARE: please send link to friends, co-workers, and family, or have them
Google “nora island intern.”

Video at
http://www.amble.com/islapalenque/islandintern2012/applicants/2012/03/nora-heikkinen/.

Nora has found an internship matched exactly to her passions of outdoor
exploring, documenting, and interacting with people.  She needs you to take
just a few seconds to keep her application in the top five in order to make it to
the final interview round!
The internship is a 4-week exploration of Isla Palenque, an island owned by
Amble Resort in Panama. The intern participates in adventure sports,
interacts with indigenous people, and goes on excursions around the island,
all while documenting and blogging about the experience.

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AISES CONFERENCE ON CAMPUS:  The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) at Michigan Tech would like to invite all of campus to its conference events this weekend.  All events are open and free to Michigan Tech students.  The list of events in its entirety is attached  AISES Agenda[1].  AISES especially invites the public to join them at noon in the SDC Wood gym for the powwow.  Questions about the AISES conference can be directed to Lori Ann Sherman, AISES advisor, at loriann@mtu.edu.

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RALLY CROSS RACE:  The Sports Car Club of Michigan Tech is hosting a Rally Cross this Saturday in the Moyle Gravel Pit. All skill levels are welcome to  attend or race. Most cars and trucks can compete with the exception of high center of gravity vehicles. The cost to race is $35 for 6 to 10 runs, spectating is free. Directions: Follow US-41 past Walmart, and turn left at the Green Acres Road stoplight by Festival Foods. Follow the road until you see the Gravel Pit entrance on your left. Follow the orange road cones to the staging area.
Registration opens at 8:00am and closes at 9:30am. There will be a drivers meeting at 10:00am, and the race begins at 10:30am.
Rules and vehicle classes can be found on the Wisconsin Autosports Group website, the sanctioning body for the event. For any questions or comments, please email the SCC President, Kenneth Thorstenson, at rkthorst@mtu.edu.
Vehicle Classes http://www.w-a-g.org/events/rallycross/2012/classes.htm
Competition Rules http://www.w-a-g.org/events/rallycross/2012/rules.htm

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SIGN PETITION FOR WOMEN’S HEALTH ISSUES:  Did you know the student health insurance, required by Michigan Tech, covers pregnancy related costs and abortion services, but not birth control consultations?  The plan also covers part of the cost for birth control pills, but not other forms of contraception, such as the patch or IUD’s.  Even some lab fees for annual exams aren’t covered under the current plan.  What’s worse, having the plan excludes students from being eligible for state services such as Medicaid.  Tell Michigan Tech that women’s health issues matter by signing this petition:  http://www.thepetitionsite.com/526/835/708/student-health-insurance-should-cover-womens-preventative-health-care/

You can also ‘like’ us on Facebook to receive updates on the progress of the campaign.

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MIND TREKKERS NEEDS VOLUNTEERS:  Mind Trekkers is looking for 50 volunteers to attend their Iron Mountain/Lake
Superior State University road show coming up in May.  If you would like to go or would like further information,
please email Liz Fujita (eafujita@mtu.edu). The plan is to leave Houghton
at 12PM on Wednesday, May 2 and return on Saturday, May 5 around 2 PM.

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EUCHRE TOURNAMENT TUESDAY:  The Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority is hosting a Euchre tournament to raise money for the MPS society.  The tournament will be held on Tuesday, April 17 at 6:00 pm in the Wadsworth Hall Annex.  The cost will be $10 a team with the winner receiving a cash prize.  If you have any questions, contact Amanda Beam at abeam@mtu.edu.

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR TIVITZ TOURNEY:  The Center for Pre-College Outreach needs your help on Thursday, April 19 from 9am-noon in the SDC Wood Gym. The department will be running a Tivitz Competition (http://tivitz.com/)  for 4th-7th grade students and they would like you enjoy a pizza lunch with the students while ensuring that they are following the (simple) rules of the competition. Volunteers can sign up for any time slot between 9:00 am and Noon.  To sign up contact Deb Maki at 487-2219 or damaki@mtu.edu.

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RECYCLING DRIVE:  Students at Michigan Tech will be hosting a Recycling Drive on Thursday, April 19  from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm in the MUB Datolite Room.  Clean out your room at the end of the year and recycle some junk.  We will be collecting everything from paper to plastic and even GLASS!! Do something good for the environment and stop by! Contact Phill Mercier at pjmercie@mtu.edu with questions.

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STUDENT ACTIVITIES WANTS FEEDBACK:  Student Activities is looking for feedback from the 2011-2012 year.
Please take a moment to give us your thoughts on campus programming.
http://studentvoice.com/mtu/2012assessmentofstudentactivities

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WINTER CARNIVAL LOGO COMPETITION:  The theme for Winter Carnival 2013 will be “Heroes and Villains Find their Powers in These Frozen Winter Hours.”  Logos designs are now being accepted.  Forms  BK_logo_entry_form_2012[1] are available at http://bluekey.students.mtu.edu/ or in the Blue Key office in MUB 106.  All logo submissions are due by Friday, April 20 at 5:00 pm to the Blue Key office.  The person who designs the winning logo will win $50! For questions, contact Michelle Chiodi mechiodi@mtu.edu.

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SDC RESERVATIONS OPEN FOR STUDENT ORGS:  For the academic year 2012/2013, the SDC open reservation period for student organizations began on April 9.  SDC reservations can be made at www.sportsrec.mtu.edu/sdc , left banner, Facility Reservation Form.  Due to the large demand for space, reservations may be limited to one 2-hour time slots per week, per organization.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.Lois Sedar lsedar@mtu.edu.

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KEWEENAW SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA:  The Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra and Michigan Tech Concert Choir will share the Rozsa stage as they perform Ralph Vaughan Williams’ war cantata, Dona Nobis Pacem this Saturday, April 14, at 7:30 PM.  Renowned baritone, Nathan Herfindahl, and soprano, Lara Neves, will join in their performance of this gripping portrait of warfare and heart-felt plea for peace.  General Admission $15, Students $7, Michigan Tech Students Free. To purchase tickets, call (906) 487-2073, go online to rozsa.tickets.mtu.edu, or visit Ticketing Operations at Michigan Tech’s Student Development Complex.  SDC box office hours are 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM, Monday-Friday, and 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM Saturday and 12:00 noon – 8:00 PM on Sunday.  Please note the Rozsa Box Office is closed during regular business hours, and will only open two hours prior to the show.

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Student News Briefs: April 6, 2012

 

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FILM BOARD:  This week Film Board is showing Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol in Fisher 135.  It will be shown on Friday, April 6 and Saturday, April 7 at 5:30, 8:30, and 11:30 pm.  Tickets are $3 each and concessions range from 25 cents to 75 cents.  Next week we are showing: Chronicle.  If you have any questions, please contact Film Board’s Publicity Chair, Carissa Lindeman, at clindema@mtu.edu.

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PANCAKE BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER TOMORROW:  The students of the Pavlis Institute will be hosting a pancake breakfast fundraiser from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Sunday, April 8 at St. Al’s Church (411 MacInnes Drive) to benefit communities in Ghana and India.  Perkins pancakes and Vollwerth’s sausages (among other goodies) will be
served. The meal is free with a donation. Artwork and crafts from Ghana will be available in a silent auction. In the summer of 2012, Pavlis students will travel to Ghana and India to implement a number of service projects. All funds raised at the breakfast will be used to support these international efforts.  The Pavlis Institute for Global Technological Leadership was founded by alumnus Frank Pavlis. The institute aims to transform students into tomorrow’s leaders by teaching them communication, ethics, sustainability, culture and leadership skills.

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2012 Spring Chinese movie night will be held on  Sunday, April 8 at 7:30 pm in Fisher 135.  The Chinese action movie HERO will be shown. This event is sponsored by the Chinese Language and Culture Club.  FREE movie/99 minutes/English! We welcome everyone join us and enjoy the movie!

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PREGNANT AND PARENTING STUDENTS NETWORK:  The Pregnant and Parenting Students Network will be hosting their final meeting of the semester. Please join us Tuesday April 10 at 6:00pm in the Daniel Heights Community Room for a full meal and kids’ activities. The meeting is free and open to children, spouses, partners, and other care-takers (even if they are not students).
 
PPSN is a support network for students who are pregnant and parenting. Support for the group comes from University Counseling and Wellness Services, The Michigan Tech Parent’s Fund, Housing and Residential Life, and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. If you have any questions, please contact Counseling Services at 487-2538.

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REAC HOSTS SPEAKER:  The Railroad Engineering and Activities Club will be hosting Canadian National Chief Engineer of Structures, Nigel Peters, this Tuesday April 10. His presentation topics, times and location are:

 
2-3 p.m., Dillman 214, Introduction to Railroad Bridges and Structures
4-5 p.m., Dillman 214, Rail – Latest Developments and Challenges
6-7 p.m., Dillman 214, CN Bridge Projects

Any questions about REAC or this event can be directed to Eric Goers at emgoers@mtu.edu.

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HELP MAKE THIS STUDENT’S DREAM A REALITY:  Have you ever read a job description and thought “That is what I was born to do!” This happened to Nora Heikkinen, a fourth-year STA student. She has found an internship matched exactly to her passions of outdoor exploring, documenting, and interacting with people. Please take 10 seconds to help her application make it to the final round with your vote!

VISIT: http://www.amble.com/islapalenque/islandintern2012/applicants/2012/03/nora-heikkinen/

CLICK: “Please Login to Vote”
Your Facebook information is to count votes- 1/person.

SHARE: please send link to friends, co-workers, and family.

The internship is a 4-week exploration of Isla Palenque, an island owned by Amble Resort in Panama. The intern participates in adventure sports, interacts with indigenous people, and goes on excursions around the island, all while documenting and blogging the experience.

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GLOBAL CITY PHOTO EXHIBIT:  Global City is proud to partner with the Vertin Gallery, the Keweenaw Brewing Company and the Copper Country Community Art Center for the second annual Global City photo exhibit!

Global City is a student organization at Michigan Tech dedicated to addressing critical global issues, especially those that most directly impact developing countries. Its three main goals are to: 1) foster cooperation and understanding among nationals of different countries, 2) promote interest in international affairs such as the environment, human rights, technology transfer, poverty, development, and sustainability, and 3) provide a forum for the presentation of innovative ideas to benefit the university and the world community.

The winning photos representing the categories of “People”, “Planet”, “Sustainability” and “Glocal” will be exhibited in the following venues around Hancock, Houghton and Calumet:

 April 6 – 14 – Vertin Gallery in Calumet

April 15 – 29 – Keweenaw Brewing Company

April 30 – May 6 – Copper Country Community Arts Center

All are welcome to attend opening night at 7:00pm, Friday, April 6 at the Vertin Gallery as part of the Calumet First Friday events. We are excited to offer a glimpse of Global City members’ pictorial vision that embodies the essence of both local and global community. Please come out and support this vibrant and inspiring exhibit!

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