Happy Winter Carnival!

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Happy Winter Carnival week! I hope you enjoy your short school week this week and get the opportunity to check out some Winter Carnival events. There are so many events going on whether it is statue building, the beards competition, karaoke, pancake breakfast, and even broomball! A full list of events and times for Winter Carnival events can be found at: https://www.mtu.edu/carnival/2019/#schedule

There are also some athletic events going on this week, too! The Michigan Tech women’s and men’s basketball teams are in town for games on both Thursday and Saturday. Thursday’s games tip-off at 5:30 p.m., and Saturday’s games tip off at 1:00 p.m. The teams play Northwood University on Thursday and Saginaw Valley State on Saturday!

Also, our Michigan Tech men’s hockey team is back at home this weekend for their Winter Carnival series! They will be taking on the #1 team in the WCHA which is the Minnesota State Mavericks. This should be an interesting game between these two teams, and it’ll be packed, so make sure to come early to make sure you have a good seat! The puck drops at 7:07 p.m. on Friday and 5:07 p.m. on Saturday.

That is all for this week’s blog. Make sure to enjoy some Winter Carnival activities during your two days off this week!

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Stay Warm!

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Make sure to stay warm this week, as it will be very cold within the next few days.

Winter Carnival is approaching soon, which means that there will be some more events going on for it within the next few weeks.

This week, on Tuesday, January 29th from 9:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. there will be Ice Bowling at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. During ice bowling, one member will sit on a sled while the rest of the team members will slide them down the ice into the pins. A lot of these events are for Winter Carnival special participating organizations, but that does not mean that you cannot go and cheer on your favorite organization! On Friday, February 1st from 6:00-8:30 p.m. there will also be Speed Skating as a part of Winter Carnival. This will also be held at the Ice Arena. You may have seen a lot of different flyers around bulletin boards on campus, and those are for the Queens Coronation! There are many contenders sponsored by organizations on campus and local businesses that are running for Michigan Tech Winter Carnival Queen this year. Join this Queen Coronation with Blue Key and see who will be crowned on Saturday, February 2nd from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

There will be a Career Fair again this Spring, so that means that it is time to touch up your resume (especially if you are a first year who just completed their first semester). On Wednesday, January 30th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. there will be a Resume Lab for First-years in Career Services (220 Admin). You can come anytime during the period, just make sure to bring your laptop!

Finally, the organization that will be sponsored in this article is… The Michigan Tech Pep Band! If you have ever been to a Michigan Tech Athletic game, I am sure you have seen (and heard) the Pep Band in their yellow and black striped overalls. The Pep Band knows how to get the crowd going, and their chants are always creative. If you have played an instrument in high school, or even in your free time, I would highly recommend joining the Pride of Pastyland!

That is all for this week’s blog. I hope you get to enjoy some Winter Carnival activities (without being too cold).

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Comedy Central (with Stephen Agyei)

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I hope you all had a great first week back.

This week, on Thursday, January 24th from 6:00-7:30 p.m. there will be a Study Away Programs Information Session if you are interested in studying abroad. You can learn all about how to apply, and places you could potentially study.

On Friday, January 25th from 10:00-11:00 p.m. there will be a Comedian Stephen Agyei in the MUB Ballroom. He has opened for a lot of different people on tours (such as Roseanne), and he will be here for a night of comedy on Friday night. Make sure to stop by and see the man who has been most memorably known for “the whitest smile in Denver”.

On Saturday, January 26th from 1:00-6:00 p.m. there will be a Dodgeball Tournament at the MTU Racquetball Courts, hosted by the Memorial Union Board. This Dodgeball tournament is teams of 6 with the opportunity to win a $25-$30 gift card each. Teams that are signing up can have their team captain email MUBboardFGchair@gmail.com with your team name. If you are interested in this tournament, gather up a team and try to win some gift cards!

Winter Carnival is approaching soon, and there are already some events coming up this weekend. There will be Ice Curling on Saturday, January 26th from 3:00-9:00 p.m. at the Calumet Drill House. There will be snow volleyball on Sunday, January 27th at 10:00 a.m. and Snoccer (Snow Soccer) at 12:00 p.m. These winter carnival events are open to student organizations, but fellow Huskies can also come and cheer on your favorite organization.

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Welcome back!

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Also, welcome back for another semester! I hope your break went well and you got a much needed rest that you deserve. But, now it’s time to get back in the grind.

Just a reminder that if you need any assistance for all things commuting, or even just a general question about Michigan Tech, I am here for any questions through the commuters email (commuters@mtu.edu), or during office hours which can be found at: https://www.mtu.edu/success/academic/mentoring/commuter/ ; I currently will not be in the office for my office hours, so if you would like to meet with me during those times, please send me an email and we can set up an appointment!

For my blogs this semester, I will be sticking with the usual format (a few events that I think you will enjoy), but every other week I will also have a new section where I will talk about one student organization that I think is a big part of Michigan Tech. There are so many awesome student organizations on campus, so I think by giving you a little information on them it will help spark some interest and help you become more involved on campus.

This week at the SDC, there will be HuskiesFit Dollar Days. For those of you that do not know what that is, it is where they have spring fitness classes for only $2! There are many different classes to try out this week (Zumba, POUND, etc.), so I would highly encourage going and starting off the new semester (and the new year) on the right foot. For 6am classes, you can pay at the door, but for other classes you can get a ticket from the ticket office downstairs.

This week, our basketball Huskies are back at the Wood Gym for a doubleheader on Thursday and Saturday. The women play at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday against Grand Valley State, and the men follow at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, the women’s game tips off at 1:00 p.m. against Davenport with the men’s game following at 3:00 p.m.

Finally, as I said above, I will be having a spotlight section for a student organization every other week. This week, the organization is actually having an information session, so it would be perfect timing if you are interested in this organization. This organization is The Michigan Tech Engineering Ambassadors. This student organization has the goal of spreading knowledge and hands on experiences with engineering to middle and high school students and help spark interest for the field. This organization can also help you grow your communication skills since they do a lot of presentations and activities with younger children. This information session will be held on Thursday, January 17th from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in Fisher 129. You can also contact the advisor Jaclyn Johnson at jenesbit@mtu.edu if you are interested in being added to the email list or if you have any questions!

I hope you all have a great first week back!

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Last Blog for Fall 2018

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This is my final blog for the semester since final exams will be starting next week! Make sure to study hard, but also set aside some time for relaxing.

As I said in the last blog, I will be holding a Commuter event this Saturday (the 15th) from 12:30-2:00 p.m. This event will be in the Library in study room 112. Feel free to stop by the Library and pet some of the therapy dogs while enjoying some snacks provided for the commuters in the study room.

There are some events coming up this week that you can check out if you need a break from studying. The Association of Psychology Students is having a free showing of the movie Room on Monday, December 10th from 8:30-10:00 p.m. This will be held in Fisher 135.

There will be a Shake and Bake Study Break on Tuesday, December 11th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in MUB Ballroom B. Make sure to go and de-stress from classes by playing games and having some free milkshakes and baked goods.

The Michigan Tech Trombone Choir will be holding a performance in the Rozsa library on Thursday, December 13th at 7:30 p.m. This event is free. Stop by and take a break from studying while enjoying the music of the trombones.

Michigan Tech Hockey is back again this weekend with games on Friday and Saturday night at 7:07 p.m. They will take on Alabama-Huntsville. Make sure to join and cheer for our Huskies!

The Men and Women’s Basketball teams will also be in town again this weekend and will be playing on Saturday. The Women’s game will tip off at 4:00 p.m. against Lewis, and the Men’s game will tip off at 6:00 p.m. against UW-Stout.

Finally, Michigan Tech has HuskyFit programs all throughout the year, but there will be a special Festive Fusion Holiday party this Saturday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The cost is $15/person at the SDC Ticket Office. Join Allison and Rochelle for a fun night of Zumba and POUND, holiday music, and giveaways.

I hope you all have had a great semester and do a great job on all of your finals!

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Wildcat Rivalry

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I hope you’re have a great week and are making it through these last few weeks of classes. I will be holding a Commuter event before finals week to help you destress, but more details on this event will be in next week’s blog.

This week, on Wednesday, December 5th from 12:15-1:00 p.m. there will be a “Take your Job Search Home for Break” presentation in Admin 220. If you are looking for a job, or even for an internship this summer, make sure to attend this event and see how you can efficiently use your break to search for jobs.

If you are a business major, make sure to attend the “Bob Mark Business Model Competition” on Wednesday, December 5th from 7:00-9:00 p.m in the Library. This is a competition that assesses the quality of the pitch as well as the product market fit. This event will even be judged by President Koubek. If you are interested in registering for this event, please go to: http://bit.ly/2RBhYZz.

Also on Wednesday and Thursday night, the Tech Theatre Company is presenting “On the Verge”, a story about three victorian ladies exploring through the wilderness. This event is free for Tech students through the Experience Tech fee, just make sure you bring your Tech ID! This event is being held in the McArdle Theatre (Walker 207) at 7:30 p.m.

The Michigan Tech Basketball teams will both be in town on Thursday night to play against Parkside at the SDC. The Women’s game will tip-off at 5:30, with the Men’s game following at 7:30. Both teams will also be in action on Saturday against Purdue Northwest. The Women’s game will start at 1:00 p.m. with the Men following at 3:00. Basketball games are free to Michigan Tech students, all you have to do is show your ID at the entrance. Make sure to stop by and cheer on our Huskies!

The Memorial Union Board will be hosting a game night (Chess and Euchre) on Thursday in the MUB Commons from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Snacks will also be provided!

Finally, as you all probably know by now, Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan are rivals and the games normally get pretty intense. On Saturday, the Michigan Tech Hockey team will be playing against Northern Michigan. The puck is set to drop at 7:07 p.m. I highly recommend going to this game because the Michigan Tech and Northern rival games are always fun. The Hockey team is still ranked #1 in the WCHA, with Northern Michigan following close behind at #4, so it should be a good game!

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The End is Near!

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I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving break, hopefully it isn’t too hard to get back into the swing of things for these last few weeks of the semester.

On Tuesday, November 27th from 4:00-5:00 p.m. there will be a Diverse Dialogues presentation going on in the Library in the East Reading Room. This presentation is being put on to help examine African American experience in the Keweenaw, and also learning how we can include this diversity when telling about our past in the Copper Country.

Also on Tuesday from 6:00-7:00 p.m. is a Recognizing and Addressing Roots of Sexism presentation that will be taking place in MUB Ballroom B2 and B3. This workshop will be a great tool to learn more about language to use when addressing sexism, and also identifying sexism that students have observed. This is a beneficial workshop to attend, so I highly encourage attending if you have time.

Thanksgiving has passed, so now Christmas is on the horizon. This Wednesday, November 28th from 5:00-6:00 p.m. is a Modern Languages Holiday Celebration event in Walker 134. At this event, there will be a unique celebration of Spanish, French, and German holiday traditions. There will be snacks, sing alongs, and also a Christmas Bingo. Make sure to stop by this event and learn how other cultures celebrate Christmas and start getting in the Christmas spirit!

On Thursday, November 29th from 7:00-9:00 p.m. there will be a Painting Night for students to destress from the week. This event will be held in The Alley Makerspace (MUB B002). You can paint on a variety of surfaces such as canvas, glass, or rock. Make sure to join the Memorial Union Board and create something special (who knows, your painting could even be used for a Christmas present).

Our Michigan Tech Men’s Hockey team is currently #1 in the WCHA and they have a set of home games this weekend on Friday and Saturday. The puck drops at 7:07 p.m. both nights. Make sure to cheer on our Huskies as they play Bemidji State.

Don’t forget to start studying for your final exams! These last few weeks go by quick, so make sure to end the semester strong.

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Happy Thanksgiving, Huskies!

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It’s our final week before Thanksgiving break, so I’d like to say Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving and break off from school.

If you’re a STEM major and would like to hear more about  Ford and diversity and inclusion there, make sure to attend their “Career Paths and Pizza with Ford” event on Monday, November 12th from 5:00-6:00 p.m. This event will be held in MEEM 404.

There will be a Blood Drive going on this week in the library. All blood donated will be used to help people throughout the UP. There will be free juice and snacks to all who donate. Walk ins are welcome, but appointments beforehand are preferred. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment please email: almsmith@mtu.edu. The Blood Drive will be going on Tuesday, November 13th from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

At Michigan Tech, we always have many successful alumni that go out and do great things in the workplace. On Wednesday, November 14th at 4:30 p.m., there will be an event put on by the Advancement Office celebrating 5 alumni under 35 that have great stories to share with you. The Advancement Office is going to make this into an annual event to celebrate our alumni, and it will be very beneficial because these alumni will talk about their Michigan Tech experience and how it has applied to their current work. There will also be a Q&A session moderated by Dr. Les Cook following their stories. This event will be held in the Rozsa.

On Thursday, November 15th at 7:00 p.m. there will be a KSO Chamber Recital. Here, local musicians join together for a free community chamber recital of folk, theater, and classical music sponsored by the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra. A $5 donation is accepted at the door. This event will be held at the Portage Lake United Church. Make sure to stop by and support these local musicians.

We’ve also got some more sporting events going on this weekend. Since you are locals, hopefully you are staying in town for break and can come cheer on our Huskies. The Women’s Basketball team has two games this weekend. The first game is on Friday, November 16th at 6:00 p.m. The Huskies will take on MSU-Moorhead. On Sunday, November 18th at 1:00 p.m., they will play Minnesota State. Our Hockey team is out of town this weekend, but they will be in town on November 23rd and 24th where they will play Alaska. Both of these games will start at 7:07 p.m.

I hope you all have a good Thanksgiving break and have a well deserved break from homework.

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Thanksgiving Break is near!

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We’re reaching the end! It’s Week 10, and there’s only a few more weeks left of the semester. Thanksgiving break is also coming up, so we have that to look forward to.

There is a Flu Shot Clinic on Monday, November 5th from 4:00-6:00 p.m. in Alumni Lounge B. If you haven’t gotten your flu shot yet this year, make sure to stop by and get one at the clinic.

If you’d like to grab dinner in town on Tuesday night, make sure to stop at Joey’s Seafood for the Fundraiser going on for 31 Backpacks, put together by Triangle Fraternity. This event will be going on during their open hours (11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.), and if you participate, 20% of your bill will go towards 31 Backpacks. This donation is good on take out or dining in, just make sure you mention that you would like to donate towards 31 backpacks.

Our Michigan Tech Women’s Volleyball team has had a great season this year, and because of that, they have clinched a home game for the quarterfinal match in the GLIAC Tournament. This game will be taking place on Wednesday, November 7th at 7:00 p.m. in the SDC.

Also on Wednesday, Welby Altidor, an innovation extraordinaire, will be on campus to talk about how ideas can help lead to innovation through collaboration and failure to transform our approach to business and life. This event will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Rozsa. This event is free for Michigan Tech students, so stop by and hear more about Welby’s creative company and learn more about how you can be innovative in your own life.

League of Legends Club at Michigan Tech will be holding a 5v5 Tournament on Friday, November 9th from 7:00-11:45 p.m. This event will be held in Wadsworth Dining Hall. You can register online for this event. Solo/Duo registration can be found at: goo.gl/forms/PfL3mgcwora4pLBH2  and Team registration can be found at: goo.gl/forms/cOD3C7QmnfGBAMJg2

On Thursday, November 8th from 6:00-7:00 p.m. there will be another Healthy Husky Workshop Series presentation going on. This week’s event is: “Nourish: A Focus on Food”. Here you can learn easy ways to cook healthy and grocery shop on a budget. There will be tips, recipes, and delicious ideas. This event will be held in Fisher 101.

On Friday, November 9th from 10:00-11:45 p.m. there will also be a comedian Jessi Campbell on campus. Jessi was on the show “Last Comic Standing” and has performed live all over the country. Make sure to stop by for some laughs after a long week of homework.

The last game of the season for the Michigan Tech Football team will be on Saturday, November 10th at 1:00 p.m. This game is Senior Day, so make sure to come on out and support your Huskies and the seniors!

Also on Saturday, November 10th is the Rozsa for the Performing Arts showing of “Pinocchio”. This play is at 2:00 p.m., and is free for Michigan Tech students.

I hope you all have a great week, keep pushing through the semester!

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“Yalloween”

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It’s week nine, which means final exams are approaching soon, so make sure you start pacing yourself and studying for those exams. We will be having a commuter event when it gets closer to exam time. Details for this event will be in the blog when I have more details.

Halloween is this Wednesday, and the Pep Band has a special treat for the public. The Michigan Tech Pep Band calls this event “Yalloween”. This will be a concert where the Pep Band will play great music to get you in the Halloween spirit. This event is free for Michigan Tech students. The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Rozsa.

The 41 North Film Festival is holding a festival of Independent films from around the region. There are many different films streaming, and some have Q&A’s with the directors, and even panels, so make sure to stop by for this festival. More information on locations, titles, and times can be found at: https://events.mtu.edu/event/41_north_film_festival#.W9SvCmhKhPY

Leadership is a very important quality and role to have, especially when you get out into the workforce. The Interfraternity Council is sponsoring an event “Limitless Leadership – Tom Healy”. This one hour presentation will help you learn how you thrive to be a leader, and some helpful pointers in holding that role. This presentation will be held on Thursday, November 1st from 8:00-9:00 p.m. in the MUB Ballroom.

Another thing that I want to mention to you guys is not an event, but it is a place you can go to if you need to relax and take a break from studying and all of the craziness that college brings. One of my favorite places on campus to unwind and relax is in the Relaxation Room. The Relaxation Room is on the third floor of the Administration Building (Counseling Services). The relaxation room has a sun lamp to help you get some Vitamin D since winter is approaching, it has some comfortable couches you can take a quick nap on, and you can even do a crossword or color a picture to relax your mind. I would highly recommend checking out the Relaxation Room and the other many places that our campus has to offer for study breaks!

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