I hope you’re all having a great week! Now that the sun is out and here to stay, enduring the next few weeks of the semester will be a breeze! We also have some exciting events coming up this week that your students might take interest in.
First of all, the Phi Sigma Biological Sciences Honor Society has been hosting their annual Biology Week this week starting Monday, March 23 and extending through Friday, March 27! Events include a Bone Marrow Registry, an undergraduate research presentation, Biology Jeopardy night, a showing of the movie Osmosis Jones, a presentation on a mobile clinic established in Lima, Peru, an exhibit on anxiety and depression, and more! The week is designed to spread awareness of the biological sciences and health on campus and incorporates other biology-related organizations in the week as well. The organizations include the Pre-Health Association at Tech (PHAT), the Society of Medical Laboratory Scientists (SMLS), MedLife, the Wildlife Society, and Wellness. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to get involved on campus and learn more about biology. For a detailed list of the events taking place during Biology Week, please visit the Biological Sciences Department website.
In addition to Biology Week, the 48th annual Don Keranen Memorial Jazz Show will take place on Saturday, March 28 at 6:00 pm at the Rozsa Center! Don Keranen (1942-2000) is considered to be one of the most talented musicians to have come from the local area. He attended Northern Michigan University, where he received a degree in music and continued on to the University of Oregon for graduate studies. He played a wide variety of instruments, performed as a vocalist, and composed and arranged musical works. Keranen developed the jazz studies program here at Tech and established what is now known as the Superior Wind Symphony. The performance taking place this Saturday will be under the direction of Mike Irish and will include internationally-known jazz singer Kathy Kosins, an ASCAP award-winning songwriter/vocalist. If your students are interested in jazz or are looking for a thrilling night full of music and fun, I would highly recommend that they attend the concert! It’s free for students via the Experience Tech fee, and is sure to be an invigorating performance. For more information on the Don Keranen Memorial Jazz Show, please visit the Rozsa Center website.
With the end of the semester drawing near and the sun shining, it can be easy to for students to get antsy as they itch to break their cabin fever. With the snow melting, there are a lot of ways to incorporate outside activities to both enjoy the gorgeous weather and relieve the ensuing stress that will come as we approach the end of the semester. With the snow melting, the Michigan Tech Trails are a great way to release energy. In the winter, the trails are open for snowshoeing, snow-biking, and cross country skiing; but when the snow is melted, the trails are open for mountain biking, running, and hiking. Students can take advantage of other hiking spots in the area as well, including the Nara Nature Trails in Houghton, which are interconnected with the Michigan Tech Trails, and the Maasto Hiihto trails which are located across the bridge in Hancock. There are also outdoor tennis courts, basketball courts, and rollerblading trails that are great to take advantage of as the spring approaches. Each surround Michigan Tech’s campus, so these are fantastic activities to participate in especially if your student doesn’t have much time to spare. In addition to these particular outside venues, there are other outdoor activities right on campus that students can get involved in! Students can throw a frisbee around, toss the football back and forth, play catch with a baseball, etc. right on campus! If the outdoor weather isn’t doing it for your students, they can always check out the Student Development Complex (SDC), which includes a vast multi-purpose area for basketball, badminton, volleyball, a track, a swimming pool, and racquetball and squash courts! There are a plethora of activities to do both inside outside to relieve stress. Burning energy and getting some fresh air is an extremely effective way to help students stay focused during this critical time of the semester, so I hope they find some way to stay active!
That’s all I have for you this week! If you have any questions about any of the items mentioned above, or would like to see more information written on a specific topic, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope you all enjoy the week and enjoy the weather in each of your own home towns! Until next week!