Student News Briefs – Friday, March 22, 2013



Colors Fly for Annual Pride Week

Michigan Tech’s 15th annual Pride Week is March 18-23. Events as diverse as the community they celebrate are planned. They range from a film to a conversation with a sexologist, a speaker who will talk about being black and gay in America, swing and salsa dance lessons, and the 13th annual Drag Show.

All events are free (unless otherwise noted), and all are open to the public.

For the full schedule of events, see

For more information about Pride Week, contact Renee Wells,, 487-2920.


TEDx Houghton

TEDx Houghton will now be streamed live as a webcast! It can be viewed at at 10:00 AM on March 23.

If you missed out on tickets to the event, you are also in luck. There will be two Live Stream Viewing Parties on the Michigan Tech Campus! Food is included and tickets are free! Pick up your ticket in front of any dining hall at 11:00 AM on Thursday or at Noon at the Outdoor Adventure Program (207 East St. Houghton)! There will be 100 tickets handed out in the residence halls and 100 tickets handed out at the OAP. Tickets are first come, first serve!


Film Board Movie – The Last Stand

This week Film Board is showing The Last Stand in Fisher 135 this weekend.  It will be shown on Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23 at 6:00, 8:30, and 11:00 pm.  Tickets are $3 each and concessions range from 25 cents to 75 cents.
Movie blurb: “The leader of a drug cartel busts out of a courthouse and speeds to the Mexican border, where the only thing in his path is a sheriff and his inexperienced staff.”


African Night 2013

The African Students Organization invites you to African Night 2013 on Saturday, March 23, from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM in the MUB Ballroom. Tickets are $8.00 for students and $12.00 for faculty and the general public.

As part of the festivities, two professional artists will be gracing African Night this year.  Senegalese Kora Player Youssoupha Sidibe, who has played live with popular neo-soul artist India Arie; and Ghanaian Fashion Designer, Jennifer Akese, based in Chicago who will be directing a professional fashion show with Michigan Tech students as the models. The evening also includes dinner prepared by ASO members, Rwandan and West African dances, and a sparkling and hilarious 1990 Ghanaian play authored by Efua T. Sutherland that adapts the conventions of Akan-storytelling.

Tickets are available online at, in the MUB commons, at CDI, and at the SDC central ticket office.
Sponsors: USG, GSG, EE, ME, FE, CE, CDI, Student Affairs, & Student Life


Earth Week 2013

Get ready for Michigan Tech Earth Week 2013, March 24-30!  Students for Environmental Sustainability has partnered with groups all over campus to promote environmental awareness during this special week with over 15 events this year!  Highlights include Bike to School Day on Wednesday, March 27, and you can win a prize just for riding your bike to campus, and Green Comedian Jeff Wozer at the DHH Ballroom Saturday, March 30 at 9:00 PM.   Please visit for more information on all of the events.  This event has many generous sponsors including the Parents Fund of the Michigan Tech Fund.


TiViTz Tournament Needs Volunteers

If you are looking for an opportunity to help out in the community, please consider the following two events hosted by the Center for Pre-College Outreach.  We are in need of a few more volunteers.  The first one is on Monday, March 25 in the Wood Gym of the SDC.  Our annual TiViTz tournament brings 4th-7th graders to campus to play a tournament of the math game TiViTz.  We need 6 more people willing to help with scorekeeping and generally making sure the event runs smoothly.  The tournament runs from 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM and you can come for whatever amount of time you are able.  Lunch is provided!

The very next day, Tuesday, March 26, is Get WISE — Get Women in Science and Engineering.  Get WISE hosts about 200 7th and 8th grade girls for several engineering challenges like making little airplanes that stay in the air as long as possible or bridges that hold the most weight.  It’s a great event!  Get WISE runs from 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM in the Wood Gym and you can come for whatever amount of time you are able.  We are looking for 1 0r more volunteers.  Lunch is included at this one, too!  There will also be a training session on the Monday evening beforehand.

To sign up for either or both of these events, just fill out this form.  For more information contact Liz Fujita at


Seeking Claire M. Donovan Award Nominations

Do you know someone who should be recognized for his or her outstanding service contributions to Michigan Tech?  Blue Key Honor Society is seeking nominations for the 2013 Clair M. Donovan Award, recognizing a member of the faculty, staff, or student body for one or more of the following:  their service to Michigan Tech, especially in non-academic activities; their contribution to the public image of Michigan Tech; and/or, their continuing interest in the development of the University.  The deadline for submitting applications is Wednesday, March 27 at 5:00 PM in the Blue Key Office, MUB 106 or via email to  Nomination forms are available in the Blue Key office or at this link:

If you have questions please call 487-2818 or email

Intramurals Updates

Intramural-Recreational Sports Service has the following updates:

Dodgeball Tournament (Managers’ Meeting held prior to 1st game) Entry Deadline:  Thursday, March 21 @ 5:00 PM

Swim Meet March 25 @ 3:00 PM Entry Deadline;  Competition starts 3/26 @ 5PM

Please visit or call 487-3556 for more information.


Class Tribute Program

ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS GRADUATING IN MAY 2013: The Michigan Tech Student Foundation (MTSF) and the Student Philanthropy Council invite you to make your upcoming commencement day even more special by participating in the Class Tribute Program.  It’s an opportunity for you to recognize someone special in the printed commencement program. 

Just go to  for program and participation details.  The deadline for  tributes is Monday, April 8, 2013.  For questions, contact Paula Nutini at 487-3609 or


Youth Programs Summer Employment Opportunities

Michigan Tech Youth Programs is seeking qualified adventurous people to co-lead a week long exploration this summer with Summer Youth’s Outdoor Explorations. These paid positions involve helping instructors teach Middle and High School students about ecology, ecosystems, and how people interact with nature and wilderness. 
Courses that need instructors are:
(July 14-20)
  • Backpack Isle Royale (High School)
  • Ecology & the Environment (Middle School)
(July 21-27)
  • Backpack the Porkies (High School)
  • Aquatic Ecology (Middle School)
(July 28 – August 3)
  • Wolf Ecology (Middle School)
  • Backpack the Porkies (Middle School)

Certifications such as Wilderness First Responder, Lifeguard, and Bloodborne Pathogens are paid bonuses.  For more information or to apply, contact Tom Maynard, Outdoor Programs Coordintor, by email at, or by phone, 906-487-1448.

Mind Trekkers Looking for Volunteers
Mind Trekkers needs your help! 
We have an event coming up that still needs volunteers! 
Event: College of Lake County Science & Engineering Festival (Grayslake, IL)
Date: Friday, April 12, 2013. Event runs from 8:30am-12:00pm. 

Depart Houghton: Thursday, April 11, 2013 @ noon
Arrive back to Houghton: Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 11:30pm

Perks: Water Park (link: ), making new friends, inspiring people, and 18 service hours to add to your resume!  If you are interested in volunteering, please email Kim,, the following information: 
Preferred Name: 
Phone #:
Dietary Needs: 
Shirt Size:
Feel free to encourage your friends to come on this trip as well. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to text Kim at 989-335-3774 or email at

Admissions Office Hiring Summer Student Staff

It’s that time of year where the admissions office starts planning for
summer staff and we are in need of student telecounselors and campus
tour guides. Both of these positions are great leadership
opportunities for students!

Calling takes place Monday through Thursday from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. in
the Administration Building. You must work a minimum of two (2) 3-hour
shifts each week.

Campus tours are offered Monday through Friday with tours from
8:00-10:00 a.m., 10:00-1:00 p.m., and 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Both positions are paid and training is provided.

To apply, you must be an undergraduate student who has completed at
least two semesters at Michigan Tech and have an overall GPA of 2.5 or
higher. If you want to make a difference for prospective Michigan Tech
students, stop by the admissions office or email for an
application. Applications must be submitted by April 12.


Multiliteracies Center Student Employment Opportunities

The Multiliteracies Center is hiring undergraduate student coaches to begin working Fall 2013.  We look for coaches from diverse majors and backgrounds, and we do NOT require applicants to be experts in writing.  Surprised? Don’t be.  The job is much different than you think.
Those students who have worked in the center often describe it as “one of the most important pieces of my academic career at Michigan Tech.” The skills gained as a coach in the Multiliteracies Center are required by future employers, yet the academic curriculum doesn’t always develop those skills. Coaches have an advantage when they go on the job market.
There will be an informal pizza and information session on Tuesday, March 26 at 6:00 PM in Walker 107.
Applications are available in the center (Walker 107) or online ( Applications are due by Wednesday, March 27.
Contact Kirsti Arko with any questions.






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