Student News Briefs – Friday, January 31, 2014

1. Nominations Sought for Faculty Distinguished Service Award

Nominations for the 2014 Faculty Distinguished Service Award are now being accepted. This award recognizes superior and exceptional service activities by a Michigan Tech faculty member for service rendered outside of the duties of university employment. A cash prize of $2,500 accompanies the award.

Faculty, staff, or students can nominate a faculty member who is making the campus or community a better place for all of us. Nomination instructions and forms are available at:

Nominations should be submitted to Dr. Bill Sproule, Chair, Faculty Distinguished Service Award Committee, at by Monday, March 24, 2014.

2. Omega House/Swedetown Trails Ski for the Key

The 2nd Annual Ski for the Key 2014 (Ski for the Keweenaw) is quickly approaching! This annual event supports two great organizations, and is a fun day of x-country skiing or snowshoeing.  Ski or snowshoe to earn points for prizes!

Ski for the Key will be held Saturday, February 8, 2014 from 9 am to 2 pm at Swedetown Trails in Calumet. We are again donating the proceeds of this fundraiser to Omega House and Swedetown Trails Club.

You can pledge, ahead of time, or just come on out and register, anytime between 9 am and 2 pm on February 8.
Sponsors for this year’s Ski for the Key include Aspirus Keweenaw Home Health & Hospice, Aspirus Keweenaw, BlueSky Health, Bohemia Printing, Copper Island Printing, Econo Foods, Hancock Bottling Co., Keweenaw Coop, Pat’s Foods, Portage Health, Psychology Associates, Range Bank, ThermoAnalytics and xmatic.

Registration and pledge envelopes are available at Aspirus Keweenaw Home Health & Hospice, Aspirus Keweenaw Medical Arts, Omega House, Portage Health, and Swedetown Trails Chalet.

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Thanks in advance for your continuing support of this worthwhile event. If you have questions, call either Gladys Polzien at 337-5700 or Carol Pfefferkorn at 482-4438.

3. Annual Bigfoot Snowshoe Event

This years Bigfoot Snowshoe event will be held on Saturday, February 8. Registration is from 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM at the waxing shed on the Tech Trails and complimentary snowshoes are available with a student ID. The raffle will be held at noon and as always participants receive a long sleeve T-Shirt!

The pre-registration deadline is Friday, January 31 and payments must be received by this date. Tech students and children (12 and under) is $15, pre-registration is $10, adults are $18, pre-registration is $12.

For more information and to find the registration and waiver form go to Student Activities

4. CopperDog Volunteers Needed

Are you looking for a way to beat the mid-winter blahs and enjoy some fresh air in the pristine Keweenaw back country? Here’s your chance!

The CopperDog 150 is a professional sled dog race that travels from Calumet to Copper Harbor and back over three days. The event runs from February 28-March 2, and requires hundreds of volunteers. Most jobs only require a few hours of your time, and you are sure to have a blast.

The reputation of the CopperDog Volunteer has spread all through out the sport of dogsled racing. When asked for feedback on their visit to the Keweenaw, musher after musher comments on the hospitality and enthusiasm of CopperDog 150 volunteers. You are what make this race so successful!

We strongly encourage all volunteers to attend the Official Volunteer Training on Saturday, February 22, from 11-1 at Calumet High School. If you are part of a student organization and would like to sign up as a group, please email Brian at

Sign up now!

Here is a quick description of some of the jobs that require the most volunteers:

  • Crossing Guards – Help to create a safe crossing where the trail intersects a road or snowmobile trail.
  • Timer – Records times and bib numbers at crossing to track racers progress and make sure no one is off course.
  • Bag checker – Checks items in a bag carried by mushers against a list of wilderness survival supplies.
  • Snow Fence Installation – Carries, unrolls, and sets up snow fence along 5th street in Calumet.
  • Remove Snow Fence – See above, but backwards.
  • Dog handler- Helps lead dog teams up to or away from the start/finish at each checkpoint. This is a very physical job, particularly at the start.

5. 9th Annual Railroad Night

Come out for Railroad Night on February 18 from 7 – 9:30pm at the Franklin Square Inn.  This is an opportunity to build connections and a chance to follow up with railroad company representatives after Career Fair during a formal dinner.

Admission is free and your ticket includes a great meal and a chance to win raffle prizes.

For more information contact Dave Nelson, .

6. Spring 2014 Career Development Events

The Career Fair is just two weeks away! Begin to prepare yourself and ensure you’re ready for “What’s NEXT” by taking advantage of the Career Development Education opportunities that Career Services offers.
This week from Career Services…
It’s Carnival Week – Enjoy! But, remember, the Career Fair is just around the corner.  Tickets are on sale NOW for the Spring 2014 Business and Dining Etiquette Dinner – Sponsored by Kohler!  The event will be held Thursday, February 13 from 5:00 – 7:30 PM in the MUB Ballroom. Tickets are $10.00 (refunded if you are present at the event) and are available on-line at or at Career Services (220 Admin).

Schedule your Mock Interview Appointment ASAP for Interview Skills Week, which will be held February 10 – 14 from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM in the Administration Building room 220. 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 Services Learning Center – Sponsored by DTE Energy is a great resource for students to walk in and receive valuable career advice, including resume review, interview skills and career fair prep. Walk in hours are Monday – Thursday from 1:00 – 5:00 PM in the Career Services Office, room 220 of the Administration Building.

For the full schedule of events leading up to Spring 2014 Career Fair visit

7. IM Updates

Here is what’s happening in IM:
Individual/Dual Sports Table

Tennis Doubles entry deadline: 1/31 @3:00 PM

More Info at or 487-3556

8. Michigan Tech Trivia Night

Please join the Student Philanthropy Council for a Michigan Tech trivia night in the MUB Commons, Thursday, February 27, 2014, 6:00-7:00 PM.

All registered student organizations are invited to participate with a team (3 member maximum).  There will be 3 rounds of 20 trivia questions regarding Michigan Tech.  A grand prize of $500 cash will be awarded to the winning team to assist their student organization.

  • This is a great way to learn more about the history of Michigan Tech and philanthropy on campus.
  • Light snacks will be provided.
  • A great opportunity to win money for your organization while having fun.
  • Limited space is available; please register your organization as soon as possible with the link below.

This event is sponsored by the Michigan Tech Annual Fund.  For questions contact Heather Wiitanen at

9. Khana Khazana Hosts Dishes From India, Syria, and Farsi

Come enjoy the flavors of three different countries at this weeks Khana Khazana, Friday, January 31 at the MUB Commons between 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM. Food is available a la carte or as a full meal.


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