Student News Briefs – Friday, February 7, 2014

1. Student Leadership Awards Call for Nominations

The 20th Annual Student Leadership Awards are now open for nominations.  Please visit the website to nominate an individual or an organization for their hard work. Nominations will be accepted until March 7 at 5:00 PM for the Presidents award for Leadership, and the Vice President for Student Affairs and Advancement Award for Service. All other awards will close on Friday, March 21 at 5:00 PM.

For more information please call Student Activities at 906-487-1963

2. American Red Cross Lifeguard and CPR Certification Available

Earn your American Red Cross Certification in this 5-day training course located at the Michigan Tech SDC Pool. Certification includes Lifeguard and CPR certification and all training materials. All participants must be 15 years of age or older by March 2, 2014 (documentation required), be able to swim 300 yards without stopping and tread water, with legs only, for 2 minutes. Class size is limited and the deadline to register is February 7.

More information and online registration is available here.

3. Spring 2014 Career Development Events

The Career Fair is just one week away! Begin to prepare yourself to 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…

Tickets are still available, purchase them now!  Thursday, February 13, Spring 2014 Business and Dining Etiquette Dinner –Sponsored by Kohler, MUB Ballroom, 5:00 PM –7:30 PM

They are being sold for $10.00 (refunded if you are present at the event) and are available on-line at here or at Career Services (220 Admin). Dine in a professional setting, gain tips and advice about business and dining etiquette from Kohler professionals (up to 10 reps are coming).  Monday-Friday, February 10-14, Interview Skills Week, Career Services 220 Admin Building, 9 AM – 4 PM.  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  Tuesday-Thursday, February 11-13, Resume Blitz, MUB Commons, 11 AM –2 PM.  Have your resume reviewed and tips on how to highlight your education and experience by corporate representatives, faculty, and staff.

Also, don’t forget to take advantage of what’s new in Career Services this spring! The 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 the website.

4. Community Programs Yoga Class

Yep, it’s cold. Yep, it’s only February. The good news – its Winter Carnival weekend and Spring Break is just a month away! Take time to rejuvenate your spirit and celebrate the snow!  Yoga classes are offered 5 days a week through the end of April and include beginner, all levels, advanced, gentle, power and men’s-only. Register anytime and enjoy our low-rate student 8-punch class cards for only $30!

Upcoming 1-day Yoga Workshops include Getting Fit Yoga on 2/9 and Valentine’s Partner Yoga on 2/15.

Visit us online for full details and online registration. For great deals, event announcements, and more connect with Michigan Tech Recreation on Facebook.

5. Nordic Ski Club Lessons

The Nordic Ski Club is offering free beginner lessons for club members. They are offered Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday evenings by our advanced members and aim to get you started with cross country skiing. Limit of 5 people per lesson and 1 free lesson per person. You can sign up by yourself or with a group.
For novice and beyond members, we have practices at 5:30 pm on Mondays. Every other week, Birkie Elite Wave Skier Joanie Rundman coaches us. This is a low key environment to improve technique and have fun.
To become a club member, pay $10 at the Tech Trailhead and enjoy free usage of club equipment for the rest of the season!
For more information please visit our website or contact Helena at

6. Parade of Nations Seeking 25th Anniversary Volunteers

Since 1989, the campuses of Michigan Tech and Finlandia and surrounding cities have celebrated the cultural richness of our community with an annual Parade of Nations and Multicultural Festival. The Parade of Nations strives to promote worldwide culture and national awareness to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula through an annual event that includes a parade and multicultural festival.The 2014 celebration scheduled for Septempber 13, will mark the 25th year of this multicultural event, and the Parade of Nations planning committee is looking for faculty, staff and students interested in helping plan and coordinate the weeklong festivities.

“We need passionate individuals who are excited about promoting our rich multicultural heritage to join this year’s special projects committee,” said Darnishia Slade, planning committee chair. “We need your help to make the 25th Parade of Nations and Multicultural Festival the biggest and best yet.”

For more information or to join the Parade of Nations committee, contact Darnishia Slade

7. New Just in Case App

Please take the time to download the new “Just in Case” app for Michigan Tech students!  This app was designed as a mechanism to get you connected to resources in a time of need. If you do not have a smart device the information is accessible by visiting the mobile website.  Our hope is that this app allows students quick access to the contact and resource information that they need when they are feeling overwhelmed, worried about a friend, have feelings of hurting themselves or someone else, or are looking for sexual assault resources.

Please help us spread the word to keep you and your fellow Huskies safe and take the steps to download this app to your phone so that you too can reach out to resources if the need ever arises.

The mobile app can be accessed by scanning the QR code below or by visiting the Michigan Tech app that has the “Just in Case” app available for download.

8. Volunteer Service Opportunity

If you are looking for a community service opportunity and/or for something fun to do, the Michigan Tech Preschool would like to invite you and/or your organization to participate in our upcoming Cabin Fever Carnival fund raising event as event volunteers. This event is in the MUB Ballroom and features Mind Trekkers, a snack bar, bake sale, balloons, activities like face painting, a silent auction, and games where children can earn carnival prizes.

We need volunteers mainly to set-up, supervise games and activities, serve food, and to tear down the event afterwards.

If you or your organization can participate, please get back to me by February 17th with your information and/or a list of names/number of volunteers your organization can commit to one or more shifts. We will need about 30 total volunteers for each event shift and about 10 each for set-up and tear-down.

Michigan Tech Preschool is a non-profit parent cooperative preschool that has been serving the local community and its children for over 50 years. We hope you will choose to work with us to continue our tradition of affordable early childhood education.

Event Summary:

Michigan Tech Preschool Cabin Fever Carnival

Saturday, February 22, 2014

MUB Ballroom

Event Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm

Set-Up Shift: 7:30am – ~9:00am

Event 1st shift: 9:45am – 11:30pm

Event 2nd shift: 11:15am – 1:00pm

Tear-Down Shift: 1:00pm – ~2:30pm

For Questions please contact Ryan Towels at

9. MedLife Brings Tanzania Presentor, Terry Mulligan, to Present on MedLife in Africa

On Thursday, February 13, MedLife at Tech will have the honor of welcoming the MedLife Tanzania Program Director, Terry Mulligan, to our campus.

Mr. Mulligan will be discussing MedLife’s medical care, education, and community development efforts in Africa and many other parts of the world, followed by a Q&A with the audience. We would like to invite you to join us for this remarkable opportunity!

This event will take place  at 6pm in Fisher 129.  For more information please contact Brittany Erickson at

10. Engineering Programs Abroad

11. 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.

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