Student News Briefs – Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Student News Briefs SPECIAL Edition

The Student News Briefs is having a Special Edition this week and next (December 10) and will be suspended until the Spring semester starts. If you would still like to have a brief added please email and I will ad it to the blog (it just won’t be in the list that is emailed out for this edition). If you would like to add a brief to next weeks edition please email by noon on Tuesday, December 9.

Thank you!

1. You’re Invited…Check out the new McAllister Welcome Center!

Who is John Edgar McAllister and what exactly goes on in the welcome center named for him? Find out on Thursday, December 4, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. during an open house. Stop by to tour this fully donor-funded addition and renovation to the MUB that’s now the home of undergraduate admissions and the campus visit program. Enjoy refreshments, enter to win prizes, and learn more about Mr. McAllister and Mr. Davis–the donors who funded the project.

2. Wilderness First Responder Course Being Offered Jan. 5-9

The Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP) will once again host a Wilderness First Responder five-day course over the winter break, Jan. 5-9.

This course is designed for those who spend time in remote wilderness, either alone or leading others, and focuses on being better prepared for medical emergencies that may arise while in the woods. This course is open to students, faculty, hunters and general adventurers in Upper Michigan.

There is required pre-course material that must be completed online prior to the start of class and will be made available upon registration. This course will combine both lecture and practical hands-on situations in the outdoors, and participants will spend some time in the snow and cold of the Keweenaw.

The cost for this course is $600 for students and $699 for nonstudents. You are not guaranteed to receive your certification just by enrolling in this course; you must be able to complete the requirements for certification.

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3. The Huskies Pep Band Fashion Show Friday 12/5 at 7:30 PM

The Huskies Pep Band invites you to join us in our first annual Fashion Show. Watch as the sections of the pep band battle it out in 5 themed categories in an evening of creative costumes and snarky humor.

When – Friday December 5 at 7:30 PM
Where – The McArdle Theater
Cost – Free

Join us on our Facebook page.

For Questions, contact Zachary Evans at

For more information on course content and certifications received, visit Northern Cairn. To register for the course, complete the onlineRegistration Form. (Choose “Wilderness First Responder” from the Course Attending drop-down list, and enter Jan. 5-9 for the course dates.) If you have questions, contact the OAP at or 7-2290.

Note: Michigan Tech students can receive University credit for this course; contact the OAP for details.

SMART Scholarship Deadline4. Department of Defense (DoD) SMART Scholarship Application DEADLINE Monday, December 15, 2014

The Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program has been established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to provide support to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in a STEM related field

The SMART Scholarship offers full tuition assistance and education related fees, a paid stipend and summer internships, health insurance and book allowance, mentoring, as well as employment placement after graduation for qualified students. The application window for this opportunity is open now until scheduled close deadline of December 15, 2014.

Don’t miss this awesome opportunity, please visit to start your application TODAY! Questions? Feel free to contact Michigan Tech’s on-campus DoD recruiter, Kaila Pietila, for any additional information or to schedule an appointment.

Ms. Pietila can be reached at:
Kaila Pietila
Department of Defense STAR Program Representative
Career Services 220 Administration Building
(571) 302-1356

5. Fifth Annual Snowfall Contest Now Open

The flakes are flying, and we Huskies couldn’t be more excited that the season of snow is upon us. Do you think you know what Heikki Lunta has in store for us?

Michigan Tech faculty, staff, students, retirees, alumni and friends are invited to predict our monthly snowfall and the grand total for the 2014-15 season in our fifth annual Snowfall Contest.

Enter by the 10th day of each month, and if your guess is closest to the total amount of snow that falls in the Keweenaw for the month, you’ll win a totally-Tech gift (like a winter survival kit, pasty vouchers, a pint glass or Tech gear). Enter the monthly contest.

You can also make your best guess on how much snow is going to fall in the Copper Country during the 2014–15 season. If your prediction is closest to the actual total amount, you’ll win a two-night stay on campus and a Michigan Tech Winter Survival Kit. Enter the annual contest.

You can check out the archive of snowfall totals online. Good luck!

For more information contact Alumni Relations at 7-2400.

6. Customer Appreciation Sale Today at Campus Bookstore, University Images

The annual Holiday Customer Appreciation Sale is tomorrow from 8 AM to 6 PM at the Campus Bookstore, the Dress for Success Shop and University Images. Almost everything will be 25 percent off. Do your Christmas shopping on campus this year—and save.

7. Missing Your Bike?

During the Thanksgiving break, bicycles were picked up throughout campus that were not at a designated winter bike rack. The bicycles are currently at Facilities Management.

If you cannot locate your bicycle, please stop by the Facilities Building, Monday-Friday from 7 AM to 3:30 PM, or contact Public Safety and Police Services at 906-487-2216. To retrieve your bicycle, you must present your student ID, and the bicycle will have to be registered with the Department of Public Safety and Police Services upon release.

The only winter bike racks on campus are located at the Van Pelt Library, DHH, McNair Hall, and Wadsworth Hall.

8. New Backcountry Route Added to Tech Trails

A new backcountry, single-track route has been added to the Tech Trails. The route, which runs from the main trailhead to the Nara trailhead, is now open to fatbikers, skiers and snowshoers.

This route follows the main ski trails in two places for a few hundred meters. Please stay far to the un-tracked side of the main trails while transiting the wide segments, and remember to yield to all skiers.

The more we use the backcountry route (especially snowshoers), the better it packs, and the more fun it is to ride. As we get more snow, regular grooming will be added to this route.

Please note this trail is intended for fatbikes only (3-1/2-inch or larger tires). Also, if your fatbike is making ruts deeper than the skiers on the wide trails, come back another time.

Remember to support the trails and purchase your annual trail membership or day pass. Come out to the trails, and enjoy the winter!

KHANA KHAZANA chinese POSTER9. Khana Khazana Serving Chinese Cuisine on Friday

Khana Khazana, a weekly international lunch will feature Chinese cuisine this Friday, December 5 cooked by Lu Yang; student of Computer engineering department at Michigan Tech.

The main dish is Fried Noodles. These smoky hot fried noodles are made with salty and sweet soy sauce, oyster sauce mixed with peppers and chicken (Tofu will be served for vegetarians).  The second dish is Potato Fry made by frying small potatoes with soy and seafood sauces and dressed with green onions.  A healthy Mung bean shake made with boiled mung beans blended with sugar for desert.

Serving starts at 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the MUB Food Court. The whole meal is $6.95 with free fountain soda or $2.50 for each item.

Please join us to support our international cooks and enjoy a great meal!

 10. Phi Kappa Tau Pancake Breakfast to Support Barkell Elementary School

On Saturday from 7:30 AM – 1:00 PM at the Barkell Elementary school, 1201 N Elevation St. in Hancock, will be a pancake breakfast sponsored by Phi Tau.  All fundraiser proceeds go to many different items for the school such as March Reading Month, playground equipment, technology, Science Nights, school assemblies, and many more.  A $5.00 donation is suggested and tickets can be purchased at the door.

11. Stage Revue Auditions

If any groups have applied for stage revue, Thursday Dec. 4th will be the audition drawing times in EERC 100 at 7pm. Along with the audition times, groups will be informed of anything they need to know and can get their questions answered during that time as well. Saturday December 6 will be the auditions from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Come prepared with your A-game!

For more information please contact Randee at

12. Sugar Shack by IRHC

Sugar Shack is an annual event done in Wadsworth Dining Hall by IRHC. On Friday, December 10 from 8:00 – 10:00 PM students can come to Wadsworth Hall and make gingerbread houses and eat free candy. Gingerbread houses will be put on display in wads dining hall for the final weeks leading up to break.

For more information please contact Kayla at

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13. Make Your Own Survival Bracelet

Tonight, December 3, join OAP for a Survival Bracelet Making Event from 6:00 – 7:00 PM at the OAP House. There will also be S’mores!

For more information call 906-487-2290.

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14. Celebrate Diwali Night Saturday with Indian Food and Entertainment

Diwali Night, the Indian festival of lights, has become a tradition far from its Indian roots—at Michigan Tech. This Saturday, Dec. 6, is Diwali Night at Tech, hosted by the Indian Students Association (ISA).

Dinner, served from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Commons, will include Hara Bhara Kabab—a vegetable patty stuffed with spinach, potatoes and green peas; Chicken Mughlai—a cashew curry chicken; Paneer Kadai—a vegetarian entree of cottage cheese in tomato-based curry; pita bread; Kashmiri Pulav—Basmati rice cooked in Indian spices and dried fruits; and Vermicelli Kheer—a dessert of flavored vermicelli pudding with milk and sugar.

After dinner, there will be a performance at 7:30 p.m. at the Rozsa Center, on the theme “The Wonder Years,” focusing on college life with friends. The Indian Students Association band will play Indian music. Drama and dance will include Indian classical Bharatnatyam, from southern India; folk dances including Bhangra or Punjabi from North India, and Lavani, which is Maharashtrian folk dancing from the West of India, and the Western hip-hop.

There are various legends about the origin of Diwali. Some believe it to be the celebration of the marriage of Lakshmi with Lord Vishnu. In Bengal, the festival is dedicated to the worship of Kali, the dark goddess of strength. Ganesha, the elephant-headed god who is the symbol of auspiciousness and wisdom is also worshipped in most Hindu homes during Diwali. The festival also commemorates the return of Rama, along with Sita and Lakshman, from his 14-year exile and the vanquishing of the demon-king Ravana.

Tickets include dinner and the performance. The cost is $15 for the general public and $8 for ISA members.

Tickets for the event are available at the following:

Rozsa Center webpage
SDC Ticket Office—in person or by calling 7-2073
MUB Commons Promotion Desk—11 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Dec. 5
Rozsa Box Office—Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m. for the performance only

 15.Husky Tae Kwon Do

Need a break from studying for finals? Come practice with Husky Tae Kwon Do. Our practice schedule for the week of December 8th is as follows:
Wednesday 6:00-7:30 PM ROTC Room 100
Thursday 5:30-7:30 PM MUB Ballroom A2
Friday 6:00-7:30 PM ROTC Room 100
Saturday 4-6 PM SDC Dance Room

Come and try it for free! No experience necessary.

 16. Hot Chocolate Fundraiser for Parker

Hot chocolate will be for sale outside of Fisher Hall 2-5 PM on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday (Dec 9-12) to help raise money for this little boy. Please, share and invite your friends to join us.

Parker is a 1 year old boy who has been recently diagnosed with Melanoma. He will be under going surgery followed by countless procedures, tests, and specialists. His family needs support as the medical costs and unexpected expenses are adding up.

Fundraiser is sponsored by:
– Alpha Sigma Tau – Beta Xi
-BJ Jollimore Salesman for Gitzen Co.

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