Student News Briefs – Wednesday, December 10, 2014

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1. Relay for Life Kick-Off Party

Join us at the Mine Shaft on Thursday, December 11 from 7-10 PM to sign up a team for the spring Relay for Life, learn more about what Relay for Life is and to enjoy bowling and food! Not only can you sign up a team, but your team can kick start their fundraising because for only $10 you will get 2 hours of bowling, shoes, and pizza and 50% of that money will go right back to your team! All are welcome! If you have any questions or would like to sign up a team but cannot make the event please contact Sam Hilliger at

2. Phi Sigma Bake Sale/Plant Sale and Recycling Drive

Phi Sigma Biological Sciences Honor Society will be selling baked goods and sunflower seed plants in Fisher 135 on Thursday, December 11 from 10:00 – 2:00.  There will also be a recycling drive as they collect glass products for recycling. If you have any glass that needs recycling, bring it to the Phi Sigma bake sale! If you have any questions please feel free to contact Valerie Taglione at

3. 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.

4. Reminder: 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.

SMART Scholarship Deadline

5. Reminder: 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

6. Reminder: 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

WInter Wonderfest

7. Winter Wonderfest & Tree Lighting in Copper Harbor

Come up to Copper Harbor on Saturday, December 13 for Winter WOnderfest!  A Holiday Marketplace featuring local artists work (great for gifts) and a scrumptious bake sale. At 4:00 there will be ornament making for kids and a visit from Santa! 6:00 will kick off the Tree Lighting in the Town Park for the season.  All proceeds go to “No Kid without a Christmas fund” Come join the fun and support a great cause!

8. Public Meeting on Lift Bridge Plans Dec. 18

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will share plans for the major maintenance project on the Portage Lake Lift Bridge, scheduled to begin later this month, at a meeting on Thursday, Dec. 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Fisher 138.

Residents, community stakeholders and business owners can review the plans for construction and ask questions of MDOT staff members and contractor representatives.

MDOT will perform upgrades and preventive maintenance work on the lift bridge between Houghton and Hancock from mid-December 2014 to mid-April 2016. This $8.3 million project includes lift cable replacement, balance chain maintenance, electrical and mechanical upgrades, security system improvements, spot painting and new barrier gates.

The project will require two long-term nighttime closures of the bridge and numerous short-term closures.

9. “12 Days of Christmas” Sale Going On Now

The “12 Days of Christmas” Sale has begun. Save up to 50 percent on something new each day at the Campus Bookstore and University Images. The sale will end on Saturday, Dec. 20.

10. Reminder: Claim 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, visit the Facilities Building, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., or contact Public Safety and Police Services at 7-2216. To retrieve your bicycle, you must present your student ID, and the bicycle will have to be registered upon release.

The only winter bike racks on campus are located at the Van Pelt Library, DHH, McNair Hall and Wadsworth Hall. Public Safety encourages all affected bicycle owners to promptly retrieve their bicycles upon this notice.

Bicycles that are not claimed in a timely matter will be properly disposed of.

11. TODAY: Speaker Rick Barnes to Present “Drink Think: A Personal Approach to Alcohol”

There will be a free presentation today, Wednesday, December 10 at 8:00 PM in the MUB Ballroom A.

“Drink Think” by Rick Barnes is a humorous, interactive, yet serious discussion about alcohol that acknowledges the real-life decisions that every student faces. Students will learn that most of their peers actually make healthy choices about alcohol (“social norming”) and then are asked to seriously consider WHY they might choose to drink. Rick helps his audiences realize how alcohol shapes everyone around them. Students are encouraged to hold their friends accountable for their decisions, creating a new spirit of positive peer influence.

12. The Michigan Tech LODE Newspaper Conducting a Survey on Sexual Assault

Due to the recent sexual assault, the Lode Newspaper is inviting students to complete a short 5 question survey on their experience at Tech. All results are anonymous.This will help to provide information to the readers of the Lode about how students feel and how informed they are. Results will be published, along with an article in the Lode, on the first week of Spring Semester.

For more information you can contact Andrea Spencer


13. Choirs and the Keweenaw Symphony Orchastra Present ” A Concert Playlist”

Ready for a musical mix offering peace and beauty in the midst of the bustling holiday season? Put your ipods down and come to the Rozsa Center this Saturday: Michigan Tech’s two choral ensembles, led by Jared Anderson, Michigan Tech Concert Choir, and conScience: Michigan Tech Chamber Singers, join the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra, with conductor Joel Neves, to present a concert titled Choral-Orchestral Shuffle: A Concert Playlist, at the Rozsa Center on Saturday, December 13, 2014, at 7:30 PM.

14. Bigfoot Snowshoe Event Feedback Requested

It’s that time of year again; the Bigfoot Snowshoe event is quickly approaching. As the Center for Outdoor Adventure and Wellness gears up to deliver another awesome Bigfoot Snowshoe event, we would like to take this opportunity to ask you a few questions in order to improve your overall experience. For questions or comments on the Bigfoot Snowshoe event, email Whitney Boroski at

The survey is available online. More information on Bigfoot Snowshoe 2015 will be coming soon.

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15. Khana Khazana Serving Middle Eastern Cuisine

Khana Khazana, a weekly international lunch will feature Middle Eastern cuisine this Friday, December 12 cooked by Zainab Alshoug and Roba Bdeir; both students at Michigan Tech.
The main dish is Mousakka. This dish is made of fried vegetables layers of eggplant, zucchini, potato, tomatoes, onions, and green paper with a layer of ground beef and tomato sauce and is usually served with rice.
The second dish is Tabbouleh salad. This Salad is made of bulgur, tomatoes, cucumbers, finely chopped parsley, mint and onion and seasoned with olive oil and lemon juice.
A healthy lentil soup made of split lentils boiled with vegetable broth mixed with lemon juice and spices would be final one to end your meal.
Serving starts at 11:00 AM and goes until 2:00 PM at the MUB Food Court. The whole meal is $6.95 with free fountain soda or $2.5o for each item.

Holiday Study Break

16. MUB Board Study Break

Come relax, watch a holiday classic, enjoy snacks, and make a fun craft on Tuesday, December 16 from 7-9:00 PM, MUB Alumni Lounge.
For more information please contact Austin at

17. Hockey Info


18. Film Board Showing “Walk Among the Tombstones”

Showtimes Friday (12/12) 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 Saturday (12/13) 2:30, 5:30, 8:30, and 11:30, Sunday (12/14) 2:30 and 5:30 at Fisher 135.

19. Shuttle Service Hours on Campus Over Break

Transportation Services will be running a limited shuttle service during winter break, December 22, 2014 through January 9, 2015. The shuttle will be running on campus from 7:00am to 5:30pm. The shuttle service will include frequent stops throughout the day at the Lakeshore Center. The shuttle will not run on the following days: December 24, 25 and 31, 2014, as well as January 1, 2015.

The City of Houghton will not be running on campus during winter break, December 22, 2014 through January 9, 2015. For any questions or concerns, please contact me at or 487-3288.


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