Student News Briefs – Friday, February 6, 2015


1. Student Leadership Award Nominations Now Open Online

At Michigan Tech we are blessed with students that are crazy smart, motivated and adventurous.  As faculty and staff we partner with these students to inspire community, scholarship, possibilities, accountability, and tenacity. And we realize how lucky we are to be able to work alongside them in their academic and career pursuits.  Now is the time to recognize these students for their commitment, enthusiasm, and leadership. On behalf of the University, we are seeking nominations for the President’s Award for Leadership, Vice President for Student Affairs and Advancement Award for Service, and various other student leadership awards. The recipient of each award will be honored at the 21st Annual Student Leadership Awards Ceremony at 6:00 PM, Friday, April 17, 2015, in the Ballroom of the Memorial Union Building.

The nomination process is simple and actually quite easy. All awards and information about each can be found on the web at . For each individual award, simply click on the award title, then complete and submit the nomination form.

Nominations for the President’s Award for Leadership and the Vice President for Student Affairs and Advancement Award for Service are due by 5:00 PM, Friday, March 6, 2015.

Nominations for all other Student Leadership Awards are due by 12:00 PM, Friday, March 20, 2015.

Please take a minute to nominate a student or colleague today.

Questions concerning any of the awards should be directed to Karma Kilpela, Student Activities, at 487-1963 or .

Thank you for recognizing our best and brightest students.  Your support is appreciated.

2. Portage Lift Bridge Closures

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has announced four two-hour closures of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge between Houghton and Hancock to begin next week.

In order to remove balance chains, the bridge will be closed:

– Monday, February 9 from 2:00am to 4:00am
– Tuesday, February 10 from 2:00am to 4:00am
– Wednesday, February 11 from 2:00am to 4:00am
– Thursday, February 12 from 2:00am to 4:00am

Please note that during Winter Carnival Weekend beginning Thursday, February 5, both lanes of traffic will be open on the bridge. However, the current traffic pattern on M-26 and Montezuma, better known as the Yooper Loop, will remain as it has been for the past few weeks. The bridge will return to the construction mode of operation Sunday, February 8 beginning at7:00pm.

For more information, please visit or send me an email

3. Winter Carnival Pictorial on Sale Now

The annual Winter Carnival Pictorial is available for purchaseat the Campus Bookstore as well as at the Michigan Tech hockey games Friday and Saturday, and at the Film-board movie in Fisher 135 Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for $5.00.

For more information please contact James Wood at


4. The Math Learning Center is Hiring

For more information come to our info session on Tuesday February 10 at 5:00 PM in the Math Learning Center at Fisher 234.
Applications are Due Friday February 20 by 3:00 PM. Absolutely no late applications will be accepted.

5. Nominations Sought for Faculty Distinguished Service Award

Nominations for the 2015 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. Thus, compensated activities (such as faculty committee work) are not eligible. However, activities that have evolved from compensated work are eligible, provided that they are separate and distinct from compensated duties. Eligible activities may span more than one year; however, this is not intended as a “Lifetime Achievement” award for service accumulated over many years or decades.

Faculty, staff, or students may 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:
Past winners can be seen at:

Nominations should be submitted to Dr. John Jaszczak, Chair, Faculty Distinguished Service Award Committee at by Monday March 16, 2015.


6. Adventure Spring Break Info Meeting

The next Adventure Spring Break Meeting is going to be Thursday, February 12 from 7-8 PM in Wads G17/G19. Information on Arapaho Basin- Colorado, Canyonlands- Utah, and Buffalo River- Arkansas will be available for those who are interested. 

Please contact Caitlin at for more details. 

7. Outdoor Recreation Council Meeting

There will be an Outdoor Recreation Council Meeting on Thursday, February 12 from 5:15-6:15pm. This is an opportunity for Outdoor Organizations to get involved and begin to collaborate in terms of programming and outreach not only to students, but alumni, community members, and prospective students. Anyone is welcome to attend.

Please contact Caitlin at for more details. 

8. Spring 2015 Academic Success Workshops

Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success sessions are at 5:00 PM in Admin 404 unless otherwise noted Registration not required. (For groups sending more than 5 participants, please contact

Tuesday, February 10: Financial Management
Are you wondering how to get and stay on track with a budget? This session will answer questions about your personal financial management strategies.

Tuesday, February 24: Mid-semester Reboot
Did you wake up this morning and realize the semester is indeed half over. Do you feel far behind or way overwhelmed? Take an optimistic approach and use strategies from this session to “reboot” your semester and work towards success.

9. Student Commission Meeting

Ever notice something about Michigan Tech that could be improved? Have you had a great idea that would have a positive effect on other students? If yes, you are invited and encouraged to join us at the Student Commission meetings. We look to break down the barriers that impede student’s success, and to improve Michigan Tech’s campus environment.

You’ll get the chance to have your ideas heard by staff, faculty, university officials, and most importantly other students. We work together to act on your idea and make changes. Past accomplishments of the Student Commission include:

  • Library Project – The Student Commission received regular updates from Library staff during their 2013-14 project. The Library responded to Student Commission concerns and implemented ideas/suggestions
  • Transportation Services/Facilities Management Updates – Facilities Management is regularly invited to the Student Commission to provide updates, information, and answer any questions the group may have.
  • Tobacco Free Campus – The tobacco free campus policy was instituted in the 2013-14.
  • Michigan Tech App – Improvements (open computers and Dining Hall menus) for the Michigan Tech App have been suggested and completed.
  • Shuttle Service – Collaboration with Facilities Management to improve shuttle service for students
  • Student Commission Website – a website has been created
  • USG and GSG Chairs – The Vice Presidents from USG and GSG will co-chair meetings with the Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Services in Dining Halls – Addressed and resolved issues of services available in dining halls
  • Sustainability on Campus – Recycling continues to be improved and expanded on campus
  • Value Statement
  • Relocation of Broomball Rinks
  • Designated Memorial Garden
  • Princess Point Rehab and Upgrade
  • Experience Tech Fee Initiative

Anyone is welcome to attend upcoming meetings. Please check out the Student Commission website for more information.

2015 Spring Meeting Dates

  • Thursday, February 12, 2015, 2:00 pm, MUB, Alumni Lounge A
  • Thursday, February 26, 2015, 2:00 pm, MUB, Alumni Lounge A
  • Thursday, March 26, 2015, 2:00 pm, MUB, Alumni Lounge A
  • Thursday, April 9, 2015, 2:00 pm, MUB, Alumni Lounge A
  • Thursday, April 23, 2015, 2:00 pm, MUB, Alumni Lounge A


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10. Michigan Tech Trivia Night

Please join the Student Philanthropy Council for a Michigan Tech Trivia Night in the MUB on Tuesday February 24th from 7:00 – 8:00pm. All registered student organizations are invited to participate with a team (3 member maximum). There will be prizes for each round and a grand prize of $500 for your student org. To register or for more information please email

11. February Arts at the Rozsa

For more details and tickets, please visit

February artsFEB 2015 Newsletter

Justin Willman12. Comedian Justin Willman Coming To Winter Carnival

The Rozsa Center, the Michigan Tech Student Entertainment Board, and the Memorial Union Board welcome Comedian Justin Willman as the 2015 Winter Carnival Comedian, at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, February 6, 2015, at 9:00 PM! Tickets are on sale now, all ages are welcome. To purchase tickets, call (906) 487-2073, go online at or visit Ticketing Operations at Michigan Tech’s Student Development Complex (SDC). Tickets are $25, or Mich. Tech. Students $10.

13. Film Board Showing Big Hero 6

Big Hero 6
Fisher 135 on Friday, February 6, at Noon, 2:30 5:30, 8:30, and 11:30 PM
Saturday, February 7, at Noon, 2:30, 5:30, 8:30, and 11:30 PM
Sunday, February 8, at Noon, 2:30 and 5:30 PM.

Tickets are $3. Candy, popcorn, and soda are all $1 each. Next week, we will
feature Horrible Bosses 2



14. Intramural Sports – Upcoming Deadlines & Events

Team Sports Entry Deadlines
Innertube Water Polo (Co-Rec) – Febuary 12th @ 3:00pm

Individual Sports Entry Deadlines
Billiards Tournament (W & M) – Febuary 13 @ 1:00pm

Officials’ Meeting/Clinics
Floor Hockey – February 9 @ 6:00pm (Meet at the SDC Multi Purpose Court #4)
Innertube Water Polo – February 11 @ 9:00pm (Meet in the SDC Pool)

For more information check us out online  or email Craig Pellizzaro at

15. Turbo Kick Class

Interested in Turbo Kick, but afraid you won’t be able to keep up because you don’t know the moves? Then you should come to the Turbo Fast Fix Workshop this Saturday, February 7!

This workshop will focus on the kickboxing techniques and drills used in the Turbo Kick class. It’s difficult to learn proper form in Turbo Kick, because the choreography moves so quickly. Join us this Saturday to learn proper form and greatly increase the quality of your workout! Turbo Kick requires no previous kickboxing experience or equipment, and all fitness levels are welcome.

Class time is 12:00-12:50pm in the SDC Studio. Cost to attend is $7.
For more information, visit Turbo Fast Fix.
Commit to be TechFit in 2015 with Community Programs.


 16. Reminder: Tickets on Sale for Business & Dining Etiquette Dinner


17. Reminder: Career Services Learning Center Hours


18. Reminder: Have you Participated in a Co-op or Internship?


19. 1st and 2nd Year Students Wanted for Co-op Positions


20. Employer Information Expo


21. Reminder: Interview Skills and Resume Blitz


22. Career Fair 2015


23. Reminder: Career Fair Name Tags


24. Dress For Success Presentation

Kappa Sigma Iota is hosting a Dress For Success Presentation, along with Julie Way from Career Services. Learn what’s expected for the Career Fair and your interviews. We’ll also answer the “What is Business Casual anyway” question that so many of us have. We hope to see you there on Tuesday, February 10, at 6:00, in room 111 MEEM.
For questions contact James Sturos at

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