Archives—March 2015

Student News Briefs – March 27, 2015


Late Night Programming Presents:
Singer Olivia Millerschin: March 27, 9PM, MUB Ballroom



MUB Board Events
Husky Hockey Viewing Party: Friday 3/27/15, 4:30 PM, MUB Ballroom B

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Come cheer on the Huskies as they compete in the first round of NCAA Playoffs! There will be free food and 3 projectors displaying the game!




SPIE_OSA Photo Competition

SPIE/OSA will be hosting a photo competition with a chance to win $200, $100, and $50 Amazon gift cards! SPIE/OSA has decided to extend our photo competition until Monday April 6th! Please register at The room to pick up the etching is in EERC 631. If you have any questions email Michael Briseno at






The MTU Film Board will be showing Hobbit(3): Battle of the Five Armys this
coming Weekend.

This weekend is also the Nanocon (Anime, Gaming and Scifi) Convention so we have added extra showtimes.

Friday     (March 27)  5:30pm, 8:30pm, and 11:30pm
Saturday (March 28)  11:30am, 2:30pm, 8:30pm, and 11:30pm
Sunday   (March 29)  11:30am, 2:30pm, and 5:30pm

Tickets are $3. Candy, popcorn, and soda are all $1 each.

Next week, Film Board is showing “Taken 3”

We hope to see you there!
Matt Heyse
Film Board’s Publicity Chair


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Khana Khazana, a weekly international lunch will feature Saudi Arabian cuisine this Friday, March 27 cooked by Zainab Alshoug , student of Chemical Engineering Department at Michigan Tech.

The main dish is Bukhari RiceThis dish is prepared by cooking the chicken with cumin seeds, black pepper, carrots, tomatoes, onions and served with hot sauce, lemon and garnished with chickpeas,roasted almond and raisins.

The second dish is  Ba’lilah. It is a traditional salad made of boiled chickpeas and served with cucumber, carrot, beet, vinegar, hot sauce and cumin.

The final one to end your meal would be  KleejaThese are the wheat cardamom cookies stuffed with honey and cardamom powder.

We will start serving at 11am to 2pm at MUB Food Court. The whole meal is $6.95 with free fountain soda or $2.5 for each item.

Please join us to support our international cooks and enjoy a great meal! Please find the attached flyer.


Join the MedLife chapter for its first MEDtalks event!  Tuesday, March 31 at 6pm.  Fisher 125

Dr. Watkins, of the D80 Center, a student of the Peace Corps International Masters Degree Program, Brigitte Morin, from the Biological Sciences Department, and Bridget Durocher, a Health Educator with the Western UP Health Department will be discussing and giving presentations on issues of public health.

Light refreshments will be provided.



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ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS GRADUATING IN MAY 2015: The Michigan Tech Student Foundation (MTSF) and the Student Philanthropy Council invite you to make your upcoming commencement day even more meaningful by participating in the Class Tribute Program. It’s an opportunity for you to recognize someone special to you in the printed commencement program.

Not only will tributes appear in the commencement program, but they will also be displayed on the new video scoreboard in the ice arena! It’s gonna be crazy!

NEW THIS YEAR – You have the option to upload a picture with your tribute! Maybe a special picture of you and your parents? Spouse? Best friend? Imagine that person/s sitting in the audience and seeing the photo and tribute appear on the big screen!

Just go to for program and participation details. The deadline for tribute submissions is Monday, April 6, 2015.

For questions, contact Jenn Biekkola at 487-1056 or


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Pop Culture Clash Game Show: Tuesday, March 31, 7:00 PM, Fisher 135SNB MUBBD Pop Culture Clash
The entire audience is part of the game! Teams of four will compete for a prize of $250 by answering pop culture questions!

Spring Fling: Friday April 17, Noon – 4PM, SDC Ice Arena (Possibly outside on campus)
This year’s theme is SUPER HEROES! Join MUB Board and other student organizations for inflatable games, a caricature artist, reverse tie dye, superman ice cream, and so much more!
Registration for a booth is now open: MUBBD Food and Wine
Food and Wine Pairing: Saturday April 18, 6:00 PM, MUB Ballroom A
Join Chef Eric Karvonen for a pairing event of 5 different courses with 5 different wines.

Buy tickets here: 

Blue Key announces the 2016 Winter Carnival Theme and Logo Contest!
The theme is: “As Snow Accumulates at Alarming Rates, We Show Our Love for the 50 States”
Winter Carnival Logo Contest happening now!  The winner will receive a $50 gift card from the Bookstore. Applications close on Friday, April 17.
Please use the attached form and submit via email to  The form can also be found on the Blue Key website.

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Intramural Sports – Upcoming Deadlines and Events
Team Sports Entry Deadlines
Soccer (W & M) – April 1st @ 5PM 
Individual Sports Entry Deadlines
Tennis Doubles (W, M & Co-Rec) – April 1st @ 5PM 
Sand Volleyball Two’s (W, M & Co-Rec) – April 7th @ 5pm
For more information check us out online 
or email Craig Pellizzaro at crpelliz@mtu

Biological Sciences Seminar

Lisa Johnson, MFA, Michigan Technological University’s Assistant Professor Of Visual And Performing Arts, presents a Biological Sciences Seminar in Dow ESE 642 on Friday, March 27, 4:00 PM, titled “Art in the Field: Reimagining Environmental Experiences as Art, Science and Community.”  For more details please see the attached press release.



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Join the Center for Diversity and Inclusion for a Poetry Reading Friday, April 3, 2015 from 7:00-8:30PM in MUB Ballroom B. Our guest poet and the author of Karma’s Footsteps Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie will share her original poems which focus on women, ancestry, violence, and the healing power of art. Snacks will be provided.







Relay For Life Team – Bake Sale Today

The Phi Sigma Biological Sciences Honor Society sponsored Biology Week ends today with a bake sale to support their Relay For Life Team. It is 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM in the Dow Lobby. We hope to see many of you there!

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Visiting Jazz vocalist Kathy Kosins will be giving a jazz vocal master class on Friday, March 27, from 4-5PM on the Rozsa Stage. She will work with three local vocalists, and demonstrate a variety of helpful information. This event is free and open to the public. She will be accompanied by members of the Michigan Tech Jazz Lab Band. Ms. Kosins will perform in concertthe following evening.  Michigan Technological University’s Jazz Studies program presents the Don Keranen Jazz Memorial Jazz Concert with Special Guest Kathy Kosins at the Rozsa Center on Saturday, March 28, 2015, at 6:00 PM.


Kathy Kosins is an American singer specializing in  jazz  and  R&B; she has shared the stage with many jazz greats, and most recently performed with contemporary jazz legend Herbie Hancock.



Fundraiser Opportunity – DDIY

Who: Primary Fundraiser, DDIY (Don’t Do It Yourself, a 510c3 nonprofit helping Houghton and Keweenaw county families facing financial hardship due to medical crisis.)

What: 2nd Annual Folk-and-Food Festival, Food, Crafters and Music!!

When: Saturday, April 11, 2015, 10:00am-6:00pm

Where: Copper Country Mall, old Curves storefront

Why: To promote DDIY, and other clubs and organizations, concerning the services they provide and raise monies to support said services.

Your nonprofit group/club can sell items or goods, provide service or sell food. If you are preparing food at the event you MUST obtain a health certificate prior to the event. However, of you sell something like pizza, already made in a commercial kitchen (Dominos), you do not need a certificate. Also, homemade food items may be sold if prepackaged: cookies, breads, jams, jellies, ect…

There is NO fee for taking part in this event. Of course, any donation to DDIY it is always appreciated.

This event is being held the same day as the Kiwanis Family Fun Day. They expect up to 1,000 people at their event. This should provide great foot traffic for out event, as well.

Need more information? Contact Ellie:

Interested: please complete the attached Vendor Agreement DDIY Vendor Agreement NP







Student News Briefs – Friday, March 13, 2015


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1. Student Leadership Award Nominations Closing on 3/20 at Noon

The Student Leadership Awards are open for nominations but the deadline for the following awards is approaching.

Deadline for nominations- Friday, March 20 at Noon

Exceptional Community Service Project, Exceptional Enthusiasm as a Student Leader, Student Organization of the Year, Exceptional Program of the Year, Clair M Donovan, Student Employee of the Year, Student Organization Advisor of the Year, Most Improved Student Organization, Rising Star of the Year, Exceptional Leadership in Student Governance, and Outstanding Future Alumni .

Please visit the website to make your nomination today! Please contact Student Activities if you have any questions regarding these awards.



2. March Arts at Michigan Tech


4. ‘Exersnoccer’ 3 on 3 Tournament

MTSF is hosting an event on March 28. It is called “Exersnoccer”. It is a 3 vs 3 soccer tournament in the snow playing with exercise balls.

The registration form can be turned in March 16-20, 2015 at the MTSF office in Alumni House  between 11:00 AM and 1:00PM or Tables outside of Wadsworth Dining Hall (4pm -6pm)


If you have anymore information feel free to contact Elizabeth Weaver at or Libby Welton at



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5. HuskyLEAD Session, Lean Leadership: Achieving Leadership Excellence Using Lean Principles

Please join Student Activities for the last HuskyLEAD for the academic year, “Lean Leadership: Achieving Leadership Excellence Using Lean Principles,” on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 6:00 PM for one hour only in the Memorial Union Building Ballroom B2 & B3.

Any student who has participated in 4 or more HuskyLEAD sessions during Spring 2015 will be entered into a prize drawing, so be sure to pick up your punchcard on Tuesday at the workshop!

HuskyLEAD is a series of professional development workshops geared toward student organization leaders, however, all students are welcomed and encouraged to attend. HuskyLEAD is sponsored by Student Activities and is free of charge. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Maryann Wilcox, coordinator of student activities, at 906-487-2402 or

6. Reminder: Spring 2015 Academic Success Workshops

Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success is hosting Academic Success Workshops. All 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, March 24: Testing, testing: 1, 2, 3, 4 (second offering) Do you ever feel like you know the course material but can’t translate it to a successful exam grade? Learn effective preparation and test taking strategies.

7. Environmental Justice Day Speakers and Reception

Please come join Wilma Subra and Jessica Koski (third speaker TBA) for Michigan Tech’s first ever Environmental Justice Day!

Mrs. Subra provides technical assistance to citizens, across the United States and some foreign countries, concerned with their environment by combining technical research and evaluation. This information is then presented to community members so that strategies may be developed to address their local struggles. She has just completed a seven year term as Vice-Chair of the Environmental Protection Agency National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT), a five year term on the National Advisory Committee of the U.S. Representative to the Commission for Environmental Cooperation and a six year term on the EPA National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) where she served as a member of the Cumulative Risk and Impacts Working Group of the NEJAC Council, and chaired the NEJAC Gulf Coast Hurricanes Work Group.

Mrs. Subra holds degrees in Microbiology/Chemistry from the University of Southwestern Louisiana. She received the MacArthur Fellowship “Genius” Award from the MacArthur Foundation for helping ordinary citizens understand, cope with and combat environmental issues in their communities and was one of three finalist in the Environmental Category of the 2004 Volvo for Life Award. She was selected in 2011 as one of the ‘Lifetime Remarkable Woman’ and most recently won the 2011 Global Exchange, Human Rights Award for her ongoing work with the BP Oil Spill and the communities affected by it.
Jessica Koski is Ojibwe from the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community. Jessica is an alumna of Michigan Technological University where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences in 2009. After Michigan Tech, Jessica earned a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. At Yale, Jessica’s focal area was Social Ecology and Environmental Policy, and her research examined indigenous environmental justice issues and activism in the western Great Lakes region.

Jessica currently works for the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community’s Natural Resources Department as Mining Technical Assistant. In this role, she is working to build the capacity of her tribal community to address mining in the Lake Superior basin and Upper Peninsula. From 2011-2014, Jessica also served on the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council’s Indigenous Peoples Working Group. In addition, Jessica has been engaged as a community activist on mining issues for about eight years which has included organizing regional forums, assisting grassroots efforts, raising concerns at corporate shareholder meetings abroad, and elevating indigenous rights issues to the United Nations.

The main event will be held March 19th, 4:30-6:45 pm in the MUB Ballroom B. There will also be a reception in the GLRC on March 18th at 5:30 pm, and Wilma will also be available earlier in the day for other meet and greets.
At the panel, we will be discussing what environmental justice is, how that impacts career decisions, and ethics in science.
This event is supported by the Parent’s Fund of the Michigan Tech Fund, Students for Environmental Sustainability, the Center for Science & Environmental Outreach and the Biology Department.

For more information contact Nicolette Slagle at

Student News Breifs – Friday March 6


1. Volunteers Needed for Tivitz/Math Day Workshop

The Center for Pre-College Outreach is in need of volunteers for the annual Tivitz / Math Day workshop!  About 150 local 4th-7th students are invited to spend the day at Michigan Tech, where they participate in a board game tournament (Tivitz) and do hands-on math activities. The event always makes a huge impact and is a ton of fun.

The Tivitz Tournament will take place on Wednesday, March 18th from 9:00 – 2:00 in the Wood Gym.  Volunteers are needed to facilitate the games/activities, serve lunch, and engage with the participants as role models.  Please consider donating an hour or two of your time to make a difference in the lives of these young men and women!  Everyone is welcome to volunteer regardless of department or math background, and any amount of time is appreciated.  

For more information or if you are interested in volunteering​, ​contact Liz Fujita (  Tell a friend!

2. Student Leadership Awards Deadlines

The Deadline for the following awards is today at 5:00 PM.

Presidents Award for Leadership,
 Vice President for Student Affairs and Advancement Award for Service, and the Percy Julian Award deadline for nominations is Friday, March 6 at 5:00 PM.

Please visit the website to make your nomination today! Please contact Student Activities if you have any questions regarding these awards.


3. Relay for Life will be having a SUPER SALE on T-Shirts! Prices are as follows:

Winter Carnival 2015 – Long Sleeve $10
Winter Carnival 2015 – Short Sleeve $6
Save Second Base – Breast Cancer Awareness – $6
Mustache Shirt – Men’s Health and Prostate Cancer Awareness – $6
Shirts will be available in Student Activities (MUB 112). Sizes are limited and will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Thank you!
If you are interested in signing up a team for Relay for Life, please contact Sam at There is no size requirement on teams, all are welcome!

4. Math-Lab Hiring for Spring

Math-Lab (Mathematica programming for Cal 1-3) is still hiring. Please fill out the application form and submit it to Fisher 3rd floor Math department Office.. There is no deadline for applications this semester!

Thank you and have a great one!


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5. Water Safety Instructor Training

Earn your American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Certification in a 3-day training course March 20-22 at the Michigan Tech SDC Pool!

Get training in water safety and drowning prevention and learn information needed to plan and teach courses in the Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety program. Completion of this program will allow you to apply for group and private swim instructor positions within Michigan Tech Community Programs.

Participants must be 16 years of age by February 27. Cost to attend is $250 and includes all course materials and certification. Register now! Class size is limited, and the deadline to register is March 6!

For more information, visit Water Safety Instructor Training.

6. Join Phi Sigma Biological Sciences Honor Society as they celebrate Biology Week March 23 – 27

Monday, March 23
Be the Match Bone Marrow Donation Sign-up
12:00 – 5:00 pm in the Library
Hosted by PHAT

Tuesday, March 24
Undergraduate Research Symposium
7:00 pm in Dow 641

Wednesday, March 25
Biology Jeopardy Night
7:00 pm in DOW 642

Thursday, March 26
Peruvian Mobile Clinic Presentation
6:00 pm in Fisher 126
Hosted by MedLife

Biology Movie Night: Osmosis Jones
8:00 pm in Fisher 139
Hosted by Phi Sigma

Friday, March 27
Plant/Bake Sale for Relay For Life
10:00 am – 2:00 pm in Dow
Hosted by Phi Sigma

PureWellness Showcase on Depression and Anxiety
3:00 – 5:00 pm in the Library
Hosted by Wellness

Questions about Biology Week can be directed to Valerie Taglione at

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7. Railroad Engineering Activities Club Program

Please join the general meeting for the Railroad Engineering Activities Club Program on Thursday, March 19 at 7:00 PM in Fisher 132. Subway sandwiches will be provided and they will be holding officer elections and talking about internship and job opportunities available in the rail industry for students.

There will also be a Engineers Without Borders Band Benefit held on Saturday, March 21 at the Continental Fire Company, it will be $5.00 for students and $7.00 for adults.

Spring 2015 Academic Success Workshops

Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success is hosting Academic Success Workshops. All 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, March 24: Testing, testing: 1, 2, 3, 4 (second offering) Do you ever feel like you know the course material but can’t translate it to a successful exam grade? Learn effective preparation and test taking strategies.


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8. Khana Khazana Serving Combo Meal

Khana Khazana, a weekly international lunch will feature a Combo of Ghanaian, Nepali and Iranian cuisines this Friday, March 6 cooked by students Sandra Owusu, Aadarsh Upreti, and Hossein tavakoli respectively.

The main dish is Waakye. It is a Ghanaian dish of cooked rice and beans and will be served with vegetable sauce & mushrooms/fried chicken. The second dish is Potato Chops. This dish is made of Fried patties of crushed potatoes mixed with spices and served with a hot sauce. For dessert, ice cream  made from milk, chocolate truffles, and crackers.Serving is from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the MUB Food Court. The whole meal is $6.95 and includes a fountain soda or $2.50 for each item.

9. A.S.M.E. Cardboard Sled Racing
Feeling bored on these long winter days? Grab some friends and have some fun in the snow with A.S.M.E’s Cardboard Sled Race at Mt. Ripley!
Teams of 2 – 5 people may compete for cash prizes and ultimate bragging rights.

Registration is open to the community and all majors until Thursday March 19th through the following link

Check-In Begins at 10am and races will be from 11:00 AM-2:00 PM.  All rules and regulations are on the registration form, hope to see you there!

Any questions, please email Ryan Thompson at