Michigan Tech Lode & Student News Briefs, 4/1/2016





1936255_10152915145557325_607779751523757331_nLaser Tag Challenge Hosted by MUB Board

Are you up for an awesome evening? Then come to the SDC Wood Gym this Saturday, April 2 from 7:00 – 10:00 PM for a great night of laser tag grandeur! Twnty players will play every 20 minutes in teams of 10 vs 10. And if you’re on the fence about going, we can guarantee you that it’s gonna be legendary.
For more information visit the Facebook Page.

Thai cuisineThai Food at Khana Khazana

Cuisine of Thailand will be featured at the next Khana Khazana from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday in the Memorial Union Food Court.The menu features:

  • Chicken Massaman Curry—Thai peanut curry, with potatoes, chicken, coconut milk and tamarind
  • Yum Ponlamai—Thai fruit salad with a mixture of fruits in a spicy sauce
  • Tod Man Khao Pod—Thai corn fritters, deep fried and seasoned with basil, curry paste and chili sauce

Cost is $7.25 for the full meal and includes a fountain drink. Like the Khana Khazana Facebook page.

Film Board Presents, Star Wars: Episode VII

This weekend at Fishier 135:

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens
Friday, Apr. 1 @ 5:308:3011:30
SaturdayApr. 2 @ 2:305:308:3011:30
SundayApr. 3 @ 2:305:30
Located on Michigan Tech’s Campus, in Fisher 135. Tickets are $3, concessions are $1 each.
In Addition to Star Wars Ep VII this weekend, Nanocon will also be showing the movie, Lazer Team.

This weekend is also MTU’s very own Nanocon (Anime, Gaming and Scifi) Convention , which is why there is a second movie.

 Saturday (April 2)  Noon and 2:00 AM (Saturday night)
 Sunday   (April 3)  Noon and  8:30 PM

Tickets are Free.
The 2:00 AM showing is a special gripe/MST3K, where audience participation is encouraged to point out any problems with the film.

Nanocon starts at 11:00 AM on Saturday and runs through 8:00 PM on Sunday


Dance Team and Others to Perform Tomorrow

The Dance Team at Michigan Tech will have its first-ever Dance Showcase from 1 to 3 p.m. tomorrow (April 2), in the SDC Wood Gym. In addition to the Dance Team, performers include; HuskiesFit Youth Classes, the Swing Club at Michigan Tech, the Superior School of Dance (Hancock), 47 North Belly Dance Troupe and the Michigan Tech Iranian Community.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children/students and can be purchased at the door.

 Alpha Delta Alpha Hosting a Fur-loving Event – Date Changed

April 2 @ 5pm

Ladies: Join the sisters of Alpha Delta Alpha for an evening of fur-loving fun! Love on all the cats, and take a dog for a walk! Being around animals is proven to limit stress, so take a break and your allergy meds and lets give these animals some much needed attention!
We will provide rides, departing from the Wads lobby outside the dining hall at 4:55 PM. If you have any questions, please contact Savannah at 989-400-6953. We hope to see you there!


3MT LogosAcademic Competition – Three Minute Thesis

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is an international academic competition that challenges PhD students to describe their research within three minutes to a general audience using only one static PowerPoint slide. 3MT celebrates the discoveries made by research students and encourages you to communicate the importance of your research to the broader community. In addition, we will be holding a parallel competition for Masters students with similar judging criteria and prizes!

On April 14 beginning at 5:30 PM in Forestry G002 10 Masters and 10 PhD Candidates will vie for the top prizes of $500! Registration will close April 8th, make sure to register or encourage your students to sign up! Registration can be done here: https://goo.gl/YQC9X4

Everyone is welcome to come and watch these talented graduate students of Michigan Tech! Refreshments will be served and the audience will vote for their favorite presentation, the winner of which will also receive a cash prize.

Apply to Become a University Innovation Fellow

The University Innovation Fellows is a 6-week training program administered by Stanford University’s d.school (about the commitment of a 1-2 credit class at Michigan Tech). Through the fellowship, undergraduate and graduate students from across the nation are charged with cultivating a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship at their university. Fellows gain skills, tools and the networks crucial for their mission through online training and video-conferencing sessions. Fellows hone in on their leadership and communication abilities and broaden their understanding of experiential learning, design thinking, interdisciplinary education and, most importantly, student innovation and entrepreneurship. Upon completion of training, fellows are invited to attend a 4-day retreat at Stanford University and Google. The fellowship is an opportunity to enact meaningful change while being part of a national movement. Current fellows at Michigan Tech have been working on many exciting initiatives and can’t wait to have your help in creating the future here on campus.

To apply, fill out the online form (http://goo.gl/forms/N6zQwMHDVr) by Friday, April 15 at 11:59 pm. The ideal candidates will be current undergraduate or graduate student leaders who have at least 2 more years left on campus, are action-oriented, and looking to inspire strategic change at Michigan Tech. Candidates must be professional, innovative, self-starters who are able to work well in teams. All majors are encouraged to apply.

2sided-card-CP-2Consumer Products Day

Consumer Products Day held on Friday, April 8 & Saturday, April 9, giving students of all majors a chance to participate.

Here’s how it works:
Students work in self-selected teams from a variety of majors and will be given a box of products from company reps to recreate or redesign these products for use in other ways. A great example of this is the Post-it note. It was invented solely by accident (read about it here). This Shark-tank style event will feature company reps who challenge students to come up with a new business idea from use of their products.
It’s a great event that will offer cash prizes (1st place teams $2,400, 2nd $1,600 and 3rd place team $800) to the winning teams
Visit the website for more information.
For more information please contact Kristen at kjtherri@mtu.edu.

BonzAI Brawl is Tomorrow

The BonzAI Brawl is an all day artificial intelligence programming competition where teams of one to three design autonomous agents capable of overcoming challenges and out-performing their opponents.

Teams have eight hours to craft, tweek, and perfect their strategy before their AIs are entered in to the Brawl.

In the Brawl the AIs face off against one another in a tournament to determine which is the most capable.

The event will be held in Rekhi Hall and is hosted by Women in Computing Sciences and Husky Game Development Enterprise. To find out more visit the BonzAI Brawl webstite.

Chemical Engineering Presents William M. Colton

The Department of Chemical Engineering presents William M Colton, vice president, corporate strategic planning, Exxon Mobil Corporation.

Colton will deliver the address, “Global Future: People, Progress, Energy and Engineering,” at 4 PM Tuesday, April 5 in Fisher 135.

By 2040, the world’s population will have reached 9 billion, and global GDP will have more than doubled. This economic progress translates into improved standards of living for billions of people.

Global energy demand is expected to grow 25 percent by 2040 and, to keep pace with demand, the world will need to pursue all economic energy sources.


Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success- Academic Success Workshop

April 7, 5:00 p.m.- Fisher 328
Finals, the other “F” word
Are you trying to prepare for finals and just don’t know where to start? Don’t panic! Come learn effective strategies and tips to assist you in conquering your final exams.


Eisele to Lead Butterfly Presentation

The Portage Lake District Library will host the Keweenaw Garden Club for an evening of learning about species of butterflies that live in our area.

Tim Eisele, an assistant professor in Tech’s Department of Chemical Engineering, is also an entomology hobbyist. He will present “Keweenaw Butterflies in the Garden” at 7:00 PM Monday, April 4 at the PLDL.

Eisele will show slides and discuss which species are likely to come around in local gardens, what times of year to expect them, and what can be done to either provide food for their caterpillars, or to attract the adults. His slide show demonstrates that even though the Keweenaw does not have the diversity of butterflies that are seen further south, the area does have a nice selection of local species to enjoy. For local entomology photos and news, visit Eisele’s website.

The Keweenaw Garden Club was established by and for gardening enthusiasts. They have presentations at the Portage Lake District Library on the first Monday of each month September through May. Those who are interested in learning more about the club can visit here.

Library programs are free and everyone is welcome. For more information, call the library at 482-4570.


unnamedUpcoming Intramural Events

Entry Deadlines:

Flag Football 4’s: Wednesday, April 6 @ Noon.
– Tournament starts on Friday, April 8.

Spring Volleyball 2’s: Tuesday, April 12 @ Noon.
– Tournament starts on Friday, April 15.


Deadline to Register for the Doghouse 3-on-3 is April 4

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2nd Annual Drive Away Hunger Food Drive – Donate & WIN

Help Drive Away Hunger in our community!

Starting today, Monday, March 14, 2016 to Friday, April 29, 2016, Michigan Tech Transportation Services will be collecting non-perishable food items to donate to the Husky FAN (Food Access Network) on-campus food pantry.

For every food item donated, you will receive a raffle ticket to be filled out with your MI Tech User ID.  These raffle tickets will be placed into a drawing for a Free Parking Permit for the upcoming year. Faculty/Staff and Black Lot parking permits will be given away.  Receive a raffle ticket for each item you donate (Black lot raffle tickets require 2 donated food items).  The more you donate the more chances you have to WIN.

Needed Foods Include

Canned Chicken
Single Serving, Soup, Meals, and Sides that can be microwaved
Peanut Butter
Breakfast Bars/ Granola Bars
Mac and Cheese
Vegetarian Foods
Ketchup, Mustard, and Mayonnaise/ Miracle Whip/ Salad Dressing

Drop off your non-perishable food items Monday thru Friday from 8:00am – 5:00pm in Room 100 of the Administration Building or with Cathy Jenich, 3rd floor Lakeshore Center and collect your raffle tickets.  Winners will be notified via e-mail and announced in Tech Today.

All food collected will stay within the campus community.

Thank you in advance for your donations! Together, we can Drive Away Hunger!

Spring Fling Booth Sign Up Open

MUB board is happy to announce this years theme for Spring Fling: Classic Cartoons! Sign up your student org to participate on Involvement Link at https://www.involvement.mtu.edu/form/start/94552 before April 8. ‪#‎mtuspringfling‬


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! 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 http://www.mtu.edu/classtributes for program and participation details. The deadline for tribute submissions is Tuesday, April 5, 2016.

For questions, contact Jenn Biekkola at 487-1056 or jrbiekko@mtu.edu.


Annual Charity Ball Hosted by Houghton-Hancock Rotaract Club of Michigan Tech

You don’t want to miss this exciting opportunity to dress up and go to the Ball! The Houghton-Hancock Rotaract Club presents the Phantom of the Opera Charity Ball on Saturday, April 16 from 8:00 – Midnight in the Rosza Lobby.

All ticket proceeds go to 31 Backpacks, a local non-profit organization that provides meals to kids from low income families. Kids are getting free breakfasts, lunches and snacks at school during the week, but what happens on the weekends? They go hungry. 31 Backpacks’ goal is to address this issue. They are sending home backpacks full of food every Friday for those students, who have been identified by administrators, as being in need.

Event Details:

  • Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available
  • DJ, and Photo-booth
  • Live performances by the swing dance club and the MTU dance team!
  • Awards will be given to best-dressed theme outfits
  • Door Prizes

The cost is $10 for students and $15 for the community. Tickets on sale at the Rotaract desk in MUB 106 or online here (fees apply).

Keweenaw Job Fair on 4/6

Finlandia University is partnering with Michigan Works to host the 3rd Annual Keweenaw Job Fair. It will be hosted on Wednesday, April 6 from 11-2 at the Finnish American Heritage Center in Hancock, and all Tech students and faculty are welcome! There will be about 30 companies present, so it’s great chance for students to see what opportunities are available in the local area!

For more information please contact Jenna at  jollanketo@fu.edu.

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