Month: March 2020

Student News Briefs – March 27, 2020

“You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.” ― Michelle Obama


Comedy Magician Trent James – LIVE on your computer!

Join us virtually on April 10 at 9:00 PM EST for a night of laughs, magic, and fun!  

Comedy magician Trent James is bringing a fresh new feel to the “classic magic show”. Trent’s high-energy performance combines mind boggling magic with gut busting humor that has earned rave reviews in seventeen states. Trent is now quickly becoming one of the top magicians in the country. Don’t take our word for it…he has received top awards from both The International Brotherhood of Magicians and The Society of American Magicians, as well as being the youngest recipient of The Milbourne Christopher Award (Past winners Included David Copperfield and Penn and Teller). Trent’s unique sleight of hand magic and hip vibe have made him a huge hit at colleges, comedy clubs, and corporate events.

Everyone is invited and the show is family-friendly.  You will even get to learn a trick or two!

Watch on Zoom: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_LZz9opwiR3GVUCkHH4GQ0g


11th Annual (first ever virtual) Feminists Reading Feminists on 3/31

Join us for the 11th annual Feminists Reading Feminists event hosted by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) and the Humanities Department. 

Help us pay homage to the contributions of diverse feminist scholars and activists who have inspired us and continue to shape our evolving world.  The event will be held on March 31, 2020 at 4pm via ZOOM.  We in CDI know that community is important now, more than ever, so, join us!

We encourage you to sign up through our Google Form ahead of time (or submit a video/picture through the Google Form if you cannot attend) and at our virtual event via ZOOM, be prepared to share a chosen passage from your favorite text, your favorite video/audio clip, or simply participate by listening and engaging with those sharing.

Your selection should take 5 minutes or less to read or view. Prose, poetry and media are welcome. There will be time at the end for those who did not sign up ahead of time to participate in an open reading, ALL are welcome.

Please join us virtually to engage in meaningful dialogue and celebrating women’s history month – near and far – as a community.

If you’re part of the dialogue, you’re part of the solution. https://www.mtu.edu/diversity-center/


Tech Arts Festival – Photography Contest

MUB Board is hosting a virtual photography contest and it is open to all amateur photographers within the Tech Community! You must be a student, faculty or staff to enter. Entries must be original and not previously submitted. Prizes will be awarded to four photographers. Judges will vote to decide the top three photos and there will be one audience choice photo winner. Audience choice will be awarded to whichever photograph gets the most likes on Facebook before Wednesday, April 7th at 5:00pm.

All Contest Photographs must be submitted to mubboard@mtu.edu and posted to the MUB Board Facebook. Prizes will be given to the top 4 photos, rules can be found on the waiver.

To participate, You MUST fill out a waiver which can be found here:
bit.ly/TAFwaiver


Student Org Spotlight

Student Leadership & Involvement is looking for organizations to feature each Wednesday. In order to nominate your organization for the Spotlight simply fill out this form: https://forms.gle/sUtoMkw16ZqoZoka8   This is a great opportunity to get the word out about your organization!  


USG Representative Elections

Elections are now open for the USG Class and Year Representative positions! Head to Involvement Link to cast your vote! 


New Deadline for Undergraduate Research Internship Program (URIP) applications

The deadline for   Undergraduate Research Internship Program (URIP)  applications has been extended to April 20th.  

The program consists of a 20-week internship (Mid-September through Mid-March), a $1,600 stipend, and professional development activities centered in academic research and scholarship. The internship program is open to any undergraduate student on campus.

Applications are due by April 20 and include the following:

1.     Online Application Form

2.     Project Description

3.     Faculty Mentor Letter of Support

4.     Faculty Match Funding Acknowledgement

Details of these requirements can be found at mtu.edu/honors/research/urip/application.html.

This program is made possible by generous donations from the Portage Health Foundation, the DeVlieg Foundation and with the support of the Pavlis Honors College.


Campus-wide and Virtual Exhibit: The Art of Climate Change

The work of Chicago-based artist Alisa Singer, Environmental Graphiti is a series of digital paintings created to enhance public awareness of the science of climate change. Each of the artworks is derived from a chart, graph, map, word or number relating to key facts about climate change. Michigan Tech’s exhibit includes 23 pieces displayed at 10 locations across campus and virtually via the interactive campus map.

View the Tech Today article for more information


MTU SDH Event: The Keweenaw’s First Waste Reduction Drive

The Keweenaw’s First Waste Reduction Drive!

*DRIVE DATE POSTPONED TO THIS SUMMER (OFFICIAL DATE TBD)*

*PLEASE KEEP COLLECTING THE 5 WASTE ITEMS*

Stay tuned for more information regarding the new Drive date.  We are hoping to hold the drive sometime this summer when it is safe for people to gather in groups again.  If you are no longer able to hold on to your items or you will not be in the Keweenaw this summer, please contact sdh@mtu.edu and we will work with you to take your items off your hands.

Please continue saving these five items: granola/energy bar wrappers, batteries, plastic caps and rings, Styrofoam and cardboard egg cartons, and any plastic bag containing a recycling number.How much WASTE can we SAVE from the landfill as a COMMUNITY?


Emergency Resources for Students

During the outbreak of COVID-19 students may be experiencing different types of needs. Michigan Tech has been working to develop a list of resources to address these needs. 

Food Resources:

  • Husky FAN: Food pantry and emergency meals,
  • Western UP Food Bank (Houghton),
  • Meals for children: Houghton-Portage Township Schools are providing meals by order (email sturnquist@houghton.k12.mi.us or call 906-369-0449) to children 18 and unders.
  • BHK Community Action Agency can provide monthly food options to those in need: 906-482-5528,

Utility Resources:

  • Utilities: Some area utilities (electric, gas, water) can assist customers with payment plans or assistance with paying bills,
  • UPPCO is suspending non-payment cut offs until April 5, customers need to contact them to inform them of any changes to their income during this time,
  • Spectrum: Offering internet options for students who do not have access,

Medical:

  • Medical: Hospitals can offer payment plans or other assistance for payment,

Storage:

  • Uhaul: Offering free storage for students for 30 days

Job opportunities:

  • Area businesses are hiring extra workers during this time for deliveries, additional cleaning and stocking,

Emergency Funds:

  • Betty Chavis Emergency Fund
  • International Student Emergency Fund
  • Graduate School Emergency Fund (Loan Program)

There may be additional resources depending on your area of residence. Please refer to your city’s webpage, local news, or social media.

We are continuing to add to this list, please check back on the Dean of Students Emergency Resources page for updates.


Success Coaching at the Wahtera Center

Success coaching is still available through the Wahtera Center. A lot of sudden changes have happened in the last couple weeks and you may find yourself feeling like you’d like some help with areas like refining your study techniques, beating procrastination, or taking care of yourself, a coach can provide direction. Learn more about success coaching here. Contact us at success@mtu.edu to schedule an appointment. 


Student Wellness

Stay up to date with what’s happening on campus, resources for a successful virtual semester and practices that can be adopted to maintain good health and well-being.

Check us out on Twitter (@mtu_wellness), Instagram (mtu_wellness), and Facebook (Michigan Tech Wellness) or mtu.edu/wellness.
Be well!


Career Services is here for you

Virtual LinkedIn Session Wednesday, 25 March from 12-1

Virtual LinkedIn Session Thursday, 26 March from 5:30-6:30

Virtual Graduating and Still Looking Session Tuesday, 31 March 5:30-6:30

Virtual Graduating and Still Looking Session Wednesday, 1 April 12-1

These events are listed in Handshake, and a link is provided therein for students to join the sessions.

In addition, we’re offering 50 hours of one-on-one appointment slots for students who wish to meet with us virtually. We’re continuing to review offers on behalf of students and offer negotiation guidance when needed. Students can either schedule offer reviews through Handshake, or they can send an email to career@mtu.edu if there aren’t appointment slots available. 

Finally, students can send their resumes to career@mtu.edu for reviews and recommendations. 


Portage Library Free Resources

Now might be a good time to familiarize yourself with our 10,000+ digital books, magazines, movies and more. It’s all free with your library card.

eBooks, Audiobooks & Movies

Digital Magazines



Student News Briefs – March 20, 2020

We never know how high we are till we are called to rise. Then if we are true to form our statures touch the skies.” ― Emily Dickinson


Tech Arts Festival – Photography Contest

MUB Board is hosting a virtual photography contest and it is open to all amateur photographers within the Tech Community! You must be a student, faculty or staff to enter. Entries must be original and not previously submitted. Prizes will be awarded to four photographers. Judges will vote to decide the top three photos and there will be one audience choice photo winner. Audience choice will be awarded to whichever photograph gets the most likes on Facebook before Wednesday, April 7th at 5:00pm.

All Contest Photographs must be submitted to mubboard@mtu.edu and posted to the MUB Board Facebook. Prizes will be given to the top 4 photos, rules can be found on the waiver.

To participate, You MUST fill out a waiver which can be found here:
bit.ly/TAFwaiver


Student Org Spotlight

Student Leadership & Involvement is looking for organizations to feature each Wednesday. In order to nominate your organization for the Spotlight simply fill out this form: https://forms.gle/sUtoMkw16ZqoZoka8   This is a great opportunity to get the word out about your organization!  


USG Representative Elections

USG Class and College Representative Elections begin May 25th at 9am. Keep an eye on your MTU email for the link to cast your vote!


Emergency Resources for Students

During the outbreak of COVID-19 students may be experiencing different types of needs. Michigan Tech has been working to develop a list of resources to address these needs. 

Food Resources:

  • Husky FAN: Food pantry and emergency meals,
  • Western UP Food Bank (Houghton),
  • Meals for children: Houghton-Portage Township Schools are providing meals by order (email sturnquist@houghton.k12.mi.us or call 906-369-0449) to children 18 and unders.
  • BHK Community Action Agency can provide monthly food options to those in need: 906-482-5528,

Utility Resources:

  • Utilities: Some area utilities (electric, gas, water) can assist customers with payment plans or assistance with paying bills,
  • UPPCO is suspending non-payment cut offs until April 5, customers need to contact them to inform them of any changes to their income during this time,
  • Spectrum: Offering internet options for students who do not have access,

Medical:

  • Medical: Hospitals can offer payment plans or other assistance for payment,

Storage:

  • Uhaul: Offering free storage for students for 30 days

Job opportunities:

  • Area businesses are hiring extra workers during this time for deliveries, additional cleaning and stocking,

Emergency Funds:

  • Betty Chavis Emergency Fund
  • International Student Emergency Fund
  • Graduate School Emergency Fund (Loan Program)

There may be additional resources depending on your area of residence. Please refer to your city’s webpage, local news, or social media.

We are continuing to add to this list, please check back on the Dean of Students Emergency Resources page for updates.


Comedy Magician Trent James – LIVE on your computer!

Join us (virtually) Friday, April 10 at 9:00 PM EST for a night of laughs and magic!  Comedy magician Trent James will perform a show of slight of hand magic tricks and illusions, and will even teach the viewers how to perform some magic with items available in their room or house all through Zoom!

Comedy magician Trent James is bringing a fresh new feel to the “classic magic show”. Trent’s high-energy performance combines mind boggling magic with gut busting humor that has earned rave reviews in seventeen states. Trent is now quickly becoming one of the top magicians in the country. Don’t take our word for it…he has received top awards from both The International Brotherhood of Magicians and The Society of American Magicians, as well as being the youngest recipient of The Milbourne Christopher Award (Past winners Included David Copperfield and Penn and Teller). Trent’s unique sleight of hand magic and hip vibe have made him a huge hit at colleges, comedy clubs, and corporate events.


Student Leadership Awards for SNB

Nominations are still open for the 26th Annual Student Leadership Awards. At Michigan Tech, we are blessed with motivated and adventurous students. We are seeking nominations for various awards to recognize student leaders and organizations for all of their accomplishments. Please do not hesitate to nominate yourself or others! 

While we understand a face-to-face ceremony will not occur, we are currently thinking through other alternatives to recognize the nominees and recipients of the awards. Be on the lookout for updates!

All of the information about nominations can be found online https://www.mtu.edu/student-affairs/interests/awards/. Nominations for all other Student Leadership Awards are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 23. 

Questions concerning the awards can be directed to Student Leadership and Involvement at activities@mtu.edu or 487-1963. 


Success Coaching at the Wahtera Center

Success coaching is still available through the Wahtera Center. A lot of sudden changes have happened in the last couple weeks and you may find yourself feeling like you’d like some help with areas like refining your study techniques, beating procrastination, or taking care of yourself, a coach can provide direction. Learn more about success coaching here. Contact us at success@mtu.edu to schedule an appointment. 


Info Sessions: Blue Key

Blue Key Honor Society was to hold two info sessions this week on Michigan Tech’s campus. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, all face-to-face meetings are moved online. If you are interested in joining Blue Key Honor Society this spring, but want to know more, please check out this video presentation by our incoming President, Scott Sviland! Scott breaks down each committee, what Blue Key is all about, and why our organization is so important. If you have any questions, please reach out to bluekey@mtu.edu.


Deadline to complete this application is Sunday, March 22th at 11:59pm.

 Blue Key New Member Application

Blue Key Information Session Video


Student Wellness

Stay up to date with what’s happening on campus, resources for a successful virtual semester and practices that can be adopted to maintain good health and well-being.

Check us out on Twitter (@mtu_wellness), Instagram (mtu_wellness), and Facebook (Michigan Tech Wellness) or mtu.edu/wellness.
Be well!


Career Services is here for you

Virtual LinkedIn Session Wednesday, 25 March from 12-1

Virtual LinkedIn Session Thursday, 26 March from 5:30-6:30

Virtual Graduating and Still Looking Session Tuesday, 31 March 5:30-6:30

Virtual Graduating and Still Looking Session Wednesday, 1 April 12-1

These events are listed in Handshake, and a link is provided therein for students to join the sessions.

In addition, we’re offering 50 hours of one-on-one appointment slots for students who wish to meet with us virtually. We’re continuing to review offers on behalf of students and offer negotiation guidance when needed. Students can either schedule offer reviews through Handshake, or they can send an email to career@mtu.edu if there aren’t appointment slots available. 

Finally, students can send their resumes to career@mtu.edu for reviews and recommendations. 


2020 World Water Day Online

Michigan Tech will celebrate World Water Day March 23 and 24 with speakers, an art exhibit and poster competition—virtually. Just a week after moving instruction online for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester, Michigan Technological University will celebrate World Water Day in the same fashion.

View full article here


MTU SDH Event: The Keweenaw’s First Waste Reduction Drive

The Keweenaw’s First Waste Reduction Drive!

*DRIVE DATE POSTPONED TO THIS SUMMER (OFFICIAL DATE TBD)*

*PLEASE KEEP COLLECTING THE 5 WASTE ITEMS*

Stay tuned for more information regarding the new Drive date.  We are hoping to hold the drive sometime this summer when it is safe for people to gather in groups again.  If you are no longer able to hold on to your items or you will not be in the Keweenaw this summer, please contact sdh@mtu.edu and we will work with you to take your items off your hands.

Please continue saving these five items: granola/energy bar wrappers, batteries, plastic caps and rings, Styrofoam and cardboard egg cartons, and any plastic bag containing a recycling number.How much WASTE can we SAVE from the landfill as a COMMUNITY?


Portage Library Free Resources

Now might be a good time to familiarize yourself with our 10,000+ digital books, magazines, movies and more. It’s all free with your library card.

eBooks, Audiobooks & Movies

Digital Magazines


Yo-Yo Ma – Songs of Comfort

Yo-Yo Ma, one of the world’s most renowned and beloved musicians, is trying to provide comfort in this time of crisis. Ma has been posting videos of himself performing short pieces and encouraging other musicians — of all levels — around the world to join him in offering “Songs of Comfort.” Ma joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss the project and play Dvorak.

Listen here


Google Arts & Culture

Museums across the region and the globe are temporarily closed due to the coronavirus. But thanks to Google Arts & Culture, you can still explore hundreds of them virtually.

From Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum to Seoul’s National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art to Mexico City’s National Museum of Anthropology, more than 500 museums and galleries teamed up with Google Arts & Culture to offer a peek inside their doors. On a local level, there are opportunities to browse cubism exhibits at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, explore the sinister halls of the Eastern State Penitentiary, and view Revolutionary War weapons from Valley Forge National Historical Park. If you’re not sure where to start, Google compiled a top 10 list.


Keep up an exercise routine with free exercise classes online

Planet Fitness: free daily exercise classes 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/planetfitness/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/planetfitness 

Core Yoga:

View the videos here


Student News Briefs – March 6, 2020

Have a great Spring Break!

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sigh of the shore.” – Andre Gide


Husky Lead: Seize the Awkward

Seize the Awkward

Gain tools to be able to reach out and support friends who may be struggling.Tuesday, March 17 at 4-5 PM in Library East Reading Room

Tuesday, March 17 from 4-5PM @ Library East Reading Room


Huky Head: Feedback Loops

Feedback Loops
Learn how to apply a growth mindset to strengthen yourself and your organization.

Monday, March 16 at 5-6 PM in MUB Alumni Lounge A


LEAP Program Informational Session



University Innovation Fellows Applications are Now Open!

We are looking for students interested in becoming agents of change to become University Innovation Fellows! They will work on improving the innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem here at Michigan Tech. We are looking for creative, action-oriented students who are passionate and excited about innovation, entrepreneurship, or making positive change.  

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 may have the opportunity 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 just go to bit.ly/mtu-uif2020! Applications close on March 22nd at 11PM, if you have any questions please email cjhardin@mtu.edu!


Winter Carnival Survey

If you have a minute, please fill out the Winter Carnival Survey. Blue Key would like to continue to increase awareness of the chance to provide feedback.

https://baseline.campuslabs.com/ntu/wintercar2020


Summer Youth Programs hiring staff for summer 2020

Are you a Michigan Tech student looking for a summer job that lets you channel your creativity, innovation, enthusiasm, and team spirit, all in a professional environment? Michigan Tech’s Summer Youth Programs has just the job for you! All majors and levels are welcome and we are still looking for additional staff for summer 2020.

To apply, please visit our website and complete/submit your staff application to cpcojobs@mtu.edu along with your current resume, and someone from our office will contact you to schedule an interview. 

If you have questions you can contact us at 906-487-2219 or email cpcojobs@mtu.edu to learn more. 


MTU SDH Event: The Keweenaw’s First Waste Reduction Drive

The Keweenaw’s First Waste Reduction Drive!

Drive Date: Saturday, April 18th from 9am – 5pm in Fisher Hall

The official kickoff to the 50th anniversary of earth week!

Start collecting these five items now: granola/energy bar wrappers, batteries, plastic caps and rings, Styrofoam and cardboard egg cartons, and any plastic bag containing a recycling number.

How much WASTE can we SAVE from the landfill as a COMMUNITY?”


Join SIS for the annual Bra Show!

Join SIS for the annual Bra Show! This year’s theme is Mardi Gras, so make sure to bring cash to vote for the people’s choice bra and to donate. All proceeds will go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation! If you have any questions please email mharmon@mtu.edu


Student Leadership Awards for SNB

Student Leadership Awards is a time to celebrate and reward the individual and group efforts of students involved in organizations across campus. At Michigan Tech we are blessed enough with students that are crazy smart. Now it the time to be recognized for your commitment, enthusiasm, and leadership.

On behalf of the University, we are seeking nominations for the President’s Award for Leadership, Dean of Students Award for Service, and various other student leadership awards. The recipient of each award will be honored at the 26th Annual Student Leadership Awards Ceremony on Friday, April 17.

The nomination process is simple. All awards and information about each can be found online. 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 Dean of Students Award for Service are due by  5 p.m. Friday, March 6.  Nominations for all other Student Leadership Awards are due by 12 p.m. noon, Friday, March 20. Questions concerning the awards can be directed to Student Leadership and Involvement.

Take a minute to nominate a fellow student or organization today!


2020 World Water Day Student Poster Competition

The 2020 World Water Day Student Poster Competition will take place on Monday, March 23rd as a part of Michigan Tech’s World Water Day celebration. This is an excellent opportunity to highlight your work, practice effective science communication, and maybe win a cash prize!

Posters can be submitted in two categories: Original Research or Coursework-based Projects.  Cash Awards will be offered in each category (1st-$300, 2nd-200, 3rd-$150), as well as one People’s Choice Award ($$$). The poster competition will take place between 11:30-2:30 in DOW 804, 873, 875 – you DO NOT need to be available for the whole time period! You can register and share your availability using the link below. 

http://bit.ly/WWD2020student

Following your presentation to the judges, students are asked to participate in a public poster session from 2-4p in the MUB Ballroom. All posters (with a presenter present) are eligible for the People’s Choice Award.

More detailed information can be found in the attachment. Thank you for sharing your exciting work with the community! Please contact Kevin Nevorski with any questions, kcnevors@mtu.edu.


SDC Spring Break Hours

The Student Development Complex will have reduced hours during the University spring break, March 7-14. Note: The pool will be closed March 6 through March 15. 

SDC Spring Break Building Schedule