Student Scoop – April 19, 2023

Congratulations to all 2023 Student Leadership Award Recipients

Outstanding students, staff, and alumni were honored Friday (April 14) during Michigan Tech’s 29th annual Student Leadership Awards Ceremony in the Memorial Union Building Ballroom.

Congratulations to all of the 2023 winners:

President’s Award for Leadership — Aerith Cruz

Provost’s Award for Scholarship — Emma Hayhurst

Dean of Students Award for Possibilities — Cayton Scholz

Josephine and William Balconi Community Service Award — Jenna Messer

Award for Bravery and Kindness in Service to Others – Marco Marquez

Exceptional Enthusiasm as Student Leader Award — Roya Bagheri

Exceptional Leadership in Student Governance Award — Cheyenne Scott

Student Organization Advisor of the Year — Alexandra Marshall

Student Employee of the Year — Enioluwa Wright

Rising Star of the Year — Riley Stichter

Outstanding Future Alumni — Kathleen Pakenas

Claire M. Donovan Award — Alexandra Marshall

Percy Julian Award — Giovanni Diaz

Exceptional Program of the Year — Engineering Days, Engineering Ambassadors and Society of Women Engineers

Exceptional Civic Engagement Award — Iranian Community

Most Improved Student Organization — Networking and Computing Student Association

Student Organization of the Year — American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Keynote speaker Jessica L. Thompson ’12 (B.S., Biological Sciences) was also recognized as the recipient of the 2023 Outstanding Young Alumni Award.

More information about the awards and the recipients can be found on the Student Leadership Awards webpage. Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees and recipients!

Office of Alumni Engagement

Free Study Break Snack for Students during Finals 

Hungry and need a break from studying and finals? The Alumni Engagement Office has you covered!  Fuel your brain with a build-your-own trail mix station in the library on Tuesday, April 25, 2023, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (or until it is gone). Don’t miss out on a study time treat and a reusable snack bag courtesy of the Alumni Engagement Office. 

Alumni Welcome Event

The Office of Alumni Engagement is hosting a brief New Alumni Welcome immediately before both the Graduate and Undergraduate commencement rehearsals on Thursday, April 27 in the SDC Multipurpose Room for our Spring 2023 graduates. Be sure to arrive at your respective rehearsal a few minutes early to sign the class flag, receive your alumni welcome gift, and enjoy a treat!

Host an Event during O-Week or Welcome Week!

Each year Registered Student Organizations are invited to host events during Orientation Week and Welcome Week in order to introduce themselves to the campus community and welcome their peers to campus. The audience for Orientation Week is primarily first-year students, while events for Welcome Week should be designed for any member of the student body. This year:

  • O-Week is August 20th-25th
  • Welcome Week is August 26th-September 2nd

You must complete this form in order to request to host an event during either week. Events planned through this form will be included in official Orientation or Welcome Week promotional materials.

Please contact Orientation at for questions regarding O-Week or Student Leadership and Involvement at for questions regarding Welcome Week. This form will close on May 31st.

Congratulations to this year’s President’s Volunteer Service Award Recipients!

Michigan Tech became a certifying organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award earlier this year because we realized that many of our students were already meeting or exceeding the requirements each year. Any student who tracks their verifiable service hours on our service website, GivePulse each year will be eligible to receive the award. This year four individuals have received this honor.

First, we have two bronze-level awardees whose service exceeded 100 hours.

Congratulations to:

  • Kayley Elmbald, who served as an active member of the National Ski Patrol and as a volunteer instructor for the Outdoor Emergency Care course.
  • And to Meg Pomranka, who served as a volunteer coach with her High School Color Guard team.

We also have two recipients who have received gold-level honors for over 250 service hours completed. Congratulations to:

  • Kaitlyn Brady, who served as a volunteer assistant athletic trainer with Michigan Tech athletics.
  • And to Ryan Michael, who served as a counselor at Camp Ao-Wa-Kiya this past summer.

Thank you all for giving your time and talent to your community.

Ramadan Awareness Day

Assalamu Aylaikum (Meaning: May God shower blessings on you)! 

Please join us at the Ramadan Awareness Day event to know about Ramadan, Fasting, Islam, & MSA. Stop by our stall to grab some date fruits & candies as well!

Thank you so much for your visit in advance!

Can you be Greek and Christian?

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is hosting a conversation around the question of “Can you be Greek and Christian.” It will be a time to connect with other Greeks and to encourage and support each other in the journey of faith. Considering going Greek? You’re welcome, too!

Wednesday, April 19th at 6pm in Fisher 130.

Sips and Succulents

Paint a pot, grab a plant, sip, and relax before finals start! Join us on April 20th for a chance to relax before the stress of finals, and take home your very own succulent plant!

Rozsa Center for Performing Arts

Michigan Tech Music presents

Charles Mingus & Ethel Smyth for Starters…

7:30 p.m. | April 21 | Rozsa

Join us for the season finale by the Superior Wind Symphony, Campus Concert Band, and the combined MEGABAND!

Learn More | Get Free Tickets

Can’t make it IRL? Stream it live!

Michigan Tech Music presents

Old World, New World

7:30 p.m. | April 22 | Rozsa

Music director, Joel Neves, conducts the world premiere of his own composition—Kalaupapa—for symphony orchestra, ukulele, and conch shells, inspired by his Native Hawaiian ‘ohana from the old world. The concert also explores the “new world” experienced by Antonin Dvorak, when he first visited America, in his nostalgically beautiful New World Symphony.

Learn More | Get Free Tickets

Can’t make it IRL? Stream it live!

The Visual and Performing Arts Department hosts

Milt Olsson Tribute

1-3 p.m. | April 23 | Rozsa Lobby

Join the Michigan Tech Visual and Performing Arts department in remembering professor emeritus Milt Olsson (1940-2021) and his legacy at Michigan Tech and in the Keweenaw community. The joyful afternoon will include a reception with light refreshments, speakers, and music. 

Learn More 

Michigan Tech Music presents

Singing is Life

7:30 p.m. | April 23 | Rozsa 

Join the Michigan Tech choirs and alumni for a concert that celebrates singing at Michigan Tech. The concert will include performances by the Michigan Tech Concert Choir, conScience: Michigan Tech Chamber Singers, and selections where the choirs are joined by alumni of the Michigan Tech Choirs.

Learn More | Get Free Tickets

Can’t make it IRL? Stream it live!

Michigan Tech Art presents


Now – Saturday, April 29 in the Rozsa Art Galleries

M-F 8 a.m.-8 p.m. | Sa 1-8 p.m.

Stop in to see this multi-media exhibition of artwork created by Visual and Performing Arts Faculty and Staff. 

Learn More

CDI is Hiring for Summer and Fall!

The CDI is looking to hire students for both summer and fall positions! Use the link to find job descriptions for each opportunity:

Resume and cover letter should be submitted to

Finals Week with the Van Pelt and Opie Library 

The end of the semester often comes with a lot of stress. The Library wants to help! Along with campus partners, we are planning things to help ease that stress, take much-needed breaks, and tackle your studies. 

  • Pet Photos: Enjoy pictures of you and your friends’ pets up on our digital displays while you study. – First and Second Floors, Library
  • Brain Break Stations: give your brain some time off with games, coloring, snacks, and other odds and ends to fidget with. – First and Second Floors, Library
  • Pet Therapy: Spend time with trained therapy dog team Finney and Robin for adorable destressing. April, 21 2-4pm & April 23, 12-2pm- First Floor, Library
  • Snack Attacks: Multiple groups, including Student Mental Health and Wellbeing, will be in the library at various times with snacks to keep you fueled and your brain powered up. All Floors, Library
  • Pancake Dinner: Up late studying? Grab some pancakes served up by campus administrators. April 23, 7-9pm – First Floor, Library

Center for Student Health and Well-being

Chair Massages 

Massages are returning to the library from 5-8 pm on Wednesday, April 17th. Availability is based on a first-come-first-serve basis. 

DEA Drug Takeback

The National Prescription Drug Take Back day is April 22, 2023. MTU Public Safety will be available on campus to accept any and all prescription drugs that might be expired or unused. This is a safe and responsible way to dispose of your prescription medication and we encourage you to seek out a Public Safety officer! 

Fruit Table

Our counselors are setting up a fruit table on Monday the 24th for students in the Library! Come grab a study snack and chat with our counselors about resources as needed! 

Capture Your Adventure 

For the 3rd year in a row, our Center is putting on the Capture Your Adventure challenge for the summer! Learn more about how to participate on social media by going to our CYA webpage. You can expect to win prizes like a National Parks pass for the United States! 

Jazz Night

With finals right around the corner, take some time to relax with some live jazz music! The Back Room Boys is a local jazz and polka band that will be playing for us Saturday night. This event has free entry, but a $5 donation would be greatly appreciated! Whether you’re an experienced dancer or not, everyone is welcome to attend and join in on the fun! You can learn some new moves that very same night!

Location: MUB Alumni Lounge

Saturday, April 22nd, 7pm – 9pm