Student Scoop – February 7, 2024

Student Leadership Award Nominations are open!

On behalf of the University community, Student Leadership and Involvement is seeking nominations for the 30th Annual Student Leadership Awards! Take a minute to nominate a standout student today!

All awards and their information can be found on the Student Leadership Awards webpage. For each award, click on an individual title to read more about the award and its requirements, then complete and submit the nomination form. 

Nominations are due by midnight on Sunday, March 10, 2024. Awards include:

Individual Student Awards

President’s Award for Leadership
Provost’s Award for Scholarship
Dean of Students Award for Possibilities
William and Josephine Balconi Community Service Award
Percy Julian Award
Exceptional Enthusiasm as a Student Leader
Exceptional Leadership in Student Governance
Rising Star of the Year
Student Employee of the Year

Organization Awards

Exceptional Civic Engagement Award
Exceptional Program of the Year
Most Improved Student Organization
Student Organization of the Year

Community and Staff Awards

Clair M. Donovan Award
Student Organization Advisor of the Year

The recipient of each award will be honored at the 30th Annual Student Leadership Awards Ceremony at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, April 12, 2024, in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Nominators are warmly encouraged to attend.

Questions concerning the awards can be directed to Student Leadership and Involvement at or 906-487-1963.

Become a Hero: Donate Blood on February 13-14

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. They don’t wear capes or special suits, and their badge of honor is the bandage that shows they gave the gift of life.

You are invited to become a hometown hero and answer the call of patients in need by donating blood on February 13-14 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the MUB Ballroom. This blood drive is sponsored by the Order of Omega Greek Honor Society.

Donating blood is one of the simplest things a person can do to help save a patient’s life. For the hour it takes to give blood, there could be a whole community of people thankful for another birthday given to their loved one.

To make an appointment or to learn more, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. Completion of a RapidPass® online health history questionnaire is encouraged to help speed up the donation process. To get started, follow the instructions at or use the Blood Donor App. A blood donor card, driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds, and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.

Free Professional Headshots for Students at Career Fair

The Office of Alumni Engagement is offering free professional headshots for students at the 2024 Spring Career Fair.  A photographer from Brockit Inc. will be taking photographs on February 13, 2024, from 12-4 p.m. in the SDC (left-hand side of the main entrance).

Photos will be taken first come, first served. Each student will take (1) test shot and then will have a limit of (3) posed shots.

Please sign up if you intend to utilize this free service. RSVP in advance is strongly encouraged. The deadline to sign up is 4 p.m. on Monday, February 12, 2024. Photos will be emailed a few weeks after the Career Fair.

Cookies for a Cause with Tau Kappa Epsilon

Enjoy some homemade cookies and help support children’s cancer research! Help the brothers of Tau Kappa Epsilon as they raise money for St. Jude’s during All-Nighter. Stop by behind the TKE’s statue site, next to the Administration Building between 4-10 PM (while supplies last).

Film Board presents

Rise of the Guardians

When the evil spirit Pitch launches an assault on Earth, the Immortal Guardians team up to protect the innocence of children all around the world. 

Rise of the Guardians is rated PG

Friday (2/9) 5:30 8:30 11:30pm

Saturday (2/10)  5:30 8:30 11:30pm

Located on Michigan Tech’s campus in Fisher 135. Tickets are $3 and concessions are $1. We hope to see you at the movie this weekend and have a great day.

Selfie Contest and Blizzard at the Campus Store? Oh my!

Undergraduate Student Government

Nominations for USG Executive Board and At-Large Representatives are open until Sunday, February 11th at 5PM. Please submit a nomination or two for someone you believe would represent the student body well as the USG President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, or At-Large Representative. Below are the responsibilities for each position: 

● The President is responsible for appointing committee chairs and liaisons, speaking and advocating on behalf of the Undergraduate Student Government, and sets a vision for USG. 

● The Vice President chairs USG meetings and the Personnel committee, oversees committee chairs, and serves as the office manager. 

● The Treasurer oversees the disbursement of Student Activity Fee funds, keeps track of the USG budget, and chairs the Ways and Means committee. 

● The Secretary takes minutes at USG meetings, sets the agenda for meetings, and supervises USG elections. 

● At-Large Representatives hold the entire student assembly as their constituency. 

USG members must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.25 and be in good conduct standing. Additionally, Eboard members serve as Ways and Means committee members. If you are nominated for a position and do not meet the GPA or conduct requirements, you will not be eligible to run. 

USG members are required to hold 3 office hours per week and join a standing committee, all of which meet weekly. Additionally, members attend weekly meetings on Wednesdays from 7-9PM. Executive board members attend a weekly Eboard meeting and meet weekly with an advisor. 

Nominations will be accepted until 5pm on Sunday, February 11th. Candidates are required to attend a mandatory election information session, either on Tuesday, February 13th at 6PM or Thursday, February 15th at 4PM. Elections will open at 8am on Monday, February 19th, and close at 5pm on Sunday, February 25th. New members will be sworn in at the meeting on Wednesday, March 27th at 7pm. For more information about USG, visit our website, follow us on Instagram, and join our discord!

Study Break With USG

Date: Thursday, February 22nd

Time: 5pm-8pm

Location: Room G17/G19 Wads

During this event, students will be free to relax, do puzzles, play board games, color, and eat cookies during the week of midterms.

Mu Beta Psi Annual Scholarship

For more information, people may email Mu Beta Psi’s Philanthropy chair at 

Summer Internships with Manna!

Free Film & Free Food: The Seeds of Vandana Shiva on February 15 in Fisher 138

The Sustainability Film & Discussion Series, coordinated by the Michigan Tech Office of Sustainability & Resilience, will present The Seeds of Vandana Shiva on Thursday, February 15, in Fisher 138 on Michigan Tech’s campus. Everyone is welcome to attend. Films are free. A suggested $5 donation is appreciated. Free refreshments provided by the Keweenaw Co-op.

The Seeds of Vandana Shiva explores the interconnectedness of seeds, food, environment, and social justice through the remarkable life story of the Gandhian eco-activist and agro-ecologist, Vandana Shiva. The film shows how the battle against multinational agribusiness has become an international struggle between two opposing visions for feeding the world: a multinational corporate model of chemically-dependent monoculture that rewards a capitalist imperative of profit and growth, or ‘Earth Democracy, promoted by Dr. Shiva that honors ecology, biodiversity, sustainability and community.

The film series provides an opportunity for people of diverse ages, backgrounds and life experiences to engage in meaningful discussion facilitated by local experts on the topic. 

Rachael Pressley, Western UP Food Systems Collaborative and Senior Regional Planner for the Western U.P. Planning & Development Region (WUPPDR) and MTU student Abraham Stone (Biological Sciences) will facilitate the discussion.

Use this link to access the list of upcoming films and this link for the list of films available for checkout from the Office of Sustainability & Resilience in Room 203 of the Van Pelt Library.

Film sponsors include: Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Keweenaw Land Trust, Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, Friends of the Land of Keweenaw, WUP MiSTEM, MTU Great Lakes Research Center, Departments of Social Sciences, and Civil, Environmental & Geospatial Engineering, Center for Science & Environmental Outreach, College of Forest Resources & Environmental Science, Keweenaw Co-op, Sustainability Demonstration House, Students for Sustainability, and Keweenaw Youth for Climate Action.  

Here is the link to the photo of Vandana Sheeva.

MUB Board presents

Karaoke Night

Date: Wednesday 02/07/24

Time: 10 pm – Midnight

Location: MUB Commons

Join us for Winter Carnival Karaoke, next week Wednesday. Stop inside for some warmth, and enjoy listening to others perform or go ahead and get up there yourself or with some friends! We hope to see you there!


Date: Tuesday 02/13/24

Time: 5 – 7 pm

Location: MUB Commons

STUFF-A-HUSKY IS BACK! This year’s annual event will feature huskies, frogs, octopi, koalas, and moose. Join to make your own stuffed animal of any of these, completely free to all Tech students! While supplies last!

Deep Snow Ultimate Football

Date: Friday 02/16/24

Time: 4 – 6 pm

Location: Sherman Field

Friday on Sherman Field there will be some outdoor fun like none other! The plan is for deep snow football, but either way, games will be on the field through snow, rain, or shine! Join in for the lighthearted games and a good time.

Neon Disco Skate Night

Date: Saturday 02/17/24

Time: 7 – 9 pm 

Location: SDC Student Ice Arena

Skate Night is returning once more, now with a disco theme! Register here for a timeslot so we can make sure everyone gets skates, and join us at the SDC for a night of colorful lights and disco on the ice. It is completely free for all MTU students, but it is first come first serve so make sure to register soon!

Spring 2024 Adult Aquatics Programs

Registration for Session 2 Spring Adult Aquatics Programs is now open!

  • Adult Huskies Swim Training (18 or older) – provides additional attention and competitive guidance to swimmers ages 18 and older who are looking to improve their swimming skills and fitness levels in a group setting.
  • Adult Huskies Swim Lessons (18 or older) – aquatic education for the beginner to the intermediate swimmer who is looking to become more comfortable in the water and learn the fundamental four strokes.

Registration for Session 2 Spring Adult Aquatics Programs closes February 29, 11:59 pm.

Questions? Contact Annie Bengry, Aquatics Manager, at or call (906) 487-2995.

Rozsa Center for Performing Arts

Winter Carnival and Rozsa Presenting Series Event: Cirque FLIP Fabrique’s Blizzard

Opening Night 7:30 p.m. February 9, 2024

Sensory-Friendly Performance 2 p.m. February 10, 2024 Learn More

At the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts

With Blizzard, FLIP Fabrique takes you on a crazy, poetic, and gentle journey in the dead of winter, and invites you to lose yourself in a moment of complete wonder. With performers at the peak of their art and outstanding visual poetry, Blizzard promises to blow away everything in its path.

Learn how to request tickets in advance for this reserved seating show.

Opening Night Learn More | Reserve Free Tickets

Sensory Friendly Performance Learn More | Reserve Free Tickets

Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday Presented by Michigan Tech Music

7:30 p.m. February 13, 2024

At the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts Lobby

Michigan Tech Jazz brings New Orleans to Michigan Tech with an epic Mardi Gras party, complete with a New Orleans inspired Fat Tuesday dinner! The Workshop Brass Band is going to be jamming all night with feel-good music that’ll make you want to move your feet to the infectious New Orleans beat! Enjoy traditional brass band music from the Workshop Brass Band while you eat dinner, catered by the Bonfire, and a party set to celebrate after! 

This performance is Student Rush eligible. The Michigan Tech student ticket fee reflects the cost of dinner, with the cost of the performance sponsored by Experience Tech.

Learn More | $25 Student Rush Tickets

Simple Machines: Poetry, Letterpress, and the Art of the Little Magazine Presented by Michigan Tech Art

Opening Reception 5-7 p.m. February 2, 2024

Exhibit Open February 2-March 30, 2024

In the Rozsa Galleries A-Space

Simple Machines is a two-edition, international, letterpress poetry magazine founded and edited by Michigan Tech’s M. Bartley Seigel, funded through a Research Excellence Fund—Scholarship & Creativity Grant, produced in collaboration with designer/printers at the Copper Country Community Arts Center, and TYPA Letterpress & Paper Art Center, Tartu, Estonia, and featuring original poetry from a diverse array of national and international poets.

Learn More | Free Exhibit

ITE MTU Student Chapter Seminar


Speaker: Julie Kroll, PE, PTOE

Speaker bio: Julie is a graduate of Michigan Tech (‘00) and is the Traffic Engineering Group Manager at Fleis & VandenBrink. She currently serves as Secretary on the ITE Michigan Section Board of Directors, and is the Board liaison to the Michigan Tech Student Chapter. 

Date: Monday, February 12, 2024 

Time: 6:00 pm 

Location: Fisher Hall – Room 125

Info: The speaker will be at Tech during the spring career fair. This seminar will provide a great opportunity to gain information and experience for students who set their careers in the transportation and traffic industry. Free to join! Free Pizza and soft drinks! Come talk to the speaker! 

SMLS Valentine’s Bake Sale

The Society of Medical Laboratory Scientists will be hosting a bake sale on February 13th from 10 am to 3 pm in the library. Make sure to stop by and buy some treats for your loved ones!! Cash and Venmo accepted! 

Learn About a New Electrical and Computer Engineering Student Exchange Program

The ECE department at Michigan Tech has established an undergraduate and graduate student exchange program with the College of IT and Engineering at Kyungpook National University in Daegu, South Korea. The exchange program is available for students to begin applying to attend for the Fall 2024 and Spring 2025 semesters.

Kyungpook National University has courses offered in English across several departments, but students in the ECE department will be preferred if spots are limited.

On Friday, Feb. 16th at 10:00am in EERC 122, join ECE Department Chair, Dr. Jin Choi, and Manager of Study Away, Casey Nelson, to discuss the exchange program’s opportunities. 

Questions? Please contact Prof. Jin Choi at and Casey Nelson at

If you are unavailable to attend the information session but would like to meet to discuss this program, please schedule an in-person or virtual advising appointment with the Study Abroad Office.

Women in Management LinkedIn & Resume Workshop

Got a LinkedIn? Got a Resume? Whether you do or don’t, join Women in Management on Monday, February 12th from 6-7pm in Fisher 125 for a LinkedIn and Resume workshop! Perfect your resume, and expand your LinkedIn profile and network just in time for Career Fair! Please bring your preferred technology and a friend. We’ll see you there!

The Career Closet is back!

Come build your professional wardrobe at the Career Closet! All items are free. Career Services will be there to print your Career Fair name tag.

Friday: 1pm-5pm

Saturday: 10am-2pm

MUB Makerspace and Superior Room

Women in Physics Scholarship

Women in Physics is now offering a scholarship for any graduate student who is committed to supporting women and gender minorities in their field!

The awardee will receive $2,000 for the 2024-2025 academic year. 

The deadline to apply is Apr 26, 2024.

To apply, the applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a graduate student at MTU for the entire 2024-2025 academic year
  • Commit to supporting women and gender minorities in their field
  • Provide a Statement of Purpose
  • If awarded, agree to become an active member of Women in Physics

Our intention is to help motivate and support students that are statistically more likely to drop out of their academic pursuits, and to help encourage a more diverse atmosphere in all fields of study.More information can be found on the flier, as well as more detailed essay prompts via the QR codes.

The deadline to apply is Apr 26, 2024.

Theta Chi Epsilon Annual Mocktail Party

The Lode

Are you interested in student-led bands or the Winter Carnival production process? Tune in to our first Lode TV episode of the semester! Also, keep an eye out for a special Winter Carnival episode to be released early next week!

Want even MORE news? Visit every main building on campus or the residence halls to pick up a physical paper, published weekly on Tuesdays. You can also view our articles online at!

View our newest LodeTV episode at the following link:

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Brought to you by The Lode, Michigan Tech’s student newspaper since 1921

Railroad Engineering and Activities Club

Join the Railroad Engineering and Activities Club on Monday, February 12th, at 7 pm! 

Our guest speaker has had a long successful career in railroad bridge design and inspection and is sharing with us the lessons and knowledge he’s acquired from working in this field. 

Bring Questions about the industry and an appetite as pizzas from The Ambassador will be served

Calling all volunteers!

You’re invited to join the Michigan Tech Mind Trekkers as we travel to Port Huron, Michigan on March 7th – 10th for the SC4 STEM Fest! Volunteers will be leading Mind Trekker demonstrations – hands-on STEM demonstrations to allow middle school students to explore STEM at their own pace. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to learn and an enthusiasm for learning.

Never heard of Mind Trekkers before? Mind Trekkers is a nationally-acclaimed traveling STEM roadshow bringing high-energy, hands-on, STEM festivals to communities around the country. As a Mind Trekker, you’ll help guide participants through demonstrations that showcase the awe and power of science through experimentation. From being inside a bubble to skewering a balloon without popping it, to making ice cream with liquid nitrogen – Mind Trekkers serves to bring communities together to support an educational ecosystem and strong future workforce in STEM.

Travel, lodging, and a daily stipend are provided.

To sign up, fill out this form, or email us at

Summer Youth Programs

Hi Fellow Husky!

Are you looking for a summer job where you can spend your summer here in Houghton and build professional skills while making an impact on the next generation of doers and makers? If so, Summer Youth Programs (SYP) is the place for you.

This summer, we’re looking for dedicated individuals to join our team of counselors as we host nearly 1000 middle and high school students from around the world. During the day our students spend time in Michigan Tech classrooms and labs doing hands-on activities to spark curiosity. In the evenings, awesome students just like you, join our participants as they explore the Keweenaw.

Come share your passion for our beautiful home and make an impact today. Job descriptions and an application can be found on our website and we’re always happy to chat. Contact us at, stop by our office (Admin 217) or give us a call at 906-487-2219.

We look forward to working with you this summer!

Center for Student Mental Health and Well-being

Bigfoot Glowshoe

We are excited to present Bigfoot Glowshoe for the 2024 Winter Carnival. Hit the Tech Trails with your family and friends, and enjoy an evening of snowshoeing on groomed trails below glowing lights. 

Please visit our Bigfoot Glowshoe website for more registration information. 

Board Game Night

Come de-stress with Jim and our student staff! Bring your friends and play some of your favorite board games!

  • When: Wednesday, February 7th | 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Where: MUB Commons


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Support Winter Carnival!

The special events Cross Country Skiing event is looking for 2 volunteers to act as a Time Keeper for the event. The event is taking place at the MTU Tech Trails.