Student Scoop – March 13, 2024

GRIT Workshop

G.R.I.T. is an interactive, half-day leadership workshop designed to help you develop in the areas of motivation, perseverance, habit formation, and goal setting. Through a variety of activities, each individual will come to understand more about themselves and how they can achieve individual success. The skills learned can aid students in working towards any aspiration – from leading their student organization to increasing their GPA to running a marathon. Come join your peers as together we gain resilience and inspire tenacity!

G.R.I.T. is held once a semester. The spring session will be held on Sunday, March 24th, 2023, from 1:00 PM-4:30 PM. Limited space is available as every participant will receive free program materials, snacks, and a gift.

Please RSVP here by March 18th!

The Great Game: An Outdoor Adventure

Remember the fun times playing Pokemon Go? Join Student Leadership Involvement’s Late Night Program for a fun Outdoor Adventure where participants use an app similar to our favorite childhood game on their phone. Meet us in the Memorial Union Building at 8 p.m. in the Commons (cafe area) to get directions and the link to the app. 

The gameplan: teams will break a secret code at Husky Plaza, see floating letters in augmented reality above an Engineering Building, and decipher a Morse code message sent by a secret witness near Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts. Everyone on campus competes on one leaderboard for the fastest time – and it is all self-guided.

Free to play. Bring your friends. This is sure to be an outdoor adventure with fun and laughs!

HuskyLEAD: Authentic Time Management

Diverse Dialogues: Women in STEM

Bowl for Kid’s Sake 2024


Teams Needed for 2024 Event to Benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters

Invest some of your time in POTENTIAL and you can change the World “Little” by “Little”. Stand with Big Brothers Big Sisters at the Copper Country Bowl for Kids’ Sake – mobilize your team, come up with a catchy team name, create costumes & props – or join us as you are and just have fun! Bowl for Kids’ Sake is a fun way to support kids in our community with your friends, family and colleagues. The 30th Copper Country Bowl for Kids’ Sake is scheduled to take place on Saturday – March 16, 2024 with bowling sessions starting at Noon, 2:30PM, and 5PM at the Mine Shaft in Houghton.  Please consider joining us for a Fun-Filled Day for a Great Cause!

This is your Call to Action to stand up for Kids in our Community today! This event is a fundraiser to support Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mentoring programs for children in the local communities. All of the proceeds support life-changing mentoring relationships for local kids. This event is not about the bowling; it’s about having fun for a good cause, so anyone can participate. All you have to do is raise a minimum of $45 per bowler and then you’re eligible for two hours of bowling, free pizza, great prizes and a lot of fun. If you can “spare” a little bit of time for a lot of FUN… YOU can be a part of Bowl for Kids’ and Be a Force for Change in our community.

Best regards from your Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Team at U.P.Kids serving Michigan’s western Upper Peninsula.

Outdoor Adventure Program is Hiring!

Are you in search of a summer job? The Outdoor Adventure Program is looking to hire adventure guides and rental desk attendants for the 2024 summer season! If you love sharing your passion for the outdoors with others, consider joining our awesome team. Scan the QR code on the flyer to easily apply today! Prior outdoor/wilderness experience is encouraged but not required

REHS Desk Assistant Applications OPEN!

Interested in working at the front desk in Wads, McNair, and/or DHH? Look no further! Deskie applications for the 2024-2025 academic year are now LIVE and can be found HERE.

Applications will NOT be accepted after 10:00AM on March 18.

CCHA Semifinal Playoff Tickets Now On Sale

Michigan Tech will host Minnesota State in the CCHA Mason Cup Semifinal on Saturday at 5:07 p.m. at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. Tickets for the game are on sale now through the SDC Central Ticket Office. Season ticket holders have until 5 p.m. on Tuesday to purchase tickets and claim their seats. 

Tickets can be purchased in person at the Central Ticket Office in the Student Development Complex, online at, or via phone by calling 906-487-2073. Ticket prices are as follows: Rail 555: $55, Adult: $30, and Youth: $20. Michigan Tech students can enter the game at the Experience Tech entrance as usual.

For information on skybox and platform pricing and availability, email

No. 3 seed Michigan Tech advanced with a sweep of Bowling Green in the CCHA Quarterfinal and the Mavericks swept Northern Michigan in Mankato as the No. 4 seed. No. 6 Lake Superior State will travel to No. 1 Bemidji State in the other semifinal. The CCHA Mason Cup Championship is scheduled for Friday, March 22.

The excitement is real as the Michigan Tech Huskies gear up to face the Minnesota State Mavericks in a highly anticipated CCHA Semifinal clash. Scheduled for Saturday, March 16, 2024, at 5:07 PM, the stage is set at the MacInnes Ice Arena for what promises to be a riveting encounter in college hockey. The stakes are high, and the energy of the crowd is expected to reach feverish levels as the Huskies look to secure their spot in the Mason Cup final. 

In a grand gesture of support, the Athletic Department has sponsored 750 tickets for students to thank them for their unwavering support throughout the season. This move underscores the community spirit and the strong bond between the team and its supporters. As the team prepares, they call upon the Husky faithful to “pack the MacInnes Ice Arena on Saturday” to create an electrifying atmosphere that will boost their enthusiasm.

Free Sustainability Film: Going Circular, 7pm,  March 21st

The Sustainability Film & Discussion Series presents Going Circular at 7pm, Thursday, March 21, in Fisher 138 on MTU’s campus. Everyone is welcome to attend. The film imagines a future where we mimic the genius of nature—to create an economic system that eliminates waste and saves the planet’s resources. The film explores concrete solutions individuals and communities worldwide can use to move toward a more circular economy. The discussion facilitator will be Utkarsh Shailesh Chaudhari. He has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from India and an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University. The film and refreshments are provided by the Great Lakes Research Center in recognition of 2024 World Water Day.

Houghton Elementary School is seeking After School Program Instructors

Houghton-Portage Twp. School District is seeking qualified candidates for the following positions:

After School Care Instructors

(3:00 pm – 5:30 pm)

Description and Qualifications:

Houghton Elementary School is now accepting applications for instructor positions with the after-school program.  We offer a variety of activities daily for students, such as art and board games, crafts, legos, Hot Wheels, gym games, outdoor games, etc.  We are seeking individuals who would be interested in leading activities and supervising students.  Must be available for at least the first semester of the 2024/25 school year.  Training and orientation available now.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and possess good communication and interpersonal skills.  Leadership and education experience is preferred.  All staff will be required to have an initial TB test, Livescan Fingerprints, and Morpho Fingerprints taken as a condition of employment.  After working two pay periods, reimbursement for the fingerprints will be paid. Competitive wage. 

Interested candidates may submit a letter of application and resume to:

Mrs. Amy Forsell

Houghton Elementary School

203 West Jacker Avenue

Houghton, MI 49931

Or to:

Deadline:  May 1, 2024

It is the policy of the Houghton –Portage Township Schools that no person, on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, disability, weight or height, shall be discriminated against in employment, educational programs, or admissions.  Questions or concerns regarding the non-discrimination policies should be directed to Mrs. Sara Marcotte, Business Manager, Houghton-Portage Township School District, 1603 Gundlach Road, Houghton, MI 49931.

Copper Country Cycling Team FrosTRI

What happens if there is no snow? We’ve all been confused with this winter, so it’s hard to predict snow conditions for late March. If we’re low on snow, we’ll remove the ski event and instead do just a bike/run event. We will post updates to this website and email registrants as the date gets closer!

Join the Copper Country Cycling Club (C4) at Michigan Tech for our first winter triathlon! This event will take place at the Swedetown trails. We will start with a ski (classic or skate), followed by a fat bike ride, and finally, a snowshoe! 

What?: A winter triathlon at Swedetown trails. 

Where?: Swedetown Main Trailhead

When?: Saturday, March 23rd, at 10 am

How much?: It’s free, but we do want you to bring food to the event! We would love to have baked goods, fruit, chips, finger foods, or other food you can see yourself craving after your hard work! We’ll set this all up at the Swedetown Chalet to be feasted upon by race participants.

Donations are appreciated and all profits will support local trail networks!

Event routes and distances (in this order):

  • 14k Nordic ski: Valley trail to Upper Greenstone to reverse Mama Bear, reverse Papa Bear, reverse Baby Bear, Lower Greenstone, Relentless Loop to Pine Ridge Loop, and then Tiger Loop.
  • 10k Fat bike: Fat bike loops 1, 2, 3, and 5.
  • 5k Snowshoe: Bear Paw Snowshoe Short Loop to Bear Paw Snowshoe Long Loop to Valley Trail.

All are welcome! We invite students and community members to come out and enjoy the race!

Young Americans for Freedom

The Young Americans for Freedom chapter at Michigan Technological University will host Yeonmi Park for a free event in the Minerals and Materials Engineering Building, Room U115. This event is free and open to the public and is hosted by YAF’s Center for Entrepreneurship & Free Enterprise as part of the Preserving American Liberty & Freedom Lecture Series. Following her speech, Yeonmi will participate in a Q&A discussion with members of the audience.

Born in North Korea, human rights activist and YAF Speaker Yeonmi Park grew up in a punishing society devoted to the worship of Kim Jong-Il. But at the age of 13, she and her family made a daring escape to China in search of a life free of tyranny.

An insightful and candid speaker, Park is fast becoming a leading voice of oppressed people around the world.

Learn more here:

MasterpiECE Mania!

  • Masterpiece will occur on April 11th, at from 6PM to 8PM, tentatively in EERC501 or 508. This time is to allow for extra time for projects, as well as to work around Dr. Shane’s MakerFest.
  • MasterpiECE is sponsored by Micronet this year. Big thanks to this startup for helping make the competition possible! Micronet is a startup that helps organizations create strong connections with their members. Visit their website,, if you are interested in their services or a potential job oppurtunity!
  • MasterpiECE top prize is $500, second is $250, third is $150, with the podium placers (1,2,3) having the ability to be reimbursed up to $100 for their project costs, on top of the prize winnings.
  • To compete and win, you MUST be an IEEE Global member. Go to to get a student membership. They are cheap, and provide you with countless resources and connections to continue your professional development.
  • Your projects must be original works that you make. These projects can be senior design, MakerFest, or any other form of project that is submitted elsewhere, however, it CAN NOT be a previous submission used for MasterpiECE, UNLESS it is a continuation with significant changes/improvements. This will need to be noted in your presentation.

Celebration of Indigenous Stories

The Van Pelt and Opie Library and American Indian Sciences and Engineering Society (AISES) are excited to announce a Celebration of Indigenous Stories in partnership with this year’s Great Michigan Read program featuring, “Fire Keeper’s Daughter” by Angeline Boulley. On March 14th from 5-8pm in the Van Pelt and Opie Library, the celebration will center around an exhibit of art, author talks, and a sharing of stories. Light refreshments and indigenous food will be served.

5-6pm: Art exhibits, including beadwork, birchbark baskets, and more will be on display.
6-7pm: Author talks with April Lindala and T. Marie Bertineau
7pm-8pm: Open mic featuring poetry and stories from invited speakers and open to students and KBIC members to join. Moderated by Anna Lindgren.

Rowing Club Erg-a-Thon

The MTU Rowing club will be hosting Erg-a-Thon the week of March 18th. Our rowers have pledged over 500,000 meters and are looking forward to raising money for our club. 

Help support us in any way you can by donating at!!

CDI’s Women’s History Trivia Night

Wager on your women’s history knowledge in Wads G42W on Friday, March 29, from 6-9pm, for a chance to win awesome prizes. Bring a friend, test your knowledge, and fill up on food and women’s trivia. Don’t miss out on this fun-filled night hosted by CDI.

Dance Team at Michigan Tech Spring Showcase

The Dance Team at Michigan Tech is hosting our annual dance showcase on Sunday 3/17! Come join us at this free event and enjoy performances by the Dance Team, MTU Swing Club, and the NMU Dance Team! Doors open at 1:30pm in the SDC Wood Gym, and the showcase begins at 2pm.

Campus Barbershop

There are still a few appointments available for the Campus Barber Shop on this Monday, March 18th. Appointments are open for all Michigan Tech students, faculty, and staff. Don’t miss out, book today!

Film Board presents


With dreams of opening a shop in a city renowned for its chocolate, a young and poor Willy Wonka discovers that the industry is run by a cartel of greedy chocolatiers.

Wonka is rated PG

Friday (3/15) 5:30 8:30 11:30pm

Saturday (3/16)  5:30 8:30 11:30pm

Sunday (3/17) 5:30 8:30pm

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.

Volunteer opportunity with Friends of Library Book Sale

The Friends of the Michigan Tech Library is holding its annual BIG Annual Book Sale at the end of the month, Thursday and Friday 28-29 March in the Memorial Union Building (MUB) Ballroom. To pull it off, we need your help!  

On Thursday, March 28, we need set-up help from 12-3pm and at the end of the sale Friday 4-6pm we will be breaking down the sale and need some help again.  We also need cashiers throughout the day on Friday (hour-long slots from 10-4. All these volunteer opportunities are on GivePulse: Would you consider joining us?  We so appreciate you! (And as a sweetener, setup volunteers get the first look at all the books!)

Even if you can’t volunteer, come buy some books: the sale is Thursday 5-7 and Friday 10-4 with a $5 bag sale at 3pm on Friday. This year the sale will feature many books of the former Finlandia University library, as well as many art and photography books from the library of Joe Kirkish, longtime MTU photography professor. 

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. 

The Pocket Gallery is accepting artwork submissions!

Submission deadline is March 22, 2024.

The Pocket Gallery is a new art zine and is dedicated to lifting the artistic voices of the students at MTU. Having your work published with us will help your voice be heard within the community.

We are looking for submissions to publish in the first ever edition this semester! The zine will be printed in color and available around campus in April.

Please see the flyer for additional details and the updated QR code for questions and submissions.

Form for questions and submissions:

Canterbury House Food Pantry

Canterbury House Food Pantry is back! Let us help you alleviate the burden of purchasing food. We offer contactless and anonymous pick-up of groceries and toiletries to the Michigan Tech Community at The Canterbury House at 1405 E. Houghton Ave. To place an order and select a pick-up time, fill out the Google Form at any time. Supplies may run out, but we will try our best to meet your needs. Feel free to stop inside and meet our students as well! Our house hours are 10-4pm Monday-Thursday.

Sigma Phi Epsilon Polar Plunge

The brothers of Sigma Phi Epsilon are hosting our 4th Annual Polar Plunge at Chutes and Ladders park from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM on March 16th, 2024. This event raises money for a local charity, this year once again being for ‘Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly’. This organization provides services for the elderly community here in the Keweenaw and across the Upper Peninsula. Whether it’s companionship, combating loneliness, medical equipment, doctor appointments, or basic human needs, Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly offers their support and aid.
Last year, SigEp’s polar plunge raised a record breaking amount of $2,034 for LBFE. Please join us in achieving our goal of raising $3,000 this year!

Please submit donations through the Legacy Financial link here. One SigEp brother will jump for every $25 raised. Any member of the community is able to jump themselves on the day of the event for a $5 donation. 

MHA Annual Vegas Night

Come close to the glamour and glitz of Las Vegas- right in Houghton! MHA’s annual Vegas Night will be happening on March 23rd from 8pm-11pm on the first floor of Fisher Hall. Some of our prizes this year include a PlayStation 5, a VR headset, and an 8 person tent! All MTU students are welcome to attend! 

MHA is still looking for volunteers for this event! If you are interested in volunteering, check us out on GivePulse here:

If you are volunteering for this event, you MUST also attend one of the mandatory training sessions either on Friday, March 22 from 4pm- 5pm OR Saturday, March 23rd from 11am-Noon. Training will be held in the West McNair Glass Lounge (G003 West McNair)

If you cannot make either of those times, please reach out to for alternative arrangements.

Whether you are attending, volunteering, or both – we look forward to spending Vegas Night with you

2024 Indoor Triathlon

You don’t have to win, you just have to TRI! Michigan Tech Recreation is hosting an indoor triathlon for MTU students and SDC Access Pass Holders (minimum 1-month) on Wednesday, April 3 at the SDC!

Unlike a traditional triathlon, which covers fixed distances of swimming, biking, and running, indoor triathlons challenge competitors to race the greatest distance within a fixed time frame. Beginners and seasoned athletes are welcome to participate in the 10-minute swim, 15-minute bike, and 10-minute run! Transition time is provided between events. Event capacity is limited.

Open to MTU students and SDC Access Pass Holders (minimum 1-month) with a valid MTU student ID or SDC Access Pass. Must be 16 years of age or older to participate.

FREE to participate, but registration is required.

Registration is open!

Registration closes: March 16, 2024, 11:59 pm EST

Visit Indoor Triathlon for more information!

CIRCL Mobility

Whether you’re a fitness lover, a busy mom, or a 9-5er, you’ll benefit from my all-new 30-minute class. We’ll be exploring flexibility, breathwork, and mobility exercises to help you move better, longer. It’s also set to music and healing tones to help your mind focus. Plus, it’s all backed by science! I can’t wait to have you join me for some time to check in with your physical and mental selves, chill out, and keep your body moving. See you there!”

Sunday 5:00-5:50 pm, Tuesday 12:00-12:30 pm.

SDC Fitness Studio

Class Day Pass $10

HuskiesFit Ultimate Punch Card

MTU Student 8-punch card $33, 16-punch card $50

Rozsa Spotlight

Zoot Suit Pi-it Presented by Michigan Tech Music

7:30 p.m. March 14, 2024

At the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts

Join the Huskies Pep Band for a Pi Day concert of loud and proud music! Just like pi, the band’s love for MTU and the Keweenaw is never-ending.

Learn More | Reserve Free Tickets

Don Keranen Jazz Festival ft. Kris Johnson Presented by Michigan Tech Music

March 22-23, 2024

At the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts

The Annual Don Keranen Jazz Festival pays tribute to the founder of the Michigan Tech Jazz Studies Program. The weekend will feature former Count Basie Big Band trumpeter and Detroit native Kris Johnson. Watch Kris on YouTube.

Here’s this year’s lineup:

DURATION | Approx. 2 hours
Video Game Jazz Ensemble and the R&D Band feat. guest artist Kris Johnson.

DURATION | Approx. 90 minutes
Lab Band with Kris Johnson, Trumpet

DURATION | Approx. 2 hours
JazTec and Workshop Brass Band

Learn More | Reserve Free Tickets

Blue Key

Check your inbox! Are you looking to give back to the MTU and Keweenaw Communities? Are you wanting to grow your leadership skills and make you more employable? Do you want to be a part of Winter Carnival? Look no further, Blue Key National Honor Society is looking for new members to join the leadership and service organization that puts on Winter Carnival! Join us either March 13th or 14th for a Blue Key Social! Or Apply Here!

Pottery and Tea

Come hang out and paint your own pottery to keep! 

The event, in collaboration with local business Magic Kiln Studio, is sure to be a fun and relaxing time. Any pottery you paint will be brought to the kiln and fired to keep your pottery durable, and can be picked up at the Grad Commons a few days after the event.

Meet us at the MUB Commons after 6PM on Thursday, 3/21 to participate. 

[RSVP here]

College of Science and Arts

Interested in the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences? Looking to add a major or a minor? Then come to the ALLEY Makerspace on March 25, 2024, from 4-5:30 pm to learn about all the options the College of Sciences and Arts has to offer. You’ll get to do some fun maker projects, eat some snacks, ask questions, and get valuable information. See you there

Calling all volunteers!

You’re invited to join the MIchigan Tech Mind Trekkers as we travel to Escanaba, Michigan on April 10th – 11th for the OneUP: Hidden Coast Festival! 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.
To sign up, fill out this form!

Modern Languages Film Series

Modern Languages & Cultures is happy to announce the 10th Modern Languages Film Series. The theme for this year is “In pursuit of democracy”: a theme well-suited to various events taking place throughout the world as well as the American elections coming this next November.

Three films will be shown in late March:

Thursday March 21 will be Québexit: a 2020 film in French, Cree and English set in Québec in a hypothetical future in which Québec secedes from Canada. Watch the trailer here!

Wednesday March 27 will be Argentina, 1985: a 2022 film in Spanish depicting the 1980s in Argentina as the country tries to establish democracy after a military dictatorship, and a team of lawyers battle to bring justice to victims of the junta. Watch the trailer here!

Thursday March 28 will be The Silent Revolution: a 2018 film in German based on the true story of a group of high school students in East Germany who demonstrate their sympathy with the victims of the 1956 Hungarian uprising. Watch the trailer here!

All films have subtitles in English and will begin at 7:00 P.M. in Fisher 135. They are free and open to the public.

MUB Board presents

Ivan Pecel

Date: Friday 03/15

Time: 7 – 8 pm

Location: The Rosza Center

Join us at the Rosza for a spectacular show, full of juggling, jokes, and more! Ivan Pecel comes from California to give you some excitement this weekend!

Pool Party with the WIBIT

Date: Saturday 3/23

Time: 4 – 7 pm

Location: SDC Pool

THE WIBIT IS BACK next week Saturday, an inflatable obstacle course in the pool! Along with this, there will be water basketball, swimming, and other fun pool activities! This will be open only to MTU students, so make sure to bring your ID! We hope to see you there!

Tech Arts Festival

The Tech Arts Fest makes its return! There will be multiple events happening that week, but Art Competition submissions will be due March 22nd at 5 pm! Anyone can enter, and the theme this year is “Make Someone Smile.” Submit your art at the form submission here, also check it out to see more details about the competition!

Bake Sale

Join the Railroad Engineering and Activities Club on Thursday 3/14 from 3-5pm for our first bake sale!

Show your support by taking home some delicious MTU themed cookies! Get one for $2.50 or 2 for $4. 

Don’t wait, they won’t last long!

Center for Student Mental Health and Well-being

Anxiety Screenings 

Have you been feeling anxious, nervous or on-edge lately? The CSMHW will be offering free anxiety screenings on Thursday, March 21st from 10-2pm in Library 244. Take the screening and chat with a clinical counselor about resources and additional information.You can participate on a walk-in basis or schedule a time slot using this link.

Husky Hour

Join guest speakers at various times throughout the semester to engage in an hour of hands-on learning. Discuss with your peers, learn from our professional staff, and learn from our community partners. We can’t wait to see you there! To learn more about topics and locations, please visit our Husky Hour website!