Author: Danielle Meirow

Student Scoop – August 17, 2022

Move-In Comedian – Eric O’Shea

LET’S PLAY! Standing ovation after standing ovation, get ready to witness not only a comedy show but an EVENT! With over 10 million hits on YouTube, and being nominated 6-TIME Campus Activities Magazine’s “National Comedy Performer of the Year,” Eric O’Shea is one of the best!  As a veteran performer of over 1800 colleges and universities and countless clean corporate events, let Eric’s clean wit and priceless observations take you through your embarrassing childhood and hidden everyday moments that drive you insane! WARNING!

This show gets randomly wild! Yes, including the voice of Elmo – Eric O’Shea’s unique, high-energy show is unlike anything you’ve ever heard…including his world-famous “Songs for Commercials” that was performed at the Creative Emmy Awards in L.A. on the E! Network! (Eric also hugged Betty White – awww!).  Eric’s new comedy special on Dry Bar Comedy has had millions of views as well and is taking the comedy world by storm!


Spend An Afternoon on the Town!

Explore what our local community has to offer at this community resource and business fair on Saturday, August 27th from 11 AM – 3 PM! Starting on campus, down the south side of College Avenue, and throughout the downtown Houghton area there will be music, refreshments, and giveaways for student participants. Students will also be entered to win prizes after tapping their IDs at BOTH tapper locations on the route. The first tap-in station and the start of the route will be located on the north side of the Memorial Union Building. The second tap location will be downtown on the south side of Shelden Avenue in front of the Quality Inn and Suites. We have an incredible assortment of prizes up for grabs this year! Check out the list on our website. With well over 60 prizes to giveaway, you or someone you know is bound to be a winner!

Due to construction along College Avenue, students will be asked to return to campus utilizing the lakefront trail.


Welcome Week 2022

Start the year off strong by joining the campus community in celebrating Welcome Week! Try out a wide variety of activities from Broomball to Rock Hunting with our dedicated Student Organizations. Join SLI for free binders, free snacks, and free pizza in collaboration with the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. Watch our own Michigan Tech Huskies take on their early opponents in football or soccer. Check out our late-night options as well – from Comedian Tommy Ryman to dancing the night away with the Black Student Association.

We hope to see you there! The full schedule is below.

Saturday, August 27
An Afternoon on the Town – 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Downtown
Welcome Week Broomball – 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Ice Arena
Party on the Patio with DHHC – 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM, DHH Patio
Comedian Tommy Ryman – 10:00 PM, Rozsa

Sunday, August 28
Volleyball Tournament with Club Volleyball 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Sand Volleyball Courts
Ultimate Frisbee with Disco Tech and Superior Ma’s 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Soccer Fields

Monday, August 29
Back to School Binders – 11:00 AM, MUB Circle
Intro to Rock Hunting in the Keweenaw with the Geology Club – 6:00 PM, Rock Garden

Tuesday, August 30
Ice Cream with MUB Board – 1:00 PM, Walker Lawn
Game Night with Gamers Anonymous – 7:00 PM, Fisher 129

Wednesday, August 31
American Red Cross Blood Drive – 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, MUB Ballroom
Snack Break – 1:00 PM, MUB Circle

Thursday, September 1
American Red Cross Blood Drive – 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, MUB Ballroom
Lawn Games with St. Al’s – 3:30 – 5 PM, Walker Lawn
Sorority Life Info Session and Craft Night – 6:00 PM, MUB Commons
Football VS Wisconsin Platteville – 6:00 PM, Kearly Stadium

Friday, September 2
Welcome to the UP[izza] with Student Leadership & Involvement and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion – 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Hamar House Lawn
Soccer VS Minnesota Crookston – 5:00 PM, Kearly Stadium
WMTU Welcome – 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Walker Lawn
Blackout Dance with Black Student Association – 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Walker Lawn

Sunday, September 4
Soccer VS Bemidji State – 12:00 PM, Kearly Stadium


Welcome Week Blood Drive – Schedule your appointment today!


Fall 2022 Intramural Sports


Music, sun, and lots of fun! That’s right, get ready to embrace sand and summer with this beach vibes-themed student organization fair. Mark your calendars for September 9th from Noon – 4 PM. You don’t want to miss the bus to the beach at Chassell Centennial Park!

Student Organization table registrations are due by September 2nd. Complete the form on your Involvement Link homepage today if your group would like to participate.


Registration is now open for the Parade of Nations!

The Parade of Nations planning committee is excited to announce registration for the 33rd annual Parade of Nations is now open!

Since 1989, the Houghton and Hancock communities have been celebrating the rich cultural diversity of the Keweenaw. We are excited to continue that tradition on September 17th! This year’s parade begins at 11 a.m. in Hancock, crosses the Portage Lift Bridge, and ends at the Dee Stadium. This amazing celebration of unity and culture is open to the entire community, and we hope you will consider participating!

Any individual is invited to request a flag of any country that they wish to represent by completing the Flag Request Form. One flag and one sign will be provided per nation. Everyone is welcome to walk in the Parade of Nations with any of the represented countries.

Groups are invited to apply to enter a float, and our contest returns this year! Every registered float has the chance to win prize money ($300 for 1st place, $200 for 2nd place, and $100 for 1st place). All floats must be designed according to this year’s Parade of Nations theme: The World is One. A float can be a decorated vehicle, a vehicle pulling a decorated trailer, or other motorized or non-motorized conveyance that serves as a platform for a decorated display, exhibit, and/or performance. Complete the Float Application to sign up!

Grants are available to support Student Organizations in purchasing supplies for their float. The grant application is included as part of the float application process. Organizations are eligible for up to $100 in funding.

You do not have to be a multicultural organization to sign up! Consider how your club, organization, or group is influenced by diverse cultures. For example, how do sports connect people across the globe? How does community service benefit our global society? How does climate change impact all nations? You are invited to explore how your group’s purpose is influenced by our global society and share that through a float entry.

Need service hours? Volunteers are the driving force behind this event. They help with event set-up, walk in the parade, serve as parade marshals, and provide support at the multicultural festival. Explore the volunteer positions and sign up for the one that best fits your interests.

For more information, please visit the Parade of Nations website or contact the Parade of Nations committee at paradeofnations@mtu.edu.


Leadership doesn’t just happen – become a CATALYST


Student Scoop – August 10, 2022

Move-In and Orientation need your help!

When I think back to move-in my freshman year of college, I remember the slew of volunteers who greeted me, welcomed me, and helped carry my stuff! You could be someone’s positive memory of their first day at Tech. Join us in welcoming the newest class of Huskies!

Residence Education and Housing Services and the Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success are still seeking volunteers to assist with this important task! Sign up today for one (or more) of the available shifts on GivePulse, our volunteer management website. (Select single sign-on, indicate Michigan Technological University as your login provider, and then login with your MTU credentials)

Assistance is needed for:

Orientation Set-Up (Thursday, August 18th 2-5 PM)

New Student Move-In (Friday & Saturday, August 19th & 20th throughout the day)

Orientation Tear Down (Saturday, August 20th at 2:30 PM)

A Taste of Tech Traditions (Friday, August 26th 1-5 PM)


Registration is now open for the Parade of Nations!

The Parade of Nations planning committee is excited to announce registration for the 33rd annual Parade of Nations is now open!

Since 1989, the Houghton and Hancock communities have been celebrating the rich cultural diversity of the Keweenaw. We are excited to continue that tradition on September 17th! This year’s parade begins at 11 a.m. in Hancock, crosses the Portage Lift Bridge, and ends at the Dee Stadium. This amazing celebration of unity and culture is open to the entire community, and we hope you will consider participating!

Any individual is invited to request a flag of any country that they wish to represent by completing the Flag Request Form. One flag and one sign will be provided per nation. Everyone is welcome to walk in the Parade of Nations with any of the represented countries.

Groups are invited to apply to enter a float, and our contest returns this year! Every registered float has the chance to win prize money ($300 for 1st place, $200 for 2nd place, and $100 for 1st place). All floats must be designed according to this year’s Parade of Nations theme: The World is One. A float can be a decorated vehicle, a vehicle pulling a decorated trailer, or other motorized or non-motorized conveyance that serves as a platform for a decorated display, exhibit, and/or performance. Complete the Float Application to sign up!

Grants are available to support Student Organizations in purchasing supplies for their float. The grant application is included as part of the float application process. Organizations are eligible for up to $100 in funding.

You do not have to be a multicultural organization to sign up! Consider how your club, organization, or group is influenced by diverse cultures. For example, how do sports connect people across the globe? How does community service benefit our global society? How does climate change impact all nations? You are invited to explore how your group’s purpose is influenced by our global society and share that through a float entry.


Need service hours? Volunteers are the driving force behind this event. They help with event set-up, walk in the parade, serve as parade marshals, and provide support at the multicultural festival. Explore the volunteer positions and sign up for the one that best fits your interests.

For more information, please visit the Parade of Nations website or contact the Parade of Nations committee at paradeofnations@mtu.edu.


Coming up on GivePulse… Sign up to volunteer today!

Welcome Week Binder Stuffing

Welcome Week Binders are back but we need your help to make them a reality! We have 1200 binders that will be distributed to students on the first day of classes with a wealth of information from our partners around campus. Come hang out with us to snap that information into place!

Shifts are available on Thursday, August 18th, 2-4 PM and Tuesday, August 23rd, 3-5 PM.

Parade of Nations 2022

Since 1989, the Houghton and Hancock communities have been celebrating the rich cultural diversity of the Keweenaw through the Parade of Nations and the Multicultural Festival that follows. We are excited to continue that tradition in 2022.

This year’s theme is The World is One and we need your help to make it a reality! Volunteers are the driving force behind this event. They help with event set up, walk in the parade, serve as parade marshals, and provide support at the multicultural festival. Explore the volunteer positions and shifts available and sign up for the one that best fits your interests! Event organizers will be in contact as the event approaches to share additional instructions and event details.

Shifts are available throughout the day on September 17th.

Student Scoop – August 4, 2022

National Root Beer Float Day!

We’re celebrating National Root Beer Float Day early this year!

Join Student Leadership and Involvement and a dedicated crew of volunteers from Residence Education, TODAY, August 4th from 1-3 PM in the MUB Circle for your annual treat!

Floats are free while supplies last!

We hope to see you there!


GSG Donation Drive

GSG is looking for donations for new graduate students as they arrive on campus. These donations will be provided as a free resource for students, allowing them to focus on other aspects of settling into campus life. We hope by facilitating this resource not only will our students benefit, but it will also create a sustainable option for graduate students to obtain household items they need during their time at Michigan Tech.


Student Scoop – July 27, 2022

Register Today for the Verna Mize Triathlon

Saturday, August 6, 2022, 8am
Ray Kestner Park, Houghton, MI

MAIN MIZE = ½ mile swim, 8 mile bike, 4 mile run
Mini Mize = ¼ mile swim, 4 mile bike, 2 mile run

All races open to all ages
Team and individual categories
Entry Fee = $5.00 (t-shirts sold on site)

MUST PRE-REGISTER
Go to vernamizetriathlon.com

Copy and bring your form and money to race day
Call/text to enter or with questions 906-482-2422

beach@up.net

Wondering who Verna Mize is?

Verna Mize was a pioneer for Lake Superior in the environmental movement back in 1967. The standard at the time was to dump the shavings of iron ore pellets into the lake with the proposal being, “the solution to pollution is dilution.” She refused this reply and convinced the Federal Government and the states of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota to bring a lawsuit against the company. The lawsuit was settled in favor of the people and the companies are now dumping on land effectively saving Lake Superior from certain destruction.


Join SLI for Root Beer Floats!

We’re celebrating National Root Beer Float Day early this year!

Join Student Leadership and Involvement and a dedicated crew of volunteers from Residence Education, next Thursday, August 4th from 1-3 PM in the MUB Circle for your annual treat!

Floats are free while supplies last!

We hope to see you there!

Student Scoop – July 20, 2022

Join CDI for a Bonfire at Prince’s Point!


Volunteers are needed for Camp STAR!

Camp STAR is a bereavement camp for children ages 8-17 that have experienced the death of a loved one. It is a free weekend-long camp held at Bay Cliff Health Camp in Big Bay, MI. There are traditional camp activities along with grief support and education for children. The camp will be from August 11th – 14th. The 11th is a mandatory training day for volunteers. Please contact us directly if you need an application printed or mailed to you. If you aren’t able to email or mail your application in, please contact us and we will assist in getting your application submitted. Please submit applications by July 23rd.


Coming Up on GivePulse…

Keweenaw Co-op’s MDOT Highway Cleanup

Please join the Keweenaw Co-op Board of Directors for our 2nd highway clean-up event of 2022 on Wednesday evening, July 20, from 6:30-8:00 PM. Learn more on their event page.

House Construction with Habitat for Humanity

Copper Country Habitat for Humanity is in the process of building its next home for someone in need. They have started to clear lot 26 on Green Acres Road, in Houghton and will continue work on the property throughout the summer. Volunteers are needed on Thursdays from 9-3 and on Saturdays from 9-3. Lunch will be provided. Any skill level is welcome to come and volunteer, there will be someone to show the volunteers how and what they can do to help during their shift volunteering. Learn more on their event page.

Student Scoop – July 13, 2022

Come Hang with Us!

Come HANG with Student Leadership and Involvement staff this Friday! Enjoy a relaxing afternoon on Walker Lawn lounging in a hammock, balancing on a slackline, or just sitting outside soaking in the summer heat. We will have limited hammocks and slacklines for use so feel free to bring your own as well!

Beekeeping 101 with the Sustainability Demonstration House

The MTU Sustainability Demonstration House is excited to be offering Beekeeping 101 classes this summer!  If you are curious about backyard beekeeping and want to learn more about what it takes to set up a hive, then this is the class for you!  Please see the attached flyer for information on the class content, days, and times. Class space is limited, so sign up now!  (sign-up link can be found in the attached flyer).  Any questions can be sent to sdh@mtu.edu.


SDH Logo Competition

The MTU Sustainability Demonstration House (SDH) is in search of an official project logo!  We would like to invite students across campus to submit logo designs for the SDH project.  We have over $60 in prizes available, including gift cards to two local businesses: Refill U.P. and the Keweenaw Co-op.  The official contest guidelines are attached to this email.  Logos are due on August 14th and can be submitted via this Google form


Volunteers needed for Text Entry study

We are looking for volunteers to take part in a study exploring how well people are able to learn eyes-free text entry techniques. The study will consist of 8 sessions taking approximately one hour each over a period of about 2 weeks, and you will be paid $10 per session for your time, for a total of $80. This is an in-person study that will be conducted on Michigan Tech’s campus.  

To participate you must meet the following requirements: 

  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Must be a fluent speaker of English.
  • Must be a citizen or resident alien of the United States.
  • Must be physically able to tap on a smartphone device with both hands.
  • Must be able to read the smartphone display. You may use whatever glasses, contacts, or reading glasses you would normally use for reading small format text.
  • Must not have a hearing impairment

If you would like to take part, please contact Dylan Gaines at dcgaines@mtu.edu.

Student Scoop – June 29, 2022

Capture Your Adventure: Summertime Snack

Huskies, time is flying by!!! It’s already week 8!!! We’re super excited about this one, because it was a student suggested theme…. Summertime Snack!!! The prize for this week is a backpack cooler with a picnic set! We know some of you are out adventuring in different countries, and we would love to see the different foods you get to snack on! We will also be extending this weeks deadline to Tuesday, since Monday is a holiday (and, we figure many folks will be grilling out!) Use the hashtag #captureyouradventuremtu to get involved!


Nama-Stay Outside on July 12th!

Join Student Leadership and Involvement on Tuesday, July 12th at noon for lunch time yoga outside on Walker Lawn! The session will be led by Brigitte Morin, Associate Teaching Professor in Biological Sciences and co-owner of Fresh Coast Yoga. All levels are welcome!

Participants are asked to bring their own yoga mat and water bottle. Don’t have you own mat? No worries! We will have a number of extras on hand for individuals to borrow.

Student Scoop – June 22, 2022

S’mores and the Outdoors: A Recipe for Summer Fun

Join Student Leadership & Involvement along with International Programs & Services to enjoy a tasty summer treat and learn more about the many outdoor activities available in the Keweenaw.


Find Volunteer Opportunities on GivePulse

GivePulse is an online community enabling everyone to list, find, coordinate, and measure their impact in the community. Whether you are a volunteer, student, faculty, donor, or community member; GivePulse provides a platform for all to manage and coordinate experiences. GivePulse gives you a fuller understanding of the impact you have on your community. 

Have you logged in yet? Sign in to see opportunities in our area!

Need volunteers for an upcoming event? Let us know and we can help you share it to our GivePulse Community!


Don’t forget to register for K-Day!

Sunny days are heading your way! Grab your flip-flops and sunglasses because we are heading to the beach! K-Day Registration is still open, so reserve your spot now! Space and resources are limited, so do not delay!  This year’s theme will have you soaking up the fun at K-Day. Organizations can get creative with this beach vibes-themed student organization fair!

K-Day, or Keweenaw Day, is an annual tradition that will be held on Friday, September 9 beginning at noon. Students head to Chassell Centennial Park for an afternoon of food, fun, and music – it’s like a day at the beach!  K-day typically sees 3000-4000 students so this is an important recruitment opportunity for your organization.  Please have your organization’s event finalized before registering HERE.  

Keep in mind, the person you list as the primary contact for your organization’s registration will be the one receiving all communications.  They will need to keep an eye out for emails during the summer in case of any changes that are made to K-Day due to any updates we may need to make in regards to our campus Healthy and Safety Levels. 

Questions about K-Day can be directed to SLI at activities@mtu.edu or call 906-487-1963.

Student Scoop – June 15, 2022

Juneteenth Celebration

Join Residence Education and Housing Services for a Juneteenth Celebration on Friday, June 17th from 1-3pm on the Douglass Houghton Hall Yard!

There will be a trivia contest with prizes, as well as snacks and yard games available to play! This event will also have educational materials to learn more about the history of the holiday. 

The origins of Juneteenth are directly related to the arrival of Union soldiers in Galveston, TX on June 19, 1865, who were ordered to inform the enslaved people and the state’s residents that slavery had been abolished. This news was delivered more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which declared freedom for more than three million enslaved people living in the Confederate states. This holiday celebrates freedom for all Americans and serves as the longest-running African-American holiday. 

*Rain Location – Hillside Hall Lobby


Logo Contest for the Sustainability Demonstration House

The MTU Sustainability Demonstration House (SDH) is in search of an official project logo!  We would like to invite students across campus to submit logo designs for the SDH project.  We have over $60 in prizes available, including gift cards to two local businesses: Refill U.P. and the Keweenaw Co-op.  The official contest guidelines are attached to this email.  Logos are due on August 14th and can be submitted via this Google form


Bridgefest Engineering Camp needs your help!

Bridgefest Engineering Camp will take place this Friday, June 17th at Porvoo Park in Hancock, and is expecting a few hundred children throughout the day.

They are looking for graduate students, professional engineers, and undergrads to volunteer to support the days programming between 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. Each volunteer will get a t-shirt with the Bridgefest logo on it for volunteering their time. They have projects set up for children under 16 to complete and learn about the science behind the construction of bridges.

Hancock Rotary will be selling hot dogs, chips, and drinks at Porvoo Park at the same time as a fundraiser for the Hancock Dog Park amenities.

Please email Deb Mann at ddacoor@cityofhancock.net if you are able to help and share this with anyone you think may be interested. It is a fun event with a hands-on educational experience!


Capture Your Adventure with Student Mental Health and Well-being

The Student Scoop – June 8, 2022

Upcoming Primary Elections

The Michigan (Aug. 2nd), Wisconsin (Aug. 9), and Minnesota (Aug. 9) summer primary elections are all two months away. Now is the time to start making your plan to vote!

Start by checking if you are registered. Michigan residents can check their voter information online with the Department of State. Residents of other states can find their state verification tools on Vote411.org.

Next, ask yourself where you will be on election day. Not going to be at your permanent address? Request an absentee ballot! Michigan residents can request their ballot online. Learn how to request an absentee ballot in your state with vote.org.

Plan to be in town and ready to vote in person? Locate your polling place and the hours they will be open. Consider your schedule for that day and add your commitment to vote to your calendar so you don’t forget!

Most ballots have not yet been finalized. Keep an eye on the Student Scoop for future updates on reviewing the primary ballot in advance and helpful resources for reviewing candidates and issues in your area.


Thatcher Markham Memorial Run and Bridgefest Need Volunteer

We are proud to honor the memory of Thatcher Markham with a 5K run/walk event from Hancock to Houghton on June 17th at 7:00pm that supports the Copper Country Junior Hockey Association and Pigs ‘N Heat (Copper Country Police and Fire Relief Fund) in their missions to promote youth sports and support local fire/crime victims in the Copper Country. Thatcher’s family and our community tragically lost Thatcher at 12 years old as a victim of the 2018 Father’s Day flood in northern Houghton County. His memory has lived on through many local events and remembrances and this race is another way to make sure he is never forgotten by everyone in the Copper Country. It is also fitting that remembering Thatcher will help us with assisting local youth sports – Thatcher himself was a longtime CCJHA player – and local first-responders in their charitable work.

It takes many great volunteers to have a great event. If you can’t run/walk or aren’t up to it, but still want to help out a great cause, please email thatchermarkhammemorialrun@gmail.com to express your interest in assisting with the race. We need volunteers to help with organization prior to race day, race day, day-before registration and check-in, organizing the start and finish areas, transporting racer’s gear, helping with timing (splits), helping at the aid station, leading and sweeping the race, controlling traffic, setting up the course, etc. Even if you’re participating in the event, we still need your help. And you can still catch the parade in Houghton with most volunteer positions. Let us know what position preference you may have when emailing if any. Volunteers will need to sign a release form prior to volunteering.

If you’d like to register to run or walk, please see details at https://runsignup.com/thatchermarkhammemorialrun

Also, many volunteers are needed each year to make Bridgefest possible. Please consider signing up for a shift helping to supervise kids’ bounce houses, obstacle courses, and games on Saturday, June 18th from 12:00-7:00pm at the Kestner Waterfront Park, aka Chutes ‘N Ladders (10am setup). Please email Ryan (ratowles@mtu.edu) to volunteer if you can.