Fun in the Frozen North: Winter Carnival is Coming to Michigan Tech

It’s almost Winter Carnival time.  Student organizations at Michigan Technological University are perched on scaffolding under lights, working deep into the night on their gigantic snow statues, a month-long effort.

The theme this year is “As snow accumulates at alarming rates, we show our love for the 50 states.”   Statues are expected to reflect that theme.

Winter Carnival, sponsored by the Blue Key Honor Society, officially starts February 3 and runs through February 6, although some activities have already begun, including ice bowling at Dee Stadium and curling at the Calumet Drill House.

In ice bowling, students curl up in giant plastic shells, while other students hurl them across the ice at oversized duckpins. Curling, of course, has nothing to do with hair. It is the Scottish sport of heaving a round stone down a lane of ice while teammates sweep furiously ahead of the stone with brooms, to help direct its movement and increase its speed.
At 4 p.m. February 3, All-Nighter overnight statue building begins. The Alumni Association will serve hot chocolate from 5 to 8 p.m. at Alumni House. Campus will be lit and lively all night, with karaoke from 9 to 11 p.m. and classic Winter Carnival snacks like chili and deep-fried Twinkies.
On the morning of February 4, all statue building ends and judges make the rounds.

On the evening of February 6, the Winter Carnival hockey game against Lake Superior State University starts at 5:07 p.m. at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena, and at 8:15 p.m. a torchlight ski parade down Mont Ripley will be followed by fireworks.

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Portrait Session

The University portrait session for spring semester will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. and 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. this Friday in the Administration Building room G35.

The session is free and open to all faculty and staff, no appointment necessary. Although employees are not required to attend, they are encouraged to do so if a year or more has passed since their last portrait.

Portraits will be taken by University photographer Sarah Bird. Each participant will receive their retouched portrait via email when it becomes available.

For questions, email Bird or call 7-2330.

12th Annual ESC Student Research Forum

The 12th Annual Ecosystem Science Center Student Research Forum will be held on the afternoon of March 16, in the atrium of the UJ Noblet Forestry Building with refreshments provided by the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science.
Any graduate or undergraduate student conducting research related to ecology and the environment will have the opportunity to present their work in a poster presentation providing students an opportunity to see what others are doing, showcase their research and practice for poster sessions at regional or national meetings.

Cash prizes will be awarded. Each student may present only one paper but may be included as a co-author on others. Abstracts will be compiled in a program and made available electronically prior to the forum.

The abstract format should follow the guidelines, (attachment)

Timeline of events:
  • February 24—Abstracts due electronically by noon.
  • February 26—Poster Workshop led by Molly Cavaleri G002 Noblet
  • March 14—Posters should be displayed by noon for judging
  • March 16—Student Research Forum 3 to 5 p.m. UJ Noblet Atrium 

February 2016 Internal Proposal Deadline Change

Due to the large number of proposals expected to be submitted to sponsors on February 16 and February 25, the Sponsored Programs Office (SPO) finds it necessary to adjust the internal proposal deadline for those specific dates only to four working days prior to the sponsor's deadline. The additional time will allow for our analysts to perform our review process.

The internal deadline for those proposals due to sponsors on February 16 will be February 11 and for those proposals due to sponsors on February 25 will be February 22.

HuskyLEAD Tonight

Tonight's HuskyLEAD is a bit different than the usual Tuesday HuskyLEADs. It will be held at 6 p.m. as usual, but the location has been changed to Fisher 135 to accommodate a larger crowd.

Tonight's theme is "Financing and Budgeting for Your Organization." The presentation will show steps to take when applying for funding through the Undergraduate Student Governement (USG). This event is required for registered student organizations applying for funding for the 2016-2017 academic year. Presenter is Braeton "Guy" Ardell, treasurer, Undergraduate Student Government (USG).

While the focus of tonight's HuskyLEAD will be on student organizations and funding through the USG, all students are welcomed to attend to learn about the process and possible funding sources."  
HuskyLEADs are held each Tuesday from 6 to 7 p.m. throughout the Spring Semester. Attendance is taken at the workshops and can be forwarded to faculty who assign them as a supplement to their curriculum. 

This Week's C-Cubed Menu

The C-Cubed lunches are held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited.

Lunch is $10 (cash, credit cards and C-Cubed gift certificates accepted); attendees may bring their own lunch instead of purchasing the buffet. Coffee, tea, iced tea, cookies and fruit are available for all. Below is this week's C-Cubed menu:

Fried Trout with Green Onions
Three Sisters Corn Casserole (VGF)
Wild Rice and Grape Salad (VGF)

Grilled Veggie Gyros (V)
Grilled Chicken Gyros
Corn tortillas are available for both to be gluten free
Fassolatha (Greek Bean Soup) (VGF)
Cucumbers (V GF) and Pita Chips (V) with Hummus (VGF)

Remember, you can purchase gift certificates for C-Cubed! This is a great idea for giving to your employees or colleagues for reasons such as a simple kind gesture, reward, birthday  etc. They are available at the Memorial Union Catering Services Office, Room 101. You can purchase with cash, credit or by an index charge.

Husky FAN Pantry Volunteer Training

Are you interested in helping out with the Husky Food Access Network? A training for volunteers has been scheduled from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday in the MUB Ballroom A1.

During this training we will go over the logistics of opening, operating and closing the pantry. In the near future we would love to call upon our volunteers to help keep the pantry open and operating for our students in need. If you have any questions, contact Husky FAN.

Bigfoot Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the Bigfoot Snowshoe Event on February 6. The Bigfoot is in it's 19th year and new this year is a competitive race, the Bigfoot Chase!

All registration forms can be found here.

Pre-registration ends Friday, so for the best deal and to make sure you get a Bigfoot shirt the day of the event, register now. 

Included in your registration fee are the use of snowshoes from the OAP for the event, a long sleeve t-shirt to keep and a chance to see Bigfoot in the woods of the Tech Trails!

For questions about the event or the race, email OAP or call 7-2290.

CTL Double Header Coffee Chat - February 11

Join us on February 11 for two special coffee chat events. From 2 to 3 p.m.—"Body Language in the Classroom." Allie Irwin, a 1989 Michigan Tech alumna in mechanical engineering and a certified Science of People consultant, will lead an interactive presentation to help us learn what a student’s body language tells us and how an instructor’s body language affects classroom interactions, student evaluation scores and learning. You're asked to register by February 8
The second coffee chat is from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.—"Impact of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)." Come learn about the structure of the standards, how middle-school teaching will change and how Michigan Tech will have to adapt for students and classrooms with a very different mindset about STEM education. Again, you're asked to register by February 8. 

Find Your Zen Place with HuskiesFit Yoga

Stretch your way to relaxation and a healthier body and mind with yoga. We offer 3 main classes—All Levels Yoga, Gentle Yoga and Power Plus Yoga along with workshops throughout the semester.

Through a variety of stretches, breathing exercises, and meditation techniques, you'll gain flexibility, loosen joints and train your mind and body to open and relax.

Find your Zen place! Michigan Tech Employees Federal Credit Union (MTEFCU)members: present your MTEFCU debit/ATM card, personal check or member I.D. card and receive a $10 discount on a Yoga punch card.

This is a limited time offer available until the maximum discount total provided by MTEFCU is reached. Employees may also use their TechFit benefit for HuskiesFit Programs. For more information, visit Yoga.

Huskies Remain at No. 17 in National Poll

The Michigan Tech hockey team stayed at No. 17 in the latest poll released yesterday.

Tech is the highest-rated team in the WCHA, sitting one spot ahead of Bowling Green and two spots in front of Minnesota State. The Huskies have been ranked or received votes in all 15 polls this winter.

Michigan Tech (13-7-4 overall; 10-6-2 WCHA) is back in action this weekend with a huge two-game series at No. 18 Bowling Green. The Huskies next home outings take place during Winter Carnival weekend when they host Lake Superior State. Tickets to that series, along with all home hockey games, can be purchased at the SDC Ticket Office, online at and over the phone at 7-2073.


Fraternity Helping Heikinpäivä

The men of Phi Kappa Tau are again playing a key role in Hancock's mid-winter festival, Heikinpäivä, by providing support for the festival's Polar Bear Dive set for 3 p.m. Saturday.

The dive has for years been a fun way for Michigan Tech students and sometimes faculty and staff to prove their Yooper mettle by taking the plunge into the waters of the Portage Canal. Divers can win prizes. Shoes are required, as nobody wants to cut their feet on the icy terrain. 

For more details, find Heikinpäivä on Facebook.


Faculty Fellow Program Call for Applications

Applications are being solicited for the FY2016 Faculty Fellow Program. The Faculty Fellow Program is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research. The Faculty Fellow Program expands familiarity with sponsored program administration and strategic planning among the faculty, develops leadership capacity among the faculty and improves sponsored programs administration and strategic planning through faculty input.

Applications are due no later than 4 p.m. February 18 and are submitted electronically per the guidelines. For additional information, see Faculty Fellow Program.

For questions, email Cathy Jenich or Dave Reed.