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ISYY's newsletter: Weekly Feed Kuopio Week 18/2020

Tue 28 Apr 2020 03:19:50 PM EEST

ISYY's newsletter: Weekly Feed Kuopio Week 18/2020


ISYY's newsletter: Weekly Feed Kuopio Week 18/2020


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If this is your first Finnish Vappu ever, let me tell you a bit of it: Vappu (May Day) is the Finnish version of Labour Day, but it is also the biggest student event of the academic year in Finland. Vappu is celebrated in a carnival-style manner, often for several weeks at a time.

The culinary traditions of vappu include sima and munkki (mead & sugar coated doughnuts) and tippaleipä (deep-fried funnel cakes). Not particularly healthy but delicious! You can read more about the Finnish Vappu celebrations from HERE.

However, this year Vappu is going to be a bit different - we will celebrate it from our homes, virtually. ISYY's Wappuradio is broadcasting every day to keep you company (and in the mood for Vappu!) until the 1st of May, and if you are still looking something to do, check this #virtualvappu website out!

Let's spread only the Vappu atmospehere, not the virus! ❤️

Kind regards,
// kv.kuopio@isyy.fi





ISYY’s Wappuradio  – Follow the Vappu traditions on the 30th of April!

ISYY’s Wappuradio is broadcasting every day until the 1st of May. You can listen to the variety of different programs (made just for you!) between 2 pm and 10 pm from ISYY’s YouTube channel. The daily program can be found from ISYY’s webpage around noon every day.

This week we will see (and listen to) looots of different stuff in the Wappuradio, including Coctail Hours, Q&A’s and Wabu Nights with Aino. In addition, the Online Savo-Karjala Excursion will be streamed to the radio on the 29st of April at 6 pm onwards.

Follow the Vappu traditions on the 30th of April!
For the first time, it will be possible to follow Vappu traditions of both campus cities through a special broadcast on Wappuradio.The broadcast begins with capping of the Alkukivet stones in Joensuu around 4 pm. After Joensuu’s broadcast we will move to Kuopio where the Veljmies statue will be washed and capped by Velj’mies (Brother Man) and Siskotyttö (Sister Girl). The special broadcast ends with traditional Professor immersing!

  daily program of the wappuradio  

ESN KISA is also part of the Wappuradio - Listen the International WabuPod!

Join ESN KISA's international Vappu Podcast WabuPod!

In this podcast you can learn who we are, what the Finnish Vappu is all about and listen to awesome vappu memories from our international and local students!

ESN KISA will go live on the 30th of April at 13.00-13.45 Finnish time. You can listen to the Waburadio on the ISYY's YouTube channel from the 22 April onwards.

See (or hear) you there!


Aino, Chair of ISYY's Board challenged everyone to keep overalls on every day until Vappu!

Now it's important to stay at home but don't worry, you can celebrate Vappu also at home wearing your overalls and listening to Wappuradio!


Food assistance for students

Higher education institutions operating in Joensuu and Kuopio have acknowledged that the coronavirus epidemic is placing some students in need of special assistance. The educational institutions have now joined forces, making donations to support their students. These donations are used to purchase food vouchers that will be distributed to students by parishes’ diaconal workers.

The vouchers will become available via the customer service points of diaconal work in the city centre of Joensuu and Kuopio, and diaconal workers will distribute the food vouchers to students contacting them. Students will need to show proof of identity, and to prove that they are students of the university or the university of applied sciences, upon collecting their voucher.

  read more  



Design the cover of the semester calendar – win a 100 euro gift card!

Does your heart beat for graphic design? Want fame and fortune?

Now is your chance to shine! Let loose your creative self and design the cover of the semester calendar (2020-2021), the winner shall be handsomely rewarded!

What exactly: Design the cover of the semester calendar 2020-2021
Why: So that the calendar looks like its users!
When: The competition is now open and it closes on the 30th of April 2020.
How: Send your design and contact information to tiedotus(at)isyy.fi

  read more  

Answer the Student Profile Survey, if you were picked for the sample!

A student profile survey conducted by the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY) has been sent to the students who were picked to the sample (2000 degree students).

Why it’s important to answer?
Answering the questionnaire is important not only because of the awesome raffle but also for the students’ own interests.

By gaining knowledge of university’s student profile the operations of university and the services of the Student Union can be developed so that they meet the needs of students even better. Moreover, three gift cards for S Group (worth 100€ each) will be drawn among all respondents!

It takes only about ten minutes to complete the survey - a piece of cake!

  read more  



Questionnaire to students regarding the 2021 municipality election

The Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY), Student Union of Savonia University of Applied Sciences SAVOTTA, and Student Union of Humak University of Applied Sciences HUMAKO’s Kuopio division have made an inquiry aimed for students about their experiences of the city of Kuopio.

The goal of the inquiry is to survey which of the city’s services work, which don’t, and which are the most important ones for students. Based on the responses, the student unions will lobby the municipality election candidates and the election platforms of the parties so, that the interests of the students will be heard better in Kuopio’s future decision making.

Among the respondents, a raffle will be held for two gift vouchers (á 30 €) to restaurant Panza (Ajurinkatu 26, Kuopio)!

  answer the inquiry!  


Is your bike lounging on Kuopio campus?

Facility maintenance is kindly asking you to move the bike away from campus as soon as possible!

Marked bicycles will be removed from the area on May 5th 2020 by property maintenance. The bike is stored in the storage for six months and during that time the bike can be asked from facility maintenance. Unusable bicycles are delivered for recycling and usable ones are delivered to the police or other further use.


COVID-19 information!

ISYY has compiled an information package concerning the coronavirus situation and how it affects everyone's lives. From the site you can find answers to our most asked questions.

The package is on our website and you can access it from here or from the button below. ISYY will update the package as we get new information.


  read more  



Introducing ISYYn Kahvitauko -café and virtual pub Raekaelae!

ISYYn Kahvitauko and virtual pub Raekaelae are recurring online meeting places meant to act as platforms for anyone to come and share news and socialize online in Zoom.

The café is online in Zoom twice a week for an hour. Come share your joys and worries with your peers! The next café meeting is tomorrow 29 April at 13:30!

A more informal option for the virtual café is our virtual pub Raekaelae, open every Friday night. Join us at the online afterwork (and Vappu special), next time on Friday the 1st of May at 6 PM!

  read more and find the links!  

Our Online Office Services are closed on the 1st of May

Our office services are available online (during the opening hours) and you can reach our staff by phone or by email.

Our office services are closed on the 30th of April from the 12:00 onwards and on the 1st of May the whole day.

Please call the following numbers to handle your matters:
044 576 8419  (Liisa)
044 576 8413 (Saara)

You can also contact the office personnel via email:

  isyy webpage  




SYKETTÄ goes online!

You can see this week's online classes from the Sports Calendar or from the photo above!
This week we have, for example: ATB, hiphop, acrobatics, HIIT and Shuffle Dance! You have to register (for free!) to the SYKETTÄ webpage to take part to the online classes.

Remember to enroll the classes via the Sport Calendar! All the classes are held via Zoom. You will get the participation link to your e-mail before the class starts. Please keep your mic and camera closed when you join the class. Unfortunately these classes are instructed only in Finnish.

Find more materials for home training from our webpage!
Our new page "materials for home usage" offers home training videos and other materials from our instructors. Materials are free, but you have to register to the site to get them. We have now more 20 different kind of training videos. Pilates, yoga, kettle bell, total body workout, HIIT, Zumba and many many more training videos. Please look and see what you want to do today!

Element Studio Online -classes and Studio Tempo virtual classes are now available!
You can participate on the virtual classes provided by the Element Studio and Studio Tempo with your SYKETTÄ account. You can also use the Les Mills On Demand -classes. Please look more information from the “materials for home usage” -page!


Pre-order mead and doughnuts for Vappu from the Snellmania Campus Restaurant!

Students ahoy! Did you know that you can pre-order mead and doughnuts for Vappu from the campus restaurants where you can buy meals at subsidized  prices (Snellmania restaurant in Kuopio)? Place your order by email and the restaurant will make a safe pick-up package for you!


  • home-made mead 5.60 euros / bottle, 2 bottles for 10 euros
  • home-made doughnuts 2 euros/piece, 6 doughnuts for 10 euros

 Place your order by 12 noon on Wednesday, 29 April, and your package will be ready for pick-up at the restaurant of your choice on Thursday,  30 April, between 11 and 14. Send an email to: snellmania@foodandco.fi

This year, we all have to celebrate Vappu at home and online, so what would be better way to do that than by eating tons of doughnuts and drinking mead? :)




Nyyti ry hosts chats and discussions during spring and summer

NyytiTalk deals with themes related to, for example, student life and wellbeing, relationships, studying and coping with everyday life.

Thursday 7th of May from 18.00 to 20.00: Effects of racism on mental health

Nyyti's Chat
Nyyti’s Chat is a place for sharing ideas and experiences. Group chat is about different topics that affect the student’s everyday life.

Tuesday 19th of May from 15.00 to 17.00: Are you demanding too much from yourself?

Tuesday 16th of June from 15.00 to 17.00: How to recover while studying during the summer?

  nyyti's webpage  


International Student - Share your experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic

We would like to invite you to fill in a short online survey focusing on your experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Participation in this study will provide us with valuable information on how situations like these affect the international student lives. The approximate time for completing the survey is 5-10 minutes.

The survey will be open till 15th of May 2020 with a possibility for extension. We would like to inform you that participation in this survey is voluntary and all the data gathered is confidential. 

  answer the survey  

Answer the Survey about Student Life During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The European Students’ Union, the Institute for the Development of Education and an interdisciplinary team of researchers based at the University of Zadar in Croatia are carrying out this survey on your student life during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you are an undergraduate or Master’s level student and you agree to participate in the study, you will answer questions on what your student life looks like during the COVID-19 pandemic including teaching and learning, social contacts, as well as how you are coping with the situation emotionally.

Your participation in the study will help formulate recommendations on how students can be supported in crisis situations. You can read more about the survey's backround here.

  answer the survey  


Share your new idea for food business! Food Business Challenge 2020 is open!

We are looking for new business ideas and innovations related to food industry and food systems “from field to fork”.
Food Business Challenge is open for to students studying in Finnish vocational schools, colleges and higher education institutions.You may participate also as a team. Participation in English is possible.

As a prize of the competition, 6000€ will be divided for best ideas. Competition is open until 30.4.2020.

The finals of the competition, FBC Awards, will be 28.5.2020 in Seinäjoki.

  read more  

Havuja #!@%&! Bootcamp

Havuja #!@%&! Bootcamp provides you insights and tools for team building, inventing and developing your ideas to meet customer needs and discovering market potential.

The online program will be carried out on May 16 - 17 & June 3, 2020.

Registration is now open - apply by 4 May!


  read more  




Are you interested in seasonwork on the Finnish countryside?

Farms around Finland are struggling to get enough workforce in these difficult times due to the pandemic. Crucial workforce from abroad cannot offer their helping hands due to the coronavirus, and this means the countryside is in desperate need of spring and summer season workers.

Every available pair of hands is needed in order to secure domestic food on Finnish dinner tables, and this is where you can step in and help! If, for example, your summer job plans have been cancelled due to the pandemic, this is the perfect opportunity for you!

How to apply?
Employers announce rural vacancies on two websites. New vacancies appear
daily. You will find more detailed descriptions of the tasks and instructions for sending in your application on this and this website. On the last site, you will find the rural seasonal vacancies by writing kausityö2020 into the search box.

  read more  

EU Careers Student Ambassadors

If you are a student keen to promote EU careers on your university campus then why not apply to become an EU Career Student Ambassador?

As part of the experience, you will be able to:

  •     Find out more about EU Career opportunities and promote them to your fellow students
  •     Build a fantastic student network across Europe
  •     Gain work experience during your studies that will give your CV extra weight
  •     Develop your skills in public speaking, marketing and HR
  •     Receive a full induction training and coaching throughout the role
  •     Access to high-ranking EU officials
  •     A reference letter based on your performance

We are looking for motivated, outgoing people with enthusiasm to promote EU Careers in your university.

  read more  



Opiskelijatöihin.fi  is an employment service website covering North Karelia and North Savo regions. The service is created and maintained by the Student’s Eastern-Finland association.

Students can leave their profiles anonymously for employers to find and also seek employers’ job advertisements.

  read more  

Jobs, internships and thesis offers

Aarresaari is a network of Academic Career Services representing 13 Finnish Universities.

The network offers services for university students, graduates and employers, as well as for the universities themselves. At the same time the network builds brigdes between students and employers.

Aarresaari webpage is maintained by Suomen Akateemiset rekrytointipalvelut and you can find internship, job and thesis offer postings here.

Check out also UEF's open positions.


Event Calendar 2020

29.4.2020 ISYY Online Café
29.4.2020 ISYY Savo-Karjala Excursion
30.4.2020 ESN KISA International Vappu Radio - WapuPod!
1.5.2020 ISYY Online Pub
4.5.2020 ISYY Online Café

Check the SYKETTÄ Sports Calendar for this week's online classes!


Advertise your event in ISYY's newsletter Weekly Feed

If you would like to have something featured in the Weekly Feed, please send a short (max. 500 characters including spaces), informative description of the event/activity in English to either kv.kuopio@isyy.fi (Kuopio events) or kv.joensuu@isyy.fi (Joensuu events).

Please include at least the following information: date, time, place, admission fee and the event website/Facebook page. If you want to include pictures, the optimal size is 270 x 270 px.


Weekly Feed is the English language newsletter of the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY). You are receiving this letter on your email because you are a member of ISYY and are studying at Kuopio campus or because you have joined the mailing list yourself.

Weekly Feed provides you with current information on matters related to the Student Union, UEF or other organisations close to students, such as FSHS. In addition, the newsletter provides you with information on events taking place at campus or the campus city.

Weekly Feed is published on Tuesdays during the academic year, with the exception of holidays and a few other days. If you do not want to receive the newsletter anymore, you can unsubscribe the letter via the link ("Click here to unsubscribe") located on the bottom of the letter.

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