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ISYY's newsletter: Weekly Feed Kuopio Week 19/2020

Tue 05 May 2020 01:52:20 PM EEST

ISYY's newsletter: Weekly Feed Kuopio Week 19/2020


ISYY's newsletter: Weekly Feed Kuopio Week 19/2020


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This year spring has so slowly crawled its way to Kuopio area, but now it seems to be finally here. The semester is almost over!

From this newsletter, you can find the third part of the free-time tips, that we've collected for you. This week's theme is learning languages!

Let's stay healthy & at home ❤️

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

By the way, ISYY's newsletters Weekly Feed and Wiikko-Ärsyke will go on summer break in two weeks. The last Weekly Feed of this academic year will be published 19.5.2020. The first newsletters of the autumn semester will be published 18.8.2020.





Learn languages!

  • Do you want to learn Finnish outside your classroom? Try a free online course by University of Helsinki or find another useful course from this website. If Finnish feels impossible to learn and you need some motivation, watch YouTuber Dave Cad’s videos! Dave is from England and lives in Helsinki now. He is learning Finnish and his new challenge is to make videos in Finnish and test his knowledge.
  • Are you tired of learning Finnish or got excited about learning a new language? Why not learn more languages with Duolingo? This works also if you want to refresh your memory on a language you learnt earlier.
  • Would you like to learn about different varieties of English? Search eWAVE for Jamaican creole, Kenyan English, Tok Pisin, Chicano English or Philippine English and many other varieties.
  • Do you want to sound British or American when you’re speaking in English? Practice with this and this video.
  • Improve your pronunciation by practicing the most common English words either with a British accent, an American accent or an Australian accent
  • Do you know what “bring owls to Athens”, “head in the clouds”, “make ends meet”, “Elvis has left the building” or “uncle Tom Cobley and all” mean? Learn about idioms here!



The 2020 Velj’mies, Siskotyttö and Immersed Professor 

Choosing the Velj’mies, Siskotyttö and Immersed Professor are a part of the Student Union’s May Day traditions. The 2020 Velj’mies is Aleksi Kinnunen and the Siskotyttö is Brenda Nissén. Both of them are well-liked actors of the Student Union and their respective Student Organisations.

As the Immersed Professor of 2020 the Student Union chose Tero Karjalainen, a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), who is a Vice head of the department at the Department of Applied Physics and the Chair of the University Collegium. Karjalainen works at the Department of Applied Physics as a Research Manager.

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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.

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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!  


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 6 May 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 8th of May at 6 pm!

  read more and find the links!  

Our offices are closed, but you can always email or call!

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

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: Relaxation, Abs & Butt, Hiphop, HIIT and Shuffle Dance! You have to register (for free!) to the SYKETTÄ webpage to take part to the online classes. Just go to the Sports Calendar and click the class you want to participate.

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!

Kilometrikisa – cycling competition 1.5. – 22.9.2020
Kilometrikisa is a light-hearted cycling competition for workplaces, departments, associations, clubs or any other teams. The aim is to encourage bicycle commuting and promote everyday cycling. Kilometrikisa will be held between 1.5 – 22.9.2020


UEF campus pastors offer support during COVID-19

You can visit the campus pastor to talk about anything concerning your personal life: personal relationships, coping, a sudden turn of events in your life, a crisis, or sorrow. You can feel safe talking withe campus pastor, and you are not required to be a member of the church or possess a certain view of the world.

You can come and talk simply as yourself and about your issues. The conversations are free of charge and absolutely confidential. E-mail is the best way of arranging a suitable time for the conversation.

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Nyyti's Chats and Talks during May

NyytiTalk: Thursday 7th of May 3-3.30 pm: Effects of racism on mental health
How do experiences of racism affect the human psyche? How can we as communities address experiences of racism? And how can these experiences be relieved on an individual level? What can each of us do to avoid unintended racism?

Chat: Thursday 7th of May from 6pm to 8pm: Racism and mental health
Have you encountered racism? How has it affected your wellbeing? What can one do to cope with racism? You may discuss the subject completely anonymously and openly with  volunteers and peers.

Chat: Tuesday 19th of May from 3pm to 5pm: Are you demanding too much from yourself?
The corona virus has led most of us to work and study alone while feeling anxious about the situation. How can we stay focused, progress in our studies and manage life without requiring too much of ourselves? Welcome to the chat to share your experiences and best tips with fellow students. The chat contains an exercise in self-compassion.

  nyyti's webpage  

UEF info session about gradual lifting of the coronavirus restrictions

Welcome to a UEF info session on Thursday, 7 May 2020, at 13. The topic of the UEF info session is the coronavirus situation and the university’s guidelines on gradual lifting of restrictions.

Attending the info session will be Rector Jukka Mönkkönen, Academic Rector Tapio Määttä and Director of Administration Tuomo Meriläinen.

You can follow the info session via live stream here.

Comments and questions can be presented during the info session via Presemo.




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  




Are you interested in season work 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.

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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.

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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.


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