Weekly Newsletter 49/2018

Today is your last chance to apply to Student representative in administration or AYY volunteer for 2019. Read more at ayy.fi/en/halloped and ayy.fi/stop/en.

PLEASE NOTE that because of Independence Day, the materials for the weekly newsletter for week 50 must be delivered to [email protected] BY WEDNESDAY 5 DEC AT 10 AM. The newsletter is published as usual on Monday 10 Dec. The last weekly newsletter of 2018 comes out on Monday 17 Dec, and the first one for 2019 on Monday 14 Jan 2019.

Week 49

Week 50


1. Exceptions to end-of-year opening hours of AYY’s Services Office

The AYY Services Office is closed on Independence Day 6 Dec. On Friday 7 Dec, the Member Services are open as usual at 12 noon–4 pm, but the Housing Services are closed.

Over Christmas, the Services Office is closed from Sat 22 Dec 2018 until Tue 1 Jan 2019. From Wednesday 2 Jan 2019 onwards, the Office returns to its normal opening hours.

2. Hottest Improvement Idea of the Village competition

Would it be cool to have a giant slide on the Otaranta beach or a massive tree house at the tip of the cape? Are you longing for a frisbee golf course or a gazebo in the Village?

Come up with your own wild improvement idea and prepare an execution plan for it. You can take part until 9 Dec, and the winner(s) will be announced at the Village Christmas party on 14 Dec. The developers of the best ideas will be rewarded, and it will be attempted to realise the plans. You can take part here:


3. Futuretalks: Facing/Fading Frontiers on 17 Dec 2018

Free movement has removed obstacles from the free exchange of knowledge and research in Europe and promoted versatile study and employment opportunities. Why is it still worth going on exchange, and what else does free movement enable? In which direction is free movement heading – are there new digital and tangible barriers rising in Europe?

Welcome to the Futuretalks discussion event on Monday 17 Dec at 4–6 pm in Väre to discuss the burning themes of Europe together with e.g. journalist Riku Rantala, Member of the European Parliament Miapetra Kumpula-Natri and Sitra’s Senior Lead Laura Halenius!

The event is part of the Futuretalks series delving into topical phenomena in Europe from the point of view of influencing. The event series deepens perspectives and the contexts of decision-making on burning themes via opening discussions.

Further information on the event: https://ayy.fi/en/blog/events/futuretalks-facing-fading-frontiers/


4. Sweco summer job kick-off breakfast on 4 Dec

Welcome to Sweco’s summer job kick-off over a grand breakfast on Tuesday 4 Dec at 8.30–11.30 am. The event takes place at Aalto University’s Sweco Room at Rakentajanaukio 4.

Come along to be one of the first to grab a job at Sweco for next summer! At this relaxed event, you will get to find out about summer job opportunities at Sweco, our employees’ career stories and our fields of operation. You will also get a unique opportunity to network and get to know the people at Sweco! There are light bites on offer throughout the event, so join us any time between 8.30 am and 11.30 am.

Further information: Matilda Rönnqvist, [email protected], tel.040 4864003

The event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/191548225117074/ (in Finnish)


5. Media Lab Demo Day on 5 Dec

The Department of Media invites you to Media Lab Demo Day, where students and researchers showcase their finished projects and works in progress. Come by and try out new games! Look at graphic design, photographs and listen to sound installations! Take part in research in Media through presentations and listen to alumni speeches!

WHERE: Harald Herlin Learning Centre Makerspace

WHEN: Tuesday 5 Dec at 1–5 pm
EVENT ON FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/events/195240234737896/

6. Students’ Independence Day Procession 2018

The student unions of the Capital Region are celebrating Independence Day together, just like last year. This year, students will join the procession for sustainable development and the Finnish nature. The event is organised by the student unions of the Capital Region: HYY, AYY, ArtSU, SHS, Kadettitoverikunta, Metka and Helga.

The festivities begin with the placing of wreaths at Sankariristi at the Hietaniemi cemetery at 4 pm.

The procession starts off from the Hietaniemi Chapel at the cemetery at around 5 pm. The President of the Republic greets the procession from the Palace balcony.

A public celebration is held at the Senate Square from around 5.55 pm to 6.15 pm.

Further information on the procession, schedule, dress code and organisations’ flags is available on the event’s own website at https://itsenaisyyspaiva.ayy.fi/?lang=en.

7. Hugo Gala celebrates the Aalto community and its pioneers on 7 Dec

During the autumn, Aava has collected nominations from the Aalto community on associations and other groups working hard in Otaniemi that have done a particularly good job in their field this year. A huge number of messages was sent in. The Hugo Gala celebrates the Aalto community and its pioneers, but this time, we are not talking about individuals but bringing to the limelight the amazing accomplishments of the associations operating in our community along with their huge significance and the work put into them. In addition to compliments, the associations with the most remarkable work efforts are granted an accolade.

Come to Servin mökki to celebrate and enjoy a warm-hearted gala dinner while listening to all the things that the associations of the Aalto community have accomplished this year. Who knows, maybe someone will receive their accolade thanks to your nomination!

8. Favourite Christmas carols on 14 Dec 2018 at 8 am in Alvari

The Favourite Christmas carols singalong is organised on Friday 14 Dec 2018 at 8 am in the student restaurant Alvari, Otakaari 1. This year, also early-bird students are invited to the traditional Christmas carol event of the staff of Aalto University and VTT. Come along and sing yourself into the Christmas spirit! The event is Finnish-language and organised by Aalto University HR, VTT and the Aalto chaplains.


9. FC Kissat train in Otahalli on Fridays

The futsal season is at its hottest, and FC Kissat continue to train in Otahalli on Fridays at 3–4 pm! All new and old female students, regardless of their field, are welcome to the practices and matches of Kissat. We train with a twinkle in our eye, and players of all levels can take part in our activities. In winter, we play futsal in the amateur league in Helsinki.

Welcome also to the autumn season’s ending party and elective meeting of Kissat on Fri 14 Dec! More information is available on the FC Kissat Facebook page at www.facebook.com/fckissat, and you can also contact us at [email protected].

Meow, see you at the practice and the Christmas Party!


10. Campus restaurants’ opening hours at the end of the year

The campus restaurants have reduced their opening hours during the holiday season in December and January. The exceptions to the opening hours of the Otaniemi and Töölö campus restaurants have been updated on the Campus restaurants (https://www.aalto.fi/campus/campus-restaurants-and-cafes) page. Please note that changes may occur to the opening hours. Always check the latest information on the website of the restaurants.


This is Aalto University Student Union’s weekly newsletter for week 49/2018. The newsletter gives you the news on AYY and its associations and sections, as well as other useful information.

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