Arkistot kuukauden mukaan: helmikuu 2017

Winter afternoon in Lykynlampi

This week has been the international week for Karelia UAS and many fascinating events took place. Professors and University staff from all over Europe and Asia were invited to this very special week to attend interesting lectures and meetings, many stimulating topics were discussed.

Second year tourism and hospitality students Eetu, Elias, Kati, Kimi and Magdalini and exchange student Jasper had their own part in this eventful week; organising the winter afternoon event was our team’s task. Arranging the winter afternoon has been a long, and at times challenging. This was at the same time an extremely giving, teaching and stimulating procedure. We learned about all the different phases of arranging events, activities and everything they entail. Against the common notion, planning and developing an event is much more than reserving transportation, the location and coming up with activities and the menu. Subjects such as customers’ safety, target demographic, their needs and possible requests. Paying attention to the details, was of high significance and had to be taken thoroughly into consideration. Coming up with ideas that would not only satisfy our guests but possibly exceed their expectations was an exciting thought to all of us.

Moreover, improvisation and a fast and skillful adaptation to any circumstances, once again a great strength in event planning skills was needed; a few days before our event we found out that the location we had reserved had suffered damages. A flood had occured and we had to rearrange, recall and reshape a big part of our plans. Everything was rearranged and our group was finally ready to welcome our guests.

Welcoming our guests and introducing ourselves.

The winter afternoon included various activities, Kimi and Eetu were showing our guests how to ski. Elias and Jasper offered ice fishing lessons and Magdalini took the guests on a snowshoeing excursion. Sauna and snow dipping were a once in a lifetime chance for many! Physiotherapy student Elina was the yoga instructor for the day and offered our international guests an exotic, relaxing and a serene experience of forest yoga. Media student Mira and a team of international business students were following with their cameras, making sure everything was recorded and special moments of the day would not be lost!

  

Beautiful winter scenery and forest yoga on the left picture, playing and having fun on the right one.

The menu was a Karelia inspired, the offered food was cooked by the first year tourism and hospitality students, under the guidance of professors Mikko Lahti and Tuula Ikonen. Candles, flowers and linens were used for decoration with an aim of a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Karelia UAS provided the necessary equipment for the aforementioned activities.

 

On the first picture, Karelian food prepared by professors Mikko Lahti, Tuula Ikonen and the first year tourism and hospitality students. On the second one, a warm, cozy atmosphere.

The guests were active and willing to try most of the activities. They carried a graceful energy and spread positivity to everyone! Interacting with them was a great experience, their presence and excitement reminded us of the very reason we signed ourselves on this project; to create smiles.

The smile!

P.S. The pictures used are taken by media student Mira Pamola.

Looking forward for the next challenge!

-Magdalini

Lunta Ilosaaressa festival

Bands, live music, backstage, snacks, soft drinks, coffee, information about available studies in Karelia UAS and lots of fun were part of the annual Lunta Ilosaaressa music festival that took place in the student cities of Kuopio and Joensuu. Karelia UAS student marketing team was there to offer our services at the lounge and our info desk. Among us were the marketing agents of UEF also providing information about their study fields and their assistance in the lounge area.

 

Our team in Lunta Ilosaaressa in Kuopio Halli on the first picture, and Disco Ensemble on the second one.

Lunta Ilosaaressa was held in Joensuu Areena and for the first time in Kuopio Halli. The following amazing and famous artists performed: Disco Ensemble, Danko Jones, Backyard Babies, Olavi Uusivirta, Pariisin Kevät and Hardcore Superstars. Part of the awesome workers’ privilege was the access to the backstage areas and that was exciting as it offered a completely different perspective and view to the performing artists.

 

On the left, Hardcore Superstars inviting their fans on stage and on the right, a different perspective to the performance of Danko Jones.

A music festival was also an ideal place to spread the word about Karelia UAS, as it was full of young people wondering what path in life they should take. Being able to provide useful information and guidance is always a pleasure and we hope to see next autumn some familiar faces studying in Karelia UAS!

-Magdalini

Take a Chance-messut Kuusamossa

Promotiimin kanssa olemme päässeet koulumarkkinointien lisäksi kiertämään erilaisilla messuilla ja muissa tapahtumissa ympäri Suomea. Tammikuussa kohteina ovat olleet mm. Pieksämäki, Hamina ja Kuusamo. Itse olin mukana myös Jyväskylän opopäivillä helmikuun alussa ja vajaan parin viikon päästä suuntaamme Kajaaniin Kainuun prikaatiin muutamaksi päiväksi. Tässä työssä siis pääsee myös mukavasti tutustumaan uusiin paikkoihin ja ajomatkojen aikana tulee Suomi tutuksi etenkin Itä-Suomen alueella.

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Noin kaksi viikkoa sitten olimme mukana Kuusamossa Take a Chance-messuilla, jossa promotiimi oli ollut myös edellisenä vuonna. Keskiviikkona pakkasimme auton täyteen markkinointimateriaalia ja lähdimme ajelemaan pohjoista kohti tavoitteena nähdä paljon poroja matkan aikana. No, poroja ei nähty yhtään kappaletta (tähän miksi näin oli, saatiin selvennys paikallisilta messujen aikana: porot aidataan talveksi etteivät ne ole häiritsemässä liikennettä) ja näkyvyys oli muutenkin hyvin heikko mitä lähemmäs määränpäätä saavuttiin, sillä lunta tuli enemmän kuin tarpeeksi ja isompien rekkojen tullessa vastaan näkyvyys oli nollassa. Turvallisesti päästiin kuitenkin majapaikkaan.

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Koska oltiin tänne asti tultu, niin pitihän meidän nyt käydä myös Rukalla pyörähtämässä ja katsomassa Polar light night festivaalin tuotoksia eli jääveistoksia (liukumäki oli paras :D) ja valaistuja rinteitä. Ihan kauhean pitkään tuolla ei voinut olla, sillä lunta tuli edelleen kiitettävästi.

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Aamulla keli oli aivan erilainen, mitä edellisenä päivänä. Aurinko oli nousemassa kun suunnattiin kohti ammattiopiston tiloja, missä messut pidettiin. Messupäivä meni perinteisesti eri aloista kertoessa ja verkostoituessa muiden oppilaitosten edustajien kanssa. Miun ja Elinan päivään kuului myös tuollaisen ratsastussimulaattorin testaaminen ja mietittiinkin miten saataisiin tuommoinen myös Karelian markkinointiin mukaan, mutta taitaa jäädä vain haaveeksi. Kotimatkalle päästiin vielä valoisan aikaan ja koska etelään päin oltiin menossa, saatiin ihastella auringonlaskua melkein kahden tunnin ajan. Kotiinkin päästiin vielä hyvissä ajoin saman vuorokauden puolella.

-Sanna