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Have a peaceful, merry Christmas!
Save the dates: Seminar for Chairpersons I on 29 January and Tuning Day on 22 February
Wish international students welcome!

Have a peaceful, merry Christmas!

HYY’s office is closed from 21 December to 1 January. HYY thanks all organisations for the past year and wishes all organisational actors a peaceful and carefree Christmas!

Organisations operating in HYY’s premises: please remember to redirect or cancel any subscriptions to papers you may have for the duration of the Christmas holidays. Please also make sure that all windows are closed and waste containers emptied.

Save the dates: Seminar for Chairpersons I on 29 January and Tuning Day on 22 February

Year 2018 kicks off with the Seminar for Chairpersons organised by the Student Organisations Committee on Monday 29 January. The seminar offers a generous dose of training and meeting your fellow chairpersons. The programme and schedule will be published later, but now is the time to mark the date on your calendar!

When the chairpersons have been trained for their tasks, it is time to offer support and knowledge to all organisational actors and anyone else interested in the contents of the Tuning Day programme! The Tuning Day is a training day for HYY’s organisational actors, featuring training, inspiration and discussions on themes that interest organisational actors. The Tuning Day is held on 22 February in the Main Building of the University. The programme includes at least training sessions for treasurers, persons in charge of equality, event organisers and communicators.

Wish international students welcome!

Welcome Fair on January 10, 2018 at the Language Centre

Go international at home, join the event and invite international students in your organisations’ activities! It is possible for student organisations within HYY to participate in the Welcome Fair for international degree and exchange students. The event takes place at the Language Center of the University of Helsinki on January 10th, from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. The places available for student organisations are limited.

Sign up at

Sign your organisation up at the latest on January 7th, but preferably earlier.

Should you not be able to be present at the Welcome Fair, it is possible to participate with a poster or flyers in English. Sign up through the link above regardless of whether you’ll present your organisation in person or through materials.

For more information please contact HYY specialist Hannele Kirveskoski: or 050 543 9608. Contact her if you’d like to check when students from your faculty will be expected at the Welcome Fair.

The winners of this year’s organisation contests have been chosen and rewarded! The winners were announced at the Organisation Gala on November 20th. Many organisations participated and the candidates were of high quality. Here you can find short descriptions of each category, used criteria and the winner.

Overall patch contest
The overall patch contest looked for fun, cool, clever or in other ways brilliant overall patches. The contest had 16 participants. Some concentrated on bringing whatever the organisation is about up in a funny way, some were made for a specific event and some commented on recent events. The winner was chosen by the Student Organisations Committee via voting. The winner was Erikeepperi’s patch.

Organisation paper contest
The contest accepted physical and online papers. 14 organisation papers participated. The winner was chosen by a separate jury. The jury concluded that all the participating papers were of high quality. The frontrunners were Tutkain by Kannunvalajat (faculty organisation for the faculty of social sciences), Poleemi by Polho (political history students) and Groteski by Media (communications students). Tutkain was chosen as the winner. The jury assessed that Tutkain looks into phenomena at the university and in society. The number that was sent in for the contest examined humanity and what it is to be ‘me’. Some parts of the paper were in English which claimed praise from the jury. The content and layout of the paper were amazingly produced. For these reasons Tutkain was chosen as the winner. You can view the number sent in for the contest here:

Sitsisong Contest
All participating songs had to be at least have new, rewritten lyrics but completely new tunes were also accepted. The song had to be fit to be sung at a sitsit but otherwise the theme was up to the writer. The song had to be written during the year 2017 and it could also still not have published. A total of 9 songs participated in the contest. The themes varied from studies related issues and student life to current issues and changes. The winner was chosen by the Student Organisation Committee and all songs were tested by singing them. Humanisticum’s entry Valehtelisin jos edustaisin (“I would lie if I represented”) was voted as the winner. The song was written to raise awareness and recruit new student representatives. Humanisticum is the faculty organisation for the faculty of arts. You can listen to the winning song here:

Cooperation Contest
The Cooperation Contest was looking for cooperation between two or more organisations. We hoped to find a way of cooperating that would be distinctive, eye-opening and especially beneficial, meaningful or elating for the participants. The cooperation could be an event, campaign or something else. The cooperation had to have taken place during the year 2017. Seven entries were submitted to the contest, all of very high quality and commendable. The entries varied from cooperation centered to creating unity amongst the student in the new programmes at the university to a sports event. The winner was chosen by the Student Organisations Committee. The winner was Konflikti 2017, a conflict simulation organised by Polho and VOO from HYY together with other student and other organisations from across the country. More information on the winning cooperation:

BOOST365  Contest
BOOST365 focused on finding ways organisations take care of their actives and things they do to help them get through the year without being too stressed and tired. The entry could be an event or on-going activities as long as they focused on the wellbeing of the organisation’s actives. Sadly, the contest didn’t get many participants which increased the worry whether organisations pay enough attention to their actives’ wellbeing and whether they know how to do it. Actives’ wellbeing was one of the main focuses of the Student Organisations Committee during 2017 and its importance has been very obvious and the theme will carry on as one of the emphasis next year as well. The winner of the contest was picked by a jury that featured a specialist from Nyyti ry. Aikuiskasvatuksen kilta (AKK) was chosen as the winner. Their work for the wellbeing of their actives was highly commendable as it was ongoing, diverse, inclusive and of high quality.

Advocacy Act of the Year Contest
The Studies Committee wishes to motivate organisations to do advocacy. That is why the Committee organized a contest to find the best advocacy act of the year 2017.
Six acts participated, all commendable and meaningful. They concentrated on things like feedback students give on courses, mentoring and finding your way on a new campus. The criteria used when selecting the winner were the impact the act had had, the length of the impact, cooperation and including the community. Good communications about the advocacy work was also appreciated. The winner was a cooperation between four subject organisations from the Art Research Programme: Aistimus (aesthetics), Katharsis (comparative literature), Repliikki (theatre research) and Synkooppi (musicology). Their actions helped secure necessary funding for special courses.

Environmental Sitsit of the Year
During the year 2017 HYY’s Environmental Committee has developed a guide to a more environmentally friendly sitsit. The guide will be published in early 2018. The Environmental Committee’s contest they looked for the best environmentally friendly sitsit. The criteria were recycling, the food’s impact on nature, spoilage and the sustainability of the decorations. Three organisations participated with their sitsit.
The winner of the contest was Symbioosi, the organisation for biology students. Symbioosi’s sitsit were praised for a delicious-sounding menu that took advantage of the harvest season, recycling and home-brewed beverage.

Sometimes you don't get credit for all the small or big things you do for an organisation. The Student Organisations Committee wanted to offer a way to thank deserving actives. Through 'Organisation Heroes 2017' anyone was able to report a person they felt deserves the title of Organisation Hero.

A total of 22 organisation heroes were reported. The heroes were announced rewarded with diplomas at the Organisation Gala. The Organisation Heroes 2017 are:

Jenni (NEFA, Humanisticum)
Sebastian (Historicus)
Ina (Historicus)
Sanni (Aikuiskasvatuksen kilta)
Arttu (TYT)
Emilia (Snäf, Nylands Nation)
Anu (Kompleksi)
Jenny (Östra Finlands Nation)
Juho (Humanisticum, HYAL)
Katri (Kronos)
Jenna (Fibula)
Emma (Humanisticum, SUB, Humanistispeksi)
Jaakko (Savolainen osakunta, SOL ja SOSSu ry)
Tiia (Matrix)
Teemu (Siula)
Suvi (Phemomena)
Vilma (Tekstiilarit)
Heini (Vuorovaikeutus)
Krista (HYAL)
Sakari (Savolainen osakunta)
Kristian (Savolaisen Osakunnan Laulajat)
Maria (Symbioosi)