In English

Applying for the membership

To became a member of Blanko you must be a Information Processing Science major student from the University of Oulu. Joining Blanko is easy: just fill up an application form and then pay the yearly membership fee, and that’s it! The form with more instructions can be found from http://www.blanko.fi/jasenhakemus/. Another way to apply is to fill-up a paper form available in the guild room.

What is Blanko?

Blanko is a student guild of information processing science at the University of Oulu.
Student guilds are like fraternities or sororities, but with a difference.
We gather fellow students from our own department, not just boys or girls.
Blanko organizes parties, excursions, trips, company excursions and other
activities for its members. The sole purpose of Blanko is to keep our students
busy, on and off school time.

Blanko has about 500 members. Most of them are current students, but there’s also
graduated members. With that amount of members, we’re one of the biggest and most
active guilds at the University of Oulu. The atmosphere of the guild is friendly,
open and relaxed, which means you make a lot of new friends easily.

Mailing list

To get information about Blanko’s events in English, you can join our English mailing-list at http://lists.oulu.fi/mailman/listinfo/blanko-exchange

Why should you be a member?

– You can get the cool overalls
– You can attend to excursions cheaper
– Free drinks / food at parties
– Sport possibilities
– Company excursions
– You can get a key for the guild room
– Free coffee and tea available in the guild room for your lecture pauses.
– Hopefully nice new friends :-)

Overalls

You may have already seen some students celebrating and partying with differently coloured uniforms while being in Oulu. The main purpose for those is to keep your cloths tidy and show that you belong to a flock. And of course they’re cool and contain nice pockets and so to keep your stuff readily available.

New overalls are being ordered yearly near the end of the year so that they’ll be delivered for the beginning of the next year. In case you have not pre-purchased and tried out the overalls in autumn it may be that there’s some spare ones from the earlier orders. In that case, contact the guild room service on Thursdays on 13-14 o’clock. or just e-mail hallitus (at) blanko.fi .

The price of the overalls differs from 30-40e a piece depending on a year.

What is this guild room?

Guild room is our place of gathering during and between the lectures. The guild
room is a great place to just to hang out, play xbox, see other Blanko people,
drink coffee and so on. Guild is open during the days and it is rarely empty.

The guild room is located at a bunker on the very base floor of the university.
To get there, (if you’re coming from the center cafe) walk past the library and take
a right to the hallway, soon there’s a door on the left which has the Blanko sign.

Dreamspark Premium

Dreamspark Premium is Microsoft’s student program, where students can get Microsoft software and operating systems for free.

To get access to the Microsoft’s Dreamspark Premium  service (former MSDN-AA),  you must be a student in the department of Information Processing Science at university of Oulu. You can request the account by e-mailing the membership representative to jasenvastaava (at) blanko.fi . Please attach also a screenshot from your weboodi’s page where your student status is being shown and tell your student id. Dreamspark Premium is provided to us by Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering.

I’m still lost, who should I ask about this stuff?

As we want our exchange students to take part in our activities and experience the real student life in Oulu, we of course have a designated person for you to turn to. Blanko’s exchange student coordinator will keep you informed about the events and other important stuff. If you have any questions, feel free to contact him at any time. To reach the coordinator please use the following e-mail address: kv-vastaava (at) blanko.fi . You can also contact the board directly by using hallitus (at) blanko.fi address.

You can also visit the guild room and ask around, most of the time there’s at least someone around who can help you further. In case you feel that some information you need is lacking from this page, please also send mail regarding to that so it can be fixed.