Week 6: Homecoming and Family Weekend

Hello Commuters,

As I’m sure you can tell things have indeed started to pick up as we hit the time of midterms (whether that be exams or essays). There are plenty of ways that you can deal with all of these things, personally, I would suggest trying to get ahead on them. Study earlier for your exams, start that 5-10 page essay sooner than you had originally planned on. You should especially plan out how long things will take you to get done and always err on the side of overestimating. It isn’t reasonable to say a 2 page (double spaced) paper will take you 30 hours to finish, but blocking off however much time you think might need to work on something or study for a specific exam, will help when it comes down to it. The time management aspect of being in college can be kind of difficult but if you start off figuring out what works best for you, you’ll have a significantly less stressful time here at Michigan Tech.

On the other hand, with all of the fun things going on around campus, you’ll also want to make sure you get out and enjoy what Michigan Tech is offering. There are a lot of sporting events and other sponsored events that are happening to get people involved in some of the awesome traditions here at Tech. Follow this link, for more info on the schedule of events and things to get involved with. If you aren’t participating in Cardboard Boat races they are still really entertaining to go watch!

Also this weekend is Family Weekend. As commuter students, it seems like this can be a weird time for your parents to come and not do much new on campus. Family Weekend does, however open up a lot of opportunities for anyone to experience some cool things that you might not normally get to do.  For more info on that, click here. I would recommend at least having your family out with you to watch and take part in some of the athletic events going on this weekend.

As these things are related to both Family Weekend and Homecoming, I would like to remind everyone about the events that are FREE and  involve food. On Friday night before the home opener for the Hockey team, there will be a tailgate at the SDC sponsored by the Hockey team and the Blue Line Club. It starts at 5 pm and there will be a ton of FREE stuff given away as well as chili. On Saturday, there will be a Homecoming Tailgate for the Football game on the upper soccer field. This is once again FREE for students with your ID and for anyone who bought a ticket (exception the purchase of alcohol for people 21+).

Next week, the transfer assistant, Brittany, and I will be hosting a pizza party for the commuter and transfer students. There will be FREE pizza for you all, so come and stop by. It’ll be in Fisher on Wednesday October 14th. If you do plan on coming, please fill out this form.

Have a good week!



End of the Beginning

As you all know, we’re now into week three of the semester and we’re closing out the beginning of the school year. I would even say we’re entering into the most important part of the semester. The larger middle chunk of weeks is incredibly important because, as you have probably noticed, this is when most of your course work will take place. Assignments, essays, and exams are starting to happen. Though it is always important, time management will become even more so throughout this part of the year and leading into finals. One useful way to stay prepared is making a list/calendar/planner/whatever, that has all the assignments you will have due on it. Including the class, date, and points is another useful tip to help stay on top of your courses and not fall behind.


In other news, the Transfer Assistant, Brittany, and I are planning some fun things for the commuter and transfer students. If you have any ideas of things you would like to do, we are always open for suggestions. Email me if you have any plans and we’ll see what we can do.

This Saturday, October 3rd, the Wahtera Center for Student Success will be hosting the Student Success Summit from 10 am until 3 pm. To register, follow this link. It is an awesome program to help students perform at their best. If you are interested in going, register at the link above. Otherwise if you have any questions, feel free to email me and ask!

It’s Crunch Time

Everything is getting pretty hectic before finals next week. Here are a few things to remember while studying and finishing up papers/projects.

  1. Prioritize! Make sure you know how long different things are going to take and make sure you give yourself enough time to finish everything
  2. Know what works best for you. At this point in the semester you should at least know what doesn’t work for you. Try some different study techniques and see what helps you most.
  3. Remember to take a break. The stress can pile up really high, really quickly. When you’re studying take a few 5 or so minute breaks. Also, take some time off from studying, go for a run, watch a movie, give your brain a break.
  4. Eat full meals and get enough sleep. This can’t be emphasized enough. This is one of the things that can make or break your end of semester. You NEED to eat and you NEED to get sleep.

Other than that, summer break is coming up fast. If you are taking summer courses, make sure they didn’t get cancelled due to low enrollment. If anyone is still looking for a summer job, keep an eye on the Husky Jobs link. That will sort through some local and on campus jobs. In addition to this, there is an opportunity with the Animal Care Facility. More info on that below.

“The Animal Care Facility at Michigan Tech is looking for several undergraduate students. Primary duties including cleaning, recordkeeping, and routine care of the animals. Approximately 10-15 hours/week are available for each student. The schedule is flexible and hours can be arranged around summer classes.

Please contact Courtney (crperrea@mtu.edu) for more information.”

Remember to study, but also to enjoy the last two weeks of the semester!

Week 12 Events and Updates

Just a quick reminder to everyone: IT’S WEEK  12! We are almost done with the semester. Final projects will be due, exams are coming up, and we will getting ready to head out for summer! While there are plenty of things to get done (make sure you start prioritizing your studying), you’ll also want to take some time to yourself, relax, and enjoy some of the awesome things campus is offering in the next couple of weeks!

There are quite a few things going on at the Rozsa before we head into the craziness of finals week. The Producers will be performed this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 pm. Tickets are FREE with Experience Tech. If you are feeling particularly musical, there are several events with the Michigan Tech Choir, conScience, and others going on at the Rozsa before we head out for summer. Keep an eye out for the posters and emails for more information if you are interested in any of those.

The Producers


As always, Film Board will be putting on movies for the next couple of weekends. This weekend (4/10-4/12) it will be The Imitation Game. For anyone who is interested in World War II, awesome acting, or good movies in general, I highly recommend it! For showtimes and more information on upcoming movies, follow this link ==>  http://filmboard.mtu.edu/movie/the-imitation-game/ .

We will be hosting a couple of events before the end of the semester as well. Tomorrow (provided we have enough interest) we will be going to Pizza Hut! Fill out the form below if you are interested in going before 5 pm tonight (4/7)!


There will also be a Bowling event at the Mineshaft with more information coming soon!


Registration and Getting things done

It’s time for registration! Below are some tips to make sure you get into the classes you need to stay on track!

Make sure you know what time you will be able to register for classes. It says on Banweb under the Students > Registration tab, then Check Registration Status.

Check out the schedule of classes. Figure out what you need to take, how quickly they seem to be filling up, and what sections will work for your schedule.

Save the CRNs. This will save a bunch of trouble when you’re trying to get everything done as quickly as possible. They are marked on the course page and link to descriptions of those courses.

If you haven’t met with your adviser, I would highly recommend it before the end of the semester (preferably before finals when everything gets insane).

We’re reaching a critical point in the semester. Make sure you are making progress on the semester papers/projects! Also, remember that the last day to drop a class with a Withdraw is this FRIDAY (March 27th).

Week 7 updates

Hello Commuters! Now that everyone is good and busy with Midterms and projects due before Spring Break, we’ll be starting to do some more events to give your brain a little bit of a rest. Next week we’ll be having a movie night so look out for details about that. There’s also plenty of things going on around campus that are FREE for students and are just some cool activities to take part in.

Basketball and hockey are still going on so watch for those home games and get out to support the Huskies! Follow this link below to check out the schedule.



The Tech Theater will be putting on Antigone again this weekend and it is again FREE for students! Midterm grades will be available next week, so remember to check those out and gauge how you’re doing in your classes. Figure out what you need to focus more on to do the best you can this semester. Also with Spring Break coming up remember to relax, have fun, and be safe!

Week 13: Getting in the mindset

As everyone knows, we have just started up classes again after Thanksgiving Break and are gearing up to finish out the semester! It’s flown by, but there is still plenty to be done. While everyone is busily finishing up term projects and studying for finals, remember to give yourself a break. After awhile it doesn’t help to stare at information without taking anything in anymore.

We will be hosting an “Exam Jam” event Sunday, December 14th from 5 -8 pm in Fisher 126. Come and stop by to pick up some goodies and hang out!

Here are some of the things that will be happening on campus to give you a study break!

Fashion Show Poster

The pep band is an always entertaining way to get your mind off of things for a little while.

Saturday (12/06) from 7:30 AM – 1:00 PM at the Barkell Elementary school, 1201 N Elevation St. in Hancock, Phi Taus will be sponsoring a pancake breakfast.  All fundraiser proceeds go to many different items for the school.  A $5.00 donation is suggested and tickets can be purchased at the door.

Diwali Night 2014 Final Poster A2


Choral-Orchestral Shuffle

We’re almost done with the semester so keep up all the awesome work that’s been going on!


It’s the End of the Semester…

It’s CRUNCH TIME for everyone now. We’ve gotten to the 11th week of the semester and things are definitely continuing to pile up, including the snow. If you just haven’t had time to work on that term paper, start studying for finals, or memorize the vocab, there isn’t a time like the present to start! Studying can be a pain in the butt, however the earlier you get it done, the less you have to worry about it later; you don’t want to be in that situation. Plus you’ll do better on your finals!

While it is important to make it to class, as we all know the weather up here doesn’t always agree. My advice is to talk to your professors about it before it becomes an issue. Driving becomes an issue very quickly and as I’m sure you’ve heard the University doesn’t shut down for really anything.

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Make sure you stay updated with the Safety First Alert system on campus as well as checking emails, Canvas, etc for information from your individual professors. If there is really NO way at all that you could ever even consider being able to safely make it to class because of the conditions, contact your professors and let them know. They are usually pretty understanding.


We’re also coming up on Thanksgiving Break. Make sure you do SOME studying before proceeding to stuff yourself and remember to BE CAREFUL while you’re driving or travelling!

Registration and Other Stuff

As you have all seen by now, class registration has started and most people will be signing up for spring classes within the next week. It is complete craziness, but as long as you know what to do you’ll make it through it just fine.

Tips and Tricks for registering for classes:

1: Find the courses you will need to be taking at this point. Talk to your adviser, upperclassmen in your major, professors, etc. You should figure out what you need to have before you go into register.

2: Go on to Banweb and look up the courses you need. Most will have several sections. Find out how these will fit together.

3: Map out your schedule. Chose the times, professors, etc that you want to have. See what you think will be best for you. There are a lot of resources out there to help with things like this. I personally use http://www.myedu.com/. Courses for MTU are synced with it and you can plan out your schedule. It’s also FREE!

4: Gather the CRNs for the classes you want to take. **double check for prerequisites and restrictions.

5: When it comes time to actually schedule your classes, you can plug in the CRNs and you’ll be all set!

If you need any other help with registration, go to the website for the Registrar’s Office (link below). There is a ton of information on what to do, how to do it, among other things. A handy tutorial video is also posted to their website.


It’s crazy to think that we are already in Week 10. Now is the time to start looking at your final exam schedule, prioritizing study time, and focusing on the end of the semester. There is always plenty to try and get done before we close out this Fall. Take some time to relax, don’t overload!


October Events

As the fall semester continues on, I’m sure everyone has been experiencing the joys of midterms, excessive amounts of homework, and the longing to just go back to sleep. To try and keep everyone awake and looking forward to the rest of the semester, here are some things that will be happening on campus for the next couple of week!

October 10th – 12th – It’s Family Weekend! Enjoy some Michigan Tech athletics, movies, the Pi-Mile, the list goes on. To look at the entire list of events go to http://www.mtu.edu/success/parents-family/family-weekend/events/.

October 16th – 18th and 23rd – 25thBaby with the Bathwater. It’s a satirical (if you don’t know what this means, see the Daily Bull for examples) comedy about raising a child. You can get tickets by going to https://rozsa.tickets.mtu.edu/Online/default.asp?menu_id=C3D2B05A-0C50-4E94-AA4A-E82E94E6CA91 and picking the date you would like to go.

Baby with the Bathwater

Also, go to http://www.michigantechhuskies.com/landing/index  for athletic events that will be coming up.

There are plenty more things to chose from throughout campus for the month. I will also be hosting an event sometime before the end of the month, so let me know if you have any ideas or suggestions for that. Just get up and see all that Michigan Tech has to offer it’s commuter students!

I’ll be in the Student Activities office in the MUB for office hours every week. From 2 pm – 3 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 10 am – 11 am on Wednesdays. If you have any questions or suggestions for commuter activities, feel free to drop by in person or email me at esleclai@mtu.edu.

I’m here to help as a resource to the commuters at Michigan Tech!