Sign-Ups: Intramural Sports!

Sign-ups for Intramural sports start today and continue through the end of the month. Commuter students are invited and encouraged to participate. If you’d like to form a commuter team, simply e-mail Valerie (Commuter Assistant) To sign up for an individual sport visit the Intramural Sports Office on the second floor of the Student Development Complex (SDC).
Get Involved in Fall Team Sports!

Flag Football:
Managers Meeting: Tuesday, September 6th SDC Rm 237
Entry Deadline: Thursday, September 8th at 3:00 p.m.

Soccer (Fours)
Managers Meeting: Tuesday, September 6th SDC Rm 237
Entry Deadline: Thursday, September 8th at 3:00 p.m.
Managers Meeting: Tuesday, Sept 13th SDC Rm 237
Entry Deadline: Thursday, September 15th at 3:00 p.m.

Check out Fall Individual Sports!

Golf Scramble
Entry Deadline: Friday, September 9th at 3:00 p.m.

Disc Golf (Singles)
Entry Deadline: Friday, September 16th at 3:00 p.m.

Racquetball (Singles)
Entry Deadline: Wednesday, September 21st at 3:00 p.m.

Tennis (Singles)
Entry Deadline: Wednesday, September 28th at 3:00 p.m.

Disc Golf (Doubles)
Entry Deadline: Friday, September 30th at 3:00 p.m.

For more info for IMs, visit:

Now get out an play! 🙂

Welcome 2011-12 Commuters!


2011 First Year Michigan Tech Students
Michigan Tech 2011 First Year Class Photo

Hello Commuters!

Welcome to Michigan Tech!  We hope you all enjoyed Orientation and had a fantastic first week. Throughout the year we will be updating this blog with information regarding academics, involvement, and commuting to Michigan Tech.

We hope you’ll take some time to check out the blog and stop by the commuter lounge (MUB 106).

In case you haven’t met us, we are your commuter assistants and it is our job (literally) to make sure you have the best Michigan Tech experience possible. We’ve written some brief introductions to help us get to know you better.


Valerie Taglione
Valerie Taglione, Commuter Assistant 2011-12

Hi I’m Valerie Taglione!
Academic Standing: 2nd Year Biological Sciences Major

Hometown: Hancock, Mi

Graduated From: Houghton High School in 2010

Loves to: play basketball, soccer, ultimate Frisbee, guitar and piano

Is really excited: to be your Commuter Mentor!

Jessica Banda
Jess Banda, Commuter Assistant 2011-12
Hi I’m Jess Banda!

Academic Standing:5th Year Communications (STC) and Global Leadership Major

Hometown(s): Grayling, MI; Rawlins, WY; Arco, ID; Montpelier, ID; McBain, MI

Graduated From: McBain High School in 2007

Loves: Photography, exploring the Keweenaw, and getting involved in Student Organizations

Is really excited: to be share her many Michigan Tech experiences with you!

If you have article ideas, questions, or comments please feel free to e-mail us at any time at

Finals Week

If you need a quite place to study, the Commuter Loungeis the perfect place for you,  located in MUB 106! There are tables, couches, and computers for you to use.

Good luck with your finals and have a great summer!

Spring Fling!

Tomorrow is Spring Fling, and from noon-5pm campus will turn into a spirited festival of fun and celebration with free food, music, and activities!

We (your commuter assistants) will have a booth at Spring Fling from Noon-2:00pm. At the booth, commuter students can win Gas Cards, Travel Mugs, and Car Accessories.

Though booth locations have not yet been determined, you should easily be able to find us. Just look for the 7 foot, bright yellow, “Commuters Stop Here” sign!
We look forward to seeing you there.

Events this week!

MESSAGE FROM LES COOK, VICE PRESIDENT FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS: As you many of you know, Gloria Melton will be retiring as the Dean of Students in August . She has served in this role since 2004 and her compassion and insight will be missed. I am happy to announce that Bonnie Gorman, Executive Director of Marketing and Communications, will be rejoining Student Affairs as the Dean of Students when Gloria retires in August . Many of you know Bonnie has extensive experience in Student Affairs at other institutions as well as previously serving as Director of First Year Programs and the Associate Vice President for Student Life. She is a great asset to the Michigan Tech community and I am excited to have her working more closely with students again. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me at 487-2465 or



BIKE MAINTENANCE CLINIC: The Outdoor Adventure Program will sponsor a Bike Maintenance Clinic on Wednesday, April 13 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Outdoor Adventure Program, 207 East Street across the highway from the main campus. Representatives from local Outdoor Gear Outfitters (Downwind Sports, Cross Country Sports and The Bike Shop) will be present to conduct tune ups on bikes for $10.00. Food and Drinks will be provided. For additional information, contact OAP at 487-2290, or email


MOTORCYCLE STUNT SHOW: On Friday April 15, during Spring Fling, the Full Throttle Motorcycle Club of Michigan Tech is hosting a motorcycle stunt show! Two great groups will be performing on our campus: Sick Air FMX, featuring freestyle motocross tricks, and the Smage Brothers, featuring trials riding. Shows will begin at noon, 2:00, and 4:00, and are free for everyone. PLEASE NOTE: The shows will take place in Lot 27 (the $2 lot), so this lot will be unavailable for parking all day on Friday, April 15. For more questions about the stunt show, contact Kaitlyn Bunker at


FREE BOWLING: Join the sisters of Alpha Sigma Tau in a friendly bowling outing! Bowling will be in the basement of the MUB on Wednesday, April 13 at 6:00 pm. Drivers will meet in the residence hall lobbies at 5:45 pm to provide rides. Contact Heather Bultman at with questions. Hope to see you there!


BENEFIT CONCERT FOR JAPAN: The Praise In Effect Gospel Choir presents The Blood on Saturday, April 23 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the MUB Ballroom. The concert is in support of Japan relief efforts and free will donations will be accepted. For questions, contact Kari Jordan at


SO YOU THINK YOU CAN’T DANCE: You are welcome to join us anytime between 1-4 pm on Saturday, April 16, 2011 in the MUB Commons for “So You Think You Can’t DANCE” where the Society of Intellectual Sisters will teach you how to dance! Admission is by donation and all of the proceeds from this event will go towards the Betty Chavis Scholarship Fund. In recognition of Betty Chavis’ twenty years of service to Michigan Technological University, her colleagues, friends, alumni, and current students wish to acknowledge her unwavering commitment to diversity and young people at Michigan Tech and throughout the community by starting the Betty Chavis Scholarship Fund to assist students who have short-term, or unexpected financial need.

MOVE-IN VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES FOR FALL: COMPASS (Center for Orientation, Mentoring, Parents and Academic Student Success) would like to invite student organizations to help Michigan Tech’s first-year students move in on Saturday, August 20 and Sunday, August 21. Your group can pledge time for one two hour shift or multiple shifts. This is a great service opportunity for your organization! Please go to to sign up to volunteer. Thank you in advance for your service to the newest members of the Michigan Tech community!


13 Days Until Semester’s End

We know April just started, but believe it or not, there are only 13 class days until Finals week.

Right now it’s week 12 of 14, and it’s the perfect time to develop clear academic goals for the end of the term.

If you want to finish the academic year strong start right now by gathering the syllabi for each of your classes. Determine which days all of your homework assignments, projects, and exams fall for the rest of the term and mark them on the calendar.

Once you have a calendar of academic deadlines create a plan for completing all your studying and homework ahead of schedule.
If you’re struggling to grasp concepts in some of your courses don’t wait until the last minute to get help. Head to the learning centers now; they will provide you with past exams and sample problems, plus they can help you complete homework assignments and projects.

The locations and hours of the centers are listed below:

Biology (DOW 744)
11pm-5pm, 7pm-9pm

Chemistry (Chem Sci 208)
Wednesday, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Computer Science (Rekhi 114)
2pm-5pm, 7pm-10pm

Math (Fisher 128)
10am-4pm, 7pm-9pm

Mechanical Engineering (MEEM 2nd floor)
10am-6pm, 7pm-9pm

Writing/Communication/Gen Ed(Walker 107)

Physics (Fisher 228)
Monday 7pm-9pm

Celebrate Biology Week


Support Phi Sigma by participating in this year’s Bio Week April 4-8. Attend one or all of the many events related to the biological sciences being hosted this week.

Monday (April 4th): Save a life and register to become an organ donor.

MUB Commons: 10-2

Tuesday (April 5th): Research presentations by faculty of the biology department:

Dr. Mike Gibson, Dr. Qing-Hui Chen, Dr. Mi Hye Song, Dr. Thomas Werner, Dr. Rupali Datta

M&M U113 7-9pm

Wednesday (April 6th): Watch Blue Planet with Snacks and drinks!

Dow 642 6pm

Thursday (April 7th): Book and Bake Sale

Dow Lobby 11am-3pm

Friday (April 8th): Walk dogs at the Copper Country Humane Society

Meet in Dow atrium at 4pm



Join us at Standathon on Friday, April 1 for a night full of awesome activities, prizes and food!!!  Standathon 2011 will be held in the SDC from 7:00 pm – 7:00 am.   Some of the activities at Standathon include sumo wrestling, a 65 ft inflatable obstacle course, black light mini golf, laser tag, live bands, food eating contests, dance lessons, karaoke, water polo, kayak lessons, MTU’s Got Talent Show and so much more!  Food will be served all night and prizes will be raffled off every hour.  The grand prize this year is an Xbox Kinect.

The entrance fee is $10.00.  The cost of and entrance fee AND a Standathon T-shirt is $15.00.  The cost of an entrance fee, T-shirt, AND Grand Prize Bracket for Xbox Kinect is $20.00!

The best part about Standathon is that every dollar raised is donated directly to Bay Cliff Health Camp, a camp for children and adults with disabilities.  This is the fifth annual Standathon and we hope to make it the best one yet by setting a goal to raise $7,000 for Bay Cliff!  Everyone is welcome and we hope to see you there!!

Special feature:  Jordan Tobey’s band “Bear in Mind” will be playing at Standathon at 1:30 am.

For questions about Standathon, please contact Hilary Cadeau at


Keweenaw Pride, the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and ally (GLBTA) organization on campus, kicked off their annual Pride Week celebration Wednesday. This week has been a work in progress for the organization since September, and it is a celebration of diversity, bringing together many people of many different origins and orientations in a week full of discussions and panels meant to open minds and break stereotypes.

Sunday: Film: “Prop 8″, 8pm in Fisher 135

March 27th is our annual film night. We’ll be showing “Prop 8: The Mormon Proposition”, a movie described by IMDb as  “a scorching indictment of the Mormon Church’s historic involvement in the promotion & passage of California’s Proposition 8 and the Mormon religion’s secretive, decades-long campaign against LGBT human rights.”

Monday: Safer Sex Night, 8pm in the Wads Annex

March 28th is our Safer Sex Night. We’ll be going over a variety of safer sex practices that help prevent the spread of STIs.

Tuesday: Guess the Straight Person, 7:30pm in the DHH Ballroom

March 29th is our annual Guess the Straight Person event. Come meet our panel and guess their orientation. This event is meant to prove that not all stereotypes indicate a person’s sexual orientation.

Wednesday: JAC Stringer, 7:30pm in the MUB Ballroom

March 30th is a presentation by Activist JAC Stringer. JAC is well known for his educational and entertaining presentations, and we hope everyone will come and learn about some things that not many know about.

Thursday: Taboo Talk, 7pm in the DHH Ballroom

March 31st is Taboo Talk. Got a topic that is taboo in your community that you want to know more about? Come to this event!

Friday: 11th Annual Drag Show, 8pm in the Rozsa Theater

April 1st is the 11th Annual Michigan Tech Drag Show! This year, we’ll be featuring the extraordinary talents of Joey Black, Tabitha Stevens, Cass Marie Domino, and, coming all the way from Las Vegas, DuWanna Moore! Seats fill up fast, so get there early!

Need something to do in Houghton over Spring Break?

If you’re staying in Houghton over spring break and you’re looking for something to do with your free time, don’t fret any longer because there are lots of great events going on.

First, Mont Ripley is offering free skiing and snowboarding lessons, rentals, and lift tickets for Michigan Tech students, faculty, and staff. The lessons are available at 11:00 am and 1:00pm on Saturday March 5th and Sunday March 6th. (Call 906-487-2340 for free registration).

The 2nd annual Copper Dog race will also be taking place this weekend (March 4-6) in Calumet. To find out more about this amazing sled dog race visit:

Looking to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day early? Calumet Theatre is hosting “Club Indigo” on Friday March 11 at 7:15. Waking Ned Devine” will be performed at 7:15. “Is about a sleepy little Irish village in which one man wins a lottery worth seven million pounds, only to drop dead from the excitement. Members of the community follow a daring plan to “wake” the winner and receive the money, with hilarious consequences.” You can purchase tickets for $5 at the Calumet Theatre 337-2610.

The 1st annual Great Bear Chase, a cross country ski race will be taking place on March 12. It includes a 50km freestyle race and separate 26km classic and freestyle categories and you can register at:

In addition, the Student Development Complex will be open all week with special spring break hours ( There are also many opportunities to attend free Michigan Tech athletics. Visit to find out more.