Join The Fun: Homecoming 2011!

Homecoming 2010

Homecoming, that time of year when the fall colors emerge and the Alumni are welcomed back to campus to partake in Michigan Tech traditions dating back 125 years.

Pull out your Michigan Tech apparel; begin the blue prints for your cardboard boat, and make room for plenty of tasty treats because Homecoming begins this Saturday October 1st, and YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS IT!

Homecoming is composed of about a dozen fun events spanning one week (October 1st-October 8th). Student organizations, Greek organizations, and community groups (which include groups of commuter students) are eligible to form a team and compete in events. This year events include “The Black Out”, (attending our season opening hockey game dressed all in black), to Flag football, our annual parade and pep rally, and even a Historical reenactment of life in the Keweenaw—Get Excited!

Registration for a Homecoming events team is simple; just follow this easy process!
1. Get together a group of 10 students
2. Send a representative to the Homecoming Meeting: Thursday Sept 29 @ 7pm in MUB Ballroom B
3. Complete Online Homecoming Registration by 5pm on Friday September 30

For a detailed list of homecoming events visit:

Congratulations to Our 2011 Homecoming Court:
Queen Candidates: Allison Gleiss, Brynn Ahonen, Katie Price & Liz Nigro
King Candidates: Andy VerSteeg, Eric Johnson, Paul Zimmerman, & Steven Brander

Get Yourself A Job!

Michigan Tech Fall Career FairTuesday, September 27th is the Fall 2011 Career Fair!

Time to break out your resumes and business attire and talk to some company representatives about why you are right for the job!  But wait… what is the Career Fair?

The Career Fair is an opportunity for students to talk with different companies about applying for the co-ops, internships, and/or full-time positions they offer especially for college students.

When is the Career Fair?
Tuesday, September 27th from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Where is the Career Fair?
The Student Development Complex

Who is the Career Fair for?
It’s for anyone interested in participating in a co-op or internship or looking for a job — so first year students, don’t be shy!  This event is for YOU!

Don’t forget to stop by the Career Services Center for help on hammering out your resume and getting tips on professionalism.

For more information about Career Services and the Career Fair, visit

Commuter Fun Night: Pizza, Movie, Snacks, Homework, & Games!

On Thursday, September  22nd, we will be hosting a FREE Commuter Movie Night from 4 pm – 7 pm in the Commuter Lounge (MUB 106)!

From 4:00pm – 5:00 pm, we will be hanging out in the Commuter Lounge doing homework, playing games, and enjoying cupcakes, cookies, party mix, and dessert bars!  The movie will start at 5:00 pm, and it will be a movie of YOUR choice!  Cast your vote at !   We will also have pizza and pop while we watch the movie selected by your fellow commuters.

Here are the trailers to the movies you can choose from:


Just Go With It:

Battle Los Angeles:

I Am Number Four:

Don’t forget, the event is FREE, so feel free to come and go as you please, but please RSVP at!

K-Day Is This Friday (Sept 9)!!

Keweenaw Day (K-day) at Michigan Tech
K-day 2010

This Friday is K-day, short for Keweenaw Day. The afternoon of fun is a chance to get a break from classes and explore the best of Michigan Tech and the Copper Country. 

What can you expect at K-day:
– Free Food
– Live Music
– Fun Activities
– Student Organization Booths
– Displays & Demonstrations
– An Afternoon at the beach
– And so much more… 

All classes after noon (12:00 pm) have been cancelled on Friday September 9; K-day will officially take place from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. at McLains State Park

And you don’t need to waste valuable gas money driving out to the park; free busses will transport Michigan Tech students the Memorial Union Building. Busses will depart from the MUB approximately every half hour beginning at noon. Buses will return to the MUB every half hour with the last bus leaving at 4:00pm. 

For more information on K-day, visit

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