Archives—October 2009

Spring Course Registration and Health Information

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Although it may seem as though your student is just now starting to get into the swing of things this semester, Spring Course Registration is quickly approaching. According to the Registration Priority Schedule registration opens Thursday, October 29 at 10 p.m. and closes on Sunday, November 15 at 12 a.m. Graduate students have the first opportunity to register on Thursday, October 29 and then the following days undergraduate students are permitted to register based on the number of credits they have completed. Planning for Spring Course Registration is a great time for students to set up a meeting with their academic adviser to go over career plans and potential course choices. First year students can attend First Year Advising Meetings in which academic advisors will hold a large group meeting with the first year students of each particular degree program. I would strongly encourage that each student schedule an appointment with their academic advisor to fill out their degree program flow chart so they have a good idea of what semester they will be graduating, what degree requirements they still need to fulfill, and whether or not they need any waivers to register for the Spring Semester. Academic advisors are a great resource, with a lot of knowledge and experience regarding courses and career pathways. It is to your students advantage to get to know them!

Health Information

Over the past couple of weeks there has been much concern over the H1N1 flu, however, Michigan Tech has been taking several precautions to decrease the spread of the H1N1 flu and other illnesses. The most recent precaution the university has taken to decrease the spread of H1N1 was the canceling of Safehouse, Michigan Tech’s annual Halloween event. As another precaution the university has purchased respirator masks for students. Currently students that live on campus may go to their Residence Hall Reception Desk and get a respirator mask free of charge. There has also been several hand sanitizer stations placed throughout the Residence Halls for students to use at their convenience. In addition, students have been encouraged to visit the H1N1 Flu Information page on the Michigan Tech website to learn more about the possibility of upcoming H1N1 flu vaccinations, how to prevent getting H1N1, and what symptoms to look for. Michigan Tech is prepared to be accommodating to students who have H1N1 by no longer requiring faculty to obtain doctor’s notes from students to be dismissed from class. If a student has H1N1 they should go to the “Tell us You’re Sick” tab under the H1N1 Flu Information page. This tab will redirect to the student’s Banweb account where they can log in and fill out a form stating that they have the flu. The Dean of Students will then notify each of the student’s instructors via email.

Remember, to avoid the flu the best things you can do are wash your hands frequently, avoid others who are ill, practice respiratory etiquette, and get lots of rest!

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions please feel free to email me. Have a great week and stay healthy! -Angela


Pumpkins, Costumes, Candy and More!

Students practicing their scares for Safehouse!
Students practicing their scares for Safehouse!

Upcoming Fun Fall Events

Several festive and fun fall events are planned for students this coming week. The fun times begin on Saturday, October 24 with Safehouse BINGO. The event is put on by the Inter-Residence Hall Council and will be held in the Wadsworth Hall Annex from 6:30-8 p.m. There will be over $500 worth of candy up for grabs, yummy! Monday, October 26 there will be a free showing of the movie The Night of the Living Dead (1968) in Fisher 135. Tuesday, October 27 Wadsworth Hall Student Association will be sponsoring another free movie night. They will be showing Casper, Hocus Pocus, and Saw. Wednesday, October 28 McNair Hall Association is hosting a Pumpkin Carving event in the McNair Dining Hall at 9 p.m. Thursday, October 29 delicious and free Halloween treats may be found in the Wadsworth Dining Hall. There will be caramel apples, pumpkin seeds, doughnuts, apple cider, and more! Friday, October 30 the Douglass Houghton Hall Council kicks off the weekend with the Costume Dance held in the Douglass Houghton Hall all campus study lounge/ballroom. The event will begin at 9 p.m. and promises to be full of good times, so encourage your student to come on out and do the Monster Mash!

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Members of the local community enjoying the Safehouse decorations in the Residence Halls.

Safehouse

Saturday, October 31, the day students have been anxiously awaiting all week, finally arrives. Not only is Saturday Halloween but it also the day of Safehouse. Safehouse has been a Michigan Tech campus tradition since 1988. Each year on the last Saturday of October students decorate the residence halls for public tours. The community is invited to bring their children to take tours of the residence halls that are all decorated for Halloween. Student tour guides lead the groups through the tour route. There are three different tour groups this year: Fun (0-7 years), Spooky (5-13 years) and Scary (10-15 years). The students decorate their hall based on the category they choose. The houses that choose to do the fun category do a lot of fun and silly decorations for the younger children. The houses that choose to do the Spooky or Scary category are out for screams and thrills. Their decorations get pretty elaborate and even include some very skilled acting by students as they try to get a shriek from the tour groups that pass through. The event is so widely participated in that the Inter-Residence Hall Council judges the decorations and offers awards to the top winning houses. Safehouse is a great event to participate in and I can’t think of a better way to get more into the Halloween Spirit.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions please feel free to email me. Please check back for next week’s article, I will be writing about Spring Course Registration.


Community Service Opportunities

Past Week’s Events

Students competing in the Cardboard Boat Races held at Hancock Beach Friday evening.
Students competing in the Cardboard Boat Races held at Hancock Beach.

From tug of war to cardboard boat races, from broomball, to hockey, to football, Homecoming 2009 was a huge success! Homecoming events took place every evening this past week and included activities such as Take on a Husky Night, a community service project, Powder Puff Football, and Homecoming Games. Friday, preparation for Saturday’s big Homecoming game began with the Homecoming Parade that ran through the Michigan Tech campus, followed by a pep rally that included performances from the Michigan Tech dance team and pep band. Friday night came to a victorious end as Michigan Tech hockey won the season opener 5-3 against Northern Michigan University. A crowd of 3,409 people showed up at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena to watch the Huskies make their third straight win over their rivals, the Northern Wildcats.

Our Michigan Tech Huskies play football, rain or shine, OR SNOW!
Our Michigan Tech Huskies play football, rain or shine, OR SNOW!

Much to student’s dismay after a lovely sunny afternoon on Friday we woke up to snow on Saturday morning! A mix of rain and snow, coupled with a wind advisory couldn’t keep our Michigan Tech Husky fans away from the 2009 Homecoming Game. Although there was very little accumulation, there was enough snow on the ground for a group of students to build a small snowman before they headed up to the football game. Michigan Tech’s Homecoming football game took place on Sherman Field at 1pm on Saturday against the Findlay Oilers. It was a tough game given the state of the weather and the Huskies were defeated by the Oilers 14-5. At half time the Homecoming 2009 King and Queen were announced along with the winners of the week’s Homecoming Games. Our Michigan Tech Huskies return to play at Sherman Field on Saturday, Ocotober 24 at 1pm against Saginaw Valley State University.

Community Service

The puppy poodles I walked at the Copper Country Humane Society on Saturday.
The puppy poodles I walked at the Copper Country Humane Society on Saturday.

Michigan Tech offers many great opportunities for students to take part in a variety of community service activities. Make A Difference Day is one of the most widely participated in community service events at Michigan Tech. Last year over 450 students took part in the day of volunteering. Make A Difference Day was created by USA WEEKEND Magazine and is recognized as a national day of service. Make A Difference Day takes place the fourth Saturday of every October, so this year it will be Saturday, October 24th. For this year’s Make A Difference Day interested students and student organizations will be working on various community service projects throughout the Keweenaw Peninsula.

In addition, to Make A Difference Day, Michigan Tech Student Activities Office coordinates other community service activities. Service Saturdays, 60 Minutes of Service, Semester Collections and Alternative Spring Break are great ways for students to get involved with community service. Michigan Tech also has several student organizations whose sole purpose is organizing service projects in the local community. Students may also choose to organize their own service projects by dog walking or cat cuddling at the Copper Country Humane Society, chopping wood with Little-Brothers Friends of the Elderly, or being a mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters. Here at Michigan Tech and the surrounding area the options really are limitless when it comes to volunteering and community service.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions please feel free to email me. Check back for next week’s article, I will be writing about the Michigan Tech tradition of SafeHouse.


Homecoming

Past Weekend’s Events

The Michigan Tech Huskies faced off against Ferris State University in the football game Saturday evening at the Fifth Third Ballpark in Grand Rapids.
The Huskies took on Ferris State University in the football game Saturday evening at the Fifth Third Ballpark in Grand Rapids.

This past weekend proud family and parents of Michigan Tech students came from near and far to join in the fun festivities of Family Weekend. Some of this weekend’s events included a Quincy Mine Tour, a Red Jacket Trolley Tour, a Hungarian Falls Hike, and a Sturgeon River Paddling Trip. Of course no Michigan Tech Family Weekend would be complete without some great Husky Athletics. This weekend the Michigan Tech Huskies hosted their first home hockey game of the season, dominating the ice and defeating Ryerson 3-1 at the Saturday night game. That same evening our Michigan Tech Huskies Football Team traveled to Grand Rapids to play against Ferris State University at the Fifth Thirds Ballpark. The Huskies won the Battle at the BallPark 38-6.

Homecoming

Michigan Tech Homecoming 2009 will take place October 4th-10th and will include many campus traditions. This Sunday kicked off Homecoming with Window Painting in the Rozsa Center Lobby. Window Painting is a new Homecoming tradition, starting this year in the place of Homecoming banners. On Monday students can enjoy a nice glass of rootbeer in between classes with the traditional Rootbeer Keg, the only time you’ll see “Kegs on Campus”! On Monday evening the Michigan Tech girls will have the opportunity to take part in Powder Puff Football. Wednesday’s activities include a service project at the Little Huskies Development Center and the Homecoming Court Dinner where the Michigan Tech 2009 Homecoming King and Queen will be decided. On Thursday students can compete with their student group in the Homecoming Games including a relay race, tug of war, and a sand castle building contest. The evening will wrap up with a bonfire, snacks, some music from the Pep Band, and a visit from Blizzard T. Husky! Thursday’s events are all planned to be held at Prince’s Point located on the Portage.

Michigan Tech 2009 Homecoming Committee
Michigan Tech 2009 Homecoming Committee

Friday night will include many more Michigan Tech traditions with the Homecoming Parade running through the Michigan Tech Campus as well as a Pep Rally complete with performances from the Michigan Tech Pep Band and Cheer and Dance Teams. Preceding the Pep Rally students can head over to Hancock Beach to take part in the Cardboard Boat Races and enjoy some yummy food from the Library Restaurant and Alumni Relations. Friday night will end with a Michigan Tech Hockey game as the Huskies take on U.P. rivals Northern Michigan University. The big Homecoming Football game takes place on Saturday afternoon at 1pm as the Huskies face off against Findlay Ohio on Sherman Field. At half time the Michigan Tech 2009 Homecoming King and Queen will be announced as well as the winners of the week’s Homecoming games. For more detailed information about Homecoming 2009 check out the Schedule of Events.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions please feel free to email me. Check back for next week’s article, I will be writing about some upcoming service opportunities as well as reviewing Homecoming 2009 events.