Archives—March 2010

Take a Stand at Standathon

Students singing karaoke at Standathon last year.
Students singing karaoke at Standathon last year.

The Michigan Tech Standathon is an annual 12 hour standing marathon designed to raise money for Bay Cliff Health Camp.  Bay Cliff is a year-round not-for-profit therapy and wellness center for children and adults with disabilities.  Bay Cliff offers several camps that focus on increasing independence and recreational activities for those with disabilities.  This year’s Standathon will take place Friday, March 26 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. in the Student Development Complex.

Activities

Last year, Standathon was held in the Memorial Union Building and was a huge success.  This year, Standathon was moved to the Student Development Complex where there would be further options for activities like skating and broomball.  This year there will be over thirty fun activities for students to participate in.  With some of the bizarre activities and great prizes that will be available to this year’s participants there’s no way students won’t want to stay on their feet! To give you an idea of just some of the activities that will be offered:  there will be live band performances in the Student Development Complex by Banana Republic and the Speedbumps as well as a comedy performance in the Memorial Union Building.  The Student Development Complex pool will be open for swimming, water polo, and a Kayak Clinic hosted by the Outdoor Adventure Program.  The Student Development Center ice arena will be open along with the climbing wall, pistol range, and the racquetball and walleyball courts.

Students sumo wrestling at last year's Standathon.
Students sumo wrestling at last year's Standathon.

Some of the other crazy and fun activities include sumo wrestling, blacklight mini golf, food eating contests, laser tag, video game competitions, and life-sized board games.  In addition to all the fun activities there will also be several prizes and giveaways throughout the night.  There will be several smaller prizes raffled off by the hour.  This year’s grand prize is an iPod Touch!  Lastly, to top it off, there will be great food and snacks at Standathon. Students who stand all night will get to sit down at 6 a.m. to a complimentary pancake breakfast.

Entrance to Standathon is $10 at the door or $20 worth of pledges.  $20 puts students in the running for the grand prize, iPod Touch.  The first 50 people at the door and anyone that receives more than $20 in pledges or pays $15 at the door will get a free t-shirt, while supplies last.

The delicious pancake breakfast that will be served at 6 a.m.
The delicious pancake breakfast that will be served at 6 a.m.

Standathon Student Organization

Standathon is a Michigan Tech student organization that was established to provide students with the opportunity to participate in a once a year large scale community service event.  The student members of the Standathon organization spend the year planning for this 12 hour event.  The students coordinate everything from the t-shirt designs, to advertisement, to donations of prizes and food.  Standathon is certainly an impressive student run event!

Standathon 2010 is bound to be a great time and I strongly encourage your student to go.  Standathon is the perfect event for students to meet new people while volunteering and having an awesome time!  As a reminder the entrance fee is $10 at the door or $20 in pledges and students can leave at any point throughout the evening.

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


Welcome Back to Spring!

Flowers are blooming in the Houghton and Hancock area!
Flowers are blooming in the Houghton and Hancock area!

Parents I hope you all had a fantastic time with your student over Spring Break and students welcome back! For those of you who had the opportunity to drive your student back up to Michigan Tech you may have noticed that it is looking an awful lot like Spring in Houghton, MI. The past week’s temperatures have been in the high 40’s and 50’s during the day, much to the students delight. The snow is melting and believe it or not there are even some spring flowers beginning to bloom around campus. On Monday, the students’ first day back to class after Spring Break, we were greeted with a beautiful and sunny 55 degree day. I was amazed at the different definitions that students have for what is appropriate to wear when the high for the day is 55 degrees. Students who were somewhat overzealous for the early arrival of spring could be seen in tank tops, shorts, and flip flops. Other students seemed to be fearing that the fury of winter might return by the time they got out of class and they sported scarves and winter coats.

Skiing Mount Ripley this past Sunday.
Skiing Mont Ripley this past Sunday.

End of the Winter Season

Although no one can complain about such beautiful weather, some students are sad to see a great season of winter sports come to a close. The snow on the Michigan Tech Trails is quickly disappearing which means it’s time to put away the cross country skis and snowshoes and pull out the mountain bike! Mont Ripley, Michigan Tech’s ski hill is also quickly losing snow. At this time Mt. Ripley is still 75% covered but they will be closed Monday-Thursday and opened only on weekends for the rest of the season if the snow continues to melt. On Saturday, March 27 Mont Ripley will be holding their end of the season Easter Egg Hunt and Slush Pit. The Easter Egg hunt will start at 10am. Hundreds of eggs will be hidden all over Mont Ripley and there will be prizes in every egg. Whoever finds the special golden egg will have the chance of winning a new mountain bike or a Mont Ripley season pass. In total there will be over $3,000 worth of prizes to win at the event. The slush pit will begin at 2pm. During the slush pit skiers and snowboards will attempt to either cross 60 feet of open water or make a great splash. Prizes are available for the “most outrageous performance by a guy and gal”. The Easter Egg Hunt and Slush Pit are a great opportunity for students to celebrate the end of another great winter season.

Recontracting and Course Registration

Lastly, I would like to remind parents and students that recontracting to live in the Residence Halls is currently taking place. Take a look at the Recontracting Timeline to determine when your student can recontract to live in the Residence Halls. When your student can recontract depends on whether they will be recontracting for the same room or if they plan moving to a different room or a different Residence Hall. The Recontracting Timeline allows students who would like to remain in their same room to recontract first, on March 15. Students who would like to move to a different room or to a different Residence Hall can recontract on the days following, according to the Recontracting Timeline. Also taking place in the next couple weeks is Fall Course Registration. According to the Fall 2010 Registration Priority Schedule registration opens Thursday, March 18 at 10 p.m. and closes on Sunday, April 4 at 12 a.m. Graduate students have the first opportunity to register on Thursday, March 18 and then the following days undergraduate students are permitted to register based on the number of credits they have completed. I encourage your student to take a look on Banweb prior to their scheduled registration slot to see what courses are offered during the fall semester. Planning ahead and getting course waivers ahead of time and planning around courses with conflicting times can save a lot of time and make registration go much smoother.

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


Recontracting and Course Registration

After students spend a wonderful week relaxing and enjoying time with friends and family over Spring Break they will return to campus and have two very important things to do. Students who plan on living in the Residence Halls next year will need to Recontract and all students will need to register for Fall 2010 classes.

Recontracting

The Campus Cafe located in Wadsworth Hall and open until midnight every night is another perk of living in the Residence Halls.
The Campus Cafe located in Wadsworth Hall and open until midnight every night is another perk of living in the Residence Halls.

This next week all students living on campus will receive information in their mailboxes about recontracting to live in the Residence Halls. Currently contracting for the Daniell Heights Apartments and the New Residential Apartment Building is taking place. If your student is looking to move out of the Residence Halls but doesn’t want to have a long walk from classes and still wants to stay involved in campus life I would strongly recommend looking at these University apartment options. For students looking to live in the Residence Halls next year have the option of staying in their same room, moving to a different room in the same Residence Hall, or moving to a different room in a different Residence Hall. Recontracting for students planning on remaining in the Residence Halls for next year will take place March 15-21.

Did I mention each Residence Hall has a sauna?
Did I mention each Residence Hall has a sauna?

Take a look at the Recontracting Timeline to determine when your student can recontract to live in the Residence Halls. When your student can recontract depends on whether they will be recontracting for the same room or if they plan moving to a different room or a different Residence Hall. The Recontracting Timeline allows students who would like to remain in their same room to recontract first, on March 15. Students who would like to move to a different room or to a different Residence Hall can recontract on the days following, according to the Recontracting Timeline. For students planning on recontracting for a room other than their own, the number of credits they have will impact which day they can recontract so they should plan on checking on Banweb to verify how many credits they have achieved, not including credits they are currently enrolled in this semester. When a student recontracts for a room they will have the opportunity to request a roommate. The roommate that the student requests will receive an email and may either accept or reject the request to live in that room.

There are several benefits to living on campus. Some of my favorite things about living in the Residence Halls include the short walk to classes, unlimited meals in the dining halls, friendly neighbors, having a Resident Assistant to do hall activities and offer guidance, and lots of convenient places to study. Deciding where to live, whether on campus or off, is a big decision. I encourage your student to put lots of thought into where they would like to live for next academic year and who they would like to live with.

Registration

Academic Advisors help students schedule thier courses so they stay on track for Graduation.
Academic advisers help students schedule their courses so they stay on track for Graduation.

Although it may seem as though your student is just now starting to get into the swing of things this semester, Fall Course Registration is quickly approaching. According to the Fall 2010 Registration Priority Schedule registration opens Thursday, March 18 at 10 p.m. and closes on Sunday, April 4 at 12 a.m. Graduate students have the first opportunity to register on Thursday, March 18 and then the following days undergraduate students are permitted to register based on the number of credits they have completed. Planning for Fall 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. I would strongly encourage that each student schedule an appointment with their academic adviser 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 Fall Semester. Academic advisers 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!

Please feel free to email me with any questions, comments, or suggestions you may have! Have a wonderful time with your student over Spring Break!