With first-year students settled in to the residence halls and Orientation Week fully underway, it is clear that fall is in the air and classes are about to begin. This past move-in weekend was a great success. I loved seeing the enthusiasm and excitement all the first-year students and their families had for Michigan Tech. Class of 2014, you have four (or more) wonderful years ahead of you at Michigan Tech, make the most of it!
This Week’s Events
Student’s can begin making the most of their Michigan Tech experience right now. With all the fun events of Orientation Week it’s impossible to not have a great time and meet a lot of new people. This week’s evening events include Vegas Night, the famous Banana Split, the MHA Dance, and Craig Karges the Illusionist. Tuesday, August 24 is Vegas Night, sponsored by the Wadsworth Hall Student Association and the Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship, which takes place in the Wadsworth Hall Dining Hall from 10:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. The activities at Vegas Night include dancing, games, and snacks. On Wednesday, August 25, first-year students get to partake in a 500-foot long banana split that is prepared for them by the Orientation Team Leaders. Not only do first-year students get to enjoy a yummy treat but they also get to hear a performance by Four Thunders, a Native American drumming group from Baraga. On Thursday, August 26, students can dance the night away in the West McNair courtyard at the McNair Hall Association Dance from 10:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. On Friday, August 27 students can see Craig Karges the Illusionist perform on the Rozsa Center stage at 8:00 p.m. Craig Karges uses full audience participation and will amaze students with various illusions and displays of unbelievable phenomena. Also taking place on Friday from 9:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. is the Greek Life Luau. The event’s activities include music, dancing, and food.
This Weekend’s Events
The fun activities and the opportunity to meet new friends continues this weekend with the Orientation Trips, the F’All Nighter and the Schoolyard Olympics. This upcoming weekend there are seven Orientation trips planned for first-year students to participate in. The trips range are all under fifty dollars and include a community service project, a trip to Copper Harbor, a trip to the Porcupine Mountains, a camping and canoe trip, and much more. For first-year students that stay on campus this weekend, the F’All Nighter will be taking place on Saturday night at the Student Development Complex. Several of Michigan Tech’s student organizations host fun activities at F’All Nighter. This event provides first-year students the opportunity to have a great time and also learn more about Michigan Tech’s student organizations. Students can enjoy using the Student Development Complex facilities or participate in a euchre tournament, dancing, crafts, or another fun activities. On Sunday, August 29, the Inter-Residence Hall Council will be sponsoring the fourth annual Schoolyard Olympics. The event will take place in front of Douglass Houghton Hall on the front lawn from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Students will participate with their Residence Hall house and will compete against the other 60+ Residence Hall houses. The challenges of the School Yard Olympics include an obstacle course, water-balloon toss, steal the bacon, and a sidewalk chalk competition.
Please feel free to email me with any questions, comments, or suggestions you may have! Don’t forget to check back for next week’s article in which I will be writing about the the first week of classes and Welcome Week.