I hope you all had a great holiday and enjoyed the time spent with your students during winter break! The three-week vacation was a much-needed respite for our students and a time of rejuvenation to help us begin the new semester with a bang. With all of the students back at Michigan Tech, Houghton has been abuzz with excited Huskies ready to take on the new semester.
We students have a lot to look forward to this semester. Winter Carnival, taking place from January 24 to February 8, is coming up fast. Construction on the month-long statues has already started! This year’s theme is “While Frozen in the Ice and Snow, We Dream of Vacations on Which to Go.” Queens candidates have already been named as well and include:
- fourth-year Beka Horsch,
- fourth-year Danielle Janny,
- fourth-year Laura Jewett,
- second-year Rachel Kloc,
- fourth-year Rachel McCollough,
- fourth-year Ellen Nightingale,
- third-year Angela Small, and
- fourth-year Sarah Stoolmiller.
These eight finalists were nominated by two sponsors and selected by a panel of judges to make it to the final round. After the Queen’s coronation on January 31, the Winter Carnival Queen will be revealed. More details on Winter Carnival are soon to come as we progress throughout the semester.
In addition to Winter Carnival, the Spring Career Fair will take place on Tuesday, February 17. There will be a plethora of career prep events hosted by Career Services leading up to the event to help students get ready for that all-important interview. There will also be the Great Lakes Showcase (GLS) taking place this semester as well. The GLS is an annual event that showcases pieces by various local artists at the Rozsa Center Art Gallery throughout the spring semester. Assorted concerts and performances by Michigan Tech’s fine arts groups will also take place, including the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra’s “Schostakovich and Stalin”, the Superior Wind Symphony’s “Day into Night”, the Michigan Tech Jazz Band’s Don Keranen Memorial Jazz Show, the Michigan Tech Theatre Company’s “The Producers”, and many more! Other events taking place this semester include Preview Day and Spring Fling. As you can see, there is a lot to look forward to for the spring of 2015, especially for students like me who will be graduating in May.
In addition to the start of Winter Carnival, the semester has been off to a great start with fantastic new events taking place right away. The Russian National Ballet performed “Swan Lake” on Thursday, January 15 and will perform again on Friday, January 16 at the Rozsa Center. This fanciful ballet is set to Tchaikovsky’s score of the same name and follows the tale of the young maiden, Odette’s, transformation into a swan. The Russian National Ballet was founded in Moscow in the late 1980s and has over 50 dancers performing with the group. This show is free for students to attend through the Experience Tech Fee.
Information sessions about applying to become a resident assistant, program assistant, and orientation team leader will take place on January 15 and 18 at 8 p.m. in Fisher 135. Attendance is required in order to apply. These three positions are fantastic opportunities for students to develop leadership skills and get experience as a peer mentor. I have gotten involved in these positions, and it has made a huge impact on my experience as both a student and a student leader. I highly recommend that you encourage your students so apply!
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day recess will take place on Monday, January 19 to honor King and commemorate his achievements. There will be a banquet on Monday at 6 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom to celebrate King. Daymond Glenn, vice president for community life and chief diversity officer at Warner Pacific College in Portland, will be the keynote speaker.
In addition to these events, housing sign-ups for students living in the residence halls for the fall of 2015 begins on Monday, January 19. Students can apply at the Housing and Residential Life website using their MyMichiganTech account. Students will be notified of their placement for the fall semester at the end of July.
That’s all I have for you this week! If you have any questions about about the start of the semester or any of the events I discussed above, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope you all have a great remainder to the week and a great weekend! Until next week!