Archives—August 2015

Orientation Week

Hello Parents!

Orientation Week (O-Week) can bring out the best in students.  There is a lot to gain from participating in this week as they learn all about what Michigan Tech has to offer!  They are assisted by their Orientation

Throughout O-Week there are activities available to get new students involved.
Throughout O-Week there are activities available to get new students involved.

Team Leaders (OTLs) in realizing their potential, and they are provided the time and opportunity to get out and explore. Whether that exploration be of the campus, the community, the Keweenaw, or all the groups and clubs, there is no shortage of options. There is definitely something for everyone.

One of the most important parts of O-Week is the Orientation Team Leaders. These are students who have been hired to work with incoming first-year students, and they provide valuable insight on Michigan Tech and university life. During the week, the OTLs work with groups of students to debrief after presentations, tour buildings and campus resources, and build relationships before the beginning of the semester. I had a great experience with my OTL, and I am still able to go to him with questions or even just to talk. I cannot say enough about how awesome OTLs truly are. They put in the effort to be available to first-year students and provide a smooth and fun transition into the throes of college life.

Another part of O-Week that is incredibly useful and interesting for all students is Day Zero. It was one of my favorite parts about orientation.  Day Zero classes are meant to give students an idea of what  some of the core or university wide classes are like (such as Calculus, Chemistry, and Global Issues), and they are set up to introduce professors and the material to be covered. It is an invaluable experience to get a head start on the semester and see what’s going on.

Of course, there is a significant amount of other activities, presentations, and events that occur during O-Week. There is always a chance to get involved, whether it be with trips around the Keweenaw,  free movies put on by Film Board, or on-campus events. The events that students participate in during O-Week can translate into involvement during the school year, new friends, and a better idea of everything that Michigan Tech has to offer.

There is plenty to do and see while in the Keweenaw. For more information on the schedule of events during Move-In Weekend and Orientation Week, click here. Otherwise, feel free to contact me at esleclai@mtu.edu.

Have a great week!

Erica


End of Summer

Hello Parents!

As you all know, the last few of weeks of summer are here. I hope you enjoy what you can before the school year starts and everyone gets busy! In Houghton, we’re in the last week of classes for Track B and have seen a change in the weather. After some very dry weeks, we have started to get some rain and things are looking beautiful. Keep in mind the weather up here, like in many other places, is unpredictable. I would recommend having your student bring a fan with them, as well as any fall or winter jackets that will come in handy later on in the semester.

 

One tradition during Orientation Week is the HUGE banana split.
One tradition during Orientation Week is the HUGE banana split.

As I’ve noted above, the end of summer is upon us and that means students (and parents) have to be ready to come to Michigan Tech for the fall semester. For first year students, Orientation week will be an awesome experience to get to know people interested in the same kinds of things and start to experience all that Michigan Tech has to offer. It is a very busy week for those students, but definitely worth every minute! From Day Zero classes to trips around the Keweenaw, there is plenty of things going on to stay active and involved from the start of Orientation week until the first day of classes. In my blog post next week, I’ll talk about the events occurring during Orientation Week until then for more information, follow this link.

To be prepared for the upcoming school year, one of the best things to remember is to double check what is needed and figure out if you have it. This could be anything from a good backpack, to pens and pencils, to clothes to match the weather. It is a huge transition to go from high school to college and Orientation Week is meant to make that transition as easy as possible. Once the fall semester starts and classes get going, the best advice I have for students is to get into a routine. Eat meals at the same times every day, go to all classes, and complete homework at the same time every day. By being in this routine, students will be able to adapt to college life smoothly.

Remember, if there are any questions about this information or anything else, you can email me at esleclai@mtu.edu. I hope everyone has a good week and an enjoyable end to their summer!

Erica


Alumni Weekend and KSEF

Hello parents!

This week has cooled off in the Keweenaw, but that doesn’t mean there is a lack of things to do!  Alumni Reunion and the Keweenaw Science and Engineering Festival are in full swing, bringing together the community, visitors, and science.

The Alumni Reunion is an annual event that brings together alumni from around the country and includes plenty of activities to get everyone involved. From campus tours to class gatherings and photos, it is a busy weekend for people who spent their undergraduate time at Michigan Tech. To review events that occur during the Alumni Reunion, follow this link.  This year the classes that graduated in 1965, ’75, ’85, ’90, ’95, and 2005 are being recognized along with hockey alumni. Additionally, the Golden M’s, any alumnus/a that has graduated from Michigan Tech over 50 years ago, are being honored.

This is an example of some of the work that will be displayed at the Rozsa gallery.
This is an example of some of the work that will be displayed at the Rozsa gallery.

The Keweenaw Science and Engineering Festival (KSEF) is a brand new event designed to get more people interested in science, technology, engineering and math.  The schedule of events may be viewed here if you are interested in learning more about it. In conjunction with KSEF, there is an exhibit in the Rozsa Center Gallery called Scale: Balancing Art and Technology which will be displayed through September 11.

A couple of other reminders as the summer is winding down. New student orientation is just a few weeks away. To ensure you and your student are prepared, follow this link to the Orientation website. For students living in the residence halls, the wait-list for parking is now available. Follow this link to transportation services for more information on how to sign up.

As always, feel free to email me at esleclai@mtu.edu with any questions on this information or anything else.

Have a good week!

Erica