Category Archives: Health & Safety

Flu and Meningitis Vaccine Clinics at Michigan Tech

UP Health System Portage will be offering meningitis and flu vaccine clinics on Michigan Tech’s campus this fall.

The quadrivalent flu vaccine is by injection at a cost of $40 payable at the time of service. Cash, check or credit card will be accepted. Students with Michigan Tech’s United Health Care (UHC) student health plan can have their flu vaccine billed to insurance with their UHC member ID card. Employees, retirees and family members insured by Michigan Tech’s Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) can also have their flu vaccine billed to insurance with their BCBSM member ID card. This does not include retirees that have Blue Cross insurance through MPSERS.

The meningitis vaccine is by injection at a cost of $159 with a flu shot or $199 without a flu shot. Payment is expected at the time of service and will not be billed to insurance. Receipts will be provided and individuals can submit these to insurances to see if they’ll be reimbursed.  In order to receive the meningitis vaccine during one of the clinic dates below, you must schedule an appointment by emailing wmborosk@mtu.edu .

Anyone under the age of 18 cannot be vaccinated without parental permission. A spouse and/or child may attend without the employee.

The dates of the clinics are:

  • October 19, 11-3:00 pm, MUB Ballroom
  • October 26, 4-6:00 pm, MUB Alumni Lounge
  • November 1, 11-1:00 pm, MUB Alumni Lounge
  • November 2, 4-6:00 pm, MUB Alumni Lounge

Finishing out the semester

Welcome back!

Students have all safely returned to campus and are getting back to the grind, ready to finish out the last few weeks of the  fall 2012 semester with a bang. Campus may be a little colder and whiter than when we all headed home for the Thanksgiving holiday, but the routine is pretty much the same. Hopefully you all had the opportunity to enjoy some relaxation, lots of good food, and some holiday shopping with your students while they were back home with you over break. I know that at least for me, break was a great way to recharge and brace myself for the end of the semester.

Finals

Even though 3 weeks may seem like a pretty significant amount of time, when it comes to final exams and end-of-semester papers and projects, it goes by in a flash. This semester’s final exam period will be Monday, December 17 through Friday, December 21. Even though most students aren’t quite back to full mental capacity and are still partially on break, now is the time to start thinking about how to prepare for finals. By getting a jump start, students will be able to reduce the stress and often overwhelming amount of work that comes with finals week. Preparation and organization are key to finishing any semester strong, so here are a few strategies that I’ve learned through my four years at Michigan Tech.

Get organized: This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s shocking how quickly things can get out of hand when the workload increases and deadlines are coming up quickly. Many students keep a planner with all of their assignments and exams written down in one convenient location, and it’s important to keep this up-to-date. Another great way to stay organized is keep to-do lists for each week and to set goals for what you’d like to get accomplished. This helps with motivation because nothings feels better than crossing something off of the list and moving on to the next task! Finally, using Google Calendar and Google Drive are super useful for keeping everything straight when times are hectic. Google Calendar allows students to put all of their classes, exams, meetings, and deadlines on one calendar so that they can see an overview of what they need to do and when they need to do it. Google Drive provides an organized way to keep assignments in one spot so things don’t get lost or buried in the pile of papers on a desk.

Get some extra help: This is a huge one that many students overlook. When studying for finals, remind your students that they are not alone. Learning centers, professors, and teaching assistants are all there to answer any questions and clarify any unclear concepts. Michigan Tech has a learning center for almost any subject that you can think of, including writing, math, biology, engineering, physics, and chemistry just to name a few! Each learning center is staffed by students who have been successful in the courses associated with the center. Most centers offer walk-in appointments or weekly sessions, depending on the level of support a student needs. Professors and teaching assistants have office hours that students can visit if they have a specific question about a lecture topic or assignment. This is time that is set aside specifically for students and any questions that they may have. Not only is this a great way to get inside information directly from the instructor, but it allows students to develop a connection with their professors. Another way to get a little extra assistance is to form study groups with other students in the same course. Working as a group gives students a wider knowledge base and different perspectives on how to solve a problem or answer a question. Also, everyone has different learning styles and unique approaches to studying, so working with others can introduce students to strategies and techniques that they haven’t tried before.

Students hard at work

Stay healthy: When things get busy, it’s often easy to sacrifice sleep, exercise, and proper nutrition to stay on top of things. However, it’s important for students to keep in mind that the last thing they need during finals is be sick. Treat school like a 9 to 5 job, so when night comes there’s some time to recharge and get some rest. Of course there will be a need to study and do some work at night, but if students get the majority of assignments out of the way during the day, things will seem much more manageable. Also, maintaining a consistent sleep schedule is very important and helps to ensure that students are getting the rest that they need to get everything done! Many students feel that they are too busy to fit exercise into their crazy schedules during finals. However, exercise doesn’t have to mean hours in the gym. A brief jog, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or doing some push-ups and crunches in their room is much better than nothing at all. A healthy body means a healthy mind, which is something that every student needs. Finally, remind your student to make smart choices in the dining halls and to avoid using food as a way to deal with the stress. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables gives busy students the energy they need to keep up with their schedules. Avoid sugary and fried foods that will only slow the body down and go for nutritious and healthy options instead!

Keep calm and carry on: Remember not to freak out! Many students think they need to spend every waking moment studying and doing homework, and while it is important to dedicate time and put forth effort when it comes to their studies, students must also take time to unwind. Studying and working nonstop is a recipe for getting burned out. It’s important to set aside some time to chat with friends, read for leisure, watch a little TV, or do a bit of web surfing to relax and recharge. Studying is important, but research has shown that 2-3 hours is the maximum amount of uninterrupted time that someone can study something and still absorb information. Students should take brief study breaks to get the most out of study sessions.

These are just a few tips that I’ve found helpful during finals and I hope your student will find them useful as well! One of the most important things that you can do as parents is to just be supportive. Take the frantic phone calls in stride, offer words of encouragement, and be the shoulder that your student can lean on when things get busy. As a survivor of six finals weeks, I can attest that your students will get through this. Even after all of the “I just know I failed!” and “I can’t do this!” calls, they’ll most likely do much better than they expected and be ready to take on another semester and conquer new challenges.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please post a comment or email me directly at tggendro@mtu.edu.

Until next week,
Travis


How to be a healthy student at Michigan Tech

Staying Healthy

Staying healthy is essential for a student. It allows us to keep our minds working at full capacity and to keep up with our often hectic social and academic lives.  Midterms, exams, homework, and papers are all constant worries and no student wants to add a case of the sniffles on top of it all.

So what can your student do to prevent this?

Hygiene: Send your student a friendly reminder of the importance of washing their hands and keeping the germs down so they don’t catch any bugs.

Photo Credit: http://www.dining.mtu.edu/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=242&Itemid=441

Get Adequate Sleep:

I believe that this is one of the most important ways to be a successful college student.  It seems that as soon as I begin to lose sleep, I always get sick. The average adult needs six to eight hours of sleep each night to function effectively.  College students need at least six to eight hours, but some research states that college student may need 10-12 hours each night to be at their best.  It is important that college students make sleep a priority and that they do not substitute a good night of sleep with caffeine or frequent naps.  Your student can add more hours of sleep into their schedule by carefully planning their schedule and setting concrete goals for homework completion.  Encourage your student to have a solid sleep schedule and to keep it consistent.

Eat Right: Whether your student lives in the residence halls or off campus, there are many opportunities to eat healthy, even if your student doesn’t realize it.  We all know how tempting those french fries, chips, or desserts can be while  walking through the dining hall or grocery store, but eating only these options can begin to take a toll on your body. College students are still growing and need to make sure that they are getting their daily fruits, vegetables, dairy, and water.  Michigan Tech’s Dining Services has several healthy options for students to choose from.  In the residence halls, there are great salad bars, and students can even take one piece of fruit out of the dining hall with them to snack on later.  Dining Services also has a number of cafes on campus, including Fusion and the Library Cafe.  Fusion, located in the Dow Building, has real fruit smoothies, salads, and wraps for students to purchase.  The Library Cafe, located in the Van Pelt Library, also has salads, wraps, and fruit drinks available for purchase.

Exercise: Staying active and exercising regularly is especially important for a college student’s health.  Exercising reduces stress and improves overall health.  College is probably one of the easiest times in a person’s life to make time for exercise.  Exercise in college can be very convenient, as there are many nearby facilities that your student can utilize.  Michigan Tech provides numerous ways for students to stay active.  With Experience Tech, Michigan Tech students can enjoy the Gates Tennis CenterMt. Ripley, the Portage Lake Golf Course, and much more.  The Student Development Complex also has a great fitness center for students to use that is free of charge.  There are also a variety of fun ways to stay active and get some exercise.  What could be more enjoyable than biking on the Tech Trails or renting a kayak from the Outdoor Adventure Program and paddling up the Portage Canal?  There are also several organized activities students can get involved in such as BroomballFrisbockey, or Intramural Sports.  Lastly, Michigan Tech offers several Physical Education courses that students can take for pass/fail credit.

Get Vaccinations: Students can stay healthy during flu season by getting a flu shot.  Every year Michigan Tech hosts a flu shot clinic for students.  The clinic is usually held in October or November, but the exact dates for this year’s flu shot clinic will be announced to students soon.

Take Care of Emotional and Mental Health: College is a time of transition that can often times be stressful for students.  It is important that students take time to relax and find activities that they enjoy.  Students may also find it helpful to stay connected with friends and family back home. However, it is important to understand that they may struggle to find the time to stay connected or to initiate contact.  Michigan Tech’s Counseling  Services provides students with several resources to help them succeed throughout their academic career at Michigan Tech. The counselors at Counseling Services can help students manage stress and any other issues that may be interfering with their coursework or personal lives.  For a complete list of services that Counseling  Services provides, see the Counseling Services page.

My Farewell

Parents, I am sad to say that this is my last article as the ParentNet Weekly Article Writer.  This is my last semester as a student here at Tech and I will be graduating in December.  I am currently working on finishing out my experience here at Michigan Tech as a Student Affairs Intern. In January I will begin graduate school, working toward my masters in Educational Leadership in Student Affairs. I am very excited for this next step in my life. However, it will be very hard to leave Michigan Tech and the community that I have come to call my home.  I am grateful for the opportunity that I have had to serve as your ParentNet Weekly Article Writer, and it is the conversations that I have had with you that led me to believe that I need to pursue a career working in higher education.  I want to thank you for letting me into your lives, for letting me share my Michigan Tech experiences with you, and for sharing your questions, concerns, triumphs, and successes with me.  It has been such a pleasure to write for you and I could not have asked for better readership!

Next week’s article will be coming from our new ParentNet Weekly Article Writer, Travis Gendron.  Travis is a personal friend of mine and I know that he will continue to keep you well-informed of campus events, community happenings, and issues that are important to you and your student.  Travis is involved in many aspects of campus life and I am excited for ParentNet Weekly to have the new and fresh perspective that Travis will bring to the articles that he writes.  I would like to wish you, your student, and Travis the best!

Check back for next week’s article, where Travis will introduce himself to you in his first ParentNet Weekly Article!


Outdoor Adventure Program

Photo taken on The Isle Royale Line Sunset Cruise: http://www.isleroyale.com/sunset-cruise.html

Students are back and the weather is beautiful: two reasons why it’s the perfect time to learn about Michigan Tech’s Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP). The goal of OAP is to help connect your student to the outdoors through guided trips, leadership training, information sessions, and equipment rentals. OAP works closely with student organizations to help advertise and run events.

Rentals

OAP offers a huge list of items that can be rented at a low cost for Tech students. Is your student interested in going camping? For a one-night trip, he or she can rent:

  • 30-degree sleeping bag for $4.00
  • 2-person tent from $8.00-10.00
  • Stove and fuel for $7.00
  • Large cooler for $2.00

These are only a few of the options. OAP also rents backpacks, kayaking packages, canoeing packages, snowshoes, Trek mountain bikes, and much more. OAP provides great opportunities for students to explore the Keweenaw at a very low cost.

Challenge Course

OAP offers an outdoor challenge course. The OAP challenge course is open from mid May until the end of October. The course consists of two parts: low elements and high elements.

Low elements: This part of the course consists of eleven overall activities; however, most groups focus on four or five elements. The activities tend to involve a lot of team-building, leadership development, and improvement of communication skills. I have done this course and it really is a lot of fun!

High elements: The high course, which was built in 2009, includes elements such as the 250-foot zip line and a high ropes course. Although the focus is more on individual challenges, as many as ten people can participate at a time.

Activities in the Keweenaw

Biking

If your student has any interest in biking, the Keweenaw has a lot of great trails! The Upper Peninsula is one of the more predominant places for biking in the Midwest. Some of the trails that your student could check out are Black Creek, Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids, Michigan Tech Trails, Swedetown, and Copper Harbor. Visit the OAP biking website to see the list of maps. Not only are there maps for the trails, Tech also has three student organizations focused on biking that your student could join: Copper Country Cycling ClubRed Jacket Cycling, and the Keweenaw Trekkers.

Climbing

Encourage your student to visit the Hungarian falls!

Michigan Tech offers a student organization called Ridge Roamers, which is a rock climbing group. There is a rock wall at the Student Development Complex in the Multi-Purpose room and the Ridge Roamers meet there every Wednesday. To get some real outdoor experience, the Ridge Roamers maintain rock climbing routes up at the cliffs north of Mohawk.

Waterfalls

OAP offers trips to go and view waterfalls in the local area. I recently was able to go on my first real waterfall experience here in the Keweenaw—to the Hungarian Falls, pictured at right—and it was amazing. Visit the waterfall website for an interactive map that allows you to pinpoint where many of the local falls are.

Snow

As a student at Michigan Tech, it is almost imperative to embrace the snow. In order to do this, it helps to be able to go outside and enjoy the snow. There are plenty of activities to do—cross country skiing, downhill skiing, snowboarding, sledding, and snowshoeing, to name a few.

One great thing about our University is that even if you don’t know how to ski, you can take a skiing course with a student instructor who can teach you! When I moved to Michigan Tech I knew how to cross country ski, but never had been downhill skiing. I took the downhill skiing course and loved every second of it! It was great to spend time outside, learn something new, and take advantage of the awesome snow.

I hope this will help you provide some ideas to your student when they need a break from school. Encourage them to stop in and meet the OAP staff; they are always looking to get more students involved in the outdoors.

Please email if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions.

Samantha Allen

Seallen@mtu.edu


Staying Active in the Keweenaw

Keweenaw Bike to Work Day

May is National Bike Month and May 12-25 is Bike to Work Week. To help promote the healthy and environmentally friendly transportation of biking, the Houghton area will host the third annual Keweenaw Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 18. There will be several events taking place throughout the day for people who choose non-motorized transportation. Those who register in advance will be entered into a raffle and will have the opportunity to win great prizes donated by local merchants. In the past, bike riders in Calumet, Laurium, Hancock, Houghton, and other points throughout the peninsula received snacks, prize giveaways, and bike safety checks. There is a good chance these will be occuring again… now lets hope the summer weather gets here in time for this great event!

Copper Country Cycling Club

If your student is interested in cycling, he or she may enjoy participating in some of the events put on by the Copper Country Cycling Club. The C4, as it’s often referred to, is one of Michigan Tech’s student organizations. The group works to promote bicycling and an active lifestyle by assisting with cycling events in the local community, working to maintain the University’s trail system, and organizing races. 4C also has a collegiate mountain bike team that competes in NCCA Division II midwestern races. Students interested in joining this student organization can participate in the midwestern races or assist with the other activities and events the organization holds.

Michigan Tech Trails

If your student enjoys mountain biking, there is no need to look far! The Michigan Tech Trails, located by the Student Development Complex, provide students year-round outdoor recreational fun with 35 km of trails for cross country skiing, mountain biking, and running. There are trails of varying difficulty, so all levels of hikers and bikers will have fun. Check out the Mountain Biking Trails for detailed trail routes. There are miles of trails throughout the Keweenaw Peninsula, several of which are rated as the “best in the midwest.” For more information on Keweenaw trails, check out the Keweenaw Trails and Maps.

Please feel free to email me with any questions, comments, or suggestions you may have.

-Samantha Allen, seallen@mtu.edu


Let the Ball Drop!

Let the Ball Drop!

Last Friday, January 13, the 2012 Ball Drop broomball game was played. The Ball Drop game was the first broomball game of the season.

The InterResidence Hall Council's Cocoa Shack opens during Broomball Games, providing spectators with free hot cocoa.

With the ceremonial first game of the season complete, it is time to get your shoes on and brooms ready because the 2012 broomball season has begun!

At this point you may find yourself asking, “what exactly is broomball?”

Broomball is one of the most popular intramural sports at Michigan Tech. With well over 200 broomball teams, games are going on every evening from 5:15 p.m. to midnight. You may even see students out at the broomball rinks in the middle of the afternoon because they can take broomball as a physical education course.

The broomball rinks are located on the green space next to US-41 in front of Walker Arts and Humanities Building. The rinks are managed and the games are scheduled by the Broomball Committee, a division of the InterResidence Hall Council.

Broomball may appear similar to hockey as it is played by two teams and the players wear helmets and jerseys; however, there are some fundamental differences:

1. In broomball, students do not wear skates; they simply wear tennis shoes or boots. The players slide around the ice trying to make goals and stay on their feet.

2. Instead of hockey sticks, players use brooms. Students usually cut the broom bristles down and then tape the broom with duct tape or hockey tape. For information on how to make a broomball stick, see the Stick Making Guide on the Broomball Committee’s website.

3.  A blue ball that is a little larger than a softball is used in place of a hockey puck.

DHH Super Team - DHH Champions, On-Campus Runner-Up 2011

Two teams, each consisting of five players and one goalie, strive to make the most goals in the game. A broomball game consists of two fifteen-minute halves. When the game is over, the team with the most goals is deemed the winner. If the game is a tie, play will continue for five minutes in a sudden-death overtime. If the score remains tied after the five minute overtime, the teams participate in a shootout to determine a winner.

For students, there are many ways to enjoy the broomball season. They may choose to participate on a team, watch the games on the webcams, or be a spectator and cheer on their favorite team with a cup of free hot cocoa.

If you would like to keep track of when your student is playing, check out the game schedule. Also, if you would like to catch a glimpse of your student playing, the broomball webcams are now up and running with live video streams.

Please feel free to email me with any questions, comments, or suggestions you may have.

-Seallen@mtu.edu


On-Campus Housing

Signing Up for On-Campus Housing

Throughout this week, all students living in the residence halls will have the option of re-contracting. Sign-up for on-campus housing will begin Monday, January 16. Sign-up for on-campus housing includes Wadsworth Hall, McNair Hall, Douglass Houghton Hall, and Hillside Place.

Students who would like 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 house, moving to a different room in the same residence hall, or moving to a different room in a different residence hall. The date and time students will be able to sign up for on-campus housing will depend on which option they choose, and how many credits they have earned. Below is the timeline for housing registration:

Living in the same room January 16
Displaced January 17 Displaced students cannot sign up for their same room and are given priority to select another room
Living in a different room in the same house January 18 90+ credits: midnight to noon
60-89 credits: noon to midnight
January 19 30-59 credits: midnight to noon
0-29 credits: noon to midnight
Living in a different room
in the same hall
January 20 90+ credits: midnight to noon
60-89 credits: noon to midnight
January 21 30-59 credits: midnight to noon
0-29 credits: noon to midnight
Living in any hall January 22
Off-campus students January 24
CLOSED January 26 Sign-up closes at midnight; after this date, you may
sign up by visiting 153 Wadsworth Hall.
April 1 Waiting List: You will be considered after first-year students.
Sign up at the Online Housing Sign-Up starting January 16

For students planning on signing up for a room other than their current room, the number of credits they have will impact which day they can sign up. Students should plan on checking Banweb to verify how many credits they have, not including credits they are currently enrolled in this semester.

When a student signs up for a room, they will have the opportunity to request a roommate. The roommate requested will receive an email and may either accept or reject the request.

Sign-up for on-campus housing will end on Wednesday, January 26, at midnight. Students who sign up for on-campus housing in the first seven days will receive a special Michigan Tech hoodie. Students can visit the re-contracting website for details and restrictions.

After January 26, students interested in signing up for on-campus housing will be directed to go the Housing Office located at 153 Wadsworth Hall. To access the sign-up for on-campus housing website from January 16 to 26, students should go to http://www.housing.mtu.edu and click the sign-up icon. Students will be prompted to enter their ISO log in information. After selecting a room to live in for next academic year, students will then be able to sign their housing contracts electronically.

There are several benefits to living on campus. Check out the YouToo site to watch videos about why current students enjoy living in the resident halls so much!

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, as well as who they would like to live with.

Be sure to check back throughout the semester for weekly articles. Throughout the next couple of weeks, I will be writing about broomball, Winter Carnival, and how to be a successful student this spring. Here’s to the start of another great semester filled with new opportunities, fun activities, and exciting Michigan Tech traditions!

As always, please feel free to email me at seallen@mtu.edu with questions or comments.


Ready for Fall Break?

Fall Break Transportation

Enjoy Thanksgiving with your students home!

With less than two weeks until Fall Break, Michigan Tech students are looking forward to taking some time off from classes to relax friends and loved ones. This year’s Fall Break will be Saturday, November 19, through Sunday, November 27. Students who wish to leave campus have several options for traveling back home for the week. The Inter-Residence Hall Council Rideboard is available online for Michigan Tech students to post a ride request if they are searching for a ride or to post a trip indicating where they are headed if they have a vehicle. This is a great way for students who live in the same region to pair up, split gas money, and have enjoyable company on the ride home. Students may also choose to take the Indian Trails bus. The routes for the Indian Trails bus will be advertised via posters and will also be available on the Indian Trials Website under the Scheduled Service.

Reminders for Students

All students who live in the residence halls should have received a “You Deserve A Break” newsletter in their mailbox and an email with a link to the online newsletter this week. This newsletter has important information about when the dining halls, Campus Café, and reception desks will be closing for Fall Break. The newsletter also contains important reminders for students leaving campus for Fall Break regarding room security and parking.

For students who are planning on leaving campus for Fall Break, it is important to remember to close and lock the windows, unplug nonessential electrical equipment, turn off lights, and lock doors before leaving for the week. The University also encourages students who will not be using their vehicles frequently to leave their cars at home during the winter months since the amount of space in the parking lots is greatly reduced due to snow.

As an additional reminder, students who are not taking their vehicles home or who are staying in the residence halls over Fall Break need to make sure their vehicles are moved to commuter Lot 26 by Sunday, November 20, to avoid towing. Vehicles should be moved back to their assigned lots by 11:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 27.

Students with bikes must remove them from the bike racks by Friday, November 18 (racks are moved during Fall Break to new snow-friendly locations). They are available for use throughout the winter in their new locations. Students also have the option of placing their bikes in on-campus storage; bike storage takes place November 12 and 13 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and the location varies by building. I encourage your student to look at the “You Deserve A Break” newsletter for more specific bike storage information.

Students who wish to stay on campus during Fall Break or for part of Fall Break will need to register at their residence hall reception desk by Thursday, November 17. This includes students who plan on leaving after 8:00 p.m. on Friday, November 18, or returning prior to noon, Sunday, November 27. There is no extra charge for staying in the residence halls during fall break. Hall kitchenettes will be open over Fall Break—dining halls close Friday, November 18, at 6:00 p.m., ad do not reopen until Monday, November 28.

Please feel free to email me with any questions, comments, or suggestions you may have!

Thanks,

Samantha Allen

Seallen@mtu.edu


Living Healthy on Michigan Tech’s Campus!

Staying Healthy

Wow, these past few weeks have been full of so much excitement for Michigan Tech students and families! With open house, homecoming, and family weekend all coming to a close it’s time for many student’s to kick studying into high gear! This may be hard to believe, but students are almost half way through their first semester of the year so it is more important than ever for your students to stay healthy. Midterms, exams, homework, and papers are a constant worry and no student wants to throw sniffles in on top of that.

So what can your student do to prevent this?

Hygiene: Send your student a friendly reminder of the importance of washing their hands, keeping the germs down so they don’t catch any bugs.

Get Adequate Sleep: Personally, I believe this is one of the most important means of success as a college student.  I know for myself, as soon as I begin to lose sleep I always get sick. The average adult needs six to eight hours of sleep to function effectively.  College students need at least six to eight hours, but some research states that college student may need up to 10-12 hours to function effectively.  It is important that college students make sleep a priority and that they do not substitute a lack of sleep with caffeine or frequent naps.  Your student can work more hours of sleep into their schedule by carefully planning their schedule and setting concrete goals for homework completion.  Encourage your student to have a solid sleeping schedule and to keep it consistent.

Eat Right: Whether your student lives in the residence halls or off campus, there are lots of opportunities to eat healthy, even if your student doesn’t realize it.  We all know how tempting those french fries, chips, or desserts can be while  walking through the dining hall or grocery store, but only eating this can begin to take a toll on your body. College students are still growing and  need to make sure they are getting their daily fruits, vegetables, dairy, and water.  Michigan Tech’s Dining Services has several healthy options for students to choose from.  In the residence halls, there are great salad bars and students can even take one piece of fruit out of the dining hall with them for a snack later.  Dining Services also has a number of cafes on campus, including Fusion and the Library Cafe.  Fusion ,located in the Dow Building, has real fruit smoothies, salads, and wraps for students to purchase.  The Library Cafe, located in the Van Pelt Library, also has salads, wraps, and fruit drinks available for purchase.

Kayaking is just one of the many fun ways to stay active.

Exercise: Staying active and exercising is especially important for a college student’s health.  Exercising reduces stress and improves overall health.  Being at college is probably one of the easiest times in a person’s life to make time for exercise.  Exercise in college can be very convenient as there are many locations very close that your student can utilize.  Michigan Tech provides numerous ways for student’s to stay active.  With Experience Tech, Michigan Tech students can enjoy the Gates Tennis CenterMt. Ripley, the Portage Lake Golf Course, and much more.  The Student Development Complex has a great fitness center for students to use.  Michigan Tech makes staying active and exercising fun.  What could be more enjoyable than biking on the Tech Trails or renting a kayak from the Outdoor Adventure Program and paddling up the Portage Canal?  There are also several organized activities students can get involved in such as, BroomballFrisbockey, or Intramural Sports.  Lastly, Michigan Tech offers several Physical Education courses that students can take for pass/fail credit.

Get Vaccinations: Students can stay healthy during flu season by getting a flu shot.  Every year Michigan Tech hosts a flu shot clinic for students.  The clinic is usually held in October or November.  Dates for this year’s flu shot clinic will be announced to students soon.

Take Care of Emotional and Mental Health: College is a time of transition that can often times be stressful for students.  It is important that students take time to relax and find activities they enjoy doing.  Students may also find it helpful to stay connected with friends and family back home; however, it is important to understand that they may struggle to find the time to stay connected or to initiate contact.  Michigan Tech’s Counseling and Wellness Services provides students with several services to help them succeed throughout their academic career at Michigan Tech. Counselors with Counseling and Wellness Services can help students manage stress and any issues that may be interfering with their coursework or personal life.  For a complete listing of services that Counseling and Wellness Services Provide see the Counseling Services page.

Please feel free to email me, Seallen@mtu.edu,  with any questions, comments, or suggestions you may have!


Parent and Family Orientation

Parent and Family Orientation

Michigan Tech’s Parent and Family Orientation beings on Saturday, August 20 to Monday, August 22. There are many different events included in this schedule ranging from campus tours, information sessions, a reading discussion, the family picnic, and the University Expo.  The events and activities are both fun and informative for parents. Please visit www.mtu.edu/compass/orientation/parent/schedule to get a detailed schedule.

Saturday, August 20

When you arrive on Saturday, you and you students will check in at the Rosza Center. After checking into the Rosza Center, you your first-year student can then continue to the Resident Halls where you can begin moving in.

11:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m. Dining Services will be offering  Parent and Family R&R in the Memorial Union Building room 109. This will be a great place for you to take a break from moving and unpacking to rest, relax, and enjoy some great refreshments!

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Join some of our very knowledgeable Orientation Team Leaders who will guide you through Michigan Tech’s campus. The tours begin at 4:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. rain or shine.

Sunday, August 21

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Parent & Family Orientation Welcome and Opening Session

Our Vice President of Student Affairs and Assistant Director of COMPASS welcome you to Michigan Tech for this session, entitled Parents as Partners: Together in Transition!  Parents and family members will learn more about common first-year transitional issues, the many resources available on campus, how to help their student from a distance, and will get some insight about the changing relationship with their college student. You will also get a feel for some real life scenarios that might happen in your family, portrayed by our Orientation Team Leaders (OTLs).

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Across campus many of the student services office will be open. This is a great time to get any brief questions that you may have answered!

11:00 a.m.– 12:30 p.m. Join some of our very knowledgeable Orientation Team Leaders who will guide you through Michigan Tech’s campus. The tours begin at 11:00 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. rain or shine.

Family Picnic 2010

1:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Many Parent and Family Orientation Sessions will be offered. These sessions will help answer nearly any questions you may have about Michigan Tech and life for your student here on campus. Each session runs for 45 minutes and the Parent and Family Orientation website has the list of each session that will be taking place!

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Take a break and enjoy the Family Picnic for new students and their families. Tickets are required for family members. Several Michigan Tech staff members will also be present at the picnic and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

6:30 p.m.– 7:30 p.m. Join your student and many others at the University Welcome. Here, you will meet the people who will help your student discover their journey to success. This will be the official kick off of Orientation Week and hear an awesome welcome from University President Dr. Glenn Mroz and President of Student Affairs Dr. Les Cook.

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. After the University Welcome, you may join fellow Michigan Tech Parents, local alumni, and University faculty and staff for an information gathering and light refreshments at the Keweenaw Brewing Company.

Monday, August 22

On Monday, August 22, Parent and Family Orientation concludes with the Academic Department Introductions and University Expo. The Academic Department Introductions, which take place from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., will allow you and your student to learn more about the department and the faculty. Parents may also attend the University Expo from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. where they can learn helpful information about the various resources and services that the university and local community provide.

Above is only a short overview of what is being offered for Parents and  Families! Please be sure to check out the website for a complete schedule.

Please feel free to email me with any questions, comments, or suggestions you may have! I hope you and your student enjoy Orientation!