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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


Campus Employment Opportunities

The end of the semester is almost here, and it is the time of final exams, wrapping up classes, and looking forward to a long winter break. It’s also time to start thinking about on-campus employment for this summer and next year! Student Life is beginning the hiring process for a wide variety of fun and rewarding positions. Not only do students gain the experience of having a part-time job, but they also gain communication, leadership, and teamwork skills – all while getting paid. The first information sessions are on December 11, 2012 and December 12, 2012, from 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM in room 135 in Fisher Hall.

Myself with the other OES members!

I have held three different positions within Student Life during my time at Michigan Tech and I can honestly say that they were the best jobs I’ve had! During my second year at Michigan Tech, I worked as a residence hall reception desk staff member. This meant that I sorted student mail, rented out game room equipment, and answered any student or guest questions that came my way. The next summer I worked as an Orientation Team Leader (OTL), which was an amazing experience. I, along with about 60 other student leaders, guided first-year students through the orientation process and introduced them to Michigan Tech. Finally, this past year I worked as a member of the Orientation Executive Staff, which was the most challenging (and most rewarding) position that I’ve held. I was responsible for assisting in the of the weeklong orientation program, as well as overseeing the staff of 65 excited OTLs. These experiences helped me come out of my shell and have given me the confidence to do things that I never thought I could. Had someone told me I would be managing a staff of 65 peers and delivering a speech to the entire first-year class, their families, and University administration when I first arrived on campus, I’d have laughed and possibly even fainted at the prospect. However, when the time came to do these things I took the challenges in stride and enjoyed every minute of the experience. All of this aside, the most rewarding thing about my positions with Student Life is the relationships that I’ve built. I’ve worked with some of the most motivated and inspiring students and staff, and they’ve taught and supported me throughout my Michigan Tech career. I know all of my co-workers have had similar experiences with their positions, and I would encourage anyone who is looking to learn and grow to apply for a position.

The Student Life Staff

Applying for Student Life doesn’t mean you need to be out on the front lines, being crazy and excited. There are positions for every type of personality and there is plenty of room to grow. Here are some of the positions that will be available:

  • Resident Assistant
  • Orientation Team Leader
  • Reception Desk Staff
  • Commuter Assistant
  • Program Assistant
  • Operations Assistant
  • Transfer Assistant

For more information, check out the full list of positions and read a bit more about Student Life employment. In order to apply for one of these great positions, students must attend an information session and then complete the online application. Once the application is received, students will go through an interview and group process. After all of these steps have been completed, students will be notified whether or not they have been selected for a position. I hope that you’ll encourage your student to check out an information session and to consider applying. My Student Life employment played a defining role in my college experience and it’s great to know that a whole new group of students will soon have some of these same opportunities!

Until next week,
Travis


Ready to take a break!

Although we all love being at Michigan Tech, many students (including myself) are ready for a break! Luckily, in less than two weeks we’ll be getting just that. With about ten weeks of classes, exams, homework, campus involvement, and other activities under our belts, Fall Break is a welcomed sight on the horizon. This year’s Fall Break will begin at 10:00 p.m. on Friday, November 16, and last through Sunday, November 24.

Students who are planning to make the trek back to the homestead for break have several transportation options. The Inter-Residence Hall Council Rideboard is a great online option for students who need a ride home to post a ride request. Students who have a car will find it useful to recruit passengers by posting where they are going and the destination that they may be passing on the way. This is a great way for students to split up expensive fuel costs, make a new friend on the long drive, or just have some company for the ride through the infamous “Seney Stretch.” Another option is to take the Indian Trails bus. The routes will be advertised on posters around campus, but they can also be found on the Indian Trials Website. Just check under the Scheduled Service tab for more information.

Reminders for Students

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

For students who are planning on leaving campus for break, it is important to remember to close and lock the windows, unplug nonessential electrical appliances, turn off all lights, and lock doors before departing for the week. Michigan Tech also encourages students to leave their vehicles at home if they will not be using them often during the winter months. The amount of space in the parking lots is greatly reduced due to snow, so the fewer vehicles on campus, the better!

Students who are not taking their vehicles home over break or who are staying in the residence halls over break need to make sure their vehicles are moved to Lot 26 by Sunday, November 18, to avoid towing. Vehicles should be moved back to their assigned lots by 11:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 24.

If your student has a bike on campus, they must remove them from the bike racks by Friday, November 16, as the racks are moved during Fall Break to new, snow-friendly locations. Despite the move, the racks are available for use throughout the winter months in their new locations. Students also have the option of placing their bikes in on-campus storage. Students may look at the “You Deserve A Break” newsletter for more specific bike storage information.

Students who are planning to stay on campus for all or part of Fall Break will need to register at their residence hall reception desk by Thursday, November 15. This includes students who plan on leaving after 8:00 p.m. on Friday, November 16, or returning prior to noon on Sunday, November 24. There is no extra charge for staying in the residence halls during break. The dining halls will close on Friday, November 16 at 6:00 p.m., and will reopen on Monday, November 25.

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


Orientation 2012

Upon Arrival

In about three weeks, students will be arriving on campus, moving into the residence halls, and starting Orientation. As some of you may remember from my introduction to ParentNet, I also work for the Orientation executive staff as the selection and training coordinator. I have been working with other members of COMPASS to plan the first-year student Orientation since last September.

2012 New Student Check-in

When you and your student arrive to campus, the first location you will want to stop at will be the Rozsa Center. The Rozsa Center will be open for new-student check-in on Saturday, August 25, from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and on Sunday, August 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Once you arrive at the Rozsa Center, you will obtain a packet with your student’s room and information regarding Orientation. Your student will receive his or her Orientation team assignment and schedule. Once you and your student have checked in and received your packet, you may then continue on to check into your student’s residence hall room. The Michigan Tech Welcome Team, composed of students, staff, and faculty wearing gold shirts, will be at the entrances of the residence halls to direct you to the unloading areas and to assist you in moving. While you are moving your student in, your student’s resident assistant will be floating around the “house,” or area your student will be living, so please introduce yourself!

Throughout your student’s first weekend at Michigan Tech, he or she can take some time to explore the campus, get to know their roommate, and introduce themselves to the students they will be living near in the residence halls. On Sunday, you and your family can join your student at the family picnic from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on the lawn in front of the Walker building. First-year students eat for no cost. Family members and guests may purchase tickets in advance. Please visit the Parents and Family Orientation web page for more information.

Orientation Week

First-year students dig into the 500-ft. banana split!

Orientation officially begins on Sunday, August 26, with the University Welcome which will take place in the Student Development Complex. Family members and guests are invited to attend. After the University Welcome, all first-year students will gather together on Sherman Field to have a class photo taken.

On Monday, August 27, first-year students will meet their Orientation team and their Orientation Team Leader. An Orientation team consists of about 20 students who are primarily all in the same degree program. This is a great opportunity for your student to get to know others in their degree program and to build relationships—it is very likely that your student will have at least a couple of courses with the students from their team. Your student’s Orientation Team Leader (OTL) will lead the team through the week’s activities, including getting to know the academic departments, learning about campus resources, understanding campus policies, and having fun! I am still great friends with many of the students who were on my Orientation team. Your student is going to have a blast—whether partaking in a 500-foot banana split, watching a hilarious skit put on by the OTLs, or attending the McNair Hall Association Dance. For a complete listing of Orientation activities, see the First-Year Orientation Schedule.

Don’t forget..

2012 Summer Reading Book

Prior to arriving to campus, students should have completed part one of AlcoholEdu for College and read the Summer Reading as Inquiry book . This year’s book is Little Princes by Conor Grennan. The purpose of Reading as Inquiry is to prepare first-year students for college-level reading and discussion. All first-year students are expected to read the book prior to arriving to Michigan Tech. During Orientation week, each team will discuss the book along with their OTL, a member of the residence life student staff, and a faculty or staff member.

There will also be a Summer Reading as Inquiry session for parents and family members on Saturday, August 25. The book is great, so I would encourage reading it!

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I should be able to answer most any questions that you may have about Orientation. Have a great week!

-Samantha Allen, seallen@mtu.edu


Summer Preparation

Summer Preparation!

At this time of the summer, I assume many of you are beginning to get anxious about what to pack and how best to help your student prepare for move-in weekend here at Michigan Tech. In about a month, Michigan Tech students will kick off their fall semester. If you are looking for further information about room assignments and hall information, please visit the Housing website to access this. The Housing website offers many great options for you and your students to look over, especially first-year students. You can take a photo tour of some of the residence halls, gain further information about dining services and living options, and read over some frequently asked questions.

What to/not to pack?
I strongly encourage students to begin the packing process as soon as possible. Taking time to make a list is a great idea, as it really helps to make sure you have covered everything and are not leaving anything behind. When thinking about what to pack as a first-year student, it may become a bit hectic. So parents, here are some overall categories to help break it down.

Academic supplies
Notebook, binders, sticky notes, highlighters, pens, pencils, backpack, stamps/envelopes, stapler, etc.

Room Items
Bedding (twin extra long to fit your residence hall mattress), small refrigerator, microwave, cleaning supplies, small garbage bags, tools, towels, and I would consider plenty of storage containers–you can never have enough! Storage containers are a huge help. You can use them under your bed, in the bottom of your wardrobe/closet, and as drawer dividers. They will help your student utilize all of their space.

Electronic items
Computer, possibly a printer (although you have access to printers at computer labs on campus), external hard drive, power strips, calculators, coaxial cable, alarm clock, camera, and a television.

Personal Items
Medications, shower caddy, first aid kit, and toiletry items.

Clothing Items
Students should be sure to pack some warm attire! Make sure they bring warm winter coat, boots, hats, and gloves. Laundry rooms are available in each residence hall. Washing machines are free to all students and dryers are .25 cents per load. So, be sure your student brings laundry soap, dryer sheets, stain remover, quarters, and a laundry bag.

Miscellaneous Items
Last but not least, don’t forget your miscellaneous items. Students should be sure to bring their social security card, photo ID, health insurance card, and batteries. (And a snow shovel!)

Students will need their SS card and their ID if they would like to work on campus.

Leave at home
Candles, electric heaters, toaster, and toaster oven/hot plate.

Summer Reading

In preparation for the college experience, all first-year students are required to read the Summer Reading as Inquiry book. This year’s book is Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal, by Conor Grennan. This past week, postcards were sent out to all first-year students providing them with more information on this program. During Orientation week, first-year students will sit down with their Orientation team and one staff or faculty member and have a group discussion about this reading. There will also be a Summer Reading as Inquiry session for parents and family members. The book is great, so I encourage you to read it!

I hope you all are as excited for the fall semester as I am! I cannot wait to see new faces on campus and to work directly with first-year incoming students. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.


-Samantha Allen, seallen@mtu.edu


Summer Youth Programs

Explorations

Photo Credit: http://youthprograms.mtu.edu/about-syp.php

Michigan Tech’s Youth Programs offer more than 50 weeklong summer learning programs—Mind Trekkers Camps for students in grades 6–8 and Career and Adventure Explorations for students in grades 9–11.

Students can choose to participate in one weeklong program or stay for several weeks and explore a variety of topics. In each session, participants spend approximately thirty-two hours exploring their areas of interest through hands-on labs, classroom activities, and field experiences. There are plenty to choose from! Explorations include aquatic ecology, digital photography, engineering (general, chemical, electric, materials, and more), forensic science and CSI, video game programming, and many more.

Programs are instructed by Michigan Tech faculty, graduate students, and local specialists. Youth Programs are truly more than ordinary summer camps—they provide middle school and high school students with the opportunity to experience what it’s like to take classes on a real campus and learn from university faculty and other experts. At Youth Programs, participants gain insight into areas they may wish to study in the future… it’s also a great place to make friends with similar interests from around the world. In past years, there were participants from across the United States, plus Puerto Rico, Austria, South Korea, Canada, and Columbia.

For more information, to view a listing of the explorations offered, or to register, visit 2012 Summer Camps & Career and Adventure Explorations.

 

Housing

Youth Programs participants who don’t commute locally are housed in Wadsworth Hall, Michigan Tech’s largest residence hall. During the academic year it houses approximately 1,000 students. In the summer, Wadsworth Hall is home to Youth Programs participants and staff; it’s also the site of many of after-class activities.

Student Staff

Youth Programs Staff 2011

In addition to the Youth Programs instructors and professional staff, student staff members also assist throughout the summer to make the programs a success, serving as activities counselors and residence counselors. Activities counselors lead fun recreational activities and games. Residence counselors supervise the participants during breakfast, lunch, and the evening hours. The residence counselors live in Wadsworth Hall with the young students; there are approximately ten students per residence counselor. The residence counselors hold nightly meetings to update the participants on upcoming recreational activities and other important information.

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


Final Weeks of Spring 2012 Semester

Residence Hall Checkout Procedures

With a little more than one week of regular classes and then final exams, Michigan Tech students are ready for a much needed summer break.

Recently, students residing in the residence halls received the “You Deserve a Break” newsletter in their mailbox and via email. The newsletter contains all the necessary information regarding important checkout procedures.

Before students can leave for summer break, they will need to make sure they return all the furniture in their room to its original setup.  Students will also need to vacuum and clean out their dresser and desk drawers.

Forty-eight hours prior to checking out, students must make a checkout appointment with their Resident Assistant. The Resident Assistant will verify that the student’s furniture is back to the original setup, that the room is clean, and that there are no damages to the room.  The Resident Assistant will provide students with a signed yellow checkout form after checking the room; students will take that form to their residence hall reception desk—along with their key—when they are ready to leave campus.Following this checkout process is very important.  Improper checkout results in a $25 fee and students who do not turn in their key prior to leaving campus will receive a $55-75 fee.  Students who are not graduating this spring must vacate their room and properly check out before noon on Saturday, April 28. Students who are graduating must vacate their room and properly checkout before noon on Sunday, April 29.

Students with extenuating circumstances may request a late departure by filling out the Early Arrival/Late Departure Form at www.housing.mtu.edu under the online forms link. A fee will be assessed to students registering for late departure.

All the above information also applies to residents in Hillside Place; the only difference is those residents will need to return their yellow checkout form to the reception desk in McNair Hall.

Mail:

Mail received after Saturday, April 28 will be forwarded to the home address students have on file with the University until June 2.  If a student will have a forwarding address different from their home address, this will need to be indicated on the top portion of their yellow checkout form before turning it in at the residence hall reception desk.

It is also a good idea for students to verify that their home address is correct on Banweb by going to the Personal Information tab and clicking on the View Addresses link.  Mail will only be forwarded until June 4, so it is extremely important for students to notify senders of their change of address as soon as possible.  All mail received after June 2 will be returned to sender.

Reminders for Students:

On Friday, April 27 the DHH and McNair dining halls will close after lunch and the Wadsworth dining hall will close after dinner.  The Campus Café in Wadsworth Hall will close on Friday, April 27 at 1 a.m.

Students who utilized bike storage organized by the Residence Hall Councils will need to make arrangements to retrieve their bike if they have not already. In addition, students must take their bikes home with them for the summer. Public Safety will remove any bikes left on the outside bike racks on Sunday, April 29.

There is limited storage available for students who will be returning to the residence halls next year.  Students may keep a maximum of one box or plastic bin in storage. Please note there is not room in storage for large furniture items such as futons or chairs.  Students who place a box in storage will not be able to access their belongings until the fall.  Residents who are not returning to live in the residence halls may not keep a box in storage.

Final Exams:

Final exams will take place the week of Monday, April 23. Starting Saturday, April 21 at midnight, twenty-two-hour quiet hours will go into effect in the residence halls.  This means that students in the residence halls must remain quiet and be respectful to those who are studying in the residence halls twenty-two hours a day until Friday, April 27 at noon. The consideration hours, in which students can resume their normal daytime volume level, are noon to 1 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m. daily.

I wish your student the best of luck on final exams.  Please feel free to email me 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 upcoming spring commencement.

Samantha Allen

seallen@mtu.edu


Escape for Spring Break Part 2

Spring Break Transportation

The 2012 Orientation Executive Staff (including myself) during Winter Carnival!

With only a few days until spring break, Michigan Tech students are getting excited to take some time off from classes to relax and spend time with friends and loved ones. This year’s Spring Break is Saturday, March 3 to Sunday, March 11.

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. Here, students can post a ride request if they are in search of a ride or post a trip indicating where they are headed if they are looking for riders to join them.

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 home. Routes for the Indian Trails bus will be advertised via posters and are available on the Indian Trials website under scheduled service.

Reminders for Students

2012 Winter Carnival Statue

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 an electronic copy of the newsletter this last week. This newsletter has important information about when the dining halls, Campus Café, and reception desks will be closing for spring break. The newsletter also contains important reminders for students leaving campus for spring break regarding room security and parking.

For students who are planning on leaving campus for spring break, it is important to remember to close and lock the windows, unplug nonessential electrical equipment, turn off lights, and lock the doors before leaving for the week.

As an additional reminder, all students need to move their vehicles to commuter Lot 26 by 11 p.m. on Sunday, March 4 to avoid towing and then move them back to their assigned lot by 11 p.m. on Sunday, March 11. This allows snowplows to clean up the lots over break.

Students who wish to stay on campus for all or part of break will need to register at their residence hall reception desk by Thursday, March 1. There is no extra charge for staying in the residence halls during spring break. Please note that if your student lives in Hillside Place, they will not need to register to stay in their room over break.

All residence hall entrances will be locked over spring break. Students staying over break will need to make sure that they carry their student ID with them if they leave the residence halls.

Kitchenettes in the residence halls will be open over spring break for students to use. The dining halls will close after lunch in DHH and Wads, and after dinner in McNair on Friday, March 2. All three dining halls will reopen for breakfast on Monday, March 12 at the normal serving hours. There will be no residential hall dining services over break.

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! I will be taking next week off to travel to Virginia and spend time with some of my family. Don’t forget to check back in two weeks for the next article.


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