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Fall Career Fair

Hello Parents!

I hope everyone has had a good week! It is definitely starting to feel more like fall up here and with that comes some great opportunities around campus, including the Fall Career Fair on Tuesday, September 29 in the Student Development Complex (SDC). There seems to be a continuing trend of having the biggest career fair yet and this fall is no exception with 369 registered companies. As many of you probably know, there are a lot of alumni that come back to career fair as recruiters.

The 369 companies that come to Houghton, specifically looking for Michigan Tech students, represent everything from construction companies to places like IBM. Regardless of where someone is in their academic career, there are opportunities to hand the companies a resume and present their elevator speech.There are numerous companies for students to talk to about co-op or internship opportunities to gain experience before graduation. For graduating seniors, there are many companies looking for full time employees as well.  Following Career Fair, many companies stay in Houghton to schedule and conduct interviews in person.

To help prepare for this potentially stressful time for students, Career Services has lots of resources that any student can  take advantage of to improve their chances of getting a job. Some of the biggest events they hold are the Resume Blitz and mock interviews.  Mock interviews can be scheduled to help ease some anxiety or stress in talking to a company representative with useful feedback. The resume blitzes give students another set of eyes to check out what could be improved on their resumes. Career Services also provides help with dressing appropriately, professional name tags and head shots.

In addition to these resources, the companies and other student organizations hold events to help students get to know them and their company. The individual companies hold information sessions to give students an opportunity to get to know them before deciding whether or not to pursue opportunities there. Sponsored by the Society of Women Engineers, the Evening with Industry is another way to get to know company representatives before career fair. For additional information, follow this link to the career services website.

As you can tell, career fair is taken pretty seriously at Michigan Tech. Through this, students are able to connect with companies, expand their networks, and hopefully get experience through jobs. I mentioned before that many alumni come back to Tech for this specifically. They keep coming back because they know the quality of work that these students produce and what they can do for the respective companies.

If anyone has any questions, feel free to email me at esleclai@mtu.edu.

Have a good week!

Erica


Working For the Future: Spring Career Fair

To start off, I would like to apologize for not posting last week. I had a bit of a slip up in the midst of the amazing Winter Carnival, but I assure you it will not happen again. With that, please enjoy this week’s article!

With the fun and festivities of Winter Carnival 2013 in the rearview mirror, students at Michigan Tech are getting back to the old grind this week. In fact, another major campus event has already stolen the buzz from Winter Carnival. You may be wondering, what could possibly compete with thirty foot snow statues and a beard competition? The answer is the Spring Career Fair, and it’s only one week away! On Tuesday, February 19 from noon to 6 p.m., the Student Development Complex will be teeming with representatives from over 200 companies. All of these recruiters are here specifically to hire the talented students of Michigan Tech, which means great opportunities for students in all majors to find a co-op, internship, or full-time job with a great company. Check out the list of registered companies to learn more!

An event this big takes a lot of planning, and Michigan Tech Career Services has been working hard to connect with as many companies as possible and prepare students for the big day. Over the past couple of weeks, Career Services has held résumé blitzes where students can have their résumés critiqued by the pros. This week, they are offering mock interviews for students to practice answering those tough questions and get feedback about how to improve. They also provide professional development events throughout the year, such as a dining etiquette dinner, information sessions about networking, and other career focused sessions.

I hope your student is thinking about attending the Career Fair. “Companies don’t hire first-year students” is a myth that many students hear, but it is far from the truth. Many companies like to recruit students who are early in their college careers. Even if students aren’t looking for a position at the moment, it’s a good idea to just check out the fair so that they know what to expect when they are actually looking to get hired. Students can find more information about the fair and how to prepare by looking over the students section of the Career Services site. There is also a section for parents, where you can learn about some of the other things that Career Services does to help students land that dream job.


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


Fall Career Fair 2012

Michigan Tech has an outstanding Career Services Center located on campus! The Career Services Center’s goal is to provide development and placement assistance to undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumni. This office is an awesome resource for students! If your student is looking to get prepared for a job, co-op, or internship, then this is the place to go. At Career Services, students may practice mock interviews, work with a career counselor on their resume, gather information about companies looking to hire students, and develop a career plan. Be sure to tell your student to stop in and visit them in room 220 in the Administration Building.

Fall Career Fair 2012

In roughly two weeks, the Career Fair will once again take place at Michigan Tech! This is one of the most exciting times of the year for many students on campus. The Fall Career Fair will be on Tuesday, October 2 in the Student Development Complex. Currently, there are 267 companies registered to participate. To view information about the companies currently registered for the Fall Career Fair, check out this Registered Employers list.

Over the next few weeks, Career Services will offer an event series called ‘Resume Blitz.’  This is a great opportunity for students who are in the process of polishing their resumes to get them reviewed by knowledgeable staff members. September 24-28 Career Services will also host ‘Interview Skills Week.’ Your student can stop by room 220 in the Administration Building to practice interviewing and receive vital feedback to strengthen their interviewing skills. Remind your student to look for emails regarding details about these events.  Contact Career Services to schedule an appointment.

While Interview Skills Week is going on, your student can also attend an information session called, ‘Why do a Co-op or Internship?’.  This session is designed to help your student learn about all of the benefits of a co-op or internship, give them some tips on how to get one, and give them a chance to hear from current students about their internship or co-op experiences. This event will take place on Tuesday, September 25 in room 139 in Fisher Hall at 6:00 p.m.

Michigan Tech Career Services hosts a variety of great events throughout the year to help students with career development and job placement. Events range from the Resume Blitz and Interview Skills Week mentioned above, to a Dining Etiquette Dinner, Networking Skills information session, and a Negotiating Job Offers meeting. A complete list of the events offered by Career Services can be found on the Career Services Online Calendar.

As always, please feel free to email me with any questions or concerns you may have.

-Samantha Allen

Seallen@mtu.edu


Students After Tech Part 2

Each December and May, students graduate from Michigan Tech, moving forward with their degrees and lives. Ever wonder what they move on to do, or how the students at Michigan Tech become so successful? Below, Michigan Tech alumni and future graduates share their stories with you.

Dan Madrid

I graduated in the fall of 2010 with a BA in computer networking and systems administration and an international minor in Spanish. In my five and a half years at Michigan Tech, I was involved in McNair Hall Association, Student Entertainment Board, Inter-Residence Hall Council, Michigan Tech Student Foundation, and Michigan Tech Orientation twic–as an Orientation Team Leader in 2008 and 2009 and as a member of the Orientation Executive Staff in 2010. I also was involved in the Homecoming committee in 2009, Sigma Tau Gamma National Fraternity, and Greek Judicial Board. Additionally, I studied abroad in Ireland during the fall of 2008 and in Costa Rica during the summer of 2010, worked in the International Programs office, and also had two internships during the summers of 2008 and 2009 at Ford Motor Company.

All of these things helped me further my personal growth and education in ways that I never thought I would. I learned how to manage teams; interact with businesses and professionals; manage finances and run meetings; plan any kind of event from philanthropic to social; and grow my communication, leadership, and other skills that are vital in the business world. I now work for Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan, as an IT professional. I attribute my successes to my formal education from Michigan Tech, and also in large part to what I learned outside the classroom with my involvement on and off campus.

Michigan Tech is a phenomenal school both for your education and the opportunities for personal growth through the many student organizations and other ways to get involved. I am a Husky through and through and would not trade my experiences at Michigan Tech for anything in the world.

Anna Miller

AnnaAfter four incredibly amazing years at Michigan Tech, I knew I’d miss it but was also anticipating starting something new. I graduated from Michigan Tech with a degree in mechanical engineering in May and have experienced many exciting changes since. I moved to Saginaw, Michigan, and started working my first full-time at Nexteer Automotive. I have been enjoying the change of pace from school. I love my job so far and have learned so much in the short time I’ve been working. It definitely confirms that all my hard work at school has paid off when I use something I learned at Tech every day.At Tech I was involved with several activities for my major, including an Enterprise team, a semester co-op at SC Johnson, and my International Senior Design project. I put to use many of the things I learned in classes, and most importantly gained a lot of confidence in myself as an engineer. I also did a lot of things for fun, including working for the first-year Orientation programs (the most exciting job on campus!) and coordinating the broomball season (the most exciting sport on campus!). From these experiences I learned a lot about myself, how to manage my time, what I’m capable of, and how to keep a healthy balance. I’m thankful to have had so many opportunities in college to set me up for happiness and success now, in my new job, and in my life after college.

Eric Johnson

Good morning! Eric Johnson here.

This fall, I will be a fifth-year scientific and technical communication (STC) major at Michigan Tech. I switched to STC during my sophomore year when I realized that chemical engineering was not for me. I have been involved in several organizations during my time here at Tech, like Blue Key National Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, Lutheran Campus Ministry, and the Michigan Tech Pep Band. Upon graduation, I plan to move to Los Angeles to pursue my dream of working in the entertainment industry.

Jess Banda

During my time on campus I was involved in fifteen student organizations. I even helped found five new student organizations, including Mind Trekkers, the Green Campus Enterprise, Camera Club, Art Revolutionizing Tech, and Michigan Tech Taking Education Abroad. My college philosophy was to take advantage of as many of Michigan Tech’s professional development opportunities as possible, and it paid off! This month I’ll be starting my master’s degree program as a fully-funded graduate student in International Non-Governmental Organization Development and Administration at the University of Wyoming. As part of the program I get to travel abroad for two years to found a nonprofit from the ground up. I’m very excited about my future!

A big thank you to the students and alumni who shared their stories with us! I hope that you are able to share these stories with your students, especially incoming first-year srudents. Please do not hesitate to email me if you have any questions or concerns. seallen@mtu.edu.

Travel Diaries Part Two

In continuation of last week’s article, here are some more stories about students working co-op or internship positions.

Glen Shaw

Hello! I am Glen Shaw, a mechanical engineering major from Marquette, Michigan. I am currently working at an internship fora special products company called SpeeCo. SpeeCo is located in Golden, Colorado.

I first learned about this opportunity from my friend. He had obtained the internship in the summer of 2011, then started working for them full time after graduating as an ME from Tech.
After hearing about this opportunity I decided to submit  my resume and he put in a good word for me. I was given a phone interview, and they offered me the position for this summer.

At SpeeCo I’ve developed skills in computer aided drafting (using SolidWorks) to redo certain drawings as well as organize the system changeover. I have also been setting up testing apparatuses to test log splitters and trailer jacks, which has helped me become more familiar with hands-on engineering.

I have learned how to use SolidWorks, how to test certain aspects of the log splitters, as well as other basic workspace knowledge of engineering necessities. This has been a great opportunity for me so far!

Melissa Wilber

Hello, my name is Melissa Wilber. I am an STC student from Almont, Michigan. I have an internship with Horner Flooring in Dollar Bay, which is about 10 minutes from campus. This past spring I was constantly on the lookout for an internship opportunity, so I checked Michigan Tech’s NACElink several times a day to apply for any position I thought I could fill. I ended up interviewing with Horner a couple of weeks before the end of the semester for a marketing intern position.

As a scientific and technical communications major, you have to choose an emphasis; mine is in business, which really made this internship an ideal fit for me. The position included writing, design, and a lot of marketing strategy, three things that suit me perfectly! It’s been about a month since I started working at Horner and I have learned so many new things! I have been able to apply so much of what I learned in my classes, especially with the Adobe Suite and HTML.

Knowing HTML has helped me tremendously in my work, as well as using Photoshop and Illustrator. One of my priorities is establishing Horner’s Facebook, which has been much more of a challenge than I expected. Using something that seems so second nature becomes really complicated when you’re looking at it from a business perspective. I have really enjoyed learning all about flooring, the construction industry, the local history and how Horner has come to be in this community. This internship is a great experience for me to learn and grow, and I’m so thankful for the amazing people I work with who are helping me to do so.

Andrew Hoekstra

I am Andrew Hoekstra from Kentwood, Michigan, southeast of Grand Rapids. I have completed the third year of my electrical and computer engineering curriculum with two more years to go. I decided to stretch my four-year curriculum over five years to allow time for summer internships with Twisthink and Ford, and a co-op with GEAviation. Making time for internships and co-ops has been one of the better decisions I have made at Michigan Tech and one I recommend my peers consider. Here’s why:

Although I have to spend an extra year in college, two summer internships and a co-op will provide more than a year of invaluable work experience by graduation. It will give me and my employer confidence in my abilities, accelerating my career path. Applying course work in industry has improved my performance in class because I have a better understanding of the practical implications that professors do not teach in class. Also, internships and co-ops provided me with opportunities to experiment with my interests, shaping my curriculum and helping me decide where I want to be in five to ten years.

Currently, I am in Dearborn, Michigan, on a three-month summer internship with Ford Motor Company working in the Powertrain Controls Research and Advanced Engineering Division. My work directly applies my upper-level course work to predict characteristics of the road ahead of a vehicle and to dynamically optimize the vehicle’s powertrain, steering, and suspension. I thoroughly enjoy my assignments and occasionally have a hard time leaving work. I’ve decided to pursue a PhD after I receive my BS in engineering.

Some of the best experiences on the job have been networking with experienced professionals, managers, executives, and interns from other schools. Their insight and advice has been crucial in my professional and personal development.

Jen Van Domelen

After my first year at Michigan Tech I was hired as an engineering intern at a naval shipyard that builds large combat ships for the US Navy, ice breakers for the U S Coast Guard, and even Staten Island Ferries. I spent three months working at the shipyard, where my main duties were identifying excess materials in the shipyard and contacting vendors and scrap yards to return the overstock parts. In only a few weeks, my supervisor and I had returned much of the excess materials, saving the company a significant sum of money.
This internship gave me the opportunity to experience tasks, meetings, and issues that are a part of an engineer’s daily routine. I also learned a lot about the dynamics between the salaried professional staff and the unionized workers in the shipyard, and learned to work and communicate in an environment with sensitive and classified information.
A word of advice to younger students: don’t shy away from co-op or internship opportunities because of a lack of experience! No one expects you to know everything; be friendly, ask questions when you are unsure, and don’t pass up an opportunity to learn from those older and more experienced than you.
Thank you to all of the students who shared their experience with us! Parents, I hope you encourage your students to embrace the opportunities that Michigan Tech has to offer.
Please email me if you have any questions or concerns.
Samantha Allen, seallen@mtu.edu

Travel Diaries

Michigan Tech students are provided with tons of opportunities— like the experience of doing an internship or co-op! This week and next, I will share some of their stories with you; below are three students’ experiences. Thank you to the students willing to share their experience with the parents Michigan Tech!

Nicole Wright

Hi, my name is Nicole Wright and I will be a second-year mechanical engineering student this fall at Tech. I am from Grand Rapids, Michigan, and am working this summer as a manufacturing engineering intern for General Motors.

I work specifially at the Fuel Cell Activities Research and Development Center in Honeoyer Falls, New York. I started here on May 7, and will wrap up my summer internship on August 3. Believe it or not, I obtained this opportunity only one month into my first year at Tech. I polished off my resume and researched companies and marched myself up to the Fall Career Fair where I spoke briefly with a GM recruiter and had an official interview the next day.

Up until now, I wasn’t really sure what mechanical engineering entailed or even if it was for me. Interacting with and working alongside these brilliant and talented engineers, as well as getting hands-on experience in the field, has convinced me that I’m where I want to be. I seriously underestimated just how much this experience would impact me as a person, student, and future engineer. I look forward to returning to Tech in August with a whole new outlook on school and a suitcase full of new knowledge and skills. It is one thing to be book smart as an engineer, but it is another to be able to think and act as an engineer. I believe that my internship experience has taught me this and so much more.

Dan Stevenson

My name is Dan Stevenson, I’m an electrical engineering technology major from Grand Haven, Michigan. Last summer I interned at EMC Corporation in Lisle (about 30 minutes outside of Chicago), working as an account servicerepresentative to help customers better understand their products. I received the position from a scholarship resume database that I found through the financial aid office here at Tech. As an ASR intern, I really grasped the lifestyle of a fortune 500 company and obtained an unprecedented amount of understanding of working with customers. I try to see everything as a customer would, and always try to bridge the knowledge gaps.
I’m currently interning at Somero Enterprises Inc. in Houghton. I actually began during the school year part time. I adapted quickly to the way things work here, and I now work full time as an electrical engineer intern. I design electrical systems, pick components to replace old or inefficient ones, and I’ve really learned how to get things done as an engineer. Between reading data sheets to determine the correct part to order and actually ordering the part, there are numerous tests that need to be run and countless scenarios to play out.
I’ve learned that the world is a network of possibilities and if you place yourself in the center of that web, you can go anywhere you want. My internship is not even half done and I’ve learned so much and applied so much of my schooling… it’s somewhat surreal to think about!

Gabrielle Elser

Hi! My name is Gabrielle Elser and I am a scientific and technical communications major at Tech. I am a fourth-year from Milford, Michigan. I am currently working for Benteler Tube Management GmbH in Paderborn, GERMANY! I am currently living and working in Germany and have the opportunity to be here for eight months.

I am doing market research for Benteler and I really want to work in marketing in the future. I would like to work in the automotive industry as well, and this company supplies to many automotive companies. I have developed skills in the German language as well as living in a new culture. This is a huge contribution to my German minor at Tech. I have only been in Germany for a month and already my view of the world has changed.

While working abroad, I am keeping a blog about the experiences I have and places I visit. Feel free to follow me, or just check it out at marketgermany.blogspot.com.

Samantha Allen, seallen@mtu.edu


Spring Career Fair 2012

Co-ops, Internships, Jobs, and More!

Build Your Resume Event

Come one, come all—come to the Career Fair! The spring semester Career Fair will be held at the Student Development Complex on Tuesday, February 21 from noon to 6 p.m. Currently, there are 172 companies registered for the Career Fair. With the event approximately two weeks away, more companies are registering every day. Companies registered for the Career Fair are looking to hire students for co-ops, internships, or full-time positions, and they are looking for Michigan Tech students from almost every degree program. To view information about the companies currently registered for the Career Fair, check out this registered employers link.

Prepare for the Spring Career Fair

Michigan Tech Career Services has been very busy planning the Career Fair, as well as helping students prepare for the big day. During the last two weeks, Career Services held a Résumé Blitz in the Memorial Union Building and in the residence halls during which students could bring their résumés to Career Services staff who would look them over and provide helpful tips. On February 13-17, Career Services is hosting Interview Skills Week. Students will be able to schedule an appointment with Career Services Staff and practice interviewing. This is a great opportunity for students to get familiar with what the interview process will be like and also to get vital feedback. Students may participate in Interview Skills Week by registering for a one-on-one appointment with Career Services staff on the Career Services website, or by visiting the Harold Meese Center.

2011 Fall Career Fair

Michigan Tech Career Services hosts several events throughout the year to help students with career development and job placement. Events range from the Résumé Blitz and Interview Skills Week mentioned above, to a Dining Etiquette Dinner, Networking Skills session, and Negotiating Job Offers meeting. A complete list of events offered by Career Services can be found on the Career Services Calendar.

As students are preparing for the Career Fair, I would strongly encourage them to check out the students tab of the Career Services website. This web page has lots of information on résumé writing, cover letters, interviewing, and much more. I also would like to encourage you to check out the parents tab of the Careers Services website to learn more about the various services that your student can use.

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

-Samantha Allen, seallen@mtu.edu


Find your fit!

Hello Parents!

Orientation 2011 staff at the banana split!

There is a lot going on here at Tech as finals week fast approaches for our students! One great opportunity going on across campus is for students to begin their applications for Student Life positions. Student Life positions allow students the opportunity to develop leadership skills while working in a collaborative team environment.

For the past three years, I have worked in Student Life positions. I have had positions at the reception desk, as a campus tour guide, Orientation Team Leader, and now on the Orientation Executive Staff; all of these have been amazing experiences. I have had so many great opportunities afforded to me since working in Student Life. I’ve been able to discover a lot about myself. Gaining leadership skills and continuing to become a better communicator have helped further me in both schooling and my work life. Not only do you gain a lot of valuable skills but also irreplaceable friendships. Choosing to join Student Life has been one of the best decisions I have made here at Tech!

The welcome crew from Student Life-2011

I hope that you consider encouraging your student to apply for one of these great positions that are being offered! In order to apply, your student must first attend an information session where they will hear from students who have already had the opportunity to work in these positions. The sessions are being held:

December 5 and 6  8:00-9:00 P.M. in Fisher 135

January 15 and 19  8:00-9:00 P.M. in Fisher 135

 

After attending the session, your student may then log on to the Student Life and Employment Positions site (http://www.mtu.edu/student-life/employment/student-positions/) to apply!

Students should use the Guiding Principles of the Division of Student Affairs to focus their work.  These principles include:

  • Providing a diverse and inclusive community that encourages involvement and a free exchange of ideas.
  • Valuing creativity, leadership, and excellence.
  • Promoting integrity, trust, and personal responsibility.
  • Including students in decisions which enhance their educational experience.
  • Being innovative and supportive in our programs, policies, and procedures.
  • Supporting students’ intellectual, professional, and personal growth.
  • Leading and supporting exemplary collegial relationships within the university community.

Here are the positions your student can apply for-

  • Commuter Assistant
  • Orientation Team Leader (OTL)
  • Transfer Assistant
  • Community Assistant
  • Program Assistant
  • Resident Assistant
  • Operations Assistant

For more position specific information please visit the Student Life Website. Hope you all have a great break with your student! I will not be writing articles again until we return from break. Please feel free to email me at seallen@mtu.edu if you have any questions or concerns. I will be checking my email periodically throughout break.

Samantha Allen


Introduction

Hello everyone!

My name is Samantha Allen and I am pleased to let you know that I will be the new ParentNet writer. This week’s article will be an introduction of who I am and what I do here at Michigan Tech! I am very excited to be able to share with you updates and information from the Keweenaw and Michigan Tech.

Before I tell you too much about myself I think it is very important to thank and recognize all the hard work our past writer, Angela Hoffman, put into ParentNet. Angela was the writer for ParentNet for the past year and 9 months! She did such a superb job and brought so many great articles to ParentNet. I wish her the best of luck on her new endeavor as a graduate student.  I have a large role to fill after Angela and hope that I will do this well! Best of luck Angela, I am so excited for you and your up and coming career!

January 26th, 2011-a beautiful day in Houghton!

Being that this is my first article on ParentNet, I would like to take this week to share with you information on myself so that you can get to know who I am and my involvement here at Michigan Tech. I will be entering into my third year at Michigan Tech majoring in Scientific and Technical Communication with a minor in Diversity Studies. I love being a student here and really enjoy my major. I plan to continue my education further onto graduate school to study Student Affairs after I finish my four years at Michigan Tech. I will be graduating in the spring of 2013.  I was born and raised in a small town called Rives Junction which is about 9 hours south located in-between Jackson and Lansing in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan.  There are many reasons I chose to attend Michigan Tech. I had always wanted to go to school in the Upper Peninsula, my family and I had always came to the U.P. to camp every year, I loved the campus, the beautiful scenery, my program major, the amazing administration, faculty, and staff. I knew when I came to tour Michigan Tech for the first time that this is just where I belonged and wanted to go to school for my undergrad.

Houghton, Michigan I have to say is very different from my hometown. I did grow up in a countryside environment, although I was pretty close to large towns. Here in Houghton, we are not very close to large towns. One of the greatest differences for me would be the lack of large shopping malls in the area, although I have been able to transition to college life at Michigan Tech very easily. Since becoming a student here I have had so many great opportunities come my way, it really has been a remarkable experience.

On campus I have had an array of work experience as a member of the Student Affairs staff.  My first position on campus was working for the Wadsworth Hall Reception Desk as a first year student. I really enjoyed this position. It allowed me to work and meet with many of the students who lived in the resident hall. I was able to get to know a lot of people in this position and gain some true insight of first hand college diversity.

Through the Admissions office, I had been given the opportunity to work as a campus tour guide. In doing this, I work with incoming or perspective students who come to Michigan Tech and take them around campus to teach them about all the things Michigan Tech has to offer. It is a great experience for those who are considering coming to our university because it allows the students to really get a first hand feel and understanding of what Michigan Tech is like and what Michigan Tech has to offer.

When I returned for my second year in college, I worked as an Orientation Team Leader (OTL)! An Orientation Team Leader is responsible for working with our incoming class of first year students and helping lead them for a week through the transition of college. This was an excellent job! I loved having the chance to work with new students and help them in any way I could. I was able to share many of the great experiences I have had as a student here with them.

After working as an Orientation Team Leader, I decided to apply to be on the Orientation Executive Staff (OES). OES is responsible for working year round to plan and organize Orientation, and lead the Orientation Team Leaders in preparation for their week with the incoming first year students.  So, for the past school year I have been working as the OES Publications Coordinator and cannot wait for Orientation to begin on August 22, 2011.

Outside of my work experience on campus, I am actively involved in many student organizations. My very first student organization that I joined was Circle K International. Circle K is a service organization dedicated to giving back to the community. Last year, I served as the membership chair working to recruit new members for them. Some of the projects I have done with this organization would include baking for locals, walking animals at the Copper Country Humane Society, and volunteering to help pass out care packages to students.

As a Scientific and Technical Communication student, it is only fit that I am a member of the Society for Technical Communication Student Chapter. This chapter is geared toward supporting and promoting our degree.

One of my most recent student organizations that I have joined would be the Mind Trekkers. I am currently the Vice President of Public Relations and Media for this student organization.  Mind Trekkers is a student organization committed to engaging people worldwide in action-packed hands-on learning. This student organization is composed as a road show of short engaging hands on science experiments. Mind Trekkers also perform some events on campus outside of doing traveling road shows.

As for further academic involvement, I have spent a lot of time the past year working and developing my video editing skills. I worked with a small group of students to create a short documentary focusing on the life of a student at Michigan Tech who has cerebral palsy.  This short film was placed into Michigan Tech’s Northern Lights Film Festival.  It really was a great opportunity that Michigan Tech allowed me to have and has helped develop my skills. I am now currently working on comprising the summer reading video for COMPASS to share with first year students about this year’s summer reading book, The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.

Well hopefully now you have been able to have a chance to get to know me a little bit more! If any of you happen to come to campus in the near future you may have the opportunity to see me at work. This summer I am primarily working for the Orientation Executive Staff. I love meeting new people and sharing with others the greatness that Michigan Tech has to offer! I am looking forward to all the upcoming campus activities and events, and can’t wait to share them all with you! Throughout my time as the new ParentNet writer please let me know if you have any specific questions or concerns.  Please feel free to email me at seallen@mtu.edu! Until next week :)