Archives—October 2012


Make a Difference Day!

Make a Difference Day is a day to give back to your community by helping your neighbors. Everyone can participate. Michigan Tech students have been participating for many years, come join this celebration of neighbors.

Make a Difference Day, created by USA WEEKEND magazine, is an annual event that takes place on the fourth Saturday of every October. In 2011, over 25 alumni across four different chapters throughout the nation joined over 450 (on campus) students in the most encompassing national day of helping others. Volunteer opportunities are organized by Chapter Leaders working with local non-profit charities and groups. Activities ranged from volunteering at an animal rescue shelter, cleaning local beaches, to supporting Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore.

This year it’s time for students to participate in our own communities. If you would like to volunteer, please select an event and register on the Make a Difference Day website (http://apps.alumni.mtu.edu/make-a-difference-day/2012/).

Most events are expected to last for a couple hours in the morning. All ages and family members are encouraged to participate.

This year Make a Difference Day is on October 27, volunteer to do something for your community, it is time to give back to the community.

Join us and celebrate the day by helping neighbors!

Make it a different day for you and the community!


Midterm is here!

Week 7, starting October 14, is the halfway point of the semester. Midterm exam dates vary, depending on the course and the professor’s choice of when the exam will be held. You may have already taken the exams, or you might take them within a few days. Either way, it is a good time to reflect on and evaluate your performance in these classes.

Michigan Tech has a variety of different resources to help students maximize their class performance. The learning centers are one of the most accessible resources for students, and studies have shown that those who use the learning centers earn better grades. The centers’ coaches are students who have been successful in learning the material; they offer students knowledge and advice that are not found in textbooks.  Most centers offer weekly appointments for long-term coaching, walk-in hours for quick assistance with assignments and studying, and team appointments that allow you to learn with your

peers. All of the learning center locations can be found on the learning center webpage

(http://www.mtu.edu/compass/mentoring/learning-centers/).  Keep in mind that the centers are free, so use this resource to your advantage and succeed in all of your classes!

Learning centers may not cover every single course, but there is one for almost every major subject. For some of those specific courses that do not have an associated learning center, it is great to get help from your professors. Professors are very friendly and love to help out students. Visit their office hours and ask them questions. Even if you don’t have a specific question, they can help you with any concerns you have about the course or anything in general. It is always great to get to know your professors, as they can give you personal tips on how to succeed in their class. It’s worth it! Don’t be shy!

Keep in mind that the last day to drop a full semester course with a grade of W (withdraw) is November 9. If there are any concerns, students should make an appointment with their academic advisor to resolve any issues. Detailed information about adding and dropping classes can be found on the Registrar’s Office website

(http://www.mtu.edu/registrar/students/registration/add-drop/).

It is midway through the semester and I hope everyone is doing great!

Enjoy the rest of the semester!