Happy Homecoming!

Hello everyone & welcome back to another edition of.. The Commute

I hope you are all doing well so far this semester, and I hope you’ve been able to take some time to yourself to relax.

As I have said before, Career Fair is coming up on Wednesday, October 3rd, so there will be a lot of events going on in the next two weeks to help you prepare for this. On Monday, September 24th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. there will be people in the MUB Ballroom helping you with everything Career Fair. Whether it being fixing up your resume, interview tips, or even coming up with a name tag, someone will be there to assist you. Make sure you attend and prepare for Career Fair because it comes up quick, especially since it is around the time of midterms this year. Additionally, there will also be a Resume & Interview Blitz on Thursday, September 27th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the MUB Commons. Finally, on Friday, September 28th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the MUB Commons there will Mock Interviews taking place so you can practice before the real thing. These are schedule 30 minute slots, so if you are interested in a spot, there will sign up times on Handshake.

Another thing that is going on is Homecoming! If you are first years, you may have not heard of the homecoming shirt swap. This event is put on to gather clothing to bring to the Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter and New Beginnings Angel Mission. What you can do is bring a lightly worn piece of clothing, or a winter accessory to the MUB circle on Monday, September 24th from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and the staff will trade you for a 2018 Homecoming T-Shirt. Make sure to stop on by as soon as you can because this event is only “while supplies last”!

Again, we also have more companies coming to campus and will be under the CareerFEST tent. This week we have Manufacturing Day on Tuesday, September 25th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. If this is a future career path you are interested in, make sure to stop by. There will be many companies at this event including: AZCO Construction, Inc, Brady Corporation, Greenheck Fan, Georgia Pacific, Plexus, Kimberly-Clark, Winsert, Gentex Corporation, Neenah, Northeast (Brattleboro), Systems Control and Procter & Gamble.

If you are a General Business Major, even a First Year Marketing Major, make sure to attend the BS in Market Information Session. At this event, you can network with current Marketing students and staff, and learn about different career opportunities for this field. This event will be held in the Academic Office Building (AOB 101) on Wednesday, September 26th from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

As I said before, this week is Homecoming. One of our annual events that we have as tradition here at Michigan Tech is cardboard boat races. These will be at 4:00 p.m. at the Houghton Waterfront Park (Chutes and Ladders). I would highly recommend going to this, because it is hilarious to watch students and faculty race in cardboard boats in the water. Bonnie Gorman even raced last year! There will also be a Homecoming Tailgate before the Football Game on Saturday, September 29th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. There will be free food and fun for students before the game kicks off at 1:00, so make sure to stop by and get some lunch and cheer on our Huskies against Saginaw Valley State!

I hope you all have a great week, and keep in mind to start studying for exams and preparing for Career Fair. Next week I’ll give you some study tips to prepare for midterms!

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Welcome back Commuters to another edition of The Commute..

This week we have some more great events that you should check out! But, before I list off those, I want to remind you guys that we have so many different Learning Centers on campus that you should definitely take advantage of if you feel like you are not 100% understanding your classes. Midterms are coming up in a few weeks, so make sure you are ready for those!

Are you registered to vote? If not, the Secretary of State Mobile Office will be on campus this Monday, September 17th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the sidewalk outside of Hamar House. So make sure to sign up with them if you are not registered already!

I’m sure most of you have seen the CareerFEST Tents set up outside with different companies on campus lately. This is because Career Fair is coming up and these companies are here to talk to you if you are interested in going into their specific field. This Tuesday, September 18th, is Management & Financial Services Day. The companies attending are as follows: Northern Trust, Walmart, Superior National Bank, and Miners Bank. If you are interested in one of these businesses for a job in the future, or even for an internship this coming summer, make sure to check these companies out in the tent from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Walmart will also be holding its own information session on that same day from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the MUB Ballroom B2.

Again, if you are interested in studying abroad, there are more information sessions this week that you can attend. On Wednesday, September 19th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., there will be Study Abroad representatives under the CareerFEST tent, so make sure you talk to them if you have any questions or interest in studying abroad!

If you still haven’t found a student organization to join that really suits you, go on out and attend Outdoor Venture Crew’s meeting. This is on Wednesday, September 19th from 5:00-6:00 p.m. in Fisher 130. What the Outdoor Venture Crew does is travels to a new location each week to enjoy nature and make some new friends in the process! Their trips range anywhere from a short hike, or even camping trips. So, if you are an outdoors lover, I highly recommend checking out this Student Organization.

Another event to check out to prep for Career Fair is Energy & Environment Day. The companies that you can visit during Energy & Environment Day are: DTE Energy, Wolverine Power Cooperative, Systems Control, and Hemlock Semiconductor. If you are interested in any of these companies, make sure to visit them under the CareerFEST tent on Thursday, September 20th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Another event that is coming up this weekend is the 19th Annual Michigan Tech Drag Show. Entertainers from all around the country join together to bring their Vegas style impersonation to our small community. I went to this event last year and it was very entertaining, so I highly recommend going. This event is only $3.00 for Michigan Tech students, so make sure you bring your ID and buy your ticket quick, because this is a very popular event. Tickets can be purchased at the SDC ticket office, or the Rozsa Box office will be open 2 hours prior to the show if you would like to wait until then.

Another event that one of our Student Organizations is hosting is an annual Pi Mile 5k for Charity. This event always takes place during Homecoming. This event will be hosted by the Triangle Fraternity and homemade pies will also be available for purchase by the sisters of Alpha Gamma Delta. If you’re not a runner? That’s okay! You are also able to purchase pies to pie one of the brothers of the Triangle Fraternity, so there’s more than one way to enjoy this event. This event is going on Sunday, September 23rd from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Registration is $10 online or $15 at the event. See mtutriangle.org/pi-mile for more information and to register.

Also, another reminder that on Saturday, September 22nd, I will be attending the Film Board movie Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom at 5:30 p.m. You are all welcome to attend this movie with me and support our very own Film Board! I will be waiting by the old Aftermath Cafe in Fisher until 5:15 p.m. so please try to show up by then if you would like to join myself and other commuter students!

Have a great week and stay tuned for another edition of…


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Career Fair Prep & More!

Hello everyone and welcome back to another edition of The Commute! I hope you all had a great first week and aren’t too overwhelmed with homework yet. I also hope you had some time to check out some of the great events that were going on last week. We also have some great events coming up for this week.

Are you a business major? If you are, make sure to check out the Business 1100 Mixer on Monday, September 10th at 7:30 p.m. in MUB Ballroom A. This event is put on for the first year business majors to meet some faculty and create bonds with returning SBE students, so I highly recommend that you attend no matter what year you are! It is a great networking opportunity, also.

Are you interested in studying abroad? If you are, there are going to be two Study Abroad 101 sessions that will be held this week to help give you some more information on what you need to do for the process. These sessions will be held on Tuesday, September 11th at 11:00 a.m. and Thursday, September 13th at 2:00 p.m. Both of these sessions will be held in the Administrative Building, Room 200.

Another very beneficial session that will be held this week is a “How to Start Your resume” session on Wednesday, September 11th. It will be very helpful for you to go to if you plan on going to Career Fair this year. Career Fair is Wednesday, October 3rd, so get a start on your resume by going to this workshop.  This session will be at 5:00 p.m. in Admin 220 (Career Services).

There will also be a very important speaker coming onto campus on Wednesday, September 12th at 7:00 p.m. in the Rozsa. Heather Abbott is coming to campus to speak to everyone about her tragic incident at the Boston Marathon bombing and how that has affected her time in the workforce. This will be a very empowering story, and it will give some insight on what it was like for her to conquer disability in the workplace. I highly recommend going to this event and giving Heather some support for telling her story!

Get on the right track early in the semester and set your health as a priority!  Stop on by the Health Fair, Thursday, September 13 from 4:00-6:00 p.m., for access to complimentary snacks, screenings, campus and local resources, prizes and giveaways, Animal Assisted Therapy Dogs,  and much much more!

If you had a stressful first and second week, make sure to take advantage of Yoga Night on Thursday, September 13th. This will be held at 7:00 p.m. on the lawn between Rekhi and Dow.

If you are a sports fan, we also have some sporting events that are coming up this weekend! If you haven’t heard, our Michigan Tech Football team won an exciting game in overtime this past Saturday! It was a great game to cheer on our Huskies. Make sure to come to their next home game on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. against Davenport. Our Women’s Volleyball team also has two matches this weekend. On Friday, they play Northwoods at 7:00 p.m. up at the Wood Gym. Saturday, they play against Ferris State at 4:00 p.m. Ferris State ended up placing number one in the conference last season, so this should be a great game to attend!

Finally, if you haven’t heard of the MUB Film Board yet, you have to make sure to check them out. This student organization streams movies each weekend in Fisher 135. Admission to the movies are only $3.00. Can you believe it? Newer movies only $3.00, what a deal! Concessions are also only $1.00. For all of you commuters out there, I plan on scheduling a commuter event for Saturday, September 22nd at 5:30 p.m. The movie for this day is “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”. I would like to invite all of you commuters to join me at the movies this day and hopefully we can get to know each other while enjoying a movie from our very own Film Board! The movie starts at 5:30, so I plan on meeting by Aftermath Cafe in Fisher Hall at 5:00 p.m. I will also send out an email next week for all of those that may be interested in joining me.

I hope you have some time to check out some of these events and I look forward to hopefully meeting some of you at Jurassic World!

Have a great week and stay tuned for another edition of….

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Welcome Back Commuters!

Hello Commuters!

Welcome back to all of our returning commuter students, welcome to campus for our first year commuters and welcome to my first blog post as your commuter assistant! My name is Jamie Sertich, and like all of you, I am also a commuter. I graduated from Dollar Bay High School in 2015. I am now a 4th year Accounting major. I can’t wait to meet a lot of you within the next year and a half!

This week, there is a very important event going on that’ll help you find your place on campus. That’s K-Day! For those of you that don’t know what this is, it is a yearly event where a majority of the student organizations reserve a booth and have more information on their organizations. There will be games, candy and goodies at the tables, and also free food. So make sure to stop on by and get some lunch and meet some of our amazing organizations on campus! This year K-Day will be at Chassell Centennial Park!

Another cool event, that will be taking place on Thursday, September 6, is 906 Night featuring Bob Hiltunen. Since many of you are locals, you may have heard of Bob as he is a local musician (from my hometown of Dollar Bay) and is also known for giving guitar lessons at Good Times Music. Bob will be playing Live Music in the MUB Ballroom on Thursday at 9:06pm. So come on out and show your support for Bob while taking a break from your hectic first week!

A great thing about Michigan Tech is that we have so many creative events going on that most people from other universities don’t really hear about. Did you spend your childhood playing Rock Paper Scissors with your classmates? If you think you are a master Rock Paper Scissors competitor, then head on over to MUB Ballroom B on Saturday, September 8 from 7-8 p.m. and put your skills to the test! You can win some awesome prizes at this event!

Enjoy your first week of classes and make sure to take a study break and check out some of these fun events!


Good luck this semester!



Hello Commuters!

This week is a shorter version of the commute as it seems everyone on campus is starting to get focused and finish up the semester. I hope you all are doing well in your classes, and not letting yourselves get overloaded by the end of the semester. In case you are, here are a few options this coming weekend for things to do on campus as a break.

If you’re interested in theater, then be sure to see the Visual and Performing Arts Department’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Here is a brief description of one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays:

Lysander loves Hermia, but Hermia loves Demetrius. The trouble is Demetrius loves Helena who believes she loves Lysander. This is what happens when a love potion gets into the wrong hands. How does it end? Happily, of course. But the mad romantic romp won’t end until magic restores the lovers’ senses.

The show will run April 12-14th at 7:30pm each night in the Rozsa Center. As with all VPA productions, tickets are free to all current students.

If you’re looking for a much more contemporary type of comedy, consider coming to see stand up comedian Brandon Vestal. Sponsored by MUB Board, this event will be taking place in the MUB commons this coming Friday at 9pm. Vestal has been featured in the show Last Comic Standing and the Hollywood Comedy Festival so it’s sure to be a good time.

That’s all I have for this week, but check back soon for another issue of…

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Music, and Theater

Hello Commuters!

There’s plenty going on around campus this week, so instead of a long introduction let’s dive into things.

This Wednesday in the Rozsa theater you can come see the high energy show Children of Metropolis. This is a traveling show, originating from Canada, that features a large group of performers all playing different percussion instruments. Many of the instruments featured are being made from different pieces of scrap and metal which is sure to create and interesting show. The show is this Wednesday in the Rozsa starting at 7:30pm.

If you’re looking to hear a very different kind of music consider checking out Keweenaw Awesome Fest or Kfest. Kfest is a two day music festival that takes place in the McArdle Theater (Second Floor Walker) and is entirely run by our campus radio station WMTU and students of the Visual and Performing Arts Department. Music starts at 6pm on Friday and will run until midnight, with the same being true for the Saturday shows. Music style ranges from alternative to hard rock to some stuff that’s just hard to describe, but there’s definitely something for everyone at Kfest. If you’re interested in attending tickets will be sold at the door and can be purchased for one or both nights. For more information visit the official Kfest website. https://kfest.mtu.edu/

That’s all I have for this week, but be sure to come back next time for another issue of…

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Spring Break

Hello Commuters

As I’m sure everyone is aware Spring Break is just around the corner. One last break from the hustle and bustle of the semester before we enter the final push. While you may want to take the entire week off to not think about school, I would also consider looking over some of your coursework as well. I always find that the semester gets more and more hectic as it goes on, and any chance I get to work ahead is a blessing. You should definitely all take some time away from the school, travel to a new place, do something you enjoy. But don’t forget that if you take a little time out of your non-busy week now, it just might save you from being overloaded later on.

Another point to bring up is that registration for the fall semester is rapidly approaching. It’s always a good idea to make a plan for the next year and meet with your advisor to see if you’re on the right path. I even recommend that you form a plan that guides you through the rest of your time in college. Will the plan change? Undoubtedly. But having a ground plan never hurt anyone and can be a major asset when it comes to graduating on time. I’ve run into too many people that get to their final semester and have to take 1.5 credits of co-curricular still. Trust me, no one wants to be the person taking tennis, weight lifting, and skiing in one semester after not exercising for the past two some years.

That’s all I have for this week, not too much going on around campus since break is starting up. But be sure to come back after break to learn about all the ways you can get involved on campus, in the next issue of…

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The Commute Changes

Hello Commuters,

I hope that everyone had a great winter carnival and enjoyed the short break from class. After some consideration I have decided to change the aim of The Commute to hopefully provide a more useful resource. Previously The Commute has primarily focused on the different events going on around campus, but I feel that these are already well covered in the weekly student news brief. Since The Commute is aimed at sharing opportunities for involvement on campus however, each issue will now focus on a different student organization. Student orgs are a great resource to everyone on campus and an excellent way to get yourself involved. While the one time events and shows are fun, (see your student news brief for info on those) learning more about student orgs may help you find a way to be involved on campus for your whole college experience.

The first student org being highlighted is Above the Bridge Records:

Above the Bridge Records is a student run record label located on the campus of Michigan Tech.

Our goal is to provide Michigan Tech students, who are interested in the recording industry, a way of gaining professional, real world experience in the field.

We offer free recording services to any student, staff or faculty member, local artists and other groups. 
We try to further the knowledge of music recording to the organization’s members by taking on every aspect and task of the industry. That includes everything from the initial recording, to the mixing, mastering, and even printing and promotion of an album if at all possible.
We want to help foster the local music scene and inspire creativity and collaboration between artists. 
We also try to inspire an interest in audio and the audio arts through our involvement with other campus organizations.
Our meetings are on Tuesdays from 5:30pm to 6:00pm on the second floor of the Walker Arts and Humanities building – room 212.
If you are already in a student org and want to have your group highlighted in The Commute please email me at atstocke@mtu.edu

Husky Lead and More

Hello Commuters!

As this is the first blog of the spring semester, I would like to start by welcoming you all back. I hope that your classes are all going well and will continue to do so the remaining 12 weeks. In the meantime let’s take a look at some of the great events going on around campus.

First off are the Husky Lead sessions are starting on tomorrow (Feb 1) at 6pm in the MUB Alumni lounge A. Husky Lead sessions are aimed at helping in the development of students leadership skills with each session focusing on a different aspect of leadership. This first session is called “Know Your Role” and is all about how to both lead a group in the most effective way as well as be an effective team member yourself. For more information on the great things going on at Husky Lead, feel free to check out their website at http://www.mtu.edu/student-activities/leadership/huskylead/.

Looking ahead at next week, we have our Winter Carnival Comedian, Josh Blue, performing in the Rozsa Center on Friday February 9th at 9pm. For those interested here is a brief description of Josh’s act.

“Perhaps best known as the comedian who puts the cerebral in Cerebral Palsy, Josh Blue exploded onto the national comedy scene by capturing the attention and endearment of the country as the winner of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. As one of the most sought after comedians on the college circuit, Josh centers much of his self-deprecating act around his disability. His undeniable likability, comedic timing and off-the-cuff improvisational skills guarantee that no two shows are exactly alike.”

As someone who’s been to the comedian each Winter Carnival I highly recommend attending the show. Each year hasn’t disappointed and after watching some of Josh’s material I’m sure this year will be great as well.

Lastly I would like to remind everyone that if you have any questions about something on campus or how to get more involved here at Michigan Tech, then feel free to come visit me during my office hours. This semester office hours will be available Mondays and Wednesdays from 8-10am with other times being available upon appointment.

That’s all I have for this week, but be sure to come back next week for a heap of Winter Carnival activities in the next issue of…

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Study Session

Hello Commuters!

As I’m sure everyone is aware finals week is just a few short days away and everyone on campus has started preparing. To assist with this I will be running an open study session this Saturday (12/16) in library room 112. The study session will have some snacks available to you and will run from 12-2pm. If you have a group of people that you normally study with feel free to bring them along.

If you’re looking for a small break from preparing for finals, consider attending the Michigan Tech Choir concert this Saturday in the Rozsa Center. The concert is called “The Sound from Within Us” and features American songs written for choir and a selection of songs written for wind ensemble being played by the Superior Wind Symphony. As always the people in these ensembles have been working on this material for quite awhile so it should be a great show.

That’s all I have for this week, but I hope to see you all at the study session on Saturday. Come back next semester for more of…

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