Month: February 2012

Study Abroad

Have you ever wanted to travel abroad while getting a quality education? Have you ever wanted to explore new and exciting cultures during an extended trip to an exotic land? Then consider studying abroad!

Studying abroad is a great opportunity to explore the world around you while continuing to pursue your college education. Michigan Tech’s International Programs and Services (IPS) offers great study abroad opportunities with many different programs and countries to choose from. Popular countries that students choose to travel to are China, Germany, Costa Rica, France, Brazil, India, and Japan, but Michigan Tech offers programs to over 30 countries!  IPS also hosts “Study Abroad 101 Sessions” at 11:00 am on Tuesdays and 2:00 pm on Thursdays to supply you with more information about what it’s like to study abroad and the steps needed to take to complete your application. Here are Michigan Tech’s study abroad application deadlines:

Summer Semester 2012:             March 1
Fall Semester 2012:                       April 1
Spring Semester 2013:                 October 15

Keep in mind that the university or program you would like to study through may have application deadlines that are different from Michigan Tech’s.

If you are interested in studying abroad and would like more information about the steps needed to take to apply, please visit this website or email IPS at

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Take Advantage of Summer Classes

As a commuter, you have a unique opportunity to get ahead by taking advantage of Michigan Tech’s summer classes.

Registration for summer is open now, so take some time to consider summer courses.  Summer semesters are “double time” meaning that 14 weeks of content is covered in 7 weeks.

While this may seem overwhelming, it provides a great opportunity to take a course that you may not want to draw out for the length of a traditional semester.  Summer also provides a great opportunity to raise your G.P.A. by retaking a course that you may have received a low grade in during the traditional academic year.

Parking is great in the summer, and summer classes tend to be much smaller and considerable more laid back, so if that’s your learning style, dig in! In order to receive full summer financial aid you must enroll in at least 12 credits between track A and B. Loans are available to students who enroll in 6 or more credits. Choose from one of  two summer “tracks.”

Summer Track A Classes Run: May 7-June 21
Summer Track B Classes Run: June 25- August 9

Be sure to talk to your advisor before registering for summer courses.

To register visit:
Apply for Summer Financial Aid at:

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Registration for Fall 2012

Get ready to register for your classes for next Fall Semester! Registration starts on March 15, so make sure to leave plenty of time to meet with you academic adviser so they can help make sure you’re on the right track with your classes.  Here is the registration priority schedule:

Date                                                                                                                      Earned Credits

Thursday, March 15                                                                                            Graduate students

Sunday, March 18 (10PM)                                                                                 127.5 or more

Sunday, March 18 (11PM)                                                                                 117 – 127

Monday, March 19 (10PM)                                                                                103 – 116.5

Monday, March 19 (11PM)                                                                                90 – 102.5

Tuesday, March 20                                                                                             81 – 89.5

Wednesday, March 21 (10PM)                                                                         71.5 – 80.5

Wednesday, March 21 (11PM)                                                                         60 – 71

Thursday, March 22                                                                                            50 – 59.5

Friday, March 23 (10PM)                                                                                   42 – 49.5

Friday, March 23 (11PM)                                                                                   30 – 41.5

Monday, March 26                                                                                              18 – 29.5

Tuesday, March 27                                                                                             14 – 17.5

Wednesday, March 28                                                                                       0 – 13.5

Thursday, March 29                                                              Non-degree seeking students

Thursday, March 29 through Sunday, April 1 : Open to all students

Remember: “Earned Credits” means the number of credits earned at the time of registration.

Make sure to register sooner rather than later to ensure your enrollment in all the best classes!  If you have any questions about registration,  please contact the Student Services Center at  For more information on the registration priority schedule, click here.

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Spring Break In Houghton

If you are staying in the local area during spring break, you’re in luck! There are a lot of great events going on in the Houghton/Hancock area over the break.

Friday March 2 |Commuter Spring Break Kick-Off | 7-9pm
First-year students are welcome to attend the Commuter Spring Break Kick-off, a night of free bowling, food, and fun at the Mineshaft/Rockhouse. To sign up, e-mail a “yes” to

Friday March 2 | Copper Dog Opening Day l 5-9pm
Visit downtown Calumet to enjoy bonfires, live music, food, and fireworks. Find out more at:

Friday March 2 | Chinese Night  l 7:30pm-9:30pm

Chinese night is an annual celebration of the Chinese New Year; this year’s Chinese Night will celebrate the Year of the Dragon and will be held in the Rozsa Center. You can get a student ticket to the event for just $5 at

Saturday March 3 | Michigan Tech Preschool Cabin Fever l 10am-2-pm
Cabin fever is an event with games, activities, prizes, snacks, and a bake sale to fund-raise for Michigan Tech’s non-profit Pre-School.  Volunteers are needed to run games and assist with the event. If you’d like to help, e-mail

Saturday March 3 | Calumet Market l 10am-4-pm
Stop by the Calumet Merchant and Miners Building to shop for jewelry, paintings, baked goods, and more.

Sunday March 4 | Copper Dog 150 l 5am-3pm
Visit downtown Calumet to enjoy the final day of the Copper Dog 150. Find out more at:

Monday March 5 | Dog Walking @ Humane Society | 4-8pm
Give back by visiting the Copper Country Humane Society to spend time with one of their adorable pets. Find out more:

Wednesday March 7 | Dog Walking @ Humane Society | 4-8pm
Give back by visiting the Copper Country Humane Society to spend time with one of their adorable pets. Find out more:

Friday March 9 | Dog Walking @ Humane Society | 4-8pm
Give back by visiting the Copper Country Humane Society to spend time with one of their adorable pets. Find out more:

ALL WEEK | SDC Open | 12pm-8pm
The Student Development Complex will continue to be open during spring break, and it’s a great time to visit– you’ll have your pick of activities without any crowds. Check out the Spring Break SDC Schedule @:

ALL WEEK | Labs Open | 24 Hours With Student IDSpring break is a fantastic time to catch up on, or get ahead in, your classes. After the break there are only 6 weeks until the end of the semester, and it goes fast. Make the most of your time, the quiet labs, and the free parking, by putting in some lab time.

ALL WEEK | Mt. Ripley | Regular Hours
Beat the crowds by enjoying some ski or snowboard time at Mt. Ripley over the break. Find out more @

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Community Service Stop Hunger Week

The Community Service group sponsored by Student Activities is currently hosting their annual Stop Hunger Week. Stop Hunger Week takes place from Monday, February 20th to Friday, March 2nd 2012. Stop Hunger Week events include a collection of food items and Econo Foods receipts, stuffing weekly meal bags at St. Vincent’s, assisting with Meal on Wheels at Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly, and baking bread with Dining Services. If you would like to make a donation to the local food banks,  they are in need of the following items:
Boxed Dinners (hamburger helper etc.)
Canned or Packaged Fruit
Drinks (juices, teas, kool-aid etc.)
Desserts (brownie mixes, etc.)
Snacks (fruit packs, granola bars, crackers, pop tarts etc.)
Hygiene Items (shampoo, soap, etc.)

Bring your donations to Student Activities in MUB 112.

If you have more questions on Stop Hunger Week or would like to participate in the Week’s events, please contact for more information.

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Nominations Open for Student Leadership Awards

If you know an exceptional Michigan Tech student, please consider nominating them for a 2012 Student Leadership Award.

Awards recognize students who have excelled academically, organizationally, or professionally.

Awards Include: Presidents Award for Leadership, Vice President for Student Affairs Award for Service, Percy Julian Award (Diversity),  Exceptional Community Service Project, Exceptional Enthusiasm as a Student Leader, Exceptional Leadership is the Residential Community, Exceptional Leadership in Student Governance, Most Improved Student Organization, Provost’s Award for Scholarship, Rising Star of the Year, Student Employee of the Year, Student Organization Adviser of the Year, and Student Organization of the Year.

All nominations can be completed online at:

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It’s almost Week 7 – can you believe it?! We’re almost half way through the semester! And that means midterm grades will soon become available as we draw closer to Week 7. If you haven’t yet begun to do so, this is a good time to start utilizing the Learning Centers to help keep up and catch up in your tougher classes this semester. Here is a list of all the Learning Centers we have here on campus:

Chemistry Learning Center: Chem Sci 208

Biology Learning Center: DOW 744

Civil and Environmental Learning Center: Dillman 102

Business Learning Center: AOB G10

First Year Engineering Learning Center: Dillman B008

Forestry Learning Center: Main Office

Electrical and Computer Engineering Learning Center: EERC 123

Math Learning Center: Fisher 128

Computer Science Learning Center: Rekhi 114

Multiliteracies Center: Walker 107

Physics Learning Center: Fisher228

Engineering Learning Center: MEEM 203

Don’t be afraid to go to the Learning Centers!  The coaches are there to HELP YOU! And we, as your Commuter Assistants are also here to help you.  Come visit us anytime in the Commuter Lounge:

Monday: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Tuesday: 9:00 am – 11:00 am and 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Wednesday: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Thursday: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Friday: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Best of luck on all your midterms this semester!  We’ll be rooting for you!

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Student Commission

Do you want to see a change on campus? Are you interested in solving campus issues? Then the Student Commission is right for you! The University Student Commission is a student org on campus that is designed for students to meet collectively with University staff to talk about student issues and to make a difference on our campus, from going green to solving parking issues.  If you have something to say, let your voice be heard!  Please contact Lynda Heinonen at for more information about the org as well as meeting times and locations.

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Spring Career Fair 2012!

It’s that time of year again! Time to get ready for the 2012 Spring Career Fair, which will take place on Tuesday, February 21st in the SDC from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm!

Businesses from all over the country will be here to listen to you convince them about why you’re the right candidate for the internships, co-ops, or full-time positions they’re offering especially to college students.  First years, don’t be shy; they’re here to see you too!  So break out your fanciest business attire and head over to the Career Services Center to tighten up your resume so that you can be the best candidate these companies have ever seen!

For more information on the 2012 Spring Career Fair, visit

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