Archives—October 2016

Leadership Development

Hello Commuters!

This week I’m going to focus on some awesome things that Michigan Tech offers to develop leadership skills and build a community of driven students. Regularly, there are sessions called HuskyLEAD that will focus on a different topic each session that are applicable to being a leader at Michigan Tech. There’s also an opportunity for students to participate in the LeaderShape program. It is a week long seminar that aims to build the leadership skills of the students participating.

The HuskyLEAD programs are meant for students who want to learn more about how to be successful as a leader for their own good, for the benefit of a student organization, or current and future career positions. The LEAD in Husky LEAD stands for Leadership Education Accelerating Development. Some of the skills that are highlighted in these sessions are self-awareness, teamwork, and communication. Next Tuesday (November 1st) there will be a session on Lean Leadership in the MUB Alumni Lounge. For more info on future HuskyLEADs and the program in general, follow this link!

Another program that is sponsored by Student Activities here at Michigan Tech is the LeaderShape Institute. This program is an intensive weeklong leadership development experience that aims to teach student how to “lead with integrity.” For Michigan Tech the LeaderShape Institute takes place at the end of winter break (2-7 January 2017) at the Ford Center in Alberta, MI (near L’Anse). There is an application process and a cost to be a participant but past participants speak highly of their experience and say that is worth it. The deadline to participate for January 2017 is November 3rd. For more information on that, follow this link!

One other reminder for this week will be the Winter Parking Ban. The winter parking ban starts on November 1st and goes from 2am to 7am every day until April 30th. Keep this in mind if you are staying on campus late. If you have any questions about parking, talk to Transportation Services or Public Safety and Police Services. Otherwise, feel free to email me at

Have a good week!


Midterm Study Break

Hello commuters!

I hope everyone has been having a (relatively) stress free midterm exam period. If not, I’m here to talk or there are events on campus that should help you take your mind off of everything! For example, the Transfer Assistant and I will be hosting an event on Friday from 2-4 in the library with snacks and time to hang out and take a break from studying! We’ll be in study room 111, so stop by whenever!

Otherwise, there are events going on that could be of interest to people to get out and enjoy what campus has to offer. This weekend there’s going to be showing of Silent Sky put on by Tech Theatre. Go see a theatre production (for free with your student ID) and support other Michigan Tech students. For more information on it, follow the link.

There are cool topics in the Social Justice Lecture Series coming up and next week will be with speaker Kye Allums. He is the first openly transgender Division 1 athlete. For more info on that, follow this link! Also next week, there’s a talk entitled, The Sexual Politics of Meat, with author and activist Carol Adams. For more info on that, follow this link!

Another thing to remember is that Spring registration will be coming up VERY soon! To check when exactly you schedule, follow this link and check it out! That link from the Registrar’s Office will include some tips and tricks to figuring out how to prepare for registration. This also means that it will be a very good time to meet with your advisor and figure out what will be best for you to take to stay on track.

As always, feel free to contact me with any issues you might run into in trying to go through the rest of this semester. I have office hours in the Admin building (Wahtera Center) every week or I’m available through email when ever.

Have a good week!

Midterm Time!

Hello Commuters!

There are plenty of things going on now that we have gotten into the middle of the semester. Midterm exams and assignments are all coming up very quickly if you have not had them yet. I want to remind you all that there are a lot of options to get help if you might need it. Learning centers for all of the major classes are available by appointment and they usually have walk in hours. Additionally, there’s the Multiliteracies Center to help with all of your writing needs! I highly recommend checking some of these out before major assignments or exams come up.

As a useful check in, first year student midterm grades will be posted Monday, 17th October after 5 pm. This is a good way for you guys to check in on your classes and make sure you’re on the right track. This is also a good excuse to go and see your professors if you’re worried about anything with that class. Trust me, they want to talk to you! They appreciate seeing you and that could definitely help when it comes to making sure you do well in class.

With all of the craziness of midterms, this week is also the Pride Week sponsored by Keweenaw Pride. They host a bunch of awesome events to raise awareness and support for LGBTQIA+ causes and community, especially at Michigan Tech and in the Keweenaw. If you want to find out about the events going on this week, follow this link!

Finally, there’s an opportunity for students to get involved with the Animal Care Facility. Here’s some more information about it!

The Animal Care Facility at Michigan Tech is looking for several undergraduate students. Primary duties including cleaning, record-keeping, and routine care of the animals. Approximately 10-15 hours/week are available for each student over Thanksgiving and Winter break. During school weeks, the schedule is generally lighter, usually 5 hours/week. The schedule is flexible and hours are arranged around classes. Students MUST be available and staying in the local area for the entirety of Thanksgiving and Winter break. Students should also be interested in working during Spring semester. Training would start the second week of November.

Please contact Courtney ( for more information.

Have a good week!