Archives—October 2018


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It’s week nine, which means final exams are approaching soon, so make sure you start pacing yourself and studying for those exams. We will be having a commuter event when it gets closer to exam time. Details for this event will be in the blog when I have more details.

Halloween is this Wednesday, and the Pep Band has a special treat for the public. The Michigan Tech Pep Band calls this event “Yalloween”. This will be a concert where the Pep Band will play great music to get you in the Halloween spirit. This event is free for Michigan Tech students. The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Rozsa.

The 41 North Film Festival is holding a festival of Independent films from around the region. There are many different films streaming, and some have Q&A’s with the directors, and even panels, so make sure to stop by for this festival. More information on locations, titles, and times can be found at:

Leadership is a very important quality and role to have, especially when you get out into the workforce. The Interfraternity Council is sponsoring an event “Limitless Leadership – Tom Healy”. This one hour presentation will help you learn how you thrive to be a leader, and some helpful pointers in holding that role. This presentation will be held on Thursday, November 1st from 8:00-9:00 p.m. in the MUB Ballroom.

Another thing that I want to mention to you guys is not an event, but it is a place you can go to if you need to relax and take a break from studying and all of the craziness that college brings. One of my favorite places on campus to unwind and relax is in the Relaxation Room. The Relaxation Room is on the third floor of the Administration Building (Counseling Services). The relaxation room has a sun lamp to help you get some Vitamin D since winter is approaching, it has some comfortable couches you can take a quick nap on, and you can even do a crossword or color a picture to relax your mind. I would highly recommend checking out the Relaxation Room and the other many places that our campus has to offer for study breaks!

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Happy Halloween!

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This week at Michigan Tech is Red Ribbon Week. This week is dedicated to raising awareness for Substance Abuse. The Interfraternity Council, Order of Omega, and Panhellenic Council will be holding events all throughout the week from October 22nd to October 27th, so keep an eye out for these events.

Following along from Innovation Week last week, there will also be an Innovation Day 2018 presentation on Tuesday, October 23rd from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. These times will be split into two different presentations, and they will be held in the Library, Room 224.  The morning session will help you learn about resources to help out with your innovations, and the afternoon session will deal with patents more in detail.

If you are a student that is interested in learning more about getting accommodations for classes, make sure to check out the Diverse Dialogues presentation on Tuesday, October 23rd from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in MUB Ballroom 1. Here you can learn more information about how to get accommodations, and also what kind of situations Michigan Tech offers accommodations for.

It is now that time of year where the weather’s getting colder and more illnesses are going around. So, check out the Health Care 101 Series with Blue Cross to find out more information dealing with insurance and your many healthcare options around the area that you might find helpful if you end up getting a bug this winter. Times and locations for this event can be found here:

Halloween is near! That means that it is the perfect time for pumpkin carving. Luckily for you, the Memorial Union Board is holding a pumpkin carving session on Thursday, October 25th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. There will also be a Halloween movie playing and s’mores to eat! Stop on by and check out this event at the O’Connor House Backyard (OAP). Another Halloween event going on this week is the Rocky Horror Picture Show. This event will be held on Saturday, October 27th at 11:00 p.m. at the Rozsa Center. This event is free for Michigan Tech students due to your Experience Tech fee, so make sure you bring your IDs and wear your best Halloween costumes!

Finally, there are some athletic games happening this weekend that you can take a break from studying to attend. As you all know, Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan are rivals and the sports games get pretty rowdy. Luckily for you, Michigan Tech Women’s Volleyball is playing Northern Michigan at 7:00 p.m. on Friday night. So, make sure to bring your best cheering and support the Huskies. Also, the Women’s Basketball team opens their season with an exhibition game on Saturday night from 6:00-8:00 p.m. against St. Norbert college. So make sure to come on out and support the basketball team for their first home match.

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Innovation Week

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This week is known as “Innovation Week” on campus. If you are not sure what this is, there are some events going on this week that is pertaining to innovation week. On Monday, October 15th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. there will be an Idea Pitch Practice. This is a place to bring your innovative ideas and to prepare for the Idea Pitch later in the week. This is also a great networking opportunity. There will be hors d’oeuvres from 5:00-6:00 and then practice pitches will follow from 6:00-7:00. This event will be held at the ICE house (21610 Woodland Rd. Houghton, MI). The actual Idea Pitch event will be held on Wednesday, October 17th from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in M&M 113. Cash prizes will also be awarded for the most innovative ideas. You can register online for this event at: The University Innovation Fellows will also be having an event “Coffee Sprints” on Thursday, October 18th from 6:30-7:50 p.m. At this event, you can enjoy some late night coffee and snacks while participating in a design sprint. Here you will learn how to quickly generate ideas and find the best solution.

There are also many other events going on this week. On Monday, October 15th from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., Quicken Loans will have information at a table in Fisher by the Aftermath Cafe. If you are interested in talking to them, make sure to stop by.

Again, there will still be some events going on pertaining to Career Fair and job searching since it is now the time when people are starting to get job offers. So, on Tuesday, October 16th from 12:15-1:00 p.m. there will be a “How to job search smarter, not harder” information session. If you are interested in looking for jobs for the summer, or even for after you graduate, make sure to check this information session out and get some beneficial information on smart job searching. This event will be held in Admin 220 (Career Services).

There are also some more information sessions going on for certain majors in the Business field this week. On Wednesday, October 17th from 4:00-5:00 p.m. there will be information sessions for both BS in Finance and BS in Management Information Systems. The finance session will be held in AOB APMP Trading Lab, and the MIS session will be held in AOB Room 101.

After a long week, take a break and spend some time with the International Club for a movie night! Here you can watch some of the best movies from around the world, or even just stop by for some snacks and socialize with friends. This event will take place on Thursday, October 18th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Location of this event is currently TBD, but you can check out this link as the day gets closer for a location:

If a movie night isn’t your thing, you could also participate in Mini Golf Night. There will be door prizes and snacks throughout the night. This event is taking place on Thursday, October 18th from 6:00-9:00 p.m. in MUB Ballroom. Stop by and show off your mini golf skills while taking a break from studying.

I hope you have a great week and have a chance to check out some of these events.

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Are you ready for some Huskies Hockey?

Happy Monday, Commuters!

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I hope all of your midterms are going well so far. I also hope you got to check out Career Fair and hopefully have some interviews to attend.

This week we have some more events pertaining to Career Fair. This will be very beneficial to you, especially if you have an interview coming up for a full-time position. On Wednesday, October 10th from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in 220 Career Services, there will be a “Negotiating Job Offers with Confidence” information session. There is also another session for this on Thursday, October 11th from 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. If you have an interview coming up for a job, I would check this out to learn how to negotiate offers with ethics, strategy, and insight.

If you are a Civil or Environmental Engineer, there is also a Strand Associates Information Session on Wednesday, October 10th from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Here, Strand will talk more about opportunities for their company.

Also, on Tuesday, October 9th from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in 200 Admin we have another Study Abroad session.,There are many options for places to Study Abroad, so if you are considering doing that, make sure to check out this information session for more insight.

If you’d like to take a break from classes and exams this week, there will be an event on Wednesday, October 10th from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. This event is called “Live Through This – Dese’Rae Stage”. Dese’Rae Stage wants to show the world that suicide is not an affiliation with any certain group, it affects people of all ages, races, faiths, ethnicities, gender presentations, sexual orientations, professions, and so much more. She founded the project, which shares the stories of attempt survivors, and the portraits taken following their stories being told. So, come and show your support to these survivors and listen to their stories, and help create awareness about suicide. There will also be a Q&A after the keynote. This event will be held in the Rozsa Center.

Are you interested in getting involved playing sports on campus? If so, the Racquetball Club is having open play on Thursday, October 11th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This will be held at the SDC Racquetball Courts. Here, you can learn more about the Racquetball Club, and play against a variety of opponents.

And finally, what seems like every college student’s favorite winter activity… Men’s Hockey. The first series of the season starts this weekend (Friday, October 12th and Saturday, October 13th). Our Huskies will be playing the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs. Both games will begin at 7:37 p.m. Our Men’s Football team also has a game on Saturday, October 13th at 1:00 p.m. They will be playing against  Wayne State. Make sure to come out and support our Huskies this weekend!

I hope you have a chance to take a break from studying and check out some of these events!

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Midterms & Career Fair

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Are you prepared for Career Fair? It’s this Wednesday, October 3rd from 12:00-5:00 p.m., so make sure you get out your finest professional clothes and head on up to the SDC to talk to some potential employers. There is another resume blitz today (Monday) from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the MUB Commons, so be sure to head on over and put the finishing touches on your resume before Career Fair.

This week is Week Five of the semester. Week five typically means midterms, so make sure you take a lot of time to study this week. With that being said, our second commuter event for the semester will be going on on Tuesday, October 2nd from 6:00-7:00 p.m. We will be having a study session to help prepare for our midterms, and hopefully you can get the chance to meet some other commuters. This event will be taking place in Study Room 234 in the Library, and snacks will be provided!

Also, if you have a long week of interviews from Career Fair, and taking your midterms, make sure to take a break to go see Comedian Magician Josh McVicar at the MUB Ballroom on Saturday, October 6th from 9:00-10:00 p.m. This event is free, so make sure to stop by and destress from this hectic week.

And finally, as promised last week, I will give you some study tips to help you get through this week:

  1. Give yourself enough time to study: Don’t cram all of your studying in the night before your exam. Pace yourself throughout the week, studying a little bit each day leading up to your exam. Are you bad with time management? Then make a studying schedule to ensure that you have enough time for everything.
  2. Organize your study space: Make sure to study in a well-lit room, and make sure you have enough space to lay out all of your books. Also, another helpful idea is to make sure that computers, video games, and cellphones are out of sight to help you focus a little better.
  3. Explain your content to others: This may seem weird to “teach” a friend or family member the stuff you are learning, but studies show that it actually helps you learn the material better! So, make sure to let out your inner professor, and teach a lesson on your midterm material.
  4. Organize Study Groups with your friends: If you have made some friends in your classes, ask them to join you to study for the exam. A group of people hold more knowledge than a single person, so your friends also might be able to help you out on concepts you are not too confident about.
  5. Take breaks: This follows along with tip #1. Make sure to take breaks from studying to eat, relax, exercise, etc. You do not want to over-work your brain, so make sure to take some much needed relax time in between study sessions.
  6. Eat healthy: This one is really important. Sure, if you stay up until midnight studying you may want some Taco Bell, but studies show that eating healthier food before a big test will help your memory and concentration. So, make sure to have a good meal the night before your exam and a healthy breakfast the morning of. Also, make sure to drink enough water. If you’re dehydrated, you won’t perform as best as you could, so make sure to drink a lot of water this week!
  7. Finally, plan out your exam day. Make sure you wake up early enough to get a good breakfast, and that you can leave on time for your exam. You don’t want to show up late to your exam, or end up having to wait for traffic because that will add to the stress in your day. This added stress could lead to bad performance on your exam, so plan accordingly!

Good luck on your exams and Career Fair this week!

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