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 esleclai@mtu.edu.

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 (crholzbe@mtu.edu) for more information.

Have a good week!


Homecoming is here!


This week is Homecoming week! There are plenty of things going on all week that are open for people to check out. Feel free to look around campus and keep an eye out from things like window painting and cardboard boat! If you want to check out more of those things going on throughout the week, follow this link. There are plenty of things to get out and see during homecoming so I highly recommend getting out and taking part in some Tech Traditions!

One in particular is generally accepted as an one of the craziest things we do here at Michigan Tech (maybe not generally, but in my opinion at least). Cardboard boat is exactly what it sounds like. Organizations taking part in homecoming come together to create a boat using cardboard, duct tape, and usually some paint. On Friday afternoon, those groups bring them over to the Houghton waterfront by Chutes and Ladders. Members of each group get in the boat and paddle it in a race, trying to make it back to land before they completely sink. It a whole lot of fun to participate in, but I would argue that it’s more entertaining to watch.

Apart from homecoming, there are plenty of other things to do around campus this (and every!) weekend. From things like Filmboard movies to meetings, speakers, performances and the like, there always something to do on campus. One thing to remind everyone of is the Student Success Summit coming up in just under a week! This is a conference to help students survive and thrive while you all are here at Michigan Tech. There are some incredibly useful options for many different kinds of issues and topics so everyone can get a little something different out of it. If you are interested in this, follow this link to register!

Otherwise, have a good week and feel free to contact me with questions/comments/concerns!

Prepping for Career Fair and a Good Semester

Hello Commuters!

I hope everyone has had a good week! As I’m sure most of you know, the Career Fest is going on now leading up to Career next Tuesday September 27th. If you are looking to go to any Career Fest events or the Career Fair next week here are some things to keep in mind!

Take advantage of the Career Fest events! These are all set up to get students (all of us) better acquainted with companies and recruiters and closer to getting any kind of jobs you might want. Between the Resume Blitz, mock interviews, and events like Evening with Industry, there are significant opportunities throughout the next week before the Career Fair. I highly recommend utilizing things like the Resume Blitz and mock interviews because even if you aren’t looking for a job at Career Fair, it’ll help hone skills that will be useful down the road. If you are looking to get a job from Career Fair, it is very useful to do some research into what companies you might be interested in talking to and making a plan of attack before you get there. Think you might need help creating this kind of plan of attack? There are people for that! I’m always available to help out, otherwise Career Services offers mentors and helpers that could help out with that!

In addition to Career Fest, there’s some events coming up around campus to get involved for fun and also to make sure everyone has the best semester possible. One of these events is the Student Success Summit called P3: People, Purpose, Passion. It’s a one day leadership and success summit meant to help with things varying from how sleep schedules impact success and leadership roles. If you are interested in registering for that, it is on October 8th from 9 am – 4 pm. Here is the link!

As per usual, I have my office hours every week and you can always send me an email if you need help with anything!

First Couple Weeks!

Hello commuters!

I hope you’ve all had a good time getting settled in to classes and have enjoyed the (mostly) awesome weather for the first couple weeks of classes! I know that this time can be very exciting and also intimidating looking into the rest of the semester, but fear not! There are plenty of resources at your disposal that can help if you need it. All of the Learning Center, the Wahtera Center, faculty office hours… all of these people are ready and waiting for students like you to reach out to them if you need help with anything. (Links to some of these resources at the bottom of the post).

Another aspect of the first couple weeks of classes is getting involved on campus! There are plenty of clubs and organizations that would love new members and even if you didn’t go to K Day, check them out on Involvement Link or pay attention around campus for fliers that might be interesting to you. If you feel like you are interested in something that you haven’t been able to find around campus or that Michigan Tech might not have, let me know and I can either help you find it or we can look into creating a group for it!

Additionally, the Student News Briefs is sent out every Friday with updates of events on campus that are coming up in the next couple of weeks. In the one sent out this past Friday, events range from the Color Run happening this weekend or BreakSk8 in the Rozsa this Saturday. Check it out and see what you might be interested in participating in this week!

Finally, I just want to remind you guys that I am here to be a resource for you. If you need anything, feel free to email me at esleclai@mtu.edu or swing by my office hours in the Wahtera Center. (Mondays: 9-10 and 3-4, Wednesday 12-1, or Thursday 10-11) I’m open to meet other times, just shoot me an email and we can set something up. Otherwise, I want to set up and plan events that you would like to do, so let me know! We can do pizza parties, rock climb at the SDC, go to Film Board movies together, ANYTHING*!

*Almost anything



Semester Crunch Time

Hello Commuters!

I hope that break treated you well and the time off gave you the needed extra energy to finish off the year strong. If you have not already done so, double check your scheduled finals and make sure you don’t have any overlap or ones that like to sneak up on you. As they are so close now, there are plenty of ways to  get stressed, but I would like to remind everyone to try not to do that!

Wednesday, December 9th, we will be having a study break in library study room 114. If anyone is in the library or interested in taking a break from studying or finishing papers, feel free to stop by! We will have granola bars for people who do stop by, otherwise feel free to stop and chat for awhile. It is very important to manage your time well while studying and preparing for exams. Part of that is to make sure you take a break sometime in there to let your brain process all of the information.

Some other study tips, make sure you get enough food and sleep to make sure you are functioning to your best ability.

Before Thanksgiving Break..

Hello Commuters!

I know everyone is excited for break and the time off from classes that comes with it. I would just like to warn everyone that this also means we are finishing up Week Twelve of the semester. We’re just about to the end of the semester now. I would like to encourage all of you to remember that papers, projects, presentations, exams, and whatever else teachers might be throwing at you WILL be due in the very near future, if they have not been already. As much as I want all of you to take full advantage of your break and enjoy some time without having to go to classes, I don’t want anyone to fall behind because of it. Depending on what works for you, I would recommend getting some stuff done this coming weekend to give yourself the time off all of you deserve!


I would like to get some feedback on an event I will be hosting after Thanksgiving Break, but before finals. If you have any ideas for a study break type event, snacks you’d like to see there, or whatever really, feel free to email me!

Have a good break!


This is not a drill: Week 10

Hello Commuters!

I hope that everything has been going well for the past week. I would just like to remind everyone that it is week 10 of the semester, well into the second half of it. There are plenty of things to be doing, just don’t forget why you are here: 1 – to learn enough to get a degree and 2 – get involved, make connections, and have fun. To continue that thought, First Years, you should have your midterm grades by now. I’m going to remind you to use that information wisely. Those should either give you the idea that you are doing well and to continue what you are doing or that you need to change something quickly.

REGISTRATION! The bi annual Michigan Tech Hunger Games. No matter when you need to register for classes, you should be preparing for it NOW if you have not already done so. The UN classes, any popular classes, PE classes, and plenty of major specific classes can fill up very quickly. Make sure you know how to register, where to go on Banweb, and have a couple of back up classes just in case. If you need to check when you will be registering, you can look at this document as a reference or check your Banweb account (Go to Students>Registration>Check Your Registration Status).


If you are interested in learning about the events going on around campus this week, follow this link to the Michigan Tech calendar for more info!

Also, from my boss, feel like you’re worn down and need some help rebooting? Take a look at the Midsemester Reboot hosted by the Wahtera Center.

Midsemester Reboot
Tuesday, November 3 
Fisher 130, 5:005:45 PM

Did you wake up one day this week and realize more than half the semester has passed? Do you feel far behind or way too overwhelmed? Take an optimistic approach and use advice and strategies from this session to “reboot” your semester and work towards success! We are offering this session based on interest so please express interest by signing up at: http://goo.gl/forms/6wae5sqQ0a.

Let me know if you have any questions about registration or figuring things out for the rest of the semester!



Week 7: Getting things done

Hello Commuters!

The start of week 7 marks the mid way point in the semester. Everyone seems to be busier around campus with midterm exams and papers, similar to last week. To take a break from all of that, join me and the transfer assistant, Brittany, for a gathering (with pizza) in Fisher this Wednesday at 5 pm. If you would like to go, fill out this form and let us know! We’ll be ordering pizza from Domino’s and hanging out and just taking a break from everything else going on.



On the other hand, this week should be a rather telling week for figuring out how to plan for the rest of the semester. Make sure to look at your syllabi and keep an eye on any final projects that will be sneaking up on you. (They tend to do that a lot).  Midterm grades will be released soon, so make sure that you pay attention to those and adjust studying as needed. Also, keep an eye on the Michigan Tech calendar. There will be updates on EVERYTHING going on around campus.



If anyone has any questions, feel free to email me at esleclai@mtu.edu. I’m here to help out with most things.

Have a good week!