USG Sponsoring Bus for Thanksgiving Break

 This message from the Undergraduate Student Govemnment was sent to all undergraduate students: 

 As you may know, for the last few years the Undergraduate Student Government has successfully charted a student bus for Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break, and Spring Break. If you have purchased a ticket in the past, I’d like to thank you for making this a successful endeavor.

Thanksgiving is approaching once again, and the USG has charted a bus for this break as well. Once again tickets will be available to purchase online, as this will allow students (or family/friends) to purchase a ticket with a credit card.

After you have purchased a ticket it is YOUR responsibility to stop by the USG office (MUB 113) and sign a liability release form. If you purchase a ticket but do not sign a release form, you will not be able to ride the bus and will NOT be refunded.

As far as destinations, the route will be the same as previous trips with stops in St. Ignace, Gaylord, Clare, and the final stop in Lansing. There is more information regarding that on the Eventbrite website. (See the link below.)

Bus loading will begin promptly at 7:45 AM on Saturday, November 19, 2016. The bus WILL leave at 8:00 AM. The bus will make its return trip on Sunday, November 27 from East Lansing at 8:00 AM with the same stops along the way. The times for arrival are tentative as weather is more than likely going to affect the schedule in some way. USG recommends that you arrive at your designated pickup spot 20 minutes before the scheduled departure time.

Ticket sales will begin on Tuesday, October 25 at 8:00 AM. The round trip cost will be $90 plus fees. The link to purchase a ticket is:

More information regarding the route can also be found there.

If you have any questions, please contact me!

Thank you for your time!

Brian Messman
USG Events Committee Chair

Midterm Outreach

With October comes midterm, and midterm grades were posted for all first-year students on Monday, October 17.  In order to support first-year students, the Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success provides outreach to students who received more than one “UN” (unsatisfactory) midterm grade. Academic Advisors also receive midterm grade reports and are encouraged to contact students they think are struggling. While only first-year students receive midterm grades, midterm is a great time for all students to evaluate what they have been doing and make changes as needed.

If you think your student may benefit from additional support, encourage them to take advantage of some of the academic resources available to them on campus. The Learning Centers provide coaches to help students understand subject material, and coaches are students themselves.  Many centers offer individual tutoring or team-style learning sessions, they are free to students and a great support for their success.  There are other academic support services available to students through the Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success, Counseling Services, and Student Disability Services.

Flu and Meningitis Vaccine Clinics at Michigan Tech

UP Health System Portage will be offering meningitis and flu vaccine clinics on Michigan Tech’s campus this fall.

The quadrivalent flu vaccine is by injection at a cost of $40 payable at the time of service. Cash, check or credit card will be accepted. Students with Michigan Tech’s United Health Care (UHC) student health plan can have their flu vaccine billed to insurance with their UHC member ID card. Employees, retirees and family members insured by Michigan Tech’s Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) can also have their flu vaccine billed to insurance with their BCBSM member ID card. This does not include retirees that have Blue Cross insurance through MPSERS.

The meningitis vaccine is by injection at a cost of $159 with a flu shot or $199 without a flu shot. Payment is expected at the time of service and will not be billed to insurance. Receipts will be provided and individuals can submit these to insurances to see if they’ll be reimbursed.  In order to receive the meningitis vaccine during one of the clinic dates below, you must schedule an appointment by emailing .

Anyone under the age of 18 cannot be vaccinated without parental permission. A spouse and/or child may attend without the employee.

The dates of the clinics are:

  • October 19, 11-3:00 pm, MUB Ballroom
  • October 26, 4-6:00 pm, MUB Alumni Lounge
  • November 1, 11-1:00 pm, MUB Alumni Lounge
  • November 2, 4-6:00 pm, MUB Alumni Lounge

Fall Career Fair is today!

The Michigan Tech Fall 2016 Fall Career Fair is hosting 327 recruiting organizations, the third largest Michigan Tech Career Fair, with 1,200 recruiters today. Our students have been preparing for the big day by participating in a variety of CareerFEST events hosted by Career Services. Students can visit with recruiters from noon-5:00 PM today in the SDC. Many parents try to “sneak a peak” at their student by viewing the webcam located in the SDC (

Academic Success Coaches

Academic Success Coaches are successful students who provide direction and support to peers who need assistance developing the skills that support success and retention like how to study, time management, using campus resources and working with faculty.  The coaches have their own space in the Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success and students can choose to schedule an appointment or stop by during walk-in hours.  Coaches represent a variety of backgrounds, majors and life experiences. Coaching appointments and walk-in hours are available 10:00 AM-5:00 PM Monday –Friday.

Academics and Resources

The Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success is dedicated to making a positive impact in the lives of Michigan Tech’s students by helping them develop attitudes, values, and skills which enhance their academic and personal success. A committed staff offers students and their families programs, services, and opportunities that encourage their transition to, and success within university life.

If you think your student may be struggling, encourage them to take advantage of some of the academic resources available to them on campus.  Learning centers, operated by most departments, assist students taking certain courses or who are just generally having academic difficulty.  Many centers offer individual tutoring or team-style learning sessions.  They are free to students and a great support for their success.  There are other academic support services available to students through the Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success, Counseling Services, and Student Disability Services.

Student Stories

By Leslie Mundell, 4th year English major

This year marks my fourth summer spent at Michigan Tech and the last summer break of my college life. The fall semester is here, and even though Fall is my favorite season—I’m dreaming of the leaves changing color and the crisp weather—I want to hold on to what we have left of this month.

I was born and raised in the Upper Peninsula, so I have always been around nature, but the Copper County has something special about it. When summer rolls around at Tech, campus slows down. It’s nice to have a break from the hustle and bustle of the school year. Walking around campus during the summer—instead of running to your next class— makes you realize how great our school is, whether you notice the Keweenaw Boulder Garden or have time to appreciate the flowers that bloom when our long winters end.

This summer was unlike any of the others that I have experienced at Tech. Since my last semester is this fall, I have been preparing throughout the past four months. I made a list early on of what I wanted to achieve and what I needed to do to get ready for the semester. Summer always flies by, and I wanted to make the best of my time while also being able to relax from a busy school year.

To make the most of my summer I have been doing more reading, writing, working, outside activities and occasionally binge-watching my favorite shows. I have been working on campus and gaining experiences and learning skills that will help me not only in a few months, when I graduate, but also when I enter the workforce. I spend my free time when I’m not working exploring the area more and appreciating the outdoors before the many months of snow begin. My dog loves to walk down by Prince’s Point–even if he’s afraid of the water. When I’m not outside, I have been doing the things I don’t have as much time for in the school year. Sadly, my book pile is growing quicker than I can read them, but one perk of being an English major is that I’ll be reading a lot during the coming semester.

Even though I loved being on summer break and having time to sleep in, I am excited for the school year. I’ll be one step closer to starting my future, and I always enjoy seeing new faces around campus. This summer has been my favorite one at Tech because I have taken the time to fully enjoy what this amazing place can offer.

ParentNet transition is complete

Welcome to the new ParentNet!

Members of our campus community will share information about campus happenings, reminders about important dates, events and deadlines, and transitions your students may be experiencing throughout each semester. Additionally, our student writers will be sharing their own stories with you.  Our goal is to keep you informed of campus news and events and to let you know what you and your students should be thinking about.

We invite you to join the Michigan Tech Parents Facebook group. Parents actively engage in various discussion topics, post questions for one other, and share stories about their students. Participate in the conversation on Facebook.

Preparing new students for the fall semester

Summer is a great time to prepare for the 2016-2017 academic year.  If you are the parent or guardian of an incoming first-year student, begin preparing now for their arrival to Tech. It is important to start conversations early about college expectations.  In addition, all the physical preparation – the shopping, packing, and goodbyes – will be here before you know it.  Doing a little at a time is helpful so neither you nor your student gets overwhelmed with all of the last-minute work before Orientation.  Reviewing the What to Bring page will provide you with a list of things to bring and other helpful hints as you prepare for the move to campus.

Parent and Family Orientation

Did you know that Michigan Tech’s Orientation isn’t just for your student?  It’s for you, too!  Join us for Parent & Family Orientation August 20-21, 2016.   You will have the opportunity to meet Michigan Tech faculty and staff, attend information sessions on topics that are important to you, and network with other Michigan Tech families.  Kick-off the start to your student’s Orientation week and hear from President Glenn Mroz at the University Welcome. We look forward to meeting you soon!