Archives—September 2009

New Residential Apartment Building


What the New Residential Apartment Building will look like upon completion August, 2010.
What the New Residential Apartment Building will look like upon completion August 2010.

Construction on Michigan Tech’s New Residential Apartment Building is officially underway. The Michigan Technological Board of Control gave the approval on May 1, 2009 for the new residential apartment not to exceed 16.5 million. Construction began on the new building on July 20, 2009 and currently the construction crew with Gundlach Champion, Inc. is working Monday-Saturday to complete the building. The building is currently scheduled to open for Alumni Weekend, August 5th-7th, 2010. You can check out the progress of the construction LIVE from the Construction Cam.

The Building

The new residential apartment building is located behind McNair Hall and just below Michigan Tech’s lower Daniell Heights Apartments. As a sort of transitional living between the Residence Halls and Daniell Heights Apartments, priority will be given to students based on credits, with Graduate Students given top priority for contracting to live in the new building. Students may contract to live in the building for Fall 2010 when Spring Recontracting opens in March 2010. The New Residential Apartment Building will house 192 students. Most units will include 4 beds, each in a separate room and a common area complete with a cooking and sitting area. Check out the Floor Plans for more information about what the new building’s units will look like.

The view of construction underway on the New Residential Apartment Building.
Construction is underway on the New Residential Apartment Building.

Building Amenities

The new residential apartment building will include a sauna, a workout facility, laundry facilities, and several lounges. There is currently an appointed committee of students working with Michigan Tech Housing Professional Staff to determine what exactly the lounges and building units will include, right down to the furniture. The committee will also be deciding things like what sort of options students living in the building will have for a meal plan if they choose not to cook every meal in their unit as well as if payments for the units will be made by the month or by the semester.

LEED Certification

The new residential apartment building under current plans qualifies for LEED Silver Certification. LEED is a third-party certification program and is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. LEED promotes sustainability and bases certifications off of 5 key areas of human and environmental health. The 5 key areas include sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. Michigan Tech is excelling in each of these 5 areas, especially building in a sustainable site, water efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and innovation and design.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions please feel free to email me. For those of you traveling to Michigan Tech for Family Weekend have a safe trip and perhaps I will see you around on campus. Also, don’t forget to wish your students good luck at the Career Fair taking place this Tuesday, September 29! Check back for next week’s article, I will be writing about the upcoming Homecoming Festivities.

Co-ops, Internships, Jobs and More

Past Weekend Events

The second-largest crowd in Sherman Field history turned out for the Miner's Cup.
The second-largest crowd in Sherman Field history turned out for the Miner's Cup.

It has been yet another successful and eventful weekend here at Michigan Tech. This past Saturday the twentieth annual Parade of Nations took place. This year’s theme was “Dancing with Diversity” and included a parade that traveled across the Portage Lift Bridge, as well as food and music at the Dee Stadium in downtown Houghton. The event was a great opportunity for students to celebrate and learn more about the cultures of the 70+ countries that are represented by students here at Michigan Tech.

As for other weekend events, this Saturday the Miner’s Cup was on the line as Michigan Tech faced off with Northern at the 1pm football game on Sherman Field. 4,027 people, the second-largest crowd in Sherman Field history showed up to enjoy the great weather and rivalry game. Unfortunately, Northern Michigan took the Miner’s Cup this weekend as Michigan Tech lost their first home game. The football game was still a great time with picture perfect weather, the infamous pep band, and free giveaways. The Huskies second home football game will take place next Saturday, September 26 at 6pm against Grand Valley State.

2009 Career Fair

Come one, come all, come to the Career Fair! This year’s Fall Semester Career Fair will be held at the Student Development Complex on Tuesday, September 29th from 12-6 p.m. Currently there are 157 companies registered for the Career Fair and with the event a week away, more companies are continuing to register everyday. To view information about the companies currently registered for the Fall Career Fair check out this Registered Employers link.

Students at the 2008 Career Fair.
Students at the 2008 Career Fair.

Michigan Tech Career Services has been very busy planning this year’s Career Fair as well as helping students prepare for the big day. This last week Career Services held a Resume Blitz in the Memorial Union Building Commons in which students could bring in their resumes and have Career Services staff look them over and give some helpful tips. This week Career Services is hosting Interview Skills Week in which students can schedule appointments to practice interviewing. This is a great opportunity for students to get more familiar with what an interview process may be like and also to get vital feedback.

Some other events coming up this week that are hosted by Career Services include sessions about the Benefits of a Co-op or Internship and Career Fair Prep. The Benefits of a Co-op or Internship Session is going to be held on Tuesday, September 22nd at 6pm in the Memorial Union Building. Michigan Tech students who have participated in the co-op or internship program will be on hand to talk about their experiences and representatives from Kimberly Clark Corporation will be there to give tips from their perspective. The Career Fair Prep Session will be held on Wednesday, Septmeber 23rd at 6pm in the Memorial Union Building and will cover what students should expect at the Career Fair, what they should wear, and how they can be successful in landing that co-op, internship, or job.

Michigan Tech Career Services host lots of great events throughout the year to help students with career development and job placement. Events range from the Resume Blitz and the Interview Skills Week mentioned above to a Dining Etiquette Dinner , Networking Skills session, and Negotiating Job Offers meeting. A complete list of events offered by Career Services can be found on the Career Center’s Online Calendar.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions please feel free to email me. Next week I will be writing about the new residence hall that is currently under construction. Learn more about how many students it will accommodate, the style of the rooms, and more! Have a great week! -Angela

Getting Involved on Campus

This past Friday, yet another successful K-Day took place out at McLain State Park.  Fun and good times were had by all as students were dismissed from classes at noon and were taken via shuttles to the park.  From 12-4 p.m. students had the opportunity to enjoy free food, music, and various activities.

The Society of Women Engineers had a booth at K-Day this year along with several other student organizations.
The Society of Women Engineers had a booth at K-Day this year along with several other student organizations.

In addition to the great fun and fellowship, this campus tradition also provided students with the chance to learn more about Michigan Tech’s student organizations.  Many of the student organizations had booths with activities, prizes, and giveaways.  Students were able to mingle with the variety of organizations present at K-Day to learn a little bit more about what the different organizations do, where they meet, and how they can join.

Any hobby or activity that you think a college student might be interested in; Michigan Tech has a student organization representing it.  From Academic to Service Organizations, from Greek Organizations to Club Sports Michigan Tech really has it all.  With over 200 student organizations, each one representing various interests, hobbies, and associations, there truly is the opportunity for every student to get involved.  As a second year student I can say that some of my closest friendships and most memorable experiences have come from my involvement with the student organizations here at Michigan Tech.  I strongly encourage all students, but especially those who are first-years to get to know more about the organizations they saw out at K-Day and to get involved in some of them.  Involvement in student organizations helps a student not only make great friends but also provides great opportunities for leadership development, all while having a great time!  For more information about the range of student organizations and involvement opportunities available here at Michigan Tech, follow the link to the Student Organizations website.

Parade of Nations

A float at the 2008 Parade of Nations.
A float at the 2008 Parade of Nations.

With over 70 countries represented by students attending Michigan Tech it is rather fitting that there by an event to celebrate the diverse heritages of Michigan Tech students.  This Saturday, September 19th, Michigan Tech will be hosting the twentieth annual Parade of Nations.  This year’s theme is “Dancing with Diversity” and will include a parade starting at 11 a.m., followed by Multicultural Food and a Music Festival in the Dee Stadium in downtown Houghton.  The parade will begin at Hancock Middle school and will travel across the Portage Lift Bridge, ending in Houghton.  The parade will display various cultures and ethnicities and will include floats, banners, flags, and the pep band.  This event is a great opportunity for students and the local community to learn more about the different cultures around the world.

Football Game Saturday!

Also this Saturday, Michigan Tech hosts the first home football game of the season against Northern Michigan University.  The game begins at 1 p.m. on Sherman Field and promises to be a great time.  What a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than cheering on the huskies, listening to the pep band, and watching some great football!  Checkout the Athletics Homepage for more information about Michigan Tech Athletics.

Please feel free to email me with any questions, comments, or suggestions!  Have a great week!  -Angela

Family Weekend

The first week of classes have come and gone along with the various fun activities of Welcome Week. From a comedian, to a country music concert, to the School Yard Olympics, this past week has been a great time for students to get more acquainted with the Michigan Tech campus and one another. Many students spent this beautiful 80 degree, Labor Day Weekend swimming, cliff jumping, hiking, and having bonfires at the beach. It was truly a great weekend to enjoy the last little bit of summer we are left with. Speaking of the end of summer, I was reminded this past weekend as I walked around campus of the beautiful fall scenery I soon have to look forward to. Believe it or not the colors of the fall are already beginning to show up around the Keweenaw Peninsula! Fall is truly my favorite season and I am convinced there is really no better place to experience it than Houghton, MI and the surrounding area.

This is a photo I took of the Portage Canal from outside the McNair Residence Hall last fall.
This is a photo I took of the Portage Canal from outside the McNair Residence Hall last fall.

The great thing about Michigan Tech in the fall is that you too can have the opportunity to experience the beautiful fall colors and come visit your favorite student during Family Weekend! Family Weekend is a three-day long tradition in which you can have a great time with your special student and see what they have been up to here during their past month here at Michigan Tech. This year’s Family Weekend will take place from Friday, October 2 through Sunday, October 4.


For those of you interested in visiting your student and taking part in the great activities we have planned during Family Weekend, it is important to register. This way the COMPASS office, the office that is planning the weekend, can have all your necessary materials ready for you when you arrive on campus and check in. The Registration page is where you can sign up for the weekend and any events that you would be interested in participating in or attending.


To begin the weekend of family fun, parents are invited to attend class on Friday with their student. Would you like to see just how funny that professor is, that your student always mentions on the phone? Or how about see some of the neat projects your student is working on in their labs? Well this is your opportunity to do just that, see what it’s like to be a student again and get to meet some of the faculty and staff.

A Family checking in at the Rozsa Lobby for Family Weekend last year.
A Family checking in at the Rozsa Lobby for Family Weekend last year.

Beginning at 4 p.m. Family Weekend officially gets underway with several activities. Attend the History of Winter Carnival Presentation to see just how Winter Carnival became a great Michigan Tech winter tradition, or challenge you and your family by trying out the High Ropes Challenge Course. 5 p.m. marks the start of the weekend long Photo Contest. This is a great opportunity to spend time as a family as you follow clues to several scenic sights and explore the beautiful Keweenaw. Other great events taking place on Friday night include the Bandarama showcase featuring the various Michigan Tech bands, a Parent Meet and Greet in the new art gallery, a Broomball Exhibition Game with Family Trials at the John J. MacInnes Ice Arena, a comedic performance, and a family movie showing.

Saturday, Family Weekend is in full swing with several trips and tours. Join the Outdoor Adventure Program and see beautiful views on a Hungarian Falls Hike or a Sturgeon River Paddling Trip. Take a tour of the Quincy Mine, the Keweenaw Brewing Company, or the A.E. Mineral Museum. Enjoy the beautiful fall colors on the Copper Country Boat Cruise, the Red Jacket Trolly Tour, or on the Chair Lift Color Tour. Some of the other events planned for Saturday evening include Glow Bowling with Blizzard at Michigan Tech’s very own bowling alley, a Michigan Tech Hockey Game held in MacInnes Ice Arena, and the Complete Works of Shakespeare play in the Rozsa Center. Sunday, October 4 will conclude another wonderful Family Weekend with the Keweenaw Brunch held in the Memorial Union Ballroom. The brunch is a great opportunity to do some final catching up with your student and to enjoy a nice meal together.

As you can see Family Weekend 2009 has something to offer every family and student. I encourage you to make the trip, it is a great time to come visit your student, Michigan Tech’s campus, and see the beautiful fall colors. If you have any questions or comments about Family weekend you can comment on this post or contact the COMPASS office at (906) 487-3558 (open 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. during the week) or email them at

Welcome Week

A fun-filled Orientation Week has wrapped up and classes have finally begun.  This means it is time for Michigan Tech to officially welcome new students to campus and to welcome back returning students with Welcome Week.  This week is one of my favorite times as a Michigan Tech student as I find myself constantly reminded of the many reasons why I chose to make Michigan Tech my new home.  A variety of activities are being held throughout this week, giving students the opportunity to meet new people, get involved with campus activities, and really get into the Husky Spirit!

This week kicked off on Monday with Campus Maps and Breakfast which was served outside various academic buildings by President Glenn Mroz, the University Executive Team, and the college and department deans.  Monday evening closed with the Coffee House held at the Library.  Students had the opportunity to view a live acoustic concert while enjoying a coffee or treat from the new “Learn a Latte” Coffee Shop in the library.  Tuesday morning began with the annual Grow Something! event in which the Inter-Residence Hall Council gave students a little piece of home by giving away hundreds of complimentary plants.

There are many more fun events planned for the rest of Welcome Week.  This week’s upcoming events include the Community Expo, an Outdoor Adventure Program trip, the Chris Cagle Labor Day Concert, among many other activities complete with giveaways and prizes.  The Community Expo, to be held on Wednesday on the Campus Green, will allow students to get more familiar with local businesses and resources.


The view of Torch Lake from Hungarian Falls
The view of Torch Lake from Hungarian Falls

On Friday students will have the opportunity to take a short trip to Hungarian Falls with the Outdoor Adventure Program. This trip will give interested students the chance to experience some of the great outdoors that the Upper Peninsula has to offer.  Welcome Week will officially come to a close on Labor Day with a concert by country music artist Chris Cagle, in which Michigan Tech students can get tickets to attend for FREE!



Just in case Michigan Tech students didn’t have enough fun during Welcome Week, this next Friday, September 11, the Michigan Tech tradition of K-Day will continue.  K-Day, otherwise known as Keweenaw Day, is a day of fun and good times for all.  On this day students will get out of class at noon and shuttles will take them out to McLain State Park, where they will enjoy free food, music, and many other activities.  The event runs from 12-4pm and shuttles in the past years have left from the Memorial Union Building every half hour to take students out to the park.  K-Day provides Michigan Tech student’s the opportunity to not only have a good time but also to get to know a little bit more about the over 200 student organizations that are here at Michigan Tech.  For more information about this year’s K-Day activities follow the link to theK-Day website.

Please feel free to email me with any questions, comments, or suggestions!  Have a great week!  -Angela