Archives—February 2010

Escape for Spring Break


Escape our little snow globe for awhile!  Enjoy Spring Break!
Escape our little snow globe for awhile! Enjoy Spring Break!

With less than two weeks until Spring Break, Michigan Tech students are excited to take some time off from classes to relax and spend time with friends and loved ones. This year’s Spring Break will be from Saturday, March 6 to Sunday, March 14. Students who wish to leave campus have several options for traveling back home for the week. The Inter-Residence Hall Council Rideboard is available online for Michigan Tech students to post a ride request if they are in search of a ride or to post a trip indicating where they are headed if they have a vehicle. This is a great way for students who live in the same region to pair up, split gas money, and have enjoyable company on the ride home. Students may also choose to take the Indian Trails Bus home. The routes for the Indian Trails bus will be advertised via posters and will also be available on the Indian Trials Website under the Scheduled Routes.

Reminders for Students

All students who live in the Residence Halls should have received a “You Deserve a Break!” newsletter in their mailbox at some point throughout this last week. This newsletter has all the important information about when the Dining Halls, Campus Café, and Reception Desks will be closing for Spring Break. The newsletter also contains important reminders for students leaving campus for Spring Break regarding room security and parking. For students who are planning on leaving campus for Spring Break it is important to remember to close and lock the windows, unplug nonessential electrical equipment, turn off lights, and lock the doors before leaving for the week. As an additional reminder, students who are not taking their vehicles home over Spring Break or who are staying in the Residence Halls over Spring Break need to make sure their vehicle is moved to commuter Lot 26 by Sunday, March 7 to avoid towing and then move it back to their assigned Lot by Sunday, March 14.

For student staying up in the Houghton area Spring Break can be a great time to explore the Tech Trails while snowshoeing.
For students staying up in the Houghton area Spring Break can be a great time to explore the Tech Trails with snowshoes or cross country skis.

Students who wish to stay on campus during Spring Break or for part of Spring Break will need to register at their Residence Hall Reception Desk by Thursday, March 4. This includes students who plan on leaving after Saturday, March 6 or who plan on returning prior to Sunday, March 14. There is no extra charge for staying in the Residence Halls during Spring Break. Kitchenettes in the Residence Halls will be open over Spring Break for students to use as the Dining Halls will all be closed by Friday, March 5 at 6 p.m. and will not reopen until Monday, March 15. March 8-12 the Food Mall in the Memorial Union Building will be open from 7:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and the Library Cafe will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to serve students who wish to stay during Spring Break.

Please feel free to email me with any questions, comments, or suggestions you may have! Have a wonderful time with your student over Spring Break!

Career Fair and New Residential Apartment Building

Spring Career Fair

This Tuesday the 2010 Spring Career Fair took place. I hope the students that attended had a great experience and had the opportunity to network with several prospective employers. If your student landed an interview after attending the Spring Career Fair I strongly encourage them to set up an appointment with Career Services in the Harold Meese Center to go over practice interview questions. Attending the Career Fairs and other Career Services events are really priceless experiences that students can use to better prepare them for internships, co-ops and even full time jobs. For upcoming Career Services events check the Career Services Events Calendar.

Michigan Tech’s New Residential Apartment Building

A snapshot of what construction on the building looked like in December.
A snapshot of what construction on the building looked like in December.

At the beginning of this year I wrote one of the weekly articles about Michigan Tech’s New Residential Apartment Building that was under construction. Construction on the new building is continuing along through the winter weather and the building is set to be completed this summer. The building is planned to be opened for Alumni Weekend August, 5-7, 2010. 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. At this time contracting is taking place February 14-19. See the complete Recontracting Timeline for further information on when your student can contract to live in the new building.

floorplan_unit_typesThe New Residential Apartment Building will house 192 students. Units will include 4 beds, each in a separate room and a common area complete with a cooking and sitting area. Check out the Building Plans for more information about what the new building’s units will look like. The amenities of the new residential apartment building will include a sauna, a workout facility, laundry facilities, and several lounges. Over the past couple months an appointed committee of students has been working with Michigan Tech Housing Professional Staff to determine what exactly the lounges and building units will include. On Friday, January 29 all students were invited to help select furniture for the new building. Several prospective furniture providers had sample furniture on display in the Douglass Houghton Hall Ballroom for students to examine and test out. Students were able to rank their top three choices for the loftable bedroom furniture, dining table and chairs, and the furniture for the common area in the units.

You can check out the progress of construction on the New Residential Apartment Building LIVE from the Construction Cam or by viewing the uploaded Images. If you have any questions regarding the New Residential Apartment Building check out the FAQ section of the New Building website or email Recontracting for the other three Residence Halls will begin on March 15, 2010.

Prepare for the Spring Career Fair

Winter Carnival 2010

Huskies Hockey with the 2010 Winter Carnival Title Trophy.
Huskies Hockey with the 2010 Winter Carnival Title Trophy.

The festivities and fun of Winter Carnival 2010 are coming to a close but what great memories this past week has left us with! This Friday and Saturday our Michigan Tech Huskies Hockey team faced off against No. 6 Minnesota Duluth. Michigan Tech won Friday’s game 3-1 and battled to the end on Saturday losing 2-3. Michigan Tech earned the Winter Carnival title for the first time since 2007 with their 5-4 total goal advantage this weekend. Highlights of the Minnesota Duluth series can be found on the athletics page. Also taking place in sports this past week were wins by our Men’s and Women’s basketball team against Tiffin and Ashland.

Phi Kappa Tau's winning statue in the fraternity division.
Phi Kappa Tau's winning statue in the fraternity division.

In addition to an exciting weekend of Husky Athletics many students spent their Thursday and Friday off from class spending time with friends and family and taking a look at the phenomenal snow statues. Students worked through the night on Wednesday with their student organizations on the snow statues. At 8 a.m. on Thursday morning the statues were judged based on first impression, the description that accompanies the statue, lettering, artistic value, effort, intricacy, proportion, neatness, whiteness of snow, and it’s relation to the winter carnival theme. For a complete listing of the first through third place statue winners for the one-nighter and month-long statues in each division check out the 2010 Winter Carnival site.

Upcoming Spring Career Fair

Now that students are heading back to class after a refreshing Winter Carnival recess it is time to get focused and start thinking about landing that summer internship or co-op. The 2010 Spring Career Fair will take place on Tuesday, February 16 from 12 p.m.-6 p.m. in the Student Development Complex. Currently there are 98 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 Spring Career Fair check out this Registered Employers link.

Michigan Tech Career Services has been very busy planning this year’s Career Fair as well as helping students prepare for the big day. The past couple weeks the Career Services held a Resume Blitz in the Memorial Union Building Commons and in the Residence Halls in which students could bring their resumes to Career Services Staff who would look them over and provide 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. Students may participate in Interview Skills Week by registering for a one-on-one appointment with Career Services Staff on the Career Services website or by visiting the Harold Meese Building.

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. Have a great week! -Angela

Winter Carnival Has Begun!

A Month Long Statue in progress.
A Month Long Statue in progress.

With this lovely Wednesday afternoon marking the beginning of Michigan Tech’s famous Winter Carnival All-Nighter, the students have headed out to the statue sites and they are ready to work their way through the night, making what they hope will be an award winning statue. Many students have been working since they returned to Michigan Tech this semester on month long statues. For them, the All-Nighter will be spent putting fine details on their statues. Many students who don’t chose to work a month long statue choose to work on the one night statues. For the students who choose to work on the one night statues their All-Nighter will be spent laboring away trying to shape and detail a snow statue in just 16 hours. It truly is amazing what our Michigan Tech students can do in just a few hours with a bunch of snow, water, butterknives, and irons!

Students competing in the Yooper Sprint Special Event.
Students competing in the Yooper Sprint Special Event.

Tomorrow statue judging will take place at 8 a.m. and the winners will be determined. In addition to the competition of who can build the best statue there are several other competitive events that the student organizations take part in. Winter Carnival Special Events began last weekend and are continuing throughout this weekend. Some of the Special Events that took place last weekend include ice bowling, snow volleyball, broomball, curling, and icefishing. Tomorrow the competitions continue with the Beards Competition, Banner Contest, and Stage Revue. The Beards Competition is a skit performance in which gentleman who have been growing their beards since early December try to impress the judges with their beards, goatees, and sideburns with the addition of funny costumes, skits, and songs. The Stage Revue Performances are also a lot of fun to watch. Stage Revue Performances are humorous skits that are put together by student organizations back in December. The students performing in Stage Revue have been practicing for almost two months now to be ready to perform in the Rozsa Center on Thursday night.

Students participating in the Special Event Ice Bowling.
Students participating in the Special Event Ice Bowling.

On Friday and Saturday the Special Events continue with downhill skiing, snowboarding, tug-o-war, and much more. For a complete listing of this weekend’s events check out the 2010 Winter Carnival Schedule. Winter Carnival 2010 will wrap up on Saturday evening with the Torch Light Parade beginning at 8:30 p.m. on Mount Ripley followed by a fireworks display. At 9 p.m. in the MUB Commons the Awards Ceremony will take place and the student organizations will find out who is the overall winner of Winter Carnival is!

For those of you parents who have traveled up here for Winter Carnival I hope you have a fantastic time! As for those of you were not able to make the venture to our little winter wonderland tell your students to take lots of photos! If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions please feel free to email me. Check back for next week’s article, I will be writing about the Winter Carnival results and the upcoming Career Fair.