Archives—April 2010

Spring 2010 Commencement

President Glenn Mroz at the Spring 2009 Commencement Ceremony.
President Glenn Mroz at a Michigan Tech Commencement Ceremony.

As the Spring 2010 semester is wrapping up with final exams several students are looking forward to summer break. Whether students are heading back home for the summer, doing an internship, staying in Houghton taking summer classes, or graduating and beginning a full time job, Michigan Tech students have a lot to look forward to. It’ s all just a matter of making it through this week and final exams.

Commencement Information

For graduating seniors this week is going to be an especially busy one as they finish up finals, prepare for commencement, and begin the process of moving to the location of their full time job or graduate program. This year’s spring commencement will take place Saturday, May 1 at 10:30 a.m. in the Student Development Complex Ice Arena. Graduating students are asked to attend a commencement rehearsal in the SDC Multi-Purpose Room on Friday, April 30 at 1:30 p.m. The rehearsal is expected to last an hour. On Saturday, May 1 graduating students are expected to arrive to the SDC Ice Arena no later than 9:45 a.m. For information regarding seating arrangements at commencement take a look at the associate and bachelor of science degree candidates. This link has the names of students who will be walking at Spring 2010 commencement as well as which row and seat they will be in.

Michigan Tech Commencement Ceremony.
Michigan Tech Commencement Ceremony.

The commencement speaker for the 2010 spring commencement will be Dr. Raymond L. Smith. Dr. Smith was Michigan Tech’s sixth president, serving the university from 1965-1979. If Dr. Smith’s name sounds familiar that may be because you’ve heard of the R. L. Smith Building, more commonly known as the MEEM, on Michigan Tech’s campus. The R. L. Smith Building is named after Dr. Smith and serves as the home of the Mechanical Engineering Engineering Mechanics Department.

Graduate Receptions

In addition to commencement there will also be two receptions for graduating students to attend with their families. On Friday, April 30 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. there will be the President’s reception for graduates hosted by President and Mrs. Glenn Mroz. The reception will take place in the Memorial Union Ballroom and business casual attire is requested. Taking place after the commencement ceremony will be a graduate reception hosted by the Michigan Tech Alumni Association. The graduate reception will take place directly after commencement in the SDC Multi-Purpose Room. This is a great place for new Michigan Tech alumni to network and learn about alumni benefits and services. Lastly, after the graduation ceremony Dining Services will be offering a commencement brunch from 12:30-3:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Isle Royale Ballroom for graduates and their family and friends. Tickets for the brunch are $18.95 per person and can be purchased at the door or at the SDC Box Office, the Rozsa Center Box Office, or at Tech Express in the MUB.

I wish all students the best of luck on their final exams and safe travels as they leave for summer break. Parents, for those of you with graduating seniors I hope you have a wonderful time at commencement! Please feel free to email me with any questions, comments, or suggestions you may have!

Wrapping up Spring 2010

The Weekend in Review

Michigan Tech students after a game of Oozeball last Friday.
Michigan Tech students after a game of Oozeball last Friday.

This last Thursday, April 15 Michigan Tech hosted the 9th annual Undergraduate Expo in the Memorial Union Building. At the Undergraduate Expo students had the opportunity to showcase and share their hard work and innovative ideas with fellow students, faculty, and staff. This year’s expo included over 100 projects completed by student teams from Michigan Tech’s Enterprise, Senior Design, and Undergraduate Research Programs. In addition to Michigan Tech students, four Enterprise teams from the Universidad del Turabo in Gurabo, Puerto Rico and five High school Enterprise teams were invited to display their research at the expo this year.

On Friday, April 16 Michigan Tech’s annual Spring Fling took place. Although it was chilly and windy outside Michigan Tech students still participated in the many outdoor events that were a part of the Carnival themed event. Believe or not, not even the wind, the rain, or the clouds could keep Michigan Tech students away from the Oozeball Courts and several students even took a ride on the Ferris Wheel that was sponsored by the MUB Board!

Residence Hall Checkout Procedures

Students checking out of the Residence Halls are to have their bed lofted with their desk and dresser underneath.

With less than one week of regular classes and final exams beginning next Monday, Michigan Tech students are ready for a much needed summer break. Last week, students residing in the Residence Halls received the “You Deserve a Break” newsletter in their mailbox. The newsletter contains all the necessary information regarding important checkout procedures. Before students can leave for summer break they will need to make sure they return all the furniture in their room to it’s original setup. Students will also need to vacuum and clean out their dresser and desk drawers. 48 hours prior to checking out students must make a checkout appointment with their Resident Assistant. The Resident Assistant will verify that the student’s furniture is back to the original setup, that the room is clean, and that there are no damages to the room. The Resident Assistant will provide students with a signed checkout form after checking their room and students will take that form to their Residence Hall Reception Desk along with their key when they are ready to leave campus. Following this checkout process is very important. Improper checkout results in a $25 penalty and students who do not turn in their key prior to leaving campus will receive a $50 fee. Students who are not graduating must vacate their room and properly checkout prior to 12 p.m. on Saturday, May 1. Students who are graduating must vacate their room and properly checkout prior to 12 p.m. on Sunday, May 2. The entrances to all Residence Halls will be locked at 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 2 and student’s ID Cards will not permit them entry into the buildings. Students with extenuating circumstances may request a late departure by filling out the Late Departure Form at A fee will be assessed to students registering for late departure.


Heading home for summer break last year.
Heading home for summer break last year.

Mail received after Saturday, May 1 will be forwarded to the home address students have on file with the University until June 5. If a student will have a forwarding address different from their home address they will need to complete the top portion of their yellow checkout form. It is also a good idea for students to verify that their home address is correct on Banweb, under the Personal Information Tab, Update Addresses link. Mail will only be forwarded until June 5 so it is extremely important for students to notify senders of their change of address as soon as possible. All mail received after June 5 will be returned to sender.

Reminders for Students

Students who utilized the bike storage organized by the Residence Hall Councils will need to make arrangements to retrieve their bike if they have not already. In addition, students must take their bikes home with them for the summer. Any bikes left on the outside bike racks on Sunday, May 2 will be removed by Public Safety. Lastly, students who owe House Damage Fines or Equipment Checkout Fines must pay their fines to their Residence Hall Reception Desk by Saturday, May 1. If the fines are not paid by that date, a University bill will be generated for at least five dollars.


Final exams will take place the week of Monday, April 26. Starting Saturday, April 24 at midnight 22 hour quiet hours will go into effect in the residence halls. This means that students in the Residence Halls must remain quiet and be respectful to those who are studying in the Residence Halls 22 hours a day. 22 hours a day quiet hours will end Friday, April 30 at 12 p.m.

I wish your student the best of luck on Final Exams! Please feel free to email me with any questions, comments, or suggestions you may have!

Spring Fling

Students playing Oozeball at Spring Fling last year.
Students playing Oozeball at Spring Fling last year.

This Friday, April 16, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Michigan Tech’s annual tradition of Spring Fling will take place. Spring Fling is Michigan Tech’s way of celebrating the arrival of spring, giving students the opportunity to take a break from the stress of upcoming final exams by participating in fun outdoor activities. This year’s Spring Fling is centered around a carnival theme. To go along with the theme the several student organizations that will have booths set up around campus are encouraged to follow the theme through their games, giveaways, and food choices. As the center piece for the carnival theme, the Memorial Union Building Board is bringing a Ferris Wheel to campus for students to ride from 12pm to 7pm. The Ferris Wheel will be located in Lot 5E by the Rozsa Center.

Spring Fling Special Events

Although Spring Fling is listed as going from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. there are in fact several events going on all day. From 9 a.m.-5 p.m. the Michigan Tech Student Foundation will be hosting Mud Volleyball (otherwise known as Oozeball) in Lot 15E. Last year Oozeball was held on the Campus Green, but due to the addition of the pedestrian walkways through US-41 that took place this summer, the event will now be held in an empty parking lot next to Wadsworth Hall. The Michigan Tech Student Foundation actually had a Senior Design Team develop portable Oozeball courts so the parking lot can be cleared out and mud free at the end of the day. To participate in Oozeball students sign up with a team and play at scheduled games throughout the day.

The National Society of Leadership and Success Picnic at last year's Spring Fling.
The National Society of Leadership and Success Picnic at last year's Spring Fling.

Also taking place as a part of Spring Fling is a Full Throttle Motorcycle Show, a cook-out at Prince’s Point, and a comedian in the Memorial Union Building. The Full Throttle Motorcycle Show will take place in Lot 27 with shows running 15-20 minutes long. Shows will begin at 12 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 4 p.m. The National Society for Leadership and Success will be hosting a cook-out, free of charge to students, all afternoon at Prince’s Point, Michigan Tech’s beach front area. To access Prince’s Point students can use the paved Portage Waterfront Trail that runs along the lakeside of campus or they can use the foot trails by the Rozsa Center that lead down to the Portage Canal. At 10 p.m., in the Memorial Union Building, the Student Activities Comedy Series presents comedian Rob O’Reily.


As a reminder, courses are still in session Friday, April 16 and students are strongly encouraged to attend all their courses that day. Typically students have breaks throughout the day where they can enjoy the festivities of Spring Fling. Lastly, Spring Fling is a great place for students to determine which Student Organizations they may want to get involved in next academic year. Spring Fling is similar to Michigan Tech’s Keweenaw Day (an event held at McLain State Park in the fall), in the sense that several student organizations will have booths set up around campus with activities and giveaways. This provides the perfect opportunity for students to ask questions and learn more about the student organizations they can participate in.

I hope your student has a great time at Spring Fling! Check back for next week’s article, I will be writing about how students can begin preparing for the end of the semester. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions please feel free to email me. Have a great week! -Ang

Bring on Spring!

With several days in the high 60’s and low 70’s this past week, Michigan Tech students found lots to do outside. Although the weather is cooling back down to temperatures that are a bit more typical for the season I would like to recommend some fun outdoor activities that your student can take part in. Some students may think that the adventures of Houghton have ended with the snow melted and Mt. Ripley Ski Hill closed, but the spring weather actually brings with it an abundance of spring time adventures to be had. For many students this time of year gets pretty stressful with papers, exams, and homework piling up. Participating in the great outdoor activities that Houghton has to offer is a great way for students to relax and take a much needed study break.

Outdoor Adventure Program

Michigan Tech students on the High Ropes Course.
Michigan Tech students on the High Ropes Course.

One of the great ways to get involved in outdoor activities is through the Outdoor Adventure Program. The main goal of the Outdoor Adventure Program is to help students experience the great outdoors that the Houghton area has to offer by providing students with the opportunity to participate in Guided Trips, the TECH Challenge Course, and Information Sessions. The TECH Challenge Course is located at the entrance of the Michigan Tech Trails and provides several team building activities for students to take part in with a student organization or a group of friends. One of the newest and most popular additions to the TECH Challenge Course is the high ropes course. Students may reserve the TECH Challenge Course by following the Course Registration steps and submitting the forms on the Outdoor Adventure Program website. The Outdoor Adventure Program will also be hosting a Kayak Safety Clinic in the Student Development Complex pool on April 17 from 8-10 a.m. Lastly, one of the most popular services that the Outdoor Adventures Program provides is affordable equipment rental. The Outdoor Adventures Program rents out bikes, kayaks, canoes, camping equipment, and anything else students need for an outdoor adventure, all at a low cost. Check out the Rentals page for a complete listing of equipment and prices.

Dogwalking at the Copper Country Humane Society is one of my favorite spring time activities!
Dogwalking at the Copper Country Humane Society is one of my favorite spring time activities!

Local Activities

In the local area there are many ways that students can create their own adventure and enjoy the great outdoors. Specifically, there are several great activities for students to participate in that are not only less than five miles away, but are also free! The miles of Michigan Tech Trails and Nara Nature Trails provide endless adventures for mountain bikers. Also located on the Nara Nature Trails is the Copper Country Humane Society. Michigan Tech students are always welcome to walk dogs on the trails at the Copper Country Humane Society. For students who like to rollerblade or jog, the Portage Waterfront Trail is a paved trail that runs alongside the Portage Canal. The Portage Waterfront Trail extends from Michigan Tech’s Prince’s Point Beach Area to the Chutes and Ladders Park in downtown Hougton. The Prince’s Point Beach is located down a trail just beyond the Rozsa Parking Lot and the Chutes and Ladders Park is located less than a mile beyond the Portage Lift Bridge. Both parks are great places to have a barbeque and spend a spring afternoon! Another great spring activity that is free to Michigan Tech students thanks to Experience Tech is golfing. The Portage Lake Golf Course is expected to open this week and Michigan Tech students may golf 18 holes for free! Lastly, now that the broomball courts have been taken down students can get together with friends and toss a football, baseball, or frisbee around on the campus green.

With the wide variety of spring time activities to choose from I hope your student finds time to take a much needed study break and experience all that the Houghton area has to offer! Check back for next week’s article, I will be writing about Michigan Tech’s upcoming annual Spring Fling. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions please feel free to email me. Have a great week! -Ang

What an Eventful Weekend!

The concert that was held in the Student Development Complex during Standathon.


This past weekend was quite a busy one for Michigan Tech students. On Friday, March 26 Standathon, an annual 12 hour standing marathon took place in the Student Development Complex. The event is designed to raise money for the Bay Cliff Health Camp. Bay Cliff is a year round not-for-profit therapy and wellness center for adults and youth with disabilities. At Standathon this year there were over 30 fun activities to keep students on their feet. With an entrance fee of just $10 at the door or $20 in pledges students could participate in the acivities that included everything from laser tag, to live concerts, to life-sized games. Many students were very pleased to see Standathon held in the Student Development Complex this year as it is a bigger facility and allowed for a wider variety of activities. In past years the event was held in the Memorial Union Building or in the Wadsworth Hall Annex. Holding Standathon in the Student Development Complex this year allowed students to participate in activities that made use of the facilities such as swimming, broomball, rock climbing, and even a kayak clinic.

Preview Day

On Saturday, March 27 Michigan Tech’s annual Preview Day took place. Preview Day is an event for accepted Michigan Tech undergraduates. The day is devoted to providing prospective students with the opportunity to visit and explore campus before making their final decision on an undergraduate university. At Preview Day prospective Michigan Tech students were able to attend information sessions about academics, financial aid, and student activities. Prospective students were also invited to go on a campus tour, academic department tour, and a Residence Hall tour. Although Preview Day may sound like an event just for prospective Michigan Tech students and families, Michigan Tech faculty, staff, and current students do a lot to make this annual event take place. Throughout Preview Day Michigan Tech students volunteered to assist with check in, conduct tours, set up for information sessions, and in general share their experiences at Michigan Tech. As a current Michigan Tech student who volunteered with Preview Day I can say it was exciting to see all the prospective students. It was a very rewarding experience to answer questions for prospective families and students and to provide them with a student prospective of what makes Michigan Tech so great.

Other Activities

jazz concert
The Don Keranen Memorial Jazz Concert took place on Saturday night in the Rozsa Center.

In addition to the major activities listed above there were also several other activities taking place this weekend. On Friday night, the Student Activities Comedy Series hosted The SHOWOFF Show in the Memorial Union Building. The SHOWOFF Show was an interactive and hilarious comedy show that included several stunts and tricks. On Saturday evening, the Don Keranen Memorial Jazz Concert took place in the Rozsa Center. Current Michigan Tech jazz musicians performed at the concert that was free for students to attend. Lastly, on both Friday and Saturday night, the Michigan Tech Film Board had $3 showings of the new film Sherlock Holmes.

This certainly was a busy weekend filled with fun activities! I hope your student had the opportunity to take part in one of the above events! Check back for next week’s article, I will be writing about Michigan Tech’s upcoming annual Spring Fling. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions please feel free to email me. Have a great week! -Ang