Archives—September 2010

Homecoming 2010

Past Weekend’s Events

This past weekend approximately 300 prospective students and their families made the trip to Michigan Tech for Open House.  Open House provides prospective students and their families the opportunity to learn more about Michigan Tech’s great academic programs and community.  The events of Open House included a university welcome, campus tours, information sessions, the Tech Showcase, brunch in the residence halls, and much more.  As a current Michigan Tech student I really enjoyed meeting the prospective students and their families.  Several current Michigan Tech students helped to make Open House a success by assisting at the various information sessions, giving campus tours, and sharing their great Michigan Tech experiences.

Homecoming 2010

Student's competing in Homecoming 2009 Tug of War

This week, September 26 to October 2, Michigan Tech is celebrating Homecoming 2010.  This year’s Homecoming is exceptionally special as Michigan Tech is celebrating 125 years.  This year’s Homecoming and the Campus Campaign will focus on the memories of Michigan Tech through the years and the impact that the University has had on the lives of alumni, current students, faculty, and staff.  The theme of this year’s Homecoming, “Tradition Never Graduates” emphasizes Michigan Tech’s establishment in 1885.  This Sunday kicked off Homecoming with the Fans in the Stands Competition at the Women’s Soccer Game and window painting in the Rozsa Center Lobby.  Window painting was a new Michigan Tech tradition that started last year; it took the place of Homecoming banners.  On Monday, students had the opportunity to stop by the Kick-Off Tent outside the Memorial Union Building to get a soft pretzel and cheese.  Monday evening students could compete with their student group in the Homecoming Games held at Prince’s Point.  The games included a relay race, tug of war, and a sand castle building contest.  Tuesday’s activities included a service project at the Forest Hill Cemetery located by the Student Development Complex and the Homecoming Court Dinner where the Michigan Tech 2010 Homecoming King and Queen were decided.  On Wednesday, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. students will have the opportunity to take a black and white old time photo at a photo booth outside the Memorial Union Building.  On Thursday, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., while supplies last, students can stop by the Walker Lawn and get a free rootbeer float.  Thursday evening, on Sherman Field, the Michigan Tech ladies can compete in Powderpuff Football while the gentleman compete in a Cheer Competition.

Homecoming 2009 King and Queen

Friday night will include many more Michigan Tech traditions with the Homecoming Parade running through the Michigan Tech campus as well as a pep rally complete with performances from the Michigan Tech Pep Band and cheer and dance teams.  After the pep rally students can head over to Hancock Beach to take part in the Cardboard Boat Races and enjoy some delicious food compliments of Alumni Relations.  The big Homecoming football game takes place on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. as the Huskies face off against the Ohio Dominican Panthers.   At half time the Michigan Tech 2010 Homecoming King and Queen will be announced along with the winners of the week’s Homecoming games and competitions.  At MacInnes Ice Arena on Saturday night, the Huskies will take on Nispissing University.  Directly after the hockey game ends, the Broomball Championship game will take place in which current Michigan Tech students take on alumni for the trophy.  For more detailed information about Homecoming 2010 check out the calendar of events.

Please feel free to email me with any questions, comments, or suggestions you may have!  Don’t forget to check back for next week’s article in which I will be writing about some upcoming service opportunities as well as reviewing Homecoming 2010 events.

2010 Career Fair

An Eventful Weekend

The Pep Band marching across the Portage Lift Bridge at the Parade of Nations on Saturday.

It has been another successful and eventful week here at Michigan Tech.  This past Tuesday, September 14, Michigan Tech students had the opportunity to hear poet, novelist, and filmmaker Sherman Alexie, present “Without Reservations: An Urban Indian’s Comic, Poetic, and Highly Irreverent Look at the World” at the Rozsa Center.  Sherman Alexie was the author of this year’s Reading for Inquiry Book, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian that each first-year student read and discussed as part of Orientation Week.  Another big event last week was the twenty-first annual Parade of Nations that took place on Saturday morning. This year’s theme was “Many Nations, One Heart” 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 80+ countries that are represented by students here at Michigan Tech.

As for other weekend events, Michigan Tech took on Wayne State University at a football game on Sherman Field.   Over 2,400 fans showed up to Sherman Field to watch Michigan Tech’s first home football game of the season.  The Michigan Tech Huskies defeated Wayne State University in a 24-7  victory putting the Huskies 2-0 overall.  In addition to the victorious win, the football game was a great time with sunny weather, the renowned pep band, and free giveaways.  The Huskies second home football game will be our Homecoming Game on Saturday, October 2 at 1 p.m. against Ohio Dominican University.

2010 Career Fair

Come one, come all, come to the Career Fair! The fall semester Career Fair will be held at the Student Development Complex on Tuesday, October 5 from 12-6 p.m. Currently there are 178 companies registered for the Career Fair and with the event two weeks away, more companies are continuing to register every day. To view information about the companies currently registered for the Fall Career Fair check out this Registered Employers link.

A student speaking with one of the employers present at the 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 21 at 6 p.m. 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, September 22 at 6 p.m. 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 hosts 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.

Please feel free to email me with any questions, comments, or suggestions you may have!  Don’t forget to check back for next week’s article in which I will be writing about the Michigan Tech tradition of Homecoming.  Homecoming week starts Sunday, September 26 and continues through Saturday, October 2.

Family Weekend 2010

A photo of the Michigan Tech campus taken by a family at Family Weekend 2009.

I was reminded this past Friday as I walked around McLain State Park, visiting the booths at Keweenaw Day, that fall is in the air.  Believe it or not fall colors 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 and the surrounding area.  The great thing about Michigan Tech in the fall is that you, too, can experience the beautiful fall colors when you 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 during the past month here at Michigan Tech. This year’s Family Weekend will be held Friday, October 8 to Sunday, October 10.

History, Scenery, Tradition, Memories!

This year’s Family Weekend is very special because Michigan Tech is Celebrating 125 Years.  To highlight Michigan Tech’s founding in 1885, several campus traditions are taking the themes of their events back to the roots of Michigan Tech, where it all began.  This year’s Family Weekend theme “History, Scenery, Tradition, Memories” emphasizes all that Michigan Tech and the Keweenaw Peninsula have to offer.  You want history, we’ve got it!  You want scenery, we’ve got that too!  You what tradition, we’ve spent 125 years building that!  You want memories, you can make those here!


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 COMPASS, the office 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, family members 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.  Also, all weekend long families can participate in a photo contest, so bring your camera!  Contest participants have the opportunity to win a great prize and have their photo printed, framed, and displayed in one of Michigan Tech’s Residence Halls.

A photo of Hungarian Falls taken by a family at Family Weekend 2009.

Beginning at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, October 8, 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.  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 Rozsa lobby, a women’s soccer game, a comedic performance, and a family movie showing.

Saturday, October 9, Family Weekend is in full swing with several trips and tours. Join the Outdoor Adventure Program and see beautiful views on a Morning Trail Ride, Sturgeon River Paddling Trip or an Adventure Hike and Mine Tour.  Take a tour of the Quincy Mine, the Quincy Smelter, or the Keweenaw Brewing Company.  Enjoy the beautiful fall colors on the Portage Lake Color 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 Family Game Night in the Douglass Houghton Hall Ballroom, and An Evening with Maya Angelou at the Rozsa Center. Sunday, October 4 will conclude another wonderful Family Weekend with the Hungarian Falls Hike, a women’s soccer game, and the Keweenaw Brunch.  The Keweenaw Brunch is 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 2010 has something to offer every family and student. I encourage you to make the trip, it is a great time to 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

Keweenaw Day and Parade of Nations

The first week of classes have come and gone, along with the various fun activities of Welcome Week.  From a comedian, to the Community Expo, to the first women’s soccer game, 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 Labor Day weekend exploring the local area, visiting the Upper Peninsula’s beautiful waterfalls, and having bonfires at the beach.  It was truly a great weekend to enjoy the last little bit of summer we are left with.  The next couple weekends Michigan Tech student’s have the opportunity to continue learning about campus and the local area by attending Keweenaw Day and the Parade of Nations.

Keweenaw Day

Michigan Tech student’s representing the Homecoming Committee at K-DAy last year.

This upcoming Friday, Keweenaw Day will take place at McLain State Park.  K-Day, short for Keweenaw Day, is one of Michigan Tech’s longstanding traditions that takes place every September.  On K-Day students are dismissed from classes at 12:00 p.m. so they can make their way out to McLain State Park to enjoy the afternoon’s festivities.  Students may take their own vehicles out to McLain State Park or they may choose to take the free shuttle.  The shuttles leave from the Memorial Union Building every half hour starting at 12:00 p.m.  At McLain State Park, students have the opportunity to learn more about Michigan Tech’s student organizations.  Many student organizations have booths set up with fun activities, prizes, and giveaways.  Students are 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 hold organizational meetings, and how they can join.  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 senior at Michigan Tech, I can say that some of my closest friendships and most memorable experiences have come from my involvement with the student organizations here.  I strongly encourage all students, especially those who are first-years, to get to know more about Michigan Tech’s student organizations by going out to McLain State Park on Friday, for K-Day.  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, click on the link to the Student Organizations website.

Parade of Nations

One of the floats that was in last year’s Parade of Nations.

With over 70 countries represented by students attending Michigan Tech it is rather fitting that there be an event to celebrate the diverse heritages of Michigan Tech students.  Next Saturday, September 18th, Michigan Tech will be hosting the twenty-first annual Parade of Nations.  This year’s theme is “Many Nations, One Heart.”  The Parade of Nations events will include a parade starting at 11:00 a.m., followed by a Multicultural Food and a Music Festival in the Dee Stadium in downtown Houghton.  The parade will begin at the Hancock Middle School, will travel across the Portage Lift Bridge, and will end in Houghton.  The parade will display various cultures and will include floats, banners, flags, and the Michigan Tech pep band.  This event is a great opportunity for students and the local community to learn more about the different cultures around the world and to celebrate diversity on the Michigan Tech campus.

Please feel free to email me with any questions, comments, or suggestions you may have. Don’t forget to check back for next week’s article in which I will be writing about the Michigan Tech tradition of Family Weekend.

Welcome Week 2010

The first-year class photo that was taken after the University Welcome last Sunday.
The first-year class photo that was taken after the University Welcome last Sunday.

I bet many of you parents and first-year students thought that the fun activities and exciting events ended when classes begin.  Well, when Orientation Week is over it does not mean an amazing week has ended; it actually means a wonderful year has begun!  The celebration of the beginning of a new academic year continues with Welcome Week, one of Michigan Tech’s many traditions.  Welcome Week lasts a full seven days and is geared towards welcoming first-year student to campus and welcoming back returning students.  Welcome Week is a great time for students to connect with all the services that Michigan Tech and the local community provide.  What this means is a lot of fun social activities, free food, and entertainment for Michigan Tech students. 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!

Welcome Week Events

The events of Welcome Week began on Monday, August 30 with the President’s Breakfast.  The President’s Breakfast is a fun event in which the President Glenn Mroz, the University Executive Team, and the college and department deans serve breakfast to students in front of the Walker Building, the DOW Building, the Memorial Union Building, and Fisher Hall.  Monday’s events continued with a giveaway of Dr. Pepper and toothbrushes outside the Memorial Union Building.  You may be wondering why giveaway Dr. Pepper and why toothbrushes?  Well this year’s Welcome Week is very special as Michigan Tech is celebrating it’s 125th birthday.  Michigan Tech was founded in 1885 so what better way to celebrate Michigan Tech’s birthday than by giving away items that were also “born” in 1885.  Dr. Pepper and toothbrushes were both invented in 1885. 

On Tuesday, August 31 and Wednesday, September 1 students had the opportunity to participate in a Blood Drive in the Van Pelt Library.  On Wednesday, September 1, the Community Expo took place on the Michigan Tech campus from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Over 50 businesses and service providers from the local community set up booths all over campus to hand out coupons and giveaways to students.  For a complete listing of businesses that were present at the Community Expo take a look at the Registered Organizations page. 

On Thursday, September 2 , the new Dining Service in the DOW Building, Fusion, will be giving away free samples from their smoothie menu.  In addition to fruit smoothies, the Fusion menu will serve salads, wraps, flavored water, and organic food items.  The first Women’s Soccer Team game will take place on Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. against Concordia St. Paul on Sherman Field

On Friday, September 3, students can help Michigan Tech celebrate 125 years at a birthday party at the Memorial Union Building starting at 11:00 a.m.  Ice cream will be served as long as supplies last.  Friday evening, the Student Activities Comedy Series will be bringing comedian Pete Lee to perform in the Memorial Union Building Ballroom. 

On Sunday, September 5 there will be a Challenge Course Open House from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to showcase the new updates to the challenge course and high ropes course.  On Sunday afternoon the MUB Open Golf Scamble will also take place at the Portage Lake Golf Course.  Students can golf for free with their own clubs thanks to Experience Tech.  For a complete listing of the week’s events go to the Welcome Week website.

A view of downtown Houghton.  There are a lot of great shops and dining in Downtown Houghton.
A view of downtown Houghton. There are a lot of great shops and dining in Downtown Houghton.

Labor Day Weekend

With this week full of fun events, I encourage your student to relax over the upcoming Labor Day weekend and enjoy all that the Keweenaw Peninsula and local area have to offer.  Students do not have class on Monday, September 6.  Your student could rent a kayak, canoe, or tent from the Outdoor Adventure Program and enjoy a weekend getaway.  He or she could test out some of the wonderful downtown Houghton restaurants.  Your student can also have a great time staying right on the Michigan Tech campus.  With miles and miles of Tech Trails to explore, the Student Development Complex facilities, and the Prince’s Point beachfront area, your student has a great weekend ahead of them.

I hope you and your student have a relaxing Labor Day Weekend.  Please feel free to email me with any questions, comments, or suggestions you may have. Don’t forget to check back for next week’s article in which I will be writing about the Michigan Tech tradition of Keweenaw Day.