Archives—November 2010

Study Tips and Tricks

Snowshoeing on the Michigan Tech Trails on Sunday afternoon.

Back to the Books

Welcome back Michigan Tech students and welcome back to the snow!  Parents and family, I hope you had a very enjoyable time visiting with your student over Fall Break.  It was great to have a whole week of classes off, to spend time with loved ones, to have some delicious meals, and of course to do some holiday shopping!

I hope your student(s) took some time to relax and recharge because it is time to get back to the books. As we are entering Week 13 it is time to start thinking about . . . FINAL EXAMS! That’s right, final exams are less than two weeks away. This year’s final exams will take place December 13-17. The website for the Registrar’s Office has a lot of helpful information regarding courses, such as the Fall 2010 Final Exam Schedule and Michigan Tech’s Grading Policies. Students may also check their final exam schedule by logging into their account on BanWeb, clicking first on the Student Services tab, then Registration, and lastly, Student Final Exam Schedule.

Learning Centers and Other Resources

As the semester is quickly coming to an end, some students may be realizing they are not achieving the scores they would like to in their courses, or that they are not ready for the final exam. Whether students are looking to get additional assistance, practice a final presentation, or review for a final exam, Michigan Tech’s many Learning Centers are there to help.  Below is a listing of the various Learning Centers and other resources that students can utilize.

Students may visit the Learning Centers during their hours of operation. The Learning Centers listed above are typically open when during the day and in the evening so students can drop at a time that works best for them.  The Learning Centers are of no extra charge to the student to use so there’s no reason why students should not take advantage of these wonderful resources.

Study Now!

Another suggestion I have for students as they are preparing for final exams is to start studying and reviewing early. I would encourage students to set aside a little bit of time each day, starting this week, to go over their notes, homework assignments, and tests, starting back from the beginning of the semester. I would also encourage students to search for a study buddy or to make a study group to assist them in prepping for final exams. It can be very helpful to have someone to compare notes with and old homework assignments. In addition, teaching what you learned to someone else can help you commit the material to memory and understand it even better. There are several great places to study as a group here on the Michigan Tech campus. Students may choose to study in the Residence Hall study lounges, their departments’ labs, or in the Van Pelt Library study rooms. The Van Pelt Library has over 20 rooms throughout the first, second, and third floor that are available during the Library’s hours of operation for students to reserve for group study. The study rooms are equipped with whiteboards, outlets, internet access, and there are even two rooms that have a large 42″ monitor that students may use to practice presentations. The study rooms may be reserved at the circulation desk or through Huskymail, Michigan Tech’s email and calendar system.

Study Breaks

Lastly, what’s studying without fun study breaks?  Some of my favorite study breaks include baking sweet treats, snowshoeing, making hot cocoa, and playing board games.  As a fun and festive study break, the Inter-Residence Hall Council will be hosting the annual Sugar Shack competition. Residents will gather in the Wadsworth Dining Hall to compete with their house in building a creative and delectable ginger bread house. The event will take place this Thursday, December 9 at 8:30 p.m. and the gingerbread houses will be displayed the following day in the Wadsworth Dining Hall for students to vote on. The Sugar Shack competition is just one more reminder that Winter Break is just around the corner; only two more weeks of classes, and one week of final exams!

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 Great Lakes Research Center.

Midyear Commencement

Past Weekend’s Events

Michigan Tech Huskies with the Miner's Cup after Saturday's game. Photo Credit: Michigan Tech

This past weekend the Michigan Tech football team played their last game of the season against rival Northen Michigan University.  The Huskies  took on the Bobcats in the annual battle for the Miner’s Cup.  The Huskies won the game 12-0, bringing the Miner’s Cup home to Houghton for the next year.  What would the last football game of the season be without some snow?  The Huskies played their best even in the chilly wind that brought the first snow of the season.  The Huskies ended the football season 8-2 overall.

Commencement Information

Students after the commencement ceremony. Photo Credit: Michigan Tech

For seniors graduating this December, the next couple weeks are going to be especially busy as they prepare to take final exams, go through commencement, and begin the process of transitioning to a full time job or graduate program. The midyear commencement will take place Saturday, December 11 at 10:30 a.m. in the Student Development Complex Wood Gym. Graduating seniors may pick up their honor cords, caps, and gowns from the Campus Bookstore in the Memorial Union Building Monday, December 6 through Friday, December 10 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.  Students may also pick up their honor cords, caps, and gowns from University Images in the Student Development Complex on Saturday, December 11 at 9:00 a.m.  Graduating students are asked to attend a commencement rehearsal in the SDC Wood Gym on Friday, December 10 at 1:30 p.m. The rehearsal is expected to last an hour and students do not need to bring their cap or gown to rehearsal. On Saturday, December 11 graduating students are expected to arrive to the SDC Wood Gym no later than 9:45 a.m.

The commencement speaker for the 2010 midyear commencement ceremony will be Bart Stupak, U.S. Representative.  Bart Stupak was elected in 1992 to represent Michigan’s First Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives and is going to retire in January.  During his time in Congress Bart has made health care, protecting the Great Lakes, and homeland security a top priority.

Graduate Receptions

In addition to commencement there will also be two receptions for graduating students to attend with their families. On Friday, December 10 from 5:00 to 7:00 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.

Please feel free to email me with any questions, comments, or suggestions you may have!  I hope you enjoy spending Fall Break with your student.  I will be taking next week off to spend time with my family.  Don’t forget to check back in two week’s for the next article in which I will be writing about study aids and tips that your student can use to prepare for final exams.

Escape for Fall Break

Past Weekend’s Events

This past weekend the Michigan Tech football team took on Ferris State University in Big Rapids.  The Huskies defeated the Ferris State Bulldogs 28-16.  The Huskies will wrap up their regular season this Saturday, November 13 on Sherman Field.  The Huskies will take on Northern Michigan at 1:00 p.m. in the annual battle for the Miner’s Cup.

Fall Break Transportation

The best thing about Fall Break: Family and Thanksgiving Dinner!

With less than two weeks until Fall Break, Michigan Tech students are looking forward to taking some time off from classes to relax and spend time with friends and loved ones. This year’s Fall Break will be from Saturday, November 20 to Sunday, November 28. 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 Service.

Reminders for Students

All students who live in the Residence Halls should have received a “You Deserve A Break” newsletter in their mailbox and an email with a link to the online newsletter this last week. This newsletter has all the important information about when the Dining Halls, Campus Café, and Reception Desks will be closing for Fall Break. The newsletter also contains important reminders for students leaving campus for Fall Break regarding room security and parking. For students who are planning on leaving campus for Fall 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. The University also encourages students who will not be using their vehicles frequently to leave their car at home during the winter months since the amount of space in the parking lots is greatly reduced due to snow. As an additional reminder, students who are not taking their vehicles home over Fall Break or who are staying in the Residence Halls over Fall Break need to make sure their vehicle is moved to commuter Lot 26 by Sunday, November 21 to avoid towing and then move it back to their assigned Lot by 11:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 28. Students with bikes will also need to make sure that their bikes are removed from the bike racks by Friday, November 19 so that the bike racks may be moved to different locations that are more convenient for winter snow removal. Students may use the bike racks again once they are put in their permanent winter locations or they may place their bikes in on-campus storage on Sunday, November 14 from 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.  The location of bike storage depends on the building your student resides in.  I encourage your student to look at the “You Deserve A Break” newsletter for the specified bike storage locations.

Students who wish to stay on campus during Fall Break or for part of Fall Break will need to register at their Residence Hall Reception Desk by Thursday, November 18. This includes students who plan on leaving after Friday, 8:00 p.m. on November 19 or who plan on returning prior to 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 28. There is no extra charge for staying in the Residence Halls during fall break. Kitchenettes in the Residence Halls will be open over Fall Break for students to use as the Dining Halls will all be closed by Friday, November 19 at 6 p.m. and will not reopen until Monday, November 30. November 22-24 the Food Court in the Memorial Union Building will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 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 stay in the local area during Fall Break.

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 upcoming Fall Commencement.

LeaderShape Institute®

Past Week’s Events

A Michigan Tech student at last year's Whoo's In Houghton event. Photo Credit: Rebecca Prich

This past week was full of sweet treats and fun times for Michigan Tech students.  From Safehouse BINGO, to Pumpkin Carving, to Halloween Treats in the Dining Hall, to a Costume Party Dance, students had festive activities to participate in each evening.  On Friday, October 29 and Saturday, October 30 there was the special event Whoo’s In Houghton taking place on Walker Lawn.  The event provided Michigan Tech students and the local community to learn more about rescued birds of prey in the state of Michigan.  The Upper Peninsula Raptor Rehab and Wildlife Center shared information on the birds of prey and had several rescued live birds on site.  Also taking place on Saturday, October 30 was Michigan Tech’s annual tradition of Safehouse.  As part of Safehouse students decorated the Residence Halls for public tours.  Thrills and chills were had by the many community members and children that walked through the decorated halls.  Even with all the fun Halloween activities taking place on Saturday, Michigan Tech students still made time to support the Huskies football team.  Close to 2,000 fans watched the Huskies defeat No. 1 ranked-Grand Valley 20-17.  The football team will play their next home game on Saturday, November 13 at 1:00 p.m. at Sherman Field.


Did I mention participants get to build balloon castles?!

The LeaderShape Institute® is a great opportunity available for Michigan Tech students.  LeaderShape® is an intensive week-long leadership development experience that is designed to help students to “lead with integrity.”   Students work in large and small groups as they learn and teach one another through interactive lectures, activities, and discussions.  The LeaderShape Institute® has been apart of the Michigan Tech campus since 1995 and this year’s 16th annual LeaderShape® will be held January 3-8, 2010.  As a participant in the LeaderShape Institute® two years ago and last year’s LeaderShape® On-Site Coordinator I strongly encourage that other students apply to attend.  At LeaderShape® I had the opportunity to learn what I can do to be a more effective leader, what my leadership style is, and much more.  I must say one of my favorite things about the LeaderShape experience was getting to know some of the Michigan Tech faculty and staff and the opportunity I had to meet new friends.

LeaderShape® is held in Alberta, MI at Michigan Tech’s Ford Center. Alberta is approximately 40 miles south of Michigan Tech’s main campus. The Ford Center’s facilities include rooms for the student’s to stay in during the week-long institute, a conference room, a dining hall, and lots of trails for the student’s to go out and enjoy during their free time.  All students are encouraged to apply for LeaderShape®, however, there is an application process to be chosen as a participant.   Each year about 40-60 students are chosen to participate in the LeaderShape Institute®.   In addition, there is a minimal cost for attending the Institute but some of the Student Organizations here at Michigan tech may be willing to sponsor members of their organization if they’re chosen to go. All transportation, lodging, and meals are provided and selected students are expected to stay at the Alberta Ford Center for the duration of the Institute.

If you would like to encourage your student to apply for LeaderShape® 2011 the application can be found at  This year’s applications will be due by Friday, November 5 and selected participants will be notified within a couple weeks.

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 upcoming Fall Break.