Archives—February 2011

Escape for 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 5 to Sunday, March 13.

If your student is looking for a way to unplug, relax, and go on an awesome adventure with other Michigan Tech students I would strongly recommend checking out the Alternative Spring Break trips.  This year the Outdoor Adventure Program is offering five Alternative Spring Break trips and Community Service is offering three Alternative Spring Break trips for students.

Outdoor Adventure Program Trips

Buffalo River:  Join the Outdoor Adventure Program on a canoe trip to the Buffalo River – our first national waterway – in the beautiful Ozark Mountains. The trip features a ride up the St. Louis Arch, four days of canoeing through the beautiful bluffs of Arkansas, outstanding camp cooking, the Hemmed in Hollow falls, Civil War era homesteads, and weather that gets up into the 60’s during the day. The trip cost includes transportation & gas, one ticket to ascend the St. Louis Arch, group camping gear and tents, boats, food, and two knowledgeable guides.  Total cost:  $400

Appalachian Trail:  Join the Outdoor Adventure Program on a hike of the Smokey Mountain National Park and part of the Appalachian Trail.  Participants will hike about 8 miles a day during the four day journey. Participants will also stop in Kentucky on the way down to tour breathtaking Mammoth Caves. This will be a beautiful trip with transportation, food, permits and gear included. Don’t miss out on this adventure of a lifetime.  Total cost:  $360


Skiing in Salt Lake City Utah:  Ski Snowbird, Solitude, Brighton and Atla just south of Salt lake City, Utah.  Ski all day and then relax in a hot tub with friends before getting up and doing all over again for another three days. This trip includes transportation from the airport to the hotel, lodging, a four-day ski pass, and three large group meals. Participants will need to provide skis, three lunches on the hill and two dinners in the town, and the flight to Salt Lake City, Utah.  Total cost:  $500, plus airfare

Puerto Rico:  Get away from it all in breath taking Puerto Rico. With waters at 100ft visibility and 86 degrees, there can’t be a better place to spend six days and five nights. Try surfing, swimming at night in a bioluminescent bay, horse back riding on the beach, riding seven zip lines through the jungle, and a sailing/snorkeling adventure. Ten people will get to share this experience in a Villa that is located 100ft from a beautiful swimming beach. Your lodging, rental car transportation from the airport and to locations around the island, five adventures, and food are all included. Participants will need to provide transportation to San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Total cost:  $700, plus airfare

Community Service Trips

Puerto Rico:  During the Puerto Rico spring break trip participants work with Polytecnic University to provide volunteer service. This is a great chance to learn about the culture and meet great friends.  Last year, ten students from Tech and a few from Polytecnic worked together to create a path through their forest. The students learned about native animals and plants throughout the trip. This is a great opportunity for students to work on their Spanish and learn new phrases. Participants were able to complete the amount of work in five days that otherwise would have taken a year and a half.  Approximate cost:  $50, plus airfare

Everglades National Park in Florida:  The participants will stay in the Everglades Hostel and volunteer at Everglades/ Biscayne National park. Biscayne is our country’s only under water park with living coral reefs and mangrove islands “Keys”. The project is yet to be determined but a lot of the volunteer work that is done is maintaining the trails and coral reefs. Participants could be gathering and cleaning corals or snorkeling to find sea turtle eggs and counting them. Approximate Cost:  $160, plus transportation

Merced River, California:  Participants will stay at Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort.  The project will include trail building and maintenance.  Participants will prepare campgrounds for the forthcoming camping season.  Approximate cost:  $315, plus transportation

The Alternative Spring Break trips have become extremely popular amongst students.  For a list of Community Service Alternative Spring Break trips that were offered in years past, see previous trips.  Space on the Alternative Spring Break trips is limited and several trips are already filled.  Some trips still have openings so if your student is interested, I would strongly encourage them to stop by the Outdoor Adventure Program to learn how they can participate in the adventure trips or  the Student Activities office to learn how they can get involved in a community service trip.  Also, for more details, you can view the trip itineraries on the Alternative Spring Break web page.

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 what students on campus need to do to prepare for the upcoming spring break.

The End of a Chapter: Winter Carnival 2011

2011 Winter Carnival Queen: Ms. Lydia Patch.

We have reached the end of another chapter as the festivities and fun of Winter Carnival 2011 come to a close.  For those of you that had the opportunity to visit Michigan Tech over Winter Carnival, I hope this last week has left you with great memories and I hope you enjoyed all of the activities that took place!  In review of the past week’s events, on Saturday, February 4, the eight Winter Carnival Queen Candidates took the stage at the Rozsa Center at the Queen’s Coronation.  On stage the candidates answered interview questions, performed talents, and did a fantastic group dance.  Candidates skillfully incorporated this year’s Winter Carnival theme, “Thousands of Pages Unfold in the Bitter Cold” into their talent presentations with the talents ranging from a lasso demonstration, to jazz dances, to theatrical performances, to various tunes played on instruments.  The Queen’s Coronation ended with Ms. Lydia Patch being crowned as the 2011 Winter Carnival Queen.

The All-Nighter began on Wednesday, February 9 at 4:00 p.m. as students hurriedly began working on their snow statues.  Students working on month-long statues spent the All-Nighter putting fine details and finishing touches on their statues.  Students working on one-nighter statues spent the evening laboring away trying to shape and detail a snow statue in less than 16 hours. It is truly amazing to see what Michigan Tech students can do in just a few hours with a bunch of snow, water, butter knives, and irons! I strongly encourage you to take a look at the image gallery of the 2011 Winter Carnival Statues.  For more information about All-Nighter and statue building check out the article “Snow Statue Building:  An Insider”. In addition to working on snow statues, there were several fun activities for students to take part in during the All-Nighter.  Between all the delicious food, an outdoor dance party, free ice skating, and a band bash, students were never at a lack of things to do to keep them awake all night long!

2011 Month-long Fraternity Statue Winner “Narnia is Frozen Until Four Royalty are Chosen”

On the morning of Thursday, February 10, the Winter Carnival statues were judged based on relation to the winter carnival theme, first impression, the description that accompanies the statue, lettering, artistic value, effort, intricacy, neatness, and even how white the snow is.  For a complete listing of the statue rankings for the one-nighter and month-long statues in each division, check out the 2011 Winter Carnival site.  Thursday through Saturday students, families, faculty, staff, and community members spent time walking around campus and looking at the phenomenal snow statues.  In addition to viewing the snow statues there were several broomball games taking place as well as campus tours, residence hall tours, sleigh rides, dog-sled rides, the Bigfoot Snowshoe Event, and much more.

On Friday, February 11 and Saturday, February 12 our Michigan Tech Huskies Hockey team faced off against Bemidji State.  Michigan Tech tied with Bemidji State on Friday, ending with a score of 2-2.  Michigan Tech lost to Bemidji State on Saturday, when Bemidji scored with 1:33 minutes left in the game, resulting in a 0-1 loss for the Huskies.  Highlights of the Bemidji State series can be found on the athletics page.

On Saturday, February 12 the Torch Light Parade took place on Mont Ripley followed by a beautiful fireworks display.  At 9 p.m. the much anticipated Winter Carnival Awards Ceremony took place in the MUB Commons.  The Stage Revue, Queen’s Competition, Statues, and Special Events scores are combined to determine who the overall Winter Carnival winner is.  This year Phi Kappa Tau won Winter Carnival overall with Air Force ROTC placing second, and Sigma Phi Epsilon placing third.  Now that Winter Carnival 2011 is complete students are anxiously awaiting the announcement of the theme for Winter Carnival 2012!

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 spring break.

Spring 2011 Career Fair

Co-ops, Internships, Jobs, and More!

Students at a Michigan Tech Career Fair. Photo Credit: Career Services

Come one, come all, come to the Career Fair!  The spring semester Career  Fair will be held at the Student Development Complex on Tuesday, February 22 from noon to 6 p.m.  Currently, there are 148 companies registered for the Career Fair and with the event approximately two weeks away, more companies are registering each day.  The companies registered for the Career Fair are looking for students to hire for co-ops, internships, or full-time positions, and they are looking for Michigan Tech students from almost every degree program.  To view information about the companies currently registered for the Spring Career Fair, check out this registered employers link.

Prepare for the Spring Career Fair

Michigan Tech Career Services has been very busy planning the Career Fair as well as helping students prepare for the big day.  The last two weeks 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.  On February 14-18, Career Services is hosting Interview Skills Week.  During this week students can schedule an appointment with Career Services Staff and practice interviewing.  This is a great opportunity for students to get familiar with what the 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 Center.

Students sharing the benefits of co-ops and internships. Photo Credit: Career Services

Michigan Tech Career Services hosts several 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 Services Calendar.

As students are preparing for the Spring Career Fair, I would strongly encourage them to check out the students tab of the Career Services website.  This web page has lots of information on resume writing, cover letters, interviewing, and much more.  I also would like to encourage you to check out the parents tab of the Careers Services website to learn more about the various services that your student can use.

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 results of Winter Carnival 2011.

Watch the Pages Unfold During Winter Carnival 2011

Students working away on a month-long statue.

This weekend the construction on month-long statues will continue and the Queen’s Coronation will take place as the pages of Winter Carnival 2011 continue to unfold.  In last week’s article I shared with you the events happening throughout the next week leading up to Winter Carnival.   In this week’s article, I would like to highlight the Winter Carnival events that will take place February 9-12. Students, family members, and community members can enjoy and participate in several activities throughout the extended weekend.


On Wednesday, February 9, after classes are done for the day, students will head out to the statue sites and prepare to work through the night to make, what they hope, will be an award winning statue.  Many students have been working on month-long statues since they returned to Michigan Tech from winter break.  For these students, the All-Nighter will be spent putting fine details and finishing touches on their statues.   For the students who choose to work on a one-nighter statue, the evening will be spent laboring away trying to shape and detail a snow statue in just 16 hours.  It is truly amazing to see what our Michigan Tech students can do in just a few hours with a bunch of snow, water, butter knives, and irons!  To be on campus during the All-Nighter is truly a unique experience: the sight of students working away on snow statues, the smell of delicious chili and deep fried twinkies, and the sound several fun events taking place last all night long.  One enjoyable event sponsored by the Inter-Residence Hall Council is free ice skating on the broomball rinks.  The Cocoa Shack located near the broomball rinks will also be open for students to grab a warm cup of cocoa.

Continuing the Competition

On Thursday, February 10, construction on statues will stop at 8 a.m., and statue judging will begin at 9 a.m.  For the rest of the Winter Carnival recess, campus will be packed with visitors coming to look at the elaborate snow statues in their final form. In addition to the snow statue competition, there are several other competitive events that student organizations can take part in. Winter Carnival Special Events began last weekend and are continuing throughout the next two weeks. Some of the special events happening over Winter Carnival recess include snow volleyball, human dog-sled, tug-o-war, downhill skiing, and snowboarding.  Two very unique special events that will also take place are the Beards Competition and Stage Revue.  The Beards Competition is a skit performance in which gentleman who have been growing their beard since early December try to impress the judges with their beards, goatees, and sideburns with the help of funny costumes, skits, and songs.  Stage Revue performances are humorous skits that were put together by student organizations back in December, and they are a lot of fun to watch.  The students performing in Stage Revue have been practicing for almost two months and will be performing in the Rozsa Center on Thursday evening.

Sleigh Rides, Tours, Fireworks, and More!

Winter Carnival 2010 Queen Candidates taking a sleigh ride.

Throughout the Winter Carnival recess there will be several fun activities for students, family members, and community members.

On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 9 a.m., sleigh rides will be available near the east entrance of Douglass Houghton Hall and at 12 p.m., Eskimo Banded Alaskin Malamutes and Sled Dog Rescue will offer dog-sled rides.

On Friday and Saturday, fans can cheer on the Huskies as the Michigan Tech hockey team takes on Bemidji State at the MacInnes Ice Arena.  Friday’s game will begin at 7:07 p.m. and Saturday’s game will begin at 5:07 p.m.

On Saturday, February 12 the Bigfoot Snowshoe Event, sponsored by Counseling and Wellness Services, HOWL, and the Outdoor Adventure Program, will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Bigfoot Snowshoe is an opportunity for Michigan Tech students, family members, and community members to take a walk on the 2K, 4K, or 6K trail located at the Michigan Tech Trails.  Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Student Development Complex‘s wood gym.  Loaner snowshoes will be available.  All participants will receive a long-sleeve t-shirt and will be entered into a raffle prize drawing.

For the students and visitors that may be looking at statues on Saturday, a free photo opportunity will be offered.  Student photographers will be taking free photos for students and visitors by the broomball statue located near the broomball rinks from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Broomball gear will be available to pose with.  Photographs will be available for download at

Also taking place on Saturday, Housing and Residential Life and Admissions will be offering tours.  Tours of the new student apartment building, Hillside Place, and the residence halls will take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m with tours leaving from the residence hall lobbies.  Campus tours will depart from the J. R. Van Pelt and Opie Library at 12, 1, and 2 p.m.

Winter Carnival 2011 will come to a close on Saturday evening.  At 8:30 p.m. the Torch Light Parade will take parade on Mont Ripley followed by a fireworks display.  At 9 p.m. the much anticipated Winter Carnival Awards Ceremony will take place in the MUB Commons and students will learn who the overall winner of Winter Carnival is.  The awards ceremony will be followed by the annual Snowball dance.

For a complete listing of Blue Key Winter Carnival Events check out the 2011 Event Schedule.

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 Spring Career Fair.