Archives—September 2011

Career Services & 2011 Career Fair

Career Services

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As some of you may recall, one of my jobs on campus is working as a teaching assistant for a first year course called Creating Your Success. Last week, as a class, we decided to take a trip to the Career Services Center here on campus! This was my first time being to this location in the new facility, which is beautiful! While there, I was able to learn so much about what they offer and about the upcoming career fair. So, I thought it would be nice to share some of this with you so you can help further your student’s career.

Michigan Tech Career Services’ goal is to provide development and placement assistance to undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumni. This location is an awesome resource for students! If your student is looking to get prepared for a job, co-op, or internship, this is the place to go. At Career Services, students may do mock interview, learn how to write their resume, gather information about companies looking to hire students, and develop a career plan. Make sure to tell your student to stop in and visit them, Room 220 in the Administration Building.

Fall Career Fair 2011

It is that time again for the Career Fair to take place! This is one of the most exciting times for many students on campus. The Career Fair this fall will be on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 in the Student Development Complex. Currently, there are 233 companies signed up. To view information about the companies currently registered for the Fall Career Fair, check out this Registered Employers link.

Last Thursday, September 15, Career Services offered an event called ‘Resume Blitz.’ This was located in the Memorial Union Building from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This is a great event for students who are in the process of polishing their resumes to attend. Bring in your resume and the staff will give it a quick review for you! This week, September 19-23, Career Services will be hosting ‘Interview Skills Week.’ From 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. your student can stop by the Administration Building room 220 and practice interviewing and get vital feedback to strengthen their interview skills. Contact Career Services to schedule an appointment.

While Interview Skills Week is going on, your student can also visit an information session, ‘Why do a Co-op or Internship?’  This session is designed to help your student learn all the benefits of a co-op or internship, how to get one, and hear from students about their experience. This will be on Wednesday, September 21 in EERC Room 103 at 6:00 p.m.

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 Services Online Calendar.

Please as always, feel free to email me with any questions or concerns you may have.

-Samantha Allen

Family Weekend 2011

Beautiful fall colors!

Michigan’s Keweenaw is beautiful this time of year: the weather is gorgeous, students are back in session, and very soon, the leaves will begin changing. One of the best parts about being a Michigan Tech parent is having the opportunity to visit the Keweenaw and experience all of these changes at Michigan Tech’s Family Weekend! Family Weekend 2011 will be held on Friday, October 7 to Sunday, October 9.   Family Weekend is a tradition that provides parents an opportunity to spend some time with their student while exploring Michigan Tech and the local community.


If you are coming up to Tech for Family Weekend, you should register online at the COMPASS registration page. This ensures that COMPASS will have everything ready for you when you arrive on campus and check in. On the registration page, you may sign up to participate or attend any events that interest you (keep in mind that events/activities fill up quickly).

Events to attend

Family Weekend offers so many great activities to take part in! There are opportunities to explore the outdoors, learn about history in the local area, and much more. If you have a strong interest in exploring, you and your student could go on a waterfall hike, take a boat cruise along the Keweenaw, try out the high ropes course, or canoe on the Sturgeon River. There is so much being offered that there really is something for every family.

On the Family Weekend website there is a complete listing of all the activities being offered. However, I will highlight some of the activities that you may like to do!

Friday, October 7, 2011

High Ropes Challenge Course: Here you may see the beautiful fall colors from a unique vantage point…30 feet above the ground!

Portage Lake Sunset Cruise: Board the Isle Royale Queen for a scenic cruise along the Portage Lake shoreline.

Family Weekend Movie: Sit back, relax, and enjoy a family-friendly movie with your student!

Cardboard Boat Races: Come and watch students make a voyage aboard a cardboard boat! This is always fun to see.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Mom and Son at Quincy Mine during last year's Family Weekend.

Smelter Tour: Take a tour of the most complete early 20th century copper smelting site in the world!

Chairlift Color Tour: Enjoy a beautiful bird’s eye view of the Copper Country and campus from the top of Mont Ripley.

Quincy Mine Tour: See first hand equipment and workings of this once bustling copper mine, which is home of the world’s largest steam hoist!

Glow Bowling with Blizzard: Join Blizzard T. Husky for some old-fashioned fun at Michigan Tech’s bowling alley. Bowl under the glow of black lights with music and refreshments.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Hungarian Falls Hike: This is truly a beautiful site! Don’t miss the breathtaking views of waterfalls and wilderness on a hike at Hungarian Falls.

Keweenaw Brunch: End your weekend with a delicious Sunday brunch.

Chairlift Color Tour: Enjoy a beautiful bird’s eye view of the Copper Country and campus from the top of Mont Ripley.

There are so many wonderful activities being offered for Family Weekend!  Be sure to check out the website’s full listing. I hope that you have the opportunity to enjoy  Family Weekend 2011 and experience all the Keweenaw has to offer.  There really is something for all families, and it is a great time to see your student and the fall colors. If you have any questions or comments about Family Weekend you can comment on this post or contact COMPASS at 906-487-3558 (open 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. during the week) or email them at

-Samantha Allen

Keweenaw Day and Rideboard

The first week of classes are officially over  at Michigan Tech! Last week’s activities of Welcome Week seemed to go over very well for all the students on campus. It was a great way for students to get back into the groove of things and become acquainted with each other again.  Students were able to really enjoy their long weekend here, thanks to Labor Day,  and seemed to take advantage of the beautiful outdoors by adventuring through the Keweenaw, having bonfires at the beach and camping despite the chilly weather!

Keweenaw Day

K-Day 2010 photo from Student Activities

Keweenaw Day will take place at McLain State Park this Friday and students will be released from class at 12:00 p.m.  K-Day, short for Keweenaw Day, is one of Michigan Tech’s longstanding traditions that takes place every September and provides an opportunity for students  to check out all the student organizations offered on campus,  with many showcasing demonstrations or displays  to really get the students interested in their organizations.

Last year at K-Day there was a lot of free food, great live music, and other fun activities. Many of the booths at K-Day will have prizes, give-a-ways and fun activities. These student organizations range from Greek organizations, services groups, club sports, academic organizations, and much more. Our University has over 220 student organizations, which provides an opportunity for  everyone to get involved.

K-Day 2010 photo from Student Activities

Students have two options for getting out to McLain, they can take their own cars or take the free shuttle bus. The shuttles leave from the Memorial Union Building every half hour, beginning at 12:00 p.m. I would recommend if possible for students to take the free shuttle bus, it saves them the trouble of trying to find a place to park.

I would strongly encourage all students to take time to head out to K-Day and check out the organizations. Many of my greatest memories so far as a student have come from being a member of student organizations. I have met so many great people who have similar interests as I and have been given so many amazing opportunities in leadership development. For more information about the student organizations available at Michigan Tech, check out the Student Organization website.

IRHC Rideboard

Lately, I have seen many questions regarding Michigan Tech’s IRHC Rideboard . I thought I would give you a quick update on this website and how your students can utilize it. This website was designed for Michigan Tech students looking to carpool with other students to get to and from various locations. When you log into the website there are a few key options to use. You can choose to browse listings, search listings, or create your own listing.  If your student is looking to find a ride with a certain criteria, they can choose the search option and choose exactly what they are looking for. If they just want to browse the site to see what rides are being offered or needed they can  choose to browse the listings. The last option would be to create a listing. They need to follow a few short steps which will help them make a listing on the website. The rideboard  website is very helpful for students who are looking to maybe save some money and carpool for long distance trips! Make sure you have your students check it out.

Please email me if you have any questions or concerns.

-Samantha Allen

Welcome Week

Michigan Tech-Welcome Week 2011!

Michigan Tech’s first-year class photo, taken during Orientation after the University Welcome

The time has come again for Michigan Tech to welcome students back to campus! Although all the fun activities of Orientation are over, this week students can begin to celebrate their new academic year with Welcome Week! Welcome Week is one of Michigan Techs many traditions, lasting for seven full days welcoming all students back to campus. This really is a great time of the year for students to connect with all the services Michigan Tech has to offer along with local community providers. Welcome week always has a lot of great activities including: social activities, free food, entertainment for Tech students, and much more. I really do enjoy this time of year, not only because all of the students are back to campus and beginning a new semester, but it is really awesome to be able to see so many different groups and local community businesses together in one location. This week really is about getting into the Husky Spirit!

Welcome Week Events


11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Students may visit the MUB Circle to grab a complimentary Welcome Week schedule, drawstring bag, notebook, and other school supplies on the first day of the Fall Semester!

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP) Bike Clinic.

Representatives from local business will come to campus to conduct some tune ups on bikes for $10.


10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Blood Drive Van Pelt Library

The American will be collecting blood on a walk in basis or by appointment. Those eligible to donate must be in good health, at least years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, and have not donated in the last 56 day.

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Community Expo Campus Mall

Local businesses will be on campus to share information and answer your questions. While walking to class grab some give-aways, learn about the area, and support Keweenaw businesses.


10:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Blood Drive Van Pelt Library (17)

The American Red Cross will be collecting blood on a walk in basis or by appointment. Those eligible to donate must be in good health, at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, and have not donated in the last 56 days.

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Chillin’ & Grillin’ with Greek Life Walker (11), Lawn (until supplies last)

Are you curious about Greek Life? Come join members of the Greek community for hot dogs and burgers and find out how Greeks at Michigan Tech exemplify leadership development, scholarship, service, and lifelong brotherhood and sisterhood.


11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Snack Pack Pudding MUB (34), Circle (until supplies last)

What did you pack in your school lunch? Come indulge in a variety of pudding in appreciation of the movie Billy Madison!

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Inter-Residence Hall Council Plants Walker (11), Lawn (until supplies last) Add a touch of green to your room this year and adopt a plant complements of Inter-Residence Hall Council (IRHC). Supplies are limited, so get your green thumb there early.

7:00 PM and 9:00 PM

Films: Back to School and Billy Madison Fisher (15), Room 135

The plot of Back to School (7:00 pm) centers on a wealthy but uneducated father, actor Rodney Dangerfield, who goes to college to show solidarity with his discouraged son and learns that he cannot buy an education or happiness.

Billy Madison (9:00 pm) stars Adam Sandler as a slacker who must go back to school in order to take over his father’s company.

**Complimentary admittance and popcorn at both showings, other snacks available at cost to moviegoer.


10:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Balloon Man MUB (34), Circle

It’s Dave Evans, the balloon artist! See the world’s hippest balloons created by one of the fastest balloon artists in the business.

10:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Comedian MUB (34), Ballroom

Jim Tavaré is an English stand-up comedian, actor, and musician. He is best known for his work on The Sketch Show which won an award and portrayed the role of Tom, the owner of the Leaky Cauldron, in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban®. He was a finalist on Last Comic Standing and has a recurring role in of the comedy-drama Californication, as the English butler.


11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Challenge Course Open House High Ropes Course/Tech Trails

“Choose your Challenge” – Come have fun 30 feet in the air and then fly 250 feet down the zip line on the Michigan Tech Challenge Course. Space is limited, so please visit the website to register and for more details.

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Varsity Women’s Soccer Game Sherman Field

Come see your Michigan Tech Huskies take on Bemidji State University.

Sunday, September 4

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Varsity Women’s Soccer Game Sherman Field

Go Huskies! Cheer on the Varsity Women’s Soccer team vs. the University of Minnesota, Crookston.

1:00 PM – 6:00 PM

MUB Open Portage Lake Golf Course Golf

The Memorial Union Building (MUB) Board hosts a 4 person scramble tournament. Please visit the website to register and for more details.

Michigan Tech students play at no cost as part of the Experience Tech program. To learn more about the Experience Tech initiative please visit

Monday, September 5

7:30 PM Motion City Soundtrack Concert Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts (10)

Tickets will be $20 for students and $25 for non-Michigan Tech Students. Please visit for more information.

Blizzard taking part in Orientation 2011!

Labor Day

With Labor Day coming up this weekend and having Monday off, I would encourage your students to relax, get out, and explore some of the local area! Students do not have class on Monday, September 5th. However, there are many fun local locations for them to visit. I would suggest checking out the Outdoor Adventure Program, which was what last weeks article was on, and getting some information from them. Otherwise, explore Houghton and encourage your students to get to know their new home well! Hope you all have a very fun, and relaxing holiday weekend! Please email me if you have any questions or concerns.

-Samantha Allen