Archives—October 2011

LeaderShape Institute®

Past Events

This past week was full of sweet treats and fun times at Michigan Tech. From Safehouse BINGO and pumpkin carving to engineering caramel apples in the dining hall and a costume party dance, students had festive activities to participate in each evening. Saturday, October 30, was Michigan Tech’s annual Safehouse event; students decorated the residence halls for public tours by children and members of the local community.


LeaderShape® Institute

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The LeaderShape® Institute—an intensive leadership development experience designed to help students “lead with integrity”—is an incredible opportunity open to Michigan Tech undergraduates. For a week each winter, students have the chance to participate in interactive lectures, hands-on activities, and large and small group discussions. They learn how to be more effective leaders, find out what their leadership style is, and much more. Many students say their favorite part of the experience is getting to know Tech faculty and staff and making great new friends.

LeaderShape® has been a Michigan Tech tradition since 1995, and this year’s seventeenth annual institute will be held January 3–8, 2012, at Tech’s Ford Center in Alberta, MI. Alberta is approximately 40 miles south of Tech’s main campus. The Ford Center’s facilities include residential areas for the week’s stay, a conference room, a dining hall, and tons of trails to explore and enjoy during free time.

All students are encouraged to apply for LeaderShape®; each year, about 40–60 students are chosen to participate in the institute. There is a minimal cost for attending, but student organizations often sponsor student members who are chosen to go. All transportation, lodging, and meals are provided (students are expected to stay at the Ford Center for the duration of the Institute).

LeaderShape® is definitely the experience of a lifetime, and we hope you’ll encourage your student to apply! The application can be found at Applications are due by Friday, November 4, 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!

Samantha Allen

Safehouse and Spring Registration

Past Weekend’s Events

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This past Saturday, October 22, about 400 Michigan Tech students participated in Make A Difference Day. Make A Difference Day was created by USA WEEKEND Magazine and is recognized as a national day of service. Students who participated in this great service opportunity helped out the Keweenaw community on projects ranging from beach cleanup and raking leaves to volunteering at the local annual Spirit of the Harvest Powwow. It was great to see so many Michigan Tech students working together to improve the community and “make a difference!”


Fun Fall Events

Saturday, October 23, kicked off a week of festive fall events. The fun times began on Saturday, October 22, with Safehouse BINGO, an annual event hosted by the Inter-Residence Hall Council (IRHC) and Wadsworth Hall Student Association.

On Sunday, October 23, students gathered at the McNair dining hall for pumpkin carving hosted by IRHC and the McNair Hall Association. Pumpkins, knives, and all kinds of cool carving materials were provided, so it was a great (and inexpensive) way for students to get in on the Halloween fun.

Friday, October 28, the Douglass Houghton Hall Council will kick off the Halloween weekend with the Costume Party Dance, held in the DHH Ballroom. The event promises to be full of good times, so encourage your student to put on his or her costume and come do the Monster Mash!


Saturday, October 29, is the day students have been anxiously awaiting all week: the day of the much anticipated Safehouse event! Safehouse has been a Michigan Tech campus tradition since 1988. Each year, on the last Saturday of October, students decorate the residence halls for the public. The community is invited for tours and childrens’ trick-or-treating. Student guides lead groups through the halls to show off the creepy, festive, and funny decorations. Safehouse is such a big event and the students put so much work into the decorations that IRHC judges the decorations and offers awards to the top winning houses. Safehouse is a great event to participate in and I can’t think of a better way to get more into the Halloween spirit.



Course Registration

Although it may seem as though your student is just getting settled into his or her fall semester courses, spring course registration is quickly approaching. According to the Registration Priority Schedule, registration opens Thursday, October 27, at 10 p.m. and closes on Sunday, November 13, at 12 a.m. Graduate students have the first opportunity to register on Thursday, October 27. Beginning Sunday, October 30, undergraduate students are permitted to register based on the number of credits they have completed. Students with the most completed credits get to register earlier than students with less completed credits.

Regardless of your student’s class standing, it is important that they are prepared to register for spring courses and that they register on their assigned date. Students should have the courses that they want to take planned out and make sure that the times of the courses do not overlap. Planning for spring course registration is a great time for students to set up a meeting with their academic advisor to discuss their career plans and potential course choices. First-year students can attend advising meetings by degree program, conducted by academic advisors.

I strongly encourage students to schedule an appointment with their academic advisor and complete their degree program flow chart so they have a good idea of what semester they will be graduating, what degree requirements they still need to fulfill, and whether or not they need any waivers to register for spring semester courses. Academic advisors are a great resource, with a lot of knowledge and experience about classes and career pathways. It is to your student’s advantage to get to know them!

Please feel free to email me with any questions, comments, or suggestions you may have.

Samantha Allen

Make A Difference!

Recap on Past Events-

From tug of war to cardboard boat races, from broomball to hockey and football, Homecoming 2011 was a huge success!

2011 Homecoming King and Queen

A day full of beautiful weather brought many Michigan Tech fans to Sherman Field on Saturday afternoon for the 2011 Homecoming Game.  The stands were full of fans that showed up to support the Huskies as they took on  Saginaw Valley.  At half time the 2011 Homecoming King and Queen were announced along with the winners of the week’s Homecoming Games.  The Football Huskies played a great game, even though it wasn’t a win for us!

Family Weekend was also a huge success! Over 450 families were welcomed and able to enjoy the beautiful weather and the activities going on. My family was here and we had a great time enjoying the fall colors on the chair lift at Mont Ripley. Families participated in Homecoming events, visited local waterfalls, toured area attractions, learned about the history of the Keweenaw, took in the beautiful fall colors, and most importantly enjoyed quality time together.

Michigan Tech’s hockey team has been having a great year so far as well!  This past weekend, the team played Wisconsin and had a big win! Michigan Tech earned its first sweep of Wisconsin since 2007 with a 3-2 win in overtime. Just 20 seconds into the extra session, Tech reached its fourth straight win to start the season-this is the first time the program has started a 4-0 season since its national championship season of 1974-75. GO HUSKIES!

Community Service Opportunities

Michigan Tech offers many great opportunities for students to take part in a variety of community service activities.  Make A Difference Day is a community service event at Michigan Tech which attracts  a large number of participants. Last year, many different student groups took part in the day of volunteering by working on various projects throughout the Keweenaw Peninsula.  Make A Difference Day was created by USA WEEKEND Magazine and is recognized as a national day of service.  Make A Difference Day takes place the fourth Saturday of every October.  This year’s Make A Difference Day will take place on Saturday, October 22.

Circle K International member dog walking for the local humane society.

In addition to Make A Difference Day, Michigan Tech Student Activities Office coordinates other community service activities.  Service Saturdays60 Minutes of Service, and Alternative Spring Break are great ways for students to get involved with community service.  Michigan Tech also has several student organizations whose sole purpose is organizing service projects in the local community.  I am a member of Circle K International which is the collegiate level of Kiwanis Service Organization.  Every weekend Circle K has a service project planned in the local community, whether it’s a highway cleanup project, a rake and run, or a bake sale, there is always some way to volunteer and get involved!  Students may also choose to organize their own service projects by dog walking or cat cuddling at the Copper Country Humane Society, chopping wood with Little-Brothers Friends of the Elderly, or being a mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters. Here at Michigan Tech and the surrounding area, the options really are limitless when it comes to making a difference through community service.

Please feel free to email me with any questions, comments, or suggestions you may have!

Samantha Allen

Living Healthy on Michigan Tech’s Campus!

Staying Healthy

Wow, these past few weeks have been full of so much excitement for Michigan Tech students and families! With open house, homecoming, and family weekend all coming to a close it’s time for many student’s to kick studying into high gear! This may be hard to believe, but students are almost half way through their first semester of the year so it is more important than ever for your students to stay healthy. Midterms, exams, homework, and papers are a constant worry and no student wants to throw sniffles in on top of that.

So what can your student do to prevent this?

Hygiene: Send your student a friendly reminder of the importance of washing their hands, keeping the germs down so they don’t catch any bugs.

Get Adequate Sleep: Personally, I believe this is one of the most important means of success as a college student.  I know for myself, as soon as I begin to lose sleep I always get sick. The average adult needs six to eight hours of sleep to function effectively.  College students need at least six to eight hours, but some research states that college student may need up to 10-12 hours to function effectively.  It is important that college students make sleep a priority and that they do not substitute a lack of sleep with caffeine or frequent naps.  Your student can work more hours of sleep into their schedule by carefully planning their schedule and setting concrete goals for homework completion.  Encourage your student to have a solid sleeping schedule and to keep it consistent.

Eat Right: Whether your student lives in the residence halls or off campus, there are lots of opportunities to eat healthy, even if your student doesn’t realize it.  We all know how tempting those french fries, chips, or desserts can be while  walking through the dining hall or grocery store, but only eating this can begin to take a toll on your body. College students are still growing and  need to make sure they are getting their daily fruits, vegetables, dairy, and water.  Michigan Tech’s Dining Services has several healthy options for students to choose from.  In the residence halls, there are great salad bars and students can even take one piece of fruit out of the dining hall with them for a snack later.  Dining Services also has a number of cafes on campus, including Fusion and the Library Cafe.  Fusion ,located in the Dow Building, has real fruit smoothies, salads, and wraps for students to purchase.  The Library Cafe, located in the Van Pelt Library, also has salads, wraps, and fruit drinks available for purchase.

Kayaking is just one of the many fun ways to stay active.

Exercise: Staying active and exercising is especially important for a college student’s health.  Exercising reduces stress and improves overall health.  Being at college is probably one of the easiest times in a person’s life to make time for exercise.  Exercise in college can be very convenient as there are many locations very close that your student can utilize.  Michigan Tech provides numerous ways for student’s to stay active.  With Experience Tech, Michigan Tech students can enjoy the Gates Tennis CenterMt. Ripley, the Portage Lake Golf Course, and much more.  The Student Development Complex has a great fitness center for students to use.  Michigan Tech makes staying active and exercising fun.  What could be more enjoyable than biking on the Tech Trails or renting a kayak from the Outdoor Adventure Program and paddling up the Portage Canal?  There are also several organized activities students can get involved in such as, BroomballFrisbockey, or Intramural Sports.  Lastly, Michigan Tech offers several Physical Education courses that students can take for pass/fail credit.

Get Vaccinations: Students can stay healthy during flu season by getting a flu shot.  Every year Michigan Tech hosts a flu shot clinic for students.  The clinic is usually held in October or November.  Dates for this year’s flu shot clinic will be announced to students soon.

Take Care of Emotional and Mental Health: College is a time of transition that can often times be stressful for students.  It is important that students take time to relax and find activities they enjoy doing.  Students may also find it helpful to stay connected with friends and family back home; however, it is important to understand that they may struggle to find the time to stay connected or to initiate contact.  Michigan Tech’s Counseling and Wellness Services provides students with several services to help them succeed throughout their academic career at Michigan Tech. Counselors with Counseling and Wellness Services can help students manage stress and any issues that may be interfering with their coursework or personal life.  For a complete listing of services that Counseling and Wellness Services Provide see the Counseling Services page.

Please feel free to email me,,  with any questions, comments, or suggestions you may have!

Michigan Tech Homecoming 2011

Homecoming 2011

Homecoming,  a Michigan Tech tradition, is taking place through Saturday October 8. Homecoming  is an exciting time of the year for students, staff and faculty on campus! Everyone is able to come together and take part in many of the fun activities that are going on campus wide.

Homecoming began on Saturday October 1, with the Michigan Tech Hockey Fans in the Stands Competition. For this event, black out, students dress in all black, from head to toe, in support of their huskies.

Sunday, October 2,  Michigan Tech Soccer fans had the opportunity to show their husky spirit with a second Fans in the Stands Competition, this time with a white out, wearing white from head to toe.   Sunday concluded with window painting in the Rozsa Center and Flag football.

Monday morning students could stop by the MUB Circle to grab a Homecoming reusable cup to receive a complementary fountain soda’s all week.  Monday evening concluded with the  powder puff football game taking place on Sherman Field under the lights.

Students were invited to  view costumed interpreters who demonstrated the history of the Keweenaw Peninsula Fort Wilkins on Tuesday.

Cardboard Boat Races 2010

Homecoming games, the biggest competition of the week, will be on Wednesday October 5!  Student will compete with their groups in a pasty toss, tram race, and tug of war on the Walker Lawn.   Thursday, there will be live band karaoke in Fisher 135 from 7:00-10:00 pm.

Friday and Saturday are going to be the busiest days of Homecoming Week. Friday there will be a parade, pep rally, cardboard boat races, and Michigan Tech Hockey Game! Saturday will be the Homecoming Football Game, with the coronation of the Homecoming Court and awards at half-time, a Michigan Tech Hockey Game, and the Broomball Invitational.

As a student, it is nearly impossible to make it to all of these events, but they really are a blast to take part in! I hope your students were able to get together with some of their new friends and try some of these events.  For more information, check out their calendar of events. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me or, comment below.

Samantha Allen