Archives—November 2011

Midyear Commencement

Past Weekend’s Events

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This past weekend the Michigan Tech football team played their last game of the season against rival Northern Michigan University. The Huskies took on the Wildcats in the annual battle for the Miner’s Cup. The Huskies won the game 21-18, bringing the Miner’s Cup home to Houghton for the next year.

Commencement Information

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For seniors graduating this December, the next couple of 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.

Midyear Commencement will take place Saturday, December 10, at 10:30 a.m. in the Student Development Complex (SDC) Wood Gym (students must arrive no later than 9:45 a.m.). Graduating seniors can pick up their honor cords, caps, and gowns from the Campus Bookstore in the Memorial Union Building. Graduating students are asked to attend a commencement rehearsal in the SDC Wood Gym on Friday, December 9, at 1:30 p.m. The rehearsal is expected to last an hour and students do not need to bring their caps and gowns.

The commencement speaker for the 2011 Midyear Commencement ceremony is Chang Park, entrepreneur, philanthropist, social activist, and visionary. He is the president and CEO of Universal Remote Control Inc., headquartered in Harrison, New York, a world leader in technology, innovation, and quality.

Graduate Receptions

There will be two receptions for graduating students to attend with their families. On Friday, December 9, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., the President’s Reception for Graduates, hosted by President and Mrs. Glenn Mroz, will be held in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Business attire is requested.

Immediately following Commencement, the Michigan Tech Alumni Association will hold a graduate reception 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.

Samantha Allen

Ready for Fall Break?

Fall Break Transportation

Enjoy Thanksgiving with your students home!

With less than two weeks until Fall Break, Michigan Tech students are looking forward to taking some time off from classes to relax friends and loved ones. This year’s Fall Break will be Saturday, November 19, through Sunday, November 27. 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 searching for 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. 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 week. This newsletter has 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 doors before leaving for the week. The University also encourages students who will not be using their vehicles frequently to leave their cars 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 or who are staying in the residence halls over Fall Break need to make sure their vehicles are moved to commuter Lot 26 by Sunday, November 20, to avoid towing. Vehicles should be moved back to their assigned lots by 11:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 27.

Students with bikes must remove them from the bike racks by Friday, November 18 (racks are moved during Fall Break to new snow-friendly locations). They are available for use throughout the winter in their new locations. Students also have the option of placing their bikes in on-campus storage; bike storage takes place November 12 and 13 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and the location varies by building. I encourage your student to look at the “You Deserve A Break” newsletter for more specific bike storage information.

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 17. This includes students who plan on leaving after 8:00 p.m. on Friday, November 18, or returning prior to noon, Sunday, November 27. There is no extra charge for staying in the residence halls during fall break. Hall kitchenettes will be open over Fall Break—dining halls close Friday, November 18, at 6:00 p.m., ad do not reopen until Monday, November 28.

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


Samantha Allen