Archives—December 2011

Find your fit!

Hello Parents!

Orientation 2011 staff at the banana split!

There is a lot going on here at Tech as finals week fast approaches for our students! One great opportunity going on across campus is for students to begin their applications for Student Life positions. Student Life positions allow students the opportunity to develop leadership skills while working in a collaborative team environment.

For the past three years, I have worked in Student Life positions. I have had positions at the reception desk, as a campus tour guide, Orientation Team Leader, and now on the Orientation Executive Staff; all of these have been amazing experiences. I have had so many great opportunities afforded to me since working in Student Life. I’ve been able to discover a lot about myself. Gaining leadership skills and continuing to become a better communicator have helped further me in both schooling and my work life. Not only do you gain a lot of valuable skills but also irreplaceable friendships. Choosing to join Student Life has been one of the best decisions I have made here at Tech!

The welcome crew from Student Life-2011

I hope that you consider encouraging your student to apply for one of these great positions that are being offered! In order to apply, your student must first attend an information session where they will hear from students who have already had the opportunity to work in these positions. The sessions are being held:

December 5 and 6  8:00-9:00 P.M. in Fisher 135

January 15 and 19  8:00-9:00 P.M. in Fisher 135


After attending the session, your student may then log on to the Student Life and Employment Positions site ( to apply!

Students should use the Guiding Principles of the Division of Student Affairs to focus their work.  These principles include:

  • Providing a diverse and inclusive community that encourages involvement and a free exchange of ideas.
  • Valuing creativity, leadership, and excellence.
  • Promoting integrity, trust, and personal responsibility.
  • Including students in decisions which enhance their educational experience.
  • Being innovative and supportive in our programs, policies, and procedures.
  • Supporting students’ intellectual, professional, and personal growth.
  • Leading and supporting exemplary collegial relationships within the university community.

Here are the positions your student can apply for-

  • Commuter Assistant
  • Orientation Team Leader (OTL)
  • Transfer Assistant
  • Community Assistant
  • Program Assistant
  • Resident Assistant
  • Operations Assistant

For more position specific information please visit the Student Life Website. Hope you all have a great break with your student! I will not be writing articles again until we return from break. Please feel free to email me at if you have any questions or concerns. I will be checking my email periodically throughout break.

Samantha Allen

Welcome Back Students!

Back to the Books

Welcome back Michigan Tech students!  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 away from classes, to spend time with loved ones, to enjoy 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’s time to get back to the books. As we are entering week thirteen, 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 12-16. The website for the Registrar’s Office has a lot of helpful information regarding courses, such as the Fall 2011 Final Exam Schedule and Michigan Tech’s Grading Policies. Students may also check their final exam schedule by logging in to their account on BanWeb, clicking first on the Student Services tab, then Registration, and lastly, Student Final Exam Schedule.

Learning Centers and Other Resources

Students hard at work in the Engineering Learning Center

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 feeling prepared 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 here 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 typically have day and evening hours, so students can drop by at a time that works best for them.  The Learning Centers are available for no extra charge to the student; there’s no reason why students shouldn’t 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 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 having a partner to review notes and old homework assignments with. In addition, teaching someone else what you have already learned can help you commit the material to memory and understand it even better.

There are several great places to study as a group on 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 twenty rooms throughout the first, second, and third floor that are available during the Library’s hours of operation that students can reserve for group study. Study rooms are equipped with whiteboards, outlets, and internet access. There are even two rooms that have a large 42-inch monitor that students may use to practice presentations. The study rooms can be reserved at the circulation desk or through Huskymail, Michigan Tech’s email and calendar system.

Study Breaks

Lastly, what’s studying without a few fun study breaks?  Don’t forget to remind your students to stop to take a break occasionally! Some of my favorite breaks include baking, reading, going for a walk, and scrap booking. Your student may seem a bit overwhelmed the next few weeks. Remind them that when all this studying is done, 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!