Archives—February 2012

Escape for Spring Break Part 2

Spring Break Transportation

The 2012 Orientation Executive Staff (including myself) during Winter Carnival!

With only a few days until spring break, Michigan Tech students are getting excited to take some time off from classes to relax and spend time with friends and loved ones. This year’s Spring Break is Saturday, March 3 to Sunday, March 11.

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. Here, students can post a ride request if they are in search of a ride or post a trip indicating where they are headed if they are looking for riders to join them.

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 home. Routes for the Indian Trails bus will be advertised via posters and are available on the Indian Trials website under scheduled service.

Reminders for Students

2012 Winter Carnival Statue

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 an electronic copy of the newsletter this last week. This newsletter has important information about when the dining halls, Campus Café, and reception desks will be closing for spring break. The newsletter also contains important reminders for students leaving campus for spring break regarding room security and parking.

For students who are planning on leaving campus for spring break, it is important to remember to close and lock the windows, unplug nonessential electrical equipment, turn off lights, and lock the doors before leaving for the week.

As an additional reminder, all students need to move their vehicles to commuter Lot 26 by 11 p.m. on Sunday, March 4 to avoid towing and then move them back to their assigned lot by 11 p.m. on Sunday, March 11. This allows snowplows to clean up the lots over break.

Students who wish to stay on campus for all or part of break will need to register at their residence hall reception desk by Thursday, March 1. There is no extra charge for staying in the residence halls during spring break. Please note that if your student lives in Hillside Place, they will not need to register to stay in their room over break.

All residence hall entrances will be locked over spring break. Students staying over break will need to make sure that they carry their student ID with them if they leave the residence halls.

Kitchenettes in the residence halls will be open over spring break for students to use. The dining halls will close after lunch in DHH and Wads, and after dinner in McNair on Friday, March 2. All three dining halls will reopen for breakfast on Monday, March 12 at the normal serving hours. There will be no residential hall dining services over break.

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

Have a wonderful time with your student over spring break! I will be taking next week off to travel to Virginia and spend time with some of my family. Don’t forget to check back in two weeks for the next article.

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 spend time with friends and loved ones—and to kick back and relax!

This year’s spring break will be from Saturday, March 3 to Sunday, March 11.

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

Outdoor Adventure Program Trips

Carve Up Salt Lake City

This OAP Alternative Spring Break (ASB) will be spent tearing up the ski resorts around Salt Lake City, Utah. Students will stay for five nights at the Crystal Inn in Midvalley, Utah, where breakfast and supper are provided. We will have four-day lift passes redeemable at Snowbird, Alta, Solitude, and Brighton.

This trip is geared toward those who want to get in some real mountain skiing or snowboarding on their spring break. This trip will be from March 4 through 9.

Total Cost: $450 per person. Must provide transportation to Salt Lake City (not included in cost of trip).

Florida Haul & Sprawl

Join the OAP as we go caving, canoeing, and snorkeling during spring break! The trip features a day at the Rickwood Caverns in Alabama, outdoor adventures at the Blackwater State Park in Florida, and a thirty-two-mile canoe trip on the spring-fed Blackwater River. We’ll also relax at St. Joseph State Park, Florida, where we will snorkel, swim with dolphins, bike, and more! This trip will run from March 3 through 10.

Total Cost: $450 per person;
$400 for those willing to become van-certified to help drive.

The Atlantic/Gulf Road Trip

Come with the OAP as we take a road trip around the gorgeous southern states! This trip includes a stop at the Mammoth Caves National Park in Kentucky, with a cave tour and backpacking. Next is the Red Top Mountain State Park in Georgia, and then the Georgia Aquarium and Centennial Park in Atlanta. From there, we will head to Crooked River State Park for a swim in the Atlantic Ocean. We will also go to the Cumberland Island National Seashore (in Georgia) and the St. Joseph Peninsula State Park (in Florida) for beach combing, backpacking, swimming, disc golf, beach volleyball, relaxing, and nightlife! This trip will be from March 2 to 11.

Total Cost: $450 per person; $400 for those willing to become van-certified to help drive.

*All OAP ASB trips can be counted as .5 PE credit if a fee is paid.

The Alternative Spring Break trips have become extremely popular amongst students. For a list of Alternative Spring Break trips that have been 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; 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.

Samantha Allen

The End of a Chapter: Winter Carnival 2012

2012 Winter Carnival Queens Competition! Photo Courtesy of: Jess Banda

We have reached the end of another chapter as the festivities and fun of Winter Carnival 2012 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 annual Queen’s Coronation ceremony. On stage, the candidates answered interview questions and each performed a talent. Candidates skillfully incorporated this year’s Winter Carnival theme, “From All Over the State What Makes Michigan Great,” into their talent presentations. Talents ranged from dancing and singing to theatrical performances and various tunes played on instruments. The Queen’s Coronation ended with Ms. Melissa Hawks being crowned the 2012 Winter Carnival Queen.

Photo Courtesy of: Michigan Tech

The All-Nighter began on Wednesday, February 8 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 2012 Winter Carnival Statues. In addition to working on snow statues, there were several fun activities for students to take part in during the All-Nighter. With all the delicious food, an outdoor dance party, and broomball, students never lacked something to do to keep them awake all night long!

On the morning of Thursday, February 9, the completed statues were judged based on their connection to the winter carnival theme, first impression, the description that accompanies the statue, the statue’s title lettering, artistic value, effort, intricacy, neatness, and even on 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 2012 Winter Carnival site.

Thursday through Saturday, students, families, faculty, staff, and community members spent time walking around campus and looking at the snow statues. In addition to viewing the snow statues there were several broomball games taking place, campus and residence hall tours for campus visitors, sleigh rides, dog-sled rides, the Bigfoot Snowshoe Event, and much more.

On Saturday, February 11 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 Memorial Union Building Commons. The Stage Revue, Queen’s Competition, Statues, and Special Events scores were combined to determine who the overall Winter Carnival winner is.

Please feel free to email me at 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 spring break.

Samantha Allen

Spring Career Fair 2012

Co-ops, Internships, Jobs, and More!

Build Your Resume Event

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 21 from noon to 6 p.m. Currently, there are 172 companies registered for the Career Fair. With the event approximately two weeks away, more companies are registering every day. Companies registered for the Career Fair are looking to hire students 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 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. During the last two weeks, Career Services held a Résumé Blitz in the Memorial Union Building and in the residence halls during which students could bring their résumés to Career Services staff who would look them over and provide helpful tips. On February 13-17, Career Services is hosting Interview Skills Week. Students will be able to 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 will 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.

2011 Fall Career Fair

Michigan Tech Career Services hosts several events throughout the year to help students with career development and job placement. Events range from the Résumé Blitz and 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 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 résumé 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.

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

-Samantha Allen,

Winter Carnival 2012

Winter Carnival 2012: Celebrating Michigan

2011 Snow Statue

Preparations for Winter Carnival are underway! The theme of this year’s Winter Carnival, “From All Over the State, What Makes Michigan Great,“ is already inspiring some creative snow statues. Students preparing for Winter Carnival are certainly pleased with the cold temperatures and daily snowfalls because it provides them with the perfect conditions to work on the month-long snow statues. According to the Keweenaw Research Center Weather Station Snow Measurements, there has already been thirty-eight inches of snowfall this month.

Winter Carnival week runs from February 5 to 11. I’m sure most of you have heard or maybe even seen some of the great Winter Carnival activities. For those of you who may not know, Winter Carnival is more than just amazing, skillfully constructed snow statues. It is really a month of great fun!

This year’s Winter Carnival Special Events will begin Sunday, February 5, with a curling competition at the Calumet Drill House. From February 5 to 11, there will be a variety of Winter Carnival Special Events that students can take part in. From snow volleyball to sleigh rides and ice bowling, there is a special event for everyone to enjoy. The special events are always a lot of fun, and are a great opportunity for your students to see what Michigan Tech Winter Carnival is all about. For a complete listing of the week’s special events, check out the Winter Carnival Schedule of Events.

2011 Queen Candidates

On Saturday, February 4, the Winter Carnival Queen’s Coronation will be held in the Rozsa Center at 7 p.m. During this time, the eight queen candidates will perform a talent and take part in an on-stage interview. The Winter Carnival Queen will be chosen based on her interview, talent performance, and a student vote. Students may vote for the candidate of their choice on Wednesday, February 1 and Thursday, February 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Memorial Union Building or Fisher Hall. The candidate crowned Winter Carnival Queen 2012 will have various responsibilities throughout Winter Carnival, including judging statues, attending events, and riding the Zamboni at a hockey game. For more information about this year’s candidates, check out the Queen’s page of the Winter Carnival website.

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

Samantha Allen