Archives—March 2012

Preview Day in Review

This past weekend Michigan Tech welcomed many new faces to campus! Each year our school hosts Preview Day, an event for accepted Michigan Tech students and their families. Students are invited to check out campus and see what we have to offer. Current students volunteer to meet incoming students—this is one of my favorite events! It is great to see new faces and share all of my incredible experiences with those considering making Tech their home for the future. Preview Day was held Saturday, March 24, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

During Preview Day, students and parents had the chance to attend informational sessions about academics, co-ops and internships, housing and residential life, financial aid, scholarships, and much more. Not only do they get to learn about what campus has to offer, but they have the chance to sit down and talk with faculty, staff, and current students.

Here is a recap of the great events offered:

  • Campus tours: Current students filled in perspective students about life at Tech and answered questions as they escorted families on a tour of campus.
  • University welcome: Families were welcomed to join our outstanding students and one of our dynamic faculty members in sharing some of the distinctive reasons why Michigan Tech students stand apart from others.
  • Information sessions for students and parents: Parents and students chose from a variety of 45-minute information sessions focusing on academics, financial aid and scholarships, study-abroad programs, student life, and more.
  • Residence hall tours: Students and parents explored our three residence halls with a current student as their guide. They were able to see student rooms, dining rooms, lounges, study areas, and more.
  • Academic department tours: Students and parents met with faculty members, academic advisors, and current students during a visit to an academic department. They had the opportunity to check out labs and classrooms and learn about undergraduate research opportunities.

Students were also able to stop by the Michigan Tech Showcase, Enterprise Showcase, Academic Office, and Financial Aid Office. Overall, this weekend seemed to be a great success! I hope that some of you were here and were able to enjoy what Michigan Tech has to offer you and your student.

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Samantha Allen,

Take a stand at Standathon

Standathon student organization members with Blizzard T. Husky 2011. Photo Credit: Beth Lunde

The Michigan Tech Standathon is an annual twelve-hour standing marathon designed to raise money for Bay Cliff Health Camp. Bay Cliff is a year-round, not-for-profit therapy and wellness center for children and adults with disabilities. Bay Cliff offers several camps that focus on increasing independence and recreational activities for those with disabilities.

This year’s Standathon will take place Friday, March 23 to Saturday, March 24 from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. in the Student Development Complex. Students who participate in Standathon are welcome to arrive or leave the event as they wish.

Entrance to Standathon is $10 at the door. Students who pay a $15 entrance fee get a free t-shirt and those who pay a $20 entrance fee get a free t-shirt and are put in the running for the grand prize: a Kindle Fire. Some students also collect pledge donations for the event.

Last year, Standathon raised $6,500 in donations! This year, their goal is $7,000.


In years past, Standathon was held in the Memorial Union Building or in the Wadsworth Dining Hall. Over the years, the number and variety of activities offered—and number of students participating—have grown. Last year, Standathon took place in the Student Development Complex to provide more space for activities and to be able to provide more diverse activities—such as broomball and swimming.

The new location of Standathon was a hit for the past two years and the Student Development Complex was again chosen as the venue for this year’s event. This year, there are more than thirty activities planned for students to participate in.

With all of the bizarre activities and great prizes that are available to this year’s participants, students will be more than excited to stay on their feet for the whole time! Students who have previously participated in Standathon have found that the event provides a great opportunity to spend time with friends, meet new people and have a blast—all while raising money for a local charity!

In the past, some of the many crazy and fun activities offered have included a sixty-five-foot-long inflatable obstacle course, sumo wrestling, black-light mini golf, eating contests, laser tag, video-game competitions, and life-sized board games.

In addition to all the fun activities, last year, there were also several prizes and giveaways throughout the night. Several smaller prizes will be raffled off by the hour this year, along with a Kindle Fire.

To top it off, there is always lots of great food and snacks at Standathon. Students who stood all night get to enjoy a complimentary breakfast pizza breakfast in the morning.

Standathon Student Organization

Standathon is a Michigan Tech student organization that was established to provide students with the opportunity to participate in a once-a-year, large-scale community service event.

Student members of the Standathon organization spend the year planning for the twelve-hour event. The students coordinate everything from t-shirt designs to advertisements and donations of prizes and food. Members of Standathon have the opportunity to work collaboratively with other students, businesses, and community members to raise money for Bay Cliff Health Camp.

Standathon is certainly an impressive student run event! Thank you to all the volunteers and organization members who are working to make the sixth-annual Standathon a giant success!

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

Samantha Allen

Fall 2012 Course Registration

Welcome Back!

First, I want to welcome Michigan Tech students back to campus! We’re now in the home stretch for the spring semester.

I hope all of you had a fantastic time with your student over spring break! The majority of Michigan Tech students spent their spring breaks getting some much-needed rest and relaxation. But, some students spent their break traveling with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, or on an Alternative Spring Break trip—set up through Tech’s own Outdoor Adventure Program.

Recent News at Tech:

Georgerobinsonite, a newly discovered mineral named for A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum Curator George Robinson

A new mineral discovered in the Mammoth-St. Anthony mine in Arizona has been named georgerobinsonite. The mineral is named after George W. Robinson, professor of mineralogy and curator of Michigan Tech’s A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum. It is a lead chromate—a salt of chromic acid—that occurs as minute, transparent, orange-red crystals on cerussite, another lead carbonate and secondary lead mineral.

Michigan Tech Sweeps Colorado College to Advance to Final Five: Michigan Tech will now make its first appearance at the WCHA Final Five since 2007, when it won a first-round series at Colorado College two games to one. The Huskies will have to wait to see who they play. The Final Five is re-seeded after all the first-round series are completed.

Fall 2012 Course Registration

Academic Advising

Although it may seem as though your student is just getting settled into their spring semester courses, fall course registration is quickly approaching. According to the Fall 2012 Registration Priority Schedule, registration opens Thursday, March 15 at 10 p.m. and closes on Sunday, April 1 at 12 a.m. Graduate students are scheduled to be the first to register, starting on Thursday, March 15.

Starting on Sunday, March 18 undergraduate students are permitted to register based on the number of credits they have completed. Students with more completed credits get to register earlier than students with a smaller number of completed credits. Regardless of your student’s number of completed credits, it is important that they are prepared to register for spring courses and that they register on the assigned date.

Students should plan the courses that they want to take in the fall of 2012 and make sure that the times of the courses do not overlap. Planning for fall registration is also a great time for students to set up a meeting with their academic adviser to go over career plans and potential course choices.

I would strongly encourage that each student schedule an appointment with his or her academic adviser to fill out his or her degree program flow chart. That way, your student has 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 fall semester. Academic advisers are a great resource with a lot of knowledge and experience regarding courses and career pathways. It is definitely to your student’s advantage to get to know them!

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

Samantha Allen