Archives—October 2014

Halloween, Broomball, and Jazz

Hello Parents,

The Jazz Lab Band will perform with the Research and Development Big Band this weekend at the Rozsa Center
The Jazz Lab Band will perform with the Research and Development Big Band this weekend at the Rozsa Center.

I hope you’re all having a great Halloween week! The weather here has been overcast and gloomy, which is reflective of the campus atmosphere as burnt-out, yet insistent, students trudge deeper and deeper into the semester in search of Thanksgiving break. Fall colors are beginning to fade in preparation of the coming winter, which brings me to the first big event of the semester!

Broomball registration is now open!  For those of you who don’t know, Broomball is a long celebrated Tech tradition. The game originated in Canada in the early 1900s and is played professionally all over the world. It is very similar to hockey in play, but no skates are used, and hockey sticks are replaced with wooden brooms that students design and make themselves. Michigan Tech’s Broomball tradition began many decades ago and is still going strong; it’s one of our most widely participated-in activities. Over 1,000 of our students get involved! Team registration ended yesterday night at midnight. Teams are only able to register if someone on their roster attended one of the Broomball Information Sessions that took place on October 19 and October 20. Teams can register at the Broomball website, and must pay their invoice of $20 per player by Monday, November 10 at 9:00 pm. Once teams are registered, they are good to go for the start of the season which will begin after winter break. Students must keep in mind that all team names, jerseys, and chants are subject to review by the Broomball Committee and that teams are required to remove any prohibited content.

In addition to Broomball registration, there are some fun Halloween celebrations taking place this the weekend. The Wadsworth Hall Student Association will be hosting their annual Halloween Party with food, music, games, and costumes. This event is open to any student who lives in Wadsworth Hall. Also taking place this weekend is a Halloween Dance Party hosed by the Douglass Houghton Hall Council and the Memorial Union Board, where there will be food music, dancing, and a costume contest! Both of these events are free for students, so they are both fantastic ways to celebrate the holiday with fun and friends.

Another great way to celebrate Halloween this year is by attending Michigan Tech’s first home hockey game! The season is off to a great start as the hockey Huskies are 5-0. It should be a great match this weekend as they go up  against the 4-3 Michigan Wolverines. This much-anticipated game will be especially exciting  because students are invited to dress up as they cheer on the team! What a wonderful way to start the home hockey season!

In addition to these festive events, the Michigan Tech Jazz Lab Band and Research and Development Big Band will perform this weekend with their two-night show,“Up Close and Personal”. Under the direction of Mike Irish, both bands will perform a wide variety of jazz in a pop-up jazz club setting – with the Rozsa Center stage transformed to a jazz lounge with cocktail tables and a cash bar! There will also be special guest performances to compliment the show. This is a fantastic event for students and community members to enjoy over the holiday weekend, and a great way to showcase our students’ musical talents.

That’s all I have for you this week! If you have any questions about Broomball, the hockey season, or Up Close and Personal, please feel free to email me at I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and happy Halloween! Until next week!


Spring and Summer Registration

Hello Parents,

The fall colors of Brockway Mountain, located in Copper Harbor
The fall colors of Brockway Mountain, located in Copper Harbor

I hope you’re all having a great week. It’s been busy but quite nice here as we enjoy the last of the warm weather before winter comes. Autumn here is absolutely wonderful, and there are a lot of things to do in the area to enjoy it. The end of September through October is a wonderful time to explore the bright and vibrant landscape of the Copper Country and the the rest of the Keweenaw. Copper Harbor has some gorgeous views, especially Brockway Mountain. Lac La Belle, Covered Road, and Phoenix are also beautiful areas to tour. The local hiking and biking trails are great ways to view the colors. Some nearby hiking trails include Nara Nature Trails located in Chassell, Maasto Hiito trails in Hancock, and of course the Tech Trails right on campus!

Registration for Spring and Summer semesters begins on Thursday, October 30, and ends on Sunday, November 16. Students’ registration times are based on the number of credits they’ve earned at the time of registration, giving priority first to the students with the most credits earned and continuing through to the students with the least credits earned. Registration can be a stressful experience for students who don’t prepare sufficiently, and that’s why it’s so important to plan ahead. Here are a few tricks I’ve learned during my time here at Tech that your students can use to make sure they’re ready:

  1. Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor to make sure you’re taking the courses you need in order to graduate on time. I have heard horror stories about students who did not do this and were unable to graduate when they expected to because they forgot to take a course or mixed up the number of credits they needed for a particular concentration. This is probably the most important thing to do when preparing to register.
  2. Try to register as soon as your registration time opens; it’s not wise to leisurely log on a half hour after registration opens for you and try to register. Make sure you know what you can and want to take beforehand so you’re ready when the time comes. It’s important to be savvy, prepared, and quick when you’re registering to make sure you can get into the classes you want to take.
  3. Pick as many back-up courses as possible, just in case there’s no more room in the PE course you really want to take, or the elective course you were counting on getting into. This is an easy tip to forget, but it’s really important if you want to get into the courses that interest you the most. If you don’t pick any backups, by the time you find another course that fits in your schedule that you want to take, it will most likely already be filled.

To register, students must log onto Banweb, and click on Students, Registration, then Add/Drop Classes. To view potential courses, students can follow the same steps but click Look Up Classes to Add instead of Add/Drop classes.

As a parent, you may also be able to log onto your student’s account and access this information via Guest Access. Through Guest Access, your student can grant you access to their electronic bill notification, tuition bill and associated holds, emergency contact information, financial aid awards, an unofficial academic transcript, midterm grades, term end grades, and class schedules. For info on how to be granted guest access to your student’s account, please visit the Guest Access website or contact the Registrar’s Office.

That’s all I have for you this week! If you have any questions about registration, please feel free to email me at I hope you all have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend! Until next time!



Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge and the Lake Superior Performance Rally

Hello Parents,

The Husky Plaza statue, unveiled on Monday, October 13.
Huskies Plaza statue, unveiled on Monday, October 13.

I hope you’re all having a great week! We’ve surpassed the halfway point of the semester now, and courses are as busy as ever. There’s just five more weeks until Thanksgiving break, and it couldn’t come soon enough! The Fall semester is always the toughest, as students continue classes for 10 weeks straight, whereas the Spring semester is broken up with multiple breaks and holidays.

We’ve had many new exciting things take place on campus these past few weeks—most notably with the Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge. Hosted by the Outdoor Adventure Program, the Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge is an event encompassing nine other schools across the country to compete and see which campus is the most outdoorsy. This eight-week challenge runs from September 27 through November 22 and includes not only students, but staff, faculty, alumni, and community members as participants. The goal of the challenge is to get people outside and involved in recreational activities. This can include anything from taking a walk or biking to gardening or yard work. To log points for Michigan Tech, students can make an account on and upload a picture of themselves doing something active outdoors. Each activity logged counts for 10 points, and each activity must be at least half an hour in duration to count. This is a great excuse for students to take a study break and spend some time outside this semester. We have some wonderful outdoor resources for students to take advantage of for this challenge, such as the Michigan Tech Trails, various hiking trails around the Keweenaw, rollerblading and biking trails, and many more exciting places! Not to mention, the fall colors are absolutely beautiful this time of year, so even exploring some areas in the Keweenaw for the colors is a great way to log points.

In addition to the Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge event, we had another exciting event take place this week. Huskies Plaza, featuring a statue of Michigan Tech’s mascot, was unveiled on Monday, October 13 at 2 p.m. The statue is made of 1,600 pounds of bronze, and the plaza took over a year of planning (and includes 823 personalized engraved pavers). The unveiling ceremony consisted of the short speeches from Michigan Tech President Glenn Mroz, statue donors Dan and Joan Lorenzetti, former Alumni Association President Darnishia Slade, and student Alissa Alexander, and included appearances of Michigan Tech’s mascot Blizzard T. Husky and the Michigan Tech pep band. Hundreds of students were there for the unveiling, and root beer floats were handed out to students after the celebration. This is a great new feature to Michigan Tech’s campus, and it’s a great way to reveal our Husky Pride to new visitors. If you’d like to watch the unveiling of Huskies Plaza, please feel free to watch the video on the Michigan Tech website.

In addition to these exciting events on campus, we also have the Lake Superior Performance Rally (LSPR) taking place all around the Copper Country on Friday, October 17 and Saturday, October 18. This year marks the 20th annual LSPR, which is a huge rally race that’s part of the Rally America National Championship. The LSPR is known to be the “oldest, hardest, and meanest” rally in the country. It consists of over 50 racers from all across the country, and races take place throughout Covington and L’Anse, two towns just 45 minutes south of Houghton. This is a really exciting event for the local community, and hundreds of residents and visitors alike come out to watch the car race. It’s great for the community, as it brings in a lot of tourism and income. To learn more about the LSPR, and to watch videos of the races, please feel free to take a look at the LSPR website.

That’s all I have for you this week!  If you have any questions about the Outdoor Nation Champion Challenge, the Huskies Plaza unveiling, or the LSPR, or would like to see more information written on a specific topic, please feel free to email me at I hope you all have a great rest of your week and a beautiful weekend. Until next time!


Family Weekend 2014

Hello Parents,

A family posing with Blizzard T. Husky during Family Weekend 2010
A family posing with Blizzard T. Husky during Family Weekend 2010

I hope you’re all having a great week! The week here has been busy and long as we’re coming up on the halfway point of the semester. It’s hard to believe that it’s gone by so fast! We’re getting into the meat of the semester now as deadlines for more exams, assignments, and projects come closer and closer. And I’m happy to share that we received our first snowfall of the season on Wednesday morning! Hopefully this isn’t a sign of an early winter!

As I’m sure most of you are aware, Family Weekend is coming up on Friday, October 10, and will span through Sunday, October 12. This is a wonderful event where families from all over the country can come to campus and visit their students for a weekend of family fun. There will be a wide variety exciting activities taking place, including waterfall hikes, a boat cruise along the Keweenaw Waterway, canoeing and kayaking, mine tours, a golf scramble, athletic games, and more! This is also a fantastic time of year to have such an event; fall in the Copper Country is the most beautiful time of year—with thousands and thousands of leaves turning color. Below, you will find more information about Family Weekend with details about parking and the activities available for you and your students to participate in.

When you arrive to campus, please stop by the Family Weekend Welcome Center in the Student Development Complex (SDC). There will be a schedule of events, information about the local community, and pre-ordered tickets available for you to pick up. You can stop by the Family Weekend Welcome Center throughout the entire weekend to ask questions, get directions, and get more information about activities. Below are the hours for the Family Weekend Welcome Center:

Thursday, October 9: 5–7 p.m.
Friday, October 10: 2–6 p.m.
Saturday, October 11: 9 a.m.–noon

Finding a place to park on campus also won’t be a problem; parking meters and Parking Lot 27 will be open at no cost beginning at 2 p.m. on Friday, October 10. If you need to park overnight during the weekend, you can park in Lots 9 and 5 without a permit. If you’re not sure where these parking lots are, feel free to take a look at Michigan Tech’s interactive map to familiarize yourself with the campus layout.

There is a wide variety of events planned throughout the weekend for you and your students to enjoy together. Here is a list of all of the events that will take place during Family Weekend:

Friday, October 10
Portage Lake Cruise
Quincy Mine Tour
Sturgeon River Paddling Trip
Michigan Tech Women’s Volleyball vs. Tiffin

Saturday, October 11
Family Weekend Golf Scramble at the Portage Lake Golf Course
Quincy Smelter Tour
Portage Lake Cruise
Quincy Mine Tour
Sturgeon River Paddling Trip
Michigan Tech Women’s Volleyball vs. Ohio Dominican
Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra: Vive Latino! Festival of Ibero-American Music
Carnegie Museum Art Exhibit in Houghton
The Pi-Mile: An Annual 5k Walk/Run for Charity
Performance by singer/songwriter Brett Young
Scott Kelby’s 7th Annual Worldwide Photowalk™
Scientific Excursion aboard Michigan Tech’s research vessel RV Agassiz
Keweenaw National Historic Park—Calumet Visitor Center

Sunday, October 12
Hungarian Falls Hike
Sunday Breakfast at Wadsworth Dining Hall

There will also be events that take place on all three days of Family Weekend, including:

  • Chair Lift Color Tour at Mont Ripley
  • Self-Guided Tours of Houghton, Hancock, and Calumet
  • High Ropes Course Challenge
  • Steam Engine Rides at the Houghton County Historical Museum
  • Family Weekend Movie: Maleficent

Please keep in mind that some of these events require pre-ordered tickets to participate, and some of them also have an additional cost. For more information about these events (such as where they take place, timing of the event, and prices), please visit Michigan Tech’s Family Weekend Website.

Family Weekend is such an exciting time of year. It’s wonderful to see how many families make the trip to campus to visit their student and the school. It’s a fantastic way to learn more about the local community and enjoy the natural beauty that Autumn brings. If you have any questions about Family Weekend, or would like to see something written about a specific topic, please feel free to email me at I hope you all have a fantastic weekend, and I wish safe travels to any of you who will be visiting! Until next week!



Upcoming Weekly Events

Hello Parents,

A photo of the Superior Wind Symphony, who will perform on Thursday, October 9 with Music-O-Rama
A photo of the Superior Wind Symphony, which will perform on Saturday, October 4, with Music-O-Rama

I hope you’re all having a great week! Everything here at Michigan Tech has been going well. Students are busy and hard at work as most of us just finished up our first exams. After a gorgeous weekend with temperatures at about 85 degrees, the gloomy 40s and 50s of this week have kicked us back into school mode. This week was also very busy due to the Career Fair. It was quite successful this year, with over 300 companies making the trip up to Michigan Tech! I didn’t attend this year, but I heard many great things from those students who did. I hope it went well for your students who attended as well!

It’s hard to believe, but we’re finishing up with the fifth week of classes already this semester! With that in mind, it’s important for you and your student to be aware that October 3 is the last day to drop a part of term A class with a “W” and November 7 is the last day to drop a full semester class with a “W”.  This means a student can drop the class but instead of a grade appearing on his or her transcript, a “W” will appear instead, indicating that your student withdrew from the course.

There are also many events coming up this weekend and next week for your students to explore:

First, we have the Danza, Cultura, Ingenieria: Presentation and Performance this Saturday, October 3 at 6 p.m.  Sponsored by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, this event is designed to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. The event will include an evening with Dr. Carlos Amador and Mexica Yolotl, a traditional Aztec dance group. This is a fantastic event to help raise cultural awareness and a great opportunity for your student to get involved in. Tickets for the event are $2.

On Saturday, October 4, the Rozsa Center will be hosting Music-O-Rama, a convergence of Michigan Tech’s Superior Wind Symphony, Jazz Lab Band, and Concert Choir in a spectacular performance of a wide range of live, invigorating music. This is a really cool event for both students and community members alike to engage in and explore the musical opportunities that we offer at Michigan Tech. This is an expansion of last year’s popular Band-O-Rama. Chamber Choir Director Jared Hendrickson says that, “this fast-paced concert is a really exciting way to become acquainted with all the musical aspects of Michigan Tech. This will be lots of fun for the audience as they’re surrounded by different musical styles.” It’s also a great way for your students to enjoy themselves a little and take a break from their schoolwork to enjoy the beautiful music performed by their very own peers!

On Thursday, October 9, the opening reception for an exhibit by photographer Elle Perez will take place. Perez’s works focus on questions of identity, race, and history, and her exhibit, “The Outliers: Regarding the Space(s) Between Genders,” is part of the GLBTQ Month celebration. Sponsored by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion’s Heritage Month Program Committee, this event will be showcased at the Rozsa Center Art Gallery until October 24.

That’s all I have for you this week! We have a wide variety of upcoming events for your students to explore, and I hope they take advantage of them! If you have any questions about any of these events, or would like to see more written on a specific topic, please feel free to email me at I hope you all have a fantastic week! Until next time!