Archives—November 2014

Michigan Tech Athletics Top the Charts

Hello Parents,

The hockey Huskies look on at the start of a game this season. They are the only team in the nation with an undefeated record of 10-0.
The hockey Huskies look on at the start of a game this season. They are the only team in the nation with an undefeated record of 10-0.

I hope you’re all having a great week! The week here has been hectic and busy as students work away to complete their projects and exams before the coming break. After students return, there are just two short weeks until the end of the semester! It’s hard to believe how fast the semesters fly by.

It’s been an exciting hockey season for Michigan Tech. The Huskies are ranked first in the nation with a clean record of 10-0! As the only undefeated team in the country, they’ve been working (and skating) hard to maintain their impressive and unbelievable record. They are also 8-0 in conference play and will hopefully continue the streak this weekend when they play Minnesota State on November 21 and 22.

Attendance has been high at these games as well. Community members and students have packed the stands of the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena with the last two home series reaching well over 3,000 fans! It’s been an exhilarating ride so far, and it will be even more thrilling to see how they continue.

Our football team has also been making impressive headway; they’re entering the NCAA Playoffs! This is only the second time in school history that the football Huskies have made the playoffs, so it’s very exciting to see them doing so well. Their last appearance (in 2004) ended in the second round with a 20-3 loss against North Dakota, but hopefully it will end differently this time as the Huskies host Angelo State this Saturday, November 22 at Sherman Field. It will be a cold one this weekend with temperatures only reaching 30 degrees, but hopefully that won’t deter fans from coming to support the Huskies!

In addition to these two faultless teams, our Men’s and Women’s basketball teams have also been off to a great start!  The Women’s team has started their season 1-0, while the Men’s team has yet to play a conference game. The Men’s team’s first game will take place on Saturday, November 22 at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

Our Men’s and Women’s cross country teams have also been making a big splash.  They enter the NCAA Midwest Region Championships on Saturday, November 22. Tech is ranked eighth in the Championships, where the men’s team will embark on a 10-kilometer race, and the women will endure an 8-kilometer race at Angel Mounds Historic Site in Evansville, Indiana.

As you can see, our athletic teams have been doing awesome this year! It’s so wonderful to go to a school that takes such pride in its athletics and where students can show their Husky pride with such fulfillment. I highly recommend you encourage your students to go to these games and support their Huskies!

That’s all I have for your this week!  If you have any questions about Michigan Tech Athletics, 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 weekend and enjoy the break with your students! Until next week!


Thanksgiving Break

Hello Parents,

A photo of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge taken on Thursday, November 13. Winter has come early this year!
A photo of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge taken on Thursday, November 13. Winter has come early this year!

I hope you’re all having a great week! The weeks sure are going by fast here. Winter has fully come and is here to stay as we have an accumulation of multiple feet of snow on the ground already. With the new coming of winter, it’s hard to believe that there’s only one more week of classes until fall break.

Speaking of fall break, there are a few things to keep in mind for students living in the residence halls. All students living in Wadsworth, McNair, DHH, and Hillside are welcome to stay in the residence halls during the break. There is no additional charge to stay, and power and heat will remain on. The reception desks will be closed from 8 p.m. on Friday, November 21 until noon on Sunday, November 30. Mail will be not be delivered during the break. The dining halls will also be closed after dinner on Friday, November 21 and will reopen on Monday, December 2 with breakfast. However, all of the kitchenettes in the residence halls will be open for your students to use. If your student plans to stay for the the entire fall break, he or she can register to stay online using the Request to Stay for the Break form.

Parking is also an important aspect to consider when going home for the fall break. Now that winter is in full swing, the parking lots on campus begin to get narrower and narrower as the snow piles up. It’s recommended that if your students do not frequently use their cars, they leave them at home during break to leave room in the parking lots for students who need their cars and a spot. If your students are planning to leave their car on campus over the break, they must park in commuter Lot 26 by Sunday, November 23, and move it back to their assigned lot by Sunday, November 30 by 11 p.m. If your student’s vehicle is left in their assigned lot over break (instead of being moved to Lot 26), they risk it being towed at their own expense.

Students looking for a ride home after the break can also check out Michigan Tech’s Rideboard. Whether a student needs a ride or if they’re looking for passengers, Rideboard is a great tool to organize carpooling to different areas across the state and the greater Midwest. Students can post their request on Rideboard and wait for other students who meet their need to contact them. It is not only used for rides home during breaks but can also be used to plan road trips or even to start a local carpooling list for the commute to campus.

There are also a few things to keep in mind for students who are planning to go home over the break as well. It’s recommended that students pay extra-special attention to both energy conservation and security before they leave for break. Students should unplug any non-essential electrical equipment in their rooms, although refrigerators may be left on to preserve food. Student should close and lock their windows, turn their lights off, and lock their doors. Some of these suggestions may seem obvious, but it’s a good reminder for students who are in a rush to go home who might forget these simple tasks.

Since the winter holidays are also on their way after Thanksgiving, it’s quite common for students to start decorating their residence halls and their rooms in celebration before the end of the semester. Housing and Residential Life asks that students follow the guidelines outlined below when putting up decorations in their rooms and their halls:
• Trees and other decorations are only allowed in student rooms.
• To decorate in other areas, see Housing and Residential Life Staff for approval.
• Artificial trees are permitted, but natural trees are not due to their flammable nature.
• All electric items must have UL seal approval.
• No candles or flammable decorations are permitted.
• No electrical devices are allowed on metallic trees.
• Decorations must be removed by no later than noon on December 20.

For more information on fall break guidelines and other requirements for students over break, please see the Take a Break guide given to students from Housing and Residential Life.

In addition to the excitement of the coming holidays, we also have a student-run performance taking place this weekend by the Michigan Tech Theatre Company! Directed by Roger Held, Alternate Realities takes the audience on a trip through the 20th Century Avant Garde Theatre and out the present side. The performance consists of myriad short Expressionist, DADist, Surrealist, Futurist, Absurdist, Existentialist, and Neo-Futurist plays. The show will bring an edgy night of bizarre, funny, and perhaps a little scary entertainment put on by Michigan Tech’s very own theater students. This is a fantastic event to showcase Michigan Tech’s talent in the performing arts, and a wonderful way for your students to familiarize themselves with movements in art history and to enjoy themselves! This event is free for students, and will take place on Friday, November 14 and Saturday, November 15 at 7:30 pm in the McArdle Theatre.

That’s all I have for you this week! If you have any questions about fall break or Alternate Realities, 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 remainder of your week and a wonderful weekend! Until next week!



Drop Dates, Fall Departure, and Upcoming Events

Hello Parents,

The Superior Wind Symphony will be performing their show on Saturday, November 8
The Superior Wind Symphony will be performing their show on Saturday, November 8

I hope you’re all having a great week. Campus is busy as usual as students prepare for the last two weeks of homework, exams, and projects before Thanksgiving break. The weather continues to grow colder and colder as winter approaches with snow flurries appearing and disappearing throughout the day.

I’d like to remind you that the last day for students to drop full semester courses with a “W” is Friday, November 7. W stands for “withdraw” and will show up as so on your student’s transcript. This is useful for students who are struggling in a class; it serves as an alternative to a failing grade. If your student thinks they may need to drop a course with a “W,” please suggest they speak with their academic advisor.

If your student is living on campus and is planning to leave after fall semester for a co-op, study abroad, withdrawal, transfer, or if he or she plans to graduate, there are a few things they have to keep in mind. Students who plan to leave at the semester may request to be released from their current housing contract without a termination penalty. Please advise your student to go online and notify Housing and Residential Life of their intent to depart. The online form will be available until November 21. Housing and Residential Life will verify your student’s request with the appropriate department (ie: Career Services if your student will be on a co-op, International Programs and Services if your student will be studying abroad, etc). If your student’s request can be confirmed with the appropriate department, Housing and Residential Life will contact him or her during the first week of December with additional departure instructions to assist in his or her check out.

In addition to these things, there are also a lot of events taking place this week and throughout the weekend. The first was the Travel Grant Program Speaker: “Passengers, Packages, and Copper.” Visiting scholar Philip Hartmeyer came to campus last Thursday, November 6 to give a presentation on the passenger/package freighter Pewabic and spoke about the numerous roles it played in the development of the Keweenaw and the copper industry, which boomed for over 100 years. The Pewabic was a hybrid steamer that brought tourists from all over the state to the Copper Country and transported native copper there. It was an important player in the Detroit mineral market. It’s an icon for 19th-century industrial development, and did wonders for the Great Lakes economy during its heyday. The presentation was a great opportunity for Copper Country enthusiasts and Michigan Tech students to enjoy an evening full of local history.

In addition to “Passengers, Packages, and Copper,” the Superior Wind Symphony will be playing “All Music is Folk Music” on Saturday, November 8 at the Rozsa Center. Classic wind instruments will perform traditional folk music from around the world, including the US, China, Korea, Russia, and England, featuring composers such as Aaron Copland, Gustav Holst, Chen Yeah, and John Barnes Chance. “VPA Livestream” of the music will also be available during the night of the performance for those who aren’t able to attend. This is a fantastic way for parents to get a glimpse of the shows our students get to see!

That’s all I have for you this week! If you have any questions about withdrawing, terminating a fall housing contract, or the events coming up this week, please feel free to email me at I hope you all have a great day and a fantastic weekend! Until next week!