Archives—February 2015

Great Lakes Showcase, Superior Wind Symphony, and Community Events

Hello Parents,

A photo of attendees admiring the work displayed at a previous Great Lakes Showcase, which opens this year on February 26 at 8:00 am.
A photo of attendees admiring the artwork displayed at a previous Great Lakes Showcase, which opens this year on February 26 at 8:00 am.

I hope you’re all having a great week! The weather here has been bitter cold, as temperatures have consistently been below zero these past weeks. We’re trudging through, however, as we look forward to spring break (March 9 – 13)! As we embark on Week 7, it’s hard to believe that we’re half-way through the semester already! Only 7 weeks to go until the end of the spring semester, and there’s still so much to look forward to, including spring break, Spring Fling, and commencement. I hope your students continue to stay confident and motivated to persevere through the second half.

There’s a lot to look forward to these next few weeks as The Great Lakes Showcase exhibit opens on February 26 at 8:00 am. The Great Lakes Showcase is a month-long exhibit of arts and crafts composed by local artists. This annual event is in its seventh year and will be free and open to the public from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, Monday through Friday until March 31. Awards will be given for outstanding work in categories including Best in Show and Community Choice Award. For more information about the Great Lakes Showcase, please visit the Visual and Performing Arts website.

On February 28, the Fishing Club will be hosting an ice fishing tournament at the Chassell Boat Launch. Registration will take place from 7:00 am – 8:00 am and the cost is $10. This tournament is open to the general public. Contestants can enter up to five fish of any species, and placement goes by total length of the fish. First place wins a 30% payout, second place wins a 20% payout, and third place wins a 10% payout. For more information on the ice fishing tournament, please visit the Keweenaw Convention & Visitors Bureau website.

The Copper Island Pond Hockey Tournament will also be taking place this weekend, February 28 – March 1 . As part of the CopperDog 150 festivities (please refer to last week’s blog post), this three-on-three hockey competition will take place in Agassiz Park in Calumet, MI. Prizes are awarded to the top three teams: $125 for first place, $75 for second, and $50 for third. Open skating on the rink will be available before the tournament on February 28.

In addition to these two events, the Superior Wind Symphony will be playing on February 28 as well. Their show, Day into Night, is a musical presentation that represents the concepts of day, night, moon, and light. It will be a fantastic show, especially for the snowy, mid-season winter weather we’ve been experiencing. For more information on the Superior Wind Symphony’s Day into Night, please visit the Visual and Performing Arts website.

Beginning Monday, March 2, midterm grades will be available for first-year students to check. Students can check their midterm grades by logging on to Banweb, then clicking the Students tab → Student Records → Midterm Grades. Students can interpret their letter grade by reviewing the Registrar’s Office website, where descriptions of each of the letter grades are outlined in detail.

As you can see, there’s a lot going on both on campus and in the community these next few weeks! I hope your students take advantage of these opportunities and have some fun this winter.  If you have any questions about any of these events, or would like to see a topic discussed in more detail, please feel free to email me at I hope you all have a great week, and stay warm!


Winter Activities in the Copper Country

Hello Parents,

A photo a musher participating in the CopperDog 150
A photo a musher participating in the CopperDog 150

I hope you’re all having a great week! Campus has been busy with the Career Fair and all of the career prep events taking place this week. With the stress of school, finding a job at the Career Fair, exams, and studying, it can be good to take advantage of some of the winter activities that the Keweenaw has to offer.

Mont Ripley
Mont Ripley offers downhill skiing and snowboarding for both the beginner and advanced participant. With 24 open trails and three lifts, Mont Ripley can serve over 1000 users at any given time, and is an attraction for the local community, Tech students, and tourists alike. Since Mont Ripley is owned by Michigan Tech, the hill can be used with no cost to students via the Experience Tech fee.  The hill is open from 3:00 – 9:00 pm on Thursdays, 1:00 – 9:00 pm on Fridays, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm on Saturdays, and 10:00 am – 5:00 pm on Sundays. For more information about Mont Ripley, please visit their page on the Michigan Tech website.

Michigan Tech Trails
The Michigan Tech Trails are open year round for students and community members to enjoy. The winter activities include cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and snow biking. A snow bike has the frame of a bicycle with extra thick tires and traction to allow riders to cycle through the snow! There are trails for all three activities for both beginners and the advanced. The Nordic Ski Club offers a $10 cross country ski rental for the season for students, and the Outdoor Adventure Program offers snow bikes and snowshoes for students to utilize as well, with a student’s first snowshoe rental free of charge! For more information about trail usage, please visit the Michigan Tech Trail website. For a more about what the Outdoor Adventure Program has to offer, please visit the Student Activities website.

Snowmobiling is big part of the culture here in the Copper Country. There are over 233 miles of snowmobiling trails all throughout the Keweenaw that wind through Freda, Lake Linden, Gay, Eagle River, Eagle Harbor, Lac La Belle, Keweenaw Point, Brockway Mountain and many other areas! Tourists from around the country come to the UP for the snowmobiling action. There’s even a snowmobiling club on campus called the Sledheads. The Sledheads are a snowmobile-enthusiast student organization on campus that meets every week and goes snowmobiling together throughout the semester. If your student is interested in snowmobiling or would like to learn more about it, I would definitely recommend that they check out a meeting! For those that don’t own a snowmobile, there are many snowmobiling rental companies in the area as well. For more information about snowmobiling in the Copper Country and details about the trails, please visit the Keweenaw Visitors Bureau website.

As you can see, there are a lot of exciting winter activities offered in the Keweenaw! These are great stress relievers for students to take advantage of during the chaos that comes with going to college. The area is also so beautiful that it’s almost a crime not to explore it more! For more information and more ideas of what to participate in during the winter, please visit the Keweenaw Visitors Bureau website for more ideas.

Coming up next week is the sixth annual CopperDog150 and the CopperDog40, local sled-dog races that take mushers all around the beautiful Keweenaw peninsula. The CopperDog 150 is a 10-dog race that consists of over 135 miles of northern Keweenaw terrain, while the CopperDog40 takes 6-dog teams 42 miles around the Keweenaw. This yearly event attracts thousands of spectators from around the midwest to cheer on their favorite musher, and will take place this year from February 27 – March 1. Mushers from around the country and even Canada will participate in this event for $27,000 in total purse money! This is also a great opportunity for residents to get more involved in the community, as over 500 volunteers come together and donate their time and energy into putting on this event. In addition to the races themselves, the weekend consists of a variety of fun and entertaining activities including the inaugural night of great music and fantastic food. For more information about the CopperDog races, please visit the CopperDog website.

That’s all I have for you this week! If you have any questions about winter activities or the CopperDog races, please feel free to email me at Until next week!



Winter Carnival Results and the Spring Career Fair

Hello Parents,

The Tau Kappa Epsilon 2015 Winter Carnival Statue “We Travel Far to London’s Call to Escape the Scene of Snowfall”
The Tau Kappa Epsilon 2015 Winter Carnival Statue “We Travel Far to London’s Call to Escape the Scene of Snowfall”

I hope you’re all having a great week. This week seems to be extra stressful for students as we return from the long-weekend of Winter Carnival recess, and face exams, homework assignments, and projects. We’re over a quarter of the way through the semester already, and spring break is already less than a month away! It is crazy how time flies by.

The 2015 Winter Carnival was a blast! The statues turned out great and the events and activities provided thrilling entertainment for both students and community members alike. Below are the results of the statue competition:

Month Long Statues
Fraternities: Tau Kappa Epsilon
Women’s Groups: Theta Chi Epsilon
Student Organizations: Air Force ROTC Residence Halls: Summit/WIE

All-Nigher Statue: St. Albert the Great

Along with the statue competition, other contests such as the Beards Competition, Broomball, Skating, Curling, Ice Bowling, Snowshoeing, and many more have results as well. Please feel free to take a look at the detailed event results and more pictures of the statues at the Winter Carnival Website.

Taking place next Tuesday, February 17 is the 2015 Spring Career Fair! The Career Fair is a biannual event that occurs every fall and spring. Over 230 companies from across the country will make the trek to Tech next week to hire students for internships, co-ops, and even full-time positions! This is an absolutely invaluable opportunity for your students to get a chance to dip their feet in the professional world, and this experience will be sure to benefit them in the future when they look for full-time positions. The great thing about the Career Fair is that companies look to hire students from a broad range of fields and majors, ranging from engineering to psychology to scientific and technical communication. At the Career Services website, you and your students can explore which companies will be at the Career Fair and what kinds of students they’re looking for.

Here are some tips that Career Services gives to students to help them prepare for Career Fair:

  1. Students should research what companies are attending, who they are looking to hire, and where their booths are located.

  2. It’s wise to identify what companies students are interested in and to think about why they want to work for them. This will go a long way when talking with a recruiter.

  3. Develop a plan. Who should your students talk to? In what order?

  4. Students should visit the websites of the companies that they plan to speak with to learn more about them.

  5. It’s recommended to print at least twenty flawless résumés with the intent to hand them all out.

  6. Students need to remember to remain calm and confident, and follow their plan. Career Services staff will be on hand if they need any assistance.

They also suggest that students:

  1. get to the Career Fair as early as possible,

  2. plan on spending a few hours visiting the different companies,

  3. bring their schedule with them, so they know when they’re available for interviews,

  4. look presentable and professional,

  5. shouldn’t be afraid to walk right up to company representatives,

  6. should introduce themselves with confidence, and

  7. shouldn’t be afraid to take recruiting material—that’s why it’s there.

The Career Services website has much more information on areas for students to help prepare for the Career Fair, including  mock interview sessions, information sessions, business etiquette dinners, mock interviews, résumé building, and many other resources.

In addition to the Career Fair, the Michigan Tech Theatre Company will perform Antigone, a dark tale about the ancient tale of the conflict between the political dictatorship and the vision of humanity. The performance will take place from February 19 – February 21 at 7:30 PM in the McArdle Theater, and again from February 26 – February 28 at 7:30 PM. The Michigan Tech Theater Company consists of students with all different acting backgrounds and performs regularly in the McArdle Theater. This event is free for students to attend.

Along with the performance of Antigone, the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra will be performing Shostakovich and Stalin: A Soviet Artist’s Creative Response on Saturday, February 21 at the Rozsa CenterThe political distress that the citizens of the Soviet Union were under in the 1930s will be expressed through a musical performance. This event is also free for students to attend, and it’s a fantastic way for your students to both support their peers and enjoy a free evening of lovely music.

That’s all I have for you this week! If you have any questions about the Winter Carnival results, the Spring Career Fair, or any of the other events I mentioned, please feel free to email me at I hope you all have a great weekend. Until next week!



Winter Carnival 2015

Hello Parents,

I hope you’re all having a great week. Students are having a blast as we enjoy the 83rd annual Winter Carnival! Students have been celebrating Winter Carnival since the start of the semester, and the festivities will come to a peak with the famous All-Nighter on Wednesday, with no classes on Thursday or Friday. But first, let’s briefly talk about Winter Carnival’s history.

Winter Carnival was first celebrated in 1922, and was presented as a one-night event called the “Ice Carnival.” This circus-themed show included animal skits put on by students, live bands, and skating contests. This celebration continued over the next two years and has since been celebrated as an annual event. In 1924, the Ice Carnival traveled around the Copper Country and performed in towns, including Calumet and Marquette. It was a great opportunity to raise publicity for both the Carnival and for Michigan Tech.

As the years went on, more and more events were added to the itinerary for Carnival, and in 1928 the Queen Competition and the parade were included. After the 1929  celebration however, there was a four-year Ice Carnival gap until 1934, when the Blue Key Fraternity decided to sponsor the Carnival. The Blue Key Honor Society has sponsored the event ever since. The home hockey series, a parade, skiing, skating, and the snowshoe races were all added to the schedule, which made it more like the Winter Carnival of today. The biggest component of the 1934 Winter Carnival was the parade, where fraternities, professional organizations, and other student organizations competed against one another to make the best float. There was even a hockey game between the Michigan Tech faculty and local businessmen! The first snow statues weren’t created until 1936, however, and were also built by locals in addition to Tech students. After the ski tow was built on Mont Ripley in 1940, the Michigan State Amateur Ski Championship was held during the Carnival festivities, and now it’s scheduled during the celebration every year. There was another gap in celebration during the war years, with a three-year absence of Winter Carnival spanning from 1943 to 1946. The Winter Carnival we know and love today has been developed over the years with the addition of Stage Revue in 1946, the Torch Light parade in 1962, and the addition of the tug-of-war competition in 1993. While Winter Carnival has had quite the history at Michigan Tech, it’s currently one of the biggest winter celebrations in the country. For a more detailed description of Winter Carnival’s history, please visit the Blue Key website.

Although the All-Nighter, which will take place on Wednesday, is the most anticipated event of the Winter Carnival festivities, the Queens Competition has already concluded, with fourth year student Laura Jewett being crowned as the 2015 Winter Carnival Queen. In addition, ice bowling, curling, the Yooper Sprint (a race where competitors wear one cross country ski and one snow shoe), snow volleyball, ice fishing, cross country skiing, and broomball have all already occurred. There are still many events yet to take place, including the Beards Competition (a zany event where male competitors show off their facial hair and perform a skit while convincing the audience that their beard is the best), and Stage Revue (a skit show where student groups compete in a talent-show-like performance).  Other events that will take place throughout the weekend include the Parade of Flags, Dog Sled Rides, the Mu Beta Psi Scholarship Concert, Comedian Justin Willman, The Snow-Ball, the Torch Light Parade, the home hockey series against Bemidji State, and a plethora of other exciting events. To see a full schedule of Winter Carnival’s activities, please visit the Winter Carnival Website.

The most notable portion of Winter Carnival is the snow statues. Month-long snow statue construction began on January 12 and will continue through February 4, when they will each be judged. Categories include Fraternities, Student Organizations, Residence Halls, and Women’s Groups. Below are some pictures of past Winter Carnival Month-Long statue winners.

The 2014 Fraternities Division winner, completed by Phi Kappa Tau
The 2014 Fraternities Division winner, completed by Phi Kappa Tau
The 2013 Residence Hall Division Winner, completed by Summit hall/Women In Engineering
The 2013 Residence Hall Division Winner, completed by Summit Hall/Women In Engineering









There are also all-nighter statues completed during the All-Nigher, including the categories of On Campus, Off Campus, and University Housing. Below are some pictures of past Winter Carnival All-Nighter Statues.

The 2012 University Housing Division Winner, completed by Tollhouse
The 2012 University Housing Division Winner, completed by Tollhouse
The 2014 University Housing Division Winner, completed by Bastille
The 2014 University Housing Division Winner, completed by Bastille









There’s a lot to look forward to and celebrate during Winter Carnival! If you don’t get a chance to come up and visit,  you will be able to stay updated via pictures and videos on the 2015 Winter Carnival website, and I hope you hear lots of great stories from your students as well! If you have any questions about Winter Carnival, 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 week. Happy Carnival!