Archives—May 2015

Upcoming Summer Events

Hello Parents,

A photo of Quincy St. in Hancock circa 1890. The Fourth Thursday in History will on May 28 will center around 19th and 20th century photos of Hancock, Michigan. Photo courtesy of ViewsOfThePast.
A photo of Quincy St. in Hancock circa 1890. The Fourth Thursday in History presentation will on May 28 and will center around 19th and 20th century photos of Hancock, Michigan. Photo courtesy of ViewsOfThePast.

I hope you’re all having a great week! It’s been a few weeks since I’ve written to you, and a lot has happened. The “summer weather” still comes and goes (as usual), and Track A is on its way to being halfway complete, and will be by next Wednesday, June 3. It’s hard to believe how fast it goes by; it seems like the summer flies even faster than the school year!

We have a lot of great events coming up this week. On Thursday, May 28 we have a plethora of events taking place. The seventh annual Bike to Work Day will be underway, where local residents are invited to go green and reduce their carbon footprint by riding their bicycle to work rather than driving their vehicles. Rest stops and refreshments booths will be posted along the way in various areas throughout the Copper Country, both in the morning and the evening, so participants may enjoy a light refreshment and conversation with friends on their way to or from work. There will also be information on local bike transportation available so residents can learn more about environmentally friendly ways of travel. This is an awesome local event that celebrates both fitness and environmental health in a fun and enjoyable way. If your students are in Houghton for the summer, I would encourage them to participate by biking to school or work!

In addition, a workshop on driving research will also take place on Thursday. The Michigan Tech Transportation Institute (MTTI) will host a symposium on “Developing Partnership and Advancing Driving Research”. They are inviting all researchers interested in applications and user interfaces for in-vehicle purposes to participate. The workshop is designed to help determine and establish reasonable project ideas and collaborators for each project, determine funding options and logistics for each proposed project, and help create opportunities make the project proposal as competitive as possible. A catered lunch and refreshment reception will be provided. There will also be a demo session of the reserach facilities in the Mind Music Lab Machine the day before and after the event. There will be various guest speakers from all over the country present, including Andrew Kun from the University of New Hampshire, Bruce Walker from Georgia Technological University, Colln Castle from the Michigan Department of Transportation, and more. For more information on the Developing Partnership and Advancing Driving Research workshop, please visit the MTTI website.

Another event taking place this week is the Fourth Thursday in History. Throughout the summer, there will be presentations and symposiums on local and regional history that take place on the fourth Thursday of every month. This month’s Fourth Thursday in History is “Lost in Hancock”. This presentation focuses on early 20th century photographs of the City of Hancock that center around the buildings and structures that are no longer standing. Author John Haeussler will give the presentation and will show his own photographs from his book Hancock. For more information on the Fourth Thursday in History, please visit the Keweenaw Visitors Bureau website.

In addition, The Calumet Players will be performing the beloved story of Anne of Green Gables at the Calumet Theatre from Thursday, May 28 through Saturday, May 30. The story is centered around a young orphan, Anne, who is accidentally sent to an island in Nova Scotia to help an elderly family run their farm. Performances will be at 7:30 pm and tickets cost $12. For more information on the Anne of Green Gables, please visit the Calumet Theatre website.

There is a lot going on this week and weekend, and if your students are up here I hope they take advantage of these opportunities and enjoy the Houghton summer! If you have any questions about any of the above events, or would like to see more information written on a specific topic, please feel free to email me at Have a great remainder to your week! Until next time!



Welcome to Summer!

Hello Parents,

My brother and I at the commencement ceremony on May 2

I hope you’re all having a great week! Now that spring classes are completed and final grades are submitted, summer has officially begun! And with the start of summer comes the start of summer courses, which began last Monday. Students taking courses over the summer take them in an accelerated manner; we cram a typical 14 week course into 7 weeks to provide two summer semesters: Track A and Track B. Track A will extend through June 26 and Track B will begin on June 29. I will continue to write for ParentNet through Track A, but the new ParentNet Weekly writer will begin in Track B.

Spring Commencement took place just over two weeks ago on Saturday, May 2. Over 800 undergraduate students walked during the ceremony, including myself and my twin brother, who graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering (the two of us are pictured). It was a fantastic ceremony with wonderfully eloquent speakers. I hope that those of you who attended thought the same! We were extremely lucky and had delightful weather; the last few commencement ceremonies had less-than-ideal weather, so this year’s families were able to see the Copper Country with its beautiful atmosphere. I hope your own students’ commencement ceremonies are just as great!

Students should have received their final grades for the spring semester. To check final grades, students must log into Banweb. Once logged in, students can click the Students tab → Student Records → Final Grades. When you see the drop down menu, click Spring 2015. 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 not only their final grades, but you may have 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 more information on how to be granted guest access to your student’s account, please visit the Guest Access website or contact the Registrar’s Office.

This summer is filled with excitement as summer courses, campus tours, Summer Youth Programs, and Athletic camps take place throughout the four-month break, before the 2015-2016 academic year begins. Wadsworth Hall is humming with excitement as undergrad students and students from these camps live there throughout the summer. There’s also a lot to look forward to within the local community as well. A plethora of fun summer events such the annual Bridgefest celebration, the Pine Mountain Music Festival, and the SISU Challenge will take place during this time. Many of these special events are local traditions, and I look forward to sharing more information about them as they approach this summer!  For more information on these and other events taking place in the Copper Country this season, please visit the City of Houghton Website.

There’s so much to look forward to this summer and so many activities to explore! As the summer continues, I will write about outdoor activities, local events, and campus happenings that take place throughout the break. If you have any specific questions or would like to see more information written on a specific topic, please feel free to email me at I hope you’re all enjoying the summer in your own hometowns! Until next week!