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Save the date for Parent & Family Orientation, August 26-27, 2017!

Did you know that Michigan Tech’s Orientation isn’t just for your student?  It’s for you, too!  Join us for Parent & Family Orientation August 26-27, 2017.   Programming will begin on Saturday evening with a Parent Welcome and Opening Session, and will be followed by more events specially created for the family members of first-year students on Sunday. Activities include a dessert social, campus tours, the University Welcome, and a variety of informational seminars. The majority of activities will conclude by Sunday at 3 p.m.

Save the date for Family Weekend, October 6-8, 2017!

Family Weekend, a Michigan Tech tradition held each fall, provides parents, guardians, and family members the opportunity to visit with their Tech student. During Family Weekend, families can explore campus and the surrounding area, enjoy activities sponsored by Michigan Tech on and off campus, and spend quality time together. Mark your calendar and make arrangements soon—Family Weekend will be here before you know it!

Great Lakes Invitational (GLI) Information

Are you or someone you know going to the Great Lakes Invitational (GLI)  this year? Buy your tickets online through the link below and part of your ticket purchase will go to help the Husky FAN Pantry! Tickets prices remain the same.

WHO: You, your friends, family, alumni, etc

WHAT: Great Lakes Invitational College Hockey

WHERE: Joe Louis Arena, Detroit Michigan

WHEN: December 29 and 30

WHY: Support the Huskies Hockey Team and the Husky FAN Pantry.  The pantry provides food, meal swipes, emergency food packs, and educational programming to the campus community at no cost.

HOW: Go to this website and enter the promotion code: MTUGREEK

This fundraiser is sponsored by Michigan Tech’s Fraternity and Sorority Life.

If you have any questions, please email Rochelle Spencer ( for Michigan Tech related questions or Lauren Kalinosky ( for ticket questions or to purchase tickets over the phone.

Leadership Opportunity for Students

Is your student interested in Leadership opportunities?  The LeaderShape® Institute is an intensive week-long leadership development experience that is designed to help young leaders learn to “lead with integrity”.  This highly interactive and energizing program provides the tools for individuals to:

  • Act consistently with core ethical values, personal values, and convictions
  • Develop and enrich relationships
  • Respect the dignity and contribution of all people
  • Believe in a healthy disregard for the impossible
  • Produce extraordinary results

What happens at the LeaderShape® Institute?  Utilizing highly interactive program methods rather than classroom lectures, everyone is a teacher and everyone is a learner.  The majority of work is done in a large group called the Learning Community.  From this larger group, smaller groups, called Family Clusters, are formed where participants work on their vision statements.  The Family Cluster provides a supportive, safe environment that promotes learning and the development of new skills and attitudes.  At the LeaderShape® Institute, participants create a LeaderShape® Breakthrough Blueprint they can begin to implement as soon as they leave.  The objective of each participant’s blueprint is to produce extraordinary results in their organization and their institution during the next nine to 12 months.

The Michigan Tech LeaderShape® Institute:  The Michigan Tech LeaderShape® Institute will take place January 2-7, 2017, at the Ford Center in Alberta, MI.  There is a minimal cost to attend the Institute; however you must be selected through an application process to become a participant.  All transportation to and from the Institute will be provided along with meals and lodging.  Participants must be available and are expected to stay for the entire length of the institute.  For additional information, please visit the LeaderShape® National Website at  LeaderShape® applications are available now and the deadline to apply is November 3.

USG Sponsoring Bus for Thanksgiving Break

 This message from the Undergraduate Student Govemnment was sent to all undergraduate students: 

 As you may know, for the last few years the Undergraduate Student Government has successfully charted a student bus for Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break, and Spring Break. If you have purchased a ticket in the past, I’d like to thank you for making this a successful endeavor.

Thanksgiving is approaching once again, and the USG has charted a bus for this break as well. Once again tickets will be available to purchase online, as this will allow students (or family/friends) to purchase a ticket with a credit card.

After you have purchased a ticket it is YOUR responsibility to stop by the USG office (MUB 113) and sign a liability release form. If you purchase a ticket but do not sign a release form, you will not be able to ride the bus and will NOT be refunded.

As far as destinations, the route will be the same as previous trips with stops in St. Ignace, Gaylord, Clare, and the final stop in Lansing. There is more information regarding that on the Eventbrite website. (See the link below.)

Bus loading will begin promptly at 7:45 AM on Saturday, November 19, 2016. The bus WILL leave at 8:00 AM. The bus will make its return trip on Sunday, November 27 from East Lansing at 8:00 AM with the same stops along the way. The times for arrival are tentative as weather is more than likely going to affect the schedule in some way. USG recommends that you arrive at your designated pickup spot 20 minutes before the scheduled departure time.

Ticket sales will begin on Tuesday, October 25 at 8:00 AM. The round trip cost will be $90 plus fees. The link to purchase a ticket is:

More information regarding the route can also be found there.

If you have any questions, please contact me!

Thank you for your time!

Brian Messman
USG Events Committee Chair

Midterm Outreach

With October comes midterm, and midterm grades were posted for all first-year students on Monday, October 17.  In order to support first-year students, the Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success provides outreach to students who received more than one “UN” (unsatisfactory) midterm grade. Academic Advisors also receive midterm grade reports and are encouraged to contact students they think are struggling. While only first-year students receive midterm grades, midterm is a great time for all students to evaluate what they have been doing and make changes as needed.

If you think your student may benefit from additional support, encourage them to take advantage of some of the academic resources available to them on campus. The Learning Centers provide coaches to help students understand subject material, and coaches are students themselves.  Many centers offer individual tutoring or team-style learning sessions, they are free to students and a great support for their success.  There are other academic support services available to students through the Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success, Counseling Services, and Student Disability Services.

Flu and Meningitis Vaccine Clinics at Michigan Tech

UP Health System Portage will be offering meningitis and flu vaccine clinics on Michigan Tech’s campus this fall.

The quadrivalent flu vaccine is by injection at a cost of $40 payable at the time of service. Cash, check or credit card will be accepted. Students with Michigan Tech’s United Health Care (UHC) student health plan can have their flu vaccine billed to insurance with their UHC member ID card. Employees, retirees and family members insured by Michigan Tech’s Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) can also have their flu vaccine billed to insurance with their BCBSM member ID card. This does not include retirees that have Blue Cross insurance through MPSERS.

The meningitis vaccine is by injection at a cost of $159 with a flu shot or $199 without a flu shot. Payment is expected at the time of service and will not be billed to insurance. Receipts will be provided and individuals can submit these to insurances to see if they’ll be reimbursed.  In order to receive the meningitis vaccine during one of the clinic dates below, you must schedule an appointment by emailing .

Anyone under the age of 18 cannot be vaccinated without parental permission. A spouse and/or child may attend without the employee.

The dates of the clinics are:

  • October 19, 11-3:00 pm, MUB Ballroom
  • October 26, 4-6:00 pm, MUB Alumni Lounge
  • November 1, 11-1:00 pm, MUB Alumni Lounge
  • November 2, 4-6:00 pm, MUB Alumni Lounge

Fall Career Fair is today!

The Michigan Tech Fall 2016 Fall Career Fair is hosting 327 recruiting organizations, the third largest Michigan Tech Career Fair, with 1,200 recruiters today. Our students have been preparing for the big day by participating in a variety of CareerFEST events hosted by Career Services. Students can visit with recruiters from noon-5:00 PM today in the SDC. Many parents try to “sneak a peak” at their student by viewing the webcam located in the SDC (

Academic Success Coaches

Academic Success Coaches are successful students who provide direction and support to peers who need assistance developing the skills that support success and retention like how to study, time management, using campus resources and working with faculty.  The coaches have their own space in the Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success and students can choose to schedule an appointment or stop by during walk-in hours.  Coaches represent a variety of backgrounds, majors and life experiences. Coaching appointments and walk-in hours are available 10:00 AM-5:00 PM Monday –Friday.

Academics and Resources

The Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success is dedicated to making a positive impact in the lives of Michigan Tech’s students by helping them develop attitudes, values, and skills which enhance their academic and personal success. A committed staff offers students and their families programs, services, and opportunities that encourage their transition to, and success within university life.

If you think your student may be struggling, encourage them to take advantage of some of the academic resources available to them on campus.  Learning centers, operated by most departments, assist students taking certain courses or who are just generally having academic difficulty.  Many centers offer individual tutoring or team-style learning sessions.  They are free to students and a great support for their success.  There are other academic support services available to students through the Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success, Counseling Services, and Student Disability Services.