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Bob Mark Elevator Pitch Competition

Hello parents!

I hope everyone has been doing well. I’m sure people would agree that the weather up here has been crazy. Students have been studying and enjoying the sun. We’re two weeks into November and today is the first real snow we’ve seen.  Students have registered for broom ball teams for next semester and are starting to think ahead to Winter Carnival. One of the events that  occurred this week is the Bob Mark Elevator Pitch Competition.

The Bob Mark Elevator Pitch Competition is an annual opportunity for students with great ideas to present those ideas in front of an audience and compete for prize money. This is event is hosted by the School of Business and Economics and is open to all students. Using an elevator pitch, students make a two minute long speech to explain a business idea before a panel of expert judges . This year the first place winner receives $1,000 cash, a $5,000 expense account, 1 year of Smartzone office space, and $2,500 worth of business consulting.  Prizes are also awarded for second and third place, as well as audience favorite. There are some very impressive ideas that come through this competition from the crazy smart students we have here at Michigan Tech.

In addition to the Bob Mark Elevator Pitch competition, there are plenty of opportunities for students to get involved on campus while still being able to focus on exams and final projects. From Film Board movies to mini golf hosted by MUB Board, the opportunities for fun study breaks are always around.

If there are any questions, feel free to email me at esleclai@mtu.edu. Have a good week!

Erica


41 North Film Festival

Hello Parents!

Hard to believe we’re already eight weeks into the semester. For better or worse, we’re settling into one of the most important times for students (in my opinion). The weather keeps getting colder and it won’t be too long before we start seeing the snow stick. There are still some awesome things happening on campus this week, including the 41 North Film Festival, October 23-25.

The 11th annual 41 North Film Festival, formerly known as the Northern Lights Film Festival, shows independent films that are released and Screen Shot 2015-10-21 at 9.57.51 AMin discussion at the moment. It is an event that is getting students and the local community involved in the world of these films throughout the weekend. The films are absolutely free and open to the public. In addition to the films themselves, this festival allows the audience to interact with the filmmakers, producers, and other people in the industry. “Destination Cinema at Michigan Tech” is providing a chance for students and community members take a look at this films and gain some new perspective through watching the films and discussions about them.

In addition to the critically acclaimed movies that are being shown in the Rozsa, there will also be prizes at each screening. Sponsors have donated items to be raffled off throughout the weekend. Between the afternoon and evening screenings there will be live music shows in the Rozsa lobby. These are local bands and there will be a different one for each day of the festival. Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to order food from local places and have it delivered after the afternoon screening, during the break.

With plenty of cool things going on, it can be difficult to want to stay in and study. However students here have some of the best work ethics and can always be seen the library or in a classroom getting things done. If there are any questions about events or happenings around Michigan Tech, feel free to email me at esleclai@mtu.edu.

Have a good weekend!

Erica


Family Weekend

Hello Parents!

I hope you’re all having a great week! The week here has been busy with Career Fair and exams 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.

As I’m sure most of you are aware, Family Weekend is coming up on Friday, October 9 through Sunday, October 11. 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. Fall in the Copper Country is the most beautiful time of year and 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! Homecoming is also taking place during Family Weekend, so we hope you can take in the Cardboard Boat Races Friday afternoon and the Homecoming Tailgate (11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.) and Football game Saturday afternoon.

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, but staff will be available to answer questions Thursday, October 8: 5–7 p.m., Friday, October 9: 2–6 p.m., and Saturday, October 10: 9 a.m.–noon.

As parents who have visited Michigan Tech for Family Weekend know, there are plenty of things to do while visiting Houghton. For the schedule of events and other things to see and do in the Copper Country, follow this link.

If there are any questions about Career Fair, Family Weekend, or any of the other goings on here at Michigan Tech, please feel free to email me at esleclai@mtu.edu

Have a good week!

Erica


Fall Career Fair

Hello Parents!

I hope everyone has had a good week! It is definitely starting to feel more like fall up here and with that comes some great opportunities around campus, including the Fall Career Fair on Tuesday, September 29 in the Student Development Complex (SDC). There seems to be a continuing trend of having the biggest career fair yet and this fall is no exception with 369 registered companies. As many of you probably know, there are a lot of alumni that come back to career fair as recruiters.

The 369 companies that come to Houghton, specifically looking for Michigan Tech students, represent everything from construction companies to places like IBM. Regardless of where someone is in their academic career, there are opportunities to hand the companies a resume and present their elevator speech.There are numerous companies for students to talk to about co-op or internship opportunities to gain experience before graduation. For graduating seniors, there are many companies looking for full time employees as well.  Following Career Fair, many companies stay in Houghton to schedule and conduct interviews in person.

To help prepare for this potentially stressful time for students, Career Services has lots of resources that any student can  take advantage of to improve their chances of getting a job. Some of the biggest events they hold are the Resume Blitz and mock interviews.  Mock interviews can be scheduled to help ease some anxiety or stress in talking to a company representative with useful feedback. The resume blitzes give students another set of eyes to check out what could be improved on their resumes. Career Services also provides help with dressing appropriately, professional name tags and head shots.

In addition to these resources, the companies and other student organizations hold events to help students get to know them and their company. The individual companies hold information sessions to give students an opportunity to get to know them before deciding whether or not to pursue opportunities there. Sponsored by the Society of Women Engineers, the Evening with Industry is another way to get to know company representatives before career fair. For additional information, follow this link to the career services website.

As you can tell, career fair is taken pretty seriously at Michigan Tech. Through this, students are able to connect with companies, expand their networks, and hopefully get experience through jobs. I mentioned before that many alumni come back to Tech for this specifically. They keep coming back because they know the quality of work that these students produce and what they can do for the respective companies.

If anyone has any questions, feel free to email me at esleclai@mtu.edu.

Have a good week!

Erica


Fall Semester has begun!

Hello Parents!

I hope everyone has enjoyed the last bit of summer. In Houghton, we’ve had some HOT weather for the start of classes. My guess is that summer is trying to hold on by a thread before we start the rather quick descent into the winter months. In the midst of Welcome Week, campus is buzzing with activity. Students and faculty are hurrying to get to classes, the computers in the library are full and tapping on the keyboards is constant, and friends are hanging out in the gardens and sitting on the benches throughout campus. There are plenty of things to be excited about for this fall too, including traditions that take place at the beginning of the school year.

One of these traditions is KDay (the “K” stands for Keweenaw Day) and is one of the best times at Michigan Tech. Taking place on the Friday, September 11 at McLain’s State Park, this event provides an opportunity for new and returning students learn about all of the student organizations and opportunities for involvement while enjoying Lake Superior and the outdoors. From Greek Life to Rugby, Anthropology Club to Fishing Club, there is a wide variety of options to get involved and meet plenty of people.  If you want to learn more about KDay, follow this link.

KDay is one of the first traditions that students can experience here at Michigan Tech.
KDay is one of the first traditions that students can experience here at Michigan Tech.

 

Along with all the events and activities specifically set up for Welcome Week and the beginning of the school year, there are also Michigan Tech Athletes that are getting into action. Fall sports such as football, soccer, volleyball, and cross country are starting their competitions for the year. The first home game for the football team is tonight, Thursday September 3 at 6PM. The Women’s soccer and volleyball teams begin on Friday, September 4. To keep up with the Michigan Tech Huskies Athletics throughout the year, click this link. Also, if students are interested in participating in sports outside of the Varsity sports, there are tons of intramurals to stay active. Follow this link to learn more.

With everything getting started and so much to get involved in, it can be easy to lose sight of why we’re really here as students. Luckily, we have amazing faculty, staff, and student leaders that encourage getting involved while remaining aware of our studies and the work we must put in to our classes. Michigan Tech is truly a great place to be. As always, if there are any questions, feel free to email me at esleclai@mtu.edu.

Have a good week!

Erica


Orientation Week

Hello Parents!

Orientation Week (O-Week) can bring out the best in students.  There is a lot to gain from participating in this week as they learn all about what Michigan Tech has to offer!  They are assisted by their Orientation

Throughout O-Week there are activities available to get new students involved.
Throughout O-Week there are activities available to get new students involved.

Team Leaders (OTLs) in realizing their potential, and they are provided the time and opportunity to get out and explore. Whether that exploration be of the campus, the community, the Keweenaw, or all the groups and clubs, there is no shortage of options. There is definitely something for everyone.

One of the most important parts of O-Week is the Orientation Team Leaders. These are students who have been hired to work with incoming first-year students, and they provide valuable insight on Michigan Tech and university life. During the week, the OTLs work with groups of students to debrief after presentations, tour buildings and campus resources, and build relationships before the beginning of the semester. I had a great experience with my OTL, and I am still able to go to him with questions or even just to talk. I cannot say enough about how awesome OTLs truly are. They put in the effort to be available to first-year students and provide a smooth and fun transition into the throes of college life.

Another part of O-Week that is incredibly useful and interesting for all students is Day Zero. It was one of my favorite parts about orientation.  Day Zero classes are meant to give students an idea of what  some of the core or university wide classes are like (such as Calculus, Chemistry, and Global Issues), and they are set up to introduce professors and the material to be covered. It is an invaluable experience to get a head start on the semester and see what’s going on.

Of course, there is a significant amount of other activities, presentations, and events that occur during O-Week. There is always a chance to get involved, whether it be with trips around the Keweenaw,  free movies put on by Film Board, or on-campus events. The events that students participate in during O-Week can translate into involvement during the school year, new friends, and a better idea of everything that Michigan Tech has to offer.

There is plenty to do and see while in the Keweenaw. For more information on the schedule of events during Move-In Weekend and Orientation Week, click here. Otherwise, feel free to contact me at esleclai@mtu.edu.

Have a great week!

Erica


End of Summer

Hello Parents!

As you all know, the last few of weeks of summer are here. I hope you enjoy what you can before the school year starts and everyone gets busy! In Houghton, we’re in the last week of classes for Track B and have seen a change in the weather. After some very dry weeks, we have started to get some rain and things are looking beautiful. Keep in mind the weather up here, like in many other places, is unpredictable. I would recommend having your student bring a fan with them, as well as any fall or winter jackets that will come in handy later on in the semester.

 

One tradition during Orientation Week is the HUGE banana split.
One tradition during Orientation Week is the HUGE banana split.

As I’ve noted above, the end of summer is upon us and that means students (and parents) have to be ready to come to Michigan Tech for the fall semester. For first year students, Orientation week will be an awesome experience to get to know people interested in the same kinds of things and start to experience all that Michigan Tech has to offer. It is a very busy week for those students, but definitely worth every minute! From Day Zero classes to trips around the Keweenaw, there is plenty of things going on to stay active and involved from the start of Orientation week until the first day of classes. In my blog post next week, I’ll talk about the events occurring during Orientation Week until then for more information, follow this link.

To be prepared for the upcoming school year, one of the best things to remember is to double check what is needed and figure out if you have it. This could be anything from a good backpack, to pens and pencils, to clothes to match the weather. It is a huge transition to go from high school to college and Orientation Week is meant to make that transition as easy as possible. Once the fall semester starts and classes get going, the best advice I have for students is to get into a routine. Eat meals at the same times every day, go to all classes, and complete homework at the same time every day. By being in this routine, students will be able to adapt to college life smoothly.

Remember, if there are any questions about this information or anything else, you can email me at esleclai@mtu.edu. I hope everyone has a good week and an enjoyable end to their summer!

Erica


Alumni Weekend and KSEF

Hello parents!

This week has cooled off in the Keweenaw, but that doesn’t mean there is a lack of things to do!  Alumni Reunion and the Keweenaw Science and Engineering Festival are in full swing, bringing together the community, visitors, and science.

The Alumni Reunion is an annual event that brings together alumni from around the country and includes plenty of activities to get everyone involved. From campus tours to class gatherings and photos, it is a busy weekend for people who spent their undergraduate time at Michigan Tech. To review events that occur during the Alumni Reunion, follow this link.  This year the classes that graduated in 1965, ’75, ’85, ’90, ’95, and 2005 are being recognized along with hockey alumni. Additionally, the Golden M’s, any alumnus/a that has graduated from Michigan Tech over 50 years ago, are being honored.

This is an example of some of the work that will be displayed at the Rozsa gallery.
This is an example of some of the work that will be displayed at the Rozsa gallery.

The Keweenaw Science and Engineering Festival (KSEF) is a brand new event designed to get more people interested in science, technology, engineering and math.  The schedule of events may be viewed here if you are interested in learning more about it. In conjunction with KSEF, there is an exhibit in the Rozsa Center Gallery called Scale: Balancing Art and Technology which will be displayed through September 11.

A couple of other reminders as the summer is winding down. New student orientation is just a few weeks away. To ensure you and your student are prepared, follow this link to the Orientation website. For students living in the residence halls, the wait-list for parking is now available. Follow this link to transportation services for more information on how to sign up.

As always, feel free to email me at esleclai@mtu.edu with any questions on this information or anything else.

Have a good week!

Erica

 


Planning Ahead

Hello, parents! This week has been a pretty nice one in the Keweenaw (most weeks in the summer up here seem to be that way).  I hope everyone has been doing well and is enjoying the summer. We’re over half way through it and I’ve already seen school supplies out at the stores, crazy to think there’s only one month until move in day and first year orientation!

As we are getting so close to the beginning of a new school year here at Michigan Tech, I just wanted to share some things for you and your student to keep in mind. One of the best tips I could give anyone starting school is to make a game plan. Even if it doesn’t work out exactly like you want it to, it is useful to try and plan out when you will study, when you will eat and keep those things consistent. The change from high school to college life, especially living in the residence halls, can lead to falling behind. Another option for the start of a new year is to go and meet new people. It could be the people that live around you or someone you met by going to a different club meeting, you never know where or when you could meet new friends. This article, from Buzzfeed, provides some more tips to surviving in your first year of college. Not everything works for everyone, the trick is figuring out what works for each student.

The idea of having a car to be able to make late night food runs or explore the area in any free time is one that can be very

The traditional first year student photo taken as part of orientation 2014.
The traditional first year student photo taken as part of orientation 2014.

appealing. There are quite a few students who bring cars to campus and there is a registration process for vehicles. If your student does plan on having a car with them, check this site for information and to be added to the wait list for resident parking. There is also information provided for commuter parking as well as bicycle registration.

Orientation helps students build a foundation for the rest of their time at Michigan Tech, while they also get to know the campus better and make connections with their fellow students.  If your student is a first year who will be going through orientation, follow this link which will take you to the orientation website.

There are so many things to do before school starts that it can be overwhelming. By planning ahead, you can get an idea of what is needed, what can wait and how to figure it all out. If there are any questions about any of this information or anything else, you can email me at esleclai@mtu.edu.

Erica


Outdoor Activities

Hello Parents!

Following one of the hottest weekends of the year in the Keweenaw, I wanted to share some more of the things that are available to do up here. One good resource for the outdoor adventuring student is the Outdoor Adventure Programs (OAP). They hold events throughout the summer and school year. This summer they are offering kayaking and paddle boarding clinics, have organized a trip to Isle Royale, and other camping and adventuring trips. For Orientation Week, OAP holds day trips to local places. In addition to hosting these events, OAP also rents gear, from bikes to paddle boards.

The Keweenaw History Center located in Calumet.
The Keweenaw History Center located in Calumet.

There is plenty to do around the Keweenaw. One of my personal favorites is to walk around touring some of the historical sites, and there are numerous opportunities to experience this rich history.  If you are interested in the history of copper mining, there are several places to explore that also include an underground tour. The Quincy Mine, the Adventure Mine, and the Delaware Mine are great options to learn more about mining and you can click on the name of the mine to see its website. All of these mines are Heritage Sites associated with the Keweenaw National Historical Park (KNHP). The KNHP covers a significant area of the Keweenaw and includes heritage sites, like the mines, that were integral to the history of the area. To learn more about the park, click here.

The sun over the water at the Houghton Breakers.
The sun over the water at the Houghton Breakers.

Of course, with all the Keweenaw has to offer, there are plenty of things to do and places to see without a guide or organized trip. If you are interested in learning more about the trails for hiking, biking, skiing, or snowshoeing, this site has great information. Beaches are also one of the most popular attractions around the Keweenaw. One of the student favorites is the Houghton Breakers. It is a stamp sand beach right on the edge of the Portage and is perfect for swimming, bonfires, and watching the sunset over the water. For more on the beaches in the Keweenaw, this website is a good resource.

If anyone has any questions on other things to do around the Keweenaw, feel free to email me at esleclai@mtu.edu.

-Erica