Category Archives: General

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!

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

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 (

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.

Student Stories

By Leslie Mundell, 4th year English major

This year marks my fourth summer spent at Michigan Tech and the last summer break of my college life. The fall semester is here, and even though Fall is my favorite season—I’m dreaming of the leaves changing color and the crisp weather—I want to hold on to what we have left of this month.

I was born and raised in the Upper Peninsula, so I have always been around nature, but the Copper County has something special about it. When summer rolls around at Tech, campus slows down. It’s nice to have a break from the hustle and bustle of the school year. Walking around campus during the summer—instead of running to your next class— makes you realize how great our school is, whether you notice the Keweenaw Boulder Garden or have time to appreciate the flowers that bloom when our long winters end.

This summer was unlike any of the others that I have experienced at Tech. Since my last semester is this fall, I have been preparing throughout the past four months. I made a list early on of what I wanted to achieve and what I needed to do to get ready for the semester. Summer always flies by, and I wanted to make the best of my time while also being able to relax from a busy school year.

To make the most of my summer I have been doing more reading, writing, working, outside activities and occasionally binge-watching my favorite shows. I have been working on campus and gaining experiences and learning skills that will help me not only in a few months, when I graduate, but also when I enter the workforce. I spend my free time when I’m not working exploring the area more and appreciating the outdoors before the many months of snow begin. My dog loves to walk down by Prince’s Point–even if he’s afraid of the water. When I’m not outside, I have been doing the things I don’t have as much time for in the school year. Sadly, my book pile is growing quicker than I can read them, but one perk of being an English major is that I’ll be reading a lot during the coming semester.

Even though I loved being on summer break and having time to sleep in, I am excited for the school year. I’ll be one step closer to starting my future, and I always enjoy seeing new faces around campus. This summer has been my favorite one at Tech because I have taken the time to fully enjoy what this amazing place can offer.

ParentNet transition is complete

Welcome to the new ParentNet!

Members of our campus community will share information about campus happenings, reminders about important dates, events and deadlines, and transitions your students may be experiencing throughout each semester. Additionally, our student writers will be sharing their own stories with you.  Our goal is to keep you informed of campus news and events and to let you know what you and your students should be thinking about.

We invite you to join the Michigan Tech Parents Facebook group. Parents actively engage in various discussion topics, post questions for one other, and share stories about their students. Participate in the conversation on Facebook.

Preparing new students for the fall semester

Summer is a great time to prepare for the 2016-2017 academic year.  If you are the parent or guardian of an incoming first-year student, begin preparing now for their arrival to Tech. It is important to start conversations early about college expectations.  In addition, all the physical preparation – the shopping, packing, and goodbyes – will be here before you know it.  Doing a little at a time is helpful so neither you nor your student gets overwhelmed with all of the last-minute work before Orientation.  Reviewing the What to Bring page will provide you with a list of things to bring and other helpful hints as you prepare for the move to campus.


Living on campus without wheels can be tough. Luckily with Zipcar, Michigan Tech students without a car still have access to wheels when they want them. Zipcar is a car sharing service that allows students 18+ to reserve cars on campus by the hour or the day, with gas and insurance included. So if you decide to leave the car behind, Zipcar is there to get students off campus with friends or home for the weekend.  To join visit