Category Archives: Sports

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.

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

Have a good week!


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

Have a good week!


A Brand New Year

Welcome back!

First off, happy 2013! I hope that you all enjoyed a long break with your students back home, and that your holiday season was both warm and bright. The new year brings a whole new semester, with Monday, January 14th the first day of spring 2013 courses. What better way to kick off this semester than with a much needed dose of snow! Finally, after much anticipation, Houghton is starting to catch up on its usual snowy winter. According to Keweenaw County’s website, there is now almost two feet of snow on the ground, and students are finally able to get out on Mont Ripley and the Tech Trails for some skiing, snowshoeing, and other winter recreational activities!

Hockey update

In other news on campus, the Huskies hockey team won the Great Lakes Invitational for the first time since 1980. The final game was a shutout, the Huskies winning 4-0 against Western Michigan University. This is a great accomplishment for Michigan Tech’s athletic programs and is just one more reason why Michigan Tech is a great place to be!

Get ready for broomball!

There is also an update on another icy sport on campus, as the ball drop of the 2013 broomball season was at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, January 15. Broomball started at Michigan Tech in the early 1990s. Today, over 126 teams participate each year, making it one of the most popular and beloved intramural sports on campus. The game is played with taped brooms and a soft ball on constructed ice rinks. Players are required to wear helmets, and many elect to wear elbow and knee pads while on the ice.

Winter Carnival 2013

Finally, Winter Carnival is just around the corner. This year’s carnival will begin on Wednesday, February 6 and run through Saturday, February 9. There will be many great events for students, including the all-nighter with food, music, and tons of statue building. Month-long statue construction began Monday, January 14, so some students are already hard at work creating their snowy masterpieces. Watch for Winter Carnival updates as the event gets closer.

Now that the Spring semester has started, I will be writing articles weekly once again. Be sure to check back for updates on Winter Carnival, information about housing, and the Spring Career Fair (just to name a few). As always, thank you for reading! Feel free to email any questions to or post a comment.

Until next week,

Students Giving Back

Halfway there
In case you haven’t been keeping count, it’s already week 7 of the semester! That means that my fellow students and I can celebrate that we’ve made it to the halfway mark, as each semester lasts 14 weeks.

A needed pick-me-up
For many of us, Homecoming and Family Weekend was the perfect refresher to power through the second half of the term. The always-exciting football game did anything but disappoint this year, as the Huskies football team made a huge comeback to defeat Northwood University. In fact, the score was 21-7 at half-time, leaving the field looking bleak for Michigan Tech. However, with a final score of 28-21, the second half was quite a spectacle.

Students who aren’t so big on sports had plenty of excitement as well! From the Homecoming Parade that took over downtown, to the great turnout at the cardboard boat races, it seemed that everyone was full of Husky spirit this weekend. While walking around downtown on Saturday afternoon, I noticed that main street was bustling with people enjoying one of the last few snow-free days we have left and checking out the shopping opportunities of Houghton.  I hope some of you were able to make a trip to the area to enjoy some of the events of Homecoming and Family Weekend with your students.

Giving back
Coming up at the end of this month will be another amazing tradition for the Michigan Tech community called Make A Difference Day. The event was created by USA WEEKEND magazine to promote neighbors helping neighbors. This is a community-wide event that allows students to help out people in the area by working on diverse service projects for those in need. Last year, 338 students from campus banded together to take on projects like cleaning up community beaches, helping out at the Copper Country Humane Society, and working at Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore. Make A Difference Day is a great way for Michigan Tech students to give back to the community and to show their appreciation for the beautiful Houghton/Hancock area. Students can sign up to volunteer on an individual basis or as part of a student organization.

Students working to make a difference

I’m personally volunteering as part of the Standathon Student Organization and I can’t wait to find out which project our group will be assigned! I’ve had a great time with Make A Difference Day in the past and I know this year will not disappoint. It’s always a rewarding experience to make a difference in the lives of others, even it’s just for a few hours on a Saturday. Community service is a great way to take a break away from campus and explore a side of college life that isn’t academics.

From my own experience, I’ve learned a lot of great lessons about teamwork and philanthropy from volunteering at various community events. It’s also a great way to meet new people and hang out with friends while being a part of something that is worthwhile and valuable.

Until next week,

Feeling like Summer!

Houghton Lift Bridge

With temperatures reaching the upper 60s–low 70s this past weekend, students in the Houghton area were heading to the nature parks, hiking trails, and waterfalls.  Although 60 degrees may not seem very warm to some, for Michigan Tech students this modest increase in temperature symbolizes the start of summer. Students made their way to the local beaches this weekend and a few of the brave even went swimming in Lake Superior, which is rarely ever above 50 degrees! Many students are hoping that the weather will continue to warm up and be sunny for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. Most students do not have Friday classes in the summer and all students are dismissed from class for Memorial Day Recess on Monday. Memorial weekend provides students with the opportunity to take some time off from the fast pace of summer courses and enjoy the local area. Whether it’s camping, biking, hiking, or a car trip along the Keweenaw shoreline, there is plenty to enjoy.

Memorial Day Events

The Memorial Day remembrance ceremonies begin this weekend with the seventh annual Parade of Thanks, taking place on Saturday, May 19, at 10 a.m. in downtown Houghton. The parade honors armed forces personnel and veterans. To continue the remembrance of those who served our country, the Fort Wilkins Historical State Park Memorial Day Ceremony will be held on Monday, May 28, at Fort Wilkins State Park in Copper Harbor. Last year, this program included the Keweenaw Detachment #1016 United States Marine Corps League, a student program by the Copper Harbor School, a musical tribute, and a Memorial Day address.

Ride the Keweenaw Weekend

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Also taking place this month—Friday, May 25 through Sunday, May 27—is the third annual Ride the Keweenaw Weekend hosted by the Copper Harbor Trails Club. Ride the Keweenaw originated two years ago as a celebration of the Copper Harbor Mountain Bike Trails being designated by the International Mountain Bicycling Association as an “Epic Ride.” The rating of “Epic Ride” is one of the best designations a trail can receive. They received this designation because of the diversity of the trails, the thrill of the ride, the beauty of the surrounding area, and the collaboration of the people who make the trail system a success.

The weekend’s events include food, music, demonstrations, and of course biking on the “Epic Trails.” On Saturday, May 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., there will be guided tours for the Michigan Tech Trails, the Churning Rapid Trails, and the Swedetown Trails. There will be live music on Saturday evening in Copper Harbor Park. On Sunday, May 27, there will be demonstrations and more biking! All proceeds from the weekend’s events will go toward funding the Keweenaw Point Trail Project. The plans for the Keweenaw Point Trail Project is to create another trail along the shoreline at the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula. The project is estimated to cost $10,000 for each mile of the trail, which is expected to be eight to ten miles long. The Copper Harbor Trails Club is hosting the Ride the Keweenaw Weekend as one way of raising funds for the project. When the funding comes through, the trail will improve the local area not only recreationally but economically as well. The addition of a waterfront mountain bike trail to a trail system already designated as an “Epic Ride” would increase the number of visitors to the surrounding area significantly.

I hope students and parents alike enjoy the beginning of summer! Please feel free to email me with any questions, comments, or suggestions you may have.

Staying Active in the Keweenaw

Keweenaw Bike to Work Day

May is National Bike Month and May 12-25 is Bike to Work Week. To help promote the healthy and environmentally friendly transportation of biking, the Houghton area will host the third annual Keweenaw Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 18. There will be several events taking place throughout the day for people who choose non-motorized transportation. Those who register in advance will be entered into a raffle and will have the opportunity to win great prizes donated by local merchants. In the past, bike riders in Calumet, Laurium, Hancock, Houghton, and other points throughout the peninsula received snacks, prize giveaways, and bike safety checks. There is a good chance these will be occuring again… now lets hope the summer weather gets here in time for this great event!

Copper Country Cycling Club

If your student is interested in cycling, he or she may enjoy participating in some of the events put on by the Copper Country Cycling Club. The C4, as it’s often referred to, is one of Michigan Tech’s student organizations. The group works to promote bicycling and an active lifestyle by assisting with cycling events in the local community, working to maintain the University’s trail system, and organizing races. 4C also has a collegiate mountain bike team that competes in NCCA Division II midwestern races. Students interested in joining this student organization can participate in the midwestern races or assist with the other activities and events the organization holds.

Michigan Tech Trails

If your student enjoys mountain biking, there is no need to look far! The Michigan Tech Trails, located by the Student Development Complex, provide students year-round outdoor recreational fun with 35 km of trails for cross country skiing, mountain biking, and running. There are trails of varying difficulty, so all levels of hikers and bikers will have fun. Check out the Mountain Biking Trails for detailed trail routes. There are miles of trails throughout the Keweenaw Peninsula, several of which are rated as the “best in the midwest.” For more information on Keweenaw trails, check out the Keweenaw Trails and Maps.

Please feel free to email me with any questions, comments, or suggestions you may have.

-Samantha Allen,

Fall 2012 Course Registration

Welcome Back!

First, I want to welcome Michigan Tech students back to campus! We’re now in the home stretch for the spring semester.

I hope all of you had a fantastic time with your student over spring break! The majority of Michigan Tech students spent their spring breaks getting some much-needed rest and relaxation. But, some students spent their break traveling with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, or on an Alternative Spring Break trip—set up through Tech’s own Outdoor Adventure Program.

Recent News at Tech:

Georgerobinsonite, a newly discovered mineral named for A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum Curator George Robinson

A new mineral discovered in the Mammoth-St. Anthony mine in Arizona has been named georgerobinsonite. The mineral is named after George W. Robinson, professor of mineralogy and curator of Michigan Tech’s A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum. It is a lead chromate—a salt of chromic acid—that occurs as minute, transparent, orange-red crystals on cerussite, another lead carbonate and secondary lead mineral.

Michigan Tech Sweeps Colorado College to Advance to Final Five: Michigan Tech will now make its first appearance at the WCHA Final Five since 2007, when it won a first-round series at Colorado College two games to one. The Huskies will have to wait to see who they play. The Final Five is re-seeded after all the first-round series are completed.

Fall 2012 Course Registration

Academic Advising

Although it may seem as though your student is just getting settled into their spring semester courses, fall course registration is quickly approaching. According to the Fall 2012 Registration Priority Schedule, registration opens Thursday, March 15 at 10 p.m. and closes on Sunday, April 1 at 12 a.m. Graduate students are scheduled to be the first to register, starting on Thursday, March 15.

Starting on Sunday, March 18 undergraduate students are permitted to register based on the number of credits they have completed. Students with more completed credits get to register earlier than students with a smaller number of completed credits. Regardless of your student’s number of completed credits, it is important that they are prepared to register for spring courses and that they register on the assigned date.

Students should plan the courses that they want to take in the fall of 2012 and make sure that the times of the courses do not overlap. Planning for fall registration is also a great time for students to set up a meeting with their academic adviser to go over career plans and potential course choices.

I would strongly encourage that each student schedule an appointment with his or her academic adviser to fill out his or her degree program flow chart. That way, your student has a good idea of what semester they will be graduating, what degree requirements they still need to fulfill, and whether or not they need any waivers to register for fall semester. Academic advisers are a great resource with a lot of knowledge and experience regarding courses and career pathways. It is definitely to your student’s advantage to get to know them!

Please feel free to email me at with any questions, comments, or suggestions you may have.

Samantha Allen

The End of a Chapter: Winter Carnival 2012

2012 Winter Carnival Queens Competition! Photo Courtesy of: Jess Banda

We have reached the end of another chapter as the festivities and fun of Winter Carnival 2012 come to a close. For those of you that had the opportunity to visit Michigan Tech over Winter Carnival, I hope this last week has left you with great memories, and I hope you enjoyed all of the activities that took place!

In review of the past week’s events, on Saturday, February 4, the eight Winter Carnival Queen Candidates took the stage at the Rozsa Center at the annual Queen’s Coronation ceremony. On stage, the candidates answered interview questions and each performed a talent. Candidates skillfully incorporated this year’s Winter Carnival theme, “From All Over the State What Makes Michigan Great,” into their talent presentations. Talents ranged from dancing and singing to theatrical performances and various tunes played on instruments. The Queen’s Coronation ended with Ms. Melissa Hawks being crowned the 2012 Winter Carnival Queen.

Photo Courtesy of: Michigan Tech

The All-Nighter began on Wednesday, February 8 at 4:00 p.m. as students hurriedly began working on their snow statues. Students working on month-long statues spent the All-Nighter putting fine details and finishing touches on their statues. Students working on one-nighter statues spent the evening laboring away—trying to shape and detail a snow statue in less than 16 hours. It is truly amazing to see what Michigan Tech students can do in just a few hours with a bunch of snow, water, butter knives, and irons!

I strongly encourage you to take a look at the image gallery of the 2012 Winter Carnival Statues. In addition to working on snow statues, there were several fun activities for students to take part in during the All-Nighter. With all the delicious food, an outdoor dance party, and broomball, students never lacked something to do to keep them awake all night long!

On the morning of Thursday, February 9, the completed statues were judged based on their connection to the winter carnival theme, first impression, the description that accompanies the statue, the statue’s title lettering, artistic value, effort, intricacy, neatness, and even on how white the snow is. For a complete listing of the statue rankings for the one-nighter and month-long statues in each division, check out the 2012 Winter Carnival site.

Thursday through Saturday, students, families, faculty, staff, and community members spent time walking around campus and looking at the snow statues. In addition to viewing the snow statues there were several broomball games taking place, campus and residence hall tours for campus visitors, sleigh rides, dog-sled rides, the Bigfoot Snowshoe Event, and much more.

On Saturday, February 11 the Torch Light Parade took place on Mont Ripley, followed by a beautiful fireworks display. At 9 p.m. the much-anticipated Winter Carnival Awards Ceremony took place in the Memorial Union Building Commons. The Stage Revue, Queen’s Competition, Statues, and Special Events scores were combined to determine who the overall Winter Carnival winner is.

Please feel free to email me at with any questions, comments, or suggestions you may have. Don’t forget to check back for next week’s article in which I will be writing about spring break.

Samantha Allen

Let the Ball Drop!

Let the Ball Drop!

Last Friday, January 13, the 2012 Ball Drop broomball game was played. The Ball Drop game was the first broomball game of the season.

The InterResidence Hall Council's Cocoa Shack opens during Broomball Games, providing spectators with free hot cocoa.

With the ceremonial first game of the season complete, it is time to get your shoes on and brooms ready because the 2012 broomball season has begun!

At this point you may find yourself asking, “what exactly is broomball?”

Broomball is one of the most popular intramural sports at Michigan Tech. With well over 200 broomball teams, games are going on every evening from 5:15 p.m. to midnight. You may even see students out at the broomball rinks in the middle of the afternoon because they can take broomball as a physical education course.

The broomball rinks are located on the green space next to US-41 in front of Walker Arts and Humanities Building. The rinks are managed and the games are scheduled by the Broomball Committee, a division of the InterResidence Hall Council.

Broomball may appear similar to hockey as it is played by two teams and the players wear helmets and jerseys; however, there are some fundamental differences:

1. In broomball, students do not wear skates; they simply wear tennis shoes or boots. The players slide around the ice trying to make goals and stay on their feet.

2. Instead of hockey sticks, players use brooms. Students usually cut the broom bristles down and then tape the broom with duct tape or hockey tape. For information on how to make a broomball stick, see the Stick Making Guide on the Broomball Committee’s website.

3.  A blue ball that is a little larger than a softball is used in place of a hockey puck.

DHH Super Team - DHH Champions, On-Campus Runner-Up 2011

Two teams, each consisting of five players and one goalie, strive to make the most goals in the game. A broomball game consists of two fifteen-minute halves. When the game is over, the team with the most goals is deemed the winner. If the game is a tie, play will continue for five minutes in a sudden-death overtime. If the score remains tied after the five minute overtime, the teams participate in a shootout to determine a winner.

For students, there are many ways to enjoy the broomball season. They may choose to participate on a team, watch the games on the webcams, or be a spectator and cheer on their favorite team with a cup of free hot cocoa.

If you would like to keep track of when your student is playing, check out the game schedule. Also, if you would like to catch a glimpse of your student playing, the broomball webcams are now up and running with live video streams.

Please feel free to email me with any questions, comments, or suggestions you may have.