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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.

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 with any questions on this information or anything else.

Have a good week!



Ready to take a break!

Although we all love being at Michigan Tech, many students (including myself) are ready for a break! Luckily, in less than two weeks we’ll be getting just that. With about ten weeks of classes, exams, homework, campus involvement, and other activities under our belts, Fall Break is a welcomed sight on the horizon. This year’s Fall Break will begin at 10:00 p.m. on Friday, November 16, and last through Sunday, November 24.

Students who are planning to make the trek back to the homestead for break have several transportation options. The Inter-Residence Hall Council Rideboard is a great online option for students who need a ride home to post a ride request. Students who have a car will find it useful to recruit passengers by posting where they are going and the destination that they may be passing on the way. This is a great way for students to split up expensive fuel costs, make a new friend on the long drive, or just have some company for the ride through the infamous “Seney Stretch.” Another option is to take the Indian Trails bus. The routes will be advertised on posters around campus, but they can also be found on the Indian Trials Website. Just check under the Scheduled Service tab for more information.

Reminders for Students

All students who live in the residence halls should have received a “You Deserve A Break” newsletter in their mailbox, as well as an email with a link to the online newsletter. This newsletter has important information about when the dining halls, Campus Café, and reception desks will be closing for Fall Break. The newsletter also has some important reminders for students leaving campus for Fall Break, including things like room security and parking.

For students who are planning on leaving campus for break, it is important to remember to close and lock the windows, unplug nonessential electrical appliances, turn off all lights, and lock doors before departing for the week. Michigan Tech also encourages students to leave their vehicles at home if they will not be using them often during the winter months. The amount of space in the parking lots is greatly reduced due to snow, so the fewer vehicles on campus, the better!

Students who are not taking their vehicles home over break or who are staying in the residence halls over break need to make sure their vehicles are moved to Lot 26 by Sunday, November 18, to avoid towing. Vehicles should be moved back to their assigned lots by 11:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 24.

If your student has a bike on campus, they must remove them from the bike racks by Friday, November 16, as the racks are moved during Fall Break to new, snow-friendly locations. Despite the move, the racks are available for use throughout the winter months in their new locations. Students also have the option of placing their bikes in on-campus storage. Students may look at the “You Deserve A Break” newsletter for more specific bike storage information.

Students who are planning to stay on campus for all or part of Fall Break will need to register at their residence hall reception desk by Thursday, November 15. This includes students who plan on leaving after 8:00 p.m. on Friday, November 16, or returning prior to noon on Sunday, November 24. There is no extra charge for staying in the residence halls during break. The dining halls will close on Friday, November 16 at 6:00 p.m., and will reopen on Monday, November 25.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please email me directly at or post a comment!

Students After Tech Part 2

Each December and May, students graduate from Michigan Tech, moving forward with their degrees and lives. Ever wonder what they move on to do, or how the students at Michigan Tech become so successful? Below, Michigan Tech alumni and future graduates share their stories with you.

Dan Madrid

I graduated in the fall of 2010 with a BA in computer networking and systems administration and an international minor in Spanish. In my five and a half years at Michigan Tech, I was involved in McNair Hall Association, Student Entertainment Board, Inter-Residence Hall Council, Michigan Tech Student Foundation, and Michigan Tech Orientation twic–as an Orientation Team Leader in 2008 and 2009 and as a member of the Orientation Executive Staff in 2010. I also was involved in the Homecoming committee in 2009, Sigma Tau Gamma National Fraternity, and Greek Judicial Board. Additionally, I studied abroad in Ireland during the fall of 2008 and in Costa Rica during the summer of 2010, worked in the International Programs office, and also had two internships during the summers of 2008 and 2009 at Ford Motor Company.

All of these things helped me further my personal growth and education in ways that I never thought I would. I learned how to manage teams; interact with businesses and professionals; manage finances and run meetings; plan any kind of event from philanthropic to social; and grow my communication, leadership, and other skills that are vital in the business world. I now work for Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan, as an IT professional. I attribute my successes to my formal education from Michigan Tech, and also in large part to what I learned outside the classroom with my involvement on and off campus.

Michigan Tech is a phenomenal school both for your education and the opportunities for personal growth through the many student organizations and other ways to get involved. I am a Husky through and through and would not trade my experiences at Michigan Tech for anything in the world.

Anna Miller

AnnaAfter four incredibly amazing years at Michigan Tech, I knew I’d miss it but was also anticipating starting something new. I graduated from Michigan Tech with a degree in mechanical engineering in May and have experienced many exciting changes since. I moved to Saginaw, Michigan, and started working my first full-time at Nexteer Automotive. I have been enjoying the change of pace from school. I love my job so far and have learned so much in the short time I’ve been working. It definitely confirms that all my hard work at school has paid off when I use something I learned at Tech every day.At Tech I was involved with several activities for my major, including an Enterprise team, a semester co-op at SC Johnson, and my International Senior Design project. I put to use many of the things I learned in classes, and most importantly gained a lot of confidence in myself as an engineer. I also did a lot of things for fun, including working for the first-year Orientation programs (the most exciting job on campus!) and coordinating the broomball season (the most exciting sport on campus!). From these experiences I learned a lot about myself, how to manage my time, what I’m capable of, and how to keep a healthy balance. I’m thankful to have had so many opportunities in college to set me up for happiness and success now, in my new job, and in my life after college.

Eric Johnson

Good morning! Eric Johnson here.

This fall, I will be a fifth-year scientific and technical communication (STC) major at Michigan Tech. I switched to STC during my sophomore year when I realized that chemical engineering was not for me. I have been involved in several organizations during my time here at Tech, like Blue Key National Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, Lutheran Campus Ministry, and the Michigan Tech Pep Band. Upon graduation, I plan to move to Los Angeles to pursue my dream of working in the entertainment industry.

Jess Banda

During my time on campus I was involved in fifteen student organizations. I even helped found five new student organizations, including Mind Trekkers, the Green Campus Enterprise, Camera Club, Art Revolutionizing Tech, and Michigan Tech Taking Education Abroad. My college philosophy was to take advantage of as many of Michigan Tech’s professional development opportunities as possible, and it paid off! This month I’ll be starting my master’s degree program as a fully-funded graduate student in International Non-Governmental Organization Development and Administration at the University of Wyoming. As part of the program I get to travel abroad for two years to found a nonprofit from the ground up. I’m very excited about my future!

A big thank you to the students and alumni who shared their stories with us! I hope that you are able to share these stories with your students, especially incoming first-year srudents. Please do not hesitate to email me if you have any questions or concerns.

Traveling from Lower Michigan

After spending the past few years traveling along the Upper Peninsula’s beautiful coastline, I decided I would like to share with you some of the great attractions you can visit when you bring your student to Michigan Tech in August. Many families don’t have the opportunity to travel through the U.P., so driving your student to Michigan Tech can be the perfect time for a fun family vacation. The following are some of my favorite places to stop and see on the way to Houghton.

From Lower Michigan

Enjoying the beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline that borders U.S. 2.

When I drive to Michigan Tech from my hometown of Jackson, Michigan, I really enjoy traveling on U.S. 2 in the Upper Peninsula. U.S. 2 begins off Interstate 75 just after the Mackinac Bridge. Following U.S. 2 you can see miles of the beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline. The road borders a great sand beach for nearly ten miles west of St. Ignace; there’s a wide shoulder and you’ll often find vehicles pulled over and people walking or swimming the beach. The views from U.S. 2 are truly amazing; however, I do caution you to be aware. The beautiful scenery can be distracting for drivers and the route is typically busy with travelers. Make sure you watch your speed limit and be aware of other drivers if you choose to take this route.

Pictured Rocks in Munising photo credit:

From U.S. 2 I usually cut through the middle of the Upper Peninsula by taking one of the highways that run north and connect with M-28. The portion of M-28 that passes through the center of the Upper Peninsula between Seney and Shingleton runs along the border of the Seney National Wildlife Refuge. The Seney Stretch is considered to be a “straight-as-an-arrow highway.” It is 25 miles long and has few curves and little change in elevation. Although it may not be the most exciting section of highway to travel, it will get you to the Lake Superior shoreline quickly. The first major Superior-side town you’ll hit along M-28 is Munising. Munising is a nice town to stop in and stretch your legs after a couple hours of driving. There are restaurants and several visitor attractions, including the famous Pictured Rocks Boat Cruises. Although I have not been on a cruise, I have heard that the views of the rocks are phenomenal. The cruises last approximately 3 hours and tickets for adults are $35.

From Munising to Marquette, M-28 travels along the Lake Superior shoreline for several miles. There are many roadside parks along the way. Marquette is one of the U.P’s larger towns, with plenty of fast food options, chain restaurants, and unique eateries. After passing through Marquette, M-28 veers away from Lake Superior and meets up with U.S. 41, which runs straight up to the Keweenaw Peninsula and Houghton.

The beauty of Northern Michigan is truly unique and unforgettable. Whether it’s walking the sandy shores, taking a boat tour, or simply stopping at a roadside park, I hope you and your family have the opportunity to enjoy the splendor of the Upper Peninsula.

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

-Samantha Allen,

Travel Diaries Part Two

In continuation of last week’s article, here are some more stories about students working co-op or internship positions.

Glen Shaw

Hello! I am Glen Shaw, a mechanical engineering major from Marquette, Michigan. I am currently working at an internship fora special products company called SpeeCo. SpeeCo is located in Golden, Colorado.

I first learned about this opportunity from my friend. He had obtained the internship in the summer of 2011, then started working for them full time after graduating as an ME from Tech.
After hearing about this opportunity I decided to submit  my resume and he put in a good word for me. I was given a phone interview, and they offered me the position for this summer.

At SpeeCo I’ve developed skills in computer aided drafting (using SolidWorks) to redo certain drawings as well as organize the system changeover. I have also been setting up testing apparatuses to test log splitters and trailer jacks, which has helped me become more familiar with hands-on engineering.

I have learned how to use SolidWorks, how to test certain aspects of the log splitters, as well as other basic workspace knowledge of engineering necessities. This has been a great opportunity for me so far!

Melissa Wilber

Hello, my name is Melissa Wilber. I am an STC student from Almont, Michigan. I have an internship with Horner Flooring in Dollar Bay, which is about 10 minutes from campus. This past spring I was constantly on the lookout for an internship opportunity, so I checked Michigan Tech’s NACElink several times a day to apply for any position I thought I could fill. I ended up interviewing with Horner a couple of weeks before the end of the semester for a marketing intern position.

As a scientific and technical communications major, you have to choose an emphasis; mine is in business, which really made this internship an ideal fit for me. The position included writing, design, and a lot of marketing strategy, three things that suit me perfectly! It’s been about a month since I started working at Horner and I have learned so many new things! I have been able to apply so much of what I learned in my classes, especially with the Adobe Suite and HTML.

Knowing HTML has helped me tremendously in my work, as well as using Photoshop and Illustrator. One of my priorities is establishing Horner’s Facebook, which has been much more of a challenge than I expected. Using something that seems so second nature becomes really complicated when you’re looking at it from a business perspective. I have really enjoyed learning all about flooring, the construction industry, the local history and how Horner has come to be in this community. This internship is a great experience for me to learn and grow, and I’m so thankful for the amazing people I work with who are helping me to do so.

Andrew Hoekstra

I am Andrew Hoekstra from Kentwood, Michigan, southeast of Grand Rapids. I have completed the third year of my electrical and computer engineering curriculum with two more years to go. I decided to stretch my four-year curriculum over five years to allow time for summer internships with Twisthink and Ford, and a co-op with GEAviation. Making time for internships and co-ops has been one of the better decisions I have made at Michigan Tech and one I recommend my peers consider. Here’s why:

Although I have to spend an extra year in college, two summer internships and a co-op will provide more than a year of invaluable work experience by graduation. It will give me and my employer confidence in my abilities, accelerating my career path. Applying course work in industry has improved my performance in class because I have a better understanding of the practical implications that professors do not teach in class. Also, internships and co-ops provided me with opportunities to experiment with my interests, shaping my curriculum and helping me decide where I want to be in five to ten years.

Currently, I am in Dearborn, Michigan, on a three-month summer internship with Ford Motor Company working in the Powertrain Controls Research and Advanced Engineering Division. My work directly applies my upper-level course work to predict characteristics of the road ahead of a vehicle and to dynamically optimize the vehicle’s powertrain, steering, and suspension. I thoroughly enjoy my assignments and occasionally have a hard time leaving work. I’ve decided to pursue a PhD after I receive my BS in engineering.

Some of the best experiences on the job have been networking with experienced professionals, managers, executives, and interns from other schools. Their insight and advice has been crucial in my professional and personal development.

Jen Van Domelen

After my first year at Michigan Tech I was hired as an engineering intern at a naval shipyard that builds large combat ships for the US Navy, ice breakers for the U S Coast Guard, and even Staten Island Ferries. I spent three months working at the shipyard, where my main duties were identifying excess materials in the shipyard and contacting vendors and scrap yards to return the overstock parts. In only a few weeks, my supervisor and I had returned much of the excess materials, saving the company a significant sum of money.
This internship gave me the opportunity to experience tasks, meetings, and issues that are a part of an engineer’s daily routine. I also learned a lot about the dynamics between the salaried professional staff and the unionized workers in the shipyard, and learned to work and communicate in an environment with sensitive and classified information.
A word of advice to younger students: don’t shy away from co-op or internship opportunities because of a lack of experience! No one expects you to know everything; be friendly, ask questions when you are unsure, and don’t pass up an opportunity to learn from those older and more experienced than you.
Thank you to all of the students who shared their experience with us! Parents, I hope you encourage your students to embrace the opportunities that Michigan Tech has to offer.
Please email me if you have any questions or concerns.
Samantha Allen,

Travel Diaries

Michigan Tech students are provided with tons of opportunities— like the experience of doing an internship or co-op! This week and next, I will share some of their stories with you; below are three students’ experiences. Thank you to the students willing to share their experience with the parents Michigan Tech!

Nicole Wright

Hi, my name is Nicole Wright and I will be a second-year mechanical engineering student this fall at Tech. I am from Grand Rapids, Michigan, and am working this summer as a manufacturing engineering intern for General Motors.

I work specifially at the Fuel Cell Activities Research and Development Center in Honeoyer Falls, New York. I started here on May 7, and will wrap up my summer internship on August 3. Believe it or not, I obtained this opportunity only one month into my first year at Tech. I polished off my resume and researched companies and marched myself up to the Fall Career Fair where I spoke briefly with a GM recruiter and had an official interview the next day.

Up until now, I wasn’t really sure what mechanical engineering entailed or even if it was for me. Interacting with and working alongside these brilliant and talented engineers, as well as getting hands-on experience in the field, has convinced me that I’m where I want to be. I seriously underestimated just how much this experience would impact me as a person, student, and future engineer. I look forward to returning to Tech in August with a whole new outlook on school and a suitcase full of new knowledge and skills. It is one thing to be book smart as an engineer, but it is another to be able to think and act as an engineer. I believe that my internship experience has taught me this and so much more.

Dan Stevenson

My name is Dan Stevenson, I’m an electrical engineering technology major from Grand Haven, Michigan. Last summer I interned at EMC Corporation in Lisle (about 30 minutes outside of Chicago), working as an account servicerepresentative to help customers better understand their products. I received the position from a scholarship resume database that I found through the financial aid office here at Tech. As an ASR intern, I really grasped the lifestyle of a fortune 500 company and obtained an unprecedented amount of understanding of working with customers. I try to see everything as a customer would, and always try to bridge the knowledge gaps.
I’m currently interning at Somero Enterprises Inc. in Houghton. I actually began during the school year part time. I adapted quickly to the way things work here, and I now work full time as an electrical engineer intern. I design electrical systems, pick components to replace old or inefficient ones, and I’ve really learned how to get things done as an engineer. Between reading data sheets to determine the correct part to order and actually ordering the part, there are numerous tests that need to be run and countless scenarios to play out.
I’ve learned that the world is a network of possibilities and if you place yourself in the center of that web, you can go anywhere you want. My internship is not even half done and I’ve learned so much and applied so much of my schooling… it’s somewhat surreal to think about!

Gabrielle Elser

Hi! My name is Gabrielle Elser and I am a scientific and technical communications major at Tech. I am a fourth-year from Milford, Michigan. I am currently working for Benteler Tube Management GmbH in Paderborn, GERMANY! I am currently living and working in Germany and have the opportunity to be here for eight months.

I am doing market research for Benteler and I really want to work in marketing in the future. I would like to work in the automotive industry as well, and this company supplies to many automotive companies. I have developed skills in the German language as well as living in a new culture. This is a huge contribution to my German minor at Tech. I have only been in Germany for a month and already my view of the world has changed.

While working abroad, I am keeping a blog about the experiences I have and places I visit. Feel free to follow me, or just check it out at

Samantha Allen,

Let Summer Begin!

The Successful Completion of an Academic Year

Graduation 2011. Photo Credit: Brennan Tymrak

Congratulations, Michigan Tech students and families; you have nearly made it through this academic year! That is quite an accomplishment!

Students, I hope you conquered your final exams and passed all your courses with flying colors. For graduating students, the last couple of weeks have been especially meaningful. It is a truly great achievement to graduate from Michigan Technological University. (Reminder: Commencement is Saturday, April 28!)

Parents and family members, I would like to recognize you for the support and encouragement that you have offered your student during their time at Michigan Tech. I strongly believe that it is your commitment to your student’s success that has prepared them to create the future both at Michigan Tech and around the world.

Summer Courses

The spring semester will soon come to a close and Track A summer courses will begin. Each summer, many Michigan Tech students take courses on campus or online from Michigan Tech. Summer courses are a great way for students to stay on track with their degree requirements. Even taking just one or two summer classes can allow students to take a smaller course load during the academic year or allow for students to take a co-op during the academic year and still graduate in four years.

I spent the last two summers taking courses at Michigan Tech. By taking summer courses, I am able to graduate a semester early. Overall, I’ve really enjoyed taking summer courses.

One of the key things to remember when taking summer courses is to make sure you stay on top of the course readings and assignments. Most summer courses are offered Monday through Thursday for seven weeks, which requires students to attend the course period four days a week. This means that homework or reading may be assigned and be due the next day.

Course periods in the summer also tend to be a little bit longer than they are in the academic year.  This means it is important for students taking summer courses to attend all course sessions, and take notes and stay awake during course sessions.

Although taking summer courses may sound like a lot of work, it is a great way to get a couple of harder courses out of the way while enjoying the opportunity to study on the beach.

Explore the Keweenaw! Photo Credit: Liz Banda

I have found that one of the best parts of taking summer courses at Tech is the opportunity you have to enjoy all that the Houghton area has to offer in the summertime. Since summer courses typically run Monday through Thursday, it is easy for students to spend their three-day weekends exploring the Keweenaw Peninsula and participating in local summertime festivities.

There are several things to do in the local area over the summer. Some of the summer festivities students enjoy participating in include Keweenaw Bike to Work Day, Bridgefest, the local Fourth of July celebrations, and the Strawberry Festival.  Throughout this summer, I plan on highlighting the various upcoming local events.

Jampot Summer Opening

One of my favorite places to go in the summer is the Jampot. It’s absolutely delicious! A full variety of jams, jellies, and fruitcakes as well as select muffins, cookies, and confections are baked fresh daily. The Jampot is located on State Highway M26, three miles north of Eagle River and five miles south of Eagle Harbor–next to Jacob’s Falls. The Jampot’s opening day will be Friday, April 27. Visit their website,, for more information.

Students Returning Home

For those of you who have a student returning home for the summer, you may notice some changes in your interactions with your student. Going away to college and living away from home provides students with valuable experiences that prepare them to enter the workforce and eventually live entirely on their own.

Because of your student’s time living away from home, you may find that your student’s schedule no longer matches that of your family’s or that your student has created their own set of routines and habits. You may also find that your student is somewhat reluctant to return home. It is most likely not that your student does not want to live with you or spend time with you, but that they miss their college friends and the life that they have created away from home. As students begin to see others around them graduating, they too are looking forward to finishing their degree, getting a full-time job and gaining further independence.

As your student returns home, I encourage you to talk with your student about their experiences living away from home and engage in a discussion of your expectations for one another. Being back together as a family for the summer can be lots of fun. Enjoy your time with your student!

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

Samantha Allen

Escape for Spring Break Part 2

Spring Break Transportation

The 2012 Orientation Executive Staff (including myself) during Winter Carnival!

With only a few days until spring break, Michigan Tech students are getting excited to take some time off from classes to relax and spend time with friends and loved ones. This year’s Spring Break is Saturday, March 3 to Sunday, March 11.

Students who wish to leave campus have several options for traveling back home for the week. The Inter-Residence Hall Council Rideboard is available online for Michigan Tech students. Here, students can post a ride request if they are in search of a ride or post a trip indicating where they are headed if they are looking for riders to join them.

This is a great way for students who live in the same region to pair up, split gas money, and have enjoyable company on the ride home. Students may also choose to take the Indian Trails bus home. Routes for the Indian Trails bus will be advertised via posters and are available on the Indian Trials website under scheduled service.

Reminders for Students

2012 Winter Carnival Statue

All students who live in the residence halls should have received a “You Deserve a Break” newsletter in their mailbox and an email with a link to an electronic copy of the newsletter this last week. This newsletter has important information about when the dining halls, Campus Café, and reception desks will be closing for spring break. The newsletter also contains important reminders for students leaving campus for spring break regarding room security and parking.

For students who are planning on leaving campus for spring break, it is important to remember to close and lock the windows, unplug nonessential electrical equipment, turn off lights, and lock the doors before leaving for the week.

As an additional reminder, all students need to move their vehicles to commuter Lot 26 by 11 p.m. on Sunday, March 4 to avoid towing and then move them back to their assigned lot by 11 p.m. on Sunday, March 11. This allows snowplows to clean up the lots over break.

Students who wish to stay on campus for all or part of break will need to register at their residence hall reception desk by Thursday, March 1. There is no extra charge for staying in the residence halls during spring break. Please note that if your student lives in Hillside Place, they will not need to register to stay in their room over break.

All residence hall entrances will be locked over spring break. Students staying over break will need to make sure that they carry their student ID with them if they leave the residence halls.

Kitchenettes in the residence halls will be open over spring break for students to use. The dining halls will close after lunch in DHH and Wads, and after dinner in McNair on Friday, March 2. All three dining halls will reopen for breakfast on Monday, March 12 at the normal serving hours. There will be no residential hall dining services over break.

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

Have a wonderful time with your student over spring break! I will be taking next week off to travel to Virginia and spend time with some of my family. Don’t forget to check back in two weeks for the next article.

Escape for Spring Break

With less than two weeks until spring break, Michigan Tech students are excited to take some time off from classes to spend time with friends and loved ones—and to kick back and relax!

This year’s spring break will be from Saturday, March 3 to Sunday, March 11.

If your student is looking for a way to unwind, relax, and go on an awesome adventure with other Michigan Tech students, I strongly recommend checking out Tech’s Alternative Spring Break trips. This year, the Outdoor Adventure Program is offering three Alternative Spring Break trips for students.

Outdoor Adventure Program Trips

Carve Up Salt Lake City

This OAP Alternative Spring Break (ASB) will be spent tearing up the ski resorts around Salt Lake City, Utah. Students will stay for five nights at the Crystal Inn in Midvalley, Utah, where breakfast and supper are provided. We will have four-day lift passes redeemable at Snowbird, Alta, Solitude, and Brighton.

This trip is geared toward those who want to get in some real mountain skiing or snowboarding on their spring break. This trip will be from March 4 through 9.

Total Cost: $450 per person. Must provide transportation to Salt Lake City (not included in cost of trip).

Florida Haul & Sprawl

Join the OAP as we go caving, canoeing, and snorkeling during spring break! The trip features a day at the Rickwood Caverns in Alabama, outdoor adventures at the Blackwater State Park in Florida, and a thirty-two-mile canoe trip on the spring-fed Blackwater River. We’ll also relax at St. Joseph State Park, Florida, where we will snorkel, swim with dolphins, bike, and more! This trip will run from March 3 through 10.

Total Cost: $450 per person;
$400 for those willing to become van-certified to help drive.

The Atlantic/Gulf Road Trip

Come with the OAP as we take a road trip around the gorgeous southern states! This trip includes a stop at the Mammoth Caves National Park in Kentucky, with a cave tour and backpacking. Next is the Red Top Mountain State Park in Georgia, and then the Georgia Aquarium and Centennial Park in Atlanta. From there, we will head to Crooked River State Park for a swim in the Atlantic Ocean. We will also go to the Cumberland Island National Seashore (in Georgia) and the St. Joseph Peninsula State Park (in Florida) for beach combing, backpacking, swimming, disc golf, beach volleyball, relaxing, and nightlife! This trip will be from March 2 to 11.

Total Cost: $450 per person; $400 for those willing to become van-certified to help drive.

*All OAP ASB trips can be counted as .5 PE credit if a fee is paid.

The Alternative Spring Break trips have become extremely popular amongst students. For a list of Alternative Spring Break trips that have been offered in years past, see previous trips.

Space on the Alternative Spring Break trips is limited and several trips are already filled. Some trips still have openings; if your student is interested, I would strongly encourage them to stop by the Outdoor Adventure Program to learn how they can participate in the adventure trips—or the Student Activities office to learn how they can get involved in a community service trip. Also, for more details, you can view the trip itineraries on the Alternative Spring Break web page.

Please feel free to email me 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 what students on campus need to do to prepare for the upcoming spring break.

Samantha Allen