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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.

-Seallen@mtu.edu


Make A Difference!

Recap on Past Events-

From tug of war to cardboard boat races, from broomball to hockey and football, Homecoming 2011 was a huge success!

2011 Homecoming King and Queen

A day full of beautiful weather brought many Michigan Tech fans to Sherman Field on Saturday afternoon for the 2011 Homecoming Game.  The stands were full of fans that showed up to support the Huskies as they took on  Saginaw Valley.  At half time the 2011 Homecoming King and Queen were announced along with the winners of the week’s Homecoming Games.  The Football Huskies played a great game, even though it wasn’t a win for us!

Family Weekend was also a huge success! Over 450 families were welcomed and able to enjoy the beautiful weather and the activities going on. My family was here and we had a great time enjoying the fall colors on the chair lift at Mont Ripley. Families participated in Homecoming events, visited local waterfalls, toured area attractions, learned about the history of the Keweenaw, took in the beautiful fall colors, and most importantly enjoyed quality time together.

Michigan Tech’s hockey team has been having a great year so far as well!  This past weekend, the team played Wisconsin and had a big win! Michigan Tech earned its first sweep of Wisconsin since 2007 with a 3-2 win in overtime. Just 20 seconds into the extra session, Tech reached its fourth straight win to start the season-this is the first time the program has started a 4-0 season since its national championship season of 1974-75. GO HUSKIES!

Community Service Opportunities

Michigan Tech offers many great opportunities for students to take part in a variety of community service activities.  Make A Difference Day is a community service event at Michigan Tech which attracts  a large number of participants. Last year, many different student groups took part in the day of volunteering by working on various projects throughout the Keweenaw Peninsula.  Make A Difference Day was created by USA WEEKEND Magazine and is recognized as a national day of service.  Make A Difference Day takes place the fourth Saturday of every October.  This year’s Make A Difference Day will take place on Saturday, October 22.

Circle K International member dog walking for the local humane society.

In addition to Make A Difference Day, Michigan Tech Student Activities Office coordinates other community service activities.  Service Saturdays60 Minutes of Service, and Alternative Spring Break are great ways for students to get involved with community service.  Michigan Tech also has several student organizations whose sole purpose is organizing service projects in the local community.  I am a member of Circle K International which is the collegiate level of Kiwanis Service Organization.  Every weekend Circle K has a service project planned in the local community, whether it’s a highway cleanup project, a rake and run, or a bake sale, there is always some way to volunteer and get involved!  Students may also choose to organize their own service projects by dog walking or cat cuddling at the Copper Country Humane Society, chopping wood with Little-Brothers Friends of the Elderly, or being a mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters. Here at Michigan Tech and the surrounding area, the options really are limitless when it comes to making a difference through community service.

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

Samantha Allen

Seallen@mtu.edu


Welcome Week

Michigan Tech-Welcome Week 2011!

Michigan Tech’s first-year class photo, taken during Orientation after the University Welcome

The time has come again for Michigan Tech to welcome students back to campus! Although all the fun activities of Orientation are over, this week students can begin to celebrate their new academic year with Welcome Week! Welcome Week is one of Michigan Techs many traditions, lasting for seven full days welcoming all students back to campus. This really is a great time of the year for students to connect with all the services Michigan Tech has to offer along with local community providers. Welcome week always has a lot of great activities including: social activities, free food, entertainment for Tech students, and much more. I really do enjoy this time of year, not only because all of the students are back to campus and beginning a new semester, but it is really awesome to be able to see so many different groups and local community businesses together in one location. This week really is about getting into the Husky Spirit!

Welcome Week Events

Monday

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Students may visit the MUB Circle to grab a complimentary Welcome Week schedule, drawstring bag, notebook, and other school supplies on the first day of the Fall Semester!

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP) Bike Clinic.

Representatives from local business will come to campus to conduct some tune ups on bikes for $10.

Tuesday

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Blood Drive Van Pelt Library

The American will be collecting blood on a walk in basis or by appointment. Those eligible to donate must be in good health, at least years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, and have not donated in the last 56 day.

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Community Expo Campus Mall

Local businesses will be on campus to share information and answer your questions. While walking to class grab some give-aways, learn about the area, and support Keweenaw businesses.

Wednesday

10:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Blood Drive Van Pelt Library (17)

The American Red Cross will be collecting blood on a walk in basis or by appointment. Those eligible to donate must be in good health, at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, and have not donated in the last 56 days.

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Chillin’ & Grillin’ with Greek Life Walker (11), Lawn (until supplies last)

Are you curious about Greek Life? Come join members of the Greek community for hot dogs and burgers and find out how Greeks at Michigan Tech exemplify leadership development, scholarship, service, and lifelong brotherhood and sisterhood.

Thursday

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Snack Pack Pudding MUB (34), Circle (until supplies last)

What did you pack in your school lunch? Come indulge in a variety of pudding in appreciation of the movie Billy Madison!

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Inter-Residence Hall Council Plants Walker (11), Lawn (until supplies last) Add a touch of green to your room this year and adopt a plant complements of Inter-Residence Hall Council (IRHC). Supplies are limited, so get your green thumb there early.

7:00 PM and 9:00 PM

Films: Back to School and Billy Madison Fisher (15), Room 135

The plot of Back to School (7:00 pm) centers on a wealthy but uneducated father, actor Rodney Dangerfield, who goes to college to show solidarity with his discouraged son and learns that he cannot buy an education or happiness.

Billy Madison (9:00 pm) stars Adam Sandler as a slacker who must go back to school in order to take over his father’s company.

**Complimentary admittance and popcorn at both showings, other snacks available at cost to moviegoer.

Friday

10:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Balloon Man MUB (34), Circle

It’s Dave Evans, the balloon artist! See the world’s hippest balloons created by one of the fastest balloon artists in the business.

10:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Comedian MUB (34), Ballroom

Jim Tavaré is an English stand-up comedian, actor, and musician. He is best known for his work on The Sketch Show which won an award and portrayed the role of Tom, the owner of the Leaky Cauldron, in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban®. He was a finalist on Last Comic Standing and has a recurring role in of the comedy-drama Californication, as the English butler.

Saturday

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Challenge Course Open House High Ropes Course/Tech Trails

“Choose your Challenge” – Come have fun 30 feet in the air and then fly 250 feet down the zip line on the Michigan Tech Challenge Course. Space is limited, so please visit the website to register and for more details.

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Varsity Women’s Soccer Game Sherman Field

Come see your Michigan Tech Huskies take on Bemidji State University.

Sunday, September 4

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Varsity Women’s Soccer Game Sherman Field

Go Huskies! Cheer on the Varsity Women’s Soccer team vs. the University of Minnesota, Crookston.

1:00 PM – 6:00 PM

MUB Open Portage Lake Golf Course Golf

The Memorial Union Building (MUB) Board hosts a 4 person scramble tournament. Please visit the website to register and for more details.

Michigan Tech students play at no cost as part of the Experience Tech program. To learn more about the Experience Tech initiative please visit www.experiencetech.mtu.edu.

Monday, September 5

7:30 PM Motion City Soundtrack Concert Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts (10)

Tickets will be $20 for students and $25 for non-Michigan Tech Students. Please visit www.rozsa.mtu.edu for more information.

Blizzard taking part in Orientation 2011!

Labor Day

With Labor Day coming up this weekend and having Monday off, I would encourage your students to relax, get out, and explore some of the local area! Students do not have class on Monday, September 5th. However, there are many fun local locations for them to visit. I would suggest checking out the Outdoor Adventure Program, which was what last weeks article was on, and getting some information from them. Otherwise, explore Houghton and encourage your students to get to know their new home well! Hope you all have a very fun, and relaxing holiday weekend! Please email me if you have any questions or concerns.

-Samantha Allen

Seallen@mtu.edu


Outdoor Adventure Program

Outdoor Adventure Program

With  school  beginning soon and all the students  back to Houghton, it’s a great time of the year to take advantage of Michigan Tech’s Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP). The goal of OAP is to help connect your student to the outdoors through guided trips, leadership training, information sessions, and equipment rental and by working closely with student organizations to help advertise and run events.

Rentals:

Ruth Eischer, a student at Tech, was able to enjoy a nice kayaking trip thanks to OAP!

OAP offers a huge list of items that can be rented at a low cost for Tech students. Is your student interested in going camping? For a one night camping trip your student can rent a:

30 Degree sleeping bag for $4.00

2 person tent from $8.00-10.00

Stove and Fuel $7.00

Large Cooler $ 2.00

Above is only a few of the options OAP offers to rent. They have a list of more things your student could rent to take with them such as: backpacks, kayaking packages, canoeing packages, snowshoes, Trek Mountain Bikes, and much more. OAP helps provide many great opportunities allowing students to explore the Keweenaw at a very low cost.

Challenge Course

OAP offers an outdoor challenge course. The course is normally open from mid May until the end of October. This course consists of two main elements: Low Elements and High Elements.

Low Elements: The low elements course consists of  11 overall activities, however most groups focus on four to five elements. These elements/activities tend to involve a lot of team-building, leadership development, and improvement of communication skills. I have done this course and it really is a lot of fun!

High Elements: The high course, which was built in 2009, contains 5 elements. One of the 5 elements is a 250’ + zip line exit. This course is a dynamic course, which means the students only need to climb one time to be able to complete all activities. Although the high elements focus more on individual challenges, up to 10 people can participate at a time.

Activities in the Keweenaw

Biking

AJ Donati, a student at Tech, biking in the 2011 Chain Drive.

OAP offers information and trips focused on many great and fun things to do in the Keweenaw. If your student has any interest in biking, the Keweenaw has a lot of great trails! The Upper Peninsula is one of the more predominant places for biking in the Midwest. Some of the trails that your student could check out are: Black Creek, Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids, Tech Bike Trails, Swedetown, and Copper Harbor. Visit the OAP biking website to see the list of maps. Not only are there maps for the trails, Tech also has three student organizations that your student could join that are involved in biking. They are: Copper Country Cycling Club , Red Jacket Cycling, and the Keweenaw Trekkers.

Climbing

Michigan Tech offers a Student Organization called Ridge Roamers which is a rock climbing organization.  There is a rock wall at the Student Development Complex in the Multi-Purpose room and the Ridge Roamers meet there every Wednesday. To get some real outdoor experience, the Ridge Roamers maintain rock climbing routes up at the cliffs north of Mohawk.

Waterfalls

Hungarian Falls

OAP offers trips to go and view waterfalls in the local area. I recently was able to go on my first real waterfall experience here in the Keweenaw and it was amazing. The Hungarian Falls, pictured to the right, are the falls I was lucky enough to see and they truly were beautiful. Visit the Waterfall website to use an interactive map that allows you to pin point where many of the local falls are.

Snow

As a student at Michigan Tech, it is almost imperative to embrace the snow. In order to do this, it helps to be able to go outside and enjoy the snow. Some of the many things  you can do are cross country skiing, downhill skiing, snowboarding, sledding, and snowshoeing.

One great thing about our University is that even if you don’t know how to ski, you can take a skiing course with a student instructor who can teach you! When I moved to Michigan Tech I knew how to cross country ski, but never had been downhill skiing. I did take the downhill skiing course and loved every second of it! It was great to spend time outside, learn something new, and take advantage of the awesome snow.

I hope this will help you provide some ideas to your student when they need a break from school. Encourage your child to stop in and meet the OAP staff, they are always looking to get more students involved with nature.

Please email if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions.

Samantha Allen

Seallen@mtu.edu


Fall 2011 Course Registration

Welcome Back!

The Huskies women's basketball team move into the Sweet 16 for the third straight season.

Welcome back to campus Michigan Tech students!  Parents and family members, I hope you all had a fantastic time with your student over spring break!  While the majority of Michigan Tech students were spending their spring breaks getting some much needed rest and relaxation, the Michigan Tech student athletes went to work.  On Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12 the Michigan Tech Huskies hockey team took on No. 1 University of North Dakota.  The Huskies were defeated by the University of North Dakota both evenings ending with a score on Friday of 8-0 and a score on Saturday of 3-1.  The series against the University of North Dakota marked the end of the Huskies hockey season, leaving the Huskies with a 4-30-4 record.  On Friday, March 11 the Michigan Tech Huskies women’s basketball team took on Lewis University in the first round of the NCAA tournament.  The Huskies women’s basketball team won their 14th game in a row, ending with a score of 72-56.  On Saturday, March 12 the Huskies women’s basketball team took on Drury University in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Midwest Regional Semifinal.  The Huskies women’s basketball team won 70-51, moving them into the NCAA Sweet 16 for the third straight season.  The Huskies women’s baseketball team will take on No. 3-seeded University of Wisconsin Parkside in the championship on Monday, March 14 at 7 p.m. at the Student Development Complex.

Fall 2011 Course Registration

Academic advisors and other course instructors are a great resource to help students with course schedules and career planning.

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 2011 Registration Priority Schedule registration opens Thursday, March 17 at 10 p.m. and closes on Sunday, April 3 at 12 a.m. Graduate students have the first opportunity to register on Thursday, March 17.  Starting on Sunday, March 20 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 their assigned date.  Students should have the courses that they want to take in the fall of 2011 planned out and make sure that the times of the courses do not overlap.  Planning for Fall Course Registration is 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 their academic adviser to fill out their degree program flow chart so they have 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 the Fall Semester.  Academic advisers are a great resource, with a lot of knowledge and experience regarding courses and career pathways. It is to your students advantage to get to know them!

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


LeaderShape Institute®

Past Week’s Events

A Michigan Tech student at last year's Whoo's In Houghton event. Photo Credit: Rebecca Prich

This past week was full of sweet treats and fun times for Michigan Tech students.  From Safehouse BINGO, to Pumpkin Carving, to Halloween Treats in the Dining Hall, to a Costume Party Dance, students had festive activities to participate in each evening.  On Friday, October 29 and Saturday, October 30 there was the special event Whoo’s In Houghton taking place on Walker Lawn.  The event provided Michigan Tech students and the local community to learn more about rescued birds of prey in the state of Michigan.  The Upper Peninsula Raptor Rehab and Wildlife Center shared information on the birds of prey and had several rescued live birds on site.  Also taking place on Saturday, October 30 was Michigan Tech’s annual tradition of Safehouse.  As part of Safehouse students decorated the Residence Halls for public tours.  Thrills and chills were had by the many community members and children that walked through the decorated halls.  Even with all the fun Halloween activities taking place on Saturday, Michigan Tech students still made time to support the Huskies football team.  Close to 2,000 fans watched the Huskies defeat No. 1 ranked-Grand Valley 20-17.  The football team will play their next home game on Saturday, November 13 at 1:00 p.m. at Sherman Field.

LeaderShape®

Did I mention participants get to build balloon castles?!

The LeaderShape Institute® is a great opportunity available for Michigan Tech students.  LeaderShape® is an intensive week-long leadership development experience that is designed to help students to “lead with integrity.”   Students work in large and small groups as they learn and teach one another through interactive lectures, activities, and discussions.  The LeaderShape Institute® has been apart of the Michigan Tech campus since 1995 and this year’s 16th annual LeaderShape® will be held January 3-8, 2010.  As a participant in the LeaderShape Institute® two years ago and last year’s LeaderShape® On-Site Coordinator I strongly encourage that other students apply to attend.  At LeaderShape® I had the opportunity to learn what I can do to be a more effective leader, what my leadership style is, and much more.  I must say one of my favorite things about the LeaderShape experience was getting to know some of the Michigan Tech faculty and staff and the opportunity I had to meet new friends.

LeaderShape® is held in Alberta, MI at Michigan Tech’s Ford Center. Alberta is approximately 40 miles south of Michigan Tech’s main campus. The Ford Center’s facilities include rooms for the student’s to stay in during the week-long institute, a conference room, a dining hall, and lots of trails for the student’s to go out and enjoy during their free time.  All students are encouraged to apply for LeaderShape®, however, there is an application process to be chosen as a participant.   Each year about 40-60 students are chosen to participate in the LeaderShape Institute®.   In addition, there is a minimal cost for attending the Institute but some of the Student Organizations here at Michigan tech may be willing to sponsor members of their organization if they’re chosen to go. All transportation, lodging, and meals are provided and selected students are expected to stay at the Alberta Ford Center for the duration of the Institute.

If you would like to encourage your student to apply for LeaderShape® 2011 the application can be found at https://www-s1.leadershape.org/database/application_create.php?appid=2231.  This year’s applications will be due by Friday, November 5 and selected participants will be notified within a couple weeks.

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 the upcoming Fall Break.


Trick, Treat, and Have Fun!

Past Weekend’s Events

A student organization raking leaves and cleaning up Hancock Beach for Make A Difference Day. Photo Credit: Krista Anderson

This past Saturday, October 23, over 500 Michigan Tech students participated in Make A Difference Day.  Make A Difference Day was created by USA WEEKEND Magazine and is recognized as a national day of service.  Students that participated in this great service opportunity volunteered in the local Keweenaw area on a variety of projects ranging from beach cleanup to raking leaves.  It was great to see so many Michigan Tech students working together to improve the community and “make a difference”!  In other news Michigan Tech Athletics had an exciting weekend with the football team winning 62-30 over Northwood University.  The Huskies faced off against the Northwood Timberwolves on Saturday, October 23 at 1:00 p.m. at Sherman Field.  Michigan Tech’s 62-point win over Northwood University was the football team’s best score against any opponent since 1992 when the Huskies scored 76 points in a single game.

Upcoming Fun Fall Events

Several festive and fun fall events are planned for students this coming week. The fun times began on Saturday, October 23 with Safehouse BINGO where there was over $500 worth of candy up for grabs!  How yummy!  Safehouse BINGO is an annual event hosted by the Inter-Residence Hall Council (IRHC) and Wadsworth Hall Student Association.

Students showing off the pumpkins they carved at the Halloween Pumpkin Carving event. Photo Credit: Sarah Wells

On Tuesday, October 26 students could go to the McNair Dining Hall at 9:00 p.m. for Pumpkin Carving hosted by IRHC and the McNair Hall Association.  Students could attend the event and carve a pumpkin using the provided knives and carving materials.  Students even got to snack on pumpkin pie while they were working hard at their pumpkins.

On Wednesday, October 27 at 8:00 p.m. delicious Halloween Treats will be served in the Wadsworth Dining Hall.  Students can take a break from studying and get a snack of apple cider, pumpkin seeds, and caramel  apples.

On October 29 and October 30 there will be a special event taking place on Walker Lawn.  The Whoo’s In Houghton event is back again due to the success of the event last year.  The event allows Michigan Tech students and the local community to learn more about rescued birds of prey in the state of Michigan.  The Upper Peninsula Raptor Rehab and Wildlife Center will share information on the birds of prey and will have some of their rescued live birds on site.

Friday, October 29 the Douglass Houghton Hall Council kicks off the Halloween weekend with the Costume Party Dance held in the DHH Ballroom.  The event promises to be full of good times, so encourage your student to put on their costume and come do the Monster Mash!

Safehouse

Saturday, October 30, the day students have been anxiously awaiting all week, finally arrives.  Saturday is the day that the much anticipated Safehouse event takes place.  Safehouse has been a Michigan Tech campus tradition since 1988. Each year on the last Saturday of October students decorate the residence halls for public tours. The community is invited to bring their children to take tours of the residence halls that are all decorated for Halloween. Student tour guides lead the groups through the tour route. There are two different tour groups this year: Fun and Scary. The students decorate their hall based on the category they choose. The houses that choose to do the fun category do a lot of fun and silly decorations for the younger children. The houses that choose to do the Scary category are out for screams and thrills. Their decorations get pretty elaborate and even include some very skilled acting by students as they try to get a shriek or scream of terror from the tour groups that pass through. This year’s Safehouse is very special since the event was canceled last year due to H1N1 and other flu related illnesses. This year’s Safehouse will just be all the more exciting as students saved up their ideas and plans from last year. Safehouse is such a big event and the students put so much work into the decorations that IRHC judges the decorations and offers awards to the top winning houses. Safehouse is a great event to participate in and I can’t think of a better way to get more into the Halloween spirit.

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 the LeaderShape Institute.


Homecoming

Past Weekend’s Events

The Michigan Tech Huskies faced off against Ferris State University in the football game Saturday evening at the Fifth Third Ballpark in Grand Rapids.
The Huskies took on Ferris State University in the football game Saturday evening at the Fifth Third Ballpark in Grand Rapids.

This past weekend proud family and parents of Michigan Tech students came from near and far to join in the fun festivities of Family Weekend. Some of this weekend’s events included a Quincy Mine Tour, a Red Jacket Trolley Tour, a Hungarian Falls Hike, and a Sturgeon River Paddling Trip. Of course no Michigan Tech Family Weekend would be complete without some great Husky Athletics. This weekend the Michigan Tech Huskies hosted their first home hockey game of the season, dominating the ice and defeating Ryerson 3-1 at the Saturday night game. That same evening our Michigan Tech Huskies Football Team traveled to Grand Rapids to play against Ferris State University at the Fifth Thirds Ballpark. The Huskies won the Battle at the BallPark 38-6.

Homecoming

Michigan Tech Homecoming 2009 will take place October 4th-10th and will include many campus traditions. This Sunday kicked off Homecoming with Window Painting in the Rozsa Center Lobby. Window Painting is a new Homecoming tradition, starting this year in the place of Homecoming banners. On Monday students can enjoy a nice glass of rootbeer in between classes with the traditional Rootbeer Keg, the only time you’ll see “Kegs on Campus”! On Monday evening the Michigan Tech girls will have the opportunity to take part in Powder Puff Football. Wednesday’s activities include a service project at the Little Huskies Development Center and the Homecoming Court Dinner where the Michigan Tech 2009 Homecoming King and Queen will be decided. On Thursday students can compete with their student group in the Homecoming Games including a relay race, tug of war, and a sand castle building contest. The evening will wrap up with a bonfire, snacks, some music from the Pep Band, and a visit from Blizzard T. Husky! Thursday’s events are all planned to be held at Prince’s Point located on the Portage.

Michigan Tech 2009 Homecoming Committee
Michigan Tech 2009 Homecoming Committee

Friday night will include many more Michigan Tech traditions with the Homecoming Parade running through the Michigan Tech Campus as well as a Pep Rally complete with performances from the Michigan Tech Pep Band and Cheer and Dance Teams. Preceding the Pep Rally students can head over to Hancock Beach to take part in the Cardboard Boat Races and enjoy some yummy food from the Library Restaurant and Alumni Relations. Friday night will end with a Michigan Tech Hockey game as the Huskies take on U.P. rivals Northern Michigan University. The big Homecoming Football game takes place on Saturday afternoon at 1pm as the Huskies face off against Findlay Ohio on Sherman Field. At half time the Michigan Tech 2009 Homecoming King and Queen will be announced as well as the winners of the week’s Homecoming games. For more detailed information about Homecoming 2009 check out the Schedule of Events.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions please feel free to email me. Check back for next week’s article, I will be writing about some upcoming service opportunities as well as reviewing Homecoming 2009 events.