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Inspire: Parent and Family Orientation

A dad looks on while his son checks in for Orientation
A dad looks on while his son checks in for Orientation

In just a couple of days, Michigan Tech first-year students will be moving into the Residence Halls and will begin preparing for Orientation Week. Orientation, however, is not only for first-year Michigan Tech students. Michigan Tech parents, guardians, and families are invited to attend a special Orientation just for them. Parents and family members are a very important part of a student’s transition to university life. You can find out more about the resources Michigan Tech has for parents and families by attending Parent and Family Orientation.

Parent and Family Orientation

Michigan Tech’s Parent and Family Orientation takes place from Saturday, August 21 to Monday, August 23. The events and activities included in Parent and Family Orientation are both informative and fun. The Parent and Family Orientation schedule includes campus tours, a reading discussion, information sessions, the family picnic, and the University Expo.

On Saturday, August 21 first-year Michigan Tech students can check-in at the Rosza Center and move-in to the Residence Halls. A campus tour will be available for parents, families, and students, on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Going on a campus tour will not only help you and your student become more familiar with the Michigan Tech campus, but you will also learn a lot about the history and tradition of the local area. On Saturday evening there is also a Parent and Family Summer Reading Discussion which will take place at 7:00 p.m. Did you read the Summer Reading book, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian? Are you interested in learning more about the book? If so, attend the Summer Reading Discussion and share your thoughts on the book while having the opportunity to meet other Michigan Tech parents and families.

On Sunday, August 22, Parent and Family Orientation is in full swing with several events. The Opening Session begins at 10:00 a.m., where the Dean of Students and COMPASS staff present “Parents as Partners: Together in Transition.” Campus tours will again be available on Sunday for parents and families at 11:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 3:00 p.m., 3:30 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. From 1:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. there will be several information sessions available for parents to attend. I will be speaking at the one of the sessions along with Michelle Nightingale on parent resources and ParentNet. This information will be great for parents that want to know how they can stay in the loop and best support thier first-year Michigan Tech student.

A shot from the 2009 Family Picnic
A shot from the 2009 Family Picnic

As mentioned in last week’s article the Family Picnic will take place on Sunday, August 22 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Parents and families may join their first-year Michigan Tech student for a great meal after a busy weekend of moving in. Several Michigan Tech staff members will also be present at the picnic and will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Tickets for the family picnic are $10 per person and can be ordered by clicking a time on the right hand corner of the Parent and Family Orientation website. First-year students and children under the age of five eat for free. After the Family Picnic parents and families are invited to join us for the University Welcome with their first-year student in the Student Development Complex from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. To end the evening, parents are invited to a Parent Reception from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. downtown at the Keweenaw Brewing Company.

On Monday, August 23, Parent and Family Orientation concludes with the Academic Department Introductions and University Expo. The Academic Department Introductions, which take place from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., will allow you and your student to learn more about the department and the faculty. Parents may also attend the University Expo from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. where they can learn helpful information about the various resources and services that the university and local community provide.

Sibling Orientation

As part of Parent and Family Orientation, Michigan Tech offers a Sibling Orientation for the siblings of first-year Michigan Tech students. While first-year students and parents are busy attending Orientation, siblings who are in grades 6-8 or 9-11 can participate in their very own Orientation. There are different activities for the siblings depending on the grade level they have completed at the time of registration. The Sibling Orientation activities will provide siblings the opportunity to learn more about Michigan Tech while also doing team building and projects. The Sibling Orientation activities will allow youth to experience a minature version of Summer Youth Programs Career Explorations. Tickets are just $25 per sibling. Tickets can be ordered by clicking the age group of your child on the right side of the Sibling Orientation website.

Please feel free to email me with any questions, comments, or suggestions you may have! I hope you, your student, and your family enjoy Orientation!