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Parent and Family Orientation

Parent and Family Orientation

Michigan Tech’s Parent and Family Orientation will take place on Saturday, August 25 and Sunday, August 26. There are many events included, ranging from campus tours and information sessions to a reading discussion, the family picnic, and the University Expo. The events and activities are both fun and informative for parents. Please visit COMPASS to get a detailed schedule.

Saturday, August 25

Family Picnic 2011

When you arrive on Saturday, you and you students will check in at the Rozsa Center. After checking in, you’ll continue to the residence halls to begin moving in.

11:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m.—The Center for Diversity and Inclusion and Dining Services will host Parent and Family R&R in the Hamar House. This will be a great place for you to take a break from  moving and unpacking to rest, relax, and enjoy some great refreshments!

4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.—Join some of our very knowledgeable Orientation Team Leaders who will guide you through Michigan Tech’s campus. The tours begin at 4:00 and 4:30, rain or shine.

7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.—If you read Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal, by Conor Grennan, this is the time to discuss the book with other parents, families, and faculty members in DOW 642.

Sunday, August 26

9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.—Michigan Tech will be host an Orientation program for the siblings of Michigan Tech students. While you are attending Parent and Family Orientation, siblings who are in middle school or high school can have their own exciting Orientation experience! Staff and current Michigan Tech students will guide participants through team building exercises, hands-on projects, and creative explorations. Participants will be grouped by grade level. Pre-registration required.

10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.—Parent and Family Orientation Welcome and Opening Session: Our dean of students and assistant director of COMPASS welcome you to Michigan Tech for this session, entitled Parents as Partners: Together in Transition! Parents and family members will learn more about common first-year transitional issues, the many resources available on campus, and how to help your student from a distance. You’ll also get some insight about the changing relationship with your college student and get a feel for some real-life scenarios that might happen in your family, portrayed by our Orientation Team Leaders.

10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.—Across campus many of the student services offices will be open. This is a great time to get any questions that you may have answered!

11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.—Join some of our very knowledgeable Orientation Team Leaders who will guide you through Michigan Tech’s campus. The tours begin at 11:00 and 11:30, rain or shine.

11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.—The Center for Diversity and Inclusion and Dining Services will host Parent and Family R&R in the Hamar House. This will be a great place for you to take a break from moving and unpacking to rest, relax, and enjoy some great refreshments!

1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.—Many Parent and Family Orientation Sessions will be offered. These sessions will help answer nearly any questions you may have about Michigan Tech and life for your student here on campus. Each session runs for 45 minutes and the Parent and Family Orientation website has the list of each session that will be taking place.

4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.—Take a break and enjoy the Family Picnic for new students and their families. Tickets are required for family members. Several Michigan Tech staff members will also be present at the picnic and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

President Dr. Glenn Mroz welcoming new students to campus!

6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.—The official kickoff to Orientation week! Join your student and many others at the University Welcom where you’ll the people who will help your student discover their journey to success and hear an awesome welcome from University President Dr. Glenn Mroz and Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Les Cook.

7:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.—After the University Welcome, you may join fellow Michigan Tech Parents, local alumni, and University faculty and staff for an informal gathering and light refreshments at the Keweenaw Brewing Company.

Above is only a short overview of what is being offered for parents and  families; check out the website for a complete schedule.

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


First-year Student Orientation

Upon Arrival

In less than two weeks first-year students will be arriving on campus and begin moving into the residence halls in preparation for Orientation! As some of you may remember from my introduction to ParentNet, I am  also working for the Orientation Executive Staff as the Publications Coordinator. Myself, and many other employees of COMPASS, have been working to plan the first year student Orientation since last September. SO,  I am super SUPER excited for the first-year students to arrive.

New Student Check-in Orientation 2010

When you and your student arrive to campus the first location you will want to stop at will be the Rozsa Center. The Rozsa Center will be open for new student check-in on Saturday, August 20 from 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and on Sunday, August 21 from 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Once you arrive at the Rozsa Center you will obtain a packet with your student’s room key and parking decal (if they registered their vehicle). Inside this packet, will also be information regarding Orientation. Your student will receive their Orientation team assignment and Orientation schedule. Once you and your student have checked in and received your packet, you may then continue on to check into your student’s residence hall room. The Michigan Tech Welcome Team, composed of Michigan Tech students, staff, and faculty wearing gold shirts, will be at the entrances of the residence halls to direct you to the unloading areas and to assist you in moving. While you are moving your student in, your student’s resident assistant will be floating around the “house”, or area your student will be living, so please introduce yourself!

Throughout your student’s first weekend at Michigan Tech they can take some time to explore the campus, get to know their roommate, and introduce themselves to the student’s they will be living near in the residence halls. On Sunday, you and your family can join your student at the family picnic from 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. on the lawn in front of  the Walker building. Michigan Tech first-year students eat for free. Family members and guests may purchase tickets in advance.  Please visit the Parents and Family Orientation web page for more information on this.

Orientation Week

500 foot banana split!

Orientation officially begins on Sunday, August 21 with the University Welcome which will take place in the Student Development Complex. Family members and guests are invited to attend. After the University Welcome all the first-year students will gather together to have a first-year class photo taken. This photo will be taken on Sherman Field around the Michigan Tech logo. On Monday, August 22, first-year students will meet their Orientation team and their Orientation Team Leader. An Orientation team consists of about 20 students who are primarily all in the same degree program. This is a great opportunity for your student to get to know others in their degree program and to build relationships because it is very likely that your student will have at least a couple of courses with the students from their Orientation team. Your student’s Orientation Team Leader (OTL) will lead the Orientation team through the week’s activities which include getting to know the academic department, learning about campus resources, understanding campus policies, and having fun! I am still great friends with many of the students who were on my Orientation team. Your student is going to have a great time during orientation. Whether they are partaking in a 500 foot banana split, watching a hilarious skit put on by the Orientation Team Leaders, or attending the end of the week McNair Hall Association Dance, your student is going to have a blast. For a complete listing of orientation activities see the First-Year Orientation Schedule.

Don’t forget..

Prior to arriving to campus students should have completed part one of AlcoholEdu for College and read the Summer Reading as Inquiry book . This year’s book is, The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. The purpose of Reading as Inquiry is to prepare first-year students for college-level reading and discussion. All first-year students are expected to read the book prior to arriving to Michigan Tech. During Orientation week, each Orientation team will discuss the book along with their Orientation Team Leader, a member of the Residence Life student staff, and a faculty or staff member.

There will also be a Summer Reading as Inquiry session for parents and family members on Sunday, August 21. The book is great, so I would encourage reading it!

If you have not already, I would recommend you and your student watching the Summer Reading as Inquiry summer reading video filmed and created by Michigan Tech students. In the short video, students share with you why they enjoyed reading The Glass Caste and what they were able to take from this piece. http://www.hu.mtu.edu/SummerReading/

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I should be able to answer most any questions that you may have about Orientation.  Have a great week!


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!