Student News Briefs – Friday, August 30, 2013

An Afternoon on the Town Hosted by Student Activities

This event is a great opportunity for first year students to get to know the local area’s business’ and services. An Afternoon on the Town hosts 50+ local business’ and Services from the Administration building on campus, down college Avenue and into the downtown Houghton business district. There will be handouts, coupons, giveaways, raffles, food, music and more. Join in the fun whether you are a first year student or a returner to Michigan Tech. All are welcome to participate on Saturday, August 31 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

For more information please contact Student Activities at 906-487-1963.


Welcome Week 2013- Schedule of Events


Late Night Programming Presents Comedian, Michael Palascak


K-Day 2013

One of the biggest campus Traditions is coming up on September 6 at McLain State Park.  K-Day, short for Keweenaw Day, is an annual tradition at Michigan Tech that is held every year on the Friday of the first week of classes.  Each year on K-Day, classes release at noon so our students can celebrate their beautiful surroundings in the Keweenaw Peninsula and learn about ways to get involved and connected at Tech.  K-Day typically sees around 3,500-4,000 students attend, so be sure to check out this amazing event so you don’t miss out!

Buses will be available for complimentary transportation from the MUB bus stop starting at Noon and running continuously until 4:00 PM when the event ends.

K Day 2103 is sponsored by Student Activities, Greek Life, Facilities Management, and the Student Activities fee.

For more information visit or call Student Activities at 906-487-1963.



Homecoming 2013 – Homecoming Court

Do you know someone who would make a great Homecoming King or Queen?  Nominate them HERE today!  After you log into Involvement Link using your username and ISO you will be brought directly to the form. (Nominations are due by Monday, September 9 at Noon)
Homecoming Team Registration:
Is your team ready to compete during a week of FUN?!?  Sign them up HERE!

For more information please contact Jessie Stapleton at or call 906-487-1963


FinanceU- Financial Literacy Tool

The Office of Financial Aid and the student Finance Club have partnered to offer FinanceU, a financial literacy program designed to increase financial awareness of students and to assist students in making informed financial decisions now and in their professional lives.  The Finance Club is advised by Emanuel Oliveira in the School of Business and Economics. The Financial Aid Office representative is Cindy Cowell.

FinanceU is a great avenue to introduce students to CashCourse, a free financial literacy tool sponsored by the Alumni Association and available on the Financial Aid website at

In addition to the FinanceU events, the Financial Aid Office can be contacted to schedule a financial literacy presentation or one on one assistance. The presentations or meetings can be conducted in any area of financial literacy including budgeting, student loans, financial aid, or savings, to name just a few.

An informal survey of students attending a FinanceU event last December showed that students can enhance their financial literacy skills. Of the respondents, 78% have a savings plan with 100% of those with a savings plan indicating that the tool they use for tracking saving is their checking account. Other savings tools used include a piggy bank, securities and no tool used.

Only 15% of those surveyed budget their money.  The budgeting tools used by this 15% include Quick Books,, an online banking site, phone apps or calculations hand.

The Financial Literacy Program is available for presentation to any student group. For more information or to schedule a presentation, contact Cindy Cowell in office 143 of the Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success in the Administration Building suite 130  or at or 487-2622.


Registration Now Open for Michigan Tech Fall Community Programs

With over 18 class options, wait to see what we have lined up for you! Our NEW Student 8-Punch Class Card is only $30. The best part? It’s for Tech students only, so go ahead , feel a little special.

Full Semester Scheduling – See the new brochure

Dollar Days Promo Event – Try out a new class for only $2

Fitness Class Menu – Variety at it’s best

New to Community Programs? Wondering what some of the classes are? For only $2 per class, September 3 – 8, you can find out! Cheap class, great workout, no commitment…what’s not to love and it’s cheaper that doing laundry. Kick your PE into high gear. Go beyond the credit and take your workouts to the next level. With so many awesome classes and our new student only prices, what are you waiting for?

Have you seen our NEW website? Visit us at for information on all of our Fall programs. Also, two new ways to connect! For awesome deals, the most up-to-date information, event announcements and more, connect with Michigan Tech Recreation on Facebook and Twitter. On Facebook@ Michigan Tech Recreation. On Twitter @ MichiganTechRec.

We look forward to seeing you this Fall! For more information, email us at or call us at 487-2975.


Zip Cars

Get 24/7 access to Zipcars parked right on campus! Simply reserve online, let yourself in with your Zipcard and drive. Our low hourly and daily rates always include gas and insurance.

You only need to be 18+ to join. Members age 18-20 can use a dedicated group of Zipcars that live on campus. Members age 21+ also have access to thousands of Zipcars all around the world. Find cars on or around the Michigan Technological University campus.

For more information please visit


Seeking Students for Video Project

As the Generations of Discovery campaign draws to a close, we in UMC are working on a video to be shown at the celebration. The video will convey a message of thanks, featuring photos of students, faculty, and staff from throughout campus.

We’re looking for students who are enthusiastic, successful, and/or thankful for the experiences/resources/opportunities they’ve had at Michigan Tech. Do you know students who fit the bill? We’d love to include them!

UMC will host an “open-call” photo session next Wednesday, September 4, in UMC (Garden Level Admin), from 10:00 AM – noon and 2:00 – 4:00 PM. Students (and faculty and staff members) are encouraged to drop in—individually or in pairs or groups—and have their photo taken holding a “Thank You” sign.

Photos will take less than five minutes, and students can come as they are. Casual class attire, Michigan Tech apparel, jeans, shorts, and hats are all okay (no slogan tees, ripped or stained clothing, or profanity on clothing, please).

For more information please contact Kara Sokol at


Fall 2013 Career Development Events

The Career Fair is a week earlier than usual this fall, so you’ve got to get started preparing! Ensure you’re ready for “What’s NEXT” by taking advantage of the Career Development Education opportunities that Career Services offers.

More company representatives than ever before are traveling to campus early to participate – come and meet them and get their help with your resume, interview skills and career fair preparation. The following is the full event schedule, and every week we’ll send you a reminder of the following week’s events along with which companies will be there to help:

Week 1

Thursday, September 5, Senior Meeting – Sponsored by Schlumberger, Fisher Hall 135, 6:00 PM

Week 2

Wednesday, September 11, Resume Blitz, MUB Commons, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Wednesday, September 11, Industry Panel (Career Fair Prep), MUB Commons, 6:00 PM

Thursday, September 12, Resume Blitz, MUB Commons, 11:00 AM –2:00 PM

Week 3

Monday, September 16 – Friday, September 20, Interview Skills Week, Career Services 220 Administration Building, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Tuesday, September 17, Resume Blitz, MUB Commons, 11:00 AM –2:00 PM

Wednesday, September 18, Resume Blitz, MUB Commons, 11:00 AM –2:00 PM

Week 4

Tuesday, September 24, Career Fair, Student Development Complex (SDC), 12:00 AM –6:00 PM

Every Tuesday and Wednesday, Walk-In Hours at Career Services, 220 Administration Building

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM (15 minute visits)

For more information please contact Kaila Pietila at



Parade of Nations Seeks Volunteers

The annual Parade of Nations and Multicultural Festival needs volunteers to help set up and take down tables, chairs and the stage in the Dee Stadium, as well as for other projects. The Parade of Nations planning committee is looking for volunteers from 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14–the day of the parade and festival.

Faculty, staff and students are welcome. Contact Mary Stevens, or 7-2160 for more information or to volunteer.


2013 Advisor/President Training Sessions

Student Activities has scheduled the 2013 training workshops for registered student organization advisors and presidents.   Faculty and staff that advise one or more registered student organizations, as well as organization presidents, are required to attend one of the sessions.  Organizations will not be able to register if this requirement is not fulfilled.  A portion of this training will cover your role as a campus security authority as mandated by the Clery Act.

Tuesday               September 10, 2013        noon     MUB Ballroom B

Wednesday        September 11, 2013        noon     MUB Ballroom B

Thursday             September 12, 2013        noon     MUB Ballroom B

Thursday             September 12, 2013        6PM       Fisher 129

Thursday             September 26, 2013        8PM       EERC 214

Friday                    September 27, 2013        noon     MUB Ballroom B

Register for ONE of the workshops by going to the Student Activities website form.  The sessions are expected to last no more than one hour.

For questions, contact Maryann Wilcox, Coordinator of Registered Student Organizations, at 906-487-2402 or