Month: October 2018

How It’s Made: Catalogs

The first draft of the SYP catalog will be ready soon, and we here in the office could not be more excited! We sent all of the updates away to our friends at University Marketing and Communications, and they have been doing a great job putting the print catalog together for you all to enjoy.

What’s next for us? A lot of proofreading! We go to great lengths to make sure that every date, description, and picture is just how it needs to be. We are also still in the process of confirming the last few classes—we hope you are ready for a couple of exciting new offerings in 2019.

Once the final proofs are done, the file will be sent to the printer. How many would you guess that we order? If you guessed a few thousand… try again! We get around 20,000 catalogs each year to send all over the country. They are distributed to high schools, students at events, the Regional Admissions Managers, and many of you via direct mail.

We hope to have everything in the mail starting in early December, so keep an eye out!

If you’re like us and are already excited for SYP 2019, you can go ahead and request a catalog. That way, you will be among the first to receive the 2019 listings when they print. If you have any questions, you can always find us at syp@mtu.edu or by phone at 906-487-2219.


Department Partners

Each summer, we offer between 40 and 50 explorations for students to choose from, along with all of the competitive scholarship programs. How does that happen? Just ask one of our many department partners!

There is no way that the Summer Youth Programs staff could be subject matter experts in everything that we offer. A chemist who knows everything about circuits? And who is also semi-professional photographer with experience designing bridges? This is why we rely on the expertise of our friends across campus to make SYP explorations possible.

Within each partner department is a person or people who are champions for SYP. They coordinate the curriculum, order supplies, find instructors, and supervise labs. They put in many hours to make sure the activities are relevant and fun – because they are passionate about sharing their field with students.

Summer Youth Programs is so grateful for all of the faculty, staff, chairs, deans, and coordinators across campus who work with us, year after year, to make these programs special. When you see them next summer, be sure to say hello!

If you’re like us and are already excited for SYP 2019, you can go ahead and request a catalog. That way, you will be among the first to receive the 2019 listings when they print. If you have any questions, you can always find us at syp@mtu.edu or by phone at 906-487-2219.


Getting Ready for Launch

How early is too early to start planning for a summer program? At SYP, we take the approach that it’s never too soon! Would you believe we’re trying to have all of our preliminary information together by October 12th?

We are already well underway planning for summer of 2019. Why do we have to start planning so early? With each exploration evaluated individually, we take extra care to make adjustments as needed. For starters, we meet with all of the departments, faculty, and staff who host the explorations. We talk with them about what went well this year, their plans for the following summer, and any changes they want to make to the activities. This is also the time when we set the course capacities, schedule the weeks to run each class, and review the descriptions of each exploration.

Soon, we will send all of the course updates to our colleagues around campus: the Registrar’s office, who set up the classes so you can enroll in them; University Marketing and Communications, who design and coordinate printing of the catalogs; and all of the departments to confirm dates. It takes an army to launch SYP every year, and all of it takes place behind the scenes.

Once everything is produced, checked, and double-checked, it’s off to the printer with the catalogs and posted to the web with our online application! We aim to launch in early December each year, which comes up quickly.

If you’re like us and are already excited for next summer, you can go ahead and request a catalog. That way, you will be among the first to receive the 2019 listings when they print. If you have any questions, you can always find us at syp@mtu.edu or by phone at 906-487-2219.