Month: October 2015

Looking Ahead

I know I’ll regret writing this, but I can’t believe how nice the weather has been lately!  For those of you who have been at Tech for a while, you know what I’m talking about, and for those preparing to spend their first winter here, you’ll know soon enough!  Now, I don’t want to make the snow, ice, and cold of the U.P seem so harrowing.  Indeed, I was really nervous about moving here and facing the notorious winters, even though I had lived in Lower Michigan my whole life, and was no stranger to the harsh season.  But when I got here, and the first snow fell in mid-October (hence my surprise at this year’s weather!), I began to realize that winter is a way of life here in the U.P. Yes, people complain, yes the weather is a hassle, and sometimes downright brutal, but it is also an endearing part of living here.  My first year here, I watched students and locals alike don coats and boots fit for the Arctic, and wade through snow that reached past their knees.  Through all these hardships of the Houghton winter, people just shake their heads, a knowing smile teasing at their lips, and say, “That’s the UP for ya!” Now, in my senior year, having braved countless snowstorms, felt the pain of leaving my gloves at home, and making a habit of wearing two pairs of socks, I find myself adopting the same resignation.  Even though the winters here can be harsh, they also bring the campus to life, especially when the snow first falls.  So, ultimately, I encourage you to embrace the (roughly) six months of snow that lie ahead, and find at least one thing that you enjoy doing during the winter.  Visit the OAP ( and rent some snowshoes to take on the Tech Trails, head over to Mont Ripley ( and try your hand at skiing or snowboarding!  Or, if you’re like me, and prefer to remain inside where it’s warm, try to find a hobby that will keep you busy on those days when going outside just isn’t gonna happen!  There is a lot to do on campus, even when winter is at its peak, so I encourage you to take part in whatever interests you!

Plans for the Weekend?

Hi everyone,

Thank you again to those who were able to make it to our first gathering of the semester!  It was great to meet you, and I hope that you’ll be able to make it to our next event.  Until then, I wanted to alert you to some of the fun events going on around campus that are worth keeping in mind if you’re looking for something to do.

First, there is the 41N Film Festival, which begins this Friday, and ends on Sunday.  This is a compilation of independent films, and is free to students and community members!  You will have the opportunity to see some interesting and engaging films, and to interact with directors, producers, and critics.  I would definitely encourage you to check out the festival’s schedule: and see what interests you.

Also coming up this weekend is a benefit concert to support Michelle Crisz-Brill:

Michelle is a PhD student in Forestry and a returned Peace Corps Volunteer who has recently been diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. A benefit concert will be held at the Continental Fire Company on Saturday October 24th from 6-11 PM.

Don’t miss out on this rocking evening at the Continental Fire Co in support of the wonderful Michelle and her husband Kyle! Doors open at 6 pm, Silent Auction, and Live music from 7 pm featuring Samuel Akbar and the Traps, Electric Park, Erika Vye and Steve Brimm, and other local musicians who will share their talent.

See the Facebook Event for more information or donate directly to a GoFundMe account set up for her.

If you have questions about this event, please contact Jarod Maggio (

I hope these suggestions are helpful in planning your weekend!  Otherwise, just try to get outside and enjoy this awesome weather!

Here’s What’s Happening

Happy Week Seven, everyone!

I hope classes are going well, and that you have had a chance to go out and enjoy our last few days of sunshine!  It’s hard to believe that the semester is almost halfway over already!  With time quickly passing, there is so much approaching: the start of Track B, Halloween, spring registration, Thanksgiving, and all the classes, homework, and exams in between!

Don’t forget to check the Registration Priority Schedule: to see when you are able to register for Spring/Summer 2016 classes, and remember to speak with your advisor to make sure you are signing up for all the right classes.  I know it seems easy to manage your schedule alone, but talking to your advisor is really helpful for keeping on track.

This is the time of year when many students can feel overwhelmed, but know that you’re not alone!  We all understand the position of being a transfer student, and dealing with the stresses of adjusting to a new school, while keeping up with assignments.  Take a deep breath!  We can help each other!  Don’t forget that I hold office hours every week (Mondays, Wednesdays 12:30-1:30pm, and Tuesdays 2-4pm), so feel free to stop by if you have questions, or just need to talk.

And, as a final reminder, there is an immediate opportunity for you to take a break, mingle with fellow transfer students, and enjoy some free food while you’re at it!

Tonight is our Transfer/Commuter Student Pizza Social!

Fisher 125 at 5pm

Come enjoy good company and free pizza!


It’s Week 6! So….?

Hi all,

Well, here we are, Week 6; the semester is well under way, and our days are filled with lectures, labs, homework, and (hopefully) some fun and relaxation!  The fall colors are really starting to come out now, and I am reminded of why I chose to transfer to Michigan Tech.  When I first visited this campus, the trees were aglow in beatiful shades of red, orange, and yellow; it looked like the hills across the canal were on fire!  I fell in love with the atmosphere of Houghton, and how close to nature the campus truly is.  This similarity to the community college I’d been attending downstate made my transition to Michigan Tech much easier: I could look out my window, see the lovely colors of autumn in a cool breeze, and feel completely at home.

So, in the midst of autumn foliage, steadily-declining temperatures, and oh so much school work, how can we take a moment to celebrate this fantastic season, and enjoy the great outdoors before winter sets in???

Weel, there is always something to do on campus, and this coming weekend is no exception!  Attend one or both of these terrific events to show your support for the football and hockey teams, and have a lot of fun in the process:

The Michigan Tech hockey team, in partnership with the Blue Line Club, will be hosting a special pre-game event at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena prior to the Huskies game vs. Laurentian on Friday, Oct. 9. Doors to the arena will open at 5 p.m.
  • Three varieties of chili will be provided and beverages will be available for purchase in LampLighters, a new cordoned-off area with alcohol sales in the west concourse of the arena.
  • Additionally, the Blue Line Club will be giving away beer mugs to the first 100 fans age 21-and-older in attendance and will hold a raffle for Huskies North Suite tickets to the game against Northern Michigan on Oct. 24
  • The Kid’s Zone is also scheduled to open early with face painting and a chance to meet Blizzard T. Husky available in the Puck Pit. An interactive green screen will also be set up where fans will be able to appear in content that will be shown on the arena video board.
  • Dirk Hembroff, the radio voice of Michigan Tech hockey, will be hosting Mix 93’s pregame show live from the beer garden and TV6 is scheduled to be on hand for live look-ins to the event.
  • LSGi Fund is sponsoring and giving away a 1000 t-shirts for students that night as part of the home opener celebrations. Students are encouraged to line up early for their Experience Tech seats and the t-shirts.


Join us for the Homecoming Tailgate!!!

  • Show your support for the Huskies, enjoy FREE FOOD, high-five Blizzard, play some yard games, and have lots of fun! Everyone is welcome – just have your student ID or a ticket for the Homecoming Football Game!
  • Menu includes a BBQ sandwich bar, BBQ Beef, Pulled Pork, Chicken Tinga, cookies, lemonade, hot chocolate, and more!  Alcohol will be available for purchase – Bring your ID.
  • Sponsored by University Dining Services with additional help from Athletics, Family Weekend, Alumni Relations, and Student Activities.
This weekend is also Family Weekend, so be sure to check out some of the great events happening here:
Otherwise, if you’re not into crowds, try going for a hike or bike ride on the Tech Trails, rent a canoe or kayak and paddle on the Portage, or just find a quiet spot outside to read or study, and enjoy the scenery!