Spring Fling and Summer Preparations

April 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

Hello Parents,spring fling 2014

I hope you’re all having a great week!  Spring is finally here as the soul-brightening sunshine continues to glow and the snowbanks continue to shrink smaller and smaller. It’s been wonderful to enjoy the outdoors and warm sun during this stressful time of the semester. Although, now that I write this, the weather has switched again this week as below-freezing temps have weaseled their way into this enjoyable spring! Still, I think I’d prefer this rather than the subzero temperatures we endured earlier this semester!

Now that spring is here, Easter Sunday is just around the corner. In celebration, Michigan Tech Dining Services will provide a turkey and steak dinner with mashed potatoes, pasta, dinner rolls, and various desserts on Easter Sunday.  There will also be opportunities for your student to give back. Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly, a local service that provides care to elderly residents, is looking for volunteers to help with their annual Easter Dinner celebration on Sunday, April 20.  Volunteers are needed for food preparation, serving dinner, table set-up, clean-up, and transporting the elderly to and from site locations. For more information on volunteering or if your student would like to sign up, please direct them to Cathy Kass-Aten at 482-6944.

As the semester is approaching its final weeks, it’s important for your students to be aware of a few things before they leave for summer break.

Check out
Before your students leaves for the semester, they must make an appointment with their RA or CA at least 48 hours before they plan to leave, to make sure that their room is in proper order. Students must check out by Saturday, May 3, unless they are a graduating senior, and they may check out by Sunday, May 4. If your student has extenuating circumstances and would like to check out at a later date, please direct them to late departure google form.  After checking out, your student must return their keys in the blue checkout envelope to the front desk of their residence hall.  Fines will ensue for lost or stolen keys. A final inspection of rooms will be made by Housing and Residential Life.  Any damaged or missing items will be charged to both roommates equally unless one assumes full responsibility.

Room Cleaning
In order to pass checkout, your student must adhere to the following:

  • Empty room of all belongings
  • Clean desk and dresser drawers and surfaces

  • Empty closet/wardrobe

  • Clean inside of door and all whiteboards

  • Vacuum floor and empty wastebasket

  • Remove weather stripping and glue from door jams and windows

  • Clean window sills and ledges

If your student is planning on returning to the residence halls next semester, they may leave a limited amount of small items in storage over the summer with their RA. This may be really helpful to students who have a lot of things that they don’t need over the summer but will need next school year. Students will not have access to these items over the summer, and Michigan Tech does not assume responsibility for lost or stolen items. Boxes that aren’t properly labeled will be removed and discarded.

The dining halls will be closed after Friday, May 2, and the reception desk will be closed after Sunday, May 4.  Mail received after Saturday, May 3, will be forwarded to your student’s home address on file. All mail received after May 31 will be returned to sender. In addition, all vehicles must be removed from their lots by 7:00 a.m. on Monday, May 5, or they will be towed at the owner’s expense.

In addition to all of the excitement that comes with the end of the semester, Spring Fling will take place on Friday, April 18!  Spring Fling is a long-time Michigan Tech tradition that takes place on the Friday of Week 13 to celebrate the coming of spring. Sponsored by the Memorial Union Board (MUB Board), Spring Fling is a really fun and exciting event that involves a plethora of activities sponsored by various student organizations and clubs for both the campus and local communities. This year’s theme is Pirates—which was the planned theme for last year before it was canceled due to extreme weather conditions!  If weather the weather is too harsh this year, it will be moved indoors.  Fifty-three student organizations will be hosting different pirate-themed booths while giving out goodies to visitors. The MUB Board will also be giving out root beer floats and fresh-cut french fries during the event.  In addition to all of this fun, there will also be a caricature artist, inflatables, and a t-shirt tie-dyeing station!  Oozeball, which is a high-intensity volleyball match played in the mud, will also take place during Spring Fling. Sponsored by the Michigan Tech Student Foundation (MTSF), Oozeball teams sign up and pay a fee of $15/person to participate in this unique and exhilarating event! All profits of Oozeball go directly into MTSF’s scholarship funds, which are awarded to select Michigan Tech students every spring.

As you can see, there’s a lot to look forward to as the 2014 spring semester comes to an end and gives students a little bit of stress-free break before the agony of final exams.  If you have any questions about end-of-the-semester preparations or Spring Fling, please feel free to email me at vjtaglio@mtu.edu. I hope you have a great week and enjoy the Easter holiday!

Until next time!