Fall Parking and International Computer Programming Success

July 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

Hello Parents,


The 2014 Michigan Tech team for the International Collegiate Programming Competition held in Ekaterinburg, Russia.  Pictured from left to right is Eric Rinkus, Ryan McNamara, and Ted Holmes.

I hope you’re all having a great week. The week here has been wonderful, as the weather has ranged from 90s and humid to 60s and cool, and from pouring rain to bright and sunny. As you might guess, there’s never a dull moment here! As Track B gets closer to conclusion, it’s hard to believe there’s only a month until Orientation for incoming first-year students. I don’t know about you, but it seems like summer has just begun. It seems to go by faster and faster every year.

With that in mind, it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming school year. If your students are planning on bringing a vehicle to campus, they must register their vehicle with Transportation Services. There is a wait list for on-campus parking permits. To register, your student must visit the registration site, select Purchase Permit from the Resources table, and sign in with their user ID and ISO password. They must first register their vehicle with the University and then sign up for the wait list. When they pick up their permit in the fall, they must be sure to bring their vehicle registration and photo identification. The wait list is only open until August 4, so be sure they get on this right away!

In other exciting news, last month a team of three Michigan Tech students competed in the International Collegiate Programming Competition at Ural Federal University in Ekaterinburg, Russia. This competition is designed to give college-level students the chance to show off their problem-solving and programming skills in a competitive, high-stakes setting. Regional competitions took place all over the world, from September through December of 2013, and the 122 winning teams advanced to the world championships, which took place June 22–June 26 in Russia. During the competition, teams were faced with 8–10 problems and had to propose viable and efficient solutions to the judges in the shortest amount of time to receive the highest scores. The Michigan Tech team consisted of Tom Holmes, a computer science major; Ryan McNamara, a recent graduate who majored in math; Eric Rinkus, a recent graduate who majored in computer science; and coach Jason Hiebel, a PhD student in the computer science department. The team finished 64th overall, which is quite an impressive feat! Along with this triumph, Tech has competed at the world finals three other times: in 2004, 2005, and  2008. This team deserves to be recognized and celebrated for all of their hard work, both at the regional and world finals competition. For more about the 2014 team or competition, please read the Michigan Tech news article.

As you can see, Michigan Tech students really are “crazy smart.” as the saying goes. All of us should be proud of the hard work our current and former students put in to make Michigan Tech the renowned and distinguished university that it is.

That’s all I have for you all this week! If you have any questions about parking permits and regulations, or Michigan Tech’s programming team, please feel free to email me at vjtaglio@mtu.edu. I hope you all have a great remainder of the week! Until next week,