With first-year students settled in to the residence halls, Orientation week underway, and classes about to begin, it’s clear that fall is in the air. This past move-in weekend was a great success; I loved seeing the enthusiasm and excitement new students and their families had for Michigan Tech. Class of 2016, you have four (or more) wonderful years ahead of you at Michigan Tech, make the most of it!
This Week’s Events
Students can begin making the most of their Michigan Tech experience right now. With all the fun events of Orientation week, it’s impossible not to have a great time and meet lots of new people. This week’s evening events include Vegas Night, the famous 500-foot banana split, the MHA Dance, and Illusionist Craig Karges.
Tuesday, August 28 is Vegas Night, sponsored by the Wadsworth Hall Student Association, which takes place in the Wadsworth Dining Hall from 10:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. The activities at Vegas Night include dancing, games, and snacks. Also on Tuesday, first-year students get to partake in the longest banana split they’ve ever seen! The yummy treat is prepared for them by the Orientation Team Leaders, and it’s a lot of fun.
On Thursday, August 30, students can dance the night away in the West McNair courtyard at the McNair Hall Association Dance from 10:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Illusionist Craig Karges will perform Friday, August 31, at the Rozsa Center at 8:00 p.m. Karges uses full audience participation and will amaze students with various illusions and displays of unbelievable phenomena.
This Weekend’s Events
The fun activities and the opportunity to meet new friends continues this weekend with Orientation trips, the F’All Nighter, and An Afternoon on the Town.
There are several Orientation trips planned for first-year students to participate in. The trips include a community service project, a trip to Copper Harbor, a trip to the Porcupine Mountains, a camping and canoe trip, and more.
For first-year students who stay on campus this weekend, the F’All Nighter will be taking place on Saturday night at the Student Development Complex. The event provides first-year students the opportunity to have a great time and also learn more about Michigan Tech’s student organizations. Students can enjoy using the Student Development Complex facilities or participate in a euchre tournament, dancing, crafts, or another fun activities.
Also on Saturday, students can head downtown for An Afternoon on the Town—a trip to the business district guided by Orientation Team Leaders, Resident Assistants, and more. It will be a great opportunity to find out what’s downtown, check out local businesses, and get some great deals and freebies.
On Monday, September 3, the Inter-Residence Hall Council will be sponsoring the fourth annual Schoolyard Olympics. The event will take place in front of Douglass Houghton Hall on the front lawn from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Students will compete with their houses against the other 60+ residence hall houses. The challenges include an obstacle course, water-balloon toss, steal the bacon, and a sidewalk chalk competition.
Please feel free to email me with any questions, comments, or suggestions you may have! Don’t forget to check back for next week’s article in which I will be writing about the the first week of classes and Welcome Week.