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Fall Break

November 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

Hello Parents,

I hope you’re all having a great week!  It’s finally here: Fall Break is upon us!  After 12 weeks of classes, homework, exams, and extra curriculars, students are finally ready for the week-long break that lies ahead.  But with the break, there are a few things to be aware of for students going home for break and for students who will be staying.

A view of Houghton surrounded in fall colors

A view of Houghton surrounded in fall colors

If your student is still looking for a ride home either for Fall Break or for the end of the semester, there is still time to find another student to carpool with.  There are online message boards that your student may take part in to find other students to share rides to their hometowns. Ride board and Barkboard are two sites that students can utilize to connect with someone for a ride home.  On these sites, students can make a post either looking for a ride or looking for passengers.  Sometimes, students can even ride just part way with a car if the final destination is farther than the student needs.  Both of these discussion boards are sponsored by Michigan Tech, so the safety of your student is secure.

Some students choose to stay on campus during Fall Break to catch up on coursework and to prepare for final exams.  Michigan Tech welcomes all students living in Wadsworth, McNair, DHH, and Hillside to stay in the residence halls during the Fall Break.  Power and heat will remain on, there is no additional charge to stay.  However, there are some limitations and they are outlined below:

  • The reception desks will be closed from 8:00 PM on Friday, November 22 to 12:00 PM on Sunday, December 1.

  • Mail will be not be delivered during this time.

  • The dining halls will be closed Saturday, November 23 and will reopen on Monday, December 2.

If your student will be staying in the residence halls during the break, they will need to register at the Wadsworth, McNair, or DHH reception desks by Thursday, November 21.  If your student is not staying for Fall Break but will be leaving after November 22 or coming back before December 2, they will also have to register (free of charge) to ensure that their HuskyCard building access will continue while the buildings are locked.

For something fun to do during the Fall Break for those students that will be staying here, International Programs and Services (IPS) is hosting a trip to Bloomington, Minnesota to visit the Mall of America!  The Bus to Bloomington will depart on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28, and return on Saturday, November 30. Cost per ticket is only $65 per seat.  To get your bus ticket, each passenger must print, complete, and sign a waiver and return it to IPS.  Passengers under 18 years of age must have a parent or legal guardian sign the waiver form.  Tickets are non-refundable and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Students are responsible for securing their own hotel accommodations.  To make your reservations online, please visit the Marriot website or call 952-858-8475 and ask for the special group rate for Michigan Tech University (major credit card required).  To find a hotel roommate, students can check BarkBoard:  Discussion Forums/Discussions – Any Topics/  IPS-hotel roommate for Mall of America bus trip ONLY.  For any questions, please contact IPS at 906-487-2160 or ips@mtu.edu.

Parking

If your student has a car on campus, it’s highly recommended that they leave their car at home if it’s not used on a regular basis due to the narrowing of parking lots in the winter.  Once the snow comes, the parking spot lines are no longer visible and parking becomes less accurate, consequently allowing for less cars to park in each lot.  If your student will be leaving their vehicle on campus during the Fall Break, they must park it in the northwest side of commuter Lot 26 by Sunday, November 24 and move it back into their assigned lot by Sunday, December 1 by 11:00 PM. If your student’s car is left it in their assigned lot, it may be towed away at the owner’s expense. For more information, please contact Transportation Services.

That’s all for this week!  I hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoy catching up with your student!  If you have any questions regarding preparation for Fall Break or have a topic you’d like me to write more about, please don’t hesitate to email me at vjtaglio@mtu.edu.  Have a great rest of the week!

-Valerie