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Homecoming 2014

September 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

Hello Parents,

A photo of students admiring a team's display during the Window Painting competition

A photo of students admiring a team’s display during the Window Painting competition

I hope you’re all having a great week! Students continue to grow busier and busier as we embark on the second week of the semester. Homework is getting assigned, student organizations are in full swing, and even quizzes and exams are just around the corner! Summer vacation is a dream of the past, and the academic setting of teaching and learning is now the reality.

The first big event of the year is also coming up, as Homecoming 2014 will take place from Sunday, September 14 through Saturday, September 20! Homecoming is a long-beloved Michigan Tech tradition that’s been celebrated on campus for many years. The week includes crazy and wild events such as a kickball tournament, a window painting competition, a cardboard boat race in the Portage Canal, Homecoming King and Queen coronation, and many more zany events!  Here is a complete list of the activities and events taking place during Homecoming this year:

Sunday, September 14
Window Painting at the SDC from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Student teams compete against each other to create the best and most artistic representation of Michigan Tech Pride by painting washable masterpieces on the windows on the Rozsa Center.

Kickball Tournament at the practice soccer fields from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Teams get fired up and compete against each other in a fiery tournament of Kickball fun.

Monday, September 15
Outdoor Movie on the lawn in front of the Walker Arts and Humanities Center at 9:00PM

Tuesday, September 16
Wilderness Explorer Games on the Tech Trails at 4:00 pm
These games include crate stacking and completion of Michigan Tech’s low ropes course in order to be a victorious team.

Wednesday, September 17
Spotlight Night — Homecoming Talent Show in the MUB Ballroom A at 8:00 pm
This talent show is open to all Michigan Tech students who to want to represent their teams to showcase their skills and talents in front of the whole campus.  Students must pre-register on the Homecoming Involvement Link page and must be present at the start of the event. This is a great opportunity for students to break out of their comfort zones and do something amazing!

Thursday, September 18
Trails Relay at the Tech Trails at 4:30 pm
Teams will compete in  relay race at the Michigan Tech Trails.  The team that has completed the most laps in a half hour wins.

Homecoming Court Dinner at the Great Lakes Research Center at 6:00 pm
Homecoming King and Queen candidates will dine with the Homecoming Judges before the big reveal, which will take place the following day.

Friday, September 19
Women’s Tennis vs. Saginaw Valley State at the Gates Tennis Center at 12:00PM

Cardboard Boat Races at Houghton Waterfront Park at 4:00 pm
Student teams work tirelessly all week to build the most stable, water resistant, and creative boat out only cardboard! Duct tape, glue, epoxy, paint and caulking may be used to seal the seams of the boat. Teams must have between 8 and 12 people in the boat in order to race, and they must stay in the boat at all times to be considered a victorious team.  Students must power their boats only with the paddles provided, and race around a buoy in the Portage Canal and reach beach front in order to be named the victor.

Saturday, September 20
SWEat Homecoming Spirit Sprint – A 5k for charity on Walker Lawn at 9:00 am
Students can participate in this fun and exciting 5k run/walk and support The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and The Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter Home for Abused Women.

Women’s Tennis vs. Northwood  at 10:00 am

Tailgate at 12:00 pm

Football vs. Saginaw Valley State at 1:00 pm

As you can see, there’s a lot going on this year with homecoming for students to get involved in!  It’s a fantastic tradition that allows students to get more involved and have some fun on campus to kick off the new academic year. It’s also great way for your students to build stronger friendships with their hallmates and fellow student org members.

That’s all I have for this week! If you have any questions or concerns about homecoming, or would like to see more information written on a specific topic, please feel free to email me at vjtaglio@mtu.edu.  I hope your students have a great homecoming, and I hope you enjoy the rest of your week.  Until next week!

-Valerie