December 4, 2013 in Uncategorized
I hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving with your student, and were able to hear about how their semesters have been going! This semester
definitely flew by, and it’s hard to believe there’s only another week left until final exams; just another two weeks, and your student will return home.
Since I am a local student, I spent Thanksgiving in Houghton with my family. The area is always beautiful this time of year, and the town was surprisingly quiet after the students left for home. The weather held up rather nicely this year—there is usually a snowstorm the weekend students return to Michigan Tech, but this year the roads were bare and the skies were clear. Let’s hope it stays the same when students travel home after the semester ends.
Michigan Tech is getting ready for the holidays, trees around campus are decorated with festive lights, the famous Christmas tree has appeared in the main floor of the Van Pelt and Opie Library, and Greek fraternity and sorority houses are festively decorated. The community has jumped on board too, with lamp posts and buildings throughout downtown Houghton and Hancock beautifully strewn with lights and holiday decorations. In addition, there are various events going on around campus to help celebrate:
The International Club will be hosting a holiday party on Saturday, December 7, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. in the ROTC Gym to celebrate the winter festivities. There will be a traditional Christmas cookie/international dessert contest along with festive music and other activities, all free of charge! This event is open to community members, students, and faculty members.
IRHC Sugar Shack
The Inter-Residence Housing Council is inviting students living in the residence halls to create a sugary winter wonderland. Students can build a house, or a residence hall, or the bridge . . . or anything! There will be plenty of candy, frosting, and graham crackers for students to create their delectable masterpieces. The Sugar Shack will take place on Tuesday, December 10, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in Wadsworth Dining Hall.
CDI Pre-Exam Jam
The end of the semester and final exams can be pretty stressful for students. To help, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion invites students to take a little time to unwind before finals week by enjoying some relaxation and free snacks at the Hamar House. The Pre-Exam Jam will take place on Wednesday, December 11, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Concert Choir and Conscience: Michigan Tech Chamber Singers Present at Winter Solstice
The choirs of Michigan Tech join to present choral music to celebrate winter in the northland. Selections from Russia, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Israel, and the United States reflect on snow and the season of Christmas. The concert will take place on Saturday, December 14, from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Rozsa Center.
In addition, multiple fundraising and charity events will be held during these last two weeks. The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is taking place from now until the end of the month. Toys for Tots aims to provide hope and joy by donating Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the local area. There are two drop-off locations in the Houghton area: one at at Joey’s Seafood and Grill, a restaurant in downtown Houghton; and another in the Administration Building on Michigan Tech’s campus. Also, the Inter-Residence Housing Council is hosting a Penny Wars competition between the houses on Tech’s campus. Students can drop off their contributions at either the Wadsworth, DHH, or McNair reception desks. All proceeds will be donated to charity.
December is a wonderful time of year, and winter in the Copper Country is beautiful. As students finish up their last projects and reports and start preparing for finals, it’s nice to be in such a tranquil and majestic atmosphere.
That’s all for this week! If you have any questions about winter at Michigan Tech or would like to hear more about a specific topic, please email me at email@example.com. Until next time!