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Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge and the Lake Superior Performance Rally

October 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

Hello Parents,

The Husky Plaza statue, unveiled on Monday, October 13.

Huskies Plaza statue, unveiled on Monday, October 13.

I hope you’re all having a great week! We’ve surpassed the halfway point of the semester now, and courses are as busy as ever. There’s just five more weeks until Thanksgiving break, and it couldn’t come soon enough! The Fall semester is always the toughest, as students continue classes for 10 weeks straight, whereas the Spring semester is broken up with multiple breaks and holidays.

We’ve had many new exciting things take place on campus these past few weeks—most notably with the Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge. Hosted by the Outdoor Adventure Program, the Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge is an event encompassing nine other schools across the country to compete and see which campus is the most outdoorsy. This eight-week challenge runs from September 27 through November 22 and includes not only students, but staff, faculty, alumni, and community members as participants. The goal of the challenge is to get people outside and involved in recreational activities. This can include anything from taking a walk or biking to gardening or yard work. To log points for Michigan Tech, students can make an account on oncampuschallenge.org and upload a picture of themselves doing something active outdoors. Each activity logged counts for 10 points, and each activity must be at least half an hour in duration to count. This is a great excuse for students to take a study break and spend some time outside this semester. We have some wonderful outdoor resources for students to take advantage of for this challenge, such as the Michigan Tech Trails, various hiking trails around the Keweenaw, rollerblading and biking trails, and many more exciting places! Not to mention, the fall colors are absolutely beautiful this time of year, so even exploring some areas in the Keweenaw for the colors is a great way to log points.

In addition to the Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge event, we had another exciting event take place this week. Huskies Plaza, featuring a statue of Michigan Tech’s mascot, was unveiled on Monday, October 13 at 2 p.m. The statue is made of 1,600 pounds of bronze, and the plaza took over a year of planning (and includes 823 personalized engraved pavers). The unveiling ceremony consisted of the short speeches from Michigan Tech President Glenn Mroz, statue donors Dan and Joan Lorenzetti, former Alumni Association President Darnishia Slade, and student Alissa Alexander, and included appearances of Michigan Tech’s mascot Blizzard T. Husky and the Michigan Tech pep band. Hundreds of students were there for the unveiling, and root beer floats were handed out to students after the celebration. This is a great new feature to Michigan Tech’s campus, and it’s a great way to reveal our Husky Pride to new visitors. If you’d like to watch the unveiling of Huskies Plaza, please feel free to watch the video on the Michigan Tech website.

In addition to these exciting events on campus, we also have the Lake Superior Performance Rally (LSPR) taking place all around the Copper Country on Friday, October 17 and Saturday, October 18. This year marks the 20th annual LSPR, which is a huge rally race that’s part of the Rally America National Championship. The LSPR is known to be the “oldest, hardest, and meanest” rally in the country. It consists of over 50 racers from all across the country, and races take place throughout Covington and L’Anse, two towns just 45 minutes south of Houghton. This is a really exciting event for the local community, and hundreds of residents and visitors alike come out to watch the car race. It’s great for the community, as it brings in a lot of tourism and income. To learn more about the LSPR, and to watch videos of the races, please feel free to take a look at the LSPR website.

That’s all I have for you this week!  If you have any questions about the Outdoor Nation Champion Challenge, the Huskies Plaza unveiling, or the LSPR, or would like to see more information written on a specific topic, please feel free to email me at vjtaglio@mtu.edu. I hope you all have a great rest of your week and a beautiful weekend. Until next time!

–Valerie