Alumni Reunion Weekend and Orientation Week 2014

August 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

Hello Parents,

A photo of the 2013 Orientation Team Leaders.  The 2014 Orientation week begins on Monday, August 25.

A photo of some 2013 Orientation Team Leaders. Orientation 2014 will begin on Monday, August 25.

I hope you’re all having a great week! Although Track B is almost over, it feels like summer is finally here with all of the beautiful weather we’ve been having this week. Even so, It’s hard to believe that the 2014–2015 academic year will begin in less than one month!

Exciting things are happening at Michigan Tech this week as we host Alumni Reunion Weekend, which starts Thursday, August 7 and spans to Saturday, August 9. The featured classes will be the Golden M’s, which are those who graduated 50 or more years ago, as well as the classes of ’64, ’74, ’84, ’89, ’94, and 2004. In addition, there will be features with the members of the past women’s basketball teams as well as the men’s and women’s varsity tennis teams. There will be a wide variety of activities going on this week for alumni, including special events specific to the Golden M’s, guided tours of campus, boat cruises, visits with our various academic departments, a pasty-making demonstration, reunion picnic, presentations about new and modern teaching methods that are being implemented on campus, a canoeing excursion, and many more exciting events! This is a fantastic opportunity for the alumni of Michigan Tech to reacquaint themselves with campus and to catch up with old classmates.

Also coming up this weekend is the inaugural Italian Festival—located right here in Houghton! The Italian Festival is designed to celebrate Italian history and culture found right here in the Copper Country. With the mining rush that took place here in the late 1800s, migrants from all over the world came to work in our copper mines, including miners from Finland, Cornwall, and even Italy. The festival will take place in Houghton County Arena (in Hancock) on Saturday, August 9 from 11 a.m.–10 p.m. There will be a $5 admission fee, which will cover booths, music, and other cultural activities.

Orientation

Since Track B is almost over and the academic year is on its way, it’s time to start thinking about some important dates and events.

Move-in Weekend begins on Saturday, August 23 at 8 a.m. and lasts through Sunday, August 24. Move-in Weekend is open to both first-year students and upperclassmen alike; students can move into the residence halls and Hillside Place apartments, which are also owned by Michigan Tech. Orientation Team Leaders, Housing and Residence Life student staff, and hundreds of volunteers will staff the various entrances to the four on-campus living locations to help our students move into their new rooms. First-year students are required to move in during this time, where as upperclassmen can move in any time before the start of the fall semester.

Family Picnic will take place after Move-in Weekend on the evening of Sunday, August 23. Family Picnic is held for students and family members to enjoy a meal and the start to their student’s college career together. University staff and faculty members, Orientation Team Leaders, and Housing and Residence Life student staff will be there to welcome families to Michigan Tech, answer any questions they might have, and ease their concerns about starting college. The Picnic is free for students to attend, and family members can purchase tickets for $10. Following the Family Picnic is the University Welcome, where students and their families will attend a presentation, hear from the president of the University and the vice president of Student Affairs, and receive a special welcome to Michigan Tech from the Orientation Team Leaders.

Orientation Week will begin immediately after Move-in Weekend on Monday, August 25. This week is designed to help first-year students find their bearings here at Michigan Tech, learn their way around campus, and adjust to life in college. The incoming class is broken up into teams consisting of approximately 15 other students who share the same major and are led by an Orientation Team Leader—who is an upperclassman who serves as a guide and mentor for the team throughout the week. Orientation Week consists of a plethora of events and activities that help first-year students better acquaint themselves with Michigan Tech and learn about what will be expected of them as students here. Examples of some of the events that take place during the week include academic presentations, workshops on various resources and facilities we offer for students, and orientation team meetings with Orientation Team Leaders, where teams discuss important aspects of college life and their expectations of what it will be like to start school. There will also be fun events taking place throughout the week too, such as the famous 500-foot-long banana split, a campus-wide capture the flag game, and other fun and thrilling activities.

As you can see, there’s a lot to look forward to as the beginning of the academic year approaches! If you have any questions about Orientation or the events taking place throughout this time, or would like more information written on a specific topic, please feel free to email me at vjtaglio@mtu.edu. Until next week!

–Valerie