February 20, 2014 in Uncategorized
I hope you’re all having a great week. In last week’s post I forgot to mention some of the Winter Carnival photos that you all might enjoy looking at. Michigan Tech has
a Flickr account that has a lot of good photos of the snow statues and the students building them. If you’d like to take a look, please visit Michigan Tech’s Flickr page. Be on the lookout for the overnight statue I helped build, which was was of the dog, Balto!
Last week I received an email from a parent inquiring about transportation options for her student who is without a car. After I answered her questions, I realized that some of your students may be in the same situation and may also have the same question. The following is information about transportation options around campus for your student to be aware of.
The most convenient transportation option for students is Zipcars. With a simple membership and $7.50 a day, he or she can drive anywhere in and around the community. It’s great for groups—get a few people together and split the cost of a trip to the grocery store or on a local adventure. Houghton also offers a good public transportation system; punch cards can be purchased for $20 each and will allow your student to travel all around the Copper Country. There are also many cab services in the area. Michigan Tech also offers a shuttle service for students traveling across campus and to the ski hill, Mont Ripley.
As we approach the halfway point of the semester, a plethora of academic and professional events have been happening these past few weeks. Campus has been buzzing with Career Fair excitement—the Spring 2014 Career Fair took place on Tuesday, February 18, in the Student Development Complex (SDC). Sponsored by Career Services, the Career Fair is a biannual event that allows Michigan Tech students the opportunity to involve themselves in the professional workplace. Over 200 companies made the trek up to Michigan Tech to find students to fill positions for co-ops, internships, and even full-time employment! Students have spent the last few weeks prepping their resumes, planning their interview outfits, and getting ready to meet with employers and hiring managers.
In addition to the Career Fair, the Graduate Research Colloquium also took place this week on Wednesday, February 19. The Graduate Research Colloquium is a poster and presentation competition among graduate students that gives them the opportunity to present what they’ve done in their current area of research. Posters and presentations are judged by Michigan Tech faculty, with a cash prize for the first three places in both the poster and presentation competitions. Awards are also presented to the Outstanding Student Scholar and Outstanding Student Leader and Graduate Mentor at the Colloquium banquet. Although the competition is only open to graduate students, it’s a truly great opportunity for undergraduate students to attend and learn more about research, especially if they’re involved in or would like to get involved with a research project at Michigan Tech.
Get WISE Day is another great academic event, taking place on Tuesday, February 25, just after National Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (February 20). Get WISE stands for Women In Science and Engineering, and the day is designed to get local middle school students, specifically females, interested in engineering and the hard sciences. Michigan Tech Youth Programs sponsors this event and provides activities and games focused on science and engineering, along with keynote speakers and presentations from other successful female engineers. This is a great opportunity for young students to learn more about their future career options, and a great way for your student to get involved.
On a different note, summer school housing applications are now being accepted by Housing and Residential Life. If your student is considering taking classes over the summer and would like to stay in the residence halls, it’s important that they submit an application to ensure that they have a room, which includes an unlimited meal plan. Students can stay for Track A, Track B, or the whole summer. Rooms are only available in Wadsworth Hall, so your student will be in the company of other summer school students. Here are the rates for summer housing:
$1,904.00 per Track A or B
$3,808.00 for full summer
$1,631.00 per Track A or B
$3,262.00 for full summer
If you have any questions about summer housing, please contact Housing and Residential Life at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 906-487-2682.
That’s it for this week! I hope your students have been getting involved and are enjoying their semesters. If you have any questions about anything or would like to see more information about a specific topic, please feel free to email me at email@example.com. Until next time!