Thanksgiving Break

November 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

Hello Parents,

A photo of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge taken on Thursday, November 13. Winter has come early this year!

A photo of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge taken on Thursday, November 13. Winter has come early this year!

I hope you’re all having a great week! The weeks sure are going by fast here. Winter has fully come and is here to stay as we have an accumulation of multiple feet of snow on the ground already. With the new coming of winter, it’s hard to believe that there’s only one more week of classes until fall break.

Speaking of fall break, there are a few things to keep in mind for students living in the residence halls. All students living in Wadsworth, McNair, DHH, and Hillside are welcome to stay in the residence halls during the break. There is no additional charge to stay, and power and heat will remain on. The reception desks will be closed from 8 p.m. on Friday, November 21 until noon on Sunday, November 30. Mail will be not be delivered during the break. The dining halls will also be closed after dinner on Friday, November 21 and will reopen on Monday, December 2 with breakfast. However, all of the kitchenettes in the residence halls will be open for your students to use. If your student plans to stay for the the entire fall break, he or she can register to stay online using the Request to Stay for the Break form.

Parking is also an important aspect to consider when going home for the fall break. Now that winter is in full swing, the parking lots on campus begin to get narrower and narrower as the snow piles up. It’s recommended that if your students do not frequently use their cars, they leave them at home during break to leave room in the parking lots for students who need their cars and a spot. If your students are planning to leave their car on campus over the break, they must park in commuter Lot 26 by Sunday, November 23, and move it back to their assigned lot by Sunday, November 30 by 11 p.m. If your student’s vehicle is left in their assigned lot over break (instead of being moved to Lot 26), they risk it being towed at their own expense.

Students looking for a ride home after the break can also check out Michigan Tech’s Rideboard. Whether a student needs a ride or if they’re looking for passengers, Rideboard is a great tool to organize carpooling to different areas across the state and the greater Midwest. Students can post their request on Rideboard and wait for other students who meet their need to contact them. It is not only used for rides home during breaks but can also be used to plan road trips or even to start a local carpooling list for the commute to campus.

There are also a few things to keep in mind for students who are planning to go home over the break as well. It’s recommended that students pay extra-special attention to both energy conservation and security before they leave for break. Students should unplug any non-essential electrical equipment in their rooms, although refrigerators may be left on to preserve food. Student should close and lock their windows, turn their lights off, and lock their doors. Some of these suggestions may seem obvious, but it’s a good reminder for students who are in a rush to go home who might forget these simple tasks.

Since the winter holidays are also on their way after Thanksgiving, it’s quite common for students to start decorating their residence halls and their rooms in celebration before the end of the semester. Housing and Residential Life asks that students follow the guidelines outlined below when putting up decorations in their rooms and their halls:
• Trees and other decorations are only allowed in student rooms.
• To decorate in other areas, see Housing and Residential Life Staff for approval.
• Artificial trees are permitted, but natural trees are not due to their flammable nature.
• All electric items must have UL seal approval.
• No candles or flammable decorations are permitted.
• No electrical devices are allowed on metallic trees.
• Decorations must be removed by no later than noon on December 20.

For more information on fall break guidelines and other requirements for students over break, please see the Take a Break guide given to students from Housing and Residential Life.

In addition to the excitement of the coming holidays, we also have a student-run performance taking place this weekend by the Michigan Tech Theatre Company! Directed by Roger Held, Alternate Realities takes the audience on a trip through the 20th Century Avant Garde Theatre and out the present side. The performance consists of myriad short Expressionist, DADist, Surrealist, Futurist, Absurdist, Existentialist, and Neo-Futurist plays. The show will bring an edgy night of bizarre, funny, and perhaps a little scary entertainment put on by Michigan Tech’s very own theater students. This is a fantastic event to showcase Michigan Tech’s talent in the performing arts, and a wonderful way for your students to familiarize themselves with movements in art history and to enjoy themselves! This event is free for students, and will take place on Friday, November 14 and Saturday, November 15 at 7:30 pm in the McArdle Theatre.

That’s all I have for you this week! If you have any questions about fall break or Alternate Realities, or would like to see more information written on a specific topic, please feel free to email me at I hope you all have a great remainder of your week and a wonderful weekend! Until next week!