Welcome to Summer!

May 18, 2015 in Uncategorized

Hello Parents,

My brother and I at the commencement ceremony on May 2

My brother and me at the commencement ceremony on May 2

I hope you’re all having a great week! Now that spring classes are completed and final grades are submitted, summer has officially begun! And with the start of summer comes the start of summer courses, which began last Monday. Students taking courses over the summer take them in an accelerated manner; we cram a typical 14 week course into 7 weeks to provide two summer semesters: Track A and Track B. Track A will extend through June 26 and Track B will begin on June 29. I will continue to write for ParentNet through Track A, but the new ParentNet Weekly writer will begin in Track B.

Spring Commencement took place just over two weeks ago on Saturday, May 2. Over 800 undergraduate students walked during the ceremony, including myself and my twin brother, who graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering (the two of us are pictured). It was a fantastic ceremony with wonderfully eloquent speakers. I hope that those of you who attended thought the same! We were extremely lucky and had delightful weather; the last few commencement ceremonies had less-than-ideal weather, so this year’s families were able to see the Copper Country with its beautiful atmosphere. I hope your own students’ commencement ceremonies are just as great!

Students should have received their final grades for the spring semester. To check final grades, students must log into Banweb. Once logged in, students can click the Students tab → Student Records → Final Grades. When you see the drop down menu, click Spring 2015. As a parent, you may also be able to log onto your student’s account and access this information via Guest Access. Through Guest Access, your student can grant you access to not only their final grades, but you may have access to their electronic bill notification, tuition bill and associated holds, emergency contact information, financial aid awards, an unofficial academic transcript, midterm grades, term end grades, and class schedules. For more information on how to be granted guest access to your student’s account, please visit the Guest Access website or contact the Registrar’s Office.

This summer is filled with excitement as summer courses, campus tours, Summer Youth Programs, and Athletic camps take place throughout the four-month break, before the 2015-2016 academic year begins. Wadsworth Hall is humming with excitement as undergrad students and students from these camps live there throughout the summer. There’s also a lot to look forward to within the local community as well. A plethora of fun summer events such the annual Bridgefest celebration, the Pine Mountain Music Festival, and the SISU Challenge will take place during this time. Many of these special events are local traditions, and I look forward to sharing more information about them as they approach this summer!  For more information on these and other events taking place in the Copper Country this season, please visit the City of Houghton Website.

There’s so much to look forward to this summer and so many activities to explore! As the summer continues, I will write about outdoor activities, local events, and campus happenings that take place throughout the break. If you have any specific questions 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’re all enjoying the summer in your own hometowns! Until next week!

-Valerie