Family Weekend 2014

October 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

Hello Parents,

A family posing with Blizzard T. Husky during Family Weekend 2010

A family posing with Blizzard T. Husky during Family Weekend 2010

I hope you’re all having a great week! The week here has been busy and long as we’re coming up on the halfway point of the semester. It’s hard to believe that it’s gone by so fast! We’re getting into the meat of the semester now as deadlines for more exams, assignments, and projects come closer and closer. And I’m happy to share that we received our first snowfall of the season on Wednesday morning! Hopefully this isn’t a sign of an early winter!

As I’m sure most of you are aware, Family Weekend is coming up on Friday, October 10, and will span through Sunday, October 12. This is a wonderful event where families from all over the country can come to campus and visit their students for a weekend of family fun. There will be a wide variety exciting activities taking place, including waterfall hikes, a boat cruise along the Keweenaw Waterway, canoeing and kayaking, mine tours, a golf scramble, athletic games, and more! This is also a fantastic time of year to have such an event; fall in the Copper Country is the most beautiful time of year—with thousands and thousands of leaves turning color. Below, you will find more information about Family Weekend with details about parking and the activities available for you and your students to participate in.

When you arrive to campus, please stop by the Family Weekend Welcome Center in the Student Development Complex (SDC). There will be a schedule of events, information about the local community, and pre-ordered tickets available for you to pick up. You can stop by the Family Weekend Welcome Center throughout the entire weekend to ask questions, get directions, and get more information about activities. Below are the hours for the Family Weekend Welcome Center:

Thursday, October 9: 5–7 p.m.
Friday, October 10: 2–6 p.m.
Saturday, October 11: 9 a.m.–noon

Finding a place to park on campus also won’t be a problem; parking meters and Parking Lot 27 will be open at no cost beginning at 2 p.m. on Friday, October 10. If you need to park overnight during the weekend, you can park in Lots 9 and 5 without a permit. If you’re not sure where these parking lots are, feel free to take a look at Michigan Tech’s interactive map to familiarize yourself with the campus layout.

There is a wide variety of events planned throughout the weekend for you and your students to enjoy together. Here is a list of all of the events that will take place during Family Weekend:

Friday, October 10
Portage Lake Cruise
Quincy Mine Tour
Sturgeon River Paddling Trip
Michigan Tech Women’s Volleyball vs. Tiffin

Saturday, October 11
Family Weekend Golf Scramble at the Portage Lake Golf Course
Quincy Smelter Tour
Portage Lake Cruise
Quincy Mine Tour
Sturgeon River Paddling Trip
Michigan Tech Women’s Volleyball vs. Ohio Dominican
Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra: Vive Latino! Festival of Ibero-American Music
Carnegie Museum Art Exhibit in Houghton
The Pi-Mile: An Annual 5k Walk/Run for Charity
Performance by singer/songwriter Brett Young
Scott Kelby’s 7th Annual Worldwide Photowalk™
Scientific Excursion aboard Michigan Tech’s research vessel RV Agassiz
Keweenaw National Historic Park—Calumet Visitor Center

Sunday, October 12
Hungarian Falls Hike
Sunday Breakfast at Wadsworth Dining Hall

There will also be events that take place on all three days of Family Weekend, including:

  • Chair Lift Color Tour at Mont Ripley
  • Self-Guided Tours of Houghton, Hancock, and Calumet
  • High Ropes Course Challenge
  • Steam Engine Rides at the Houghton County Historical Museum
  • Family Weekend Movie: Maleficent

Please keep in mind that some of these events require pre-ordered tickets to participate, and some of them also have an additional cost. For more information about these events (such as where they take place, timing of the event, and prices), please visit Michigan Tech’s Family Weekend Website.

Family Weekend is such an exciting time of year. It’s wonderful to see how many families make the trip to campus to visit their student and the school. It’s a fantastic way to learn more about the local community and enjoy the natural beauty that Autumn brings. If you have any questions about Family Weekend, or would like to see something written about a specific topic, please feel free to email me at vjtaglio@mtu.edu. I hope you all have a fantastic weekend, and I wish safe travels to any of you who will be visiting! Until next week!

–Valerie