In about three weeks, students will be arriving on campus, moving into the residence halls, and starting Orientation. As some of you may remember from my introduction to ParentNet, I also work for the Orientation executive staff as the selection and training coordinator. I have been working with other members of COMPASS to plan the first-year student Orientation since last September.
When you and your student arrive to campus, the first location you will want to stop at will be the Rozsa Center. The Rozsa Center will be open for new-student check-in on Saturday, August 25, from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and on Sunday, August 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Once you arrive at the Rozsa Center, you will obtain a packet with your student’s room and information regarding Orientation. Your student will receive his or her Orientation team assignment and schedule. Once you and your student have checked in and received your packet, you may then continue on to check into your student’s residence hall room. The Michigan Tech Welcome Team, composed of students, staff, and faculty wearing gold shirts, will be at the entrances of the residence halls to direct you to the unloading areas and to assist you in moving. While you are moving your student in, your student’s resident assistant will be floating around the “house,” or area your student will be living, so please introduce yourself!
Throughout your student’s first weekend at Michigan Tech, he or she can take some time to explore the campus, get to know their roommate, and introduce themselves to the students they will be living near in the residence halls. On Sunday, you and your family can join your student at the family picnic from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on the lawn in front of the Walker building. First-year students eat for no cost. Family members and guests may purchase tickets in advance. Please visit the Parents and Family Orientation web page for more information.
Orientation officially begins on Sunday, August 26, with the University Welcome which will take place in the Student Development Complex. Family members and guests are invited to attend. After the University Welcome, all first-year students will gather together on Sherman Field to have a class photo taken.
On Monday, August 27, first-year students will meet their Orientation team and their Orientation Team Leader. An Orientation team consists of about 20 students who are primarily all in the same degree program. This is a great opportunity for your student to get to know others in their degree program and to build relationships—it is very likely that your student will have at least a couple of courses with the students from their team. Your student’s Orientation Team Leader (OTL) will lead the team through the week’s activities, including getting to know the academic departments, learning about campus resources, understanding campus policies, and having fun! I am still great friends with many of the students who were on my Orientation team. Your student is going to have a blast—whether partaking in a 500-foot banana split, watching a hilarious skit put on by the OTLs, or attending the McNair Hall Association Dance. For a complete listing of Orientation activities, see the First-Year Orientation Schedule.
Prior to arriving to campus, students should have completed part one of AlcoholEdu for College and read the Summer Reading as Inquiry book . This year’s book is Little Princes by Conor Grennan. The purpose of Reading as Inquiry is to prepare first-year students for college-level reading and discussion. All first-year students are expected to read the book prior to arriving to Michigan Tech. During Orientation week, each team will discuss the book along with their OTL, a member of the residence life student staff, and a faculty or staff member.
There will also be a Summer Reading as Inquiry session for parents and family members on Saturday, August 25. The book is great, so I would encourage reading it!
Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I should be able to answer most any questions that you may have about Orientation. Have a great week!
-Samantha Allen, firstname.lastname@example.org