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Make A Difference!

October 19, 2011 in Academics, Communication, Community, Events, Sports

Recap on Past Events-

From tug of war to cardboard boat races, from broomball to hockey and football, Homecoming 2011 was a huge success!

2011 Homecoming King and Queen

A day full of beautiful weather brought many Michigan Tech fans to Sherman Field on Saturday afternoon for the 2011 Homecoming Game.  The stands were full of fans that showed up to support the Huskies as they took on  Saginaw Valley.  At half time the 2011 Homecoming King and Queen were announced along with the winners of the week’s Homecoming Games.  The Football Huskies played a great game, even though it wasn’t a win for us!

Family Weekend was also a huge success! Over 450 families were welcomed and able to enjoy the beautiful weather and the activities going on. My family was here and we had a great time enjoying the fall colors on the chair lift at Mont Ripley. Families participated in Homecoming events, visited local waterfalls, toured area attractions, learned about the history of the Keweenaw, took in the beautiful fall colors, and most importantly enjoyed quality time together.

Michigan Tech’s hockey team has been having a great year so far as well!  This past weekend, the team played Wisconsin and had a big win! Michigan Tech earned its first sweep of Wisconsin since 2007 with a 3-2 win in overtime. Just 20 seconds into the extra session, Tech reached its fourth straight win to start the season-this is the first time the program has started a 4-0 season since its national championship season of 1974-75. GO HUSKIES!

Community Service Opportunities

Michigan Tech offers many great opportunities for students to take part in a variety of community service activities.  Make A Difference Day is a community service event at Michigan Tech which attracts  a large number of participants. Last year, many different student groups took part in the day of volunteering by working on various projects throughout the Keweenaw Peninsula.  Make A Difference Day was created by USA WEEKEND Magazine and is recognized as a national day of service.  Make A Difference Day takes place the fourth Saturday of every October.  This year’s Make A Difference Day will take place on Saturday, October 22.

Circle K International member dog walking for the local humane society.

In addition to Make A Difference Day, Michigan Tech Student Activities Office coordinates other community service activities.  Service Saturdays60 Minutes of Service, and Alternative Spring Break are great ways for students to get involved with community service.  Michigan Tech also has several student organizations whose sole purpose is organizing service projects in the local community.  I am a member of Circle K International which is the collegiate level of Kiwanis Service Organization.  Every weekend Circle K has a service project planned in the local community, whether it’s a highway cleanup project, a rake and run, or a bake sale, there is always some way to volunteer and get involved!  Students may also choose to organize their own service projects by dog walking or cat cuddling at the Copper Country Humane Society, chopping wood with Little-Brothers Friends of the Elderly, or being a mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters. Here at Michigan Tech and the surrounding area, the options really are limitless when it comes to making a difference through community service.

Please feel free to email me with any questions, comments, or suggestions you may have!

Samantha Allen

Seallen@mtu.edu