Parent and Family Orientation
Michigan Tech’s Parent and Family Orientation will take place on Saturday, August 25 and Sunday, August 26. There are many events included, ranging from campus tours and information sessions to a reading discussion, the family picnic, and the University Expo. The events and activities are both fun and informative for parents. Please visit COMPASS to get a detailed schedule.
Saturday, August 25
When you arrive on Saturday, you and you students will check in at the Rozsa Center. After checking in, you’ll continue to the residence halls to begin moving in.
11:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m.—The Center for Diversity and Inclusion and Dining Services will host Parent and Family R&R in the Hamar House. This will be a great place for you to take a break from moving and unpacking to rest, relax, and enjoy some great refreshments!
4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.—Join some of our very knowledgeable Orientation Team Leaders who will guide you through Michigan Tech’s campus. The tours begin at 4:00 and 4:30, rain or shine.
7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.—If you read Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal, by Conor Grennan, this is the time to discuss the book with other parents, families, and faculty members in DOW 642.
Sunday, August 26
9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.—Michigan Tech will be host an Orientation program for the siblings of Michigan Tech students. While you are attending Parent and Family Orientation, siblings who are in middle school or high school can have their own exciting Orientation experience! Staff and current Michigan Tech students will guide participants through team building exercises, hands-on projects, and creative explorations. Participants will be grouped by grade level. Pre-registration required.
10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.—Parent and Family Orientation Welcome and Opening Session: Our dean of students and assistant director of COMPASS welcome you to Michigan Tech for this session, entitled Parents as Partners: Together in Transition! Parents and family members will learn more about common first-year transitional issues, the many resources available on campus, and how to help your student from a distance. You’ll also get some insight about the changing relationship with your college student and get a feel for some real-life scenarios that might happen in your family, portrayed by our Orientation Team Leaders.
10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.—Across campus many of the student services offices will be open. This is a great time to get any questions that you may have answered!
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.—Join some of our very knowledgeable Orientation Team Leaders who will guide you through Michigan Tech’s campus. The tours begin at 11:00 and 11:30, rain or shine.
11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.—The Center for Diversity and Inclusion and Dining Services will host Parent and Family R&R in the Hamar House. This will be a great place for you to take a break from moving and unpacking to rest, relax, and enjoy some great refreshments!
1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.—Many Parent and Family Orientation Sessions will be offered. These sessions will help answer nearly any questions you may have about Michigan Tech and life for your student here on campus. Each session runs for 45 minutes and the Parent and Family Orientation website has the list of each session that will be taking place.
4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.—Take a break and enjoy the Family Picnic for new students and their families. Tickets are required for family members. Several Michigan Tech staff members will also be present at the picnic and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.—The official kickoff to Orientation week! Join your student and many others at the University Welcom where you’ll the people who will help your student discover their journey to success and hear an awesome welcome from University President Dr. Glenn Mroz and Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Les Cook.
7:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.—After the University Welcome, you may join fellow Michigan Tech Parents, local alumni, and University faculty and staff for an informal gathering and light refreshments at the Keweenaw Brewing Company.
Above is only a short overview of what is being offered for parents and families; check out the website for a complete schedule.
Please feel free to email me with any questions, comments, or suggestions you may have! I hope you and your student enjoy Orientation!