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Welcome Back to Spring!

March 17, 2010 in Academics, Community, Events, Housing, Recreation, Sports

Flowers are blooming in the Houghton and Hancock area!

Flowers are blooming in the Houghton and Hancock area!

Parents I hope you all had a fantastic time with your student over Spring Break and students welcome back! For those of you who had the opportunity to drive your student back up to Michigan Tech you may have noticed that it is looking an awful lot like Spring in Houghton, MI. The past week’s temperatures have been in the high 40′s and 50′s during the day, much to the students delight. The snow is melting and believe it or not there are even some spring flowers beginning to bloom around campus. On Monday, the students’ first day back to class after Spring Break, we were greeted with a beautiful and sunny 55 degree day. I was amazed at the different definitions that students have for what is appropriate to wear when the high for the day is 55 degrees. Students who were somewhat overzealous for the early arrival of spring could be seen in tank tops, shorts, and flip flops. Other students seemed to be fearing that the fury of winter might return by the time they got out of class and they sported scarves and winter coats.

Skiing Mount Ripley this past Sunday.

Skiing Mont Ripley this past Sunday.

End of the Winter Season

Although no one can complain about such beautiful weather, some students are sad to see a great season of winter sports come to a close. The snow on the Michigan Tech Trails is quickly disappearing which means it’s time to put away the cross country skis and snowshoes and pull out the mountain bike! Mont Ripley, Michigan Tech’s ski hill is also quickly losing snow. At this time Mt. Ripley is still 75% covered but they will be closed Monday-Thursday and opened only on weekends for the rest of the season if the snow continues to melt. On Saturday, March 27 Mont Ripley will be holding their end of the season Easter Egg Hunt and Slush Pit. The Easter Egg hunt will start at 10am. Hundreds of eggs will be hidden all over Mont Ripley and there will be prizes in every egg. Whoever finds the special golden egg will have the chance of winning a new mountain bike or a Mont Ripley season pass. In total there will be over $3,000 worth of prizes to win at the event. The slush pit will begin at 2pm. During the slush pit skiers and snowboards will attempt to either cross 60 feet of open water or make a great splash. Prizes are available for the “most outrageous performance by a guy and gal”. The Easter Egg Hunt and Slush Pit are a great opportunity for students to celebrate the end of another great winter season.

Recontracting and Course Registration

Lastly, I would like to remind parents and students that recontracting to live in the Residence Halls is currently taking place. Take a look at the Recontracting Timeline to determine when your student can recontract to live in the Residence Halls. When your student can recontract depends on whether they will be recontracting for the same room or if they plan moving to a different room or a different Residence Hall. The Recontracting Timeline allows students who would like to remain in their same room to recontract first, on March 15. Students who would like to move to a different room or to a different Residence Hall can recontract on the days following, according to the Recontracting Timeline. Also taking place in the next couple weeks is Fall Course Registration. According to the Fall 2010 Registration Priority Schedule registration opens Thursday, March 18 at 10 p.m. and closes on Sunday, April 4 at 12 a.m. Graduate students have the first opportunity to register on Thursday, March 18 and then the following days undergraduate students are permitted to register based on the number of credits they have completed. I encourage your student to take a look on Banweb prior to their scheduled registration slot to see what courses are offered during the fall semester. Planning ahead and getting course waivers ahead of time and planning around courses with conflicting times can save a lot of time and make registration go much smoother.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions please feel free to email me. Have a great week! -Ang