Move-in Weekend, Orientation Begins Saturday
Michigan Tech's new academic year gets its unofficial start Saturday (Aug. 26) with Move-in Weekend, followed by the week-long First-Year Orientation.
About 1,300 first-year students will check in beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday. Check in runs until 6 p.m.
Once they check in, the new students will move into their residence halls. But they won't be alone, more than 200 faculty, staff and student volunteers will be on hand to unload vehicles, carry belongings into the residence halls, answer questions and even help to dispose of cardboard boxes.
Saturday's highlights feature family campus tours from 4 to 5:30 p.m. starting from Walker Lawn, led by this year's Orientation Team Leaders (OTLs).
The day's activities are capped by a performance by comedian Eric O'Shea at 9 p.m. at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts. Eric's comedy is perfect for families.
The official welcome of first-year students, with addresses by University officials, takes place at 1 p.m. Sunday in the SDC, followed by the official first-year class photo at Sherman Field.
Following the photo, students will have the chance to say goodbye to their family at the University Welcome Social from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the SDC multipurpose room.
Orientation Week begins Monday with activities throughout campus. One of the highlights takes place on Tuesday with a pair of addresses by author Daniel Tammet. His best-selling memoir, "Born on a Blue Day," was read by the first-year students. The addresses are scheduled for 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Rozsa Center. There will a book signing following each session. Later that afternoon students will join a staff member, an RA and their OTL for discussion of the book and author presentation.
Following on the heels of last year's successful debut, "A Taste of Tech Traditions," will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Walker Lawn. The new students will get a little taste of some of our time-honored traditions including broomball, cardboard boats and the Yooper Sprint.
The remainder of the week will consist of tours, competitions and opportunities from campus organizations to make the new students aware of all the opportunities available to them.
On Saturday, the students get a chance to get to know the community that will be their home for the next few years with "Afternoon on the Town." Students will be led on a fun-filled day discovering the city of Houghton.
Businesses from around the city and the area will offer specials for Michigan Tech students. There will be food samples, give-a-ways and chances to register for prizes.