Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success

Parents and Family Schedule 2018

August 24-25, 2019

Downloadable Parent Schedule

Saturday, August 24

New Student Check-In                                Move-in
9-6 p.m.                                                            9-6 p.m.
Rozsa Center (10), Lobby                                 Residence Halls

Rest and Relaxation Zone
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Van Pelt and Opie Library (17), Cafe
Visit the Library Cafe and relax.  Learn about services the Library offers or take advantage of the available computers, reading materials, and comfortable chairs.  You can even purchase some Starbucks coffee to enjoy outside on the Rovano Plaza.

Campus Tours
4-5 p.m.
Walker (11), Lawn
Come to Walker Lawn between 4 and 5 p.m. and Orientation Team Leaders (OTLs) will take you on a brief tour of Michigan Tech’s campus. Rain or shine!

Parent and Family Orientation  Welcome and Opening Session
6-7:30 p.m.
Rozsa Center (10), Theater
Parents and family members will learn about common first-year transitional issues, resources available on campus, how to help their student from a distance, and get some insight about their changing relationships. You will see entertaining real-life scenarios portrayed by Orientation Team Leaders (OTLs) and hear advice from Dean of Students, Dr. Bonnie Gorman. Immediately following the program will be an opportunity to meet Michigan Tech staff and get your questions answered.   

Comedian TBD
9-11 p.m.
Rozsa Center (10), Theater

Sunday, August 25

Sibling Orientation
8:30 a.m. - Noon
Douglas Houghton Hall (31), Ballroom
While parents are attending Parent and Family Orientation, siblings in grades 5 to 12 can have their own fun and exciting experience! Activities include exploring campus, observing Mind Trekker demos, and chilling out with Counseling Services. A small snack will be provided. Pre-registration is required and session is at capacity.

Program Session One (9-9:45 a.m.)

Dining 101, Nutrition and Allergies
9-9:45 a.m.
Fisher (15), Room 138
This session will provide an overview of the many aspects of our dining services, from residential to retail. Learn about our commitment to serving students in our three residential dining locations and six on-campus retail dining locations.

Fall Semester for Your Students: Challenges, Opportunities and Resources
9-9:45 a.m.
Fisher (15), Room 135
Learn about critical times and dates during fall semester and the resources that can support your student's success. 

Student Services Office Hours (9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)

The following offices are open to assist you:

Financial Aid                                            Registrar's Office                    Counseling Services
Student Billing/Cashier's Office             Admin (1), Suite 130                    Admin (1), Suite 301
Admin (1), Suite 103

User Services                                          Transportation Services         Student Disability Services
Van Pelt and Opie Library (17)                  Admin (1), Suite 100                  Admin (1), Suite 130


Local Health Services Open Houses Office Hours

Stop by local health services to meet their staff, explore services, set up appointments, and address healthcare questions or needs.

9:30-11:30 a.m.                                         
SDC (24), 600 MacInnes Drive, Houghton, MI 49931                                       
UP Health System Portage and Apothecary                                          
Upper Great Lakes Family Health Care

11 a.m.-1 p.m.                                      
1000 Cedar Street, Houghton, MI 49931                                       
Aspirus Houghton Clinic

Program Session Two (10-10:45 a.m.)

Career Services: More Than Just Resumes
10-10:45 a.m.
Fisher (15), Room 135
Career Services is so much more than resumes and interviews. Experience the stories of current Huskies and how they have used their time at Michigan Tech to prepare for life after college. Our career services staff will also share what we offer specifically for first-year students.

Generation Study Abroad: A World of Opportunities in the 21st Century
10-10:45 a.m.
Fisher (15), Room 138
In the last twenty years, study abroad has evolved beyond a European backpacking trip. Now students can embark on a study abroad program that fits their personal, professional, academic, and financial needs. Whether sailing across the world aboard a ship, interning at a magazine company in Spain, volunteering at an orphanage in Latin America, or conducting research in a Norwegian laboratory, a world of opportunities awaits your Husky in the 21st century!

Get Involved with Student Activities
10-10:45 a.m.
Fisher (15), Room 139
Encourage your student to discover Michigan Tech through Student Activities!  This session will provide an overview of student organizations, community service events, leadership opportunities, and other ways to get involved at Tech.

Program Session Three (11-11:45 a.m.)

ExSEL Student and Parent Info Session
11-11:45 a.m.
Dow (8), Room 641
This session provides an opportunity for new ExSEL participants and parents to meet ExSEL staff, learn about the program, and ask questions.

Leaders in Letters: A Parent’s Guide to Fraternity and Sorority Life
11-11:45 a.m.
Fisher (15), Room 139
Involvement with a fraternity or sorority can be one of the most meaningful experiences for college students. This session will help parents and families to better understand Greek life at Michigan Tech, the mission and values that guide our students, and what their students can experience by joining a chapter. 

Reading as Inquiry: Parent and Family Discussion
11-11:45 a.m.
Dow (8), Room 642
Join Michigan Tech faculty and staff to discuss this year’s Reading as Inquiry book: So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson. Be ready to share your thoughts and opinions. If you have your book with you, bring it to this session. 

Afternoon Events


University Welcome and First-Year Class Photo
1-2:30 p.m.
SDC (24), John MacInnes Student Ice Arena
Join the rest of the first-year class and their families as you are welcomed to Michigan Tech, and meet the people who will help your student make the most of their college experience.  You will be welcomed by University President-Elect Richard Koubek and Vice President for Student Affairs and Advancement Les Cook.  Please park in Lot 24 at the Student Development Complex. Access to closed captioning is available by going to http://www.streamtext.net/text.aspx?event=Session on your mobile device.

University Welcome Social
2-3:30 p.m.
SDC (24), Multipurpose Room
After the University Welcome, head out to the Multipurpose Room to relax, enjoy some light refreshment, and talk to faculty and staff.  Families, make sure to say your good byes at this event, as the students will have Orientation activities starting at 3:30 p.m.

Parent Reception
4-6 p.m.
Keweenaw Brewing Company, 408 Sheldon Avenue, Downtown Houghton, MI
Join fellow Michigan Tech parents, local alumni, and University faculty and staff for an informal gathering and light refreshments at the Keweenaw Brewing Company (KBC) following the University Welcome.  Parking is available on Sheldon Avenue and on the parking ramp behind the building. Sponsored by Michigan Tech Alumni and Friends