Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success

Student Orientation Executive Staff

Megan (Kamphouse) Cotter

Megan (Kamphouse) Cotter

  • Training Coordinator

About me

  •  Major:  Biomedical Engineering
  • Hometown:  McBain, MI
  • Year at Michigan Tech:  Fifth
  • Favorite thing about Michigan Tech:  The proximity and abundance of recreation and outdoor activities available to us in the beautiful Keweenaw.
  • Biggest First-Year Mistake:  Not actively looking to expand my horizons, experience new things, and meet new people.
  • Piece of Advice:  Try and develop a schedule or system on how to organize and go about your day so that you can give adequate time to all the important aspects of your life.  Academics are very important, but so is physical and mental health.  Success comes easier when all of these are taken care of and balanced.
Molly Baerman

Molly Baerman

  • Programming Coordinator

About myself  

  • Major:  Electrical Engineering
  • Hometown:  Detroit, MI
  • Year at Michigan Tech:  Third
  • Favorite thing about Michigan Tech:  The community and opportunities for students to get involved.
  • Biggest First-Year Mistake:  Not having a balance between my social life and academic life.  Sleep is important!!  Pro tip: find a place on campus or in your residence hall other than your dorm room desk to work on coursework.
  • Piece of Advice:  Make connections!!  Connect with students, instructors, faculty, and staff.  Office hours and events are a great way to do this.
Ezra Cotter

Ezra Cotter

  • Communications Coordinator

About myself

  •  Major:  Double Major in Physics and Policy, Law, and Society with a Minor in Business
  • Hometown:  McBain, MI
  • Year at Michigan Tech:  Fourth
  • Favorite thing about Michigan Tech:  The community of the University and of Houghton
  • Biggest First-Year Mistake:  Letting myself get behind
  • Piece of Advice:  Go out there and do it.  Whether it;s meeting new people, getting a dog, planting a garden, or changing your outward appearance.  You don't have many chances like this -- don't waste it.
Akayla Weatherby

Akayla Weatherby

  • Logistics Coordinator

About me

  • Major:  Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Hometown:  Grand Rapids, MI
  • Year:  Third
  • Favorite thing about Tech:  My favorite thing about Michigan Tech is the supportive community and the beautiful surroundings.
  • Biggest first-year mistake:  The biggest mistake I made my first year was not being able to balance my personal and academic life.  I would get so sucked into my schoolwork that I would forget to hang out with my friends and make the memories that college is really about.
  • Advice:  My advice would be to stay in the UP for at least one summer.  It's a unique experience and very different from the snowy Houghton we're use to the majority of the year.  Houghton is very peaceful in the summer with the reduced population and there are just as many fun summer activities to do up here as there are fun winter activities.