by: Mariah Kuitse, Campus Life Student Assistant and Soccer Player Extraordinaire
Yes, students and faculty of IIT! We do have a women’s soccer team. We are located just West of Stuart Building on 31st Street. We have been practicing and training hard since early August for competition in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference. We are currently 3-3 with five games left before conference tournament play.
We’re off to a great start but we are missing one very important thing at our games . . . . . . . .fans! We would love to see more people at our home games! But why come to a game? It’s another different and unique way to support IIT. Being at a university is not just about doing the schoolwork. It’s about gaining those special college experiences like attending athletic events with your friends.
Come support our soccer teams in the brisk fresh fall air. Get to a game wearing the colors of red and black where you will get to see Talon the Hawk (yes an actual hawk comes to our game!) and some spirited competition. The women’s soccer team is highly competitive so you will see some very physical action and high-powered shooting. Best of all, coming to our games will give you the opportunity to feel the joy of victory as we win our next three home games.
Please come and join us: 10/13/2012 at 5:00 pm vs Trinity Christian, 10/16/2012 at 7:00 vs Saint X, and 10/24/2012 at 7:00 vs Trinity International.
Prepare yourselves– midterms will soon be upon us once more. Midterms are a lot like Christmas, except they come twice a year and makes nobody happy. So I guess they’re nothing like Christmas. You may have a favorite study spot: your room, the library, the MTCC, but did you know The Bog is a commuter lounge and study area during the day?
The Bog in Herman Hall is open as a commuter lounge from 11am to 5pm Monday through Thursday. It opened in Spring 2011 as a place people could relax between classes. Commuters and IIT students can come to kick back, do homework, and play pool, table tennis, and video games.
I’m an employee of the bog, and I say if you want a quiet place to study, the Bog Commuter Lounge is the place to be. Galvin Library is notorious for being packed during midterms. You’d be hard pressed to find a place to sit. But in all my shifts working the desk, I’ve seen a maximum of six people in the lounge at a time. Most people probably don’t know the bog is even open! The Bog provides a great study environment, and it’s right in the middle of campus.
Where else can you find an empty pool table at a whim? Or video Games for that matter? Where else will you find an empty seat waiting for you? This year during midterms, make the bog a destination. I promise to keep the music down!
Bog Staff & Campus Life Student Assistant
Over the past week and a half, the Office of Campus Life has helped the IIT community to welcome new students to campus and said “Welcome Back!” to returning students.
It is great to have energy and enthusiasm back on campus for a new academic year, a new chance to connect with old friends, and a chance to chart a new course both in and out of the classroom.
If I have one piece of advice for students in the upcoming semester it is as follows: Step out of your comfort zone to do something different. I will occasionally see the quote ““If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten” float around the Internet on friend’s Facebook pages and Twitter streams. I believe that this is a great quote that students can get something out of. College is a new place in life for many of them and a time to trying something new and different. Join a club or organization that doesn’t have anything to do with their major. Go to a program that they normally wouldn’t. Take a chance and talk to the person sitting next to them in The Commons that they don’t know. Simply look up and say hello on the sidewalk to others between classes.
A little discomfort can go a long way in making their IIT experience the best that it can be.
What is your best advice to new IIT students? Leave it in the comments section below.
Today is day one of two for one of the five Orientation sessions.
Today is one of my FAVORITE days about working on the IIT Campus.
Not only do I get to work with some amazing student leaders, but I also get to work with a variety of individuals and offices that want to see these students succeed. Family members, IIT faculty and staff, and other students are all invested in the Orientation session that is put on by Campus Life and the Illinois Institute of Technology community. Orientation is one of the first official “Welcome to Campus!” messages that our students get and I think that the Illinois Tech community understands this and comes together with open arms (wings) to welcome new students to their home away from home.
Tyaab Arshad, the Director of the Academic Resource Center, talks with incoming students about academic expectations. Mike Gosz, the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs, sits in the front row.
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