orientation at Montana Tech

Fall Orientation

The Orientation Program is a focused enrichment experience initiative for new students. Montana Tech strives to enhance programs and activities for all first-year and transfer students through an assortment of campus activities and events. Beginning with registration and orientation, and continuing through the semester with athletic events, campus activities, and off-campus trips, our primary focus is to help students achieve success, enjoy the year, and get the most out of their experience at Montana Tech.

Schedule

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Wednesday, August 21st

9:00 a.m. Residence Hall Move-In

11:00 a.m. Lunch on the Lawn of Prospector Hall (East Side)

1:00 p.m. Orientation Q/A and Welcome Table (Courtyard) Ger our full Orientation Schedule, ask questions, play some Trivia of Tech and games and win some prizes.

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Parent Q/A (Copper Lounge)

2:30 p.m.  Meet your classmates (Courtyard) - Get to know your new classmates in a fun and engaging way.

3:30 p.m. Help with Convocation check-in

4:00 p.m. Convocation (Courtyard); more information below

Group Photo (Directly following Convocation)(Courtyard)

5:00 p.m. BBQ (Food, Music, Bonding). (Courtyard)

6:00 p.m. Res Hall Meetings (For students living in the Residence Halls)

8:00 p.m. Nightly Entertainment (Library Auditorium)

Thursday, August 22nd

9:00 a.m. A welcome from Dr. Vath, Dean of Students (Courtyard)

9:30 a.m. Academic Integrity (Courtyard)

10:30 a.m. Safety Presentation (Copper Lounge)

11:00 a.m. DTF - Down to Frontstand (Copper Lounge)

12:00 noon Lunch SUB Cafeteria

1:00 p.m. Trek to the M (An orientation tradition - meet classmates and check out the awesome view of campus and community) Free t-shirt given to those going to the M!

5:00 p.m. Dinner the Oredigger Special (SUB Cafeteria)

7:00 p.m. Nightly Entertainment (Auditorium)

Friday August 23rd

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon Graduate School Orientation (Big Butte in the SUB)

12:00 noon - 1:30 p.m. BBQ Chancellor's Driveway

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Veteran Orientation (Veteran's Lounge in Mill)

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Highlands College Orientation (Highlands College)

Note: Highlands College will have a Veteran's Orientation on Wednesday, August 28 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m. (Highlands College Veteran's Lounge)

10:00 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. Break-out Session 1 (Pick One)

  • Academic Advising, Essential or MEH: Learn why great academic advising is important to your academic success at Montana Tech.  (Mill Chancellor’s Lounge)
  • Hiking, Biking and Bears – Oh My: Come learn about Butte’s great outdoors and how to stay safe from a bear attack survivor. (Mill Digger Den)
  • I’m in College, Now What: Learn the basics of college level academic expectations and how they differ from those of High School. (Copper Lounge)

10:00 am.m - 10:40 a.m. Break-out Session 2 (Pick One)

  • Academic Advising, Essential or MEH: Learn why great academic advising is important to your academic success at Montana Tech.  (Mill Chancellor’s Lounge) 
  • Surviving College: Learn the ins and outs of being a successful student from other students. (Copper Lounge)
  • Hiking, Biking and Bears – Oh My: Come learn about Butte’s great outdoors and how to stay safe from a bear attack survivor. (Mill Digger Den)

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch SUB Cafeteria

1:00 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. Break-out session 3 (Pick One)

  • I’m in College, Now What: Learn the basics of college level academic expectations and how they differ from those of High School. (Mill Chancellor’s Lounge)

  • Surviving College: Learn the ins and outs of being a successful student from other students. (Copper Lounge)

  • Associated Student of Montana Tech (ASMT) Panel. Meet the student’s government leaders that represent you. Learn how ASMT represents you and how you can get involved.  (Mill – ASMT Office)

2:00 p.m. Amazing Race digger Edition (Courtyard)

2:00 p.m. International Student Orientation (Copper Lounge)

7:00 p.m. Nightly Entertainment (Library Auditorium)

9:00 p.m. Digger Hunt, An orientation tradition, Win $100 gift card to the Bookstore to buy books and lots of other prizes. Courtyard

Saturday, August 24th

Butte Elevated: Up, Down and All Around – Whether it’s on top of a mountain or underground, some of the heights and depths of Butte and the surrounding area.  Sign-up for one of our mini day trips during orientation at the SUB desk.

During the Day

  • Lady of the Rockies – Take a ride up to see Our Lady of the Rockies statue standing 90 feet atop of the continental divide, at an elevation of 8510 feet and overlooking Butte. Our Lady of the Rockies trip provides some of the best views overlooking Butte.
  • The World Museum of Mining  - The World Museum of Mining is one of the few museums in the world located on an actual mine yard, the Orphan Girl Mine. With fifty exhibit buildings, countless artifacts, and sixty-six primary exhibits in the mine yard, visitors can spend a couple of hours to an entire day lost in the unfolding story. While on your tour, take a trip down the Orphan Girl Mine and get a glimpse of underground mining
  • Ringing Rocks – Located near Butte, the rocks in this unique geologic formation chime melodically when tapped lightly with a crescent wrench or hammer.
  • Sapphire Gravel and Games (Courtyard) – Brought in from Philipsburg Mt, Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine come sort through the gravel and find your own Sapphires. Over 180 million carats have been pulled the mine since the start of its operation, be part of the mine history and collect your own Sapphire carats.    

Night

  • 8:00 p.m. Movie in the Library Auditorium (Popcorn and Soda provided)

Convocation

Wednesday 8/21, 4:00 p.m. Courtyard

At the start of each academic year, we bring the entire first-year class together for a formal introduction to the university community. Faculty, administration, and upper-level students arrive in full academic regalia to offer students insights into academic culture and the meaning of a university education. (Relax -- first-year students are allowed to attend in casual dress!)

The ceremony features inspiring remarks by one of our most celebrated faculty or students. And, following the Convocation, it will be time to learn more about your academic program, with opportunities to connect with new friends and talk with professors!