Lots to see for Tech students as they enjoy K-Day

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Some of the large turnout of Michigan Technological University students for K-Day is seen Friday afternoon.

MCLAIN STATE PARK — Hundreds of Michigan Technological University students swarmed McLain State Park Friday for fun and a chance to find out what activities are available on campus.

One hundred and seventy-five campus groups took part in the annual K-Day event, which takes place each year on the Friday after Labor Day. Though exact numbers are unavailable, K-Day’s crowd appeared to be the biggest in years, said Rochelle Spencer, coordinator for student activities at Michigan Tech. 

“I think it’s a great way to have our students see all the opportunities they can have outside the classroom while they’re at Tech,” she said. 

Campus groups from the studious to the recreation-minded were arrayed in lines near the waterfront. Tools such as 3-D printing, a blacksmith’s forge and pop-a-shot were used to lure passersby. 

The Society of Wetland Scientists had a bigger-than-expected crowd, said president Zoe Horns. The group does local clean-up events at sites such as the pond behind Walmart, getting rid of purple loosestrife, and educating people about wetlands.

“I’ve been coming here for a few years,” she said. “A lot of people come out for it, so I think it’s a good event overall.”

Emily Meuers, president of Tech’s chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, said many people had stopped by Friday. The professional development club brings in executives, as well as going on tours of companies. 

“This is probably where we get most of our new members, is through K-Day,” she said. “It’s the best way to advertise.”

Board members rotate at the booth, leaving members free to wander around occasionally. 

“I think K-Day is probably how I found every organization I’m in,” Meuers said. “Society of Women Engineers, the Figure Skating Club – everything is here, so it’s a great way to check everything out.”

Others took a break by playing volleyball, have a free lunch or walk the beach by Lake Superior. 

Ayush Chutani, a new international student getting a master’s degree in mechanical engineering, said there’d been a variety of clubs that sparked his interest, ranging from board games to entrepreneurship. 

“It’s exciting to meet new people and see new things,” he said. “I’d never seen ice hockey in my life before. I tried it, and I really liked it.”