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Be a part of Alumni Way – Order your paver today!

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Regardless of when you graduated, all alumni share in the unique Michigan Tech traditions from your time here.  K-Day, Winter Carnival, and Broomball are just a few of the traditions that bring a smile to the face of every Husky.  Now the Alumni Association and the University are planning construction of Alumni Way, a new tradition that will enhance campus in the years to come.

We’ve received a generous donation to install a larger-than-life Husky statue near the center of campus. The Husky will be surrounded by a brick plaza constructed of pavers, which the Alumni Association is making available to alumni and friends to commemorate their affiliation with Michigan Tech.

Images of engraved pavers

Choose the size you prefer

Two sizes are available:

  • 4 by 8-inch paver with three lines of engraving (13 characters or spaces on each line), for a gift of  $200,
  • 12 by 12-inch square paver with six lines of engraving (15 characters or spaces on each line), for a gift of $500. (Ideal for families & groups.)  Note:  Only one hundred of the large pavers will be available
  • A gift receipt will be issued for all contributions. You can see samples of the pavers and be to make an online gift to purchase a paver by visiting www.mtu.edu/alumniwaypavers

    In addition to the Husky Statue and pavers, the Alumni Way project includes benches, legacy markers, landscaping packages and more that you can also support.  For more information on these opportunities, contact Connie Scott at the Office of Advancement, at 906-487-3325.

    Alumni Cup returns home

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    We Are the Champions

    by Dennis Walikainen for TechAlum e-newsletter

    All is right with the world. The Alumni Cup has returned home to its rightful owners, us, after an impressive 12-0 victory Saturday night. The alumni team, Kilty as Charged, scored early and often, as the student team, Fellowship of the Rink, struggled to generate offense during the first outdoor Alumni-Student Broomball Invitational.

    Matt Brechin ’12 led the scoring for the victors with four goals. The mechanical engineering alum lives in Grand Rapids and works for Dematic. He was joined by Pat “The Leprecahun” McKeon and Travis Neu, two current students who rounded out the roster and had multiple-goal games.

    A nice-sized crowd was on hand on a chilly but still night. Shouts of “You gotta have heart.” “Get it!” “Go girl!” “Stay with it!” echoed in the evening air. Also new this year, alumni and friends could catch all the action on one of our broomball webcams.

    The four student teams that played down represented DHH, West Wads, East Wads, and McNair: the four broomball leagues on campus. There were eight alumni teams.

    The Fellowship of the Rink goalie, Danielle Kehrig, played a good game and kept the score from being much worse. Her team got a nice round of applause as they got their  medals.

    Kilty as Charged were all smiles as Alumni Association President Darnishia Slade ’98 presented their medals. You could almost hear the Olympics theme in the background.

    When asked what was the secret to the victory, Brechin thought about and then replied, “Teamwork.”

    Save the Date for Alumni Reunion 2014!

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    Plan to join fellow alumni and friends for Alumni Reunion 2014 — August 7, 8 & 9

    This year’s featured classes will be the Golden M’s (those who graduated 50 plus years ago), and the classes of ’64, ’74, ’84, ’89, ’94 and ’04.  Other special alumni group reunions being planned for Women’s Basketball, Tennis, and the Ford Forestry Center.

    This year’s Reunion will offer a variety of family events for all ages including lectures from popular professors, picnics, campus tours, open houses, many outdoor adventure trips, hands-on children’s science demonstrations, boat rides, a pasty making demonstration, and more!

    Schedule information will be available soon at www.mtu.edu/reunion

    Copper Country Snowfall Contest is back!

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    Snowfall Contest BannerIf you accurately predict the total amount of snow to fall in the Keweenaw this winter you could win a stay in a campus guest room (located in the Memorial Union Building & Wadsworth Hall) and a Michigan Tech Winter Survival Kit.

    The Alumni Association’s third annual Snowfall Contest collected 560 entries ranging from a low of 75 inches to a high of 312 inches. The official snowfall total for the 2012-13 season was 225.75 according to the Michigan Tech Keweenaw Research Center’s weather station located near the Houghton County Airport.

    There were four predictions of 225 inches and we used the tiebreaking question of when the snow would stop falling (May 12th) to choose Robert Ungeran ’67 as the winner of the grand prize and Paul Marttila ’95 was chosen to receive the consolation prize.

    Check out the Snow Memories posted by alumni and friends:  www.mtu.edu/memories/snow/

    Enter your snowfall prediction for this winter at http://mtu.edu/snowfall/

    Alumni-Student Broomball Invitational to be held during Winter Carnival 2014

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    Started in 2009 to provide a fun way for alumni to play Broomball, the Alumni-Student Broomball Invitational has become a tradition that both alumni and students look forward to.

    In previous years, the tournament was held during Homecoming on the ice at the MacInnes Student ice Arena, but for 2014, the tournament is moving to the outdoor Broomball rinks during Winter Carnival (February 7-8), and you can get in on the fun!  Dust off your gear and gather up your team for this action-packed event, the coveted Alumni Cup trophy could be yours for the taking.

    Team space is limited, so don’t delay. Visit huskylink.mtu.edu/broomball2014 to register.

    Insure your pets!

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    Blizzard with his pupThe Alumni Association has partnered with the ASPCA to offer health insurance for your pets. Pet insurance helps you afford quality veterinary care so you can give your pet the best care possible. ASPCA Pet Health Insurance has four increasing levels of protection that can cover your pet for accidents, illnesses, wellness care, ongoing conditions and more.

    Key features of the ASPCA pet insurance service:

    • Save with your 5% member discount*
    • Get reimbursed 90% of usual and customary covered charges, depending on state availability
    • Use ANY licensed vet in the US or Canada
    • Save an additional 10% on multiple pets*
    • Benefit is portable if you are no longer a member!

    The costs of veterinary care are rising, especially as more sophisticated treatments become available for animals. ASPCA Pet Health Insurance can help you focus more on your pet’s care and less on finances.

    Using the plan is easy!  Take your pet to any vet in the US or Canada and pay for the services. Then fill out a simple claim form and mail, fax, or email it with your receipts.  You can track the status of your claims conveniently online at the free Member Center.

    ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plans reimburse 90% of usual and customary covered charges after a low $100 annual deductible per pet. You can also customize our plans to your budget with additional deductible and co-insurance options.

    Don’t wait until an unexpected accident or illness happens. Protect your pet’s health by enrolling today!

    Visit http://www.aspcapetinsurance.com/mtaa/ learn more.

    This collaboration also provides revenue to support a wide range of Alumni Association programs for students and alumni.

    *Discount applies to base plan premium, excluding Level 1.

    Alumni Reunion 2013 Recap

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    Pasties are a proud Alumni Reunion tradition at Michigan Technological University. This year, there was a new twist: reunion attendees were able to watch Tech’s Executive Chef Eric Karvonen deftly prepare the Copper Country’s signature dish before heading out to the ever-popular Pasty Picnic.

    Tech Talks featured Dr. Jason Carter discussing his research on sleep apnea and Dr. William Sproule ’70 who shared photos from his new book about the history of Copper Country streetcars. Alumni, family and friends also partook in science demonstrations and nature hikes for kids, kayak and canoe excursions as well as  tours on the University’s research vessel, the Agassiz.

    It all happened at the 2013 Alumni Reunion, Aug. 1-3 which included members of the featured classes of 1963, 1973, 1983, 1988, 1993 and 2003, as well as the Golden Ms, who graduated 50 or more years ago. More Reunion details can be found here.

    Reunion is a great opportunity for all former students and members of the University community to get together and rekindle relationships.

    Mark your calendars and plan to come back to the Copper Country for Reunion 2014 August 7-9.

    Snowfall Contest Winners Chosen

    Posted by brudiger under Alumni, Michigan Tech

    This was quite the winter in the Copper Country, in fact on May 8th the front page of the local paper described it as “persistent”.

    There was a trace of snow on the morning of September 12th but it wasn’t until after the New Year that the majority of the season’s accumulation fell. We received 67 inches in January and our best snow day was February 19 with 12 inches falling in that 24 hour period with high winds causing Tech to close for a day and a half due to the extreme weather.

    On the positive side, the Nordic ski trails were in excellent condition until the end of April and Mont Ripley had their longest season ever.

    The Alumni Association’s third annual Snowfall Contest collected 560 entries ranging from a low of 75 inches to a high of 312 inches. The official snowfall total for the 2012-13 season was 225.75 according to the Michigan Tech Keweenaw Research Center’s weather station located near the Houghton County Airport.

    There were four predictions of 225 inches and we used the tiebreaking question of when the snow would stop falling (May 12th) to choose the winner. Robert Ungeran ’67 will receive a two night stay in a campus guest room, plus a Michigan Tech Winter Survival Kit (Tech Hoodie, Gloves, Hat, Scarf, Blanket, and Snowbrush).

    Paul Marttila ’95 was chosen from all entries to receive the consolation prize of a Michigan Tech Winter Survival Kit.

    Thank you to all of you who entered the contest. Stay tuned for the Fourth Annual Snowfall Contest for the 2013-14 season which will kick off in November on mtu.edu/alumni.

    Check out the snow memories of alumni and friends at mtu.edu/memories and post your own stories about winter at Tech.

    Alumni Reunion 2013- August 1, 2 & 3

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    Plan to join fellow alumni and friends for Alumni Reunion 2013 — August 1, 2 & 3

    This year’s featured classes will be the Golden M’s (those who graduated 50 plus years ago), and the classes of ’63, ’73, ’83, ’88, ’93 and ’03.  Other special alumni group reunions being planned for the Women of Michigan Tech, Sigma Rho, and St. Albert the Great Student Parish.

    This year’s Reunion will offer a variety of family events for all ages including lectures from popular professors, picnics, campus tours, open houses, many outdoor adventure trips, hands-on children’s science demonstrations, boat rides, a pasty making demonstration, and more!

    Click here for the reunion schedule, registration, and information on area lodging and attractions.

    Michigan Tech Alumni Provide Useful Feedback

    Posted by brudiger under Alumni, Michigan Tech, Uncategorized

    Alumni Association logoIn a recent survey, more than 3,000 Michigan Tech alumni shared their views on current Alumni Association programming and how the organization can provide additional opportunities for engagement.

    Each completed survey generated a $5.00 donation to the Alumni Association’s Student Initiative Funding program which provides financial support for student organizations.  In the past two years, Blue Key, Pep Band, MTSF-Oozeball, Women’s Leadership Council, Keweenaw Pride, Advanced Motor Sports (AMS) Enterprise  LeaderShape, among others, have received funding from this program.  The fund now has $15,055 available to support worthwhile student initiatives.

    Survey participants also had the opportunity to enter into a draw for an iPad mini™. The lucky winners were Tricia Sebes ’96, Melanie Nizzola ’04, Scott Thayer ’90 and Christina Kionka ’72.
    • A summary of the survey results will be posted on our website (www.mtu.edu/alumni) in mid-February.
    • Since the survey responses were anonymous and not linked to any email addresses provided, if you had specific feedback you would like us to follow up with or if you volunteered to help with events in your area, please contact us at alumni@mtu.edu

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