2013-14 Snowfall Contest Winners Chosen

First sign of snow for winter 2013–small amount on windshield morning of October 21 with flurries mid-morning–but it wasn’t until mid-December that we started to see significant accumulation and we ended 2013 with 74.24 inches. January brought another 55.25 inches of raw material for our hardy Winter Carnival statue builders.

On the positive side, the Nordic ski trails and Mont Ripley were open until very late in the season and everyone got to talk about the weather a lot!

The Alumni Association’s fourth annual Snowfall Contest collected entries ranging from a low of 132 inches to a high of 483 inches. The official snowfall total for the 2013-14 season was 208.75 inches, according to the Michigan Tech Keweenaw Research Center’s weather station located near the Houghton County Airport.

Anna Miller, a 2012 Mechanical Engineering alumna, was the closest with her prediction of 208 inches. She will receive a stay in a campus guest room (located in the Memorial Union Building and Wadsworth Hall) and a Michigan Tech Winter Survival Kit.

Our consolation prize winner, Kaitlyn Sundstrom, class of 2012, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, was chosen at random from all entries and will receive a Michigan Tech Winter Survival Kit.

Thank you to all of you who entered the contest. Stay tuned for the Fifth Annual Snowfall Contest for the 2014-15 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.

Thank you for supporting Alumni Way

The Alumni Way paver project has been an overwhelming success.  Thank you to all our generous alumni who purchased pavers to memorialize their time here at Tech.

488 of the 4″x8″ pavers sold and 117 of the 12″ x 12″ pavers sold, for a total of 605 pavers and over $150,000.

Thank you for supporting Alumni Way!

Mark your calendars for the dedication ceremony at Homecoming.  Bring your friends and family and show them how proud you are of your Husky heritage.

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 are being planned for Women’s Basketball, Tennis, the Ford Forestry Center, Sigma Rho, and Sigma Tau Gamma.

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, and details on how you can register.

Alumni Cup returns home

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!

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!

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

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!

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

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

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.