December Snowfall Contest Winner

Congratulations to Steven Brinker, ’02 ME, for winning the monthly snowfall contest for December. There were 288 predictions received, but only Steven’s guess of 37.5 inches precisely matched the KRC reports for December snowfall. Steven will receive a Michigan Tech Winter Survival Kit for his winning guess.

While it is too late to guess the snowfall for the month of January, we expect the snow to continue for several more months! Enter your guess by the 10th of each month for your chance to win. Enter the monthly snowfall contest here:

In addition to the monthly snowfall contest, you can try your hand at guessing the total snowfall for the 2014-15 season. The annual snowfall contest gives you the chance to win a grand prize of a two-night stay on campus and a Michigan Tech Winter Survival Kit! Enter the yearly snowfall contest here:

The snowfall contests are open to all alumni, friends, students, faculty, staff and retirees. You can check out the snowfall totals here:

Good luck!

MTUAA Board of Directors Winter Carnival meeting

All are welcome to attend the meeting of the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors on February 5 & 6 in the Memorial Union Building on campus.  Agenda items include selection of the 2015 Alumni Association award recipients, launch of the new Michigan Tech Visa® card program, committee reports and university updates.  A copy of the agenda can be viewed here.  If you have an item you wish to have added to the agenda please contact the MTUAA Board of Directors Secretary, Kerry Irons prior to January 22 via

Enter the Fifth Annual Snowfall Contest!


The flakes are flying, and we Huskies couldn’t be more excited that the season of snow is upon us. Do you think you know what Heikki Lunta has in store for us each month and for the entire 2014-15 season?

Alumni, friends, students, faculty, staff, and Michigan Tech retirees are invited to predict our monthly snowfall and grand total for the season in our 5th annual Snowfall Contest.

Enter by the 10th day of each month and if your guess is closest to the total amount of snow that falls in the Keweenaw for the month, you’ll win a totally-Tech gift (like a winter survival kit, pasty vouchers, pint glass, or Tech gear). Enter the monthly contest here:

You can also make your best guess on how much snow is going to fall in the Copper Country during the 2014–15 season.  If your prediction is closest to the actual total amount you will win a two-night stay on campus and a Michigan Tech Winter Survival Kit. Enter the annual contest here:

You can check out the snowfall totals here:

Good luck!

Reserve your spot in the Alumni Broomball Invitational!

StartBroomball cup thumbed 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!

The tournament started during Homecoming and is now hosted over Winter Carnival so alumni can enjoy the outdoor Broomball rinks. After preliminary tournament rounds, the top alumni team faces off against the top student team for the honor of having their team’s name and roster engraved on the Alumni Cup.

Dust off your gear and gather up your team for this action-packed event, registration is now open here! Team space is limited, so don’t delay.

Tell us about exceptional alumni and friends!

The Michigan Tech Alumni Association is now accepting nominations for our 201Alumni Dinner08082014033 edit5 awards. We encourage you to reach out to your alumni network to spread the word. Honor your fellow alumni by nominating them for their achievements! Our five awards are described below.

Outstanding Young Alumni Award
Presented to alumni under the age of 35 who have distinguished themselves in their careers. The award recognizes the achievement of a position or some distinction noteworthy for one so recently graduated.

Honorary Alumni Award
This award honors individuals who have provided service and support of the university characteristic of dedicated alumni. The Association reserves this award to recognize the strongest non-alumni supporters of Michigan Tech.

Outstanding Service Award
Presented to alumni and friends making significant contributions to the success of the Association and/or the University.

Distinguished Alumni Award
This award recognizes alumni who have made outstanding contributions both in their careers and to Michigan Tech over a number of years.

Humanitarian Award
Presented to those alumni who, through their outstanding involvement and dedication, have made a significant contribution of volunteer leadership or service which has improved or enriched the lives of others and the welfare of humanity, and whose accomplishments reflect admirably on or bring honor to their Alma Mater.

The nomination deadline is December 1, 2014. A list of past recipients and nomination forms are available for each award here:

For additional information, please contact Bob Wojcik ’91, Governance Committee chairperson at

A welcome Blizzard in October!

On Monday, October 13, after much anticipation, Husky Plaza was finally made complete with the dedication and unveiling of the new statue, dubbed “Bronze Blizzard.” The air was brisk but charged with excitement. The Huskies Pep Band gave their customary spirited performance and the Alumni Association served free root beer floats.


After brief speeches from President Glenn Mroz, Dan Lorenzetti, Darnishia Slade, Past President of the Alumni Association, and Alissa Alexander of the Student Philanthropy Council, a coalition of students removed the drape and we all welcomed our newest addition to campus.

With true Michigan Tech spirit, the students made the statue their own, taking “selfies” and even climbing up on the statue!

A video of the dedication is available here.

Michigan Tech Alumni Visa® Rewards Credit Card!

The Michigan Technological University Alumni Association has joined forces with Commerce Bank to offer its members the Michigan Tech Alumni Visa® Rewards Credit Card. With the Michigan Tech credit card rewards program you can earn unlimited reward points redeemable for gift cards, travel, merchandise and more!

Stay tuned—This card will be available soon!

  • Convenience—Redeem points online anytime, anywhere.
  • Flexibility—Thousands of options under one program. Simply pick the reward that meets your needs.
  • Simplicity—Use your card for purchases, earn points and redeem easily online or by phone.

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

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

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.”