Archives—February 2012

Don’t Miss Alumni Reunion 2012!

Reconnect with your classmates and check out what’s new at Michigan Tech.

Mark your calendars and plan to visit your alma mater for Alumni Reunion August 2-4, 2012.

It’s the 110th anniversary of the Michigan Tech Alumni Association and preparations are already underway to make this the biggest reunion ever!  Bring the whole family to enjoy a variety of Reunion events for all ages including picnics, department open houses, outdoor adventure trips, hands-on children’s science demonstrations, boat rides, a golf outing sponsored by the School of Business and Economics and more!

The featured classes will be the Golden M’s (those who graduated 50 plus years ago), the classes of ’62, ’72, ’82, ’87, ’92 and ’02.

The 2012 Reunion will also be the first ever to celebrate the women of Michigan Tech. All female graduates, former students, faculty and staff are invited to a number of special events during Reunion including a Saturday evening “Girls Night Out” party hosted by the Presidential Council of Alumnae.

A group reunion is planned for Men’s Basketball alumni, and several fraternities will be hosting gatherings as well. There will also be special events in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Department of Biological Sciences, the 85th anniversary of the Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics department, and the 35th anniversary of the Michigan Tech Student Foundation.

Can’t make it up to the Copper Country this year? You can still participate by sharing your Tech memories and letting your classmates know what’s happening in your life. Visit for details.

Help us Recognize Tech’s Excellent Teachers

The Center for Teaching, Learning, and Faculty Development seeks input for its annual Distinguished Teaching Awards, which recognize outstanding contribution to the instructional mission of the University. Based on over 50,000 student “rating of instruction” forms, ten finalists have been identified for the 2012 awards. The selection committee is soliciting comments from students, staff, faculty, and alumni to aid in its deliberation process.

The finalists for the two awards include:

Associate Professor / Professor Category

  • Andrew Burton (Associate Professor) – Forest Resources and Environmental Science
  • Will Cantrell (Associate Professor) – Physics
  • Mary Durfee (Associate Professor) – Social Sciences
  • John Jaszczak (Professor) – Physics
  • Christopher Plummer (Associate Professor) – Visual and Performing Arts

Assistant Professor / Lecturer / Professor of Practice Category

  • Timothy Eisele (Assistant Professor) – Chemical Engineering
  • Philip Kendall (Lecturer) – Mathematical Sciences
  • Elizabeth Reed (Senior Lecturer) –Mathematical Sciences
  • Thomas Werner (Assistant Professor) – Biological Sciences
  • Roger Woods (Lecturer) – Business and Economics

Comments on the nominees should be sent to the Center for Teaching via its comment website: .  Comments are due by Monday, March 30, 2012.

The process for determining the Distinguished Teaching Award recipients from this list of finalists also involves the additional surveying of their classes.  The Distinguished Teaching Award Decision Committee makes the final determination of the award recipients.  The recipients of the 2012 Distinguished Teaching Award will be formally announced in the fall.

2011-12 Snowfall Contest now closed!

It has been a strange year for snow in the Copper Country this season but more than 950 alumni and friends participated in our second annual Snowfall Contest by predicting the total amount of snow to fall in the Keweenaw.

Last winter, Ron Streib, a 1969 Metallurgical Engineering alumnus, was the winner with his prediction of 178.3 inches.

The winner of the grand prize of 2 nights at the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge and a Michigan Tech Winter Survival Kit will be selected on June 1st from all entries submitted
. The closest to the Keweenaw Research Center official snowfall total (without going over) wins! A Michigan Tech Winter Survival Kit consolation prize will be chosen from all entries submitted.

Scholarships Available to Career Changers

Michigan Tech alums who are interested in pursuing a career as a mathematics or science teacher in secondary schools are eligible for one-year fellowships, under a Tech program funded by the National Science Foundation until early 2014. Anyone with a degree in engineering, science, or mathematics can apply for these $25,000 awards to study at Michigan Tech for one year. Recipients will take courses in teacher education that lead to student teaching and teacher certification in math or science. The deadline for returning professionals to apply for the 2012-13 academic year is May 1.

Further information is available at the program website – Or interested individuals can contact the Michigan Tech Division of Teacher Education (Brad Baltensperger, chair 906-487-2425, or Judy Anderson, certification officer 906-487-3570).