Archives—November 2012

New Look for Michigan Tech’s Memories Website

Memories website screen grab

The Memories website has a new look and functionality which makes it even easier for Alumni and friends to share their Michigan Tech memories and upload photos as well.

The site, originally launched in 2010 for Michigan Tech’s 125th celebration, contains stories about campus life and adventures in the Keeweenaw from the 30’s right up to today! You can search for stories either by topic or decade and read what others have posted.

Take a moment to share your memories at

Copper Country Snowfall Contest is Back!

Michigan Tech Alumni Association Snowfall Contest Banner

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

According to the Keweenaw Research Center, a total of 132 inches of snow fell during the 2011-12 season last winter. There were 944 entries in the Second Annual Snowfall contest ranging from 73.8 to 400 inches. Scott Yager, a 2010 Electrical Engineering Tech alumnus earned the grand prize with his prediction of 131.5 inches.

Brian Baldwin, a 1989 Computer Science alumnus, was chosen from all entries to also win a Michigan Tech Winter Survival Kit as the Consolation Prize.

Check out the Snow Memories posted by alumni and friends:

Enter your snowfall prediction for this winter at

Creating Michigan Tech’s Alumni Way

The Alumni Association Board of Directors is lending its full support to a new initiative  – Alumni Way – a campus mall project aimed at unifying the east and west ends of the campus corridor to create a beautified, pedestrian-friendly environment.

Celebrating Our Heritage

Michigan Tech’s accomplishments have always been reflected in its alumni. It is only fitting, then, to celebrate that legacy with a distinctive entrance and mall on the west end of campus.

  • At the western gateway, an arch will be held aloft by two towers symbolic of mine structures and reflecting our beginnings as the Michigan Mining School. The gateway plaza will be accented by benches, seatwalls, and landscaping.
  • Looking east toward the middle of campus, Alumni Way will create a seamless transition to the existing campus mall.
  • Signature features will celebrate the legacy of Michigan Tech alumni, their character, and accomplishments.
  • Along the pathway, there will be commemorative benches and markers celebrating our heritage.
  • A large Husky sculpture will give the campus a gathering place that honors our mascot.
  • A bell and clock tower will be located at the center of campus.
  • Trees, new sidewalks, and reconfigured streets and parking will round out the project.

An Alumni Association–led effort is underway to fund Alumni Way entirely through private contributions from alumni and friends. For many of our alumni, the walk on campus elicits clear memories.  With Alumni Way, you can remember those best of times permanently, on behalf of yourself, your family, your mentors, and/or your graduating class.

Visit for to learn how you can get involved.

Students Receive Alumni Association Support

This fall, a select group of 10 graduate students and 20 undergrads received a Michigan Tech Alumni Association Traditions of Giving Fellowship/Scholarship to help them Create the Future for all of us.

The Fellowship/Scholarship program was created by the Alumni Association Board of Directors as part of their mission to celebrate traditions and create connections for students and alumni.

“We are certain that students can see the value of a Michigan Tech education and we want to demonstrate the value of being part of a vast network of Alumni who have shared in this experience. We are proud to be able to support our students and encourage them to explore all that the association has to offer you right now and into their professional career,” says Darnishia Slade ’98, the organization’s president.

This is the second year of the program which will provide a total of $90,000 in support over three years. Alumni have provided the funding for these awards through generous donations to the Alumni Association over the years.

Recipients of this award are asked to connect to the Michigan Tech Alumni Association through its social networks and invited to participate in the local Keweenaw Alumni Chapter (KAC) activities. They are also encouraged to join the Michigan Tech Student Foundation (MTSF), a student-led campus organization whose motto is “Students Helping Students”.

2012 Fellowship recipients with Darnishia Slade
Graduate students visited the Alumni House to meet with Ms. Slade and Alumni Relations staff members.