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Annual Snowfall Contest Winner!

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The Keweenaw Waterway in Winter

Looking back from the comfort of a balmy (64°F) June day, it’s easy to say that this year’s snowfall was nothing compared with the 208.75 inches we got last year. Of course, during the week of sub-zero high temperatures in February, “mild” wasn’t a word anyone was using with regard to winter.

The Copper Country was playful this year and kept us on our toes. Some unexpectedly warm days may have seduced newcomers and eternal optimists into believing spring had sprung, but the more wary kept snowblowers, plows, and shovels at hand until May. As always, such diligence paid off. There were even a few instances of windshield-scraping into mid-May.

This year’s Annual Snowfall Contest received 331 guesses, ranging from 32.5 inches to 394.5 inches. With a total, as recorded by the Keweenaw Research Center, of 181.5 inches, this year fell a little shy of the ten-year average.

This year’s winner, Nathan Wier, a 2010 Mechanical and Electrical Engineering alumnus, had the closest guess with 181.22 inches. He will receive A two night stay in a Memorial Union or Wadsworth Hall guest room on campus and a Michigan Tech Winter Survival Kit (Hoodie, Gloves, Hat, Scarf, Blanket, and Snowbrush).

Our consolation prize winner, Michelle O’Neill, class of 1999, Civil Engineering, was chosen at random from all entries and will receive a smaller 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.


Mollie Ruth ’13 wins the March Snowfall Contest

Last month was relatively mild, giving us only 10.25″ of snow. This is a little less than half the the average snowfall for March over the last twenty years. Of the 113 people who participated in the snowfall contest, two people were tied for closest at 9″. Mollie Ruth ’13 (Environmental Engineering) broke the tie with her prediction of -20°F for the low temperature. (The coldest temperature recorded was -20.1°F on March 5th.)

Mollie will receive a Michigan Tech Winter Survival Kit for her winning guess.

There’s still time to enter the Monthly Snowfall Contest for April, but hurry, the contest closes on Friday, April 10! Be sure to check the Snowfall Records to see how your guess measures up against April totals in the past.


Emily Shearier ’12 (Biological Sciences) is our February Winner!

One extracurricular activity everyone from Tech has in common is snow. We all play in it, work in it, love it, and sometimes hate it. Emily Shearier ’12 (Biological Sciences) demonstrated that she learned a little bit about snow while she was here.

Emily guessed we’d get 41.5″ of snow in February. Of the 122 guesses we received, only Emily’s was an exact match for the KRC record for last month. She will receive a Michigan Tech Winter Survival Kit for her winning guess.

There’s still time to enter the Monthly Snowfall Contest for March. The contest closes on Tuesday, March 10. Be sure to check the Snowfall Records to see how your guess measures up against March totals in the past.


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Karen Hext Wins the January Snowfall Contest

Congratulations to Karen Hext, of Michigan Tech Human Resources, for winning the monthly snowfall contest for January. Of the 126 people who guessed this month, only Karen got the exact number of 46.25 inches. Karen will receive a Michigan Tech Winter Survival Kit for her winning guess.

There’s still time to enter the Monthly Snowfall Contest for February. The contest closes on Tuesday, February 10. Be sure to check the Snowfall Records to see how your guess measures up against February totals in the past.

The Yearly Snowfall Contest also closes soon, at midnight on Sunday, February 15. Alumni, friends, students, faculty, staff and retirees are invited to guess the total snowfall for the 2014-15 season for a chance to win a grand prize of a two-night stay on campus and a Michigan Tech Winter Survival Kit!


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: http://www.mtu.edu/alumni/favorites/snowfall/monthly/

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:

http://www.mtu.edu/alumni/favorites/snowfall/yearly/

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

Good luck!


Enter the Fifth Annual Snowfall Contest!

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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: http://www.mtu.edu/alumni/favorites/snowfall/monthly/

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:http://www.mtu.edu/alumni/favorites/snowfall/yearly/

You can check out the snowfall totals here: http://www.mtu.edu/alumni/favorites/snowfall/

Good luck!


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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.


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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:

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  • 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!

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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.