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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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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.


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.


Michigan Tech Alumni Provide Useful Feedback

Alumni Association logoIn a recent survey, more than 3,000 Michigan Tech alumni shared their views on current Alumni Association programming and how the organization can provide additional opportunities for engagement.

Each completed survey generated a $5.00 donation to the Alumni Association’s Student Initiative Funding program which provides financial support for student organizations.  In the past two years, Blue Key, Pep Band, MTSF-Oozeball, Women’s Leadership Council, Keweenaw Pride, Advanced Motor Sports (AMS) Enterprise  LeaderShape, among others, have received funding from this program.  The fund now has $15,055 available to support worthwhile student initiatives.

Survey participants also had the opportunity to enter into a draw for an iPad mini™. The lucky winners were Tricia Sebes ’96, Melanie Nizzola ’04, Scott Thayer ’90 and Christina Kionka ’72.
  • A summary of the survey results will be posted on our website (www.mtu.edu/alumni) in mid-February.
  • Since the survey responses were anonymous and not linked to any email addresses provided, if you had specific feedback you would like us to follow up with or if you volunteered to help with events in your area, please contact us at alumni@mtu.edu

Share Your Experience in the Alumni-Student Professional Networking Group!

Help Michigan Tech students progress in their career development by sharing your own professional experience!

The Alumni Association’s newly formed LinkedIn Alumni-Student Professional Networking subgroup makes it easy for alumni and students to connect. The group is a great way to stay connected while sharing your knowledge, and we encourage you to join. Students have already posted some great questions, so get involved and join the conversation!

To learn more, please visit our website: http://www.mtu.edu/alumni/connect/networking/


New Look for Michigan Tech’s Memories Website

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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 http://www.mtu.edu/memories/


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: www.mtu.edu/memories/snow/

Enter your snowfall prediction for this winter at http://mtu.edu/snowfall/