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Annual Snowfall Contest Winner!

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

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

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:

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!

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.

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.”