Alumni Reunion 2013- August 1, 2 & 3

Plan to join fellow alumni and friends for Alumni Reunion 2013 — August 1, 2 & 3

This year’s featured classes will be the Golden M’s (those who graduated 50 plus years ago), and the classes of ’63, ’73, ’83, ’88, ’93 and ’03.  Other special alumni group reunions being planned for the Women of Michigan Tech, Sigma Rho, and St. Albert the Great Student Parish.

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, registration, and information on area lodging and attractions.

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 ( 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

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:

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.

Homecoming 2012 Recap

2012 Alumni-Student Broomball Championship team, The Pirate Sheep (students)

More than 100 Michigan Tech alumni and friends from all over the country gathered on campus October 12-13 for Alumni Homecoming 2012.  After Friday’s Homecoming parade, alumni, students, and friends were warmed by chili served by the Alumni Association while they cheered on students competing in the cardboard boat races.

Saturday’s Alumni-Student Broomball Invitational preliminary alumni rounds brought out competitive spirits and big appetites that were satisfied at the VIP football tailgate catered by the Library Restaurant and Brew Pub.

The weekend’s events were capped off with a skybox at the Saturday night hockey game directly followed by the 4th Annual Alumni-Student Broomball Invitational championship game.  The student team, The Pirate Sheep, claimed the Alumni Cup this year.

Reunion 2012 Recap

Over 610 alumni, families and friends—ranging from the Class of 1941 to 2012— converged on the campus, many for the first time since graduation for Alumni Reunion 2012. The most senior attendees were Larry Farnum ’41, Ned Dake ’42, and Elmer Dupuis ‘42. Thirty-Six Tech Twosomes (alumni couples who met at Tech) were in attendance. Special affinity group reunions included Biological Sciences 50th Anniversary, Men’s Basketball, and Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics 85th Anniversary.


A prediction of 131.5 inches wins Second Annual Snowfall contest

According to the Keweenaw Research Center snowfall records a total of 132in was recorded this season.

Of the 944 entries ranging from a low of 73.8 inches to a high of 400 in the Second Annual Snowfall contest, Scott Yager, a 2010 Electrical Engineering Tech alumnus was the closest without going over with his prediction of 131.5 inches.

By coming with a half inch of the  total amount of snow to fall in the Keweenaw during the 2011-12 season, Scott wins the Grand Prize which includes two nights at the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge and a Michigan Tech Winter Survival Kit (Tech Hoodie, Gloves, Hat, Scarf, Blanket, and Snowbrush).

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.

Thank you to all of you who entered the contest. Stay tuned for the Third Annual Snowfall Contest for the 2012-13 season which will kick off in November!

Check out the Snow Memories posted by alumni and friends and post your own stories about winter at Tech.