Michigan Tech Alumni Association Announces New Humanitarian Award

The Alumni Association Board of Directors has established a new award to recognize the considerable impact our alumni have on our world.

The Michigan Tech Alumni Humanitarian Award, established in 2010 to commemorate Michigan Tech’s 125th anniversary, will be bestowed upon alumni of Michigan Tech by the Alumni Association on behalf of the University. It will be 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.

Nominees will be evaluated on the following factors:

  1. Serves with distinction in a long term volunteer capacity
  2. Impacts the quality of life of others
  3. Demonstrates leadership and a creative ability to deal with human problems proactively
  4. Sets an example for others to follow with their actions and sacrifices
  5. Contributes in one or more of the following areas: health and human services, arts and culture, education, civic, or other areas.

Anyone may nominate a Michigan Tech alumnus/a for the award which may be given out annually, as deemed appropriate by the Board of Directors. The deadline for nominations will be December 1st.

The nomination for can be found here

If you have any questions about the Nomination Process, or would like to submit a nomination by mail, fax, or phone, please contact Alumni Relations at 906-487-2400, toll-free at 1-877-688-2586, or alumni@mtu.edu

Scholarships Available to Career Changers

Michigan Tech alums who are interested in pursuing a career as a mathematics or science teacher in secondary schools are eligible for one-year fellowships, under a new Tech program funded by the National Science Foundation for the next 5 years.  Anyone with a degree in engineering, science, or mathematics can apply for these $18,000 awards to study at Michigan Tech for one year.  Recipients will take courses in teacher education that lead to student teaching and teacher certification in math or science.  The deadline to apply for the spring 2011 semester is November 1 and for the 2011-12 academic year is March 1.

Further information and an application is available at the program website – http://noycescholars.mtu.edu Or interested individuals can contact the Michigan Tech Division of Teacher Education (Brad Baltensperger, chair 906-487-2425, or Judy Anderson, certification officer 906-487-3570).

Reunion 2010 Recap

Over 600 alumni, families and friends—ranging from the Class of 1941 to 2010— converged on the campus, many for the first time since graduation. Twenty-one Tech Twosomes (alumni couples who met at Tech) were in attendance. The most senior of which were Larry ‘41 and Jeanne ’43 Farnum. Special affinity group reunions included two sororities, four fraternities, the PCDM/Thompson Scholars and the Michigan Tech Hockey program alumni.

Reunion classes collectively raised $856,891 to support Michigan Tech.

• 103 members of the Class of 2000 have made gifts totaling $121,302 to the University in honor of their 10-year reunion.

• 201members of the Class of 1985 have made gifts totaling $50,345 to the University in honor of their 25-year reunion.

• 168 members of the Class of 1970 have made gifts totaling $72,581 to the University in honor of their 40-year reunion.

• 142 members of the Class of 1960 have made gifts totaling $612,663 to the University in honor of their 50-year reunion.

More than 27 events were offered for alumni and friends, ranging from talks by Tech professors to canoe trips. Alumni had a chance to relive their Michigan Tech past and caught a glimpse of the university’s future when President Glenn Mroz hosted an all class breakfast. Campus tours and open houses included visits to residence halls and academic departments, the Keweenaw Research Center and Air Force ROTC. In addition to the Tech Talks with professors Kris Mattila and Larry Lankton, reunion guests had a chance to learn more about Tech’s Industrial Archeology Department as they hosted a tour of the field school and research projects at the Cliff Mine site north of Mohawk.

Alumni Reunion Class of 1960: Golden Years, Great Memories
“Anybody here still use a slide rule?” That refrain meant the Class of 1960 was back in town, some for the first time in a half-century, and they were being honored at the Golden M pinning ceremony. President Glenn Mroz ’74,’77 and Alumni Association President Mark Mitchell ’77 handed out the pins… More

Michigan Tech’s Alumni Hockey Game Ends in 4-4 Tie
Peter Rouleau (2005-08) scored twice for the Black Team in the final three minutes to earn a tie with the White Team in the 2010 Michigan Tech alumni hockey game. More

Alumni Reunion MBA Association Golf Event: “Fore!”
Seventeen two-person teams teed off at the first MBAA Golf Scramble Saturday at the Alumni Reunion. The event, run by the students, was held under perfect weather as the teams enjoyed the challenge of Portage Lake Golf Course. Plans are underway for next year’s event, as are plans for the rest of the Alumni Reunion, which filled the campus and communities with laughter and memories from “back in the day.”

Help a Student – Share Your Professional Experience

It’s an ever- changing world out there, but one thing is constant… Michigan Tech alumni and students share a common rigorous academic experience and are well prepared to meet workplace challenges.

Students benefit greatly from the many alumni who financially support scholarships, facilities, research and many other campus activities, but the value they receive from those who share their time and experiences is incalculable.

With the launch of Michigan Tech Alumni Association’s new mentoring program, alumni can share their professional experience as well as network with students and recent graduates.  It’s a great opportunity to show your passion for your industry and profession and spark student interest in that career field.

The program enables alumni to post useful career information in the Mentoring Directory within HuskyLink, our online alumni community, which can be searched by current students interested in finding a mentor.

The duration of this professional networking relationship is left to the discretion of the participants. It is not designed to interview candidates or inquire about a position; although, if an employment opportunity arises there is no restriction on hiring a mentee.

If you wish to become a mentor, please visit http://mtu.edu/alumni/connect/mentoring and follow the easy steps to complete your Mentor Profile.

Many thanks to Ken Guenther who attended Tech on an US Army program in 1945, for his generous financial support that has helped make this program possible.

For more information contact us at alumni@mtu.edu or call us toll free at 877-688-2586


Take the new Michigan Tech CashCourse Web site for a spin!

We have revamped the look and feel of the site, and added some great new features!

What’s so cool about the new site?

• Looks aren’t everything, we know that. We also know the old site was getting, well, old… so we spruced up the design and we’re excited about this fresh new look!

• It’s interactive! We added new quizzes so users can test their financial smarts and learn as they go. Covering everything from the basics of budgeting to the ins and outs of studying abroad, the quizzes reveal some of those details that can take you by surprise! We also added polls, so students can vote on a topic and then see how their friends voted!

• Don’t know capital appreciation from capital gains? Our new financial dictionary is here to help you keep it all straight. We have hundreds of financial terms defined in plain English, so you don’t need to feel like you’re visiting a foreign country when you go to your bank.

• The new site highlights news, current events, and updated financial tips to help you stay on top in turbulent times.

It’s a great new site, with the same core mission: helping young people make informed financial decisions. Through improved technology and a more interactive experience, we hope to connect with more students and have an even greater impact!

Visit www.CashCourse.org/MichiganTech