Remembering Olsson and Santeford

Professor Emeritus Milton Olsson Passes Away

by Mark Wilcox, University Marketing and Communications

An educator, composer and conductor who spent more than three decades leading choral and orchestral groups at Michigan Tech has died. Professor Emeritus Milton Olsson died Saturday at UP Health System – Portage hospital in Hancock from complications resulting from catastrophic injuries he sustained in October. He was 80.

Milt Olsson

Olsson came to Michigan Tech in 1976 as director of choral and orchestral activities. His establishment of the Michigan Tech Concert Choir and his work as director of the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra (KSO) quickly brought him to prominence in the arts and music scene not only in the Upper Peninsula but throughout the state. Under his guidance, the Michigan Tech Concert Choir grew from less than 20 to nearly 100 members. Olsson began the Concert Choir’s tradition of performing internationally.

In 1993 Olsson was appointed the first chair of Tech’s newly created Department of Fine Arts, now known as the Department of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA). Olsson’s efforts and influence reached far beyond the MTU campus. He was a past president of the American Choral Directors Association of Michigan and was in high demand as a choral adjudicator and clinician.

Olsson earned degrees in music theory and composition from Wayne State University and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Colorado-Boulder in the literature and performance of choral music.

Olsson was widely respected as a composer and arranger and had several of his compositions performed by the KSO and other orchestras.

Among his highlights at Michigan Tech was the performance of his composition “MASS,” written to celebrate the opening of the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts in 2000.

According to his family, one of the most cherished memories of Olsson’s career was conducting the KSO with rock music legend Alan Parsons. The performances featured his son PJ Olsson, who is the Alan Parsons Project lead singer, and some of Olsson’s arrangements. They produced four sold-out shows.

In 2009 Olsson retired from Michigan Tech but remained active and vital in the music and fine arts community, and served as conductor of the Keweenaw Youth Symphony. 

Jared Anderson, chair of VPA, commented on Olsson’s legacy.

“Milt Olsson’s musical legacy will reverberate throughout the Michigan Tech community for generations. He was a gifted conductor, composer, teacher, mentor, administrator, visionary and friend. Joel Neves and I often joke that it took two of us to replace one Milt Olsson. He will be sorely missed in our lives and in the lives of so many students that he inspired over his long career at Michigan Tech, from 1976 to 2009.” 

Neves, the current conductor of the KSO, said the success of the orchestra is due in large part to the foundation laid by Olsson.

“Milt was a legend here in the Keweenaw: Everyone knew him, everyone loved him. I will be forever grateful for his personal mentorship and friendship, and of course his stunning musical mind,” said Neves. “Milt dreamed big and was hugely influential in the building of the Rozsa Center and taking the Concert Choir and Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra to greater heights. His artistic legacy is only matched by his humanity and kindness toward all. He was a great man, father, artist and colleague.”

Among Olsson’s survivors are his wife Trudy and their sons, Dave (Karyn), Stephan (Cathy) and PJ; and grandchildren, Cameron, Amelia, Ana, Kinzli, Bella and Sophia. He was preceded in death by his grandson Remi. 

There will be no funeral, but a memorial service is being considered for the future. The family is encouraging those who wish to, to give to the Milton Olsson Endowed Scholarship at Michigan Tech


Professor Emeritus Henry Santeford Remembered

by University Marketing and Communications

Michigan Tech professor emeritus Henry Santeford passed away peacefully at his Superior Location home, surrounded by his family, on Sunday, Feb. 14, following a lengthy illness. Santeford, a Michigan Tech alumnus who spent more than two decades teaching at his alma mater, was 78.

A native of Chicago Heights, Ill., Santeford earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Michigan Tech and PhD from Colorado State University. In 1972, he joined the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences as a staff research hydrologist in Washington, D.C.

Santeford’s love of snow, ice and mountains made him the perfect candidate to head up the first National Weather Service/NOAA field station tasked with unraveling the mysteries of Alaska’s hydrology. His passion for teaching lured him back to academia at the University of Alaska, where he lectured at both the Anchorage and Fairbanks campuses. In 1974, he was the recipient of Michigan Tech’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award.

In 1980, Santeford joined the faculty of Michigan Tech teaching water resource engineering with a focus in cold regions hydrology in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Highly respected by his students, he received the Chi Epsilon Outstanding Faculty Award multiple times, was the faculty advisor for the MTU Ridge Roamers and the Four Wheelers Club and was an active board member of the John Wesley House. He retired as professor emeritus in June 2001.

Following his passing in February, several former students remembered Santeford on Facebook:

  • “Dr. Santeford was one of my favorite professors at Tech. And I use the things I learned from him in my career to this day. I’m grateful for the energy and passion he invested in his students!”
  • “One of my favorite professors at Tech! He was animated, funny and had passion for his position, students and community. I’ll never forget his State jokes and I learned a lot about hydrology!”
  • “He made an impression on all of us — he was so lively and fun with his course work. I loved our labs — we were always making something cool to observe how water flowed and moved in different scenarios.”
  • “Dr. Santeford’s last year teaching was during my senior year in 2001. He helped shape the course of my career with his classes in hydraulic structures and hydrology. I remember him and his lessons with great fondness.”

Santeford was a 35-year fixture in the holiday kitchens of Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly and, as the son of a carpenter, he constructed the large oak cross hanging in the sanctuary of Grace United Methodist Church in Houghton, where he was a member. Among his survivors are his wife of 52 years, Sally, and their daughter, Jodi Santeford of Chicago.


In Memoriam

January 1, 2021 – March 31, 2021

ClassFull NameDegrees
1949Roy M. WalkamaBS Mechanical Engineering
1950John P. EvansBS Physics
1950Karl G. FriesBS Mechanical Engineering
1950Arne A. HanninenBS Forestry
1950Robert H. HolgersBS Mining Engineering
1950John D. HornerBS Chemical Engineering
1950Georg L. JohnBS Civil Engineering
1950George W. John JrBS Chemical Engineering
1950Joseph P. KerkesBS Electrical Engineering
1950Frederick W. KneppleBS Mechanical Engineering
1950Tauno W. KorpelaBS Electrical Engineering
1950Charles K. McArthurBS Metallurgical Engineering
1950Douglas S. MelvinBS Civil Engineering, BS Mechanical Engineering
1950Joseph J. MeolaBS Mechanical Engineering
1950Gerald C. PayantBS Civil Engineering
1950James E. PeddicordBS Mechanical Engineering
1950Robert W. RiedelBS Geological Engineering
1950David Ritsema P.E.BS Civil Engineering
1950David B. SleemanBS Electrical Engineering
1950Tauno M. SomppiBS Forestry
1950Donald C. TealBS Chemical Engineering
1950James H. TormalaBS Mechanical Engineering
1950Robert J. WillBS Civil Engineering
1951Torgeir KarlsenBS Electrical Engineering, MS Electrical Engineering
1951Eugene W. KnaebelBS Civil Engineering
1951Charles D. McKereghanBS Electrical Engineering
1951Robert PopovichBS Chemistry
1951Harold D. RaymondBS Mining Engineering
1951Keith D. RobinsonBS Mechanical Engineering
1951John F. RutterBS Electrical Engineering
1951William R. SaadehMS Chemical Engineering
1951John Stencel, Jr.BS Mechanical Engineering
1952James J. GallagherBS Chemical Engineering
1952Ronald C. HarrisBS Mechanical Engineering
1952Roland K. LindbergBS Civil Engineering
1952Leslie E. PriceBS Geological Engineering, BS Mining Engineering
1952Arthur G. ReinholdBS Electrical Engineering
1952Albert F. Sanborn IIIBS Civil Engineering
1952Carl H. Van DomelenBS Electrical Engineering
1953Douglas GloverBS Metallurgical Engineering
1953Fred LassilaBS Electrical Engineering
1953Robert M. LemmenBS Electrical Engineering
1953Donald L. LutzeBS Electrical Engineering
1953Robert C. TaylorBS Mechanical Engineering
1953Kenneth P. Van EssBS Civil Engineering
1953Robert W. WadeBS Mining Engineering
1954Robert F. DennettBS Chemical Engineering
1954Stanley J. FriesenBS Metallurgical Engineering
1954Lloyd B. HansenBS Mining Engineering
1954Robert J. NankeeBS Chemical Engineering
1954Ray H. PesolaBS Electrical Engineering
1954Harold J. PrattBS Mechanical Engineering
1954Dr. H. Hunter ShuBS Mechanical Engineering, MS Mechanical Engineering
1954Andre J. StromquistBS Mechanical Engineering
1954Harry R. SwansonBS Civil Engineering
1954Julio H. ThalerBS Mining Engineering
1954Dr. Hal A. Williams, D.O.BS Forestry
1955James C. GilboBS Civil Engineering
1955George C. GriessBS Civil Engineering
1955John H. HansenBS Mechanical Engineering
1955William F. HeinzBS Electrical Engineering
1955Reuben KurttiBS Mechanical Engineering
1955Jerome Q. PetersonBS Civil Engineering
1955John A. Radler JrBS Metallurgical Engineering
1955James J. ReinkeBS Mechanical Engineering
1955Kenneth J. ScottBS Electrical Engineering
1955Ivan M. ThompsonBS Chemistry
1956Donald M. HaadsmaBS Electrical Engineering
1956John J. LebenickBS Civil Engineering
1956Richard A. OwenBS Electrical Engineering
1956Daniel J. ScallenBS Civil Engineering
1956John P. SmedmanBS Mining Engineering
1956David A. StromquistBS Mechanical Engineering
1956Donald E. TomaszewskiBS Electrical Engineering
1957Thomas A. GelbBS Forestry
1957Alexander J. MarshBS Chemical Engineering
1957Frederic H. MeisterBS Geological Engineering
1957Ralph K. OjaBS Mining Engineering
1957Howard A. PearlBS Mechanical Engineering
1957Fredrick A. PittmanBS Business Engineering Admin, BS Electrical Engineering
1957William P. SchimmelBS Metallurgical Engineering
1957Hubert A. SchmittBS Mechanical Engineering
1957Ronald G. SonderhouseBS Chemistry
1957Kiril Spiroff JrBS Forestry
1957Eugene G. StrenzelBS Civil Engineering
1957Carl M. Superko JrBS Electrical Engineering
1957Richard A. WeirickBS Electrical Engineering
1958Robert C. JohnsonBS Civil Engineering
1958Donald L. KeroBS Civil Engineering
1958Stephen A. KopishBS Mechanical Engineering
1958Jack A. MenziesBS Business Administration
1958David R. MukavitzBS Metallurgical Engineering
1958Norman E. MutkaBS Mechanical Engineering, MS Nuclear Engineering
1958Charles R. NiverBS Forestry
1958George I. OinasBS Engineering Physics
1958George A. Stams JrBS Electrical Engineering
1958Donald F. SwenskiBS Mechanical Engineering
1958Richard N. TurriBS Electrical Engineering
1958John C. VenturinoBS Business Administration
1958Ronald W. Verville P.E./R.L.S.BS Civil Engineering
1958Richard K WardBS Civil Engineering
1958Thomas B. WilliamsBS Civil Engineering
1959James D. BertucciBS Civil Engineering
1959James E. FisherBS Mechanical Engineering
1959Jerome T. KestnerBS Business Administration
1959James B. LargeBS Business Administration
1959Donald J. LoeherBS Electrical Engineering
1959Roylance A. MayryBS Electrical Engineering
1959Roy A. McKeageBS Mechanical Engineering
1959Nitidhan P. PatoliaBS Business Engineering Admin, BS Chemical Engineering
1959Mary Grace ShueBS Medical Technology
1959Vernelle T SmithBS Civil Engineering
1959Flave F. StimpsonBS Mechanical Engineering
1959W. Douglas StolenBS Civil Engineering
1959Robert L. StonerBS Mechanical Engineering
1959Rolf I. ThorvaldsonBS Civil Engineering
1959Melvin J. VisserBS Chemical Engineering
1959Robert W. WadeBS Business Administration
1959Carl A WeedBS Mechanical Engineering
1959Eugene M. YedinakBS Metallurgical Engineering
1960David L. FunstonBS Electrical Engineering
1960Hal H. HewittBS Mechanical Engineering
1960Carl R. HoeraufBS Mechanical Engineering
1960James W. JosephsonBS Civil Engineering
1960Stanley C. RajalaBS Mechanical Engineering
1960Charles N. StibitzBS Metallurgical Engineering
1960John C. UllemeyerBS Chemical Engineering
1960Daniel E. WallsBS Chemical Engineering
1960James D. WoznickBS Mechanical Engineering
1961Walter E. BlanksvardBS Civil Engineering
1961Thomas E. ButlerBS Civil Engineering
1961David J. CahoonBS Civil Engineering
1961Richard J. CrossonBS Mechanical Engineering
1961Richard E. JensenBS Civil Engineering, ’64 BS Business Engineering Admin
1961Marvin D. Oosterbaan P.E.BS Civil Engineering
1962Dean I. BarnefiherBS Business Engineering Admin, BS Mechanical Engineering
1962Robert F. BrissonBS Business Administration, BS Forestry
1962William C. CoppernollBS Physics
1962David J. FrederickBS Civil Engineering, MS Civil Engineering
1963Richard D. AndersonBS Electrical Engineering
1963Russel P. Decker JrBS Geological Engineering
1963Dr. Gerald S. DzakowicBS Mechanical Engineering, MS Mechanical Engineering
1963John J. PrusakBS Mechanical Engineering
1964Paul A. AzziBS Business Administration
1964Peter G. ChamberlainBS Geophysical Engineeing
1964David E. GaylordBS Metallurgical Engineering
1964Wayne N. RootBS Chemical Engineering
1964Dr. Henry S. Santeford JrBS Civil Engineering, ’66 MS Civil Engineering
1964William H. TylerBS Forestry
1964James W. WhippleBS Forestry
1965Dale A. DamsBS Mechanical Engineering
1965Robert J. FentzBS Mechanical Engineering
1965Dr. Michael M. SheaBS Metallurgical Engineering, MS Metallurgical Engineering
1966Kristine J. AntcliffBS Biological Sciences
1966Donald C. BolgerBS Mechanical Engineering
1966Alvin D. HardmanBS Civil Engineering
1968Deward B. BeelerBS Forestry
1968Peter A. DeGioiaBS Metallurgical Engineering
1968Michael G. HellmanBS Mechanical Engineering
1968Gautam P. ShahBS Chemical Engineering
1969David J. SundbergBS Mechanical Engineering
1970William C. AlwardAAS Electrical Eng Tech (AAS)
1970Howard W. Creswick JrBS Electrical Engineering
1971Judith C. QuinnBS Mathematics
1973Timothy J. PalmerBS Chemistry
1973Paul R. SteffensBS Mechanical Engineering
1975Adolf J. JonaitisBS Metallurgical Engineering, ’77 MS Business Administration
1976Donald J. MatchinskiBS Geology
1981Nicholas J. BukacekBS Civil Engineering
1982Bruce A. ThomaBS Business Engineering Admin, Electrical Engineering
1989Allen H. StephensBS Mechanical Engineering
1996Richard A. FieldsMS Industrial Archaeology
2001Andrea M. DranbergBS Electrical Engineering
2002Patrick C. FarrellBS Mining Engineering

In Memoriam — Oct. 1–Dec. 31, 2020


Alumni Snow Statue Contest Results

Thanks to all the Michigan Tech alumni and employees who participated in our inaugural contest. Congratulations to our winners!

Multi-Day Snow Statue

Gold Medal

Multi-Day Snow Statue – Winner

Title: Paw Patrol Tackles Covid Boredom
Caption: “Ice or Snow We’re Ready to Go!”
Participants: Greg Mooren ’06, Molly Mooren ’06, Jana Fogarty ’05, Josh Fogarty ’03, Brian Mooren ’03, Mellisa Mooren ’02, Joe Mooren ’00, Sarah Mooren ’00, and children.
Location: Appleton, Wisconsin
Story: Doing a snow statue this year was particularly appealing to us as we seek creative ways to keep ourselves and our kids from going stir crazy, especially in the winter weather. Our kids love Paw Patrol and was great motivation to get out of the house and be active! The Paw Patrol’s motto is “No problem is too big, no pup is too small” which seems like a great thing to keep in mind as we face the challenges of COVID.


Silver Medal

Multi-Day Snow Statue – Second Place

Title: “Budd Torchorbit: Space Wrangler”
Participant: Max Dehtiar ’06
Location: Saginaw, Michigan
Statue Story: Galactic threats are ever present – especially the plots of evil emperor Gruz. But never fear – here comes interstellar space wrangler Budd Torchorbit! Now you can have your own Budd with this 1:8 scale action figure! Communicate with mission control, protect life forms with your laser, and fall with style with your amazing retractable wings! (Building bricks pictured not included).


Bronze Medal

Multi-Day Snow Statue – Third Place

Title: “Team TMNT/Looking back at our favorite childhood cartoons, we remember having many snowy cowabunga afternoons.”
Participants: Laurie Stark (’08/current employee), Ashley Ploetz (’08), Ryan Ploetz (’08), Susan Mattila (’08)
Location: Hancock, Michigan
Story: The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon holds a special place in our hearts. The original cartoon was created in 1987 and was a 90’s classic. We remember watching Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael battle creatures, criminals, and invaders of all sorts before disappearing back down to the storm sewers to enjoy pizza in their lair! 
Our scene unfolds in that very lair where their pizza dinner has been interrupted by supervillain Shredder. Turtle Power! The ninja turtles quickly grab their weapons and pose for attack while their rat sensei, Splinter, looks on from behind, pleased at how much they have learned. Their weapons, made of ice, include throwing stars, nunchucks, a sword, and batons. Cowabunga! From the looks of it, they will soon defeat their enemy and be back to relaxing on the couch and eating pizza in no time!


24-Hour Snow Statue

24-Hour Snow Statue – Winner

Title: “I SHOULD HAVE TAKEN THAT LEFT TURN AT SAINT IGNACE!”
Participants: Wendy (Goodhue) Peffers ’92 and Dave Peffers ’91
Location: Pella, Iowa
Story: Bugs Bunny is always making the wrong turn underground on his way to a new destination. He has emerged only to find himself closer to the End of Earth than Houghton, his destination for the exciting Winter Carnival at Michigan Technological University. Bugs is examining his map to find out where he went wrong. A two-by-four is used to support the main body of the sign. One-by-ones were used to support the arms on Bugs Bunny. His teeth and map are made from sheets of ice.


24-Hour Snow Statue – Second Place

Title: “Snowby Doo”
Participants: Susan Conradson ’94 ’96 and Erica Conradson (future alumna)
Location: Cadillac, Michigan
Story: Snowby Doo is on the case of “where is the missing Houghton snow” and the answer is “in Cadillac, Michigan”.  He decided he no longer needs his trusty side kicks of Fred, Velma and Daphine since they are too much work to handle in a 24-hour building period with just one alumni and her 12-year old apprentice.  This statue was chosen because well, Scooby Doo is the coolest (yes, pun intended) crime fighting cartoon dog around.  He sits around 5 feet tall, and as you can see from the photo, he has put on a few pounds..likely due to eating Snowby Snacks or drinking too many fishbowls and eating too many pasties?? and he says, he is okay with Huskies…just no poodles please.


Other Entries

Title: “Ice Music: Salve Regina”
Story: After working for years on the Ice Church for St. Albert the Great as a Tech student, I didn’t just leave that behind after graduation. This past summer, I did some research on instruments that could be made out of ice. I made this pagophone (from the Greek for “voice of ice”) by carefully shaving ice blocks with a chisel. Played here is the ancient church hymn “Salve Regina”.

Pagophone — Salve Regina


Title: “Mumble dances his way to success”
Statue Story: Mumble is a baby emperor penguin that was born to dance, while all other emperor penguins naturally are born to sing. This makes Mumble an outsider amongst the other penguins. His dancing eventually wears on the other penguins and he gets kicked out of Emperor Land and winds up at Michigan Tech. Mumble feels right at home with the 200+ inches of snow and cold weather. He goes on to graduate from Tech with a double major in Performing Arts and Computer Science. He then finds his way back to Emperor Land where he opens his own dance club and virtual reality arcade. The dance club doesn’t get much interest, but the penguins are curious about the virtual reality. Mumble realizes this and writes some killer code that makes it seem like the penguins are great dancers in virtual reality. The penguins love how they look with their cool dance moves, suave clothing, and 80’s big hairstyles. They can’t get enough of it and are eventually inspired to learn how to dance for real.


Title: “Everest From the Paw Patrol, Made from Snow Sculpted by Trolls”
Story: Her name is Everest from the Paw Patrol. Our kids love Paw Patrol and thought Everest would be the perfect pup because she is a husky and loves the snow!


All Things Winter Carnival for Alumni

Due to COVID-19, Winter Carnival 2021 will look different than years past. Blue Key is focused on maintaining a positive Winter Carnival experience for Michigan Tech students. That means changes to the all-nighter and many events going virtual. Check out the announcements on the Winter Carnival website

Alumni-Student Broomball for 2021 Canceled
With the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services restrictions regarding athletic tournaments, the alumni-student tournament will take a year off in 2021.

Make Your Own Snow Statue for the Alumni “Snow” Statue Contest
Participate at home in the most cherished of Michigan Tech traditions! The Michigan Tech Alumni Board of Directors has partnered with Blue Key and Alumni Engagement to offer a “Snow” Statue Contest for alumni and their friends and families.

We encourage all alumni to enjoy Winter Carnival 2021 from a distance. If you do venture to campus, please respect guidelines for masks, social distancing, and gatherings. Help us stay at Campus Health and Safety Level Three so we can continue our hands-on learning moving forward.


In Memoriam

October 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020

Preferred ClassFull NameDegrees
1935Raymond H. Amberger’35 BS Mining Engineering
1942Robert W. Sleeman’42 BS Mining Engineering
1942Ralph G. Swanson’42 BS Forestry
1947John A. Bowles’47 BS Electrical Engineering
1948John E. Barron’48 BS Electrical Engineering
1948Arne E. Erickson’48 BS Electrical Engineering
1948Thomas R. Erixon’48 BS Mechanical Engineering
1950Samuel F. Berg’50 BS Mechanical Engineering
1950Melvin A. Koenders’50 BS Chemical Engineering
1950Robert G. Lovell50 BS Metallurgical Engineering
1950Richard W. Peterson’50 BS Civil Engineering
1950John F. Viola’50 BS Civil Engineering
1951Patrick L. Boileau’51 BS Mining Engineering
1951Dr. Donald W. Bolme’51 BS Chemical Engineering
1951Kenneth A. Burnett’51 BS Metallurgical Engineering
1951R. Neil Chapman’51 BS Mechanical Engineering
1951Wayne P. Cooper’51 BS Mechanical Engineering
1951Russell L. Dahl’51 BS Mechanical Engineering
1951Charles A. Driver’51 BS Forestry
1951Richard E. Hinze’51 BS Mechanical Engineering
1951Paul I. Jacobson’51 BS Civil Engineering
1952William A. Beckquist’52 BS Mechanical Engineering
1952Donald R. Bergstrom, P.E.’52 BS Electrical Engineering
1952John P. Bogosoff’52 BS Mechanical Engineering
1952Richard R. DeGraff’52 BS Chemical Engineering
1952Thomas E. DeWan’57 BS Metallurgical Engineering
1952Devere C. Dickerson’52 BS Mechanical Engineering
1952John W. Jamar’52 BS Mechanical Engineering
1953Bud D. Bair’53 BS Metallurgical Engineering
1953Wilbert E. Beck’53BS Civil Engineering
1953Robert A. Masnado’53 BS Business Engineering Admin, BS Forestry
1954Donald R. Dobbelaire’53 BS Mechanical Engineering
1954Stanley J. Friesen’54 BS Metallurgical Engineering
1955George Babladelis’55 BS Electrical Engineering
1955Gordon G. Bauman’55 BS Mechanical Engineering
1955David A. Bruneau Jr’55 BS Business Engineering Admin, BS Mechanical Engineering
1955Maj. Thomas S. Crouch (Ret)’55 BS Mining Engineering
1956Robert J. Brey’56 BS Mechanical Engineering
1956John G. Ecklesdafer’56 BS Metallurgical Engineering, BS Mining Engineering
1956Stewart C. Oldford, Sr.’56 BS Chemical Engineering
1957E. Raymond Amble’57 BS Civil Engineering
1957William H. Anderson P.E.’57 BS Electrical Engineering
1957James R. Brophy Jr’57 BS Geological Engineering
1957Ora L. Flaningam’57 BS Chemistry, MS Chemistry
1957Thomas A. GelbBS Forestry
1957Hugh W. Gibson’57 BS Mechanical Engineering
1957R. Gordon Moore’57 BS Chemical Engineering
1957Charles H. Smith’57 BS Mechanical Engineering
1957Kiril Spiroff JrBS Forestry
1957Gene A. Warren’57 BS Civil Engineering
1957Joe E. Warren’57 BS Chemical Engineering
1958Albert M. Aittama’58 BS Business Engineering Admin, BS Mechanical Engineering
1958Alex H. Beanum’58 BS Civil Engineering
1958Elmer R. Beaudoin’58 BS Electrical Engineering
1958Thomas E. Connors’58 BS Metallurgical Engineering
1959Robert W. Arendsen’59 BS Civil Engineering
1959Maj. Neil E. DuBay’59 BS Physics
1959Thomas J. Dzakowic’59 BS Mechanical Engineering
1959Bruce R. McInnis’59 BS Civil Engineering
1960Dale R. Bero’60 BS Mechanical Engineering
1960Dr. Andrew M. Bray’60 BS Mechanical Engineering
1960James E. Clark’60 BS Electrical Engineering
1960Thor A. Jackola’72 BS Mechanical Engineering
1960Paul A. Michelin P.E.’60 BS Civil Engineering
1960Edward W. Olson’60 BS Metallurgical Engineering
1960Arthur A. Schneider’60 BS Electrical Engineering
1962David S. Dodge’62 BS Electrical Engineering
1962Earl A. Oster’62 BS Chemical Engineering
1963Dennis G. Barrette’63 BS Mathematics
1963Kenneth R. Hamilton’63 BS Civil Engineering
1963John M. Ivanitz’63 BS Geological Engineering
1966Charles J. Roberts’66 BS Civil Engineering
1968Dennis J. Ashworth’68 BS Business Administration
1968Bruce E. Hilden’68 BS Business Administration
1968Gary D. Masse’68 BS Civil Engineering
1972Craig S. Gierke’72 BA Liberal Arts with History Opt
1972Dr. John S. Klasner’72 PHD Geology
1973John M. Cadeau IV’73 BS Mathematics
1974Stanley R. Johns’74 BS Forestry
1975Thomas M. Bourgeois’75 BS Civil Engineering
1977Timothy K. Milson’77 BS Electrical Engineering
1978Miriam I. Kipina’78 AAS Nursing Technology
1979Joel D. Fynewever’79 BS Electrical Engineering
1981William E. Brush’81 BS Business Administration
1982Mark B. Siehling’82 BS Electrical Engineering
1986Stephen I. Albee’86 BS Forestry
1999Steven G. Nelson’99 BS Mechanical Engineering
2011David M. Brown’11 BS Computer Engineering, ’11 BS Electrical Engineering
2012Karen E. Hall’12 MBA Business Administration
2014Gabriel M. Martinez’14 BS Mechanical Engineering
2019Jacob M. Bouman’19 BS Civil Engineering

In Memoriam — July 1–September 30, 2020


Dean of Students Bonnie Gorman Retires

Dr. Bonnie Gorman, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, retired at the conclusion of the fall semester, ending a remarkable 24-year career at Michigan Tech.

During that time, she served in a number of key roles and collaborated with staff and students to launch Orientation Week, Make a Difference Day, Homecoming Cardboard Boats, the Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success and so much more. Bonnie was committed to student success both in and out of the classroom. Over the years, she implemented a variety of programs to help students prioritize their physical and mental health, grow as leaders, and be academically successful.

In 2014, Bonnie heard from students about their need for food assistance and within a year, she started the Husky FAN (Food Access Network).  The pantry continues to meet a critical need for students experiencing food insecurity, especially during this past year.

Bonnie is well known for her Meet the Dean of Students buttons which she distributed as a way to meet all incoming students each fall. #tenacity

Comment below to thank Bonnie for her service to Michigan Tech and share a memory.


Winter Carnival Memories

Winter Carnival began at Michigan Tech in 1922 and has been organized by Blue Key Honor Society since 1934.

With nearly 100 years of history, our students have built an amazing tradition that carries on.

The most recognizable aspect of Carnival is the building of snow statues around campus and community.

What are some of your favorite memories of Winter Carnival? What statues did you help build? Leave us a comment below!

Visit the Winter Carnival website for details and some of the history behind the event.


Show Us Your Husky Mask

Using our Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn channels back in December, we offered Michigan Tech Alumni a free mask in exchange for updating their contact info.

We’re happy to say that we’ve given out our entire supply of 1,500 masks!

Thanks to those alumni who shared photos of themselves with their masks. A gallery of photos we’ve seen is below.

Even though we’re out of masks, we encourage you to give us your updated contact information. We’ll be able to let you know about alumni reunion, future alumni events in your area or other things happening on campus. You can do so here.

If you’d like to purchase a Michigan Tech mask, they are available at University Images.


Alumni Snow Statue Contest

Calling all alumni! Participate in the most cherished of Michigan Tech traditions.

Here’s your chance to show your family and friends what an iron is really for. Or maybe you’ve had a great idea for a “snow” statue made out of something other than snow.

We know that nothing compares to snow in the Keweenaw. We also hold tightly to our Tech traditions like Winter Carnival. 

For Winter Carnival 2021, the Michigan Tech Alumni Board of Directors has partnered with Blue Key and Alumni Engagement to offer a “Snow” Statue Contest for alumni and their friends and families. 

The contest runs through January 31, 2021, with a midnight EST deadline. Judging begins after that, with winners announced on February 4.

There will be multiple categories for competition, accounting for a variety of materials that may be available to our alumni as well as multi-day and single day events.

Contest Rules

Contest runs January 1-31 with a midnight EST deadline. Participants must include at least one Michigan Tech alumnus/alumna

Categories

  • Snow Statue – 24 Hour
  • Snow Statue – Multi-day
  • Other Material* Statue – 24 Hour
  • Other Material* Statue – Multi-day
  • Fabricated Statue**
  • Virtual Statue***

Statues should be self-supporting and sculptural (three dimensional) 

*Other materials could include such things as sand, clay, wood, LegoⓇ bricks, styrofoam, metal, glass, and plastic. 

**Fabricated (e.g., 3D-printed, cast, machined) statues must be original designs by participant(s) (not templates) and will be judged separately from other materials.

***Virtual statues include 3D drawings, animation or other virtual designs.

Statues must include a name and title/caption (e.g., Sigma Mu Delta, “Oh No! It’s the Loch Ice Monster” ). 

Statue descriptions may be included in the entry form. Please see example below. 

“The legend of the Loch Ness Monster becomes a chilling reality for two hapless fishermen on Loch Ness. The fisherman in the front of the boat is frozen in terror while his companion continues to reel in his catch. A few fish poke their heads out of the water to view the scene. The backdrop is a looming Scottish castle from which an ominous Scotsman drones on his bagpipes in honor of the monster’s visit from the depths. A two by four is used in the axis of the Scotsman as are thin wooden dowels in the individual pipes of the fishermen. Rope, string, and a thin wooden dowel are used in the fishing pole.”

Additional coloring (beyond your material base color) may only be used in the lettering of your group’s name, insignia, or statue title/caption. Coloring is limited to the statue title block; absolutely no coloring can be used on the statue itself.

Statues will be judged based on photos and entry form submitted. Winners will be announced February 4, 2021, and featured in a special Winter Carnival Alumni eNewsletter in February.

Entry Forms:
Use this form if you have a Gmail account
Use this form if you do not have a Gmail account

Email questions to mtualumnistatue@gmail.com