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Author and Alum – Michael Paddock (’87, ’88) to Present

Join Michael Paddock, PE, PS (’87, ’88) on Tuesday, June 1 from 2-3:00 pm EST, as he presents his book Bridging Barriers: How a Community Changes Its Future with Help from Engineers Without Borders USA Volunteers.

Paddock brings to us a true story about “the trials, tributations and successes of the engineers and community members who gave new hope to Garrucha”. The book details the work that students from Milwaukee’s Marqutte University Engineers Without Borders (EWD) program used to contruct two life-changing projects, a bridge and a water project, for the rural community of La Garrucha, Guatemala.

Learn about what drives Paddock to focus on a life of service, lessons on community-building, and important insights as to what it takes for a project to be sustainable. The invaluable takeaways can be applied to everyone’s personal and professional lives.

Paddock’s service to others earned him the honor of being selected as the recipient of the 2020 Humanitarian Award by the Alumni Board of Directors.

You can learn more about Michael Paddock and his book, Bridging Barriers, here.

Tune in via ZOOM on Tueseday, June 1 at 2:00 pm EST for the live presentation and Q&A at https://michigantech.zoom.us/j/87289829499

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Heather Sander, Assistant Director – Alumni Programming at hesander@mtu.edu or 906-487-2466.


Alumni and Friends Virtual Book Club

Beginning January 12, join us as we journey along with Michigan Tech alum, Vic Foerster ’74, as he recounts some of his many adventures on his beloved Isle Royale. Through Naked in the Stream, we will travel with Vic and his friend, Ken, observing nature, the people they encounter, and the absolute laws of mother nature.

This experience will be both via live “zoom” coffee chats (weekly on Tuesdays from 2-2:30pm) and optional written discussions. Vic will join us at the conclusion for a live author address!

Week 1: January 12:  Chapters: Prologue – Little Brothers and Sisters

Week 2: January 19:  Chapters: Of Moose and Wolves – From the Water

Week 3: January 26:  Chapters: Top of the Food Chain – The Waves of  Minong

Week 4: February 2:  Chapters: The Crossing – Men, Women, Canoes and Kayaks

Week 5: February 9:  Chapters: Fishing for Words – Naked in the Stream

Week 6: February 16: Author Address

Click here to register today!

Don’t forget to pick up a copy of the book so that you are ready to make the journey with Vic and Ken to Isle Royale!

If you have any questions feel free to contact Heather Sander, Assistant Director – Alumni Programming at hesander@mtu.edu or (906) 487-2466.


Alumni and Friends Virtual Book Club

Beginning September 22, join us as we embark on an amazing journey down America’s Great Loop with Hailey, Robin, and Trish. “More Than You Think You Know” is written by our very own, Cyndi Perkins. This is a story about ships and friendships that follow three renegade women piloting a 44-foot steel yacht down the Heartland rivers between Chicago and Mobile Bay. This experience will be both via live “zoom” coffee chats (weekly on Tuesdays from 2-2:30pm) and optional written discussions.

     Week 1: September 22 – Chapters 1-5

     Week 2: September 29 – Chapters 6-9

     Week 3: October 6 – Chapters 10-14

     Week 4: October 13 – Chapters 15-18

     Week 5: October 20 – Chapters 19-22

     Week 6: October 27 – Author Address

Click here to register today! Don’t forget to pick up a copy of the book so that you are ready to “sail”.

You should receive an email within 48 hours of registering. This email will be from Michigan Tech Canvas (notifications@instructure.com). The subject line will read: Course Invitation. Follow the instructions in that email in order to start your participation in the book club discussion. This is the platform the book club will be using for discussions and information.

If you have any questions feel free to contact Heather Sander, Assistant Director – Alumni Programming at hesander@mtu.edu or (906) 487-2466.