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What You Said about Tech in November…..

From “End of Earth Sign” on Facebook

“I have the postcard with that picture. Got it back in the 90s when I was on the alumni board” -Rick M.

Have the tee-shirt with this on it from the early 80’s.” -Kristy I.

Have had that post card for… ah, 35 years 😎….. more like 40 I think.” -David H.

I had this as a postcard that I bought in 1992. So great!” -Travis C.

“Taken by two of my Alpha Phi Omega Brothers!” -Dave S.

What a beautiful and special place.” -Gary Y.

And the bumper sticker that says’ “God’s area code is 906.” -Nancy M.

And Freda is where the road ends” -Griff C.

I know that goes back to the early 70’s if not the late 60’s” -Gordon M.

I wonder if the 2 students who created it would reprint it as either a post-card or a t-shirt?” -Ris B.

From “Two Tech Schools Becoming Colleges” on Facebook

I’ve done very well with my business degree from Michigan Tech. I’m proud to hear of this news!” Brad R

The training I got from the forestry school has made a lot difference in my career development. I am glad to know school of forest resources and environmental science is now college of forest resources……. great” -Emmanuel O.

Thanks for sharing in our good news!” -Michigan Tech College of Business

From “Congratulations to Michigan Tech ROTC’s Cadet Mark Wallach for being ranked 8th in the nation!” on Facebook

Should make John Helge mighty proud and happy! Eh ‘Sarge’!” -Jan B.

8th? WOW…CONGRATULATIONS!” -Susan I.

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Celebrate 25 Years! Class of 1995

Welcome!

Welcome to the Class of 1995’s 25th reunion web page. It’s a special year for us! Seven classes, including ours, will celebrate a milestone anniversary during Michigan Tech’s Alumni Reunion, set for August 6-8, 2020.

“You and our classmates have gone on to do some amazing things, and I look forward to hearing about what we’ve all been up to. The weekend will be a great chance for us to reconnect, see the changes on campus, and enjoy the hospitality of the Copper Country once again”  Mark and Sara Hurley, Class of ’95 Reunion Co-Chairs

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Map showing approximate locations of alumniFacts about your class!

  • Total Graduates: 1228
  • Top 3 Majors: ME-EM 20%, Civil Engineering 10%, Electrical Engineering 11%
  • 1992 the Michigan Tech Student Foundation (MTSF) starts the new tradition of “Oozeball” at Spring Fling. This mud volleyball tournament quickly became a Tech Tradition
  • 1994 Coed residence hall is renamed McNair Hall for Fred W. McNair, president of Michigan College of Mines (1899-1924).
  • 1994 Bowing to pressure from parents, students and faculty, President Tompkins calls off classes as Tech closed for a full day because of cold temperatures.

Make a Gift to the Reunion Gift Project!

All class of 1995 members who give toward the Class Reunion Gift effort will be included on the class honor roll. New gifts* made between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021—no matter the size or designation—are counted in the reunion gift total, however, special emphasis is being placed on our Class of 1995 Endowed Scholarship Fund.

Gifts can be made by mail, by phone, or online. Multiyear pledges (up to five years) are also encouraged, as the entire pledge amount will be included in the project total.

You can support Michigan Tech today.

Where Has Life Taken You?

Share your Tech memories below!  If you have pictures, send them to mtualumni@mtu.edu

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Celebrate 10 Years! Class of 2010

Welcome!

Welcome to the Class of 2010’s 10th reunion web page. “It’s a special year for us! Seven classes, including ours, will celebrate a milestone anniversary during Michigan Tech’s Alumni Reunion, set for August 6-8, 2020. I’ll be in touch with the details of our reunion as well as the progress of our gift effort. I’m looking forward to returning to Houghton and my alma mater, and I’m sure you, like me, have many great memories. Let’s do all we can to make this a memorable reunion celebration for our entire class” Reunion Chairs, Stephanie (Lindstrom) and David Heiden     

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Do you remember?

There’s no better time than Reunion to reminisce in person. Meet up with friends, tour campus and the Copper Country, and share your Tech experience with your family. All are welcome. Click the buttons below for lists, facts, and a welcome message from your Reunion Class Chair.      

See Where Your Class is Now!

Facts about your class!

Total Graduates: 1257

Most Popular Majors: ME-EM 21%, Civil Engineering 8%, Electrical Engineering 10%

  • 2008 Tech installs artificial turf on Sherman Field with funds donated by former football coach and athletic director Ted Kearly.
  • 2009 Women Huskies basketball team wins 2009 NCAA Midwest Regional Championship and goes on to the finals. Team ranks 4th in the nation for the highest team grade point average.
  • 2008 Students approve the Experience Tech fee giving all students open access to Portage Golf Course, Mont Ripley ski hill, Gates tennis center, Intramural sports, Varsity hockey games, Visual & Performing Arts department performances and other recreational opportunities.

Make a Gift to the Reunion Gift Project!  All class of 2010 members who give toward the Class Reunion Gift effort will be included on the class honor roll. New gifts* made between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021—no matter the size or designation—are counted in the reunion gift total, however, special emphasis is being placed on our Class of 2010 Endowed Scholarship Fund.

Gifts can be made by mail, by phone, or online. Multiyear pledges (up to five years) are also encouraged, as the entire pledge amount will be included in the project total.

You can support Michigan Tech today.

Where Has Life Taken You?Share your Tech memories below!  If you have pictures, send them to mtualum@mtu.eduMain Reunion Page

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Celebrate 20 Years! Class of 2000

Welcome!

Welcome to the Class of 2000’s 20th reunion web page. It’s a special year for us! Seven classes, including ours, will celebrate a milestone anniversary during Michigan Tech’s Alumni Reunion, set for August 6-8, 2020. “I’ll be in touch with details of our reunion as well as the progress of our gift effort. I’m looking forward to returning to Houghton and my alma mater, and I’m sure you, like me, have many great memories. Let’s do all we can to make this a memorable reunion celebration for our entire class” –Reunion Chairs, Amber and Eric Rydholm 

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Do you remember?

There’s no better time than Reunion to reminisce in person. Meet up with friends, tour campus and the Copper Country, and share your Tech experience with your family. All are welcome.

 

See where your class is now!

Facts about your class!

Total Graduates: 1315

Top 3 Majors: ME-EM 21%, Civil Engineering 9%, Electrical Engineering 11%

  • 1999 Tech provided the Christmas tree for the State Capitol in Lansing, Michigan. It was a 58 foot white spruce harvested from Tech’s Ford Forestry Center in Alberta.
  • 1997 After a campus-wide contest “Blizzard T. Husky” is chosen as the new name for the Huskies mascot. The middle initial of T. stands for “The.”
  • 1998 University unveils new Michigan Tech logo – Word mark – Gold with the word “Tech” in black

Make a Gift to the Reunion Gift Project!  All class of 2000 members who give toward the Class Reunion Gift effort will be included on the class honor roll. New gifts* made between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021—no matter the size or designation—are counted in the reunion gift total, however, special emphasis is being placed on our Class of 2000 Endowed Scholarship Fund.

Gifts can be made by mail, by phone, or online. Multiyear pledges (up to five years) are also encouraged, as the entire pledge amount will be included in the project total.

You can support Michigan Tech today.

Where Has Life Taken You?

Share your memories below!  If you have photos, send them to alumni@mtu.edu

Main Reunion Page

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Celebrate 30 Years! Class of 1990

Welcome!

Welcome to the Class of 1990’s 30th reunion web page. It’s a special year for us! Seven classes, including ours, will celebrate a milestone anniversary during Michigan Tech’s Alumni Reunion, set for August 6-8, 2020.

“Our classmates have gone on to do some amazing things, and I look forward to hearing about what we’ve all been up to. The weekend will be a great chance for us to reconnect, see the changes on campus, and enjoy the hospitality of the Copper Country once again. ” –Sean Fernstrum, ’90 Reunion Chair

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Do you remember?

There’s no better time than Reunion to reminisce in person.

Meet up with friends, tour campus and the Copper Country, and share your Tech experience with your family.

See Where Your Class Is Now!

Facts about your class!

Total Graduates: 1067

Top 3 Majors: ME-EM 23%, Civil Engineering 7%, Electrical Engineering 21%

  • 1987 The Library installs two personal computers for student use.
  • 1990 the City of Houghton installed its first two traffic signal lights. No longer could students say that they were 88 miles from the nearest traffic light in Ishpeming.
  • 1990 The Memorial Union Building reopens after extensive renovations and expansion, paid in large part by a fee surcharge approved by students. The Alumni Association also provided funds for this project and the “Alumni Lounge” was created.

Make a Gift to the Reunion Gift Project!  All class of 1990 members who give toward the Class Reunion Gift effort will beincluded on the class honor roll. New gifts* made between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021—no matter the size or designation—are counted in the reunion gift total, however, special emphasis is being placed on our Class of 1990 Endowed Scholarship Fund.

Gifts can be made by mail, by phone, or online. Multiyear pledges (up to five years) are also encouraged, as the entire pledge amount will be included in the project total.

You can support Michigan Tech today.

Where Has Life Taken You?

Share your Tech memories below.  If you have photos send them to mtualum@mtu.edu

Main Reunion Page

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Celebrate 40 Years! Class of 1980

Welcome!

Welcome to the Class of 1980’s 40th reunion web page. It’s a special year for us! Seven classes, including ours, will celebrate a milestone anniversary during Michigan Tech’s Alumni Reunion, set for August 6-8, 2020.

“I’m looking forward to returning to Houghton and my alma mater, and I’m sure you, like me, have many great memories. Let’s do all we can to make this a memorable reunion celebration for our entire class” – Jerry Philo, 1980 Reunion Chair

Become Notified when Reunion Registration Opens

Do you remember?

There’s no better time than Reunion to reminisce in person. Meet up with friends, tour campus and the Copper Country, and share your Tech experience with your family. All are welcome.

See Where Your Classmates Are Now!

Facts about your class!

Total Graduates: 1261

Top 3 Majors: ME-EM 16%, Civil Engineering 10%, EE 12%

  • 1977 Board of Control approves a trial plan for a limited 24-hour visitation program in the residence halls. This contentious issue of Women’s rights had been debated on an ongoing basis since the early 70s, the right of women to have the same freedoms in the residence halls as men.
  • 1979 Winter Carnival theme was “Snowy Scenes from the Silver Screen” A Canadian band, the “Guess Who”, performed two concerts
  • 1980 Hockey Huskies win the Great Lakes Invitational Hockey Tournament for the fifth year in a row.

Make a Gift to the Reunion Gift Project!  All class of 1980 members who give toward the Class Reunion Gift effort will beincluded on the class honor roll. New gifts* made between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021—no matter the size or designation—are counted in the reunion gift total, however, special emphasis is being placed on our Class of 1980 Endowed Scholarship Fund.

Gifts can be made by mail, by phone, or online. Multiyear pledges (up to five years) are also encouraged, as the entire pledge amount will be included in the project total.

You can support Michigan Tech today.

Where Has Life Taken You?

Share your Tech memories below!  If you have photos, send them to us at mtualum@mtu.edu.

Main Reunion Page

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Celebrate 50 Years! Class of 1970

Welcome!

Welcome to the Class of 1970’s 50th reunion web page. It’s a special year for us! Seven classes, including ours, will celebrate a milestone anniversary during Michigan Tech’s Alumni Reunion, set for August 6-8, 2020.

“I’m looking forward to returning to Houghton and my alma mater, and I’m sure you, like me, have many great memories. Let’s do all we can to make this a memorable reunion celebration for our entire class” -Reunion Chairs, Joyce & Richard Ten Haken

Become Notified when Reunion Registration Opens

Do you remember?

There’s no better time than Reunion to reminisce in person.

Meet up with friends, tour campus and the Copper Country, and share your Tech experience with your family. All are welcome.

See Where Your Class is Now!

Facts about your class!

Total Graduates: 907

Most Popular Majors: ME-EM 18%, Civil 14%, Business 13%

  • 1968-70 Concerts on campus included Neil Diamond, Linda Ronstadt, John Denver, Bob Seeger, Oliver,James Cotton Blues Band, Pair Extraordinaire, Ian & Sylvia Tyson and comedians Dave Klayman, Dick Gregory and Fred Smoot
  • 1969 Hockey Huskies win the Great Lakes Invitation Hockey Tournament in Detroit for the first time. And Football Huskies win the NIC title.
  • 1969 A six-foot rotating lighted globe is installed in the Library

Make a Gift to the Reunion Gift Project!  All class of 1970 members who give toward the Class Reunion Gift effort will beincluded on the class honor roll. New gifts* made between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021—no matter the size or designation—are counted in the reunion gift total, however, special emphasis is being placed on our Class of 1970 Endowed Scholarship Fund.

Gifts can be made by mail, by phone, or online. Multiyear pledges (up to five years) are also encouraged, as the entire pledge amount will be included in the project total.

You can support Michigan Tech today.

Where Has Life Taken You?

Share your memories below!  If you have photos, send them to us at mtualum@mtu.edu

Main Reunion Page

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Celebrate 55 Years! Class of 1965

Welcome!

Welcome to the Class of 1965’s 55th reunion web page. It’s a special year for us! Seven classes, including ours, will celebrate a milestone anniversary during Michigan Tech’s Alumni Reunion, set for August 6-8, 2020.

“I’ll be in touch with details of our reunion as well as the progress of our gift effort. I’m looking forward to returning to Houghton and my alma mater, and I’m sure you, like me, have many great memories. Let’s do all we can to make this a memorable reunion celebration for our entire class” – ’65 Reunion Chair, Paul Fernstrum

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Do you remember?

There’s no better time than Reunion to reminisce in person. Meet up with friends, tour campus and the Copper Country, and share your Tech experience with your family. All are welcome!

See Where Your Class is Now!

Facts about your class!

Total Graduates: 456

Top 3 Majors: ME-EM 18%, Civil Engineering 18%, Business 12%

  • 1964 – the new Physics and Mathematics Building was dedicated to the late James Fisher, Jr., who had been Professor and Department head of Mathematics and Physics for over 40 years, on the faculty for 50 years
  • 1964-65 – Concerts on campus included Newport Jazz, Rooftop Singers, Julie London and Kaleidescope
  • 1965 – Hockey Huskies win the NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey National Championship for the second time in Providence RI. The team included Tony Esposito who went on to be a NHL hockey star

Make a Gift to the Reunion Gift Project!  All class of 1965 members who give toward the Class Reunion Gift effort will be included on the class honor roll. New gifts* made between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021—no matter the size or designation—are counted in the reunion gift total, however, special emphasis is being placed on our Class of 1960 Endowed Scholarship Fund.

Gifts can be made by mail, by phone, or online. Multiyear pledges (up to five years) are also encouraged, as the entire pledge amount will be included in the project total.

You can support Michigan Tech today.

Where Has Life Taken You?

Share your memories below!  If you have pictures, share to mtualum@mtu.edu

Main Reunion Page

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Hunting Season, a Tech (U.P) Tradition

Bo Soli and Roger Dault, right, both of LAnse, after they bagged their two deer – 1958

It’s common knowledge that the Upper Peninsula has wilderness unlike any other.  With nearly nine million acres of forest (84 percent of the peninsula), it’s no surprise that many Yoopers take to the woods each fall in the attempt to stock their freezers for winter. That tradition has been popular with Tech students through the years as well.

We’ve heard stories of students hunting all around the Copper Country including some older stories of hunting on campus (the area now the Tech Trails).

Tell us your Tech or U.P hunting stories below!

Nordstrom hunting party near Lake Medora – 1950s
Portage Lake Pheasant Hunting – 1958
Grad student, Bill Bauer is pictured with deer he is studying – 1975

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What You Said About Tech in October…

From “hiking the Appalachian Trail” on Facebook

“Next up, the North Country Trail! #RedPlaidNation” -Marianne D.

Sporting the Star Trek dress code: short cut for the women and high cut for the men” – Jim A.

Go Tech!” -Frank B.

From “Michigan Tech vs. Northern Michigan Football Game” on Facebook

“Drop the puck and we find out who will win the U.P. Cup!” -Bill H.

GO HUSKIES!!!!!‘ -Matthew D.

From Keweenaw 360 View on Facebook

Wow… beautiful!” -Catherine P.

My apartment Sr year was right where that red-roof hotel is now. Awesome studio apartment with views of the ship canal and its ship traffic. Love this time of year there with the color.” -Tad S.

Wierd how it looks flat. I can see my old apartment house too!!” -Marie B.

A-ma-zing! Was all there last week…going back again this weekend to see my son at MTU” -Susan R.

From “Football Stadium Named for Kearly Family” in the Alumni Blogs

“As my buddy and I checked into our Freshman year dorm room in Coed Hall, we were surprised to find out we were assigned to a three-person room. Come to find out our third roomie was Jim Van Wagner – star tailback for Tech during 1973-77. Jim set numerous rushing records for Tech and the league and ended up being drafted by the NFL (49ers I believe, then the Saints). Jim was not only an outstanding running back but also a great roommate. My biggest memory of Hubbell Field was the “strict no alcohol” policy — somehow the Vets Club always managed to have a keg in the stands every game!” -Bill W.

“Congrats to the Kearly Family – a well deserved honor. I did not see Tech games at these fields as I was playing on them while at MCMT. I started all four years at guard and tackle, from 1954 through 1957, and played at Sherman Field and Hubbell Field. I remember picking rocks at Hubbell Field when it was first being put into use, prior to starting practice sessions. I also officiated football at the current location working both high school and MTU games at Hubbell in the 1980’s.” -James O.

“I remember going up the hill to Hubbell Field for Huskie football games during my tenure at Tech from ’73 to ’77. And unlike now, seating was free, no tickets necessary for Tech students or anyone else for that matter. I think seating ought to remain free for students now, who have enough expenses to deal with. I went to football games more so than to hockey games. In fact, I only went to one hockey game, just to make it official. After all, I grew up within 30 miles of Lambeau Field in Green Bay, so I already had football in my genetics!” -Rebecca F.

“First night of freshman year, 1976…carried a discarded couch up the hill from Wads, pushed it over the cyclone fence at Sherman Field, climbed the fence, carried the couch to the 50 yard line, lounged on the couch eating brownie & pretzels until the sprinklers surprisingly went on…not a football game, but an unforgettable story for four great friends (we still spend our summer vacations together at Eagle Harbor).” -Nancy

“It is notable for me that the article about Kearly Stadium is in the same newsletter with the alumni profile story on Dale Elliot. I recall many trips to Hubbell Field to watch Wadsworth Hall roommates and cohorts Dale and Fred Guenther (now physician Dr Fred Guenther of Big Rapids) play on the Huskies team. My room was nearby them. They were both linebackers for the Huskies to the best of my recollection. Later all three of us became founding members of the Gamma Chi Chapter of Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity at Tech. Mostly, of course, I can recollect some snowy games at Hubbell Field in the early 1970s, but we stuck it out to cheer on Dale, Fred and the rest of the team. Jim Bernier 1973” -Jim B.

“Tech played football at Hubbell Field (up on the hill) while I was there in 70-74. The team practiced on Sherman Field – probably so they could be close to their training facilities in Sherman Gym.” -Tom B.

From “Remembering Beloved Tech Professors” in the Alumni Blogs

“I was at Tech when the Masters program in Nuclear Engineering was canceled (1970). I still took all of the courses that were available and truly enjoyed Dr. Daavettila as a professor. I have him to thank for my 44 year in the civilian nuclear power industry.” -Larry R.

“had Don Daavettila for Physics in the mid 90’s and what I remember about him was how neat all of his lesson notes were. His diagrams, formulas and writing were all beautiful and he used about 5-6 different colors of chalk. Then, when the chalk boards would fill up and he needed more space, he would erase everything with a wet, natural sea sponge instead of a typical chalk board eraser and it took about 1-2 minutes to dry. He would say “You can talk amongst yourselves for minute.” That stuck in my head. He was one of my favorite professors at Tech.” -Garry N.

“Back in the mid 60’s Don Daavettila was base in the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Department where the Nuclear Engineering department was located. Don was my advisor for my Master’s thesis and an instructor in ,any of the departments courses. Nuclear Engineering was a hot topic at the time and MTU had an interesting array of laboratory equipment in the basement of Konig Hall. The program did not have a long life but the graduates made an impact in the nuclear power industry, the government nuclear laboratories, the nuclear navy, and in nuclear related research. Because the faculty and students were all nearly the same age they form a great group to work with.” -Kenneth K.

“I remember my first physics class with Parks, in 1962, in which he began by writing his name on the blackboard. He wrote “P. N. Parks,” but he placed big periods at the end of his initials, so I duly wrote in my notes. “Po No Parks.” It took me several days to realize that his first name was not Po.” -Geoff J.

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