It would be hard to find a day at Tech when you didn’t witness a sense of pride and community. This past weekend I watched the Michigan Tech Huskies take it to the Lake State Lakers as the women won by double digits and the men stayed strong in the end defeating LSSU by four points. The tempo and success of both teams is no doubt impacted by field goal percentages, rebounds, sheer athleticism and the drive to win but as many of the seniors commented in their senior speeches following the game that they are also impacted by the community and the energy in the gym. Luckily, Saturday was no different as the campus community was out in full force, the vibe in the gym radiating and the spirit of being a Husky exhilarating.
While the lady Huskies were taking the court, Travis Pierce, Director of Housing and others were meeting with eleven of our students that had their roof cave in on their apartments the night before due to heavy winter snow/rain. Earlier in the week a local family in Chassell lost their home to a devastating fire and members of Michigan Tech fraternities and sororities organized a clothing drive to assist. And the spring job fair was yet another raving success thanks to all of the employers that attend but the Tech community; Career Services, the staff of the SDC and the cross country team that help provide the people power to make it happen.
All of these occurrences revolve around a sense of pride, a feeling of family and more importantly, community. From make-a-difference day, frequent food, clothing and toy drives in the fall to Winter Carnival, relay for life and all that comes with, a pervasive sense of community exists at the place we call Tech. Perhaps Senior Basketball player Luke Heller summed it up best by saying, “while I have been a student and an athlete I have come to call this place home and I will always be a Husky.” If this isn’t inspiring community, I’m not sure what is.