Frequently Asked Questions

Alumni FAQs

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Alumnus? Alumnae? Alumni? What am I?

If you’re male, you’re an alumnus. A group of men is called alumni. If you’re female, you’re an alumna. A group of women is called alumnae (pronounced “alum-nay”). If the group is made up of both men and women, you’re alumni. That’s why you see “alumni” most often; it can be gender neutral.

All of these terms come from the Latin words “alumnus,” which means “foster child,” and “alere,” which means “to nourish.”

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How many Michigan Tech graduates are there?

There are more than 70,000 alumni and friends in the Michigan Tech Alumni family living and working in more than 100 nations around the world. To find alumni in your area, check out the HuskyLink online directory www.huskylink.mtu.edu. You can also hook up with our regional chapter network at http://apps.alumni.mtu.edu/chapters/

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What does the Michigan Tech Alumni Association (MTUAA) do?

The group lives its mission to celebrate traditions and create connections by offering learning, networking, and socializing events, programs, and services for alumni and students.

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Who are the Alumni Association Directors?

They’re volunteers, elected from around the country to serve on the Board of Directors. They form the policy-making body for the Michigan Tech Alumni Association, establishing priorities, programs, and working with the Executive Director of Alumni Engagement to develop and support enrichment activities for students and alumni. For more details visit: http://www.mtu.edu/alumni/board/

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How do I become a member of the Alumni Association?

Easy! After completing one semester at Michigan Tech, you’re considered a member. There are no dues, just a lot of great benefits. The Michigan Tech Alumni Association connects you to an influential worldwide network of Huskies around the globe.

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What is HuskyLink?

HuskyLink is Michigan Tech's exclusive Online Alumni Community. It’s a great way to get connected and leverage your Michigan Tech Alumni Network.

You can:

  • Search the Alumni Directory
  • Update and maintain your profile (including integrating your Facebook and LinkedIn info)
  • Post a Class Note, upload pictures
  • And much more . . .

How to Join: Visit HuskyLink to get started. Forgot your username or password? Just visit the login page and click on the link for assistance.

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How can I reconnect with former classmates?

Our privacy policy regarding the personal information of our alumni restricts us from releasing contact information directly to individuals.

But . . . HuskyLink has several features that can help you locate former classmates.

  1. Search the online directory for individuals by name, major, grad year, location, employer, or by activities they participated in as a student.
  2. Update your profile to make it easier for former classmates to find you in the directory.
  3. Share your news and photos (employment, marriage, new additions to your family, etc.) by submitting a Class Note. Notes not only appear in HuskyLink, but might also be included in Michigan Tech Magazine.
  4. Send an invitation to your classmates through the online community to join you at the annual Alumni Reunion in August.

We are always happy to help you to find your fellow alumni. Just contact the Alumni Relations office by calling 1-906-487-2400, toll free at 1-877-MTU-ALUM or email alumni@mtu.edu

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When is the annual Alumni Reunion?

It always takes place on campus the first week in August. The yearly celebration is the perfect time to reunite and reminisce. All alumni and friends are welcome to attend a wide range of Reunion events, with most of the official activities taking place Wednesday through Saturday. Special events are planned for the Golden M’s (those who graduated fifty or more years ago). Forty-, thirty-, twenty-five-, twenty-, and ten-year Reunion classes are also honored, along with featured athletic teams. Visit http://www.mtu.edu/reunion/ for details.

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What is a Golden “M”?

When alumni reach their 50th class reunion year, they are welcomed into the Golden M’s with a special pinning ceremony during the annual Alumni Reunion in August.

The tradition began in 1961, as reported in that year’s July issue of the Michigan College of Mining and Technology Alumni News:

The first public announcement that the Alumni Association is creating an honorary organization for alumni who have passed the 50-year milestone in their alumni lives came recently when President Lou Haga described the "Golden M Club" to all prospective members in a letter communication.

"We have created an exclusive club," President Haga told some 300 eligible members in his letter, "Exclusive in that membership is open only to those men whose classes have celebrated the 50th Anniversary of their commencements. Graduation that class is not a requisite, because we realize that many did not actually go through the ceremonies in those earlier years." There are no dues in this new club, and no officers either. As for meetings, ... "any time two or more of you are together will constitute a meeting," Haga told his readers.

The basic idea for the "Golden M Club" was approved at the Board of Managers meeting in August 1960. More recently, the Board approved a distinctive lapel recognition pin designed by L. G. Balfour Company and now being produced in 14-carat gold along with an engraved membership card.

Presentation of the charter memberships will be made in August, with those in attendance at the 75th Anniversary Reunion receiving theirs in person and the others via the mails. "While we know it is impossible to expect that all will be in Houghton to receive their pins in person, " Haga continued in his letter, "I did want to let you in on our plans in case you were still undecided regarding your own Reunion Intentions. I hope I have the pleasure of greeting you in person several weeks from now, " he concluded.

The "Golden M Club" will exist within the framework of the Alumni Association as an honorary group. It is expected that members will be shown special recognition at alumni functions wherever they may take place and that other privileges will be granted as the idea grows into a fond tradition.

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How can I order a transcript or replacement diploma?

Requests for transcripts and replacement diplomas are handled by the Registrar's Office.

Transcripts can be ordered in person or by phone, mail, or fax. Those who graduated in or after 2003 can also order transcripts online through Banweb. Visit http://www.mtu.edu/registrar/alumni/transcripts/

Enter online requests for replacement diplomas at http://www.mtu.edu/registrar/alumni/duplicate-diploma/

Or you can contact the Registrar's Office at (906) 487-2319.

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Where can I buy Tech gear and apparel?

  • Learn more about Michigan Tech License plates, Diploma frames, Prestige diplomas, Official class rings, HuskyBlend Coffee
  • For Michigan Tech apparel and gifts, visit the Campus Store and University Images online at: www.bookstore.mtu.edu

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How can I get a Michigan Tech email address?

Registration for complimentary alumni "@mtu.edu" email accounts is available within HuskyLink. Students are able to keep their mtu.edu email address after graduation as long as they continue to actively use it.

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How can I update my personal information with Michigan Tech?

Update your personal contact and employment information by updating your profile within HuskyLink or by completing our online form. Visit here: http://www.alumni.mtu.edu/update

Or simply contact the Alumni Relations office at 1-906-487-2400, toll free at 1-877-MTU-ALUM, or email alumni@mtu.edu

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How can I get more involved with Michigan Tech and help students, new graduates and fellow alumni?

There are many ways that you can lend a hand:

  • Become a regional contact
  • Get involved in a network or chapter (or start a new one!)
  • Attend Alumni events in your area
  • Join HuskyLink
  • Become a professional mentor to students

Find more suggestions on our Be A Resource opportunity page: http://www.mtu.edu/alumni/connect/volunteer/

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How do I find out more about alumni events or other activities?

We list it all on our events web page. In most cases, we also email invitations to alumni and friends who live within 60 to 100 miles of an event location. Sometimes we send postcard invites, too. Many of our regional alumni chapters have Facebook pages, another handy way to find the latest info on events and activities in your area.

The best way to make sure you’re on our invitation list is to let us know where you are! Visit www.mtu.edu/alumni/update or call the Alumni Relations office at 1-906-487-2400, toll free at 1-877-MTU-ALUM, or email alumni@mtu.edu.

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How can I submit a Class Note for Michigan Tech Magazine?

Class Notes that appear in each issue of the University’s flagship magazine are culled from the Class Notes section of HuskyLink, the alumni Association’s online community. You can also email your Class Note to alumni@mtu.edu or call us at 906-487-2400.

It’s easy to join HuskyLink. Visit http://www.huskylink.mtu.edu/join to get started. If you’ve forgotten your username or password just visit the login page at http://www.huskylink.mtu.edu for assistance.

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Why does my Alumni Association send me credit card and insurance offers?

Your Alumni Association forms partnerships with organizations to provide a wide range of member benefits and services. The selection and approval of these corporate partners is undertaken by a volunteer group of your fellow alumni who evaluate and review each partnership opportunity. Their goal is to ensure that alumni, students, faculty, and staff enjoy meaningful perks and exclusive offers designed to enhance the quality of their lives. In addition to providing services and products to our members, corporate partnerships also generate revenue. As a direct result of alumni participation in these affinity services, your Alumni Association is able to fund numerous initiatives in support of Michigan Tech students and alumni.

Show your Michigan Tech pride! Visit www.mtu.edu/alumni/benefits for details.

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How does the University use my personal information?

Your privacy is of the utmost importance. All alumni information, including mailing and e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers, is held in the strictest confidence.

Michigan Technological University, the Alumni Association, and the Michigan Tech Fund occasionally contact alumni by mail, e-mail and phone with information on alumni events, services, and opportunities to support the university. For example, Michigan Tech Magazine, Research, TechAlum, and a variety of college and department communications are distributed to Michigan Tech alumni and friends.

Please review our Privacy policy to learn more.

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What is the Michigan Technological University Presidential Council of Alumnae (PCA)?

PCA members are female graduates who have been recognized for achievements in areas such as education, professional or personal achievement, past service as a student or currently in their communities, and for outstanding support for the University.

These alumnae assist the University and their academic departments in founding and implementing programs that support the University’s strategic plan, including student recruitment and retention initiatives.