Reunion 2014 - August 7, 8, and 9

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Thursday, August 7

  • 8:30 am Welcome Breakfast- Memorial Union Building Ballroom (34) Alumni Reunion 2014 kicks off with a review of the upcoming reunion activities. Greet some old friends, make some new ones.

  • 9:30 am Guided Campus Tour- starting in the Memorial Union Building Ballroom (34) Immediately following the Welcome Breakfast, join student tour guides for a guided walking tour of campus.

  • 10:00 am Tech Talks: Dr. John Jaszczak and Michael Meyer, From Slide Rules to iClickers: Learning at Michigan Tech, Then and Now, Fisher Hall (15) Room 139 Remember using slide rules and chalkboards during your student days? Times have changed and the modern-day classroom is full of new technology like smartboards, iClickers, and more. Participate in this interactive session using iClickers and see how students learn today at Tech.

  • 11:00 am Tech Talks: Dr. Guy Meadows, Hollywood meets Ocean Science: "The Perfect Storm" and "Hunt for Red October", Fisher Hall (15) Room 139 Based upon applied ocean physics, how real are these Hollywood creations? Could / did the Perfect Storm really occur? How big were the waves really? How do submarines communicate underwater? How do we use sound in the sea as a tool? These questions and more will be explored...with the help of Hollywood, of course.

  • 12:00 pm Lunch at McNair Residence Hall (39) Check out today’s dining hall experience and join students for a casual lunch in the Dining Hall of the McNair Residence Hall.

  • 1:00 pm Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics Alumni Scholarship Boat Cruise- Departs from the Isle Royale National Park Office, 800 East Lakeshore Drive, Houghton (next to the Dee Stadium). Boarding at 12:30 pm and departure at 1 pm.Tour the Keweenaw waterway aboard the Ranger II. Food and beverages will be provided by the ME-EM department. Exclusive to ME-EM alumni and guests. Registration for the cruise is $35 per person of which $15 will be donated to a department scholarship fund. Tickets will be available for pick up at the National Park Service office, 800 Lakeshore Drive, Houghton beginning the morning of the cruise.

  • 1:30 pm Pasty Making Demonstration and Tasting (sponsored by the Graduate School), Douglass Houghton Hall (31) Kitchenette (ground floor) Watch how Michigan Tech's Executive Chef, Eric Karvonen creates a favorite dish of the Copper Country- the pasty! After the demonstration, taste the finished product. Graduate School representatives will also be on hand to talk about online programs and share what’s going on in the Graduate School. Note: Unfortunately, the event location is not handicap accessible due to a flight of stairs.

  • 4:00 pm Reunion Pasty Picnic - Campus Green, between EERC (7) and Chemical Sciences Building (19) Rain site—Memorial Union Building (34) Enjoy a traditional “Yooper” dinner and swap stories with alumni, faculty, and friends with pasties (ketchup or gravy?), pickled eggs, local KBC micro-brew beer. Side salads, dessert and beverages are also included.

  • 6:00 pm Keweenaw Alumni Chapter and Friends Social Keweenaw Brewing Company, Downtown Houghton The Keweenaw Alumni Chapter invites all alumni and friends to a social at a popular local watering hole—that features a variety of crafted beers and soda—following the Pasty Picnic. Cash bar.

Friday, August 8

  • 8:30 am All-Class Alumni Breakfast, Memorial Union Building (34) Ballroom A President Glenn Mroz ’74/’77 will present the University update: Where we are and where we are headed. The Graduate School will also be hosting a poster session outside of the entrance to the breakfast showcasing the research our students have been working on.

  • 10:00 am Class Year Gatherings and Class Photos for the Classes of 1974, 1984, 1989, 1994, and 2004 Memorial Union Building (34) Alumni Lounge, first floor Whether you have been gone ten years or forty years, or somewhere in between, this is your time to gather, swap stories, and put names back with the faces from your college years.

  • 10:00 am Children’s Science Exploration: Launcher Project - Great Lakes Research Center Extension Laboratory (104), University Waterfront (Phoenix Drive) Have you ever used a ball thrower or a diving board? These are example of real life 'launchers' -- machines that propel an object. Launchers work by storing potential energy and then releasing it as kinetic energy (energy of motion) which is used to propel an object. In this activity, families will design their own launchers using plastic spoons, popsicle sticks, and rubber bands. Presented by Anza Mitchell, Mechanical Engineering & Engineering Education graduate student. Everyone is welcome, but children under six should have the help of a parent or guardian.

  • Class of 1964 and Golden M Events

    • 10:30 am Class of 1964 Golden M Pinning Ceremony - Memorial Union Building (34) Ballroom B: Current Golden M members (Class years 1963 and earlier) and friends are invited to join the Class of 1964 at this presentation. Each alumnus/a will receive their 50-year Golden M pin and certificate from University President Glenn Mroz ’74/’77 and Alumni Association President Darnishia Slade ‘98.

    • Immediately Following Ceremony- Class of 1964 and Golden M Class Photos - Memorial Union Building (34) Alumni Lounge, first floor

    • 12:00-1:30 pm Golden M Luncheon - Memorial Union Building (34) Ballroom A:  Current Golden M Members and friends are invited to join the Class of 1964 for a special luncheon to celebrate their induction into the Golden M Club.

  • 11: 00 am to 1:00 pm Lunch at McNair Dining Hall (39) Check out today’s dining hall experience and join students for a casual lunch in the Dining Hall of the McNair Residence Hall.

  • 1:00 pm Research Vessel Agassiz Research Boat Tour - Meet at Great Lakes Research Center (100), University Waterfront (Phoenix Drive) Four tours will leave every hour on the hour from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The University operates the R/V Agassiz in support of its mission in aquatic sciences, and these scientific excursions will provide insight into the research being conducted by faculty and students. This event is weather dependent. Note: Minimum age for the vessel is 7.

  • 1:30 pm Campus and Department Open Houses Many academic and administrative departments are opening their doors to showcase their capabilities, like the must-see Great Lakes Research Center where you’ll learn about survival in Lake Superior and look at the suits that could save your life. Get the latest details when you check in.

    • Aerospace Studies (AFROTC): The Det 400 AFROTC facilities will be open for all reunion participants, and current cadre should be available to answer questions.

    • Center for Pre-College Outreach: The Center for Pre-College Outreach will have its offices open to visitors. Slide shows, short videos, materials about the Summer Youth Programs, Mind Trekkers and other outreach programs along with refreshments will be available in our offices. Staff will be present to answer questions regarding our K-12 outreach programming that reaches over 50,000 both domestic and international students each year. Come Discover with Us!

    • Chemical Engineering:Chemical Engineering will offer tours through their world-class unit Operation Laboratories.

    • Civil and Environmental Engineering:Civil and Environmental Engineering will offer tours of their teaching and research labs.

    • Electrical and Computer Engineering:Electrical and Computer Engineering will offer refreshments and tours of their lab facilities.

    • Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences:The GMES department invites their alumni to a lunch during the department open house. Please join the faculty, staff, and graduate students of the department to catch up on recent activities in our department. No reservation is necessary.

    • Great Lakes Research Center:GLRC will conduct facility tours where visitors will learn about research on the Great Lakes and survival in Lake Superior, including a look at the suits that could save their lives (if they can get into one within three minutes of hitting the water).

    • International Programs and Services: The International Programs and Services Office welcomes former international students or study abroad alumni to stop by and share their memories.  The staff look forward to learning about how their office helped you during your time at Tech or studying in another country.  

    • Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology: Anyone interested in learning more about Michigan Tech's Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology department is invited to stop by. Exercise Science or Sports/Fitness Management alumni are strongly encouraged to visit for an update of departmental activities and a tour of facilities.

    • Mathematical Sciences:  The Math Department invites Alums to visit the department, especially the recently renovated Math Learning Center and Math Labs.  Refreshments will be served.

    • Mechanical Engineering - Engineering Mechanics: Join the Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Department to do hands-on laboratory experiments - a chance to be a student again ​but without worrying about grades​. We have ​completed a major revision of ​our curriculum to include new and innovative hands-on experiments. You will take data, do some analysis, and complete the same experiments that our students will be doing ​this fall, but before they do. Research laboratory tours will ​also be​ given after these experiments.

    • Pavlis Honors College: Tour of the newly formed Pavlis Honors College with information on Enterprise, the Pavlis Institute, the Honors Institute, Research Scholars and the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program.  Programs housed within the Pavlis Honors College are designed to provide students with unique, active learning opportunities to explore and grow academically through hands-on learning to enhance their academic success and build upon the foundation of learning acquired in the classroom.

    • School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science:  Join the department for a tour of the School's labs - Rhizotron, mesocosm, and forest health

    • School of Technology:  TBA

  • 2:00 pm Guided Campus Tours - Administration Building (1), ground floor Admissions office Get an inside look at the campus on a walking tour with a student tour guide.

  • 5:30 pm Alumni Reunion Dinner - Memorial Union Building Ballroom (34) It’s a special celebration for all alumni and friends, featuring a delicious buffet dinner, and alumni award presentations. 5:30 pm Social (cash bar), 6:30 pm Dinner (program to follow, business attire).

  • 6:00 pm Women’s Basketball Family Open Gym- Student Development Complex (24) Join Blizzard, teammates, other players and their families for an hour of fun. Also, meet the current players as they will be hosting games (ping pong, Bean bags, etc..) for the kids while the former players hone their shooting skills.

  • 7:00 pm Tennis Social- Downtowner Lounge, Downtown Houghton Catch up with former teammates and enjoy the beautiful water views from the deck. Cash bar.

  • 7:30 pm Women’s Basketball Social- Keweenaw Brewing Company, Downtown Houghton Catch up with former teammates while enjoying one of the area’s favorite breweries. Cash bar.

Saturday, August 9

Today is a great day to explore the Copper Country!

  • 8:30 am Coffee Break at the Alumni House (9) Coffee’s on at the Alumni House! Start your day with us and reminisce browsing our yearbooks and memorabilia.

  • 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP) Canoe the Sturgeon—Meet at the Alumni House (9) Join us as we head down to the Sturgeon River, southeast of Chassell, to paddle for about four hours. This is a nice, easy paddle and will show you some great scenery along the way. We will provide snacks, transportation, and all the necessary equipment. This event is weather dependent *.

  • 1:00 pm Tennis and Women’s Basketball Tour of the SDC- Student Development Complex (24) Join athletic department staff as they give a guided tour of the SDC and see the many upgrades that have recently taken place.

  • 2:00 pm Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP) Mountain Biking – Meet at the Tech Trails trailhead (Across from the football field on Sharon Avenue) Explore the beauty of Michigan Tech’s trail network during this guided ride. Participants can choose between a leisurely ride or more vigorous ride, depending on skill level. Bikes and helmets will be provided, or you are welcome to bring your own equipment. Please note the bikes provided cannot accommodate participants under 5’2”. This event is weather dependent *.

    * For the Saturday events that are weather dependent, up to date information will be available by calling 906-487-2400

  • 2:00 pm Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP) Keweenaw Waterfall Tour— Meet at the Alumni House (9) Visit some of the waterfalls in the area, including Hungarian Falls, Jacob Falls, and Eagle River Falls. Transportation and snacks will be provided. An OAP guide will lead you to these hidden gems. This event is weather dependent *.

    Note: A third of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the Keweenaw Land Trust to support continued public access to the Hungarian Falls and other natural resources in the Keweenaw.

    * For the Saturday events that are weather dependent, up to date information will be available by calling 906-487-2400

  • 2:00 pm Women’s Basketball Welcome- Student Development Complex (24) Gym) Join Coach Cameron for a welcome and state of the program address, and hear remarks from an alumna and a current player.

  • 2:00-4:00 pm Tennis Welcome and Open Courts- Gates Tennis Center (50) Join Coach Kalinec for a welcome and state of the program address, then take advantage of the open courts.

  • 2:30 pm Women’s Basketball Pre-Game Warm-Up- Student Development Complex (24) Gym

  • 3:00 pm Women’s Basketball Alumnae Game- - Student Development Complex (24) Gym All are welcome to come out and cheer on the Women’s Basketball alumnae teams!
  • 5:30 pm Tennis Social- Keweenaw Brewing Company, Downtown Houghton Catch up with former teammates while enjoying one of the area’s favorite breweries. Cash bar.

  • 5:30 pm Women’s Basketball Social- Downtowner Lounge, Downtown Houghton Catch up with former teammates and enjoy the beautiful water views from the deck. Complimentary finger foods with cash bar. Exclusive to Women’s Basketball and guests.

Affinity Group Events


Come out and celebrate!

Sigma Rho

Saturday 2:00 pm Lawn party at the Sigma Rho house in Chassell- games, food, and festivities! For more information email

Sigma Tau Gamma

Celebrating 40 year anniversary August 7-9, 2014 in Houghton! Details and payment options available at or by contacting Chad Kern at

Ford Forestry Center 60th Anniversary

Details and registration information for these events can be found at:

  • Saturday, 11:00 am-2:00 pm Site Tours of Projects on Ford Center Lands
  • Saturday, 1:30-4:45 pm Alberta Village Events
  • Saturday, 5:00 pm-midnight SFRES Alumni Awards and Pig Roast
  • Sunday, 7:00 am Shuttle to Goose Meadow
  • Sunday, 7:00-10:00 am Self-Guided Tours
  • Sunday, 10:00am-noon Alumni Brunch
  • Sunday, noon-2:00 pm Geomorphology Lecture and Tour

Other Things To Do

A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum (new location at 1404 Sharon Avenue) 
The Museum Gift shop and galleries will be open to visitors from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM throughout Reunion (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday). Free admission for Alumni Reunion attendees with your Reunion nametag!

Quincy Smelter Tours (heading north on the lift bridge, turn right onto M-26, the smelter is ¼ mile on the right)
The Quincy Smelter will offer tours on Saturday, August 9 from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The Quincy Smelter is the only remaining copper smelter in the Lake Superior Region. Please wear closed-toe shoes. Entrance fee is $5.00 (kids 10 and under free).

Whether it’s biking or touring historic landmarks, the Copper Country has something for everyone! Head to for a full list of activities and attractions.

The featured groups for Reunion 2014 include the Class of 1964, 1974, 1984, 1989, 1994, 2004, the Golden M's (those who graduate fifty-plus years ago), Tennis, and Women's Basketball.

Be sure to head to our Memories website to reminisce and share: