Reunion 2015 - August 6, 7, and 8

Online Reunion registration is now closed. If you would like to register, please call our office at 877-688-2586

Schedule of Events

Thursday, August 6

  • 8:30 am Welcome Breakfast- Memorial Union Building Ballroom (34)
    Alumni Reunion 2015 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. Joshua Pearce “Changing the World with 3-D Printers,” Fisher Hall (15) Room 139
    What do you have in common with developing-world farmers and scientific researchers? We all can greatly benefit from open-source hardware, like 3-D printers! At Michigan Tech, we are among early pioneers in this exciting new field because of our efforts in designing, validating and sharing valuable research tools. Both engineers and scientists from all over the world are now customizing scientific tools and sharing the designs to be replicated digitally with 3-D printers and open-source electronics breakthroughs.

  • 11:00 am Tech Talks: Dr. William Rose, "Geoheritage in Michigan’s Keweenaw,” Fisher Hall (15) Room 139
    Geoheritage is how the Earth touches and guides people's lives. It is stronger in the Keweenaw than most all other places.  Residents are aware of it, but can describe it clearly. In this session, Dr. Rose will explain it, using examples from his 45 years of outdoor field trips with students, teachers, mineral collectors and naturalists. Learn more.

  • 12:00 pm Lunch at Wadsworth Dining Hall (37)
    Check out today’s dining hall experience and join students for a casual lunch in the Dining Hall of the Wadsworth Residence Hall.

  • 1:00 pm - 3:30 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 sharp.
    Tour the beautiful Keweenaw Waterway aboard the Ranger II while learning about the exciting research happening in the ME—EM department. Library Restaurant catering, beer, wine and soda will be provided by the ME—EM department. $15 of the ticket cost will be donated to a departmental scholarship fund.

  • 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: this event location has limited accessibility 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 7

  • 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 1975, 1985, 1990, 1995, and 2005 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.

  • Class of 1965 and Golden M Events

    • 10:30 am Class of 1965 Golden M Pinning Ceremony  Memorial Union Building (34) Ballroom B
      Current Golden M members (Class years 1964 and earlier) and friends are invited to join the Class of 1965 at this presentation. Each alumnus/a will receive his or her 50-year Golden M pin and certificate from University President Glenn Mroz ’74/’77 and Alumni Association President Edwin Eiswerth '77.

    • Immediately Following Ceremony- Class of 1965 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 1965 for a special luncheon to celebrate their induction into the Golden M Club.

  • 11: 00 am to 1:00 pm Lunch at Wadsworth Dining Hall (37)
    Check out today’s dining hall experience and join students for a casual lunch in the Dining Hall of the Wadsworth 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 Estate Planning Seminar  Memorial Union Building (34) Ballroom B
    Join Michael Kolasa, an attorney and financial planner, in a conversation about everything from dying without a will to generation trusts. He will talk about practical documents like powers of attorney, share stories contrasting plans gone wrong with others that were sound, as well as touch on current tax issues and charitable giving techniques.

  • 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. Get the latest details when you check in.

  • 2:00 pm Guided Campus Tours  Memorial Union Building (34), McAllister Welcome Center
    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).

  • 7:00 pm Alumni Hockey Game  MacInnes Student Ice Arena (24)
    All are welcome to come out and cheer on the hockey alumni teams!

Saturday, August 8

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.*

    • 9:00 am am Keweenaw Alumni and Friends Chapter 5K Run/Walk for Scholarship — Meet at the Tech Trails trailhead (across from the football field on Sharon Avenue)
      The Keweenaw Alumni and Friends Chapter 5K Run/Walk for Scholarships raises money for local students to attend Michigan Tech. Registration opens at 7:30 am; the walk kicks off at 8:30 and the run at 9:00. Registration is separate from other Reunion events and can be reached by following this registration link.
      Cost: $20, or $15 for participants with a pass to the Tech Trails.

  • 2:00 pm - 5 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

Affinity Group Events

Delta Zeta 40th Reunion

For more information contact Samantha Simon '11 at

Lambda Chi Alpha 35th Reunion

For more information contact Brett Campbell ’15 at or Carl Craven '89 at

Sigma Rho Lawn Party
August 8th for more information contact

AFROTC 50th Reunion

Detachment 400 at Michigan Tech is one of the 19 original AFROTC detachments created in 1946. Having produced more than 500 officers, including a lieutenant general, a major general, and three brigadier generals. Tech’s AFROTC is celebrating its 50th reunion.

For more information contact Tom Wilson at

School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science Reunion Events
Forestry Open House - Friday, August 7, 2015, from 1:30 to 3:30 pm
SFRES Alumni Bruch - Saturday, August 8, 2015, at 10:00 am

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 8 from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The Quincy Smelter is the only remaining copper smelter in the Lake Superior Region. Tours start on the hour with the last tour beginning at 2 pm. Each tour lasts approximately an hour. 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 2015 include the Classes of 1965, 1975, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2005, the Golden M's (those who graduate fifty-plus years ago), and Hockey.

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

Looking ahead: Be sure to mark your calendar for upcoming Reunions!

2016:  August 4, 5, and 6
2017:  August 3, 4, and 5
2018:  August 2, 3, and 4
2019:  August 1, 2, and 3

Keweenaw Science and Engineering Festival
Be a part of Houghton, Michigan's very first Science and Engineering Festival. This first annual event will be full of activities for all ages, teaching young and old alike the fun to be had while making a difference in the fields of science and engineering.