Reunion 2016

Reunion 2016 — August 4, 5, and 6

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Registration will be in the Memorial Union Building (34), starting at 9:00 am on Wednesday, August 3, and continuing through Friday, August 5. Free parking will be available for the complete reunion time frame, at all metered spots and in Lots 9 and 27 starting Tuesday, August 2.


Preliminary Schedule of Events

Thursday, August 4

  • 8:30 am Welcome Breakfast — Memorial Union Building (34) Ballroom: Alumni Reunion 2016 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 (34) Ballroom: Immediately following the Welcome Breakfast, join student tour guides for a guided walking tour of campus.

  • 10:00 am Tech Talks: TBA

  • 11:00 am Tech Talks: TBA

  • 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 1:00 pm.  Food and beverages will be provided by the ME-EM department. Exclusive to ME-EM alumni and guests.

  • 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, and 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: Following the Pasty Picnic, The Keweenaw Alumni Chapter invites all alumni and friends to a social at a popular local watering hole that features a variety of craft beers and soda. A cash bar will be available.

Friday, August 5

  • 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.

  • 10:00 am Class Year Gatherings and Class Photos for the Classes of 1976, 1986, 1991, 1996, and 2006 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 1966 and Golden M Events

    • 10:30 am Class of 1966 Golden M Pinning Ceremony — Memorial Union Building (34) Ballroom B: Current Golden M members (Class years 1965 and earlier) and friends are invited to join the Class of 1966 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 Ed Eiswerth '77.

    • Immediately Following Ceremony — Class of 1966 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 1966 for a special luncheon to celebrate their induction into the Golden M Club.

  • 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. 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. The social begins at 5:30 pm (cash bar), with dinner at 6:30 pm (program to follow, business attire).

Saturday, August 6

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 Keweenaw Alumni Chapter 5K Run Walk: Details TBA

  • 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP) Events: TBA

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

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 am - 3:00 pm. 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 www.keweenaw.info for a full list of activities and attractions.


The featured groups for Reunion 2016 include the Class of 1966, 1976, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2006, the Golden M's (those who graduate fifty-plus years ago), Volleyball, Track and Field, Cross Country, and Nordic Skiiing .

Be sure to head to our Memories website to reminisce and share: www.mtu.edu/memories