Schedule of Events

Thursday, August 1

8:30 am

Welcome Breakfast

Location:  Memorial Union Building (34) Ballroom

Registration:  Adults $12.00; children 6 - 12:  $5.00, children under 6: Free

Description:  Erin Thompson '02, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations, welcomes alumni and guests to campus with a review of the upcoming reunion activities.  Greet some old friends, make some new ones!

9:30 am

Guided Tours of Campus

Location:  Beginning at the Memorial Union Building (34) Ballroom

Registration:  Free (RSVP)

Description:  Immediately following the Welcome Breakfast, join student tour guides for a guided walking tour of campus.

10:00 am

Tech Talks - Dr. William (Bill) Sproule, Copper Country Streetcars

Location:  Fisher Hall (15), Room 139

Registration:  Free (RSVP)

Description:  Learn how streetcars shaped travel in the Copper Country during the mining boom period of the early twentieth century.  Dr. William J. (Bill) Sproule, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering provides engaging education as he discusses information in his new book, Copper Country Streetcars.

11:00 am

Tech Talks - Dr. Jason Carter, Taking Sleep to Heart

Location:  Fisher Hall (15), Room 139

Registration:  Free (RSVP)

Description:  Almost everyone suffers from a poor night's sleep once in a while.  Did you know sleep deprivation could affect the health of your heart?  Dr. Carter is Department Chair and Associate Professor of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology. Hear about the latest research in Dr. Carter's fascinating sleep study.

12:00 pm

Lunch at McNair Dining Hall

Location:  McNair Hall (40)

Registration:  $9.00, children under 6: Free

Description:  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 Scholarship Boat Cruise

Location:  Departing from the Isle Royale National Park Office, 800 East Lakeshore Drive, Houghton (next to the Dee Stadium). [MAP]

Registration:  This event is exclusive to ME-EM alumni and guests. Cost is $35

Description:  Note:  Boarding begins at 12:30 pm for 1:00 pm departure.  Tour the Keweenaw waterway aboard the Ranger II.  If you are a ME-EM alum, act quickly to reserve your spot on board by clicking here or by calling Kathy Goulette at (906) 487-2911 or email kagoulet@mtu.edu.

1:00 pm

Pasty Making Demonstration and Tasting

Location:  Hillside Place (48) Upper Lodge

Registration:  Free (RSVP)

Description:  Michigan Tech's Graduate School sponsors an informative and fun pasty-making demonstration with Executive Chef, Eric Karvonen.  After the demonstration, taste the finished product and explore Michigan Tech's newest residential apartment building.  Graduate School representatives will also be on hand to talk about online programs and to share what's going on in the Graduate School.

4:00 pm

Pasty Picnic

Location:  Campus Green, between EERC (7) and Chemical Sciences Building (19) or, in the event of rain, in the Memorial Union Building (34)

Registration:  Adults $16.00; children 6 - 12:  $7.00, children under 6:  Free 

Description:  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

Location:  Keweenaw Brewing Company - KBC - 408 Shelden Avenue, Houghton [MAP]

Registration:  Free (RSVP)

Description:  The Keweenaw Alumni Chapter invites all alumni and friends to a social at a popular local watering hole.  KBC features a variety of craft beers and soda (cash bar).

Friday, August 2

8:30 am

All-Class Alumni Breakfast

Location:  Memorial Union Building (34) Ballroom

Registration:  Adults $12.00; children 6 - 12:  $5.00, children under 6: Free

Description:  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 Classes of 1973, 1983, 1988, 1993, and 2003

Location:  Memorial Union Building (34) Keweenaw Commons - Ground Level

Registration:  Free (RSVP)

Description: Whether you have been gone ten years, forty years, or something in between, this is your time to gather, swap stories and put names back with the faces from your college years. Official class photos will be taken immediately following in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge for the Classes of 1973, 1983, 1988, 19893, and 2003

10:00 am

Children's Laboratory Exploration: Investigating the Lake Superior Food Chain Using the Stomach of a Lake Trout!

Location:  Great Lakes Research Center Extension Laboratory (100), University Waterfront (Phoenix Drive)

Registration:  Free (RSVP)

Description: Who eats whom in the Great Lakes? Only one way to find out! We'll collect plankton tows off the GLRC dock and dissect real lake trout stomachs to piece together the Lake Superior food chain. Parents and grandparents are welcome too! Presented by Dr. Marty Auer, Michigan Tech Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Joan Chadde, Michigan Tech Center for Science, Math and Environmental Education.

10:30 am

Class of 1963 Golden M Pinning Ceremony and Photographs

Location:  Memorial Union Building (34), Ballroom "B"

Registration:  Free (RSVP)

Description: Current Golden M members (Class years 1962 and earlier) and friends are invited to join the Class of 1963 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 Darnishia Slade '98. Immediately following the ceremony, the Class of 1963 and Golden M class photos will be taken in the Memorial Union Building (34) Alumni Lounge.

12:00 pm

Class of 1963 Golden M Luncheon

Location:  Memorial Union Building (34), Ballroom

Registration:  Adults: $14.00, children under 6: Free

Description: Current Golden M members and friends are invited to join the Class of 1963 for a special luncheon to celebrate their induction into the Golden M Club.

11:00 pm

Lunch at McNair Dining Hall 

Location:  McNair Dining Hall (40)

Registration:  $9.00, children under 6: Free

Description: Check out today's dining hall experience and join students for a casual lunch in the dining hall of McNair Residence Hall. Lunch will be served from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.

1:00 pm

Research Vessel Agassiz Research Boat Tour

Location:  Meet at the Great Lakes Research Center (100), University Waterfront (Phoenix Drive)

Registration:  Free (RSVP)

Description: Four tours, every hour on the hour, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The University operates the Research Vessel Agassiz in support of its mission in aquatic sciences. These scientific excursions will provide insight into the research being conducted by faculty and students. This event is weather-dependent

1:00 pm

Great Lakes Research Center Tours

Location:  Great Lakes Research Center (100), University Waterfront (Phoenix Drive)

Registration:  Free (RSVP)

Description: Tour the newest multidisciplinary building at Michigan Tech. The GLRC provides state-of-the-art laboratories supporting a broad array of research topics. Tours leave every half hour from the main floor lobby.

1:30 pm

Campus and Department Open Houses

Location:  Campus-wide

Registration:  Free

Description: Many academic and administrative departments are opening their doors to showcase their capabilities, like the must-see Immersive Visualization Studio in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Get the latest details when you check in.

2:00 pm

Guided Tours of Campus

Location:  Administration Building (1), ground floor, Admissions Office

Registration:  Free (RSVP)

Description: Get an inside look at the campus on a walking tour with a student tour guide.

2:00 pm

Family Nature Hike - Nara Trails

Location:  Nara Nature Trails (2 miles east of campus on US 41) [MAP]

Registration:  Free (RSVP)

Description: Learn about nature while taking a guided hike through the beautiful Nara Nature Trails. Meet at the trailhead lodge. Led by Joane Chadde, Michigan Tech Center for Science, Math and Environmental Education. Tours from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm.

5:30 pm

Alumni Reunion Dinner

Location:  Memorial Union Building (34) Ballroom

Registration:  Adults $30.00; children 6 - 12:  $15.00, children under 6: Free

Description: 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)

Saturday, August 3

9:00 am

Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP) Tour: Canoe the Sturgeon

Location:  Meet at Alumni House (9)

Registration:  $25.00

Description:  Join us as we head down 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.

2:00 pm

Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP): Introduction to Kayaking and Paddleboarding

Location:  Houghton Beach (W. Lakeshore Drive) [MAP]

Registration:  $10.00

Description:  Learn basic paddling techniques from experienced OAP guides, then test your new skills in the Keweenaw Waterway! Drop in anytime during this two-hour clinic. (You may get wet, be sure to plan accordingly!) This event is weather dependent.

2:00 pm

Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP): Keweenaw Waterfall Tour and Hike

Location:  Meet at Alumni House (9)

Registration:  $25.00

Description:  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.

Location:  Raymond Kestner Waterfront Park, also known as "Chutes and Ladders Park," and Houghton City Park. [MAP]

Registration:  Free (RSVP)

Description:  The School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science (SFRES) would like to invite you to join us as we honor fellow alumni at our annual Alumni Awards Ceremony.

4:00 pm

Martin Jurgensen Retirement Social

Location:  Raymond Kestner Waterfront Park, also known as "Chutes and Ladders Park," and Houghton City Park. [MAP]

Registration:  Free (RSVP)

Description:  The School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science (SFRES) would like to invite you to join us as for a retirement social in honor of Marty Jurgensen, a longtime SFRES faculty member.  Marty is a forest soils professor and his research -- and the research of his students -- spans the globe. He is fondly remembered by generations of students who have had classes with him. He is described as tough -- and unique -- by his students. In terms of course ease, there was a time when some of the engineering majors would opt to take his class, thinking it would be an easier soils class than that offered by the engineering college. Rumor has it many of them would leave his exams in tears.

"In my mind he's a titan in the field of forest soils." - Chris Hohnholt, Director of Development and Outreach

Food and beverages will be served.

4:00 pm

Women of Michigan Tech Social

Location:  Alumni House (9)

Registration:  Free (RSVP)

Description:  All are welcome to join this casual event celebrating the Women of Michigan Tech! Come relax and reconnect with alumnae, Tech Wives, faculty, staff, and current students. Complimentary appetizers and cash bar with beer and wine.

Other Things To Do

A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum (new location next to the Advanced Technology Development Complex (ATDC) (95) on 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!

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.

Copper Country Mineral Retreat, August 5-11
Choose from a variety of events including surface collecting, lapidary, and wire wrapping.  For details, please visit http://www.museum.mtu.edu/