2009 PCA Inductee Karen A. Wallace

Presidential Council of Alumnae (PCA)


The Michigan Technological University Presidential Council of Alumnae (PCA) are recognized for achievements in a number of areas, such as education, professional achievements, past service as a student or currently in their community, support for the University, and personal achievements.

The PCA members assist the University and their academic departments to help implement programs that support the University’s strategic plan. The Council works to:

  • Enhance diverse support for the University through increased interaction by Council members
  • Encourage and strengthen interaction of Michigan Tech alumnae with their academic departments
  • Encourage and support Michigan Tech female students, faculty, and alumnae in accomplishing career and life choice goals
  • Advance Michigan Tech students by helping develop their leadership and professional skills

Serving Michigan Tech

Members of the Presidential Council of Alumnae serve Michigan Tech in a variety of ways. Their contributions include:

  • PCA Meetings/Events—Members regularly attend annual PCA meetings which include networking opportunities between PCA members and interaction with Michigan Tech faculty, staff and students
  • Classroom Visits—Members are occasionally asked to serve as role model speakers in classes at Michigan Tech
  • Corporate Recruiting Visits—Several members return to Michigan Tech to recruit students and new graduates to work in their companies\
  • Advisory Boards—Many members also serve on corporate or other departmental advisory boards
  • Philanthropy – PCA members assist the Office of  Development with fundraising initiatives, including support of the Presidential Council of Alumnae Scholarship program
  • Workshops/Seminars—PCA members sometimes lead seminars that are open to all members of the Michigan Tech community; these sessions cover topics that range from opportunities for women in different fields to gender issues on the job to how to make the most of your time at Michigan Tech
  • Mentoring—PCA members often attend the Society of Women Engineer's Dine With Industry event and Summer Youth Program’s Women in Engineering program to serve as role models and answer questions/provide insights
  • Visits with High School Students—PCA members sometimes carry the Michigan Tech message to high schools or college fairs in their areas
  • Alumni Events—Members attend a variety of Michigan Tech Alumni events, both on and off campus, including the annual Alumni Reunion and also attend regional events