It is only fitting that Dan Lorenzetti receive this award, for all he has done for Michigan Tech.
He is a member of the President’s Society, and he donated ten acres of land to the Mont Ripley ski hill. Lorenzetti co-chaired the Let It Snow campaign for snowmaking equipment on Mont Ripley, raising more than $750,000 in local contributions.
Most recently, Lorenzetti led the drive to fund the Memorial Grove Tree Project, planting 100 trees on campus and saving the University more than $60,000. He and his wife, Joan, also donated and planted twenty-five Prairie Fire crab apple trees in the median strip to beautify the approach to Tech on US Highway 41.
Lorenzetti even provides the staging site, lake access, and winter storage for the Michigan Tech Rowing Team.
He was born and raised in Hancock and he attended Suomi College there before getting his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education and Master of Arts in Secondary Education from Northern Michigan University. He also did postgraduate study at the University of Wisconsin.
Lorenzetti began his working life as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal in Middleton and Eagle River, Wisconsin. In 1978, he became chief executive officer of Superior Block Company in Houghton. It is in the Keweenaw that Lorenzetti has excelled in public service, in addition to his service to Michigan Tech.
He has been a member of the Hancock City Council, mayor of Hancock, chairman of the Hancock Building Authority, and chairman of the Hancock Planning Commission. He has also been active on the Torch Lake Public Action Council and a member of the Michigan Bureau of Construction Codes.
In 2011, the Alumni Association’s Honorary Alumni Award was presented to Lorenzetti in recognition of his service and support of the University characteristic of a dedicated alum. The Association reserves this award to recognize the strongest non-alumni supporters of Michigan Tech.