The Alumni Way project includes the Husky Statue Plaza in the heart of campus—Rovano Plaza adjacent to the Library Café—and the recently dedicated William J. Bernard Jr. Family Clock Tower located between the Memorial Union and the R.L. Smith MEEM buildings.
The Alumni Way project incorporates benches, plaques, and pavers surrounding the Husky statue and the clock tower to provide a community gathering place for Michigan Tech Huskies.
You can become a part of Michigan Tech history. There are still naming opportunities available.
Purchase a stone bench with a personalized plaque for a gift of $25,000. Benches are available surrounding the Husky statue and clock tower.
Purchase a Michigan Tech value plaque located on the inner circle bench at the base of the clock tower for a gift of $15,000.
There are five value plaques available:
Future plans for the Alumni Way project include a pedestrian boulevard leading to an archway to grace the west entrance of campus reflecting our beginnings as the Michigan Mining School. The boulevard will be accented by benches, seat walls, and landscaping.
History of Alumni Way Gifts
Several gifts have already been made as a part of the Alumni Way project.
William J. Bernard Jr. Family Clock Tower
The clock tower stands nearly 37 feet tall and sits on a 3 ½ foot base constructed of concrete and salvaged Jacobsville sandstone from Tech's original central heating plant that was dismantled two years ago. The tower boasts a four foot diameter clock face, houses a 37" diameter cast bronze bell, and incorporates 478 surrounding personalized engraved pavers purchased by alumni, faculty, staff, retirees, students, parents, and friends.
The clock tower and the William J. Bernard Jr. Family Endowed Scholarship Fund are made possible by the generous donation from the William (Bill) and Ilene Bernard Jr. family. Houghton native, Bill Bernard received his bachelor's in metallurgical engineering from Tech in 1969. He currently acts as CEO and Chairman of Surface Combustion, Inc. headquartered in Maumee, Ohio.
"We hope this clock tower provides a new campus gathering place and inspires students to create new traditions. At the same time, we hope it honors the great heritage of Michigan Tech and its partnership with the Copper Country community."
Husky Statue Plaza
Located across from the J. R. Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library, a larger-than-life, nine-foot-tall bronze Husky statue stands proudly on a Baraga County boulder, surrounded by benches, planters, and paver stones.
The statue at the center of Husky Plaza is a visible and lasting tribute to the spirit of Michigan Tech.
This great campus tradition was unveiled in October 2014 during a celebration with nearly 1,000 people in attendance, including the Pep Band, Husky athletes, faculty, staff, and community members. Watch the installation and dedication of the statue.
The statue was made possible by a gift from Dan and Joan Lorenzetti and their family. A long time supporter of Michigan Tech, Dan has also led fundraising initiatives such as the Memorial Grove and Mont Ripley snow making equipment.
Additional contributions to the Husky Plaza came from the Michigan Tech Alumni Association: Roland Huhtala '74 and Pete '53 and Shirley Meyers. More than 1,000 personalized, engraved stones encircle Husky Plaza. Thanks to our generous Michigan Tech alumni and friends for supporting the vision of Alumni Way.
John Rovano Plaza
The Alumni Way project was launched with the dedication of the John Rovano Plaza in October 2013. The Plaza, named for the long serving director of facilities, affords an outdoor seating extension to the Library Café and is located between the Van Pelt and Opie Library and Rekhi Hall.
The plaza was made possible through a gift from David Brule Sr. '72 who has supported a number of campus improvement projects in addition to numerous student initiatives and scholarships.