2015 Michigan Tech Magazine: Issue 2

Something Borrowed, Something Blizzard

By Shannon Rinkinen

Husky couples are following a new wedding trend: making Michigan Tech a part of their nuptials.

Andrea (Walvatne) '12 and Kristopher Falasco '13
Andrea (Walvatne) '12 and Kristopher Falasco '13

Andrea (Walvatne) ’12 and Kristopher Falasco ’13

Music (and love) was in the air when Andrea, who plays clarinet, and Kris, who plays saxophone and oboe, met in the Michigan Tech Wind Symphony. When they married in Wausau, Wisconsin, the couple infused their home state with Michigan Tech pride. “We served pasties and KBC beer, and our grand entrance song was “2001,” the same song the Pep Band plays every game.” Paying homage to their beloved Copper Country, Andrea and Kris’s wedding bands are even made of copper.


Kaylee (Walsh) '12 and Daniel Madrid '10

Kaylee (Walsh) '12 and Daniel Madrid '10
Kaylee (Walsh) '12 and Daniel Madrid '10

When you spot “Bronze Blizzard” on campus, follow the engraved pavers to Kaylee and Dan Madrid’s brick. The two first met during Grilled Cheese Night in East McNair and have been writing their Husky romance ever since. Step one: get engaged during Winter Carnival. Then, after the wedding ceremony, round up your fellow Huskies for the quintessential group shot, accompanied by a rendition of “In Heaven, There is No Beer.” The perfect gift for said Husky honeymooners? Custom granite with the Michigan Tech logo. When they are settled into their new Ann Arbor home, Dan says that they plan to host—what else—but a grilled cheese housewarming soirée. Swoon.


Lindsey (Licht) ’12 and Tyler Losinki ’13

Lindsey (Licht) '12 and Tyler Losinki '13
Lindsey (Licht) '12 and Tyler Losinki '13

The tricky thing about being the school mascot? No one can know—even when you’re required to dress as a giant, stuffed husky. So when the time came for Tyler, who worked as Tech’s mascot, Blizzard T. Husky, to propose to girlfriend Lindsey, who worked in the Admissions Office, he had just the idea. “Lindsey always wanted the proposal to be a surprise,” Tyler says. On the eve of graduation, and with the impending arrival of both of their families, Tyler devised a plan to propose to Lindsey on her last day with Admissions.

The stage was set: Tyler’s roommates were ready with a camera, Director of Admissions Allison Carter gave the green light, and Tyler donned a tie—over his Blizzard get-up. “I got down on one knee, took the head off, and proposed. Not even my roommates knew I was Blizzard,“ Tyler says. That evening, Lindsey and Tyler celebrated with family before jetting off on a two-month trip around the US. Tyler has something up his sleeve for the couple’s upcoming wedding anniversary. “There will be a surprise involved, for sure. Our relationship is fun, adventurous, and exciting.”


Bethlyn (McCallum) ’08 and David Cummings

Bethlyn (McCallum) '08 and David Cummings
Bethlyn (McCallum) '08 and David Cummings

For a woman whose bedroom is painted gold and black, it is only fitting that Tech reigns supreme as the wedding theme—Tech hockey, to be exact. Former Mitch’s Misfits president Bethlyn and David were wed on August 10, 2013, in the student section of the John MacInnes Ice Arena. “The Pep Band played the “Star Spangled Banner,” guests wore hockey jerseys, and the Zamboni was our backdrop,” Bethlyn recalls. After the ceremony, guests laced up to skate with the newlyweds.


Katy Hickey ’13, ’14 and Henry Schmidt ’14

Katy Hickey '13, '14 and Henry Schmidt '14
Katy Hickey '13, '14 and Henry Schmidt '14

For Katy and Henry, who met in a Mechanics of Materials class in fall 2011, the iconic ME–EM building was the perfect setting for the couple’s engagement photos. Henry, who now works for Tech as a research engineer, coordinated reserving the classroom for the shoot. “We put a lot of thought into how we wanted our photos to look and feel,” Katy says. Henry adds, “I can recall many nights of Katy studying while I was in the lab building engines until the wee hours. Now we have these great photos in the place where it all began.”


Lyndsey (Marino) '09 and Eric Baum '09
Lyndsey (Marino) '09 and Eric Baum '09

Lyndsey (Marino) ’09 and Eric Baum ’09

Few colleges can tout a ski hill. Even fewer grads can say they married on one. But then, Lyndsey and Eric are not your average Michigan Tech grads. The fitness buffs were married just above “The Plunge” in June 2013. As part of the festivities, the couple hosted a 5k run, inviting all 70 guests to participate.


Liz (Cloos) ’12 and Patrick Dreyer ’12

Liz (Cloos) '12 and Patrick Dreyer '12
Liz (Cloos) '12 and Patrick Dreyer '12

Liz and Patrick fell in love before classes even started. The pair hit it off over card games during LeaderShape, Tech’s intensive week long leadership development institute at the Ford Center in Alberta. Both musicians, Patrick went on to join the Pep Band and the couple participated in dozens of band events together. When they wed in June 2014, the Pep Band serenaded them with “You are My Sunshine” during the reception.

Michigan Technological University is a public research university, home to more than 7,000 students from 60 countries around the world. Founded in 1885, the University offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science and technology, engineering, forestry, business and economics, health professions, humanities, mathematics, and social sciences. Our beautiful campus in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula overlooks the Keweenaw Waterway and is just a few miles from Lake Superior.