Fall 2011 Michigan Tech Magazine

Alumni Association Notes

Telling the Tech Story

Our students and alumni are amazing. And I love telling people about it.

Living thousands of miles from Houghton, I don’t see as many Michigan Tech shirts, license plates, or other memorabilia as I’d like, so I strive to find ways to start a conversation about my alma mater. Whether it’s a coworker noticing the Huskies background on my laptop or a new friend commenting on my favorite Tech T-shirt, I’m eager to share my passion for our university and talk about the amazing things happening both on campus and with our alumni around the globe. Our community of Huskies makes a difference every day. It’s exciting to share those Michigan Tech stories.

I am especially inspired each year when our Alumni Association honors merely a small number of these many incredible alumni with our awards program. Your Board of Directors is honored to acknowledge these remarkable individuals, and the discussions about these distinguished alumni and the other special nominees are always moving. This year, the Michigan Tech Alumni Association is especially pleased to present the inaugural Humanitarian Award to Terry Woychowski ’78, a remarkable man who truly exemplifies the term for which the award is named. It was a humbling privilege to present the awards to all our extraordinary recipients, in Houghton, at our recent Alumni Reunion Dinner. I encourage you to read about these fellow alumni on pages 18–20.

As a Huskies fan since I was a young Yooper in Ontonagon, I’m energized about the positive changes in our hockey program, first and foremost the hiring of former Tech player Mel Pearson ’81 as Michigan Tech’s twenty-first head hockey coach. Mel quickly assembled his coaching staff, announcing the hiring of his assistants, and has hit the recruiting trail to bring talented young players to Houghton.

Finally, your Alumni Association was very proud to recently announce the establishment of the Michigan Tech Alumni Association Traditions of Giving Scholarship/Fellowship Award, to assist qualified undergraduate and graduate students during this trying time of decreased state funding. Now, more than ever, alumni support of the University is paramount to our continued success. Our Board of Directors rose to the challenge of the Generations of Discovery Campaign, and I’m confident that you will, too.

I hope each of you love to tell the Michigan Tech story in your own words.

Paul J. Ninefeldt ’96
President, Michigan Tech Alumni Association

Help us recognize outstanding alumni and friends

Know a great Michigan Tech alumnus/a or friend of the University? Here’s a chance to help get them the recognition they deserve.

The Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the 2012 Alumni Awards:

  • Outstanding Young Alumni
  • Outstanding Service
  • Distinguished Alumni
  • Honorary Alumni
  • Humanitarian

These awards are presented each August at the Alumni Reunion.

Please consider nominating deserving individuals for the 2012 Alumni Association awards program.

Award descriptions and nomination forms are available at http://alumni.mtu.edu/ awards or by contacting the Office of Alumni Relations, 906-487-2400 or alumni@mtu.edu. The deadline to nominate is December 1.

Get involved! Serve on the Alumni Association Board of Directors

The Michigan Tech Alumni Association is calling for nominations for exceptional individuals to serve on its Board of Directors.

As the policy-making body for the Michigan Tech Alumni Association, the Board of Directors establishes programs, sets priorities for the association, and works with the director of alumni relations to engage alumni with the University.

The deadline for nominations is December 1. More information about the responsibilities and expectations of Alumni Association board members, as well as the nomination form, can be found at mtu.edu/alumni/contact/board or by contacting the Office of Alumni Relations at alumni@mtu.edu or toll free at 877-688-2586.

Who won that iPad?

The Alumni Association has announced the winners of the HuskyLink Contest. Members who created an account or updated their information before May 31 had a chance to win one of several prizes. And everyone got to be in Class Notes!

The winners are Stephanie Arthur ’06, who got the Husky-themed iPad2; Thomas Spence ’70, a $300 gift card for University Images; Lara Michaelson ’09, $200 gift card; Tracy Brush ’09, $100 gift card; and Daniel Rouns ’87, $50 gift card.