February 16, 2016, Vol. 22, No. 12

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Honoring a Proud Tradition: Black History Month at Michigan Tech

We have all heard of Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and Malcolm X, to name just a few famous African Americans. It is the contributions of such well-known and many lesser-known African Americans that we honor during Black History Month.

In 1926, Carter G. Woodson, known as the “Father of Black History Month,” originally . . . [ Full Story ]


Alumni Travel to Tech for 43 Consecutive Winter Carnivals

In the fall of 1969, Jim Accetta, Carl Benz and Dan Bonner were first-year students at Michigan Technological University, living in Douglass Houghton Hall. The three freshmen met Ed Anderson, a second-year electrical engineering major. The young men bonded over a variety of campus and residence hall activities, most notably Winter . . . [ Full Story ]


University Innovation Fellows Bring Design Thinking to Campus, School Children

University Innovation Fellows nationwide are changing the way students think. UI Fellows at Michigan Technological University and across the country are teaching a fresh mindset known as “design thinking,” a methodology that helps users identify human-centered problems and imagine and implement innovative solutions through experimentation.  

Michigan Tech’s UI Fellows introduced design thinking to incoming . . . [ Full Story ]


Menominee Crack is a Geological Pop-Up Structure

To a geologist, a rock is not just a rock, and a big crack in the ground is not what it first seems either. One such split, north of Menominee, Michigan, in the state’s Upper Peninsula, is a large crack that formed in 2010. Not known for its earthquakes, Michigan is considered aseismic, and the . . . [ Full Story ]


Michigan Tech Receives $110,000 from GM Foundation for Manufacturing Engineering, Other Programs

In an effort to expand student competencies related to the automotive industry, the General Motors Foundation, a long-time supporter of Michigan Technological University, has awarded the University a 0,000 grant through its University/Organization Partner Program.

A significant portion of the GM Foundation grant will establish a new manufacturing engineering initiative. The grant will also provide continuing . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Around the World

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MTSF and Alumni Association serve hot chocolate at WC

Michigan Tech Student Foundation (MTSF) students helped the Alumni Association kick off Winter Carnival by helping to serve over 500 mugs of hot chocolate during the All-Nighter.

Students, alumni, and friends were happy to be warmed up with a mug of hot chocolate, and each doggy guest received a treat. 

A big thank . . . [ Full Story ]


Vote John Scott for Calgary Stampede Grand Marshall

Following John Scott’s stellar performance at the All-Star Game, there’s now a move afoot to recognize him in a unique way. A radio station in Calgary – Q107 – has mounted a campaign to have John be the Grand Marshall for the 2016 Calgary Stampede Parade on July 8th. They are seeking 1,000 signatures on . . . [ Full Story ]

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Take the Leap Year Challenge!

February has twenty-nine days this year and to commemorate, the Michigan Tech Annual Fund is holding it’s first-ever Leap Year Challenge, encouraging all alumni from the past twenty-nine years (classes of 1987 through 2015) to participate.

If 841 alumni from these classes make a gift during the month of February, a generous supporter of . . . [ Full Story ]

Broomball Tournament

Alumni-Student Broomball Invitational

This year’s Alumni-Student Broomball Invitational tournament over Winter Carnival brought a record 13 teams with over 100 alumni and friends together for the weekend. Players ranged in age from the class of 1975 to the future class of 2018.

Congratulations to the tournament champions, Pirate Sheep! Alumni have regained the Alumni Cup trophy for 2016. . . . [ Full Story ]

Midwest Michigan Chapter

New Chapter in Midwest Michigan!

On Wednesday, February 3rd more than 30 alumni and friends came out for a Networking social at the Clam Lake Beer Company. This was the first event for Midwest Michigan Chapter which is based in Cadillac, MI. They hope to turn this into a monthly gathering on the first Wednesday of each Month.

Many thanks . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Profiles

Patrick K. Bowen ’11


In 2012, more than 3 million people had stents inserted in their coronary arteries. These tiny mesh tubes prop open blood vessels recovering from procedures like balloon angioplasty, which widens arteries blocked by clots or plaque deposits. After about six months, most damaged arteries are healed and stay open on their own. The stent, however, . . . [ Full Story ]

Michelle L. Banonis ’99


Michelle graduated from Michigan Tech in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering.  She is currently pursuing her Juris Doctorate from Humphreys College Laurence Drivon School of Law and will sit for the three-day California Bar Examination in 2015.After graduation, Michelle’s career began when she headed west and began working with Pierce County Washington . . . [ Full Story ]

Tech Sports


WCHA Final Five Tickets Available at SDC Ticket Office

Jan 21, 2016

HOUGHTON, Mich. – All-tournament ticket packages for the 2016 WCHA Final Five, which will take place March 18-19 at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Mich., are now available at the Michigan Tech Central Ticket Office in the Student Development Complex.

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Skiers Open Weekend at Wirth Park

Feb 13, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS — Michigan Tech opened its weekend at the Mayors Cross Country Challenge at Wirth Park with the men taking third of six teams and the women placing fourth of seven. 

Thomas Kendrick had the best performance by a Husky with a fourth-place

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From the Email Bag

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Happy Valentine’s Day from Michigan Tech!

When one Michigan Tech Husky marries another we fondly refer to them as Tech Twosomes. Did you know we have 4,957 couples that fall into this category?

While Valentines Day is usually thought of a as a time to celebrate romantic love, it is also a time to think of other types of love in . . . [ Full Story ]

Featured Alumni Benefits


Michigan Tech Alumni Group Insurance Programs

As a Michigan Tech graduate, you qualify for a special group rate on many of your personal insurance needs. Visit http://www.mtu.edu/alumni/benefits/ for details

· Auto, home, and renters insurance through Liberty Mutual.
· Pet Health Insurance through ASPCA
· Long Term Care Insurance – AlumniLTC®
· Short-term health insurance – GradMed®
· Travel Insurance through USI

These partner companies provide funds to the Michigan Tech Alumni Association as part of this collaboration. Agreements like this help support a wide range of programs for alumni and students.