Alumni Reunion Begins Thursday

Hundreds of Michigan Tech Alumni and friends are expected to descend upon the Keweenaw this weekend for the University’s annual Alumni Reunion. Beginning Thursday (Aug. 3) the three-day reunion features, tours, talks, an alumni basketball game, Pep Band celebrating 50-ish years, the iconic Pasty Picnic, alumni awards and much more.

The weekend’s activities begin Thursday morning with the Welcome Breakfast in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Guided campus tours start at 9:30 a.m. immediately following the breakfast.

The morning’s “Tech Talks” focus on geoheritage with Erika Vye followed by a discussion on the role of protein misfolding in Alzheimer’s disease with Ashutosh Tiwari. The hour-long talks begin at 10 a.m. in Fisher 135.

Afternoon activities include the Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Alumni Scholarship Cruise aboard the MV-Ranger III along the Portage Canal. Open to all alumni, boarding begins at 12:30 p.m. with departure at 1 p.m. from the Isle Royale National Park office next to Dee Stadium.

There will be a pasty making demonstration at 1:30 p.m. in Douglass Houghton Hall. Tech’s Executive Chef Eric Karvonen will share thoughts and insights while creating the Copper Country’s favorite food—pasty. Participants get to taste the finished product. Graduate School representatives will be on hand to talk about online programs.

At 4 p.m. the Reunion Pasty Picnic takes place on the Campus Green. The classic Yooper dinner features pasties, pickled eggs, side salads, dessert and KBC beer.

Friday's activities include the All-Class Alumni Breakfast, Class Year gatherings and "Stuff-a-Husky." The Golden M pinning ceremony, inducting members of the class of 1967 will take place at 10:30 a.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Tours aboard the RV Agassiz and campus and department open houses highlight Friday afternoon's activities. 

The Annual Alumni Reunion Dinner and Awards Ceremony will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. This year’s winners are:

  • Outstanding Young Alumni— Kevin Baker ’04, ’05
  • Outstanding Service Award—Paul Mikkola ’66
  • Distinguished Alumni—John Rockwell ’79
  • Humanitarian Award—Sanna Roling ’67 Nicholas Schreiner ’11
  • Silver Medal Honorees— John Drake ’64, Norbert Verville, Sr. ’60
  • Honorary Alumni Award—John Dau

Saturday is devoted to reconnection with the Copper Country with events such as the Keweenaw Alumni Chapter 5K Run/Walk for Scholarship, Outdoor Adventure Program Open High Ropes Course, a canoe trip on the Sturgeon River and more.

The Men’s Basketball Alumni Game takes place at 3 p.m. in the SDC Wood Gym and the Women of Tech Celebration is slated for 5 to 7 p.m. in the Great Lakes Research Center. A complete schedule of events is available online.

Maatta Receives Advanced Sexual Assault Response Training

Officer Beth Maatta of the Department of Public Safety and Police Services recently attended advanced sexual assault response training as part of the department's recently formed "Special Victims Unit."  

The two-day training course entitled "Law Enforcement Response to Non-Stranger Sexual Assault" was a cooperative collaboration taught by victim advocate professionals and seasoned law enforcement veterans. 

The course focused on the dynamics of sexual assault, victim response and included instruction on the neurobiology of  trauma.  

"While all of our officers receive regular training in sexual assault response, the Special Victims Unit receives additional training and works closely with Title IX, student affairs and local victims assistance centers" Chief Brian Cadwell said.  
The Special Victims Unit was formed in the spring of 2016 and now and consists of Detective Sergeant Reid DeVoge, Sergeant Haley Bianucci and Matta.  
For further information on the services offered by DPSPS or the SVU, email DeVoge or call 7-2216.

Board of Trustees to Meet Thursday

Michigan Tech's Board of Trustees will hold its regular meeting at 9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 3 in the Memorial Union Building Ballroom B.  Emeritus rank will be considered for two retired professors, and five employees will be recognized for 35 or more years of service to the University.  An application for a grant from the Michigan Council for the Arts will also be discussed.

You're invited to Plant-A-Palooza.

Join Student Activities in the OAP backyard for Plant-A-Palooza. Plant a succulent (and take it home) and decorate a Kindness Rock, and feel free to bring a friend.

Plant-A-Palooza and Kindness Rocks begins at 1 p.m. tomorrow (Aug.1) in the backyard of OAP, 207 East St. Pick up a free plant and spread kindness

Check out more about #TheKindnessRocksProject here. For questions or more information, email Rochelle.

Menís Tennis Adds Carbajosa to 2017-18 Recruiting Class

Michigan Tech men's tennis Head Coach Kevin Kalinec announced the addition of Ignacio Carbajosa to the 2017-18 recruiting class. Carbajosa joins Nico Caviglia, Emilio Saenz and Simon Xiong who have signed National Letters of Intent to further their academic and athletic careers as Huskies.

"I'm excited to welcome Ignacio to our program and to this year's outstanding recruiting class," Kalinec said. "He is a left handed player who will offer good depth to our lineup and has the type of game to be successful in the four through six positions in the lineup. He is also a patient baseline player who hits deep with heavy ground strokes."

Carbajosa hails from Seville, Spain and plans to pursue an engineering degree at Michigan Tech. Carbajosa says he chose Tech for the strength of the academic programs and the opportunity to continue his athletic career as collegiate player.

Materials Science & Engineering Seminar Wednesday

Pinaki Mukherjee, post doctoral associate, Rutgers University, will present "Analytical Electron Microscopy-Imaging and Beyond" at 9 a.m. Wednesday (Aug. 2) in M&M 610.

On the Road

Nancy Barr, director of the MEEM Engineering Communications Program, presented a paper at IEEE's Professional Communication Society (PCS) annual conference in Madison.

Her paper, titled "Starting from Scratch: Incorporating communication instruction in a revised mechanical engineering curriculum," described the process used to develop and implement instruction in technical writing and presenting into the four-course mechanical engineering practice sequence.

The IEEE PCS society is dedicated to understanding and promoting effective communication in engineering, scientific and other technical environments.


Ann Kitalong-Will to Serve on 2017 Grant Review Board

Ann Kitalong-Will, executive director, business operations, was selected by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) to serve on the 2017 Grant Review Board for the FMCS Labor-Management Cooperation Grant Program.

Kitalong-Will is currently the PI on the FMCS Grant, "Michigan Tech Labor-Management Staff Mentoring Programming Committee." This grant program was established under the federal Labor-Management Cooperation Act of 1978, which authorizes FMCS to provide assistance in the establishment and operation of plant, area and industry-wide labor-management committees that have been organized jointly by employers and labor organizations, intended to improve labor-management relationships, job security and organizational effectiveness.

Kitalong-Will was assigned to evaluate the merits of the 2017 grant proposals, which were submitted prior to May 31. Proposals ranked highly favorable are returned to FMCS for further review. Awards are expected to be announced in September.

In the News

MITech News published a story about the Michigan Tech Summer Youth Program's class on clean energy, a collaboration with two Detroit-based programs: Preparing African American Male for Energy and Education (PAAMEE) and Detroit Area Precollege Engineering Program (DAPCEP). See here.


College Recruiter, a website for employers seeking to fill jobs with university graduates, quoted Steve Patchin, director of Career Services at Michigan Tech, on students' desire for meaningful work and the opportunity for professional development. See here.


A team from Social Sciences (Tim Scarlett and Don Lafreniere) collaborated with a team from MTRI (David Banach and Richard Dobson) and the Keweenaw National Historical Park Commission to use UAV (drone) technology to map the Quincy Smelter Works with true color and infrared cameras.

The images will be combined with historical data to search for aging infrastructure and drainage pipes that may be impacting the environmental health of the site.

Also participating were 12 high school students as part of the NSF-funded GRACE (GIS Resources and Applications for Career Education) program run by Don Lafreniere. Their work was covered by the Daily Mining Gazette. See here.

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New Funding

Cody Kangas, director of the Center for Pre-College Outreach, is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $144,024 grant from the Detroit Area PreCollege Engineering Program (DAPCEP). The project is "DAPCEP Preparing African American Males for Energy and Education (PAAMEE)." This is a two-year project.

IT Connect

Welcome to Campus New Faculty and Staff

It is almost August. Michigan Tech IT would like to welcome all new faculty and staff to the University. If you have questions regarding technological resources here on campus, do not hesitate to contact us.

In addition to our support staff, we have an online support center. This web site ( has answers to a variety of IT-related questions which you can search by keyword. We are continually improving this site, so feedback is always welcome.

Again, if you have any questions as you begin your career at Michigan Tech, contact us at or call 7-1111.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Monday, July 31, 2017

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in Human Resources. For more information regarding staff positions, call 7-2280 or email  

For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

Assistant Professor in Genome Editing and Bioinformatics, Biological Sciences. Apply online.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.


HuskyFAN Fall Food Drive Starts Today

HuskyFAN is having a drive to fill up our pantry for the upcoming semester. The drive starts today (July 31) and runs  through Wednesday, Aug. 9. If you have any questions, visit the HuskyFAN website or contact For a list of desired items, read the previous Tech Today story.


Funds Available for Visiting Women and Minority Lecturers/Scholars

Michigan Tech is offering grants through the Visiting Women and Minority Lecturer Scholar Series to help departments bring visiting minority and underrepresented speakers to the University.

All departments are invited to participate in these programs. Applications are due by noon Aug.18. Notification of awards will be made by Sept. 29. Read the previous Tech Today story