Huskies Come Out of the Woods For Reunion 2017
Forty cuddly stuffed mascots, 395 pasties, 41 Golden M inductees. Michigan Tech Alumni Reunion draws a record number of graduates, family and friends to honor the past and see what’s new at their University.
Across campus, schools and departments hosted gatherings for their alumni. The School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science shared then-and-nows—axes to chainsaws, horse-drawn wagons to bulldozers, range poles to GPS—at an open house on Friday and a Saturday morning brunch.
Ralph Swanson vividly remembers his graduation day. “When I got my diploma, they said step over to the next table.” The 97-year-old 1942 forestry graduate received his ROTC commission in the Army Corps of Engineers. Three days later he was deployed with Patton’s Army.
Jack Zollner graduated in 1952, “just about the time the chainsaw came in. You had to twist the handle to keep the carburetor level.” He spent 30 years in forest management in the Upper Peninsula, including running the sawmill at Camp Alberta, where research is conducted and Michigan Tech students go for field classes.
“This is more of a life choice than a career,” says 2000 graduate Justin Miller, who received the School's Alumnus of the Year award. “We do it because we love it. We love what we do,” says the president of Green Timber Consulting Foresters. Miller employs other Tech alumni in stewardship of regional forests, educates young people about natural resources careers and participates in cleanups to help maintain the School's more than 60-year-old Otter River Camp.
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