Michigan Tech Magazine Fall 2010

Moments in Time

We looked back over the years and selected a few moments to remember at Michigan Tech. It was great fun; our only regret was that we didn't have space to publish more.

Special thanks to Professor Emertius Jack Jobst, whose research uncovered many of the moments in time.

Photos courtesy of the Michigan Tech Archives and University Marketing and Communications


1885

Michigan Mining School established

1904

The Clubhouse/Gymnasium is built. in 2010, as the ROTC building, it will be the oldest structure on campus.

1905

Tech receives its first private gift, $2,000 for Chemical Sciences.

1927

Ella Wood, the first female faculty member, taught geography, political science, and history.

1948

The April 1 Michigan Tech Lode is printed largely in Finnish.

1949

Married student housing, aka "Trailertown" or "Vetville," catered to returning GIs and their families?

1955

Chemistry professor Myron "Doc" Berry arrives at Tech. In later years, upperclassmen would play "Another One Bites the Dust" to freshmen heading to their first chemistry exam.

1959

Harold Meese is named dean of students.

1965

WMTU goes on the air.

1965

Hockey great Tony Esposito celebrates Tech's second National Championship. Tech would earn three under the leadership of the legendary John MacInnes.

1968

Students claim the new Chem-Met Building is sinking; President Ray Smith provides "photographic evidence."

1973

Bosch Brewing Company closes one year shy of its centennial, breaking the hearts of generations of students and alumni.

1974

Soichiro Honda gives away a motorcycle at commencement.

1985

Dean of Students Linda Belote announces that beer kegs will not be allowed at K-Day.

1987

Library installs two computers for student use.

1993

NMU hockey coach Rick Comely says presence of Pep Band negates home ice advantage; WCHA rules that a school's band cannot perform at away games, except during postseason.

1994

Tech closes because of the cold for the first time in 108 years. 

Richard Drenovsky, "Mr. D.," retires after 26 years in Dean of Students Office.

1998

Board of Control approves switch to semesters to begin in fall 2000.

2001

Football team defeats Northern Michigan for the first time in 46 years, though they didn't play each other for 29 of them.

2003

RIAA sues computer science student for $98 billion for illegally downloading music.

2006

Tech breaks the Guinness world records for largest snowball fight, most people making snow angels, and the largest snowball.

2009

Women's basketball team achieves back-to-back regional championships in 2009 and 2010.

2010

Michigan Tech launches Generations of Discovery Campaign