Michigan Tech Magazine Winter 2009-10

Alumni Association Notes

We members of the Michigan Tech Alumni Association take our responsibility to the next generation of Michigan Tech graduates seriously. In this economic environment, any advantage we can give our students and young alumni to assist them with their careers will be useful to them and much appreciated.

In May 2009, the Alumni Association, in conjunction with Career Services and Graduate School, held two networking events downstate. The purpose of these events was to give Michigan Tech grads there information about resume building, entrepreneurship, networking, and graduate school, in hopes of helping them enhance their careers. The events were a great success and the entities involved began looking at other ways to possibly assist students and alumni.

The result, with the generous financial assistance of Ken Guenther, is the development of programs collectively known as "Explore Your Network." The purpose of the programs is to enable students and young alumni to make the transition from the campus environment to their chosen professional life utilizing alumni experiential and networking resources, specifically through mentoring, job shadowing, and networking events. Mentees (not the large gray aquatic mammals) will gain insight into various work environments, learn about career paths in specific fields, and interact with alumni, thereby developing a network for the future.

Through the mentoring portion of the program, alumni would sign up to be available to give career advice to students and young alumni. Job shadowing will allow students to observe the work environment or conduct informational interviews. The event portion of the program will assist student groups in bringing alumni speakers to campus, encourage alumni chapters to provide career networking opportunities at their chapter events, help students to attend alumni receptions at industry conferences, and promote the use of HuskyLink and the Michigan Tech Linked In group for career networking.

Linking students and younger alumni with willing alumni mentors will be accomplished through HuskyLink, Michigan Tech's online community.

So if you've ever thought your career experience may be useful to a student or new grad, if you would enjoy having them follow you at work for a day, or if you would like to speak at or assist in a networking event, this is your chance to be of service to the Michigan Tech community. Visit www.mtu.edu/alumni/connect/mentoring to learn more about becoming a mentor.

Mark Mitchell '77
President, Michigan Tech Alumni Association

Tanya Wareham Klain Memorialized

On October 10, 2009, family, friends, and Michigan Tech leadership gathered on campus to celebrate the life and service of alumna Tanya Wareham Klain, who died on December 7, 2008.

The program was led by Rom LaPointe '92, a friend of Tanya and past president of the Alumni Association.

Other speakers included Alpha Gamma Delta sister Kerry Marshall LaPointe '91; William Predebon, chair of mechanical engineering—engineering mechanics; Terry Woychowski '78, vice president, Global Vehicle Program Management, General Motors; Michigan Tech President Glenn Mroz; and Dr. Mark Mitchell '77, president, Alumni Association. All spoke about Tanya's service to the University.

Tanya graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 1990. She was active in Alpha Gamma Delta, Undergraduate Student Government, residence hall councils, the Alpine Ski Club, and the Michigan Tech Student Foundation.

After graduation, Tanya worked for General Motors and advanced through several leadership positions. She was a member of GM's university relations and recruiting team and was instrumental in ensuring GM's presence at Tech's YES! Expo.

She served on the board of directors of the Alumni Association and was active in Detroit area alumni events. In 2004, Tanya was inducted into the University's Presidential Council of Alumnae. Tanya was an ardent supporter of the ME-EM department, serving on the industry advisory board and on the Phase II ME-EM Building for the Future campaign.

Her stewardship and leadership were based on fond memories and a commitment to serve. Recognition certificates and memory books were presented to Tanya's family, and a copy of the certificate will be hung in the department. A video of the memorial is available at http://webcasts.mtu.edu/mediasite/Viewer/?peid=ee3b2c50cd6743b287251c33f397835d.