Alumni and Friends

Reunion 2020

Save the date for Reunion 2020 August 6–8 when Michigan Tech alumni and friends will reunite again on campus to celebrate traditions and create connections.

Preliminary 2020 Reunion Schedule

(times are subject to change)

Add to Calendar08/06/2020 08/09/2020 America/Detroit Michigan Tech Alumni Reunion Save the date for Reunion 2020 August 6–8 when Michigan Tech alumni and friends will reunite again on campus to celebrate traditions and create connections. Visit https://www.mtu.edu/alumni/connect/reunion/ for a detailed schedule. Michigan Tech Campus

 

Thursday, August 6

  • 8:30 a.m. • Reunion Kickoff
    Memorial Union Building Alumni Lounge, first floor
    Alumni Reunion 2020 kicks off with a review of the upcoming reunion activities. Greet some old friends, make some new ones. "Carbs and coffee" available. 
    No Charge

  • 9:15 a.m. • Guided Campus Tour
    Memorial Union Building Commons, first floor 
    Immediately following the kickoff, join us for a guided walking tour of campus.
    No Charge

  • 10:15 a.m. • Tech Talks: Dr. William Sproule, '70

    Michigan Tech Hockey: 100 Years of Memories
    This is the launch of Bill's newest book and serves as the kick off for a year-long celebration of hockey at Michigan Tech!

    No Charge

  • 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. • Lunch
    Wadsworth Dining Hall
    Check out today’s dining hall experience and join students for a casual lunch in Wadsworth Hall.
    Cost: $9/Free children under 6

  • 12:30–3:30 p.m. • Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics Alumni Scholarship Boat Cruise
    Departs from Isle Royale National Park Office, Houghton (next to Dee Stadium) 

    Loosen up and unwind aboard the Ranger III for a tour of the beautiful Keweenaw Waterway. With the Bonfire Steakhouse’s scrumptious array of appetizers and beer, wine, and soft drinks provided by the ME-EM department, this is the perfect opportunity to catch up with fellow alumni and learn about the exciting research happening in the ME-EM department. Boarding at 12:30 p.m., leaves the dock at 1 p.m. sharp.
    Cost: $50/$30 children 1-15 ($20 of each ticket will be donated to a department scholarship fund to lighten the financial load for several students each year).

  • 1–5 p.m. • Research Vessel Agassiz Boat Tour

    The University operates the R-V Agassiz in support of its mission in aquatic sciences. These scientific excursions will provide insight into the research being conducted by faculty and students.  Tours will leave every hour on the hour from 1-4 p.m. This event is weather dependent. Note: Minimum age to ride in the vessel is 7.
    Cost: $10/$5 children 7-12

  • 1:30 p.m. • Pasty Making Demonstration and Tasting
    Hillside Place, first floor 
    Watch how Michigan Tech’s Executive Chef, Eric Karvonen, creates a favorite dish of the Copper Country—the pasty! After the demonstration, taste the finished product.
    No charge (sponsored by Michigan Tech Dining Services) 

  • 3:30–4:30 p.m. • Trees of Michigan Tech Walk
    Meet at the Husky Statue in front of the Van Pelt Library
    Join host Dr. R.J. Laverne, ’80, an urban forester with Davey Tree Expert Company and an instructor and alumnus f the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Sciences for an insightful tour of the trees of Michigan Tech. The Michigan Tech Tree Map may be found on Avanza Maps, and participants will need download the app onto their phones or tablets prior to the walk.
    No charge (sponsored by School of Forest Resources and Environmental Sciences)

  • 5–7 p.m. • Pasty Dinner
    Memorial Union Building Commons, ground floor 
    Enjoy a traditional “Yooper” dinner and swap stories with alumni, faculty, and friends over pasties, pickled eggs, and more. Side salads, dessert, and non-alcoholic beverages are included. Cash bar available. Weather permitting, outdoor picnic spaces will also be available for outdoor dining.
    Cost: $13/6 children under 12

  • Thursday evening: Bosch Beer, The Lodge, Diamond Mike’s, and JD’s Boathouse may no longer be around, but head to downtown Houghton or Hancock to discover a new favorite watering hole.

Friday, August 7

  • 8:30 a.m. • Welcome Breakfast with the President
    Memorial Union Building Ballroom, second floor 
    Please join President Koubek for the second annual President’s Welcome Breakfast. President Koubek will give a brief update on the University, followed by a Q&A session. Breakfast attendees will also have the chance to enter into a complimentary raffle for a chance to win some amazing Tech memorabilia!

    No charge (sponsored by the Office of the President) 

  • 10 a.m. • Class Year Gatherings and Photos
    Memorial Union Building Alumni Lounge, first floor 
    Whether you have been gone 10 years or 40 years—or somewhere in between—this is your time to gather, swap stories, and put names back with the faces from your college years.
    Class photos will be at 10:30 am.
    No charge

  • 10 a.m.–Noon • Stuff-a-Husky
    Memorial Union Building Commons, ground floor 
    Families and the young at heart are invited to make and decorate their own stuffed Husky! 
    Cost: $10
    Class of 1970 and Golden M Events

  • 10:30 a.m. • Class of 1969 Golden M Pinning Ceremony
    Memorial Union Building Ballroom, second floor 
    Each 1970 graduate will receive their 50-year Golden M pin and certificate. Current Golden M members (class years 1970 and earlier) and friends are invited to attend the ceremony and join in on the champagne toast to congratulate the new members of the Golden M Club.
    No charge

  • Immediately Following Ceremony ~11:45 a.m. • Class of 1970 and Golden M Class Photos
    Memorial Union Building Alumni Lounge, first floor 
    No charge

  • Noon–1:30 p.m. • Golden M Luncheon
    Memorial Union Building Commons, ground floor
    Current Golden M Members and friends are invited to join the Class of 1970 for a special luncheon to celebrate their induction into the Golden M Club.
    Cost: $14

  • 11 a.m.–1 p.m. • Lunch
    Wadsworth Dining Hall
    Check out today’s dining hall experience and join students for a casual lunch in Wadsworth Hall.
    Cost: $9/Free children under 6

  • 1–5 p.m. • Research Vessel Agassiz Boat Tour
    The University operates the R-V Agassiz in support of its mission in aquatic sciences. These scientific excursions will provide insight into the research being conducted by faculty and students.  Tours will leave every hour on the hour from 1-4 p.m. This event is weather dependent. Note: Minimum age to ride in the vessel is 7.
    Cost: $10/$5 children 7-12

  • 1–4 p.m. • Campus and Department Open Houses
    A number of academic and administrative departments will welcome visitors to stop by and learn more about their facilities and programs. There’s much to see during this campus showcase. Get the latest details when you check in!
    No charge 

  • 2 p.m. • Guided Campus Tours
    Memorial Union Building McAllister Welcome Center, ground floor 
    Get an inside look at the campus from a student guide on this walking tour.
    No charge

  • 5:30 p.m. • Alumni Reunion Dinner
    Join us for a special celebration for all alumni and friends featuring a delicious buffet dinner and alumni award presentations. 5:30 p.m. social (cash bar), 6:30 p.m. dinner (program to follow, business attire).
    Cost: $30/$15 children 

Saturday, August 8

  • 8:30 a.m. –1 p.m. • Coffee Break at Alumni House 
    Coffee’s on at the Alumni House! Start your day with us and reminisce by browsing our collection of yearbooks, Winter Carnival Pictorials and MTU memorabilia.
    No charge

  • 7 p.m.  Hockey Alumni Game

    MacInnes Student Ice Arena

    Watch as former Michigan Tech Huskies lace up their skates for a fun exhibition game!

    No Charge. Seating available on a first come, first served basis.  

  • Time TBA • Husky Hustle 5K Run/Walk for Scholarship 

  • Time TBA • Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP) High Ropes Course Open
    For the adventurous types, the OAP will host an Open High Ropes Course.  Student staff will guide you through the high ropes course and to the zip line exit on the other side.
    Activity Notes: Participants will have the opportunity to climb the course, complete one to three high elements and then zip line off the course. Access to different elements may vary depending on group size and staffing requirements. Minimum age is 5.

  • Time TBA • Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP) Canoe the Sturgeon River
    Join the OAP for a leisurely paddle down the Sturgeon River in Chassell, just south of Houghton.
    Activity Notes: Participants will be required to paddle a canoe with a partner approximately three miles. Access to the canoe landing and take-out is uneven and marked by sand, roots, and other obstacles.

*For the Saturday events that are weather dependent, up-to-date information will be available by calling 906-487-2400.

Additional Opportunities in the Keweenaw:

Reunion VIP Pass
Use your Reunion VIP pass for discounts at the Portage Lake Golf Course, Campus Store, University Images, and Outdoor Adventure Program. Receive free admission to the A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum and the Student Development Complex.

Outdoor Adventure Program Custom Trips
Create your own adventure with Michigan Tech’s Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP). Whether it’s a family kayaking trip or a private group high ropes course visit, the OAP can help you make your time in the Keweenaw memorable! Call 906-487-2290 or email oap@mtu.edu.

Houghton Rotary Copper Mining Heritage Tour, Saturday, August 8, 9 a.m. –3 p.m. Come join us on a unique tour of the former Quincy Mining Company properties with tour guides who are experts in the history of the Quincy Mining Company.  You will have access to sites and knowledge not typically available to the public!  Family-friendly.  For tickets and more info click here or email rotaryminetour@gmail.com

Affinity Group Events:

Phi Phi Chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha, 40 year celebration. August 5-8. Please see the chapter’s Facebook page for more details.