Alumni and Friends

Virtual Alumni Reunion 2020

Experience a little taste of alumni reunion through virtual content to be posted August 6-8.

Even though the in-person 2020 Michigan Tech Alumni Reunion was canceled, we’ve planned several ways for you to see what’s going on at Michigan Tech, connect with your classmates, and rekindle memories of the Copper Country.

Below is a list of planned virtual events.

Please note:

• All events are subject to change.

• Links for each event will be live beginning Thursday (Aug. 6) at 8 a.m. ET.


Thursday, August 6

Reunion Kickoff with Michigan Tech President, Rick Koubek
Alumni Reunion 2020 kicks off with an address from President Koubek.

Welcome from Alumni Board President, Kristin Kolodge ‘95
Video by alumni board of directors president. More info to come (get involved with local chapters, support students through scholarships (here’s how), see you next year.

Commemorate In Style
Celebrate MTU and Alumni Reunion with these free social media backgrounds!

  • Alumni Reunion 2020 digital frame
  • Zoom backgrounds
  • Additional digital decorations including GIFs, templates, pennants, phone backgrounds, and posters can be found here.

Guided Campus Tours
Just because you can’t be on campus this year, doesn’t mean you can’t take a campus tour!  Join the Admissions team as they take you on a video tour of campus. Be sure to check out the interactive maps, too.

Research Vessel Agassiz Boat Tour Facebook Live
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. 

MTU Pasty Recipe and Sharing
Read how Michigan Tech’s Executive Chef, Eric Karvonen, creates a favorite dish of the Copper Country—the pasty! Today, the pasty has taken on many forms beyond the traditional Cornish variety. Do you have your own pasty recipe? Share it with your fellow alumni & friends here.

Trees of Michigan Tech Virtual Walk
Join host Dr. R.J. Laverne, ’80, an urban forester with Davey Tree Expert Company and an instructor and alumnus of the College of Forest Resources and Environmental Sciences for an insightful tour of the trees of Michigan Tech.

25 Family Friendly STEM Experiments
Want to bring some Michigan Tech education home? Then check out these 25 Demonstrations Under $25. Join the Center for Pre College Outreach and Mind Trekkers as they walk you though 25 fun STEM experiments you can do at home! This event is sponsored by Mind Trekkers.


Friday, August 7

Graduate Research Poster Session
Michigan Tech Graduate students have been hard at work! Join them as they present their research in a pre-recorded, elevator pitch style, forum during the Virtual Poster Session at the 2020 Alumni Reunion. This event is sponsored by the Graduate School and Graduate Student Government.

Keweenaw Time Traveler
Spend some time exploring campus and the Keweenaw of old! Through the Keweenaw Time Traveler- an online interactive historical atlas- you can search for people and places of the Keweenaw Peninsula, share your own local knowledge, and connect with others. You can even add your own story points to the database! Sponsored by the Keweenaw Time Traveler, Department of Social Sciences and Geospatial Research Facility.

Class of 1970 and Golden M Events
Check out the list of your fellow Golden M inductees from the class of 1970. See someone you want to reconnect with? Consider reaching out to them!

The Beatles break up, Elvis visits the White House, Bobby Orr becomes a hockey legend, and the first space probe lands on Venus to transmit data back to Earth. Connect with your classmates on our blog and chat about your favorite memories from your graduating year!

Family Programming: Design Boats That Float from Natural Materials
Bring this engineering challenge into your home for a fun, family friendly, event. Work as a team or single units to build a boat that will stay afloat. Looking for an additional challenge? See if your boat can float when adding weight. This activity is sponsored by Joan Chadde-Schumaker, Director of Center for Science and Environmental Outreach at MTU.

Family Programming: Design a Water Tower
Want to continue the STEM family fun? Challenge your friends & family to build a water tower using the fewest building materials possible! This activity is sponsored by Joan Chadde-Schumaker, Director of Center for Science and Environmental Outreach at MTU.

Family Programming: Coloring Break
Coloring is for all ages! Download this Blizzard T. Husky coloring page for a relaxing chance to connect with the MTU mascot.


Additional Opportunities in the Keweenaw

 Already have plans to be in the Keweenaw this summer? Connect with Michigan Tech’s Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP). 906-487-2290 or email oap@mtu.edu. Outdoor equipment can be rented from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Friday inside the wax building at the trailhead across from Kearly Stadium. Bikes, canoes, kayaks, and inflatable stand-up paddleboards are available at this time.  OAP is working hard to follow state health and safety requirements, and is doing a lot of extra sanitizing!