Reunion 2016 — August 4, 5, and 6
Registration and check-in will be in the Memorial Union Building (34), starting at 9:00 am on Wednesday, August 3, and continuing through Friday, August 5. Free parking will be available for the complete reunion time frame, at all metered spots and in Lots 9 and 27 starting Tuesday, August 2.
Preliminary Schedule of Events
Thursday, August 4
8:30 am Welcome Breakfast — Memorial Union Building (34) Ballroom: Alumni Reunion 2016 kicks off with a review of the upcoming reunion activities. Greet some old friends, make some new ones.
9:30 am Guided Campus Tour — Leaving from the Memorial Union Building (34) Ballroom: Immediately following the Welcome Breakfast, join student tour guides for a guided walking tour of campus.
10:00 am Tech Talks — Fisher Hall (15) Room 135: Dr. Pasi Lautala, Director of the Rail Transportation Program, "Rejuvenating Rail Transportation in the US and at Michigan Tech."Are railroads part of history or future of transportation? Why is rail called the "sustainable" transportation mode? And how did Michigan Tech turn into a leader in rail transportation education and research... with the closest railroad almost hundred miles away? Dr. Lautala will untangle these mysteries and reveal what countries use the rail transportation most in the world, why railroads use less fuel than their surface transportation competitors, and how Michigan Tech's Rail Transportation Program (RTP) turned from an idea into a successful industry-university collaboration.
Fisher 135 is Hearing Loop equipped
11:00 am Tech Talks: Dr. John Vucetich, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science (Title TBA)
1:00 pm Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics Alumni Scholarship Boat Cruise: Tour the beautiful Keweenaw Waterway aboard the Ranger II while learning about the exciting research happening in the ME-EM department. Library Restaurant catering, beer, wine and soda will be provided by the ME-EM department.
- 1:30 pm Pasty Making Demonstration and Tasting (sponsored by the Graduate School), Douglass Houghton Hall (31) Kitchenette (ground 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. Graduate School representatives will also be on hand to talk about online programs and share what’s going on in the Graduate School. Note: this event location has limited accessibility due to a flight of stairs.
4:00 pm Reunion Pasty Picnic — Campus Green, between EERC (7) and Chemical Sciences Building (19) Rain site — Memorial Union Building (34): Enjoy a traditional “Yooper” dinner and swap stories with alumni, faculty, and friends with pasties (ketchup or gravy?), pickled eggs, and local KBC micro-brew beer. Side salads, dessert and beverages are also included.
Friday, August 5
8:30 am All-Class Alumni Breakfast, Memorial Union Building (34) Ballroom A: President Glenn Mroz ’74/’77 will present the University update: Where we are and where we are headed.
10:00 am Class Year Gatherings and Class Photos for the Classes of 1976, 1986, 1991, 1996, and 2006 Memorial Union Building (34) Alumni Lounge, first floor: Whether you have been gone ten years or forty years, or somewhere in between, this is your time to gather, swap stories, and put names back with the faces from your college years.
- 10:00 am Stuff-a-Husky, Memorial Union Building (34) Room 106A, first floor: Families and the young at heart are invited to make and decorate your own stuffed Husky! Each Husky comes with a birth certificate and wishing star.
Class of 1966 and Golden M Events
10:30 am Class of 1966 Golden M Pinning Ceremony — Memorial Union Building (34) Ballroom B: Current Golden M members (Class years 1965 and earlier) and friends are invited to join the Class of 1966 at this presentation. Each alumnus/a will receive their 50-year Golden M pin and certificate from University President Glenn Mroz ’74/’77 and Alumni Association President Ed Eiswerth '77.
Immediately Following Ceremony — Class of 1966 and Golden M Class Photos, Memorial Union Building (34) Alumni Lounge, first floor
12:00-1:30 pm Golden M Luncheon — Memorial Union Building (34) Ballroom A: Current Golden M Members and friends are invited to join the Class of 1966 for a special luncheon to celebrate their induction into the Golden M Club.
1:00 pm Research Vessel Agassiz Research Boat Tour — Meet at Great Lakes Research Center (100), University Waterfront (Phoenix Drive): Four tours will leave every hour, on the hour, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The University operates the R/V Agassiz in support of its mission in aquatic sciences, and these scientific excursions will provide insight into the research being conducted by faculty and students. This event is weather-dependent. Note: Minimum age for the vessel is 7.
1:30 pm Campus and Department Open Houses: Many academic and administrative departments are opening their doors to showcase their capabilities. Get the latest details when you check in.
- 1:30 pm Estate Planning Seminar — Memorial Union Building (34) Ballroom B: Join Michael Kolasa, an attorney, trust officer, and financial planner, in a conversation about everything from dying without a will to legacy trusts. He will talk about practical documents like powers of attorney and revocable trusts. He will share stories contrasting plans gone wrong, other plans that were sound, as well as touch on current tax issues and tax-saving techniques.
2:00 pm Guided Campus Tours — Memorial Union Building (34) McAllister Welcome Center: Get an inside look at the campus on a walking tour with a student tour guide.
5:30 pm Alumni Reunion Dinner — Memorial Union Building Ballroom (34): It’s a special celebration for all alumni and friends, featuring a delicious buffet dinner and alumni award presentations. The social begins at 5:30 pm (cash bar), with dinner at 6:30 pm (program to follow, business attire).
Saturday, August 6
Today is a great day to explore the Copper Country!
8:30 am Coffee Break at the Alumni House (9): Coffee’s on at the Alumni House! Start your day with us and reminisce browsing our yearbooks and memorabilia.
8:30 am Keweenaw Alumni Chapter 5K Run Walk — Meet at the Tech Trails trailhead (across from the football field on Sharon Avenue): The Keweenaw Alumni and Friends Chapter 5K Run/Walk for Scholarships raises money for local students to attend Michigan Tech. Registration opens at 7:30 am; the walk kicks off at 8:30 and the run at 9:00.
Cost: $20, or $15 for participants with a pass to the Tech Trails
- 9:00 am High Ropes Course
- 2:00 - 5:00 pm Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP) Events: TBA
* For the Saturday events that are weather-dependent, up to date information will be available by calling 906-487-2400
Other Things To Do
The Museum Gift shop and galleries will be open to visitors from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm throughout Reunion (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday). Free admission for Alumni Reunion attendees with your Reunion nametag!
Enjoy four day-long tours of the geoelements of the Keweenaw. Using the university research vessel RV Agassiz, as well as ground transportation, we will visit four of the five geoelements listed on the Keweenaw Geoheritage website.
Bring the whole family and join our community this August 3–6th for the 2nd Annual Keweenaw Science and Engineering Festival to stimulate interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)! Enjoy something for all ages including a Family Engineering Day, Science Pub Crawl, Mind Trekkers Expo and more! Visit keweenawscience.org for the current schedule of events.
Whether it’s biking or touring historic landmarks, the Copper Country has something for everyone! Head to www.keweenaw.info for a full list of activities and attractions.
The featured groups for Reunion 2016 include the Class of 1966, 1976, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2006, the Golden M's (those who graduate fifty-plus years ago), Volleyball, Track and Field, Cross Country, and Nordic Skiiing .
Be sure to head to our Memories website to reminisce and share: www.mtu.edu/memories