Reunion 2016

Reunion 2016 — August 4, 5, and 6

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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 — Starting in 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 "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 a hundred miles away? Dr. Lautala will untangle these mysteries and reveal what countries use 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 — Fisher Hall (15) Room 135:  Dr. John Vucetich, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

    (Title TBA)
    Fisher 135 is Hearing Loop equipped

  • 12:00 pm Lunch at Wadsworth Dining Hall (37)

    Check out today's dining hall experience and join students for a casual lunch in the dining hall of the Wadsworth Residence Hall.
  • 1:00 – 3:00 pm Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics Alumni Scholarship Boat Cruise Departs from the Isle Royale National Park Office, 800 East Lakeshore Dr, Houghton (next to the Dee Stadium). Boarding at 12:30 pm and departure at 1:00 pm sharp.

    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. $15 of the ticket cost will be donated to a departmental scholarship fund.

  • 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.

  • 6:00 pm Keweenaw Alumni Chapter and Friends Social Keweenaw Brewing Company, 408 Shelden Avenue, Downtown Houghton:

    Following the Pasty Picnic, The Keweenaw Alumni Chapter invites all alumni and friends to a social at a popular local watering hole that features a variety of craft beers and soda. A cash bar will be available.

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. The Graduate School will also be hosting a poster session outside of the entrance to the breakfast, showcasing the research our students have been working on.

  • 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 Bob Wojcik '91.

    • 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.

  • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Lunch at Wadsworth Dining Hall (37)

    Check out today's dining hall experience and join students for a casual lunch in the dining hall of the Wadsworth Residence Hall.

  • 1:00 pm Research Vessel Agassiz Research Boat Tour — Meet at Great Lakes Research Center (100), University Waterfront (Phoenix Drive):

    As part of the Great Lakes Research Center water festival activities, 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:

    Check in to see what's new in your academic department, tour a 47-foot Coast Guard Motor Lifeboat, and visit the activity stations for family fun at the Great Lakes Research Center, then stroll along the lakefront to test out a stand-up paddleboard or kayak at the Outdoor Adventure Program's paddling demo at Prince's Point, or visit the Mineral Museum for a guided tour with a behind-the-scenes glimpse. There's much to see during this campus showcase. 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 and financial planner, in a conversation about everything from dying without a will to generation trusts. He will talk about practical documents like powers of attorney, share stories contrasting plans gone wrong with other plans that were sound, as well as touch on current tax issues and charitable giving 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 for Scholarship — 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

  • 9:30 – 11:30 am Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP) Open High Ropes Course — Meet at the Tech Trails trailhead (across from the football field on Sharon Avenue)

    For the adventurous types, the Outdoor Adventure Program (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. Access to the high course is through a 25 foot telephone pole climb and the 250 foot zip line is the best way to exit! Good upper body strength, comfort at heights and an adventurous mindset are all helpful for this activity!

    Activity Notes: Participants will have the opportunity to climb the course, complete 1–3 high elements and then zip line off the course. Access to different elements may vary depending on group size and staffing requirements.

  • 1:00 – 4:00 pm Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP) Canoe the Sturgeon River — Meet at the Alumni House (9)

    Join the OAP for a leisurely paddle down the Sturgeon River in Chassell, just south of Houghton. We will be in canoes for this paddle, with our trip leaders in kayaks for safety. This stretch of river provides a nice relaxing paddle with plenty of opportunities to see wildlife and remnants of past farming.

    We will provide transportation from Alumni House to the river and back in 15-passenger vans, and trip leaders will drive and facilitate the trip. We encourage you to bring a full water bottle and any snacks that you may need.

    Activity Notes: Participants will be required to paddle a canoe with a partner approximately 3 miles. Access to the canoe landing and take-out is uneven and marked by sand, roots, and other obstacles.

2016 marks the 10th Anniversary of the Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP) at Michigan Tech. The program has been growing and offering more services and rental equipment each year, as well as more events and activities to show folks the beauty of the Keweenaw. Your participation in these activities helps to support the OAP in fulfilling its mission of getting people outside and exploring! Thanks for supporting us!

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

Affinity Group Events


  • Saturday, 10:00 am — School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science Alumni Awards Brunch — Nara Nature Center. To register, visit

  • Saturday, 4:00 pm — Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology Alumni Gathering — Downtowner Lounge. For more information email



Olympic Sports

  • Friday, 7:00 pm — Social at the Nara Chalet
  • Saturday, 8:30 am — Keweenaw Alumni and Friends 5K run/walk
  • Saturday, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm — Enjoy the Kewwenaw on your own
  • Saturday, 1:00 pm — SDC Tour
  • Saturday, 8:00 pm — Social


  • Friday, 6:00 – 8:00 pm — Family night at the SDC Wood Gym
  • Friday, 9:00 pm – 12:00 am — Social at the Downtowner Lounge
  • Saturday, 1:00 pm — SDC Tour
  • Saturday, 3:00 pm — Alumni Game
  • Saturday, 8:00 pm — Social

Other Things To Do

A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum

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!

Geoheritage Tours:

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.

Quincy Smelter Tours:

The Quincy Smelter will offer tours on Saturday, August 6 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. The Quincy Smelter is the only remaining copper smelter in the Lake Superior Region. Please wear closed-toe shoes. Entrance fee is $5.00, kids 10 and under free. Directions: heading north on the lift bridge, turn right onto M-26, the smelter is ¼ mile on the right.

Keweenaw Science and Engineering Festival
August 3–6, 2016

Our community has come together for the 2nd Annual Keweenaw Science and Engineering Festival to stimulate interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields! Join us for this festival as we showcase all facets of STEM In Michigan's Western Upper Peninsula. With exciting and hands-on activities for all ages, learning together has never been this much fun! 

Featured Events

  • Family Engineering Day
  • Science Pub Crawl — Houghton restaurants and bars
  • Nationally acclaimed Michigan Tech Mind Trekkers
  • MSU Science Theatre shows
  • Showcase of STEM in the Keweenaw

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Whether it's biking or touring historic landmarks, the Copper Country has something for everyone. Head to 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, and Olympic Sports.

Be sure to head to our Memories website to reminisce and share: