Frequently Asked Questions
Alumnus? Alumnae? Alumni? What am I?
If you’re a male, you are an alumnus. A bunch of men together are called alumni. If you’re female, you’re an alumna, but a group of women are alumnae (pronounced alum-nay). However, if a group is made up of men and women, you’re alumni again. That’s why you see “alumni” most often; it can be gender neutral.
All of these terms come from the Latin words “alumnus,” which means foster child and “alere,” which means to nourish.
How Many Michigan Tech graduates are there?
The Michigan Tech alumni family is comprised of more than 70,000 alumni and friends living and working in more than 100 nations around the world. To find alumni in your area, check out the HuskyLink online directory www.huskylink.mtu.edu. You can also check out our regional chapter network at http://apps.alumni.mtu.edu/chapters/
What does the Michigan Tech Alumni Association (MTUAA) do?
Their mission is: “Celebrating traditions. Creating connections.” The MTUAA accomplishes this through a variety of events, programs and services for alumni and students.
Who are the Alumni Association Board of Directors?
The Board of Directors is a group of volunteers elected from around the country to act as the policy-making body for the Michigan Tech Alumni Association. It establishes programs, sets priorities for the Association, and works with the Executive Director of Alumni Relations to develop and support programs for students and alumni. For more visit: http://www.mtu.edu/ alumni/board/
How do I become a member of the Alumni Association?
After completing one semester at Michigan Tech, you are considered a member of the Michigan Tech Alumni Association. There are no dues, just a lot of great benefits. The Alumni Association connects you to a powerful network of alumni in over 100 countries around the world.
What is Huskylink?
HuskyLink is Michigan Tech's exclusive Online Alumni Community and is a great way to get connected and leverage your Michigan Tech Alumni Network.
- Search the Alumni Directory
- Update and Maintain your Profile (including integrating your Facebook, and LinkedIn info)
- Post a Class Note, upload pictures
- and much more.....
How can I reconnect with former classmates?
- Search the online directory for individuals by name, major, grad year, location, employer or by activities they may have participated in as a student.
- Update your profile to make it easier for former classmates to find you in the directory.
- Share your news and photos (employment, marriage, new additions to your family, etc) by submitting a Class Note which will not only appear in HuskyLink, but could also be included in the Michigan Tech Magazine.
- Send an invitation to your classmates through the online community to join you at the annual Alumni Reunion in August.
We are always happy to help you to find your fellow alumni. Just contact the Alumni Relations office by calling 1-906-487-2400, toll free at 1-877-MTU-ALUM or email firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the annual Alumni Reunion?
Held on campus during the first week each August, the Alumni Reunion is a wonderful time to reunite with classmates and reminisce about your time at Michigan Tech.
All alumni and friends are welcome to attend a wide range of Reunion events taking place Wednesday through Saturday. Special events are planned for the Golden M’s (those who graduated 50+ years ago) and the 50, 40, 30, 25, 20, 10 year Reunion Classes and the featured Athletic teams. Visit http://www.mtu.edu/reunion/ for details.
What is a Golden “M”?
When alumni reach their 50th class reunion year, they are welcomed into the Golden M’s with a special pinning ceremony during the annual Alumni Reunion in August.
According to the Michigan College of Mining and Technology Alumni News from July, 1961:
The first public announcement that the Alumni Association is creating an honorary organization for alumni who have passed the 50-year milestone in their alumni lives came recently when President Lou Haga described the "Golden M Club" to all prospective members in a letter communication.
"We have created an exclusive club," President Haga told some 300 eligible members in his letter, "Exclusive in that membership is open only to those men whose classes have celebrated the 50th Anniversary of their commencements. Graduation that class is not a requisite, because we realize that many did not actually go through the ceremonies in those earlier years." There are no dues in this new club, and no officers either. As for meetings, ... "any time two or more of you are together will constitute a meeting," Haga told his readers.
The basic idea for the "Golden M Club" was approved at the Board of Managers meeting in August, 1960. More recently, the Board approved a distinctive lapel recognition pin designed by L. G. Balfour Company and now being produced in 14-carat gold along with an engraved membership card.
Presentation of the charter memberships will be made in August, with those in attendance at the 75th Anniversary Reunion receiving theirs in person and the others via the mails. "While we know it is impossible to expect that all will be in Houghton to receive their pins in person, " Haga continued in his letter, "I did want to let you in on our plans in case you were still undecided regarding your own Reunion Intentions. I hope I have the pleasure of greeting you in person several weeks from now, " he concluded.
The "Golden M Club" will exist within the framework of the Alumni Association as an honorary group. It is expected that members will be shown special recognition at alumni functions wherever they may take place and that other privileges will be granted as the idea grows into a fond tradition.
How can I order a transcript or replacement diploma?
Requests for transcripts and replacement diplomas are handled by the Registrar's Office.
Transcripts can be ordered in person or by phone, mail, fax or online through Banweb (not available for alumni who graduated prior to 2003). Visit http://www.mtu.edu/registrar/alumni/transcripts/
Online requests for replacement diplomas is available at: http://www.mtu.edu/registrar/alumni/duplicate-diploma/.
OR, you can contact the Registrar's Office at (906) 487-2319.
How can I buy Tech Gear?
How can I get a Michigan Tech email address?
Registration for alumni "@mtu.edu" email accounts is available within HuskyLink. Students are able to keep their mtu.edu email address after graduation as long as they continue to actively use it.
How can I update my personal information with Michigan Tech?
Update your personal contact and employment information by updating your profile within HuskyLink or by completing our online form. Visit here: http://www.alumni.mtu.edu/update
You can also simply contact the Alumni Relations office at 1-906-487-2400, toll free at 1-877-MTU-ALUM or email email@example.com
How can I get more involved with Michigan Tech and help students, new graduates and fellow alumni?
There are so many ways that you can lend a hand…
- Become a regional contact
- Get involved in a network or chapter (or start a new one!)
- Attend Alumni events in your area
- Join HuskyLink
- Become a professional mentor to students
More info on volunteer opportunity page: http://www.mtu.edu/alumni/connect/volunteer/
How do I find out more about alumni events or other activities?
We list our activities on our events web page. In most cases, we email invitations to alumni and friends who live within 60 to 100 miles of an event location. Sometimes we send postcard invites as well. Many of our regional alumni chapters have Facebook pages where you can find information on events and activities in your area.
To be sure you are on our invitation list, let us know where you are! Visit www.mtu.edu/alumni/update or call the Alumni Relations office at 1-906-487-2400, toll free at 1-877-MTU-ALUM or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I submit a Class Note for the Michigan Tech Magazine?
Class Notes that appear in each issue of the Magazine are taken from the Class Notes section of HuskyLink, the alumni Association’s online community. You can also email your Class Note to email@example.com or call us at 906-487-2400.
How to Join HuskyLink: Visit http://www.huskylink.mtu.edu/join to get started. If you have forgotten your username or password just visit the login page at http://www.huskylink.mtu.edu and click on the link for assistance.
Why does my Alumni Association send me credit card and insurance offers?
Your Alumni Association forms partnerships with organizations to provide a wide range of member benefits and services. The selection and approval of these corporate partners is undertaken by a volunteer group of alumni who evaluate and review each partnership opportunity. Their goal is to ensure that the Alumni Association provides valuable benefits to alumni, students, faculty & staff.
In addition to providing services and products to our members, corporate partnerships also generate revenue. As a direct result of alumni participation in these affinity services, your Alumni Association is able to fund numerous initiatives in support of Michigan Tech students and alumni.
Show your Michigan Tech pride! Visit www.mtu.edu/alumni/benefits for details.
How does the University use my personal information?
We consider your privacy to be of the utmost importance therefore all alumni information (including mailing and e-mail addresses and telephone numbers) is held in the strictest confidence by Michigan Technological University.
Michigan Technological University, the Alumni Association, and the Michigan Tech Fund occasionally contact alumni by mail, e-mail and phone with information on alumni events, services, and opportunities to support the university. For example, the Michigan Tech Magazine, Research, TechAlum and a variety of college and department communications are distributed to Michigan Tech alumni and friends.
What is the Michigan Technological University Presidential Council of Alumnae (PCA)?
PCA members are female graduates who have been recognized for achievements in a number of areas, such as education, professional achievements, past service as a student or currently in their community, support for the University, and personal achievements.
These alumnae assist the University and their academic departments to help implement programs that support the University’s strategic plan including student recruitment and retention initiatives.