Class Notes

By Sarah Williams

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Class Notes

By Sarah Williams

See what our Michigan Tech alumni are doing.

1950s

Thomas Coleman '57 (Civil Engineering) was inducted into Michigan Tech's Academy of Civil and Environmental Engineering in September 2017.

1960s

Ted Reuschel '64 (Forest Management) recently published his second book, Michigan's Looking Glass River by Kayak: A Modern-Day Journey Down a Historic River. Reuschel's detailed narrative recounts his experiences on a small river a few miles north of the state capital and describes the trials and hardships early pioneers experienced along those same banks many years before.

Manfred Phillip '66 (Chemistry) was elected president of the Fulbright Association and assumed his new role in January 2018. He previously served as the Fulbright Association Board of Directors secretary. Philipp also serves as chair of the Association's National Conference Committee.

John F. Calder '67 '76 (Mechanical Engineering, Business) was inducted into Michigan Tech's School of Business and Economics Academy in September 2017.

Robert S. Tripp '66 '67 (Metallurgical Engineering, Business) was inducted into Michigan Tech's School of Business and Economics Academy in September 2017.

1970s

Richard E. Ten Haken '70 (Business) was inducted into Michigan Tech's School of Business and Economics Academy in September 2017.

Roger Crimmins '71 (Civil Engineering) was inducted into Michigan Tech's Academy of Civil and Environmental Engineering in September 2017.

David L. Ouillette '71 '73 (Forestry) and Mary Jo Russell were married February 17, 2018, at Resurrection Church in Lakeland, Florida.

Gary Hagstrom '72 (Civil Engineering) was inducted into Michigan Tech's Academy of Civil and Environmental Engineering in September 2017.

Kathryn Botsford (Kathy Linder) '73 (Liberal Arts) retired after teaching elementary school for 40 years on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

Bob Bartosh '75 (Civil Engineering) retired in June 2016 as a senior vice president and chief operating officer of Dakota Coal Company after serving the coal industry for nearly 40 years. He and his wife, Deb, reside in Bismarck, North Dakota, and have three children and four grandchildren.

Glenn F. Lawrence '75 (Chemical Engineering) was inducted into Michigan Tech's Chemical Engineering Academy in April 2017.

Howard Szaroletta '75 (Biological Sciences) received his 30-year pin from State Farm.

Joe Dancy '76 (Metallurgical Engineering) accepted the role as executive director of the Energy Center at the University of Oklahoma College of Law.

James Keighley '76 (Civil Engineering) was inducted into Michigan Tech's Academy of Civil and Environmental Engineering in September 2017.

Brian Schwanitz '77 (Applied Geophysics) was recognized for his 36 years of service to the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) with the 2017 SPE Production and Operations Award at ATCE in Dubai, UAE.

Kenneth G. Hafeli '77 (Liberal Arts) presented “Thank God for the Ford Glider. The Waco CG4A: The Upper Peninsula's Marvel of World War II” at the Yankee Air Museum at Willow Run near Ypsilanti on October 4, 2017. The talk was based in part on research he began in 1975 as an undergraduate.

Ronald D. Staley '77 '80 (Civil Engineering Technology, Business) was inducted into Michigan Tech's School of Business and Economics Academy in September 2017.

Jeff Brooks '78 (Electrical Engineering) retired from his aerospace engineering career and is living in Norton Shores, Michigan.

Charles Farrar '79 (Civil Engineering) was inducted into Michigan Tech's Academy of Civil and Environmental Engineering in September 2017.

John J. Rockwell '79 (Business) was inducted into Michigan Tech's School of Business and Economics Academy in September 2017.

1980s

Bruce Lowing '80 (Civil Engineering) was inducted into Michigan Tech's Academy of Civil and Environmental Engineering in September 2017.

Kent Johnson '80 (Biological Sciences) received the Dave Ford Award from the University of Minnesota in October 2017. This is Minnesota's most distinguished award for protecting clean water.

William Bertoldi '80 (Biological Sciences) was inducted into the University's Academy of Educators. Bertoldi graduated with a BS in Chemistry in 1980, with Secondary Teacher Certification in Chemistry and Mathematics. He spent 30 years teaching in Kingsford Middle and High Schools. In 1996 Bertoldi established Rockets for Schools, a student organization that designs, builds, and launches high-powered rockets.

R. Dyche Anderson '81 (Chemical Engineering) was inducted into Michigan Tech's Chemical Engineering Academy in April 2017.

Marie Cleveland '82 (Business) was inducted into Michigan Tech's School of Business and Economics Academy in September 2017.

Kurt Larson '82 (Mining Engineering) has published his fifth book, The Takeover Diaries, under the pen name Rock Svensson. It is a mostly fictional account of the events leading up to the sale of the largest independent company in the UK minerals sector.

Catherine (Kuchta) Leslie '83 (Civil Engineering) was inducted into Michigan Tech's Academy of Civil and Environmental Engineering in September 2017.

Xintan Chang '83 '88 (Mining Engineering, Mechanical Engineering) was inducted into Michigan Tech's Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Academy in October 2017.

Albert Cipparone '84 (Electrical Engineering) and Mary Cipparone are pleased to announce the graduation of their daughter, Annelle, from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, with a Bachelor of Science in Finance. She is currently employed by Deloitte in Arlington, Virginia.

Charles A. Becker '84 '86 (Forestry) was inducted into the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science Honor Academy in December 2017.

Douglas J. Hamar '82 '84 (Mechanical Engineering, Business) was inducted into Michigan Tech's School of Business and Economics Academy in September 2017.

Kimberly Nowack '85 (Civil Engineering) was inducted into Michigan Tech's Academy of Civil and Environmental Engineering in September 2017.

Tony Altobelli '86 (Mechanical Engineering) was inducted into Michigan Tech's Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Academy in October 2017.

Kevin S. Wampler '86 (Business) was inducted into Michigan Tech's School of Business and Economics Academy in September 2017.

Carrie Schaller '87 (Business) was inducted into Michigan Tech's School of Business and Economics Academy in September 2017.

Jayne (Reuschel) Nitz '88 (Computer Science) had a second musical work, Little Offertories for Little Churches, published by Northwestern Publishing House.

Thomas Bronz '89 (Mechanical Engineering) was inducted into Michigan Tech's Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Academy in October 2017.

1990s

Scott A. Moffatt '90 '93 (Chemical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering) was inducted into Michigan Tech's Chemical Engineering Academy in April 2017.

Christine Roberts '91 (Mechanical Engineering) was inducted into Michigan Tech's Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Academy in October 2017.

Mark M. Mleziva '92 (Chemical Engineering) was inducted into Michigan Tech's Chemical Engineering Academy in April 2017.

Eric Obermeyer '94 '97 (Mechanical Engineering) has been promoted to principal manufacturing engineer in the manufacturing engineering group at Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions.

2000s

Justin Miller '00 (Forestry) was the recipient of the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science Outstanding Alumni Award.

Kelly Vizanko '00 (Business Administration) and Steve Vizanko '04 (Business Administration) welcomed baby girl Alina Marie. She weighed six pounds, two ounces and was 18.5 inches long. Addison is a proud big sister.

Sarah (Hiner) Geborkoff '00 (Geology) was inducted into the University's Academy of Educators. Geborkoff, a science teacher at Houghton Middle School, earned a BS in Geology in 2000 with a Secondary Teacher Certification in Earth and Space Science. Since 2013 she has served Houghton Middle School as the lead teacher for the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative Project. A threetime advisor to Lexus Scholastic Eco Challenge teams, Geborkoff helped land national prize money totaling $20,000.

Ben Almquist, PhD '04 (Materials Science and Engineering) was recognized as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the United Kingdom.

James VanEvery '06 (Business Administration) and Julie VanEvery proudly announce the birth of their daughter, Lily Elizabeth VanEvery, born on October 21, 2017.

Bob Evans '07 (Psychology) and Trisha Evans '08 (Mathematics) welcomed Jasper Grit on October 19, 2017. Baby Jasper weighed seven pounds, one ounce and was 20 inches long.

Rachel (Misenheimer) Connors '08 (Chemistry) and Patrick Connors are excited to announce the birth of Wyatt Gage Connors. He was born December 28, 2017, at 2:15 a.m., weighing eight pounds, 15 ounces and measuring 20.5 inches long. Mom, dad, and Wyatt are doing well and settling into the new adventure!

Brian Edwards '08 (Chemical Engineering) and Jillian Schubert Edwards '09 '11 (Applied Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Environmental Policy), along with their son August, welcomed a daughter, Moira Alice Edwards, on December 18, 2017.

2010s

Caitlin (Hartley) Dobson '10 (Business Administration) and Drew Dobson '10 (Computer Science) welcomed their first little Husky, Owen James Dobson, born September 22, 2017, at 1:56 p.m.

Scott Nelson '10 (Materials Science and Engineering) and Megan (Knudstrup) Nelson '10 (Civil Engineering) welcomed Lyra Amelia Nelson into their family on December 29, 2017. Lyra is the first grandchild of three Tech alumni, David Nelson '79 (Geological Engineering), Ellen Nelson '79 (Liberal Arts), and Chris Knudstrup '77 (Electrical Engineering).

Rebekkah (Bury) Carney '11 (Civil Engineering) and Matthew Carney '11 (Mechanical Engineering) welcomed their son, Everett Lorenzo, on August 18, 2017. Born at 5:25 p.m., he weighed seven pounds, seven ounces and was 21 inches long. Everyone is happy and adjusting well.

Brian Thompson '11 (Electrical Engineering) and Jessica Thompson '12 (Biological Sciences, Pre-Medicine), along with their daughter, Lily, welcomed Lydia Joy Thompson on January 21, 2018.

Amber Oja '11, (Forestry, Wildlife Ecology and Management) was the recipient of the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science Outstanding Young Alumni Award.

Troy Bouman '12 '16 (Mechanical Engineering) and Andrea (Taglione) Bouman '11 '12 (Exercise Science, Biological Sciences, Business) are excited to announce the birth of their daughter, Harper Kay. She was born November 11, 2017, in West Bloomfield, Michigan.

Rebecca (Sprys) Hayes '12 (Civil Engineering) and Collin Hayes were married in Dallas, Texas, on November 4, 2017.

Anne (Dancy) Maher '12 (Biomedical Engineering) and William Maher were married in Saint Paul, Minnesota, on August 19, 2017.

Nathaniel Schulz '14 (Civil Engineering) and Anna (VanderKooi) Schulz '14 (Environmental Engineering) are excited to announce the birth of their son, William Ellis. The new addition was born November 7, 2017, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He weighed eight pounds, 14 ounces and was 22 inches long.

Yonee Bryant-Kuiphoff '14 (Applied Science Education) was inducted into the University's Academy of Educators. Since 2008 she has served as the middle school director for the Michigan Science Teachers Association. From 2011 to 2014, she was a member of the first cohort of the Michigan Teacher Excellence Project and participated in the collaboration of Michigan Tech and urban schools to improve earth science instructional practices.

Jared Timmer '15 (Mechanical Engineering) and Kelly Timmer welcomed baby girl Rebekah Rose (Rosie) on December 19, 2017. She was seven pounds, 13 ounces and 20 inches long.

Alanie (Harmon) Sager '16 (Biomedical Engineering, Environmental Engineering) and Kaleb Sager were married in Alpena, Michigan, on August 19, 2017.


In Memoriam

1944

  • George W. Swenson Jr., PhD PE

1947

  • S. Charles Gekas

1948

  • Walter J. Gabriel

1949

  • Donald L. Avery
  • William J. Bero Jr.
  • Patricia E. Couillard
  • Louis Iannettoni
  • Lauri J. Kivisto
  • Donald P. Saxon
  • Robert W. Strom

1950

  • James G. Bennetts
  • Paul B. Frair
  • R. Dewey Hansen
  • Thomas N. Kayfes
  • Kenneth E. Kueny
  • Stanley J. Maleska
  • Roy W. Nagle Jr.
  • Henry J. Nault Sr.
  • Harry C. Olson
  • Charles P. Taylor
  • John J. Thornton

1951

  • John A. Halpin
  • Jack D. Powers
  • Margaret J. Raisanen
  • Carl E. Wellman Jr.

1952

  • Thomas J. Foley
  • Edmond W. Holm
  • Dr. Harold S. Jensen
  • Jacques R. Jorgensen
  • George E. Langen
  • Warren B. Peterson
  • James Stukel

1953

  • William S. Brotherton

1954

  • Donald F. McMaster
  • Joan C. Patch
  • Robert E. Quilici

1955

  • Rodney A. Mattson
  • Lawrence K. Mulholland
  • Col. Phillip N. Walker (Ret.)

1956

  • Dr. George R. Alger
  • Lowell H. Christensen
  • Ronald C. Liikala
  • Richard D. Lindberg
  • Robert G. Trudgeon PE
  • Richard V. VandeBunt

1957

  • Frederick B. Bevis
  • Benjamin J. Holmes
  • Wesley O. Niemi
  • Neil R. Paulson
  • Robert W. Plume
  • Dennis A. Staley

1958

  • Rene O. Bunster
  • William G. Jackson
  • Robert F. Keefer
  • Thomas G. LaHaye
  • William K. McLay
  • Wayne K. Wheelock

1959

  • John H. Adams
  • James E. Arasim
  • Melvin R. Juhola
  • Harry P. Kleiman
  • Edgar A. Larche
  • Thomas G. McCombie Jr.

1960

  • John R. Benhart
  • Gary J. Berntsen
  • Lary N. Brandner PE
  • Jerry T. Foster
  • Robert Y. Grusser
  • Gerald J. Hill
  • Edwill R. Jordan
  • Dr. Michael R. Massie
  • Donald R. Mouchka
  • Paul J. Richardson
  • James D. Thompson

1961

  • David F. Barnhart
  • Neal W. Johns PE
  • Dennis J. Napel

1962

  • Edwin J. Chamberlain
  • Ralph E. Duddles
  • Joan F. Maierle

1963

  • Jack G. Barton
  • Floyd D. Roberts Jr
  • Walter A. Simonson

1964

  • Robert L. Christy
  • Guntis Melbardis
  • Eugene G. Rebellato

1965

  • Dennis P. Burns
  • Robert F. Gardner
  • Albert G. Hicks
  • Thomas J. Rozich
  • Erwin F. Stoldt
  • Ellen W. Vivian
  • Gary L. Worrall

1966

  • Dr. Allen E. Kemppainen
  • Melvyn G. Mikkola
  • Jack T. Plaistow

1967

  • Patricia S. Anderson
  • Carl O. Gast II
  • Duane W. Roland Jr. PE
  • Paul S. Talford
  • Gunnar A. Widerstrom

1968

  • Henry J. Collins Jr.
  • William A. Howe
  • Nancy A. Klingbeil

1969

  • Gary L. Taylor

1970

  • John D. Anderson
  • Lawrence E. Anderson
  • Daniel F. Provost PE
  • Robert W. Seasor

1971

  • Michael D. Bausano
  • Lynn T. MacDonald
  • Robert D. Pieti
  • Jack K. Robinson
  • John R. Van Ells

1973

  • Thomas G. Harwood
  • Roger D. Pitterle
  • Kenneth A. Tormala

1974

  • Patricia A.P. Nugent
  • Mark S. Vizanko

1975

  • Dr. Martin D. Saine
  • Glen M. Wirtanen

1976

  • Fritz M. Heidenreich

1977

  • Kim S. Aerts
  • Thomas J. Klemp
  • Kathryn B. Teter

1978

  • Gary W. Auge
  • Julie B. Gades
  • Walter A. Hulkkonen
  • John E. Niemela

1980

  • Mark J. Rich
  • William J. Traub

1981

  • Robert T. Gray
  • Ann Weiler McMahon
  • David B. Miller

1982

  • Kelly R. Flaherty
  • Howard T. Greenley
  • John G. Sederholm
  • Terrance L. Tock

1984

  • Steven G. Loosemore
  • Allen P. Olson

1985

  • L. Kelly Sandberg

1988

  • Todd M. Bush
  • Dr. Philip E. Kaldon

1990

  • Jamie M. Antoniewicz

1991

  • John A. Kopnick

1993

  • Joelle M. Oberski
  • Timothy J. Toth

1998

  • Deborah J. Aho
  • Jessica J. Zerbst

2007

  • Diana D. Wadke

2012

  • Travis P. Baur

2013

  • Daniel A. Polovich

2016

  • Ryan K. Werner

2017

  • Joel W. Olsen

Michigan Technological University is a public research university, home to more than 7,000 students from 54 countries. Founded in 1885, the University offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science and technology, engineering, forestry, business and economics, health professions, humanities, mathematics, and social sciences. Our campus in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula overlooks the Keweenaw Waterway and is just a few miles from Lake Superior.

Last Modified 8:01 PM, May 17, 2019


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