April 12, 2016, Vol. 22, No. 16

Fox Valley (Wisc.) Alumni Chapter update

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Greetings Fellow Alumni!

I wanted to give you an update on our Fox Valley Chapter of the Michigan Tech Alumni Association.

We are a relatively new chapter that has been meeting for just over a year. We hold bi-monthly Husky Happy Hours at a local establishment with ties to Michigan Tech.

The Appleton Beer Factory, downtown Appleton, has been graciously accommodating us and we genuinely enjoy working with them.

Their ties include four alumni owners: Ben Fogle, Mechanical Engineer (2008), Mairi Fogle, Marketing & Management (2009), Carl Pierce, Mechanical Engineer (2008) and Evan Zaborski, Electrical Engineer (2010) as well as owners Jeff & Leah Fogle who also have a son graduating from Tech this month.

The brewpub has an awesome in-house brewing facility and wonderful food options. We’ve had some awesome turn outs since our first gathering at the end of 2014 which had over 70 people!

We typically meet the 3rd Thursday every other month, in rotation with the Green Bay Chapter. Lately, we usually have about 35 people each time. Gatherings are very laid back networking/socializing events which also include Michigan Tech trivia or prize raffles and the opportunity to meet fellow alumni!

I look forward to another great year of events and would love to hear any other ideas people may have for other events.

Like our Facebook page, Fox Valley Chapter-Michigan Tech Alumni Association, for more information and updates!

If you live in or are visiting the Fox Valley Area I hope you can join us for a future event.

Our next one is this week—Thursday April 14 at 6pm at the Appleton Beer Factory. (Please note this is the 2nd Thursday of the month rather than the 3rd we usually do.)

Leah Enking ’10

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At Tech


Tech Student Wins Goldwater Scholarship

A third-year chemistry major at Michigan Technological University won a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. Peter Winegar is the 10th recipient of a Goldwater Scholarship in Tech’s  history.

Goldwater scholarships—established by Congress to honor the late Arizona Senator and administered by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation—are based on academic merit, research . . . [ Full Story ]


NSF Awards Graduate Research Fellowships to Students

Four Michigan Technological University students have received Graduate Research Fellowships (GRF) from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and a fifth won an honorable mention.

Zachary John Morgan, one of the fellowship winners, is a graduate student in materials research at Michigan Tech. The other fellowship winners are senior undergraduate students Ian Thomas Cummings, computer engineering; . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Around the World


Alumni Association Announces 2016 Award Winners

Michigan Technological University’s Alumni Association has named its 2016 award winners. Each year members of the Michigan Tech Alumni Association Board of Directors review dozens of nominations of outstanding alumni and friends to determine award recipients. s.

The 2016 recipients include:

Humanitarian Award — James Tanis ’57, ‘58 Geological Engineering / Geophysics, and Janet Tanis, . . . [ Full Story ]

ME alums meet

Mechanical Engineering alumni meet

Tim Thomas ’81 recently had an opportunity to visit with Harold B. Vincent, a 1943 Mechanical Engineering graduate who lives in a senior citizen’s residence in Traverse City, Michigan.

“He says Tech was the best thing that ever happened to him,” reports Tim. “Harold told me he is originally from Painesdale, worked in the mines . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Profile

Greg Ives ’03


It’s heady stuff for a self-professed car nut from a small town in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Greg Ives, a 2003 mechanical engineering graduate from Michigan Technological University, was recently named crew chief for NASCAR driver Regan Smith. In NASCAR, the driver, owner and crew chief are the most important members of any race team. It’s . . . [ Full Story ]

Tech Sports


Annual Football Spring Game Scheduled for April 16

Apr 04, 2016

HOUGHTON, Mich. – The Michigan Tech football team will hold its annual Spring Game at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, at Sherman Field.

The 89-player Tech roster will be split into two teams – Black and White – for the

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Track Teams Battle Tough Conditions at Viking Olympics

Apr 03, 2016

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. – The Michigan Tech track and field teams had a strong showing at the Viking Olympics despite challenging conditions this weekend (April 2-3), highlighted by a school record and numerous first-place finishes.

On the men’s side, Nate

. . . [ Full Story ]

Men’s Tennis Earns GLIAC Split in Home Debuts

Apr 03, 2016

HOUGHTON, Mich – The Michigan Tech men’s tennis team kicked off the home portion of its 2016 schedule with matches against Findlay and Hillsdale this weekend (April 2-3) at Gates Tennis Center.

The Huskies, who entered the weekend with a 3-6

. . . [ Full Story ]

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Memories of Spring

Technically it’s spring in the Copper Country. Which really just means we’re getting slightly less snow than we did last month.

Better weather is on the way, though!

Can anyone identify this photo? Have a great spring (or late winter) memory you want to share from your time at Tech?

From the Email Bag

From the email bag

Interested if anyone knows the story behind Professor Invice (sp?).  He was the ME instructor in Machine Design in the late 50′s, early 60′s.  He was German and had been a contemporary of Werner Van Braun of V2 rocket and later NASA fame.  Reportedly he came over to the U.S. as one of the 500 . . . [ Full Story ]

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