August 1, 2017, Vol. 23, No. 24

Welcome Back Huskies, Reunion 2017

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This week more than 500 Michigan Tech alumni and friends will return to campus for Reunion 2017.

Festivities throughout reunion include the 50ish Pep Band anniversary, men’s alumni basketball game, and a celebration of the women of Michigan Tech. Join us for tours and open houses across campus. See labs and gardens. Visit with faculty and staff. Meet alumni and friends.

Tour the Keweenaw Waterway aboard the Ranger II. Learn the secrets of pasty-making. Make your own stuffed Husky. Explore the Keweenaw.

So many wonderful reasons to come home, again. Reunion is a great way to reconnect with classmates and meet new friends. Whether it’s been 50 years or 10 years since you’ve been back to campus, welcome. We look forward to seeing you.

And, if you can’t join us this year, please visit the Michigan Tech Alumni and Friends Facebook page where we will post photos and news from this year’s reunion.

For a schedule of this year’s events, visit.





At Tech


The Loss of a Student Becomes a Force for Good

John Wheeler’s untimely death provides impetus to educate youth, spread word of professions in forestry and natural resource management.

A program to educate high schoolers about professions in forestry and natural resource management. A playground in the woods. A white oak to provide a shady spot for students to sit. All of these were done . . . [ Full Story ]


Mi-STAR Earns State, National Status as a STEM Education Program

Mi-STAR (Michigan Science Teaching and Assessment Reform project) has received state and national recognition as a strategic STEM education program that ensures a good return on investment.

The Michigan Department of Education and Change the Equation STEMworks has announced  that they have added Mi-STAR to the STEMworks national database.

Mi-STAR is a partnership of universities, . . . [ Full Story ]


3-D Printing Sweeping Toy Industry Off the Shelves

Cheap, plastic toys—no manufacturer necessary. The 2020 toy and game market is projected to be 5 billion, and 3-D printing brings those profits home.

People have scoffed that 3-D printers are simply toys themselves. But they probably didn’t realize how much money is made off playthings. Do-it-yourself (DIY) manufacturing—making goods at home with a 3-D . . . [ Full Story ]


From Lubbock to Houghton

It was Michigan Tech’s ”wonderful reputation” that first got the attention of Audra Morse. That reputation was enough to convince her to leave Texas Tech to lead Michigan Tech’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

On July 1, Audra Morse began her tenure as chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Michigan Technological University. . . . [ Full Story ]


Crazy Smart Summer: Girls Build Robots To Help People

Some middle schoolers spend their summers lounging poolside or visiting grandma. Others spend part of vacation building robots.

During the Women in Robotics Summer Youth Program at Michigan Technological University this week, 23 girls going into sixth, seventh, eighth or ninth grades will learn to program, wire, troubleshoot and construct two robots, the GUPPIE and . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Around the World


Celebrate the Women of Michigan Tech. T-shirts for Sale.

Celebrate the Women of Michigan Tech. T-shirts available in black, pink and gray. Show your pride, Huskies. Purchase here.

A private cocktail party with Michigan Tech’s Executive Chef, Eric Karvonen. A photo shoot with Brockit Photography. A women’s basketball VIP experience. All of these items are featured as winning items during the Women . . . [ Full Story ]

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Pete Cattelino ’74 Retires from Michigan Tech

Pete Cattelino, associate director of strategic industry partnerships, retired from Michigan Technological University on July 27. Cattelino is a 1974 Michigan Tech forestry graduate and has been a Husky for nearly his entire career. In 2003 he spearheaded Tech’s largest STEM education event series, YES Expo in Detroit’s Ford Field attended by hundreds of corporate sponsors . . . [ Full Story ]

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Buy a ticket. Support students. Experience the beauty of the Keweenaw.

Sponsored by the Keweenaw Chapter of the Michigan Tech Alumni and Friends, the Keweenaw Royale Raffle proceeds will support scholarships for students in Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw, and Ontonagon counties to attend Michigan Tech.

Raffle winners will experience the beauty of the Keweenaw. Prizes include an Isle Royale getaway, Lake Superior fishing charter trip, and a . . . [ Full Story ]
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Alumni Gatherings in Southeast Michigan at Ford and GM

Alumni at General Motors got together for breakfast on July 19 and heard about the many facets of GM’s involvement with Michigan Tech. From recruitment efforts to research and manufacturing outreach, Huskies at GM are making a difference.

The annual Ford–Michigan Tech Alumni Pasty Picnic was bigger than ever. It was a hot day for . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Profile

Sanna B. Messinger Roling ’67


“All people can do. Some learn a little differently. Defeat. Never. Just momentary delays and occasional regroupings.” That’s Sanna B. Messinger Roling’s philosophy. The 1967 biological sciences graduate is one of the recipient of this year’s Humanitarian Award. Read her story.

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Quincy Smelter Memories

The Keweenaw National Historic Park and the Quincy Smelter Association recently began offering tours at the Quincy Smelter, located on Portage Lake across from the Houghton waterfront. The smelter was shut down in 1971. Stepping in those buildings on a recent tour was going back in time. Have you been to the smelter? Or were . . . [ Full Story ]

From the Email Bag

Nurse Education at Michigan Tech

One group of women that I did not see mentioned were the nurses. I am a 1976 graduate of MTU, one of approximately 258 who graduated between 1975 and 1980 from the program (according to the MTU Archives). I am grateful for my education and time at MTU. Had Michigan Tech not taken on this . . . [ Full Story ]

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On Campus

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