August 12, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 25

Alumni Reunion 2014

President Mroz and Alumni Association President Darnishia Slade greet new members of the Golden M Club.
President Mroz and Alumni Association President Darnishia Slade greet new members of the Golden M Club.

I am on medical leave for a while. I will miss you all, but a group of stellar Michigan Tech personalities have stepped up to write guest columns while I am away. We’re kicking off with President Glenn Mroz, musing on Alumni Reunion 2014. —Dennis

The energy level on Keweenaw went up exponentially last week, as over 500 alumni and friends converged to jump-start friendships, swap life stories and kick the tires on what Michigan Tech is and is doing.

Departments opened their doors to alums who could experience the project based teaching methods of today.  And alums were introduced to campus-wide efforts aimed at the simple notion that if students do their job, and we do ours—both to the best of our ability—those students will be successful.

Programs like the Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success, that brings together the “outside the classroom” services students need like financial aid, counseling and Dean of Students.  Or the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning, which has provided technology in the classroom, expertise to help faculty design courses and modern testing facilities for classes, as well as supporting students with learning disabilities.

They were here for the dedication of the Frank Pavlis Honors College—not just for the brightest, but also the motivated who want to make a difference regardless of GPA.  And then there is the transformation of the Van Pelt and Opie Libraries into the modern Learning and Information Commons that it needs to be to support the team approach to teaching that has become the hallmark of a Michigan Tech education.

And did I mention that our alums and friends had fun?  Stories poured out!  Some so hard to believe that you really couldn’t make them up!  By comparison, it’s a bit quiet today.  But in 10 days, the alumni of 2018 will arrive, and the energy level will ratchet back up.

And we’ll be ready.  In a sense, these new students have hit the ctrl/alt/delete buttons on their lives to come to Michigan Tech. They will enthusiastically explore all that alumni have built for them, and they’ll start writing their own life stories.   

They will leave their mark on Michigan Tech, as you and so many generations have, since 1885.
Glenn D. Mroz, President

At Tech


Not Even the Sky’s the Limit for Women in Engineering

Lights floated into the night sky and across vast Lake Superior. Dreams, wishes and aspirations were released and ignited as participants and staff of Women in Engineering sent up lanterns as a symbol of their week at Michigan Technological University this summer. Cody Kangas, director of Michigan Tech’s Center for Pre-College Outreach, rallied the girls . . . [ Full Story ]


Michigan Tech Scores High in Money Magazine Rankings

Money magazine has ranked Michigan Technological University second highest in the state, based on graduation rates, degree costs and return on investment. Michigan Tech also ranked 33rd in the nation among public universities.

The magazine ranked 665 of the nation’s more than 1,500 public and private colleges and universities. Each of the qualifying . . . [ Full Story ]


Michigan Tech Honors Two Alumni with Melvin Calvin Medal of Distinction

At its last meeting, Michigan Technological University’s Board of Control bestowed the Melvin Calvin Medal of Distinction on two distinguished alumni and longtime supporters of Michigan Tech: David House and Richard Henes. 

The Melvin Calvin Medal of Distinction is awarded to individuals associated with the University who have exhibited especially distinguished professional and personal accomplishments. 

. . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Around the World

Reunion Recap

Over 500 alumni, families and friends—ranging from the Class of 1938 to 2015— converged on the campus, many for the first time since graduation for Alumni Reunion 2014. The most senior attendees were Frank Pavlis ’38, Larry Farnum ’41 with his wife Jeanne Seaman Farnum ’43 and Elmer Dupuis ’42.

Activities for all ages were offered . . . [ Full Story ]

Marquette Brewery Tour and Social

Marquette Chapter Event

Alumni and friends from the Marquette Chapter gathered for good beer and good company on Thursday, July 31st.  The group took a VIP tour of the Blackrocks Canning Facility then met up in the Tap Room to swap Tech stories and enjoy some freshly brewed beverages.  Many thanks to Kristin Beck ’02 for organizing the . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Profile

Darby J. VanAntwerp ’03


Darby VanAntwerp earned a BS in Geological Engineering at Michigan Tech in 2003, and an MS in Hydrogeology at Clemson University in 2006.“Through my courses at Michigan Tech, I learned ‘how to learn’,” says VanAntwerp. “It is one thing to memorize theories and equations, but my coursework taught me to assess a problem and gather . . . [ Full Story ]

Tech Sports


Black Defeats Gold in Women’s Basketball Alumni Game

Black defeated Gold 40-33 in the Michigan Tech women’s basketball alumni game on Saturday (Aug. 9) at the SDC Gym. The Huskies had 27 former players, including five Hall of Famers, come back to participate in the women’s basketball reunion and play a game in front of the program’s faithful fans.

Black led from start . . . [ Full Story ]


Kearly Fills Staff from Within; Olson New Defensive Coordinator

Michigan Tech football coach Tom Kearly today announced that Steve Olson has been promoted to defensive coordinator, replacing Tim Driscoll who left to become the head coach at Finlandia. Olson has been on the Huskies’ staff as the linebackers coach since 2011.

A 23-year coaching veteran, Olson has had stints at both Minnesota Crookston and . . . [ Full Story ]

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Mountain biking on the Tech Trails

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Biker on MTU Ski Trail


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From the Email Bag


1958 Wads in the Gazette

Classic Gazette photo and caption: “Few of the collegiates of yesteryear had it as good as these fellows in Wadsworth Hall. Here Daniel Macaluso, pursuing an electrical course, studies with Dan Shuke, right. Macaluso is from Dowagiac and Shuke hails from Sebewaing. Both are sophomores.”

From Jennifer Trevillian: As a native of the small town . . . [ Full Story ]

More on the Wondrous Powers of Doc Berry

As a freshman in the fall of 1966 I took first-year Chemistry from the Doc as an elective. I had had quite a good chem course in high school and figured it would be simple.

I found the lectures not too stimulating and generally skipped them.

I did work in the lab and aced the midterm and . . . [ Full Story ]

Alum in NASCAR

If you haven’t heard yet, Greg Ives will be taking over as Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s crew chief next season.

Greg grew up in Bark River, Michigan (as did I) and graduated from Michigan Tech.

It’s great to see a Tech alum making a name for himself in Nascar!

Mike Erickson ‘96


’51 Forestry Faces

In the photo that appeared in the July 29 edition, forestry class of 1951: first row on the left is my husband Bob Bunney and next to him is Pete Noblet. The others all look familiar, but sorry I cannot name them.

I wish I could be there for the reunion and reconnect with some of the class . . . [ Full Story ]

Pasty Champions

Do you know about the annual World Pasty Championships?

A friend of mine, originally from Iron Mountain, a retired physics professor, has attended this event in recent years. Not a Tech grad, but he shows up at our Reunions often.

Also, in the link you can listen to these two guys rap out “The Pasty . . . [ Full Story ]

K-Day at McLain

Share Your Thoughts About McLain

I got an email from the Michigan DNR regarding input on McLain State Park. Anyone can sign up for these emails at the DNR website and you can tailor them to specific areas of the state. I live in Troy but only receive info on the U.P., because to me, that’s all that matters!

McLain is . . . [ Full Story ]

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