August 16, 2016, Vol. 22, No. 25

Alumni Honored for Service and Achievements at 2016 Reunion

Alumni Award Winners

Alumni Reunion 2016 brought close to 600 alumni and friends back to campus for three days of events, August 4-6. From sharing stories from 1966 at the Golden M pinning ceremony, to the 5K run/walk for scholarships, to creating a lovable plush husky dog, new memories were made for all ages.

The following outstanding alumni were recognized at the Alumni Reunion awards dinner:

Outstanding Young Alumni Awards

Benjamin Almquist ’04 Materials Science and Engineering, London, England
Johnathon Aho ’08 Mathematical Sciences/Biological Sciences, Rochester, Minnesota

Presented to alumni under the age of 35 who have distinguished themselves in their careers. The award recognizes the achievement of a position or some distinction noteworthy for one so recently graduated.

Outstanding Service Award

Joshua ’03 and Jana Fogarty ’05 Materials Science and Engineering, Plymouth, Wisconsin

Presented to alumni and friends making significant contributions to the success of the Association and/or the University.

Distinguished Alumni Award

William Bernard, Jr. ’69 Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Perrysburg, Ohio

This award recognizes alumni who have made outstanding contributions both in their careers and to Michigan Tech over a number of years.

Humanitarian Award

James Tanis ’57 ’58 Geological Engineering/Geophysics and Janet Tanis, Sedona, Arizona

Presented to those alumni and friends who, through their outstanding involvement and dedication, have made a significant contribution of volunteer leadership or service which has improved or enriched the lives of others and the welfare of humanity and whose accomplishments reflect admirably on or bring honor to their Alma Mater.

Weren’t able to make it back this year? Make plans to visit campus for the 2017 Alumni Reunion, August 3-5. In addition to featured class years, we will be celebrating all Women of Michigan Tech!

Enjoying the GLRC Open House and Boat Tour
Alumni GLRC

Creating a Husky and a Memory
Alumni Stuff a Husky

At Tech


Tech Researchers Fight Invasive Species

Aquatic invasive species in the Michigan’s waterways and lakes remain in the spotlight. Laura Bourgeau-Chavez and Colin Brooks—research scientists at the Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI)—and Casey Huckins, a professor of biology at Michigan Tech, are leading projects to develop better management strategies to protect the state’s shorelines along the Great Lakes.

Phragmites in . . . [ Full Story ]


Shiyue Fang Sticks It to Rogue RNA

Michigan Technological University scientists have developed a process that could lead to stickier—and better—gene therapy drugs.

The drugs, called antisense DNA, are made from short, single strands of synthetic DNA. They work by blocking cells from making harmful proteins, which can cause maladies ranging from cancer to Ebola to HIV-AIDS. Only a couple of these . . . [ Full Story ]


Tech Triangle Chapter Wins $100,000 Prize

The Michigan Technological University chapter of Triangle Fraternity has received 0,000 as the first chapter to be awarded the Judy and Larry Garatoni Building Better Men Chapter Endowment.

Triangle is a social fraternity made up of male students majoring in engineering, architecture and the physical, mathematical, biological and computer sciences. It is the only member . . . [ Full Story ]


Watch a Tiny Space Rocket Work

When a satellite is placed into orbit by a rocket, its journey has only just begun.  Released into space on its own, the satellite needs an on-board thruster so it can navigate to its desired location and then remain there despite the many things that do their best to kick it off course.

“Space isn’t . . . [ Full Story ]


Multitasking Proteins: Unexpected Properties of Galectin-3

For glycobiologists, who study sugar-loving proteins (called lectins and glycosaminoglycan binding proteins, GAGBPs), this is a totally new tune. And one that could affect cancer research as well as treatments for inflammation or infection.

The new study, published in Biochemistry this week, examines the biomechanics of galectin-3′s interaction with glycosaminoglycans (GAG) and proteoglycans. . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Around the World

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

Tech Football

Tech Football Picked Third in GLIAC North

BAY CITY, Mich. – Michigan Tech was picked third in the North Division in the 2016 GLIAC Preseason Football Coaches’ Poll, which was released Wednesday (Aug. 3) on the GLIAC website. Grand Valley State and Ferris State were picked ahead of the Huskies.

The North Division was rounded out with Wayne State, Hillsdale, Saginaw Valley State . . . [ Full Story ]

Tech Hockey Beretta

Tech Tomorrow: A natural leader in Beretta

By DAVER KARNOSKY – Daily Mining Gazette

Editor’s Note: This feature originally appeared in the July 19 edition of the Daily Mining Gazette.

ORANGEVILLE, Ont. – When the Michigan Tech Huskies hockey team takes to the ice this fall, they will have added another natural-born leader to their mix in Thomas Beretta. Beretta, . . . [ Full Story ]

Women's Soccer

Tech Soccer Picked Fifth in the GLIAC

BAY CITY, Mich. – Michigan Tech was picked fifth in the 2016 GLIAC Preseason Soccer Coaches’ Poll, which was released on Thursday (Aug. 11). Three-time defending NCAA Division II National Champion Grand Valley State topped the poll.

Ashland received one first-place vote in second. Ashland, Ferris State, and Ohio Dominican also ranked ahead of the Huskies. . . . [ Full Story ]

Tech Volleyball

Tech Volleyball Picked Sixth in GLIAC North

BAY CITY, Mich. – Michigan Tech was picked sixth in the North Division in the 2016 GLIAC Preseason Volleyball Coaches’ Poll, which was released on Tuesday (Aug. 9). Ferris State topped the North while Findlay claimed the No. 1 position in the South.

Hillsdale, Grand Valley State, Saginaw Valley State, and Northern Michigan were positioned . . . [ Full Story ]

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Frosh Orientation

The Final Countdown

After Alumni Reunion, we get ready for Orientation. This week, hundreds of students from around the world will arrive to begin their Michigan Tech journey. Not sure when this photo was taken, but it’s labeled “Frosh Initiation.” Perhaps they’re praying for help with their homework or maybe a light snow year.

Do you have . . . [ Full Story ]

From the Email Bag


Huskies Brew, Mine, and Pay for Bridge Fare

Adding to the list of craft-brew related Alumni…

My parents Howard Haselhuhn Jr (’86) and Amy Haselhuhn (’86) are the owners and operators of Black Creek Hops in Scottville, Michigan and run Michigan’s first licensed hops processing facility with the help of myself (’15), my brother, Howard Haselhuhn III (’10, MS ’12, PhD ’15) and . . . [ Full Story ]

Featured Alumni Benefits

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Take Advantage of Michigan Tech Alumni Group Insurance Programs

As a Michigan Tech graduate, you qualify for a special group rate on many of your personal insurance needs. Visit for details.

· Auto, home, and renters insurance through Liberty Mutual.
· Pet Health Insurance through ASPCA
· Long Term Care Insurance – AlumniLTC®
· Short-term health insurance – GradMed®
· Travel Insurance through USI

These partner companies provide funds to the Michigan Tech Alumni Association as part of this collaboration. Agreements like this help support a wide range of programs and services for alumni and students.

Around the Keweenaw

Job Opportunities

On Campus

Miss the great Keweenaw lifestyle? If you’re looking for a way to get back to this awesome corner of the world, check out these positions available right here at Michigan Tech.

View a listing of our on-campus career opportunities.