August 29, 2017, Vol. 23, No. 26

Welcome Home, Huskies.

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Family campus tours. First-year class photo at Sherman Field. Meeting your roommate at Wads or DHH.

About 1,300 first-year students moved into residence halls this past weekend. And, more than 6,000 students are returning to Michigan Tech for the start of the Fall 2017 school year.

As Orientation Week takes place this week, students will learn about Tech Traditions including broomball, cardboard boats and the Yooper Sprint. Some of them will visit McLain State Park for the first time or try a pasty with ketchup, gravy or both. They will buy their books, find their classrooms and start a new chapter of their lives at Michigan Tech.

As alumni and friends, what advice do you wish someone would have shared with you during your first week at Tech? What words of wisdom would you tell to this year’s class?

Share your advice and words of wisdom. And, we’ll pass them along to the students.

Here’s to a great fall semester.


At Tech


Giving Back: NHL Player Tanner Kero Comes Home

As a child, Tanner Kero learned the fundamentals of hockey at Michigan Tech’s Hockey School. This summer, Kero, a rising star with the Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL, gave back.

The youngsters who attended Hockey School at Michigan Technological University this summer received a rare treat. Among the instructors at the three, week-long camps was a . . . [ Full Story ]


Earthworms at the Root of Sugar Maple Decline

A new study suggests that non-native worms are eating up the forest floor, causing sugar maples to die back and perhaps harming other forest dwellers.

The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out, and corpses aren’t the only casualties. A Michigan Technological University scientist has fingered non-native earthworms as a primary culprit in the decline . . . [ Full Story ]


Eat Less, Move More: Advice from a Portage Health Foundation Endowed Professor

William Cooke moved back to the Copper Country to connect exercise physiology and community outreach.

The Portage Health Foundation helped found three endowed professor positions. Cooke, who taught and did research previously at Michigan Technological University, is returning as the Portage Health Foundation Endowed Professor of Preventative and Community Health.

The motto of his new . . . [ Full Story ]

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Portage Health Foundation Endowed Professor Brings Big Data to Rural Medicine

Mathematics professor Qiuying Sha studies statistical genetics and is ready to do health by the numbers.

Sha is the new Portage Health Foundation Endowed Professor of Population Health. In her new role, she wants to make sure people aren’t treated as numbers in a system—rather number crunching should work in favor of people’s individual health.

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Alumni Around the World

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Huskies proudly work at Black and Veatch

A shout out to the Michigan Tech graduates who work at Black and Veatch. You represent Michigan Tech with pride!

Alumni in the photo: Jared Aymen, Adam Gutchak, Mark Devich, Jacob Augsburger, Scott Brow, Kevin Mears, Peter Warnstrom, Todd Krone, Joseph Rozner, Kunal Chitnis, Scott Geverink, Samuel Riley, Dustin Hanes, Katina Myers, Kyle Frazier, Zhengjie . . . [ Full Story ]


Corn Husks in the Rio San Juan

by Bethany Jones

Lisa Gordillo (VPA), (pictured on the left in the photo) traveled to  Quetzaltenango, Guatemala for her recent exhibition at the Centro Cultural Efrain Recinos, July 15 – Aug. 1. She also worked on an installation for Tierra Adentro, the International Poetry Festival of Aguacatan, where she created a sculpture in the Rio . . . [ Full Story ]

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Michigan Tech Alumni Input Requested for Presidential Search

Michigan Tech is conducting a search for its next president and input from the entire Michigan Tech community is essential. We want to learn your thoughts about the University’s priorities and the qualities, skills, and experiences you will be looking for in the next president. Consultants from the executive search firm, Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, will . . . [ Full Story ]

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Alumni and Friends Fish Fry in Grand Rapids

On August 17 Schmohz Brewery hosted the West Michigan chapter fish fry with fish provided by Capt. Ken Glupker ’73, operator of Jireh Charters. His wife, Judy, caught around 85 Walleye between charters, which netted 55 pounds of fish, plenty to feed more than 60 people who attended this year’s event. Fishing raffle tickets . . . [ Full Story ]


Keweenaw Chapter 5K

More than 90 Michigan Tech alumni, friends and family took to the Tech Trail on August 5 for the Keweenaw Alumni Chapter 5k Run/Walk for Scholarship. ,688 was raised to help support scholarships for local Michigan Tech students and the Cross Country team.

Congratulations to the winners:

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Alumni Profile

John Dau


“Be humble and brave. Always be inquisitive. Always have integrity. Work toward helping others.” John Dau carries that philosophy with him in all that he does and he encourages others to do the same. Dau is the recent recipient of this year’s Honorary Alumnus Award. Read his story.


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Mining Memories at Michigan Tech

I am so glad the #2 Calumet and Hecla engine house is open to the public. The summer before I came to Tech in 1952, I checked out that building. Whoever installed the lock on the engine house door made a mistake! The flap for the lock was screwed to the outside of the door frame. . . . [ Full Story ]

Featured Alumni Benefits


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. Learn more about the insurance benefits.

  • 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.