August 30, 2016, Vol. 22, No. 26

The Pack Unpacks

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Just about everyone had that same look, a mix of excitement and apprehension, as they got out of their cars.

New students, parents and guardians, siblings, and significant others. Move-in was here. For students the day they’d been waiting for since their last day of high school. For parents, perhaps a day they’d been slightly dreading for 18 years.

Not an easy transition for anyone. But a mix of current students and staff were there to help. Volunteers pitched in to haul carefully packed boxes, mini fridges, favorite snacks, and a few reminders of home.

For most of the students and their families the reaction was the same.

“Wow, you’re all here to help us?”

After many miles, a little rain, and probably a few tears, the helping hands were a welcome, welcome to Michigan Tech.

And what a difference a year or two can make. While waiting patiently for elevators, some first-year students spoke nervously about the challenges awaiting them. Their peers who’d been in their shoes calmly reassured them. You’ll make it. And there will be plenty of help along the way.

Another reason why Tech is different. From our president and vice presidents greeting new students and their families at check-in, to a carefully planned orientation week designed to position first-years for success, the Tech you remember is still doing things the right way.

This week, another year of classes, research, and discoveries begins. It’s a time full of energy and anticipation for students, faculty, and staff alike. But, everything has its season, and before we know it, these new students will grasp that diploma, and smile triumphantly at their families in the crowd, and just like that, they’ll be you.

Welcome, Huskies. We can’t wait to see what future you’re about to create.

At Tech


Girls Get Role Models for Women in Automotive Engineering

When Jennifer Shute and Jody Hand took leadership roles in Michigan Technological University’s inaugural Women in Automotive Engineering (WIAE) in July, one of their goals was to provide young women with something they didn’t have when they were students at Michigan Technological University—female role models in the automotive industry.


Army ROTC Cadets Learn about Foreign Cultures, Military

Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency (CULP) missions are cultural learning deployments that provided an additional opportunity for Cadets to experience and adapt to another culture and appreciate the strategic impact of their actions.  

Nationwide, 1,300 ROTC cadets went to CULP programs in 44 countries. They were chosen based on merit, fitness and grades. Lt. Col.  . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Around the World

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Schmohz Brewery Hosts West Michigan Fish Fry

On August 18, 2016 Schmohz Brewery hosted the West Michigan chapter fish fry with walleye provided by Capt. Ken Glupker ’73, operator of Jireh Charters. His wife, Judy caught 70 walleye between charters, which netted 45 lbs. of fish, plenty to feed the 75 people attending this year’s event. Fishing raffle tickets were sold for . . . [ Full Story ]

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MTU Vets Club of 1968-1974 Gathers

The MTU Vets Club of 1968-1974 gathered for a reunion in the Copper Country the weekend of July 23rd. Thirty veterans, spouses, children, and grandchildren gathered for a few days of reminiscing and fun. Some highlights include a spirited open house on Friday, a behind the scenes tour of the Quincy Smelter on Saturday followed . . . [ Full Story ]


Superior Ideas: Volcano Eruption Monitoring

Volcan de Fuego in Guatemala is a very active volcano, typically having small explosions each day. During periods of increased activity, the volcano can erupt violently, threatening thousands. With better monitoring, scientists could suggest more accurate and timely evacuation plans.

Alumni Profile

Dorothy Ruohonen ’85


Dorothy (Daavettila) Ruohonen had a strong connection to Michigan Tech prior to her attending the University in 1982. Dorothy’s father, Donald Daavettila, was named Michigan Tech Professor Emeritus of Physics in 2000. Working as a nurse while attending Michigan Tech, Ruohonen graduated in 1985 with a degree in Mechanical Design.By 1987, Ruohonen was President and . . . [ Full Story ]

Tech Sports


WCHA Introduces Changes to Overtime, Points Structure, and Nets

EDINA, Minn. – The game format, on-ice product and regular season championship chase in the men’s Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) will have a new dynamic moving forward, as the league today announced three pivotal changes to take effect for the upcoming 2016-17 season: Introduction of 3-on-3 overtime and shootout (both if necessary) for regular . . . [ Full Story ]

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Michigan Tech Football Media Day Report

HOUGHTON, Mich. – The annual Michigan Tech University football media day was held on Wednesday afternoon at Sherman Field.

Various media members from around the area were on hand to interview Head Coach Tom Kearly and players on the 2016 roster. The Huskies will kick off the season at home on September 3rd against . . . [ Full Story ]

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Early Marketing

What Brought You to Tech?

This week we welcomed our largest incoming class since 1983. Campus is alive with students from all 50 states and 60 nations. This early advertisement talks about our location, facilities, and instruction—all things that are just as important today. Do you remember what brought you to Tech? Have any memories from your first days on . . . [ Full Story ]

From the Email Bag

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Stay Connected with Michigan Tech Alumni Social Networks

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