December 19, 2017, Vol. 24, No. 8

Happy Holidays from TechAlum!


The semester is coming to a close at Michigan Tech. Many students will travel to visit family and friends, others will stay in the Keweenaw to ring in the new year.

As we look forward to 2018 at Michigan Tech, we are excited to announce there’s a new campus project in the works. And, you can be a part of it.

The construction of a clock tower will begin spring 2018 and be located in the heart of campus between the Memorial Union and the MEEM buildings. The Alumni Way project incorporates benches and pavers surrounding the tower to provide a community gathering place for Michigan Tech Huskies. The clock tower is part of a generous gift from Bill ’69 and Ilene Bernard and their family.

Become part of Michigan Tech history. Purchase your own personally engraved paver stone to be placed around the clock tower.

And, be sure to read the latest Michigan Tech Magazine. There’s lots of great stories including:

No Business Like Show Business: Cue the applause: From high-flying stunts to audiobook characters, Michigan Tech graduates make their mark in the entertainment industry.

Cause-Driven Life: Therapeutic horseback riding. Education in remote communities. Clean water for an island nation. Across the globe, Huskies work and live for a cause.

Glenn Mroz: Level 5 Leadership: A former Michigan Tech Board of Control chair reflects on the presidency of Glenn D. Mroz.

We’ll be taking a bit of a break for the holidays. Look for the next issue of TechAlum in your inbox January 9.



At Tech


Professors Retire from Tech: Share Your Memories.

After decades of educating and inspiring students, faculty members Paul Nelson, William Sproule, George Dewey and, and Dr. Bill Kennedy are retiring at the end of this term.

Paul Nelson, Associate Professor in the School of Business and Economics, has shaped the lives and careers of thousands of students in many . . . [ Full Story ]

NSF Gives Michigan Tech High Marks for Research Expenditures

Three Michigan Tech programs ranked in the top 50 of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) 2016 Higher Education Research and Development Survey rankings.

The survey results, just released, are based on research expenditures by NSF-designated disciplines, some of which include academic departments, centers and institutes at Michigan Tech.  NSF also uses different names for some . . . [ Full Story ]

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Meadows Updates State Advisory Board on Line 5 Risk Analysis Proposal

At today’s quarterly meeting of the Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board (PSAB), Michigan Technological University’s Guy Meadows provided details on the progress of a team proposal for an independent risk analysis of the Straits pipelines.

Meadows, who is the Robbins Professor of Sustainable Marine Engineering and director of the Great Lakes Research Center at Michigan . . . [ Full Story ]

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Michigan Tech Among Best Computer Science Programs

by Jenn Donovan

BestValueSchools, a website that evaluates colleges and universities for the return on investment that their education offers, has ranked Michigan Tech’s computer science program 14th among the top 30 computer science programs in the country.

The rankings took into account program demand, computational aptitude of students, research and development, and the . . . [ Full Story ]

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Student Applications Highest Ever at Michigan Tech

Applications for the 2018-19 academic year at Michigan Technological University are well above where they were at this time last year, the highest ever at more than 5,000.

“This is the highest applications have ever been at this time of year, Les Cook, vice president for student affairs and advancement, told the Michigan Tech Board . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Around the World


Attend Great Lakes Invitational: January 1 and 2, 2018

Since its founding by Michigan Tech in 1965, the Great Lakes Invitational Hockey Tournament has brought thousands of Michigan Tech fans together for one of the greatest traditions in college hockey.

Connect with fellow Huskies in the 1701 Pub (upper concourse, southwest corner near the Meijer entrance) an hour prior to each Michigan Tech game. . . . [ Full Story ]

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Alumni and Friends: Support the Washington Experience

Michigan Tech’s Office of Federal Relations, the Department of Social Sciences, and Career Services have developed the Washington Experience to introduce students to careers in public policy.

This new program offers two opportunities for Michigan Tech students to spend time in our nation’s capital and to learn in-person about professional careers in public policy.

To . . . [ Full Story ]

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2018 Alumni/Student Broomball Invitational Registration Open!

Do you long for the days of playing broomball on a frozen rink in the middle of a Copper Country winter?

Gather up your team and dust off your gear. You’ll have your chance to relive the glory at the Alumni/Student Broomball Invitational during Winter Carnival 2018, February 9-10!

A Tech tradition since 2009, this . . . [ Full Story ]


Do You Have A Crazy Smart Middle or High Schooler?

Michigan Technological University has the perfect summer adventure for them!

As an alumni, you know Michigan Tech is special and Michigan Tech’s Summer Youth Programs (SYP) are not your ordinary summer camp.  At this camp, participants perform chemical diagnostics, program video games, launch hand-built rockets, and analyze crime scenes! You can give your . . . [ Full Story ]


Michigan Tech Hockey in Las Vegas

Come cheer on your Hockey Huskies in Las Vegas!

Michigan Tech will play in the inaugural Ice Vegas Invitational on January 5-6, 2018 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The first-ever college hockey tournament at T-Mobile Arena, the home of the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights, will also feature Arizona State, Boston College, and Northern Michigan. . . . [ Full Story ]

Snow Totals!

Season Snowfall: 54.75 inches
This Month to Date: 34.5 inches
Past Seven Days: 15.75 inches

As of December 19, 2017

Be sure to enter our monthly and yearly Snowfall Contests. Predict our monthly snowfall for March or our yearly snowfall amount contest. Win prizes! Good luck!

Enter the monthly contest.

. . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Profile

Michael Balok. Scholarship Supporter. Helping Future Students.


A scholarship helped Michael (Mike) Balok complete his education at Michigan Technological University and pursue a career in the medical field to become an ophthalmologist.

Balok was one of the first recipients of the Kathy Jean Jensen Memorial Scholarship. He says the financial support helped him earn his bachelor’s degree in biological sciences in 1985. . . . [ Full Story ]

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From the Email Bag


Wedding Congrats and GLI Memories

Alanie (Harmon) Sager ’16 (Biomedical Engineering, Environmental Engineering) and Kaleb Sager were married in Alpena, Michigan, on August 19, 2017.

-Congrats on your wedding! Thank you for sharing. -SW







Not in many years but I am a Huskies fan.

When I was much younger . . . [ Full Story ]

Featured Alumni Benefits


Michigan Tech Estate Planning Tools

Michigan Tech alumni and friends can take advantage of complimentary educational tools to help you plan to provide for and protect you and your loved ones. If you would like to create a plan for your family or need to make updates to an existing plan, these tools can help you get started.

Guide to Planning your Will and Trust is a booklet you can download and fill out to bring to your estate planning attorney to begin creating or updating your estate plan.

The Online Wills Planner is an easy to use online tool that walks you through a number of questions that an attorney would ask you when crafting your will or trust. The Online Wills Planner is designed to help you create your financial snapshot you can review or update annually. You can also print out your Online Wills Planner or share your information with your attorney. Please know that no one will know you are entering this information aside from yourself and what you share with your attorney.

Both of these tools are free for you to use. If you would like more information on these tools or are interested in attending a complimentary estate planning seminar with a certified financial planner, please contact us at 906-487-3325.

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.