December 6, 2016, Vol. 23, No. 7

Snow. Commencement. And the Final Push.

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Orientation. Wasn’t that yesterday? Students are back from Thanksgiving break. There’s excitement, exhaustion, and anticipation in the air. And for some Huskies, that moment they’ve been waiting for: Midyear Commencement.

Huskies across campus are filling the library, brewing that extra pot of coffee, and getting ready for exams. Some will be leaving Tech forever in just a few short days.

Speaking of Commencement, if you’re interested in peeking in on this year’s ceremony, we offer a live stream. Maybe you have a friend or relative walking, or perhaps you want to listen to this year’s speaker, alumnus Keith Creagh ’74, who led the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality during the Flint water crisis last winter. Please join us Saturday, December 17 at 10:30 a.m. (EST).

While TechAlum is a great way for you to stay connected to Michigan Tech, don’t forget our social media channels. We have a great team who constantly update our feeds. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Snapchat. Follow, interact, and stay in touch!

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With December comes snow. And with snow comes the anticipation of Winter Carnival. We’re just two months from this year’s event (February 8-11, 2017) and you can find all of the information HERE. Don’t forget we’ll be live blogging again as Snow Cascades Across the Decades and you can follow on social media at #mtuwc.

Finally, with the end of the year quickly approaching, it’s a great time to support Michigan Tech with a gift. Our students create the future every day (just as you did). Your support makes that possible.

Thanks, Huskies!

Scott Balyo

At Tech


EMT College Student Saves His Father’s Life

Mark Calabria was a fit 56 and an active outdoorsman. “I thought he was messing with us, pretending to be someone who didn’t know how to ride a bike,” Mario recalls.

Then the fourth-year mechanical engineering student at Michigan Technological University noticed that his father’s eyes had rolled back into his head.

As his younger . . . [ Full Story ]


SMART Soils: Carbon Storage and Release

Kids coloring books are misleading; connecting the dots is not a matter of dozens of points, but rather hundreds of thousands of points. To connect the dots of soil carbon responses to warming, ecologists brought their data together from Michigan Technological University and many other universities, led by Yale and the Marine Biological Laboratory.

The . . . [ Full Story ]


Cloud in a Box: Mixing Aerosols and Turbulence

There are few absolutes in life, but Will Cantrell – professor of physics at Michigan Technological University – says this is one: “Every cloud droplet in Earth’s atmosphere formed on a preexisting aerosol particle.”

And the way those droplets form – with scarce or plentiful aerosol particles – could have serious implications for weather and . . . [ Full Story ]


Pavlis Honors College Sets New Standard

Traditionally, honors programs at colleges and universities require a high grade point average (GPA) for admission and continued involvement. With Pavlis now in its third year, Dean Lorelle Meadows along with her faculty and staff believe more than ever that a student’s potential for success is much more than a reflection of their GPA.

In . . . [ Full Story ]


What is the Sound of Safer Driving?

The Talking Heads once warned that you might find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile asking, “How did I get here?” In the not-too-distant future, listening to your car may help you prevent such a predicament.

Research led by Myounghoon “Philart” Jeon, an associate professor of cognitive and learning sciences and computer science . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Around the World

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Miss Broomball? Get a Winter Carnival Team Together.

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 over Winter Carnival 2017! A Tech tradition since 2009, this two-day tournament . . . [ Full Story ]

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Still Time to Give to Michigan Tech

As we approach the end of the 2016 calendar year, we want to take a moment to remind our alumni and friends that there is still time to make an annual contribution in support of Michigan Tech—and receive a 2016 tax deduction on your federal tax return (if you itemize.)

You can phone the Michigan . . . [ Full Story ]

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Michigan Tech’s 2017 Summer Youth Programs Registration Now Open!

As an alumni, you may have participated in Michigan Tech’s Summer Youth Programs (SYP) in the past or perhaps you remember seeing SYP students on campus while they worked on cool hands-on projects.

These programs have been around since 1972 and offer students a chance to perform chemical diagnostics, make movies, and launch hand-built . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Profile

Michael Gregory ’69


Michael J. Gregory, a native of Petoskey, Michigan, earned a degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1969. While at Tech, he was active in Student Government, Business Manager for The Lode, and a member of Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity. Upon graduation, he joined American Cyanamid Company and spent five years as a sales . . . [ Full Story ]

Tech Sports

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Redmond Named WCHA Rookie of the Month

Michigan Tech freshman goaltender Angus Redmond was named the WCHA Rookie of the Month for November on Thursday (Dec. 1).

After assuming the starting reins in the last series of October, Redmond was between the pipes for all eight games in November and backstopped Michigan Tech to an NCAA-best six wins and a .812 . . . [ Full Story ]

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Volunteers Needed for Central Super NCAA/JNQ Series Skiing Event

Michigan Tech Athletics will host the Central Super NCAA/Junior Qualifier skiing meet on Saturday December 17th and Sunday December 18th at the Tech Trails.

Volunteers are needed to help work the event and can people can sign up for either all or part of the event. Those interested in helping out during at least . . . [ Full Story ]

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Huskies Tripped up by Walsh

The Michigan Tech women’s basketball team suffered a tough 68-65 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference loss to Walsh University last Saturday afternoon in the SDC Gymnasium. The Huskies built a 12-point lead in the first half, but were unable to hold off a second-half charge by the Cavaliers.

“It was a rough way to . . . [ Full Story ]

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Huskies Prevail against Walsh in GLIAC Opener

The Michigan Tech men’s basketball team tipped-off the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference portion of the 2016-17 schedule with an impressive 92-89 win at home over Walsh University. The Huskies had never beaten the Cavaliers, who were averaging just over 92 points per game coming into the weekend.

“Our goal wasn’t to slow the . . . [ Full Story ]

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