February 20, 2018, Vol. 24, No. 12

Winter Carnival 2018: Highlights from “Myths and Tales of the Past in our Frigid Forecast”


Winter Carnival 2018 may be over but the memories linger at Michigan Tech. Watching the statues come together during the all-nighter always is exciting.

This year was my family’s second Winter Carnival and the same excitement hung in the air as we saw the sculptures come to life overnight.

View photos from this year’s Winter Carnival.

Read about the statue winners.

Learn about the engineering behind the snow statues.

Huskies build a chapel of ice and snow. More than 1,500 people came together to break the Guiness World Record for snowman making.

Winter’s not over yet in the Keweenaw. But it was fun to celebrate the beauty of the season.


At Tech


Statue Winners Announced

A new dynasty may be in the making as Tau Kappa Epsilon captures the top prize in the Winter Carnival Snow Statue Competition for the second time in three years.

The winners have been announced in the Snow Statue Competition at Michigan Tech’s Winter Carnival. This year’s theme is “Myths and Tales of the Past . . . [ Full Story ]


Huskies Build a Chapel of Snow and Ice

For the third year in a row, a cold-weather endeavor built on engineering know-how, perseverance and faith will house a special ice mass on the Michigan Technological University campus.

A shovelful of snow hits Father Ben Hasse, pastor at St. Albert the Great University Parish in Houghton, squarely in the chest.

“It’s not every day . . . [ Full Story ]

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Inspiring by Example: Dr. Bruce Trusock Receives Michigan Tech Silver Medal

Silver medals aren’t strictly for the Olympics. Michigan Tech is handing out one of its own, to one of its own, this weekend. Dr. Bruce Trusock, ’74, will be awarded the Michigan Technological University Board of Trustees Silver Medal on Friday, February 9.

Fittingly, the medal will be presented to the former student-athlete at a Huskies . . . [ Full Story ]

Snowman Record Attempt Draws Huge Crowd

by Mark Wilcox

A crowd estimated as large as 1,500, of all ages, came to Michigan Tech’s Sherman Field on a frigid, but sunny day Saturday, to set the Guiness World Record for building the most snowmen in one hour. And while nothing is official, they just might have done it.

The event, sponsored by . . . [ Full Story ]


Seeking Solutions for Buffalo Reef

Millions of metric tons of legacy mine wastes threaten a key Lake Superior fish spawning ground and Grand Traverse Bay beaches and homes. Michigan Tech researchers and partners seek long-term solutions.

Off the coast of Gay, a small northern Michigan hamlet in the Keweenaw Peninsula, a potential environmental catastrophe lurks beneath the surface. Read . . . [ Full Story ]
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By the Numbers: Engineering A Snow Statue

Winter Carnival snow statues are a feat of snow and ice engineering. We look at how the statues are constructed, by the numbers.

Engineering the large and intricate snow statues that students make during Winter Carnival is a huge undertaking in terms of snow used, hours spent, and secrets kept. This week on Unscripted, we ventured . . . [ Full Story ]


Huskies Claim Sixth Straight Winter Carnival, Kero Named MVP

Michigan Tech won the MacInnes Cup as Winter Carnival champions for the sixth straight season after defeating Bemidji State 5-1 Saturday (Feb. 10) at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. The Huskies outscored the Beavers 7-5 on the weekend to capture the trophy.

“I’m extremely proud of the guys,” Tech coach Joe Shawhan said. “They . . . [ Full Story ]


A Challenge Fit for A Husky

Alumna Megan Schrauben named MiSTEM Network executive director.

Husky alum Schrauben, MS Applied Science Education ‘04, is passionate about STEM education, and she’s determined to help every student in Michigan have the opportunity for experiential, problem-based learning opportunities. In her new position as the executive director of the MiSTEM Network, Schrauben will lead the network’s charge . . . [ Full Story ]

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Mahmoudian Named Lou and Herbert Wacker Associate Professor

Nina Mahmoudian, an associate professor in Michigan Technological University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics has been named the first Lou and Herbert Wacker Associate Professor in Autonomous Mobile Systems.

The selection was made by Michigan Tech and donors, who wish to remain anonymous. One of the donors is a Michigan Tech mechanical engineering alumni and . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Around the World

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Join Alumni and Friends for Michigan Tech Night at Comerica Park!

Michigan Tech Night at Comerica Park has been set for June 12, when the Detroit Tigers take on the Minnesota Twins in a 7:10 p.m. home game.

Individual game tickets are being sold in selected sections through the Detroit Tigers. The tickets sold through the Michigan Tech Night ticket portal include a commemorative hat . . . [ Full Story ]

Mystery ROTC Class

Help Identify Army ROTC Members

Michigan Tech’s Army ROTC office has found these uncaptioned photos in a scrapbook and have asked for assistance in identifying these cadets.

We believe the large group photo (with the ROTC building in the background) is from the 1973-74 academic year. There are no dates for the other three photos.

Any assistance would be most . . . [ Full Story ]


Snow Totals!

Season Snowfall: 159.25 inches
This Month to Date: 22.25 inches
Past Seven Days: 3.50 inches

As of February 20, 2018

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

Husky supporters. Giving 50 years. Dave and Sharron Paris.

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Dave and Sharron Paris have supported Michigan Technological University every year for 50 years through athletic donations, scholarships, and most recently, gifts to support the University’s mascot, Blizzard T. Husky. Read more.

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From the Email Bag

Bookbag Memories. Winter Carnival Fun.

Gosh, I remember using my book bag in 1948. Can’t imagine going without one. Ended it’s life as an ammunition bag I used while hunting.

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Read with much delight the stories of other students and their Tech book bag. I transferred to Tech from GMI in . . . [ Full Story ]

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Search the Alumni Directory, update your information, and share your news with classmates in the My Michigan Tech (MMT) portal.

Accessing MMT is easy. If you have an ISO or @mtu.edu email address you can log in with that username and password by going to mymichigantech.mtu.edu. If you do not have this access just contact the Alumni House at 1-877-688-2586.

You can also find more information at mtu.edu/alumni/mymichigantech.


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