February 6, 2018, Vol. 24, No. 11

Statues. Broomball. Snowmen. Winter Carnival is Here!


Winter Carnival starts Thursday (February 8)! There’s so much to see and do. We hope you can join us!

Snow statues. Broomball. Beard contests. Comedy skits. “Myths and Tales of the Past in our Frigid Forecast” is the theme of this year’s Winter Carnival. Lots of events and activities are planned. See the complete list here.

If you’re at Michigan Tech during Winter Carnival February 8-11, join us in breaking the Guinness World Record of making 2,036 snowmen in one hour. The event will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, February 10 at Sherman Field. Share and invite others to participate.

There’s hockey, human sled dog races, the torchlight parade and fireworks.

Visiting Tech? Be sure to stop by Alumni House to warm up and say hello. We’ll have the coffee and hot chocolate ready.

If you can’t make it to Winter Carnival this year, visit the All-Nighter live blog. Enjoy all the Husky traditions—broomball to statues—from the comfort of your warm living room or wherever in the world you are. Festivities will kickoff 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 7.

At Tech

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Michigan Tech Skier Wins Spot on US Biathlon World Championship Team

Michigan Tech Nordic skier Amanda Kautzer has done it again.

Kautzer has qualified for the Biathlon Junior World Championship US women’s team for the fourth year in a row. The championship will be held February 26-March 4 in Otepaa, Estonia.

More than 50 athletes competed last month at the US Junior/Youth World Championship Trials in Coleraine, Minnesota, . . . [ Full Story ]


NSF Grant Expands Engineering Technology Opportunities for Academically Talented, Financially Disadvantaged Students

The need for four-year highly skilled college graduates prepared to work in science, technology, engineering and math professions is growing. But demand, and the promise of good-paying jobs, isn’t enough. Nurturing a STEM workforce takes an ecosystem—interconnected components that attract, mentor, retain and graduate students from diverse backgrounds, including those who face money obstacles.

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The Big Picture of Great Lakes Mercury Pollution

A transdisciplinary team examined regulatory impacts on Great Lakes mercury, focusing on an Upper Peninsula tribal community with high fish consumption.

Mercury is a widespread environmental toxicant and pollutant that travels up the food chain onto people’s dinner plates. Although a global issue, mercury regulations vary worldwide. Depending on where one lives in relation to . . . [ Full Story ]


An Array of Assistance

A solar bank powers up at the former University presidential residence—with help from regional businesses and Husky alumni.

Michigan Technological University’s Sustainability Demonstration House (SDH) will soon get energy from the sun. Generous donations from several sources supplied an 8,000-watt state-of-the-art solar-battery installation to provide renewable energy to the 5,000-square-foot, six-bedroom, six-bathroom, Kettle-Gundlach home on . . . [ Full Story ]

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Breaking Rocks, Making Water: The Secret Formula for a Trip to Mars?

Michigan Tech researchers have been awarded a NASA grant to study ways to extract water from gypsum rock on Mars, bringing a human trip to the red planet closer to reality.

Jeffrey Allen is the principal investigator on a project that has received 0,000 first-year funding from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Paul van . . . [ Full Story ]


Who’s Watching?

“Broomball Bob,” a sailor turned sports announcer from Waterville, Maine, never misses broomball, thanks to Michigan Tech webcams.

Eighty-year-old Robert (Bob) Woodbury from Winslow, Maine, is an unabashed, die-hard broomball fan; in fact, he wants broomballers to know that he appreciates their athleticism—something he can comment on with expertise, given his tenure in sports broadcasting. Bob . . . [ Full Story ]


Professor Emerita Glenda Gill Passes Away

by Mark Wilcox

Michigan Tech Humanities Professor Emerita Glenda Gill passed away Jan. 27, in Huntsville, Alabama at the age of 78. Gill, who taught at Michigan Tech from 1990 until her retirement in 2006, was a well-respected drama instructor and theatre historian.

Born in Clarksville, Tennessee and raised in Normal, Alabama, Gill graduated from Alabama . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Around the World


Sweeping Success: Detroit-Area Industry Alumni Connect to Curl

Winter Carnival curling competition begins January 27, but lower Michigan alumni gathered at Detroit Curling Club aren’t waiting to celebrate tradition and fuel Husky pride.

“Don’t throw a stone when no one’s watching; we don’t want this to turn into human bowling.”

To a regular group of curling newbies, such advice from an instructor would . . . [ 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 ]


Alumni in the News

Kent Johnson receives Dave Ford Award

On October 17, 2017, Kent Johnson received Minnesota’s most distinguished award for protecting clean water.  At the annual Minnesota Water Resources conference, Johnson was given the Dave Ford Award*, which is bestowed by the conference’s planning committee to recognize individuals whose lifetime accomplishments have contributed to improving Minnesota’s water . . . [ Full Story ]

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Snow Totals!

Season Snowfall: 152.25 inches
This Month to Date: 15.25 inches
Past Seven Days: 15.25 inches

As of February 6, 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.

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Nordic Ski alumni dominated the White Pine Stampede (Schuss Mountain)

Tom Kendrick 2015 David Joda 2016 Sam Holmes 2013 Kyle Hanson 2015 Jay Woodbeck 2014 The group, once teammates and classmates at Michigan Tech, was having a reunion of sorts on the fresh-powdered course. Kendrick, of Minneapolis, edged friends David Joda (1:02:52, runner up), Sam Holmes (1:03:17, third), Kyle Hanson (1:03:25, fifth) and Jay Woodbeck . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Profile

Geologist. Educator. Michigan Tech Supporter.


James M. DeGraff ’75 ’76 was collecting rocks and minerals at age eight. By high school, he was reading about mountain and rock formation and river system development. “I thought those were some of the coolest topics,” he says.

Those interests led DeGraff to Michigan Technological University to earn a bachelor’s in geology and a . . . [ Full Story ]

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Fact or Fiction? How Broomball Became Tech’s Winter Tradition

Do you know how broomball became Michigan Tech’s winter tradition? Here’s what we have heard. Share your story.

The birth of Broomball at Michigan Tech! In 1961 a group of Canadians organized a Single Day Event “Broomball Round-Robin Tournament” at Dee Stadium. No pads, helmets, or facemasks! One team of students went around . . . [ Full Story ]

From the Email Bag


Michigan Tech Bookbag Memories and More

Thank you to everyone who sent their memories in about the Michigan Tech bookbags. So great to hear your stories. And, that so many of you still have your bookbag! -SW

Sarah: I didn’t know that Tech has a memorabilia display in the Alumni House, but then I didn’t . . . [ Full Story ]

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