January 9, 2018, Vol. 24, No. 9

Snow and More Snow. Winter at Tech.


There’s a lot of snow here in Houghton. So far we’ve had more than 110 inches this season. The white cold powder continues to pile up as students make their way back for the start of the spring semester. In the meantime, there’s skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, broomball, and more to enjoy in this winter wonderland. And, soon we’ll start to see the Winter Carnival statues grow. Save the date for this year’s Carnival, February 8-11.

Let me know what the weather is like where you’re at, Huskies.

Good news for Tech and the community. College Magazine ranked Michigan Tech the safest college campus in the nation, in a ranking released of the 10 safest college campuses. Read the article.

The Hockey Huskies traveled to the Great Lake Invitational and to Ice Vegas Tournaments during the break. Tech lost to Arizona State at Ice Vegas title game. Did you go to any of the games? Let us know. Tech has next weekend off before hosting Alaska for a WCHA series on January 19-20 at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena.

Until next time,


At Tech

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Michigan Tech Named Safest Campus in the Country

College Magazine ranked Michigan Technological University the safest college campus in the nation, in a ranking released this week of the 10 safest college campuses.

“These 10 campuses have gone above and beyond to make safety a priority, the magazine’s website says. “Their campus safety initiatives, sexual assault programming and student orgs devoted to safety . . . [ Full Story ]

Professor Carol MacLennan Retires

Professor Carol MacLennan, an anthropologist in Social Sciences, has been at Tech for more than 30 years and retired in December. At Tech, she studies the industrialization of mining and sugar and their environmental and policy consequences for communities and landscapes. Read more about MacLennan.


Former Board of Trustees Member Tom Baldini Dies

Former Michigan Technological University Board of Trustees member Thomas Baldini passed away Tuesday, Dec. 27 at Marquette General Hospital following an apparent stroke over the weekend. He was 74.

Baldini, a prominent name in Upper Peninsula civics and politics, was appointed to the Board of Trustees by then-Governor Jennifer Granholm in 2009. He served on . . . [ Full Story ]

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Ho Ho Home (Sustainably) for the Holidays

Santa’s not coming down this chimney. No Yule logs on the fire, either. But five student tenants are making Michigan Technological University’s Sustainability Demonstration House a home.

The 5,000-square-foot split-level home built in 1953 for Herman “Winks” Gundlach and family was officially donated to Michigan Tech in 1992 and served two presidents, Dale Stein and . . . [ Full Story ]

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New Avenues for Northern Hardwoods

Doctoral student Munkaila Musah on exploring new opportunities provided by cross-laminating wood for mass timber construction.

The importance of forests cannot be over emphasized. The forest provides habitat for wildlife, stores carbon, cleans the air, filters water for drinking, offers valuable resources for a thriving timber products industry, and beautifies outdoor spaces for a variety . . . [ Full Story ]

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The Shrinking Moose of Isle Royale

Climate change and predator-prey dynamics with wolves make for smaller moose. Ecologists compare skull measurements spanning four decades gathered at Isle Royale National Park.

Researchers from Michigan Technological University know the smartest way to know a moose is by its brain. Specifically, skull measurements reveal information about body size, physiology and the conditions of a . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Around the World

Winter Houghtonland

Snow Totals!

Season Snowfall: 110.75 inches
This Month to Date: 21.5 inches
Past Seven Days: 21.5 inches

As of January 8, 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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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 ]

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Great Lakes Invitational 2018

Alumni and friends reconnected at the 53rd annual Great Lakes Invitational hockey tournament January 1 and 2 in the 1701 Pub in the new Little Caesars Arena. The Michigan Tech and Red Wings hockey jersey raffles were won by Cynthia Rockwell, a Tech grandmother, and Nathan Prangley, a current Forestry student. The raffle earned . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumnus Appears in Skit on Jimmy Kimmel Live

by Mark Wilcox

Michigan Tech alumnus Curtis Fortier, BSME ’91 and MSME ’94, currently working as an actor and comedian in Los Angeles, was featured on the ABC late night program “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

Fortier was in a skit that spoofed a recent incident on the game show “Jeopardy.”

While at Michigan Tech, Fortier was active in . . . [ Full Story ]

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Michigan Tech at the AutoMobili-D Trade Show

Join us at the Cobo Center for the North American International Auto Show in Detroit that takes place January 14 to 21. See up-close, Michigan Techs’ vehicles and technologies. Also speak with the experts that will create the future automotive landscape. For more information visit here.

Alumni Profile

John ’67 ’76 and Joan Calder. Giving Back. Supporting Michigan Tech.


John ’67 ’76 and Joan Calder give back to Michigan Tech to support students and faculty.

After receiving a bachelor’s degree in 1967, Calder accepted a position as a design engineer with Dynapar Division of Litton Industries and began to design control systems, converting them from analog to digital.

Calder worked in industry for several . . . [ Full Story ]

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Heading to Downtown Houghton?

Shelden Avenue is like an extension of Michigan Tech. The shops have changed over the years, but it’s still a vibrant downtown. Where did you used to go? What did you do? With whom? Let us know your best Shelden memories.

From the Email Bag

Skiing. Broomball. Speed Skating. Winter at Tech Memories and More.

I just wanted to note that your current TechAlum newsletter missed another long-time faculty member who is retiring at the end of this semester. Carol MacLennan in Social Sciences has been here more than 30 years. She’s a beloved teacher and accomplished scholar. We just had a retirement party for her last week and . . . [ Full Story ]

Featured Alumni Benefits


Michigan Tech Alumni Group Insurance Programs

As a Michigan Tech graduate, you qualify for a special group rate on many of your personal insurance needs. Visit http://www.mtu.edu/alumni/benefits/ for details

These partner companies provide funds to the Michigan Tech Alumni Association as part of this collaboration. Agreements like this help support a wide range of programs and services for alumni and students.

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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.