July 5, 2016, Vol. 22, No. 22

Celebrate America—and Help Us Welcome International Huskies

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This week many of our faculty and staff are taking a few days off celebrate America. It’s also a good time to appreciate the international students who come to Michigan Tech for our academics, size, and location.

Over the years, more than 5,521 students from around the globe have come to Michigan Tech, and they’ve left a huge impact on the University and Copper Country.

It’s another example of Michigan Tech leading the way. We have the largest percentage of international students of all public universities in the state of Michigan.

This fall approximately 300 international students will become Huskies, and today, 1,731 Husky alumni live beyond the borders of the United States in 105 countries.

International Programs and Services (IPS) smooths the transition to Michigan Tech for these students helping them make Houghton their home. For many, it starts as soon as they step off the plane in Chicago.

Imagine students arriving in the United States, a place they may never have been before, jet-lagged, a little confused and exhausted, navigating Chicago O’Hare only to find out their late-evening flight to Houghton has been canceled. It’s an unfortunate, but common occurrence.

Until last year, international students often found themselves in that exact situation. Many were rerouted or spent nearly 20 hours on a Greyhound bus. Not the greatest welcome to America or Tech.

Last fall IPS, Michigan Tech Housing, and ambassadors from student organizations decided to do something about this. The results? A better welcome to America and a great first impression of Michigan Tech.

Our new International Welcome Experience launched successfully. When 250 incoming international students arrive in Chicago this fall, chartered Michigan Tech buses will be waiting to bring them north. No more uncertainty or frustration. Just a great start to their Tech journey.

And you can help! Want to know how you can you assist these new Huskies along the way? Contact alumni@mtu.edu for specific ways you can get involved.

Happy 4th of July to our alumni everywhere!

Brenda Rudiger

Brenda Rudiger
Assistant Vice President of Alumni Engagement

At Tech


Shaw Earns Research Award for Cloud Studies

Raymond Shaw says research is like working on a puzzle: “An incredibly diverse set of intertwined and nested puzzles.” Shaw, the winner of Michigan Technological University’s 2016 Research Award says every now and then a burst of insight comes along, allowing the puzzle to be solved.

“It might seem strange to express it this way, . . . [ Full Story ]


Women in Engineering attracts 140 Students from 10 states

“I’ve never been in a place with so many girls who have interests similar to mine,” says Rebecca Stover, soon to be a junior at Muskegon High School in Muskegon, Michigan. “I love it here, and I don’t want it to end.”

Stover is among 140 young women in grades 9-11, from 10 states, who . . . [ Full Story ]


SBE Student Wins National Essay Competition

For the past four years, teams from Michigan Tech’s School of Business and Economics had advanced to the finals of the iOme Challenge. In 2012 the SBE team took home Honorable Mention and a $ 2,000 prize. Finally this year, a Husky has emerged as the champion.

Jerrid Burdue has been named winner of the . . . [ Full Story ]


Michigan Tech Adjusts Tuition Rates, Increases Financial Aid

On Monday, June 27, Governor Rick Snyder signed the next fiscal year’s state budget bill.  As a result, Michigan Technological University has adjusted next year’s tuition rates to comply with the tuition increase caps the state has set in its university appropriation guidelines.

This adjustment averages 4.2 percent for in-state undergraduate students studying in the . . . [ Full Story ]

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Go Abroad with Pavlis Honors College Travel Team Blogs

Below are links to each of the Pavlis Travel Team blogs in case you’d like to follow along during their time abroad. They will be in their respective countries through most of July. Teams are expected to post to their blogs at least once per week (depending on availability of internet). Please note that the . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Around the World

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Alumni Reunion Starts Thursday!

Explore a Coast Guard vessel, try paddleboarding, make your own stuffed Husky, learn something new at a Tech Talk, run/walk a 5K, and more! There’s fun for Huskies of all ages during Michigan Tech’s Alumni Reunion this week, August 4-6.

Visit mtu.edu/reunion for more information. You can also call toll free 1-877-688-2586.

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Tech Alums Advance in “America’s Got Talent”

Michigan Tech alumni Bob and Trish (Weyandt) Evans appeared on national TV last week as contestants on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” The couple combined juggling, acrobatics and unicycling to impress the judges. Comedian Howie Mandell, one of the judges, said “It was great, it was dangerous and we loved it.” The judges advanced Bob and . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Profile

Anna Colvin ’08


Anna Colvin earned a BA in Earth and Environmental Studies at Wesleyan University in 2004, and an MS in Geology at Michigan Tech in 2008. Colvin’s graduate research focused on remote sensing of active volcanoes, ASTER image interpretation, crater lake geochemistry, volcanic hazards, and international collaboration between Michigan Tech and the national volcano monitoring institution in . . . [ Full Story ]

Tech Sports


Huskies Attend NHL Development Camps

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Three are at The Edmonton Oilers Orientation Camp through Thursday in Jasper, Alberta. Participating in the camp are senior Shane Hanna (D/Salmon Arm, B.C.), junior Mark Auk (D/St. Clair Shores, Mich.), and sophomore Jake Lucchini (F/Trail, B.C.).

In all, eight student-athletes are attending . . . [ Full Story ]

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Tanner Kero could be Important to Blackhawks

Tanner Kero ’15 was featured in the blackhawkup.com article “AHLers Will Be Key in 2016-17,” by Sean Fitzgerald.

The article states Kero is a player “the Blackhawks could call upon.” Kero was called up to the Blackhawks from the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs early last season. In his 17 games with the big club Kero, from . . . [ Full Story ]

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2016-17 Hockey Captains Announced

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Do You Have a Favorite Quote from your Time at Tech?

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