June 6, 2017, Vol. 23, No. 20

Hungarian Falls. McLain State Park. Eagle River. What’s on Your Bucket List?

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A few of the places my family and I have visited, thanks to your recommendations for the Keweenaw Bucket List. And, because of your great ideas, we have plenty more to discover.

When the Alumni Board of Directors heard about this bucket list and Michigan Tech’s student bucket list, they thought our alumni and friends could help create bucket lists by the decades.

Now here’s the fun part. What must-dos were on your list as a student? A few ideas to get you started:

  • Ice fishing on Lake Fanny Hooe
  • Racing cardboard canoes
  • Watching the sunset at the Breakers
  • Rock climbing at Cliff Drive
  • Late night Taco Bell drives to Marquette
  • Experiencing the beauty of the Northern Lights
  • Marching in Parade of Nations

We’ll compile the lists and create an online “Husky Bucket List by the Decades” as well as a list of things to do when you return to the Keweenaw.

To get started, fill out this form with your bucket list. Be sure to include your graduation year. And send us your photos.

We look forward to sharing Bucket List memories with you.


At Tech


Joe Shawhan Named Head Hockey Coach at Michigan Tech

HOUGHTON, Mich. – Joe Shawhan [Shawn] has been named the 22nd head coach of Michigan Tech hockey team Director of Athletics Suzanne Sanregret announced Tuesday (May 30). Shawhan is a 20-year veteran of hockey coaching with over 10 years in college and 10 years in junior hockey. He has been an assistant coach for the . . . [ Full Story ]


Building a Bridge for Husky Nation

School is out for the academic year. But just like Michigan Tech research, competition knows no season. Summer events are a given for many student organizations including Supermileage Systems, Formula SAE—and Steel Bridge, one of 43 qualifying teams heading to national competition at Oregon State University this weekend. Eleven weeks and 900 hours of . . . [ Full Story ]


Beth Reed Named 2017 Distinguished Teacher

Learning the names of all her students may not seem significant. But it is one of the factors students cite as what makes Beth Reed an outstanding educator.

Beth Reed, a senior lecturer in the Mathematical Sciences Department of Michigan Technological University, is the recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Teaching Award in the Assistant Professor/Lecturer/Professor . . . [ Full Story ]


Scott Miers Named Distinguished Teacher

A product of Michigan Tech, Scott Miers gives back to the University and its students as an outstanding teacher.

Miers is the winner of the 2017 Distinguished Teaching Award in the professor/associate professor category.

Miers believes effective teaching means getting students excited about the material and making connections to experiences they’ve already had. Miers, an associate . . . [ Full Story ]


Richelle Winkler Wins Distinguished Service Award.

Richelle Winkler, an associate professor in the Department of Social Sciences, is the recipient of the 2017 Faculty Distinguished Service Award.

The award is intended to complement the Distinguished Teaching and the Distinguished Research Awards already established at the University. It recognizes service to the University community that has significantly improved the quality of some aspect . . . [ Full Story ]

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Tech Ranks 5th of Top 10 Schools in Natural Resources, Conservation

by Jenn Donovan

Michigan Tech has ranked fifth in the nation in USA Today College’s list of the top 10 universities for studying natural resources and conservation. Their rankings are based on College Factual data.

In its rankings report, USA Today said: “Conserving natural resources has been a topic of intense interest for many years. . . . [ Full Story ]


Michigan Tech Board of Trustees Appoints Presidential Search Committee

At a special meeting on Friday, June 2, the Michigan Technological University Board of Trustees unanimously appointed members of a Presidential Search Committee.

The 14-member committee will review candidates for a president to succeed Glenn Mroz when he returns to the faculty at the end of June 2018.

Alumni Around the World


Give today to the Michigan Tech Annual Fund

As the 2016-17 fiscal year comes to a close, there is still time for alumni and friends to make an annual contribution in support of Michigan Tech and place your name on the annual Honor Roll of Donors.

Call the Michigan Tech Fund at 906-487-2310 or toll-free at 877-386-3688 no later than 3 p.m. (EST) . . . [ Full Story ]


Design a Sustainable Future: Teacher Institute for Grade 4-12 Teachers

Are you a grade 4-12 teacher? Know someone who is? The Design a Sustainable Future Teacher Institute is open to teachers from any state who teach grades 4th through 12th. Teachers can earn graduate credit at a reduced rate for in or  out of state.

Design a Sustainable Future Teacher Institute for Gr. 4-12 Teachers*

July . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Profile

Jocelyn Abraham


Joyce graduated from Michigan Tech in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration-Industrial Management. She began her career at American Can and moved on to Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corporation in Spokane, WA. In 1981, she was the foreman of the company’s Trentwood Works Division. She then accepted a position with Kimberly-Clark Corporation where . . . [ Full Story ]

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From the Email Bag

Wanted: 1953 Michigan Tech Class Ring and Michigan Tech Memories

Bob Carnahan  ’53 Met. Engineering is looking for someone who may have a Michigan Tech Balfour class ring. Here’s more information about the ring and Bob’s inquiry about an available ring. If anyone has information, email techalum@mtu.edu -SW

I’m sure I’ve written about this in Alumni letters once or twice and discussed it an interview . . . [ Full Story ]

Featured Alumni Benefits


Plan Your Future: Estate Planning Tools

Michigan Tech alumni and friends can take advantage of complimentary educational tools to help you plan to provide for and protect you and your loved ones. If you would like to create a plan for your family or need to make updates to an existing plan, these tools can help you get started.

Guide to Planning your Will and Trust is a booklet you can download and fill out to bring to your estate planning attorney to begin creating or updating your estate plan.

The Online Wills Planner is an easy to use online tool that walks you through a number of questions that an attorney would ask you when crafting your will or trust. The Online Wills Planner is designed to help you create your financial snapshot you can review or update annually. You can also print out your Online Wills Planner or share your information with your attorney. Please know that no one will know you are entering this information aside from yourself and what you share with your attorney.

Both of these tools are free for you to use. If you would like more information on these tools or are interested in attending a complimentary estate planning seminar with a certified financial planner, please contact us at 906-487-3325.

Around the Keweenaw

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.