March 1, 2016, Vol. 22, No. 13

A New Dawn at Michigan Tech


A New Dawn at Michigan Tech

After more than 130 years, Michigan Technological University launched its first cohesive, university-wide brand last Friday.

It includes a new logo that was revealed during a ceremony with President Glenn Mroz talking about Tech’s 2035 portrait, why our brand is important, and what it means for Michigan Tech.

Over the next 18 months, you’ll be seeing a transition in how we talk about and present the University to the world. We’re not changing just to change—and we’re not changing into something new. Our mission is the same. We’ll be presenting our best and true selves.

I think you’ll like what you see and hear.

Missed the event? You can relive it here:

Want to hear more about our story?

And finally, inspiration for the new logo even stretches back over 80 years to Winter Carnival, 1936. Thanks to Bob Brown, ’53 for sharing this cool shot on our Facebook page.

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At Tech


David Brule Sr. Donates $250,000 in scholarships for electrical engineering

David Brule Sr., an alumnus and longtime supporter of Michigan Technological University, has donated $ 250,000 to support student scholarships in electrical engineering.  Scholarships totaling $ 50,000 will be awarded each year for five years.

The scholarships are designed to promote the study of electrical power engineering.  Recipients of these scholarships will be designated as . . . [ Full Story ]


Mushing Toward a Dream

When Michigan Technological University student Adam Schmidt leads his six-dog team in the CopperDog 80 on February 26, it will mark the latest chapter in a love affair with sled dog racing that began in a Wisconsin elementary school more than a decade ago. The CopperDog 80, is a two-day race made up of two . . . [ Full Story ]


Birds Abroad: How Oil Palm Affects Habitat in Mexico

A bird’s home is bigger than its nest. Across the Americas, birds and their home habitat reveal much about the health of other species, the health of ecosystems and perhaps even the socio-economic well being of local human communities.

In the world of forest bioenergy—growing crops to use for fuel, heat and other energy—this understanding of . . . [ Full Story ]


Body Positivity Week: How You Feel About How You Look

When you look in a mirror what do you see? More importantly, how do you feel about what you see?

Amber Leonard-Thome, a lecturer in Michigan Technological University’s Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology, says the issues of body positivity and autonomy are important for a number of reasons.

“How we feel about ourselves, our appearance . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Around the World

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Not So Classic Golfers

Fifteen varsity alumni participated in a rousing weekend of activities at the recent 8th Annual Not So Classic (NSC) Golf Outing in Phoenix.

Four rounds of golf were played over four days. Lots of stories, white lies, and tall tales were told.

Those attending included: Al McLeod, Herb Boxer, Ed Shillington, Brian Watts, . . . [ Full Story ]

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SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge

The Clean Snowmobile Challenge is the newest collegiate design competition of the Society of Automotive Engineers. Engineering students from participating schools reengineer a stock snowmobile to reduce emissions and noise and increase fuel efficiency—all while preserving the riding excitement demanded by snowmobile enthusiasts.

The Challenge also includes a zero-emissions category, for battery-powered sleds, sponsored by . . . [ Full Story ]


John Scott: The Movie

John Scott’s NHL All-Star, feel-good-story will skate its way onto the big screen, with storied Detroit sports reporter Mitch Albom penning the script.

Grab some popcorn and stay tuned!


Tech alumna named provost of McDaniel College

McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland has appointed Julia Jasken as new provost and dean of the faculty.

As McDaniel College’s new chief academic officer, Jasken oversees the college’s academic program including curriculum, staffing, instruction, student support services, and academic resources. As dean of the faculty, she represents the faculty to the administration and works with . . . [ Full Story ]

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Superior Ideas: Women’s Pre-College Camp Scholarships

Research shows that women are less likely to become scientists and engineers due to a lack of female engineering role models, misconceptions about the field and a lack of technical problem-solving opportunities in K-12.

This project is providing scholarships for young women to go to Michigan Tech Summer Youth Programs so they will have . . . [ Full Story ]

Detroit Third Thursday

Detroit Third Thursday

Each month alumni and friends in the Detroit area gather for a Third Thursday Social. In February, the group met up at the Box Bar and Grill in Plymouth. Many thanks to our host Marty Schendel for organizing the event!

Next month the event will be in Ferndale. Join your fellow alumni and friends . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Profile

Jim Brodeur, M.D. ’68


Jim Brodeur, a retired physician and long-time financial supporter of Michigan Tech, figures he’s got twenty-seven good reasons to help the institution. That’s the number of people in his family who have attended Tech over five generations, beginning with one of his grandfathers in 1897. “Tech has been an important part of our lives, and we . . . [ Full Story ]

Tech Sports


Monroe Named GLIAC Freshman of the Year

BAY CITY, Mich. — Michigan Tech’s Kyle Monroe (Green Bay, Wis./Ashwaubenon) was today named GLIAC Men’s Basketball Freshman of the Year as the league announced its 2015-16 postseason awards. Tech’s first GLIAC Freshman of the Year since Jason Marcotte (2001-02), Monroe also earned All-GLIAC Second Team honors.

Monroe led all GLIAC freshman and . . . [ Full Story ]


Moxley Named GLIAC North Player of the Week

BAY CITY, Mich. — Kylie Moxley (Brillion, Wis.), who helped Michigan Tech to wins over Northwood and Lake Superior State last weekend, has been named GLIAC North Division Women’s Basketball Player of the Week.

Moxley scored a career-high 34 points vs. NU last Thursday (Feb. 18) with a school-record 15 field goals (on . . . [ Full Story ]


Lee Named CCSA Athlete of the Week

HOUGHTON, Mich. — Michigan Tech skier Andrea Lee (Campbell River, B.C.) earned Central Collegiate Ski Association Athlete of the Week honors for her performance at the NCAA Central Regional in Ishpeming last weekend.

The Huskies’ senior brought home a third place finish in Saturday’s five kilometer freestyle race, where she finished 20 seconds . . . [ Full Story ]


Lee Wins Title; Four Skiers All-Region

Feb 21, 2016

ISHPEMING, Mich. — Andrea Lee is a regional champion after winning today’s women’s 15-kilometer classic at the NCAA Central Region Championships hosted by Northern Michigan. For the second straight day, Tech had four athletes earn top-10 finishes to claim all-region honors.


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Tech Tops NMU 85-75 in Season Finale

HOUGHTON, Mich. — Kyle Monroe came alive with 21 second-half points to guide Michigan Tech to an 85-75 victory over Northern Michigan in both team’s season finale. The Huskies shot 55 percent from the field to finish the year 11-15 overall and 10-12 in GLIAC play. NMU ended up 7-19 overall and 5-17 in . . . [ Full Story ]

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The Copper Country has a rich history of snowmobiling. From students’ sleds parked on campus to the distant sound of them traversing our many trails.

Tech students also have the opportunity to help create the future of the industry through the annual Clean Snowmobile Challenge, held annually at the Keweenaw Research Center.

Did you . . . [ Full Story ]

From the Email Bag

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Scott – There is one thing I miss in the recent TechAlum Newsletters – how much snow fell this week and how much snow for the year so far.

I did appreciate the Winter Carnival results, especially the photos of the winning statues.

Jim Schluckbier – Class of 1969

- Hi Jim! I’ll . . . [ Full Story ]

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Sign up for your alumni email account today through the HuskyLink online community If you are not already a member, visit for details on how to join.

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Students are welcome to continue using their “” email account after graduation.

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