March 29, 2016, Vol. 22, No. 15

Celebrating traditions & Creating connections in West Michigan

W Michigan David Cox and Blizzard

Meet the West Michigan Alumni Chapter!

As one of our oldest and most active chapters, these are some busy Huskies! In addition to Husky Happy Hours, new student send-offs, and Hockey pre-game socials this chapter has some unique annual events. Such as a Fish Fry at Schmohz Brewing, where Captain Ken Glupker ’73 and his wife Judy of Jireh Charters prepare ~70lbs of their catch for all to enjoy.

They also host a Pickled Egg Tasting where alumni and friends bring in batches of their homemade pickled eggs to share. This year there were 10 jugs, 40 tasters and Chas Thompson ‘91 Beer Engineer of Schmohz Brewing provided the prizes including a one of a kind, best egg trophy jar.

You can count on this group to put on a fun pasty tailgate any time our football Huskies are playing at GVSU.

At events throughout the year, they auction off Tech gear as well as sell tickets for the Charter Fishing Raffle which is donated by Andersen Charters & Jireh Charters. All of the proceeds from the raffle go to the West Michigan Endowed Scholarship Fund which is awarded to a student from a West Michigan family.

A highlight of their year is the annual Spring Dinner. This year it is planned for May 19, with guest speaker President Glenn D. Mroz.

On the last Thursday of each month, they get together at Schmohz Brewing to plan events and socialize. If you are in the area or just passing through, you are always welcome to stop by this monthly gathering.

A big shout out to all of our West Michigan Board! Pam Baileys ’81, Brian Bueche ’81, Dave Cox ’76, Jim Crouch ’90, Mike DeJonge ’65, Chuck Deimel ’88, James Edelyn ’94, Kevin Grzelak ’89, John Gutierrez ’94, Shawn Rathbun ’82, Dawn Stanek ’89, and Mark Twilley ’11. They are the driving force behind the West Michigan programming!

To keep up with the West Michigan Chapter activities, check them out on Facebook. To see if there is a chapter in your area check out our Chapter Page.

-by Kay Larson ’14
Assistant Director, External Relations, Alumni Relations

W Mich Egg Event Group Shot

At Tech


Clean Snowmobile Challenge Winners Announced

The local ski shop in Houghton, Michigan has held an “El Nino is a Jerk” sale all winter. But in spite of the warm temperatures and melting snow, students from around the northern hemisphere gathered at Michigan Technological University to test their cleaner, quieter snowmobiles. 

The Clean Snowmobile Challenge is an annual competition through SAE . . . [ Full Story ]


Spiraling Up with Arts and Sustainability in Calumet

A study published this week in Sustainability explores the possibility for the arts to help sustain a shrunken industrial city in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Community identity is a key part, and anyone who has walked down 5th Street in Calumet knows the weight of history and change.

“Arts won’t solve all the problems, but . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Around the World

W Mich Social

West Michigan Alumni Chapter pre-game social

On Friday, March 18 alumni & friends were joined by President Glenn D. Mroz, the pep band and Blizzard T. Husky for a social at the BOB before the first round WCHA playoff game between the Michigan Tech Huskies and the Ferris Bulldogs.

In a spirited auction conducted by Chas Thompson ’91, Bert Franklin . . . [ Full Story ]

Match Day

Match Day

On March 18, four recent Tech graduates joined fellow medical students from across the country in Match Day, a highly competitive process which places applicants into residency positions based on the ranking of both student and institution.

Andrea Bouman ’11, Austin Fernstrum ‘12 Paul Valencia ‘11 and Jessica Thompson ’12 completed their clinical training in . . . [ Full Story ]


Society of Women Engineers Survey

Participate in a survey on the work lives of engineers

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is conducting a survey of 50,000 professional engineers in the United States and Canada about their experiences in the workplace. SWE is working with Joan C. Williams, Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California, Hastings and founding . . . [ Full Story ]

Take the leap cropped

Leap Year Challenge – Thank You, Huskies!

A big thank you to everyone who participated in Michigan Tech’s first Leap Year Challenge! We asked alumni from class years 1987 to 2015 to make a gift—of any amount and any designation—to Michigan Tech during the month of February. Here are the exciting results:

· 277 alumni from these class years participated
· . . . [ Full Story ]

Bosch beer at North Fork Brewery

What’s brewing, Huskies?

Are you a Tech alum who owns a brewery or winery? Know one who does? We’re featuring alumni who make beer, wine, and/or spirits in the next Michigan Tech Magazine and don’t want to miss anyone.

Drop us a note at Tech Alum if you know someone who should be included.

Makay battalion

Lt. Col. Don T. Makay, ’99 leads NYC 1st Battalion 69th Infantry

Last week, at the conclusion of the St Patrick’s Day parade in New York, command of NYC 1st Battalion 69th Infantry was officially turned over to Lt. Col. Don T Makay, a 1999 Michigan Tech graduate.

Makay has extensive combat deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kosovo. He has held active duty leadership positions at Fort . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Profile

Jacob P. Braykovich ’15


Jacob Braykovich wanted to do something different the last summer before earning his undergraduate degree. The previous summer he had an internship at start-up InPore Technologies, working on polymeric water filtration systems. The materials science and engineering major had spent two years working in the Michigan Tech Surface Innovations lab, helping to develop biodegradable zinc-based . . . [ Full Story ]

Tech Sports


Three Track Records Fall in South Carolina

CONWAY, S.C. — The Michigan Tech track and field teams came away from its spring break trip to South Carolina with six top-five finishes, three new school records and an NCAA provisional qualifying mark. The Huskies participated in hot, sunny weather at the Coastal Carolina Invitational on Mar. 11-12.

The women’s 4×100 relay team . . . [ Full Story ]

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Pre-MEEM memories

This was taken in the automotive laboratory in the Hotchkiss Engineering building. The lab first opened in 1931 when the Michigan College of Mining and Technology first began to offer specialized coursework in automotive engineering. It continued in use for nearly four decades until 1971 when the mechanical engineering department moved into the newly-constructed Mechanical . . . [ Full Story ]

From the Email Bag

MacNaughton in Arena 135

Cup memories and alums meet in Africa

I believe that Bruce Abbey is holding the Cup with coach and he was a roommate of mine at the “Half House” in 74/75.  Fantastic memory of an era of hockey excellence at Tech.

Gary Krasicky, MD  ’77
- Thanks for checking in Gary! -SB

I was at Tech in ’76 when

. . . [ Full Story ]

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