March 6, 2018, Vol. 24, No. 13

Clean Snowmobile Challenge. Tech at the Olympics. March Snowstorm Memories?

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The snow is melting but there’s still plenty here for this year’s Clean Snowmobile Challenge March 5-10. Are you heading up?

New teaching standards call for weaving science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) into classrooms better. Read more.

Michigan Tech alumni reconvene at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Read their story.

More than 200 companies and 1,000 company representatives came to Michigan Tech in late February to meet with students during Career Fair. Were you here to help recruit?

There is a lot happening at Michigan Tech. Let us know how you are sharing Michigan Tech with others.

The weather has felt spring-like in the Keweenaw. But I know there’s still a snowstorm or two or three left to go through. Memories of March snowstorms? When did you know spring had arrived in the Keweenaw? Tips to surviving six more weeks of winter?


At Tech

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Michigan Tech Presidential Search Update

In a letter sent to the Michigan Tech community, Presidential Search Committee Chair Bill Johnson and Vice-Chair Brenda Ryan, both members of the University’s Board of Trustees, provided an update to the campus community on the status of the search for the next Michigan Tech President. Below is the complete letter:

The selection of the . . . [ Full Story ]


Michigan Tech Partners with Keypath Education to Serve Professional Engineers

The University has entered into a partnership with Keypath Education to launch online graduate degree programs in civil engineering and electrical engineering.

To advance in their careers, most professional engineers need two power boosts: experience and specialized education. While their jobs usually provide the experience, professional and family demands can make graduate school seem out . . . [ Full Story ]


Michigan Tech to Honor Senator Gary Peters at Spring Commencement

At its regular meeting in Houghton today, Michigan Technological University’s Board of Trustees approved a recommendation to award Senator Gary Peters with an Honorary Doctor of Philosophy at Spring Commencement.

In its recommendation to the Board, Michigan Tech’s administration noted that Senator Peters has been a “strong, independent voice for Michigan families and small businesses” . . . [ Full Story ]


After the Hurricanes Came: Revitalizing Research After a Natural Disaster

Looking for opportunities after a Puerto Rican research station was badly damaged by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Ours is a resilient world; when hurricanes devastate landscapes, mere months afterward new growth appears. Also resilient are researchers; when hurricanes devastate research sites, scientists find ways to turn catastrophe into opportunity.

When Hurricanes Irma and Maria carved . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Around the World

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Snow Totals!

Season Snowfall: 176.75 inches
This Month to Date: 0 inches
Past Seven Days: 0 inches

As of March 6, 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 Profile

James and Lorna Mack: Supporting the Future of Teaching and Research


James and Lorna Mack help create the future for faculty and students at Michigan Technological University.

Mack said they believe it is important to give back. During his time at Tech he received a scholarship to help pay for his studies.

“Michigan Tech made all the difference in my life and in my career,” says Mack, who . . . [ Full Story ]

Tech Sports

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From the Email Bag

Tech College Bowl, Sink the Sled, and More

In the top photo of guys lined up in a single row outdoors – the 4th guy from the right is Robert Pote.

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In looking at your pictures of ROTC personnel, the one with the single line of cadets, I can identify the guy 3rd from . . . [ Full Story ]

Featured Alumni Benefits


Provide and Protect for Your Loved Ones: Michigan Tech 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.