May 24, 2016, Vol. 22, No. 19

OAP Turns 10


As we approach 10 years of the Outdoor Adventure Program, let’s look back to 2006. The OAP started with one professional staff member and five student staff. While that has fluctuated over the years, we still have one professional staff, but now more than 25 student staff helping to operate the Equipment Rental Center, run trips, plan and execute large scale events, and conduct seminars on outdoor topics.

Our equipment rental was a key part of the program, as well as enabling us to run some trips. We started with six canoes and four kayaks and now our fleet is an impressive 18 canoes and 24 kayaks, 11 stand up paddleboards, and six trailers to move that equipment. We have added mountain bikes to our rental cache over the years and just this year are purchasing 12 new Kona Mountain Bikes.

The programming that we provide has grown over the years as well to include: the Bigfoot Snowshoe Event(done in collaboration with Wellness), the Great Northern Adventure Race(GNAR), the Breakers to Bridge Paddle Fest (new in 2016!), Adventure Spring Break Trips, Silent Gear Auctions, SYP Trips, and Alumni Reunion events. We average about 100 events a year now, compared to about 12 back in 2006.

As we look to the future, we have some big ideas for the OAP including a new site, and access to the water for more paddling, sailing, rowing, and fishing. In addition, we hope to have access to the trail system and provide a space to host events and really make outdoor adventure a part of the Michigan Tech experience.

Jared Johnson
- Jared Johnson, director of the Outdoor Adventure Program

At Tech


Richter Named SFRES Researcher of the Year

In the 26 years Dana Richter has been a part of Michigan Technological University’s School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science (SFRES), he has served in many capacities, from classroom teacher to researcher and advisor. And while his roles may have varied, one thing hasn’t changed—the passion he brings to everything he does.

 That dedication, commitment and passion . . . [ Full Story ]


Choi Wins Distinguished Teaching Award

Chang Kyong Choi has been at Michigan Technological University for less than a decade, but despite that relatively brief period of time, his personalized, engaging teaching style has brought him the University’s highest teaching honor.

Choi, affectionately known as “CK”, an associate professor in the Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Department, is the recipient of the 2016 . . . [ Full Story ]


Fay Receives Distinguished Teaching Award

Karyn Fay is the child of teachers. So it wasn’t surprising that after several successful years in the medical profession she herself turned to the classroom at Michigan Technological University. Fay’s passion for teaching has resulted in the University’s highest teaching honor.

Fay, a professor of practice in Tech’s Biological Science Department, has been recognized . . . [ Full Story ]


A Digital Time Travel Machine Reveals Keweenaw History

The miners in the boom days of the Copper Country knew that in order to find what they wanted, they had to “drill down.” Today, thanks to the efforts of researchers in Michigan Technological University’s Social Sciences Department and a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, those wishing to find out about the . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Around the World

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Meeting in Malta

Tom Wilson ’68 and his wife Ann Colfax met up with Mary Durfee, (pictured) Professor of Government, Social Sciences for a visit in Mdina, Malta recently.

Alumni cruise

Huskies meet on Caribbean cruise

Frank Townsend, BSCE ’62, was standing in the dinner line on Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas when he recognized a familiar Mich Tech logo. Christopher Nesbitt, BSChE ’05, along with his wife, Melissa, two daughters, Leah (2) and Alicia (8 months), parents and MTU donors, Mark and Deb Nesbitt, and Melissa’s mother and sister, . . . [ Full Story ]


Imagine India 2016

Students from the Pavlis Institute will be traveling to India this summer. They will take part in several projects surrounding the rural areas surrounding Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. These projects include creating a play area for Government School Kunnankulathur, checking on the efficiency of a biochar filtration system that was previously installed, looking into a . . . [ Full Story ]

Geoheritage tours

Register for Geoheritage Tours, July 25-28

Keweenaw Geoheritage Tours by Water and Land – July 25-28th, 2016

Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula is a place of natural beauty with a fascinating mining history. Join local expert Bill Rose in reading the landscape to learn how the Copper Country came to be the way it is today. Each one-day field trip explores one of . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Profile

Robert Waara ’09


His cell phone area code is still 906, reflecting his Upper Peninsula roots, but Rob Waara’s role as chief engine engineer with the SRT Viper racing team has taken him far afield, including to the 24 Hours of Le Mans. That endurance race meant some incredible hours for the engineers prepping the two Vipers: 24 . . . [ Full Story ]

Tech Sports

Hockey Tickets

Early Bird Sale for Hockey Season Tickets Underway

May 20, 2016

HOUGHTON, Mich. – Season tickets to watch the Michigan Tech hockey team defend its MacNaughton Cup championship went on sale today (May 20) at a special early bird rate.

Fans can purchase ticket packages for just 4 until July 1, a

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Hockey Schedule

Tech Unveils 2016-17 Hockey Schedule

May 19, 2016

HOUGHTON, Mich. – Four series against teams from last year’s NCAA tournament field, a trip to the 52nd Great Lakes Invitational and 14 games against in-state rivals are among the highlights of the 2016-17 Michigan Tech hockey schedule, which was unveiled today (May

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The Great Outdoors

In honor of our OAP article at the start of this issue, here’s a nearly 100-year old photo of some campers enjoying the Keweenaw.

While we longer sport ties and long dresses in the great outdoors, Tech students and alumni have long enjoyed a night out under the stars. Any good memories of bears, . . . [ Full Story ]

From the Email Bag

In the Mailbag: Thanks for the memories!

The aerial view appears to be in 1959 0r 1960, shortly after the bridge was opened. The surface view appears to be 1970-73 based on the newest cars in the picture.
Bruce Kettunen ‘76
Nice work, Bruce! 1961 on the bridge photo and 1973 on the traffic shot. -SB


Pete Rankin’s note . . . [ Full Story ]

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