October 25, 2016, Vol. 23, No. 4

Have a Favorite Michigan Tech Professor? We Want Your Stories.

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Over the years, Michigan Tech alumni have shared funny, surprising, and heart-warming stories about their most memorable experiences with our faculty.

Recently we lost ME professor Aubrey Gibson, who enjoyed legendary status with ME-EM alumni from the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s. He was perhaps best known for his demonstration to help students understand momentum exchange—by shooting different caliber guns into birch logs.

Other unforgettable professors we’ve celebrated in this newsletter:
Art Young
Randy Freisinger
Gene Hesterberg
“Hammer” Steinhelb
Martha Sloan
Doc Berry
Pat Joyce
Sam Tidwell
Larry Lankton
Joe Kirkish
David Chimino
Jim Spain
Milt Olsson
Mary Ann Beckwith
Duane “Dewey” Thayer
Pat Martin
Bob Mark

Of course, there are a whole lot more, including new and established faculty on campus preparing current students to create the future. Many of them have been recognized for their excellence in teaching. But there’s more to share.

We want to hear about the faculty that left a lasting impression on you. Please send us your stories! We’ll share them here. Send them to alumni@mtu.edu.

Brenda Rudiger
Brenda Rudiger
Assistant Vice President for Alumni Engagement

At Tech


Board of Trustees Approves 5-year Capital Outlay Plan

The plan and project request will be submitted to the State of Michigan, as required by law. This is the first step the University must take in order to request funding for construction and renovations.

Phase one of the H-STEM engineering and health technologies complex is estimated to cost .6 million, of which Michigan Tech . . . [ Full Story ]


Going Viral: Insights on Zika

The Zika virus (ZIKV) is not a new contagion; researchers have known about the virus since the 1950s. However, not much was known about the virus until recent outbreaks cropped up with debilitating impacts.

While searching for targets that could be used to generate antibodies against the virus, biologists from Michigan Technological University set out . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Around the World

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Alumni and Friends Hold Wine Tasting in Traverse City

What better time to visit a vineyard, than during harvest?

That’s what 33 Tech alumni and friends did recently in Traverse City. They visited the newest winery on the Old Mission Peninsula which was opened by Tech alumnus Marty Lagina ’77 this past summer.

It is a beautiful building set into a hill . . . [ Full Story ]


Rekhi Innovation Challenge

The Rekhi Innovation Challenge is a crowdfunding competition to help promote and support student innovation and entrepreneurship through the use of Superior Ideas. This year’s Rekhi Innovation Challenge features four teams from all over Michigan Tech’s campus.

Support your favorite team on Superior Ideas today!

Alumni Profile

Denise L. Blankinship ’84


Denise graduated from Michigan Tech with a BS in Management Information Systems in 1984 and since 2004 has served in various senior IT management roles at the Church Pension Group in New York City. Her current role is Vice President of IT Strategic Projects. Prior to that, she worked at Fiserv Life Insurance Solutions, Delta . . . [ Full Story ]

Tech Sports

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Huskies Run Well at GLIAC Championships

The Michigan Tech men’s and women’s cross country teams both had strong showings at the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships last Saturday. Each team finished in sixth place out of the 14 team field for the men and a 15 team field for the women. The meet was hosted by Ferris State University at . . . [ Full Story ]

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Sturos Named WCHA Offensive Player of the Week

Michigan Tech senior forward Reid Sturos was named the WCHA Offensive Player of the Week on Monday (Oct. 17). Sturos helped the Huskies secure five out of a possible six WCHA points over Alabama-Huntsville over the weekend.

Sturos earns recognition for a goal that, per NCAA rules does not count in the official statistics, . . . [ Full Story ]


Volleyball Sweeps Home Weekend With 3-0 Win Over ODU

The Michigan Tech volleyball team swept Ohio Dominican on Saturday (Oct. 22) to wrap up a successful home weekend. The Huskies won 25-15, 25-21, and 25-18 to move to 11-12 overall and 6-4 in the GLIAC.

“It was a nice weekend overall,” Tech coach Matt Jennings said. “We’re happy with the 2-0 record and glad . . . [ Full Story ]

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Huskies and Wolverines Tie

The Michigan Tech hockey team had to settle for a 3-3 tie with No. 11 Michigan on Saturday (Oct. 22) night at Yost Ice Arena. The Huskies outshot the Wolverines 45-18, and dominated play all night, but couldn’t squeak one more by UM goaltender Jack LaFontaine who had 42 saves.

“We played a real good . . . [ Full Story ]

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Football Drops Game at Northwood

The Michigan Tech football team came up empty at Northwood University 17-3 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action last Saturday afternoon. The Huskies had to try and play catchup most of the day after a Timberwolves touchdown with just under 10 minutes to go in the first quarter put them on top. Unfortunately, it . . . [ Full Story ]

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Huskies Suffer 2-0 Loss to Ashland

The Michigan Tech soccer team came up short in a 2-0 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference clash last Friday night at Sherman Field against Ashland University. The Huskies and Eagles are both ranked in the latest NCAA Division II Midwest Region Poll. Tech came into the match at No. 6 and Ashland at No. 5.

. . . [ Full Story ]

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It’s Always Hockey Season at Tech

Or we wish it was.

The puck has dropped and hockey is back in full swing with the Huskies battling the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor this past weekend.

Whether you donned the black and gold or cheered for them, what are your favorite memories of hockey nights in Houghton?

From the Email Bag

Huskies Meet Huskies

I’ve had three instances of Husky Encounters.

First. I was a fighter pilot in Vietnam flying A-37s and met a couple of other pilots whose names I recognized but didn’t know me (Ron Rusing and Dave Vesely). I also came across Gordie Tushek in Thailand. I was his RA in Wadsworth and he was flying . . . [ Full Story ]

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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 attorney as they work to craft your will and trust. The purpose of this document is to prepare you to meet your estate planning attorney when 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.