October 7, 2014, Vol. 21, No. 3

Michigan Tech… It’s a Family Tradition

With four generations graduating from Michigan Tech, the Harris clan's connection with the University began in the 1930's.
With four generations graduating from Michigan Tech, the Harris clan's connection with the University began in the 1930's.

I am on medical leave for a while. I will miss you all, but a group of stellar Michigan Tech personalities have stepped up to write guest columns while I am away.  Today, Alumni Director Brenda Rudiger shares how proud we are of our legacy families. —Dennis

There is no higher compliment than to have our alumni encourage their children and grandchildren to share in the unique Michigan Tech experience.  We couldn’t be more proud of our legacy families.

Family connections are a fundamental part of Tech’s history. The Alumni Legacy Award that these students receive demonstrates how much Michigan Tech values the continued participation of alumni and their families in the life cycle of the University.

At the spring Commencement ceremony, we were very proud to watch 126 legacy students walk across the stage to receive their degrees. Each had a Legacy tassel on their caps, signifying their special ties with Tech.

This fall the cycle continues, with more than 200 first year Huskies starting their academic careers as they follow their families’ traditions.

At the end of September, during the annual Open House for prospective students and their families, I had a chance to talk to a few alumni parents who were very excited that their children were considering their alma mater.  They know firsthand what a life-changing experience their children will have in this special place.

Check out the letter in the Mailbag section from Leora (Young) Smith ’89 about her pride in the accomplishments of her “soon-to-be-graduates” daughter Alyssa and son Kealy. They will be the fourth generation to graduate from Michigan Tech.

Over the years many families have shared stories about their special bond to Michigan Tech. If your family has this kind of bond, please share your story on the Tech Memories website.

Brenda Rudiger
Executive Director of Alumni Relations

At Tech

"Virtual Breast" Could Improve Cancer Detection

“Virtual Breast” Could Improve Cancer Detection

Next to lung cancer, breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women, according to the American Cancer Society. That’s why so many medical professionals encourage women to get mammograms, even though the tests are imperfect at best: only a minority of suspicious mammograms actually leads to a cancer diagnosis.

That results in . . . [ Full Story ]


Fall Career Fair 2014: Students, Employers Ready

The first thing you notice is the noise. It’s a subtle roar, hundreds of conversations about  thousands of possibilities. The fall 2014 Career Fair is bigger than ever, and thousands of students are lining up to continue farther down the road toward their careers.

But Career Fair is more than a single-day event. It’s more . . . [ Full Story ]


First Commercial Quantities of EPA-Approved Cellulosic Ethanol Sold–With a Little Help from Michigan Tech

Scientists and engineers—including several at Michigan Technological University—have been talking for years about biofuel, particularly cellulosic ethanol, which is fuel made from trees and other woody plants. The stumbling blocks have been huge and progress, slow. But the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Renewable Fuels Standard mandates that cellulosic ethanol be blended into gasoline for use . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Around the World


Husky Hockey in the South!

Mark your calendar and pack your bags, on Saturday, November 29, 2014 we will be making history. The schedule has been released and for the first time the Michigan Tech Hockey Huskies will be on the ice for WCHA hockey in the South! Yes, you heard me correctly; the “Huskies” are coming to play ice . . . [ Full Story ]

Book cover for Ted Reuschel

Forestry Alumnus Authors Book on Ancient Forests

1964 Michigan Tech grad Ted Reuschel spent some 10 years following his 37-year career with the Michigan DNR gathering and organizing material about the fascinating world of trees, and an in-depth, yet easy-reading review of ancient uses of trees and wood.

Read about some of the most unusual trees in the world, and then focus . . . [ Full Story ]

Miner's Cup Tailgate

Miner’s Cup Tailgate

Saturday, September 27 was a great day to be a Husky football fan! Michigan Tech alumni, friends and family gathered for a casual tailgate then headed into the Superior dome to cheer on the Huskies as they battled the Northern Michigan Wildcats for the Miner’s Cup. The game had all the ebbs and flows and . . . [ Full Story ]

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Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge

Michigan Tech is currently in second place in the Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge, help us get to first place! Michigan Tech is in competition with nine other schools for the title of most outdoorsy campus and an impressive gear package.

All you need to do is get outside (fall color hike, bike ride, playing at . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Profile

Peter Kiefer ’02


Upon graduation from Michigan Tech in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in physics, I accepted a position at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, Massachusetts, where I am currently an associate technical staff member. My physics degree has been exceptional preparation for the wide array of technical challenges that I have encountered in my career, including . . . [ Full Story ]

Tech Sports


Huskies Score Five; Sweep LSSU Sunday

The Michigan Tech hockey team earned a WCHA series sweep with a 5-1 win over Laker Superior State on Sunday (Oct. 5) at Taffy Abel Arena. For the second night in a row, the Huskies fell behind in the first period and came back for the win.

After giving up a first-period goal, the Black . . . [ Full Story ]


Football Squad Enters National Top 25 Poll

For the first time since Oct. 15, 2012, Michigan Tech is ranked in the American Football Coaches Association Division II Top 25 Poll. The Huskies, fresh off a 34-31 victory over rival Northern Michigan last Saturday (Sept. 27) to move to 4-0, enter the poll at No. 23.

Tech is one of three GLIAC teams . . . [ Full Story ]

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From the Email Bag

Tasty New Business Venture

Sisters Julie Barbe Sprenger ‘83 and Cally Barbe Furton ’87 have started a new local business: Sister Sister Foods in Laurium.

The duo cook up culinary treats in the kitchen of the Laurium Manor Inn (Sprenger and her husband, Dave, also an alum, are proprietors). The two tell us that they’ve always had a passion . . . [ Full Story ]

MAILBAG - for Mark Mitchell letter Hobo parade

Hobos to “Horror” Shows: Remembering Homecoming

Mu Beta Psi hobo car debuts at the 1975 Hobo Parade. Note the Jimmy Carter Headquarters sign in the background!

Mark Mitchell ’77

I remember riding a Homecoming float in 1960. I was the King Hobo that year and won a prize and a small trophy. I think that was the first year for the . . . [ Full Story ]

Hubbell Hall

More Tales from Hubbell Hall

I remember Hubbell Hall very well, especially for my calculus and engineering mechanics classes. The professors were very smart, but a few were also a little quirky. One in particular was Dr. Stipe (not sure of name now). Most were tough and graded accordingly; however, I am sure all would agree, we all got a tremendous . . . [ Full Story ]

Remember the Building?

Reading the piece about Hubbell Hall got me wondering: what was the name of the building that was used as the Forestry building back in the mid sixties? It was off campus, toward Houghton, and I can remember having to literally run to make it to class if I had class right before it on campus. A . . . [ Full Story ]

Celebrating Four Generations of Huskies

My children will both be graduating from Tech within the next year (daughter Alyssa in December and son Kealy in May), and I would like to recognize them for their accomplishments, as well as those of the rest of my family. Alyssa will be continuing at Tech for her graduate degree, and Kealy has accepted . . . [ Full Story ]

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