September 13, 2016, Vol. 23, No. 1

PCA Prepares to Celebrate 20th Anniversary

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This year marks the 20th anniversary for Michigan Tech’s Presidential Council of Alumnae (PCA). With the induction of 17 female grads in April 1996, the Council was established. Over the years, PCA has welcomed 182 Michigan Tech alumnae and on September 22, another 12 will join them as members.

PCA members are recognized for personal and professional achievements in all facets of life, including education and career excellence and community involvement and volunteerism as a Michigan Tech student or alumna. Members meet annually on campus for activities that support the University’s strategic plan and specifically focus on engaging the campus community to educate, influence, and inspire the Women of Michigan Tech.

In addition to participating in the annual meeting, members impact the University throughout the year in a number of ways including (but not limited to): serving as role-model speakers in Michigan Tech classes; returning to campus to recruit students and new graduates to work in their companies; serving on corporate or other departmental advisory boards; assisting with fundraising initiatives, including support of the Presidential Council of Alumnae Scholarship program; helping recruit students by sharing the Michigan Tech message to high schools or college fairs in their areas; attending a variety of Michigan Tech Alumni events, both on and off campus.

While on campus this September (22-23), they are partnering with Career Services to host a breakfast and roundtable session for current students. They will share advice and experiences on a number of topics which were pre-submitted by Michigan Tech students and focus on career and job search issues.

Sixty to 65 members will be on campus to participate in the two-day schedule of activities. For more information on PCA, go to

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At Tech


Michigan Tech Fall Enrollment Highest in 33 Years

Michigan Tech submitted its official fall enrollment figures to the state last week.

Undergraduate enrollment totaled 5,827. New first-year undergraduate enrollment rose 8 percent over last year with 1,580 students starting classes last week, 119 more than last year.  This is the largest incoming undergraduate first-year class since 1983.

ACT Scores, Diversity Increases, Majors . . . [ Full Story ]


Food, Entertainment from around the World at Parade of Nations

Admission is free; meals or snacks can be purchased at the food booths.

During the Multicultural Festival, entertainers representing many countries and traditions will perform on a raised stage.  They include the Kivijat Dancers, cloggers, music and Bollywood dancers from the Michigan Tech Indian Students Association, Bells on the Bay—a group of handbell performers—Jan Arnold, . . . [ Full Story ]


Student Entrepreneurs Put Discarded Water Bottles to New Use

Cedric Kennedy, Michigan Technological University business administration graduate student and president of Superior Filament, found his inspiration to commit after hearing School of Business and Economics Associate Professor Andre Laplume’s entrepreneurship class lecture on the growing problem of water bottles polluting the oceans.  Only one in every six water bottles is recycled, leaving 46,000 . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Around the World

O'Hare welcome

Chicago alumni provide warm welcome at O’Hare

Imagine traveling over 8,000 miles to attend a school sight unseen.

That’s exactly what nearly 175 new Michigan Tech undergraduate and graduate students did August 16 and 18, as they flew in from far away destinations such as India, Germany, Mexico, South America, China, and many other countries from around the globe.

Knowing . . . [ Full Story ]

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Father and Son, Tech Alums, Open HomeGrown Microbrewery

Michigan Tech alumni John Powers ’77 couldn’t be happier about going into business with his son Joe ’04.

The duo will make up the brewing team at HomeGrown, a microbrewery on the outskirts of Detroit. The new brewery is set to open in Oxford later this year, and the pair says their time in Houghton . . . [ Full Story ]

Susan B. Kiehl

Alumna Susan Kiehl ’83 Presents “Future Smart”

Michigan Tech alumna Susan B. Kiehl ’83, Lockheed Martin’s vice president of product development, will address students at the annual First-Year Engineering Lecture Series, with a talk entitled “Future Smart” today at 6 p.m. in the Rozsa Center. The talk is free and open to the public.

As vice president of product development in . . . [ Full Story ]

Superior ideas

Superior Ideas: Pioneering Women in Business

If you are interested in changing the global business leadership landscape and encouraging strong women to enroll in the School of Business and Economics at Michigan Tech, read on.

Helping the future women of business become leaders and entrepreneurs is the essence of the pioneering women in business (PWB) scholarship. The vision for the PWB . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Profile

John R. Grisdale ’71


John Grisdale was a three-year letterwinner for the Michigan Tech hockey team from 1968 to 71. He was inducted into the Michigan Tech Sports Hall of Fame in 1997. As a defenseman, Grisdale played 94 career games tallying 52 points on 11 goals and 41 assists. During his senior campaign, he gained All-WCHA recognition and . . . [ Full Story ]

Tech Sports


Huskies Edged by #7 Ferris State

HOUGHTON, Mich. – The Michigan Tech football team suffered a tough 30-28 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference loss at the hands of 7th ranked Ferris State Saturday afternoon at Sherman Field. Bulldogs kicker Wyatt Ford connected on a 36 yard field goal with seven seconds left on the clock in the fourth quarter, resulting in . . . [ Full Story ]


Huskies Post 1-0 Shutout Victory at Minnesota Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – The Michigan Tech soccer team hit the road for the first time this season Friday night and came away from Minnesota Duluth with a 1-0 victory. It’s the second straight shutout win for the Huskies who edged St. Cloud State last Sunday 1-0 at Sherman Field.

“I thought we came out tonight . . . [ Full Story ]


Women’s Tennis Defeats Ferris State to Open Season

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. – The Michigan Tech women’s tennis team kicked off its 2016 season with a 5-4 victory over Ferris State on Friday (Sept. 9) afternoon. The Huskies won 2-of-3 doubles matches and 3-of-6 singles.

“It was a marathon match today that went almost six hours,” Tech coach Kevin Kalinec said. “I was a . . . [ Full Story ]


Volleyball Wins a Pair at UW-Parkside Tournament

SOMERS, Wis. – The Michigan Tech volleyball team defeated Minnesota State Moorhead (3-1) and Upper Iowa (3-2) Friday (Sept. 9) to begin play at the UW-Parkside Tournament. The Huskies are now 3-3 on the season.

“Today we took another step forward as a team,” Tech coach Matt Jennings said. “Our offense continues to execute very . . . [ Full Story ]

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K Day

Memories of K Day

Last Friday was Tech’s annual K Day. Fun, food, events, music, and opportunities for thousands of students at McLain State Park. Did you go to K Day? What was your favorite memory?

From the Email Bag

Alumni Remember Time at Tech

In 1964, I was looking for a college where I could complete a degree using my two years of community college and year of veterinary medical school. There were very few women back then and I had a friend (male) who had gone from my community college to Tech with full credit for classes taken. . . . [ Full Story ]

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