September 23, 2014, Vol. 21, No. 2


Homecoming Cardboard Boat 2014

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, Athletic Director Suzanne Sanregret shares the details on Homecoming festivities —Dennis

After we watched a questionable weather forecast all week, Homecoming Saturday in Houghton turned into beautiful day for football.  At least 2,200 fans flocked to Sherman Field, eager, ready to see their team snap a seven-game skid in the series versus Saginaw Valley State.  And the Huskies came through. They delivered a barn-burner, overcoming a 12-0 first-half deficit to defeat Saginaw Valley 26-20.

Michigan Tech Homecoming is an annual week-long celebration on campus, crowned by the Homecoming football game. Not unlike campuses across the nation, Homecoming at Tech brings students, staff, alumni and community members together to celebrate school spirit.

Michigan Tech’s Homecoming has many longtime traditions that have made it special: the crowning of the Homecoming king and queen, root beer floats, competitions between student organizations, a parade. It also has newer traditions that have really taken hold, such as the cardboard boat race that has become one of the highlights of Homecoming, featuring dozens of cardboard boats that must each carry a minimum of eight people.

The week of festivities winds up on the gridiron of Sherman Field. The Huskies played their first Homecoming football game on Oct. 19, 1929, a scoreless tie vs. Northern Michigan University. Over the years there have been 76 Homecoming football games. Tech has posted a record of 45 wins, 30 losses and two ties in those contests, winning 9 and losing 2 over the past 11 years.

Saturday’s win keeps the Huskies atop the GLIAC North standings. Go Huskies!

Suzanne Sanregret ’93, ’06
Athletic Director

At Tech


Michigan Tech Wins 2014 Diversity Award

For the third year in a row, Michigan Technological University has received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.  The HEED award recognizes U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity.

Michigan Tech will be featured along with 82 other award-winning institutions in the magazine’s November . . . [ Full Story ]


Survey Shows that a Michigan Tech Education Pays Off

Employers like the kind of education students get at Michigan Technological University, and they’re putting their money where their mouths are.  The latest survey of starting, median and top salaries for university graduates pegged Michigan Tech third in the nation among public research universities for the average starting salary of graduates. surveyed . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Around the World

Canton, OH Alumni Tailgate

Football Tailgate – Canton, OH

Our football huskies were in Canton, Ohio on Saturday, September 13. Alumni and friends from the Columbus Chapter pulled out their tech gear and gathered for a tailgate and the game.  Many thanks to our chapter leader, John McDermott ‘92 for organizing the event.

Did you know? The invitation lists for Alumni Association events are . . . [ Full Story ]

Mont Ripley Color Tour

Chapter Spotlight: Keweenaw Alumni Chapter

The Keweenaw Alumni Chapter is Michigan Tech’s local chapter.  It can be challenging to get alumni excited and engaged in activities when they see and hear about Tech on a daily basis. However, being in the backyard of Michigan Tech also presents some unique opportunities and this fall they are taking full advantage.

The Keweenaw . . . [ Full Story ]

Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge

Get out, Get Active & Win!

Help Michigan Tech win the National Outdoor Championship! The winning institution will get bragging rights as the most outdoorsy campus and a brand new gear library!

Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge starts Sept 27 and runs through Nov 22.

Get outside and have fun, and encourage your family and friends to do the same!

For more . . . [ Full Story ]

Cast Your Vote and Support a Tech Alum

This year I turned a passion and hobby for facial hair into a small business startup. Detroit Beard Collective makes all-natural beard and facial hair maintenance and care products in the Detroit area. This past August we were nominated for the Martha Stewart American Made competition and named a finalist in the style category.

My . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Profile

Brian VanVoorst ’91, ’93


After graduating from Michigan Tech with a bachelor's and a Master's degree in computer science in 1991 and 1993 respectively, Brian VanVoorst has already had a successful career and has certainly earned a place in our alumni spotlight.VanVoorst, who calls Traverse City, Mich. his hometown, grew up as an only child with his mother following . . . [ Full Story ]

Tech Sports


Volleyball Receives AVCA Team Academic Award

The Michigan Tech volleyball team received the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2013-14 season. The Huskies were one of 95 NCAA Division II team’s to earn the award with a 3.4 grade point average.

The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in . . . [ Full Story ]


Copley Earns Win for Capitals in Preseason Game

Former Michigan Tech goaltender Pheonix Copley earned the win in net for the NHL’s Washington Capitals last night as they defeated the Buffalo Sabres 1-0 in a preseason game at Verizon Center. Copley started and played the first period, turning away all six shots he faced.

“It’s cool to get in a game like that . . . [ Full Story ]

Fill in the Blanks

From the Email Bag

Hubbell Hall

Remembering Hubbell Hall

In our last edition, we asked whether anyone remembered Hubbell Hall falling in the late 60s, or recall having class in the old building. We’re loving the responses—keep them coming!

Regarding Hubbell Hall, I was one of the last classes to use the building with my math class as a freshman in 1963. I was . . . [ Full Story ]

Huskies Athletics Live

Mark Garver ’06 asked whether last weekend’s Homecoming football game would be broadcast. We thought this would be a good opportunity to let alums know that all home athletics events are streamed via Huskies Live. You can visit the site to watch live from your computer. Hockey is streamed through America One; we’re still . . . [ Full Story ]

More About “Good Guy” Bobby

Bobby the “good guy” bartender started out as a radio announcer for WHDF in the 50’s. The station was located on the second floor above the bar. He worked with Ted Gast (retired owner of the State Farm Agency on College Ave), who was also a radio announcer for the station in those days.

I know there are . . . [ Full Story ]

Mailbag - boomtowncup trophy

Julius T. Nachazel Cup

Do you know if the Julius T. Nachazel Trophy is still at Tech? Do you know what it was? They used to have a Frisbee tournament in the late 1960’s–70’s and this was the trophy. If you could share any into on its whereabouts, I would be most happy.

Paul Bowen ’70, ‘71

Editor’s note: The Cup . . . [ Full Story ]

Support Civil!

“Chi Epsilon is the National Civil Engineering Honor Society in the United States. We honor engineering students who have exemplified the principles of “Scholarship, Character, Practicality, and Sociability” in the civil engineering profession.” —

The Michigan Tech chapter of Chi Epsilon is selling Civil and Environmental Engineering stickers for . Help support the local chapter . . . [ Full Story ]

Husky Plaza Webcam

Thumbs Up for the New Husky Statue Location

I think this is a beautiful and most obvious site for the new Husky statue. Some of the older alumni will recognize it as the location of the huge old (and leaning) white pine tree that President Ray Smith called “the Jim Spain” tree. Actually, I had little more to do with it than to write . . . [ Full Story ]

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