MTU Alumni Reunion 2022

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Saturday, August 6, 2022

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Online MTU Reunion 2022 Registration has closed. 

Still, need to register? Please call (906) 487-2400.


Registration is required for all events. Each event has a venue maximum, so register early to guarantee your spot. The deadline to register is midnight Sunday, July 24, 2022.

Check-In and Registration:

  • Wednesday, August 3 from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. at the Alumni House (9) 
  • Thursday, August 4 from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. at the Memorial Union Building (34) in the Commons
  • Friday, August 5 from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. at the Alumni House (9)
  • Saturday, August 6 from 9 a.m.–noon at the Alumni House (9)

Hospitality House: Need an extra copy of the Reunion schedule? Lose a personal item or need help finding a location on campus? The Alumni House will be open throughout Reunion Weekend with staff ready to assist you. The Hospitality House is located at the Alumni House (9) and will be open:

  •  Wednesday, August 3Friday, August 5 from 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 6 from 9 a.m.–2 p.m.

Thursday, August 4

8 a.m.5 p.m. Hospitality House - Alumni House (9)

8 a.m.5 p.m. Check-In and Registration - Memorial Union Building (34), Commons (ground floor) 

10:3011 a.m. Reunion Kickoff at the Memorial Union Building (34), Commons (ground floor).  Alumni Reunion 2022 kicks off with a welcome address and a review of the weekend’s activities. Greet some old friends, make some new ones. Refreshments will be available.   No charge

11 a.m.4:45 p.m. Keweenaw Mountain Lodge Picnic and Guided Hike in Copper Harbor. The vans will leave from the bus stop in front of the Memorial Union Building (34) at 11 a.m. sharp. The adventure begins with a tasty picnic at the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge (KML) in Copper Harbor. A souvenir water bottle is included with lunch. Next, KML staff will lead guided tours into the facility's beautiful forest. The technical trails range from easy to moderate; there will be some inclines. Groups will be divided by skill level or interest. Hikes will take approximately 1.5 hours and span approximately two to four miles, depending on the group. Please wear sturdy shoes, carry water, and be prepared to encounter bugs (black flies, mosquitoes, etc.). As a participant in an organized KML hike, you will be required to sign a waiver. Max attendance: 30   Cost: $37 per person

11:30 a.m. Lunch on Campus at the North Coast Grill & Deli in the Memorial Union Building (34), Commons (ground floor).  Enjoy a lunch in the MUB commons like current Tech students do throughout the year by dining “in” at the North Coast Grill & Deli. Various grill and deli options will be available.  The Reunion Special is a fish taco meal.   Meal price varies upon selection


1–3 p.m. Root Beer Float Stand - Memorial Union Building (34), outside circle. In honor of National Root Beer Float Day, the Student Leadership and Involvement Office (SLI) and Alumni Engagement Office will be serving this favorite summer treat outside of the MUB. Feel free to stop by on your way to and from other activities during the day. The stand will be open as long as supplies last.   No registration is required, no charge

1–4 p.m. Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP) Sturgeon River Guided Canoe Trip departs from the Alumni House (9).

The OAP has been working with alumni in the Ketola Family to have access to a beautiful portion of the Sturgeon River in Chassell, MI. Just south of Houghton, this stretch of river provides an enjoyable, relaxing canoe paddle with plenty of opportunities to see wildlife and remnants of past farming. The canoe trip will take approximately 2–3 hours. OAP will provide transportation from the Alumni House in 15-passenger vans to and from the river. Please bring a full water bottle and any snacks you may need. Note: Participants will be required to paddle a canoe with a partner for approximately three miles. Access to canoe landing and take-out is uneven and marked by sand, roots, and other obstacles. OAP will provide all necessary safety equipment. No previous experience is needed.  Max attendance: 16   Cost: $25 per person

1–4 p.m. College of Engineering Boat Cruise on the Ranger III departs from the Isle Royale National Park Office dock in Houghton (next to Dee Stadium at 800 E Lakeshore Dr., Houghton). Relax and enjoy the lake breeze aboard the Ranger III for a beautiful tour of the Keweenaw Waterway. The College of Engineering (COE) will provide scrumptious appetizers, beer, wine, and soft drinks. In addition, this boat tour is the perfect opportunity to catch up with fellow alumni and learn about the exciting research happening in the COE. Boarding will begin at 12:30 p.m., and the cruise will depart at 1 p.m. sharp. The tour will last approximately 3 hours. ($20 of each ticket will be donated to a scholarship fund to lighten the financial load for several COE students each year).  Max attendance: 95   Cost: $50/$35 (children 1-15)

2–3:30 p.m. Campus Tours - John Edgar McAllister Welcome Center at the Memorial Union Building (34). The tour will include a brief Admissions presentation and a 75-minute walking tour of campus with a current student as your guide.   No charge

5:30–7:30 p.m. Pasty Dinner at the Memorial Union Building (34), Ballroom (second floor). Enjoy a traditional “Yooper” dinner of pasties from Suomi Home Bakery & Restaurant, pickled eggs from “The Dog”, and local KBC micro-brew beer as you swap stories with alumni, faculty, and friends. A gourmet soda bar will also allow attendees to build specialty non-alcoholic drinks from a select menu. Side salads, desserts, and soft drinks are included. Beer and wine are available at the cash bar. Vollwerth hot dog meal available for children.  Cost: $16/$9 (children 1-15)

7:30 p.m. Summer Youth Programs (SYP) 50th Anniversary Dessert Social at the Great Lakes Research Center - GLRC 201/202 Conference Room. Summer Youth Programs invites you and your family to celebrate our 50th anniversary! First, enjoy cake and ice cream. Then, either reminisce with us or find out more about our five decades of impact on youth. This family-friendly event is hosted by Cassy Tefft de Muñoz ’10, Executive Director, Enrollment Initiatives.   No charge

Mini “Senior-Walk”: This short bar crawl at two local favorites offers alumni a chance to relive part of the senior walk tradition!

7:30–9 p.m. Fellowship with College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science Alumni (CFRES) and Dean at The Dog at Armando's Restaurant & The Douglass House Saloon, 517 Sheldon Ave, Houghton. All alumni are welcome to join Marty Jurgensen and Interim CFRES Dean David Flaspohler for a casual get-together.  No charge, cash bar available

8–10 p.m. Keweenaw Area Alumni Welcome Social at the Keweenaw Brewing Company, 408 Shelden Ave, Houghton. The Keweenaw Alumni Chapter has 5400 members, making it one of the country's largest concentrations of MTU alumni. They are a great group to have a lively conversation with or share a great story. No charge, cash bar available

Friday, August 5

8:30–9:30 a.m. Welcome Breakfast with the President at the Memorial Union Building (34), Ballroom (second floor). Please join President Rick Koubek for the President's Welcome Breakfast. President Koubek will give a brief university update over a delicious breakfast buffet.  Limited attendance.   No charge

9:30 a.m. Graduate School Research Poster Session at the Memorial Union Building (34), Alumni Lounge (first floor). Enjoy a spread of breakfast treats while students from the Graduate School present their current research in several disciplines.   No charge 

10 a.m. Featured Class Year Photos and Coffee with the Alumni Board of Directors at the J. R. Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library (17), Opie Reading Room (first floor). Whether you graduated 10 years ago, 40 years ago, or somewhere in between, this is your time to gather and capture the moment. Swap stories and put names back with the faces from your college years. This is also a great opportunity to mix and mingle with current members of the Alumni Board. Class photos will be at 10:30 a.m. Coffee, iced coffee specialty drinks, and breakfast pastries will be available.  Featured years for class photos are 1982, 1992, 1997, 2002, and 2012.   No charge

10:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Class of 1972 and Golden M Celebration at the Memorial Union Building (34), Ballroom (second floor). Celebrate this golden landmark with the Class of 1972 and other members of the Golden M Club.  Max attendance: 150   Cost: $16

  • 10:30–11 a.m. Golden M Photos Class of 1972 photo will be taken in the Memorial Union Building (34) Ballroom B. 
  • 11 a.m.–noon Golden M Ceremony at the Memorial Union Building (34) Ballroom A. Each 1972 graduate will receive their 50-year Golden M pin and certificate. In addition, current Golden M members (class years 1971 and earlier) and friends are invited to attend the ceremony and join in on the champagne toast to congratulate the new members of the Golden M Club. 
  • Noon–1 p.m. Golden M Luncheon at the Memorial Union Building (34) Entire Ballroom. Current Golden M members and friends are invited to join the Class of 1972 for a special luncheon to celebrate their induction into the Golden M Club. Be sure to bring your best stories to share.

1–4 p.m. Department Open Houses  Several academic and administrative departments will welcome visitors to stop by and learn more about their facilities and programs. There's much to see during this campus showcase. Get the latest details when you check in!   No charge

1–4 p.m. OAP Kayak Trip on the Portage Canal departs from the Alumni House (9) at 1 p.m. sharp. Enjoy Portage Canal from the best seat. This beautiful stretch of the Canal is peppered with historical, cultural, and natural points of interest. OAP will provide transportation from the Alumni House in 15-passenger vans to and from the canal. The trip begins at either Prince's Point below the Rozsa Center and paddles to Kestner Waterfront Park or the opposite, depending on the wind/weather. OAP will provide two trained staff to lead the trip. OAP staff will conduct basic instruction before getting on the water, and participants can plan for roughly 3 hours from start to finish, depending on skill level and weather conditions. Bring a full water bottle and any snacks you may need. Note: Participants will be required to paddle a kayak for approximately 2 1/4 miles. Access to kayak landing and take-out is uneven and marked by sand, roots, and other obstacles. Access to or from Prince’s Point will require a short but steep climb. OAP will provide all necessary safety equipment. Previous kayaking experience is preferred but not required. Max attendance: 16   Cost: $25 per person

2–3 p.m. CFRES Honor Academy Inductions and Outstanding Alumni Awards at the U.J. Noblet Forestry Building (18) Atrium. Come and celebrate the selection of this year’s Outstanding Recent Alumni Award and the induction of four new members to the CFRES Honor Academy.   No charge

2–3 p.m. Dee Stadium Open House & Tour with Scott MacInnes at the Dee Stadium, 700 E Lakeshore Dr., Houghton. Scott MacInnes, the son of legendary Michigan Tech hockey coach John MacInnes, will give a tour of Dee Stadium. Scott was the Houghton City Manager before his retirement in 2014. The Huskies played hockey at Dee stadium until 1972.   No charge

4–5 p.m. Husky Bites™ Live! – Great Lakes Research Center (100), 201/202 Conference Room. Join Janet Callahan, Dean of the College of Engineering and John Lenters, Associate Research Scientist at the Great Lakes Research Center for an exciting live recording of Husky Bites.  Max attendance: 88  No charge

4–5 p.m. Tech Talk: 100 years of Michigan Tech Hockey at Fisher Hall (15) Room 135. Explore early hockey in Copper Country with Bill Sproule ’70, Professor Emeritus, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering, as well as the author of “Michigan Tech Hockey, 100 Years of Memories”. First, learn about the start of Michigan Tech hockey over 100 years ago and what has made it one of the premier programs at Tech. Then, relive and share your memories of Huskies hockey!   No charge

7 p.m. 2022 Alumni Awards Ceremony & Cocktail Reception at the Memorial Union Building (34), Ballroom (second floor). Gather with fellow alumni and friends for a special celebration honoring outstanding and notable Alumni Awards recipients from 2022. Immediately following the ceremony, there will be a dessert and cocktail social. A mocktail bar will also allow attendees to build specialty non-alcoholic drinks from a select menu. In addition to beer and wine, themed cocktails will be available at the cash bar. Business casual attire is requested.   No charge

Saturday, August 6

9–11 a.m. Alumni House Social at the Alumni House (9). Start your morning with coffee and donuts at the Alumni House. Enjoy wandering the historic home filled with collections of yearbooks, Winter Carnival Pictorials, and MTU memorabilia. There will be two special presentations during the Open House.  No charge

  • 9–11 a.m. Staff from the MTU Archives will be available to answer questions.
  • 10 a.m. Join Joe Kirkish, retired faculty member, as he shares some fascinating highlights from his book “Long Exposure.” His book will also be available for purchase and signing.  

10 a.m.–2 p.m. Bocce Ball Tournament at the Bocce Ball Court by Douglas Houghton Hall (31). Join this fun, family-friendly game of Bocce Ball with Tournament Chair Fred Koerschner ’81. No experience is needed. A team can consist of 2-4 players. You can sign up partnered with a player or play as a single. Singles will be paired with a partner/team by the tournament chair. No charge for the Bocce Ball Tournament.  Optional Lunch- $14 (choice of boxed lunch, sandwich or salad, both come with a cookie, fruit, and beverage. Sandwiches also include potato chips.)  Max attendance: 48

1–3 p.m. OAP Guided Mountain Bike Trip on Tech Trails departs from the Main Trailhead of Tech Trails on Mill Rd. Join OAP for a guided mountain bike ride on the Michigan Tech Trails. Bring your bike or register to use one of the limited amounts of mountain bikes available through OAP. A variety of bike sizes are available, but quantities in each size are limited. The OAP does not offer any children/youth bikes; an adult small frame size is the smallest available. This ride is designed to explore some of the single-track mountain bike trails at Michigan Tech, focusing on some of the more accommodating trails to cater to a wider variety of ability levels. OAP provides helmets for all OAP bikes.

Cost: $15 per person (without bike rental)

Cost: $25 per person with an OAP bike (limited availability)

Max attendance: 10 with OAP Bike Rental, unlimited with personal bikes.

5:30–7 p.m. Pregame Social and Mascot 50th Birthday Celebration at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena (SDC, 24), West Concourse. Celebrate the Michigan Tech Mascot’s 50-year history from its humble beginnings in 1971 (started by Bill ’71 and Kathy ’71 Wassberg) to today’s Blizzard T. Husky. A full menu featuring pork sliders and walking tacos will be served, along with snacks and birthday cake. In addition, cheese pizza and sides will be available for vegetarians. Cash bars will be available.   Cost: $12 per person

7–9 p.m. Alumni Hockey Game at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena (SDC, 24) , West Concourse. Cheer on some of your favorite former Michigan Tech Hockey players as they split up into two squads and play a game at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena. A group photo will be taken to commemorate the 100th Hockey Reunion.   No charge

9–10 p.m. Michigan Tech Hockey: 100 Years of Memories Book Signing with Bill Sproule ’70 – John MacInnes Student Ice Arena (SDC, 24), West Concourse. In December, Bill released his book “Michigan Tech Hockey, 100 Years of Memories”. You can purchase the book for $29.95 at University Images or online at Proceeds benefit the Michigan Tech hockey program. Bill will be available to sign books immediately following the game. The cash bar in the West Concourse closes at 9:30 p.m., and the book signing ends at 10 p.m.   No charge



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