HOUGHTON - Alumni of Michigan Technological University will flock to campus next week for the 2012 Alumni Reunion, this year with a focus on women alum.
Erin Thompson, assistant director of Alumni Relations at Michigan Tech, said this year, the classes of 1962, 1972, 1982, 1987, 1992 and 2002 are the special reunion groups, as well as alumni of biological sciences, men's basketball and the mechanical engineering department.
"Also this year, we're celebrating the women of Michigan Tech," she said. "This is the first time we've ever done this."
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Alumni eat pasties at the Michigan Technological University Alumni Reunion in 2011. This year's reunion is set for Aug. 2 to Aug. 4.
All women graduates, attendees, Tech wives, staff and faculty will be celebrated at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 4 with the "Women of Tech Celebration" in the J. R. Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library. Thompson said all women are welcome to come and connect with other alumni, share stories and make new friendships.
"We're trying a lot of different cool things we haven't tried before," she said.
Among the additions to this year's reunion, are family events, such as laboratory experiments, engineering expos and demonstrations by the popular Mind Trekkers group. Mind Trekkers will take over the lawn near the Alumni House at 10 a.m. Aug. 4 and perform science projects for families.
"Community members are welcome to come," she said.
Thompson said she hopes many graduates bring their children to "start the tradition early." Not only is an interest in Michigan Tech sparked among the entire family, the family events give children activities to do.
"We want people to feel welcome here and there's certainly a lot for them to do here," she said.
The weekend's events also include a tour of the new Great Lakes Research Center along with several other guided tours around campus.
The reunion kicks off at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 2 with a welcome breakfast in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for children between ages 6 and 12 and children 5 years and younger are free. At 9:30, the guided tours will begin. Tours of the GLRC include talks from state and federal officials and will include an introduction by biological sciences professor Charles Kerfoot at 9 a.m., Marie Colton of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration at 9:20 a.m., Carl Richards of the Environmental Protection Agency at 9:50 a.m., Phyllis Green of Isle Royale National Park at 10:20 a.m., Russell Strach of the United States Geological Survey at 10:50 a.m., and a panel discussion with Michigan Department of Environmental Quality officials and industry representatives at 11:30 a.m., led by Robert Shuchman, director of the Michigan Tech Research Institute.
Also Aug. 2, there will be two "Tech Talks" in Fisher 139 beginning at 10 a.m. with "Below the Surface: Researching Great Lakes Fisheries" with Nancy Auer, professor in biological sciences and "Industrial Archaeology and Historical Mining Around the World," with professor of social sciences Patrick Martin.
In the afternoon, at 2, a dedication for the GLRC will be held followed by a pasty picnic at 4 p.m. on the Campus Green. The cost is $16 for adults, $7 for children ages 6 to 12 and free for children 5 and younger. Aug. 2 will round out with a sampling session at the Keweenaw Brewing Company downtown.
Aug. 3 will begin with a breakfast at 8:30 a.m. where President Glenn Mroz will give an update on where the university is and where it is headed at the All-Class Alumni Breakfast, in the Memorial Union Ballroom. The cost is $12 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 to 12 and free for children 5 and younger.
The reunion will include gatherings of the individual featured classes in the Keweenaw Commons in the Memorial Union Building and a family event at 10 a.m.
Aug. 2 will also include an open house at the Student Development Complex, open houses at many university departments, tours of campus, a family engineering event and Alumni Reunion Dinner at 5:30 p.m. in the MUB. The dinner will include a social and class photos at 6. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. with a program. Tickets are $30, $15 for children age 6 to 12 and free for children 5 and younger. Alumni can order class photos for $15.
The "Women of Tech Celebration" Aug. 4 will include a presentation of women over the years.
"It details how far women have come here," Thompson said. " We're starting in the early years where it was a lot more strict for women."
Also that day, events include a gold outing, canoe and kayak tours, presentations by Mind Trekkers, family beach picnic, tours including the Cliff Mine, guided Keweenaw Waterfall Tour and Cookout, open house at the Keweenaw Brewing Company and men's basketball alumni teams' Alumni Reunion game.