Michigan Technological University, 2005 Annual Report

Engineering, science and technology, and the business of technology remain the focus of the University. We recognize that success in this endeavor requires vital programs that contribute to the cultural development, social skills, and well-rounded education of our students.

Enriching Campus Life


Michigan Tech students pride themselves on
being able to be themselves—they are bright,
motivated, and adventurous.

Wadsworth Hall Renovation—The University completed a $30-million renovation of its largest residence hall, replacing the infrastructure and reconfiguring floors to provide lounges, private bathrooms, laundry facilities, and kitchenettes on every floor-making it feel more like home.

Living and Learning Communities—The Forest Resources and Environmental Science Learning Community joined First-year Experience, Computer Science Learning Community, Healthy Living House, International House, the Army ROTC Community, and the Research Scholars Community as the seventh option for students with similar interests to live and learn together.

Summer Reading Initiative—This successful new program exposes incoming students to college-level reading, inquiry, and discussion. In addition to preparing new students for life inside the classroom, the program creates social connections, providing students with common ground when they arrive for orientation.

Connecting with the Past—Annual Traditions

Parade of Nations—Eighty countries were represented at the Parade of Nations and International Food Festival, which featured the nationally-known Cass Tech Marching Band.

Homecoming—This year's hobo parade ended with a new tradition-a student rally and games at the Houghton Beach. The Huskies won the football game, supported by the cheers of 3,215 fans—the second-largest crowd in Sherman Field history.

Family Weekend—A record 1,265 participants registered for this annual celebration of campus life. Students and their families cheered for the Husky football team, enjoyed fall color cruises on the Portage Canal, and relished the adventurous spirit of Michigan Tech.

Cultivating Creativity

Great Events Series—The Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts brought inspiration to campus by featuring a host of national and international entertainment sensations, including the award-winning musical Miss Saigon and North America's finest brass quintet, The Empire Brass.

Ski Team

Strategic Plan: Be the residential campus that
provides a diverse community and enriching experiences
that develop the whole person.

Music and Fine Arts—One of the benefits of a school without a performance major is that everyone can get involved. This year, one thousand students participated in music and fine arts, including the Michigan Tech Dance Company, the Husky Pep Band, and the Troupe theatre group.

Student Organizations—The number of diverse student-led organizations active on campus reached two hundred this year, giving students many opportunities to develop their communication, problem-solving, financial management, and leadership skills.

Promoting Fitness

Intramural Sports—Over 70 percent of students participated in intramural sports. The University offers more than thirty team and individual sports and another twenty-five club sports-including a rowing club that brought home gold in 2005.

Downhill Skiing—The 2004-05 season saw a record number of visits to Michigan Tech's Mont Ripley. Thanks to new snowmaking equipment, students can count on a minimum of one hundred skiing days each winter.

Helping Others

Make a Difference Day—USA Weekend recognized Michigan Tech's participation in Make a Difference Day, a national day of community service. Staff, faculty, and students worked together on projects throughout the community.

Safehouse—Residence hall students opened their doors and hearts to welcome five hundred community members for safe trick-or-treating. This was the seventeenth year that students have collaborated to provide a safe Halloween celebration to the community.

Michigan Tech Huskies

Football—Michigan Tech's Division II football team took an unbeaten record into the last game of the 2004 season, the "Bash at the Big House." More than 50,000 fans watched Tech and Grand Valley square off at Michigan Stadium, with trips to the NCAA playoffs on the line. Tech lost the game, but finished the season 9-1, took the conference title, and hosted its first-ever regional playoff game. For player Joe Berger, the season led up to a spot in the NFL. The 2005 alumnus is now playing for the Miami Dolphins.

HockeyHockey—For the second year in a row, a Michigan Tech player finished first in the fan balloting for the Hobey Baker Award. Chris Conner in 2004 and Colin Murphy in 2005 were both finalists for college hockey's top individual honor.

Men's Basketball—For the second year in a row, Josh Buettner was named an NCAA All-American in Division II men's basketball. He was the conference player of the year for two years running.

Women's Basketball—Michigan Tech qualified for a record fifteenth consecutive Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference post-season tournament appearance. The Huskies' Sarah Stream was named GLIAC freshman of the year. The Huskies also made their eleventh NCAA tournament appearance in fifteen years.

Nordic Skiing—For the second year in a row, a Michigan Tech women's Nordic skier earned a berth in the NCAA Championships-Toni McKnight in 2004 and Kristina Owen in 2005. Owen became Tech's first-ever Nordic skiing All-American by finishing seventh in the nation in the classic event. She also placed twelfth in the freestyle race.

Volleyball—Two Tech volleyball players earned all-GLIAC honors, with Julie Motz on the first team and Becca Kaukola-Subert on the second team. The Huskies made the postseason GLIAC tournament for the tenth consecutive season.

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