One hundred years of snow statues, winter video games and the spirited Huskies who make
Michigan Technological University’s Winter Carnival spectacular is a lot of floor
to cowl. University historical past keepers are as much as the duty.
A particular Husky Bites presentation livestreamed at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24, options
Lindsay Hiltunen of the Michigan Tech Archives with a pictorial look again by way of the University’s most iconic occasion. MTU Wikipedian in Residence Cynthia Hodges may even be there to speak concerning the Winter
Carnival Wikipedia Edit-a-thon she’s organizing on the Van Pelt and Opie Library on
Saturday, Jan. 29. Students and alumni are invited to discover ways to appropriately analysis
and submit updates to Wikipedia entries, particularly specializing in Winter Carnival.
This 12 months’s Carnival takes place Feb. 9-12 with the theme of “Come One, Come All To Our 100th Carnival.”
Hiltunen’s Winter Carnival recollections start lengthy earlier than she turned Michigan Tech’s college
archivist. Raised within the Copper Country, she grew up wanting ahead to the occasion
yearly. “I remember when my Grandpa Dave was a statue judge,” says the alumna
and present doctoral pupil, noting how Winter Carnival continues to attach campus,
group and the Michigan Tech alumni who achieve this a lot to maintain the custom vibrant.
“Over the past 100 years, we Michigan Tech alums have had many traditions,” stated Hodges.
“I’m looking forward to learning how we’ve celebrated over the years.”
Lindsay Hiltunen: Winter Carnival—One Hundred Years
What are you doing for supper at 6 p.m. Monday evening? Grab a chunk with College of
Engineering Dean Janet Callahan and University Archivist Lindsay Hiltunen. Hiltunen is a Michigan Tech alumna and
present doctoral pupil with two grasp’s levels in library science and United States
historical past. She’s a trustee to the Historical Society of Michigan’s Board of Directors,
chair of the Society of American Archivists Oral History Section, and vice chairman
and president-elect of the Michigan Archival Association (she’ll turn out to be MAA president
in June 2022).
During Husky Bites, Hiltunen will share the historical past of Winter Carnival, considered one of Michigan Tech’s most beloved traditions throughout the many years, by way of wealthy
pictures of enjoyable and festivities by way of the Michigan Tech Archives — from queens to cookouts,
snow statues to snowballs, skating critiques to canine sled races and extra.
Joining in can be mechanical engineering alumna Cynthia Hodges, who serves as a Wikipedian in residence for Michigan Tech. To have fun the one centesimal
anniversary, Hodges is organizing a Winter Carnival Wikipedia edit-a-thon, and alumni
and college students are welcome to assist. Hodges can be a member of Michigan Tech’s Presidential
Council of Alumnae.
This 12 months’s Winter Carnival theme is “Come One, Come All To Our 100th Carnival.” Be certain to deliver your Winter Carnival inquiries to Husky Bites. Hiltunen and Hodges
stay up for the Q&A!
Q: Lindsay, how did you become involved in library science? What sparked your curiosity?
LH: I’ve had an curiosity in libraries and historical past since a younger age. My grandfather
was a historical past professor at Michigan Tech and the primary lay president at what’s now
Finlandia University. The sunroom at my grandparents’ home on Summit Street was my
favourite place; one wall of home windows and three partitions of historical past books from flooring to
ceiling. Anytime I used to be there to go to, I’d steal away to the sunroom and browse
and dream for hours. It wasn’t till I attended Michigan Tech as an undergrad and
obtained pupil employment within the archives (then on the third flooring of the library)
that I knew what an archivist did. I credit score my grandpa for the spark and former University
Archivist Erik Nordberg for exhibiting me the trail to library faculty.
My library profession totally started on the District of Columbia Public Library as a library
technician. I turned an archivist at Michigan Tech in 2014, and college archivist
in May 2016. As a facet be aware, I’m proud to say I’m now the steward of my Grandpa Dave’s
spectacular e book assortment.
Q: Hometown and household?
LH: I grew up in Tamarack City and graduated from Dollar Bay High School. My mother was
an avid artist and my dad is the previous director of a native social companies coordinating
company. I’ve two brothers and one sister; all however considered one of us are Huskies. (The one
who didn’t go to Michigan Tech has two husky canine as pets, in order that counts for one thing.)
We grew up enjoying each sport underneath the solar. Those sports activities we didn’t play, we had been
spectators of, took books and stats, or ran the clock. In the SDC ice rink and Dee
Stadium, I used to be a aggressive determine skater (ice dancing and synchronized skating)
and coach. Off-ice follow was simply nearly as good as a result of we bought to observe the MTU hockey
gamers follow, then attend video games with Dad and Grandpa. I even competed on the nationals
for Michigan Tech’s synchro skating workforce in 2001 (we positioned eighth in our nationwide
I’m additionally proud to notice that my husband of 17 years, Tom, is a Michigan Tech alum,
too. He graduated with a diploma in electrical engineering in 2005, and now works as
a major patent examiner for the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Q: What do you love to do in your spare time?
LH: My vinyl assortment has been a ardour since I used to be a teenager. I’ve over 5,000
LPs and I’m looking out for brand spanking new information on a regular basis. I like to learn for my Ph.D.
program and in addition for enjoyable, so 9 instances out of 10 there may be a e book inside an arm’s
attain. Painting and drawing deliver me a lot of peace.
As for sports activities, I’m nonetheless an avid hockey fan. I like to weblog and write about hockey,
and was not too long ago printed within the 2021 Legends journal, the official publication
of the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. And though I’m not on ice as a skater anymore,
I’m nonetheless concerned within the sport. I’m a fledgling trial decide, pursuing dance check
decide standing by way of U.S. Figure Skating.
I’ve three pets: A blue level Siamese cat, Little Nero, and two Weimaraners, Otto
and Frankenstein. Our house on Keweenaw Bay additionally has many resident critters, together with
Swift the fox who runs by nightly, a few bald eagles that troll the shoreline, and
many chickadees, finches, jays and cardinals at our backyard feeders. I contemplate them
Q: Cynthia, how did you become involved in engineering? What sparked your curiosity?
CH: I acquired a scholarship to attend Women In Engineering at Michigan Tech within the
summer season of 1981 once I was a junior in highschool. At that point, it was one of many
few packages of its variety to encourage girls to check engineering.
After graduating with my B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering, I started work at
Ford Motor Company as a product check engineer of their sturdiness engineering laboratory.
I spent a lot of my 32-year profession at Ford concerned in chassis engineering, designing
gas and steering methods, suspension, tires, wheels and brakes for a lot of Ford automobiles
Q: Family and hometown?
CH: My hometown is Warren, Michigan. My husband, Andrew Hodges, earned a B.S. in civil
engineering at Michigan Tech in 1989. My son, Edward, can be an alum — he earned
his B.S. in forestry in 2019. My daughter, Jane, is a graphic designer. We tried to
persuade her to go to Michigan Tech as properly, however there isn’t a Bachelor of Fine Arts
program. She went to Eastern Michigan University.
Q: What do you love to do in your spare time?
CH: I like to cook dinner, sew, learn and sing, and benefit from the outdoor within the Keweenaw — particularly
snowboarding, mountain biking and mountain climbing.
Q: How did you and Lindsay turn out to be mates?
CH: That is fascinating! We began out as Facebook mates, as a result of we’ve a lot
of mates in frequent. I solely met her in actual life not too long ago, however have admired her work
for a very long time. I actually like historical past and revel in visiting the Michigan Tech Archives
to analysis outdated recipes for my meals weblog, motherskitchen.blogspot.com.
And a few years in the past, Lindsay did a wonderful presentation concerning the historical past of girls
at Michigan Tech for the Presidential Council of Alumnae. So I’m glad to depend her
as a buddy and excited to work on tasks along with her, too. I’m organizing an effort
to enhance Wikipedia, serving as a Wikipedian in residence for MTU. To have fun the
one centesimal anniversary of Winter Carnival, we can be enhancing Michigan Tech Winter Carnival data on Wikipedia. Alumni and college students are welcome to assist. If you have an interest,
please contact me at [email protected].
Michigan Technological University is a public analysis college based in 1885 in Houghton, Michigan, and is house to greater than 7,000 college students from 55 nations all over the world. Consistently ranked among the many greatest universities within the nation for return on funding, the University affords greater than 125 undergraduate and graduate diploma packages in science and expertise, engineering, computing, forestry, enterprise and economics, well being professions, humanities, arithmetic, social sciences, and the humanities. The rural campus is located simply miles from Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, providing year-round alternatives for outside journey.