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Women of Michigan Tech

women's firsts at MTU
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Nora Heikkinen

on 15 November 2013

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are the first women to enroll at Michigan Tech
1889
Mrs. Frances Hannah Scott
1893
Margaret McElhinney
Mary Bunce
&
superintendent of
Houghton Schools
history teacher for Houghton Schools
First female professional staff member
Worked as a librarian and registrar, among other positions during the Wadsworth years
Scott stayed at the school until her death in 1924
1930
Margaret Holley Chapman
1933
First woman to complete a degree program
BS in General Science
BS in Chemistry (1934)
later was a graduate student in General Science

First female trustee of the Michigan Tech Development Fund
helped to establish the Margaret H. Chapman Endowed Scholarship
1936
&
Eileen G. Driscoll
Eunice R. Jackson
First women doing graduate work in Chemistry
Ilmi Watia
1938
Mary Hale
First woman to earn a civil engineering degree
Receives a key as the second ranking student overall
1940's
Dress Codes
The Sunday noon meal is more formal. The dress is Sunday best and residents must wear nylons but heels are optional."
1940
First
sorority:
Theta Chi Epsilon:
1950 reactivated
1960-66 inactive
1967 reactivated
1942
Michigan Tech changes its policy of discouraging women from enrolling in technical courses due to the national need for more technicians for industry.
Alice Runge
Chemical Engineering senior
made an honorary member of Tau Beta Pi, the honorary engineering fraternity
In response to WWII, the Michigan College of Technology war training programs for women serves needs training women to replace the men.
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43
Margaret Waters (Perlich)
1944
First known female editor of the Lode
Lina Tormen
1949
Esther Seaman
of Ecuador, B.S. in Chem Eng
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering
B.S. in Mathematics
Graduates of
"for any of the gals who want to splash in the pool or indulge in any sporting events."
"definitely off limits to men when the girls are working out!"
Michigan Tech publishes pamphlet entitled "Careers for Women in Science and Engineering" in an effort to recruit more female students.
1952
Gail
1953
second female editor of the Lode
1958
Phi Lambda Beta Sorority established with 27 initiated
1979: becomes Alpha Gamma Delta
First female forestry graduate
Dr. Ella Lucille Wood
1959
Tech's first female faculty member
retires after 32 years
1927: serves as an Assistant Professor 5 years before women were allowed to pursue degrees
1928: Associate Professor
1935: full Professor
1937: head of geography and languages
Organized a department
Founded a sorority
Served as advisor to foreign students and International Club for 25 years
First Dean of Women/First woman titled Dean
Advisor to female students
Dr. Ella Lucille Wood
Dr. Ella Lucille Wood
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60
Women to men ratio is 1:22
Women comprise 4% of the student body
1960
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forms and is a member of the Intercollegiate Association of Women Students, the only national women's student government group in the United States
Associated Women Students (AWS)
1962
Jilann Brunett
1963
America's top collegiate coed rifle shooter
Total of 17 national titles
Won the National Women's Position Rifle Championship in '58, '59, '60, '61
Selected for membership in all-male Varsity Club
Optional curfew hours granted for female students in the residence halls
1963
Susan Cross Yonker
1963
First female to earn a B.S. in Biological Sciences
Faculty Women's Club established
1964
Two women's
service groups for ROTC:
1966
Silver Stars for the Army
Curfews further relaxed
1966
Key privileges are allowed for females, 21 years or older and in good academic standing, granting them 24-hour access to residence halls (up to 35 times a quarter).
1967
The Copper Scroll honors junior women for outstanding scholarship and leadership
The Copper Scroll honorary society for women is chartered.
A new residence option for women is established.
1967
Residential Counselor Mrs. Cade forms an Honor House to offer better study conditions for outstanding female students.
Dr. Switlana Winnikow
1967
area director of the Energy Thermo-Fluids group in Mechanical Engineering- Engineering Mechanics
First female in the College of Engineering to hold the rank of Professor ('67-'81)
99% of her estate established an endowed scholarship to a graduate student pursuing the study of thermo-fluid mechanics
Sigma Phi Sigma honorary society for female students is chartered
1968
Mrs. Gene Saari
mother of Don Saari '62, is the first mother of an alumnus/a to receive a degree when she is awarded a B.S. in Business Administration
Female student enrollment increases to the point that Tech is finally considered co-educational.
1968
Of the 4,493 students enrolled, 386 are women.
Virginia (Doane) Hockings
1968
First female president of the University Senate
served in 1968-69 and 1973-74
Research Mineralogist
also served on the MTUAA Board of Directors from 1980-86
1942
1949
First woman to fire on a Varsity rifle team in the world
consists of undergraduate and graduate student wives
the first Tech Twosomes!
1953
Claudette
Simons Spiroff
1958
Women aren't allowed to take specific courses.
Student enrollment increases
4% to 4,668,
with 447 female
1969
Kate Newell
First female class president
June Lukonich '65
1969
First woman elected as President of a Michigan Tech Alumni Chapter (Lansing)
Susan Kay Foss
First female to earn a master's degree in Mechanical Engineering
1969
Dr. Martha Sloan
First female faculty member in Electrical and Computer Engineering (then EE) and the second in the College of Engineering
First Tech professor (of either gender) to become a Fellow of IEEE and of ACM
Women now have the same living privileges as undergraduate men
1970
Women now may live off campus without parent's permission after the 2-year residency requirement is met.
Two local sororities are active:
1970
Phi Lambda Beta
Theta Chi Epsilon
Associated Women Students is the primary women's organization on campus
1970
Copper Scroll and Sigma Phi Sigma are the two women's honoraria at Michigan Tech
Martha
Head of the Alumni Records, which she established in 1945
Elected an honorary member of the alumni association
Margaret Chapman
1971
First woman to serve on the board of trustees of the Michigan Tech Development Fund
Was first alumna in 1933/34
&
1972
Mary Repar
Janet Neff
First two women to join Tech's Air Force ROTC cadre
of Flint,
civil engineering
of West Branch,
applied physics
1972
2011: 45% of women enrolled at Michigan Tech attended SYP
Summer Youth Program starts
Women in Engineering (WIE)
Douglass Houghton Hall
1973
Crossroads becomes first DHH floor to "go female" with 50 female residents
goes co-ed
Paula (Kauppi) Seiter
1973
Tech's first alumna to earn her CPA designation
'70
First advisory committee dedicated to encouraging women in engineering was established
1974
First women Nordic skiing and Alpine skiing varsity teams were formed
Title IX ensures equal opportunity for female athletic participation
1975
Women's varsity basketball, volleyball, and tennis are added to Husky Athletics
is added to part of the School of Technology
1975
brought from
The Sisters of St. Joseph's
in total, graduates
318 students
Cheryl A. DePuydt
1975
First coach of women's sports: volleyball and basketball
1975
First national sorority established
1975
Delta Zeta
since 1970:
1976
women have gone through the Summer Youth Program
of those eligible for college have elected to take up engineering
Tech's female enrollment has grown from ('70-'75)
The Michigan Tech student section of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) was granted a charter
1976
Nancy Scofield
1977
First women awarded a PhD in Geology
24-hour
1977
the Board of Controls approves a trial plan in the residence halls
women's vs. men's freedoms in the residence halls had been debated since the early '70s
Ann Pratt
1977
First woman to serve on the Board of Controls (1977-1984)
Became Chair of the Board in 1982
Beth Ann Hiatt
1977
First engineering student to be chosen as Winter Carnival Queen
"White World of Sport"
Cindy (Coon) Wageman
1978
First woman to graduate in mining engineering from Michigan Tech
1998: inducted into the Presidential Council of Alumnae in 1998
Brenda Jones
1979
worked in the mining industry for her entire career; operates a coal mine in WY
First African American woman and Michigan Tech alumna to join the Board of Control
served as Vice Chair and Chair (1984)
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First female ranked faculty member was hired in geography, political science, and history
1935: full professor
1937: head of geography & languages
Dr. Ella Wood
February
The Sherman Gym opens with rigid schedule:
Monday nights are reserved for
coeds, staff wives, and veterans' wives.
Women from downstate are bussed in for the Winter Carnival Sno-Ball
The Copper Scroll
Margaret with son and husband
Nursing
First female to receive an honorary degree
Norma
1949
Carnival
Winter
1984 WIE
Martha Barrett
1979
First female to hold the rank of corps commander of the Army ROTC
Only female member of Tech's Army ROTC Orienteering team
won top honors at the US Intercollegiate Orienteering championships in St.Louis in 1978
invited to compete on US Orienteering team
Finished second at Army ROTC Fort Wiley summer camp (out of 2,700)
Professor
1979
Mathematical and Computer Sciences
becomes head of the Faculty Association
Virginia L. Doane
1980
Heidi Howlett
First alumnae elected to the Association's Board of Managers
&
Second Lt. Kelly L. Vadnais
1980
First woman from Tech's Air Force ROTC program to earn her wings as a pilot
Two new sororities are established:
1980
Alpha Delta Alpha
Alpha Sigma Tau
Ann Pratt
19
82
First woman to serve as Chairperson of the Board of Control
Dr. Grace Swartz
1982
Chemistry
First female faculty member to receive the distinguished teaching award
Sheryl Marlor
1983
First student to participate in a new graduate student exchange program
Engineering Mechanics
spent a year in Germany as the
1982
Dr. Linda Belote
1984
Second female Dean of the university:
Dean of Students
Olive M. Cornish Kimball
1984
First female Board of Control Silver Medal recipient
Jilann O. Brunett
First woman to be inducted
4-year letter winner on rifle team
17 national records
Elzbieta G. Berak
1985
First woman to earn a PhD in
Mechanical Engineering- Engineering Mechanics
The Tech Women's Network was established for faculty and staff
1987
Women's basketball breaks former record with a 16-11 season
1990
Professional Women's Group Family Issues Task Force meets regularly
Women's basketball team
1991
University's first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) championship in any sport
won 1990-91 conference title
also made it to the 1992 & 1993 NCAA Division II tournaments
1992
1900
1930
1940
1950
1960
1970
1980
1990
2000
2010
Senior Carie Pejka
leads the women's basketball team to the NCAA Division II tournament for the second year in a row
The Women's Hockey Club
1993
Dr. Martha Sloan
1993
was established to unite common interest and provide opportunities to play and coach on an intercollegiate level
The women's mining team
took first place at the Intercollegiate Mining Competition
Electrical Engineering professor
First female president of the IEEE Computer Society governing board
The Study of the Climate for
1993
was created by the Presidential Commission for Women and headed by President Curt Tompkins
Women at MTU
Women's Huskies basketball team
1994
Dawn Zarling
1995
First Tech cager selected as GLIAC "Player of the Year"
Season record: 23-6
Played final game in 2nd round of NCAA Tournament
Julie Fream
1996
First alumnae is elected as president of the Michigan Tech Alumni Association
Michigan Technological University
1996
Presidential Council of Alumnae (PCA)
established with 17 inaugural members, recognized for their achievements in areas such as education, professional achievements, past service, University support, and personal achievements
Margarita Ford
1996
First Hispanic PhD graduate
in Rhetoric and Technical Communication
Suzanne Jurva
1997
Scientific and Technical Communication '82
1998
Presidential Council of Alumnae (PCA) Women of Promise
1999
program is established to recognize leading female students
First Women's Week held
continued annually until 2009
Monique Simmons
First African-American Winter Carnival Queen
also chosen as "Miss Congeniality" and "Audience's Choice"
Ellen Horsch
2004
First female (and alumna) appointed Vice President of Administration at Tech
'78
'93 and '06
First woman (and alumna) to hold the athletic director position at Michigan Tech
Katerina
2005
youngest person ever to earn a PhD in the Netherlands
'01
Michigan Tech tops the state for women in athletics with the highest proportion of women participating in athletics of any public college or university in Michigan, compared the the number of women in the student body as a whole.
2007
Chris Anderson
2007
becomes special assistant to the President for diversity
"A dress or skirt-blouse-sweater combination are worn to weekday meals.
Virginia Stuckey
Lady Huskies basketball team wins the NCAA Midwest Regional Championship and goes on to the finals
2009
Team ranks 4th in the nation for the highest team grade point average
Women's Varsity Soccer is added
2010
Michelle Jacob is the coach
Women's Basketball team
achieves 31 wins, best in school history
takes GLIAC tournament
crowned Division II Midwest Regional Champions
20%
2010
12%
26.4
28.5
of incoming freshmen attended Summer Youth Programs
attended Women in Engineering
average ACT scores of incoming freshmen
WIE alumni ACT score average
Women at Michigan Tech Scholarship
2011
established to support the strategic initiative to attract more women to Michigan Tech
No limiting criteria and only one purpose: to support women attending Michigan Tech
2011
Eddy
First issue is printed by student editors
Technobabe Times
technological-oriented publication with a feminist theme
brings film The Peacemaker, starring George Clooney and Nicole Kidman, to the Copper Country Mall theater for world premiere; over 400 attend
2011 Women of Promise
1971
Dr. Ella Wood
1952
Rita Suttles
19
60
First African-American woman nominated for Homecoming Queen
First African-American Winter Carnival Queen
Danni Croom
'54
'60
'80
Gloria Melton
2004
First female African-American Dean of Students
Served until August 2011
Suzanne Jurva
Angel Flight for the Air Force
shipped more than 100 cookies and other baked goods to a Tech ROTC detachment Captain deployed in Vietnam
1985
Michigan Tech Varsity Club Hall of Fame is established
Brown
National runner-up in Division II
GLIAC season and tournament titles
20th on Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll Award for the Women's Basketball Coaches Association
Cumulative GPA: 3.459
All this with no returning starters and a new coach: Coach Kim Cameron
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference season and tournament titles
20th on Women's Basketball Coaches Association Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll Award
cumulative GPA of 3.459
Phyllis Boutiller
at Michigan Technological University
Women
-Michigan Tech Alumni Magazine
Aifantis
2005
Suzanne Sanregret
2001
Tech Wives Club
Pace
Women's basketball team
visitation program
'54/'55
Geology Trip
Women weren't allowed to take the Mine Surveying class because miners believed it was unlucky to have them in the mine.

Physical Education courses weren't seen as a necessary part of women's education.
First female to captain a Tech Athletic team
600
56%
36 to 201
employee of Stephen Spielberg's Dreamworks movie company
Nursing
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