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MTU Enrollment Slips Slightly; Board Honors Rekhi

Enrollment is down at Michigan Tech this year, but not as much as had been feared, given the challenges posed by COVID-19.

Vice President for University Relations and Enrollment John Lehman told the Board of Trustees this morning that total enrollment is off by 170 students, with the foreign student sector hardest hit…

“161 of those 170 students are international students, and most of those are incoming international students who found it problematic to get into the country.”

Lehman said the COVID challenges are far from over. Although Tech is one of a handful of universities still offering campus tours, the number of prospective students who take them is expected to drop significantly this year.

In opening remarks, board chair Brenda Ryan called for the university community to remain civil during a time of societal stress…

“What we ask of you as Huskies is to use your voices to educate others, shed light on important issues, to bring new ideas and perspectives to the conversation, to listen and learn, and to demonstrate the type of behavior you desire to receive from someone holding a different viewpoint.”

Both she and University President Rick Koubek thanked the MTU staff for extraordinary efforts to keep the university functioning during the pandemic.

The Board awarded the Melvin Calvin Medal of Distinction to alumnus Kanwal Rekhi.

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Jacqueline Huntoon listed some of Rekhi’s accomplishments…

“Rekhi founded Excelan, a pioneering computer networking company, and one of the first to commercially develop the TCP/IP protocol. Excelan merged with Novell, where Rekhi served as executive vice president, chief technology officer, and a member of the board of directors. He soon became a high-profile ‘super angel’ while co-founding and leading TIE into the largest global mentoring network for Indian entrepreneurs.”

Rekhi has maintained close ties with Tech over the years.

The Melvin Calvin Medal is the university’s highest honor.

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