May 10, 2004 (Vol. 11, No. 1)
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An award-winning weekly electronic newsletter for alumni and friends of Michigan Technological University. Written and distributed by Dean Woodbeck '78, Director of News and Information Services.
In this issue:
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY: Today marks the end of ten years of the TechAlum newsletter or, should I say, the beginning of the 11th year. The first issue appeared in May 1994, when e-mail was in its infancy, where everything was still text-based and we were talking about things like Gopher servers. We had 30 subscribers and we now hover at around 7,000.
The newsletter and your discussions have helped to spark many Web and e-mail services that we now take for granted, including a web-based e-mail directory, a jobs database and the TechJobNet newsletter, and the recently introduced alumni bulletin board. Thank you for your support and participation.
ON TO THE TALES
U-Hauls, pick-up trucks overloaded Okie-style with dressers and mattresses, restaurants filled to capacity and a steady stream of southbound weekend traffic on US-41. Must be commencement time at Michigan Tech.
At what other time can you see two or three gowned students strut into Taco Bell Saturday afternoon with parents and little brothers in tow? Or pass a robed student walking down Sharon Avenue, smiling and waving at everyone who gives a congratulatory honk of the horn?
Yes, mah brothers and sisters, last Saturday we had hundreds join us as alumni of this fine institution. They come from the land of senior projects and senior walk, final exams and final goodbyes, engaging presentations and engagement rings.
In a few years, they'll move from fighting computer cookies to selling Girl Scout cookies and trade their book bags for diaper bags. And they don't even know it yet.
It seems like just yesterday I was sitting in the ice arena, surreptitiously holding my future wife's hand during all the speechifying. (Only neither of us knew of this future stuff, since she was moving to Jackson, Michigan, and I was off to Richmond, Virginia. Not to mention the little fact that she had a boyfriend not named Dean.)
Who knew we'd someday be approaching 24 years of marriage--and that we'd spend most of them in Hancock? When I'm at commencement, I always look out at the sea of mortarboards (some with messages, like "Hi Mom," "Thanks Dad" and "Send Money") and wonder what their futures hold and hope that we at the university have again done our jobs to prepare them, not only for the intellectual challenges, but for the challenge of living life to its fullest.
BOARD: Remember the alumni bulletin board for you to use for discussions
related to this newsletter, Tech sports, or anything else. Current topics
include a discussion on book bags and the webcast/televising of hockey
games. Take a test drive at
At Da Tech
BUSINESS STUDENTS BEAT MARKET: Michigan Tech's Applied Portfolio Management Program (APMP) outperformed the market indexes by 10 percent--beating 95 percent of all public mutual funds last year. The APMP team's bond and equity portfolio returned 19.34 percent versus a 9.71 percent return on their benchmarks. See their year-end presentation.
Started in the Fall of 1998, the APMP annually selects students to manage a portfolio of real money over the next academic year. These students form an investment team, develop an investment philosophy and strategy, present their approach to a Board of Advisors, and finally implement the approved strategy in the financial markets.
WHAT'S NEXT? "BEAM
ME UP?": Michigan Tech students have developed a new plug-and-play
device that might someday do anything from track local weather to measure
the gas mileage on your car. Dubbed the TRIcorder for short in honor of
Star Trek's universal diagnostic tool, the Transportable Research Instrument
System has three parts: a Palm Pilot hand-held computer to process and
display data, a cube to gather that data, and special docking device that
electronically links the two other parts and lets them work together.
SHOWS DEFICIT: Michigan Tech will continue to cut spending and streamline
operations to reduce a projected $7.9 million general fund deficit for
the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2004 (fiscal year 2005). In a meeting
May 7, the university's Board of Control discussed a preliminary budget,
which will be revised over the next few weeks. Interim President Glenn
Mroz said his goal is to have a balanced general fund budget to present
to the board's finance committee in mid-June. More:
TECH TO HOLD TUITION
TO 2.3 PERCENT:
Michigan Tech's Board of Control voted to hold tuition increases in check
next year in an agreement with Governor Jennifer Granholm. The governor
has promised to restore 3 percent of universities' budgets (for Tech,
that is $1.5 million) if tuition increases are at or below the increase
in the Detroit consumer price index. In addition, Granholm has promised
not to cut appropriations during the upcoming fiscal year for public universities
that observe the tuition cap. More:
BOARD APPROVES DEGREE PROGRAMS: The Board of Control gave initial approval to several new degree programs: a BS in Wildlife Ecology and Management and Master of Forestry and Master of Science degrees in Forest Ecology and Management, Applied Ecology, and Forest Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology. The Department of Humanities has developed a BA degree in Communication and Culture Studies with three concentrations: contemporary culture, communication in human interactions and global contexts, and communication media.
The new degree programs
now go before the State Board of Academic Officers and must receive final
approval from the Board of Control before being adopted. More
on the board meeting.
RAISES MATCH: Michigan Tech's Hockey Enrichment Campaign, with a goal
of raising $3 million by August 2005, has successfully raised the funds
necessary to complete phase one of a matching challenge by an anonymous
donor. The anonymous donor's agreement calls for the hockey program to
have raised $400,000 by the end of April 2004. More than $420,000 was
raised. The second phase provides matching funds for up to $300,000 raised
between now and August 31. Provided that goal is met, the third and final
phase of the challenge provides matching funds for up to $200,000 raised
between September 1 and December 31. More:
BASH THE MEDIA?
NOT QUITE: A "Bash at the Big House" Media Tour begins today
at 10:30 am with a press conference in Houghton. The news conference will
be broadcast live on
Bash at the Big House will take place Saturday, November 6, 2004, with Michigan Tech hosting two-time defending national champion Grand Valley State in an NCAA Division II football game at Michigan Stadium. More info at BashAtTheBigHouse.com
TECH TRACKSTER TAKES HAMMER CROWN: Justin Blake became a GLIAC Champion as he won the hammer throw with a toss of 173-11 at the GLIAC Championships at Hillsdale last week. Justin Gillespie took second in the high jump and matched the school record with a leap up 6-8. For the women, Jess Miron jumped her personal best of 35-11.25 to take fourth place in the triple jump. Kendra Wolk placed seventh in the 10,000 meters in a time of 41:43.65.
NEW TECHNOLOGY DEAN
NAMED: Scott J. Amos, head of the Department of Industrial Management
at Southwest Missouri State University, has been named Michigan Technological
University's new dean of technology. His appointment is effective June
1. Amos will also serve as Michigan Tech's dean of distance learning. More:
FOR MORE INFORMATION from Tech, see the weekly newsletter
SHORT-TERM GAS SHORTAGE AT ROCK HARBOR: Isle Royale National Park officials say the fueling station at Rock Harbor will be closed until June 15, although stations at Windigo on the west side of the island remain open. Last year, the Park Service had to remove its barge from service after it failed a Coast Guard inspection.
By the way, seaplane service to Isle Royale is back-although the plane will depart from the Houghton County Airport instead of taking off and landing on Portage Lake. More: www.nps.gov/isro/pphtml/planyourvisit.html
COMMUNITIES LOOK TO FRESHEN UP: Seven Upper Peninsula communities will take part in a W.K. Kellogg Foundation project to enhance the appearance of key thoroughfares. Houghton will look at its M-26 corridor between WalMart and Sharon Avenue, Ontonagon will use the grant in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Transportation bridge and highway relocation project to create a more inviting feel to its downtown. Bruce Crossing will work in an area spanning one mile from the M-28/US-45 intersection, where they will try to maximize scenic views of the water and identify key land use areas.
ON COURT TV: A "Forensic Files" episode featuring the 1992
murder of Judy Blake Moilanen in Ontonagon will premiere June 9 at 9 p.m.
on Court TV.
From the E-mailbag
E-mail from Karen Henry '78 (Karen.S.Henry(at)erdc.usace.army.mil)
So, I just read your
story. Here's my (Tech Toot) take
E-mail from Rob Reynolds '84 (rob(at)t-right.com)
Saw the story about
the fire at the Gundlach building.
As always, I enjoy the weekly newsletter.
Dean sez: Herman Gundlach is alive and well in Houghton.
E-mail from JOWAY(at)aol.com
Dean, after enjoying
your newsletters for years I
Dean sez: That's why my wife told me to leave the photo out when she saw the proofs. "Keep 'em guessing," she said. But did I listen?
E-mail from Brent Lyons '85 (blyons(at)perceptron.com)
Thanks for the great
newsletter. Regarding your last
Dean sez: Tech's mountain bike trail map is at www.aux.mtu.edu/rec/ccski. Other area trail maps are at www.keweenawtrails.com
E-mail from Nancy Bach (n.oconbach(at)earthlink.net)
I had a great opportunity
to represent Tech at an
It was rewarding
to help these kids get more
E-mail from Mark Lienau (mlienau(at)netcsd.com)
Regarding your tales
of mountain biking and rites of
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