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May 17, 2004 (Vol. 11, No. 2)

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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:

  • Husky Tales
  • At da Tech
  • Around Town
  • From the E-mailbag
  • E-mail Updates/Welcome to new subscribers
  • Alumni Chapter Events
  • Job Opportunities
  • Electronic Services for Alumni

Husqi Tales

My wife was out of town for a few days earlier this month. This happens so infrequently that it becomes quite an event for those of us left behind. I call it Mom Appreciation Week.

Since Dad is a much easier mark than Mom, certain members of the family view this as a time for pizza delivery, trips to Blockbuster and Pop Tarts for breakfast. Given what they see of Dad's cooking skills -- well, not so much skills as lack of planning -- visits to local area eating establishments also figure into their game plan.

Sadly, they are not far off in their expectations. They know that accompanying me to the supermarket will result in food items (or reasonable facsimiles) that she wouldn't even bring up to Mom.

Saturday morning chores? As long as they are done, say, minutes before Mom's plane touches down, that will slide with Dad.

It is a good thing these trips are infrequent, because they are also expensive. We're not only paying the costs of the traveler, but the pizza and Chinese food costs for those on the home front. Some people tell me such behavior would end if I encountered this circumstance more often. My wife would respond, "wishful thinking."

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At Da Tech

TECH TEAM QUALIFIES FOR "CHALLENGE X:" Michigan Tech is one of a handful of U.S. and Canadian universities selected to take part in the latest advanced vehicle technology competition, Challenge X. Teams from 17 schools, chosen from more than 100 applicants, will explore vehicle solutions that minimize energy consumption and reduce emissions while maintaining the vehicle's utility and consumer appeal. Challenge X replaces FutureTruck. The University of Michigan is the only other participant from the state. More:

NANOSCIENCE CENTER SUPPORTS PHYSICIST: Nanoscience research lead by Assistant Professor Yoke Khin Yap (Physics) has been selected as a project in the new Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences ( that is currently under construction at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Yap's research theme is "Controlling Nanostructures of CVD-Multiwall Carbon Nanotubes" and is the only project selected from Michigan. More:

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TECH FUND YEAR-END REMINDER: The end of the Michigan Tech Fund's fiscal year (June) is rapidly approaching. If you plan to make a gift to the Michigan Tech Fund, please consider doing so before that time. Credit card gifts can be phoned in or made through the web site (

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Around Town

CHARGES NOT FILED IN WOLF DEATH: A Tapiola man who mistakenly shot and killed a wolf outside his home on May 8 will not face criminal charges. The man said he saw what he believed to be two coyotes chasing his cow, which was in a fenced enclosure. After attempting unsuccessfully to chase the animals away, he retrieved his rifle from his house and shot one of the animals, which turned out to be a collared wolf. He then contacted the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

KBIC MULLS CASINO GROWTH: Casinos operating in the metropolitan Detroit area hauled in as much money in three months as the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community’s casinos did in nine years. That's why some KBIC council members would like to build a casino in Wayne County and are looking to an 1854 treaty involving land eventually ceded to the Soo Locks as a basis.

VOTERS MAY DECIDE 911 DISPATCH: the Houghton County Board of Commissioners may approve a ballot issue to allow voters to determine the future of the 911 dispatch service. Some are advocating closing the Laurium-based 911 center and move the dispatch to the State Police center in Neguanee, which would save considerable money.

HUMANE SOCIETY CLOSING IN ON GOAL: The Copper Country Humane Society has raised about $350,000 toward a $400,000 goal to build a new animal shelter. Ron Helman, retired vice president for advancement at Tech, is heading the drive and hopes to complete the funding this summer.

HOUGHTON COUNCIL DEBATES PAY HIKE: The Houghton City Council is considering a plan that would increase the stipend paid to council members by about 75 percent. The proposal would pay the mayor $100 per meeting and council members $70. Currently, council members receive $40 per meeting while the mayor receives $60. Council members pointed out that stipends haven’t increased in 18 years.

EAST HOUGHTON RESIDENTS SPEAK OUT: Houghton residents living on and near Garnet Street attended last week's council meeting to speak out on issues including speeding, vandalism and violations of the city rules. Residents say cars use Garnet as a downhill raceway and that rental property owners have allowed their properties to decay.

From the E-mailbag

E-mail from Don Beyer '76 (dgb(at)

Wal-Mart, Taco Bell? I guess I am going to have to get
up there. Soon we will read there is a Best Buy, Home-
Depot, Lowe's. I think the only fast food when I was
there was Togo's and maybe a fly by night burger joint
at the apex? No more trips to Marquette to get a
Quarter Pounder. Other changes, enjoyed reading about
your Mt. biking experiences, I don't think Mt. Bikes
were invented in the 70's yet either. I am enjoying
mine now and think of the trails up there, pumping up
the streets, at least the brakes work now.

TechAlum Subscriber Stats

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using the word "at" instead of the at sign to guard against spambots.

1956 Roger Mattson rajurm(at)

1973 Kenneth Berta kberta(at)
1980 James Fuller jfuller(at)
1982 Brian Hoag bhoag(at)
1986 Frank Pucci fpucci(at)

1992 Patricia Meintz psmeintz(at)
1992 Bruce Brumm bdbrumm(at)
1992 Michael Bailey granite_mike(at)
1993 Samuel DiVergilio boch.divergilio(at)
1993 Brian Boals boals(at)
1996 Rahmon Gharajanloo rahmong(at)
1997 Nay Aung nh_aung(at)
1998 Matthew Prater prater(at)
1999 Douglas Brubaker dbruba01(at)
1999 Ross Hubbard hubbs76(at)
1999 Susan Money sweycker(at)

2000 Jeffrey Wilke jeff(at)
2000 Jilaine Berquist (Bolek) jmbolek(at)
2002 Ranee Meier ranee.meier(at)
2002 Melissa Powers (Hollopeter) mehollop(at)
2002 Gail Hansen gahansen(at)

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Alumni Association Programs

CHAPTER EVENTS: For more information on alumni chapter events,
e-mail mtu_alumni at or see the alumni chapter site on the web.


26 -- Green Bay Chapter Golf Outing-Mid-Vallee.
Contact Suzanne Berkovitz (sberkovitz(at)
by May 21.


5 -- West Michigan Chapter Golf Outing, Saskatoon Golf
Club, Alto. Contact Robin Vincek (rvincek4(at)
By May 28.

12 -- Detroit Chapter Golf Outing, Fox Creek, Livonia
Contact Jerry Philo (jkphilo(at) by May 21.

31 -- West Michigan Chapter -- Whitecaps Baseball Outing
and BBQ Picnic, Fifth Third Park

5 -7 -- Alumni Reunion--Houghton

Job Opportunities This Week

ON CAMPUS: Complete job descriptions for these positions are available by e-mailing jobs at

  • Research Scientist--School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science
  • Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs, Enrollment and Marketing Services--Enrollment and Marketing Services

OFF CAMPUS: For complete descriptions, jump to our jobs web site.

  • Manufacturing Operations Director
  • Engineer--entry-level
  • Scientist--entry-level
  • Civil Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer

See you next week

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