May 24, 2004 (Vol. 11, No. 3)
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Note: Memorial Day is next Monday, so TechAlum will be mailed on Tuesday.
Let's hope the Weather Channel had its Storm Stories camera crews out in force over the weekend, what with tornadoes and floods across the Midwest and Great Lakes.
Here in the Keweenaw, it was just rain. And rain. And drizzle. And more rain. As I write this, it is 40 degrees and the forecast is for . . . rain. We live most of the way up Quincy Hill, so I don't worry about flooding. I figure if I'm in danger, we'd all better hope that Noah got the memo and that we're on the attached guest list.
You know, this week's Newsweek ran a cover story on the authors of the "Left Behind" series, the fictionalized account of the book of Revelations and Armageddon. The movie "The Day After Tomorrow" hits theaters this week. (The web site thedayaftertomorrow.com tells me "three days until tidal waves hit Manhattan" and forecasts a 28-degree high for Phoenix and a 50-foot base in Aspen.) I ask you: Can all of this be a coincidence? And are they grooming daily?
Whoa. As my son would say, "that was random." Back to reality. I still measure spring's progress by Tech's old quarter calendar (yeah, it is hard to teach an old Husky new tricks). Last Saturday would have been commencement, the time when leaves start to pop open (they have) and temperatures begin to climb (they haven't).
In fact, there is still a patch of snow on Mt. Ripley. I believe next year we should have some sort of contest--sort of like an office Super Bowl pool--to guess the date the last bit of snow leaves Mt. Ripley. I'll work on that.
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At Da Tech
FOOD FIGHT OR FIESTA?
New research on the wolves of Isle Royale may shed light on a mystery
that has long puzzled biologists: Why do some predators band together
to hunt? In his observations of wolves and ravens, John Vucetich, research
assistant professor of wildlife ecology, may have found the answer: Predators
that hunt in groups lose far less meat to scavengers. More:
TECH, SUDBURY SCHOOL
SIGN ACCORD: Michigan Tech has established ties to Cambrian College
in Sudbury, Ontario, signing agreements to allow qualified Cambrian students
to transfer to Tech. The first program agreement is in land surveying.
The schools signed the agreements via videoconference last week. More.
ANNOUNCED: This year's Distinguished Teaching Award winners are lecturer
Ann Humes, who teaches math in the School of Technology, and Terry Reynolds,
social sciences professor. Reynolds, who recently stepped down as department
chair to spend more time in the classroom, teaches Western civilization,
military history, the history of technology, and the general education
course World Cultures. More:
JOYCE TO LEAD WCHA:
Professor Pat Joyce (School of Business and Economics), Michigan Tech's
faculty representative for athletics, will serve as chair of the Western
Collegiate Hockey Association in 2004-05. Joyce will lead the executive
committee, a four-person group that also includes Tech's athletic director,
Rick Yeo. More:
VP NAMED TO FOREST
BOARD: Michigan Tech Vice President for Research David Reed has been appointed
to a three-year term on the Forestry Research Advisory Council of the
US Department of Agriculture. Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman made the
announcement. The FRAC membership consists of distinguished individuals
appointed to advise the Secretary of Agriculture concerning forestry research
administered and undertaken by the federal government.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
from Tech, see the weekly newsletter
BOARD WANTS TOWNSHIP RECORDS: In Torch Lake Township, out Bootjack way, the township supervisor must bring all township records currently stored at his home to the township office by June 1. Board members are particularly interested in tax and assessment records and filed a Freedom of Information Act request to see the records.
LAURIUM WANTS ITS
TRUCK BACK: In two weeks, Laurium Fire Department officials will head
downstate to try and buy their truck back. The department has been raising
funds to purchase its old steam fire engine at a June 5 auction in Tawas
City. The engine was originally purchased by the village in 1899 and was
used until 1930.
From the E-mailbag
Email from Kim Krulek (Kim.Krulek(at)colaik.com)
FYI ... Grand Rapids
is sporting a new billboard about
Email from Steve Madison '81 (SteveMadison1(at)aol.com)
Greetings Dean and
of PE Recipes on Google yielded a
Dean sez: I've
posted a note on the alumni bulletin board
Email from Robert Carnahan '53(partec(at)gorge.net)
Dean, I felt so sorry
for you this evening when I
Email from Shawn Murphy '99 (skmurphy01(at)earthlink.net)
As a religious reader,
keep up the good work! FYI: I
I know the pleasure
of mountain biking up there. I do
As for the mud, it
is the most damaging time to ride
Email from Norm Remington '61 (norm(at)copper.net)
Wonder if you would
include in the weekly newsletter
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Alumni Association Programs
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