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I walked up to the elementary school this morning, with my school board hat on, to have breakfast with the teachers and staff. The school has a great view--you are looking out over the Portage to a high point near South Range.
With the sun (briefly) shining on the trees, a distinct yellow tint was visible. Not a change of color, but certainly a hint of what will soon come. In fact, my family members have pointed out this week that some trees have begun to change. That can mean only one thing.
Batten down the hatches. The TechAlum colorologist returns next week. In the past, he has spent summers at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, coloring their weather maps (you may have seen these on the Weather Channel. He spent this summer, though, visiting color highlights across the US: the Painted Desert, Yellowstone, the Red River valley, the Yellow Rose of Texas and the green green grass of home.
I'm sure he will tell you all about it as the color season cranks up over the next month. (If you'd like a blast from the past -- 1999 -- go here: http://www.mtu.edu/alumni/colorologist.htm
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At Da Tech
MROZ SAYS "FOCUS" IS KEY: Now more than ever is the time for Michigan Tech to focus on its strengths, President Glenn Mroz told an audience of faculty, staff and students Tuesday at his second campus forum. "Tough times are why you have a strategic plan," Mroz said, noting that in good times, organizations are more likely to deviate from their course and make decisions that they later regret. "This is the time to stick to our strategic and tactical plans," he said. "To really be great, you have to prioritize and do what you do best." More
McGREW APPOINTED TO LEAD TECH FUND: Trent "Shea" McGrew has been named vice president of the Michigan Tech Fund, Ross Roeder, president of the Tech Fund Board of Trustees, has announced. McGrew, vice president for university relations at Capital University, in Ohio, will assume his responsibilities at Michigan Tech Oct. 18. At Capital University, McGrew has been responsible for marketing, development, alumni relations, public relations, publications and more since joining the institution in 1998.
ECE SEEKS ADVISOR: The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has an opening for an academic advisor, with the primary responsibility of providing academic advising to undergraduate electrical and computer engineering majors. Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering, or a related field. See the complete job description.
BASHING PEP BAND ALUMNI: Michigan Tech's fine arts department invites pep band alumni to loosen up the lips for the Bash at the Big House on November 6. There will be an alumni pep band and an alumni pep band section at the stadium and official Alumni Pep Band shirts. You'll find all the details here.
BASH AT THE BIG HOUSE UPDATE: Michigan Tech and Grand Valley State, the teams matched up to battle in the Bash at the Big House on November 6, both opened their 2004 campaigns with victories over rivals last Saturday (Aug. 28). Michigan Tech dominated Northern Michigan, 45-6, to claim the Miner's Cup trophy in front of an Michigan Tech-record crowd of 4,332 at Sherman Field. Number one-ranked GVSU took care of business with a 24-6 victory at Ferris State to claim the Anchor Bone Trophy.
VOLLEYBASH ADDED: The Bash at the Big House has developed into an entire weekend of activity surrounding the football game. Michigan Tech is hosting a Michigan YES (Youth Engineering Science) Expo for high school students in Crisler Arena Saturday. The Michigan Tech basketball team is playing Michigan at Crisler Arena Sunday (Nov. 7) at 2 p.m. And, just last week, the volleyball teams at Michigan Tech and GVSU announced they are moving their Saturday, Nov. 6, match from GVSU's campus to Ann Arbor. "VolleyBash," as it has been termed, will be played at Pioneer High School following the football game at 5 p.m.
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RENTAL INSPECTION PROGRAM IN HIGH GEAR: Don O’Donnell is Houghton's new code enforcement officer, charged with inspecting all rental properties within the city limits for safety violations. The program was started in September 2003, with inspections begun in November. The city has an estimated 400 rental properties. City regulations require an inspection be done on every rental property. The code requires a fire extinguisher in the kitchen, a smoke alarm in each bedroom and one for each living area floor of a home, such as first- and second-floor hallways. One carbon monoxide detector for the house is also required.
From the E-mailbag
E-mail from Jim Rathbun '81 (jim.rathbun(at)accessbusinessgroup.com)
I'm trying to lead a movement (so far I am the only one) to change the floor name back to "Nads". It's Bastille now - I guess some changes are good...
E-mail from Nancy Bach '76 (n.oconbach(at)earthlink.net)
Our teenagers did a raid on the "kids' closet" when we visited my parents in Menominee recently. They came home with a stack of 45's (Beatles and Bee Gees) that they're trying to figure out how to play. The records may be obsolete, but the 30-year old Michigan Tech T- shirts they found are now being worn to Charlotte North Carolina schools. On the next visit we'll look for the bookbag and slide rule....
E-mail from Dave Glaser '98 (dsglaser(at)umich.edu)
I enjoy reading the TechAlum newsletter each week. Upon reading the excerpt entitled OUTER SPACE CAMP in the August 23rd issue, I noticed that the excerpt called the KC-135 the "Weightless Wonder" because when it dives you become essentially weightless for about 30 seconds at a time.
My father rode the plane once when he was in the Air Force (actually, it was an older version, but the name still sticks). At the time it was also (and still is) affectionately known as the 'Vomit Comet'.
E-mail from David Trestain (datrestain(at)comcast.net)
Weightless Wonder??!! I thought the more colloquial nickname involved the spontaneous release of bodily fluids!
E-mail from Tom Bushey (tbushey(at)esri.com)
That story about the Hancock woman taking the police station key ring made me think of the Andy Griffith Show and how Andy kept the keys to the jail cell hanging within reach of the cell. Does Hancock also have a local version of Otis Campbell letting himself into the cell to sleep it off?
E-mail from Larry Doyle '64 (larry.j.doyle(at)gm.com)
Good Morning Dean,
I can recommend another UP-theme mystery author. In the 25 volume series of "The Cat Who ...." books by Lilian Jackson Braun, Jim Qwilleran solves mysteries with the help of his two cats Koko and Yum Yum. The location is Pickax, in Moose County, 400 miles north of "Down Below", a thinly-disguised east-of-Marquette area. They are light and fun, particularly for cat- lovers. As with any series, it's best to start at the beginning, "The Cat Who Could Read Backwards."
E-mail from Jamie Holden (jtholden(at)sbcglobal.net)
The comments about "Anatomy of a Murder" really struck home. As you might know, that movie was actually filmed in Marquette, and the Marquette County Courthouse was actually used for the trial scenes. I had the opportunity to tour that facility in the summer of 1988, shortly after it had been restored, and to call it magnificent is almost a criminal understatement. I've had the privilege (or penance, depending on your point of view) of appearing in courts around the country, both state and federal, in small towns and big cities. I've also been in several state supreme courts, as well as various appellate venues. I've yet to see a courtroom that is more judicial, or more elegant, than the one in Marquette County. If you haven't done so, you should stop and visit on your next weekday trip to Menard's!
E-mail from Tom Winters (Thomas.Winters(at)pfizer.com)
As a Yooper and Tech alumnus having to endure living in the Ann Arbor area for 19 years so far, I have on several occasions, jealously read of the many contributions by UoM to our nation's space explorations. In the several articles written in the Ann Arbor News concerning the UoM aerospace program, I have never heard the NASA KC-135 referred to as the "Weightless Wonder". Usually the UoM students have dubbed it the "Vomit Comet" as has several TV programs on TLC and the Discovery Channel. Perhaps our Michigan Tech students have more intestinal fortitude. I am very happy to see that Michigan Tech is making such an important contribution to our space exploration effort.
On the topic of good novels and mystery stories about the U.P. One that I just recently finished reading is "The Sweater Letter" a True Crime story by Dave Distel with Lynn Distel. It's about a murder that took place during the firearm deer season in 1992 just outside Ontonagon. Much of the story also takes place from Marquette to Hancock as well. Here is a web site maintained by the authors: www.sweaterletter.com
E-mail from Robert Makolin (rink-rat(at)worldnet.att.net)
The Sweater Letter was written by Dave Distel with help from his wife Lynn. They're living in Ontonagan. We met them in a bar in Fond du Lac after a book signing in Milwaukee. Nice people. The book can be ordered by calling (877) 823-9235 or at www.iUniverse.com. Also, Dave's e-mail addy is davedistel(at)aol.com.
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14 -- Keweenaw Chapter presents "Guatemala's active volcanoes," a presentation by Gregg Bluth, associate professor of geology. Contact Mike Drewyor (482-0535)
9 -- Michigan Tech Homecoming vs. Wayne State
6 -- Bash at the Big House, football vs. Grand Valley at Michigan stadium (www.BashAtTheBigHouse.com)
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