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:
The Coast Guard should have had small craft warnings out on Portage Lake yesterday. Ok, maybe it wasn't *that* bad, but those riding on the tube behind the boat requested that I keep them inside the wake, which is unusual.
I'm told the water was cold, too (no nice warm layer on the top when it is so roiled up), so the tube trips didn't last long.
We did take a ride down the lake to the bridge, where we ran into (well, not literally) about 50 boats from the Professional Walleye Tournament that was just ending. All the walleyers were waiting in line to reunite boats with trailers. As we slowly passed by, one of my passengers kept asking, "Hey, did you catch any fish?" He didn't get any responses. Of course, another passenger had just unleashed an air horn as we passed under the bridge.
What is it that makes boating so romantic--so free? The wind blowing through your hair (after your hat flew into the water)? The lack of any formal traffic lanes (other than having to dodge those navigation buoys)? The feeling of total relaxation (with an engine so loud, you can barely hear the person next to you)?
Whatever it is, it will soon be gone for another season. By mid-September, any day appropriate for boating is certainly a bonus day for the season.
TechAlum COLOROLOGIST: The colorologist watched the Emmy Awards show last night, still seething over being passed over for a nomination. He was lobbying for a Best Guest Star on a Weather Program nomination after a series of appearances on the Weather Channel's Storm Stories. "Hey," he said, "that Jim Cantore is a stud, but I'm the brains behind those programs."
Meanwhile, the colorologist reports very little change in Keweenaw color coverage this week. He cites the warmer weather in the past week as arresting color development. "Oooo, don't even mention Arrested Development," said the Emmy-hating curmudgeon. He places color at 8 percent.
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At Da Tech
WADS RENOVATION JUST-IN-TIME: The day the students left last spring, crews began gutting the 50-year-old kitchen in Wadsworth Hall. And the day before they came back this fall, the health inspector signed the OK that signaled the start of cooking season. This brand-new, finished-just-in-time dining room may be the flagship of Wads' ongoing $31-million renovation. More:
MATH PROF STUDIES
FUTURES MARKET: Semantics are important to Igor Kliakhandler. "The
word 'predict' is not a good word," he says, choosing his own words
with care. "It's a reasonable system of betting." Kliakhandler,
an associate professor of mathematical sciences, has developed sophisticated
algorithms to study, not predict, the futures market. He uses the information
to bet, or, in the parlance of money managers, to speculate. More:
THOUSANDS OF ITEMS: William O. "Bill" Shelton is donating
an extraordinary collection of thousands of mineral specimens to the Seaman
Mineral Museum. Shelton's gift includes more than 350 types of minerals,
one-of-a-kind rarities and display-grade pieces from classic mineral-collecting
sites in the former Soviet Union, as well as reference materials. In addition,
a portion of Shelton's estate will be donated to help the museum acquire
more specimens. More:
FACULTY TO VOTE ON UNION: Faculty members at Michigan Tech will vote September 28-29 on whether to unionize. Tenured and tenure-track faculty will vote on representation by the American Association of University Professors.
BASH AT THE BIG HOUSE UPDATE: The two adversaries in the Bash at the Big House, Michigan Tech and Grand Valley State, are both undefeated. The November 6 game set for Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor is less than seven weeks away, when the schools will attempt to break the NCAA Division II attendance record of 61,143.
The Bash will be the regular season finale for both schools. The game will no doubt have implications for the NCAA II playoffs, which has expanded from 16 to 24 teams this year. Fans are encouraged to go to www.BashattheBigHouse.com for tickets and more information.
Michigan Tech is
also hosting the Michigan YES (Youth Engineering Science) Expo for high
school students in Crisler Arena that Saturday. For information on the
Expo, and how you can help, see www.mtu.edu/yes.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
from Tech, see the weekly newsletter
MOTEL/RESTAURANT TAKE SHAPE IN TWIN LAKES: The Parkview Lodge and Grill is taking shape on M-26 in Twin Lakes. The owners say the next closest full-service restaurant is a half-hour away in Houghton. The Parkview will feature 16 motel rooms, a 16-foot by 30-foot pool, spa and sauna, with a rustic stone fireplace in the lobby and a comfortable "lodge" feel. The owners plan a sports theme for the bar.
GOLF COURSE SITE PLAN COMPLETE: the Houghton County Board of Commissioners got a preview of a new 18-hole links-style golf course planned for Lake Linden. The course would be set on 200 acres of stamp sands adjacent to Torch Lake in Lake Linden. The area was an EPA Superfund site, remediated in 1988 by covering the stamp sands with six inches of top soil and native grasses. The EPA removed the Superfund designation two years ago.
HANCOCK CENTER OPENS: The Quincy Center, a strip mall on US-41 near Pat's IGA and White Street, has opened, with a video store as the first business. A Moyle Development spokesman said two food service businesses will open soon and that he expects half the spaces to be occupied by the end of the year.
From the E-mailbag
E-mail from Erik Nordberg, Michigan Tech archivist (copper(at)mtu.edu)
I'm working on a
short article for the Michigan Tech
E-mail from Doug Jost (James.D.Jost(at)jci.com)
A while ago (maybe
last year?) in one of your
Dean sez: I don't recall this at all. Anyone?
E-mail from Mike Albrecht (mike(at)albrechts.com)
Dean said: "At
one point, a bank of fog (you know like
Geez Dean? A FLOCK
of cows?!?!? I would have thought
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6 -- Bash at the Big House, football vs. Grand Valley at Michigan stadium (www.BashAtTheBigHouse.com)
Job Opportunities This Week
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