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:
We had our first bit-o-snow in the wee hours this morning and temperatures bottomed out at 33F about 8 am. Neighborhood roofs boasted a thin coating of white stuff at sunrise. Anyone coming up for Career Day (which is Wednesday) needn't fret--after today's high in the mid-40s, temps are expected to rebound to the 60s the rest of the week.
We've seen road rage and Highly Ineffective Habits of Freeway Drivers invade the area the last couple of weeks, as MDOT completes a rebuilding of the southern approach to the lift bridge.
Lane closures have brought out the worst in some drivers. Most take the sensible and polite approach of forming one lane of traffic well ahead of the barriers. You will remember, after all, that this is a place where drivers with the right-of-way will stop and wave you through the intersection. Confusing, sometimes, but heart-warming nonetheless.
But there are always a few--and you know who you are--that use the disappearing lane to race past the line, then flip on the turn signal and play the popular game, "I'm merging whether there is room or not." Locals, of course, blame the students. If that is the case, Michigan Tech has a lot more non-traditional students than I thought.
So far, I haven't seen any fender benders, although I did see traffic piling up behind a truck pulling half of a manufactured home. From my bicycle seat vantage point, it appeared that the roof peak was about two inches taller than the clearance under the "Hancock, Left Lane" sign.
On Wednesday, west Hancock residents were reporting a 40-minute travel time for the three-mile drive from campus. While that may seem a short commute for you city slickers, from door-to-door the trip to Hancock usually takes 10 minutes, and that includes a stop to buy a newspaper from the box in front of the Kaleva.
Let's use some creative statistics to put this in perspective. Wednesday's trip to Hancock took four times the usual drive time. For Metro Detroiters who typically commute an hour, this equates to stretching your trip to four hours. Try explaining *that* to your boss when you roll in around lunch time.
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At Da Tech
DOW FOUNDATION PROVIDES EXPO GIFT: Michigan Tech has received a $100,000 grant from the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation to help fund the upcoming Michigan YES Expo (Youth Engineering and Science). Michigan Tech is sponsoring the YES Expo, which will allow an estimated 20,000 high school and middle school students to learn about careers in science and engineering. The expo will take place Saturday, November 6, 2004 at the Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor. More:
FACULTY VOTE TO UNIONIZE: Faculty at Michigan Tech have voted to affiliate with the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). The AAUP will represent tenured and tenure-track faculty in collective bargaining with the university. The vote was 152 yes and 134 no to affiliate with the AAUP. More:
TECH PLAYS KEY ROLE IN SEQUENCING GENOME: A team of Michigan Tech researchers has played a key role in an international effort to sequence the first tree genome. Chung-Jui Tsai, director of the Biotech Research Center and an associate professor of forest resources and environmental science, led the Michigan Tech effort. Several universities and national labs participated in mapping the Populus trichocarpa genome. The lead members of this international consortium are the U.S. Department of Energy, Genome Canada and the Umea Plant Science Centre in Sweden. More:
TECH PROF EARNS YOUNG SCIENTIST AWARD: Assistant Professor Seth Donahue (Biomedical Engineering) was honored with the American Society of Biomechanics Postdoctoral Young Scientist Award for his work with black bear bones and their relationship to osteoporosis. More:
STUDENT EARNS PRIZE WITH MICROSCOPE IMAGE: Michigan Tech student Dale Anderson took first place in the Microscopy Images Competition for his image of a snowflake. He saw the image while using a single-beam atomic force microscope as part of his senior design project. The image is actually a substrate contaminated by a minute quantity of lead. For more, and to view the image:
WIN A TRIP TO THE BASH: The Keweenaw alumni chapter is sponsoring a Bash at the Big House raffle. First prize includes charter bus travel for two from Houghton to Ann Arbor, lodging, two tickets to the game and two Bash T-shirts. Second prize includes game tickets and the third and fourth prizes are Bash t-shirts. Only 200 tickets are being sold. The $5 tickets are available by contacting Steph Olsson at 487-2400 or sbolsson(at)mtu.edu.
FOR MORE INFORMATION from Tech, see the weekly newsletter Tech Topics: http://www.mtu.edu/news/ttopics/
92-YEAR-OLD ATTACKED AT WALMART: A 92-year-old Houghton man was slashed with a knife last Tuesday afternoon in the Houghton WalMart parking lot. Paul David Moilanen of Calumet has allegedly confessed to the crime. Moilanen was also allegedly involved in a fight Tuesday evening at Shute's Bar in Calumet, where he was arrested. In the WalMart incident, police allege Moilanen slashed Arnold Landstrom in the throat after the victim refused to give up his wallet. Landstrom spent a couple of days in the hospital, but is OK.
BRIDGE WORK ALMOST COMPLETE: Long lines of traffic, sometimes stretching from the lift bridge back to the Michigan Tech campus, should come to an end this week. The Michigan Department of Transportation expects to complete its highway rebuilding at the south end of the bridge this week.
ONE-ROOM SCHOOL RECEIVES BROADBAND: Thanks for a $10,000 grant from the Michigan Broadband Authority, the one-room Copper Harbor school now has high-speed Internet access. The grant allowed pasty.com to put a generator on Brockway Mountain and provide its wireless service to Copper Harbor and Eagle Harbor.
COUNTY FACES LAYOFFS: Three county employees will be laid off due to budget cuts by the Houghton County Board of Commissioners. Even with the layoffs, the county will balance its $7.2 million budget with about $50,800 from its fund equity.
From the E-mailbag
E-mail from Gary Tunstall (garyt(at)up.net)
I just wanted all of your subscribers to know about
I'm making two quick trips down to lower Mich. this
Also for those who haven't heard I'll be in Ann Arbor
I'll be performing at the Michigan Tech Alumni Tailgate Party
I'll also be doing a show that evening at Mitch's
Thanks Dean and keep those skis waxed. Snow is just
E-mail from Brett Crawford (Crawford.Brett(at)towerautomotive.com)
E-mail from Brian Kolak (Brian.Kolak(at)honeywell.com)
As many others have stated in past e-mails, the
FYI. I was browsing the net gathering information
It won't be long now ...and you and your skis can be
E-mail from Chuck Matrosic (Charles_Matrosic(at)ferris.edu)
Re "Dorkwear:" When she was a teen, my daughter used
Some things never change.
E-mail from Sandy Easley '84 (Sandy.Easley(at)delphi.com)
Speaking of Dork attire, the birthday card that I got
Keep up the excellent work!
E-mail from Marty Oldford (MSOldford(at)aol.com)
E-mail from Chris Pritchard '78 (chris_pritchard(at)fmc.com)
Your biking stories hit close to home. Since taking up
I remember mining Professor Rudy Greuer rode his bike
E-mail from Barbara Schwaderer (BASchw(at)aol.com)
In response to Mike Benson's email, I'd like to add
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Alumni Association Programs
CHAPTER EVENTS: For more information on alumni chapter events,
e-mail mtu_alumni at mtu.edu or see the alumni chapter site on the web.
9 -- Michigan Tech Homecoming vs. Wayne State
23 -- Maryland/DC Alumni Chapter 2004 Pasty Picnic. More: http://www.patkilroy.com/mtu or contact Pat Kilroy at pat(at)patkilroy.com RSVP by Oct. 9
23 -- West Michigan Chapter Michigan Tech vs. Ferris State football in Big Rapids. For more information, see http://www.admin.mtu.edu/alumni/chapters/usamap.html Contact Mike Dejonge at Michael.dejonge(at)smiths-aerospace.com. RSVP by Oct. 15
23 -- Chicago Chapter Michigan Tech vs. Wisconsin in hockey at the
6 -- Bash at the Big House, football vs. Grand Valley
20 -- Michigan Tech at Colorado College hockey and alumni event.
29-30 Great Lakes Invitational hockey and alumni event
8 Michigan Tech at Denver hockey and alumni event.
Job Opportunities This Week
ON CAMPUS: Complete job descriptions for these positions are available by e-mailing jobs at mtu.edu
OFF CAMPUS: For off-campus positions, visit the alumni section of the career center's web site (www.ucc.mtu.edu/alumni.asp)
See you next week