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:
As I look out at the back yard this morning, I see a yard covered in leaves that are, in turn, covered with a thin layer of snow. Despite my wishes, the snow will melt and I will still have to rake the leaves this fall.
We had strong winds all weekend, which usually takes care of the whole leaf raking thing for me. Rain and wet snow came with the wind, however, soaking the leaves and preventing them from taking flight.
While we had some flurries in the air a week or so ago, this was the first real snow. It stayed on the ground all weekend and our yard is still covered, although the 40s predicted for today, rain tomorrow, and 50s by Wednesday will take care of that.
The first snow still causes a rush of excitement. I remember running outside, in my younger years, trying to catch the snowflakes on my tongue. Even now, I have the urge to go outside and spin around in a circle, letting the wet flakes cling to my hat and arms.
Jay takes it one step farther. He put on shorts, no shirt, and his winter cap and took the first sled ride of the season in the back yard, shouting, "hurry up, Dad, I'm only going to do this a couple of times." Sadly, I did not join him.
We had a bonus with this year's first real snow: high winds. That allowed a pleasure combo pack: a trip to McLain to watch the 15-foot waves crash into the breakwall, with little tiny darts of snow and sleet stinging your face. It was an exhilarating experience, both physically and mentally.
Now comes the second wave of feelings after the first snow: the realization that many spring chores became summer chores, then became fall chores and still need to be completed. The garage needs cleaning. The summer implements of destruction need to find their way into storage, replaced by snow shovels, scoops and skis.
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At Da Tech
TECH UNDERGRAD FEATURED IN FORTUNE: Mechanical engineering senior Sam Barros, who earned local notoriety for appearances on Junkyard Megawars and Discovery Canada (which nicknamed him Plasmaboy), is among a handful of electricity enthusiasts profiled in the Oct. 14 edition of Fortune magazine. "Lightening Bugs," by Ivan Amato, chronicles the exploits of "high-voltage hobbyists" and describes Barros's first experience with household current, in which he bent a wire and stuck both ends in an electric socket. The story notes that Michigan Tech has given Barros access to lab space, where he works on his projects. You can read more about it here.
FOR MORE INFORMATION from Tech, see the weekly newsletter Tech Topics: http://www.mtu.edu/news/ttopics/
CALUMET PLANT TO CLOSE: A 45-employee factory in Calumet will close in two years to be replaced by a new plant built in Mexico by its parent company. Cuda Cleaning Systems will close its doors in December 2006. Cuda's parent, C-Tech Industries, is North America's largest manufacturer of industrial pressure washers. The Calumet plant makes parts for the washers.
PROJECT TO FUND SCHOOL WEB: The Copper Country Intermediate School District has received a grant to move forward with Project TEaCH (The Educator Communications Hub). TEaCH consists of programs allowing teachers to easily create classroom web pages. With the program, teachers can put such things as classroom rules, a syllabus, contact information for parents, the school calendar, and exam schedules.
From the E-mailbag
E-mail from Jim Rathbun '81 (jim.rathbun(at)accessbusinessgroup.com)
It's funny the get-in-the-long-line-before-the-merge
I think they have the answer for merging "go left, go
I'll be wearing my Michigan Tech Shirt on the way home
E-mail from Lloyd Kaufman (lmkaufman(at)comcast.net)
I enjoyed reading the sorry attempt at justification
E-mail from Gail Richter '61 (richter2(at)ezwebtech.com)
We just got back from a trip to the Maritime Provinces
E-mail from daven(at)thevillagelink.com
Hey Dean -
A little boat ramp trick, if the ramp is deep enough
E-mail from Ray Tabar '70 (RTabar(at)foth.com)
You will likely hear this from a few hundred other
E-mail from Don Hetrick (dhetrick1844(at)wideopenwest.com)
When I went to tech the letter head on all the
Dean sez: Yes I can. Between 1962 and 1965, Tech went from the
E-mail from Dave Strong (drstrong(at)mtu.edu)
A true story surfaced this week that will bring a
An Michigan Tech employee, who shall remain nameless, was
The old toilet was carefully removed, and the drain
Since it's Sunday, and there is only one hardware
E-mail from Marty Vonk '74 (martinvonk(at)chartermi.ne)
As an engineer it's embarrassing but I frequently
Our ice-making refrigerator had developed a minor leak
The shutoff valve was immediately under the hole and
E-mail from Kurt Paterson (paterson(at)mtu.edu)
Regarding the alumni survey mailed last week: 725 were
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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.
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.
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