weekly electronic newsletter for alumni and friends of Michigan Technological
University. Written and distributed by Dean
Woodbeck '78, Senior Director of University Communications. For past issues, see our archives.
In this issue:
NOTE: Next newsletter, Jan. 3.
You will note in the "Around Town" section below that the Library Restaurant and Brew Pub is for sale. One of my first dates with she-who-would-become-my-wife took place at there and I'm sure many of you have similar memories (of the Library, not my date).
My late father-in-law, for example, remembered the building as the Board of Trade, where fans would race during intermissions of Tech hockey games at Dee Stadium, to warm up and prepare for the next period.
By the time I came to Tech, the name was the Library and it was a pool table and peanut shells on the floor kind of place. Downstairs, you drank beer and told lies. Upstairs was the classier "Homonym," with its high-backed bar stools and occasional entertainer.
As the legal drinking age increased from 18 to 21, the Library evolved to accommodate an "older" clientele and became more restaurant than bar. Gone was the pool table; in its place were tables and "study carrels."
The owner was Jon Davis and the menu was a collector's item, full of witticisms ("children caught running will be eaten") and the famous sandwiches like the RB-squared.
Jon sold the business in the early '90s, then a fire gutted the building in 1995. After a two-year ordeal, the new owners rebuilt, eliminating the second floor and adding a dining area with windows overlooking Portage Lake.
It was quite different from the original, but most locals got used to the new look and enjoyed the new feature: a microbrewery. And so it goes: another generation of Tech students began making the place their own.
Here's to a happy holiday season to you. See you next year!
Snow Watch '04-'05
As of December 19, 2004
This week Last week Last year
Snowfall to date 40.08" 26.28" 52.0"
On the ground 8" 6" 12.5"
See our snowfall chart, dating back to 1890, at http://www.admin.mtu.edu/alumni/snowfall/
Day--by-day snowfall: http://www.admin.mtu.edu/alumni/snowfall/snowday.htm
ALUMNI BULLETIN BOARD: Remember the alumni bulletin board for you to use for discussions related to this newsletter, Tech sports, or anything else:
At Da Tech
MROZ HOLDS FOURTH OPEN FORUM: Michigan Tech President Glenn Mroz held his fourth open forum in nine months as president last week, addressing a wide range of questions from the faculty and staff in the audience. Mroz said Tech is on track for a balanced budget this year and he is optimistic about next year, although he said state appropriations are "a wild card." He said that student enrollment remains the key to financial health, reiterating the goal of increasing the number of students to 6,0000 undergraduates and 1,000 graduate students by 2007.
PROGRAMMERS MAKE INTERNATIONAL CONTEST: For the second year in a row, Michigan Tech will be represented in the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest World Finals. Joe Nievelt, a senior in computer science, and Kyle Rokos, a graduate student in computer science, competed in the 2004 world finals and will do so again this year. Jonathan Kaus, a senior in computer engineering, will join this year's team as well. For more information on the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest, visit http://icpc.baylor.edu
WRITING PROGRAM WINS AWARD: The humanities department's Scientific and Technical Communication Program is one of 11 winners of the Conference on College Composition and Communication's (CCCC's) Writing Program Certificate of Excellence for fall 2004. Established in 2004, this CCCC award is presented to 20 writing programs each year.
TECH FUND END-OF-YEAR REMINDER: The Michigan Tech Fund reminds you that the end of the tax year is fast approaching. If you plan to make a donation to Michigan Tech, this is a good time to do so and take a deduction for 2004. For details, or to make a gift online, go to www.mtf.mtu.edu
FOR MORE INFORMATION from Tech, see the weekly newsletter Tech Topics: http://www.mtu.edu/news/ttopics/
911 MOVES TO NEGAUNEE: After nine months of rising costs and limited revenue, the Houghton County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday night to switch the county 911 service from the Houghton County's Central Dispatch in Laurium to the Michigan State Police's Negaunee Regional Dispatch. The move is scheduled to occur after the first of the year. County officials started reevaluating local 911 services after estimates projected the center's expenses would exceed revenues by 2007.
FIRE, POLICE BENEFIT: Three new emergency vehicles are coming to the Copper Country as the result of recently completed federal grants. The village of Laurium finalized a $65,130 grant and a $199,870 loan for a new fire truck and police vehicle. Lake Linden closed on a $46,000 grant and $73,000 loan for the purchase of a new fire truck.
WIRING SUSPECTED IN LAURIUM BLAZE: Electrical wiring in the attic is suspected as the cause of a fire that destroyed the former Laurium Tea Room, Monday. The remains of the building, at the corner of Depot and Osceola streets, were knocked down by an excavator.
LIBRARY FOR SALE: The other "Library" is for sale. The Library restaurant/brew pub, in its various forms, has been part of student and faculty life for decades. It evolved from picnic tables and tossed peanut shells to today's bright, modern building with a beautiful view of Portage Canal and a micro brewery. If you want more specific information regarding a sale, email Jeanne Kurtz (jkurtz(at)chartermi.net) or call her at the Century 21 North Country Agency, 906-492-0001 (MLS #217501).
From the E-mailbag
E-mail from Chris Shamie '01 (clshamie(at)eml.cc)
Here's a question for ya: Last week I met an Michigan Tech alum
Dean sez: There are several theories for where this came from. In fact, I still have some of the e-mails from the last time this came up. I'll summarize.
1) TOOT--Tech Out Of Towner -- this theory says the phrase was coined after WWII, when the Tech GIs swept local girls off their feet.
2) "Toot" as in the sound made by the whistle on an engine, Engineers drive trains--Tech graduates engineers.
3) A local term for Tech students "Roodely Toots," which meant something like fancy nerds. Particularly used when local girls would bring their Tech boyfriend to a HS dance.
#1 and #3 apparently started as being derogatory, but evolved into everyday use.
A Calumet native and a L'Anse native both support #1. A Houghton native and '53 grad of Tech supports #3.
Dean: You may want to make note and recognize the Michigan Tech
E-mail from Bruce Kettunen (bekett(at)uslink.net)
Yeah, fine, but can he draw a perfect circle freehand
"REMOTES SPICE UP PHYSICS: Robert Weidman may never be
Dean sez: Bruce refers to Dave Chimino, long-time physics professor, who amazed students with his perfect circles, sometimes drawn with his back to the blackboard.
E-mail from Pete Montagna '86 (PMontagna(at)KINGINDUSTRIES.COM)
Dr. Weidman's approach toward teaching Physics sounds
Dr. Mazur said that the biggest criticism he heard
Keep up the good work with the newsletter! Tech is
E-mail from Joel Franck '81 (jfranck(at)juno.com)
The "storm" of the century (1978-79).
I remember it well. Snow was never an inconvenience
May your Christmas never be canceled and your New Year
E-mail from Kendall Ymker (kymker(at)romanmfg.com)
The following is part of this week’s newsletter:
The group that sold the t-shirts was Campus Crusade
Thanks for the great newsletter and keep the stories
E-mail from Jeff Nolin '84 (jjnolin(at)duke-energy.com)
Thanks for the great newsletter. The snowfall chart
Dean sez: The historical aberrations in the snowfall list are attributed to the change in locations and technology used in measuring snow. Snow measurement techniques have become more advanced and more accurate since World War II.
E-mail from Carleton Britt (cebritt(at)mac.com)
Please ask everyone on the email list to send Doc
Below is his address from the Lambda Chi Alpha
"Last Friday night a small group of us went to visit
E-mail from Greg Eckhart '00 (GEckhart(at)lear.com)
As always, I thank you for the great update from the
I wanted to share the chuckle I got out of this week's
I was just wondering if anybody else saw the irony
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Alumni Association Programs
Great Lakes Invitational hockey and alumni event
Michigan Tech at Denver hockey and alumni event.
Job Opportunities This Week
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 Jan. 3