January 24, 2005 (Vol. 11, No. 35)An award-winning 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.
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It has been a little bit odd driving around town lately. I'm looking back over my left shoulder instead of my right. I'm checking the outside mirror by looking right instead of left. I'm reaching for the brake pedal and it isn't there. We have a new driver in the house and now I'm riding shotgun.
I'm not sure about the benefits of learning to drive in January in the Keweenaw. By necessity, I believe Laura is learning some bad habits.
You have to creep out to the middle of an intersection before stopping, because the four- and five-foot snowbanks block your view. Just down from our house is one intersection with a stop sign on a slight incline. But you can't stop. If you do, the ice and the incline will not allow you to get started again.
You ignore the lane markers--yellow lines, white dotted lines, it doesn't matter. You just follow the path of the plow and hope the four-lane road is just that, and not three-and-a-half.
On residential streets, you zig-zag like a World Cup skier on a course created by scoopers and pick-up plows that have dumped snow in the street (something that is illegal but rarely enforced). You swerve to avoid the occasional snowmobile that is either lost or joyriding.
You celebrate the coming of the SnowGo, that monstrous eight-foot-tall snowblower that gives your street two full lanes again and reopens the sidewalks, even though it makes those snowbanks even taller.
Meanwhile, good luck to you New Englanders and Pennsylvanians and southern Michiganders, as you dig out from that weekend dusting you received. Twenty-four inches? Heck, that's a slow week around here.
Snow Watch '04-'05
As of January 14, 2005
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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
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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: FACULTY DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD: The Faculty Distinguished Service Award Committee is seeking nominations for the 2005 award. The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1, 2005. The award is open to all full-time faculty, including lecturers and research faculty and recognizes service to the University community that has significantly improved the quality of some aspect of campus life. Nominations will be accepted from any member of the University community including staff, students, and alumni. Forms are available at http://forest.mtu.edu/fdsa/
KARNOSKY CHOSEN FOR INTERNATIONAL AWARD: The International Union of Forest Research Organizations will present its Scientific Achievement Award to Dave Karnosky, professor in the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science. He has done groundbreaking research on the impact of ozone on species of trees and forest ecosystems. He was also instrumental in founding the Aspen FACE (Free Air Carbon dioxide Experiment) site in Rhinelander, Wis., in 1996 and is its director. More:
AEROSPACE TEAM THIRD AT NANOSAT: Michigan Tech's Aerospace Enterprise excelled at the recent University Nanosat 3 competition, finishing third among a dozen teams, many representing universities with well-established aeronautical engineering programs. The team's "HuskySat" satellite placed third and was one of only three entries judged to be "flyable," or capable of successfully completing its mission. More:
CLEAN SNOWMOBILE CHALLENGE RETURNING TO TECH: A dozen teams from universities across the northern part of North America will roar--quietly--into Houghton in March for the annual SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge. The sleds will compete March 14-19 at the Keweenaw Research Center, known for its vehicle test grounds and the Midwest's finest winter driving track. This will be Michigan Tech's third year hosting the event, which is being organized by the Keweenaw Research Center and the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics. More:
STREAMSWEEPER EARNS AWARD: The US Forest Service has given its Rise to the Future Award to Michigan Tech's Keweenaw Research Center, the Michigan Council for Trout Unlimited, Wisconsin Trout Unlimited and the Wisconsin DNR. KRC and the Wisconsin DNR developed a "Streamsweeper," or aquatic ShopVac, to clean the crud out of trout streams. More:
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HANCOCK OUTLINES STREET IMPROVEMENTS: The Hancock City Council has approved the rebuilding of a portion of White Street (better known as the shortcut to Calumet) and the construction of four fishing piers on the Portage shoreline at Porvoo Park.
STREET WORK IN CALUMET: Calumet will use a $353,625 Community Development Block Grant to replace paving bricks on three blocks of Fifth Street, plus improve curbs, gutters and sidewalks.
REVOLVING LOANS HAVE IMPACT: The Keweenaw Industrial Council's revolving loan fund is working well, according to executive director Phil Musser. The loans are provided to service-based, tourist-based or manufacturing industries as working capital. The fund has a balance of $240,000.
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From the E-mailbag
E-mail from Larry Blahnik '75 (lblahnik(at)uplogon.com)
Hi Dean, it's been several years and I have lost the
As always, we appreciate your help with everything you
Dean sez: That address for audio and (some home games) video is http://www.athletics.mtu.edu/huskiesradio.html
E-mail from Roy '69 (my apologies--I deleted Roy's e-mail address and last name--Dean)
Thanks for providing us with so many interesting
E-mail from Michele Buckler '88 (MJBuckler(at)aol.com)
Your commentary in the 1/17/05 alumni newsletter
E-mail from Eric Horner '81 (Eric.Horner(at)UNISYS.com)
I couldn't let this one go.
> I see people with headphones on computers doing
Tell "the multitaskers" that it isn't age. I am a
E-mail from Dannette (Bowman) Utecht '94
In last week's letters Larry Blahnik wrote about the
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Now you can hear it from a 1948 graduate. After the
E-mail from Jerry Philo '80 (jkphilo(at)comcast.net)
I had to comment about your note on the temperature in
My first year after graduation I worked in Hibbing, MN
E-mail from Dave Strenski (stren(at)cray.com)
Could you send me the article on knees also. It was
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I would like to chime in with my two cents worth of
I read the mail from another fellow grad about the
E-mail form Larry Doyle '64 (Larry.j.doyle(at)gm.com)
Here's my story combining two threads: lack of funds
During my second junior year, after having been put on
Each night as the Weed Room closed at 11:00 p.m., I
Ah, for the good old days.
E-mail from Larry Sutton '63 (lrsutton(at)chartermi.net)
Chuck and Tracy were class acts, however when the
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