February 7, 2005 (Vol. 11, No. 37)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.
In this issue:
Statue-builders are in damage control mode after six days of above-freezing temperatures laid waste to some of their work. If you've been watching the StatueCam of the TKE statue, for example, you noticed some large figures that are no longer there. The temperatures return to normal today, but the Thursday morning deadline looms.
It has been a strange February, with record high temperatures on three of the first six days. The highs for the last six days, including February 1, were: 34, 40, 37, 45, 47, and 43. As you will see below, we lost more than a foot of snow during the past week.
Mt. Ripley is showing some bare spots and I'm sure the snow guns were cranked up last night as the temperature dropped back into the lower 20s.
The cross-country trails have held up, although skiing at 47 degrees on Saturday was disorienting. You get used to putting on all of these layers, which just aren't needed when you ski in Florida weather. I probably logged an extra 10-km retrieving the various items of clothing I left scattered along the trail.
This is starting to look like the winters of 1999-2000 and 1997-98, when we had below-average snowfalls in December and January, then the Lake Superior snow machine took February off. We had just shy of eight inches and six inches, respectively, in February during those years.
But Carnival is here, with below-freezing temperatures (but no snow) predicted for the week. There will be lots of people out on campus Wednesday night, the special events will go on, and the Zamboni song will play between the second and third periods. It is a great time of year.
Snow Watch '04-'05
As of February 6, 2005
This week Last week Last year
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
GUAY NAMED CARNIVAL QUEEN: Emily Guay, sponsored by Phi Kappa Tau, was named the 2005 Winter Carnival Queen on Saturday night. Guay is a biological sciences major from Green Bay, Wisconsin. First runner-up was Dany Peavy (Summit House) and the second runner-up was Dana Bowlby (Sigma Phi Epsilon).
PEP BAND NEEDS PANTS: The Huskies Pep Band, the Pride of Michigan Tech, needs new striped bib overalls. The newest of the famous stripes are now 10 years old. Chair of the fine arts department, Milt Olsson, has found a vendor to provide 150 pair of the unique bibs, but he needs alumni to help in the payment department.
Pep band alumni and
supporters: your $50 gift will provide one set of bibs (you can, of course,
purchase more than one, if you like). Olsson would like to have the bibs
in hand for the March 4-5 hockey games against Minnesota, which will be
carried in many parts of the country on Fox Sports Net. But he needs your
gift by February 15. Go here to make a gift, making sure you specify "pep
TECH SEEKS ALUMNI OPINIONS: The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is revising their course in electrical engineering for non-EE majors. The goal is to better serve students from diverse fields who take the course. A group of faculty from different engineering fields at Michigan Tech has developed a questionnaire, seeking responses nationwide from students, faculty, and industry practitioners. The results from the survey will help develop a core curriculum that will be taken by all students, as well as specialized online modules that will be tailored to meet the needs of the various engineering disciplines.
If you are a non-EE
engineering graduate, please assist in the development of this course
by taking the time (about 15 minutes) to respond to the survey. Please
try to respond on or before February 28, 2005. To fill out the survey,
HOBEY CAMPAIGN ON: Last year, Michigan Tech's Chris Conner won the fan balloting portion of the Hobey Baker selection process, resulting in a lot of publicity for Michigan Tech hockey. This year, Colin Murphy is a candidate and you can vote every day at http://HobeyBaker.com.
UNIVERSITY SENATE WILL RETURN: Faculty and staff have approved a constitutional change that will allow the University Senate to continue its work. Ratification removes a clause in the old constitution which excluded union members. The clause was meant to define the senate's professional staff constituency, but caused a dilemma when faculty voted to unionize with the American Association of University Professors this past fall.
NEW DEGREE PROGRAMS
ON TAP IN FINE ARTS, CHEMISTRY: The University Senate is considering
eight new degree programs, minors and certificates, including four bachelor's
degrees from the Department of Fine Arts. The proposals include degrees
in Theatre and Entertainment Technology, Audio Production and Technology,
Theatre and Entertainment Technology, and Sound Design. The Department
of Chemistry is proposing two new degrees, a BS in Cheminformatics and
one in Pharmaceutical Chemistry.
FOR MORE INFORMATION from Tech, see the weekly newsletter Tech Topics: http://www.mtu.edu/news/ttopics/
TEEN CHARGED IN CRASH: The Houghton County prosecutor has filed a petition for charges in probate court against the 16-year-old driver in the Nov. 12 crash that killed two Chassell boys. The girl faces two counts of negligent homicide and one count of reckless driving. According to police, the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed when the driver lost control, went into the ditch and rolled over several times, snapping a power pole in half before coming to rest.
NEW FIRE TRUCK: The Hancock City Council has received a preliminary
proposal from the city's fire department for a new pumper truck and an
aerial apparatus that extends to 100 feet. The department's current pumper
was purchased in 1977.
From the E-mailbag
E-mail from Gary Tunstall (garyt(at)up.net)
Carnival 2005 is
here and I wanted to remind Alumni
E-mail from Michael Reblin '68 (Geowiz76(at)aol.com)
the year under Snow Watch. The
E-mail from Jeff Lewis (lewjeff(at)yahoo.com)
>Get out the "way-back machine."
<Great story chopped>
Did you know the
'way-back machine' was deployed in
E-mail from Bob Pawling '70 (pawlingbob(at)bfusa.com)
A question from a
1970 graduate. I'd like to see
Dean sez: You will find photos and results and all the Winter Carnival info at http://wintercarnival.mtu.edu
E-mail from David Geyer '92 (David.Geyer(at)tggroupna.com>)
In taking care of
the latest I.S. nastygram to whittle
Regarding the blurb
in 4-19-2004 TechAlum, trying to
Actually, if 2004
was indeed the 41st annual, then
Along that theme,
there's an interesting book - "Zero,
The book is somewhat
of a light read for a Techie, but
Thanks for keeping
on with the newsletter, always a
E-mail from Ken Price '81 (k3tdprice(at)aol.com)
After years of reading
this great newsletter, I am
I remember being
somewhat concerned about a number of
Ah, life when the challenges were so simple...
E-mail from weridehds(at)comcast.net
And one more story about the 78-79 winter -
I was in da Tech
when the school closed for only its
E-mail from Tom
Joynt '67 (OHBEJOYFILL(at)aol.com)
Dean: I always enjoy
your tales of up north and your
E-mail from Eric Norppa (eric.m.norppa(at)delphi.com)
That's why I only trust data from your official site!
Dean sez: For those not inclined to look, the map shows no snow on the Keweenaw. There is a disclaimer further in the site that says there is an "underreporting" problem in the western UP.
E-mail form Kerry Irons '72 (irons54vortex(at)sbcglobal.net)
Just in case you
haven't heard from other sources, Ski
Dean sez: Kerry and I agree that we've never seen anyone walking on campus with ski goggle on, unless they are also wearing skis.
E-mail from Pete Rankin '59 (prankin(at)twcny.rr.com)
If any of you alumni
or recent grads are longing for
In addition, we have
a dozen good ski hills within a
In the summer time,
the Adirondacks are the place to
Lockheed Martin and
Syracuse Research and others are
E-mail from Lloyd Kaufman '93 (lmkaufman(at)comcast.net)
Just thought it was
an appropriate time to email again
The original Yooper
Scooper is still being
The Kaufman units
are the best yooper scoopers made
I have (actually
my wife has) the ladies size Kaufman
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Alumni Association Programs
9-13 Winter Carnival
18 Alumni night with the Fury (Muskegon). See http://www.admin.mtu.edu/alumni/chapters/usamap.html
26 Michigan Tech at Alaska-Anchorage 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 next week