February 14, 2005 (Vol. 11, No. 38)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:
The snow came last Monday and Tuesday, along with some cooler weather, setting things up nicely for the statue builders. Unfortunately, many sculptures had already succumbed to the previous week's record warmth. Congratulations to the overall winners in all four student categories: Sigma Phi Epsilon, Delta Zeta, Army ROTC, and Summitt House. See all the results and photos at wintercarnival.mtu.edu
Hooray, too, for the hockey team, scoring a win and a tie on the weekend to win the overall series and move up in the WCHA standings.
This time of year always brings out the worst in cars. Salt and crud from the road make every car the same brown color and (usually) the cold temperatures discourage applying soap and water.
But there comes a time when you just get sick of looking at that blob and want to make everything fresh and clean. Such a mood hit me on the way to work one day last week, so I detoured to the car wash on Sharon Avenue, figuring there would be no line at 7:30 am.
It seemed a bit chillier than I thought as I coaxed some bills into the change machine. I returned to my bay, feeding quarters to the beast until it came to life. I sprayed down the car, then flipped the switch to "foam brush."
When I grabbed the brush, I realized the bristles were frozen together and ice was hanging out of the nozzle. I banged it on the concrete a couple of times and the foam started bubbling. I started rubbing the car and realized it was colder outside than I thought--I wasn't washing the actual car body with the brush, but a thin sheet of ice instead.
With one quarter left in my pocket and 58 seconds left on the clock, I dropped the brush, flipped the switch to "rinse," and aimed the sprayer wand at the car with one hand, fumbling in my pocket for a quarter with the other. I blew most of the ice coating away as the clock ticked to zero.
When I pulled into
the parking lot at work, I chose a spot that would be in the sun for most
of the day (yes, the sun did come out). When I finished for the day, I
came out of the building and saw . . . a car that looked more brown than
its natural green and in serious need of a wash.
Snow Watch '04-'05
As of February 12, 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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At Da Tech
Sigma Phi Epsilon took the top fraternity spot and Delta Zeta was the
winner among women's groups following the 2005 Winter Carnival. The Sig
Eps took first in the stage revue, second in special events and fourth
in statue to earn the honor. Delta Zeta had a second in stage revue, first
in special events, and second in statue for their title. See all the results
and photos here.
WILL COST TECH $885,000: Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm has filed
an executive order to cut the current higher education budget by over
$27 million for the current fiscal year. Michigan Tech's portion of the
cut totals $855,000. The appropriations committees of both the state house
and senate must approve the executive order before it takes effect. The
committees are expected to consider the order early this week. More:
Last year, Russ Alger's pavement coating gave Wisconsin's icy Wolf River
Bridge a rare accident-free winter. Now, licensing agreement with corporate
partner Cargill in hand, Alger and his team from the Keweenaw Research
Center are expanding the test program to other Snow Belt bridges. Cargill
is marketing the coating under the brand name SmartLane, and if all goes
well, it could be de-icing trouble spots all across the U.S.
ACCIDENT CLAIMS RIPLEY SKIER: A 26-year-old man from Hancock was killed in a skiing accident on Mont Ripley Thursday. Jeffery Homola of Coal Dock Road, Hancock, was skiing near a chairlift support pole, when he veered into a group of trees. He apparently lost control and struck one of the trees.
STILL TIME TO PANTS
THE BAND: The Huskies Pep Band 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). Go
here to make a gift, making sure you specify "pep band bibs:"
TECH SEEKS ALUMNI OPINIONS: If you haven't done so already, please consider filling out the survey aimed at helping the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering revise the "electrical engineering for non-EE majors" course. To fill out the survey, go here.
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.
FOR MORE INFORMATION from Tech, see the weekly newsletter Tech Topics: http://www.mtu.edu/news/ttopics/
FINANCE AUTHORITY TAKES IN TECH BUILDING: Local business and governmental leaders enjoyed a change of scenery Thursday when the regular meeting of the Local Development Finance Authority met at the newly-constructed Advance Technology Development Complex. The ATDC is one of the three business incubators marketed by the LDFA through the Michigan Tech Enterprise Corp. The building includes space for Tech's corporate relations office, the SmartZone, and student Enterprise projects.
FOCUSES ON GRATIOT: The Keweenaw County board will hold a public hearing
March 9 on a grant application to purchase 100 acres at the mouth of the
Gratiot River. The Northwoods Conservancy would write the grant application
to the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund and Keweenaw County would
hold title to the land.
From the E-mailbagE-mail from Kendra (Thornley) Stinson '85 (ktstinson(at)mindspring.com)
Hi, Dean. About wearing ski goggles around campus...I
wore my chemistry goggles walking across campus during
one blizzard in the winter of '81 or '82 - they kept
my eyes from tearing up, thus preventing my eyelashes
from freezing together! I live in Florida now - my
kids love hearing that story.
E-mail from Wendy Watson (wwatson(at)ctv.ca)
I have to disagree
with you and Kerry...I have walked
E-mail from Rebecca Nold (rebecca.nold(at)ps.ge.com)
Hi Dean -
What is the Zamboni
song? I just remember the
Maybe you should
put the Zamboni song AND the Heiki
Dean sez: The Zamboni
song is titled "I Wanna Drive the
E-mail from Tom
I get your alumni
letter each week and I thought I
Any word on how Michigan Tech is involved?
Dean sez: The Michigan Tech
connection is Bob Nemiroff, a faculty
E-mail from Jim Wilson '55 & '58 (jnj.wilson(at)worldnet.att.net)
I read the story
about the Pep Band needing new bib
Dean sez: Milt Olsson,
fine arts chair, says this may be
E-mail from Elaine Engstrom '01 (elaine_engstrom(at)yahoo.com)
In response to your
Husgi Tales, if memory serves me
E-mail from Jon Wennerberg (jon(at)infodestruction.com)
Thanks for sending
Dr. Mroz, his wife, and Dr. Seely
It was, for me at
least, especially interesting to
E-mail from Courtney Fitzsimons (u238criticalmass(at)yahoo.com)
Really loved the
letter from weridehds(at)comcast.net in
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Alumni Association Programs
18 Keweenaw Chapter
second annual jazz night. Detroit
26 Michigan Tech at Alaska-Anchorage
hockey and alumni event.
18 West Michigan --
alumni night with the Griffins
ADA PLANS 25-YEAR REUNION: Alpha Delta Alpha sorority will celebrate its 25-year reunion this summer during the Tech alumni reunion. The event will take place the weekend of August 5-7. For information contact Kim Klender at ksklende(at)mtu.edu or visit the ADA alumni website at http://www.geocities.com/adaalumni_mtu
ALPHA XI ZETA PLANS 20TH REUNION: Alpha Xi Zeta is planning its 20-year reunion Labor Day Weekend, September 2-4, 2005. For more information, contact Shannan Fisher at snfisher(at)mtu.edu."
SIGMA PHI EPSILON PLANS 40TH: Sigma Phi Epsilon will celebrate its 40th anniversary during the Michigan Tech alumni reunion weekend this summer, August 5-7.
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