February 21, 2005 (Vol. 11, No. 39)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 weather forecast couldn't have been more wrong on Sunday. Tech hosted the regional cross-country ski championships over the weekend, and the volunteers were looking forward to 28 degrees and sunshine. Instead, we got snow and wind gusts to 31 mph. While we appreciated the fresh snow, having it all fall in the middle of a race is no fun for the skiers, volunteers, or spectators.
The Tech trails have gained a reputation for their quality and for the enthusiasm of volunteers. Next year, the trail system will host the UP high school cross country running championships, the high school cross country skiing championships, possibly the central region collegiate championships, and the cross country skiing Junior Olympics (the national championships for 19-and-under).
This helps reinforce why students choose to attend Michigan Tech. In a recent survey, more than two-thirds of current students cite academic reputation as their main reason for choosing Tech. Almost half also say that outdoor recreation possibilities also influenced their decision.
The trail system serves skiers, hikers, mountain bikers, snowshoers, dog walkers, runners, and those just wanting a walk through the woods. Mont Ripley provides quality skiing and snowboarding, with an exciting terrain park near the bottom of the hill. And, of course, the Keweenaw has miles of shoreline and trails and other opportunities for outdoor lovers.
This time of year can be especially tough, with Carnival over, winter now in its fourth month (or so), and spring a distant glimmer. It helps to remember, come winter, spring, summer or fall (well, OK, spring isn't the most beautiful time around here), that this really is a nice place to live, work, and go to school.
If the chamber of
commerce is listening in, you can make that check payable to "cash."
Snow Watch '04-'05
As of February 18, 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
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At Da Tech
UNDERGRAD RESEARCH PROGRAM SEEKS APPLICANTS: The School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science and the Ecosystem Science Center at Michigan Tech has announced ten summer research opportunities for undergraduates. The program is part of the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. Stipends ($3,000) plus room, board and travel are provided. For details, see www.forest.mtu.edu/reu
SENATE APPROVES FINE ARTS, CHEMISTRY PROGRAMS: The University Senate has approved four bachelor's degree programs in fine arts and two in chemistry Feb. 9. If approved by the Board of Control and the State Board of Academic Officers, the programs will be instituted this fall. The Department of Chemistry expects to offer BS degrees in Cheminformatics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry. The Department of Fine Arts anticipates offering its first degree programs: BS degrees in Theatre and Entertainment Technology and in Audio Production and Technology; and BA programs in Theatre and Entertainment Technology, and in Sound Design.
TEETOR AWARD: John Gershenson, associate professor of mechanical engineering,
has been selected by the Society of Automotive Engineers to receive a
2005 Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award. Gershenson is being recognized
along with 13 other recipients on April 12. This annual award recognizes
outstanding engineering educators. Gershenson directs the Life-cycle Engineering
Laboratory at Tech and his research focuses on life-cycle product architecture
and lean and sustainable design and manufacturing. More:
TECH JOINS HISPANIC ASSN: Michigan Tech has joined the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. As a HACU member, the university becomes part of a network of more than 390 colleges and universities in 31 states, Puerto Rico and seven countries in Latin America and Spain committed to Hispanic success in higher education. Michigan Tech is one of three HACU members in the state, joining Michigan State University and the University of Michigan.
MATH COMPETITION SLATED: High school juniors from throughout the central and western Upper Peninsula will participate in the Michigan Tech Math Competition, set for Saturday, April 16. Participants will take an hour-long, multiple-choice test based on Michigan state standards for math education through the 11th grade. A $500 scholarship will be awarded to the highest-scoring participant who plans to major in math at Michigan Tech. A $250 scholarship will be given to the highest-scoring student planning to attend Michigan Tech, regardless of their major. The competition is free and is open to any high school junior within the following intermediate school districts: Delta-Schoolcraft, Copper Country, Dickinson-Iron, Gogebic-Ontonagon, Marquette-Alger and Menominee.
JOB FAIR TUESDAY:
Representatives from about 90 companies will be at Michigan Tech Tuesday,
Feb. 22, for the annual Winter Job Fair. "It's looking very good--I
should say great--for our students," said Career Services Director
Jim Turnquist. "We're really pleased that the Mayo Clinic is coming;
this is their first time on campus." Last year, the Career Center
documented a 94 percent placement rate for graduating seniors.
HIGH SCHOOLERS CAN EARN TECH CREDITS: Officials at Michigan Tech and the Copper Country Intermediate School District today (Friday, Feb. 4) signed an articulation agreement that will allow U.P. students to earn credit toward a Michigan Tech business degree while they are still in high school. Students will be able to earn three Michigan Tech credits by completing approved course work and passing Microsoft Office User Specialist certification exams.
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 to
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/
GOODWILL SEEKS, WELL, GOOD WILL: The regional branch of Goodwill Industries is calling for donations after an unusually large decline. "This year, we've seen an exceptionally large drop in donations," said Jody Coopmans, director of retail for Goodwill Industries of Northern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. "People may be focusing their efforts on the global disasters, but local non-profits still depend on their support." Managers of other local shops described their lull as typical for the time of year, but still stressed the importance of bringing in goods.
THREE MEN PULLED FROM LAKE: Three Illinois men were rescued by a Bootjack Fire and Rescue hovercraft after their snowmobiles broke through the ice on the Keweenaw Waterway between Portage Lake and Torch Lake. They were part of a group of 10 snowmobiles headed north on Portage Lake, traversing the narrow strip of water called the "Torch Lake Cuts," at about 11 p.m. Friday.
From the E-mailbag
E-mail from Jay Clark '88 (AJCLARK13(at)comcast.net)
Dean sez: Jay refers
to the video webcasts that use the
E-mail from Tim Jenkins '84 (tjenkins255(at)charter.net)
The members of Alpha
Phi Omega, Epsilon Lambda
E-mail from Kevin Britton '97 (kevin.britton(at)gm.com)
A couple random thoughts
from this week's TechAlum,
1) Correct me if
I'm wrong, but didn't the state
2) Great weekend
series from the hockey team. The
3) When did the pep
band's "power play riff" become
4) It was kind of
weird seeing all the "Watersmeet
5) The library addition
and the new Rekhi Hall sure
It was great to visit again!
Dean sez: Tim is
right in #1. In fact, the state senate
E-mail from John Chamberlin (sierra25(at)comcast.net)
As a regular reader
of the TechAlum News I thought it
Dean sez: The exchange
ended when it became too expensive
E-mail from Kerry Irons '72 (irons54vortex(at)sbcglobal.net)
Well, here we go
again, with another "I was at Tech
It would be interesting
to actually see the list of
Dean sez: When
this last came up, I tried to find such
TechAlum Subscriber Stats
We're at 7,139 subscribers.
Here are the new e-mail
addresses from the past week. Please note, we are
Monte Clark cmontec(at)bellsouth.net
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.
LAMBDA CHI ALPHA REUNION: The Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity is planning their 25th reunion during reunion weekend, August 5th through August 7th. For information, contact Carl Craven at carl_1955(at)hotmail.com.
DELTA ZETA PLANS
30-YEAR REUNION: The Delta Zeta sorority will celebrate its 30-year
reunion this summer during the Tech alumni reunion. The event will take
place the weekend of August 5-7. For information contact Heidi Mueller
at hmuelle6(at)comcast.net or Ellie Mulcahy at eamulcahy(at)yahoo.com
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