March 7, 2005 (Vol. 11, No. 41)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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We took a little trip up to Copper Harbor yesterday--believe it or not, the first time we have been there in the winter. The object: a cross-country ski trail that loops up to the Clark Mine, near the Estivant Pines, then drops down to follow the south shore of Lake Fanny Hooe.
Since I had the map, the first thing that happened was a wrong turn. Not a real big deal--we just would go along the lake shore first. A closer inspection showed this "slight" rerouting would actually double the length of the trip.
Conditions weren't the greatest, with temperatures just above freezing and icy tracks. This required klister--a wax that is somewhere between liquid and solid. It grips like a vise when it is cold, but melts into a stringy, sticky goo when you take the skis inside to scrape.
We skied for a couple of kilometers (remember from your Tour de France lesson--it is pronounced KILL-o-meters). That's when the groomer had come across a fallen tree and turned back towards home. We slogged on, but it was tough going and we soon decided to head back to the trailhead.
When we returned to the car, we noticed a trail going off in the opposite direction. We followed that and came across a couple of ponds and an open field. The groomer had circled around, then went straight for awhile, then circled back, then straightened out again. While it sounds odd, it was actually quite a bit of fun. A light snow had started falling, to boot, giving the whole thing a fairyland quality.
at The Pines, we ended the visit with a chocolate fix at the Country Village
shops. Not a bad way to spend the day.
Snow Watch '04-'05
As of March 6, 2004
This week Last week Last year Snowfall to date 151.51" 140.01" 216" On the ground 36" 32" 33"
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
BUILDING SOUTH POLE ROAD: Russ Alger, director of Tech's Institute
of Snow Research, has returned from his fourth trip to Antarctica, helping
to build a 1,000-mile overland supply route to the pole. Alger took with
him a device developed at Tech's Keweenaw Research Center called an automatic
penetrometer, used to test the strength of the surface at regular intervals.
As in past years, Alger was the point man on the traverse, traveling ahead
of most of the convoy to watch for crevasses. More:
BRIDGING THE GAP
WITH PRE-COLLEGE STUDENTS: Every year, hundreds of high school and
middle school students come to Michigan Tech to learn more about everything
from computer science to hockey. They constitute a ready-made pool of
potential undergraduates, and the university is undertaking an effort
to better reach them. One effort is the use of portals--specialized webpages
with links to pages that appeal to a specific interest.
WOMEN'S HOOPS TEAM
ADVANCES TO NCAA REGIONAL -- For the
STREAM FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Michigan Tech freshman Sarah Stream was named Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year. In addition, junior Amanda Sieja (Middleton, Wis.) and Stream each garnered All-GLIAC North Division Second Team laurels, while sophomore Catherine Rottier (Seymour, Wis.) earned GLIAC North Division All-Defensive Team honors.
BUETTNER PLAYER OF THE YEAR AGAIN: Michigan Tech senior All-American Josh Buettner earned GLIAC Player of the Year honors for the second straight year. Senior Jason Marcotte collected GLIAC North Division First Team and All-Defensive Team laurels and sophomore Radayl Richardson was named to the North Division All-Defensive Team.
OWEN OFF TO VERMONT: Tech's outstanding Nordic skier, Kristina Owen, will travel to Stowe, Vermont, this week to participate in the NCAA Championships. Owen qualified based on her performance at the regionals at the Tech trails a couple of weeks ago.
ON SKINNY SKI: The top Nordic ski page in the Midwest included interviews
with four collegiate skiers recently, including two from Tech: Chris Harvey
and Kristina Owen. You can read what they have to say about Michigan Tech and collegiate
DISTINGUISHED TEACHING AWARD FINALISTS: Alumni are invited to comment on the finalist for the Distinguished Teaching Award finalists. Send any comment by April 1, 2005, to Nancy Seely (nsseely(at)mtu.edu). In the associate professor/professor category, finalists are Tomas Co (chemical engineering, Dean Johnson (business and economics), Dennis Lynch (humanities), Charles Nelson (humanities), John Sandell (chemical engineering), and Anne Wysocki (humanities).
Finalists in the assistant professor/lecturer category are: Ann Brady
(humanities), Sean Clancey (chemical engineering), Brian Davis (electrical
and computer engineering), Karyn Fay (biological sciences), Michael Moore
(College of Engineering), and Michael Powers (School of Technology)
FOR MORE INFORMATION from Tech, see the weekly newsletter Tech Topics: http://www.mtu.edu/news/ttopics/
REALITY STORE TEACHES LESSONS: Tenth-grade students from Hancock Central High School and Dollar Bay-Tamarack City schools learned some life lessons at "Reality Store," a program intended to teach fiscal and personal responsibility. The students were assigned a checkbook and an occupation, and instructed to travel through the Reality Store's 15 booths, where they were given the opportunity to choose everything from housing options to brand of deodorant, with the intent of having money left over at the end of the month. Much was determined at Booth One, where students literally rolled the dice to find out their marital status and number of children.
CRIME STATS FAVOR COPPER COUNTRY: Recently released crime statistics reinforced the safety of the Keweenaw. In terms of violent crime, for example, the statewide average for 2000-2003 was 5.42 violent crimes per 1,000 people per year. The Copper Country saw only 1.97 violent crimes per 1,000 people. Burglary, larceny, auto theft, sex offenses, drug offenses and disorderly conduct are all more common elsewhere than in the Copper Country. However, the rate of drunk driving offenses is well above the statewide average, and violations of liquor laws (such as minor in possession) are nearly double the rest of Michigan.
HANCOCK SEEKS BLOCK
GRANT: Hancock has applied for a $306,000 Community Development Block
Grant to assist in the rehabilitation of the historic Scott Hotel (which
currently houses Hancock Hardware). The grant would be used to fund half
the cost of a five-stop elevator, site work consisting of a 50-car public
parking lot and the purchase of a conservation easement to keep the historic
ALUM HEADS KEWEENAW HOSPITAL: The Board of Directors of Keweenaw Memorial Medical Center has appointed Chuck Nelson as chief executive officer and president. Nelson had been serving as chief operating officer and interim chief executive officer since August. Nelson holds bachelor degrees in business and engineering from Michigan Tech
LAURIUM NAMED HISTORIC DISTRICT: The National Park Service has named Laurium a National Historic District. The program offers a federal recognition of historical significance as well as historical preservation tax incentives for property owners. The village started in 1877 as a subdivision of 20 lots owned by the Laurium Mining Company. As Red Jacket (now Calumet) pushed up against the bounds of Calumet & Hecla Mining Co. land, the village attracted much of the overflow population. In 1890, the year after the village was incorporated, the village had 1,159 residents.
SKI TEAM SECOND
IN STATE: The Hancock/Houghton combined downhill ski team placed second
last week at the Michigan State High School Championships at Marquette
Mountain. Traverse City St. Francis took the class B-C-D title.
From the E-mailbag
E-mail from Shannon (Gleeson) Hopkins '95 (shanhop(at)swbell.net)
I remember a cold
Wednesday in January of 1994 (I
Did Tech close the
day the Edmund Fitzgerald went down
Dean sez: No closure on Fitz day.
E-mail from Mark Steverman (MSteverman(at)aol.com)
During my tenure
at Tech, I was truly amazed with the
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Alumni Association Programs
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
ALPHA SIGMA TAU plans 25th REUNION: Alpha Sigma Tau's 25th Reunion will be held over Labor Day weekend, September 2-5, 2005. Details will be sent over the alumnae email list. Please contact Emily Callow at elcallow(at)mtu.edu with any questions.
PHI LAMBDA BETA REUNION: Phi Lambda Beta Sorority, which was active on campus from 1958 thru 1978, is planning a reunion in Houghton, August 2 thru August 4, 2005. After a year of searching and correspondence, many sisters are planning to be in Houghton for this event. Phi Lambda Beta later became Alpha Gamma Delta. There are many sisters who remain on our "lost" list, and we would like very much to contact as many as possible. Any information: please contact: Diane Henderson Smith-Messner at dianemessner(at)earthlink.net.
DELTA UPSILON REUNION MAY 14: I am setting up a 25th Anniversary for the Delta Upsilon International Fraternity/ Alpha Delta Upsilon Colonization on May 14, 2005 in Houghton. For more information visit www.mtudualumni.org or email Adam Mitteer (aamittee(at)tampabay.rr.com)
DELTA PHI EPSILON REUNION: Delta Phi Epsilon's 20th reunion date is Sept 2-5, 2005. Please contact Tamsen Bissell (tamsenbissell(at)yahoo.com) or Natasha Bruggeman -- reunion chair (nkbrugge(at)mtu.edu) for more information.
Job Opportunities This Week
ON CAMPUS: Complete job descriptions for these positions are available by e-mailing jobs at mtu.edu
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