March 14, 2005 (Vol. 11, No. 42)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:
Michigan Tech students return from spring (?) break today, ready to make the final month-and-a-half push toward the end of the semester (and, in the case of about 900 folks, graduation).
I've heard stories about trips to Florida, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the Rocky Mountains. I'm sure it is tough to come back to below-freezing temperatures and three feet of snow on the ground. Even when you vacation in the mountains, it can get sunny and warm this time of year.
Meanwhile, we still see that winter fixture, the Keweenaw Cloud, a meteorological phenomenon created by Lake Superior and cold air/open water. This will begin to become more rare, as temperatures warm and those Alberta Clippers take a springtime holiday.
This is a turning point for winter, at least in the minds of cross country skiers. The Great Bear Chase ski marathon took place yesterday at the Swedetown trails in Calumet (I kicked my way through 26-km, then ran into several Tech alumni at the post-event pasty feed). The event seems to signal a psychological change. The ski season has culminated and now we slide toward spring. But, there should be at least a month of skiing left, plenty of time to obsess about which wax to use!
At Tech, we're also beginning student competition season, kicking off with the Clean Snowmobile Challenge this week (see the news item below). Tech hosts the event at the Keweenaw Research Center and the Michigan Tech team has finished second twice. After that, we'll see concrete canoes, robots, baja cars, formula cars, and several others.
Michigan Tech has incorporated all of these projects into the Enterprise program (www.enterprise.mtu.edu), which gives teams of students the opportunity to participate in real-world settings to solve engineering, manufacturing, and design problems. The program continues to grow and is attractive to both students and recruiters.
So the weekend and the week ahead showcases some of the best about the university and the area: a great hands-on education and plenty of outdoor opportunities--even for those of us who won't ever finish at the top of our age brackets.
Snow Watch '04-'05
As of March 12, 2004
This week Last week Last year Snowfall to date 162.01" 151.51" 218.5" On the ground 45" 36" 25"
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
CHALLENGE KICKS OFF: The SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge kicks off
this morning, with 13 college teams re-engineering stock machines to reduce
emissions and noise while maintaining or improving performance. The event
features an endurance run from the Keweenaw Research Center (at the airport)
to Copper Harbor later this week. More:
PREVIEW TECH ON
SATURDAY: More than 400 people, including prospective students and
family members, are coming to Michigan Tech Saturday, March 19, for Preview
Day. The program focuses on students who have been accepted at Michigan
Tech but have yet to enroll. More:
BULLETIN BOARD UPDATES: The alumni bulletin board now includes separate boards for each reunion class and reunion group for 2005. For more information about the reunion in general, contact mtu_reunion(at)mtu.edu or toll-free 877-688-2586. You'll find the bulletin board here.
FOR MORE INFORMATION from Tech, see the weekly newsletter Tech Topics: http://www.mtu.edu/news/ttopics/
OFFICIALS APPLY FOR WATERSHED GRANT: Houghton Keweenaw Conservation District officials are re-applying for a $126,000 grant to fund a study of the Eagle River watershed. The watershed includes approximately 13,600 acres in Houghton and Allouez townships
COUNTY TO ADD SHORELINE: The Keweenaw County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to proceed with a grant application to add 100 acres and 4,000 feet of Lake Superior shoreline to the Gratiot River County Park. A Michigan Department of Natural Resource Trust Fund Grant would provide 75 percent of the cost, with the remaining 25 percent donated by North Woods Conservancy, the current land owner.
From the E-mailbag
E-mail from Jon Kreski (jkreski(at)new.rr.com)
Oh come on now. You've
GOT to tell us where the
E-mail from Chris Gosling (cdgosling(at)cs.com)
The stories of Michigan
Tech's closing could be an
E-mail from Jerry Philo (jkphilo(at)comcast.net)
Here is a web link
to a story that was in today's
Dean sez: This
photo and story first appeared in the
E-mail from Jim Willerton '64 (jaws6sigma(at)yahoo.com)
I've been remiss
in not responding to the question
I have accepted a
job at Los Alamos National Lab in
E-mail from Kevin
McDevitt '92 (kmcdevitt(at)peainc.com)
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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