March 21, 2005 (Vol. 11, No. 43)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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NOTE: No TechAlum next week--I'll be in 80-degree weather down south, dreaming about getting home to ski :-)
We took a trip to Escanaba on Saturday, making a grand tour of the central UP--Covington, Crystal Falls, Felch, Sagola, Esky, Gladstone, Rapid River, Marquette...a cornucopia of great UP place names.
We ran into some snow just south of Covington and it got worse as we went south. By the time we turned east at Crystal Falls, there were 2-3 inches on the highway.
As we crossed the border to Dickinson County one lane of M-69 had been plowed. Unfortunately, it was the westbound lane and we were traveling east. Given the hour (6:30 am central time) and the traffic (none), I decided to use it.
We were tooling along at the speed limit, until the plowed lane started to veer left. That's when my wife and I saw the sign for the Dickinson County Road Commission on top of a large building, which is where the plowed path led. We figured the driver must have just plowed the way home for breakfast.
I always like to use these trips to pick out interesting signs. This being my first trip to Escanaba (hard to believe, I know), I figured I would be in luck and I wasn't disappointed. My favorite was a highway sign on US-41, somewhere north of Gladstone. Remember that US-41 is a two-lane road (although it has nice wide shoulders): "Trenary Next Two Exits."
OK. Well. Always
remember, do not pass when opposing traffic present. See you in a couple
Snow Watch '04-'05
As of March 12, 2004
This week Last week Last year Snowfall to date 164.26" 162.01" 227.0" On the ground 39" 45" 28"
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
ROYALE MOOSE SUFFER STEEP DECLINE: The moose of Isle Royale have declined
from 1,100 in 2002-03 to 740 last year to 540 this year, according to
Rolf Peterson. Peterson, a professor of wildlife ecology, has led the
wolf-moose predator-prey study for 35 years. Meanwhile, the moose's only
predators on the island seem to be doing just fine. Last year, the wolf
population jumped nearly 50 percent, from 19 in 2003 to 29 in 2004, and
has held relatively steady this year at 30. More:
NEW MINOR IN NANOTECH:
Next fall, Michigan Tech students will have a chance to think small. Very,
very small. The university is launching a new minor in nanotechnology,
letting students in virtually all majors explore one of the hottest fields
in science and engineering. More:
A GOOD WEEK FOR MURPHY: Senior Colin Murphy of the Michigan Tech hockey team has been named one of ten finalists for the Hobey Baker Award. The Fort McMurray, Alta. native, is Michigan Tech's second-ever finalist for the Hobey Baker Award. Jamie Ram, who made the top 10 in 1994, was the other. The top three finalists will be announced on March 30 and the award presented April 8.
Murphy also earned first team All-WCHA honors and signed a contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He joined the team's AHL affiliate in Saint Johns, Newfoundland, over the weekend.
Fans can help Murphy's cause by voting for him at hobeybaker.com
PICKS: sophomore Lars Helminen (Brighton, Mich.) was selected to the
All-WCHA Second Team and senior Cam Ellsworth (Leamington, Ont.) was picked
to the Third Team. In addition, 11 Huskies earned All-WCHA Academic Team
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/
"ONTO" BRIDGE REPLACEMENT BEGINS: The Michigan Department of Transportation begins work today on replacing Ontonagon's current bridge with a new structure, to be located roughly one-half mile south of the old one. MDOT will clear the river banks and build temporary access roads to prepare for the pier work that will be started in April. The project is expected to take two years.
UPGRADE: Residents of Chassell Township will receive an upgrade to
a sewage treatment system, courtesy of a $718,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture
Rural Development loan. The project will benefit 332 rural residents and
businesses through the upgrade of clay liners at the sewage lagoons and
improvements to pump stations along Lakeshore Drive. Sewer service will
also be extended to 32 customers along the Half Moon Beach area of Pike
Bay who are experiencing septic problems due to a high water table and
inadequate sewage treatment.
From the E-mailbag
E-mail from Peg Barchi '85 (peg_Barchi(at)comcast.net)
Hi Dean, As I remember
from my days working at Fort
There were few women
at the fort and even fewer of
E-mail from Ron Leachman '68 (rleachman(at)wwnet.net)
Just a note to let
you know that western Oakland
Dean sez: We are about twice Oakland County, where you seem to be having a good winter. The real difference is the 39" on the ground--we'll be skiing through April!
E-mail from Carleton Britt (cebritt(at)mac.com)
Can you tell everyone
that it's time to vote for Colin
Colin is precariously
holding on to third place behind
Voting ends on Monday,
March 28th so they shouldn't
It's really too bad
Cam didn't make the list. I'm
Colin is only Tech's
second HB finalist while Hobey
E-mail from Mark Walter '75 (waltermo(at)comcast.net)
I remember one day
in 1972 that Tech closed for the
E-mail from Pete
Dohms '67 (pdohms(at)email.msn.com)
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Alumni Association Programs
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)