TechAlum News

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.

In this issue:

  • Husky Tales
  • At da Tech
  • Around Town
  • From the E-mailbag
  • E-mail Updates/Welcome to new subscribers
  • Alumni Chapter Events
  • Job Opportunities
  • Electronic Services for Alumni

Husqi Tales

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 of weeks.

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

Day--by-day snowfall:

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

ISLE 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

OTHER ALL-LEAGUE 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 laurels.

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) or toll-free 877-688-2586. You'll find the bulletin board here.

FOR MORE INFORMATION from Tech, see the weekly newsletter Tech Topics:

Around Town

"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.

CHASSELL SEWER 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)

Hi Dean, As I remember from my days working at Fort
Wilkins in '82-84 with the living history program that
was then still connected to the Tech Social Science
dept, Fanny Hooe never got lost, kidnapped or anything
quite so dramatic. That was sort of an early "Urban
myth." She ended up going back to NY (or wherever the
family was originally from & got married a few years
later. Also, she didn't marry anyone from the
fort.) She was visiting the "frontier" and staying
with her sister& brother-in-law & probably giving her
sister much-needed company since officers' ladies
couldn't socialize below their class even if the only
other women at a post were enlisted men's wives!

There were few women at the fort and even fewer of
them who were of the "upper class" gentry that the
women in the officers' families were considered.
Since she was a young, single woman at a frontier post
with many single, lonely men it was common in those
days for men to name local landmarks after respectable
women they knew. Anyway, that's the Fanny Hooe story
in a nutshell.

E-mail from Ron Leachman '68 (rleachman(at)


Just a note to let you know that western Oakland
County (west of Pontiac Mich) has received 82.9 inches
of snow so far this year. This didn't count the 1.5
or so this morning. From the newsletter we are not
too far behind da Tech. What's happening? This is
more than the normal snowfall.

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)


Can you tell everyone that it's time to vote for Colin
Murphy for the Hobey Baker award at

Colin is precariously holding on to third place behind
Tuomas Tarkki of Northern Michigan and Jordan Sigalet
of Bowling Green. Advise people that although they may
be tempted to be a homer and cast a vote for Tarkki,
they shouldn't do it since he's ahead of Colin. They
should cast their second and third votes for the guys
at the bottom of the list.

Voting ends on Monday, March 28th so they shouldn't
delay. Just so you'll know, it wouldn't let me cast
all three of my votes for Colin. You can change your
vote anytime before Monday the 28th.

It's really too bad Cam didn't make the list. I'm
disappointed that the current crop of Tech engineers
didn't figure out a hack to stuff the HB ballot box!

Colin is only Tech's second HB finalist while Hobey
Baker powerhouse Bowling Green has had two winners. Of
course, the award is only 25 years old and we all know
what the last 25 years have been like...

E-mail from Mark Walter '75 (waltermo(at)


I remember one day in 1972 that Tech closed for the
day due to high winds and low temperatures that caused
a considerable amount of drifting, which closed the
roads. There was no mention that this was the first
time. Unusual yes. Also, in response to the winds
between MEEM- yup, there were many stories regarding
young ladies having to be helped along between two
football players to keep from being blown away. I have
never witnessed, nor participated in this "event". I
do remember the winds did make it interesting at

E-mail from Pete Dohms '67 (pdohms(at)

Dean: We've had a couple of stories about "No-Pay's"
little cafe in Hancock and here's one more. Back when
I was a humble frosh, the first week brought
initiation into the mysteries of life at Da Tech (who
remembers mumbling along the cedar chips, or the
legendary tomato fight between the freshman and senior
classes at the ski hill?). One of the events was a
scavenger hunt; my buddies and I were doing OK until
we got to "bring back a bowl of chili from No Pay
George's" - That had us completely stumped.

TechAlum Subscriber Stats

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using the word "at" instead of the at sign to guard against spambots.

1967 Leon Brown leonbrown25(at)

1971 Cris Jones xcjones1(at)
1973 Henry Mentink hwmentink(at)
1974 David Kalen dkalen(at)
1976 James Keighley keighleyja(at)

1980 Barry Felton hsvd3(at)
1983 Bradley DePottey depottey(at)
1987 Richard Ryfa rick.ryfa(at)

1990 Cynthia Beals cindy(at)
1991 Garth Snyder regs(at)
1992 Derek Dexter dkkdexter(at)
1996 Mylan Koski Jr. makoski(at)
1998 Vaughn Gerber vaughn.gerber(at)
1998 Jason Prokopetz proky(at)

2000 Caleb Emmes cemmes(at)
2000 Bryan McGraw brizzo(at)
2000 Kelly Garnell kelly.garnell(at)
2001 Eddie Walton brookswalton(at)

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Alumni Association Programs

CHAPTER EVENTS: For more information on alumni chapter events,
e-mail mtu_alumni at or see the alumni chapter site on the web.

14 West Michigan Chapter Spring Dinner

25 Green Bay Chapter 26th Annual Golf Outing

11 Detroit Chapter 2005 Golf Outing

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) or visit the ADA alumni website at

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)"

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)

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) or Ellie Mulcahy at eamulcahy(at)

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) 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) 

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 or email Adam Mitteer (aamittee(at)

DELTA PHI EPSILON REUNION: Delta Phi Epsilon's 20th reunion date is Sept 2-5, 2005. Please contact Tamsen Bissell (tamsenbissell(at) or Natasha Bruggeman -- reunion chair (nkbrugge(at) for more information.

Job Opportunities This Week

ON CAMPUS: Complete job descriptions for these positions are available by e-mailing jobs at

  • Director--International Programs and Services
  • Collections Coordinator--Accounting
  • Head of Reference, Instruction and Government Information Services--J. R. Van Pelt Library
  • Administrative Associate--Graduate School
  • Assistant Professor--School of Technology

OFF CAMPUS: For off-campus positions, visit the alumni section of the career center's web site (