April 4, 2005 (Vol. 11, No. 44)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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So there I am in Florida, sitting by a pool in one of the largest retirement communities I've ever seen. Up walks a guy with a guitar case. I have flashbacks to youth group canoe trips, campfires, mosquitoes...
Back in reality, the thermometer is somewhere north of 80 and I'm trying to read a book and not think of missing the waning days of ski season back home (somehow I managed). Then I think, what possesses someone to take a guitar to a public place and think that people want to share his experience? Fortunately, the wind was strong and his plucking was soft.
My daughter and I enjoyed four days in central Florida, watching the dolphins and Shamu perform at Sea World and walking the miles of Cocoa Beach, where there were far more people that it seemed (I guess the ocean will give you that perspective, won't it?). We put our stuff down, chose some landmarks, and I thought, "OK, we'll easily find our way back."
As my wife will tell you, that's a poor assumption. One of our first dates was a day trip to Cedar Point. We came out of the park around dinnertime searching for the car. She wondered aloud if I knew where I parked. "Sure," I said. "In the last row." Funny how that last row shifted over a six-hour visit.
Back in Florida, since we had an early flight out, we spent the last night in an airport hotel, ordering out for pizza and watching reruns of Everybody Loves Raymond. I mean, what is not to like about a vacation like that? Especially when you return home to groomers still grooming and some fast-as-lightning skiing every morning.
Snow Watch '04-'05
This week March 21 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
SANREGRET NAMED ATHLETIC DIRECTOR: Michigan Tech Athletic Director Rick Yeo has accepted a new position as senior director of athletic development effective May 2. Suzanne Sanregret, Michigan Tech's assistant athletic director since 1997, has been promoted to athletic director. Kevin Luke, head men's basketball coach, will take over as associate director while retaining his coaching responsibilities.
The reorganization was prompted by the need to enhance external funding for athletics in an era of falling state appropriations. Yeo has broad experience in fund-raising. He will raise funds for all sports except football. The director of athletic development, Bill Steele, will focus his efforts exclusively on football. More:
TECH IN LINE FOR $10 MILLION: Michigan Tech would receive $7.5 million from the state to undertake a number of capital improvements under a bill passed March 23 by the appropriations committees of both the Michigan State House and Senate. The capital outlay originated in an executive order by Governor Jennifer Granholm that also cuts appropriations to the state's 15 public universities by nearly $30 million. Michigan Tech's share of that cut would be $855,600, reducing the university's state funding from $48.7 million to $47.9 million this year. More:
ASPEN FACE SITE RECIEVES $5 MILLION: The US Department of Energy has renewed its support for the world's largest, open-air climate change research facility. Michigan Tech professor Dave Karnosky is the lead researcher at the facility, which is operated by the US Forest Service near Rhinelander, Wisconsin. Aspen FACE allows scientists to study the impact of carbon dioxide and ground-level ozone on forest ecosystems. More:
FACULTY STUDY METEOROLOGICAL PUZZLE: If it rains on your parade next summer, enjoy the moment. You might be witnessing one of Nature's minor marvels. Physics faculty members Alex Kostinski and Raymond Shaw have proposed an answer to a 50-year-old meteorology puzzle: How is warm rain initiated? They have published their findings in the February 2005 issue of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. More:
PHYSICIST GOES NANO TUBULAR: Yoke Khin Yap dreams of sensors that could detect any known toxin and fit in a soldier's shirt pocket. Of a supercomputer the size of your credit card. Of a cable that's long, strong and light enough to lasso the moon. To build them, he says, you have to start small. Atom by atom, Yap and his research team are constructing nanotubes as small as a billionth of a meter across and a few hundred micrometers long. More:
RIPLEY SEASON ENDS: Mont Ripley turned off the chair lift yesterday, ending another successful 100+ day ski season. The hill has boasted more than 100 days of skiing each year since snowmaking equipment was installed.
FOR MORE INFORMATION from Tech, see the weekly newsletter Tech Topics: http://www.mtu.edu/news/ttopics/
B-BALL FANS SEE HORNER FLOOR, AGAIN: When the four best men's college basketball teams in the land got together in St. Louis, they played on a floor that was produced right here in the Copper Country. For the 20th straight year, the floor for the NCAA Final Four men's tournament is being provided by Horner Flooring of Dollar Bay (which, by the way, is owned by two Michigan Tech alumni).
MROZ COMPLETES ONE YEAR: The Gazette did a story on President Glenn Mroz's first year in office. You can see part of that story here.
MESABA ADDS ONE FLIGHT: Northwest Airlines, through its commuter partner Mesaba Airlines, will add a fourth flight to the Houghton County Memorial Airport, starting today. As with the other flights, it will be a round-tripper to Minneapolis-St. Paul. But the flight will only last until June 9. A similar scenario occurred recently when Northwest added a fourth flight in October, only to discontinue it in February. Airport manager, Dennis Hext, says the problem is Mesaba's lack of aircraft, exacerbated by a delay in production of commuter jets.
From the E-mailbag
E-mail from Bob Alexander '76 (rockers(at)freeway.net)
OK Dean..need some clarification as the wager almost
Your Snowcast says the following;
SNOW WATCH '04-'05
However the Hoton Newspaper (last weekend) says
Dean sez: Bob and his weather gambling buddy will have to sort this one out--because we are both right. I use the measurements from Tech's Keweenaw Research Center, which is located adjacent to the Houghton County Airport, where snow measurements have traditionally been taken. A couple of years ago, the Gazette starting using a snow measurer who lives in Painesdale. You can then add a third variable in the form of John Dee, a weather forecaster who has a rudimentary measuring device at his Lake Linden home.
E-mail from Gary Gates '68 (glgates(at)dreamscape.com)
Well, Syracuse, New York, got the "Golden Snowball"
E-mail from John Titlow (heterodyne(at)juno.com)
I pass by the Trenary sign each summer on the way to
My favorite town or refreshment detour on the way to
E-mail from Jon Kreski '82 (jkreski(at)new.rr.com)
I worry about you! I had an adventure such as this
I have been reading the newsletter for years. Thank
I too have been collecting road sign gems over the
~~ Near Scranton PA,
~~ In Farilee VT,
~~ In Heartland VT,
E-mail from Shelley Bess (adat2pj(at)yahoo.com)
Did you stop at one of those exits and get some world
Dean sez: We are indeed fortunate to have Trenary Toast available at our local grocery store, Pat's IGA!
E-mail from Dave Geyer '92 (David.Geyer(at)tggroupna.com)
Trenary....didn't remember the name, although like
A Yahoo search on "Trenary" yielded the link below
Hope the sun's plentiful on your week off.
E-mail from Nancy Bach (n.oconbach(at)earthlink.net)
Dean, I didn't know what a Trenary was, so I looked it
Here's a website full of info and photos from the race
E-mail from Chas. Thompson '91 (chas(at)num1pirate.com)
Wondering if you could mention Schmohz Brewing Company
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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)