April 25, 2005 (Vol. 11, No. 47)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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Slow but sure, spring approaches the Copper Country. I see some buds on trees and things are greening up. I met with a reporter from Detroit (WWJ) yesterday and told him it is pretty sad when you have to come to the UP to escape snow. (Those of you who subscribe to the Great Lakes IT Report, reporter Matt Roush is here to look at our technology transfer efforts. There was a great write-up in this morning's edition.)
Back to the items at hand: we have an action-packed week here at Michigan Tech, with a board meeting, building dedications, and commencement all happening in a two-day period.
On Friday, we will dedicate three new facilities, two of which are highly visible and the other that should have an impact on research and undergraduate education.
We will start dedication day at the Advanced Technology Design Center (ATDC), which is located at the corner of Sharon Ave. and Garnet St., just west of Sherman Field. The building includes the Ford Student Design Center, which will primarily serve Enterprise projects.
As you may know, students establish Enterprises to operate as companies and can participate for three years. Most of the vehicle competitions have organized as Enterprises and there are many others (see www.enterprise.mtu.edu). The ATDC provides design space and high-bay lab space for these projects. It also will serve as an incubator for start-up companies needing testing facilities. The Keweenaw Research Center has installed a large, four-wheel dynamometer, as well.
From the ATDC, we will move to the Opie Library and Rekhi Hall. The Opie Library includes new student study space, including a soaring atrium that is the building's signature. The new facility is attached to the Van Pelt Library, which has been completely renovated as part of the project. Rekhi Hall is connected to Fisher Hall and includes offices, labs, and classrooms for the computer science department. The Opie Library and Rekhi Hall are connected by a bridge, as well.
John Opie and Kanwal Rekhi, both Michigan Tech alumni, provided major funding for these new facilities.
The day after these celebrations comes commencement, when we will welcome about 900 new Michigan Tech alumni. Alumnus and retired oil executive George Siler will give the keynote address.
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SENATE APPROVES SPIN-OFFS: The University Senate approved three spin-off degree programs: a BS in Construction Management, BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology, and BS in Electrical Engineering Technology. The senate also approved a change in the name of the BS in Surveying, to BS in Surveying Engineering. Finally, the senate discussed a proposed PhD in Biomedical Engineering.
What Lake Linden-based beverage manufacturer claimed that their product
was "refreshing as the sportsman's paradise?" Think you know
the answer? Chances are good that the teams preparing for the third annual
Smackdown know that it was the Bosch Brewing Company. The third annual
high school local history Smackdown will take place on Thursday, April
28, at 7 p.m. in the Calumet Theatre. The Michigan Tech Archives is a sponsor of
the event, which will include 16 high school teams from the four-county
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COUGAR SPOTTED AGAIN: Finlandia University Instructor Roger Laitinen is the latest local resident to spot a cougar, which have long been written off as non-existent in the state of Michigan. But in the past dozen years or so, hundreds of sightings have been reported in the U.P., including at least 70 as documented by local researcher Nancy Gagnon of Michigan Tech.
TOWNSHIP SEEKS SEWER/WATER HELP: The Portage Township planning committee has heard from three engineering firms interested in providing development guidance for a solution to its water and sewer problems. The township recently paid over $57,000 in overage penalties with the city of Houghton over water issues. Portions of the township's system are at least 60 years old.
MARINA GRANT SOUGHT: Houghton County has applied for a grant to upgrade the county marina. The Michigan Waterways Commission grant would support an engineering study to expand and improve the facility, just east of the bridge on the Hancock side of the pond.
BARAGA COUNTY TO FIX BRIDGES: Baraga County has received nearly $2.3 million in state funding to rebuild two outdated bridges. A bridge crossing the Otter River at Pelkie Road will receive $1.735 million, while a span over Herman-Nestoria Road at Daults Creek will be renovated for $550,000.
CONSIDERS TRAIL: An advisory committee to the Michigan DNR has met
twice to consider the use of a recreation corridor between Chassell and
Houghton. The land is the former railroad grade that parallels US-41.
A number of driveways cross the grade and some landowners have property
on both sides. The committee will recommend whether the path should be
motorized or nonmotorized, among other issues.
BERGER SELECTED BY CAROLINA: Michigan Tech's Joe Berger will try out for the Carolina Panthers this summer, after being selected in the sixth round of the NFL draft yesterday. He is the first Husky drafted since 1987, when Dave Walter went to the NY Giants in the ninth round. Berger will graduate Saturday with a mechanical engineering degree.
Dan Mettlach, GLIAC Player of the Year for two times running, earned MVP
honors at the football awards banquet over the weekend. The quarterback
holds the Michigan Tech record with 50 touchdown passes. More:
From the E-mailbag
E-mail from Steve Haeg '77 (Steven.Haeg@mts.com>)
Okay, more worms for the mix, my personal favorite:
He lit a match
E-mail from Kerry Irons
Don't try passing
E-mail from George Wright '70 (GeorgeWright@worldnet.att.ne)
Great HusqiTale about
the cell-phone jammers. If I
"It is not illegal
to own a mobile cellular blocker
The cheap model is
in a plain black plastic box that
E-mail from Duane Mariotti (email@example.com)
Cell Phone jammers
are illegal to purchase and use in
E-mail from firstname.lastname@example.org
I thought your bit
about cell phone jammers was
There are ways to
block cell phone signals passively
Maybe some day, cell
phone etiquette will become more
E-mail from Rich Mahle '71 (email@example.com)
the phone off! Saves on battery
E-mail from Michael Nitschke (Michael.Nitschke@Siemens.com)
I would guess that
the devices for jamming cell phones
E-mail from Dave Strenski (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Great topic as usual.
I can't help you with the cell-
I read about it in
EETimes, the inventor kind of did
E-mail from John Alaniva '83 (AlanivaJ@tacom.army.mil)
E-mail from Brad DePottey '83 (email@example.com)
In the same vane
as your rant about unwanted cell
Imagine the damage
one of these devices could wreak in
E-mail from John Baker '71 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Trust me, if the
airlines are already paranoid about
BTW, I'm writing
this from the Admiral's Club at the
E-mail from Bob Tolfree '76 (email@example.com)
I have started a
distributed computing team for
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Job Opportunities This Week
ON CAMPUS: Complete job descriptions for these positions are available by e-mailing jobs at mtu.edu
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