May 2, 2005 (Vol. 11, No. 48)
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Tech In the News
It was all Michigan Tech in the Daily Mining Gazette and TV-6 over the weekend, what with building dedications and board meetings and commencement. The Gazette also published its annual progress edition, which includes interviews with a wide range of area people who are doing interesting things or making interesting things happen.
As seems to frequently be the case, this multi-section tabloid featured a number of folks associated with Michigan Tech. This is both a tribute to Tech faculty and staff for becoming actively involved in the community in so many ways, as well as an affirmation of Tech's large influence on the area.
This led me to look back through our news clips for the last couple of months and I am amazed at the breadth of the coverage. Offensive lineman Joe Berger generated quite a bit of ink (including features in Detroit and Charlotte) after becoming an NFL draft pick. A number of Canadian newspapers carried stories about Tech senior Colin Murphy's transition to the Toronto Maple Leafs organization.
But we also saw Seth Donohue, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, on CBS News' The Osgood File. Lee Dye, of ABCNews.com, featured biologist Charlie Kerfoot in his DyeHard Science column. Geologist and renown volcanologist Bill Rose appeared in the March National Geographic.
Meanwhile, the Discovery Channel Canada, after filing three stories from Michigan Tech last year, covered our hosting of the Clean Snowmobile Competition. The Oakland Press (in Pontiac) was one of many papers carrying a story on Russ Alger (Keweenaw Research Center) and his invention of a new road deicing technique.
And those of you who subscribe to the Great Lakes IT Report, a newsletter published by Detroit's WWJ Radio, saw our technology transfer and research efforts featured on two days last week.
Over on the home front, faithful readers know that the press coverage of my home improvement attempts will generally include the term "Woodbecking."
So it was that I planned a kitchen faucet replacement for a time frame in which the hardware store would be open. My son expressed an interest in the fine art of homeowner plumbing, also putting his reputation and genetic code on the line.
If I had a webcam in my kitchen, you would have seen two Woodbecks fighting for time under the sink, attacking various nuts and bolts with pliers and wrenches. We made some discoveries:
Eventually the old faucet came out and the new faucet went in, only to discover that one of the existing water feed lines was about six inches too short. This discovery came, of course, 10 minutes after the hardware store closed.
Because of the existence of a semi-shutoff valve, we had turned off the water for the entire house. We now faced mounting pressure from other family members, not to mention the prospect of the lasagna dinner that would never come to fruition.
A fast trip to the WalMart snagged me the very last flexible water feed line with the right size compression fittings on both ends. I ask you, what were the odds?
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At Da Tech
BUDGET SHOWS BLACK INK: Michigan Tech's Board of Control met Friday and heard that the university will show a small surplus in its general fund budget for 2005. On the enrollment front, deposits for next fall's freshman class are up 10 percent compared to the same time period last year. To date, Tech has 1,283 new students planning to enroll in the fall. Overall, Tech had 1,425 freshmen and transfer students enroll in fall 2004.
BOARD SUSPENDS PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH: The Board of Control also voted to suspend their search for a new president for one year. President Glenn Mroz was appointed a little over a year ago and, last December, was given a contract through June 2007. Board members praised Mroz for progress made in the last year.
COMMENCEMENT, DEDICATIONS HIGHLIGHT WEEKEND: Michigan Tech awarded more than 800 degrees on Saturday. Last Friday, the university dedicated the John and Ruanne Opie Library, Kanwal and Ann Rekhi Hall, and the Advanced Technology Development Complex. More:
TECH LEADS STATE: Michigan Tech President Glenn Mroz testified before the Michigan House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education last week. He told them that Tech leads all universities in the state in invention disclosures per dollar of research funding. He also described Tech's innovative Enterprise program and detailed university efforts to involve area middle school and high school students in projects, as well. More:
BUSINESS STUDENTS PLACE IN PORTFOLIO PROGRAM: Two teams in Michigan Tech's Applied Portfolio Management Program ranked among the top finishers in the Redefining Investment Strategy Education (RISE) Symposium held March 30–April 1 at the University of Dayton. Team Gold placed second in the Undergraduate--Equity Blend category, with a 23.52 percent return during 2004. Team Black placed third in the Undergraduate--Equity Value category. More:
SPOTLIGHT NIGHTS INVOLVE ALUMNI: The Michigan Tech Spotlight Night is a new program to involve alumni in the university's student recruiting efforts. The events will include alumni, potential students and parents, and representatives from various campus offices. The events kick off May 3 in Chicago, then move to Grand Rapids (May 4), Minneapolis (May 9), and Detroit (May 11. For details, see:
FOR MORE INFORMATION from Tech, see the weekly newsletter Tech Topics: http://www.mtu.edu/news/ttopics/
BARAGA MOTEL EXPANDS: The Best Western Baraga Lakeside Inn expects to complete its $1.4 million expansion project by mid-May. The motel is adding 36 guest rooms and a small fitness center.
NEW HOUGHTON RETAIL CENTER, MOTEL: Moyle, Inc., has started construction on a new Country Inn and Suites motel and a new strip mall in Houghton. Both buildings will be located along the M-26 corridor just east of the WalMart construction (WalMart is becoming a Super WalMart). The Country Inn will have 75 units and is scheduled to open on November 15.
M-26 TUNNEL OPENS: A new pedestrian tunnel which connects the Houghton waterfront with the west and central Houghton residential districts was opened to the public Tuesday afternoon. The tunnel is under M-26 and connects Houghton's waterfront park with residential areas on the other side of the increasingly busy highway.
From the E-mailbag
E-mail from Amy Murphy (tamurphy42(at)comcast.net)
In response to the article about cougars being spotted
However, I was convinced that I had seen one and
Keep up the good work.
E-mail from Jim Carpenter '70 (jdcarp(at)voyager.net)
West (lower) Michigan had the Olson Knife Company in
Wow - would the PC Police have a ball with that one
E-mail from Bruce Oliver '63 (Ollieret(at)aol.com)
E-mail from Nancy Bach (n.oconbach(at)earthlink.net)
I was very interested to hear about Joe Berger coming
E-mail from Bill Savela (pnwyooper(at)yahoo.com)
Reading your newsletter about the snow in Lower
Interested parties can see details at
Lakefront Vacation Cottage at Twin Lakes near
The Michigan Tech alumni who vacation at our place have been
Thank you once again for posting our cottage email to
E-mail from Jim Blaser '66 (jimblaser(at)earthlink.net)
You are always looking for real neat software. Check
World Wind is available at
BTW, I don't have the graphics accelerator card that
I think many alumni would be interested in this
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