May 16, 2005 (Vol. 12, No. 1)
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:
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY: Good morning from Houghton. As you may might have noticed above, we've turned over the odometer on the newsletter again, entering volume 12, which means starting the 12th year of this e-mail missive. It was May 1994 when the first newsletter went to about 30 people and we talked about Gopher servers in those days before GUIs and the Web revolutionized the world. Glad you are with us and keep those cards and letters coming.
I'm amazed at the changes over the last 12 years. My daughter is a junior in high school and has begun the college search in earnest. She pays some attention to the brochures and booklets that arrive in the mail almost daily, but the web and e-mail seem to have replaced printed search pieces and the telephone as the primary means to gather information and communicate.
When I need bike parts or ski accessories or associated clothing, I go to the web to see what is available and get a feel for prices. I try to shop locally as much as possible, figuring I get far more information in person from a bike geek than from the web, plus there are no shipping costs. But some things just aren't available locally.
I have three sets of golf clubs for sale on eBay right now. Ten years ago, the best I could do was a written notice posted on the bulletin board at Portage Lake Golf Course. But as I look at prices of everything from golf clubs to bikes, eBay looks like it will get me a better deal (as a seller) and I can pass along the shipping charges.
I know none of this
is news, but I can't help but be amazed at the changes we've seen in the
last decade. These are changes that today's entering college student,
and everyone under 20, just take for granted.
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
TRAVERSE CITY RECEPTION TOMORROW: All Michigan Tech alumni and friends are invited to a reception in Traverse City tomorrow, Tuesday, from 6-10 pm. The reception is in conjunction with the SAE Noise and Vibration Conference. Michigan Tech officials attending will include Bill Predebon, chair of the ME-EM department, and Jay Meldrum, director of the Keweenaw Research Center. Also hosting the reception is Bill Myers, president of TriLink Technical Services. A map and driving directions are available here.
HALF-TIME SHOW DVD AVAILABLE:
The Michigan Tech Pep Band is selling a DVD of its 10-minute halftime
show at last November's Bash at the Big House in Michigan Stadium. DVDs
are $15. Go here
for a PDF order form.
TECH, TALL SHIP
COMBINE FOR ADVENTURE:
The Denis Sullivan, a 137-foot, three-masted schooner based in Milwaukee,
Wis., will come to Houghton in July, when 16 adventurous souls will set
sail for a week's journey on Lake Superior. Participants will act as the
crew and Michigan Tech faculty will give lectures and demonstrations on
the Great Lakes' maritime heritage, water ecology, resource conservation
and Lake Superior history. Three units of graduate credit from Michigan
Tech, which provide continuing education credit for science and math teachers,
are available for those completing the trip. More:
YES EXPO RETURNS
IN OCTOBER: Michigan Tech will host the 2005 Michigan Youth Engineering
& Science (YES!) Expo on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at Ford Field in Detroit.
The Expo educates and excites students about careers and education in
science, engineering and related areas. More:
SYLVESTER 1, TWEETY 0: Want birdsong in your backyard this summer? The biggest favor you can do for sparrows, warblers, finches and robins is to keep the family cat indoors, especially during the nesting season. "House cats are probably the number one cause of human-related BIRD mortality," says David Flaspohler, associate professor of forest resources and environmental science. More:
STATE LOOKING AT UNIVERSITY FUNDING CHANGE: State Republicans have proposed a new funding system for state universities, based on enrollment, research activities and the number of degrees granted. Michigan Tech officials say the formula must take into account the high cost of science and engineering degrees. Dale Tahtinen, vice president for government relations said oftentimes the most expensive degree programs are also the ones that the state needs for economic growth.
SENIOR DESIGN TEAMS
GARNER RECOGNITION: Two senior design teams in the Department of Civil
and Environmental Engineering have gained national and international attention
for their work in developing countries. One team is a finalist for the
international Mondialogo Engineering Award and an EPA People, Prosperity
and Planet Award. More:
PROVOST SEARCH UNDERWAY: Michigan Tech is searching for a new provost and vice president for academic affairs. The incumbent is the chief academic officer, with responsibility for all academic programs. A job description is available at http://www.mtu.edu/provost. Nominations and applications from qualified alumni are encouraged.
KEWEENAW ALUMNI HOST TOURS OF NEW BUILDINGS: The Keweenaw Alumni Chapter will hold a wine and cheese reception and building tours this Wednesday, from 5-7:30 pm. Participants will start in the new reading room of the Opie Library and have tours of that building, plus the renovated JR Van Pelt Library and Rekhi Hall, home of computer science. Contact Kim Klender for more information (ksklende(at)mtu.edu or 906-487-3674).
IN "TOP COMPANIES TO WATCH: The "50 Michigan Companies to
Watch" awards program included a number of companies with Michigan
Tech connections. The program, sponsored by the Edward Lowe Foundation,
recognizes "second stage companies." All three UP companies
are run by (and employ) Tech grads (GS Engineering in Houghton, Thermoanalytics
at the Houghton County Airport, and Hiawatha Log Homes in Munising). Other
connections include Testing Services Group LLC (CEO/owner Mark Lockwood
'82), Twisthink (Robert Niemiec '85, partner) and VanAire Inc ( Richard
Vandevusse '77). More:
MOUNTAIN BIKE EVENT DURING BRIDGEFEST: Mountain bikers will race and/or tour the Maasto Hiihto and Churning Rapids trails during the Portage Health System Keweenaw Chain Drive Festival. The event will take place June 18-19 (during Bridgefest) and includes point-to-point races and tours, a technical time trial, and the Junior Chain Drive kids race. Registration deadline (with a free jersey) is May 31. For more information, see http://www.chaindrive.org
HOUGHTON LIBRARY PLANS PROCEED: The Houghton City Council has authorized planning for a new library on the Houghton waterfront. The Portage Lake District Library would occupy the former site of the Gundlach warehouse, just below the other library (bar and restaurant).
BOARD VICE-CHAIR LEADS SPACE TOURNEY: More than 100 students competed in the first Upper Peninsula Space TiViTz tournament last week. Space TiViTz, an entertaining, educational board game, was designed to build basic math and critical thinking skills. Katherine Clark, vice chair of Tech's Board of Control and chief scientist of Human Space Flight for NASA, led the tourney.
From the E-mailbag
E-mail from Pete Dohms '67 (pdohms(at)email.msn.com)
Regarding the many
cougar sightings in the UP and the
The cynic in me sympathizes with her theory.
E-mail from John Saporta '88 (jsaporta(at)sbcglobal.net)
Great to hear some
news about Michigan Tech that did
Then again, this
is why I choose to live in the best
I do enjoy the weekly
newsletter, would welcome more
John Saporta '88, Chicago boy, always.
Dean sez: The plan
is to do a monthly highlight
E-mail from John Baker '71 (jbaker(at)ugs.com)
The NASA "World
Wind" program is awesome (I have both
E-mail from Dave Trestain (datrestain(at)comcast.net)
A rousing polka edition
of "In heaven there is no
For amusement purposed only, of course.
E-mail from Eric Showalter (wes(at)umr.edu)
I teach construction
scheduling. When it comes to
(1) Take your first
estimate of the time, and multiply
(2) Change to the next larger unit of time
Thus if my first
estimate is 3 hours, I multiply by 2
Try this simple method
and I think you will see that
Thanks for the great newsletters.
E-mail from Tom Knudstrup '85 (tom.knudstrup(at)alcan.com)
How timely you are.
I replaced a kitchen faucet a few
I had the same problems
with the semi-shutoff valves
I also found that
if you are already planning to throw
When my wife asked
me last week to replace the old
E-mail from Stan Smart '69 (stsmart(at)net-link.net)
Re: your kitchen
faucet replacement. I've learned the
E-mail from Marty Oldford (MSOldford(at)aol.com)
E-mail from Donald Arndt (darndt(at)worksdarndt.com)
Growing up and traveling
in rural Michigan, I saw a
Why not update the
Michigan Tech marketing campaign with Burma-
I'm wealthy and wise
Are you jobless and
Do you think these
ideas will get me a shot at the
E-mail from Shirley (Anderson) Brantingham (N738LU(at)aol.com)
One of my favorite
Burma Shave commercials was always:
Not a Burma shave
ad but similar from Az highways, it
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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
OFF CAMPUS: For off-campus positions, visit the alumni section of the career center's web site (www.ucc.mtu.edu/alumni.asp)