May 31, 2005 (Vol. 12, No. 3)
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We went to see Porky yesterday. Not Porky Pig--although I do have a very funny audio file of a comedian singing Blue Christmas as Porky Pig. No, actually, we saw the Porkies, as in Porcupine Mountains.
After lunch at Syl's diner, we drove to the far western edge of the park to hike along the Presque Isle River, which forms several waterfalls as it makes its final descent to Lake Superior. With blue skies and 60 degrees, it was a perfect finish to a weekend that included open houses and high school graduations.
The trail often climbs up the bluff, then drops to the river's edge, offering opportunities to see the falls up close and to skip stones in lazy pools of water. After a little over a mile, you cross a bridge and head back down the east side of the river. This side of the river provides a few opportunities to walk on rock outcroppings (which would be covered during very high water) and feel like you are standing in the middle of the river. A walk across an island (well, it is an island when the water is high) and small suspension bridge takes to back to the parking lot.
All the way along, we shot photos (can't have too many photos of waterfalls!), ran and skipped (well, those under 18 did that), and explored the rocks and branches, flora and fauna along the river bank.
suggested we stop on one of the sandy beaches along M-107 and Lake Superior,
and kick off our shoes. In the distance, the color of the water and clouds
were identical, so it seemed as if there was no horizon. It was quite
a treat. Jay celebrated with the first plunge of the season. He confirms
that the water is cold. I wouldn't know--my feet and ankles were numb.
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ENHANCEMENT COMMITTEE SUGGESTS IMPROVEMENTS: The Presidential Committee to Enhance Campus and Community has released its interim report. Recommendations include enhancing Michigan Tech's waterfront property, improving pedestrian safety and the visual appeal of the US 41 corridor through campus, encouraging the enhancement and preservation of residential neighborhoods near the Michigan Tech campus and reviewing classroom design. The report is here.
INNOVATION AWARD: Paul Charlesworth, associate professor of chemistry,
is the first recipient of the newly created Fredrick Williams Instructional
Innovation Award. Charlesworth was selected largely for his efforts to
introduce WebCT, initially in the first-year chemistry course and later
throughout Michigan Tech. He was also cited for implementing the studio
model of lab instruction, which strives to eliminate the boundary between
lecture and lab. More:
BRAUN NAMED DONOVAN
WINNER: Recent graduate Emily Braun has been chosen to receive the
Clair M. Donovan Award for Outstanding Service by Blue Key National Honor
Fraternity. The annual award goes to an Michigan Tech student, faculty or staff
member for exemplary service during the preceding year. Braun, of Fond
du Lac, Wis., graduated this spring with a BS in Materials Science and
Engineering. She was selected for her contributions to student organizations,
including the Society of Women Engineers and Blue Key.
DISPLAY BACK AT DEE: Beginning tomorrow and spending the summer at
Dee Stadium will be a display over 2,000 historic area photos, courtesy
of Houghton Police Chief and chief photo collector Ralph Raffaelli. Many
of last year's organizations have returned for 2005, including Main Street
Calumet, the Houghton Keweenaw Genealogical Society, Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa
Community College and the Delaware Mine. Newcomers to the History and
Photo Fair include displays by the communities of Trout Creek, Kenton,
Covington, Tapiola and Toivola.
From the E-mailbag
E-mail from Kate Willette (kate.willette(at)goswerve.com)
E_mail from Tom Cieslinski '63 (tomciesl(at)midmaine.com)
Just wanted to comment
on how much I enjoy Joe
We are a full two
weeks behind in leaf out here in
E-mail from Lance Olson '87 (lance_r_olson(at)hotmail.com)
I have to agree with
John Baker (TechAlum News, May
We spent the past
winter back in Minnesota and the
Thanks for the weekly
newsletter. It is always great
E-mail from Ted Reed (ted.reed(at)delphi.com)
Burma Shave verse I remember:
Don't try passing
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