2005 (Vol. 12, No. 6)
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Updates/Welcome to new subscribers
Services for Alumni
The local wags say
the UP tourism season gets into full gear on the Fourth of July. Last
night, it was 56 degrees at fireworks time. Today, the predicted high
is 59, with drizzle. But it should be in the 80s by the end of the week.
I've regaled you
in the past with stories of a Copper Country Fourth, complete with lots
of food and parades with as many as 17 fire trucks, with lights flashing
and sirens blaring. As the kids get older (and adults, too), the parades,
hot dog stands and kids games don't have the same allure.
But there other ways
to celebrate. Yesterday we attended a gathering that kicks off with your
choice of a 3-mile fitness walk or a 6-mile run--both on single-track
trails (and, it seemed, mostly uphill). Then you get to strap on the feedbag
at a huge potluck with a live band. The kids swim and, according to some
offspring, the adults do what we do best--talk.
Our family tradition
has been to rent a movie for post-dinner viewing, then retire to the back
yard for sparklers. You'd think, with teens, the sparklers would become--how
do you say?--lame. But creativity can come from the simplest of sources.
It is amazing the geometric shapes into which you can place series of
sparklers, making them burn in different ways. They also make quite a
sight when thrown across the yard.
We added some spice
on an impulse buy at ShopKo (always dangerous to send Dad there unsupervised).
The $6 package (a well-spent $6, if I do say so myself), produced by a
company called TNT, included what turned out to be miniature versions
of fireworks, including such names as "Crystal Fountain" and
"June Bugs," and "Precious Stones." They don't match
what you can buy down in Baraga, I know, but I was excited.
The boxes had basically
the same warning labels, which rank right up there with traffic signs
developed by Captain Obvious. ("Do not pass when opposing traffic
present." Ya think?) For example (and these were in all capital letters,
of course): "Emits showers of sparks. Use only under close adult
supervision (my wife argues that "adult" needs to be better
defined). For outdoor use only. Place on level surface. Do not hold in
hand. Light fuse and get away."
Next year, we will
spring for the Proud Eagle package for $35. But only if I can get to ShopKo
without telling anyone.
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Tech In the News
Here are some recent
highlights of news coverage of Michigan Tech. To see these and other stories,
- The concrete canoe
team's third place finish, nationally, is received considerable attention,
including WLUC-TV6 Marquette and WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids, as well as
several newspapers in South Carolina and Wisconsin.
- The university's
2005-06 budget received state-wide coverage. There were a number of
stories reporting that President Mroz would present a balanced budget,
then stories from the board meeting about the budget and tuition increase.
Our web site has a sampling, including WLUC-TV Marquette, WOOD-TV Grand
Rapids, and the Detroit Free Press.
- Glen Barna and
Tech spin-off IT Telemetrics received a state-wide award and some press,
including WWJ Radio's IT Report and Crain's Detroit Business.
- One story received
a lot of play: football alum Joe Berger signing a three-year with the
Carolina Panthers (which should skew the Career Center's annual starting
salary report). The Charlotte Observer did a feature about Berger almost
not playing football when Tech's
program was almost cut.
- Isle Royale has
legs: The Isle Royale story that ran in the St. Paul Pioneer Press a
month ago (and includes information on the wolf/moose study associated
with Tech) continues to have legs and has appeared around the country.
The latest clips are from Bradenton, Florida, and the Philadelphia Inquirer.
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At Da Tech
CANOE TAKES THIRD IN NATION: Michigan Tech's team nabbed a bronze,
its best finish ever, at the 18th Annual ASCE National Concrete Canoe
Competition, held June 25-27 at Clemson University. Twenty-one teams had
earned the right to compete in the nationwide contest. "Our team
placed in the top five of all events but one," said civil and environmental
engineering professor Neil Hutzler, who attended the event. "I am
very proud of them." More:
BUSINESS PROF NAMED FULBRIGHT: Karol Pelc, professor in the School
of Business and Economics, has been named a Fulbright Scholar. He will
travel to Slovenia in 2006 and present lectures and seminars at the Universities
of Maribor and Ljubliana on economics and the management of technological
WOMEN IN ENGINEERING
CONTINUES: Michigan Tech hosted 133 high school students last week
in the annual Women in Engineering Youth Program. Participants explored
eight different areas of engineering and science, work on group engineering
projects and interact with role model speakers. They also experienced
a mini-version of college life by living in residence halls, participating
in recreational activities, and interacting with peers and counselors
who act as mentors.
DAY AT THE YELLOW DOG: The National Wildlife Federation sponsored
a day-long tour for reporters of northern Marquette County's "Yellow
Dog Plains," an area where Kennecott is looking at a nickel sulfide
mine. Environmental groups, reporters, and a representative from Kennecott
discussed the proposed mine's potential impact on the area and, particularly,
STANDOFF ENDS AT
MASS CITY: A 42-year-old Mass City man was arrested Wednesday after
a 22-hour standoff with police, including a large contingent from a State
Police "emergency support team." The man allegedly fired shots
towards the Mass City Little League field behind his house, then shot
at sheriff deputies when they entered his house.
ENJOY YOUR TEE
SHOTS: The Michigan DNR has moved about 300 geese from Waterford,
Michigan (near Detroit) to the Sturgeon River Wildlife Sloughs and the
Baraga Plains. The geese are part of a contingent of 3,500 distributed
around the state. The nuisance geese create problems for golf courses
and homeowners, especially throughout the lower third of the state. For
the past five years, the geese have been sent to Iowa but with the increasing
number of birds, the DNR had to find an alternative.
From the E-mailbag
E-mail from John
Titlow (heterodyne(at)juno.com), on my
extolling the virtues of a Copper Country summer:
Good morning Dean:
Did the State of
Michigan eliminate the black flies
and no-see-ums from the Keweenaw Peninsula? I recall
that the hotter that the air temperature got the more
the flies would bite. I never found the black flies to
Dean sez: We've banished
them to Copper Harbor and
surrounding environs (see the goose story just above; it
is a similar program).
E-mail from Tom
Sadler '78 (sadler_thomas(at)msn.com)
I remember the summer I spent at Tech. I was attending
Forestry summer camp in July and August of 1976. The
weather was mainly in the mid to upper 70s with low
humidity with sunny skies. We would go to Redridge and
McLain State park to watch the sunsets. Forestry camp
was tough but the great weather made things a lot
better. I visited the Keweenaw Peninsula in 1996 and
wish I could come back every summer.
Speaking of bad beer, I have a nominee. I was in the
Navy from 1981-1987. I made one cruise to the
Mediterranean in the summer of 1986. One of our ports
of call was Messina, Sicily. I loved the city but not
the beer of the same name. It too allegedly had
formaldehyde in it as a preservative. It gave you a
nasty hangover and did bad things to your digestive
system. Of course when you little other choice sailors
will drink most anything.
E-mail from Kathy Hellman Kilponen '61 (bkilpo(at)juno.com)
Here's a bad beer
story! I have a six pack of original
Bosch Light Sauna beer and a six pack of Bosch Gilt
Edge Premium beer from the Houghton brewery. The beer
was purchased before the brewery closed and that's
about 35 years ago. I was taking them to the trash
when I remembered that this week's Tech stories were
about beer. I stopped to think...and saved both 6
packs. They may be the only Bosch six packs in
existence? If anyone is interested, the six packs are
up for bids. The bottles can be sold and I will donate
the contents. Bill and I will be in the Copper Country
for the Phi Lambda Beta Sorority reunion on August
2-5. Make an offer?
Dean sez: Maybe
we should start a web auction service:
BeerBay or bBay?
E-mail from Dave
I felt compelled to reply to Rick Stevens note on
Orion Beer from Okinawa. I make no claims for being a
beer connoisseur, but I've had some pretty good beers
in many parts of the world including Germany, Holland,
and Belgium. Orion certainly isn't the absolute best,
but it is a pretty good brew and is head and shoulders
above some of the others. I have found most Japanese
beers to be pretty reasonable. I wish that I had a
better comprehensive rating system for brews like
Bosch, which is only a faint memory at this point in
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Alumni Association Programs
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e-mail mtu_alumni at mtu.edu or
see the alumni
chapter site on the web.
15 Mid-Michigan (Saginaw, Midland, Bay City) Annual Golf Outing
30 West Michigan Chapter at Whitecaps baseball
4-6 2005 Alumni Reunion
GREEK REUNION INFORMATION has been moved to the
web. For the link, go here: http://www.admin.mtu.edu/alumni/reunion/
Job Opportunities This Week
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jobs at mtu.edu
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