July 25, 2005 (Vol. 12, No. 9)
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In this issue:
The orange barrels came out in Hancock last week and contractors repaved the entire length of the main drag, Quincy Street. You civil engineers, and all aficionados of large construction machines, would have brought lawn chairs and popcorn. That huge pavement eating machine, the large trucks with steaming asphalt, the rollers that can do an entire lane at once...a feel a testosterone overdose coming on. Does it get any better than that?
There were a couple of amazing things. First, the whole process only took three days--and the contractors worked only at night. Second, the very day the project was complete, the city had already dug up a large square portion of the street in front of the WMPL studios. I guess that's job security for those at the local Payne and Dolan asphalt plant on Lake Annie Road.
Speaking of construction, the year-and-a-half renovation of Wadsworth Hall is scheduled to come to an end in August. Contractors are putting the final touches on rooms in East Wads, as well as to the suites (also on the east end of the hall). Since January 2004, the phased renovation has meant relocating residents, doing the construction, and continuing to operate. It has been quite a juggling act for students, workers, and staff.
The project has reconfigured the rooms and hallways, providing a number of kitchens and study areas on each floor, as well as upgrading electrical and data networks and plumbing. New "loftable" furniture has also been added to each room.
And finally, the
alumni reunion is fast approaching. It kicks off on August 4 with the
traditional pasty picnic. For information, and links to the schedule and
our alumni bulletin board, go to
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At Da Tech
DIGS POTTERY: Tim Scarlett, assistant professor of archeology at Michigan
Tech, is looking for pottery left behind by pioneer craftsmen in Salt
Lake City. He's doing so by excavating a back yard. The homeowner was
planning an expansion, but wanted to be sure the work would not damage
any relics. For links to stories, and his web site, go
GLIAC HONORS: Michigan Tech football player Joe Berge has been recognized
as the 2004-05 GLIAC Men's Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Berger, who has
signed with the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League, graduated
from Michigan Tech last December with a 3.80 grade point average in mechanical
BREAKERS PARK GETS MAKE-OVER: The beach area across the Portage waterway from McLain State Park and the old Coast Guard Station will soon be free of stamp sand. The area, generally know to Tech students as "the breakers," was part of a $15.2 million Superfund clean-up. The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to reopen the area to public use in October, after covering the stamp sand with soil and vegetation.
IRISHMAN ROWING SUPERIOR: Ian Harvey, a competitive rower from St. Field, Northern Ireland, is oaring from Duluth to Sault Ste. Marie. The 58-year-old is raising money for a charity that builds schools in Uganda. He is being supported by a crew of nine people who are riding on a tug boat from Duluth.
LIBRARY BREAKS GROUND: The City of Houghton broke ground last week on a new building for the Portage Lake District Library. The site is the former location of the Gundlach Construction warehouse, just below the Library Bar and Restaurant on the Houghton waterfront.
CALUMET ADDS VENTILATION: Two new fans, each with a 10,000 cubic-foot-per-minute capacity, will help cool patrons of the Calumet Theater. The theater board added the air exchange system to increase the comfort level of summer patrons. The fans are part of a project to restore the theatre's original airflow configuration. Originally, inside air was vented out through the roof by convection and replaced by fresh air via vents in the auditorium floor and the front of the stage.
NEW ARMORY OPENS: Officials opened the new Calumet National Guard Armory last week, dedicating a 27,000 square-foot building north of the village. The old building, which includes an ice rink, will remain open for use as an ice arena and other community events.
From the E-mailbag
E-mail from Jim Mitchell (jmitchell(at)priceheneveld.com)
Dean, great news
about David House's magnificent gift.
E-mail from Jeff Jost '04 (Jost_Jeffrey_W(at)cat.com)
Dean, I thought you'd
enjoy this CNN story about UP
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Dean- Please convey
my thanks and best wishes to the
As I remember, the
hotel was built in the form of a
The company policy
was to always put guests in the
Keep up the good
work and, God willing, I will be
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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
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)
One special note, Pettibone in Baraga is searching for a new president. For details, contact Chris Dillman at Korn/Ferry in Chicago (chris.dillman(at)kornferry.com)