August 1, 2005 (Vol. 12, No. 10)
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We continue to exist between weather systems, it seems. I had to bundle up to watch a soccer game Saturday morning, then sweated profusely washing and waxing the cars Sunday afternoon. The weather forecast looks good for the alumni reunion, with a hot day on Wednesday, then temperatures in the mid-70s for later in the week and into the weekend.
They say you have to hit rock bottom before finally asking for help. So it is with my "to-do" list. Years of do-it-yourselfing have provided much fodder for this newsletter, not to mention the coining of "Woodbecking." Finally, though, the list has gotten so long that all the effort and ER visits in the world won't get it done.
Yes, I've hired someone to do some of the home projects. Actually, my wife did the hiring, since she is so much better organized (and motivated). Siding replacement, holes in the drywall, stucco repair: all have become someone else's task. While this has left my ego somewhat confused, it sure was nice to come home Friday and see new siding taking the place of cracked and broken vinyl.
And there's that hole in the wall where a recessed doorbell once resided, but the replacement surface-mounted unit did not quite cover. For years, I've walked by that wall many times each day. Now that it's on someone else's checklist, I get agitated that it isn't finished.
There is so much to do...summers are short...spend time with the family--you can anticipate the reasons for making this hire. I suspect my wife's real reasons are that professionals take less time, do a better job, and don't require a $50 access fee like the emergency room
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ALUMNI REUNION THIS WEEK: The alumni reunion kicks off Thursday evening with the pasty picnic. Mike Larson of the Keweenaw Alumni Chapter, reports that all are welcome at a social at the Downtowner following the picnic. This year also marks a hockey reunion year, so the alumni hockey game is back on Saturday night. For complete reunion details, see: http://www.admin.mtu.edu/alumni/reunion/
TANNINS MAY BUFFER
GREENHOUSE EFFECT: Tannins color tea, stain your teeth, and make some
woodland rivers run a rich, deep brown in the spring. Researchers at Michigan
Tech suspect that one type of these plant-based substances, known as condensed
tannins, could also play a role in buffering the greenhouse effect. Scott
Harding, a research assistant professor in the School of Forest Resources
and Environmental Science, has a three-year, $1.4 million grant from the
U.S. Department of Energy to better understand how condensed tannins accumulate
in black cottonwood. More:
FOOTBALL SQUAD PICKED FIFTH: Michigan Tech has been picked to finish fifth of 13 teams in the 2005 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Preseason Football Coaches Poll. Tech won a share of the GLIAC Championship in 2004 with a 9-1 league record and received 99 points in the coaches' poll. The Huskies trailed Grand Valley State (143), Northwood (129) and Saginaw Valley State (127) in the final tally. The Huskies kick off the 2005 season at Northern Michigan on August 27.
$1 MILLION DONATION FUNDS MOUNT LOOKOUT PURCHASE: The view from the top of Mount Lookout will be available for future visitors thanks to a $1 million donation to The Nature Conservancy. Helmut and Candis Stern, of Ann Arbor, recently provided $1 million toward the site, near Eagle Harbor, which will remain open for light recreational use.
From the E-mailbag
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annual meeting at Kjeller, just east of
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)