August 22, 2005 (Vol. 12, No. 12)
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:
"Don't cry because it's over. Smile that it happened." -- Dr. Seuss
Today marks my last issue of TechAlum. As of September 1, I will be leaving a 20-year career at Michigan Tech for other opportunities.
After 531 issues and more than 11 years, it has been a great run. This newsletter started back in 1994--with email just beginning to emerge. Thirty people--my entire email address book--received that first issue. Today, the number of subscribers totals 7,171.
I've found that a weekly email newsletter takes a lot of time and effort, but it was worth it. I have had the privilege to share with you the news and reflections from Michigan Tech. Even better, I have had the chance to tell some stories and to listen to you tell stories.
The emailbag has become my favorite part of the newsletter. We have discussed drives to Tech, including the Thanksgiving trip of 1985, when the Mackinac Bridge closed, US-41 closed, and many still made it to Houghton. We've debated how often Tech has closed because of snow and cold. We've talked about the origins of the term "toot" and when its use started and ended. We've heard stories about, er, eccentricities, like the person from the mid-1970s who went barefoot all winter--then received email confirmation from his wife that he does, indeed, exist (and owns shoes).
The stories have come from the class of '53 and the class of '04 and an amazing shared heritage has emerged.
We've chronicled the successes of students and faculty, the ups and downs of state funding, and the changes in the Keweenaw over the last decade.
Personally, I have had the opportunity to find my voice as a writer. Your instant feedback has helped shape this newsletter and its content every week.
I have had the chance to chronicle trips to the ER, home improvement gone awry, naive children believing that dad does know plumbing, a long-suffering and incredibly patient wife, and snowblowers dying--a story that led to the verbification of my name.
I do plan to keep writing and keep telling stories. I can't promise a weekly newsletter, and I don't know the format these will take, but you are welcome to come along for the ride. If you are interested, send your email address to deanwoodbeck(at)gmail.com.
Now I'm moving on and moving east. I'll be in the far northeast corner of New York State, directing the publications/web efforts of Clarkson University. While there is less snow, there is still skiing and mountain biking. I won't be right in the Adirondacks, but you can see them from there.
It has been a great run and I thank you all for your letters, personal messages, encouragement, and feedback over the years.
And, just so you know, the Woodbecking gene is hereditary and apparently attaches to the Y chromosome. Jay became the first person to get stuck in one of the glass elevators at the Westin Hotel at Detroit Metro Airport last week. The tradition continues...
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WALCK NAMED BUSINESS
DEAN: Christa Walck has accepted a two-year appointment as dean of
Michigan Tech's School of Business and Economics effective Friday, Aug.
19, Provost David Reed has announced. Walck replaces SBE dean Keith Lantz,
who will be on leave from the university for one semester. More:
PROVOST CANDIDATE VISITS SET: The Provost Search Committee has scheduled campus visits for three candidates for provost and vice president for academic affairs. Candidates include Marek Dollar, dean and professor of engineering and applied science at Miami University of Ohio (Sept. 2), Linda Rae Markert, dean of the school of education at State University of New York at Oswego (Sept. 12), and John Hughes, dean of the graduate school and associate provost for research and scholarship at Miami University of Ohio (Sept. 19).
SUPERCOMPUTER TO FIGHT DISEASE: Thanks to a new agreement between
Michigan Tech and the Neumann Institute for Computing, in Juelich, Germany,
Michigan Tech physics professor Ulrich H. E. Hansmann hopes to advance his understanding
of some of the world's deadliest diseases with the help of one of the
most powerful computers in the world. Hansmann uses computer models to
predict the shape of proteins. More:
MARQUETTE FOOTBALL EVENT PLANNED: The Michigan Tech Alumni Association is sponsoring a pre-game social in conjunction with the Michigan Tech-Northern Michigan football game, August 27, at the Superior Dome parking lot in Marquette. Gary Tunstall will perform, and food will be provided by the Library Restaurant and Brew Pub, starting at 4 pm. Game time is 7 pm. For more information and to RSVP, contact Tanya Maki at firstname.lastname@example.org.
VOLLEYBALL, FOOTBALL OPEN: Michigan Tech opens its 2005-06 athletic season this weekend with the Huskies' volleyball and football teams competing. Michigan Tech's football team looks to retain the Miner's Cup when it travels to Northern Michigan in Saturday's (Aug. 27) season opener. The Huskies claimed the trophy last year with a 45-6 victory over the Wildcats in Houghton. The Michigan Tech volleyball team will travel to Mankato, Minn., for the AmericInn Back to School Bash Friday and Saturday (Aug. 26-27).
WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS WEEK
Friday, August 26, 2005
Volleyball at AmericInn
Back to School Bash (Mankato, Minn.)
Saturday, August 27,
Volleyball at AmericInn
Back to School Bash (Mankato, Minn.)
Football at Northern
Michigan, 7 p.m. Webcast:
All Times are Eastern
HEAD START CLOSING CENTERS: BHK Child Development will close Head Start centers in Covington, Pelkie, and Stanton Township. BHK operates the federally-funded Head Start program in Baraga, Houghton, and Keweenaw Counties. Low enrollments and reduced funding are blamed for the closings.
ADVISORY BOARD MAKES TRAIL RECOMMENDATION: An advisory committee has said "yes" to snowmobiles, but "no" to ATVs on the old railroad grade between Houghton and Chassell. The trail passes many residences, including bisecting a number of back yards and crossing a number of driveways. The Chassell to Houghton Recreation Corridor Advisory Committee will recommend to the DNR that no motorized vehicles be allowed in the summer, but that snowmobiles be allowed in the winter.
BARAGA ESCAPE ACCOMPLICE CHARGED: Two prison workers are under investigation for their alleged roles in the escape of an inmate from the maximum security prison in Baraga on August 6. Garfield Lawson III, serving a life sentence since 1999, is accused of fleeing to Wisconsin with prison food worker Kathy Sleep, who allegedly pushed a food cart containing Lawson into a food service truck, then drove from the prison. Jody Lynn Axley, who worked with Sleep and Lawson in the kitchen, is alleged to have provided Lawson access to a loading dock. Sleep and Lawson were arrested August 7 in Rothschild, Wisconsin. For a detailed and entertaining account of the incident, see the Detroit Free Press: http://www.freep.com/news/mich/escape10e_20050810.htm
JIM'S TO ADD MINI-MALL: Bill Winter, owner of Jim's Foodmart, intends to build a six-unit L-shaped strip mall adjacent to the supermarket. Two of the 1,250-square-foot units would be located on the store's parking lot property, but Winter has purchased two homes on adjacent property that he intends to demolish. He said he has made a list of services that would complement his business, including a Laundromat and coffee shop.
STREET ROOF TO COME DOWN: The City of Houghton will remove the roof from the covered street, aka Huron Street, late this fall. While the structure keeps snow off the street, it require significant maintenance and snow removal.
HANCOCK SCHOOLS NET $1 MILLION: John P. Nelson, Hancock class of 1937, has provided his high school alma mater with a $1 million endowment, primarily for college scholarships.
SPORTSWEAR STORE COMING TO MALL: Portage Township officials have issued building permits to Steve & Barry's University Sportswear to renovate the former K-Mart store at the Copper Country Mall. The addition of the 70,000 square-foot store will be a huge shot in the arm for the mall, which has had several stores close in the last few years.
From the E-mailbag
E-mail from John Titlow (heterodyne(at)juno.com)
Good morning Dean:
On a personal note,
none of my three Chicagoland area,
Trying to explain
to a young Chicago area driver how
When you were in
Minnesota did you at first have
You may have to someday
explain to your children the
Have fun. You'll
soon be close friends with your car
PS: A "Blinkie"
light is a U.P. term (Dollar Bay) for
E-mail from Rebecca Shetron Nold (rebecca.nold(at)ps.ge.com)
Hi Dean -
I had to smile at
your daughter's Driver's Ed Class
E-mail from Theresa Barr-Drew '85 (scrapbookcrazy(at)new.rr.com)
Had to laugh on the
driving with your daughter. When
A comment on bringing
industry to the UP.... when I
E-mail from Marty Oldford (MSOldford(at)aol.com)
E-mail from Amy Rapaich Moser '76 (moser(at)humonc.wisc.edu)
Your story about
exposing your daughter the driving
Thanks for the newsletter,
I enjoy the memories.
E-mail from Stacey Morrison (stacey.e.morrison(at)nasa.gov)
Talking about learning
to drive: When I was 15 I
My brother was so
mad that he had to wait until he was
Now I have a daughter
who is almost 12. In four years
E-mail from Jon Kreski '80 (jkreski(at)new.rr.com)
Re: E-mail from Justin
Schaub '01: There actually was
E-mail from Glenn Buskirk '84 (gbuskirk(at)yahoo.com)
I second the sentiments
of Justin Schaub, although my
E-mail from Louise Bos '80 (louise.bos(at)dsl.state.or.us)
I recently received
the alumni magazine and was
Molly Ahlgren Scholarship
In addition, some
of Molly's friends might be
E-mail from Hank Levine '55 (mahale(at)centurytel.net)
Hi Dean, I was surprised
that I did not find any
TechAlum Subscriber Stats
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are the new e-mail addresses from the past week. Please note, we are
1954 Charles Robertson k8bll(at)comcast.net
1966 James Slattery jimslattery2(at)comcast.net
1971 Joseph Eutizi
1980 John Haro haro123atverizon.net
1990 Craig Witte cwitte(at)email.com
2000 Jennifer Gustafson
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