August 29, 2005 (Vol. 12, No. 13)
A weekly electronic newsletter for alumni and friends of Michigan Technological University
Edited by Dennis Walikainen (MS ’92), Director,
Web Development, University Marketing and Communications
For past issues, see our archives.
In this issue:
Letter from the President
Our sincere thanks go to Dean Woodbeck for his dedication to Michigan Tech over a long and distinguished career. I've known Dean for years and worked with him in the best of times (revitalizing the Recreational Forest and Nordic Trails) and the worst of times (a bombing attempt). Dean personified cool, clear communication under all conditions. He’s a consummate professional, and we wish him all the best as he ascends to a new position at Clarkson. The Tech Alum will continue, but we'll not even begin to attempt to emulate Dean's approach; his style and homespun humor are unique and we can only look in awe at the years he has spent keeping the world informed about Michigan Tech.
A half-century is a long time to wait, but an estimated
1800 rabid Husky fans joined a near record crowd at the Superior Dome
in Marquette to
cheer for the football Huskies. Our team and fans were gracious in
victory even though this was the first time Michigan Tech has won in
Marquette since 1955. The game followed a tailgate reunion BBQ with
400 Michigan Tech alums and friends swapping stories, enjoying Gary
Tunstall music and food from the Library Bar. What a great way to
Newly minted Michigan Tech students (class of 2009) moved
in to the dormitories last Saturday. They were aided by swarms of students,
faculty and staff in yellow and black T-shirts and armed with
The new students were interested to learn that we include among our alums: a Nobel Laureate, the person who invented and built the machines that dug the Chunnel between England and France, and the person who invented the paintball! As we gathered at the beginning of orientation for the official University welcome, I couldn't help but wonder what similar contributions the world is promised from this class.
Today marks the beginning of a new academic year and 120 plus years of Michigan Tech success. As we begin this new year, the key remains to be able to determine what should change, from those things that should never change. Our core values as members of a technological university who measure their success by the success of our students and alumni can never change. At the same time, we must always look to change those things that help us to better serve the people of the State of Michigan, the nation and the world, especially those who entrust their futures to us.
As we go forward, we're open to your comments on the job we do continuing the newsletter.
Glenn D. Mroz
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PRINCETON REVIEW RANKS TECH A POWERHOUSE: Tech
is one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education,
according to The Princeton Review. The New York-based education services
Michigan Tech in "The Best 361 Colleges," the new 2006 edition of its
ORIENTATION OVER, CLASSES BEGIN: A weeklong
Orientation has the new first-year students ready for classes, which
began today. And, the
returning students have brought life back to Houghton and Hancock. Local
merchants had special “Welcome Back” events over the weekend,
COMMUNITY EXPO THIS WEDNESDAY: The Tech student community
will be exposed to the local communities this Wednesday, when the first
Community Expo kicks off. More than 70 organizations and businesses will
be represented at the event held around the Michigan Tech campus. The Michigan Tech Office
MOONBALL GOLF SCRAMBLE PLANNED: The
Michigan Tech Blueline Club will sponsor its sixth annual Moonball Golf
Outing on Thursday, September 1.
The Moonball Golf Outing will begin with registration at 8 p.m. at the
Portage Lake Golf Course with a 9 p.m. shotgun start set. Cost for the
MARANA NAMED GLIAC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Tech running back Lee Marana (Ishpeming, Mich./Westwood) has been named
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the
Week for his efforts last Saturday (Aug. 27) in the Huskies’ 42-21
TECH CAPTURES AMERICINN BACK TO SCHOOL BASH CHAMPIONSHIP:
The Tech women’s volleyball team erupted with a pair of 3-0 wins
Bemidji State and Minnesota State in the final day of the AmericInn Back
to School Bash at MSU's Taylor Center today. The Huskies finished with
Saturday, August 27, 2005
Volleyball at AmericInn Back to School Bash (Mankato, Minn.):
Friday, August 26, 2005
WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS WEEK
Thursday, September 1, 2005
Friday, September 2, 2005
Saturday, September 3, 2005
All Times are Eastern
COUNTY FAIR ENDS SUNDAY: Perfect weather greeted visitors to the Houghton County fair that was held last Thursday through Sunday in Hancock. The noisiest activities were the monster truck competition Saturday night and the demolition derby Sunday night. In addition to the livestock barns and displays in the Houghton County Arena and other buildings, Schmidt Amusements had rides, games, and, of course elephant ears.
DETROIT AIR SERVICE TO RETURN? The Houghton County Memorial
received a $516,000 Small Community Air Service Development Program
grant, which will be used to reinstate and market nonstop service to
Detroit. Local sources will contribute an additional $79,000 as well
ALBERTA POND DRAINED: The Michigan Department of Transportation is preparing for culvert work later this month by draining the Alberta Pond. The pond was drained last month for the project, which involves replacing culverts under U.S. Highway 41 from the pond into Plumbago Creek. "There's a couple culverts under the pond that are starting to deteriorate," said Ken Filpus, design engineer with MDOT.The new 72-inch pipe will have an inlet 8 feet below the surface, which is designed to bring colder, higher-quality water downstream.
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