TechAlum News

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 President Mroz
  • At da Tech
  • Tech Sports
  • Around Town
  • From the E-mailbag: to come
  • E-mail Updates/Welcome to new subscribers: to come
  • Alumni Chapter Events
  • Job Opportunities
  • Electronic Services for Alumni

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 over 400 Michigan Tech alums and friends swapping stories, enjoying Gary Tunstall music and food from the Library Bar. What a great way to
punctuate a month that started with a reunion celebration in Houghton that drew over 1,100 alums and friends!

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
information, dollies, strong backs and bright smiles. The most common comment from parents: I had no idea that moving into the dorm would be so easy! Many arrived to find a now completely renovated Wadsworth Hall, a project that came in on time and within budget with days to spare between the Fire Marshall approval and move in.

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.

Go Huskies!

Glenn D. Mroz

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At Da Tech

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 company features Michigan Tech in "The Best 361 Colleges," the new 2006 edition of its annual "best
colleges" guide. Only about 15 percent of the four-year colleges in America and two Canadian colleges are in the book. It has two-page profiles on the schools and student survey-based ranking lists of top 20 colleges in the book in various categories. The university is also among the 158 schools to make Princeton Review's Best Midwestern Colleges list.

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, and, due
to all the increased traffic, the “lengthy” commute from West Hancock to campus is eight minutes instead of six (unless the bridge is up).

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
of Student Life is running the event.

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
nine-hole event is $60.00 for a three-person team and one member of the Michigan Tech hockey team will play with each group. Interested individuals or teams may register at the golf course by calling 487-2641.

Tech Sports

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
victory at Northern Michigan. The 5-11, 213-pound junior rushed for 170 yards and three touchdowns, helping Tech defeat NMU in Marquette for the first time since 1955.

TECH CAPTURES AMERICINN BACK TO SCHOOL BASH CHAMPIONSHIP: The Tech women’s volleyball team erupted with a pair of 3-0 wins over 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 a
3-1 record in the two-day event and were crowned champions as a result of their 3-1 victory over Saginaw Valley State, which finished with the same 3-1 record in head-to-head competition.


Saturday, August 27, 2005
Football: Michigan Tech 42, Northern Michigan 21

Volleyball at AmericInn Back to School Bash (Mankato, Minn.):
--Michigan Tech 3, Bemidji State 0
--Michigan Tech 3, Minnesota State 0

Friday, August 26, 2005
--Minnesota State 3, Michigan Tech 2
--Michigan Tech 3, Saginaw Valley State 1


Thursday, September 1, 2005
Volleyball at Lewis, 8 p.m. (Flyer Festival)

Friday, September 2, 2005
Women's Tennis hosts Ashland, 3 p.m.
Volleyball at Flyer Festival (Romeoville, Ill.)
--vs. Minnesota State Moorhead, 8 p.m.

Saturday, September 3, 2005
Women's Tennis hosts Mercyhurst, 10 a.m.
Volleyball at Flyer Festival (Romeoville, Ill.)
--vs. Indianapolis, 10 a.m.
--vs. Winona State, 12 noon
#12 Football vs. Indianapolis, 1 p.m.
--Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM

All Times are Eastern


Around Town

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 Airport has 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 as
provide in-kind contributions, and the state of Michigan will contribute an additional $105,000.

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.

From the E-mailbag

To Come

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Job Opportunities This Week

ON CAMPUS: Complete job descriptions for these positions are available by e-mailing jobs at

  • Admissions Representative, based in Chicago
  • Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach

OFF CAMPUS: For off-campus positions, visit the alumni section of the career center's web site (