September 26, 2005 (Vol. 12, No. 17)
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:
The young man picked up the football and aimed
carefully to throw it through the hole in the plywood where a makeshift
Huskies receiver had been painted. The Varsity Club was giving pom-poms
to those at Saturday’s
pre-game tailgate who could accomplish the feat. But this contestant
struggled with a disability and tried and tried and tried. In a
short time, a small crowd of students gathered to cheer him on…and
to resounding cheers from those around, he made it—and proudly
walked to his seat in the bleachers with his prized pom-pom.
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CHERYL DEPUYDT PASSES AWAY: As mentioned by President Mroz, the former chair of the Tech physical education department and coach of the women’s basketball and volleyball teams, Cheryl DePuydt, passed away Friday after her battle with cancer. An employee at Tech for three decades, she received the Michigan Tech Distinguished Teaching Award in 1982, and in 1991 she received a State of Michigan Teaching Award. Cheryl was a member of the Professional Skating Association and the US Figure Skating Association. In 1992 Cheryl was inducted into the Michigan Tech Sports Hall of Fame. In 1998 she was awarded the Clair M. Donovan Award for outstanding service to the community and university. Cheryl was especially well known as director of figure skating programs. Generations of Keweenaw skaters and hockey players owe their start to Cheryl, and she will always be remembered for her ever-present smile and positive attitude. She was a joy to be around. Tech Today has an article on Cheryl: <http://www.admin.mtu.edu/urel/ttoday/previous.php?issue=20050927>
RETURN OF THE COLOROLOGIST: I found the colorologist in the Memorial Union late Friday afternoon. He was clearly depressed. “It’s impossible,” he said, “to produce an accurate percentage of leaf colorization.” Due to the very dry conditions, he said, some trees are at prime color or even past, but many are still green. “So, if some are already gone, if a few more are at prime, and most are still green, then, by my Tech calc skills from ’75, I have to guess we are at 32.7 percent turned, give or take.” He still seemed sadder than he should be, even working with these tough predicting days, and finally I asked him why. He said softly, “I miss Cheryl.” We all do.
FAMILY WEEKEND COMING UP: Academic department expos, tours of campus, a boat cruise/color tour, and a football game are all happening this weekend as hundreds of prospective students and their families invade Houghton Friday and Saturday. http://www.familyweekend.mtu.edu
SBE HOLDING MASTER’S INFO SESSIONS: The School of Business and Economics is holding information sessions for prospective students interested in its master’s program. The sessions will be held Wednesday, October 5 at 5:00 p.m. in Minerals and Materials Engineering Building, Room U113, and Monday, November 14 at 5:00 p.m. in the Dow Environmental Sciences and Engineering Building, Room 641. Email msba(at)mtu.edu for more info or visit <http://www.sbe.mtu.edu/msba>
KOENIG EARNS GLIAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK! Junior punter Billy Koenig is the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week after he averaged 40.7 yards per punt and placed three of his six punts inside Ashland’s 20-yard line in a 17-14 Michigan Tech victory last Saturday (Sept. 24). Koenig had a season-high boot of 59 yards late in the second quarter, which backed the Eagles up to their own 13-yard line. In the fourth quarter, he pinned AU on their own nine-yard line before Tech got the ball back for the go-ahead score. Koenig averages a GLIAC-high 41.8 yards per punt on the season. The league player of the week honor was the first of his career.
HOMECOMING SUCCESS! Michigan Tech’s annual Homecoming was a resounding success, as the 15th-ranked Huskies came from behind to defeat Ashland, 17-14, in front of 3,215 fans. The crowd was the second-largest in Sherman Field history, and it was entertained by an Air Force jet flyover before the game, a free tailgate party, a collection of classic cars on display and, of course, the results of the football game. Archita Sivakumar, a senior electrical engineering major, was crowned Homecoming Queen for 2005.
VOLLEYBALL SPLITS HOMECOMING WEEKEND: The Huskies volleyball team went 1-1 over the Homecoming weekend, dropping a 3-0 decision to Northwood Saturday and rebounding with a 3-1 triumph over Saginaw Valley State Sunday. Michigan Tech is now 7-6 overall and 3-2 in the GLIAC. Tech continues GLIAC competition with matches at Grand Valley State Thursday (Sept. 29) and Ferris State Friday (Sept. 30). Senior Taryn Franznick, notched her eighth double-double of the season Sunday with 16 kills and 20 digs.
CROSS COUNTRY TO HOST U.P. CHAMPIONSHIPS: Michigan Tech will serve as host for the U.P. Championships Friday (Sept. 30) on the Tech Trails. The meet will be the fourth of the season and the first at home for the Huskies.
Sunday, September 25, 2005
VB: at Michigan Tech 3, Saginaw Valley State 1 (31-29, 26-30, 30-23, 30-17)
Saturday, September 24, 2005
FB: at #15 Michigan Tech 17, Ashland 14 (Homecoming)
VB: Northwood 3, at Michigan Tech 0 (30-18, 30-23, 30-28)
WTN: at Wayne State 5, Michigan Tech 4
MCC: 20th of 48 teams at Roy Griak Invitational (St. Paul, Minn.)
WCC: 11h of 24 teams at Roy Griak Invitational (St. Paul, Minn.)
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Huskies Drive Time, 7:30 - 8:00 a.m. on WKMJ, 93.5 FM
Thursday, September 29, 2005
Volleyball at Grand Valley State, 7 p.m.
Friday, September 30, 2005 (Husky Friday - wear school colors)
Cross Country hosts U.P. Championships, 3:30 p.m.
Volleyball at Ferris State, 7 p.m.
Saturday, October 1, 2005
Women's Tennis at Lake Superior State, 2 p.m.
#15 Football hosts Gannon, 1 p.m.
-- Live Radio, 93.5 FM
VIP/Library Restaurant & Brew Pub Tailgate Party, 11 a.m.
All Times are Eastern
OLD HOSPITAL BECOMES NEW SMARTZONE BUILDING: After sitting empty and unused for years, the former Portage View Hospital has new life as a place of education and commerce. The new functions of the Finlandia University and Michigan Tech Enterprise SmartZone business incubator spaces were put on public display Friday during a dedication ceremony.State Rep. Rich Brown, D-Bessemer, who spoke before touring the facilities, said the building will provide an important function because too often there is no connection between the public and private sectors. "Higher education is the driving engine behind the economy in the state." Brown said.
FROM NEW ORLEANS TO HOUGHTON: Rodney Snow has gone through quite a lot in the last month.Not only did his family get out of their New Orleans home the day before Hurricane Katrina hit the city on August 29, the 23-year-old Snow has begun the pursuit of his master's degree in electrical engineering at Tech several months early.Although he hasn't been back home since the hurricane hit, Snow has since found out that at one time his home on the east side of New Orleans was under eight feet of water."That's actually where most of the water went," he said. Snow said a large group of family members left New Orleans to take refuge in the home of an aunt in Baton Rouge. The group included Snow, his mother and her fiance, his 13-year-old sister, his grandmother and her boyfriend and an uncle. Snow said he picked Michigan Tech for his graduate work because he had visited the campus in the summer of 2003 for a National Science Foundation program called Research Experience for Undergraduates. He was impressed by the experience. "Pretty much this was my only choice," he said. Paul Bergstrom, Snow's faculty advisor, said they met in 2003, and he's glad Snow decided to come to Houghton. "I was excited about the opportunity to get him back," Bergstrom said. "I wanted him to come here."
KENNECOTT TALKS TO GEO STUDENTS: Instead of a lecture on alluvial fans and aquifers, students in Tech's GE2000 introductory geology course heard a presentation on the nuts and bolts of mining. "It's good to see something you can actually make dollars with in rocks," said geology professor Ted Bornhorst to his class Monday night, by way of introducing guest lecturer Jon Cherry.Cherry, Kennecott Minerals Co. manager of Environmental and Governmental Affairs and project manager for Marquette County's Eagle Project nickel mine, proceeded with a 40-minute slideshow detailing the ore body involved and the company's plan for extraction. Kennecott is a wholly owned subsidiary of mining giant Rio Tinto Inc., which employs 36,000 people in 30 countries. Depending on whether revenue, resources or reserves are used to measure, said Cherry, which makes Rio Tinto either the largest or second-largest mining company in the world. "That's an advantage to both the company, obviously, but also those communities in which we do mining," he said. "It costs more to do it right, and lots of junior companies can't do it like we can and meet specifications." The company is in the third year of baseline environmental studies at the Yellow Dog Plains in Marquette County, which have proven the existence of a high-concentration nickel and copper deposit.
ASH BORER INVADES U.P.: Despite the best efforts of researchers and scientists to keep the emerald ash borer out of the Upper Peninsula, the glossy green beetle is winning the battle. Officials at Brimley State Park Sept. 12 confirmed the presence of the beetle at the park, located in Chippewa County along the Lake Superior shoreline. "We definitely need to be changing our mindset from eradication to learning to live with it," said Andrew Storer, Michigan Tech professor of forest insect ecology. "It's likely to get picked up at other sites in the U.P. in the coming years." Storer has been actively involved in tracking the beetle for the last two years, acting as Michigan Tech's lead investigator on survey teams jointly formed by Michigan Tech and U.S. Department of Agriculture representatives. The teams surveyed over 50 sites in the U.P. this year, he said, focusing on campgrounds where the movement of firewood has aided in the borer's spread.
Quick question (probably raised by others before...)
Last year, my family enjoyed a great football game between Michigan Tech and Grand Valley State University here in Ann Arbor... Fun for all (even though we lost) and so great to see the Pep Band in rare form, including alums...
Any word on a future game???
Bob Rajewski '81
Editor’s Note: I forwarded Bob’s query to Pete Radecki, executive director of corporate services, and he received the following reply:
Referencing the note, if you have children or other relatives that are 8th-12 graders, please feel free to come to the Youth Engineering & Science Expo. To do so, go to www.yes.mtu.edu. You'll find out about the event as well as the on-line registration form for free tickets.
Regarding a future Bash or similar event, I know that there have been some discussions in the Athletics Dept and I believe that there has been some effort to see about doing something in 2006. That's all I know at present.
All the best!
Yes. Though my years in New York are now equal to those in the UP, the Keweenaw will always be home.
Thanks for the breath of fresh air on Mondays!
An inspiring letter to us, and I like the opportunity that you have given to the Prez...to share his thoughts too. Keep up the good work! By the way...has the colorologist been sighted?
J. Paulson '93
Editor’s Note: Your first colorologist report is above, in At Tech.
Tech is always "home" to me. Thanks for the statement!
I'd like to echo John Gonser's comments [regarding the performance of alumni in workplace being a great recruiting tool]. It was the preponderance of Michigan Tech alumni that my mother saw on a daily basis that got us to consider Tech, then it was, frankly, the students that I met when visiting that sealed the deal.
I work with 3 other Tech alum, one being a direct report of mine. All 4 of us are doing well at Midwest ISO, and therefore advertising for the school.
Eric (BSEE 96, MSEE 97)
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