TechAlum News

October 10, 2005 (Vol. 12, No. 19)

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

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Hockey Huskies

I attended the home opener Friday night and wasn’t disappointed. The Huskies beat Mercyhurst, who play in the Atlantic Hockey Association and made the NCAA playoffs last year, 4-3. The team hustled, after a sluggish start, and is showing signs for hope. The goalie, freshman Michael-Lee Teslak, had 41 saves on 44 shots and looked solid. Senior center Taggart Desmet played well, scoring a couple of times and just missing on a couple more. His linemate, senior Chris Conner (left), is something special. Only 5 foot 7 and 180 lbs., he skates as fast as anyone I’ve seen in the black and gold. He’s fun to watch. He’s also got 100 points in his career, and he’s a threat to score every time he’s on the ice. (The Huskies lost Saturday night, 5-2.)

Often when I go to the MacInnes Student Ice Arena, I recall years past, even back in the old Dee, where it seemed like the whole building would bounce when the Huskies scored. I’ll take the warmth of the Ice Arena anytime! I remember watching John MacInnes’ 500th victory in 1979-80 with my dad from the upper corner of the building, where the Blueline Club now has a room. I recall a tie game with Northern back in the 1980s that seemed like nonstop skating and great all-around play. And there was a game recently when I wanted to leave early but someone talked me out of it, and the Huskies scored 4 goals in 5 minutes to tie it and win it in overtime. “Told you so” never sounded so good.

I was also fortunate to accompany the team on a trip to New Hampshire back in the 1984-85 season. I was filling in as interim Sports Information Director, and I came to appreciate how hard SID’s work. What struck me on the trip out East was the demeanor of the team. Of course, the freshmen had to sing a Christmas carol in the airport and carry all the duffle bags to the bus. But, while on the bus or the plane, most of the team had their textbooks open.

I remember that, when we don’t always finish near the top of the WCHA. All I ask for is a valiant effort and academic excellence, and I usually get both out of the Huskies. That, and I want to beat Northern, of course.

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At Tech

PAVLIS GIVES $2 MILLION: When Frank Pavlis graduated from Michigan Tech in 1938, he was the first in his family to make it through college, graduating at the top of his class with a BS in Chemical Engineering. That education enabled his highly successful career, which began in 1940 at Air Products and Chemicals Inc., a Fortune 500 company. Retiring in 1980 as its vice president for international/world trade, Pavlis now is giving back. His $2 million gift to the university will give selected students the skills in technological leadership that formed the underpinning of his own career. "The Pavlis gift will allow us to initiate a four-year technological leadership program at Michigan Tech that will give our students an innovative and visionary entrepreneurial spirit, communication and people skills, and a broad systems perspective that includes not only technical breadth and awareness but also the global business sense to create a sustainable, quality future for all of us," Dean of Engineering Robert Warrington said.

KRC RESEARCHER FILMED FOR CANADIAN TV: The Keweenaw Research Center is expected to appear next week on History Television. A crew filmed Research Scientist I Geoff Gwaltney for a documentary, "The Snowmobile," which will air Oct. 14 in Canada as part of the 20-episode series "Things that Move." The program will overview snowmobile racing, manufacturing, tourism, history and technology, which is where Gwaltney comes in. "Pound for pound, a snowmobile is a high-performance machine compared to a car," he said. "We were the technology angle; that’s how we dovetailed with the rest of the show. They were interested in the technologies we use to help snowmobile manufacturers. We are primarily involved in noise reduction-we consult with industry on how to make the machines quieter." The center also works with agencies that manage snowmobile trails, such as the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, to improve trail grooming. “The Snowmobile” is scheduled to air at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14. History Television is broadcast in Canada and is not available on local cable.

TECH OK'S IT COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS: Michigan Tech is adopting nearly all of the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Technology Needs Committee. BRITNC was formed in June 2004 to review Michigan Tech's information technology policies and organization. In its report, BRITNC found a number of good things going on behind the scenes in the university's IT structure. In particular, it praised the System Administrators Council, which formed almost of its own accord when sys ads all around the university saw the need to get together, share their experiences and work out problems. "The Sys Ad Council rose up organically," said BRITNC chair Warren Perger, a professor of electrical and computer engineering. "It's a success story of bright people getting together and making things happen." BRITNC generally approved of the overall computing administration structure, with campus-wide services such as Telcom, Administration Computing Services and Distributed Computing Services remaining under central supervision. Decentralized computer support staff, such as system administrators, would continue to report to their own departments. "We should continue having central and distributed computing services because that works," Perger said. Another thing that's working, despite the doubts of some, is the overall budget for information technology on campus, BRITNC discovered. "That's a slippery rascal," Perger admits. "We checked with other universities and found that we don't have the same accounting systems. "Nevertheless, when we tried to determine if we were spending too much money, no matter how we did the data, we came out in the middle, and we didn't see any evidence that we were spending too much money."

COLOROLOGIST: "78 percent," the colorologist said, scanning the Mont Ripley side of the Portage Waterway from campus. "This weekend should be the best for leaf watching and lousy for partridge hunting." Too many leaves still, I asked? "No, I'm just a bad shot."

Tech Sports

HOCKEY SPLITS WITH #20 MERCYHURST: The Michigan Tech hockey team split with visiting Mercyhurst in its season and home-opening series over the weekend. The Huskies notched a 4-3 triumph Friday night, but the 20th-ranked Lakers evened the score with a 5-2 win in the series finale Saturday. The two-game set marked the first-ever meetings between the two teams on the ice. Four Huskies put up at least two points in the Mercyhurst series, including Taggart Desmet (2-1--3), Geoff Kinrade (0-3--3), Chris Conner (1-1--2) and Brandon Schwartz (1-1--2). Freshman goaltender Michael-Lee Teslak made 41 saves in earning the first victory of his college career Friday night. Tech is back in action next weekend at the Nye Frontier Classic in Anchorage, Alaska.

FOOTBALL HEADS TO NORTHWOOD FOR BATTLE OF RANKED TEAMS: Michigan Tech travels to Northwood Saturday (Oct. 15) for a noon kickoff at Hantz Stadium. The game features the two teams that shared the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship a year ago. The two squads are also both currently ranked in the nation’s top 15 (Michigan Tech #9, NU #15).

VBALL DISPATCHES HILLSDALE: The Michigan Tech volleyball team (8-10, 4-5 GLIAC) defeated Hillsdale (14-7, 7-3 GLIAC) in three games by scores of 30-23, 31-29, 30-24 at the SDC Gym Sunday afternoon. The win was the Huskies second of the year at home. Senior Rosalyn Robinson had 11 kills, two block assists and hit .714 (11-1--14) to lead the attack for Tech. Sophomore Kali Jeter tied a season-high with 13 kills and hit .478 (13-2--23) for the match. Freshman Kelsey Skoog added a career-best 10 kills, along with seven digs, one block solo and two block assists. Newcomer Jen Jung notched six kills and six block assists. Senior Jamie Orlowski had a match-high 11 digs, while junior Amanda Mackenthun finished with 33 assists. As a team, the Huskies hit .363, compared to a .129 mark by the Chargers. Tech amassed 14 total team blocks to Hillsdale's five.


Sunday, October 9, 2005

VB: at Michigan Tech 3, Hillsdale 0

Saturday, October 8, 2005

WTN: at Michigan Tech 6, Saginaw Valley State 3

HO: #20 Mercyhurst 5, at Michigan Tech 2

FB: at Wayne State 25, #9 Michigan Tech 14

VB: Wayne State 3, at Michigan Tech 1

Friday, October 7, 2005

HO: at Michigan Tech 4, #20 Mercyhurst 3

WTN: Northwood 9, at Michigan Tech 0


Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Huskies Drive Time, 7:30 - 8:00 a.m. on WKMJ, 93.5 FM

Friday, October 14, 2005 (Husky Friday - wear school colors)

Volleyball at Ashland, 7 p.m.

Hockey vs. Vermont, 9:07 p.m. (at Nye Classic, Anchorage, AK)

--Live Radio, 93.5 FM

Saturday, October 15, 2005

#9 Football at #15 Northwood, 12 noon

-- Live Radio, 93.5 FM

Cross Country at Wisconsin-Parkside Invitational, 2 p.m.

Volleyball at Findlay, 4 p.m.

Hockey vs. RPI, 8:07 p.m. (at Nye Classic, Anchorage, AK)

--Live Radio, 93.5 FM

All Times are Eastern

Around Town

HURON STREET CANOPY REMOVAL DEBATED: Following the recommendation of outside consultants and majority approval by the Downtown Merchants Association, city officials are proceeding with plans to tear down one of the canopies over Huron Street in downtown Houghton. "We had 30 people at our last DMA meeting, and all but two supported (the tear-down)," reported City Manager Scott MacInnes at the Sept. 28 meeting of the Houghton City Council. Both the upper canopy on Huron Street from Montezuma to Shelden Avenue, and the lower canopy on Huron Street from Shelden Avenue to Lakeshore Drive, were installed in the late 1970s, according to earlier interviews with MacInnes. At that time, the city's intent was to provide at least one covered street north and south of Shelden Avenue for ease in both foot and motorized traffic during the winter. However, Public Works Director Mark Zenner condemned the canopies at a July 20 meeting. "It's dark, there are issues getting rid of the snow, we have to put sand down, anyway, and it collects a lot of pigeon debris," Zenner told the council. Outside consultants HyettPalma also recommended the removal of the canopies in their Houghton Downtown Blueprint Report issued last month, citing a need to "open and maintain vistas to the water."

LOCAL BREW PUB WELCOMES CHANGES: Exciting things have been happening in downtown Houghton. Local businesses worked hard all summer to find new ways to attract the masses and the Keweenaw Brewing Co. was no exception.Just a little over a year old, the KBC is already expanding.The new addition houses a 10-tap bar, an upgrade from the six-tap set-up that started it all in April 2004.Together, the new and old rooms will serve as a smoking and non-smoking division when the brewery is busiest.During the week, however, the older side will be the only room open.Couches and a fireplace are adding to the atmosphere with the promise of having local musicians come in and share their talents.There will also be wireless Internet for computing pleasures and a foosball table to encourage friendly competition.There aren't, however, any plans to make the brewery into a restaurant."I am excited about the new addition because I will be able to enjoy a beer and work on my homework at the same time," said Michael Linder, a regular customer and Tech student.Even with the new addition open, KBC co-owners Dick Gray and Paul Boissevain have little time for rest and relaxation.Over the next few months, property recently purchased in South Range will become the main building focus. This new location will house the brewing and canning of the four main beers: Pickaxe Blonde, Magnum Pale, Redjacket Amber and Hilde's Brown. "When this location is completed, people will be able to take tours of the facility as well as pick up a six-pack or a growler in South Range," said Gray.

HANCOCK'S SCOTT HOTEL GETS BOOST WITH FUNDS: The renovation of the Scott Hotel got a boost recently when the Michigan Economic Development Corp. awarded a $155,000 grant to help with the $3.1 million project. City Manager Glenn Anderson said although the money is for a private project, MEDC grant money must be applied for by government entities. The Scott Hotel is owned by Hancock businessman Mike Lahti. That was done because the project is important for the city, Anderson said. "It's our signature building," he said. "It's been a high priority for the city." The Hancock Downtown Development Authority will match the MEDC grant with $17,000, Anderson said. Sidewalks in front of the building will be widened, the former west entrance on Reservation Street will be restored and a portion of a parking lot will be repaired. "The development we're paying for is considered public improvement," Anderson said. Lahti said the MEDC grant money will be used to repair a parking lot behind the hotel and construct a handicapped-accessible elevator in the building. The ground floor of the building will contain commercial space, Lahti said, and two businesses have already signed leases. The remaining floors will be converted to one- and two-bedroom residential units for seniors.

From the E-mailbag

One more on the passing of Cheryl DePuydt:

She also served as a host family during holidays and provided home-cookedmeals to hockey players who didn't have a place to spend the holiday or were in Houghton for the week.

Jim Carroll

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October 8 Football—Wayne State, Detroit

October 14-15 Hockey—Anchorage, Alaska

October 21 Hockey—NMU, Marquette

October 26 YES eXpo 2005—Ford Field, Detroit

October 29 Football—SVSU, Saginaw

Job Opportunities This Week

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

  • Business Manager-Information Technology

  • Research Scientist I-Forest Resources and Environmental Science

  • Lecturer-ME-EM

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