TechAlum News

October 24, 2005 (Vol. 12, No. 21)

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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Math study groupFrom the President

Less than two minutes were left in the half when a long scoring drive came to an abrupt halt. A flag was thrown on a big play, and the Huskies were being sent ten yards further from the goal line. The crowd went from rabid to comatose, and it looked as if momentum slipped away in the mist on the soggy field. It could have all ended there, but it didn't.  The coach got on the field and yelled and yelled some more.  He was clearly emotional, and the more he yelled, the more his team saw in his passion that this was a key moment of the game, maybe the key moment. It was the time to take control; time to regain momentum and not give it back. It was as if energy had been transferred from the coach to the team.

As any of you who have been in a tough spot know, passion is a big motivator, and it is contagious. So much so that noted author Jim Collins has observed that successful organizations and companies do those things that drive them economically, that they can be best at, and that they can be passionate about. For in the end, logic and rational thought can get you far, but it may not take you over the goal line. How do you teach passion? I don't know if you can. But you can encourage people to do things that they are passionate about so that they can learn to use it effectively.

make a difference dayThis past weekend, we had the second “Make a Difference Day” on campus (right). This started last year as one student's LeaderShape passion: to organize a day when students go out into the community to help others. It was a big success last year and this year as well. More than 300 students met at the Union for breakfast and then went into the community to clean the waterfront, cut firewood for the elderly, help out with the UP State Final Cross-Country races that were held on campus, and many other projects--in all, twenty-one different projects were staffed by students, mostly outdoors. The weather could have cooperated but it didn't--40 degrees and raining. Was it logical or rational to be out volunteering on such a day?  Only if you have a passion to serve others and have the mutual support of others around you that share that passion.  It’s a lesson learned in a variety of ways each day at Michigan Tech. As one Sports Hall of Fame inductee noted over the weekend, “there's something about this university, this little piece of ground on the Keweenaw Peninsula that grows successful people.” Perhaps it’s passion.

On the field at the end of the game, the coach quietly said that we had to have this one. They got it. Huskies 35, Ferris State 19.

Glenn Mroz,

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At Tech

(ACTUALLY, IN DETROIT) Michigan Tech HOSTS MICHIGAN YES! EXPO: Michigan Tech is hosting the Second Michigan Youth Engineering and Science (YES!) Expo on Wednesday, October 26, at Ford Field in Detroit.The YES! Expo was organized to encourage high school and middle school students to pursue higher education, particularly in the areas of math, science, and engineering. A special effort is being made to reach young women and minority students; the program has been endorsed by the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program. More than 16,000 students are registered to attend the event, which will include nearly 70 exhibits staffed by engineers and scientists. All of the state's public universities, many corporations, NASA and other agencies, along with several private universities and community colleges, will be on hand.In addition, three live/multimedia performances designed to capture the imagination of the students will be shown.The Michigan YES! Expo 2005 hopes to inspire students to become the engineers and scientists who will drive Michigan's economic future. Governor Jennifer Granholm supports the event, saying that engineers and scientists “will be the force behind Michigan's economy in the 21st century.” For more information, visit <> or contact Lynn Artman at (906) 487-2228.

ANGUS HELLAWELL DIES: Angus Hellawell, 75, a professor emeritus/research professor of materials science and engineering, died Monday evening at Omega House in Houghton following an illness of several years. He had resided with his wife, Hanne, on their Hancock farm. Hellawell was born in 1930 in Shipley, Yorkshire, UK. He earned a BA in Chemistry and MA and PhD degrees in Metallurgy from Oxford University. He began his career in the US as a visiting associate professor at Stanford University, came to Michigan Tech as an assistant professor in 1973, and, after three years at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, joined the Michigan Tech faculty as a professor of metallurgy in 1977. He received the Research Award in 1983 and was granted emeritus status in 1998.  “He was a giant in creative research,” recalls his friend and collegue Richard Heckel, also a professor emeritus of materials science and engineering. “Along with David Double in England, he wrote the seminal papers on transformation in portland cement.” In addition, Heckel said, Hellawell had a sixth sense that lead to particularly keen scientific insights, including groundbreaking discoveries involving gray cast iron, which is used to make engine blocks.

COMMENTS SOUGHT ON Michigan Tech WEBSITE’S NEW LOOK: The Michigan Tech Web Development team is seeking your input on the new look of the Homesite. The survey can be found at < 317041345275/F4D214B3-D2B9-4452-BA42-C6DDD4BDCCF1.asp?U=317041345275&>

Tech Sports

MARANA RUNS OVER FERRIS; EARNS GLIAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Junior Lee Marana rushed a school-record 51 times for a school-record 333 yards in Michigan Tech's 35-19 victory over Ferris State last Saturday (Oct. 22) to earn Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors. The 5-11, 213-pound running back scored four touchdowns in the game, with three coming in the second half. Marana gained 156 yards in the fourth quarter alone, and had all 80 yards of Tech's final scoring drive with 3:41 to play. The junior boosted his career totals to 3,505 yards and 46 touchdowns.

CONNER #1 IN SHORTHANDED GOALS: Senior Chris Conner of the hockey Huskies netted his team-leading fifth goal of the year Friday night, and in the process compiled the 12th shorthanded goal of his career. Conner is now first all-time among Michigan Tech players in shorthanded goals, passing Al Radke, who scored 11 shorties in a Husky uniform from 1980 to 1984.

KANGAS EARNS ALL-GLIAC; TEAM FIFTH AT GLIAC CHAMPIONSHIPS:  Freshman Laura Kangas finished eighth at last Saturday’s (Oct. 22) Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Cross-Country Championships in Ishpeming and earned All-GLIAC Second Team honors. Kangas led an upstart Michigan Tech squad which finished fifth of 13 teams in the race.

UMD A POPULAR OPPONENT THIS WEEK: Both the volleyball and hockey teams will take on Minnesota Duluth this week. The volleyball teams battle in Duluth Tuesday (Oct. 25) with an 8 p.m. (ET) match at Romano Gymnasium. The Michigan Tech and UMD hockey teams square off at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena at 7:07 p.m. (ET) both Friday (Oct. 28) and Saturday (Oct. 29) in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association opener for both squads.

VOLLEYBALL SENIOR/PARENT’S DAY SATURDAY: Five Michigan Tech volleyball seniors (Sarah Drake, Rosalyn Robinson, Jamie Orlowski, Julie Motz and Taryn Franznick) will play their final matches at home Saturday (Oct. 29) when the Huskies host Ferris State. The match, which will start at 2 p.m. in the SDC Gym, will be Senior/Parent’s Day.


Saturday, October 22, 2005

WTN: Michigan Tech 5, Saginaw Valley State 4 (GLIAC 7th-Place Match)

WCC: 5th of 13 teams at GLIAC Championships

MCC: 8th of 11 teams at GLIAC Championships

FB: at #19 Michigan Tech 35, Ferris State 19

HO: #16 NMU 2, at Michigan Tech 1

Friday, October 21, 2005

WTN: Ferris State 5, Michigan Tech 0 (GLIAC Tournament 1st Round)

WTN: Wayne State 5, Michigan Tech 4 (GLIAC Tournament 2nd Round)

VB: Lake Superior State 3, at Michigan Tech 2 (28-30, 26-30, 30-25, 30-26, 15-13)

HO: at #16 Northern Michigan 5, Michigan Tech 1

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

VB: at Northern Michigan 3, Michigan Tech 0 (30-22, 30-19, 30-16)


Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Volleyball at Minnesota-Duluth, 8 p.m.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

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

Friday, October 28, 2005

Husky Friday - wear school colors

Volleyball hosts Grand Valley State, 5 p.m.

Hockey hosts Minnesota-Duluth, 7:07 p.m.--Live Radio, 93.5 FM

Saturday, October 29, 2005

#25 Football at #11 Saginaw Valley State, 12 noon--Live Radio, 93.5 FM

Volleyball hosts Ferris State, 2 p.m.

--Senior/Parent’s Day

Hockey hosts Minnesota-Duluth, 7:07 p.m.--Live Radio, 93.5 FM

All Times are Eastern

Around Town

DOWNTOWN MERCHANTS PLAN HOLIDAY STRATEGY: Shoppers of Houghton’s downtown may get more opportunities to buy that unique Christmas gift, if members of the Downtown Merchants Association make good on a plan for extended business hours. Speaking to DMA members around the new fireplace in the Keweenaw Brewing Company's recent expansion, Office Express manager Jack Ham said downtown Houghton business owners and managers need to provide a unified, convenient shopping district leading up to the holiday season. “One of the things that frustrates me about Calumet is that every year they hammer away at us with advertising, and they have a great raffle with some big winnings, but all of their stores close at 6 o’clock and there's no way to get up there in time to shop,” Ham said. Houghton could capitalize on those opportunities by staying open weeknights until eight or nine at night, he said, allowing people to get out of work, have dinner downtown and then shop for a few hours. Weeknight hours are key, Ham said, as local shoppers tend to “bolt” for bigger retail centers such as Green Bay, Escanaba and Marquette on the weekends. However, success depends on a concerted effort and not just one or two stores staying open later, according to Ham.

HANCOCK COULD RECEIVE FACELIFT: The city of Hancock’s downtown could get a bright new look soon if all goes as planned.City Manager Glenn Anderson said the city council recently approved his application for a $350,000 grant from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority for the rehabilitation of downtown rental properties. The state receives the funds from the federal government.Anderson said it isn't unusual for government money to go to improve private property if it also improves a community.“The federal government is in housing significantly,” he said. “The only question is how much does the city of Hancock get.” Anderson said each rental property would get $25,000 to upgrade plumbing and heating, repair the building exterior and weatherize the building.“If we get the $350,000, we would do about 14 units,” he said.

Michigan Tech BUYS GUNDLACH HOME: The home of one of the area's most prolific contractors has been purchased by Michigan Tech. Michigan Tech Vice President for Administration Ellen Horsch confirmed that the university recently purchased the former home of engineer/architect Herman Gundlach for approximately $350,000.Gundlach died May 5 at age 91.The University plans to use the home, located at 21610 Woodland Road, for what is commonly known as a “president’s residence,” a term that is somewhat of a misnomer, Horsch said.  “Typically, the president's residence is not a residence per se but more of a space for University functions,” she said.  The administration plans to convert the former Gundlach home into a function space, leaving the current “president’s residence,” a Gundlach-built home at 21680 Woodland Road that the University already owns, available for another use.“The possibility for using it as a child-care center is definitely being discussed,” although nothing has been decided at this time, Horsch said.Child-care reports done in 1997 found that such a facility would be valued and used by University staff, Horsch said. However, there are a number of hurdles to surmount. “When we first began looking at that issue, the reports suggested we needed about 5,000 square feet,” the approximate size of the former president's residence, she said. “Now, the most recent reports say that we might need as much as 14,000 square feet.” Horsch said the University is also aware of neighboring residents' concerns over increased traffic, parking, noise and safety issues. “We don't want a town and gown issue, and we’re taking all of their concerns into account,” Horsch said, adding that a child care committee includes members of the University’s facilities staff as well as the University president.

From the E-mailbag


It's interesting that you should reminisce about Fisher Hall, a building that did not even exist when I was in school. I normally don't think of myself as being old, but something like this serves as a reality check. It’s like talking to someone who doesn’t know who Ed Sullivan was, or the first time some young clerk in a store calls you “sir,” or when the kid at Burger King gives you a senior coffee without asking. Even worse is when some guy in his forties gets up on the bus or subway and gives you his seat. You just have to wonder how decrepit you must look. If you haven't already experienced these things, you have something to look forward to.

Yeah, I know...who's Ed Sullivan?

Keep up the good work!

David Elack, ’60

Editor’s Note: I assured David that I did indeed know who Ed Sullivan was, having watched the Beatles and other acts on his show, which was a Sunday night (black-and-white) television ritual in our house.


How many remember that the first sporting event to be held at the “new” ice arena was a tennis match!  Prior to that, the snow had to be shoveled off the tennis courts between Sherman Gym and DHH in order for the team to play early season matches.  I was one of a very small handful in attendance, and it gave me an opportunity to get a glimpse of the new stadium.

Ray Tabar (‘70 & ‘72)

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October 26 YES eXpo 2005—Ford Field, Detroit

October 29 Football—SVSU, Saginaw

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