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November 28, 2005 (Vol. 12, No. 26)

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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It's our annual hosting event. The relatives come over, but before that, we spend two days cleaning and four hours cooking for twenty minutes of eating. That's the pessimist's view, I realize. Of course, it's much more than that.

In the 1960s, it meant watching the old Hudson's Parade in Detroit or going to Tiger Stadium with my dad and watching the Lions (which was no picnic back then) lose to the Philadelphia Eagles, 12-0. Four field goals in a torrential rain, but we didn't care. We were under the overhang and hot dogs and hot chocolate did the trick.

Now in the UP, we've been hosting Thanksgiving dinner since 1981, and, as we look back at the old photos, we realize what it's meant over the years. We used to need two huge tables to accommodate all the relatives. And we'd get the occasional straggler-friend, usually one of my college buddies who would be alone otherwise, in town from Marquette or Wakefield or wherever. In the late 1980s, one of them "white-knuckled" it in just in time to eat, having survived a nasty snowstorm.

This year, amid some windy snowflakes, we were down to one table. Not only have we lost some great folks along the way, our daughter is out East, and some other folks are recovering from surgery. We missed them all, of course, but they were fondly remembered. We told the old stories, laughed, and my son read a great, funny, old blessing before we ate. Then, we stuffed ourselves with turkey (I'm a dark-meat guy) and later watched the Lions, which is still no picnic. Some things never change.

Snowfall Update: It's back!

As of November, 27, 2005

                             This Week  Last Week   Last year

Snowfall to date      32.5"        15.5"            7.25"

On the ground             9"               4"                2"


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At Tech

NEW PEACE CORPS PROGRAM TO START NEXT FALL: Michigan Tech is poised to launch its fourth Peace Corps program in fall 2006. The new Master's International Program in Science Education is geared toward students with undergraduate degrees in the physical sciences, said chemistry chair Sarah Green, who developed the program along with Brad Baltensperger, chair of the education department. Students will spend a year on campus taking courses in science and education, complete a two-year hitch in the Peace Corps, and return to Michigan Tech to complete a written project. When they are done, they will have their master's degree and be close to completing secondary teacher certification. "The idea was to combine science education and national service," Baltensperger said. Green agreed. "It will be great for people who will ultimately pursue careers in science education, research or industry," she said. "This lets them try something different for a year while helping to meet the global need for science educators." Demand for science educators is high among countries that host Peace Corps workers, Green said. Plus, students in this program will be able to interact on campus with those in Michigan Tech's other Peace Corps Master's International programs, in natural hazards, civil engineering and forestry.

VUCETICH IN USA TODAY: The work of Research Assistant Professor John Vucetich, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, was featured in the November 21 edition of USA Today. Dan Vergano's article "What's Killing the Elk in Yellowstone?" includes Vucetich's analysis, which points the finger primarily at hunting and drought as the elk herd's primary enemies.Read all about it at <>

LANKTON TO BE FEATURED IN PUBLIC TV 13 DOCUMENTARY: Social Sciences Professor Larry Lankton will be featured in an upcoming documentary, "Copper, Iron and Gold: Upper Michigan's Legacy." The program, produced by WNMU Public TV 13, covers the early days of mining in the Upper Peninsula. It will air on channel 13 Monday, December 5, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, December 10, at 7:30 p.m.; and on Monday, December 12, at noon. Lankton, who has written three books on the topic, was interviewed and served as one of six script consultants. Public TV 13 crews traveled from Copper Harbor, to Ironwood to Sault Ste. Marie capturing memories from communities built by mining. They also used historic photos from the late 1800s, vintage footage from the National Archives and the Ford Motor Company, period newspaper articles and reenactments. The soundtrack features "White Water," the family band from Amasa.


Tech Sports

TECH WOMEN ROLL PAST MARYGROVE, 64-44: The Michigan Tech women's basketball team downed Marygrove, 64-44, today in day two of the Days Inn Classic hosted by Grand Valley State. The Huskies defense had a strong day, holding the Mustangs to 23 percent field goal shooting. Tech led by as many as nine in the first half before heading to halftime with a 28-21 advantage. Marygrove scored the first four points of the second stanza before the Huskies went on an 11-1 run capped by Catherine Rottier's jumper with 11:22 to play. Michigan Tech never led by less than 10 the rest of the way. Bench play proved key to the win as the Huskies non-starters outscored the Mustangs' bench, 25-0. All 12 available Huskies played in the contest. Catherine Rottier scored a team-high 11 points to go with five assists. Sarah Magee and Amanda Sieja both also reach double figures with 10 points apiece. Magee added a team-high seven rebounds. Tech shot 43 percent from the field and held a 48-38 rebounding advantage.

MICHIGAN TECH SURGES PAST ST. CLOUD STATE 63-56: Tim Strom scored a team-high 15 points and three others scored in double-figures to help the men's basketball team secure a 63-56 victory over St. Cloud State Saturday in the final day of the American Family Insurance Classic at Romano Gymnasium. The Huskies' win was their first of the season, while SCSU fell to 3-2 on the year. The game proved to be a tightly played contest from start to finish and the Huskies from St. Cloud State held a slight 30-29 lead at halftime. Michigan Tech led by as many as eight points (18-10) midway through the opening stanza, however, and were led by Bob Evans, who tallied nine points off three trifectas and seven points from Robby Springborn. SCSU rattled off 11 straight points and a Spencer Bartz's three-pointer at the 6:36 mark gave his squad a 21-18. The two teams traded leads for the remainder of the session, but David Dreas put St. Cloud State up by one (30-29) with a jumper from the left baseline with :06 left before the intermission. Tech jumped out to a 38-33 early in the second frame, aided by a 9-3 run. St. Cloud State was able to regain the lead at several points in the final half, but the Huskies from Michigan Tech pulled ahead in the final minutes of regulation. A fade-away jumper off the hands of Tim Strom at 6:03 gave Michigan Tech a two-point (56-54) lead that it would not relinquish. Strom and Springborn each contributed four points in the final 4:00, including six points off free-throws, which extended Tech's lead to 63-56, its biggest of the afternoon. In addition to Strom's 15-points and seven rebounds, Bob Evans went 4-of-7 from behind the arc to finish with 14. Springborn chipped in 11 points and led his squad with five assists, while playing 35 minutes for Michigan Tech.


Nov 26 WBB: Michigan Tech 64, Marygrove 44 (at Days Inn Classic • Allendale, Mich.)

Nov 26 MBB: Michigan Tech 63 vs. St. Cloud State 56 (at American Family Classic)

Nov 25 MBB: at Minnesota Duluth 59, Michigan Tech 47 (at American Family Classic)

Nov 25 WBB: Michigan Tech 56, Lewis 55 (at Days Inn Classic • Allendale, Mich.)


Nov 29 Cager Club Luncheon, 12 noon (Memorial Union Rm. 105)

Dec 2 Blueline Club Luncheon, 12 noon (Peter J. Grant Hockey Educational Center)

Dec 2-3 Hockey hosts North Dakota, 7:07 p.m. (Live Radio, 93.5 FM)

Dec 3 Women's Nordic Skiing at Michigan Tech-NMU Challenge, TBA

Dec 3 Men's Nordic Skiing at Michigan Tech-NMU Challenge, TBA

All Times are Eastern

Around Town

PLANS UNDER WAY FOR BROCKWAY IMPROVEMENT: The drive for improvements at Mt. Brockway is currently being rerouted around an unforeseen roadblock. Proposed work at the mountain includes tuck-pointing and repairing rock walls along the road, improvement of the road surface, and a new public viewing area. The Copper Country Trail Advisory Committee sought funding for projects at the historic Keweenaw County landmark under the federal Scenic Byways Grant program. The mountain adjoins U.S. Highway 41, the Keweenaw County section of which was eligible as a State Heritage Route. An expanded route covering the entire highway north of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge was named a National Scenic Byway in September. However, Scenic Byways funding has been frozen at the federal level, said Lori Hauswirth, associate planner with the Western Upper Peninsula Planning & Development Region. In lieu of that, the committee is now considering going through the Michigan Department of Transportation.

OTTAWA FOREST PLAN UNDER REVIEW: A public study by Ottawa National Forest will give visitors, stakeholders, and surrounding communities a say in forest management for the next ten to fifteen years, according to officials. Forest managers held a series of public meetings throughout the western Upper Peninsula this summer, inviting comment on their draft Forest Land and Resource Management Plan. The final policy to be created by the spring will address issues like ATV use, a need for increased species protection, foreign species invasion, and timber management. The forest encompasses almost 1 million acres within the western U.P. and is part of the largest contiguous block of northern hardwoods in the lake states area. More than 1,600 public comments received by management between March and July came from forestland communities in Baraga, Ontonagon, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Marquette counties and beyond, and reflected diverse opinions said forest officials. "We'll try to take those comments and figure out how we can modify the plan to meet public needs," forest public affairs officer Lisa Klaus said, adding policies need to be revised every ten to fifteen years to address changing conditions and advancements in technology and forestry. "Part of it is changes in public use, changes in finance and changes in what we're required to do," she explained. Plans to protect the forest against "non-native invasive species," including new standards for equipment entering the forest, public education, and the treating of foreign species infestations will be new to the policy, said Klaus.

ARMED ROBBERY AT BP STATION: Houghton County Sheriff Department deputies are investigating an armed robbery November 21 at the North Star BP Gasoline Station on U.S. Highway 41 south of Houghton. No injuries resulted from the robbery. According to a written statement from the sheriff's department, at about 7:50 p.m., a station employee called the Michigan State Police central dispatch in Negaunee Township to report that he had just been robbed at knifepoint by a male subject in his twenties to early thirties. The station employee said the suspect was wearing a neoprene camouflage facemask, black winter hat and a puffy black jacket. The employee told authorities that the subject might also have been wearing dark pants and dark gloves. A witness saw the subject run from the scene across the highway heading north. An undetermined amount of cash was taken.

From the E-mailbag

I think I remember what I was up to when the Fitzgerald went down. Went out to the breakers to watch the waves for a bit, and found out what it feels like to be a duck on the opening day of duck hunting season. The wind had no trouble picking up that stamp sand and whipping it into my face; good thing I had my glasses on. I also seem to recall that there were two Tech students out in a canoe on Superior on that day, but I can't confirm it. Maybe somebody else remembers that, or else can confirm that I'm just full of... something. Take care...

John D. Traka



I hate to disagree with a fellow class of '63er (Tom Cieslinski) but I must.  When Red Berenson was playing such great hockey for the U of M, Tech didn't have Tony Esposito and Lou Angotti, at least not at the same time.  Mr. Angotti graduated after being a VERY MAJOR part of Tech's 1962 NCAA championship team (tournament MVP).  Gary Bauman was top goalie that year with P. McVittie as backup.  That same dynamic duo shared goalie duties during Tom and my senior year, 1963.  Tony Esposito didn't come along until later, fall of 63 I believe.  He is listed as a senior in the 1967 Keweenawan.  I remember because in '66 - '67 he and his pretty wife lived next to us in, what'd we use to call it, "Fertile Heights"??

I also remember watching a basketball game in Sherman Gym then heading to Dee Station for a hockey game.  The unfortunate thing I remember about that is that those of us who walked to Dee Stadium usually left the basketball game early, regardless of the score and the need of the Tech team for support.  Hockey was #1, #2, #3, etc.

Dick Kuenzer

EE '63/'67


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Alumni Association Programs

CHAPTER EVENTS: For more information on alumni chapter events,
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November 29 Presidential Reception - Berkeley, CA

November 30 Presidential Reception - Santa Clara, CA

December 9-10 Hockey - Madison, WI

December 10 Mid-Year Commencement

December 10 Basketball - Saginaw Valley

December 29-30 - GLI, Detroit

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