TechAlum News

December 12, 2005 (Vol. 12, No. 28)

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:

Finals Week  

I still have those dreams occasionally. I'm running across campus, late for my last final exam before graduating. I never quite make it to the classroom or lecture hall before I awake in a cold sweat.

I had a miniature dose of reality regarding finals last week. As I've mentioned before, I'm taking a Spanish class as part of my graduate schooling here, and I've had several quizzes leading up to our two-part final (actually a week before the official finals week which begins today).

I joked with my professor that these were my first classroom quizzes since 1978. He laughed very hard at that. So, I had some of the old pre-test jitters, I must admit, even though the wife kept reminding me that I was only auditing this class. Still, I wanted to do well.

As I walked through the Fisher hallway Friday, I saw a younger student (well, they are all younger students to me) intensely examining a paper. It was a mass of formulas and looked like a quiz handed back to him with some nasty red marks on it. Ouch.

"Well," I said to myself as I sat nervously awaiting the last quiz with my two number-two mechanical pencils, with erasers, "at least it's not a math quiz." I remembered what my old high school math teacher once said aloud in a room full of friends: "I knew back when I had Dennis in algebra class that one day he would become a writer!"

He was, of course, right.

And that Spanish final? I don't think I did too badly, for a "nontraditional" student, that is.

Vida es buena.

Snowfall Update

(We'll be using KRC totals from now on.)


As of December 11, 2005

                    This week     Last Week           Last year

Snowfall to date      76.5"          49.0"               16.5"

On the ground         16.0"          10.0"               1.00"

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At Tech

TECH TO OFFER ANTHROPOLOGY DEGREE: Michigan Tech will offer a new bachelor's degree in anthropology starting next fall. The Board of Control approved the new program Friday, December 9. Students are already planning to enroll. "We have students in our department right now who are waiting for the degree to start up," said Carol MacLennan, an associate professor of social sciences. The new program is part of an ongoing effort to expand the number of degrees offered by Michigan Tech, as well as to attract a wider range of students. "Based upon enrollments in anthropology programs on other university campuses, we expect that this will broaden our appeal, particularly among women and underrepresented groups," said Bruce Seely, chair of the Department of Social Sciences. Students majoring in anthropology will be able to focus in two specialties: environmental anthropology, which examines the relationship between humans and their environment, and archaeology.

MCGREW NAMED VP FOR ADVANCEMENT: The Board of Control has created the new position of vice president for advancement. Shea McGrew, vice president of the Michigan Tech Fund, has been named to the post. The change is part of a larger agreement with the Michigan Tech Fund approved Friday by the Board of Control. The Tech Fund Board of Trustees is expected to act on the agreement within the next month. The action is the result of a strong collaboration between the two boards designed to maximize fundraising capability as Michigan Tech prepares for a major capital campaign. McGrew has been leading the university's independent fundraising arm under the direction of the Tech Fund Board of Trustees. In his new position, he now reports directly to the university president while continuing to oversee development efforts. Alumni Relations and University Marketing and Communications are also under the advancement umbrella. "This is an important move forward in our efforts to achieve readiness for a major campaign," President Glenn Mroz said. "Our ability to achieve important strategic goals is highly dependent on effective marketing and significant growth in private support." The capital campaign is projected to begin in mid-2007, with the primary emphasis on increasing Michigan Tech's $70-million endowment, Mroz said.

KEARLY NAMED HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: Tom Kearly, who has built one of the top offenses in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, was introduced Monday as Michigan Tech's new head football coach. Kearly spent the last six years as Michigan Tech's associate head coach and offensive coordinator. He replaces Bernie Anderson, who left after 22 years with the school (19 as head coach) to become the head football coach at Northern Michigan University. "I'm excited to get this opportunity at Michigan Tech," said Kearly. "I look forward to continuing the rich tradition of Tech football and building on the success we've had over the last few years." Kearly, who has 27 years of coaching experience, has helped the Huskies compile a 33-27 record over the last six seasons. "We're very fortunate to have a coach of Tom's caliber already in our program," said Michigan Tech's Athletics Director Suzanne Sanregret. "It was an easy decision to promote him to head coach. His track record as our offensive coordinator speaks for itself and it will be an easy transition for our student-athletes and alumni." Kearly is the 15th head coach in the 86-year history of the Michigan Tech football program. Kearly's father, Ted, served as Michigan Tech's head football coach for four seasons from 1969 to 1972 and was also athletic director at Tech.

Tech Sports

HOCKEY SPLITS AT #1 WISCONSIN: The hockey Huskies split a two-game series at #1 Wisconsin in Madison over the weekend. Tech stunned the top-ranked Badgers with a 4-2 win Friday night and snapped UW's 14-game unbeaten streak in the process. Brandon Schwartz tallied three points (2-1--3) and Chris Conner recorded a goal and an assist in the victory. Nick Anderson also scored a power-play goal, which capped a six-point night for Michigan Tech's senior class.

BASKETBALL UNDEFEATED LAST WEEK: Both the Michigan Tech men's and women's basketball teams won every one of their games last week. The men defeated Northwood (74-65) and Saginaw Valley State (52-41) during a two game road trip. The women knocked off Northland (69-43) at home before traveling to Northwood and SVSU and winning by scores of 63-59 and 51-43, respectively. The men have won three of their last four games and own a 3-4 overall record. The women have won six straight contests and are 7-1 on the season.

OWEN LEADS SKIERS: Kristin Owen turned in a pair of second-place finishes, including a time of 32:45 in Saturday's 10 kilometer race and a 17:02 clip in Sunday's five kilometer race, to highlight the Nordic skiing team's race schedule this past weekend. The squad raced against Northern Michigan in Marquette Saturday, before closing the weekend vs. NMU and Finlandia at the Tech Trails Sunday.


Sun., Dec. 11: Men's Nordic Skiing: 2nd at Tech Trails

Women's Nordic Skiing: 1st at Tech Trails

Sat., Dec. 10: Hockey at Wisconsin 7, Michigan Tech 0

Men's Nordic Skiing: 2nd at NMU

Women's Basketball at Saginaw Valley 43, Michigan Tech 51

Men's Basketball at Saginaw Valley 41, Michigan Tech 52

Fri., Dec. 9: Hockey at Wisconsin 2, Michigan Tech 4


Fri., Dec. 16: Hockey hosts Minnesota State, 7:07 p.m. (Live Radio, 93.5 FM)

Sat., Dec. 17: Women's Basketball at Findlay, 1 p.m. (Live Radio, 93.5 FM)

Women's Nordic Skiing hosts Christmas Classic

Hockey hosts Minnesota State, 7:07 p.m. (Live Radio, 93.5 FM)

Men's Basketball at Findlay, 3 p.m. (Live Radio, 93.5 FM)

Men's Nordic Skiing hosts Christmas Classic

All times are Eastern.

Around Town

TWO DIE IN ISHPEMING NURSING HOME FIRE: The Mather Nursing Center was evacuated early this morning, after a fire broke out in a patient's room. Authorities at Bell Hospital confirm two persons dead, and twenty-five treated for smoke inhalation. Marquette General reports thirty-four patients treated for smoke inhalation, and forty-nine treated at the ER. In addition, sixteen residents have been taken to the Beacon House. All 108 patients were evacuated from the building by staff and emergency personnel from several areas, and taken by school bus and Marqtran buses to the Ishpeming Township Hall as a staging area. Westwood High School is now being used to temporarily house patients. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time, and the fire marshal will be called in.

PLANS TO REPAIR CEMETERY ROAD: With the arrival of winter comes the navigation of treacherous hills, a common hazard for Copper Country residents. Fortunately the residents of Royalewood, Peepsock, and Volin Estates, just east of the Michigan Tech University campus, will soon have an alternative to the often nail-biting descent down Mill Road. Construction will begin in the spring on Michigan Tech's service road, located on the southern boundary of Forest Hill Cemetery, commonly known as the Cemetery Road. This gravel road is used for Michigan Tech's snow and mulch dumps and is sometimes used as a shortcut to MacInnes Drive, although it is often in poor condition for passenger vehicles. According to Andy Niemi, Michigan Tech's grounds supervisor, plans have been drawn up and completed by engineers from the Michigan Department of Transportation. The speed limit will remain at 25 mph. The intersections at either end will be squared to MacInnes Drive and Royalewood to improve visibility and safety. Stop signs will be at the ends of the road at both intersections.

FORUM REVIEWS NEW MINING RULES: About 60 people attended a forum Tuesday night on proposed state mining regulations, with one key exception. Jon Cherry, manager of environmental and governmental affairs for Kennecott Minerals Inc. was scheduled to participate as part of a five-member paneled discussion at Michigan Tech University regarding the company's Eagle Project in Marquette County. Cherry's absence was weather-related, according to Kristine Bradof, emcee of the forum and member of event co-sponsor League of Women Voters of the Copper Country. Joe Maki, U.P. district geologist for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality took the lead for the evening, focusing on Part 632 of House Bill 6243 regarding nonferrous metal mining in the state. No metallic sulfide mines are currently operating in Michigan, but the rules are needed, Maki said, because the previous rules focused on two large open pit mines and contained no provisions for underground mining. The new rules mandate four key components not previously required: an environmental impact assessment, a reclamation and environmental protection plan, a contingency plan and financial assurance. Of those, Maki said the environmental impact assessment and the financial assurance components were the most important.

From the E-mailbag

Fellow lovers of Togo's, from a long-ago Michigan Tech Newsletter, I sadly notify you of the demise of the Togo's in Lafayette, California. Lafayette has an overload of lunch places, and the closest new one, Quizno's, may have been the last straw. I'll miss you, Togo's!

Frank Shoffner '62


On the Houghton Gremlins Girls Basketball State Champs:

Hi Dennis.

Our daughter Callen is on the HHS team and she said that the timing was perfect as their bus rolled past the Rozsa Center sign flashing STATE CHAMPS! They saw all the signs and really appreciated it! Please share that with the person(s) whose great idea that was!



Dennis, I just wanted to let you know that my father who lives in Sparta, Wisconsin, found out about the Lady Gremlins being the state champs from the Mining Journal online. This past summer, my family and I decided to go to a WNBA Houston Comets game. Personally, I like to watch the women play versus the men. The Comets have dominated the WNBA for the first few years of its existence and we almost made it to the championship game this year. If anyone gets a chance to go to WNBA games, do so. They are much more interesting than NBA games. Maybe some of those Lady Gremlins will grow up to be in the WNBA. 

We also get to go to the AHL Houston Aeros games. The Aeros are a farm team for the NHL Minnesota Wild. They played against the Milwaukee Admirals and lost, but the Aeros are at the top of the standings. Hopefully the next game we go to they will win. It's fun to get to see hockey down here in Houston.

When is Michigan Tech going to do another satellite game for us in Houston to watch? That was really cool the last time we were able to do that. My daughter wants to go to Tech and she really likes hockey. I think she likes the fights the best.    

Stacey E. Morrison '88

Editor's note: I'm forwarding Stacy's question to the athletics and alumni offices here to see if there is something in the works.

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Job Opportunities This Week

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

No postings this week.

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