January 2, 2006 (Vol. 12, No. 30)
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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In this issue:
Back to the Future
Since we received nearly no snow for two weeks, I hardly had to run the snowblower. Instead, I spent my holiday vacation partially stuck in the 1960s. Some of that was due to those Christmas cards my mother gets from our old neighbors from Detroit. We start telling the stories of the neighborhood and usually spend most of the time trying to remember names and events.
It was also due, in great part, to some books I got for Christmas: one tells the history of Detroit rock and roll, another is about Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" (yes, there’s a pattern here), and another is about the history of the National Football League, much of which focuses on the 1960s and my Green Bay Packers.
Finally, I read a quote from a
writer who talked about the 1960s as a
great time for America, where anything seemed possible. While I don't
believe the 1960s were exclusively "great," what struck a nerve
That reminded me of the new year. Fresh starts do seem possible, and 2006 can look like a blank page waiting to be filled in. It also reminds me of the beginning of each season up here and especially each academic year. The cracking open of new textbooks, seeing new and familiar faces, the promise of tomorrow.
It's one of the great things about working at
Tech. We are surrounded by
and work with students who keep us young, make us laugh, and remind us
that anything is possible. And, it fits in with our motto, "Create
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GRANHOLM NAMES MROZ TO INVESTMENT BOARD: Governor Jennifer Granholm has named Michigan Tech President Glenn Mroz to a new state board created to make strategic investment decisions. The Strategic Economic Investment and Commercialization Board "will help make Michigan a breeding ground for innovation and turn cutting-edge research into thousands of high-paying jobs for our families," Granholm said. The board was created in the twenty-first-century jobs package Granholm approved in November. It is responsible for allocating state funds for capital investments, commercial lending and commercialization development. Board members represent various sectors contributing to Michigan's economic growth, including higher education, private industry, research and agencies focused on economic development. A. David Canter, senior vice president of Pfizer Global Research and Development, will chair the board.
MICHIGAN TOPS HUSKIES 5-3 IN GLI THIRD PLACE GAME: Conner and Schwartz Each Tally Two Points: Brandon Schwartz tallied a goal and an assist and Chris Conner recorded two assists, but three goals in the final period gave #6 Michigan (12-6-1, 7-3-1 CCHA) a 5-3 win over the Michigan Tech (4-17-1, 3-10-1 WCHA) hockey team in the third place game of the 41st annual Great Lakes Invitational Friday night at Joe Louis Arena.
MEN'S BASKETBALL EDGED BY #4 ST. JOE, 59-56: Huskies Hold Pumas 28 Points Below Their Average: Michigan Tech had two shots in the final 18 seconds to tie fourth-ranked Saint Joseph’s. Neither shot went in, and the host Pumas came away with a 59-56 victory. The Huskies held undefeated SJC to 28 points below their season average of 87. SJC led the entire second half, but never by more than six. Josh Makela scored seven straight points to keep Tech within two, 47-45, at the 5:37 mark. Two minutes later, Tim Strom made one-of-two free throws to tighten the margin to 49-48.
19TH-RANKED DULUTH TOPS TECH, 54-40,
IN WOMEN'S HOOPS: Minnesota Duluth
played tough defense and got 33 points from Lindsay Dietz to defeat
Michigan Tech, 54-40, in a non-conference women’s basketball game
Romano Gymnasium, December 21. Tech held the Bulldogs to 24 percent
Fri., Dec 30: HO: Michigan 5, Michigan Tech 3 (41st Annual GLI Third-Place Game)
Mon., Jan 2: Women's Basketball hosts NMU, 5:30 p.m.--Live
Radio, 93.5 FM
MERCURY SPILL FOUND IN SKANEE: Federal, state and local environmental officials are investigating this morning what appears to be a mercury spill on a road in Baraga County. According to a release issued by the Baraga County Sheriff's Department Wednesday, a pedestrian discovered a mercury-like substance on Park Road in Skanee. The man immediately contacted the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality hotline in Lansing, which in turn, notified Baraga County Emergency Coordinator Duane Smith. Local police and fire departments, along with the Baraga County Road Commission, barricaded the road Wednesday morning to all but local traffic. Marquette DEQ officials and a federal Environmental Protection Agency Response team will survey the area this morning to take samples, Smith said, adding that a clean-up company contracted to safely dispose of the chemical will also be on-site. "I'm sure they're going to find out it's mercury," Smith said of the shiny silver liquid he viewed on the road. More of a mystery, he said, is how the substance got there. "It's definitely not coming out of the ground," he said, surmising that the spill was more likely caused by a container falling off a truck and being dragged by a snowplow. "It's kind of a quiet side road and we really don't know how it got there."
CHASSELL GETS GRANT
TO IMPROVE DOWNTOWN: The Michigan Department of
Transportation is awarding $303,000 in transportation enhancement
funding for a streetscaping project in Chassell. According to MDOT, the
project will begin in the spring on improvements on U.S. Highway 41 from
SMARTZONE COULD SEE INCREASED FUNDING: The future looks
business incubators, according to Michigan Tech Enterprise Corporation
SmartZone Marketing and Program Coordinator Jonathan Leinonen. Leinonen
reported Thursday at the SmartZone's Local Development Finance Authority
Joe Noykos, P.E.
I just want to say the news of Ed Haltenhoff passing away is sad news. He brought such a great perspective to the civil engineering department with all of the practical experience he had in the field. Ed will be missed.
Shane M. Rixom, PE
Tom George, P.E.
Dennis, This is a first. I have read the newsletter for years but have not written until now. I am very sad to read of Professor Haltenhoff's passing. He was a very great teacher. With his professional background he really gave us a "this is what to expect" education that so many of the Tech Prof's are so good at. Professor Haltenhoff went beyond this though and endeared himself to my wife and I when he invited our class and interested spouses to come in and view his slides on the construction of the Might Mac. It was really inspiring for a struggling Toot and his wife on what to expect. Now twenty some odd years later with a bunch of projects around the country that I've been involved in (none as grand as the Mac) I still remember him fondly and when I told my wife of his passing she remembered a day a Professor took a little time out of his schedule and made us all feel special.
Keith Welch '83
I missed the Friday night Tech hockey game against UW
but listened to it
on the radio. My family was elated to hear that Tech won! On the next
night, we enjoyed the dinner with the Chicago Alumni group on Saturday
and had to accept UW's win
On the bright side-my Bucky fan colleagues put up with
my proud raffle win from the dinner, a Michigan Tech banner, hanging in my cubicle...
At home, my
daughters love their raffle wins of stuffed huskies! Many thanks to the
Debby (Gregorius) Kozol '84
My husband, daughter and I were at the Michigan Tech vs. Wisconsin on that Friday night, too. As Tech Alumni who have lived in Madison and worked at UW for 22 years (me), my husband and I were conflicted. My daughter, (who is now at UW-Eau Claire) went to Tech her freshman year and knows some of the hockey players, so she was cheering for Tech. The Tech players definitely outskated the Badgers that night and deserved the win. We decided afterwards that if someone had to beat UW, we were happy it was Tech!
Amy Rapaich Moser, BS Biology 1976
Do you know where they sell Yooper Scooper snow shovels in the Detroit metro area?
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