January 15, 2007 (Vol. 13, No. 33)
A weekly electronic newsletter for alumni and friends of Michigan Technological University
Edited by Dennis Walikainen (MS ’92), Senior Editor,
University Marketing and Communications
For past issues, see our archives.
In this issue:
They were flooding the broomball rinks yesterday as I drove by, and I noticed that what were two rinks are now three. They have added a practice rink, and they remain in the usual spot, next to the Walker Arts and Humanities Center, on Highway 41.
Broomball is huge, of course, and the Inter-Residence Hall Council does a great job of organizing it. Their site is <http://www.broomball.mtu.edu>. I recall taking night classes in Walker and hearing the tremendous roars outside when someone would score a goal.
Broomball is big on the home front, too. We get enormous amounts of hits on the websites when they go live. And, long ago, we even had server problems because of the bandwidth we were taking up with the video!
I'll get emails from now through Carnival about the cams from Moms and Dads, anxious to see their students sliding around under the lights. (Speaking of Carnival, we are beginning to get snow, and they will move some from the airport down to campus for the statues. And, the Alumni Association is hosting an event, details below.) In the past, they've even been able to read the scoreboards. We'll have those cams, and other Carnival cams, up soon, so keep watching the webcam site: <http://www.admin.mtu.edu/urel/cams/>. And, if you get the urge, tape up one of your old brooms and show your kids how it was done!
Snowfall Totals (from KRC)
Snowfall total: 49.5"
FORESTRY PHD PROGRAM RANKED FOURTH
IN THE US: Tech's
forestry doctoral program is among the top 10 in the nation, according
to figures released Monday, Jan. 8, by Academic Analytics. The School
of Forest Resources and Environmental Science ranked fourth in the
U.S. based on scholarly productivity, a measure of research activity.
Academic Analytics developed the rankings by analyzing 2005 data on
faculty publications, which it compiles in its Faculty Scholarly Productivity
Index. "We're very
pleased with the results of the Academic Analytics study," said
David Reed, provost and vice president of research. "However, I'm
not completely surprised. The forestry faculty are exceptionally productive,
and they deserve this recognition." Unlike other ranking organizations,
such as U.S News & World Report, which rely heavily on a graduate
programs' reputation, the Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index is based
solely on measurable criteria. "We have worked very hard to create
an intense and exciting scholarly atmosphere that significantly influences
all our educational programs," said Margaret Gale, dean of the School. "But
most of all, we have a very creative group of faculty, staff and student
scholars, and we are extremely proud that their scholarly efforts are
being recognized nationally."
CHILDCARE CENTER TO OPEN THIS SUMMER: The Little
Huskies Child Development Center is expected to open its doors this
summer. The university has retained a professional childcare provider,
Gretchen Preston, to operate the center, said Becky Christianson (Human
Resources), a member of the Michigan Tech Childcare Board. Preston
operates nine Gretchen's House childcare centers in southern Michigan. "The committee liked her
approach to childcare and her curriculum, which is very hands on," Christianson
said. "She is a strong proponent of outdoor play, science, math,
literacy and the creative arts. "Preston also has two centers in
Ann Arbor, so she has experience working with university parents and
understands the issues and needs of a university community." In
addition, Preston's centers are accredited by the National Association
for the Education of Young Children. The Childcare Board expects that
the Little Huskies Center will soon earn a similar certification, which
is more rigorous than state standards. For more information, visit <http://www.gretchenshouse.com>.
SNOWMOBILE CHALLENGE SET FOR MARCH: This year's
SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge could be the cleanest in the event's
eight-year history. The teams are slated to earn a big bonus for using
ethanol fuel, and up to four all-electric sleds are competing. Set
for March 19-24 at Tech, the Clean Snowmobile Challenge is the Society
of Automotive Engineers' newest collegiate design competition. Teams
of engineering students from participating schools take a stock snowmobile
and reengineer it to reduce emissions and noise while maintaining or
improving performance. This year, teams can earn an additional 100
points for using 85 percent ethanol fuel, said Jay Meldrum, director
of the Keweenaw Research Center, which co-hosts the Challenge along
with the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics.
The competition is based at the center, home of the finest winter driving
test facility in the Midwest. No one is going to be building an ethanol-powered
snowmobile for commercial use anytime in the near future, Meldrum admits. "But as a renewable source of energy, ethanol
is very topical now," he says. "Plus, it's difficult to design
an engine to use high-ethanol fuel, so it gives the students excellent
experience in tackling some tough engineering problems, and they carry
those skills forward to the job market." In 2008, Challenge participants
won't have a choice. "Next year, we'll require them to use a renewable
fuel, such as E85 or biodiesel," Meldrum says.
APPLY FREE TO GRAD SCHOOL: Applicants to Tech's graduate programs no longer have to pay an application fee, as long as they apply online. This change, approved by the Board of Control in December at the request of the Graduate School, brings Michigan Tech's policy for graduate applications in line with the policy for undergraduate applications. Applicants must still provide additional documentation to complete their application packages, such as transcripts, GRE scores and TOEFL scores. Students who apply using paper applications will continue to pay application fees of $40 for domestic students and $45 for international students. The change is expected to help departments attract a larger pool of quality graduate students. To apply online, go to <http://www.gradschool.mtu.edu/apply.html>. For more information, contact the Graduate School at 906-487-2327.
HUSKIES SWEEP #16 BEMIDJI STATE: Tech erased a 2-0 deficit as a result
of three third-period goals, with the punctuation mark of its comeback
coming at the 11:53 mark of the period when assistant captain Tyler Skworchinski
(Marathon, Ont.) recorded his second game-winning goal of the year in
a 3-2 victory and series sweep of 16th-ranked Bemidji State Saturday
night at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. The win pushed the Huskies'
home record to 6-4-1 and their non-conference record to 5-3-0 on the
MARANA NAMED ALL-AMERICA HONORABLE
MENTION: Michigan Tech football senior
Lee Marana (Ishpeming, Mich./Westwood) has earned national recognition
for the second time in his career. The running back was named Honorable
Mention All-America by D2Football.com earlier this week. Marana tallied
1,274 yards and 11 touchdowns in helping the Huskies to a 6-4 record
and fourth-place finish in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
in 2006. He ranked 10th in the country in yards per game (127.4) and
21st in all-purpose yards per game (135.3). The Upper Peninsula native
finished his four-year career as the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic
Conference's all-time leading rusher with 4,784 career yards. His total
is just four yards shy of the school rushing record of 4,788 held by
Jim VanWagner (1973-76).
STROM, RICHARDSON EACH SCORE 17
IN MEN'S WIN OVER FERRIS: A stout defense and 17 points each from Radayl Richardson and
Tim Strom led Michigan Tech to a hard-fought, 61-49 victory over Ferris
State today at the SDC Gym. The win pushed the Huskies overall record
over .500 (9-8) and evened their Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic
Conference slate at 4-4. "Our
defense was outstanding today," said head coach Kevin Luke. "We
put the guys through a tough week of practice, and they responded with
a big turn around from last Saturday's game (vs. Lake Superior State)."
Hockey: Michigan Tech
3, Bemidji State 2
Men's Basketball: Michigan Tech 61, Ferris State 49
Women's Basketball: Ferris State 77, Michigan Tech 64
What's Happening This Week
Thursday, January 18
Friday, January 19
Saturday, January 20
Women's and Men's Basketball at Hillsdale, 1 and 3 p.m. (Live Radio, 93.5 FM <http://www.athletics.mtu.edu/REL/huskiesradio.php>)
Hockey at Alaska Anchorage, 11:07 p.m. (Live Radio, 93.5 FM <http://www.athletics.mtu.edu/REL/huskiesradio.php>)
All Times are Eastern
Adapted from the Daily Mining Gazette
PETTIBONE EXPANDING: Pettibone President Bill Loughman
likes the way his company's been progressing. But there are even more
potential gains ahead, he said. Loughman made his comments at the Keweenaw
Economic Development Alliance meeting in Houghton. The company employs
120 people at its base in Baraga, where it began in 1881 with a focus
on material handling machinery for rail construction. The company's
turning point came in 1951 with the invention of the Cary-Lift, the
first forward-reaching forklift. 1970 saw the introduction of the Extendo,
a rough terrain telescopic forklift. Pettibone has developed a reputation
for powerful, brawny product line. But it's a reputation Loughman said
has become constricting. "That's
been great for us, and it's been, 'Jeez, I wish we weren't that all the
time,'" he said. Part of enhancing the company's image has been
a more aggressive marketing push. Loughman said he decided to embrace
an image change after a fellow convention attendee was unaware that the
company was still in business.
MAKING US-41 AND M-26 SAFER: Getting to the Keweenaw
Peninsula is dependent on the use of US-41 and M-26, and some local
officials are concerned that the corridor of the two roads be as efficient
and safe as possible. To meet that goal, a corridor study group, which
included representatives from Houghton, Hancock, and Portage and Franklin
townships, the Michigan Department of Transportation and the Western
Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region, was established last
year. Some of the findings of the study were presented recently at
a public meeting attended by about 15 people, mostly local government
officials, MDOT representatives, and business owners. Moderating the
meeting was Patrick Coleman of UP Engineers & Architects Inc. who
joined the study group in November as a consultant. Coleman said the
main goal of the study is to find ways for local governments to control
access to the two highways to reduce accidents and safely increase
traffic flow and capacity. The study area is from Chassell to Houghton,
the commercial area on M-26 in south Houghton, the Portage Lake Lift
Bridge to Quincy Hill and to Lake Linden. Coleman said the study is
of a corridor 1,000 feet on either side of the highways, and does not
address flow on local streets.
HOUGHTON ZONING BOARD DENIES VARIANCE: A
Houghton property owner's push to loosen occupancy restrictions on her
rental house stalled at the Houghton Zoning Board of Appeals Monday.
Cheryl Roberts of Chassell had requested to allow three unrelated occupants
at a house on 1221 E. Houghton Ave. The house, zoned R-1 (single family
residential), currently allows only two. Roberts cited the house's
three bedrooms, as well as its proximity to Tech, businesses, and multi-family
houses across the street. "To
prohibit such use would impose an undue burden on the owner," Roberts
wrote in a letter to the city. "Due to the commercial and multifamily
property across the street and in the adjoining area the not granting
of this request would significantly reduce the market value of this property." Roberts,
who is seeking to sell the property, said most buyers were looking for
a house that could hold at least three people. Some residents in attendance
at a public hearing Wednesday said increasing the occupancy level would
lead to more problems with parking and noise, and that it would be difficult
to police the number of residents.
What I remember most was the way he promised to give us a refund if we didn't score or play well with each sharpening when we made our way out of his basement, ducking our head as we went.
It's sad to see he passed away.
Thanks for the newsletter,
-Matthew Thomas, '95
Have a great day,
Jim Graham '70
Sue Mickus in Hubbell has all the details ....
URL Links for background info:
CARNIVAL EVENT: Alumni Relations and First-Year Programs will be hosting an Open House for Alumni, Parents and Tech Legacy Families during Winter Carnival. Please join us for light dessert and casual conversation from 3:00-5:00 p.m., Saturday, February 10, 2007 in the Noblet Atrium and Lecture Hall (Forestry Building #18). The Open House will feature "A History of Winter Carnival," a photographic presentation by Jane Nordberg, beginning at 4:00 p.m. For more information please visit the Michigan Tech Alumni and Friends site at: <http://www.admin.mtu.edu/alumni> click on the February 10 Alumni Events Link: <http://www.admin.mtu.edu/alumni/front-back_2007.pdf> Questions? Please contact Kim Klender at kimk(at)mtu.edu, or call 906-487-3674.
For more information on other alumni chapter events, e-mail mtu_alumni(at)mtu.edu
or see the alumni chapter site on the web:
28--Grand Rapids, Brunch at Marie Catrib's West Michigan Chapter Event
ON CAMPUS: Complete job descriptions are available by e-mailing jobs at mtu.edu
OFF CAMPUS: For off-campus positions, visit the alumni section of the career center's web site (http://www.career.mtu.edu/alumni.php)