January 29, 2007 (Vol. 13, No. 35)

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:

Cooling off and heating up

Noon Saturday brought one of those Keweenaw sights: snowing so hard it looked like dusk. Then the sun came out, and then it snowed some more, enough to get the snowblower out for the first time since Christmas break. It was windy, too, and cold.

Saturday night we ventured to the MacInnes Student Ice Arena, amid more heavy snowfall, and when we returned, you couldn't tell where I snowblowed. I had to clean it up again Sunday morning, after a neighborly plowing, and we are looking like the normal Keweenaw again: the big white.

Things were also heating up over the weekend, however, thanks to the hockey team, who took three points from a good Colorado College team. Saturday night Tech hustled, got great goaltending from Rob Nolan, and won 1-0, following a 2-2 tie Friday night. And, if they keep playing this way, they have a chance to host a playoff game. And, both basketball teams defeated Northwood Saturday.

Cruising through campus Saturday night, many students were busy working on the statues, which are coming along nicely. More photos and other news will be added to the Carnival site as they occur: <http://www.mtu.edu/carnival>. So, stay tuned: it's going to be a great Carnival, and I think Denver is in for a little surprise when they hit our ice that weekend!


Snowfall Totals (from KRC)

Snowfall total: 71.25"
Depth on ground: 22.0"
Snowfall total last week: 59.5"
Depth on ground last week: 14.0"
Snowfall total last year: 137.5"
Depth on ground last year: 20"

At Tech

CHUCK HEIN PASSES AWAY: Charles E. Hein, 76, passed away January 17, 2007, after a brief illness. Chuck was born on March 16, 1930, the son of Adolph and Elizabeth Hein of Laurium. He was married to Diana Lasanen of Calumet on November 1, 1952, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Laurium where he has been a member all of his life. Chuck graduated from Calumet High School in 1948, Michigan Tech with a bachelor's degree in forestry in 1953 and in 1973 he received his master's degree in Forestry also from Tech. He worked for 19 years as a forester for Calumet and Hecla Mining Co., and then taught forestry and surveying at Tech for 23 years, where he was instrumental in getting the surveying degree program started. He was also a self-employed land surveyor. He was a registered forester and surveyor in Michigan and Wisconsin and was a member of many professional organizations. In high school and college he was a star basketball player. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1948-1949. Chuck also enjoyed gardening at his farm. He is survived by his loving wife, Diana; daughter, Cathy and Jim Johnson of Laurium; son, Steve and Allison Hein of Laurium; five grandchildren, Adam Johnson, Dan Hein, Sarah (Carlos) Baiz, Matt Hein and Leah Hein; a sister, Elizabeth Johnson of Rock Island Ill., a brother, Bob (Carol) Hein of Bellbrook, Ohio; four nephews; a grand-nephew; and several cousins in Germany. Online condolences may be sent to the family at <http://www.petersonfuneralservices.com>.


SAFELANE IMPROVES TRACTION: Russ Alger's SafeLane is making bridges and roads safer in seventeen states and climbing. Now, he's developed a similar product for homeowners and businesses. SafeLane, which is being marketed by Cargill, is a mix of epoxy and aggregate rock applied to pavement. When liquid anti-icing chemicals are applied to the overlay before ice or snowstorms hit, the material acts like a rigid sponge, storing the chemicals inside and automatically releasing them as wintery conditions develop. The result is safer surfaces with better traction and less maintenance, because the overlay helps prevent ice or frost from forming. Now that the product has exceeded expectations on roads and bridges, Alger, a project manager/research leader at the Keweenaw Research Center, has fine-tuned SafeLane for surfaces such as walkways and parking lots.
MORE: <http://www.admin.mtu.edu/urel/news/media_relations/532/>


ONLINE BRYOLOGY BOOK GAINS READERS: More than ten years ago, Janice Glime began writing a text on the ecology of bryophytes, a group of diminutive plants that includes mosses. But, as the field progressed by leaps and bounds, she never seemed to be able to finish so much as a chapter. Faced with the choice of publishing a work that would quickly become obsolete or not publishing at all, she picked a third option. Glime, a professor of biological sciences, decided to post her work online. Now, "Bryophyte Ecology" is available at <http://www.bryoecol.mtu.edu/>. The book is evolving into an encyclopedia, which, at this point, would be at least three volumes in print. Perhaps when this work is done, Glime says, she'll be able to synthesize it into a textbook. For now, it's growing like topsy.
MORE: <http://www.admin.mtu.edu/urel/news/media_relations/531/>


By Diana Wadke, Tech Today editorial assistant

Michigan Tech American Society Of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Student Section representatives Daniel Vanderhoof, Daniel Michalski and Nick Dumler took first place at the ASME's Strategic Diversity Workshop for their entry, "Envisioning the Future of Engineering." The competition asked ASME Student Sections to illustrate their vision of what engineering in the future will be like. "Envisioning the Future of Engineering" discusses the advantages and disadvantages of a future in which computers are the main producers and humans are chiefly consumers. As first place winners, the three received $750 and presented their paper at ASME's International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition in Chicago on Nov. 7.


STACKHOUSE NAMED DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT: Steve Stackhouse has been promoted to the position of director of corporate development from his current post as associate director, Shea McGrew, vice president for advancement and executive director of the Michigan Tech Fund, has announced. In addition, Brian Hannon has been named assistant director. They join Adam Johnson, also an assistant director, and Office Assistant Jeanne Fricke to form the Corporate Development team. Stackhouse has served Michigan Tech in corporate relations for a number of years. His primary focus has been to oversee Tech's key managed partnerships with a number of major corporations, such as Ford Motor Company. He has attracted significant resources to Tech in the form of cash gifts, research funding, senior design clinic support and gifts in kind. As director of corporate development, he will lead efforts to expand corporate relationships and funding, including the corporate component of the fundraising campaign. Hannon has been actively seeking corporate support for two important projects: the YES! Expo and the SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge. Hannon has secured numerous sponsorships and in-kind contributions, as well as assisting with the planning and staging of those events.
MORE: <http://www.admin.mtu.edu/urel/ttoday/previous.php?issue=20070129#2>


Tech Sports

SHUTOUT LIFTS HOCKEY TO THREE-POINT WEEKEND: Sophomore Rob Nolan (Sherwood Park, Alta.) registered the first shutout of his career last Saturday (Jan. 27) in a 1-0 win vs. #13 Colorado College to help Michigan Tech remain undefeated in its last four home games. The Huskies have now shut out three opponents on the season -- the most by a Tech team since 1974-75. Michigan Tech is currently tied for sixth in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings with 17 points, two points ahead of this weekend's opponent Minnesota State Mankato.
MORE: <http://www.athletics.mtu.edu/sport.php?sport=mho>

TECH HOOPS 4-0 ON WEEK: Michigan Tech's basketball teams combined for a 4-0 record on the road last week with sweeps at Saginaw Valley State and Northwood. The women advanced their record to 13-7 overall and 7-5 in league games with their two wins, while the men moved to 11-10 overall and 6-6 in league play.
MORE: <http://www.athletics.mtu.edu/sport.php?sport=mbb>

CAGER CLUB LUNCHEON SET FOR TUESDAY: The next Cager Club Luncheon of the 2006-07 season is scheduled for Tuesday (Jan. 30) at noon in the Begg Conference Room of the Peter J. Grant Hockey Educational Center. Michigan Tech's men's basketball coach Kevin Luke and women's basketball skipper John Barnes be the featured speaker. All are welcome to attend, and a light lunch will be provided.

WYSOCKY CONTINUES HOT PLAY: Freshman forward Katie Wysocky (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) tallied 38 points and 17 rebounds in two games last week. The 6-0 Wysocky had her fifth 20-point game of the season at Northwood last Saturday (Jan. 27). She has averaged 20.5 points and 10.0 rebounds over her last four games.
MORE: <http://www.athletics.mtu.edu/sport.php?sport=wbb>


Recent Results

Hockey (12-13-3, 7-10-3 WCHA)
1/26--at Michigan Tech 2, #13 Colorado College 2
1/27--at Michigan Tech 1, #13 Colorado College 0

Men's Basketball (11-10, 6-6 GLIAC)
1/25--Michigan Tech 50, at Saginaw Valley State 44
1/27--Michigan Tech 66, at Northwood 57

Women's Basketball (13-7, 7-5 GLIAC)
1/25--Michigan Tech 68, at Saginaw Valley State 65
1/27--Michigan Tech 85, at Northwood 65

Nordic Skiing
1/27-28--Michigan Tech competed in SuperTour event at Telemark Resort in Cable, Wis. (Race results available at <http://www.ccsaski.com>)

For up-to-date standings, go to the following links:
WCHA Hockey: <http://www.collegehockeystats.net/standings/wcham>
GLIAC Women's Basketball: <http://gliac.org/womens/basketball/default.asp>
GLIAC Men's Basketball: <http://gliac.org/mens/basketball/default.asp>


What's Happening This Week

Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Cager Club Luncheon, 12 noon (Hockey Ed Center)

Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Huskies Drive Time, 7:30-8 a.m. on Mix 93.5 FM

Thursday, February 1, 2007
Women's Basketball hosts Gannon, 5:30 p.m. (Live Radio, 93.5 FM: <http://www.athletics.mtu.edu/REL/huskiesradio.php>)
Men's Basketball hosts Gannon, 7:30 p.m. (Live Radio, 93.5 FM)

Friday, February 2, 2007 (Husky Friday: wear school colors!)
Hockey at Minnesota State Mankato, 8:37 p.m. (Live Radio, 93.5 FM)

Saturday, February 3, 2007
Women's Basketball hosts Mercyhurst, 1 p.m. (Live Radio, 93.5 FM)
Men's Basketball hosts Mercyhurst, 3 p.m. (Live Radio, 93.5 FM)
Hockey at Minnesota State Mankato, 8:07 p.m. (Live Radio, 93.5 FM)

All Times are Eastern

Around the Keweenaw

Adapted from the Daily Mining Gazette

MARQUETTE DIOCESE CONSIDERS CLOSING CHURCHES: Like many of the parishioners at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Dollar Bay, Jeff Stevens and his family have been members for generations. Because of that, Stevens and other members were upset to learn several months ago that diocese officials are considering closing the church. Stevens, who is parish chairman at St. Francis of Assisi, said he and other members aren't certain what options to pursue if the church is closed. "I'm in a quandary about what I'd do," Stevens said. "I would probably sign up with another local parish." For many members, that probably won't be a problem, Stevens said, because there are other churches relatively nearby in Houghton and Hancock, but some parishioners are elderly and might not be able to travel so easily. But that isn't the main issue causing concern, Stevens said.
MORE: <http://www.mininggazette.com/stories/articles.asp?articleID=5530>


CROSSWALK AT ISSUE: Tech students disagreed on how they'd like to get from Wadsworth Hall to the university campus: A tunnel, an elevated walkway, or across the street, but with an island added in the middle. But they agree on one thing: Any change would be an improvement. Tech held a forum on plans for the U.S. Highway 41 crossing Thursday night at Wadsworth Hall. The Michigan Department of Transportation earmarked $1.5 million last summer for the construction of a crossing. The crosswalk at the west end of Wadsworth Hall is likely the highest-volume pedestrian crossing in the Upper Peninsula, said U.P. Engineers & Architects principal and professional town planner Pat Coleman. But it's the one on the east side that poses the biggest safety risk. Coleman cited an eight-hour measurement period last fall in which nearly 17 percent of east-end pedestrians jaywalked, as opposed to 4 percent on the west end.
MORE: <http://www.mininggazette.com/stories/articles.asp?articleID=5513>


NEW HERITAGE SITES ANNOUNCED: The Keweenaw National Historical Park is getting the new year going with new members in a newly named partnership program. During the meeting of the KNHP Advisory Commission Tuesday in the Keweenaw Heritage Center at St. Anne's in Calumet, returning and new Heritage Site members were introduced. Before Jan. 1, the term used was Co-operating Sites, but park officials decided Heritage Sites would be more descriptive of their function. The sites are businesses or other locations that help explain the copper mining story. Tom Baker, KNHP management assistant, said 22 applications were received for the Heritage Site program and 19 were chosen to join. "They were excellent," Baker said. "They really put a lot of work into (their applications)."
MORE: <http://www.mininggazette.com/stories/articles.asp?articleID=5499>


From the Emailbag

That remark on the broomball website about nobody being allowed on the rinks refers to time when games are not being played. They don't want anyone hopping on and goofing around or getting hurt when there is nobody out there. If you are not playing a game, in the broomball class, or have a scheduled practice, they don't want you on them. It also gives the rink crews time during the day to put down a little more water to try to keep the ice nice, since is gets pretty broken up every night. Hope that helps.

Michigan Tech Student


I was surprised (even shocked) to learn that the residence halls are finally to be no smoking nine months from now. After all these years of enlightenment, I wonder why it has taken this long to ban smoking. I never would have dreamed that Tech still allowed smoking in the residences, or anywhere indoor on campus.

Jim Bentley '57


Hi Dennis,
Wow, what a website! When I was attending MCMT, some of that stuff was still in operation. Is it possible to contact Mike, 2000 directly? I don't see an address on his very impressive site.

Lyndon Babcock, 1956
Lansing, Michigan

Editor's Note: It is indeed a great website <http://www.coppercountryexplorer.com/>, and more than one alum emailed us about it! His email is <admin(at)coppercountryexplorer.com>


Hello Dennis,

Yes, Dennis. Even though the memory is the first thing to go--I've forgotten what the second thing is--some of us alums are still willing to rise to your challenge to remember some even earlier local hockey players, like Lloyd Rautiola of Hancock and Bobby Brown of Houghton, both of whom did themselves proud playing for the Huskies in '52-'53.

Donald Johnson, Met Eng '53



I'm sure you will get several replies about this, but you omitted Bob Hauswirth from the list of local hockey players in the late 50's. He is a cousin of Paul Coppo's and worked for the University for many years.
Surprised you missed this.

Russell Betts 60

Editor's note: I'll humbly plead guilty to the memory problem that Don Johnson talks about above. Of course I should have mentioned Bob. Not only was he a hockey Husky, but, as a long-time manager of the SDC, he helped us get the Michigan Tech Frisbee Club started in 1980 (another topic for another day). And, he's a Hancock Bulldog, like me, and he coached at Hancock.


Michigan Tech made the January 31, 2007 cover of "Ski Racing" and an article on the 2007 U. S. Cross-Country National Championships in Houghton, Michigan.   <http://www.skiracing.com>

Bonnie Janssen '84

Alumni Association Programs

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:

10--Houghton, Tech Legacy Reception, Winter Carnival

16--Muskegon, Alumni Night with the UHL Muskegon Fury

17--Sudbury, Ontario Chapter Michigan Tech Alumni Breakfast Meeting

3--Twin Cities, Michigan Tech vs. Minnesota Hockey
<http://www.admin.mtu.edu/alumni/events/Michigan Tech_vs_Minnesota_flyer.pdf>

16--Grand Rapids, Michigan Tech Alumni Night: Hockey with the Griffins

Job Opportunities This Week

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

    Senior System Administrator/Programmer, J. R. Van Pelt Library

OFF CAMPUS: For off-campus positions, visit the alumni section of the career center's web site (http://www.career.mtu.edu/alumni.php)