April 16, 2007 (Vol. 13, No. 46)
A weekly electronic newsletter for alumni and friends of Michigan Technological University
Edited by Dennis Walikainen (MS ’92), Senior Editor,
University Marketing and Communications
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In this issue:
The Business of Tech
I have to admit that I'm a little partial to the School of Business and Economics here. I've had several relatives and friends graduate from there, and I've gotten great help over the years from their faculty and staff whenever I've asked.
I also got to interview legendary Accounting Professor Sam Tidwell on a couple of occasions and got some great stories, in that Southern drawl, about the good old days at Tech (including his involvement in the Kiwanis Chicken Barbeque, which continues to this day).
So, I wasn't surprised when the School’s Applied Management Portfolio Team won the national RISE competition recently. They took first in the value category: the second time they've taken national honors.
I enjoy the fact that the business program helps broaden our accolades beyond engineering and science, and I especially appreciate the teamwork aspect of the RISE competition. And, they produced a whopping 20 percent return on their money last year!
Do you suppose they could take a look at my portfolio?
Snowfall Totals through April 13 (from KRC)
Snowfall total: 162.75"
CS GRAD STUDENT WINS GOOGLE SCHOLARSHIP: Graduate student Alicia Thorsen
has been awarded a 2007 Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship. The $10,000
scholarship is given to 20 outstanding female undergraduate and graduate
students nationwide who are completing degrees in computer science and
related fields. Thorsen expects to receive her PhD in Computer Science
in 2008. The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology and Google
Inc. created the highly competitive and prestigious scholarships to honor
the legacy of Anita Borg and her efforts to encourage women to pursue
careers in computer science and technology.
STUDENTS AWARDED NSF GRADUATE RESEARCH
FELLOWSHIPS: Three graduate students received $40,500 each in research funding through
the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Gregory LeFevre received
his BS in Environmental Engineering at Michigan Tech and will attend
the University of Minnesota–Twin
Cities; Marie (Wilkening) Mooney received her BS in Bioinformatics at
Michigan Tech and will attend graduate school at Carnegie Mellon University;
and Matthew Barron, a PhD student in biomedical engineering, will continue
at Michigan Tech. The awards consist of a fellowship stipend of $30,000
for a one-year period, while the university is allowed $10,500 for the
cost of education. With satisfactory progress, awards are renewable for
a total of three years of graduate study and a total award amount of
STUDENTS HELP MAKE BOWL FOR KIDS
A SUCCESS: The women of the Alpha Delta
Alpha Sorority led a fundraising effort to help draw participants for
the Big Brothers Big Sisters' Bowl for Kids 2007 on March 24. The sorority
members, some of whom volunteer as big sisters, challenged the Michigan
Tech community to form their own teams. A $100 gift certificate to a
local restaurant was donated by the Alpha Delta Alpha Alumni Association
as a prize to the Michigan Tech team that raised the most money. Overall,
18 teams from Michigan Tech signed up, comprising a third of the overall
participants and raised $5,100. The women of Alpha Delta Alpha ended
up winning their own challenge by raising $885. The Lambda Chi Alpha
Team Strike came in second by raising $480, and Circle K came in third
place with $450 in donations.
HAGENBUCH LEADS TECH TRACK AND
FIELD SQUAD AT SVSU OPEN--Women Finish Third; Men Come in Seventh: Junior Kate Hagenbuch (Hancock, Mich.) put
together a first-place showing in the 1500 meters (4:55.86) and a second-place
finish in the 800 meter race (2:20.70) to pace the Michigan Tech track
and field team at the Saginaw Valley State Collegiate Open Saturday (April
14). Sophomore Danielle Holmgren (Rapid River, Mich.) came in just behind
Hagenbuch in the 800 at third with a time of 2:21.23, while junior Andrea
Metz (Marathon, Wis.) grabbed the fourth spot in the 1500 after clocking
in at 5:00.52.
MEN'S TENNIS DOWNED BY GVSU, 9-0--Huskies
Wrap Up Home Season: Grand Valley State swept Michigan Tech in its final
home men's tennis match of the 2006-07 season today at the Gates Tennis
Center. The Lakers (15-5, 6-1 GLIAC) defeated the Huskies (7-14, 2-4
GLIAC) by a 9-0 count. "You
need to get off to a good start to beat a good team and we didn't do
that," said head coach Mike Axford. "We were playing from behind
right away, then being down 3-0 hurt us mentally in our singles matches." Tech
fell behind 5-2 in all three doubles flights. Brett Girard and Chris
Calder worked back into their match but lost to GVSU's top pair of Adam
Sandusky and Tony Dang by an 8-6 score.
MEN'S BASKETBALL AWARDS ANNOUNCED
AT ANNUAL BANQUET--Strom Named Both MVP and Most Improved Awards: Junior Tim Strom (Marquette, Mich.) received
the Ken Hamar Award as the Michigan Tech men's basketball most valuable
player during the annual Cager Club Basketball Recognition Banquet at
the Memorial Union. Strom led the team in rebounds (153), assists (59),
and blocks (17), and finished second in scoring (13.5 per game). The
6-7 forward had team-high point totals in 14 of the Huskies' 28 games
including a career-high 27 in Tech's lone postseason game (at Northern
Michigan). He also registered two double-doubles. In addition to the
MVP award, Strom was also handed the Bill Gappy Award as the team's most
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL AWARDS DOLED
OUT AT BANQUET--Stream Collects MVP, Sportsmanship, and Scholastic
Achievement Awards: Sophomore Sarah Stream
(Ishpeming, Mich./Westwood) earned three of the five women's basketball
awards that were handed out at the Cager Club Basketball Recognition
Banquet at the Memorial Union. Stream took home the most valuable player,
the Harold Meese Sportsmanship, and the scholastic achievement awards.
Stream averaged 14.1 points, 3.1 assists and 34.7 minutes per game--all
team highs in 2006-07. The 5-7 point guard earned All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate
Athletic Conference North Division First Team honors and was named to
the GLIAC All-Tournament team after leading the Huskies to their first
league tournament semifinal in five years. Stream also possesses a 4.0
cumulative grade point average in exercise science and biology.
Sat, April 14
What's Happening This Week
Tue, Apr 17
Fri, Apr 20
Sat, Apr 21
All Times are Eastern
Adapted from the Daily Mining Gazette
HOUGHTON DPW, AFTER SNOW, BACK
TO SQUARE ONE: The
Houghton Department of Public Works was ahead of the game. Not only
were the streets free of snow, but they were swept. Then the snows
came back. Now the department will restart their sweeping, resulting
in a 30 percent increase in spending. And some small projects, such
as catch basins and ditching, may be put off until next year. "By the time we get done sanding and sweeping,
we'll be over budget," said Superintendent Mark Zenner. The department
is also out doing cold-patching, after the combination of plows and soft
pavement resulted in widespread tearing up. "We did more damage
in five days than we did all winter," Zenner said.
BUDGET MESS--PRUSI, LAHTI ADDRESS
KEDA: The Copper
Country's state legislators both expressed hope that the state budget
can be balanced soon--but not on the back of the U.P. State Sen. Mike
Prusi, D-Ishpeming, and State Rep. Mike Lahti, D-Hancock, spoke at
the Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance meeting Wednesday morning.
While past budget negotiations have stretched into September, they
said they would try to have a proposal by June. But for that to happen,
both sides will have be less intractable, Prusi said. "We need to get to the middle ground and find something
that we agree on and move Michigan forward," he said. Lahti said
he will be heading back to Lansing to work on the House negotiations.
The governor's proposal includes the Michigan Business Tax, a replacement
for the Single Business Tax, which ended last year. In contrast to the
SBT, the new tax will focus on income.
ONE FINAL PERFORMANCE--HORN PLAYER
LOOKS BACK: The Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra said goodbye to the last of its first
Saturday. When the orchestra performed the final concert of the 2006-07
season, it was French horn player Judy Spahn's last concert. Spahn
has been with the orchestra since it began in 1970. She arrived in
Houghton that year with a musical background that started when she
was a fourth grader in Hamburg, New York. "The
school that I went to, music was huge, so we started in fourth grade
and had weekly lessons in school," Spahn said. Her music teachers
there had a role in her choosing the French horn for her instrument. "They
looked at your lip structure and decided what you should play--probably
what they needed," Spahn said. In college at Cornell University,
she played in a concert band and a brass quintet. Then a community orchestra
in New Jersey. Then onward to the Copper Country, where she found a number
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It's come to my attention that during the fall harvest, local farmers hired a lot of short-term "pickers" to help bag the spuds that mechanized harvesters couldn't get. Most pickers were paid by the bushel and some were offered the opportunity to take additional bushels home for winter storage and consumption.
I'm wondering if any Tech alum might have participated as potato pickers at Houghton County farms while they were students in Houghton. I'd be interested in collecting any reminiscences about these experiences for a magazine article I'm hoping to have published this year. Photographs would be great, too.
Thanks in advance,
Editor's note: A couple of students are taking on a worthy cause.
Jay Prescott and I are planning to ride our bikes from Houghton, MI, to Seattle, WA, starting May 7, 2007. Not only is the ride one of those "let's do this while we have time" activities, but it is also a cancer fundraiser through the Lance Armstrong Foundation. As of this email, Jay and I have raised over $3100 <http://www.livestrong.org/grassroots/jayridesxcountry>.
Currently, we have a website advertising the ride <http://www.hu.mtu.edu/~jcdambru/cancer/>, and a Lode article was published during the week of 4/4/2007 <http://www.mtulode.com/article.php?articleId=540>.
Michigan hires coach away from Wisconsin-Green Bay
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP)--Michigan has hired Kevin Borseth away from Wisconsin-Green Bay to shore up its struggling women's basketball program, the school said Monday night. The hiring was confirmed by athletics department spokesman Bruce Madej, who said an official announcement would be made Tuesday. The hiring was reported earlier in the day by The Ann Arbor News. Borseth replaces Cheryl Burnett, who retired last month. The Wolverines were 35-83 overall and 10-54 in the Big Ten over Burnett's four seasons at Michigan. Borseth coached nine seasons at Green Bay, compiling a 216-62 record and the Horizon League regular-season championship each of those years. The Phoenix won seven conference tournaments under Borseth and made seven NCAA tournament appearances. The 52-year-old native of Bessemer, Mich., coached Michigan Tech from 1987-98, posting a 225-97 record. He also coached at Gogebic Community College in Ironwood, Mich.
Copyright 2007 The Associated Press.
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You got hit with a whopper of a snow storm and you are complaining?!? Bah! Get your back into it, man, don't be weak. Where is your Sisu? Real Midwestern men don't complain about the bad weather, they wear adequate clothing, and deal with it. And if you cannot stand the weather, then perhaps you should relocate..... Just like I did: back to the Chicago metropolitan area as soon as I could (*VBG*)!
I love to tell people stories of when I brought up my close friends to experience the great Keweenaw snow blower firsthand (and have Heikki Lunta exceed all expectations). I also enjoy sharing fond memories of cross country skiing the Tech Trails on my birthday... near the end of April. Over 50 inches of snow, eh? Maybe I should road trip.
Cheers, and stay warm.
--John Saporta, ECH 1988
Editor's note: You better hurry, John, spring is coming this week. No, really.
Bob Carnahan '53
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