April 30, 2007 (Vol. 13, No. 47)
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:
Another Finals Week
Remember the pressure during finals week? How can we forget? It's got that heavy connotation: the end. It is the question regarding finals' questions: can you handle the heat, the all-or-nothing nature of the last beast? They can be some of the toughest academic hurdles.
Our resident sophomore has two finals, one today and one Friday. He's been holed up in his room for many hours, hitting the books like a Tech student should.
Out East, our daughter has finished her master's thesis and has started breathing again. That is, before hitting her finals, which come up a bit later out there.
It is another rite of spring: the snowbanks recede, the golf course opens, the snowbirds return (both robins and retirees), and students cram for finals.
They can see the end, and they can hear and smell the new season that finally has arrived.
Best of luck to all of them, especially the offspring.
PEACE CORPS DEPUTY DIRECTOR TO
SPEAK AT COMMENCEMENT: Michigan Tech will honor the achievements of more than 800 degree candidates
during Spring Commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 5. A total of 674
bachelor's degrees will be awarded, along with 14 associate degrees,
42 doctorates and 94 master of science degrees. In addition, nine Master
of Business Administration and two Master of Engineering degrees will
be presented. Josephine "Jody" Olsen, deputy director of
the Peace Corps, will give the commencement address and receive an
Honorary Doctorate in Sustainable International Development. Amy Trahey,
owner of Great Lakes Engineering Group, in Lansing, and a 1994 graduate
of Michigan Tech, will receive the Outstanding Young Alumni Award.
Other honorees include Harvard biomedical engineering professor David
Edwards, who graduated from Michigan Tech in 1983 and will receive
the Melvin Calvin Medal of Distinction; and Pedro Ortega Romero, president
of the University of Sonora, in Mexico, who will receive an Honorary
Doctorate in Engineering.
ROCKWELL PLEDGES $500,000 TO HOCKEY
ENRICHMENT CAMPAIGN: Former Michigan Tech hockey player John Rockwell (1975-79)
has provided $500,000 toward Michigan Tech's $3 million Hockey Enrichment
Campaign, Rick Yeo, senior director of athletic development, has announced.
The campaign has raised approximately $2.4 million and is slated to
continue through June 30. "It
is great to see results on the ice and the program looking so promising," said
Rockwell, currently the chairman of the Hockey Enrichment Campaign. "I
had a very rewarding experience at Michigan Tech and am pleased to be
in a position where I can give back to the hockey program."
UNDERGRAD EXPO AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED
The 2007 Undergraduate Expo was a tremendous success, with 53 Senior Design, 11 Undergraduate Research and 23 Enterprise teams participating. Complete information, including details on team projects and award winners, can be found at <http://www.expo.mtu.edu/2007/report/index.html>.
HURT SELECTED FOR GM SULLIVAN FELLOWSHIP: Sophomore SherAaron Hurt,
a business administration major, has been selected to be Michigan Tech's
participant in the General Motors Sullivan Fellowship Program. The Sullivan
Fellowship is based on the Global Sullivan Principles of Corporate Social
Responsibility. Developed by the Reverend Leon Sullivan, they are a set
of human rights principles to be recognized by business and industry.
They include providing workers a living wage and a safe workplace, refusing
to pay bribes and honoring intellectual property. Hurt was selected based
on her grade point average, campus and community involvement, and ability
to be an effective ambassador for the Sullivan Principles. She will receive
an internship with GM, where she will evaluate her unit's understanding
and implementation of the Sullivan Principles. The fellowship also includes
a $5,000 scholarship for 2007-08.
PIERRO-ZABOTEL RECOGNIZED ON NHL'S
CENTRAL SCOUTING FINAL RANKINGS--BCHL Interior Conference MVP Set to
Launch Michigan Tech Hockey Career Next Season: Michigan Tech hockey recruit Casey Pierro-Zabotel has been rated
among the top 75 North American skaters eligible for the 2007 National
Hockey League Entry Draft, according to NHL Central Scouting's final
player rankings released today. Pierro-Zabotel inked a National Letter
of Intent to play for the Huskies during the early signing period in
November. Pierro-Zabotel, who was ranked 86th in the mid-term rankings
posted by Central Scouting on Jan. 10, jumped up to the 75th spot in
the final rankings. Among the 210 players included in the final Central
Scouting rankings, Pierro-Zabotel is the ninth-highest-rated incoming
player slated to join a WCHA team in 2007-08.
DRELLES LEADS HUSKIES AT GINA RELAYS
WITH SCHOOL RECORD IN STEEPLECHASE--Hagenbuch Posts Strong Races in
1500 and 800 Meter Races: Megan Drelles posted a record-breaking performance in
the 3,000-meter steeplechase to pace the Michigan Tech track and field
team at the Hillsdale College Relays this past Friday and Saturday.
The junior turned in a time of 11:36.36, which gave her a 19th-place
finish overall, and a school record in the event. "Megan [Drelles] put together a very solid day, especially
in the steeplechase," said fourth-year head coach Joe Haggenmiller. "She
has been gradually getting better and better in the steeplechase, which
is allowing her to post some strong times." Junior Kate Hagenbuch
continued her strong spring by taking 18th in the 800-meter race (2:19:35),
but her best effort of the weekend arguably came in the 1500 meters (4:50.90),
where she took 36th against a very competitive field. Sophomore Danielle
Holmgren and junior Andrea Metz each ran personal best times in the 1,500,
and finished 42nd and 49th, respectively.
WHITE SHUTS OUT BLACK, 16-0, IN
ANNUAL SPRING FOOTBALL GAME--Short Tallies 196 Yards of Total Offense
and Two Touchdowns: Quarterback Steve Short
accounted for both of his team's touchdowns as the White defeated the
Black, 16-0, at Michigan Tech's annual spring intrasquad game today in
front of nearly 600 fans at Sherman Field. Short sprinted into the endzone
from 11 yards out on the game's opening drive for a 6-0 lead. The scoring
play was set up by a 36-yard pass from Short to Ben James on the first
snap of the game. The defenses controlled play throughout the rest of
the first half. Jamell Matthias intercepted Drew Schaft's pass and returned
it inside Black territory with a minute to play in the second quarter.
Two plays later, Short hooked up with receiver Keith White from 47 yards
out. White made a nice adjustment on the play to come back to ball and
make the leaping catch at the goalline.
Michigan Tech NORDIC SKIERS HONORED AT AWARDS
BANQUET--Owen and Lang Selected Most Valuable Skiers: Kristina Owen, who last month became Michigan Tech's
first-ever Nordic skier to secure All-American honors in three consecutive
seasons, topped off her tremendous collegiate career by taking home most
valuable skier accolades as the Huskies handed out their annual team
awards Wednesday. Freshman Jesse Lang was selected the most valuable
skier and rookie of the year on the men's side. Owen, who finished eighth
in the 15-kilometer classic race at the NCAA National Collegiate Skiing
Championships in Jackson, N.H., also collected all-region accolades in
both the freestyle and classic races at the NCAA Central Regional Championships.
She finished fifth among Central Collegiate Ski Association (CCSA) skiers
at the regionals and was named to the All-CCSA First-Team for her efforts.
Fri. & Sat., Apr 28
Sat., Apr 28
Adapted from the Daily Mining Gazette and WLUC TV6
MISSING CANOEISTS FOUND: Two missing canoeists have been recovered in Keweenaw County. The pair was reported missing around 3:30 a.m. Sunday. They had been paddling on the Montreal River. Eighteen-year-old Russell Gross of Hartford, Wisconsin, and Dieter Rudolph, age 20, of Georgetown, Indiana, both listed at Tech students, were found Sunday morning, about two miles west of the river. Both were in good health. They told rescuers they felt they were not able to cross Bete Gris Bay and put into shore to spend the night.
PORTAGE TOWNSHIP PLANNERS EMBRACE
PRESERVE IDEA: An effort to create a 1,000-acre forest preserve in Portage Township
gained more traction recently with a presentation to the township Planning
Commission. Keweenaw Land Trust executive director Evan McDonald and
Jim Baker of Copper Country Trout Unlimited showed slides of the land,
located by the Pilgrim River and Boundary Road. The KLT and Copper
Country Trout Unlimited are partnering with the Forestland Group, which
owns the property. To obtain a Natural Resources Trust Fund Grant,
they must also partner with a governmental group. "It sounded very attractive at our Planning Commission meeting," said
Supervisor Bill Bingham. At a township board meeting in March, McDonald
cited several uses for the land, including fishing, hunting, hiking and
WILDFIRE BURNS 400 ACRES: A wildfire in Baraga County has burned 400 acres in the Baraga Plains area. No injuries or structure damage have been reported, but 6-10 homes were evacuated Saturday afternoon. The US Forest Service, DNR, and local firefighters are still at the scene just northeast of Sidnaw and will be back in the morning for clean-up. The evacuation order has been lifted, but the cause of the fire is still unknown.
MEN SENTENCED FOR KILLING WOLVES: The killing of gray wolves is an offense
representatives of the Department of Natural Resources take very seriously.
Two Michigan men recently found that out and are now serving sentences
for separate incidences of shooting two of the protected animals. Lt.
Tom Courchaine, DNR conservation officer in Crystal Falls, said on March
13, Robert Wudzinski, 70, of Richmond in downstate Macomb County, pleaded
guilty in 98th District Court in Ontonagon to shooting a radio-collared
wolf while hunting on Nov. 16 near Trout Creek in Ontonagon County. The
shooting was discovered by a DNR biologist tracking collar signals in
an airplane. The tracking device showed the animal had died, and the
site was found by using radio triangulation. Wudzinski paid $2,150 in
fines, costs and restitution, received nine months probation and lost
his hunting privileges for the rest of 2007.
The Admissions Office is looking for dynamic alumni volunteers to assist in presenting scholarship certificates to accepted students at upcoming high school awards ceremonies. See the listing below for schools that have requested an alumni/ae volunteer at their program. To participate in this excellent outreach opportunity, please contact Kathy at kross(at)mtu.edu or call 888-688-1885.
Les Fuller, Senior Research Associate
Very glad to see that Michigan Tech students held a service remembering those slain at Virginia Tech. My oldest daughter majored in biochemistry at VT from 1996 to 2000 (wouldn't consider Michigan Tech--too cold and snowy, she had enough of that in Maine) and I can vouch for how beautiful the campus is, how demanding the chemistry, engineering and math courses are, and how safe my wife and I thought the campus was. What happened there unfortunately can happen on almost any college campus and there is no way a campus that size can "lock down" as the media would like us to believe. The town of Blacksburg immediately abuts the campus allowing anyone to walk onto the campus from numerous side streets.
The Hokies will recover but it will take time and much courage on the part of the students, their parents and all of the campus staff.
Tom Cieslinski, 63
I definitely saw the similarities between Blacksburg and Houghton and she and I have had that discussion a number of times. Other than no ship canal the similarities are striking. For those that need help think Appalachia when you say Blacksburg and you will begin to understand. I'm not sure that I agree with Aaron's comment of the campuses though. Perhaps it's the 45,000-seat football stadium, but the scale from 6,000 students to 28,000 isn't just a little bigger. However, I do think he got it right when he talks about the students and faculty being similar, which is really what matters.
Lou Bartalot '71
Of course I walked to school that day.
Michael Bahrman, BSEE 1970
Don Robinson, 1964
Don: After a little digging (and being able to remember the old Weed room in the old Union), the room was named to honor the Weed family. Stanley and his brother Clyde Weed donated $8,000 in funds that were used to refurbish and furnish the "Quiet Room" in the MUB. The room was dedicated on April 12, 1952.
I had some crazy fraternity brothers who lived off campus and as seniors had pretty much blown school off for the rest of the year and spent their time playing with cars in the woods. We arranged for the Croce's Saab to be towed out there and ordered a piston from a dealer in Marquette. That meant that I had to take a week off from classes myself and spend it driving Jim and Ingrid all over the upper UP. The days were spent telling stories and visiting all around the Copper Country, old mines, ghost towns, funky bars. Nights were spent making music and listening to their shows. It was a very magical time for me.
It was with a bit of sadness on my part when it was time for them to move on. My fraternity brothers delivered their repaired car, they left me with an autographed copy of the LP that is shown in the Lode article. At that time, they were just one of the acts that came through town on the college circuit. They were special to me and left me with a lot of memories, but they were not well known. Over the years I shared that LP with many and remember saying that these guys were special.
It was years later in a bar somewhere when I heard a familiar voice coming from the jukebox. It was "Don't Mess Around with Jim" and a smile came to my face. He had finally cracked the big time.
A couple of years after that, I was doing a late-night shift as a DJ at the local college FM station when a story came across the AP wire that Jim Croce had been killed in a plane crash. There were tears that night and more than one song played in his memory.
I still have that LP, scratched and worn. I hope someday to stop in at the restaurant that Ingrid owns in San Diego to say "Hi" from an old friend.
Thanks for the memories.
Douglas Fifield, P.E.
PS: I also wrote for the Lode at that time, but I can't remember if
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22, Grand Rapids, Spring Dinner for the West Michigan Chapter
23, Green Bay, Annual Golf Outing
7, Keweenaw, Progressive Social, A Midsummer's Night Journey into Laurium
9, Detroit, Annual Golf Outing
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