June 4, 2007 (Vol. 14, No. 1)
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:
From the President
Note: the following is a response to a Detroit News editorial that appeared Thursday, May 31.
The Carnegie Foundation, an independent, national higher education policy and research center, classifies universities based on their undergraduate and graduate programs and their research activity. In 2005, Carnegie classified Michigan Tech as a "Research University (high research activity)."
University research does attract the high-paying, high-tech jobs that Michigan needs to turn its economy around, and university graduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields will fill those jobs. Eighty-three percent of Michigan Tech's students graduate with degrees in those fields, more than twice the percentage of STEM graduates from the University of Michigan.
The editorial said the business community should be working much more closely with the research universities on projects that have the potential to generate economic growth. At Michigan Tech, that is already happening. With 13 percent of its research funded by industry, Michigan Tech ranks in the top-20 universities nationwide in proportion of industry-supported research. In comparison, Wayne State ranks 47th, University of Michigan 75th and Michigan State 104th in the nation.
Michigan Tech also outstrips the so-called "true research universities" in the number of licenses and invention disclosures per $10 million of research. And the University accomplishes all this with a state appropriation that, when corrected for inflation, has been flat since the late 1960s.
One of Michigan Tech's unique strengths is its success forming partnerships with business and industry at every level: local, state and national. As an active partner in the Michigan Tech Enterprise Corporation, one of 12 legislatively created SmartZones, the university has already opened three technology incubators housing 13 companies that bring 125 high-tech jobs to the Houghton-Hancock area.
It's true that what happens in Detroit is key to what happens to the rest of Michigan. But what happens in the rest of Michigan is equally key to what happens to Detroit. If Michigan is to thrive, the state needs to invest in its research universities--all its research universities.
Glenn D. Mroz
MICHIGAN TECH NAMES NEW PROVOST: Michigan Tech
has named Lesley M. Lovett-Doust as its new provost and vice president
for academic affairs. She comes to Michigan Tech from Lakehead University
in Thunder Bay, Ontario, where she has been dean of science and environmental
studies and a professor of biology. "Dr. Lovett-Doust has distinguished herself as a teacher,
researcher, and administrator," said Glenn M. Mroz, president of
Michigan Tech. "We are extremely pleased that she has decided to
join us. She and Michigan Tech are a great fit." As provost, Lovett-Doust
will be the chief academic officer of the university, responsible for
all of Michigan Tech's academic programs and faculty. The provost leads
strategic initiatives to promote outstanding scholarship, development
of academic programs and efforts to enhance diversity.
HEMBROFF, SUITS WIN DISTINGUISED
TEACHING AWARDS: A faculty member whose
computing students learn the subtleties of public speaking and a physicist
who once advised on pumpkin percussion are the 2007 winners of the Distinguished
Teaching Award. Physics Professor Bryan Suits was honored in the associate
professor/professor category. Assistant Professor Guy Hembroff, who teaches
computer network and systems administration in the School of Technology,
receives the award in the lecturer/assistant professor category. The
award carries a cash prize of $2,500.
TENNIS PLAYER AMY PALMGREN GAINS
ACADEMIC HONOR--Junior Selected to ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District
First Team: Amy Palmgren (Holly,
Mich.), a junior on Michigan Tech's women's tennis team, has been selected
to the ESPN the Magazine District IV All-Academic At-Large First Team.
She was one of 10 first-team selections from the district's pool of candidates
that included all non-NCAA Division I female student-athletes in the
sports of bowling, crew, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice
hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis, and water polo. The
district encompasses five states--Alabama, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio,
HAYNES ENDS YEAR WITH GUTSY EFFORT
IN 200 METERS AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: One day after suffering a leg injury in the
preliminary round of the 100 meters, Michigan Tech sprinter Robert
Haynes (Lansing, Mich./Sexton) ran through pain in the prelims of the
200-meter competition at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field
Championships Friday. The multi-sport (football and track) athlete
did not qualify for the finals, but capped an outstanding year by becoming
the first Michigan Tech track and field athlete to make an appearance at the
NCAA Championships since Justin Blake took seventh in the hammer throw
competition during the 2005 season. "Rob
ran pretty well, considering that he was operating at about 65-70 percent," said
track and field coach Joe Haggenmiller. "Within a short time of
when the race started it was clear you weren't going to see the Rob that
has been running all year.
Adapted from the Daily Mining Gazette
MEETING PRODUCES SMELTER RESOLUTION: If federal
funding to restore the Quincy Smelting Works can't be obtained by 2010,
the facility should be demolished for safety reasons, the Hancock and
Houghton City Councils voted Wednesday. Hancock City Manager Glenn
Anderson said the resolution was intended to convince the federal government "to spend some assets
on that particular site before it blows down or falls down." The
two-part resolution states the councils' support for the restoration
of the smelter site, and asks the Keweenaw National Historical Park to
make it its highest priority for the 2010 federal budget. If not, the
second part states, the councils recommend razing the facility in the
interest of public safety and blight removal, allowing site owner Franklin
Township to undertake development opportunities.
PASTY ANNOUNCED OFFICIAL STATE
FOOD (No word on gravy or catsup debate): It's official. The pasty joins the robin and
the Petoskey Stone on the list of Michigan icons. The announcement
was made Saturday during the kickoff of the Smithsonian Institute’s
traveling Key Ingredients: America by Food exhibit, and the corresponding
traveling Michigan Foodways exhibit at the McKune Memorial Public Library
in Chelsea, near Ann Arbor. Over the past three months, votes were
solicited for one of the six foods submitted by each of the sites hosting
the Key Ingredients and Michigan Foodways exhibits. Calumet, which
will host both exhibits at the Keweenaw Heritage Center at St. Anne's
July 13 through Aug. 26, submitted an award-winning PastyFest recipe
from Connie Hella, of Calumet's Connie's Kitchen.
KEWEENAW MOUNTAIN LODGE PROJECT
NEARLY COMPLETE: There have been many incremental steps taken toward the expansion of
the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge, and one more step was taken Wednesday
as various representatives involved in the project met in the facility's
new 7,000-square-foot conference room to give congratulations and thanks
for the work done. Before the event got going, Keweenaw County Board
of Commissioners Chairman Don Keith said he was pleased the project
worked out so well. "This
is a giant step into the future for Keweenaw County," Keith said. "There
were numerous opportunities for this project to die. Thanks to the perseverance
of many people it is a success."
-Ken Lynch, Michigan Tech '79
Ken: Both my brothers made it home from Vietnam.
Hi Dennis- I am glad you mentioned the Parade for Veteran's Day. I am always touched by events like that and tear up at the singing of our National anthem. Also it's rewarding to know that support of the men and woman in uniform still exists in some areas.
Joie Townsend Hendrix
A little more about Chuck's Bar. . .
As Larry Doyle mentioned, Chuck's Bar was east of the Post Office on Sheldon Avenue, the first "watering hole" a student would encounter walking from campus into downtown Houghton. The bar was well-kept and well-lit, a nice clean place to while away a few minutes after classes.
Tracy, Chuck's wife, was a motherly lady who enjoyed talking with Tech students. Chuck, by comparison, was remote, not given to casual conversation. Without Tracy, I expect the bar would have enjoyed much less business.
Frank Shoffner '62
Frank: We think that Chuck's became Diamond Mike's, which is now Copper Range Abstract and Title.
While going through old lp's I found a 78 record that I must have picked up out of a "bargain" box at the bookstore. It was recorded by Warney Ruhl and his Orchestra with the Ruhltones. There is a number 7-22-4 on the label. The two sides are "Hail to the Gold and Silver" and "Fight Tech, Fight". The record has a crack all the way from the center to the outside.
I do not have a 78-rpm record player so found a way to convert, and used the depopper software. It was not able to totally remove the noise from the crack and a regular thump is audible.
I have attached the files.
Bruce Kelly 60, 68,69
Editor's Note: We received many emails regarding Finnish music for Beki. And we forwarded them to her. Mylan's is a good example.
Both Randy and John are considered accomplished rhythm bones players. Beki may find contact information for either Randy or John at <http://www.playdembones.com>.
I believe either Randy or John would be happy to talk about Finnish folk music with her.
Mylan A. Koski Jr. 96
TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE for the KAC fundraiser event.
Experience two Alumni-Owned Success Stories! The Keweenaw Chapter of Alumni and Friends invite you to "A Midsummer's Night Journey in Laurium" progressive social, Thursday June 7, 2007. Begin your magical evening by touring the historic Laurium Manor Inn and properties. For directions visit <http://www.laurium.info>.
Self-guided tours begin at 5:00 pm. A social at the Irish Times restaurant follows the tour, beginning at 7:00 pm. Hors d'oeuvres and libations will be served.
Tickets are $20 and may be purchased online at <http://www.alumnicommunity.mtu.edu> or from any KAC board member.
more information on other alumni chapter events, e-mail mtu_alumni(at)mtu.edu
or see the alumni chapter site on the web:
9, Detroit, Annual Golf Outing
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)
Michigan Tech is on the web at <http://www.mtu.edu>. For the alumni pages, click on "Alumni/Friends" at the top of the home page.
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